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The 7 Virtues -- Smelling Gorgeous for a Good Cause!!

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Do you love perfume as much as I do?

Are you a "signature perfume" type -- always choosing the same fragrance? Or are you silly enough sometimes to select a perfume just because it kinda "coordinates" with what you're wearing?

For example, Red Jeans by Versace when you're wearing red? (This is a dramatic lily-based floral). Or Mademoiselle Coco when you're wearing green? (It's so herbal and grassy.) Or, say, Shalimar or perhaps Je Reviens ("I Remember") when you're wearing vintage? Je Reviens is a classy Worth juice which has been around for a very long time and still smells great.

There's always room in my life for playful light-heartedness; perfume is that for me for sure. But maybe perfume can also be more than mere frivolity. Here's a link to a perfume company called The 7 Virtues which is creating jobs for women in Afghanistan and developing new agricultural activities there as an alternative to the growing of opium, a Taliban-controlled industry:


Canadian Barb Stegemann is the author of "7 Virtues of a Philosopher Queen", a book which I haven't read yet but which sounds most interesting, and which apparently sets out her purposes in developing her perfume company.

She wants to encourage a life of virtue by cultivation of the 7 virtues -- and this is what she cares about:

1.How adopting an attitude of WONDER instead of doubt can lead to professional and personal advancement.

2.How to obtain a strong mind, body and spirit connection through the practice of MODERATION.

3.How to uncover the TRUTH.

4.How to transform fear into COURAGE.

5.How to trust your instincts to ask the right questions in the pursuit of JUSTICE.

6.How to obtain the WISDOM needed to discover your life’s calling and purpose.

7.How to see the age-old view of BEAUTY as the result of balance and proportion in your life.

(All these are ideas which I know from reading a huge range of our fabulous SP blogmeisters are of interest to so many of us exploring body/mind/spiritual health right here!)

But the 7 Virtues concept isn't just a book or a static philosophy: it's a way of life that integrates business with philanthropy: a genuine philanthropy which goes way beyond mere "charity" to create wealth for everyone involved, drawing upon the principles of Adam Smith. Stegemann has put these virtues into action by sourcing organic fragrance oils in Afghanistan through a cooperative which has come to support over 2,500 farmers.

She's now marketing two Afghan-based perfumes: The 7 Virtues Afghanistan Orange Blossom (orange blossom with jasmine and freesia) and The 7 Virtues Noble Rose of Afghanistan (which combines organic rose oil with carnation, peppercorn and clove).

My DH bought me the rose fragrance for my 60th birthday. He'd read an article about it in the newspaper and special ordered it for me from this site: and he says that he was treated with absolute courtesy and kindliness, with the parcel couriered to him within 48 hours.

So: after all of that build up: what does it smell like? Yes, I do absolutely love it! It is very rosy and feminine but also subtle and layered and complex and mysterious and spicy!!

(The spicy part offers some consolation for Fendi no longer being available on the market -- Fendi was an Oriental that I wore very often indeed and still look for longingly . . . haven't found it yet.)

Very quickly and out of all the bottles sitting on my dresser the 7 Virtues Noble Rose of Afghanistan has quite definitely become my fave fragrance. And I do love fragrance . . .

So what's the right clothing to work with Noble Rose? I will, of course, be wearing it with my new pale pink suit for spring -- and also with a black silk floaty-skirt suit printed with tiny pink rosebuds which I've had for awhile and still like a whole lot. (Shoes for the pink suit are pink quilted leather with kitten heels and tulle bows: could not be any sillier than that!! Although the fuschia sling backs I wear with the rose printed suit are pretty silly too . . . )

I also had Noble Rose on today with wide-leg navy blue jeans and my red leather motorcycle jacket -- and yesterday with a smoke blue grey suit and rose printed scarf. This is one versatile fragrance and I seem to be wanting to wear it every day!!

I'd love to try the 7 Virtues orange blossom/freesia/jasmine perfume. Or Stegemann's next project, which will be a green vetiver fragrance with organic oils sourced in Haiti and due for release this coming fall.

And I'd love to hear Stegemann speak. She is apparently available as a keynote
conference motivational type, focusing on concepts of Courage and Wisdom as essential components of corporate citizenship. If any of you book such speakers for your businesses/organizations, the contact info is of course on the site as well..

[If you'd like to hear her too, there's a link below to Stegemann speaking about the 7 Virtues: and yes, she also speaks candidly about the connection between these virtues and obesity, something she herself has struggled with successfully but not without effort . . .


