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/ Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life: The Day After Xmas Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838917 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l248387416.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Is your head still spinning from all of the rush? Think about it, all that time and preparation, and now it's all like some distant memory! Time for this Special Edition of Friday Happy Hour - The Day After Christmas Edition. Come on in, take a seat, and sit a spell. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l579234249.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:34:10 EST Seasons Greetings To All My Spark Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838558 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1183138732.jpg"> <BR> Message: <BR> The blessings of peace, <BR> the beauty of hope, <BR> the spirit of love, <BR> and the comfort of faith. <BR> May these be the gifts that you receive this Christmas. <BR> <BR> <BR> From door to door, <BR> And heart to heart, <BR> Christmas binds us together, <BR> Even though we're far apart. <BR> <BR> No matter how near, <BR> No matter how far, <BR> I'm sending you love <BR> No matter where you are. <BR... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 23:32:55 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837279 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l722322370.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It’s hard to believe that we are finished with this challenge for 2014. I know from your wonderful comments that each one of us has experienced and received some remarkable "gifts" in the responses that we've received from those we have chosen to help in our challenges. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l83922016.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is the culmination of saving all of our... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 07:09:47 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836673 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l568920649.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We are all very busy running around and trying to get things done, and it seems like so is everyone else. Have you noticed how much more crowded the parking lots are these days? To make matters worse, in our area the county government has granted permits to build banks and fast food restaurants in parking lots! <BR> <BR> So today’s challenge is going to help alleviate the stress for us, and other drivers. <BR> ... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:06:18 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836269 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l51037154.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We’re here at the end of our third week of the December to Remember Challenge, and I’d like to thank you all of coming all on this challenge with me. It’s so right that “Things Are Better With Friends”. <BR> <BR> Here’s some of your comments from yesterday’s challenge re; Christmas movies you’re watching: <BR> <BR> MADAMES wrote, “We also watch White Christmas, Best Little Christmas Pageant Ever, a Charlie Brown... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:57:16 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835836 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l288529622.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My Spark friend, Kelly, said it best this morning. Sometimes in the midst of the Christmas and holiday bustle, you just need to sit down and take a deep breath. Later today I am going to do that. Saturday night is a good night to settle in with a big ‘ole tub of popcorn, and watch a movie. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1084352945.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There have been so many new and c... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:43:21 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life: The Xmas Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835551 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l146392029.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Time for this Special Edition of Friday Happy Hour - The Christmas Edition. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1747436434.jpg"> <BR> It's our final boarding call! Let's head to the gate! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1945377929.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “Welcome aboard North Pole Express Airlines Flight 500 to the North Pole! The weather there is snowy, icy, and it’s cold e... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:34:11 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835267 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l960709559.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here we are at the end of another week! Christmas is right around the corner, and will be here before we know it. <BR> <BR> I'd like to share this story from KATHYJO56. She wrote, "I want to tell you a story that Jim told me. He was at a gas station down the street, and an old man was looking all around with a very confused look on his face. There was a man standing behind Jim - Jim was in the middle - and he sa... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:12:56 EST Make This A December to Remember ! Day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834789 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1618746520.jpg"> <BR> “Hot Chocolate can warm more than hands – it can warm a heart, too.” <BR> <BR> “I don't understand why so many "so called" chocolate lovers complain about the calories in chocolate, when all true chocoholics know that it is a vegetable. It comes from the cocoa bean, beans are veggies, 'nuff said. ~ Unknown <BR> <BR> And finally for those of you who still have too many things left on your To Do List. . . “Make a list ... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:27:38 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834266 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1230717866.