Glossy Monday Variety ~ 10/29/2007

Happy Monday Glossy Ones,

October is coming to an end, but let us keep Breast Cancer Awareness in mind and heart throughout the year.  If you have a cause that you would like us to share with our readers, send us an e-mail at pumpsandgloss@yahoo.com.

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MONDAY MELODY

I am really liking Keyshia Cole’s “Should Have Let You Go.”  This is my favorite song by her to date.

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MONDAY FLASHBACK

I heard “Goodbye Love” by Guy on the radio late the other night and it made me think of this song.  I don’t know how true this is, but at the time, I heard when the Guy reunion initially didn’t work out, Teddy Riley gave this song to Blackstreet.  Here’s “Don’t Leave Me.”  The Guy reunion worked out after this and the only song I remember from that project is “Dancin,” which I really liked.

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT:  The Gap’s (Product)Red Line

I hold three causes very close to my heart – church, breast cancer and Africa.  The Gap has partnered with (Product) Red and 50% of all sales go to helping Africa with the fight against A.I.D.S.  There are fashions for the whole family, so be sure to check out the entire line HERE.  Here are my three favorite items:

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I simply must have this “Inspi(red)” top – too cute.  A Gap.com Exclusive, it comes in sizes XS-XXL.

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How adorable!  This baby t-shirt comes in sizes 3-6M, 12-18M, 18-24M, and 2 Years to 5 Years Old.

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Can’t you see your little sweet pea in this?  Sizes 0-24 Months.

To learn more about thee (Product) Red initiative, go to JoinRed.com.

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE?

I love to dance, so I thought I would share my favorite dance-related songs.

The dance to “Crank That” by Soulja Boy Tellem is more like a routine, so I figured I better post the instructions!

The “Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid is a fave because it is easy! LOL!  This song will forever remind me of my family reunion!

This was the jam way back when!  I just had to have that #1 Anfernee Hardaway jersey – I miss you Penny (oh, he was so fine)!!!  I know you all have to remember “Tootsee Roll” by the 69 Boys.  Dip Baby, Dip!

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JOY’S SHOE PICK

Sometimes, you have to give your feet a break and wear some flats.  I keep flats in the car for after church and other dressy occassions.

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The adorable “Luena” by Baby Phat is perfect for shopping sprees and when you need a break from your heels. 

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MONDAY PRAISE

A friend of mine once said “CeCe Winans has a real connection with God because it just shines through in her music.”  Amen!  Here is one of my favorite songs by CeCe – “Alabaster Box.”

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“Alabaster Box” is based on this Scripture:

Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”   “Tell me, teacher,” he said.

“Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.  Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.”   “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.  You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet.  You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.  Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.”

Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

~ Luke 7:36-50 NIV

Have a Wonderful Week!

~ Joy

Glossy Monday Variety ~ 10/01/2007

Happy Monday Glossy Ones,

Happy October!  Is it me or is the year flying by?  Don’t get me started on how quickly summer passed us by.

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 MONDAY MELODIES

Rihanna and Ne-Yo team up for “Hate That I Love You.”  Say what you want about these two, but they are making big things happen.  I am a little disappointed by Ne-Yo’s new video, “Can We Chill” – the song is cool, but I was expecting more.

Mix Maven and I were just saying how hot this song is and then I came across the video on Yahoo Music.  Here is the one, the only, Kayne West (featuring T-Pain) with “Good Life.”

Speaking of Yahoo Music, I loooove their Urban New Releases Radio Station.

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STARBUCKS

I am not a coffe drinker, but when a dear friend of mine wanted to get together at Starbucks, I did not have the heart to say no or let’s meet somewhere else.  I mentioned to Sensual Element that I was going to Starbucks and she told me to try the Hot Apple Cider.  Mmmmmmmmmmm, it was SOOOOO good!  I had the Blueberry Coffee Cake and had a sample of the Iced Lemon Loaf.  I see why people are so addicted to Starbucks – great atmosphere, good drinks (even if you don’t like coffee), WiFi, and sweet sweets.  I am officially addicted. 

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BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I encourage each and every one of you to get involved.  The American Cancer Society is sponsoring walks in every major area during this month – get out and walk, donate to the cause (every little bit helps) or eduate yourself on this disease.  My Mom and I walked in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk last year and this year, we will be walking on a team that was started by a lady at my church.  My husband and I also walked with church members this summer at the Susan G. Komen event.  Let’s rally together to make a difference Ladies and Gents!