I thought I'd blog about this amazing entrepreneur and her products because I know there are lots of people on SP who support these kinds of principles and projects -- and who might not be opposed to enjoying a new spring fragrance!

Our Canadian soldiers are fighting in Afghanistan. And dying. Yesterday was the funeral of a 24 year old young man from Valcartier in Quebec, killed on his first tour of duty. Thousands of ordinary Canadian citizens line up on each side of the highway when the bodies of our Canadian soldiers are brought home, to show their respects. We have been a nation of peacekeepers, and this is a new epoch in our military history. Each death of one of our Canadian soldiers makes me very sad. Very sad. Of course we support our brave soldiers who are doing what seems to be necessary, but I like to think that there may be additional methods of combating injustice and instilling democratic principles in Afghanistan -- that the evolution of this perfume business is a parallel effort also doing its part to make the world a sweeter place. Stegemann was motivated to develop her perfume company because her best friend was grievously wounded in Afghanistan.

Perfume is lovely -- and so too is the thought that by wearing this gorgeous scent I'm helping women in Afghanistan find alternatives sources of employment . Helping empower them as they struggle for for their existence, their education and their democratic freedoms in a most oppressive regime.

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FRACTALMYTH 4/24/2011 7:06PM

    mmmmm my senses are yearning for the scents you describe... they sound SO lovely... and Stlrz, too... I must try happy... I love citrus scents :D

My wedding perfume was Presence D'Une Femme by Mont Blanc... still love that... and hubby bought me Lanvin's Eclat D'Arpege this year which I am wearing for work...

you have made me desperately want to try those Stegemann blends! I wonder if they are available here?

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KALIGIRL 4/11/2011 1:39PM

Love the Virtues - what a way to live life!
Congrats on 60 - I'll join you in December!
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BRIGHTSPARK7 4/11/2011 1:29AM

    Rose is my favorite scent, though I don't wear perfumes. I loved reading about her book and amazing business model, supporting the growth of roses and orange blossom instead of poppies in Afghanistan. Her youtube interviews are inspiring, too. Thank you SO much for sharing this juicy story.

And I love how much fun you are having coordinating scents and wardrobe.


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STLRZGRRL 4/10/2011 7:02PM

    This is so funny, El... I've been wearing Clinique's "Happy" for about a year now! Truly!

And what did I just order a bottle of last week? An old favorite I haven't had in a LONG time... Liz Claiborne's "Realities'... har-de har.. the Universe pulls a funny on me!

I love gardenia but it seems that grapefruit scents (like Happy) make men who smell women wearing them think the women are up to 6 years younger than they actually are!... ha-HA! Another reason for Happy!

My all time fave tho'... Cacharel's Anais Anais... clean... light, floral and like the smell of fresh linens... I will break out the bottle I've had on the shelf and spritz some directly in your honor!



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NANCY- 4/10/2011 10:13AM

    I'm a "signature perfume" type - No 5
I have some sensitivity to some fragrances, I couldn't even walk down the soap aisle at the market without sneezing and getting itchy eyes.
But I do like to seek out new fragrances that will not affect me. In spring a invasive plant blooms and fills the air with an intoxicating scent. (I believe it is Russian Olive)

I also love the perfumed air from herbal teas like Sassafras. (gone to make a cup, BRB)

What an excellent video. She offers lots of food for the soul.
Thanks so much for sharing this.

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/10/2011 7:23AM

    It's a win - win situation. Yeah!

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DONNACFIT 4/9/2011 11:56PM

    What a great blog..I really enjoyed reading about the perfumes and also about your beautiful clothes..wow :) Makes me think for some of my self care mini goals I should change my fragrance..from eau de corral to something nice and wear something besides coveralls and chore boots...thanks for sharing and happy spring :)

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FREELADY 4/9/2011 10:20PM

    Yes, I like a variety of fragrances!

So glad to hear about all this. You always deliver food for the mind.

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DSHONEYC 4/9/2011 8:45PM

    I love natural light fragrance. I used to wear Woodhue by Fabrege (but I don't think they have made it for 40 years). But I have seen it on ebay (check for your Fendi). Now I only wear Tova (by the widow of Ernest Borgnine) and Mariel by H2O. But orange blossom is my 2nd favorite smell (after new mown hay) so I am interested in the other one...

For every evil person in our world, there are people like Stegemann and Mortenson there to meet the evilness. Charity begins at home, we can all do something wonderful and meaningful right in our own backyards.

