Disclosure: As a member of the #SwitchCircle for Jennie-O, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.
The weather this month hasn’t been as warm as it usually is so I haven’t fired up the grill yet…as a matter of fact, I haven’t even uncovered the pool which I normally do on Mother’s Day weekend.
Well, it may still be a bit too chilly to start cooking outdoors, but it’s not too chilly to start cooking lighter which is why thisTurkey Pasta Salad was perfect for a mid-week meal.
If you have been following along on my Instagram page you would have seen that I received three flavors of Jennie-O Smoked Turkey and the one that I used for this recipe was the Hickory Smoked Cajun Style.
Happy Mother’s Day to all my friends, family and followers. I hope you enjoyed your day, no matter what you did or didn’t do. I started my day at Church but not before taking a few pictures with Tayair who had to go to work later at Home Depot. We also took a few pics holding a portrait of Malik, who as you know is away at Bowie State University and won’t be home until Friday.
Hubby turned on the Keurig for my morning coffee but forgot to put in a Pod so I ran late for church getting there at 11:30 but I needed my caffeine.
This week’sWayback Wednesdaypost is not going to cover the 60s or 70s, as we are only going back two years to 2015. If you have been following my previous blog,DeDivahDeals, then you would have remembered the series of posts entitledHeaded to Hollywoodin which I chronicled my trip to California to be a Brand Ambassador for Depend/Walmart for a Vibrant Nation Campaign and appeared in the May issue ofWoman’s Day Magazine.
Needless to say, this was an exciting accomplishment in my blogging career and although there hasn’t been anything to top it, I haven’t given up. As a matter of fact I just got back from New York hosting the1st Annual Brand Ambassador Award Launchfor AAU Global Production Media Group and next Sunday, I will be hosting my firstBlogging and Beauty Mixerat the Reallook Med Spa.
This is the dress that I received for the photo shoot which is aDiane Von Ferstenbergand at the time the retail value was over $300 – which is by far the most expensive dress in my closet.
The shoes were a recent purchase fromRossand I love the chunky heels, a throwback classic from the 60s.
The purse,Relic Brandwas purchase from Kohl’s last summer and the color is a perfect compliment to the dress.
So what is the most expensive item in your closet?
This week’s Wayback Wednesday post is not going to cover the 60s or 70s, as we are only going back two years to 2015. If you have been following my previous blog, DeDivahDeals, then you would have remembered the series of posts entitled Headed to Hollywood in which I chronicled my trip to California to be a Brand Ambassador for Depend/Walmart for a Vibrant Nation Campaign and appeared in the May issue of Woman’s Day Magazine.
Needless to say, this was an exciting accomplishment in my blogging career and although there hasn’t been anything to top it, I haven’t given up. As a matter of fact, I just got back from New York hosting the 1st Annual Brand Ambassador Award Launch for AAU Global Production Media Group and next Sunday, I will be hosting my first Blogging and Beauty Mixer at the Reallook Med Spa.
This is the dress that I received for the photo shoot which is a Diane Von Ferstenberg and at the time the retail value was over $300 – which is by far the most expensive dress in my closet.
The shoes were a recent purchase from Ross and I love the chunky heels, a throwback classic from the 60s.
The purse, Relic Brand was purchase from Kohl’s last summer and the color is a perfect compliment to the dress.
Let’s Chat: what is the most expensive item in your closet?
Disclosure: This honest review for Verizon Wireless was facilitated by the loan of a Motorola MotoZ Droid and Hasselblad True Zoom Lens – all opinions are 100% my own as the Delaware Blogger #spon #VerizonWireless
Okay ladies answer me this question, and guys don’t go anywhere because I need an answer from you about the lady in your life.
Ladies, do you like trying on clothes in the department store dressing room or do you prefer to make the purchase then take the clothes home to try on in the comfort of your own bath or bedroom?
I must admit that I dislike taking the time to try on clothes in the store, but hate it more when I have to return something due to the fact that it doesn’t fit.
