Welcome! I'm a stay at home mom with a degree in education. I love to share teaching ideas, recipes, crafts, how to sessions, reviews, do giveaways and more! I enjoy meeting new people! My family is everything to me and want to leave behind a piece of our lives for future generations to come.
What a wonderful day of celebration with a great group of people who came to celebrate the big day with us. Lots of love all around...
From a little kindergartener.....
To a lovely, talented young woman.... we are so very proud of her.....
It had rained the day of graduation so everyone had to squeeze inside a hot, un air conditioned gym in the South.... our makeup just ran off and our hair...well let's not even talk about that, lol. But the day I wouldn't have missed it for anything! So proud of Hayley and all she has been through and done to get so far!
So happy to have my dad there and I know my mom was watching from heaven... she was missed so deeply that day. My dad had an older video recording that they had sent to Hayley a few years ago to congratulate her for something else and he sent it to her that morning. We were all in tears..... Just hearing her voice again...
Sam's club did a great job decorating her cake :-)
Our niece Neve came down with my sister and my brother in law. :-)
Gabby our other niece was here!!
Jerry's twin brother Garry brought crabs down from Maryland for Hayley's birthday/ graduation celebration. He gets them for her each year!
She was a very happy girl, lol. :-)
Garry and his wife Lori and stepdaughter Kate. We had to set up some extra tables to fit everyone so they kinda went over into our guest room :-)
Hayley wanted to do a bounce house and water slide and had a blast with everyone! When she was little and had her parties growing up we used to get them for her all the time.
So happy to have some of our family come and share the day with us as we don't get to see them often. Many friends too but they weren't all in this one. Tons of pictures I will cherish always, but wanted to post a few of her special day and thank everyone who made time to come and be with her on her special day!!! Much love to you all!!
We are living in a fast growing world of technology and it seems our younger generation is already all about the digital world. In fact, it seems like everyone is going to online invitations for parties, thank you notes, baby and wedding announcements and so much more!
When Hayley was younger paper invitations were still acceptable and now I've noticed with Kathleen growing up more and more is done online or by word of mouth. The benefits are the reduction of paper waste and able to save special moments in the digital archives for a long time.
I was asked to review the website Paperless Post and you can also visit their website by following this link https://www.paperlesspost.com to see all their great products. They offered me a credit towards products to try on their site in exchange for my honest review. All the following opinions are my own. :-)
While browsing their site I really liked how convenient it was to find just what I need, as it was easy to navigate.
For example they have some really nice father's day cards to choose from and all you need to do is choose one, personalize it and send it to your recipient.
(Photo credit: Paperless Post Website)
There are free cards available on the site, but you can purchase digital coins for your account to get upgraded cards with more details. I love all the different styles they had to choose from and they include an envelope you can design too. Creating your own online account on their website is also free. This is an example of a party invitation.
(Photo credit: Paperless Post Website)
They have all different styles to choose from and you can even add your own pictures to the front. It makes it so convenient to do everything in one place.
(Photo credit: Paperless Post Website)
Invitations are so easy to send and there are many styles to fit everyone's tastes!
(Photo credit: Paperless Post Website)
I love the personalized stationary section as well. I chose this example to share as I just love dragonflies! :-)
(Photo credit: Paperless Post Website)
They also have flyers you can create and send out, along with options for RSVP's and also general messages back to the sender. You can even download their app on your phone and do everything from your phone on the go! This is especially helpful while you are on vacation or traveling with work and would like to send out something nice without running to the store and waiting for it to arrive. Email has it there in minutes as the card design is immediate.
(Photo credit: Paperless Post Website)
I also like that they have a feature that lets you know when your cards, etc. were sent out and received. It's a great way to keep track of things. I enjoyed taking some time to send a few cards out to different people and will be doing more soon. You can even pick out a virtual stamp for your cards too! It's really a neat concept and saves on postage :-)
I hope you will take some time to check out there website and share it with your friends. I enjoyed reviewing it and will definitely be using it myself! Enjoy the rest of your week!