Thank you Waterellen. I bet you smell good! emoticon

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PHEBESS 4/9/2011 8:38PM

    Sounds like a wonderful project - I'll have to check it out! And I think Noble Rose would work with classics as well as reds, jeans, black - almost anything except sweats!

My fave: Roma, by Laura Biagiotti - mixed floral with citrus and an undertone of vanilla - just love it!

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VALERIEMAHA 4/9/2011 8:19PM

Sounds like a worthy project. I no longer wear perfumes, but I do wear essential oils, and with my over-active olfactory glands I can definitely relate to your love of exquisite fragrances. I definitely plan to read more about Barb Stegemann -- thanks!
And speaking of Afghanistan, I've gotta' put in a plug for one of my super-heroes, Greg Mortenson, also working in remote regions of Afghanistan (and Pakistan), his main focus being building schools for girls! An African proverb that has underpinned his efforts: "Educate a boy and you educate an individual; educate a girl and you educate a village."

His work has up to now established 145 schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan, which provide education to over 64,000 students, with a emphasis on girls’ education. _Three Cups of Tea_ (well over 3 million copies sold now, published in 13 countries) and _Stones into Schools_ (which I'm currently totally engrossed in reading) chronicle his extraordinary story. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READING.

End of plug; back to regularly scheduled programming.
WOW! Just watched the interview with Barb Stegemann on her book. What a GREAT articulation of such important values! She is amazing -- she has made profoundly spiritual truths wonderfully accessible in this book and, even more impressive, is living them out!

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CMB2048 4/9/2011 7:54PM

    I am more the vintage perfumer--Shalimar is my favorite. Unfortunately, my husband hates any kinds of smells but he likes Shalimar. I will check these out though. Sounds like a wonderful cause to support.

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Friday, April 08, 2011

Yesterday I turned 60!! SIXTY!!

OK, cannot believe it. And have to say, turning 60 is probably the most traumatic "big birthday" I've experienced since 40. When my husband had to take me to Bermuda for a week. And arrange a catered party on our return home for a huge crowd of friends. At 40 I was home with kids, having left a great job as a college teacher, in between careers, wondering if I'd ever get back into the workplace.

By 50 I'd earned 3 more degrees and been called to the bar and was practising law and was preparing a manuscript for publication. But: I also weighed 85 pounds more than I do right now. Had paid a price -- a big one -- for the stress of commuting and academics and all the rest of it.

Yesterday's 60th was low key. Started the day at the gym. I worked hard all day and loved it -- actually made significant progress in resolving two big cases that I've been working on for a long time. Felt great. Came home a little early to warm April sunshine, made dinner for DH and DS, polished off a bottle of pink bubbly among the three of us (a new Argentinean rose which is a glorious colour) and enjoyed chocolate fudge cake and wonderful gifts. (I'll blog about one of these, from DH, soon . . . because there are people here who will want to try it, I'm sure!!)

It was a very good day. Through SP I've met so many people who make 60 look energetic and graceful and powerful: Sandy, you're key among them!!

And so I'm thinking that 60 is doable! Gonna be doing it anyway, right? Will be doing it with heart!! (And smelling gorgeous, as it happens -- but more about that soon!!)

(P.S. When I changed my SP page to indicate I'm no longer 59, I couldn't enter that info without changing my weight tracker because my weight at 144.5 was below my former "goal weight" of 150. So -- put in 142. But don't really know that 142 is my goal weight: I'm still Becksperimenting with lowest achievable/lowest sustainable weight. Did preplan and track everything I ate for the birthday feast: stayed within goal too, and did not gain any weight . . .).

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FRACTALMYTH 4/24/2011 7:06PM

    Super happy belated birthday!

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TEENY_BIKINI 4/15/2011 7:20PM

    Happy birthday, hot stuff!!!


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WALKINGANNIE 4/14/2011 5:15PM

    Belated but sincere happy birthday wishes.

What a wonderful blog from a truly inspirational woman.


Annie x

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NICE125 4/11/2011 9:58PM

  Wow!! I will remember you each time I think of 'retiring' and we all have those days! Law after 40?? amazing, write about that journey, very inspiring for us , hope to follow in your foot-steps!
And a belated very Happy Birthday, may you have many more!

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TKADEEPBREATH 4/11/2011 3:22PM

    Oh, Happy Birthday Month!!! Or do you prefer "year"? I figure you just have to celebrate every day of life to be sure. I'm not at all far behind you. I will follow you in grace as I cross that threshold too.

