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Photo Challenge #3: My New Year’s Non-Resolution

I no longer make New Year’s resolutions. At the ripe old age that I am in RL, I’ve learned – usually the hard way – that just because the calendar ticks over to January 1st, that does not mean I’m ready to make any major life changes. If it did, my house would be clean and perfectly organized, I’d have the business credential I vowed to pursue, my book would be written, and I’d be about 15 lbs thinner. Instead, I get a few weeks of success, followed by months and months (sometimes years) of guilt.

That being said, I still take time at the beginning of every year to think long and hard about life. And when I come up with something that needs fixing – which I usually do – I make a promise to myself (yes, I know that sounds a lot like a resolution, but trust me, it comes with a lot less pressure). This year, my RL promise to myself is to “be in the present.” Simplistic? Yes. But simple? Not so much. To a gal with a full plate, including a business, a family, volunteer work, and SL, among other things, it is very difficult for me to just… be. To stop and smell the roses, so to speak. I’m always thinking about what I have to do next instead of what I’m doing, and I feel like life is moving so quickly that if I close my eyes for 2 seconds, I will have missed something important. I don’t want to wake up one day and find my daughter packing up her car for college, leaving me full of regret for having missed spending as much time with her as I wanted when she was young.

To quote Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

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Along those lines, the first major change I made in SL for 2014 was to get a new house and move into the sky. While I truly love the sim where I live, I’d really grown tired of strangers walking into my house – and staying – uninvited. So instead of moving away, I moved up. And while I’m waiting for the movers to bring my furniture, I’ve decided to sit and enjoy the quiet with my furry housemates.

Several items around me are worth mentioning: the lovely, lighted 2014 is the current group gift from ::Fabuleax::, and the vase of flowers behind it is a gift from JoHaDeZ. The packing box and books, as well as the elegant wine lights, are group gifts from tarte. Both my sandals and the cute tissue box on the book pile are Fifty Linden Friday sales items, which, as of this writing, were still on sale for 50L – probably not for much longer, though! The pretty picture on the mantel, as well as the adorable guinea pig are gacha items from ::Fabuleax::; I got lucky and managed to win 2 rares! The guinea pig comes with a cute holding pose, but he got loose, so I decided to let him play with Fiona. And finally, my house of cards was 5L on the Marketplace.

As for what I’m wearing, you can find it at B!ASTA as their New Year’s Resolution Hunt gift. I’m wearing it in honor of the many years in which I resolved to lose weight and exercise.* 😉

May you all have a wonderful 2014 – don’t forget to enjoy it!

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Serena is wearing…

Skin – Izzie’s Lila Light Ice Princess (previous TDRF)

Eyes – IKON Promise Eyes Fjord (group gift / free to join)

Eyelashes – REDGRAVE 6-Natural

Ears – [MANDALA] Taper Ears

Hair – TRUTH HAIR Parvati

Hands & Feet – Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands & Feet

Pants & Top – B!ASTA Gonna Do Some Sports (0L / NYRH)

Shoes – tulip. Gladiator Sandals Burgandy (50L / FLF)

Pose by aDORKable Poses

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Decor Items…

Build – L2 Studio Tarrytown House

Calendar – [Commoner] 2014 Wall Calendar

Picture – ::Fabuleax:: Vintage Frame Small Birdcage RARE (20L gacha)

Bottles – tarte. Wine Lights (group gift / free to join)

2014 Light – ::Fabuleax:: ArtLight Happy New Year (group gift / free to join)

Flowers – JoHaDeZ “dreamy” / w lilac (0L / free gift)

Guinea Pig – ::Fabuleax:: Arthur the Man Guinea Pig RARE (49L gacha)

Box & Books – tarte. Packing Box (group gift / free to join)

Tissue Box – +Half-Deer+ Cuddly Tissue Box Heart (50L / FLF)

Cards – Lena Le House of Cards (5L)

Dogs – Virtual Kennel Club

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* As a side note, last September 19th I “resolved” once again to lose weight and exercise, and I’ve lost 12 lbs as a result. Which just goes to prove that what matters is your determination, not the date on a calendar. 🙂

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The Four Walls Hunt!

How I didnt know about this hunt is beyond me considering I am obsessed with furnishings in SL.. but the Four Walls Hunt is the perfect place to get some Christmassy and Wintery themed furnishings to decorate your home with.

