Tuesday, March 22, 2016

~ Tuesday Thoughts ~

Unfortunately, this has been me for the past week.  Not fun!  Today is the first day I've felt human and so, so glad!  My daughter has been much worse but she's back to work now. We both had the flu shots early on. I'm not quite sure what this "bug" has been but it's very flu like and I hope you can avoid it!

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I saw this article about Jackie O and her granddaughter and wanted to share. 

The Kennedy family has some seriously strong genes. The Internet is currently freaking out because the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's granddaughter, comedian Rose Kennedy Schlossberg, looks like a straight-up clone of Jackie O.

Here's Jackie O. on the left and the 27-year-old Schlossberg on the right:

It's crazy, right? They have the same face shape and nearly identical features.According to the Huffington Post, people came to this realization after Schlossberg launched a comedy series on the Web. The daughter of Caroline Kennedy and Edwin Schlossberg, Rose Kennedy Schlossberg was raised on New York City's Upper East Side, and Jackie O. used to dote on her. And she may be the spitting image of her grandma, but Schlossberg is making a name for herself in the comedy world with her new video series called "End Times Girls Club."

I've always been fascinated by the Kennedy's and, similar to 9/11, I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when JFK was assassinated.  In fact, we were living in Amarillo at the time and left later in the day to come here to the DFW area for Thanksgiving. Of course, when we arrived here I was glued to the TV the whole time!  No cell phones, tablets, computers, etc.  We had to rely on the radio or TV.  :)  I watched while Jack Ruby shot Oswald, the swearing in of LBJ on Air Force One with Jackie's blank stare, still in the pink suit stained with JFK's blood. Of course, I watched the funeral and shed many tears, especially when John-John saluted his dad.  Truly, the end of Camelot.

My cousin's husband was a deputy sheriff in Dallas at the time and he was on duty and in the midst of it all.  The Secret Service, FBI and every other department interrogated him for hours. I'm not sure how many of you have followed the story like I have but there has always been such mystery about the assassination and quite a number of conspiracy theories. Many that were close to the situation died suddenly and mysteriously over the years...car accidents, supposed suicides, heart attacks, hunting accidents, drownings, you name it. Terry, my cousin's husband was called to New Orleans for unspoken reasons and, while there, supposedly committed suicide in his hotel room.  Not!  He was certainly not the type to even consider it. And answers were never provided. Such a sad and senseless event!  Perhaps that's one of the many reasons I've read so much about JFK and the entire Kennedy clan. Joe, Sr., was a ruthless and demanding patriarch, Rose tolerated a LOT for appearances and status in society. So many devastating losses, I'm not sure how the woman held it together!  Really, the entire family has been touched more than once by tragedy.

I must apologize...I honestly didn't intend to ramble as I have. IF you made it this far, I am very grateful!!  

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I'm not sure if you're familiar with Greeting Card Universe

or not, but I highly recommend them!  You may choose any type of card for any occasion. Many you are able to change the verbiage inside. They will mail them to you first class or you can pick them up at a Target photo center. Takes about an hour once your order is placed. Also, there is the option of having the card mailed directly to the recipient for you!  You automatically receive a 20% discount with your first order and there are constant sales going on.  I realized this afternoon I had not arranged Easter cards for my Chemo buddies as well as my Senior buddy. I made my selections online, sent the order to the Target near me and made it over there to pick them up. Perhaps it's just me and my first venture out but I'm still trying to decide if the colors on the cards are as vivid as those I had mailed to me. I'll let you know!  :)  I recently sent one of these cards to my Senior buddy and she loved it!  Truly, the flowers on the front of the card looked like part of a garden that you could just step in. She's 94 and sent me a precious thank you note for the card and something else I had sent to her. She's such a joy and a huge blessing to me!

I'm sorry I haven't been around to visit...just haven't felt like being on the computer. I hope you're having a wonderful week as you plan for this very special weekend coming up.

Monday, March 14, 2016

~ Do You Smudge Your Home? ~

This is a normal practice that I have and just thought I'd share a good description that I found. When you're spring cleaning or perhaps have had illness or some sort of negativity in your home, this helps to eliminate those and "refresh" your space. I was doing this yesterday as I like to rid any negativity after having all the migraines and allergy issues. Also, if you've had any emotional issues, worries, frustrations, workmen in your home or maybe you just feel kinda yucky, then try this! You can purchase the sage on Amazon or most health food stores. There is a spray available but I prefer the smudge sticks. I use a white feather and move the smoke into each corner, closets included. Have a door open so the negativity can move outside. I say a prayer as I'm smudging, asking that my home be cleared of anything unpleasant and for it to be a place of welcoming, peace and happiness. I am *not* a weirdo! :)

Study Shows How Smudging Does a Lot More Than “Clear Evil Spirits”

