Pretty Blue Rose

The style of life…with some wisdom mixed in.


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Throwback Thursday: Ol’ School Candy

Music, food, and scents are things that can instantly take you back in time . When I saw a picture of the strawberry candies below, I was instantly taken to my maternal grandmothers house in Philadelphia. When I would visit, she would leave them in her candy dish and I would demolished them all weekend. I just love them and her. Those candies bring back such good memories. (now that I think about it, she was probably refilling them so I didn’t get in trouble, however her trash cans were full of those shiny wrappers!)

Strawberry Hard Candy

Who doesn’t remember candy necklaces?! So fashionable, yet so tasty. Oh the days!

OK, yes I did take it back to the candy cigarettes that were bubble gum and blew smoke. Now-a-days this would be so taboo, but back in the 80’s these were soooo cool:)

Six feet of bubble gum, for you not them! I think that was their slogan. What on earth was I doing with that much bubble gum? Oh I remember, trying to make sure it didn’t hit the floor…

Watermelon candy was such a favorite candy of mine. Did they used to be 5 for a penny?

There are many many more throwback sweets, what am I missing?

Stay inspired and enjoy the sweet journey,

A. Genise


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Throwback Thursday:Board Games

When I see my daughter playing angry birds on my phone (she’s killin’ it though…) my heart sinks because I think it will be much harder as she gets older to convince her that board games are fun. Perhaps it won’t be as hard as I think, if I just play it cool and don’t over sell board games (kids can tell when they are being sold on something).

In honor of my childhood and the fun I had with board games, I’ve picked five of my favorite board games for today’s throwback.

Perfection

Photo: Thank you LeeAnn for sharing this with us

At a young age, I thrived on the stress of trying to get something done quickly and precisely. (sick maybe?)

Trouble

My best memory of playing this game was with my Godmother. She is competitive and that the time so was I (notice I said at the time, like I’m not now…). She would always land on my guys and we would just laugh and laugh.

Mouse Trap

Mouse Trap

I never actually owned this game, and truth be told, I still don’t know the premise of the game. When I would go over to my friend’s house (who owned the game), we would just set up the trap and run it over and over and laugh!

Clue!! (my fav)

I have a Nancy Drew reputation. I love to figure things out. I love the little cheesy cozy murder mystery books about Yoga studios and Bed and Breakfasts–I cannot get enough! (side note, my hubby always gives me the side-eye when I read or purchase more of those books, he jokes that I’m learning how to make “it” look like an accident).

My love of murder mysteries probably stems from my early days of playing and loving Clue. (I was pretty good and so was my mom, actually). I have a few Clue board games in my house (including the one with a DVD) but no one ever wants to play.

Connect Four

Another strategy game, yet again…

So, I’ve just learned something about myself. I’ve always been an observant strategist. Hmmm…

Are there any games that you’d like to add?


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Thursday Throwback: The Baby-Sitters Club

Since my website is about staying inspired and enjoying the journey, I thought I’d take Thursday’s to reminisce a bit…to look back on the things that I loved and that helped me enjoy my journey thus far…
OK, I maybe outing myself here on age, but I was in love with the Baby-sitters club growing up. My entrepreneurial spirit encouraged me to start a baby-sitters club (several times!) and my neighbor was a member. We’d have meetings and everything. We even had a client! (I recall the baby I watched threw up on me! I had to get my parents to help out…)
In any case, I loved those books and I could devour a super series in an afternoon. I was dumbfounded when I found out a few years ago that they were out of print. ( I ran to ebay¬†buying up everything I could). I was an African American dancer like Jessie, I was ambitious (I refuse to say bossy!) like Kristy, but I wanted to be quiet and shy like Mary Anne–so she was my favorite character.
Take a look at how a fellow Baby-sitters club lover put together collages of the members. (she did a fab job!) Enjoy!
Stacey (The Babysitter's Club)
Claudia (The Babysitter's Club)