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A Flower for My Friends. . . .

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Good Thursday Sparkfam! I am having a wonderful day here in Chicago & I am feeling really amped up! I didn't much sleep breaking my own beauty rule about getting enough of: water, fruits, vegetables and all important sleep. Not rest but really deep sleep. I had my grandson last night cause my daughter is finish up her degree at DePaul U. Well she has a late class so this our time to spend together. He stays up as long as the tv stays on. So I forgot this & thought put on something boring, no luck. He finally ran out of gas around 1am. So I got maybe 4.5 hours of sleep. I was sluggish waking up but I got up & whispered a few prayers & watched Joyce Meyer & then did my 45min workout with the Firm. I thought it was easier but its fast paced & they change up every 3-5mins. Well I did & I am so glad because I am so worth those perfect size 8 jeans. I think a size 6 would mean loss of lower back fat or junk in the trunk. lol


I would rather have one rose and a kind word from a friend
while I'm here, than a whole truck load when I'm gone .

These Are For You !!!


Don 't you know the phrase ..
'Stop and Smell the Flowers' ???


Happiness keeps you Sweet,
Trials keep you Strong,
Sorrows keep you Human,
Failures keep you Humble,
Success keeps you Glowing,

But .... Only Friends ....
Keep You Going !!!

With so much going on in the southern part of the country, I am giving my Sparkfam flowers. Pray without ceasing cause so much is going on everywhere & we need to stay prayed up. I have been getting flowers & plants since the first week of April & now I am surrounded by a dozen longed red roses. I also got a floral bouquet for myself & I did share with my co-worker. So I think it is only fitting to share also with my other loved ones. . . . . You are always in my thoughts because you are always here for me when I need to be picked up.

God bless you all today!

  
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MSPROVERBS31 4/29/2011 2:37PM

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CIERAPOET 4/29/2011 2:15PM

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Thanks for the flowers Dee! They are so very beautiful. These roses are meant for a Queen as you. You are so motivating and encouragement. Always lifting us up. emoticon For the God in You! I know you have such a Joy with the grandson. I can't wait...but I can. lol May you enjoy this Friday and may Your weekend be blessed beyond measure!
Blessings!
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NISSANGIRL 4/29/2011 6:44AM

    Sorry you did not get your sleep Dee, kids have way too muh energy! I love Flowers and love to have them inside and outside the home, they make things look and smell so much nicer! Keep up the great work ! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 4/28/2011 3:45PM

    I agree about prayer girl the signs of the times are all around us. I am trying to witness all I can to all those who will hear. So much disasters and disease and everything in between. I am fearful for my sons they are not saved. I pray for them daily

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A Beautiful Easter. . . .

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter Sparkfam! So I woke up early like 3:12am & couldn't get back to sleep, I tried to go back but I got nothing. Once up & ironed the boys shirts & suits then tried to visualize my own outfit. I just couldn't get moving. Once I finally did, I ran & got to church. Service was lovely. The worship praise & the sermon were all on point for the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ. I have to be honest but at the end of service they had speeches for the little children but I was so sleepy that I couldn't stay. So I left I had my nephew & his daughter & my daughter & her husband & my grandson.

Once home I immediately turned on the stove & got the chicken out of the frig. After starting the chicken, I started the greens & boiling my sweet potato for pie. Then I cooked corn bread for my turkey stuffing. Then after getting all that started my nephew states he is so hungry, he ate a hostess twinkie & then he ate a large bowl of alphabits. He wanted to know when they started making them again. Yeah, they had stopped making fyi but then they started again. So anyway, I got almost everything ready & the put the ham on of course after turning the stove down. I told my nephew that I had to get dinner ready but he wasn't listening to me. I didn't do anything except shop for church clothes yesterday. I was fit to be tied. Dinner was really good. Have you ever heard the saying, "she put her foot in it." Well I almost put most of it on the floor. My birthday gift kept grabbing the pans. I had to take it off or else risk dinner. Everybody thought the food was delicious & after taste testing it all, so did I. I like to have a nice dinner on Easter we really enjoyed ourselves & my last guests just left & its 10pm! You know I like to be in bed on Sunday night around 9:15pm. I gave my being antisocial & just let go of my inhibitions. I did pretty good.

So reflection, He arose on the third day, got up with ALL power in His hands. He set the captives free. Are you saved? If not, then accept Him as your Lord & Savior & get in a good bible base church.

God bless & Praise Him!

  
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GODZDESIGN95 4/28/2011 3:42PM

    My easter was blessed. All lest week the Passion of the Christ was shown on TBN course I recorded it on my DVR. I have always read how he was crucified. But seeing it was so different. I cried my eyes out. I thank him each day. It reminds me of his great love for me and all peoples. My mother insisted that she make dinner. It was delicious. Of course I made my fam dinner also. I decided to eat my dinner for monday. He is alive and well.

