7 Things I Would Love to Eat Guilt-Free

Mama Kat challenges us to write a blog about 7 things we would love to eat guilt-free.  I love Mama Kat’s blogs/vlogs.  She is a great inspiration for me, however, I am altering this to include drinks.

    1. Steak – I love steak in all forms.  Unfortunately, I am poor and very rarely get to eat steak.  Sure I get steak tacos every now and then, but it’s not the same as slicing into a big, juicy steak with a loaded baked potato and some form of vegetables for a side dish.

    2. Bacon – I absolutely LOVE bacon.  I could willing eat a whole pound of the stuff by myself.  I even love things wrapped in bacon.  Bacon-wrapped bacon is even better in my book.
    3. Eclairs – These yummy little treats never last long in my house.  It’s an obsession with us.

    4. Wine – I love red wine.  Not sweet though.  Sweet wine is nasty.  I like Burgundy and Merlot.  Give me wine and I’m a happy camper.w-wine-bottle-glass23876
    5. Margaritas – I love Margaritas as well, but not frozen.  It must be on the rocks with salt.  And I better taste that tequila or it isn’t even worth my time.large-margarita-glass
    6. Mexican food – I love Mexican food.  I’m trying to learn to cook it so I don’t have to wait to be able to afford to go out to eat (Taco Bell doesn’t count), but I’m not the best at it yet.maxresdefault
    7. And, finally, we have Dr. Pepper – I’m absolutely obsessed with this stuff.  I know I could lose a ton of weight if I just stopped drinking this, but I love it.  I have absolutely no willpower whatsoever.

So, there you have it.  The 7 things I would love to eat/drink guilt-free.  I hope you enjoyed!


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Dressing Up for Sad Occasion

The last time I dressed up was this past Sunday (January 15th) for my mother’s visitation.

She passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.  She had stage 4 small cell carcinoma which had been diagnosed back in September.  We knew it was coming, but still I managed to procrastinate on buying something suitable for the visitation until the very last minute.  Thankfully we have Amazon Prime and the clothes arrived in time and actually fit.


Robert O’Neal, Kermit O’Neal & Angela O’Neal
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Visitation for Catherine O’Neal

Mama’s Losin’ ItThe Prompts:
1. The last time my heart melted was because…
2. A list of 20 ideas to make this your best year yet.
3. Write about how you would spend the perfect Snow Day.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: workout.
5. Tell us about the last time you dressed up. 

When I Was Younger

When I was younger, my parents would take me on vacation to Florida over Christmas break. My mother would sit on the balcony with a wine glass in her hand while my dad and I would go bird watching at the beach. I used to love going to Florida until I realized that other kids didn’t do this on Christmas break. For them, it was all about spending time with their families, gathered around a tree, opening presents and eating lots of food.

One day I asked my mother why we didn’t do those things. When I did, this sad look came over her face. She walked over to the fireplace and laid one hand gently on the clock that sat on the mantle. It was an antique, she had told me, given to her by her mother, who was given it by her mother, and so on for generations. It didn’t work, and I often wondered why we never got it fixed.

“Christmas makes me sad, Ginny,” my mother replied. “My parents died in an automobile accident right before you were born on Christmas day.” Her eyes were so full of sorrow and unshed tears. “Going to Florida makes me forget about that. It makes me happy to see you running around on the beach with your father.”

“It’s okay, Mom,” I told her, as I wrapped my arms around her. “I understand.”

Now, I am grown with a family of my own. Every Christmas vacation we pack everyone in the car and drive down to Florida. I sit on the balcony with a wine glass in my hand while my husband goes bird watching at the beach, just like when I was younger.


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Received Honorable Mention in the Daily Flash Fiction Challenge

10 Things That Make Me Happy

It doesn’t really take much to make me happy.  It’s the little things that make the biggest difference in my life.

The number one thing to make me happy is knowing that my kids are happy.  They are my world and when they hurt, I hurt.  So, when they are happy, so to am I.


The other things that make me happy would be listed as follows:

2.  A good book.  I love reading and it takes an excellent book to hold my attention long enough.  I currently have two books on my shelf that I am trying to find the time to read.  The first one is “The Classic Illustrated Sherlock Holmes“.

