Just the Way You Are – Song

Just The Way You Are Song

Yep, My name is Mandee and I love Billy Joel!


My all time favorite song is from 1977 – Just The Way You Are.

It ended up winning song of the year for Billy in 1978. I wrote an article about the song, Billy and a silly story of me that the song always reminds me of.

Do you have an old favorite song that brings back memories? Tell me!

Just another of my Favorite things!


Published in: on January 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm  Comments (4)  
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Napkin Folding 101

How to Napkin FoldI do enjoy decorating a table with stylish napkin folds. It’s fun and inexpensive and adds a lot to your table with little effort. I wish I had a penny for every napkin I have folded over the years! The “elf boot” fold was one I did over and over again every Christmas for all the Holiday parties I decorated and catered.

Anyway, I have put together a couple of articles about folding napkins. There are videos, books and photos to help you along. I hope you will enjoy the art of napkin folding as much as I do!

How to Napkin Fold

Christmas Napkin Folds


Published in: on January 9, 2011 at 4:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Memoir Writing

One of my favorite things to do when it comes to writing is memoir writing. I have always written. Started out with rhyming poems when I was young, moved to diaries and then on to personal essays, stories, reviews and articles.

Some of my favorite how-to books on memoir writing include Writing Your Life by Lou Willet Stanek and Writing about your Life by William Zinsser. Both of my copies of these books are dogeared and stained, I use them so much!

If you write memoir or are toying with the idea of writing some of your life stories, grab a copy of these books. You won’t be disappointed!

Writing Your Life
Writing Your Life: Putting Your Past on Paper





Writing About Your LifeWriting About Your Life: A Journey into the Past

Published in: on November 3, 2010 at 3:59 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Old Blue Eyes – Frank Sinatra

Frank SinatraHi, my name is Mandee and I am a Frank Sinatra junkie.

That’s the sign I should wear around my neck. I was introduced to Frank’s music by my parents and it grew from there. In my mind, there is just something romantic and fun about his music. I listen to it in my car, at home and anywhere else I am able. His songs put me in a good mood and I sing along (not very well, I might add).

I like Harry Connick, Jr. singing Sinatra songs as well but if I get my choice (and I can’t listen to the real Sinatra) I will take Brett Eldredge singing Frank any day of the week. He is actually an up and coming star on the Country music horizon but I remember watching him sing “Fly Me to the Moon” and “New York, New York” at  parties when he was growing up. He has a clear, rich voice… just like Frank. His new single “Raymond” is unbelievably good.

This Christmas, I will pull out and dust off my Rat Pack Christmas album and sit back and enjoy Frank, Dean and Sammy — Legends in music.


Image Credit – “Nothing But The Best” by Frank Sinatra at Amazon.com

P.S. To read more about my musical musing, read this article – Music of My Life

For more info about Brett Eldrege, visit Brett Eldrege — Country Music Artist


Published in: on October 30, 2010 at 12:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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One of my Favorite Suppliers

*Note – I am NOT an affiliate for this company, simply a happy customer sharing a great shopping experience.

COD WholesaleOver my many year career in the event decorating industry I have worked with a number of suppliers. Today I wanted to let you all know about on in particular. COD Wholesale. A few years back, the LED lighted centerpieces had been introduced and the industry was clamoring for suppliers. I let the initial hub-bub die down before I suggested lighted centerpieces to my first bride. She, of course, loved the idea and I went on the search for a supplier.

There are many out there but I ran across SOD Wholesale, liked their simple and informative website and decided to try out a small order with them. I ordered the Floralyte II (has an on-off switch) to try out in several centerpieces the Bride was considering.

They were fast, friendly and I was ecstatic with my new find. That was the beginning of my relationship with COD Wholesale. Since then, I have ordered many, many more Floralytes, lighted centerpiece bases, votives and much more. They have a nice selection and the prices are competitive if not cheaper than most. I always received my orders quickly and they were correct.

So, if you are a Bride or an event host, consider COD Wholesale for your event decorating needs. I highly recommend them as a happy, past customer!

