Lover-ly ladybugs, linking up with Erika and Andrea, today for my Friday Favorites, 07.2020 post. Even though this is a weekly post for many of my blogger buddies, I’m just hoping to share my faves once a month, on the last Friday. And so far, so good. In case you missed it, please check out the goodies in last month’s Friday Faves, here. It was one of my most popular posts for July!!
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Let’s see what tickled my fancy in July.
Long Sleeve Zipper Bathing Suit
If you had told me 10 years ago that I would be looking at, much less buying a long sleeve bathing suit…I’d have definitely looked at you sideways. But fast forward a decade and my body is even more punctuated by freckles that I know are really sun spots and just hope are not liver spots. About 2 years ago, I purchased a short sleeve swim shirt for our trip to the Dominican. Liked it so much that I replaced it with a Sociala long sleeve swim shirt at the beginning of the summer. And liked it so much, that I just purchased a Daci long sleeve swimming suit.
Actually, I have to give credit where credit is due. I saw the Daci swimming suit on my friend Loretta, the Introspective Adventurer, on one of her social media accounts. Here, on Facebook, I believe. She wore the swimming suit so well that Amazon needs to pay her to advertise it for them. Check her out.
I can’t remember where I saw this little gadget but for those of us who are sometimes style impaired, it seems heaven sent. The Twist-Tee Knot gathers and knots tees, scarves, sweaters and even transforms dresses for a new look. I have tried knotting tee shirts myself but I tend to gather too much fabric and my tee becomes a midriff top. This little clip makes it look so easy.
When I come across things I love on the Internet or shopping online, I save them in a folder to share with you in Friday Favorites posts. These skin-tone bandages are something I had come across, saved and then forgotten about. Until today. What took us so long to come up with this idea?
According to this article on Health.com, 100 year-old Band-aid will begin making bandages in a variety of skin tones to “embrace the beauty of diverse skin.” Now how ’bout Ace bandages.
Speaking of band-aids, here’s a little trick for ensuring they stay in place better. I found this graphic on Postfun.com in an article entitled “Things You Have Been Doing Wrong This Whole Time Just Like The Rest Of Us.” If you are like me, not only have you been applying bandages in correctly, you’ve also been using Chinese take-out boxes all wrong, too.
Cutest Lil Firecrackers
My daughter Brennyn is a neonatal nurse in Ft. Worth. She works with a great group of girls who would do about anything for their baby patients. One of my favorite nurses is Kathryn. For every major holiday, she creates adorable photo booths where the families are invited to take pictures of their baby. I was honored to help Kathryn by making a garland for the 4th of July photo booth. Check out the onesies she made for each of the babies in the unit at the time and the clever way she decorated for the photo op.
Kathryn pays for all of this out of her own pocketbook. If you have a few extra dollars and would like to help Kathryn with her next photo booth, please let me know. I can get your donation to her or put you directly in touch with Kathryn. For some of these babies who live in the NICU for the first months of their lives, this is their only photo opportunity. And it means so much to the families. Kathryn is an angel.
Cadence Ellie, Brennyn Alexis and Lauren Allegra
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention some of my all time favorite girls in this Friday Favorites 07.2020 post. Cady’s birthday is 07.28 and she entered the double digits, turning 10 at 7:48 am. Brennyn, my oldest daughter and Cady’s mum, celebrated her 36th birthday on 07.30 at 10:14 pm. And Lauren Allegra, my youngest daughter celebrated her 34th birthday and 4:33 pm on today, 07.31. We are almost always together for birthdays but this year was different…you can say that again!!
I am so proud of my July birthday girls. And I love them and my January Cami and March Lucia so much.
Do remember when in 1992 Crayola expanded their range of skin tone colors from ‘flesh’ to this 8 count box of crayons in brownish shades? I do because when my daughters, who are both Hispanic, were young, they were sensitive to or mindful of the difference between their skin colors and mine. And each other, for that matter. They were delighted to have flesh tones that more closely reflected their complexions. Now days, kids (and coloring grandmothers) have an even wider variety of skin tones to choose from in this Crayola multicultural box (24 skin tones + ‘8 classic crayons for coloring eyes and hair’).
Those are some of my favorite things this week, what are yours? Have you tried a short or long sleeve swimming shirt? How about knotting a tee? Have you tried that before? I can’t wait for my twist tee knot to get here. Tried to tie a knot in my tee today and just managed to wrinkle my shirt without securing a knot in it at all.
Enjoy a peaceful weekend kick-off to this shiny new month.
Hugs and kisses,