Sherlock Holmes

And the second one is “Prince Lestat” by Anne Rice.

Prince Lestat

Both of these books were given to me by my son, so they are at the top of my reading list.  Unfortunately, between working as server at a restaurant, selling AVON, blogging, and being a mother, I never seem to have any time left over to just relax and read.

3.  A good wine.  Okay, so it doesn’t necessarily have to be good.  I just really like Merlot.  I tend to buy the cheap stuff because, well, I’m poor.


4.  My friends.  I don’t have many people that I would call a true friend, but those I have I cherish with every ounce of my heart and soul.


5.  Doctor Who.  I’m sure all of you know I am a completely obsessed nerd fan-girl.  Doctor Who is my end all and be all.

Who knew how hard finding ten things that make you happy would be?

6.  The smell of rain at the end of winter.

7.  Candles.  I love candles and the way they cast different shadows across the room.

8.  A really good steak.  I know all the vegetarians will probably hate me for this, but I truly love a really good steak.  I can’t help it.  It just tastes so good!

9.  A good movie.  I know I have probably beaten to death the fact that everyone should see “Remember Me“, so I will not mention that movie here.  Another good movie is “Labyrinth“.  My kids and I actually wore out our VHS version of this movie and it took forever to finally find it on DVD.  I love this movie so much that I could probably recite every line of it.

And last, but not least, 10.  Weird as this may sound, but new office supplies make me happy.  I absolutely love a fresh notebook or new pens or a full box of file folders.  It’s silly, but I think a lot of writers out there agree with me that this can be the best thing in the world.  I can spend hours in an office supply store and be perfectly content.

So, that’s it.  That is ten things that make me happy.  How about you?  What makes you happy?  Please leave a comment below.

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Twisted Mix Tape #MiddleSchoolAwkward – Jr High in the 80s

I was in Middle School in 1986, 1987 and 1988, so I am going to focus on those years for this MixTape, but I’m also going to incorporate this with a Summer Playlist inspired by Mama Kat, so they are going to be songs specifically released in the summers of those years.

The first song is going to be from the “Slippery When Wet” album by Bon Jovi which was released on August 18, 1986.  I absolutely adore the entire album, but “Never Say Goodbye” always reminded me of my friends:

“True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper was released on September 15, 1986.  This song always seems to make me cry.  It’s so emotional.

On July 21, 1987 Guns N’ Roses released their album, “Appetite for Destruction”.  I am in love with this album, but I specifically love “Sweet Child O’ Mine”:

And who can forget Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me” from their “Hysteria” album which was released on August 3, 1987.

Released in August of 1988 was Proclaimers “I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)” from their “Sunshine on Leith” album.  I always loved this song.

And just for pure fun (I love the current commercial with this song in it), here is “Push It” by Salt-N-Pepa which was released on their “A Salt with a Deadly Pepa” album on August 2, 1988:

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Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop – Share a Quote You Love

I think my ultimate favorite quote is:

Our Fingerprints

I first heard this quote in a movie called “Remember Me” starring Robert Pattinson.  I remember my friend wanted to see it really bad, but I was kind of on the fence about it.  It looked like a romance, and I’m not your typical girl when it comes to liking romantic movies.  If something doesn’t blow up, I get really bored.  But we went to see it anyway.

I fell in love with that movie.  I won’t tell you anything about it other than you should most definitely go watch it.  It’s actually on Netflix now, so go check it out!  You won’t regret it.  It starts off slow, but stick with it.  In the end, you will most definitely thank me for the recommendation.

This quote reminds me of all the people we can touch without ever even knowing we are doing so:


It reminds me that we can make a difference in so many lives:


It reminds me that every person we speak to, every person we make eye contact with, every person we hold, will make a difference in our lives and we will make a difference in their’s… no matter how small or insignificant that difference may be:


So go out there and remember that “Our fingerprints do not fade from the lives we touch.”

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Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop – Moving

Mama Kat’s Writing Prompt asks “You have to move away from your state in one month.  Name six destinations you wouldn’t mind relocating to.”

