My name is Barb and I am the woman behind the online boutique THE FRENCH ELEMENTS. While I will always keep The French Elements blog (so many memories), I have started a new one and I hope you will visit.
CHASING THE NEXT CHAPTER is about change. The past few months I have been thinking about writing a new blog. My youngest son passed away 7/1/2015 and life will never be the same for us. He entered Heaven and we entered a new chapter in our lives. A very different chapter that is still unfolding.
We have always talked about moving back to Europe (or elsewhere). The talk continues but we are planning on making the dream our reality.
He would be pleased.
Well, I have scared myself and poor Tommy! I have had red (faux) hair for years.
Last night I decided I could go from red to dark brown without a problem. I thought this was
something I could do myself. I put the color on and waited 25 minutes. I rinsed it out and took a
look. I am going for the Goth look this Halloween. When my husband heard the laughter, he
came into the bathroom to see what was going on. The look on his face was priceless! I
explained it is only hair and it is not a problem. It will take a bit of getting used to.
When Tommy saw it, he had a peculiar look on his face. And they say dogs can't see color.
Well, I guess it is perfect for Halloween.
Below is my French buddy sporting his beret. We would like to wish everyone a very safe and
fun filled Halloween.
The website is coming along nicely. I have certainly been learning along the way.
Our middle granddaughter Hailey, spent the weekend with us. Although she is just 6, she is wise beyond her years. I know, all grandma's feel that way-hehe. She has a kind heart and a generous spirit. She is a compassionate child and feels very deeply about things. She really is a joy to be around. I am blessed to call her my granddaughter.
Miss Christi gave me this very special award. It is the Blogging Friends Forever Award.
Christi has a lovely, spirit filled blog. She was one of my very first blogging friends. She is what my son calls, "the real deal". I am very honored to receive this from her.
There are rules to go along with this award but right now I am choosing to make my own rules.
Sorry Christi. Everyone that stops by and visits from time to time, I consider a blogging friend (I hope forever). You all mean the world to me.
Please take this and accept it from me. It really does come from my heart.
I have been working on the new website today. I still have a lot of work to do but it is coming along. One step at a time. What more can I ask for?
It has been a while since my last post. My intention has been to post a couple times a week but life does not always allow that. Last week was a busy one. A few minor health issues or what I call "a little hiccup in the scheme of things". All is o.k and I am still smiling (hehe).
A lot of you have read my previous posts about the FDA globalization Act of 2008. While it has not been put into place, I have felt that I need to make a change. I remember many years ago when I worked for Clinique. When I started with them, ingredients were not even listed on products. No one thought that would ever become mandatory. Now it is difficult to find anyone who remembers life before ingredient listing. I have been listening to the voice inside. You know, the one you hear when you are quiet and receptive. That voice has been telling me for a while that The French Elements needs to evolve and it is evolving as we speak. I guess I needed to have a health set back to really listen and act on what was being revealed to me.
I won't go into the details here but you can read Our story on the new website. Change can be scary, but I know this is a change that I am supposed to make. The look has changed( you rock Cathy), the focus has changed and I could not be happier. It will take some time to get everything up and running.
Right now, only the policies and Our story pages are finished. I hope to have it completed by the end of next week. But if not, I am not stressing about it. Life is way too short!
Yesterday was a long one but look what came in the mail to truly make my day. Sherry had
several giveaways and I was one of the lucky winners. When I came in last night and saw the box, I was so excited. When I opened it up, oh my goodness. The picture doesn't do it justice (shaky hands-hehe). The giveaway was this beautiful cup and saucer but Sherry included the makings of my very own tea party. Miss Hailey may be over this weekend and I intend to have a tea party with her. We will be using everything! The vintage spoon and butter knife will be put to good use. The variety of teas and the cookies-oh yes. This will be a fun party.
Thank you so much Sherry. I love everything and will think of you every time I use my beautiful cup and saucer. You brightened my day!
I also wanted to ask for some extra prayers and good thoughts for both my son and my darling mother-in law. You know about my son's health problems. Please hold him up in prayer.
My dear Mother-in-law has been diagnosed with stage4 ovarian cancer. She is young, only 75.
She is undergoing chemo but it is taking a toll. Please remember her in prayer.
Well, I have rambled on long enough. I am hoping to get around to visit everyone this week. If I don't make it around, know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
I have to tell you that Put On a Happy face is my new theme song.
It is so easy to get overwhelmed and discouraged.
I have been there, I know.
It is very discouraging to turn on the news and see what is going on in our own neighborhood, country and around the world.
The only thing I can control is my own attitude toward problems. I have faith but it gets tested on a regular basis. There are many setbacks but the one thing that has made a difference is the way I choose to look at life.
We are not abandoned, a promise was made years ago.
A smile can make all the difference.
I hope to visit everyone this week but if I don't make my way around, know that I am smiling.
The music today is kind of tongue in cheek. The first time I heard this song I laughed and laughed. I really don't want to talk about me all the time but I thought it related to this post-hehe. Grab a cuppa coffee, this is quite a long post (for me anyway).