I pulled up this memory of when she started her jewelry making business and paid for a trip for us to go to American Girl in New York! We had the best mother daughter day :-)
Watching her grow up has been a pleasure and my heart is so full of love and pride.
Have a wonderful birthday Hayley, I love you more than I could ever put into words.
This past Saturday we celebrated with a pool party and a bunch of her friends. Everything turned out really nice. She absolutely loves the beach, so that was her theme. :-)
The UV filter has been amazing for keeping our pool clean, and even better don't have to use all the toxic chemicals!
The famous unicorn float was brought out again this year, lol.
Little decoration all over....
Kathleen was decorating all Hayley's cupcakes and also made her a special cake out of placing all the cupcakes together. :-) She is so thoughtful!
What a great group of kids... a beautiful day and a very special birthday girl!
Hayley's favorite place to be.... this was taken last year when we took a quick trip to the ocean for a weekend. She had the plan to do this for her senior announcements as one of the pictures. Less than 2 weeks and it will be graduation day! Time is flying by.....
Love you Hayley, hope your day was everything you wanted and more!
Celebrating 25 years of marriage today with Jerry.... the years have just flown by! We don't have money to celebrate, but I feel so blessed to have him by my side and every day is a gift. :-)
It is hot, hot, hot here in NC...... Ugh.... 90's and above!
I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and were able to enjoy some time relaxing with family and friends.
My knock out roses up on our hillside are blooming so beautifully....
We were visiting my dad's house and I took some pictures of his sweet pea vine and also his beautiful lilies!
Our Yucca is blooming so nice this year, it is actually getting pretty top heavy from the growth and all the beautiful blooms!
Love lilies, as with all my favorite flowers I wish they would last longer.... ;-)
Many of you who have followed my blog from the beginning know I have always shared crafts, recipes and teaching activities, along with tea parties with my girls. It used to be quite frequently! As they are getting older the opportunities for that are becoming fewer and farther in between.... however the teacher in me would still like to share :-) After giving it some thought I decided to start a new YouTube channel that focuses on Preschool and Child Care Teaching. It will be beneficial to anyone with young children as I will be sharing tips and teaching ideas, crafts and more. I just created it today, so there's only one video so far.... but I'd love to have you visit me there and tell me what you think of it. If you enjoy it, please click like and consider subscribing :-) If you subscribe also hit the bell next to subscribe and that will notify you each time I upload a new video. Posting it here for easy access. :-) Thank you for the support as I'm trying to get it to grow and even just watching it helps my ranks in YouTube. :-)
Hope your week is off to a great start and that everyone had a nice Mother's day! :-)
Jerry bought me these beautiful roses and the girls gave me some lovely gifts as well. I was happy just spending the day with them :-)
They opened up so pretty! I wish they could last forever!
The pansies are still thriving on our porch and this week I plan to get some more flowers to add!
Also need to do some pressure washing for the never ending pollen that forms a nice layer on there, lol.
My flowers are blooming so nicely, these are Mexican roses, in the family of moss roses too. It seems a lot of names for this particular rose ;-)
Love this time of year when I can put my flags and decorations out again.
Also setting up my hummingbird feeders! :-)
My butterfly bushes have really grown well this year. Hummingbirds love to hang out here.
Always a joy to be able to watch them from the sunroom :-)
Been staying on track with my healthy eating and exercising. :-)
The cupcakes I made for the girl's lunches for the week.
One night for dinner I also made a low sodium stuffed shells dish, so good!
Love doing fresh grated cheese, so much flavor and not all those awful preservatives!
I was reorganizing the laundry room/ dog area and decided to change up their treat containers. Having 5 dogs these don't last long, lol.
Penelope was sitting and waiting for Kathleen to get home. They love when she gets here and get so excited!
