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What does a mom do?

The time has come to realize that there is nothing I can do when your grown children have decided to move out of the country.  I grew up with everyone (and I mean everyone) lived on the same block.  Aunt and uncles and their families and grandma….all on the same block.  But that was the time when everyone knew each other and watched out for each other.  I remember going to the local grocery store and telling Mr. G. to put it on my grandmas bill.

And so this generation has other ideas.  Do we blame it on technology, planes that take only a few hours to get us to where we want to go.  I considered myself blessed when 4 of my 5 children lived in the same neighborhood.  One went to live an hour away….but it still was a close and easy accessible area.  And now I will have to accept them leaving NY to fly to another country, taking my two grandchildren.  It’s good, a great job and I know they will be fine.  But still I will miss them….although with technology – we will skype and manage to keep in touch….but its not the same.

Do you have children outside the US?  How do you cope?  Any ideas on how to keep in touch besides calls, texts etc.


Proper Settings

Hoping the cold weather leaves us soon – well spring is just around the corner….all eyes turn to flowers, warm weather and entertaining.  I love to entertain and find the proper setting is all you need.  My favorite is doing BBQs on my deck and serving not only hot dogs and hamburgers but also chips and dips and of course a fancy dessert.

To make that experience a delightful one, I rely on some great settings.  It doesnt have to be elaborate, but some little elegant placing on the table will make it pop.  This year things like striped napkins or blooming plates.  I love the blue stemmed glasses (wine maybe?) and of course those coasters make it complete.  Whatever you do to entertain, giving your table a little pop will certainly make your company delighted.

Comfort your Sole

Today is a rainy day here on the East Coast.

Woke up late, went out for brunch with daughter and then sit back and watch some football…listen to all that rain out there.

What better way to relax and keep those toesies warm, but to wear these slippers.  At only $12.99 each you have your choice of beautiful colors and designs (great for the holidays) . Available in small (5-6) medium (7-8) and large (9-10)

Limited Edition at www.youravon.com/ashapiro because we are more than makeup!


What does your kitchen counter look like?

Delta recommends only 4 items on your counter


Coffee maker (of course, a day without coffee?)

Soap dispenser (can do, although I usually use the one in the powder room)

Stand Mixer (no way, baking days are over)

Fruit Bowl (fruit doesnt last long enough to be in a fruit bowl)

So that leaves me with only 2 items on my counter BUT where is the toaster oven, and the microwave?

Ok that makes 4 since I eliminated 2……BUT I also have my knives in a block, my container of tea, sugar bowl, coffee cup holder, and since my counter is small to begin with – no room..actually a little working area to make a sandwich or two.  I often clean off my counter of unnecessary items only to bring them out again because they are used…..every day…..so why go through the trouble of putting them in an out of the closet – which is jammed already.  I really need to rethink my kitchen counters…..but it is so much easier to leave the cookies out on the counter then to climb to get the out of the closet every time a grandchild asked for them!

What does your kitchen counter look like?

How did he beat me?

It happens every time he comes over.  And I can’t ignore him because he is just so adorable.  He comes over quite a lot and gets me all the time.  Is it his face?  So like his father’s.  It brings back memories long ago.  He has me wrapped around his little finger and every time I try to keep up – he beats me again.

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Life is full of crap

As I look back on my past, I am amazed at how far I have come without giving up on life.  I remember good times growing up, especially with gandma – who was wise and loving and never said a mean word to anyone.  She raised 8 children by herself and during this growing up period we all practically lived on the same block.  We also had our bad times, most families do.

But it is not whether you have good times or bad times – it is how you handle those times.  Does it get you down to the point of no return – do you feel you have nothing to live for?  We all have been there – face it Life is Full of Crap


But if you spend your days thinking of all the good times and how much life has to offer and how good it really is – even a rainy day can give you rainbows – then you can side step all the crap and enjoy life.  Remember –