Do you know about smudging and the benefits of smudging? In this article we will give you the back ground and why we should smudge our homes.
The practice of smudging dates back to prehistoric times, and is still very much in use today worldwide for cleansing everything from dwellings to human spirits. However recent research has shed light on the popularity of this activity, revealing that burning certain plant matter actually clears harmful bacteria.
All Western use of burning herbs and plants for spiritual purposes aside, the activity rests firmly in the sensibilities of ancient cultures in that, historically, smudging was believed to put forth the spirits of various ‘allies’ to provide ease and balance to an individual or group.
In this way, the practice was used to clear spiritual and emotional negativity that has built up in a body or a space.
Of course, there are skeptics who belittle the practice as unscientific and akin to magic. The practice has a negative association to a form of cultural imperialism, where traditions of dwindling indigenous populations are co-opted by the descendants of those who more-or-less conquered them.
The scientific paper entitled “Medicinal Smokes” and published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology focuses a scientific lens on the practice, which is becoming more and more widely practiced, despite skepticism.
It serves to play against the role that this activity has played in a culturally diverse range of religions and tribal beliefs.
The research study looked into herbal and non-herbal remedies that were administered by the burning of various matter.
The research included information from 50 countries over 5 continents and found that, predominantly, smoke administered medicinally is mostly used to aid lung, brain and skin function. In addition, it was revealed that passive fumes doubled as a sort of air purifier.
The purpose of the study was to see whether or not these medicinal smoke deliveries could be explored by western medicine, because “The advantages of smoke-based remedies are rapid delivery to the brain, more efficient absorption by the body and lower costs of production.”
A follow up paper published in the same periodical, “Medicinal smoke reduces airborne bacteria,” found that the research concluded that, in addition to health benefits, smudging was a powerful antiseptic.
“We have observed that 1 hour treatment of medicinal smoke emanated by burning wood and a mixture of odoriferous and medicinal herbs (havan sámagri=material used in oblation to fire all over India), on aerial bacterial population caused over 94% reduction of bacterial counts by 60 min and the ability of the smoke to purify or disinfect the air and to make the environment cleaner was maintained up to 24 hour in the closed room.

smudging_featherAbsence of pathogenic bacteria Corynebacterium urealyticum, Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens, Enterobacter aerogenes (Klebsiella mobilis), Kocuria rosea, Pseudomonas syringae pv. persicae, Staphylococcus lentus, and Xanthomonas campestris pv. tardicrescens in the open room even after 30 days is indicative of the bactericidal potential of the medicinal smoke treatment.
We have demonstrated that using medicinal smoke it is possible to completely eliminate diverse plant and human pathogenic bacteria of the air within confined space.”
In short, burning medicinal herbs cleared airborne bacterial populations by 94%, and the space was still found to be disinfected a day later. What’s more, a month after smudging, much of the pathogens originally found were still undetectable.
This has profound implications, as modern air quality in the developed and undeveloped world is atrocious, containing up to 1800 bacterial typesmany of them pathogenic. With an increasing deadly array of antibacterial-resistant strains, we’ll need all the help we can get.
Conventional methods of sterilization often employ chemical cocktails that are typically much less effective than purported. Smudging seems to be an effective alternative, while also being natural and safe to use.
In conclusion, the ancient practice of burning powerful herbal material may be much much more than just a primitive belief that we can simply disregard due to it being unscientific.
Of course, this should not take away from the properties of smudging in the area of energy system and soul cleansing and in the power of aromatherapy.
Thanks to thespiritscience where this article first appeared and to bestblender.
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Saturday, March 12, 2016

~ Children Tell The Story of Easter ~

It's not really a "silent" Sunday, however, this video is a must see!  Two adorable children tell the story of Easter...as only children can. Please take a few minutes and watch it ~ your heart will smile!

 Here is the link:


Friday, March 11, 2016

~ 10 Fun Things to Do in Texas This Spring ~

Officially, Spring won’t arrive until March 20 this year, but here in the Lone Star State the weather has warmed, the birds are out in full force, and trees and flowers are in magnificent bloom already.
Spring in Texas is a beautiful thing. The hellfire temperatures of Summer haven’t yet arrived, and everything that was dry and brown in the Winter is bright green and living again. The weather will be unpredictable, but this is Texas, and you already knew that. However, you’ve absolutely got to get outside and enjoy it, because it only lasts through May, after which you won’t be able to step outside without having your eyebrows singed off by the sun.
Here are 10 things you’re going to want to do here in Texas every spring, while it’s still cool enough to enjoy them.

Go see some bluebonnets.

The bluebonnets are already in bloom in Texas along with dozens of other varieties of native Texas wildflowers. Go check out what’s in bloom along the Texas highways and down the back roads, or go somewhere you’re certain to see plenty of flora, like the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, or Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg.

Go pick some Texas fruit.


The peaches will be ripe in May. Until then, go check out places you can pick your own strawberries like Marburger Orchard in Fredericksburg, or Sweet Berry Farm in Marble Falls. Strawberries ripen in March, so you should be able to go this weekend if you want.

Go camping.

Flickr/Visit El Paso

Spring is a perfect time for camping in the Lone Star State. It’s not so hot that you feel like you’ll melt if you have to sleep in a tent, but the days are already getting longer, which allow for more time to explore the great outdoors of this state you call home. Big Bend National Park and Garner State Park are two of Texas’s most popular camping destinations, but campgrounds are found pretty much all over the state, so there’s bound to be something close to home if you don’t want to drive very far. * I know so many people love camping...not me! Roughing it for me is the Ritz-Carlton without a remote! :)

Go to a rodeo.

