SHARON10002's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SHARON10002 SHARON10002's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433841 Did you know that practicing gratitude can help us overcome and conquer our limiting behaviors - like eating too many sweets, overeating, anger management, depression, or negative thinking that are holding us back? Now that's a connection I was not aware of, and is indeed good news for those of us here on Spark People! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/07dc9fc4-d1e7-4cba-a6be-d6c1ec50f409.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is yet one more way acknowledging and expressing gratitude... Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:42:35 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433562 Does a place have consciousness, such that it can receive gratitude for what it has given just by being itself? Yesterday we explored the subject of finding gratitude in nature. I'd like to add some more to the discussion today. Many of us walk outside for our exercise so this seems like a very useful and pertinent aspect of finding gratitude in our day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/45e9a971-a27d-4846-8890-824585fff71a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> People of traditional cult... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:14:16 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433245 When was the last time you gazed at the stars and into the heavens? Can you remember a time in your life when you looked at the stars and felt so small that it made your heart swell with overwhelming love, and you marveled in the wonder and the awe of it all? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d2b4ad69-51ce-48d9-b44b-b399b0a272f7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Although there have been several times for me, the most recent memory of that feeling occurred about eight years... Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:21:16 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433015 "Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful." ~ Buddha <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2ccd090e-2e8c-4665-8933-12f8c3c3b12d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here is a beautiful video about the Amazing Power of Gratitude. The photos are beautiful, and I think you'll find it a good way to start or ... Mon, 20 Nov 2017 01:31:52 EST 30 Days of Gratitude: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432702 Would you like to turn your negative thoughts into positive ones? Gratitude is the way to steer our heart towards happiness and joy. Whenever you are feeling that you are no good, that you belong somewhere else, or that you are a failure, start to count your blessings. Gratitude will start to alter your mood almost immediately. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/98f6e4ba-435c-4b6d-ae6a-5f0b86f4b392.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These past few days we have been examining the reason... Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:11:26 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - The Flip Side of Marriage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432317 Happy Friday everyone! Let's shout it all together now - Thank GOD it's FINALLY Fridaaaaaaaaay! Time to let go of all those things that have nagging at you all week, and head on down the yellow brick road to the Land of Happy Hour Hiliarity with some marriage humor to start the weekend a grinnin' and a gigglin'! <BR> So put on your comfy pants and your pink bunny slippers, grab your favorite Friday Happy Hour beverage of choice, and let's laugh ourselves silly! Time for a little laughter an... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:43:27 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432045 Why do we overlook so many little things to be grateful for in our daily lives? Let's face it, life is a complicated mess, and can at times be simply overwhelming. We are focused on "bigger things", and if your attention is focused there, the little things pass right by with nary a side glance. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0974a6fe-8f0a-43d8-b945-ecba67f0b3e1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday we learned of the numerous benefits that finding and feeling gratitude has on... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:29:46 EST 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Health and Happiness - Day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431830 When you stop to think about it, recognizing and expressing gratitude in our lives seems so basic. But most of the time, we become so involved and overwhelmed in our lives, that we forget to search for it and identify it on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b34d0e03-6c7f-46fa-a80a-a4f1f8121492.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It has been proven through extensive research that people who regularly practice gratitude report a multitude of benefits. These include: <BR> ... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 01:17:27 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431481 What is one small, rather insignificant thing today that you were grateful for? <BR> Gratitude Is many different things within our life. It is an outward expression of our appreciation for this lifetime. It helps us see things with a whole new and fresh perspective. This works not only when things are status quo, or going well, but in our difficult times as well. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f86be91a-5de4-4c90-a18d-0b7deeac7d6c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Finding a way to ... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:39:29 EST 30 Days of Gratitude: An Invitation to Health and Happiness - Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431080 Yes, it's Monday again, and the start of a new week. For some reason Mondays seem like a "catch-up day" for taking it easier and not working for two days. It is hard to find that balance in ourselves when we are so focused on the outside world and all that is going on in our lives; spouses, children, work, community, religious obligations, hobbies, and lastly more often than not, ourselves. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/04c31980-4d90-4589-b92c-674a6012d69c.jpg">... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:14:41 EST 30 Days of Gratitude: Your Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430755 I'm sure you've heard the saying that "What does not kill us only makes us stronger". However, when faced with life's everyday challenges, it can sometimes be very challenging for us to find the good in what we perceive is going wrong in our lives. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/79f54e41-a4ab-4f63-ae10-39294b994760.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Can you recall a time in your life where you were faced with a problem or issue you felt was insurmountable? Did you manage to come ... Sun, 12 Nov 2017 17:51:38 EST 30 Days of Gartitude: 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: A Debt of Gratitude - Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430450 Today I would like to remember with sincerest gratitude our veterans. These are the men and women who serve, and have served, in our armed forces who consciously chose to put aside their lives, and to put duty, honor, and country before themselves and their families. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5add445b-8d78-4330-97e8-8b4a66e3d7db.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Though often invisible to most of us, this roughly one percent of our population chooses to put their lives on the... Sat, 11 Nov 2017 17:09:02 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Thank You to Our Veterans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430139 Hup, two, three, four, <BR> What have we all been waiting for? <BR> Friday, Friday, <BR> Let’s give a cheer for F-R-I-D-A-A-A-A-Y! <BR> <BR> Happy Friday dear friends! That was my feeble attempt at a little cadence humor. Cadence are rhythmic verses that our troops march to. Since it is Veteran’s Day weekend, today we are going to honor our veterans. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/89ec83a6-e322-44d0-9dd7-7f868c4eadea.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Fri, 10 Nov 2017 17:43:50 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429523 I have a question for you today. On a scale of one to ten, where would you rank gratitude? That's something I'll bet you have never considered before. I want you to pause for a minute, give it your full attention, and then your ranking. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a69e95cb-7771-4c3c-8252-f30bcfe41747.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We have been thinking and discussing the aspect of gratitude and with the goal of living a more abundant life, and so I decided to do just that.... Wed, 8 Nov 2017 17:51:38 EST 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429184 We've been looking at gratitude and its effects in our lives and our bodies in this past week. We’ve delved into exactly what gratitude is and some of its benefits for us and our lives. I’m curious if you are noticing anything different since joining this challenge? Do you feel happier? More energy? Sleeping better or more soundly? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8ae8c682-7ba3-4c0c-a28b-83714fdce3a4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There are some very simple ways to open yourse... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 17:28:59 EST 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428842 Today when I awoke it was overcast and rainy. Now I am not normally a rainy day person, so I sat down with my cuppa coffee next to my patio door, and just gazed outside while I sipped. . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/720c8780-6694-4e2e-94ed-3b4ca7f64487.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating. There is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather." ~ John Ruskin <BR> <B... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 17:25:24 EST 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Health and Happiness - Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428503 I think it's important to delve further into the difference between thankfulness, and gratitude. It is a concept that seems to be quite confusing for most people to grasp. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, thankful and grateful are synonymous with the exception of two operative words. It defines thankful as “conscious of benefits received” while defining grateful as “appreciative of benefits received.” <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c68a879d-7634-4069... Sun, 5 Nov 2017 17:56:00 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: Gratitude Fills the Heart and Heals - Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428183 “Be encouraged. Hold your head up high and know God is in control and has a plan for you. Instead of focusing on all the bad, be thankful for all the good.” ~ Germany Kent <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/95bbe519-6c4c-46f1-92a7-ed5f814c9226.