O.K...now I'm just showing off...smile

 ...I'm so excited about my bathroom, I'm posting at night...just look at my new shower curtain.  All this delish-ous-ness for just $7.00 bucks at TJMAXX.

...next, replace the missing wall tiles.  I took off the old fashioned soap and toothbrush holders...

I purchased this new curved hotel shower bar from HomeGoods for just $14.99.  At first I was a little nervous about installing it myself...

...but it was really easy...just screw the bracket to the wall...slip the shower rod in between and place a screw through the middle...
...if you don't have one, you really should get one...the additional space you get in the shower is great...don't you hate when your taking a shower and the curtain is right on top of you...or worse yet, sticking to you?  Well, for $15.00 bucks, I just solved that problem.

It's 11:30 a.m...I do more before noon, than most people do all day

I have been the Queen of procrastination lately...with our cruise, my birthday and the office i'm working on...I started re-doing my bathroom weeks ago and today, finally, the bathroom is painted...I feel so good, I'm going to make a sandwich, drink a coke and watch a lifetime movie! 
...right after I call HomeDepot and check on a delivery for that office project...ugh!

 ...at first I thought the color looked like poop.  Now that it's all painted, I really, really like it...so spa like...now for the fun stuff...accessorizing. 

Video Tuesday...and How I'd like to live today...

...not sure if I shared this already...but, it's worth a second look.

Did you get your pancakes?

...Mini spreading the word via facebook that she will be on the news

 Random images...I didn't get the chance to take photos during the interview...

 ...Mini in the stripes, taking shots of the news lady filming her segment.
 ...they sent a car for us...yep...Beyonce style...Mini made it to school on time...Man, do you know how much I could get done if I had a driver everyday?  I'm just putting it out there.
You can watch the video here...
...It was a great way to start the morning...but, the reason for the day is never far from my mind...
Mini was blessed with the perfect donor...not everyone is so lucky...just read the letter we received just yesterday from the mother of a 10 year old girl who suffers from Sickle Cell Disease...

I appreciate your getting back to me.  It's my 10 year old daughter who is suffering from Sickle Cell...we're trying to find a bone marrow donor for her.  I would love to keep in touch with you & get to know you.
I think it would be a tremendous help mentally for my daughter (Kelsie) to know that you have suffered through the same thing...but that you have now been cured.  It will give her real hope.  Your story is a tremendous help to me as well.  Through you...we can now see a brighter future & know that this horrible disease & all of the suffering is going to end one day very soon...as soon as a match becomes available.
My faith is stronger...thanks to God...and YOUR story.  Thanks for sharing your story with the world.  I KNOW a match will be found very very soon!

Kelsie actually asked if she could meet you & I told her I wasn't really sure.  If it's okay with your mom...I'll keep in touch...and maybe one day in the future...you, your mom, me & Kelsie can meet.  
Kelsie is so happy for you too...and even without ever meeting her, you've already done something tremendously wonderful for her. You've given Kelsie hope, and that's something you cannot put a price on!
Thank you so much for that. Thanks for sharing your story with the world...and thanks for being gracious enough to respond when hearing of another child in need.  Please show your mom this message & keep her updated on our correspondence.  Your  mom can feel free to call me 
Again...thanks for everything.
Thank you

Click here to learn more about becoming a bone marrow donor...

Another Easy DIY

...I'm making bathroom progress...I painted my old bathroom shelving...took it from brown to white...remember when I did this to my bedroom shelves...they are just your typical plywood shelves you can buy at Target or Walmart...I didn't prime them or anything...just put the paint right on...It's been sitting in my living room for two weeks...time to go.

This is a very simple DIY...chose a stamp and start stamping...I wanted circles or bubbles for the bathroom so I used a bottle top.  This technique can also be applied directly to the wall...How cool would that look?

 ...the little cutouts are for the outlets

...look at that drip...smile...going up???

Manifest Monday....Free Pancakes

Tomorrow is National Pancake Day at IHOP restaurants nationwide.

Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP has raised nearly $8 million to support charities in the communities in which it operates. On February 28, 2012, guests from around the country are invited to celebrate National Pancake Day at IHOP and enjoy a free short stack of Buttermilk pancakes.* In return for the free pancakes, guests are asked to consider leaving a donation for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals© and other designated local charities....remember when I talked about it here last year?  

Well, well, well...just imagine what a difference one year can make in your life.  Last year I blogged  about how Mini and I would love to be there but, she was still under isolation from her bone marrow transplant and could not go outside or eat prepared foods.   Hold onto your seat as I manifest, tomorrow Mini and I will be there.  Not only will we be there, Mini will be interviewed live at IHOP during our local morning news broadcast!  I know, I know...sigh.

...but wait, there's more...

Mini has been named CCMC Champion Child of the Year!

As such, Mini will  represent her hospital at events, openings or anything else that may come up over the year.   
 My little girl has been on some journey.  She has done and experienced enough for 10 lifetimes.  I won't go into all that now...like I've done before.  I'll just say,  I could not be prouder.

So, get out there tomorrow...take the kids for some pancakes and leave a little donation for all the kids who can't be there because they're in the hospital or home sick...and think of Mini and how each donation is making kids stronger everyday...

If you want to watch Mini on the news tomorrow, her segment is scheduled for 7:40 a.m. on WPIX, Channel 11 in NYC.  I'm not sure if you can watch live on the computer.  You can find out by going to their website.
...for all the natural hair sisters out there...this is Mini's natural hair, one year after being completely bald...and Mini wanted me to shout out her cousin, Sandra, who treated her to a day at the salon for this new hair do...thanks cus.

Have a great weekend...and check out a new blog

...here's a cool blog that could keep you busy clicking all weekend.

Soul Pretty is International...

...this beautiful blanket is on it's way to FRANCE!

...but, this beauty is still available in my Etsy shop.

Are you a bag lady?

..if so, this DIY is for you.  ...you shop in designer stores...they give you those pretty designer shopping bags...you have no idea what to do with them...you don't want to throw them out...why not frame them and hang them on the wall in your walk in closet or bathroom?  IKEA sells great frames.

DIY - Jeans

I love this tie dye jean trend...it wouldn't be a trend for me...I could wear this look forever...
If your a DIY type of girl, like me...here's a tutorial on how to dye your jeans yourself.
If you want the look without the mess, click here to buy.

Lunch Anyone?

Do you make your kids lunch?  I do...because of Mini's medical condition, I have always packed her lunch.  It was an easy way for me to control what she eats during the day.  Mini is in high school now and they go out to lunch...but, I still try to control what she eats... So you can imagine how excited I was when I came across this beautiful blog.  It's full of bento lunch box ideas...check it out.
...great idea for taking lunch to work too.

Manifest Wednesday...

...when I dream about my store...it looks like this

...I'd display the jewelry like this...

...my scarfs would be a big seller

I'd display the clothes like this...

Clever...small space living idea

I love the idea of this...especially if you live in a small space with limited storage...typical in NYC...your lucky if you have one draw in your kitchen for storage.  Why not put your silverware in a big pretty jar (dollar store or recycle) and sit it on the counter or window?

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