The super Tattingchic gave me this sweet award as well as a meme tag.
Thank you so much for the award (created by Diana Evans). It is appreciated more than you know.
The award was designed to be given to the wonderful people that are visited regularly. These are people that have inspired me and shared their wonderful lives with all of us. I only ask that you nominate some of the wonderful people you visit regularly (paraphrased a bit).
I just love all the blogs I visit and only wish time allowed me to visit each of you daily. As fall progresses, I am scrambling for time.
This award is for all my sweet blog friends. Please, please feel comfortable to pick it up and put it on your blog. Same thing with the meme tag. I would love to pass it onto everyone that has not played with this tag.
Don't be shy! Please pick it up and share with us.
Meme- all things 7
1. 7 things I plan to do before I die or DREAM BIG
1. pray to live long enough to see a cure for all cancers and Juvenile Diabetes
2. Take the girls to Europe (dream big). Jeff was Annika's age the first time he went.
3. Learn to knit
4. Learn to tat (TC, you have inspired me)
5. Drive a Grand Prix car ( hubby has fallen off his chair at work if he is reading this)
6. Gain 20 lbs
7. Visit New England in the fall
2. 7 things I do now
1. Try to gain weight
2. Spend time with family and friends
4. working on a big change for TFE
5. Advocate for my son
6. Did I mention try to gain weight?
7. spend too much time in the car
3. 7 things I can't do
3. sing on key
4. open most child proof containers
5. seal resealable bags correctly
4. 7 things that attract me to the opposite sex
1. sense of humor
2. their laugh
3. good vibe
5. the smile
6. kind eyes
5. 7 things I say most often
2. Oh My
3. oh my goodness
6. Praise God
7. I hate to bother you but......
6. 7 celebrities I admire
1. Paul Newman
2. Audrey Hepburn
3. Mary Tyler Moore
4. Robert Redford
5. Eunice Shriver
6. Mother Theresa
7. Jackie Kennedy Onassis
7. 7 favorite foods
1. Rice pudding
2. Tapioca pudding
3. Ice Cream
6. rice Krispy treats
7. Hot Chocolate from Angelina's
Thanks for reading. This was a longgg post for me-hehe
Everyone have a safe and blessed weekend. Again, please pick this up and run with it.
A few weeks ago, hubby and I took a drive up to Prescott. While only about an hour and a half away from the Valley of the sun, it is a different world. Let's start with the temperature. Phoenix was 103 that day. The high in Prescott was 77. Prescott is a mile high city. Doing the happy dance!
We had lunch in The Palace. It first opened in 1877 but a lot of historians think it may have opened in 1868. It is the oldest frontier saloon in AZ and well known in the US.
Doc Holiday, Wyatt and Virgil Earp frequented it while living in Prescott. Who knew?
A lot of history took place in this saloon.
Little Egypt dance there in 1910.
In 1971, the movie Junior Bonner was filmed there. It starred Steve McQueen (be still my heart), Robert Preston and Ida Lupino.
Several others including Wanda Nevada and Billy Jack shot scenes there.
The middle photo shows a fantastic collage of all things Arizonian. Truly incredible. I would have loved to see if up close and personal but didn't want to disturb the guests sitting below it.
The shot above shows the Brunswick bar that is still in use today. The palace was destroyed by the Whiskey Row fire on July 14, 1900. The bar patrons actually carried the bar across the street to the main plaza in Prescott and continued on with their business as if nothing had happened.
If you are interested in reading more about the history of the Palace, they have a website.
Last Saturday was Annika's belated birthday party. Due to Dorothy's mom passing on, the party was put on hold for a while. Her mother had planned on having the party at her house this year.
Her dad honored her plan so the party was held there. It was a lot of fun and Annika was Princess for a day.
She is a little dancing Queen. Definitely takes after her sisters.
Every girl needs a pink scooter and accessories. Isn't this cute?
J and D's friend Caroline and her husband started the "shoe thing". These are Disney princess shoes in a variety of colors. Jayde and Hailey are planning on sharing these with their sister.
The little Princess with Caroline.
Grandma, Sweetpea and Elmo. They say the camera adds 10 lbs.... can you imagine? He-He.
Thank you for your prayers. We appreciate them very, very much. I am hoping on visiting this week and catching up on some blog reading. If you miss a day.... oh my.
We have a winner and even the Eiffel Tower is dancing. I just love this photo. If this doesn't put a smile on your face, I don't know what will!
I would like to thank everyone that entered my 100+ post giveaway. I love reading your comments and I have to tell you they put a smile on my face.
The names were written on pieces of paper and put into one of my favorite containers. Hubby participated by pulling out the winning name.
And the winner is ANGIE! I am doing the happy dance for your Angie. Please send me your address and I will get your goodies out on Monday. My email is: barb(at)thefrenchelements(dot)com.
I love giveaways (both giving and winning-hehe) and will be having another one before the Holiday season.
This has been a week to remember. My youngest is ill as many of you know. He went into the hospital earlier this week but praise God, is home again. Please say a little prayer for him. We truly appreciate it.