What to Wear to the Navy Khaki Ball

The US Navy Khaki Ball happens within a couple weeks of the Chief Pinning (which is typically mid-September). It’s a dinner and “dance” that is more of a semi-formal event (unlike the Navy Birthday Ball which is usually formal). The active duty members wear their khaki uniforms, so you as their “spouse” would dress according to that (typically).

I keep saying “typically” because some things are done differently at different duty stations. I don’t even recall there being a Khaki Ball at one of the places my husband was stationed. Last year (2012) here in Pearl Harbor the Khaki Ball was mid-September.

I wore a “little black dress” that I think was very 40’s style. Some of the ladies dressed up more than me (some wore floor-length gowns) and some a little less dressed up (more “business” attire). So really, it’s totally up to you. Just keep in mind, if you totally out-dress your husband (or wife!) you are going to look like a jerk and people will talk about you. Seriously.

I’m planning on ordering a dress from an online retailer this year because LAST year there were a few ladies at our Ball with the same dress, all bought on-island! I’m looking for something flattering, but a little funky – yet still classy! Tough order!

I’ve been on Pinterest looking for dresses, as well as the websites of some of my favorite stores. I’d love to hear your favorite stores to shop for dresses!

Congratulations to all the new Chief-Selects and their Spouses!



Amazing Spinach and Artichoke Dip

So, I went to Pinterest this morning to snag a recipe for my favorite Spinach and Artichoke dip and it was GONE! I had to do some searching and piece together the recipe again, so I’m going to share it HERE so (hopefully) it doesn’t go anywhere!

Amazing Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Author: Atomic-Mama
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A yummy and super simple to make dip!
  • 1 box (10 oz.) frozen, chopped spinach
  • 1 can artichoke hearts (unmarinated)
  • 2 – 8 oz boxes cream cheese (I use Neufchâtel cheese)
  • 1/4 c mayo
  • 1 c sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (or 2 diced Roma tomatoes)
  • 1/4 diced red pepper (optional)
  • 2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Place in an oven proof baking dish.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Serve hot with chips, crackers, etc. for dipping.


For Your Information

I believe in Unicorns, Bigfoot, “Nessie,” Angels, Fairies, Leprechauns, Miracles, Santa Claus, God, Mother Nature, Ghosts, Demons, Re-Incarnation, Heaven and even occasionally, Humanity.

It’s Always Here to Come Back To

My blog, that is. It’s always here when I need to come back and write, but it never chastises me for leaving in the first place. It’s a space for me to clear my head of all the static and just let the words flow out onto “paper” (rather, screen). I’ve had this domain name – Starryskye – since 2000 and it’s become something way more advanced than I had ever imagined while I was typing out simple HTML code into my Frontpage 2000 install.

I think it’s time for me to treat this blog as my friend and ally again. To channel my creativity and actually make my brain function more often – instead of just “going through the motions” of life like I have been lately.

Hence – the simple layout. It won’t last long, because I’ve always got to have some wild “pops” of color going on (in fact, as I write this my hair is shocking pink colored).

I think I need to find time to breathe. This is why I am still awake (and writing) at midnight. It’s quiet with the exception of the low sounds of “The Civil Wars” playing off my iPhone. The air conditioner is blowing. The children are asleep. The husband is away. It’s just me and my computer. Thoughts becoming words.

It’s rather nice sometimes.

I Have 533 Kids!? Delivery Man Sneaky Peek!

Guys! What would you do if you realized that – 20 years after making a few donations to a fertility clinic – that you’ve fathered over 500 kids? Would you want to know who they were? How about if they wanted to know who YOU were?

Affable underachiever David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn) finds out he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them file a lawsuit to reveal his identity.

I think he does what any guy would do – stay anonymous and play “guardian angel” to his kids! Okay, that’s maybe not what ANY guy would do – but it’s what David Wozniak does!

Ready for a sneak peek of the trailer?


Here are some exclusive photos from the film:

Delivery Man will hit theaters on November 22, 2013!

Detox and Alkalize Your Body – Easy!

Many people these days are worried about the growing obesity problem facing most countries, particularly here in the United States. A lot of people know that eating less carbs, lower fat, high fiber diets is good for you and will help you lose weight, but most of us dont have the time to make sure we eat as healthy as we should to be as healthy as we would like to be. So how can you make it simple for yourself? Easy! Try Greens and Its Vital by It Works!

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*Detoxifying, alkalizing drink powder
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*Equivalent of 8+ servings of fruits and vegetables in each serving
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These two products, used in conjunction with each other provides your body with superior plant based nutrition in its most usable forms. With proper nutrition your body is able to release the toxins and sugars it has stored up in fat cells, and dispose of it, to help your body function at its best!