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Research shows that not only does gratitude feel good, and make you feel better, it actually helps your heart. Gratitude helps decrease stress, lowers cortisol levels, and helps keep depression at bay. All of... Sat, 4 Nov 2017 18:22:07 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge 2017: The Gateway to Happiness and Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427563 Since November holds and celebrates one of our most treasured holidays, Thanksgiving, it is the perfect time to look for and reflect on those things that we are most grateful for in our lives. As in past years, I have once again decided that it would be appropriate, in keeping with the spirit of Thanksgiving, to challenge myself to focus on gratitude, searching for and embracing the countless and random little things in my life that the universe sends to me that I am thankful for. <BR> <BR... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 17:17:46 EST Halloween Happy Hour: Freaky Flightday and Happy Howl-O-Ween http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426895 Ghostly greetings and welcome aboard, foolish mortals, to Broomstick Airlines! I’m so excited to be hanging out with all of my special ghoul friends! Step all the way to the back of the plane so we can make room for everyone, and watch out for all of the black cats that have escaped out of the cargo hold and are creeping around underfoot today. <BR> <BR> There's no turning back now. I‘m your head ghostess, Bloody Mary, creepin’ it real. On behalf of our pilot, Frank N. Stein, and our co-p... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 17:09:23 EST Come One, Come All: An Invitation For Some Halloween Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426558 I fell into a big black pot, <BR> Upon which a spell had been cast, <BR> I got my days mixed up for sure, <BR> And I must admit I am aghast! <BR> <BR> Double, double toil and trouble, <BR> Fire burn, and cauldron bubble. <BR> By the moon we’ll gather here, <BR> To celebrate this time of year. <BR> <BR> As witches fly across the skies, <BR> And ghosts all roam with glowing eyes, <BR> We'll gather here by moon's eerie light, <BR> And laugh and giggle into the night. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src... Mon, 30 Oct 2017 18:02:22 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Life In the Slow Lane http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425671 Happy Friday! It seems that life is just whizzing by these days, and I'm in the right hand lane wondering what the heck is going on! It's time for a little fun and giggles to get ourselves ready for the weekend ahead. So get comfy and grab your favorite Friday night beverage, and let's get our Grin On! <BR> <BR> Grandma is 88 years old and still drives her own car. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ede09b49-914e-43c8-99f1-5cc9669b6ace.jpg"> <BR> <BR> She writes... Fri, 27 Oct 2017 19:09:37 EST Thoughtful Thursday: Hugs From One Heart to Another http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425347 Nature seems to simmer and sparkle on a sunny fall day. All is saturated in golden jeweled hues, and the backdrop of the sky seems brighter and bluer than ever. Many of us struggle to bid summer farewell, and mourn the waning of the daylight hours. Yet if you think about it, autumn offers a parallel to the seasons in our own lives. The trees innately know what we need to remind ourselves of. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/52811ef9-1287-4dd6-8a75-d754eee4ae87.... Thu, 26 Oct 2017 18:16:49 EST Tuesday's Tip: Simplify Your Life By Getting Organized For the Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424670 The holidays are just around the corner, and we all know how things seem to get busier the closer the get. Thanksgiving is just a few short weeks away, and nipping at its heels is Christmas. It seems that no matter how organized you are - or in my case think you are - it never seems to get done until the last minute. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/10fa6752-5bea-4f91-afce-96ffb0c6c9fa.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We tend to confuse ourselves with expectations rather than nee... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 19:12:08 EST Thoughtful Thursday: Hugs From One Heart to Another http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423075 Are you aware of how many things you are demanding of yourself? Do you feel there should be more hours in a day to accomplish what you need to get done? You can gain insight into yourself by examining some things in your life. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/87f7c081-eb94-43de-a97e-4e39ab234ce6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Start by asking yourself these questions: <BR> <BR> Why am I doing this? <BR> Is it necessary? <BR> Did I not want to say no? <BR> When did I start do... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:17:38 EST Friday Happy Hour; Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Friday the 13th Humor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421163 Happy Friday, and not just any Friday, but a Friday the 13th! YIKES!!! <BR> I hope you're not superstitious. Nevertheless, it's time to let go of all that nonsense surrounding "just another Friday", and get this weekend started! <BR> Here are a few funnies about Friday the 13th . . . <BR> <BR> To be honest . . . <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/807e14f5-7390-4d3a-bbb5-213ce20d8516.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/593ebc7d-457d-4... Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:50:06 EST Thoughtful Thursday: Hugs From One Heart to Another http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420838 Autumn is the season that stirs my soul, and allows me a sense of the unearthed depths of my very being. Its vibrant colors awaken my senses which in turn electrifies all that slumbers inside of me. It is a chance to change, much like all of nature around me. <BR> <BR> I urge to do something meaningful in these stirrings of the soul. To move ahead, rather than one step forward, and two steps back. My spirit is rekindled and awakened by the spark of the beautiful golden aura that the s... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:17:50 EST Tuesday's Tip: How to Remove Dried Acrylic Paint from Clothing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420142 This week's tried and true tip is one I wish I had known about long before yesterday. To think how many times I have thrown away perfectly good clothing because it got paint spattered while painting something! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d5f201a8-b764-428b-b7eb-ec420ffe9d35.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I hope I'll save you some future heartache with this tip. <BR> <BR> Step 1: Take the piece of clothing off, and lay a white absorbent cotton towel underneath the paint s... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 17:04:09 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Now That's Punny! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418810 T. G. I. F! Thank God It's Friday, and time to ease on down the road to a long weekend for some, and a regular one for others. So settle down in your favorite Friday afternoon spot with your favorite Friday Happy Hour beverage, and let's start our weekend off with a few yucks and giggles. <BR> <BR> Today's Bit of Profound Advice: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0e3b4af2-1101-4823-a81a-4860014fa2ba.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.co... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 18:24:48 EST Thoughtful Thursday: Hugs From One Heart to Another http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418454 In searching for a topic for today’s thought, and the feeling of empathy and compassion for all those who have been affected by the senseless violence in Las Vegas, I found myself at a loss. It seemed not too long ago, my heart was aching for those in the wake of two destructive hurricanes, and now that ache is back again. <BR> <BR> But here is a very profound thought and truth . . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3e79053b-26f7-485a-8f57-5668a3d6d18e.jpg"> <BR> ... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 18:18:28 EST Tuesday's Tip: A Clingy Situation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417757 Do you find yourself wrestling with your Saran Wrap when trying to put leftovers in the refrigerator after dinner? Well I do. First of all, I usually need to find, and separate, the end to pull it out of the box. Then it seems no matter how careful I am, I find myself trying to get it unstuck from itself even before I get it out of the box and off the roll! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c927e48b-2041-4672-9b61-3bc925c745a2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Its biggest problem ... Tue, 3 Oct 2017 17:56:20 EST Friday Happy Hour: Thanks A Latte http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6416383 Thank Goodness It's Friday! This week went by slower than my drip coffeemaker! Since today is National Coffee Day, I thought we'd brew up some giggles and laughs with some coffee cartoons. So get comfy with your favorite Friday Happy Hour beverage, and let's take a few moments to sit down and smell the coffee. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4d8fe9bd-27d4-43af-8fa4-3b7169a87efc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cc7f35a8-df92... Fri, 29 Sep 2017 17:32:43 EST Thoughtful Thursday: Hugs From One Heart to Another http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6416062 Now that Fall is upon us, we will most likely find ourselves out enjoying the many wondrous things in nature. As you wander along the bike paths, the trails through the forest, or just your surrounding neighborhood take a look at the trees, and the magnificent show of beauty that is the dance of Mother Nature before she settles underneath her warm blanket of cold, and snow for her winter's respite. <BR> <BR> Here is one important thing to keep in mind . . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Thu, 28 Sep 2017 16:44:16 EST Tuesday's Tip: Taming the Electrical Cord Jungle Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415358 We all have cords everywhere in our homes lamps, appliances, TV and DVD players, stereo equipment, etc. Many times we just gather everything up the best we can, and try to hide it the best we can. <BR> <BR> Do you have a Kitchen-Aid Stand mixer on your counter or in your cupboard? Well I do, and I keep it out on my counter so it’s ready to go, and that saves a lot of heavy lifting for me. I love it, and it makes my cooking and baking so much easier, but the only drawback is that it has a... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:54:33 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Happy Fall Y'All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413996 Happy Friday!!! Woo Hoo! It has been a very hectic week for me, but today is one day I have been waiting for all summer - The first day of Fall! So please join me as we "leave" our week's cares and worries behind. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7e54489e-b68e-4a6a-950a-1759c4df8df4.png"> <BR> <BR> So it's time to start to get ourselves in the right frame of mind - "Chillin", and get comfy with our favorite Friday Night Fall beverage, and get ready to Fall into t... Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:28:15 EST Thoughtful Thursday: Hugs From One Heart to Another http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413718 Have you been examining yourself under a magnifying glass at the end of every month, and accessing your "wins and losses"? Are you fond or not so fond of what you see? Changing yourself into the person you desire is not an easy task - in fact it is a huge undertaking. Try not to be so hard on yourself and remind yourself to enjoy the moment . . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/620c2b70-7391-43f9-b004-f6b14f5758f3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Be sure to keep track of, and ... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:43:58 EST Tuesday's Tip: Cleaning and Making Stainless Steel Shine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413039 Do you want to make your stainless steel sink shine? Is your stainless steel cookware spotted or blotched from use? Are there fingerprints all over your refrigerator door? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3199d671-ef28-469f-977d-9f7c8518d29a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The best way to clean stainless steel correctly is to use a product that does not leave streaks, that cleans, and disinfects, and polishes to a shine without scratching the metal. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:55:18 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - More Here's Your Signs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411582 It's Friday again! Can I hear a big "Woo Hoo"! Time to get yourself in the right frame of mind from the all the rigors of the week, and clear all your worries and troubles away. Just put 'em aside for the next couple of days, and get your weekend attitude goin'. So here we go with some more funny signs. I hope they will make you smile, and help you to get your <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5d9736d2-31bf-49dd-9c00-9f91d6345a11.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So sit yourself do... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:14:04 EST Tuesday's Tip: Cleaning Hairbrushes and Combs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410522 Does your hairbrush look like mine? Like it was just used to brush King Kong? Here's a few handy tips for cleaning and sterilizing that brush, and your combs. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8c45d2eb-a0b0-429c-b0d5-1449c44c3729.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1. Take some scissors, and cut the hair in the brush lengthwise between every 2nd or 3rd row of bristles. <BR> <BR> 2. Slide the tip of one side of the scissors lengthwise underneath the hair and lift. The hair sho... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 17:40:29 EST Thoughtful Thursday: Hugs From One Heart to Another http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408742 No matter what you are facing, or going through in your life, sometimes you need a gentle reminder of just how to continue or go on. With so many people facing and recovering from the hurricanes - preparing and recovering - I just want you to read this daily. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/273e4e19-12af-47ad-8d87-3642bfca4392.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There is nothing left for you to do. Know in your heart that you did whatever you could with what you know and what you ... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 17:51:03 EST Tuesday's Tip: Keep An Eye on Freshness for Potatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408005 With the onset of cooler weather potatoes are a staple in the kitchen, and provide an easy and nutritional side dish in oh so many ways. Everyone loves a good potato whether they are baked, roasted, fried, or mashed, potatoes are a food staple that has a are very versatile in our kitchens. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0a6483f4-67aa-4438-9454-313a399b8293.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today’s tip is all about potatoes, including storage, keeping them fresher longer, and cook... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 17:29:27 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - School Daze http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406618 Happy Friday everyone! Let's begin to get ourselves in the right frame of mind for the upcoming holiday weekend, and get your "Long Weekend Atta-Tude" goin' on. Get comfortable, and grab your favorite Friday beverage, take a deep breath, and let go of all those annoying moments of your past week. As we all know, especially you mothers out there, it's that time of year the parents look forward to, and the students dread - back to school. So here's a little back to school humor to help you ... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 20:02:02 EST Thoughtful Thursday: Hugs From One Heart to Another http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406213 In the wake of the devastation from Hurricane Harvey we need to be reminded of God's promise to us - one of love, hope, and renewal. Today's thoughts are dedicated to those who have suffered unfathomable loss and suffering in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Our prayers are with you. . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee38998d-4c00-49c0-80f1-e90883de8fc4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “Nature does not know destruction. All it knows is transformation.” ~ Wehner von Braun <BR> <... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:08:22 EST Tuesday's Tip: Don't throw Away Those Teabags Just Yet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405420 Tea is a refreshing and comforting beverage, and many of us drink it. Tea is the world’s most favorite beverage, and has been used for centuries as a health and beauty aid thanks to its rich antioxidant and tannic properties and benefits. We drink iced tea by the gallons in the summertime because it is so refreshing, and during the warmer months I love it in the morning in place of my usual hot coffee. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/910abdb8-e37a-4d76-8823-4b5b... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 16:36:08 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Vintage Humor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6403967 Happy Friday! Woo Hoo! It's finally Friday! Care to join me for some laughter and fun? Time to get our minds focused on something that we can look forward to - the weekend - and let's get those weekend endorphins a-movin' and a-groovin'! <BR> So get comfy, grab a glass of your favorite Friday sumthin' sumthin', and sit down with me for a spell . . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a0e0b758-f179-4205-a6ac-f2fdc50316bf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and let's shake our selves si... Fri, 25 Aug 2017 18:06:41 EST Thoughtful Thursday: Hugs From One Heart to Another http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6403563 Do you ever stop to think about the words you speak and how powerful they are? Research shows that words not only have an emotional impact, but a physical, and spiritual one as well. Your words are truly a creative force all of the time. <BR> <BR> “Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to hea... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 17:47:41 EST Tuesday's Tip: For A Smoother Smoothie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402871 To help keep your bananas fresher longer in the refrigerator, Wrap the stems in saran wrap and put in the refrigerator. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fd2d1a3e-7714-4fe8-81b1-2da89bbb8eda.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Bananas make your smoothies smooth and creamy: <BR> <BR> You never want to freeze a banana with the peel on as it’s next to impossible to peel frozen. All you have to do is peel then place inside a Ziploc back and squish. There’s no need to uniformly slice th... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:27:37 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Thank God for Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401405 Hi-dee-ho, everyone! It's Friday once again, and I know we're all ready for the weekend fun to begin! Time to cut the cord on all those things that have been feeling like a ten ton albatross hanging around your neck, and walk, skip, boogie, to that favorite song you haven't been able to get out of your head today. <BR> <BR> So grab a seat and get comfortable, grab a glass of your favorite Friday Happy Hour beverage of choice, and let's start this weekend on Cloud Nine!!! <BR> <BR> <img src... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:01:43 EST Thoughtful Thursday: Hugs From One Heart to Another http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401036 Today’s thought is to remember to love yourself for who you are. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6e614866-c2bf-498a-abe0-a6638209263b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “I don’t have an amazing figure or a flat stomach. <BR> I’m far from being considered a model, but I’m me. <BR> I eat food. I have curves. I have more fat than I should. <BR> I have scars because I have a history. <BR> Some people love me, some people hate me. <BR> I have done good. I have done bad. <BR> I love my... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:09:18 EST Tuesday's Tip: A Tasty Way to Use Up All That Zuchinni http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400289 Summer’s bounty. Is there anything better? We are at the peak of zucchini season here, and a friend gave me a huge bunch of zucchini because she had no more room in her refrigerator. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d5061d3f-351e-4907-a062-7951bfac073c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now I know the usual uses for zucchini - zoodles, zucchini noodles, zucchini bread, zucchini in the meatloaf . . . and more. Believe me, I've done many of them. <BR> <BR> I happened to come acr... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:24:24 EST