Monthly Archives: November 2010

Thanksgiving

I am not attending a Thanksgiving meal this year. However, we are making turkey and all the trimmings for Friday night dinner. The gobbler is defrosting in the fridge as we speak.

I love that there is a day for us to sit back and think about what we are thankful for. I have such a long list – but firstly:

  • I am thankful for the opportunity to count my blessings.
  • I am so thankful for my children – they are happy and healthy, and are such good kids.
  • I am thankful for my KoD, my husband – my life! To be able to spend my life with such a decent and honorable and loving man – God must truly be shining his light down on us. The day I met him was the day my life improved a hundred-fold.
  • I am so thankful that our immigration nightmare is well and truly behind us and that I am here in the USA with my family living my life the way it was meant to be.
  • I am thankful to have an awesome job that will give me a great career – it’s only been a few days, and even though I am exhausted and my brain is exploding with information I love what I do.
  • I am thankful that we are all healthy, that we have a roof over our heads and food in our bellies.
  • I am thankful for my loyal blog readers and commenters who enrich my life with lively discussion.

But mainly, I am thankful to God for his many blessings.

What are you thankful for?

Don’t forget to enter our Chanukah Giveaway!

CHANUKAH GIVEAWAY

Giveaways are so much fun!! This week we have an awesome giveaway to MavenMall. You could win $40 of Chanukah gelt to spend at MavenMall. All you have to do is mosey on over there with a click of your mouse, and browse to your heart’s content. When you see something that you like, leave a comment down below containing the link to that outfit or piece of clothing, and tell me to what event you would wear that item.

What is MavenMall? Well, MavenMall is a new online mall that contains the world’s largest selection of clothing and accessories for Jewish Women and Children. It has all the top brands, at the best prices but only the styles you want to see. With 6,000+ styles of skirts, tops, dresses, sweaters, coats, head-coverings, hosiery, maternity, plus-size and more, for weekday and Shabbos, for women and children, MavenMall makes shopping fast and easy. Besides the coupon page which is updated daily, MavenMall also offers lots of giveaways and incentives for email subscribers and Facebook fans.

MavenMall is brand new, just one month old, but it has already grown to be the world’s most popular shopping site and community for religious Jewish women. With the biggest sales of the year just around the corner, now is a great time to shop smart and save big on MavenMall.

So what are you waiting for? Go on over and click around and then leave me a message in the comments! Giveaway closes at 2 pm EST on Wednesday December 1st 2010. The winner will be picked at random from qualified entries. One entry per person.

Good Luck!!

Modest Dressing – 5

Soft Look for Shabbat

Today I am modeling my look for a casual Shabbat outfit. Sometimes I do get dressed up to the nines to go to shul, but sometimes I opt for a softer look. This look that I am demonstrating here can also work well if I have a speaking engagement. After all, I am wearing my signature colour.

Cardigan Detailing

As you all know I love pink. Especially baby pink, and this sweater / cardigan just oozes pinkness. It’s so feminine and classy, flirty without being over the top. The flowers just add softness. The sleeves are an interesting length, but they do cover the elbows which I am very happy about. I am wear a pale pink shell underneath for warmth, and for modesty – to make sure I am covered if there are gaps between the cardigan buttons. I got mine through MavenMall.com – more on them down below. It was under thirty dollars, which in my opinion is an excellent price!! I know I would not feel out of place wearing this to shul on Shabbat.

I have several black skirts in various different lengths – this one is a particular favourite of mine. I bought it a few years ago at Old Navy when I was heavier, and I liked it so much I have had it altered twice after losing weight. It’s not shown here, but it has a cummerbund-like waist – so if I tuck a shirt in, it looks very elegant.

Here I am wearing thick black tights, but this could look dressier with sheer hose. In the winter my legs get cold and I wear the thick tights.

Shoes

My shoes – I got these on sale in Montreal at Winners and they were not expensive. I don’t remember exactly how much, but I know I won’t have paid over $50 for them. They are Marc Fisher and give me a four inch boost whenever I wear them.

Necklace

My necklace is from the Phillipines – I have no clue if it’s a cheap or expensive piece, but I love its classic elegance.

Giveaway of a Shopping Spree to MavenMall coming up very soon!!

