Thursday, December 31, 2015

HuffPost Live: Thursday Thoughts ~ New Year Eve! 2015

I did enjoy seeing more diversity in the fashion and beauty industry in 2015. Especially on the major magazine covers.

I hope to see more diversity of age, size, gender and color in 2016.

Hubby and I are looking forward to The X-Files and Gilmore Girls reboots in 2016.

And before I forget, the last season of Downton Abbey. Sundays just won't be the same.

Hubby and I attempted to watch "Marco Polo", on Netflix. We only got through a few episodes and determined it just wasn't worth it.

When we heard that Target pharmacy was going to be taken over by CVS we thought about transferring our medications. Just too many bad experiences with CVS pharmacy to mention.

I'm glad we stuck it out. The service is still there and I love to 'browse' the aisles at Target!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

HuffPost Live: Winterize Your Skin

Let's face it: winter can wreak havoc on our skin, leaving it dry, chapped and looking dull. It's definitely one of my difficult seasons when it comes to my skincare.

Watch Dr. Doris Day is here to share the seven ways to keep our skin soft and smooth from head to toe this season!

Happy New Year beauties!

Gwynnie Bee: Modamix Shearling Faux Leather Vest

Modamix Shearling Faux Leather Vest from Gwynnie Bee rocks! I wore it to the market and received lots of compliments.

Here's a free month of ‪#‎GwynnieBee‬, on me! Try the latest fashion trends in a monthly subscription box!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Old Navy Has A Wonderful Kids Selection!

Old Navy was offering discounts up to 66% this Christmas. I couldn't help myself when I saw this adorable dress and leggings for N. She looks so cute. Even the coat was on sale!

It's fun to give gifts when you can save money!

Menu Plan Monday ~ December 28, 2015

Happy New Year everyone!

Follow Rona Berry-Morin's board New Year's Eve on Pinterest.

We had a wonderful Christmas week! I sure hope that you did as well.

We like to celebrate the entire week. One of our holiday dinners was Whole Foods take out. It's one of the few places I can eat a deli sandwich without a reaction. We purchased pizzas, custom deli sandwiches, fruit tarts and eclairs.

Make-Your-Own Sandwiches night was on Christmas Eve. Thank you Vons grocery delivery for making that meal possible.

Korean BBQ on Christmas was fun and delicious. It was our first time dining at a Korean BBQ restaurant. And It sure won't be our last. I love cooking our food on the table top grill!

Organizing Junkie

Oven fried Chicken Breast, Steamed Broccoli, Rice

Sirloin Steak, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes

Pork Roast, Buttered Egg Noodles, Carrots

Beef and Vegetables Stirfry

Ham and Cheese Tortellini

Monday, December 21, 2015

Menu Plan Monday ~ December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!

In our house, we like to celebrate Christmas till January 1st. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve and Day are all my favorites. Gift giving can be given through out weeks.

I also enjoy making monetary donations to our family's favorite charities on Boxing Day each year! This Christmas season, I'll be making some donations through World Vision. I like the idea of choosing where your donation will be used.

Organizing Junkie

Beef Stew

Belgian Waffles, Bacon

Sandwiches and Chips

Christmas Eve dinner ~ Whole Foods Takeout

Christmas dinner ~ Chinese Take Out

Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Nested Nomad: The 5 Secrets of People Whose Homes are Always Clean

Many times, after sharing photos on my social media platforms, I am asked, "Do you really keep your home that clean all the time"?

The answer is Yes! But I always want to give an disclaiming so here it goes.

First, due to my numerous chronic pain conditions, I am unable to sit, lie, stand, etc for very long. This forces me to get up and walk around freqently. As I do that, I'll tidy up along the way.

Cleaning is also a good distraction to my 24 hour pain. I'll put on some music, make my way around the house with my cleaning supplies.

It takes me much longer to do a task. Remember when I mentioned my chronic pain conditions? Well I also have physical restrictions so I have to numerous breaks just to fold the laundry. But I will put it back into the basket if I can't finish it.

It's just the 2 of us now. My husband and I have been emptynesters for almost a year. Having just 2 people to clean up after is much easier than 3. Especially when the 3rd was described as a hurricane.

My husband and I aren't clutter people. Clutter has always bothered me since I was a child. So when I fell in love with my husband, I was thrilled to know that he didn't like it either! We don't have many clothes either. Just items that we can mix and match!

I make our bed practically every day. I remember someone saying that a made bed makes a bedroom look tidy and organized. And since our bedroom can actually be seen from the kitchen and living space, I make a habit of making it as soon as I get my first sip of morning coffee!

Even on my days off, when I'm going to be in bed all day. I'll make the bed, prop the pillows on my side and climb back into bed! Okay, I know what you're thinking, "What a sick *%$#"! Just know you're not alone in that thinking.