Sorry to be so lax with my sparking lately. My job and life are so full of details and I never seem to manage to get around to all of them. At the end of the day, the last thing I want to do is sit at the computer.

Thank you so much for keeping up with me from time to time. I appreciate your friendship and wishes. You are doing an awesome job and your goals truly inspire me.

Take good care and may all the things that are important to you come to be . . . as always, love, Jan XOXOXO

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DONNACFIT 4/10/2011 12:04AM

    Wow..sorry I'm late to say Happy Birthday!! What a marvelous life you have..you've reached so many exciting milestones.. Have the best year ever..you deserve it emoticon

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CMB2048 4/9/2011 7:23PM

    My goodness! I didn't know you had a birthday coming up!!! You never said anything when I wrote about my 50th on April 1. Well, Happy Birthday! I bet you feel terrific being below your goal weight and all you've accomplished. Here's to a great year for you! emoticon

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VIVIANJ5 4/9/2011 11:46AM

    I think you're doing 60 with grace and style...and three extra degrees to boot! Now you're talking my language...I was thinking depressed thoughts for my 50th (last week), but with the loving support of family and friends (especially here on SparkPeople!), I've decided this decade is going to be even better than the last...as it should be for you too!

We stop growing when we die, so until then, we owe it to ourselves to never stop learning, and never stop moving...Happy birthday to you!!

Take care.

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BLUESKY_321 4/9/2011 6:16AM

    Happy Birthday! So much to celebrate : where you are, what you've accomplished - hooray for you!

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DREMARGRL 4/8/2011 10:41PM

    Everyone is the age of their heart. ~Guatemalan Proverb
One question.....
How old would you be if you didn't know your age?
Hope you noted mine and know that you have accomplished much in your short time here.......KUDOS.....Look fervently forward to the next and the next glorious birthday, darlin'. You're lookin' FABULOUS!!!!! XO Your geriatric friend...NOT (geriatric, I mean) lol...(and I don't mind) cuz age is just a number. Afterall, I AM just the age of my heart....63 YEARS YOUNG! Nite.......xo MaryAnn emoticon

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CRYSTALJEM 4/8/2011 8:57PM

    A very big HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! That's awesome. I do find it interesting though... why does there seem to be such a huge mental change when we move from one decade to another? I'm so glad that you are doing 60 with grace. You truly motivate me - There is still so much for me to accomplish, and age is the least factor in whether or not I attain my goals and dreams. Thank you. Enjoy 60 and every year thereafter!

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BRIGHTSPARK7 4/8/2011 8:33PM

    Wow! Happy Birthday emoticon Birthdays are a chance to look back and plan forwards dear friend. You have reinvented yourself and the best is yet to come! I'm SO HAPPY for you.
Usha xx

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PENNYAN45 4/8/2011 8:14PM

    Sixty is a GOOD age! And you certainly accomplished a heck of a lot between 40 and 50. Imagine what you can do now!

Happy Birthday!

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TBANMAN 4/8/2011 7:44PM

    Happy Birthday!

You make it look easy for those of us following in your well-respected footsteps.

Hat's off to you!

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/8/2011 6:55PM

    Happy birthday Ellen, emoticon, What wonderful achievements you have accomplished and your blogs are so full of the joy of living. You always lift my day, thank you. emoticon emoticon

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PHEBESS 4/8/2011 12:36PM

    Happy birthday!!!!! May this be your best year yet!!!!

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    I face the big 60 this year too! It's going to be awesome!!

Happy Birthday - I agree with KMIRANDA - Life only gets better!!

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JHADZHIA 4/8/2011 11:11AM

    WOW!! I would have never guessed in a million years you are 60!!! You look fantastic!! All that in spite of a stressful career! You rock Ellen!
Happy Belated birthday, so glad you had a great one! Gym and calorie counting, you are disciplined!! You for sure will make what ever goal weight your body feels is appropriate!

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KRISTI2661 4/8/2011 11:04AM

    Oh, happy birthday! Sounds like you had a great one and are looking forward to what life has in store for you! Thanks for being my Spark friend!

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NANCY- 4/8/2011 10:45AM

    You certainly know how to party!
You are one amazing lady. I'm sure you will keep that Spark!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/8/2011 8:40AM

    Impressive; impressive!! Especially that pre-planning your birthday. Going to gym on your birthday = great!! All your accomplishments. You've done so much. Just great. Your sixties will be great, too. I'm sure.

Happy Birthday!! -Marsha

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KMIRANDA2000 4/8/2011 8:23AM

Happy 60!!! Life only gets better!

