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Lessons from Rhinestones…Find Your Shine

Six days to go before “Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops” is released!

Undercover WOW Woman

 

Check out this early review from Netgalley:

This book is so snarky-funny, but in a gracious way. The author says all of those things that we know, but we don’t talk about. (Well, at least, us Southern girls were taught not to talk about them.) She keeps it real and opens up an honest conversation. This is like sitting down to coffee (maybe with a splash of Kahlua!) with your best girlfriend…

Have you ever felt like a complete flop? Has your life ever flipped? YES is my answer! Now, let’s add rhinestones to those flip-flops. This is why I wrote, “Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops: Choosing Extravagant Joy in the Midst of Everyday Mess-ups.” This book is my journey; it’s your journey. Most of us struggle with deception, stress, holding on to the past, and those dreaded “middle age” issues. This book will make you laugh while learning life skills to be a better you!

Posted in humor by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

My WOW Woman Momma and Hurricane Irma

I am watching Hurricane Irma and could not resist sharing this story about my funny and WOW mother (Woman of Wisdom).

 

My new book, “Rhinetones on my Flip-Flops” to be released on 9/26 is loaded with some of my favorite Southern tales so here is a memory to make you chuckle. Only in the South…

My WOW Woman Momma and Hurricane Irma

Momma was in the Intensive Care Unit recovering from heart surgery. We were only allowed to visit every two hours; I was always anxious to see her every morning. Momma’s doctor, Dr. Schweiger was making his rounds. My sister and I talked him into delivering a container of green peas and whipped potatoes—Momma’s favorite. Bless his heart, he was not thrilled walking into ICU carrying momma’s “breakfast.”

We had already made history at Roper Hospital. Momma missed her hair appointment—the first time in 48 years. You see it was Wednesday.

Posted in family, fun, funny, humor, Hurricanes, Southern Humor by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Communication Skills and Mishaps

I love writing about the fearless, fabulous, and first lady of pageantry Queen Esther in my new book, “Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops.” It was a blast reminiscing about pageants and the many hours I spent working on my interview and communication skills while laughing at myself through the mishaps.

Communication Skills and Mishaps

I consider “pageant world’  life on steroids.  Preparing for the Miss America Pageant was a great teacher for the rest of my life since communication is a key element for success. Unlike the other phases of competition, this is one aspect that won’t develop wrinkles or sag with age. Our communication skills improve as time passes. Call it whatever, interview is where I learned the fine art of expression. There are two kinds of skills: dumb and smart.  Here is dumb.

Posted in beauty pageants, beauty queens, funny, humor, laughter, memories by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Yep, She called Me Ugly; A Flip-Flop Faux-Pas

 

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In honor of my new book, “Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops,” I remembered a funny flip-flop story that occurred a few days after I was crowned Miss South Carolina-enjoy!

 

 


I was riding high after being crowned Miss South Carolina on Saturday night. Now it was time to prepare for the Miss America Pageant.

Posted in beauty pageants, beauty queens, humor, Miss South Carolina, sense of humor by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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How to Drive Your Own Limo

Flip-Flops happen; some are large events and other episodes are flat-out annoying.  In honor of my new book, Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops, that will be released September 2017, I thought I would share a unique flip-flop event that involves a limo with a very nervous driver…enjoy!


Have you ever had a moment when you made a decision to be in the “driver’s seat?”

I am speaking figuratively, of course, but several years ago, I was literally put into this position.

I was speaking in Flint, Michigan and was told that a car service would be picking me up.  I stood on the curb for over an hour and realized that something was wrong.  I was scheduled to speak only hours after landing so needless to say, I was getting concerned.  I called the client, who owned the car service, and he said the driver was on the way.  I could tell he was concerned as well, so I reassured him not to worry.  “I will be there,” I said.  “Whatever it takes.”  Those words would turn out to be very profound.

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A Reminder: It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I tried to suppress my urge to smile during the funeral service for my mother’s dear friend, Helen Smoak. I sat in the beautiful St. Matthews Church in Charleston this past Sunday listening to Helen’s lovely daughter, Heidi, share her heart and humor. “I know who will be the first person to meet my mother at the pearly gates,” said Heidi. I already knew the answer. ”Mom will be greeted by Eleanor Jenkins who will escort her to the heavenly hair-do beauty shop.” My eyes glistened hearing my mother’s name mentioned. What a sweet moment!

