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SHHH! Don't Tell Natalie

Monday, December 17, 2012

For Christmas I got Natalie a Kids in the Kitchen cookbook, apron, chef's hat, measuring cups and spoons, whip, etc. I also ordered her a book (used) her mother loved when she was a little girl. Natalie was interested when we talked about it, so I'm hoping that enthusiasm will carry through.

The name of the book is Elephant Bread. I found when I call it "Elephant Bread", whole wheat bread with peanut butter doesn't even need jelly! The whole book, which is out of print, has cute names for kids' foods. Most of them are pretty healthy. I think we'll have a lot of fun with it!!

Edit: Just in case you don't know, Natalie is 5 years old and she's my granddaughter. I take care of her 6 days a week.

  
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PLANTAGO 12/18/2012 12:30PM

    Such a great present for your granddaughter emoticon ! And it will be even better to cook those yummy healthy dishes together!!

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MSLZZY 12/18/2012 8:00AM

    I won't say a word!

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ANDY_54 12/18/2012 7:19AM

    That's such an awesome idea! I just visited my grandkids and that might be a fun thing to do for the oldest. Love the idea of getting them involved in healthy eating so early in life. Thanks for posting!

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MNNICE 12/17/2012 10:01PM

    What a great way to make memories. This is a gift she will appreciate even more when she is older and is able to really understand why you chose it! Enjoy your time together!

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_LINDA 12/17/2012 9:35PM

    That is so awesome Marsha!! That is just the icing on the cake to get her the same book her mother loved (glad you could find it)! Well chosen! Lets hope she really gets into it and you two can have lots of fun with it!

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JOYINKY 12/17/2012 8:42PM

    A wonderful gift for you both Marsha! I had an email from my 18 year old granddaughter recently asking for some of the recipes we used to make together when she was little. I've done a lot of cooking with the kids and made a lot of great memories. They love it!!

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FROSTY99 12/17/2012 8:00PM

    What a great gift-not only will you be making memories, but she will be learning a skill to use all the rest of her life. My mom always worked, so my aunt was the one I used to cook with and I still have such fond memories of those times. I taught my sons to make her tea ring and they now make it for their children-traditions passed on down!

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WATERMELLEN 12/17/2012 7:33PM

    What a super gift: she will have so much fun cooking up some great memories (and some healthy habits) with her grandmother!

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MEXGAL1 12/17/2012 7:33PM

    Oh Marsha, that sounds wonderful. Something you can share doing with her as well.
Fun fun. I sure am going to miss being around our little ones this year for the holiday, but will make up for it next time I am around them.


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AQUAGIRL08 12/17/2012 7:30PM

    I think I sort of remember a book like that. My daughter used to make "ants on a log" for a snack. The idea came from a children's cook book. Ants on a log is celery stuffed with peanut butter and raisins are scattered along the length of the stuffed celery. She just loved it!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/17/2012 7:28PM

    What a great gift to share! I fondly remember, by the way, times in the kitchen with my grandmother... she made hot cocoa from scratch with milk in a saucepan and unsweetened cocoa. It was bitter, but we added sugar "to taste". Great memories.

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NATPLUMMER 12/17/2012 7:13PM

    Well, thank you ;-)
I'm sure she'll love it!!

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 12/17/2012 6:18PM

    Sounds wonderful

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PLAYBLUES22 12/17/2012 6:09PM

    Sweetie what a great idea.... emoticon

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PMFISH 12/17/2012 4:32PM

    Male friend of mine takes care of his granddaughter, (her mother is a teacher). Since he has begun to eat healthy he cooks and bakes at home and uses lots of spices. I think she is 4, but she has had to have her own set of spices. Something those children will remember forever - a grandparent that took the time to teach them something in the kitchen. I remember my Granny took that time with me and it was so special.

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WILLOWBROOK5 12/17/2012 4:32PM

    What a great gift! Most kids love messing around in the kitchen and they can learn good habits with a little guidance, not to mention the fabulous example you provide!

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MIRAGE727 12/17/2012 4:24PM

    I love it! Gianna is 6. I think Natalie loves her Grandma and will have fun playing chef with her!
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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 12/17/2012 4:17PM

    Aww, that sounds great!
It's nice that you are teaching her about the FUN of a healthy lifestyle. =)

Boys should be taught about cooking too, of course. Maybe I will do something similar for my little cousin when he is old enough. Thanks for the idea!