Published in: on October 25, 2010 at 10:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Personal Stories

Personal Stories Book

Best Christmas Gift Ever!

I am passionate about recording your life, your story and your history. Memoir is a very important genre to me. I want to share (one more time in a blog) one of the coolest gifts you could ever give or receive.

As I grow older I can’t tell you how many times I wish I had some sort of record of my grandparents lives. Both sets of my grandparents were very interesting but from different social classes. I often wonder what Mamaw would have done when faced with a certain situation or what Grammy would have done. Alas, there is no way to find out since they are no longer with us.

How were they raised? What were their goals on life? What were their feelings and thoughts on just about anything?

I long to know but never will. The Story of a Lifetime: A Keepsake of Personal Memoirs by Pamela and Stephen Pavuk is a wonderful gift to get you started writing about your life.

My parents were given this book by my brother to start chronicling their lives. When finished it will be the best gift they have ever given our family. My unborn grandchildren will have the opportunity to get to know their great-grandparents in their own words. They can share stories, philosophies and what their life was like thru a personal memoir such as this.

So, my recommendation today is, start now, before it’s too late. Life has so many twists and turns that none of us know if we will be here tomorrow. Give this book to your parents, grandparents or to yourself. The gift you receive in return is priceless!


for more information about Writing Memoir visit Writing Life Story or visit my blog Life Story Writing

for more information about the book, visit this page I made The Gift of Personal Stories (all links open in a new window)

Poems for Parents of the Bride or Groom

Poems for ParentsWhen I was a bride — eons ago it seems — I wrote a poem to my parents. It was a “thank you” type poem. I read it to them at our rehearsal dinner and their wasn’t a dry eye in the house… including me. It was heartfelt and a long overdue thanks for all they had done for me.

Since then, I have improved upon it and have written an article that has some poems for brides or grooms to give to their parents. Not everyone can put on paper what it in their heart — so here’s some help!

Wedding Poems for Parents of the Bride and Groom

For other poems like favor, brother or to the bride or groom from parents — check out Wedding Poetry.

Poems can be mounted inside a frame along with a baby picture or wedding picture and make a wonderful keepsake. Parents keep the things their children give them. Make this one – on your most important day – worth while! Below are a few ideas for framing a poem to give to your mom, dad or both parents!

Mom and Dad
“Mom and Dad” Touching 8×10 Poem, Double-matted In Burgundy/Dark Green And Enhanced With Watercolor Graphics.




Poem for Parents 8×10 TO MY PARENTS ON MY WEDDING DAY Picture and Poetry Keepsake Photo Gift Frame ~ Heartfelt Wedding Day Keepsake Gift for Parents Mom and Dad from Daughter/Bride





Mikasa Love Story 5-Inch by 7-Inch Invitation Frame

Published in: on October 16, 2010 at 2:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Boo! As children we learn this word quickly. Parents play peek-a-boo or play with babies saying “Boo”. As adults with associate it with the Halloween Holiday as a word you say to scare someone. I cute and fun way to greet your trick or treaters this year is with a “Boo!” or other themed Halloween welcome mat. It is festive and full of the Halloween spirit. I have a couple of these and love to use them during the month of October.

The first one:

Halloween Coir Mat - "Boo" by tag®
This one is $20.99 and made by tag. It is my favorite! You can just brush or shake it clean to keep it looking good. Click on the picture for more information.

My 2nd welcome mat says “Enter if you Dare”

Halloween Coir Mat - "Enter If You Dare" by tag®
It is also brush or shakeable to clean and made by tag as well. It is a little more at $24.99 but will last for years. The spider web design is fun without being to frightening to children.

Last but not least is this vintage designed Halloween mat featuring a black cat.
Happy Halloween Spooky Black Cat Indoor Outdoor Rug Mat

It has a rubber backing and is pretty easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth. It reminds me of Halloweens when I was a kid!



For more items with “Boo” on them, visit my Everything BOO article.

Published in: on October 15, 2010 at 7:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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