Happy St. Paddy’s Day!!!

Tradition holds that Saint Patrick used shamrocks to teach the Trinity. So, give it a bit o’ thought before ye slap a lucky four-leaf clover on yer plastic leprechaun hat! paddy

Speaking of tradition…Chicago has been honoring Saint Patrick’s Day by turing it’s river green for about 50 years!  Check it out!  

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!  

 

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Get Kissed! 10 Practical Valentine Gift Ideas She Wants!

As much as I LOVE getting flowers for Valentine’s Day, I always tend to feel guilty about the lack of practicality in such a gift.  Flowers make me feel very spoiled, and as much as I love getting them, there are lots of practical gifts that I would enjoy just as much!  Here are some gift ideas for even that picky girl on your list.

1).  SCARVES, GLOVES & HAT scarf

I don’ t know you, but here in the midwest it has been super cold!  If you are in a cold climate, this is a fantastic gift.  Two key things to amp this gift up a notch would be color and super softness.  Since it is for Valentine’s Day let’s go for red or pink…or her favorite color!

2).  YOGA MAT & DVD

yogastuffAwww…the gift of relaxation.  Cheaper than taking classes at a gym, AND she will be able to practice  the “bow” and “plough” in private.  🙂  Yoga is fantastic for stress relief, body awareness, toning , better sleep and more!  If you are feeling spunky you can join in and learn the poses with her.

3).  AROMATHERAPY CANDLES

 Candles are simply awesome.  I love watching them flicker under dim light and I really like a light soothing scent.  Aromatherapy candles are made with essential oils that have therapeutic properties to relieve stress and they positively affect brain chemistry and hormone production.  An excellent choice for relaxation would be lavender or eucalyptus and candlespearmint .  Look for soy based candles since they will burn cleaner (no petrol-carbon soot), they are biodegradable, and purchasing soy based candles will help with the economic growth of the soybean farmer.  Continue reading “Get Kissed! 10 Practical Valentine Gift Ideas She Wants!”

What Does Your Valentine Gift Say About Your Relationship?

Can you believe it…!?!  Valentine’s day is less  than one week away.  I realize there is a lot of pressure on a man for this one particular holiday…after all, this is the day for lovers –who are supposed to romanticize or express their love in some endearing way.  Grandeur is not necessary, however failure to make an effort to conform to societal norms can be disatorous…so heed the warning!

Most women will likely remember the worst valentine gift they received.  I do.  I was in a torrid relationship with the man of my dreams, who literally changed from a prince into a toad right before my eyes!  Part of my disappointment surely had to do with an extreme lack of sentimental balance.  I baked a heart-shaped cake, decorated with balloons, wrote poetry, created a scavenger hunt…you know..all those crazy-in-love, goo-goo ga-ga things we girls sometimes do to show our love! Continue reading “What Does Your Valentine Gift Say About Your Relationship?”

HELP FIND MADDOX !!!

I came across a story about a missing dog not long ago that has completely touched my heart.  Maddox the Miniature Pinscher has  been missing since Christmas Eve 2012.  Lost near Oklahoma City, a city that his family was only visiting during the holidays. See, Maddox and his family are from California.  While in Oklahoma Maddox was left in the care of a pet-sitter while his family planned a quick excursion to Dallas.  No sooner than arriving in Dallas…Maddox’s momma, Jackie, got a devastating call that her sweet baby Maddox had gotten out, and was missing in an unfamiliar city!

The determination of Jackie to find her baby Maddox has been unwavering!  Posters, postcards mailed, robo-calls, door-to-door knocking, billboards, websites, fundraising and more is still going on to find Maddox the missing Min Pin!  Anyone who has a heart will appreciate this unshakable love story between a momma and her beloved furry companion.  YOU can help right now by spreading the word about Maddox!  You don’t have to live in Oklahoma!  Someone out there may have a friend-of- a friend that could be the missing link to finding this precious boy!  For all of us out there, that think of our pets as family members, or even as our “children”…think about it…how far would you go for the love of your life? Your Best friend??  The center of your world???  PLEASE…please share…please visit www.bringmaddoxhome.com and share his page with everyone you know.  Help find Maddox!

On FaceBook  https://www.facebook.com/MaddoxMiniaturePinscherLostInOkc

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Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise

Check out the latest viral video people are talking about!  Unsuspecting customers in a NYC coffee shop get a little more than a latte and a bagel, as movie producers succeed in finding a creative way to garner attention for an upcoming movie release of Carrie.  I’m pretty sure I would have fallen for it too.  Oh gullible me…

Children Running Our Government?

Okay.  Here we are once again, watching in utter disbelief as our government politicians /cronies, crooks, and self-absorbed pinheads throw the American people under the bus.  One of the main duties of our congress is to pass spending bills which in turn fund our government.  However, the big plan this time around is the GOP’s insistence in tying a derailment of  the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) to any spending bill.  OMG people.  Get a life.  We have been down this road before.  The Supreme Court upheld  the legitimacy of the ACA, and it is the law of  the land!  Do we seriously need to shut down the government over it?   Continue reading “Children Running Our Government?”

Another Freakin’ Sinkhole!