Now, unfortunately Im so late in getting this written about, you only have until the 15th to snap up these items, which only leaves a few days. I’ve been working my little socks off to get this up as soon as I could! Thankfully though its a short hunt so you should have plenty of time to get what you want.

Each item is L$20 to purchase and you are searching for a crate of baubles which is shown in the picture below. The hunt is relatively quick and the prizes are quite easy to find!


.Wintertube Snowflake Chair by Art Dummy [L$20 / Four Walls Hunt]
.Xmas Book Tree 2013 by Organica [L$20 / Four Walls Hunt]
.Landon Fireplace (animated) by DIGS [L$20 / Four Walls Hunt]
.Winter Bunting on Fireplace by Lark [L$20 / Four Walls Hunt]
.Frames above Fireplace by ID [L$20 / Four Walls Hunt]
.Xmas Table & Accessories by BananaN [L$20 / Four Walls Hunt]
.Leather Rug by Junk [L$20 / Four Walls Hunt]
.Shabby Chic Heart Branch by Myrrine [L$20 / Four Walls Hunt]
.Old Winter Sports Makeshift Shelves by Ispachi [L$20 / Four Walls Hunt]
.Metal Tree Topiary by Mudhoney [L$20 / Four Walls Hunt]

The Boxes of Baubles in the picture are actually the hunt item that you are looking for, but I thought it looked so cute added as an accessory for the picture!

.Christmas Banner and Bowl by Sari-Sari [L$20 / Four Walls Hunt]
.Christmas Tree Bookshelves by Alouette [L$20 / Four Walls Hunt]
.Otto Blanket Chest by Cheeky Pea [L$20 / Four Walls Hunt]
.Casolare Place Setting by The Loft [L$20 / Four Walls Hunt]
.Sled Table by Eleventh Hour [L$20 / Four Walls Hunt]
.Cookie Tree by Kuro [L$20 / Four Walls Hunt]

.Ivan Stools by Junk [L$20 / Four Walls Hunt]
.Joy Shelves by Collage [L$20 / Four Walls Hunt]
.Notes to Santa Trees by Consignment [L$20 / Four Walls Hunt]
.Winter Window Seat by Sanctuaire [L$20 / Four Walls Hunt]
.Old Chalk Board by Tarte [L$20 / Four Walls Hunt]
.Xmas King – Baubles by 22769 – Bauwerk [L$20 / Four Walls Hunt]
.Vintage CandleVase by JoHaDeZ [L$20 / Four Walls Hunt]

.Tree Shelf by Marmelade [L$20 / Four Walls Hunt]
.Winter Bunting on Fireplace by Lark [L$20 / Four Walls Hunt]
.Naptime Daybed by Floorplan [L$20 / Four Walls Hunt]
.Metal Tree Topiary by Mudhoney [L$20 / Four Walls Hunt]
.Tarten Winter Chubby Arm Chair by Whats Next? [L$20 / Four Walls Hunt]


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a little .birdy. told me…

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Hey there Fabulous Ones!!!

Hope you are having a great day…. I spent my morning over at the Gallery Gift Shop, 2nd Anniversary Hunt.  Here’s the goodies 😉

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Shoes: :NuDoLu: Mocassins en lin TGGS anniv. (FREE) (You can get these at the TGGS Anniversary Hunt @ The Gallery Gift Shop location)

Tattoo::: chocolate atelier – Free Bird Tattoo (FREE) (This gift comes with 6 different tattoo layer combinations in case you only want to wear one part.  You can get these at the TGGS Anniversary Hunt @ The Gallery Gift Shop location)

Dress: :::World’s End Garden::: Belle de Jour Noir (FREE) (You can get these at the TGGS Anniversary Hunt @ The Gallery Gift Shop location, Comes in the standard 5 mesh sizes, with Alpha included.)