Flickr/Texas A&M University Commerce Marketing Communications Photography

Texas rodeos actually happen almost all year long. You can find rodeos taking place in the Summer and Fall, but the big ones happen in Spring. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Star of Texas Livestock Show and Rodeo (in Austin) both take place in the Spring, and in fact are going on right now. Rodeo is a Texas tradition and Spring is a great time to go see one because you can walk around all day most days and not get too hot.

Go to a zoo.

Image via Elizabeth Abrahamsen

Texas has some absolutely stellar zoos. The San Antonio Zoo, the Houston Zoo, and the Fort Worth Zoo are just a few across the state that offer incredible exhibits and family-friendly activities that will keep you entertained all day long. The Fort Worth Zoo offers great discounts many times during the year. Check it out ~ and prepare for traffic on those days.

Go pick dewberries.

Flickr/Robert Benner

Right about now the wild brambles along every fence post in Texas will be blossoming with white flowers that are the precursors to those tart but delectable wild Texas treat, dewberries. Picking dewberries is like a right of passage for every Texas kid, and no childhood is complete without it. Dewberries are largely a foraging fruit, and are not generally commercially grown, so you have to go in search of them yourself. They’ll be ripe in May, so head out into nature and enjoy the fruits of your labors.

Go antiquing.

Facebook/French and English Antiques

Texas has some of the best antique shopping of the entire country. The Round Top Antiques Fair is coming up at the end of this month for the die-hard antiquers, but you can visit antique shops any time this Spring all over Texas, especially in Brenham and Gruene.

Go hiking somewhere beautiful.

Enchanted Rock Image via Texas Parks and Wildlife

Texas is full of glorious places to tromp about in the wilderness. There’s Enchanted Rock in the Texas Hill Country, Big Thicket National Preserve, and the Guadalupe Mountains are all great places to go hiking. You can check out the scenery and enjoy the beautiful weather, because it’s still spring.

Go have a picnic.

While the water will still be too cold to swim for a couple more months, you can still go enjoy places like Hamilton Pool and Krause Springs with a picnic lunch and dip your toes in the water. There’s nothing more relaxing than getting out into nature with a picnic lunch.

Go fly a kite.

Image via Elizabeth Abrahamsen

The constant meeting of warm and cold air that typifies Spring creates a lot of wind, which is perfect for flying kites! If you missed the Zilker Park Kite Festival already, check out the upcoming Herman Park Kite Festival in Houston or the Fest of Tails Kite Festival and Dog Fair in San Antonio. You could always just go to an open field with a few friends and make your own kite festival, too.

In case you haven't noticed, there is a common theme here. The Hill Country and surrounding areas offer anything and everything you might enjoy! It's my "peaceful place".

Thursday, March 10, 2016

~ Beauty Products and Recommendations ~

I thought I'd share a few beauty items in categories that most of us use.  They're not expensive and all are available at your local drug store, Walmart or Target.  Maybe you'll discover a new product that you will love!

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel in Up in Charms

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel in Up in Charms

Revlon launched their long-lasting, high-shine formula in 2014. This summer, the brand is adding eight new shades, including this gorgeous sheer pink. One coat creates a your-nails-but-better effect, while two result in the perfect pale-shell color for a polished finish.
* I have not used this. A friend of mine does and she loves it!  It's really a beautiful pale shade.
Wet n Wild Wildshine Nail Color in Grasping at Strawberries and She Sells

Wet n Wild Wildshine Nail Color in Grasping at Strawberries and She Sells)

Wet n Wild just underwent a total redesign: new packaging, new formulas, the whole shebang. I applied just one coat of this superglossy polish (no topcoat) and was shocked to find it lasted almost five days without chipping. Oh, and even with the sleek new look, every color is still only 99 cents.
* Another friend uses most of the Wet n Wild products and swears by them.

Olay Invigorating Champagne Mango & White Ginger Body Wash

Olay Invigorating Champagne Mango & White Ginger Body Wash

A great body wash should be equal parts utilitarian and luxurious. This one is both (ginger and mango smell sophisticated, IMHO), and it's great that it comes in a jumbo bottle.

NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade

This brow pomade is awesome because it fills in gaps like a pencil but has the more natural finish of a powder. This  waterproof  formula comes in five shades and is half the price of similar products.

Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT LongWear Spray - Dry Shampoo

L'Oréal Paris Blow Dry It Blow Out Longwear Spray

Ignore the name: This is a classic dry shampoo—and it's the best-smelling dry shampoo  ever. There is a light floral scent but does not interfere with perfume or cologne.

Joining ~ 

I do hope you'll stop by one or all of these blogs and check out this week's contributions. These ladies have worked hard to organize this party and I know you don't want to miss the fun!  :)

I hope you'll stop by tomorrow for the Bluebonnet Blog Hop!