Posted in breast cancer, Breast Cancer Awareness, humor, Ta-tas by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Life Changing Laughter With Your Family

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Several years ago Thomas phoned with a big announcement, “I have a surprise for everybody. I’m driving up now.” The children and I raced outside, filled with laughter, and saw the object that challenged my wedding vows and changed my life forever—a boat. Not just any boat. A blue boat, its glittering paint sparkling in the sunlight. It reminded me of the Mike Benet pageant gown I wore in the Beaufort Water Festival. The children were thrilled. They thought it was beautiful.
Thomas is a man of good taste. Seeing him behind the wheel of that mirage-like, rhinestoned blue sequined boat seemed totally out of character. Thomas is more like Ward Cleaver than Larry the Cable Guy, or so I’d thought. 
Maybe that sparkly boat was his queenly tribute to the fact that he had dated two Miss Americas. “Did you know the boat was this color?” I asked hesitantly.
“Well, I knew the boat was blue, but not this kind of blue,” Thomas replied, not making sense. What frightened me the most was the massive engine attached to the stern. Yes, I said stern. Here lies yet another problem. I know very little about boats. Honestly, the entire thing resembled a piece of blue, rhinestone-encrusted plywood with a space shuttle engine attached to its rear.
To make boating even more interesting, Thomas honors only two speeds: dead still and g-force fast. We were in trouble. 
The boat did well in the lake near our home but taking it to the ocean brought new challenges. Tide changes create banks—big islands of pluff mud and/or oyster shell beds. We knew where practically every bank was located—we hit all of them. I kept an old pair of shoes in the boat because I became the designated “pusher.” You may ask, don’t you have a depth finder? Yes, but by the time it beeps you’re already up the “crick.”
I realized the Blue Beauty Queen is one of those big toys that men love to buy that resulted in even bigger family memories. I have no idea what happened to that sparkly boat but I do know there were times of being stared at, pointed to, and laughed at as we cruised open water and got stuck on banks. The greatest lesson is that we learned to laugh at ourselves; that glittery boat taught us how to sparkle and shine.
Pass this on to someone who needs to be reminded that developing a sense of humor starts with being able to laugh at yourself!
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Posted in family, humor, laughter, Southern Humor by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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The Death of Common Sense

Is common sense dead? Those of us who have common sense understand that common sense is not common at all. You cannot get it from books; I know folks with relatively no formal education that have a PhD in common sense.Why is it that……

On a plastic dry-cleaning bag you read:  THIS IS NOT A TOY.

Liquid Draino’s directions….DO NOT DRINK

We yell at our children to stop yelling…

The host of the Bachelor appears at the Rose Ceremony with one rose left and says, “There is one rose left.”

Or we feel sorry for the contestant on Fear Factor who cries while eating Cow brains with worms.

We listen to President speak at the State of the Union Address and afterwards we are told what he said.

We watch the Super Bowl for the commercials.

The robber who is caught on video stealing pleads innocent.

The peaceful Muslim religion is killing and rioting due to a cartoonist portrayal of Muhammad.  Jesus has been slammed for years.

Posted in attitude, humor by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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Momma’s Pink Hair Pick- Remembering My Mother on Mother’s Day

I was rummaging around the bottom of my purse when I felt a surprised twinge of pain from some metal prongs. It was my mother’s infamous pink hair pick that I thought would be the death of her. Even with her heart in a deadly, life-threatening rhythm, the pink pick had to be found and placed in the inner pocket of her purse before she left for the hospital.In honor of Mother’s Day, I am sharing one of my favorite stories from my book, “Bury Me With My Pearls”.  This award-winning book (SCP Book of the Year)  is on sale and only .99 and a great Mother’s Day gift!   Enjoy this book that is dedicated to my mother, Eleanor McElveen Jenkins.

Momma’s Pink Hair Pick

I was rummaging around the bottom of my purse when I felt a surprised twinge of pain from some metal prongs.  It was my mother’s infamous pink hair pick that I thought would be the death of her. Even with her heart in a deadly, life-threatening rhythm, the pink pick had to be found and placed in the inner pocket of her purse before she left for the hospital.

Momma had very important “Southern Lady” traditions. Every Wednesday at 11 AM was the all-important “hair day.”  The hair appointment was never missed and that pink hair pick was a constant accessory in my mother’s purse.

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Mother’s Day Tribute of Encouragement and Humor

Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching and one thing I miss about my mother was her gift of encouragement. After my mother died I have said many times that a mother is the last person who will defend you regardless of the circumstances. I have jokingly said if I called her and told her that I had murdered someone her response would be, “Well, Honey I am sure you had a good reason. Would you like to go to lunch?” My mother was very funny, too. Enjoy this Mother’s Day Tribute story about my mother’s sense of humor and her encouragement from my book,“Bury Me with My Pearls.”

I was the queen and rode on the hood…

Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching and one thing I miss about my mother was her gift of encouragement. After my mother died I have said many times that a mother is the last person who will defend you regardless of your circumstances. I have jokingly said if I called her and told her that I had murdered someone her response would be, “Well, Honey, I am sure you had a good reason. Would you like to go to lunch?” My mother was very funny, too. Enjoy this Mother’s Day Tribute story about my mother’s sense of humor and her encouragement from my book,“Bury Me with My Pearls.”

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