Tuesday, March 22, 2016

QUEENLY PARTY TIP..... GO GOLD!

Red Hat Society Members are lucky that our traditional colors of Red, Purple, Pink and Lavender look stunning with GOLD!  Consider using gold accents for your next party.  A simple can of gold spray paint can be your super chic secret weapon. Dollar store trinkets take on royal glam when touched by spray can magic.  Ordinary tchotchkes such as refrigerator magnets, kazoos or tumblers take on new life. Gold boots, or crowns, anyone?!    Let your imagination run wild!  


Ahoy, pirate wenches, consider spraying some Oreo cookies gold to look like doubloons.  Be sure to use the EDIBLE gold spray paint for that project!   Enjoy!

 P.S.:  Curious about the pirate wenches reference?  It’s all just part of the fun of being a Red Hat Society Member.  Come join us! 

Ready to attend the greatest, most joyful event for women in the world?  Let this serve as your official invitation to Eat Dessert First at the Red Hat Society's 2016 Remember the a la Mode International Convention in San Antonio, Texas. 



Thursday, March 17, 2016

Guest Blogger: Cheryl Wilson- Stewart - FEARLESS WOMEN SAY THIS

Fearless women say....are you ready?

WOW.
There it is.
Ok (confession) ……WOW is one of my favorite words.
I say WOW a lot.
Sometimes I wonder if expanding my vocabulary is in order. But honestly I’ve never found a better word. WOW means…. took my breath away, my heart is beating faster, I’m (almost) speechless, I’m awestruck, amazed, astonished, astounded, stunned, impressed, surprised, wonder struck.
WOW splashes the eyes with twinkle and prompts a lift and a brightening (bonus). WOW firmly situates the WOW-er in the present moment. WOW instantly ensures all cylinders are firing.
That’s pretty amazing for such a pint size word.
Good value too.
What are you WOW’d by? I can be WOW’d by what people create, say, think and do.  Generosity, beauty, kindness, humor, gentleness, sweetness, innocence, humility, the strength and resiliency of the human spirit, faith, love, surprise and wonder.
I’m more than a little surprised that Miriam Webster hardly gives it a notice.
Wow n: a striking success
Wow vb:  to arouse enthusiastic approval
That’s it???
OK... so where's the fearless part I alluded to you’re asking.
The thing about WOW is that it’s REAL. It’s a spontaneous and authentic response to a situation.  We don’t stop and think before we say WOW it just slips out unedited.  Combine WOW with how it's said and bingo true feelings are unmasked in an instant. That’s what makes the WOW-er fearless.  The WOW-er allows herself to be fully exposed, her truth, for all to hear is broadcast in the clearest and simplest of ways.
When I was recently creating a vision board WOW kept wafting through my thoughts. I ignored it.  Then it came to me.
I want more WOW’s!
I want to live Life Part 2 fully and deeply. I want to be real, exposed, unedited and spontaneous. I want to live life in-the-moment. I want to be FEARLESS! That not only means WOW stays as a high ranking member of my vocabulary but I'm looking for more applications. Here's what I really want to do.....
 I want to inspire A Life of WOW’s!
WOW’S in the form of:
New ideas – WOW what a concept…
New understanding -WOW I hadn’t thought of it that way…
New places – WOW I’ve never seen anything like this…
New experiences – WOW that makes my heart beat faster
New people – WOW you teach me…show me another way…warm my heart…touch my soul…make me think….make me feel like I belong.
 “Life is not measured by the number of breathes we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” — Maya Angelou
“WOW!”

Cheryl Wilson-Stewart is the founder of Red Shoe Zone blog. She writes about fearlessly (re)discovering herself at mid life.

She likes red shoes and red hats.


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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

RHS Virtual Cinco de Mayo Party



Thursday, May 5, 2016
9AM PDT to 5PM PDT
(gives people from across the globe an opportunity to pop in and play!)

The fifth of May is a celebration observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla. It's also a great reason to hold a Mexican inspired virtual party! We are so excited about our convention we're holding in San Antonio, Texas this year that we wanted a "pre-party" for the PARTY!!!