For example, this dress looked so cute hanging on the rack and I thought it would be perfect to wear to New York for the1st Annual Brand Ambassador Award Launch sponsored by AAU Global Production Media Group.
Unfortunately, the neck line it not cut to be as flattering as I would like so this dress will be returned to the store. Hubby is really loving his retirement and has been sleeping in late, so he hasn’t been taking myOutfit of the Day pictures.
Today I purposely rushed home early so that he could take these photos before the sun went down.
If you remember, I had previously reviewed theMotorola MotoZ Droid with the Projection Screen, but this Motomods attachment is a camera lens that attaches to the back of the phone.
I really liked it because it allow you to zoom in up to 10x and it has an amazingly fast shutter speed. There are options for aProfessional Mode, VideoandPaVideo aand alsoa regular point and shootPhotosetting. It also includes a carrying case for storing the lens when not in use.
It took a few minutes for hubby to get used to the adjustments, but after a few tries it was easy and he was able to capture these images of me on the back deck, and of course I took an “usie”.
It’s amazing how far Smartphones have evolved, as a matter of fact with the MotoZ Droid and Hasselblad 4116 True Zoom I won’t need to break out my DSLR Camera when I want to do a few quick outfit of the day photo shots, what do you think?
In all honesty, I like theMotorola MotoZ Droid better than theSamsung GalaxySmartphone because the photo quality is much better. When it’s time for an upgrade I will definitely be making the switch.
I haven’t been shopping in months, actually, I went the entire winter and only thrifted a few pieces so I felt the need to splurge at least on a dress forMother’s Day. Of the four that I purchased, I will only be keeping these two.
I love the wide belt on this dress, but I see that I need to work on my wide waist – wide neck….wow – it was a long winter and I need to get back into an exercise routine!
Hasselblad 4116 True ZoomThehas a 10x Optical Zoom so you can capture details brilliantly – check out this Tulip!
The Hasselblad Lens has a built inXenon Flashand it comes with a Carrying Case and Quick Start Guide. The MotoZ Droid turns on and off quickly with it’s jazzy Lenovo startup screen and the photo quality is amazing.
Oh and the coolest thing about the powering on of the lens is: you can twist your wrist twice and the camera app starts up and it also activates the True Zoom Moto Mod lens shake it again and it turns into selfie mode!
“Shake Shake Shake It Like a Polaroid Picture”
After hubby finished taking pictures I decided to try out the video feature which you can check out below:
So which one of the dresses should I wear for Mother’s Day Brunch?
Mother’s Day has been bittersweet for me since 2009, and if you have been following me for awhile you will remember the post that I wrote. If not, please check back in onSunday as it will be reposted.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my sons and enjoy our annual dinners atRuby Tuesday’seven though Malik hasn’t been home to celebrate in the past two years…however, he does call.
Anyway, any time that I get to spend time with my mini men it’s Mother’s Day!
Both hubby and I are adult orphans as neither of us have parents nor grandparents and it’s during the month of May when we miss our mothers and grandmothers the most.
Hubby’s mother, Adelaide passed away in August 2013, but her birthday was May 6th and I lost my grandmother on May 1st 2009, so May is a month of mourning as well as a celebration of Mother’s Day.
Listening to a recent radio broadcast I heard a doctor say that journaling is a great way to cope with depression and as you know Blogging is journaling so Blogging is Good for the Mind, Body and Soul!
How do you deal with stress and depression…how do you deal with loss and grief? Writing clears the mind and heals the soul so why not start a blog?
If you are in Delaware, stay tuned for the schedule of the next Blogging and Beauty Mixer to be held at Reallook Med Spa in June.
Seating for the first Blogging and Beauty Mixer is at capacity and I am looking forward to meeting with the attendees so we can discuss why having a blog is good for the mind body and soul.
If you are interested in starting a blog or are looking to make your current one better, head over to my website or send an email to book a one-on-one consultation, ABlake Enterprises.
I am wishing all my moms, grandmas, Nanas, MomMoms a very