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GABY1948 12/17/2012 4:13PM

    I LOVE this blog...anything healthy for kids is good for me! Marsha, be sure to share pictures and such after Christmas. You are such a GOOD Gramma! And friend! Hugs to you!
Gaye

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Slow Day

Saturday, December 15, 2012

I ended up running today with my old group, with a run:walk ratio of 1 min:1 min. Even though my back is not 100% I would have preferred more running and faster. We went right about 5 miles in 70 minutes. A couple times I ran an exta loop when they were walking although I didn't want to appear obnoxious. I appreciated the company both during the run and afterwards, celebrating a birthday of a member.

Many of the faster groups, including the one I ran with 2 weeks ago, are training for full marathons. Quite a few people ran half marathons in October and November as preliminaries to running a full marathon in the spring. I honestly think a half marathon is enough for me, so I may have trouble finding just the right group of runners for me. But I'll keep trying. And I do two shorter runs per week and can use them for speed work.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 12/17/2012 7:27PM

    It is good to see that you are taking care of your back! I know that you really want to get out there and run, but health comes first. Good job!

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OPTIMIST1948 12/17/2012 8:31AM

    Dont ever feel bad about deciding your own goals instead of allowing the group to dictate your goals.

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EDUCGRAD 12/16/2012 9:22PM

    Wow,you are doing awesome. my slow day would be a 30 min. walk after work

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MEXGAL1 12/16/2012 9:20AM

    glad you got the run in but be careful with the back....backs need rest to heal.
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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SWEDE_SU 12/16/2012 5:52AM

    sounds like fun to run with a group like that, even though finding the right pace is not easy.

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SEABREEZE64 12/16/2012 4:59AM

    I have never run with a group. Do you only do your long runs with your group?

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MIRAGE727 12/15/2012 11:12PM

    Good job, Martha. Take care of yourself until you're 100%!
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RUN4FOOD 12/15/2012 10:49PM

    Hope you do find that perfect group for you. The group you run with can make a huge difference in what you accomplish.

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MSLZZY 12/15/2012 10:03PM

    Make it work for you! HUGS!

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_LINDA 12/15/2012 9:33PM

    You still do more on a 'slow' day then most of us out here ;) Keep on listening to your body. I hope that back settles down for you soon so you can get back into the running pace you prefer.

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FROSTY99 12/15/2012 9:31PM

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 12/15/2012 9:16PM

    I admire you so much!! You're such an inspiration. Way to go!! emoticon

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JOYINKY 12/15/2012 6:00PM

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NATPLUMMER 12/15/2012 5:22PM

    emoticon Jeff says you can't run the long run too SLOW. Don't worry about your long run pace.

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WATERMELLEN 12/15/2012 4:45PM

    Good plan. Remember that old round about "Make new friends/But keep the old/One is silver/And the other gold." You're doing that . . . and looking for the "just the right" fit for you too.

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GABY1948 12/15/2012 4:32PM

    Sounds like you have a plan and it also sounds like you are right on! I love reading your blogs and how you plan things ahead....you amaze me!

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GREENGENES 12/15/2012 3:00PM

    I've never really thought about running in groups. I noticed many of my colleagues who run also tend to run alone. Each of them seems to have a different type of routine. Since I am relatively new to running I considered asking one of them to occasionally run together to learn more but I'm not sure about the best way to approach it and I worry about slowing them down.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/15/2012 2:57PM

    Sounds like about the perfect balance of running... two short, some speed work in the short, and one long-slow. Hope you find the right mix for you.

Have you signed on to any more races? Half in the Spring? To keep up what you've gained?
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I Am Stronger!!

Friday, December 14, 2012

I am stronger than Double Stuff Oreos!
I am stronger than Berry Newtons!
I am stronger than Milano cookies!
I am stronger than Banana Pudding Ice Cream!
I am stronger than cheese filled crackers!
I am stronger than peanut butter filled crackers!
I am stronger than fudge filled crackers!
I am stronger than BBQ potato chips!
I am stronger than Pop Tarts!
I am stronger than Honey Nut Cheerios!
I am stronger than cherry pie!
I am stronger than peach pie!
I am stronger than cheeseburgers!
I am stronger than fries!
I am stronger than Nestle Bliss!
I am stronger than any food temptation!!!

