Enjoying Quaker On The Go Breakfast With My Verizon Samsung GalaxyS5


Quaker Instant Oatmeal Pistachio Cherry shot by Katie Shea Design  with Samsung GalaxyS5 VZWBuzz

I brought this gem of a quick breakfast with me to the hair salon.  The hair salon did not have a microwave so lucky for me they had hot water.

Just opened the oatmeal and filled with hot water to the line indicated, let it sit for about 3 minutes, mixed with a spoon and BAM a hot breakfast in my salon chair!

Sun-ripened cherries, roasted almonds, and tasty pistachios, Quaker®Real Medleys® Cherry Pistachio Oatmeal+  is my new on the go breakfast.

I usually am not a fan of the flavored ready-made oatmeal but my 2 favorite things are cherries and pistachios so I decided to give it a taste.  I was pleasantly surprised because it was not too sweet and tasted very hearty.

I will be taking these with me when I am traveling as well.

It comes in a convenient, portable package so you can eat it anywhere!

I need cases of this breakfast I love it so much!

Image shot with a  Verizon Samsung GalaxyS5 smartphone using the Selective Focus Mode

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Selective Focus mode option on the Samsung GalaxyS5 phone


Disclosure: As a Verizon Lifestyle #VZWBUZZ  Blogger I receive Devices for review.  All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Giving Thanks on Memorial Day

Sergeant Warren O.Ostin Paying Tribute To our Veterans and Fallen Heroes

CAMP LEJEUNE — Twenty-two hundred Marines and sailors from Camp Lejeune are preparing to deploy off the coast of Libya in northern Africa. They said goodbye to their families Monday afternoon, and they’ll be leaving in the days ahead.

“There’s always in the back of your mind what if, what could happen,” Marine wife Carrie Cochran said.  Continue Reading…

March 2011 this image flashed across the TV of our Nephew Warren O. Ostin preparing to be deployed.  Our hearts sank with sorrow and swelled with pride all at the same time.

Warren O Ostin Deploying

Our nephew called me himself to tell me that he was going to be deployed overseas earlier than expected.  I held back my overwhelming tears as he filled me in on what he could, all the while reassuring me that all would be all right and that he was ready.

I got off the phone, cried my eyes out and begged God to protect him and bring him back to us.  My nephew is also my God Child and with that I wanted to make sure he felt connected always.

My Dad, an army veteran himself had given me a necklace several years before he passed away.  The necklace was a pair of praying hands with the Serenity Prayer inscribed on the back.

I decided to give this necklace to my nephew to have with him while he served his deployments. I made him promise he would bring it back to me when he was all done serving our country.  Along with the necklace I made a specific time of the day that I would be praying for him EST.  I wanted him to feel connected no matter where in the world he was always.

Warren O Ostin Afghanistan

Our nephew finished serving our country full time and is now a Sergeant in the US Marine Reserves.

I never asked him about the necklace or if he had it with him while deployed.

One day after he was home for good I received a phone call from Warren.  He asked me if I had seen his latest Facebook image.

He explained that he had carried the Praying Hands necklace with him the entire time he was in the Marines.  He went on to say that he wanted to have the Praying Hands with him always so he had them tattooed to his chest forever.

Praying Hands

I was speechless and engulfed with emotion.  Having two sons has taught me that men use actions and few words to express their emotions.  My nephew Warren is forever wearing his expression of gratitude to God and his country for returning home to us!

This Memorial Day I sat behind my nephew thanking God for the opportunity to share a day with him in person.  Enjoying watching him watch the game, never forgetting that I was not sure I would ever have this opportunity to see him smile or hear him laugh.

Sargeant Warren O. Ostin at Citizens Bank Field Philadelphia watching Game

I sat back in my seat praying for all who have lost a loved one in service to our country.  Counting our blessings for our nephew and all that have and continue to put themselves at risk for the United States.

My Memorial Day Thanksgiving Toast Cheers

This year I raised my glass in a Memorial Day, Thanksgiving toast to my nephew and his safe return home.

Thank You Sergeant Warren O. Ostin for your Service to this country!

Sergeant Warren O. Ostin

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Fun with The Novogratz Dinnerware Collection

Novogratz Dinnerware Collection Mix & Match image by Katie Shea Design Give your table a chic makeover with the colorful, cutting-edge Novogratz Dinnerware Collection. Renowned for their distinctive aesthetic, Cortney and Robert Novogratz mix elements of modern and vintage style for a fashion-forward dinnerware pattern featuring robust shapes and bold designs. sold exclusively at Macys.

The Novogratz Dinnerware Collection spurred so many creative, fun ideas in me.

I decided to use the samples that Cortney and Bob sent over for my Mother’s Day theme.

I shopped at Whole Foods for some of my favorite food items to fill each dinnerware piece.

Novogratz Collection Medium Melamine Popcorn Bowl image by Katie Shea Design c 2014   Family movie time has always been a weekly event from the time all our children were small.  We always filled heaping bowls of popcorn for our movie nights.  I love this popcorn bowl that holds so much popcorn!

My popcorn choice is Organic Reduced Fat & Sodium by 365 Everyday Value and is on sale this week at Whole Foods.

Novogratz Collection Cereal Bowl image by Katie Shea Design c 2014

I have never been a conventional person and always see multiple possibilities  and usage for any given object.  This cereal bowl can also be a snack bowl or a candy bowl for family junk food nights.

I filled my cereal bowl with Annie’s Organic cheddar Snack Mix found at Whole Foods.

Novogratz Collection 8.5 Plate image by Katie Shea Design c 2014This salad plate was screaming to be filled with cookies to go with my tea!

These are Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies by Schar found in Whole Foods.

Novogratz Collection Smile 16 0z Mug image by Katie Shea Design c 2014

So many possibilities to fill this ample 16 0z. Mug with.

My choice for a Mother’s Day relaxing cup of tea is Pomegranate Green Tea by the Republic of Tea also in Whole Foods.

Novogratz Collection Wonderful Melamine Serving Tray image by Katie Shea Design c 2014


This serving tray is perfect to serve Mom in bed, on the lounge chair or by the pool this Mother’s Day or any day would be wonderful.

What I also love about this dinnerware collection is that it can be mixed and matched with any pattern or color to go with any theme.

Perfect for a growing family.

Find the Novogratz Dinnerware Collection at your nearest Macys for the perfect Mother’s Day gift idea!

Thank you to Bob and Cortney for the samples provided for this blog post.  The opinions are my own and I have not been compensated for this review.

The images were shot with a GalaxyS5  #VZWBuzz

I am a member of the Verizon Wireless Lifestyle Blogger Program #VZWBuzz which gives me free access to mobile technology and other benefits.