Just a quick shout-out to my sister for publishing her second e-book. You can check it out on Amazon. Way to go, Nancy!!
2016 is rapidly approaching. Are you ready?
Most of us make resolutions at the beginning of a new year. It's the perfect time because it signifies a fresh start and unlimited possibilities. The key is to set goals that are realistic, achievable, and things you truly want to accomplish.
Let me give you an example. I've always wanted to have a lush garden in my backyard. I can picture myself out there, tooling around, with beautiful flowers and herbs at my feet. The image is fabulous but when I think about the hard work that would go into it, my desire quickly fades.
The point is, we all have wonderful images of how we'd like things to be. Perhaps yours is to have a super toned body or a perfectly designed home. That's great, but are you ready to put all of the time, money, and work into achieving that image? I have found that when our goals truly come from our soul, the answer is an emphatic yes. When they don't, they are doomed to failure.
With that in mind, I urge you to take a harder look at your resolutions and make sure they are soul-worthy!
Happy New Year!!!
I've been having a lot of dental issues lately. What's worse, the older I get it seems the more sensitive my mouth is to the procedures. OUCH! It has caused me to research better ways to care for my mouth.
Here's what I learned:
The holidays are upon us and can be a very stressful time of year. I was just in a beauty salon and every woman in there was complaining about what she had to do, what relatives got on her nerves, etc. It made me realize that we can easily lose sight of what's important.
Let's fix that! Go pour yourself a hot cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa. Curl up on the couch with a soft blanket, dim the lights, turn on some soothing music, and relax. Take some deep breaths. Now think about the holidays. What do you love about them? What is important to you? What would you be sad to lose?
Once you have your list then go for it. Implement what you love and forget about the rest. If decorations are your thing then put them up, but maybe leave the tricky ones (like outdoor lights) in the box. If food is high on your list then cook what you love, or buy ready-made items from the store. They may cost more but will save you time.
For most of us, it's the people that make a holiday special. Be sure you find ways to connect with the ones you love. This can include a quick phone call, sending an electronic card, meeting for a meal, or simply hanging out and playing board games. Whatever you do, make sure that fun and laughter are part of the equation.
The holidays don't have to be stressful. Focus on what's important to you and forget the rest.
This is a quickie recipe that I turn to when I want something warm and satisfying, but don't have a lot of time.
One bag frozen raviolis, any type (cheese, beef, sausage, etc.)
---or you could use the refrigerated raviolis to save a step
4 cups spaghetti sauce
1 small bag of baby spinach
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Prepare the ravioli as instructed on the package. While they're cooking, get out the other ingredients and spray a large casserole dish with non-stick spray.
Drain the ravioli, pour half in the dish. Cover with half the sauce, half the spinach, and half the cheese. Repeat. Cover dish and bake for 35-45 minutes at 350 degrees. Let stand for at least 5 minutes.
You can personalize this to your family's tastes: add mushrooms, shredded carrots, meatballs, sausage, etc.
I posted about stocking stuffers last year and think it's worth re-posting the ideas for those of you who are stuck:
Tickets to a show, sporting event, or a movie theater
Dental hygiene items: toothbrush, floss
Make-up remover wipes
Wine glass charms
Cute cocktail napkins
1st Aid supplies for car
Car wash certificates
Decorative cupcake liners
Measuring spoons or cups
Packets of seeds
Travel alarm clock
Travel size toiletries
I recently spent a lot of time at home nursing an injury. Perhaps I may have watched too many Hallmark movies during that downtime. But I have also observed several friends troubled relationships. I am by no means perfect, but I feel my husband and I have a good marriage. It has problems, but we openly and honestly communicate our feelings with each other. We are partners in our marriage and I think that has been the reason for our success.
The first thing that is essential to understand is that no one likes to be “bossed around” or “told what to do”. I will admit, I was guilty of this. My husband adamantly protested this and I had to learn another way to communicate my needs to him. If you treat your husband like a subordinate, they will resist everything you want them to do. Instead, share with them what you think is important to get done for the day. Be fair with them. Do not ask them to do anything you are not willing to do yourself. Give them options. Let them do what you asked their way. Let them do it on their own time schedule. Ask them to help you rather than commanding them to do something.
