Friday, January 31, 2014

~ Girlfriends ~

35 things I want my daughter to know about Girlfriends:

(a collection from a few of my trusted gals)
  1. True girlfriends are those who will tell you the good and the bad. And find a way to make you feel OK about both.
  2. Your best friend may have other friends too. That’s ok.
  3. A girlfriend understands that we all want to feel celebrated on our birthdays.
  4. Girlfriends come in all colors, shapes, and energy levels. Don’t have a type. You will miss out.
  5. We are all imperfect people. Your friends will disappoint you. Forgive them even before they ask.
  6. True girlfriends are those who meet you in the middle, and sit with you if the moment calls for sitting, and walk with you when you can move forward again.
  7.  Be brave enough to be real. Your Authentic self is enough.
  8. You know she’s a true girlfriend when you don’t clean up before she comes over… you’re comfortable allowing her to see YOU, mess and all.
  9. A lack of phone contact should not breed insecurity, just an excitement for when you finally do connect. Pick up where you left off, no guilt or hesitation. Life is hard and we all know it. Grace should be freely given.
  10. Life gets busy though. Be intentional.
  11. Love them well. That will look different for each friend.
  12. Truly good friends are your best cheerleaders– they make you feel like everything you want is possible.
  13. If you find a friend that can make you laugh so hard you pee….don’t let her go.
  14. There are no gasps or judgement when your child has a meltdown in front of her. Just a chuckle and a story about when her own child slapped her mother-in-law in the face.
  15. Always reach out to the new girl in school or life. Always. 
  16. A phone date together with a glass of wine and sleeping children can be as fulfilling as a dinner out.
  17. True girlfriends are those who take and give in equal measure – but always remember to measure over the length of a yard and not over the length of an inch.
  18. There’s a fine line between sharing information and gossiping. Don’t cross it and ask your friends to do the same.
  19. You can make a friend feel loved by loving on her children.
  20. It is a blessing to have an intimate few but always have room at your table. Be the anti-clique clique.
  21. Don’t be a high maintenance friend, life’s hard enough. Just love well and often.
  22. Laugh and cry together, often at the same time.
  23. Don’t flirt with her boyfriend, spouse or love interest.
  24. Remember your life and family are not supposed to look like hers. You were created differently. Don’t compare.
  25. Friends should never feel like an obligation.
  26. Girlfriends know when to simply say “you will get through this, I promise.”
  27. When you know you are crazy, your girlfriend can assure you, you are normal, even though you are crazy.
  28. A girlfriend understands your hormones, at all the different stages of womanhood.
  29. Be Trustworthy  ”A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.” (Proverbs 11).
  30. True girlfriends always know how to point out the best in each other.
  31. Apologize when you screw up, because you will.
  32. Don’t just say you’re going to pray for her, actually pray, even when she doesn’t ask.
  33. Know the purity of her heart. It’ll make it easier to give her the benefit of doubt.
  34. Give of yourself expecting nothing in return. A true friend will reciprocate when she is able.
  35. You have been placed in each others lives with great purpose. Cherish each other.
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Thursday, January 23, 2014

~ Mod Podge Sheer Colors ~

Add a hint of color to your Mod Podge projects with Sheer Colors. Available in six trend-right colors, you can add transparent hues to glass and other surfaces. Head to your local Michaels to get the complete palette and the new Mod Podge Rocks! Peel & Stick Stencils. Pop over to the website and read the details to learn more about this exciting new product and to find project inspiration!

Use Sheer Colors in Three Simple Steps

Step 1: Pour it.
Pour it.
Step 2: Swirl it.
Swirl it.
Step 3: Drip it.
Drip it.

Make All Kinds of  Fun Sheer Color Projects

I know what you're thinking...any blogger worth their salt would have at least 1 project to show, right?  Well, I don't!  :)  Just found out about these and will need to run to Michaels first. 

So, if you try this first, please let me know!


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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

~ National Hug Day! ~

Today is National Hug Day!  

Scientific studies have demonstrated that hugs are incredibly good for us. A hug can lower your blood pressure, trigger the release of healthy hormones (like oxytocin), and relieve stress. Doctors recommend a minimum of 4-6 hugs per day for our emotional and physiological well-being, but MORE is always better!  

So, go out there today and hug someone ~ they're free and you know you love it!

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Monday, January 20, 2014

~ Reasons NOT to eat at Subway ~

I know a lot of us are trying to eat healthy, exercise, drink water, etc.  Subway has been advertised as a great place to know, Jared and his weight loss.  I think a lot of teens eat there as it's relatively inexpensive.  However, I really encourage you to read this article!   It's too long to post but it's extremely interesting.  Soooo many preservatives and so detrimental to our health.

Let me know what you think!