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Interested in Saving Your Own Life???

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Then you should be checking out STLRZGRRL's amazing series of blogs, and in particular today's "part 3".

Here you go:


What an amazingly tough and wise and fundamentally kind person is our Trace!!


I "liked" it -- hope you will too. This one deserves a "most popular blog" award because so many of us need to read it!!

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BRIGHTSPARK7 4/7/2011 9:38PM

    I hear you Ellen, and I'm off to read it toute de suite. xx

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/7/2011 5:44PM

    Thanks Ellen.

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CRYSTALJEM 4/7/2011 3:36PM

    well, considering you seem to give pretty good advice, I'm off to read it! Thanks (and no I'm not done my taxes).

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FREELADY 4/7/2011 12:06PM

    Remarkable tenacity and compassion. Thank you for passing this on!!

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VALERIEMAHA 4/7/2011 10:15AM

    Thanks for this Important.Public.Service.Announceme
nt, Ellen. I'm right there with you: Our Trace has a penchant for "sayin' it like it IS," huh, sayin' stuff we need to hear...even if we don't wanna'.
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KAUAIKAPU 4/7/2011 9:21AM

    I will check it out :)

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KALIGIRL 4/7/2011 8:58AM

    emoticonwill give it a read.

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Spring Stretching Out Ahead . . .

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

The anticipation at this time of the year makes life zesty! All better times to come!! There are a few yellow and purple crocuses in bloom in my garden -- news ones, which I planted last fall, close to the back door where I'll see them every time I come in or go out. (Gotta get the remaining fall leaves lifted soon. . . .tidy up the flower beds!).

The robins were positively hollering when I got out of the car after the morning run to the gym. It's sunny and warmer. Cardinals are whistling, and the lady cardinals appear to be wearing red lips! Goldfinches at my birdfeeder are beginning to look distinctly more yellow, setting aside their "winter olive" plumage.

And as for my own plumage: I found in the back of my closet a navy and cream striped silk jacket, bought several years ago and never worn -- because when I got it home from the store it was too tight. Now, it fits! (Thank you, Judith S. Beck and SLENDERELLA61 for introducing me to Beck).

This particular jacket was in a dollar store lurking on a rack of deeply-discounted acrylic wolf print sweatshirts -- just the one jacket. I glimpsed the fabric of one sleeve -- made a beeline across the store -- original price tag (manufacturer's pre-printed) $320! Marked down to $1.69! How it ended up there, I'll never know. But no argument from me: and I didn't try it on. I just scooped it up, paid and got outta there . . . only to discover when I got it home that it was too snug a fit through the middle when the clasp/hook thingy was done up.

Had it on yesterday with a cream blouse, navy cuffed wide leg trousers, cream and navy spectator pumps. Yay spring plumage!!

Oh my goodness, I get tired of my grey/black/camel/navy winter woolly suits by this time of the year. It's fun to contemplate all the soft spring colours to come -- in my garden, on the birds, and yup, on me too!!

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SASSAGAIN 4/7/2011 8:27AM

    I'm coming to your city......where in ON are you? south of east gate of algonquin park = me

need to get out shopping soon.....

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NANCY- 4/7/2011 4:57AM

    What a wonderful way to celebrate Spring.
Newness abounds within you!!!!

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STLRZGRRL 4/6/2011 10:39PM

    Pics or it didn't happen!!!

I am SO proud of your deep discount exploits!!!

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TBANMAN 4/6/2011 10:02PM

    Man, I need to come shopping with you. emoticon

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PHEBESS 4/6/2011 8:41PM

    Sounds like a fabulous outfit!!!

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/6/2011 6:11PM

    You are a whizz at the sale items and I love your wardrobe, it is so full of surprises. We are now moving towards Winter so it's a whole different game here.

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JHADZHIA 4/6/2011 11:25AM

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Flowers and robins, how nice!! The geese have returned as have the seagulls, but no robins here yet..

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SLENDERELLA61 4/6/2011 10:40AM

    Beautiful! Just beautiful! I know you feel so good in your classy bargain that fits, fits, fits!!! Enjoy spring. You are part of it! And I know you will keep up those good workouts, too!

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VALERIEMAHA 4/6/2011 8:53AM

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Spring and fall make living in this part of the country tolerable. WHEEEEEEE!!!`

With spring coursing through your veins, I think you would really enjoy William Stafford's poem:
No comment/words needed (as I said on the blog).
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JOPAPGH 4/6/2011 8:37AM

    I am excited for the warmer weather to come and actually stay around.