Right now during the day however, they enjoy being lazy in the sun ;-)
Thought I'd share this quick organizational tip for today.... If you have rolls of wrapping paper you need to store and want them up off the floor; just go to the Dollar Tree and purchase a dress bag! Perfect size to hold the wrapping paper, just add the clothes hanger, zip it all up and it stores nicely in your closet. :-)
Love this picture of Hayley after she was working on her pastel art of this giraffe. I love how it turned out and I love her face too! Signs of a true artist, lol!
This is my dad's new dog Kelvin I mentioned him before in one of my posts. My dad sent me this picture of him, seems he is enjoying his new home a little too much! LOL! But my dad is definitely known to spoil his animals. It's a far cry from the shelter he grew up in.
Hope you are all having a wonderful Monday! I'll be working my way around reading to catch up with you as well.
This past Saturday after a few scattered showers; the sun came out along with the humidity and to start the early day of the Go Far race. :-)
Usually Hayley runs with Kathleen, but this year Jerry decided he want to run with her :-)
This was the beginning of the race with her classmates that signed up. GoFar was a race program that was through her school and she would train twice a week in preparation for the big race, a 5K :-)
This video on my YouTube page is a quick highlight of them starting and then as they finished. All week they joked back and forth in a competitive nature of who was going to win. Kathleen beat Jerry by 46 seconds!!! Very close :-)
Go Far Race 2019 Kathleen and Jerry - YouTube
Getting ready to run!!!
Me and my girl, so proud of her! It was so hot and humid!!!!
Hayley and I... so hard to believe she will be graduating soon!
Both these girls are my whole world.... love them so much!!!
We all wore the shirts Kathleen designed for her school and she won the contest for her design!!!
He had no idea this was coming!!! LOL
It's a good thing we all have a good sense of humor in this family, lol!
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!! Blessings, Jill
Hello everyone! Hope you are enjoying some warmer temperatures where you are! :-)
I was contacted by Shinesty to review a couple items that they sell and I'm so glad I did! These items are perfect as a gift or just to treat yourself ;-)
They have a variety of items to choose from, men and women's items such as swimsuits, pajamas, shirts, boxers, tops, bottoms, accessories, socks, different themes and more!
Hayley was viewing the website with me and she fell in love with this beautiful Kimono!
She also was super excited to find this tiger poncho with built in pockets, perfect to take to college with her for the football games!
I chose a beautiful Hawaiian dress and I love how the tags are attached with little pins for easy removal of the tags.
We had a fun time with the photo shoot one late afternoon. We both are quite impressed by the quality of the items. They are made very well and we just love the material!
As you can see it has a hood and a belt that wraps around to the front.
The pouch is wonderful for holding phone, keys, snacks, etc. It not only zippers close; it has velcro too to help keep it all together and to hide the zipper so you can hardly tell you have the pouch attached!
Here Hayley is showing you an example of what you can add to this pouch to keep it safe and secure during a rainfall. In this case, it's her glasses.
It's spacious and flowy, non- restrictive and very comfortable!
So super cute!
It even has draw strings for the hood for those extra hard rainfalls!
Another view of the front pouch :-)
Snaps make it easy to put together and unhook.
If you love this poncho as much as we do you can find it here
The next item we both fell in love with is this beautiful kimono.
Soft and silky.... beautiful colors, even the pictures don't do it justice.
Hayley says it is super comfortable :-) Not sure she's going to let me borrow it anytime soon, lol.
As you can tell she was quite happy to model it for me. :-)
If you're interested in this beautiful kimono you can find it here
I picked out this beautiful Hawaiian dress and I just love the bold, bright colors! I think I will be wearing it to Hayley's graduation this year :-) Again the quality of the material is great and it's an easy to wear wrap around dress.
The sleeves are gathered at the ends and the dress is so light and comfortable!
I just adore the colors and so perfect for the Spring and Summer season! Would be a wonderful Mother's Day present this year. Their website offers a couple styles to choose from.
