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Today: National No Beard Day

Thursday, October 18, 2012

This is something I never have to worry about. All the men in my life--home and work--are clean-shaven so I don't see this on a regular basis.

Now that I'm watching my beloved St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series, I wonder how most of the guys in bullpen can sport beards. Some look unkempt, others as short as a 1-day shadow of sorts.

What do you think? Are beards back en vogue? Will others who see their sports hero growing out their facial hair follow suit?

I sure hope not!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 10/19/2012 2:59PM

    emoticon what a nice polarizing topic!!

I grew up surrounded with beards and mustaches. Many of my male relatives and family friends have had beards or mustaches, as well as both my ex husband. My boyfriend and husband has had a beard these past 20+ years we've been together - he didn't think he could have a beard while we were dating, because his previous attempts as a young adult never quite looked right. Turns out he just didn't give it enough time. After we were married and after our son was born, as a result of colds in the family, he had the opportunity to not shave for most of two weeks and by then he had a really decent beard. Within a month it was all grown in and he hasn't shaved it off in the 13-14 years since! (He does keep it trimmed shorter though - it's not like those fellas who don't ever cut their beard and let it grow out past their bellies or knees!!).

emoticon (he doesn't smoke and doesn't wear a red bandana, but this was the closest to his beard that I could find on SP emoticons...).

It's all a matter of preference and experience, not right or wrong!

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LYNNIERN 10/19/2012 8:18AM

    Let me tell you, last night at the game I was wishing I had a beard to prevent wind burn. I think for the Cards it's probably a combination of three things (1) Superstition (2) Team bonding and most importantly (3) Prevention of wind burn.

I do think some guys will grow some facial hair because their hero's do, they'll probably be the ones with those scraggly, sparse beards!

Oh and what is the fascination with Brian Wilson's beard, that one kinda creeps me out. And your right, Motte is really beginning to look scraggly.

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CLRWILLIAMS25 10/19/2012 7:25AM

    For some reason, I've seen a lot of people in my age group sporting the 80s mustaches or giant fluffy beards. I definitely don't like the trend! Thank God my husband can't grow a beard or mustache!

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GAYLLYNNE 10/19/2012 6:34AM

    In sports I think it is bad luck to shave before a game. That's why they look so unkempt. My beloved Yankees lost last night, I hope your team fairs better!

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JANTWO 10/19/2012 12:19AM

    I do not like the full beard. A neatly kept mustache is okay with me.

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UMUCGRAD 10/18/2012 11:47PM

    I cannot stand body hair, including facial hair. I can tolerate a reasonable mustache, but beards? Yeach! I hope they're not coming back in a big way.

Comment edited on: 10/18/2012 11:47:40 PM

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Plan Ahead: Tomorrow is Wear Something Gaudy Day!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Do you know anyone who insists on observing Hawaiian Shirt Friday? Time to one up that weirdo and step up your bad fashion factor! Don't worry, the Fashion Police are not working today -- they are celebrating Gaudy Day too!

So, when picking your Wednesday Wardrobe before you go off to bed, choose carefully what you will wear to get into the spirit of this day. Whatever you decide to wear today in observance, have fun with it. You might just get a second life out of that gaudy outfit on Halloween as part of your costume.

Spark on...
~ Lynn

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GAYLLYNNE 10/17/2012 3:40PM

    Oh boy, I love gaudy!!!

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AGK3112 10/17/2012 3:36PM

    Thanks for the info..

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JANTWO 10/17/2012 12:25AM

    Thank you for letting me know. I can dress gaudy....LOL

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ELSCO55 10/16/2012 11:13PM

    LtMurphy7 could decorate the hospital gowns

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DETERMINEDJANET 10/16/2012 11:07PM

    Wish I'd known that earlier so I could make a great fun day out of that with my kids! LOL

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LTMURPHY7 10/16/2012 10:59PM


how gaudy can i get when I'm at the hospital

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Today is National Desserts Day

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Yum! Some may choose to pig out on desserts today -- NOT I! I will not forget all the other major food groups! emoticon

There may be dessert before the main course, if I can put it all together before our Sunday family meal time. emoticon

At least no one in my family will EVER misspell desserts again. My favorite rule of spelling: Dessert has two "s" because you usually want or ask for seconds! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNSET09 10/20/2012 9:10AM

  I think I'll go celebrate with a dessert myself, thanx! emoticon emoticon

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LYNNIERN 10/15/2012 9:31PM

    This could be one of my very favorite days of the year!!

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HEYITSLISA 10/15/2012 7:42AM

    well, shoot, and I didn't have dessert yesterday! I usually do a couple times a week just to keep the sweet tooth at bay!