Coming up on our 2 year Sparkiversary next month. Congratulations on all you have achieved.

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TURCOTTEP 4/6/2011 8:20AM

  It is awesome.

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Sisters Shopping Day

Saturday, April 02, 2011

What a gorgeous day: sunny, +8C, red winged blackbirds and robins singing me along the road for shopping day with my sister!!.

Over the course of the day, ingested: several skim milk lattes; tomato soup; spanakopita; an apple. AND chocolate fudge cake!! (Shared, and we left quite a bit on the plate). Mmmm.

Certainly, tracked it all.

All of those calories AND more had to have been burned off, power shopping!

Bought: bright red ballet slipper rain boots: very cute (marked down from $70 to $44). My old duck boots were so worn inside that they were snagging my stockings, had to be replaced.

Bought: mint green linen blazer, size 6!! And the price?? Are you sitting down?? It was $2.50! Brand new, with tags, with spare button . . . found it in a liquidation warehouse. Pressed up beautifully.

Bought: tan poplin safari style jacket, size 6 also. Same liquidation warehouse. Brand new, but the price tag had been ripped off . . . , so I was a bit worried. My estimated price: $25.00. Rang in at $1.75. Also pressed up beautifully.

Two jackets with tax, less than $5.00! Tried on a ton of other stuff, thrilled that every size 8 fit and many many size 6s fit. Could have bought a ton of other stuff, but . . . . it's the thrill of the chase. These were the best deals!! And that's really what it's all about.

Plus: the hilarity, the gossip, the cackling --- yup, like they say, priceless.

So how come hysterical laughter isn't on the Fitness Tracker? It should be. Yeah. It should be!!

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FLORABEL 4/5/2011 12:02PM

    What a blast! AND size 6! Woohoo!!!!

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PENNYAN45 4/4/2011 11:19PM

    Sounds like it could not have been a better time.

Happiness and fun abounding!


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JOHAL52 4/4/2011 11:05PM

    Sounds like a great shopping day and size 6s to boot!! Heavenly!

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CRYSTALJEM 4/4/2011 4:36PM

    Good weather, good company and good shopping... sigh. What a lovely day.

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/4/2011 5:22AM

    WooHoo, thank you for sharing the joy. Huge :)

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STLRZGRRL 4/3/2011 3:08PM

    Oh the joy of unbanged, dentless bang and dent shopping, eh? Yay, YOU!!!

Also... hysterical laughter burns at least 1,000 calories a minute.

True story.

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CMB2048 4/3/2011 11:30AM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time and those size 6's???? That must feel sooooooooo good!

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NANCY- 4/3/2011 9:32AM

    What great deals. You certainly know how to have fun too. I agree that laughter should be listed on the fitness tracker.
Wishing you many more days like that.

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PHEBESS 4/3/2011 9:06AM

    OMG, I want to go shopping with you next time!!!!!!!!

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VALERIEMAHA 4/3/2011 12:25AM

    All I've got to say about sister hilarity is emoticon

And a good time was had by all!

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DSHONEYC 4/2/2011 9:53PM

    Size 6!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

Glad you had such a great day, and with your sister, too! I always appreciate your positive reinforcement...thanks so much.

PS I have never been a size 6 in my life. But size 8 is a number I can work toward. Hope you have a SunDay tomorrow.

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FREELADY 4/2/2011 8:06PM

    An all-round wonderful day! So happy for you! Maybe someday we'll see a photo of one (or both) of those jackets . . .

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TRAVELGRRL 4/2/2011 7:57PM

    I love finding those bargains as well! Even if you only wear those jackets once they're certainly well worth the price!!!

Your blog makes me anxious for my own sister time, which is coming up -- I go back to Michigan in May and she has taken the entire week off!

Yes, certainly belly-laughing is a calorie burining activity!

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ERIKO1908 4/2/2011 7:23PM

    Sounds like an awesome day spent with a loved one!! Glad to hear it was so fabulous!!

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BRIGHTSPARK7 4/2/2011 7:15PM

    Your happiness shines through your words. What a wonderful day! And Unbelievable Bargains. I love when you find something you LOVE at an incredible value.
I'll be visiting my sisters in the UK in August. Looking forward to it.

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SLENDERELLA61 4/2/2011 7:13PM

    It should be!! So glad you enjoyed your day and racked up some super, super bargains. Enjoy your 6's. Well deserved! -Marsha

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