Take a look at The Nested Nomad's 5 Secrets of People Whose Homes Are Always Clean to learn more.

What a Wonderful Christmas Gift!

Hubby and I received an amazing Christmas gift recently. His family photos. Looking at the photos brought tears to my eyes.

Here's his parents' wedding photo. Don't they look amazing?! They remind me of the traditional bride and groom on a wedding cake.

Sunday Community: December 20, 2015

As 2015 comes to an end, I am reminded of the decades my husband and I have known and loved each other. Yes, there have been plenty of bad and good times. (smiles and sadness) But we still held onto each other. As they say, "In thick and thin".

In 2016, we're looking forward to wonderful events like our granddaughter's arrival, our 54th birthdays and our 20th wedding anniversary. There will be unpleasant surprises too. But as long as our faith is strong and we hold onto each other we'll get through it!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Are You a Planner Addict Like Me?

I love keeping a daily planner but always looking for ways to save money doing it!

Target, Etsy, Amazon and sales at craft stores allow me to stay within budget. Plus it's fun to check out what's on sale and stock up!

Sometimes I wait to decorate my daily page till the morning. I like them have an individual look.

I purchased these holiday ribbons not knowing I would use them in my planner. They were $1 from Target Value Section.

I even took a binder and decorated it. No cost to me. I used scrapbook supplies for the cover.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

"Look At These Maine Stickers"!

Discovered these Maine state stickers at our local craft store. Not only were they 50% but they are adorable. I just had to buy them!

Outfit of The Day: December 15, 2015

Today's Outfit of the Day. PLY428 Shift Dress from Gwynnie Bee, thrift shop find~scarf, Target Merona black tall boots, Walmart black tights.

I love changing up my look and style daily. With the help of affordable finds this girl is able to do exactly that!

It's #InternationalTeaDay! Brew A Cuppa For Me~

While I can no longer enjoy a cup of tea that doesn't mean I still won't recognize International Tea Day. After all, I'm still a fan of interesting teapots!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Menu Plan Monday ~ December 14, 2015

Organized Junkie

I love cooking for my hubby. Here's what I'm planning to make for him this week!

Roasted Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Green Beans

Homemade Chicken Soup, Bread

Dump and Bake Meatball Casserole~ My Recipe Magic

Fish Tacos

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Outfit of the Day! Elvi Black Classic Jacket and Dark Blue Jeggings From Gwynnie Bee!

If you have been following me for awhile you might know that I'm a Gwynnie Bee gal! What's Gwynnie Bee? Well, they are a monthly clothing rental subscription service that caters to size 10-32. You'll have your selections of amazing brands and styles!

You pick your monthly plan, make your payment and based on that you receive items that you can try, wear as long as you like, buy at a discount rate or send back in their prepaid return bag.

Once you buy or Gwynnie Bee gets notification of your return item(s) they'll send you item(s)s from your virtual closet!

In today's Outfit of the Day, I'm wearing Elvi Black Classic Jack and Dark Blue Jeggings from Gwynnie Bee. I finished it off with my Ms. Camay Show T-shirt and Black Boots from Walmart.

Thank You Bloggers For Introducing Me to Target Value Section!

Items in the Target Value Section are always changing so I suggest buying it when you see it! Most of these were only $1 each!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from The BerryMorins

We wish you and yours a wonderful 2016!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Thursday Thought ~ December 10, 2015

I was very surprised to see that many of our favorite TV shows were not nominated. With all of the options for watch TV shows people are still waiting for award shows to catch up!

Walmart has announced a new mobile pay service. It's available in limited areas. For the rest of us, we'll be looking for this feature next year!

Google Play Music will be offering family plan subscriptions. It will start at $14.99 for up to 6 people. Nice to have options.

President Jimmy Carter states that he's cancer free. That's wonderful news.

Monday, December 07, 2015

Menu Plan Monday ~ December 7, 2015

Hubby and I took a leisurely walk to and through our neighborhood park this weekend. It's always a treat to discover something new, chat with people and enjoy the beautiful sounds and surroundings.

a leisurely walk thru the park!

Organizing Junkie

I enjoy cooking for family so here's what this week's menu plan looks like!

Roasted Turkey Breast, Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Carrots

Turkey Burgers, Oven Fried French Fries

Three Cheese Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Ham and Cheese Tortellini

Two-Tater Shepherd's Pie

Have You Heard Of ThredUP? Online Consignment Store

I've been sharing my thredUP purchases for several months. Remember my $8 Old Navy Diva skinny jeans? Well they were purchased from thredUP!

Now that I'm wearing smaller sizes I thought I would give the Clean Out Bag, gather up the clothes and shoes that I can no longer wear and ship them to thredUP!

The Clean Out Bag is currently FREE! (normally $4.95) Hopefully most of my items will be eligible for sale. And I'll be able to utilize that money to purchase new items!