Even Bath and Body Works is getting involved by selling the C.O. Bigelow Shine For Life Mentha Lip Tint.

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You can even eat to help the cause!  Yoplait has been promoting the Pink Lidcampaign for awhile now.  Buy Yoplait yogurt, save the pink lids and mail them in by December 31, 2007. 

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Hopefully there is a Tanger Outlet in your area – they are selling PINK SAVINGS CARDS for $1.00.  For $1.00, you will receive a 25% off coupon to be used in one store in the Outlet Center.  Buy as many cards as you want to use in as many stores as you want.  Great deal for a great cause.

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JOY’S BOOT PICK

The last time I did a boot pick, I showed an Aerosole boot.  Well, here is another Aerosole boot that has caught my eye.  I love the studs on the Lane Squeeze.  It also comes in brown leather.

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ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

Before I met my husband, I knew nothing about football.  Since he played football in high school and college, his brother played in high school and college, and their mother was their biggest cheerleader, I found it best that I learn the basics of the game so I wouldn’t be so bored at family dinners.  Hubby taught me the basics a few years ago and now I am a football junkie – College and NFL.  Right now, I am going to talk about College Football very briefly.

Before I start,  if you need to know the basics, go HERE.

What in the world happened to Oklahoma, Alabama, Alabama State, Michigan State, and Texas??????  This was an unbelievable Saturday.  While I have love for Northwestern, Michigan cannot afford any more losses this season.  Glad that Michigan, Alabama A&M, and Purdue did their thing.  I know I am leaving some teams out, but I did say “very briefly.”

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MONDAY PRAISE

This song reminds of Sunday Morning.  Here is “Jesus Is Love” by The Commodores.

This song always gives me chills – whether it’s Richard Smallwood’s version  or Whitney Houston’s version.  Here is Whitney’s version of “I Love The Lord.”

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Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.  ~ 1 Peter 1:8-9

Although we can’t see him, let us look for him in others.  Have a wonderful week!

~J.R.

Let’s Talk About Sex

Who knew there was such a thing as “Christian Sex Toys” for married couples?  We have seen sex toys referred to as “Marital Aids,” but here are some sites that cater to Christians who want to keep the spark alive:

Wholly Love

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My Beloved’s Garden

Maybe these sites are in existence to attract those Christian couples who would never dream of going to a sex toy store or website.  It is ok people – it is really ok to enhance and enjoy your sex life.  Joyce Meyer once said, “I have come to the conclusion that there is nothing as tragic as being alive and not enjoying life.”  The same can be applied to our sex lives.

Here is an interesting site that discusses sexuality for married couples from the Christian perspective:

The Marriage Bed

Just so we are in the know, here are some interesting statistics about general sex toy use and sex courtesy of Babeland.com:

  • 44% of women between the ages of 18 and 60 have used a sex toy
  • 20% of men report using a vibrator
  • 9  in 10 women report being comfortable talking to their partners about their sex toys
  • 1 in 5 women report masturbating at least once a week. Of those women, almost 60% use a sex toy in their solo play
  • Women who are in relationships are most likely to own and use sex toys. 78% of women who use or have used a sex toy reported being in a relationship
  • Women who use sex toys report experiencing more frequent orgasms and greater satisfaction with their partners than women who don’t use sex toys
  • Of women surveyed, 15-17% were under 20 years old when they first tried a vibrator, 50% were in their 20s, 22-27% were in their 30s, and 8-10% were forty and older
  • People worldwide are having sex for the first time at an average age of 17.3
  • Globally, people have had an average number of nine sexual partners
  • Almost a quarter (23%) of adults around the world have incorporated sex toys in partner sex
  • 20% of adults report indulging in kinky play, including using masks, blindfolds, or bondage
  • The most common place for adults to have sex outside their bedroom is in the car (50%), followed by the bathroom (39%), parents’ bedroom (36%), and the park (31%)
  • 15% of people have had sex at work, and 2% have joined the mile high club
  • Globally, people have sex an average of 103 times a year

We would love to know how many Christians were surveyed.

On yesterday’s Oprah, there was a sex survey on Oprah.com and more than 14,000 people responded. When asked, “Are you happy with your sex life?”, 57 percent of women said Yes (source).  If you fall into the 43% percent category, do something to change your “no” to a “yes.”