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Sooo…What Do You Do With That Old Engagement Ring?

Long time readers know that How Was Your Day? started right after I called off my wedding. It wasn’t that I didn’t love him, it was just that I knew it wasn’t right.  I still have several pieces of jewelry from this relationship.  An engagement ring. A pair of earrings when I don’t even have pierced ears. A couple of necklaces. You get the idea.

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So what does one do with these relationship remnants? They no longer hold any sentimental value, but the pieces probably have some scrap value.  But where do you go? The pawn shop? A local jewelry store? If you’ve ever tried selling old jewelry, you know it’s not easy to get a good price for old diamonds.

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Beauty & Fashion

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Old Navy Mix and Match Wardrobe for Fall

The kids are back in school almost everywhere.  The days are starting to get noticeably shorter, and the temperatures are starting to cool down.  Heck, one of my tell-tale signs of fall – apple orchards opening for picking – is even starting up. How can this be? One of the things we really have to…

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Why are Pearls Such a Great Gift

How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways. There are many different ways that a man can tell a woman how much he loves her. While vacations, flowers and fancy dinners are nice, those are all things that fade with time. None of those things can compare with the beauty and timelessness of…

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The Ultimately Confident Outfit

The Ultimately Confident Outfit in Plus Size

Special thanks to Kotex for sponsoring today’s conversation about confidence. Confidence. It’s empowering. It’s defining. It’s contagious. Heck, confidence is even sexy. This outfit exudes confidence. It tells the world that you’re comfortable in your own skin, and that you’re pretty awesome.

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4 Easy Beauty Tricks for that No Makeup Look

Are you someone who is always on the go, yet you want to look fab? Today is your lucky day.  I am going to share four of the biggest secrets that make my everyday makeup routine much easier, and also give that no makeup look. All you need are a few simple products! The no…

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Home & Garden

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Places that Carry Difficult to Find Hardware

Are you a DIYer?  If so, you know that there are always those times that you’re missing an item to complete your project. It doesn’t matter whether you’re making changes on your boat or RV, or repairing or remodeling your home. You’ll often have moments where you discover that you need a certain type of…

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16 Budget Friendly Chic Dorm Room Essentials

It’s that time of year. People are sending their high school and college kids off to school once again. Know what that means, right? A whole new shopping trip for dorm room essentials! I happened to live in a dorm when I was in high school, and one of the things that made each school…

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Delta Faucet invited me on an all expenses paid trip to their headquarters to learn about their latest designs and innovations. When I was a kid, my mom always worked in plumbing showrooms. When she had to work on Saturdays, I would go to work with her, as would most of her co-worker’s kids. We’d…

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Is it time to replace your mattress

Have you been experiencing trouble sleeping? Symptoms like dead arm, lower back pain, and general restlessness that are keeping you awake may be caused by your mattress. While some sleep problems can be symptoms for more serious issues, and you should definitely seek a medical professional’s opinion, others may disappear as soon as you change…

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Louisiana Inspired Cocktails for Your Pleasure

I recently had the pleasure of traveling to the great state of Louisiana. More on that trip is coming soon. Granted, I didn’t get to see much outside of New Orleans, there is SO MUCH MORE to the state than just NOLA, and I can’t wait to return. I think one of my next places…

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The Best chocolate dipped spiced caramel apple

How to Make the Best Chocolate Dipped Spiced Caramel Apples

Fall is right around the corner. Can you feel it yet? The days have already started getting shorter, and all the different varieties of apples are starting to appear in stores. One of the things that I’ve always viewed as one of the rites of Fall is caramel apples. We’re not taking about your plain…

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Grilled Chicken with Root Beer BBQ sauce

The Best Grilled Chicken with Root Beer BBQ Sauce Ever

Chicken is one of the staples of many households. I don’t know about you, but an oft heard refrain in my home is “Chicken AGAIN? Can we have something else?” And I have to admit it. Chicken does tend to get boring.  I was perusing Pinterest one day, looking for new ideas, when I came…

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Lemon curd cupcakes

These Lemon Curd Cupcakes are Sure to Be a Major Hit

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this a time or two, but lemon is one of my absolute favorite flavors ever. While a lot of people are like “oh, yeah, I like lemon.” I like LEMON. You know the kind that punches you in the face, makes your face scrunch up, and is unapologetic about it?…

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A Visit to Inn at the Mill | Springdale, AR

Not too long ago, I spent a weekend in Fayetteville, AR. Fayetteville, for those that don’t know, is a vibrant college town with a lot going on. It’s the home of the University of Arkansas, and there’s always something happening. It’s a couple hours from my house, and a favorite weekend getaway. Usually, I stay…

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Known as the Paris of the West, San Francisco’s scorching summer heat waves, coupled with the freezing rip winds which come from the Pacific Coast, make it the perfect holiday destination for sun worshippers and city explorers alike.


The ancient city of Rome, Italy is famous for being the capitol of an enormous empire.  An empire that controlled a large portion of the world when it was at its peak 2,000 years ago. Nowadays, tourists from all around the world flock to Rome to soak in its unparalleled history and culture. Walking down…

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  When traveling, it’s important to protect your health so that you are healthy and happy when you arrive at your destination.  Especially with the recent Enterovirus and Ebola outbreaks. Some easy ways to stay healthy while traveling are to take supplements beforehand, practice good hygiene during your travels, keep moving and stay hydrated when…

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