This virtual party gives Queens and Supporting Members of the RHS an opportunity to welcome new women from all over the world and give them an opportunity to see just how much fun it is to be a Hatter. So, grab your sombrero and join us for May 5th ALL DAY for our Cinco De Mayo Virtual Party!

A full agenda is listed on our Facebook page!

Here's the skinny:  Every hour, on the hour, she will pin a new post. One of the Hatquarters team usually comes behind her and announces to everyone that they need to refresh their page and find the latest post. The agendas are fun and do change from event to event. We've found that many Hatters plan IN PERSON parties with their friends and post pics in real time, while still others find photos online that represent how they would be playing in our "virtual world."

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

BE HAPPY EVERY MOMENT OF THE DAY!


Every morning I wake up for work at 6 am, take a shower, and go down stairs to take my dogs Reo and Dinger outside. I am greeted with wagging tails and two dogs so happy to see me. No matter how I am feeling when I wake up, I feel great after I see my dogs.

The dogs never wake up and say, “I don’t feel good today,” and they never are in a bad mood. They are just thrilled to see me and go for a quick walk outside. Then, we come in and they are thrilled to get a treat and lay back down to repeat the whole process again when my husband comes down.


I think we can all learn something from the dogs and live our life in a much similar way, being happy for each and every moment of everyday. It would surely make for a much better life for ourselves and those around us.


Instead, I wake up and think of all I have to do in the future, or think about how I didn’t sleep as long as I had wanted to, or think about how I am not feeling the best. You get the idea.

As we go through our life, we should take the approach of the dogs and be happy about everything, enjoy whatever is in front of us and greet everyone with a waging tail (big smile).

Let’s all give this a try for the next week. Start each day happy and look for every opportunity for the good things in our life.

I am betting that we will all have a better week and those around us will too.

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Friday, March 4, 2016

DIY Roaring 20's headband

The Red Hat Society is getting ready for our Virtual Roaring 20's Party on Facebook!  We are getting all dolled up and and spiffy here at Hatquarters, to make sure that we are Putting on the Ritz for all of our Dapper Dames.  Nothing says Roaring 20's than that of a flapper headband, so elegant and sassy and so easy to make!


Materials
Scissors
Glue gun
Feathers (I used a combination of a feather boa and loose feathers)
Rhinestones (loose and ribbon)
Cloth headband
Felt material
Ribbon




1. Begin by cutting the felt fabric in a shape.  I choose oval, however it can also be rounded or squared.  With the glue gun, glue your rhinestones to the felt until it is completely covered.


2. Glue two pieces of  ribbon to the outside and end of the headband.  One for each side to tie headband around your head.




3. Glue the rhinestone ribbon around the top of the headband.


4. Glue the felt rhinestone piece that you first made onto the Headband.



















5. On the back of the felt rhinestone piece, add glue and  feathers. to both sides,






This easy DIY project can be done with different fabrics and in different colors!




Please join us as we celebrate Women's International Day, with our Virtual Roaring 20's Party
Come take a peek and then Join in on the fun!
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
9AM PDT to 5PM PDT

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

7 AWESOME THINGS ABOUT GETTING OLD


My husband and I settled in for a Saturday night movie at home, some sci-fi flick that had received good reviews. Within two minutes of the movie starting, I grabbed the remote and hit the button to turn on the closed captioning.