Today I celebrate a middle 2! It was 129.6 as of this morning!!
(Wouldn't mind going down another pound or four, but for today, I'm celebrating.)

  
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AQUAGIRL08 12/17/2012 7:24PM

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MEXGAL1 12/15/2012 9:05AM

    woo hoo!

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SWEDE_SU 12/15/2012 5:52AM

    woohoo! well done!!!

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_LINDA 12/15/2012 12:00AM

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You ARE strong! You rock! Keep up the great work!!

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PMFISH 12/14/2012 10:18PM

    emoticon I never doubted you! emoticon

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GABY1948 12/14/2012 8:44PM

    emoticon emoticon I told you that I was sure you would today! You ROCK and you inspire me! emoticon

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JOYINKY 12/14/2012 8:36PM

    emoticon Congratulations!

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MIRAGE727 12/14/2012 8:02PM

    YES!
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WATERMELLEN 12/14/2012 7:44PM

    Wow!! You ARE stronger! And: yay middle 2!!

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RUN4FOOD 12/14/2012 7:39PM

    You did it! Congratulations on your middle 2. A great achievement.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/14/2012 7:02PM

    emoticon You did it! Now, to keep that middle "2" there! And yes, you ARE stronger! emoticon emoticon

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FROSTY99 12/14/2012 5:11PM

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MSLZZY 12/14/2012 3:55PM

    The post-it notes must have done the trick! Awesome!

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ROOSTER72 12/14/2012 3:45PM

    Congratulations. Persistence pays!

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NATPLUMMER 12/14/2012 1:08PM

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BEACHBUM4LIFE 12/14/2012 1:01PM

    Way to go for being in your 120's!! Congratulations!!

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More Notes and More Running

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Hey, I'm liking these Post It warning signs on hubby's junk food so much that I'm expanding this effort. I'm putting "Portion Control" reminders on the peanut butter, almonds, raisins, and Cheerios. Won't hurt!

Hubby wants car this morning, so I'm not going to the gym. He just might be going Chrismas shopping, so it may be in my best interest not to discourage him! Think I'll go run the trail not far from my house. Although I'd prefer a running buddy, I can do this by myself. The weather looks too nice to run the treadmill.

My back is feeling better, but I'm still going to take it a bit easy today. Hope to feel well and confident enough to run with my new group on Saturday. The scale was 130.4 this morn, so going the right direction. Just .5 til I see that middle two!!

Wishing you joy in activity and in facing temptations or challenges and winning!

Edit: I said the weather was too good, but as I made my way to the trail there were - boohoo - raindrops. I went home and ran our street, including the hill, for 55 minutes in the mist before it got so wet outside that I had to come in. Got my solid hour in with a good indoor cool down. Feels great!

  
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MNNICE 12/14/2012 1:24PM

    Never do anything to deter a hubby's shopping trip!! Hoping your run in the rain will reward you with that elusive "2"!

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KANOE10 12/14/2012 8:49AM

    Post it notes are a good idea. Any visual reminders help, I look at my you can crumble or you can conquer to keep myself on track.
Have a great run.


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_LINDA 12/14/2012 1:05AM

    What live2run4life made sense -you never know what your scheduled runs or races will be like- getting experience in all kinds of weather will make you that much stronger and able to cope with less than ideal conditions. I actually don't mind being out in bad weather and rain in really nothing compared to extreme cold. I once was trail walking with Mom, and we got absolutely drenched in a downpour without the benefit of rain jackets, but finished our walk with no problems as it was warm enough we weren't chilled. Being outdoors trumps being stuck inside any time.
Hope you can enjoy the trail run tomorrow and that your back has no complaints from your run on the street..

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MIRAGE727 12/13/2012 10:11PM

    Good job on persevering the mist, Marsha!!
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Been there and loved it...but then I'm not well!
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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 12/13/2012 9:25PM

    Stay out in that rain -- you never know what conditions will be like on a race day and it's a real advantage to have experience dealing with inclement weather (and learning how to dress appropriately to handle it). If you are willing race in it, train in it.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/13/2012 9:05PM

    Good job with your running today, Marsha! Here is a little bit of encouragement for that 2 to reappear!
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WATERMELLEN 12/13/2012 8:56PM

    You are doing terrific: such determination and diligence!!