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Looking for Christmas Inspiration? Check Out My Christmas Pinterest Board

Follow Rona Berry-Morin's board Christmas on Pinterest.

I love Pinterest almost as much as decorating for the holidays. It's fun to browse and pin what interest and inspires me!

#WhatsForDinner Turkey Meatball Soup

Here's a way to put your leftovers to good use. My husband took some carrots, green beans and green onions, chopped them, and added them to beef broth.

Turned the heat up to boil. Added some meatballs and ramen noodles, brought back to boil for 10 minutes.

While I cannot enjoy a bowl, it smells amazing!

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Stay Warm My Friends!

It's been very chilly in Las Vegas. I'm talking mid-40s and low 50s cold. Now that may not compare to a New England cold but for someone who longer is used to those temps..."It's cold baby"!

But that doesn't stop me from taking my daily walk. If anything, the cold makes me walk faster! See, I knew I could come up with a positive.

"Stay warm my friends"!

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Affordable Winter Fashion

Our Home Is Decorated For Christmas!

This Christmas I decided to go full blown with the decorations. Thrift shop, Target, Etsy, DIY and touches of nature keep this year's decorating way below budget! I didn't even break $100!

Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays! Thank you for stopping by.

Let's take a tour of my home!

This is our kitchen bar counter. The inspiration came from my Maine roots. The tree garland was a DIY project courtesy of our Brothers Printer Create Shop!

I have fresh flowers, in the coffee can. Pine cones that I collect during my walks add that natural look. I save Christmas cards every year so why not included them in your Christmas decorating?

The master bedroom beautiful neutral palette was the inspiration for these Christmas decorations. The banner over the bed was a previous purchase from Target. The snowflake pillow was purchased from Target for only $3!

The ornaments in front of the window are from the thrift store. I just used some bakers twine to hang them.

I always like to use Christmas cards in my decorating. Just add those mini clothespins to secure them to the twine!

We have an open living area. (kitchen, dining and living area) I like to refer to it as our living space! I stayed with the same color palette as the kitchen bar counter.

One of my favorite pieces is our small Christmas tree. Wicked cute!

The small Merry Christmas and Ho! Ho! Ho! pillows are from Target. $3 each!

The banner over the balcony doors is another free printable from our Brothers Printer Create shop. After cutting the triangles out, I just used bakers twine and glue to assemble it!

My makeup table and wigs are in our Create Room. I decided that I would bring in some bling with these colorful ornaments. I purchased them from the thrift store for a few dollars.

The Santa hat is a cute addition to my wig collection! It's been wicked chilly in Las Vegas so my wig probably appreciates the warm!

The Believe garland was purchased from Etsy. I love shopping at Etsy, support small and home business!

I love these ornaments that I purchased from the thrift store! They were so beautiful I decided not to put them on the tree!

The home office received some freebies this year. I printed the Christmas wall decors courtesy of Pinterest.

The garland was a previous Etsy purchase. The barn star was a previous Big Lots purchase!

This year, our large Christmas tree is in the Create Room. No need to purchase any new ornaments. Over 21 years, we have an wonderful assortment of DIY and heirloom ornaments. I also use some of favorite Christmas cards that friends and family have sent us over years!

Menu Plan Monday ~ November 30, 2015

This is the master bedroom. I utilized thrift shop items, recycled and heirlooms. It was also fun to reuse ornaments, as wall decor and window decoration. The Joy sign was only $3 from Target!

I've been busy decorating for Christmas. Every time I think I'm finish, I get inspired to tackle another project! The cool thing is I haven't spent much money.

Pinterest is a fantastic source for free downloads and DIY projects. For example, I've reused greeting cards and tags to create banners. Even our tree has been decorated with favorite Christmas cards.

Oh, and don't pass up your thrift stores. I purchased dinnerware, ornaments and decorations for $25!

Organized Junkie

Oven baked pork chops, Salad

Beef Stew

, Shrimp Vegetable soup

Chicken Enchiladas

Spinach Ravioli with Mushrooms

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving from BerryMorins Bits and Tips

"Happy Thanksgiving from BerryMorins Bits and Tips"! I hope you're having a blessed safe and fun day of celebration.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Menu Plan Monday ~ November 23, 2015

Organizing Junkie host Menu Plan Mondays!

Our Thanksgiving decorations, for the kitchen.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of the U.S. readers! This year, hubby and I have decided to enjoy a quiet dinner at home. Since he has to work, we'll celebrate this weekend. We also decided to have steak this year. I'm thrilled!

In the meantime, this gal is busy working on Christmas decorating ideas for our home. I would love a tree in each room. And as always, I'll be included DIY and making affordable for our budget.

I love cooking for my husband even though I can no longer enjoy these comfy meals.