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GAYLLYNNE 10/15/2012 6:40AM

    Oh dear, maybe I shouldn't look at the calendar!!! :)

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JANTWO 10/15/2012 12:22AM

    Glad I did not know that.... emoticon

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ANDYINBC 10/14/2012 5:13PM


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SWIMLOVER 10/14/2012 5:04PM

  Actually fruit is my favorite dessert!

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WALLAHALLA 10/14/2012 3:17PM

    I'm not going to pig out on desserts today, but I definitely worked one into my plan. emoticon

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STUDLEEJOE 10/14/2012 12:45PM


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The Savings Keep Adding Up

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Earlier this week I told you about how I'm a coupon clipper and try to save 45-55% on my grocery trips. This week was one of those big monthly shopping trips.

My DH accompanied me so that we could wheel two carts and split our items into 3 transactions, which maximized our savings. Once again I saved 48% on our family groceries.

The great news is that I am closer toward our first brand new upright freezer. What a feeling!

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SUNSET09 10/14/2012 8:19AM

  Coupons and refunds is the way to go! I believe there is no reason to pay regular price for anything and you are not taking funds from anyone's pocket. Your wallet needs to go on a diet as well and what better way to do it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GAYLLYNNE 10/13/2012 9:35AM

    Awesome!!! What a great goal!

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BESCATS 10/12/2012 1:26PM

    That's wonderful. I'm lucky to save 15-20%, but no double coupons around me, and I guess that's good for just the two of us. Better in my pocket than theirs !!

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CELIAMINER 10/12/2012 8:23AM

    Amazing! I feel good if I save 10-20%, and I believe people who can't be bothered with coupons for items they routinely use are just paying too much. What a great example you set!

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LYNNIERN 10/12/2012 7:17AM

    So very awesome!! emoticon

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JANTWO 10/12/2012 12:24AM

    Way to go on saving the money!!!!

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Pay It Forward: Your Unused Coupons Help Military Families

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Maybe I'm a "couponing queen", but I don't really label myself as such. There are real queens who are making a living sharing their couponing knowledge with others. I admit that I follow some of their practices and advice. In many instances I am happy to share what I've learned with others in order to help whenever I can.

Case in point, paying it forward to support our military families abroad with Troopons(r).

A couple years ago my church bulletin announced that the parish is collecting coupons, current and expired, to help military families. That's when I realized that I don't have to recycle my unused coupons but rather pass them along to help these families who are managing to make ends meet while their loved one serves our country.

Here are some specific suggestions how you can help share your unused coupons that benefit Troopons:
o If all your children are grown, put aside those coupons for baby items.
o If you have a favorite brand of personal care products (tooth paste, shampoo, deodorant, etc.) clip all the others and pass those coupons along.
o Don't drink soda? Pass along all those beverage coupons.
o Have your own favorite brands of laundry detergent and household cleaners? Send all others to Troopons.

Now, you might be wondering...
How do I get these coupons into the right hands so they will be used? Check around to see if there is a volunteer group doing this in your area. If not, go to Troopons, a part of Support Our Troops(r). Here is the link:

Read the FAQ, follow the guidelines and send them off. You can start supporting our troops and their military families today! Maybe you can even initiate a Troopon volunteer group in your church, local library or community center to get more coupon clippers involved.

My grandparents used to tell me that they supported the troops during WWII by rationing everyday necessities and buying war bonds. These are different times. I am proud to support our troops with Troopons! You can too!

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VALYNN26 10/12/2012 10:42AM

    What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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MARY1313 10/12/2012 9:52AM

    I will give you credit too!

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MARY1313 10/12/2012 9:51AM

    I hope you don't mind if I share this on my facebook page so that I can get even more people involved! Thanks for posting this as I am former military and do everything I can to help.


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USMAWIFE 10/12/2012 9:27AM

    thanks for sharing. normally I take my unused coupsons and leave them at the stores for others to use

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GAYLLYNNE 10/10/2012 6:47AM

    What a great idea. I will pay this forward by putting it on my facebook page! Thanks, you may have helped more than you know!! What a good person you are!

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DR8561 10/9/2012 12:24PM

    What a great idea! I'm going to post a link to your blog & help spread the word.

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LAURELSPARK 10/9/2012 12:24PM

    Great idea..............I hadn't heard of this before. I've saved the line and will start clipping!

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CLRWILLIAMS25 10/9/2012 12:21PM

    Thanks for posting! I clip coupons, but I don't buy a lot of name brand items. I always have a ton of unused coupons that I recycle. Hopefully, I can find a group in my area!

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