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OPTIMIST1948 12/13/2012 7:54PM

    Always better to run outside than on the treadmill.

Also, added some notes to your Minefield blog. Check it out (I know I dont always go back and look at past blogs for new comments)

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/13/2012 7:12PM

    Well, two good points: it was mist / rain, not snow! emoticon emoticon

AND... it was outside, not stuck on a treadmill! emoticon

You *did* it! Gentle with that back, and Spark on, my friend! emoticon

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GABY1948 12/13/2012 5:51PM

    So sorry you got rain! But your dedication was worth it. I am banking that tomorrow you will see that middle 2.

I hope you have a most wonderful day tomorrow and that hubby fins a Christmas present worthy of you!

Here's to a sunny day tomorrow for you so you can take that trail tomorrow! Be glad that you are not in MI because we have had snow!

HUGS,
Gaye

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ROOSTER72 12/13/2012 5:38PM

    So close to your goal - you are certainly doing all the right stuff.
Keeping fit is the best you can do for your back as well.

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NATPLUMMER 12/13/2012 11:49AM

    Hmmmm....I should try those post-its :-)
Glad your back is feeling good....fingers crossed it's happy to run on Saturday.
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JOYINKY 12/13/2012 11:43AM

    Hmmmm . . .possibly those post it's will be a silent influence on others!
I really admire your commitment! WTG!

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MIPALADY23 12/13/2012 11:19AM

    POST-IT's = BRILLIANCE!

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MEXGAL1 12/13/2012 10:17AM

    Love the post it note idea. I bet your pantry is interesting. Best not to get in the way of DH wanting the car......just in case he is going shopping!
Have a terrific day!

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RUN4FOOD 12/13/2012 9:51AM

    Have a fun run.
Hope it's a middle 2 this week.

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Posted: Keep Out

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Based on a SparkFriend's comment (thanks, Aquagirl) I took a pack of Post It notes in various colors. I wrote, "Calorie Minefield," "Watch Out!", "Alert: Junk," "Not Worth It," or a simple "Calories" and labeled most of the junk food found throughout our house. (Refer to 12/10/12 blog.)

My daughter giggled over all my notes. I'm not sure hubby would have noticed had it not been for the giggling. I mentioned the SparkFriend. Later I was sitting down with my laptop and he asked, "Are you writing me up again?" I just laughed.

If there was a touch of resentment toward all his junk food, I think it dissipated in that laugh!!

  
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_LINDA 12/14/2012 12:59AM

    Fantastic idea!! Glad your hubby has a sense of humor about it too! I am thinking he probably takes the CAKE in one time massive junk food purchases. That was quite the list :P Even at my worst, I would never have all that. I was more of a salty snacker and didn't have sweets at all.
Your attitude is going to carry you far!

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WATERMELLEN 12/13/2012 8:54PM

    How clever is that? And to achieve it with humour too . . . . nice!!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/12/2012 8:17PM

    I love it! Way to go Marsha!

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FROSTY99 12/12/2012 1:21PM

    Great way to remind yourself that it isn't worth it!!!
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MEXGAL1 12/12/2012 9:55AM

    Marsha, I love it! What a fun thing to do and fun that you and DH had a good laugh. I think it's so funny that he asked if you were "writing him up". Just way too funny!
Have a great day!
Sallie

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EGALITAIRE 12/12/2012 9:16AM

    Nice

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KANDOLAKER 12/12/2012 7:52AM

    How funny - and what a great idea!!

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MSLZZY 12/12/2012 7:12AM

    Write him up-good one! Great idea with the sticky notes!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/12/2012 6:18AM

    Laughter is sometimes the BEST defense! We're all human, even our hubbies!

emoticon emoticon Good luck with YOUR version of the minefield... I just know you'll do great.

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GABY1948 12/12/2012 5:52AM

    That was a WONDERFUL idea! And, I wondered if you had any resent ment toward his junk food. Dh is not a junk food eater except ice cream which I am fine with but all the things you mentioned, I just don't know how I would have felt!

Your friend was wonderful to share that idea and you are wonderful to have found yet another way to win and inspire me! HUGS,
Gaye

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MEDDYPEDDY 12/12/2012 2:53AM

    Me too! LOVE the idea, a fun way to make yourself aware!

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PHEBESS 12/12/2012 2:08AM

    LOVE this idea!!!!

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