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Friday, January 17, 2014

~ 10 Things Food Banks Need But Won't Ask For ~

Getty Images, Justin Sullivan

Some items are in high demand at the food bank and you may not realize it. Because they aren’t essentials, the staff doesn’t publicly ask for them. A survey on asked volunteers what items people would be most appreciative of and we’ve listed the top 10 below. If you’re looking for an easy way to help out, pick some of these up while shopping and drop them off at one of our area food banks.

1. Spices.

Think about it. People who rely on the food bank eat a lot of canned food, rice, oatmeal, white bread, etc. They love spices. Seasoned salt, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, oregano, basil and so on.

2. Feminine Products.

Can you imagine being worried about affording these? Pads, tampons, panty liners, etc. Recommended: Buy in bulk at Costco for donating.

3. Chocolate.

People don’t need it, but think about being in their shoes and how nice it would be to be given a chocolate bar or brownie mix along with your essentials.

4. Toiletries.

Grocery stores are great about donating surplus or unsold food, but they have no reason to donate toilet paper, tooth paste, soap, deodorant, shampoo, etc. Food stamps often don’t cover these.

5. Canned meats and jerky.

This isn’t true of all food banks, but some struggle to give users enough protein.

6. Crackers and tortillas.

They don’t spoil and everybody likes them.

7. Baby toiletries.

Diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, baby shampoo, baby soap, baby food, bottles, etc.

8. Soup packets.

Sometimes you look at rice, beans, instant potatoes, and cans of vegetable and think, “What do I make with this?” Hearty soup is a complete meal.

9. Socks.

From a former homeless person: “Socks mean the world to you. They keep you warm, make you feel like you have something new, and just comfort you.”

10. Canned fruit other than pineapple.

Food banks get a lot of pineapple donated. Their clients love it when other kinds of fruit are available.

And remember! Food banks love cash donations because it allows them to buy whatever they need!

I ran across this article and thought I would share. I know that I've not considered donating these items...perhaps you haven't thought of it either. Spices make a huge difference for us in our cooking & baking...just having salt & pepper is huge. Can you even imagine ladies and young girls not having the feminine items needed? That reminds me of our female military personnel...sometimes they are so far out they don't have access or the facility doesn't have them. Every time I've sent a CARE package to a female soldier, I include these things and they LOVE it!  

Ok, back to the Food Banks ~ think of them when you're making purchases at grocery or drug stores. Perhaps socks at Walmart or Target?  I promise, you will feel wonderful when you give to others!

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Friday, January 10, 2014

~ What Your Favorite Color Says About You ~

What your favorite color says about you:

1. White: This indicates a desire for simplicity, perfection and purity.

2. Red: This person is usually outgoing and lives life to the full.  They are optimistic, hate monotony, and are driven and ambitious. They may also be impulsive or aggressive. 

3. Maroon: This is often the favorite color of someone who has had to cope with hard experiences in life. They are mature, generous and well-disciplined.

4. Pink: This indicates a desire for love, affection and security. It is a fragile, gentle and delicate color that is linked to feelings of protection and care.

5. Orange: This is the color of the flamboyant, fun-loving, sociable person. They are usually good natured, popular, curious, fearless and dramatic. However, they may be fickle and restless, too.

6. Yellow: This color is associated with happiness, wisdom, a desire for novelty, a sense of adventure and a rich imagination. It is usually linked to a good sense of humor and a rational mind.

7. Green: Green symbolizes balance, hope, sincerity and peace. Green people are generally concerned about the well being of others, are patient, modest, self-effacing – but can sometimes be exploited and used by others.

8. Blue: Blue is associated with compassionate, caring, patience, perseverance, conscientiousness, self control and a sense of duty. These individuals are dedicated and reliable people – but also worry about how things will go.

9. Turquoise: These are more complex characters. They are creative and imaginative, and drive themselves hard to achieve their goals. Although they appear to be calm and controlled, inside they may feel tormented or perplexed.

10. Lavender: These people are usually impeccably dressed, are refined with a sense of class and culture. They have high ideals, are creative, charming, witty, classy and sophisticated. Typically, they are committed to causes that are noble and great.

11. Purple: Purple people are usually artistic, highly individual, unique and sensitive. They are independent thinkers, who are unconventional, and are likely to achieve positions of power.

12. Brown: Browns are known for their stamina and patience, for being conscientious, dependable and stable. They are rarely impulsive - but can be inflexible.

13. Gray: This is associated with caution, compromise, stability, hard work and good business sense. Grays are usually introverted and suppress how they feel.

14. Black: Blacks are dignified, mysterious, have hidden depths – and reveal very little of themselves, their beliefs, their hopes, desires and personality. 

What is your favorite color?

Red for me!

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Monday, January 6, 2014

~ 89 Genius Solutions To Simple Problems ~

Lots of great ideas in this link ~ life hacks   The photo above is just one of many ideas you might adopt. The file is too large to post here so just offering the link.  See what you think!

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