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NISSANGIRL 4/25/2011 8:36AM

    Sounds like you had a Great Easter Dee! started out slow and then you put your whole heart into church, cooking and being with the family. I always feel great after I leave church and then have a nice meal with the family. Everything you made sounds so good! We had baked ham with Pineapple glaze, garlic mashed potatoes, salad, corn, sweet potatoes, biscuits and I made a gingerbread cake topped with whipped topping, Now I need to work all that off! Have a Great day Dee! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KATYBUG48 4/24/2011 11:23PM

  He is Risen!!!! He is Risen Indeed!!!!!

We serve a Risen Savior!

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I Dragged. . . .

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Good Tuesday Sparkfam! Its a rainy & cold day here in Chicago. Total contrast from the 10th almost 90degrees. They say what a difference a day makes so I guess it should be triple true for a week. lol Today, I didn't want to let go of my covers, I just laid around & then the hubby comes upstairs, I need to be at work in 45mins & I just made breakfast. I jump up spring into action & put his breakfast in a microwave safe dish. I put into the microwave & pressed 1minute. Then I since I'm up I might as well wash dishes & make pancakes for the boys. Well, I made me a mini pancake & it was so good with a small with a small piece of sausage. Oh I should note that I had a cup of raisin bran with skim milk. Well it was different lets just say that. Saturday, I actually tried Silk, now question, is that soy milk or what? So needless to say I got back into the bed & pull the covers up to my chin. I already started my day so why not get up & workout? Well Law & Order SUV was running a marathon on USA. I pressed pause on everything else around me & finally dragged by bottom out of the bed & did 40mins of Cathe Legs & Glutes to kick my behind in high gear. I really needed that workout & my legs are tightening up, yes l have cellulite but I thank God I have legs that are still in use! Amen! Tonight its 30mins of Jillian ripped in 30. I am taking walk breaks all day long & trying to complete the QFC for today.

God bless Sparkfam!

Remember its okay to drag but you got to get up & get started at some point. Is it in YOU??!!

YES IT IS! Lets GO!!

Dee

  
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LAG1212 4/23/2011 2:56PM

    I feel the same way also except i don't know how to stay in bed. I just cannot do it. My eyes open at 5am everyday. Once i rise my energy level rises also. I guess because i'm hyper so every day i stay busy, whether at work or home. But there's never a dull moment. You should see me on rainy days. I go through 3 books easily. But the thought of laying around is nice... emoticon emoticon

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CIERAPOET 4/20/2011 1:49PM

    Amen sister! There are days like that when you just don't want to move. I have to literally throw myself out of the bed. The time seems to fly since this time changed. So I'm trying to get everything I am supposed to do each day in. No matter what. And I take time to Rest. Peace and Quiet. Love it!

Congratulations on just doing it Dee and you are such an inspiration and a Great Motivator! Thank You for always having my back and encouraging me.

Have a Great Day!
Love ya!
Deb
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GODZDESIGN95 4/20/2011 9:21AM

    I used to hate it when it rained now I don't hate it so much. I put on some gospel dvd and dance. Rain will help out our gardens whom ever has one. Yesterday was was hot as ****. I dread the heat we have in the south east coast. Yuck. I like rain when it burning hott! My breakfast was one piece of toast, 1/2 pork chip with egg whites and tropical mixed fruit.I miss bacon so much but the turkey is full of salt. Crap!

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NISSANGIRL 4/20/2011 6:59AM

    I feel the same as you do when it's raining. I don't have the energy or will power to do anything, We have been having rain for the past few days and today the sun is supposed to be out and temps in the 70's so I am SOOOOOOOO looking forward to that! Even though it rained for you girl, you had a great day and made awesome choices! PS.... I would have loved that breakfast as well! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Two Little Red Hens. . .

Friday, April 15, 2011

TGIFriday Sparkfam!! Because you guys are the best, I have a little guilt free treat for you:

Two Little Red Hens : Which is located in New York is a wonderful Upper East Side bakery. The cupcakes looked very delicious and got some amazing reviews. So I thought I would send them to my Sparkfamily for their support of me always. I think every now and again we deserve to eat the cake & buy those shoes! Which shoes?