If you love this dress as much as we do you can find it here
Shinesty also if offering a one time coupon code of 10% off your total purchase! Just use this coupon code when checking out: jilltheladyboss
Just thought I'd do a quick picture to show you how well she has settled in here with us. Elvis and her lay together like this a lot and he has totally accepted her into the family. :-) Mirabelle is doing well with her also and they all play and hang out together, though all 3 still leary of our dogs, lol.
So another story regards my dad this time..... we are all about saving a dog's life and Hayley volunteers at a local shelter and fell in love with this little guy named Kelvin. His time was running out at the shelter and she asked my dad if he would consider giving Kelvin a good home. My dad as you may know already has 2 little dogs; Stella and Henry who like to rule the roost so to speak, lol. Well my dad has a big heart as we do for animals and Kelvin is just a super sweet boy; so after spending time with him he decided to adopt him and give it a try.
Hayley's friend Ana went along with us :-)
We quickly learned Kelvin has a lot of energy and stress. He has lived in the shelter his whole life and is only a little over a year old. He is 44 pounds of power! But also full of love and just loves to give kisses!
A little not so good news is, he is destructive and likes to chew everything in sight and doesn't want to be alone. It's been a little stressful for my dad and I hate to see his things torn up, one of them being his mattress! Kelvin has only been there a week and my dad feels sorry for him as he has never had any training and has been cooped up for so long. He needs a lot of work, but we are hoping we can get things figured out so he can remain a part of the family and still keep my dad's house in tact!
There's lots of sweetness of course when he's sleeping! LOL. Looks so innocent ;-) Don't let him fool you!
More exciting news Jerry and I went to the acceptance orientation with Hayley at Appalachian State last Saturday. The weather was terrible, lots of storms, bad fog, etc. but we still made it. Walking the hills was a bit of a challenge for me with my heart, but I wasn't going to miss that moment for anything. She was so excited and we of course are excited for her and then I decided I wanted to go back to school and live in a dorm again, lol.....
This was a cool underground tunnel that allows you to walk under the road and to the other side. It had all kinds of graffiti and artwork all the way through it. Being the artist she is we had to stop and get a few photos. ;-)
Now if we could only have had some sunshine it would have made for the perfect day!
Since dad had just rescued Kelvin we decided it best to have Easter at his house this year. I was missing my mom terribly.... Easter just didn't feel the same without her. She always made everything so special for everyone.
I took a few pictures of some of their yard in bloom as we were doing the egg hunt.
Easter eggs were everywhere, lol!
These lilacs smelled so good! One of my favorite flowers of all! :-)
Even Buddha managed to get an egg ;-)
No matter their age, it's still fun to find eggs and Kathleen made sure Jerry and I and Hayley had our own egg hunt too. She's so sweet and thoughtful that way. She used her money to get prizes and everything. Hayley put some of her money together too to help out.
Jerry found a few metals in his eggs :-)
We had a beautiful day and just enjoyed walking around looking for the eggs. Jerry is always still a kid at heart as he runs around looking for his, lol. You can tell by his full bucket ;-)
My dad with the girls..... my mom was there in spirit I know.... wish I could see her and hold her again.
Just a little update: There are many new items and returning popular items on my Perfectly Posh website. I have a business page on Facebook and also another Instagram account for just Perfectly Posh @allabouttheposhwithjill. It has all my contact information as well as videos and posts related to the products in more details. This is a direct link to my website
Beach Blanket is one of our most popular scents and before it became a core product, it was selling out quite rapidly as everyone seems to love the warm beachy smell :-) It's definitely one of my favorites!
The so soapy body soap it very nourishing and moisturizing and has lots of lather! I did a review video on the Sassyooma so soapy on my page. You can also find me on YouTube All About The Posh With Jill is my channel name.
This new line with honey is absolutely amazing! I fell in love with Posh the first time I tried it and have been hooked ever since! Just a few quick facts about Perfectly Posh:
Most items are under $25.00
When you buy 5 products you get the 6th for free!