Do not forget the gratitude. My husband wants a parade when he takes the initiative to unload the dishwasher. He will point out to me several times that he unloaded the dishwasher. I used to get very upset about it. He unloaded the dishwasher maybe once to my 10 times on top of the million other household chores that I did and I would point that out to him. Then he would stop unloading it at all because I never gave him credit for it, so why bother. I learned that noticing and acknowledging the things he does and giving him gratitude for helping, even when minor in my book gave him the appreciation he needed to feel helpful. Back to basics with please and thank you and be genuine about it.
When there is conflict, communicate fairly! It is important to sit down with your partner and have an open and honest conversation with them about what your needs are. Do not bring up the past. Do not accuse. Use phrases like “I feel …”, “When you do this action, I feel…”, “What I need right now is…”, “Will you please help me with…”, “This action upsets me. How can we change it?” Allow your partner to communicate without interrupting them. Their feelings are just as important as yours. Remember that you need to compromise, this is a relationship, not a dictatorship.
Plan activities together. You developed your relationship on dating and doing activities together. It is still good to have a couple of activities that you do apart, but make sure you have just as many together. If you are not spending quality time together you will grow apart. If you find you have been neglecting this area, pick a date night once a week. Take turns planning the evening and never turn down your partner’s planned evening. Keep an open mind and find a way to enjoy yourself and your company.
Fall in love again!
It is always a difficult decision to decide whether or not to keep your child home when they are ill. It becomes even more difficult when you have to rely on a daycare for your childcare needs. Some daycares and schools make the decision very easy for you. They will call you if your child meets certain criteria to take them home. It is important to make a good and informed decisions. You would hope other parents have the same courtesy.
Magnesium is a powerful mineral that is vital to our health. It is found in the earth and is concentrated in certain foods. Due to farming practices that are depleting the soil, many of these foods have a decreased amount of magnesium. What's more, our diet and behaviors can lead to a deficiency in the body.
How do you know if you have a magnesium deficiency? There are tests the doctor can order but they are not always accurate. A better method is to assess your symptoms and your lifestyle. The symptoms include:
If you have symptoms, your next step is to asses your lifestyle. The following things can contribute to a magnesium deficiency:
If you suspect that you have a deficiency, there are things you can do to rectify the problem. The first is to consume foods that contain magnesium on a daily basis. These include:
Another thing you can do is to take an epsom salt bath at least 3 times a week. Fill the tub with hot water and a cup of epsom salts and soak for 20 minutes. This is my favorite method because it fights stress as well. I light candles, put on soothing music, and do some deep breathing exercises in the tub.
Of course, you can also take a magnesium supplement and there are many affordable options on the market. I do want to caution you, though, that these can lead to digestive issues like diarrhea. If you opt for a supplement then start with a small dose It should match the amount of calcium you are taking per day and should be taken in the evening, away from your Vitamin D supplement.
FYI - magnesium, Vitamin D, and calcium all work together. You need magnesium to activate D, which can only carry calcium one it is activated. Calcium is needed for most bodily functions, especially those related to the heart, muscles, nerves, and bones. Thus you need all 3 to function.
Nutrition is a young science and we are learning more and more each day. A healthy diet is your best defense!
I must admit, I'm not the most creative of people. Sure I can write. But when it comes to the artistic side of life, I tend to make a mess. Recently I discovered the joys of card making, though, and now can express my creative side with flair.
Card making is a simple craft that can be done with just a few stamps, a black ink pad, markers, pretty paper, and your imagination. If you stock up on stamps that cover all of the occasions in life (birthdays, holidays, get well, sympathy, etc), then you can whip out a card in no time. The beauty is it saves you from running to the store to make that last minute purchase.
Still not convinced? Try starting with a card making kit. This will include all of the supplies you'll need and explicit instructions on how to make a set of themed cards (such as Happy Birthday or Christmas). It will give you a real feel for what card making is all about. I recently did one on Christmas (as seen in the photo below) and had a blast.
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