Roasted Rosemary Chicken Quarters, Homemade Gravy, Rice and Green Beans

Beef Stew, Cornbread

Tortellini Soup, Homemade Country Bread

*Steak, Grilled Asparagus, Roasted Organic Carrots

Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup

OrangeGlad Gourmet Treats Subscription Box ~ November 2015

You can read about our other OrangeGlad Gourmet Treat Subscription Box here.

This month's OrangeGlad Gourmet Treats Subscription Box was truly decadent. Small bite size candies that melted in your mouth, full of layered flavors and wonder. We enjoy sharing the contents, of this subscription box with family and friends. Better yet, I might order a few for gifts.

November's delicious contents are: Dottie's Delight Maple Caramel, Shotwell Candy Co. Classic Tennessee Toffee, Poisoned Apples Crunchy Toffee Topped Caramels, Seattle's Chocolate Thanks-olate Bar and Studmuffin Desserts Bleecker Street Brittle.

OrangeGlad offers a monthly gourmet desserts subscription box, from across the country. It starts at $15 a month plus shipping and handling. Get 15% off your 1st box by using SHOPSWEET.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Brr...Baby, It's Cold Outside

Cold winter weather means it's a good idea to have a supply of colored tights available to wear under dresses and skirts. My good to colors are the classics: black and grey.

Chronic Pain: "I'm So Sorry But I Just Can't Eat...."

Please be kind to those of us that suffer from digestive chronic conditions this holiday season. When we say, "No thank you". in response to being offered a dish or taste don't be offended.

My dietary restrictions are no dairy, fatty, acid, rich, fried, processed, spicy, and chocolate foods. Even many of the approved foods can cause me to have painful reactions.

So when we show up with our own meal, don't be insulted. And thank you so much for extending an invite.

"He Still Looks Good To Me"!

Sunday Community: I Love Holding Onto You!

Happy Wives Club
"I truly love us. Me too". That was part of our Saturday night conversation while cuddling under blankets. We just never tire of holding onto each other.

It just feels so good.

It's official, after 21 years of living together, we're hooked!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

#ChronicLife: Sometimes I Need A Bit Of An Incentive!

Today, I'm fighting a horrible bout of nausea. Just part of living the #ChronicLife of Rona.

Things changed once I started listening to my Pandora radio stations, I got a smile on my face, started dancing around the house. It was just the kick in the butt I needed!

Yes, music can lift one's soul.

Thank you so much Sherri Shepherd for the retweet. You can check out my tweet on her timeline.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Chris Tomlin's #Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship CD Review and Giveaway

my copy of "Adore" by Chris Tomlin.~ "A renewing musical experience that's healing for the body and soul this holiday season"! Rona Berry-Morin

Giveaway is located at the bottom of post. Good luck to all the entries.

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising"):
Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller/ FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or If you won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verfication".


Bio courtesy of FlyBy Promotions.

"Adore" by Chris Tomlin, his new Christmas album was released on October 23, 2015. The CD features classic Christmas favorites along with original Christmas songs. There are special guest performances from Lauren Daigle, All Sons & Daughters, Crowder and more on this album.

1. He Shall Reign Forevermore
2. Adore
3. Midnight Clear (Love Song)
4. Noel featuring Lauren Daigle
5. Hymn Of Joy
6. Silent Night featuring Kristyn Getty
7. What Child Is This? featuring Sons & Daughters
8. It's Christmas
9. A King Like This
10. Bethlehem
11. A Christmas Alleluia featuring Lauren Daigle & Leslie Jordan of All Sons & Daughters

Chris Tomlin is an American contemporary Christian music artisit, worship leader, and songwriter who has sold nearly 30 million recores. Some of his most well-known songs are "How Great Is Our God", "Jesus Messiah", "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone):, "Our God", and "Whom Shall I Fear". His 2013 album Burning Lights debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, only the fourth Christian album ever to open at No. 1. Throughout his career, Chris has been nominated for 32 Dove Awards (6 of them collaborative efforts) and he has won 19 of them!

Chris Tomlin - Noel (Live/Audio) ft. Lauren Daigle






If you're interested in purchasing a digitable download of "Adore" CD visit iTunes

"Adore" Chris Tomlin Christmas CD Giveaway

Blog Prize: Thank You Flatbread and Two Healthy Kitchens!

I recently won 8 pounds of Flatout Bread, from entering a blog giveaway, at Two Healthy Kitchens.

UPS dropped of this box of fresh bread yesterday. After unpacking it, I realized that I should share some with our neighbors and family.

Thanks again to Flatout Bread and Two Healthy Kitchens for this delicious prize!

I actually won a box of Flatout Bread last year. Here are a few yummy and healthy wraps that I created with leftovers and fresh vegetables.

Let your creativity be your lead when using Flatout Bread products.

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