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Summer’s Final Days

Published September 6, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_8410Enjoying my sunglasses as autumn approaches

There are officially less than 20 summer days left.

How are you spending your final summer days to soak it up? Carnivals, the beach, a new hair-cut, fall-cleaning? For me, all of those!

This morning I did a spiritual cleaning … my beloved spiritual altar. I cleaned all my magical stones, my angel statues, my little Buddhas, my cross bracelet, my mirrored pyramid, etc.

I took all my positive affirmations off the altar and stored them safely away in a pretty container. I smiled to myself to see that all I wished for has happened. ❤ Now the altar is fresh for new positive affirmations! And I am spiritually set for autumn!

What about you? How do you approach a new season?

SAM_8425Photo taken by my husband, please don’t steal ❤

SAM_8432This could be the closest I get to a big cat!

Sunday Happies!

Published August 24, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_5883It’s Sunday and I’m ready to hit the road with my hubby!

Another gorgeous Sunday in New Jersey.

I was thrilled to finally be able to grab a bite at Cave in Avon-by-the-Sea. It’s a paleo restaurant. I’ve been eating paleo for a few months now and my body loves it! I had grass-fed beef chili, with avocado and a bullet-proof coffee for dessert. The place was cute and cozy and service was excellent!

SAM_5886Grass-fed beef chili with avocado

This dish was so heavenly. It took me back to my Girl Scout days when I had a dish called “Sloppy Joe.”

SAM_5888Bullet Proof Coffee!

Bullet Proof coffee is organic coffee made in a blender with coconut oil and grass-fed butter. Your body will love the healthy fats that give you great energy without the caffeine  jitters! Something about the mixture just does a body good! I serve it to my husband in bed. I also make a great oolong tea version with unsweetened cocoa — it’s killer!

After Cave, we cruised along the beach and then visited a friend. A lovely full day with perfect weather!

SAM_5891How cute!

We don’t know these people, but the dog was so adorable, I’m so glad I got a great shot on the way home!

The Bronx Warriors, Bloomfield, New Jersey

Published July 31, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_1778The Bronx Warriors

Last night was another gorgeous New Jersey night (we’re having a ton of them, all in a row!) so Dennis and I head out with our good friends Mike and Diane to see another outdoor concert, The Bronx Warriors, who did a ton of cover tunes from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, featuring a medley of Frankie Vali hits. As I mentioned before when reviewing other oldies shows, it is always disappointing to hear medleys because I like to hear the entire song, especially since they did my favorite “Opus 17.” I’d rather hear less songs, and more quality of the song.

However, my favorite part of the show was their surf segment with these hits, “Walk Don’t Run” and “Theme from Hawaii-Five-O.” What a treat – perfect songs for summer!

I also loved their version of Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl.”

At the end of the show, Diane and I did a little dancing. And the best part of the shows are always hanging out with Mike and Diane!

SAM_1776Me and Dennis enjoying the show!

SAM_1779Me and Diane enjoying the show!

Ugly Toes

Published June 14, 2013 by Maryanne

Ugly Toes

little piggies

Let’s keep those piggies pretty, ladies!

Ladies, it’s summer and I know how you all love to wear comfortable flip flops, open-toe shoes and sandals, but please, I BEG of you, keep those 10 little piggies PRETTY!

Honestly, it doesn’t take that much effort to keep your feet clean and make sure your toe nail polish is done. If that’s too hard, please consider ballerina flats for summer, or a cute pair of sneakers. NOBODY — and I mean NOBODY — likes to see neglected toe nails.

The other day I saw a woman with so much chipped toe nail polish, one toe was completely bare of polish. C’mon … seriously? It does not take long to paint a set of toenails. Personally, I do it every day, using a different color each day to match my outfit (which is why I don’t get professional pedicures, for someone concerned about having nice toe nails as I am, it would be pricey — besides, I think I do a better job doing it myself anyway).

I highly recommend Gabriel Cosmetics for quick drying action and a variety of gorgeous colors.

Alf ELF  has fabulous nail polish remover pads. They really get the job done, including stubborn dark colors. They are cheap and efficient. So if you think you don’t have time to polish your toenails, at least take the old chipped toe nail polish off!

And if you have rough feet, a quick scrub with a pumice in the shower is a good thing. But eating healthy will keep the heels of your feet soft and you won’t have to do anything.

No excuses ladies — do the world a favor and make your feet look pretty as possible! It’s just for a short summer season anyway. If you want to go back to having ugly toes in the winter, be my guest, it’s your life. As long as I don’t have to look at them.

Retro Foot Spa

When Harry Met Sandy

Published May 14, 2013 by Maryanne

New York And New Jersey Continue To Recover From Superstorm SandySeaside Heights Roller Coaster in Ocean since Hurricane Sandy

(Photo swiped via Google Search)

The roller coaster that is stuck in the ocean since Hurricane Sandy will finally be dismantled today, during a visit from Prince Harry who is visiting the seaside towns that have been hit hard by the hurricane.

Looks like Seaside Heights will be up and running in time for Memorial Day weekend, which is an amazing comeback. I’m so happy to hear that the shore towns are recovering so beautifully and will be back in business. This is just so great!

We’re Having a Ball!

Published January 31, 2013 by Maryanne

Beach Ball 1930sCirca 1930s

Beach ball Elizabeth TaylorElizabeth Taylor

Beach Ball Florida PostcardRetro Florida post card

Beach ball marilynMarilyn Monroe

Yvonne Craig Beach BallYvonne Craig (my favorite!)

Maryanne summerAnd me (Jersey Shore,  2008)

 Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “Love Cats” Kindle and paperback editions available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YBGVJQS/