I have been absolutely fascinated and flabbergasted by the sinkhole phenomenon happening in random parts of the US and abroad. The latest unbelievable occurrence was miraculously caught on camera Wednesday August 22, 2013 live (while it was actually happening) in Assumption Parish, Louisiana!  This sinkhole has been actively developing for over a year, and this video shows what the folks on the Bayou Corne/Grand Bayou are dealing with.  When I first saw this video, I simply could not believe my eyeballs!  I even thought it was a hoax at first…but it’s not.  Call me a chicken or call me a wuss…but this kind of stuff gives me anxiety!

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Pitch Perfect -review

For those of you (like me) who aren’t theater rats and tend to wait until stuff comes out on dvd…you may have seen this movie by now, but if not, definitely put it on your list to see! 

Pitch Perfect is a musical comedy about groups of college a capella students who compete for a national title.  This movie is definitely light hearted, filled with wise-cracking humor, sexual innuendo and a storyline that held my attention (which is no small task).  The fact that the singing is a capella, (no instruments) it makes for impressive listening.  My favorite character is Fat Amy (played by Rebel Wilson, who also starred in Bridesmaids) -she is hilarious!   I have watched this movie at least 10 times and find it very funny and easy to watch.  I think I will rate this movie a 4 (out of 5).  So if you are looking for a good movie to watch, check it out!

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Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

It seems that no matter where you live, there are a variety of storms prevalent in the various areas that we spend most of our daily living.  Whether you live in tornado alley, coastal areas that are threatened by hurricanes, places with ice and snow storms, instances of forest and house fires, or even if your car breaks down in the boonies, you need an emergency kit!   emergency kit

Having an emergency kit that is packed and ready to go in case of an emergency or sudden evacuation is something we all should have on hand and ready to grab on short notice.  Many of us realize how important planning for an emergency is, but sometimes we put ‘the planning part’  on the back burner hoping “it won’t happen to me.”

Why not give yourself a little bit of peace of mind by taking charge in advance of an emergency, by packing a kit that is ready to grab quickly if the need arises to make a quick departure.  You can make a kit for each member of your family and store them in a closet for easy access.  Here are some helpful tips to consider when making emergency kits for your family. Continue reading “Are You Prepared for an Emergency?”

It’s All in the State of the Mind

It’s All in the State of the Mind

If you think you are beaten, you are

If you think you dare not, you don’t

If you think you’d like to win, but can’t,

It’s almost a cinch that you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost

For out in the world you’ll find

That success begins with a fellows will

It’s all in the state of mind…

Think big and your deeds will grow

Think small and you’ll fall behind

Think that you can and you will

It’s all in the state of mind..

Life’s battle doesn’t always go

To the stronger and faster man

But sooner or later, the man who wins

Is the fellow who thinks he can.

                                                                                                        ~Author Unknown

4 Reasons to Go Green When Cleaning Your Home

gogreenSince April 22 is Earth Day, it is a great time to think about what we can do to make our environment a little better.  Green products are all the rage right now, and here are 4 great reasons to consider going green.

1). Environmental Friendly

Using natural cleaning products are a fantastic way to reduce toxins in our environment.  The very best green products are non-toxic, safe, and biodegradable since they are made with all natural ingredients.  All Eco-friendly products are not created equal, so always check the labels or consider making your own!

2). Save Some Serious Cash $$$ Continue reading “4 Reasons to Go Green When Cleaning Your Home”

Swallowed by a Sinkhole!

By now you may have heard all the hoopla surrounding the sinkholes in Seffner, Florida.  Particularly regarding the catastrophic event that happened about a month ago, where a man was asleep in his bed when the ground opened up and swallowed him alive…literally.  Continue reading “Swallowed by a Sinkhole!”

20 Funny Oxymorons

Today I was thinking about how funny oxymorons are and decided to share some of my favorites!  If you have any good ones feel free to share.

1).  Jumbo shrimpoxymoron

2).  Freezer burn

3).  Great Depression

4).  Boneless ribs

5).  Peace riot

6).  Sweet tart

7).  Love sick

8).  Cold sweat Continue reading “20 Funny Oxymorons”

THE FARMER’S WALK- Up Your Game!

kb-farmers-333x500If you think walking is for sissy’s…up your game with a good old fashion Farmer’s Walk!

While the Farmer’s Walk has probably been around just as long as farmers have, it has been only recently that I put some focus into this method of physical training.

The Farmer’s Walk, also known as the Farmer’s Carry, is something you may have seen or heard of in strongman competitions.  The thing is, people who participate in the strongman competitions are carrying weights of around 200-300 pounds in each hand!

If you are bulging with muscles, as strong as an ox, and can handle this level of weight, then I applaud you…and I want you to send me some pictures!  Continue reading “THE FARMER’S WALK- Up Your Game!”

Jumpstart Your Fitness!

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With Spring and Summer right around the corner, now is the time to put a little spring in your step!  In less than 10 weeks Summer will be officially standing on our doorstep….YES, only 10 weeks!  Now theoretically experts say losing 1-2 pounds per week is safe so I say “Let’s get started!”

If you have been like a bear in a cave all winter like I have, running a triathlon this weekend is most likely not going to happen.  For me, it is not going to happen next month either. 🙂  However, we can scoot like a turtle or scurry like a mouse, as long as we just get those legs moving.

One of the easiest ways to jumpstart your fitness routine is to just start walking.  Walking has been proven over and over again to Continue reading “Jumpstart Your Fitness!”