"Thanks, Maw," my husband said.
"I couldn't understand, could you?" He nodded his agreement and smiled.
"We're old, aren't we?" He shrugged and sipped his beer. Old didn't matter at this moment, in the cozy comfort of our nice home, on our nice couch, with our hopefully nice movie.
Old mattered a lot, just one day earlier. We were at an amusement park with our kids, riding roller coaster after roller coaster. We were up for it. We're cool. We like speed. But then came the final coaster of the night, an enormous, wooden, rickety contraption that would have been all the rage when I was growing up in the 1970s.
Thirty seconds into the ride, my husband and I became those people. Our initial "Aaagggh!" was quickly reduced to "UghohGodohGodNoNoNo!" In an interminable two minutes, I learned the noises we would make if we were on the receiving end of a back alley beat down. The family photo with Santa that I had tucked between my knees flew away, as I grunted and groaned, my teeth and bones rattling. The ride ended and we looked at each other, traumatized. I was near tears.
"That ride is going to get them sued," I huffed on the way to the car.
I have enough self-awareness to recognize these are NOT the sorts of things uttered by so-called young people. There is young, like my children, and there is young, like the 30-year-olds who populate my newsroom.
When you're 30, you're the star of your life, the universe revolving around you for your viewing pleasure. You possess healthy levels of self-absorption. Life is about the next job, who you're going to love, friends or couples you click with, where you're going to eat.
Flash forward a decade or two and you're knee deep in marriage and children and mortgages. You're no longer the star of your life. You're more like an extra. It's about everyone BUT you. You try to master selflessness, sacrifice, compromise. You fail and keep trying.
It's a hot mess, your life, but you're doing it. You're the master of your domain!
Then, you throw your back out -- by making the bed. Or by picking something off the kitchen floor. Or by sneezing.
Really, you think?
The hairline cracks start spreading into your world of cool. Sleep wrinkles hang around for hours. You find yourself truly excited about that new office chair with increased lumbar support. You can no longer drink an extra glass of wine and feel okay the next day. Just looking at those sexy platform pumps with 4-inch heels make your knees ache. Certain foods give you acid reflux. Going to bed early is appealing. You buy cozy, zipper-and-button-free yoga clothes even though you don't do yoga. You give up on cute matching pajamas, opting instead for your husband's boxers with a 15-year-old running shirt and beat up Uggs.
I'm making aging sound horrific, aren't I?
Here's what I'm leaving out.
It's AWESOME. I MEAN FLIPPIN' DIPPIN' AWESOME.
1. You know who you are. Let me say that again. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. Because of this, you finally stop caring what other people think of you. You sing at the top of your lungs alone in the car when that song from high school comes on the radio. Lots of people see you singing, because you're sitting at the intersection. And you've added hand gestures to your performance.
2. You get rid of the vampires. The people who sucked you dry and gave nothing back. The people who made you feel worse about yourself. This can include friends, husbands, wives, co-workers and even certain family.
3. You make peace with yourself. With your flat butt, your big nose, your thick thighs, your small boobs, your short toes, your profile, that one eyebrow that sits higher than the other, that birthmark on your neck that boy teased you about in fourth grade. You forgive yourself your imperfections and you move on.
4. You no longer care about being cool. Very few people are. You're not one of them. And it's okay.
5. You stop doing things to impress others. You now do things to fulfill yourself. You're good at your job because you know what the hell you're doing. When you try something new, you enjoy the experience, as opposed to being embarrassed because you stink at zumba/ice hockey/zip lining. You're not worried about looking like a fool, because you no longer care about being cool (see above).
6. You're still growing, but it's on the inside now. You recognize the profound value in things you've had from the day you were born. You delve deeper into faith-spirituality-mindful living. You deeply cherish time with your friends. You smile when you think about that great belly laugh you had with your sister days ago. You are spontaneously struck by the thought that your life is a miracle. You feel gratitude, without having to be reminded by an atrocious crime or car crash or fire.
7. The trio of should/could/would die a spectacular death. These are soul-shrinking-over-the-shoulder-looking words that paralyze you. Should I have? Could I have? Would I have? They're replaced by, 'I can and I will. Then again, maybe I won't.'
You still freak out sometimes, over the bills/kids/life/401ks. You still want to punch a wall when you trip over your husband's running shoes in the middle of the hallway, in the dark. But the freak outs are shorter and the wall punch urge passes more quickly.
You finally know the truth. You're not a victim of life. You are life, and you only get one.
Live large, Geezer.
Excerpt by Jaye Watson, Journalist.
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