Today, I ate raisin bran for breakfast w/1%milk with dannon blueberry yogurt. For lunch 2slices of ham on hawaiian bread w/a half slice of provolone cheese w/banana. For snack I had half bag of chips that were lingering in my desk drawer. For dinner baked chicken with broccoli & coffee as a snack a nature valley chewy trail mix fruit & nut bar. Outside of the nuts (almonds & peanuts) I really like the cranberries & raisins, so I tolerate the nuts. I know their supposed to be good for you but I like my nuts separately. Yes I am a crazy person! lol

This morning, I did Jillian 30 which was intense, walked 45mins, did the yoga I missed out on last night. Tonight Cathe's kick punch & crunch, as much as I can take before I literally pass out. lol

So what are you guys doing for the weekend? I'm renewing my CDL license, picking up a few groceries & trying to take the dog to the vet. Can hardly believe its Easter & remembering the true meaning for the season.

God bless & enjoy your cupcake. Whichever one you choose...

Dee

  
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JAZZID 4/19/2011 2:31AM

    ... virtual cupcakes are great!... no calories!!! emoticon... I like both pair of those shoes... hard choice...I say get both!

Nice blog... ~ Dee emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 4/17/2011 8:14AM

    Oh girl those cupcakes would set me off on a carb franzy LOL! I am remembering the season while I recovering from a tooth extraction.

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NISSANGIRL 4/16/2011 9:50AM

    Love the pictures Dee! thanks for sharing them. Sounds like you have a busy weekend going on. I am concentrating on spring cleaning inside and outside, got a lot done so far and I feel great about that. I worked in the yard Friday and loved it. As for the shoes I like the balck pair better. have a Great weekend girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARAHAB 4/15/2011 5:29PM

    Love the looks of those cupcakes, but am glad they're in New York! I'd eat all of them!

You are doing a great job on your exercise!

Love the shoes, thought I'd never wear them again, but now I want a pair of those heels!

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DEBBIEOLMOS57 4/15/2011 5:01PM

    very cute

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On Cloud Nine. . .

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Good Tuesday Sparkfam! What a beautiful day it is in Chicago! Mind you its not the almost 90degrees we had on Sunday but I will take the sunshine with 60degrees any day too. So my birthday was yesterday & its been pretty good. I did Fridays on Saturday with my son & hubby. They sang Happy Birthday & I got my brownie w/ice cream covered in walnuts. YUK!! I forgot to ask them not to put nuts on it. It ruined it for me cause I was spitting out nuts with every spoonful I ate. My oldest son was out at a track meet & my daughter was running around preparing for Sunday. We went to Enchanted Castle which has games, bumper cars & laser tag. Me & hubby played games & my grandson won a 12inch bike. Mind you he isn't but 3feet tall & can't peddle on his bike yet!! He has BIG dreams & I won't take that from him. lol

I got nice cards, everybody phoned or sent me text messages & I got a memories charmed bracelet.

I do like to pick out my own gifts normally but my hubby is clueless when it comes to picking out gifts for me. Heck, I didn't know what I want but I am not into buy a bracelet that you have to continually buy more trinkets for it. So I will have to tell my hubby not to buy anymore for it. They charms at J.B. Robinson go from anywhere $24.99 to $49. Are you kidding me! I have to sons that I have to get ready for graduation & I need to be spending almost every dime I get on them. Well I can buy me a few new summer shoes & jeans but that's all I'm saying. I know I sound ungrateful but its not something I would buy for myself. Most of my gifts I like that they be something I would've bought. Oh well. Got to work & got a pair of earrings & illuminator from my co-worker. My other 2 co-workers got me a coffee cup that I can carrying my coffee in & a lunch pail. Its so cool cause I stack my sandwich, fruits & veggies all separately!

So I am feeling a little antsy but I am truly blessed on my birthday!

God bless & celebrate everyday!

Dee

  
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REALTYGIRL18 4/14/2011 1:13PM

    Happy Belated Birthday!!!!

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NISSANGIRL 4/13/2011 10:32AM

    Sounds like the you the most amazing birthday ever! what a nice way to spend the day! I will say it again, you have the best people to work with! great gifts and great friends. Glad your Grandson won the bike, he will be able to ride it b-4 you know it girl! thanks for sharing your awesome day with us! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANTWO 4/13/2011 12:12AM

    Happy Birthday!!!! What a beautiful bracelet!!!!

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CIERAPOET 4/12/2011 7:40PM

    So glad you enjoyed your family these birthday celebrations. Your grandson won a bike? Wow...I know he's excited! emoticon
Walnuts are good for you. Maybe you weren't supposed to eat that brownie. lol Just kidding! I would have ordered that on my birthday too. Have a Happy 60 degree Tuesday.
Blessings and thanks for sharing!
Deb
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VISUALLYRICS 4/12/2011 6:03PM

    Happy Birthday!!
I love that lunch box....and the bracelet is "Charming"!!
...it's the thought that counts. emoticon

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