I moved to Texas a little less than two years ago.  Prior to that, I lived in Illinois for the majority of my life (with brief stints in Ohio, Wisconsin, Mississippi and New York).  Weather-wise, I absolutely love Texas.  The area I’m in is fairly decent even in the summertime.  We still have days when it gets a little too warm, but nothing beats not having to shovel snow.  And, let’s face it, there are only so many layers a person can put on before they begin to look like Baymax from Big Hero 6.


All this being said, rural Texas isn’t exactly where I would love to live for the rest of my life.  Nothing personal to those who love living in the middle of nowhere, but I am a city girl at heart.  So, let’s begin my 6 destinations I would love to live:

1.  London, England – I have always had a fascination with London ever since I was a little girl and first read a book called “Her Royal Destiny” about King Henry VIII’s last wife, Katherine Parr.  This, coupled with my absolute love of British television, makes London an absolute must-live-before-I-die destination.  (And, who knows, maybe I might meet a madman with a blue box!)


2.  Chicago, Illinois – Okay, so I grew up in Chicago, and it snows – alot.  But I miss all of my friends so much, that I wouldn’t mind moving back for a little bit before I die.


3.  Seattle, Washington – I don’t know why specifically, but I’ve heard some great things about Seattle and wouldn’t mind living there at least once in my life.


4.  Rome, Italy – This historical city would be an absolute fabulous place to live.


5.  Orlando, Florida – Because there is somebody that I love a great deal who lives there.


6.  New York City – My daughter plans on living there and I doubt I could live very long away from her.


(These locations may change based on wherever my son decides to end up, as well.  Yes, I plan on being a stalker mom.  I don’t like the idea of being away from my children for too long.)

So, these are my six destinations that I would love to live.  Do you have any favorites?

Don’t forget to visit and follow the blog that my amazing daughter created for our Avon business, Leah’s Blushing Rose.


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Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop – Inspired

I haven’t responded to one of these workshops in a while because I have been busy with many other things in my life, but I decided that I would start taking the time if I could also link it with other things I am doing in my life.

Avon has inspired me to start doing things that help other people.  Avon and mark. both have foundations that help specific causes that are important to women.  The cause I am going to focus on today is domestic violence and dating abuse.

One in three women worldwide will be the victim of domestic violence in her lifetime.  If it isn’t you, it could be someone you know.  It could be your mother, your sister, your daughter, your granddaughter, your friend, your neighbor, or your colleague.  Doing everything you can to help them is important.  If we stand together, we can stand strong.

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Limited Edition International Women’s Day Tote!
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$1.50 will be donated to the Avon Foundation to fund programs to end violence against women.
At Avon, we are committed to empowering women. The Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program has committed nearly $50 million, in over 50 countries, to organizations and programs focused on awareness, education, direct services and prevention programs to help end the cycle of domestic and gender violence.

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100% of the net proceeds from sales of the mighty pretty m.powerment bracelet ($20.92) is donated directly to the m.powerment by mark* philanthropic initiative dedicated to breaking the cycle of dating abuse and partner abuse.
So far, more than $1.5 million has been raised to benefit education and prevention programs in communities across the country. One bracelet, two messages! With the words “mighty pretty” wrapped around your wrist, you’ll definitely send the message that you’re both strong and confident-how empowering! Oval shape in gold-tone metal with painted enamel. Snap closure; hinged to fit a range of wrist sizes.
*Managed by the Avon Foundation for Women.

Click on the product pictures to order these items today and help support this very important cause.  Also, please feel free to comment with links to other organizations that help put an end to domestic violence and dating abuse.

Don’t forget to visit and follow the blog created by my gorgeous daughter for our Avon business, Leah’s Blushing Rose.

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Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop – December 19, 2013

Writing Prompts for 12/19
1.) Write a blog post inspired by the word: pajamas
2.) A memorable gift.
3.) The last thing you got mad at a pet for.
4.) A favorite holiday tradition.
5.) Your top 5 favorite Christmas songs.

“Dusty, what are you chewing on?  Another pair of headphones!  That’s the 10th pair this month!  Stop it!”

You would think that at some point I would learn to put the headphones in a cabinet or a drawer when they aren’t actually being used, but I just never think to do that.  I love my kitty, but sometimes he can be such a pain.

I know this is short, and I would have done #5, but I’ve already done a MixTape with my five favorite Christmas songs.  You can check it out if you would like:


I hope you enjoy!

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