This post is sponsored by MavenMall – MavenMall is a new online mall that contains the world’s largest selection of clothing and accessories for Jewish Women and Children. It has all the top brands, at the best prices but only the styles you want to see. With 6,000+ styles of skirts, tops, dresses, sweaters, coats, head-coverings, hosiery, maternity, plus-size and more, for weekday and Shabbos, for women and children, MavenMall makes shopping fast and easy. Besides the coupon page which is updated daily, MavenMall also offers lots of giveaways and incentives for email subscribers and Facebook fans.
MavenMall is brand new, just one month old, but it has already grown to be the world’s most popular shopping site and community for religious Jewish women. With the biggest sales of the year just around the corner, now is a great time to shop smart and save big on MavenMall.

If you wish to sponsor a future column of Modest Dressing please contact me at inthepinkblog at gmail dot com.

Wednesday’s Wacky Signs

American English?

I was brought up to say “there is a big bee behind you”. Apparently here in North America people don’t talk that way. For years I have been telling the kids – don’t say “in back of you” say “behind you”. It really bothers me. How hard is it to say the word behind? “In back of” just sounds so…… wrong!

But then again we see nothing wrong with saying “open” or “close” the light – must be because it translates well from French.

Language is a many splendoured thing!

How many suppers?

I have written previously about how I cook one dinner, and if there is anyone that doesn’t like what I have cooked, well, tough noogies. I am not a short order cook, and if you are refusing to try something new, well, that’s your choice.

In theory it works fine. In practice it has worked great up until now. This low fat / certain food restrictions “diet” that I am on has turned it all around. I cooked dinner tonight (soup and scrambled eggs and toast) for everyone. They all sat down to eat while I was busy preparing something different for me that I knew I could eat. (The soup had mushrooms in it and I am allergic. I can’t eat egg yolks and egg whites on their own just don’t do it for me) I brought my different food to the table and of course someone was interested in MY food and didn’t want HIS food any more.

How come it’s ok for me to make myself something different, but it isn’t ok for them to request something other than what I have cooked for them? Am I not being a hypocrite? Am I opening myself up to complaints of “my tummy hurts after I eat vegetables, Ima, so can I not have any with my supper?” or “I have decided to only eat low fat Ima, so I can be like you”. Seriously – how does one deal with the rest of the family’s culinary foibles, when you have enough of your own to juggle?

Third Grade Math Homework

The little guy was having trouble with his math homework last night. It was all about baseball teams. Team A scored 7 less than team B, and the total points scored was 18, how many did each team score?

I am not dumb by any stretch of the imagination. I really would like to think I have some intelligence. It has long been known however, in the Sabo-Milner household, that Ima and math don’t have a good relationship. I just cannot get my head around it.

So I am sat there with my son at the dining room table, trying to follow his teacher’s model so I can help him understand how to take care of his math problems. He’s 8. I am almost 30 years older than him. And I had to be honest with him and tell him I was lost. It was humbling and embarrassing.

My seventh grader walks in, and takes one look, tells the ChatterBox – you need to do this this and this, add this, divide by two, and Bob’s your uncle. The little one was able to do the other problems while I am still scratching my head.

Is it possible that I just do not have that processing capability? I once had a math teacher threaten to deport me to Australia just so that he didn’t have to get frustrated dealing with my math handicap.

Sigh! What subjects do you find the most challenging when you are helping your children complete their homework?

Toilet Roll Experimentation

I noticed last week that the toilet roll in one of the kids’ bathrooms (we have a boys’ bathroom and a girls’ bathroom) was practically finished. It is a pet peeve of mine that other than the KoD absolutely NO ONE else in this house notices that there is no more bathroom tissue. It’s like there is a neon sign in front of them flashing “need new toilet paper roll” but they don’t have the visual ability to decipher the sign.

I figured I would just leave it as is and see how long it takes for them to realize it needs changing. It’s now Tuesday morning, a full 4 days since I started this exercise. I just changed the roll myself, because it was starting to eat at me.

Apparently, if I would have removed the Kleenex box, then they may have realized there was no bog roll. Maybe. But then again, who knows? That tissue box can sit there empty for days on end until someone (usually me) decides to replace it with a new one.

Do you have a similar issue in your house?

What do you call this?

What do you call this? We call it a back pack. Apparently we are wrong. Interestingly enough we have been told that this is either a briefcase or a book bag. Back packs are Canadian. I don’t know, I called it a rucksack growing up….

Shmooze – the video!

(hey Mum, look!! Are you shepping nachas??)