Create a free account on my website and you will earn perks for every purchase you make. You can save those perks and put them towards products in a future order! You get 500 just for signing up and more on your birthday.
All products made in the USA and are cruelty free!
Shipping always $5.99 on all orders.
You can find a full list of ingredients on my website.
Products are naturally based some of the ones we use are shea and cocoa butters, essential oils, and fruit and botanical extracts. We do not use any harmful chemicals in our products.
We are all about pampering and taking care of yourself. This luxurious products with the amazing scents can sure make anyone feel relaxed and recharged. Perfect for women, men and gentle enough for children. In fact my girls can't seem to get enough of it, lol. We all have sensitive skin so Perfectly Posh products have been a blessing for us!
If you have any questions or would like to try a sample, please let me know! :-) Happy to help!
Kathleen is loving the Ice Queen mask where you leave it on and it's a peel off mask. Deep cleansing and refreshing!
Twilight Zoned hand cream is another of my favorite scents. Our hand creams are made with apricot kernel oil and are non greasy and so moisturizing! I thought this Snapchat filter with the purple hair fitted this hand cream perfectly, ;-)
Thanks for stopping by today, enjoy the rest of your weekend!
The journey to good health can be challenging at times, and by that I mean our food choices as well as our budgets to help support healthy habits. The more you consider what our health means to us, the more we realize that stretching the budget a little more to get good, healthy, quality food also saves a lot of money in medical bills down the road. As most of my readers know I'm fighting against heart failure.... but I refuse to let it progress without a fight. Since my diagnosis right before Christmas in 2018, I have completely changed my lifestyle. I like to choose stores that give me great customer service as well as provide me with the foods I feel comfortable serving to my family as well as myself. Great deals can be found, but I am also more willing to spend a little extra to get good quality. For the location I live in my local choices are Food Lion and Walmart grocery. Unfortunately I don't feel the selections are of good quality so I drive about 40 minutes to get to Harris Teeter. I also enjoy shopping at Publix as well. Since we were in Harris Teeter and everything looked so wonderful, I decided to share a little from that shopping trip. This is my opinion only and this is not a sponsored post. :-)
Their deli section has a wide variety to choose from and they have Boar's Head lunch meats; which I like due to the choices and the fact that they provide nutritional books letting you know what's in all their meats and cheeses. For me that is so important as I have to watch my sodium levels. I rarely eat meat, but occasionally will have chicken, salmon and turkey. I've pretty much eliminated cheese other than some baby Swiss and some Mozarella.
I was really happy to find this no salt added turkey. The amount of sodium total is 55 mg in a slice.
Just look at all this fresh amazing produce!! So many healthy options to choose from!
I get excited walking in the door just knowing I have great options to choose from!
Kathleen and Jerry were shopping with me and had to get a picture of her beautiful face among all the lovely fruits :-)
The meat section is one of Jerry's favorites as he decides what he'd like for Sunday dinner and throughout the week. I usually pick up fresh salmon to have at least once a week. Such a big difference fresh!
Yes.... I do take my own bags as well, especially cooler bags as we have a bit of a drive. I've also been known to bring a full cooler if I know we will be stocking up. ;-)
The customer service on the times we have gone have been great! Very friendly and helpful service!
I found this dark chocolate bar I want to try, but only one or two squares at a time. No more eating terrible candy bars. Actually I got it last Sunday and still haven't broken into it. I'm really watching my sugar intake as well as my salt and fluid intake. Dark chocolate is supposed to be a healthier choice. :-)
Even better NO SODIUM!!!
I also tried out this drink, I've never seen it before and it has the slightest bit of bubbly in it, but is actually really good. Not very sweet but just enough flavor to help once in awhile. Especially since I mostly drink water or unsweetened teas. Anyone else tried this or heard of this brand? They are a little pricey though. When I got these they were on sale 2 for $5.00. Normally $2.99 each.
Also NO SODIUM and very low on everything else and it tastes good :-)
Just about every day for lunch I make some kind of a healthy stir fry. My taste buds have changed so much! I crave healthy things now.