Necklace: –*-Morrigans Closet-*– Owly McOwlerson Necklace for TGGS 2013 (FREE) (You can get these at the TGGS Anniversary Hunt @ The Gallery Gift Shop location)

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Shoulder Bag: NAMINOKE – *N*SUMMER TOTE SPECIAL (FREE) (I snapped two pictures of this because I wanted you all to see the side view and the back, cause HOW cute is that!!!  You can get these at the TGGS Anniversary Hunt @ The Gallery Gift Shop location)

Stool w/ Balloon+Half-Deer+ Panda Stool – TGGS Anniversary Edition (FREE) (You can get these at the TGGS Anniversary Hunt @ The Gallery Gift Shop location)

Bracelets: !Eyegasm TGGS Hunt Anniversary Wrist Bands (FREE) (These come separately in the gift, I just put them all on so you could see the colors. You can get these at the TGGS Anniversary Hunt @ The Gallery Gift Shop location)

Purse: 22769 ~ [femme] Segmented Handbag Black (FREE (You can get these at the TGGS Anniversary Hunt @ The Gallery Gift Shop location)

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Stool: –JoHaDeZ– stool “shy” (FREE) (This covered block comes with 8 different texture choices, as well as 5 built in animations.   You can get these at the TGGS Anniversary Hunt @ The Gallery Gift Shop location)

Pose Pack: Flash Friendly Poses – The Gallery Gift Shop Hunt GIFT (FREE) (Comes with the 3 poses and their mirrored versions. You can get these at the TGGS Anniversary Hunt @ The Gallery Gift Shop location)

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Eye Shadow: Zibska ~ Careen Eyeshadows (FREE) (You get the pack of 8 with the gift.  You can get these at the TGGS Anniversary Hunt @ The Gallery Gift Shop location)

Makeup: [ #7 ] DISCOVERY Lion Makeup  (FREE) (You can get thisat the TGGS Anniversary Hunt @ The Gallery Gift Shop location)

(These are the non-hunt items)

Skin.Birdy.  Brooke skin ~Pure~ (Sunshine) VIP gift ❤ (L$ 1) (This is a group gift that you can buy for L$1.  The Group is L$ 50 to join.)

HairLo*momo –  Canna(Pink) (FREE) (This is a group gift.  The Group is Free to join.) (Love showed this hair in her post “50 free hairstyles“)

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Small painting: Souvenir _ Piedra Lubitsch TTGS 2nd anniversary (FREE) (Sadly I had to filter this due to site restrictions, but it is quite beautiful.  You can get this at the TGGS Anniversary Hunt @ The Gallery Gift Shop location)

Large Print/Mask:  .DownDownDown. Drowing Bone Mask + Print (FREE) (You can get these at the TGGS Anniversary Hunt @ The Gallery Gift Shop location)

MakeUp: MIAMAI  ::  Fashion Creations – Dark Eyes Collection (FREE) (You get three different Dark Eye versions in this pack.  You can get these at the TGGS Anniversary Hunt @ The Gallery Gift Shop location)

Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Lunar 2 eyes -Deep and Earth- (FREE) (You get these two mesh eyes in the giftie.  You can get these at the TGGS Anniversary Hunt @ The Gallery Gift Shop location)

(This is a non-hunt item)

Horns+Half-Deer+ Firefly Antlers [Light Set] (L$ 99) (You can purchase these @ The Gallery Gift Shop location)

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Couple Pose: ..;;+O-turun+;;.. POSE (TGGS HUNT)(FREE) (You can get this gift at the TGGS Anniversary Hunt @ The Gallery Gift Shop location)

Prints/Doll:  [LND//Lux Chiantelle] – TGGS Anniversary Hunt Gifts (FREE) (Inside the little man is a bunch of Tshirts (Jacket/shirt layers) (You can get this gift at the TGGS Anniversary Hunt @ The Gallery Gift Shop location)

(This is a non-hunt item)

Skybox:  Lo*momo – rose balcony skybox(Ggift) (FREE) (This is a group gift.  The Group is Free to join.)

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Meet my Medium Standard Avatar 😉 The Items that you haven’t already seen noted as Hunt Gifts, are….

