IMLOCOLINDA's SparkPeople Blog IMLOCOLINDA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy Easter! Happy Spring! Happy, Happy Everything! Today we celebrate the renewal that is in motion all around us and in our own lives. With Spring now underway and Easter and Earth Day before us, it is truly a time of new beginnings, growth, and abundant flow. What a perfect moment to reflect and witness the sprouts that may be emerging from the seeds you planted during the last week . . . <BR> <BR> You are stepping into a new season in your life—one that you are choosing and creating. It is a powerful moment where conscious choices ignite ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 04:01:45 EST Hunting for Easter Eggs in the Snow How many times did you have to hunt for eggs in the snow as a kid?? One year my dad hid them inside-including the hard boiled and dyed ones. Stuck one in the window sill behind the couch. Must have gotten knocked or rolled out of the sill and was under the couch by the wall. My mom kept telling us to check for dog poop on the bottom of our shoes since something stunk really bad. So I pull the couch out about a month later to do the heavy vacuuming behind it and voila, there's the culprit! I t... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:47:40 EST Easter Island - Somewhere Warmer than Here! Easter dresses are always short-sleeved or sleeveless and a light breezy thin cotton. Many Easter Sundays in Montana have snow! I remember the disappointment of having to put on my tired old winter coat over my brand new dress and wearing snow boots instead of the new Easter shoes...and the new Easter hat blowing off my head. I was trying to think of where it would be warmer. FLOWERDALEJEWEL had a funny picture of the statues on Easter Island and it got me to thinking...why not spend Easter o... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:36:35 EST Maxine on Easter Part 3 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:20:17 EST Final Entry for the Easter Pet Parade <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:36:11 EST More Maxine on Easter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 04:01:56 EST Walking and Meditation from the Cleveland Clinic This came in my e-mail from the Cleveland Clinic and I thought I'd share since I had shared the Meditation Workshop that starts tomorrow with Deepak and Oprah. The link for the entire article is at the bottom. <BR> <em>311</em> <em>135</em> <em>311</em> <em>135</em> <em>311</em> <em>135</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> DOUBLE DOSE OF WELLNESS <BR> Meditate while you walk for a double dose of wellness. Walking meditation reduces stress and reminds you of the things that bri... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:06:34 EST Easter Pet Parade Part 2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:48:44 EST Join Oprah and Deepak's 21 Day Meditation for Free <link><BR>epaks-21-day-finding-your-flow-meditation </link> <BR> <BR> Sorry I'm so late sharing this. It starts in just a couple of days but I think it's going to be great. Click the link and sign up if you're interested. <BR> <BR> " <BR> An inner guide for transforming your life! <BR> <BR> Did you know that there is a flow of powerful energy that permeates every aspect of our reality? When aligned with this flow, we’re tapped into the pure, unlimited... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 01:13:03 EST Vintage Easter Images ***copied from various internet sources including Bing and Google*** <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:06:34 EST Happy 49th Birthday Space Cadet First Class STEVEN2GO2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Steven is one of my dearest Spark Friends. I call him Space Cadet because he is from a town called Moon! He is also a huge fan of sci-fi. I call him that with love and affection and he doesn't seem to mind! He has inspired and encouraged me when I really wanted to throw in the towel. So today he turns 49 and I wanted to make sure that he knows I wish him a wonderful birthday! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:47:44 EST Easter Funnies <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 03:39:33 EST I Want to Shout it from the Rooftop! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today was my weekly weigh-in on the 100 Days of Weight Loss book discussion and challenge. I am down 33 pounds since January 1st! <BR> I set my goal at 20 pounds but had some really good weeks-way more fitness than food. When I hit 20 I didn't for one single second think about taking a break or a rest or having some Cheetos. I just thought I might be able to keep it up and get to 30. <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 17:27:39 EST Have you ever been to.... <BR> I have been in many places, but I've never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone. <BR> <BR> I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there. <BR> <BR> I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work. <BR> <BR> I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 05:47:34 EST Getting Ready for the Easter Pet Parade <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 08:23:23 EST Easter Terrariums I read a wonderful article a few months go in one of my magazines about the "come-back" of terrariums. The idea seemed like such a good one to me because of the short growing season here in Zone 3. Plus, if you do it right, they require almost no maintenance! They are their own little biosphere. I had some beautiful old jars that I used to keep kitchen staples in and thought they might work great. They did! Since I wasn't using flour and sugar anymore the little secret gardens sat in those s... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 21:23:03 EST Rise Above the Excuses! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 6 Apr 2014 01:29:54 EST Friday Ramblings Been a long, weird week and I'm looking forward to some sunshine on Saturday and Sunday so I can get a little work done in the yard and gardens. So I've scanned the photo file and this is just a collection of weird stuff that doesn't go together...but it's Friday night and I'm winding down! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 00:58:14 EST Thankful Thursday-Happy Every Day! There must be some kind of challenge about 100 Days of Happiness because a couple of my team members are posting blogs along these lines. I keep a gratitude journal and write down 10 things every day that I have noticed to be thankful for. My dogs make the list every single day! They never fail to make me laugh out loud at least once each day with some kind of doggie antics or silly face. I've been searching for ideas for Easter Parade blogs coming soon and so pet parade pictures fill my pict... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 06:00:43 EST $86,400.00 is YOURS to Spend! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Imagine that you had won the following prize in a contest: Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400.00 in your private account for your use. <BR> <BR> However, this prize has rules, just as any game has certain rules. The first set of rules would be: <BR> Everything that you didn't spend during each day would be taken away from you. <BR> You may not simply transfer money into some other account... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 02:41:37 EST Watch Out for those April Fool's Pranksters! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 04:37:13 EST Spring Cleaning Funnies with Maxine and Me! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 02:03:04 EST My Marching Into April Sermon I did not write this. I found it on the internet a few years ago and changed some of it to suit my purpose and cannot remember who wrote the original or where I found it. For that, I apologize. <BR> <BR> "THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY OF THE YEAR <BR> This is the wonder: that of all the days of the year, the most important one is the everyday. <BR> <BR> The everydays that are the most days of the year. These, the most days of our lives. <BR> <BR> I think about these everydays that have me taking... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 04:27:37 EST My Push-Up Post for Stacy My dear friend, MADEIT3, leads the Writer's team. She put out a little team challenge to blog about push-ups for March. I don't belong to the team. But I did way more than my fair share of push-ups when I was in Basic Training in the Army and then on a real regular basis 3 days a week during those 4 I feel qualified to share my take on push-ups! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 29 Mar 2014 04:18:33 EST Spring Travel Into the Snow <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Watching the Weather Channel to see how much snow I'm going to be driving in. The Nor'easter looks ... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:14:01 EST All is Vanity <BR> In this 19th century painting by Charles Allan Gilbert a woman sits at her dressing table. Nothing unusual about that you might ask ? Take a closer look at the picture as a whole, in particular the combination of the mirror, the perfume bottles and the woman's reflection. There's a second image here that isn't quite so obvious. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have a copy of this and it's hung on the wall in every bedroom I've... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 00:30:45 EST Have a Great Week! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 04:37:04 EST Yesterday, March 21st, Was World Down Syndrome Day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of my dearest Spark Friends is Eliz from St. Cloud, MN. She goes by NOWYOUDIDIT here on Spark People. She is the mother of 6 little boys and a darling daughter with Down's. She shared a song called "Happy" on our Dance thread on the 12 Weeks to Walking team in honor of the when I watched the video I also clicked on a few more (as we are all prone to doing on youtube!) And I found this description of D... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 15:20:33 EST Winter is Winding Down?? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 00:25:57 EST Spring Starts Today...but it's off to a slow start! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems." <BR> -Ranier Maria Rilke <BR> <BR> <img... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 03:18:09 EST The end of the Irish Blessings and Almost Official Spring? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:45:34 EST A Couple More Irish Blessings <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Could be the turnips, rutabagas, brussel sprouts, and leeks?? But that leftover corned beef is going to make great Ruebens for then there is the sauerkraut that could be the ... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 03:47:54 EST St Patrick's Day Pet Parade <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 18:05:16 EST Irish Jokes and Maxine-St Patrick's Day is Here <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 01:18:32 EST More St Patrick's Maxines and an Irish Blessing! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 16:25:22 EST Maxine on St. Patrick's Day! You knew I wouldn't be able to avoid my beloved Maxine and her take on St. Patrick's Day. I've found so many beautiful Irish Blessings I will have to continue to post them for a few daze after the official day...but we needed some Maxine laughs too!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (Floyd t... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:25:48 EST Irish Blessing #10 and an extra one! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 03:31:50 EST Irish Blessing #9 <img src=""> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 02:36:13 EST Irish Blessing #8 <img src=""> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 23:21:24 EST Irish Blessing #7 <img src=""> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 04:19:40 EST Irish Blessing #6 <img src=""> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 02:13:44 EST Irish Blessing #5 <img src=""> Sun, 9 Mar 2014 04:36:08 EST Irish Blessing #4 <img src=""> Sat, 8 Mar 2014 02:36:41 EST Irish Blessing #3 <img src=""> <BR> "May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. May songbirds serenade your every step along the way. May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue. And may happiness fill your heart each day you whole life through." Fri, 7 Mar 2014 03:05:41 EST Irish Blessing #2 <img src=""> Thu, 6 Mar 2014 02:52:59 EST Irish Blessing 1 <img src=""> Wed, 5 Mar 2014 02:56:18 EST Chit Chat While I Wait for Clean-Up <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's been a rough 5 ... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 00:56:06 EST Fat Tuesday? I'm Fat Everyday! I've been catering a big Mardi Gras party since Friday evening. I will be so glad for Ash Wednesday. I have always wanted to go to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. I think the concept of this huge drunken party with loads of foods and sugary sweets, parades where you show your breasts and get beads and all kind of krewes build floats and gather for huge parades is just bizarre. Mostly here, it has been a party atmosphere with the traditional "Let the Good Times Roll" theme of college kids and thei... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 00:26:40 EST Titan and Mardi Gras Parties Have Numbed My Brain <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Stay warm! Sun, 2 Mar 2014 08:04:41 EST Beauty Products You Might Remember? My mom had one of these and with all the little circles sewed in, my sister and I used to call it "The Cleopatra Zero-In Bra" and then later in some of Madonna's styles reminded me of how stupid they really were!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and with Easter coming...who could forget Legg's Eggs?? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and I remember this one. My sister used it with that pink ... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 05:14:37 EST