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A little reminder for today: <BR> <BR> The unexpected kindness, <BR> From an unexpected place. <BR> A hand outstretched in friendship, <BR> A smile on someone’s face. <BR> <BR> A word of understanding, <BR> Spoken in an hour of trial. <BR> Are unexpected miracles, <BR> That make life more worthwhile. <BR> ~ Helen Steiner Rice <BR> <BR> Before I go any further, I have to show you the results of my challenge fro... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:57:46 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833741 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l703492803.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here we are in the final stretch just before Christmas. Hard to believe that Christmas is in nine days! Do you take your mail carrier for granted? I know I usually don’t give mine much thought because he’s just there. So today I’m delivering a little card and a treat to him for a change. <BR> <BR> Your challenge for today is: <BR> Leave a little something seasonal for your postman in the mailbox waiting for hi... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:08:27 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833225 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1244320553.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We had so much fun making our homemade ornaments yesterday. I bought a box of regular sized candy canes, and we made some Rudolph Candy Canes for our tree. I used black peppercorns for their eyes and red M&Ms for their noses. For antlers I glued on Pretzel sticks. They were a little “primitive” looking, but cute, nevertheless! I used my “GoodSearch” and it felt good to be raising money for our wounded warrior... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:02:33 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832759 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1275696936.jpg"> <BR> Put on the Christmas Carols, and gather everyone 'round. Time for a little family fun. <BR> <BR> Today’s Challenge is a fun one, and one to get the whole family involved in together. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1366234916.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Make a Christmas Ornament for your family. When you are done, hang it on the Christmas tree, or display it for everyone to see. <BR> <BR> <img s... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 09:45:21 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832307 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1478432542.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Nearly a hundred years ago, aviator Amelia Earhart observed, "A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees." <BR> <BR> I searched for a challenge that wouldn’t cost any money. I have been posting challenges that have asked you to give monetarily, and wanted to give your pocketbooks and pant pockets a breather. I happened upon this idea purely by happens... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:11:30 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832048 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l551032650.jpg"> <BR> And. . . since it’s five o’clock somewhere . . . <BR> It’s time for Friday Happy Hour! I'm so glad you decided to join me! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1952949512.jpg"> <BR> It’s the final boarding call for our flight out of the Ho Hums of the week to a much happier and sunnier place! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1172048429.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:05:37 EST Make This A December to Remember Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831802 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l141095645.jpg"> <BR> Sounds as if you all are having lots of fun giving out the candy canes! That and hot cocoa are two favorite elfin treats! Here are some of your comments from yesterday: <BR> <BR> TREKPURRSON wrote, “Thank you, Sharon, for getting us all in the Christmas Spirit! Gave candy canes out yesterday to my cashier at WalMart, and today at Subway to each sandwich artist! The smiles and thanks I got were amazing! Thanks for the ... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 08:13:27 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831221 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1791050640.jpg"> <BR> Well, we are almost halfway into the December to Remember Challenge. I have been getting lots of feedback from all of you, and it sounds like we are indeed spreading some Holiday Cheer! These last two days have been especially fun handing out the candy canes and giving out compliments yesterday. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1010058164.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Before I begin, thank you for all o... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 07:02:05 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830678 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l990561205.jpg"> <BR> I don’t know about you, but I have noticed that so many people seem to be preoccupied, or hurting these days. Even ourselves, if something is bothering us, we put on our best smiling face, when in reality deep down we are hurting. So, I decided that I would try to be more conscious of this to try to bring a little sunshine into the lives of people I come in contact with by offering compliments and encouragement. It’s ... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 07:06:35 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830249 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1699595156.jpg"> <BR> “You're never too old to do goofy stuff.” ~ From the television show Leave it to Beaver, spoken by the character Ward Cleaver. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1184241452.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, ... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:57:38 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829485 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l888500922.jpg"> <BR> “Sometimes our stop-doing list needs to be bigger than our 'to do' list.” &#8213; Patti Digh <BR> <BR> First of all, I’d like to say “Thank You” to each and every one of you for sticking with this daily challenge for the first week. I haven’t visited your individual pages as I normally do to write a personal thank you, but I hope you know that I appreciate your participation, and support, as I know all those who have ... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 07:04:45 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829020 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l54466401.jpg"> <BR> December to Remember Challenge: Day 7 <BR> <BR> During the holiday rush we all need to remember to take a little breather and just sit, relax, recoup, and chill. Today's challenge is designed to help you do that. Most of us become so busy, and focused on the “Christmas Hustle and Bustle” that we just don't take a break to pick up the phone and call our friends or family to chat. I have some longtime close friends that I... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 09:27:24 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828512 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1376061987.jpg"> <BR> Make This A December to Remember Challenge: Day 6 <BR> <BR> “Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.” ~ Brian Tracy <BR> <BR> Remember, we’re continuing to save our loose change today. <BR> <BR> Yesterday’s challenge was about remembering and honoring our military during the holiday season. SPARKFRAN514 wrote, “I went to the Dollar store, and they are collecting ... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 08:45:50 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828248 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l229644121.jpg"> <BR> Did someone mention Black Friday: The Sequel?! Oh boy! Another chance to rush to the mall, and get in line for Santa! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l499845708.jpg"> <BR> It’s time for Friday Happy Hour! I'm so glad you decided to join me! <BR> <BR> It’s the final boarding call for our flight out of the Valley of Despair to a much happier and sunnier place! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 17:57:59 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827957 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1360664356.jpg"> <BR> December to Remember Challenge: Day 5 <BR> <BR> “Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”~ Steve Maraboli <BR> <BR> Have you ever been away from home and family for an extended period of time? Most of us have not. Do you realize that only 1percent of our entire population serves in the military? That’s it! For the ... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 07:09:28 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827367 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l550868810.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Are you having a difficult time making the transition this year from Thanksgiving to the Christmas/Holiday mindset? Then why not take your focus off the stress in your life, and do something that will make you feel so good for the rest of the day? “Why not join us in this ‘A December to Remember” Challenge’”, writes KATHYJO56? “This will probably be my favorite of all the challenges we do. I love to do special t... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 07:07:06 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826798 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l35690338.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Welcome to Day 3 of the December to Remember Challenge. Here are some of the comments that were posted about buying a Christmas Card, and sending it to someone you’ve lost touch with. <BR> <BR> As for me, I sent a card to one of my cousins I haven’t seen in about 5 years. He lives up north, and we spent a lot of time together when we were kids. He’s kind of an odd duck, but truly has a heart of gold. He wasn’t ... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 07:09:32 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826125 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2096377729.jpg"> <BR> It’s Day Two of the December to Remember Challenge. December is just natural this time of year to want to make a difference, to give, to spread a little joy, and to be happy. With those goals in mind, I have decided that I am going to make December a month to remember. I am going to set a goal to “mindfully” do something different, out of my ordinary routine, every day to take my daily life up a notch, and to pump s... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 00:14:50 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825504 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1881541644.jpg"> <BR> Welcome to December! <BR> It’s that time of year again! Time for giving more than just presents - time to give of ourselves - our hearts. It’s just natural this time of year to want to make a difference, to give, to spread a little joy, make others happy, and to be happy. <BR> With that in mind, it is time for my 2nd Annual "December to Remember Challenge". <BR> <BR> I am going to “mindfully” do something differe... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:40:54 EST Thanksgiving at Our House http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823792 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l549110730.jpg"> <BR> For those of you who are coming to our place for Thanksgiving dinner, Martha Stewart ain't gonna be here! I'm telling you in advance, so don't act surprised. Since Ms. Stewart won't be coming, I've made a few small changes: <BR> <BR> Our sidewalk will not be lined with homemade, paper bag luminaries. After a trial run, it was decided that no matter how cleverly done, rows of flaming lunch sacks do not have the desired w... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:55:45 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820786 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2012681989.jpg"> <BR> Woo Hoo!!! That chair is cold, and I think my backside is frozen to it! <BR> That's okay because It's Friday! Pack up all your cares and and woes, here we go, to someplace warmer, relaxing, fun, and happy. <BR> <BR> And. . . since it’s five o’clock somewhere . . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1555481499.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It’s time for Friday Happy Hour! I'm so glad you decided to join... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:50:02 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816878 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l496901325.jpg"> <BR> YESSS!!! It's Friday again! Time to leave all your worries and cares of the week behind, let bygones be bygones, wipe the slate clean of negative thoughts, and just plain “let it go"! <BR> <BR> And. . . since it’s five o’clock somewhere . . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l603887432.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It’s time for Friday Happy Hour! I'm so glad you decided to join me! <BR> <BR> It’s th... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:25:43 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808243 It's Friday again, and but not any 'ole Friday. It's All Hallows Eve. . . <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1388251683.jpg"> <BR> AND . . . <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1254856489.jpg"> <BR> It's Friday Happy Hour! I'm so glad you decided to join me! <BR> <BR> Time to board our flight out of the humdrum of the week to much happier places. However, due to mechanical difficulties, we will be b... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:08:05 EST An Easy, Friendly, Interactive, Restaurant Meal Planner Tool http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807736 Do you try to plan your meals before you eat out at a restaurant? Are you tired of trying to navigate online menus and nutritional information in tiny type that you can barely see and to read? Do you have medical dietary restrictions that need to be considered? Trying to find the nutritional information for your favorite fast food? You can take a deep breath and heave a sigh of relief. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l406778577.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I came across t... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:00:42 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804087 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1735992594.jpg"> <BR> YES!!! It's Friday again! Time to shed all your worries and cares, let go of those doldrums, negative thoughts, depressing or embarrassing weekly happenings, and just plain let everything "air out"! <BR> <BR> And that means . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1905204362.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's Friday Happy Hour! I'm so glad you decided to join me! <BR> <BR> Time to board our flight out ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:59:04 EST Your Chicken is Hiding A Little Secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802936 <BR> Are you aware that your supermarket chicken is hiding a dirty little secret? It’s not salmonella. It's not as natural as you may think it is. Many of the major chicken suppliers predominately label their chickens and chicken breasts as “100% All Natural." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2014704261.jpg"> <BR> <BR> However, if you get out your magnifying glass, in small type, just below the product name, is the phrase, "Enhanced with up to Fifteen Perce... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:51:01 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799974 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l809824958.jpg"> <BR> Oh Boy! It's Friday!!! Time to get my party face on! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1748136594.jpg"> <BR> And it's time for our Friday Happy Hour Blog! Time to kick back, and get into the proper mindset for the weekend! Care to join me? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1950904968.jpg"> <BR> Welcome to Friday! In preparation for takeoff, please ensure all neg... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:30:11 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791643 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1416119201.jpg"> <BR> It’s Friday! <BR> AND <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l371999699.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Time for our Friday Happy hour Blog! Time to kick back, and get into the proper mindset for the weekend! Care to join me? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l157423453.jpg"> <BR> Welcome to Friday! In preparation for takeoff, please ensure all negative attitudes are properly stowed. On ... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 10:13:35 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787485 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1416119201.jpg"> <BR> Today I'm starting a Friday Happy Hour Blog. Time to kick back, and get into the proper mindset for the weekend! Care to join me? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l157423453.jpg"> <BR> Welcome to Friday! In preparation for takeoff, please ensure all negative attitudes are properly stowed. On behalf of your pilot, Captain Morgan, and myself, Brandy Alexander, welcome aboard. We expect sunshi... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:54:09 EST Are There Any Healthy Packaged Foods at the Supermarket? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781094 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1641454743.jpg"> <BR> Have you noticed that you seem to spend more time shopping for food in the grocery store than you did a year or so ago trying to be healthy? I know that I do. It seems to take me almost double the amount of time to buy my food for the week. I attribute it to having to read and compare labels more than I did in the past. <BR> <BR> It’s amazing how the same foods can differ in their nutritional information! While I... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:51:37 EST Tranquility Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763092 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l935031480.jpg"> <BR> There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story. ~ Linda Hogan <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1623853592.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This blog is a result of my Spark Friend, Barb's (BOOCH6) reply to a post on sitting outside on a beautiful, late summer evening, taking in all of the sounds and sights ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:46:52 EST Sweet Summertime: Team Up With Watermelon For A Healthy Refreshing Treat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737486 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2123998464.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Did you know that July is National Watermelon month? What fruit could be more synonymous with summertime fun than watermelon? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1829800462.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You know summer has officially begun when you spot watermelons in the grocery store, or at your local farmer’s market. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l203164250.jpg">... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 19:12:48 EST You're A Grand Ole Flag: Made In the USA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731414 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1421240737.jpg"> <BR> Everyone loves celebrating the 4th of July! A recent poll found that 94% of Americans view flying the American flag a sign of patriotism and pride in their country. But one thing that you might not be thinking about is whether your flag is Made In the USA. If you are shopping for a flag - be it one to fly on a large 20 foot flagpole or a small flag to adorn your flowerpots on your porch - take the time to buy a flag ... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 16:00:58 EST The Great Swimsuit Dilemma: Squeezing the Right Stuff Into the "Right Suit" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717974 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l364284499.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, it’s official. I have procrastinated long enough, it’s almost the 4th of July, and I can no longer ignore the fact that it’s time to go shopping for a bathing suit. <BR> <BR> According to a recent poll, a sizable proportion of women, almost half or 41% of them, would prefer sitting in the dentist’s chair for a root canal over going through the emotional hell of shopping for a bathing suit. I can believe th... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 17:18:52 EST Testing One, Two, Three: Test Your Nutrition IQ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716695 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l687850436.jpg"> <BR> Which food gives you the most potassium? Which food would you choose to get the most Vitamin C? We all do lots of reading here on Spark People, and we are constantly trying to make healthy choices in our daily nutrition as we plan our meals. Think you’re knowledgeable about nutritional values in your food? Have some fun and take this quiz to find out: <BR> <BR> Nutrition Quiz: <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/diet/rm-quiz-nu... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:46:09 EST Remembering Memorial Day: Some Interesting Facts You May Not Know http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703180 Memorial Day is much more than just a three-day weekend and a chance to get the year's first sunburn. Here's a handy 10-pack of facts to give the holiday some perspective. <BR> <BR> 1. IT STARTED WITH THE CIVIL WAR <BR> <BR> Memorial Day was a response to the unprecedented carnage of the Civil War, in which some 620,000 soldiers on both sides died. The loss of life and its effect on communities throughout the country led to spontaneous commemorations of the dead: <BR> <BR> • Waterloo, N.Y.... Mon, 26 May 2014 00:18:13 EST Burn Baby Burn! Are You Eating the Right Foods to Lose Weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696580 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1735005970.jpg"> <BR> Did you know that there are three different types of metabolism? Do you know which one you are? <BR> <BR> I always heard the terms fast or slow metabolism, and I figured it meant either you were skinny or you were plump. It turns out there are three different types. There's the Fast Oxidizer or "protein type" who burns up the food they eat very quickly. Next comes the Slow Oxidizer or "carb type" whose body burns ... Fri, 16 May 2014 18:14:45 EST Have A Crabby Mother's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691849 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1228171434.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1459090079.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1541927579.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1401418402.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2122557440.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l126789726.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Sat, 10 May 2014 10:35:57 EST Let Your Voice Be Heard! Together We Can Make A Difference! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684476 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l843950140.jpg"> <BR> I don't know about you, but I am not happy with the new look of Spark People. When I joined four years ago, this was a very user friendly site, and since then I have spent thousands of hours with all of you. <BR> <BR> In my opinion, this site is no longer user friendly. It is congested with ads, and whether or not you are aware, tracks your every move and desire. <BR> <BR> Gone are the team huddles, and it is replace... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 23:55:41 EST Wishing You All a Happy Easter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675803 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l880110011.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2057643267.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l464004430.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1505225117.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1679985173.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l914885177.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1733... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:39:40 EST Let Spring Cleaning Help You to Put A Little Spring In Your Step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668416 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l371434835.jpg"> <BR> Are you ready to shed the heavy, protective feeling of dampness and the darkness of winter?! Yes, it’s been a cold, dark, and long winter for most of us. Spring is here, and many of us are seeing the first small signs of spring. Have you done your spring cleaning of your house? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1556260123.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If you spring clean your house why not do the sa... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 17:03:27 EST