Skin: Essences – Subscribe Gift ❤ (July 13 2013) Essences – Noodles – Pastel – ginger (FREE) (This gift comes with four versions of this skin each having different color eyebrows to match your hair, Blonde, Brown, Brunette and Ginger are the selections to choose from. )

Lipstick: Essences – Lipsticks (FREE) (This can be found in the small bag on the counter at the mainstore. There are six different colors included, You can see them in my post “To the Very Essence of It All.“)

Hair:   Lo*momo – Setaria_rigged and non-rigged versions (Gift_Lavender)(FREE) (This is a group gift.  The Group is Free to join. You can find this gift at their mainstore location.) (Love showed this hair in her post “50 free hairstyles“)

Dress:  Lo*momo – premier_dress (Group gift) (FREE) (Comes with the five standard mesh sizes. his is a group gift.  The Group is Free to join. You can find this gift at their mainstore location.) (Love showed this dress in her post “Cute, Cute and More Cute“)

Well, I hope you all enjoyed this post and all the great hunt gifties at the Gallery Gift Shop…. Have fun finding them 😉  *big hugs*………………till next time……………..care ❤


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Finding my own mother’s day goodies!!

Happy Mother’s Day Fabulousians!!!

While my darlings were serving my every whim, I went ahead and found some goodies around the grid to show you all ❤

First place I went was The Nest.  (This is a shopping sim by Isla Gealach of Cheeky Pea in Second Life @ http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Nest/135/151/21) I went there because they are having a Scavenger Hunt. This hunt involves solving a riddle to find each of the items, none of the hunt items are the same.  Hint List is =>HERE<=  I also picked up a Freebie group gift from Ionic to place the items I got from the hunt in!!  Check it out 🙂

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Cube: Culprit – HolyCube!! (This is a cube with comes with 6 poses built in)

Wall Art: –JoHaDeZ– WallArt “Impulsive” (Here is the Nest JoHaDeZ Landmark)

Chair/Table/Food items:  [CLEO Design] (This has 13 animations built in and a few that have props that autospawn when you click the animation, such as a cup of tea when drinking, food when eating, and even a pencil for when you are working on the hard crossword puzzle. )  (This is Cleo Design LM @ the Nest)

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Bucket items-*-Morrigans Closet-*- Summertime Bucket of Summertime: (This comes with a  Floaty Airbed (3 colors + 7 animations) an umbrella, and a Mesh Weathered Dock)  (This is Morrigans Closet – Mainstore! @ the Nest)

Chicken Coop: [Noble] Upcycled Barn Wood Chicken Coop (Here is Noble – Mainstore! LM @ the Nest)

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Wired Frame: :Cheeky Pea: Amber Wire Frame w/ Changeable Pictures (I changed this to have my own pictures in it by selecting the mesh face on them. This is  Cheeky Pea Outlet @ the Nest)

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Bottles/Flower: [%Percent] – 3 Vintage Bottles & Flower (This is Percent LM @ the Nest)

Rug: [Less is More] – iMukka v2.0 ZEBRA (This is Less Is More LM @ the Nest)

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Flower on wall – [Noble] Sophie’s Hydrangea – April Gift (You can find this on the sales wall selling for L$0 ) (FREE)

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Curtains: –LEO- Curtain M1 (This is a full perm curtains… I added my mother’s paintings as textures to make them special ❤  LOVE YOU MOM!!!) (FREE)

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Little house: *Ionic* My Buenos Aires apartment (FREE) (This is a group gift you can grab while in their store, along with a couple others… Group is free to join)  (FREE)

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Care is Wearing

Blindfold 7 Deadly s{K}ins Mothersday 2013 – Blindfold + makeup (Check group notices) (FREE)

Skin[7DS] May GroupGift skin + Lolas Applier (Check group notices) (FREE)

Cardigan: *N@N@* Bag Mother day gift – Mesh Cardigan (FREE) (Goto main store and hit subscriber for History)

Shoes: Sah Hipster Shapes & Style – {S.H.S} Daydream- {Black With Wood/Gold Spikes} (L$10)

Jewelry: Sn@tch – Crystal Gypsy Jewelry (FREE – Lucky Boards) (This comes with the earrings and the necklace)

PantsSn@tch – Maya Patterned Leggings (Cheetah print) (These are also on lucky boards, package comes with 8 different leggings that can be worn with or without cuffs) (FREE)

TanktopSn@tch – :::Sn@tch Lingerie Gift::: Sheer Tank  (I found this on the main desk as I was entering the store, it is the flat box near the bags on the right side) (FREE)

Hair: =DeLa*= Mesh Hair “Naomi” Blacks and White (L$250) (I just found this store and really loved this hair so figured I would show it off for you! )

I’m so happy to be able to share this day with you all…. I hope it is wonderful for you………..*big hugs*………..till next time…………..Care ❤