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Where have you been? – Updating my Blog, What’s New & More


Hellllllo folks!

Long time no read, right?! Ahhh, it’s Monday, December 2nd, 2013 and Thanksgiving has passed us by already! We’re 22 days from Christmas and 29 days from 2014! Wow, where did 2013 go?!

What have I been up to?! – GEESH – What HAVEN’T I been up to?! Work, weight loss, more work, event planning and more. I’ve also officially started vlogging on YouTube. It is something I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time, but never got around to it… Then Black Friday deals and a new camera later, I don’t have any excuses…So, it’s official! You can catch me on YouTube at SmplyAnita619… I’ll post links later…

I hosted Thanksgiving at my place this year…that was a lot of work, a lot of fun and definitely worth it! Thankfully I did a lot of prep and wasn’t rushed or stressed…we all know how the holidays can bring out the best AND worst in folks.

My niece’s 18th birthday is quickly approaching… I literally remember when she was born, when she was stepping on the step team in elementary school and her 8th grade promotion ceremony. And here it is, she’s about to be 18, working full time, school full time and about to graduate and go to college. I can and do tear up just thinking about it at times. Whew…Now to plan a gathering :).

That’s about it, I do believe… Another thing in the works is I’m planning to transition companies soon. I’ve been testing, touring, interviewing, etc. and awaiting further instructions… Prayers going up for that, please!

If you’d like to check me out on YouTube, feel free. Please like, comment, subscribe and let me know you came by! I really appreciate all of the love & support so far.

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Blessings & love,



#FamilyFunFellowshipDay – Family Reunion 2013 SUCCESS!


A fabulous turnout for a great day of family, fun and fellowship…

Picture it – three sides to a large family. Some of which haven’t seen each other in over 20 years… And they all come together at the notion of celebrating the good times… In 2007 that’s exactly what happened. What began as a humble vision of bringing a large family together turned into something I never expected in 2007. Fast forward 6 years and I hosted another #FamilyFunFelloshipDay that was sure to exceed that.

Of course I posted my progress leading up to the event via social media (Instagram, FB, Twitter) and that generated a lot of excitement for the day itself. Planning, communicating with people I don’t usually get to talk to and lots of preparation work was all worth it… We had a monumental turn out of 51 people and I am looking forward to planning next year… From save the dates to invites, finding out postal addresses and menu planning to games, activities and figuring out how to get everyone involved, I loved every part of the process.

What are some of your favorite memories of your family reunions? What are some of the yearly traditions you still honor to this day? What about the food, what’s your favorite staple at the family reunion – Aunt Connie’s potato salad or Uncle Jimmy’s ribs? Talk to me blog world 🙂



#MasqueradeWineAndDine – I Picked a Theme, Now What?



So every year I like to plan a rather “large” birthday gathering to celebrate myself. I look at it like this: 364 days of the year is about everyone else, but for a few hours on the day I choose to celebrate, it’s about me :-). So, another year wiser and older means another celebration.

25 has been interesting, to say the very least. There has certainly been more good than bad, and for that I’m grateful. People have come and gone in my life, friendships strengthened, loved ones lost, but all the same I am STILL here. Each year brings new trials, triumphs and victories and as a reminder of what I’ve gone through, I CHOOSE to celebrate. So whether I consider these celebrations a reminder of all of that, as a ‘pat on the back’ for the thankless job I do daily, a time to prepare for what’s to come or simply a day to just relax and ENJOY those around me is as good enough reason as any to celebrate on such a large scale year after year.

Last year I decided to do my first “themed” celebration opting to go for a 50’s Pin-Up look. I went all out with the makeup, searching for a pencil skirt, the whole nine. To my surprise, most of my friends went along with the theme and definitely enjoyed searching for something to go along with the 50’s looks. From blue suede shoes and pin-curls to red lips and high heels, okay, maybe the high part was added.


ImageIn years past I’ve done things as simple as a color scheme for decor based on my dress choice – my yearly installment of “say yes to the dress”, but with the 50’s Pin-Up from last year I couldn’t NOT do it big again this year.


I’ve always wanted to do something with Mardi Gras, masks and the like and why not go with the theme for my party —- Masquerade Wine & Dine, that’s it! Now, to choose the usual suspects, my party helpers, a color scheme and to find a DRESS! That proved to be the harder part of the whole shindig, the dress. All the same, I had to get the date out there so I worked on a quick flyer, a “save the date” if you will…


That set the tone for my upcoming soiree – or so I thought… More on that to come.

I started dress shopping with my sister from another mister rather early, early to mid May I’d say and while some dresses were amazing, they weren’t evoking what I thought I wanted. It wasn’t until I found this photo when googling images for a masquerade party… and I stumbled across this…

Masquerade-Party-DecorationsI wasn’t able to find the original link – but this was “googled”

Aha! That’s it! #MasqueradeWineAndDine was the theme, but black, white & hot pink could be the color scheme. My mind was running wild with the options and it was only a few days later that I went shopping for inspiration and decided ultimately on a black & white print, hot pink and accents of silver. This made it that much easier to give direction of my dress hunt – something dainty, feminine and a statement all its own.

I hit up every fluffy girl’s friend, Lane Bryant to try on dresses, and just felt underwhelmed. A few days later my sister from another mister, the same one who went dress shopping with me earlier that month was at a new LB and let me know she saw this dress I found online that I wanted to try on before ordering. Low and behold I go and try it on, and I almost cried. This was IT! But, not that price. I sadly put the dress away, telling myself I’d order it later on when it was more wallet-friendly, I was searching early on after all. And what do you know, the very next day I get in the car to go to dinner with my girlfriends and THIS was in the back seat…


To be continued…