For this one I bought zoodles all ready to go, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, chicken and spinach. So delicious! Harris Teeter has a lot of pre cut vegetables that really save on dinner time. They are a bit pricey so I don't always go that way, but sometimes when it's a busy night I will plan to have them so they're all ready to go! Healthy, delicious and quick meals! No excuses ;-)
One night I made chicken bruschetta with roasted potatoes, so good! The chicken were fresh from the meat market area as well. I just season with some olive oil and make adjustments for my restrictions.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees lightly oil a baking sheet with olive oil.
To make bruschetta, combine tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, basil leaves in a medium bowl. Salt and pepper to taste. Set aside in a bowl.
Season chicken and place on a baking sheet. I like to line mine with aluminum foil for easier clean up :-) Put potatoes in a large bowl and add olive oil, garlic, thyme, oregano, basil and parmesan (season to taste) Toss gentle to combine and then add to other side of the baking sheet.
Place in oven and bake until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are golden brown and crisp about 20-30 minutes. Then put a slice of mozzarella on each piece of chicken during last 10 minutes, once melted remove from oven and add bruschetta on top and enjoy! :-)
I also had a request in my email from Eileen to share the recipe for my chocolate cupcakes that I made from the Everything Dash Diet cookbook. I couldn't find anything online to link to the recipe so I am including it here, but please visit their website for more great recipes and ideas. :-) You can find their link here
Hope you enjoy these Eileen, let me know when you get a chance to bake them what you think :-)
1 2/3 cups white whole wheat flour 3/4 cups light brown sugar 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 teaspoons sodium free baking soda 1 cup water 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 muffin tins with liners.
Place dry ingredients, except chocolate chips, into a mixing bowl and mix together.
Add wet ingredients to pan and mix until well combined.
Pour batter into muffin cups filling about 2/3 full.
Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over batter.
Place in middle of the oven and bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool.
Hope you are having an amazing Thursday!!! Many blessings, Jill
Tis the time of year for super busyness it seems. :-) Anyone else feeling the days are too short to squeeze in everything? ;-) We certainly have had a full calendar and it just keeps filling up even more each day.
Kathleen participated in Battle of the Books with her school and they came in third place! So proud of all of them. They had 27 books to read and reflect upon with some challenging questions. I thought this photo was so cute that she shared on her Instagram of her and Jerry so I just had to post it on here. :-)
Way to go Kathleen!!!! Super proud of you and thankful your dad and I could be a part of your special day!
Outside of the building they were in for the competition was a beautiful garden that was showing some lovely blooms. I quickly snapped a few photos to share..... I just enjoy seeing the signs of Spring so very much. Everything in a new season, new life, new potential..... just gorgeous!
Still cooking up healthy food and enjoy trying lots of new recipes that are low in salt, calories and sugar. This was a mediterranean artichoke salad so yummy!
Yes!!! These delicious homemade chocolate cupcakes are also crazy low in salt, sugar and calories. So good and they didn't last in the house long at all! I wasn't sure if the girls would like them since they weren't as sweet as the cupcakes they are used too, but they ate them up fast not really leaving any for me to snack on, lol. I think Jerry may have managed to get one before they disappeared! ;-)
We added 2 new baby ducklings to our family, but they have already grown so quickly since these photos. I will post more updated pictures soon. They are so adorable and sweet!
The other day we had temperatures near 70 degrees and it was so beautiful outside. Kathleen said she was going outside to do her homework so I said ok. I thought she was going to the picnic table or gazebo to work and when I looked around outside I found her in our front driveway. She was having a blast getting her work done, had kicked off her boots and was just enjoying the sun.
Looking forward to more warm days. The last few we've had sun but it has been a little chilly. How's the weather where you are? I've seen a few posts on Instagram of snow still coming down! I'm glad we aren't seeing that here, lol!
Just wanted to check in and do a quick update! Hope your week is off to a great start!! Happy Spring!!!