Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)
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Sunday

The Many Languages Of Music - 4Ms

Oh how I love music! Have you met anyone who doesn't like music? I have :)

Anyway, Cathy Kennedy wrote a great piece about music and I just wanted to share with you. So go check it out while seeing her music list.
Welcome again to Monday's Music Moves Me. Let's start our Monday's off dancing and and a light mood. 

Theme for this week: FREEBIE - Share anything you want in music!

Thank you all for visiting. I'll drop by soon!

*BESOS   
Hosts: 
The Shewbridges of Celebration, Florida - Lori
Stacy Uncorked - Stacy

So, here's the steps to this party.
First step:  Run over to You Tube, (or wherever), and lock and load!  Get your pick for the theme of the week. 

Second Step:  Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" button (over to our right, right under mine)

Third step:  SIGN THE LINKY - Dance (follow) your host/hostesses, and grab their buttons.

Final step:  Start looking for a partner and boogie on down to her/his blog, and say hello, and tag (follow) her/him, and leave a nice comment.  If you've been tagged (followed) be hip, and get on over there, and tag (follow) her/him back and  leave a comment.

Spotlight Dancers
Congrats to our  "SPOTLIGHT DANCE" COUPLE FOR THIS WEEK!

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Love Is

Love can be interpreted so many ways, but it really never changes and doesn't fit what we want it to be. It is just love. Love is steady. Love is God. God is love.





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Saturday

8 Money-Saving Style Tips for Men: Fashion Made Affordable

When it comes to fashion, men have had a free pass for far too long. In the Information Age, not knowing any better simply doesn't cut it.
Though casual attire is showing up in an increasing number of workplaces, there's still something to dressing for success.

Stocking up on a few new looks might postpone your impending PlayStation 3 purchase, but it doesn't have to drain your bank account. There are plenty of affordable ways to create a professional wardrobe. Before you start buying up penny loafers and blazers, consider a few of these money-saving style tips for men.

1. Go Generic
Does seeing a $150 price-tag on a button up from a brand you've never heard of make you sick to your stomach? If so, you'll be happy to learn the shirt underneath your jacket or sweater isn't the most important piece of an outfit. While shirts provide a foundation for your overall look, they're generally pretty standard. Stores like  Kohl's and Target  have affordable prices on collared shirts appropriate for just about any office.

2. Timely Shopping
Surprisingly enough, some months are better for buying suits than others. Purchasing suits in either January or July is your best bet, as these months are typically when retailers reduce prices on last season's styles. You can score even more savings by using a discount  store gift card  from sites like GiftCardGranny, which instantly trims up to 35-percent off your purchase price. Unless you work with a few fashionistas, odds are the rest of the office won't have any idea you got your suits on sale.
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3. Shoe Shop Online
Sneaker shopping is popular with many men, but a pair of Jordan's don't quite cut it in a professional environment. Luckily, sites like  Zappos.com  offer free shipping and free returns with all shoe orders. This provides the convenience of shopping from home without the worry of getting stuck with the wrong size.

4. Ditch Dry-Clean Only
As you upgrade your wardrobe, it's important to check the tags of any items you buy. If possible, dry-clean only should be avoided at all costs. Not only is dry cleaning expensive, it's also inconvenient. Unless you're especially motivated to maintain your look, you'll likely wind up with a closet full of dirty clothes.

5. Keep it Clean
If you think flipping your tie over your shoulder at lunch is the best way to stop stains, you're probably not familiar with the  Tide to Go Pen. This handy little contraption can be kept in a pocket or desk drawer and makes everything from barbecue sauce to coffee disappear in an instant. Your days of strategic shirt tucking and tie placement are finally over.
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6. Make it Interchangeable
It's nice to have some interesting patterns and vibrant colors mixed into your wardrobe, but don't invest heavily in them. Solid, standard colors like light blue can be combined with a variety of different pants and jackets. Shopping this way limits the number of items you need to buy as you're able to create several different looks with a small stable of clothes.

7. Get the Deductions
Don't let clothes you know you'll never wear again take up all of your closet space. If you're running short on cash, your most current styles can always be sold online or at a local consignment store. Ebay is an easy fallback option, but sites such as ResaleShopping.com help you locate stores in your area that specialize in buying men’s clothing. Another option is to pack your clean clothes in a box and drop them off at a donation center. Make sure you pick up a signed and dated receipt to get the tax deductions in the spring.

8. Get Healthy
When you find yourself going through sizes like a middle-schooler during a growth spurt, consider counteracting your expanding waistline with diet and exercise. It's often hard to get motivated, but a brisk walk or bike ride every day makes an impact. After slimming a few inches, you'll have access to formerly ill-fitting items you've already purchased.


Andrea Woroch is a consumer and money-saving expert for Kinoli Inc. As a nationally recognized media source, Andrea has been featured among top news outlets such as Good Morning America, NBC's Today, MSNBC, New York Times, Kiplinger Personal Finance, CNNMoney and many more. She is available for in-studio, satellite or skype interviews and to write guest posts or articles.
For all media inquiries, please contact Andrea Woroch at 970-672-6085 or emailandrea@kinoliinc.com.





About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.
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Google+ And Facebook Island Hop #15

I'm breathing again. I'm so glad. I couldn't before for quite a few months. I kept having to breathe through my mouth! Finally went to the doctor and now I'm on those meds. ugh. Anyway I promise to take them fully and we'll see come a month's time how it all works out.


Welcome again to another fun blog hop!
  
I hope you link up with me today right through to Wednesday.
   
Looking for a hop that  doesn't have all the rules? You are in the right place.

Island Hop - Share Your Link - Reciprocate
         

My name is Colette and I'm hosting this hop and hope you will participate and share the news with your friends and blog buddies.
          
Blog hops are great when they are free and blog love is being reciprocated.

I'm an island girl and I go with the music, so while today might me a link for Facebook likes, next week it might be for twitter or blog comments or another hop. So read, visit others, leave your link, enjoy and make friends!

Theme: Google+ and Facebook follows
  
Grab the code if you want.
Don't forget to add your url to the linky below.

If you follow me, just leave a message so I can follow you back.

Grab the linky if you want     

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Thursday

When Will You Die?

A friend found it hard to come to grips with a crash that killed some people. She said, she cannot wrap her head around the fact that this is something God would want.  She has questions. I believe it's perfectly fine for her to have questions.

I tell people all the time to have questions and ask them. There is no reason to believe blindly. You must know what you believe and why.

I told her that I don't think God wanted death on anyone, but it is inevitable that we will die. Just a matter of when and how. The how is what causes the most grief. Some people get a long time to say good bye. Others are taken away in terrible circumstances.
And while death of this body is inevitable. Not all of us will die and God has made provisions for life eternal.

I believe firmly that if it's not your time to die, you will NOT die no matter what the disaster.  And I was surprise to find this in my inbox this morning as this is what we were discussing.

What are your thoughts on death? 
2. Do you think you can prepare for it?

Job 14:5 – A person’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.

Job brings to our attention that even though we may act like we have a lot of time to live, much of that is blind optimism.
For many people it takes the death of a loved one to make us face that reality. Yet it is when we know that we will die someday that we can truly live, for death reminds us to live well while we are on this earth. You can’t change the time that you will die, but you can change the way that you live today.
Today’s commentary by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org 


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About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.
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Ipad 2 Blooming Blog #Giveaway with CheckPoints

I want to win an Ipad, but I wont purchase one. Do you want one? We all have budget problems and have to prioritize.

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