SHARON10002's SparkPeople Blog SHARON10002's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Thoughtful Thursday: Hugs From One Heart to Another 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=""> <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 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=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:50:06 EST Thoughtful Thursday: Hugs From One Heart to Another 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 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=""> <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! 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=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 6 Oct 2017 18:24:48 EST Thoughtful Thursday: Hugs From One Heart to Another 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=""> <BR> ... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 18:18:28 EST Tuesday's Tip: A Clingy Situation 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=""> <BR> <BR> Its biggest problem ... Tue, 3 Oct 2017 17:56:20 EST Friday Happy Hour: Thanks A Latte 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=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 29 Sep 2017 17:32:43 EST Thoughtful Thursday: Hugs From One Heart to Another 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 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! 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=""> <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 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=""> <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 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=""> <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 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=""> <BR> <BR> So sit yourself do... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:14:04 EST Tuesday's Tip: Cleaning Hairbrushes and Combs 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=""> <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 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=""> <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 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=""> <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 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 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=""> <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 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=" Tue, 29 Aug 2017 16:36:08 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Vintage Humor 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=""> <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 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 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=""> <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! 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 Today’s thought is to remember to love yourself for who you are. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <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 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=""> <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 Friday Happy hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life: Hopelessly Lost In the Loop Happy Friday! Glad you could join me for Friday Happy Hour! Boy do I need it today!!! Have you ever had a totally frustrating experience with a customer service department? I’m sure, I’m not alone, and today was another wonderful day in the endless quicksand of telephone customer service. . . <BR> <BR> I’m finding it a little difficult to get to my “Happy Place” after a three hour go-round with my phone provider. So, here is a look at the humorous side of our sometimes frustrating custo... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 19:19:15 EST Thoughtful Thursday: Hugs From One Heart to Another A group of 50 people were attending a seminar. Suddenly the speaker stopped, and called everyone to the middle of the room for a group activity. He went into the storage closet, and pulled out a group of balloons, and began handing them out - one to each person. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When all of them had a balloon he gave out markers and asked everyone to write their name on their balloon. He then... Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:46:55 EST Tuesday's Tip: The Many Health Benefits of Lemons The sunny lemon. Who doesn't love it's bright, vibrant color? It aids and adds so much to our bodies. When buying lemons look at the stem of the lemon. There should be about four or five lines radiating out of the stem. The greater the numbers of these lines the more the mineral content of the lemon. It is a rich source of nutrients like calcium, potassium, vitamin C and pectin fiber. It also has numerous medicinal values and antibacterial properties., and contains traces of iron and vi... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 23:36:15 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life Hello all you wonderful Sparkies! It's finally Friday - that day of the week so many of us wait for so (im)patiently to arrive! It's time to get our happy face on, and get ready to let loose of all those little cares and worries, and whatever else has been constantly tugging at your last nerve all week! <BR> <BR> Here are some funnies that I hope will help get those chuckles, and belly laughs goin' and those wonderful "feelin' good endorphins" a-flowin' to get you in the right frame of mind... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 18:26:41 EST Thoughtful Thursday: Hugs From One Heart to Another How have you been doing at being kind, compassionate, and gentle with yourself? Continuing on our journey to our goal involves loving ourselves, which is such an important part of this process for us. We need to give ourselves permission to be kind, gentle, and patient with the process, and more importantly - ourselves. <BR> <BR> We have to stop looking for instant fixes, instant solutions, instant highs, and realize that this process is perpetual. You can’t read this blog today, and “lo... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 10:38:26 EST Tuesday's Tip: Controlling Ants in Your Kitchen Summertime brings a lot of wonderful things. Longer days, warmer temperatures, fun at the pool, etc. But it also brings scorching heat waves, storms, power outages, and worst of all - ants! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ants seem to find their way into every kitchen about this time of year as they are busy gathering food for the winter, and they are a source of aggravation and frustration for most of us. Ants... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 17:02:09 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - That's So Corny Woo Hoo - It's Friday! It sure feels so good to be back here with all of you once again! Time to get poppin’ with some corny humor to get yourself in the right frame of mind to get this weekend off to a great start. It’s time to take a big bite out of what’s been eating at you all week from all the drama, and the hustle and bustle, and let the sweet goodness of your Friday "Atta-tude" start flowin’ into your mindset, and all over your body. I'm so happy that you decided to join me for some... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 18:11:27 EST Thoughtful Thursday: Hugs From One Heart to Another <img src=""> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:29:39 EST Tuesday's Tip: The Best Way to Hang Posters and Art Without Damaging Your Wall Here is a great tip for all you parents and grandparents who have children or grandchildren that are "budding artists". This is also a great tip for those who are sending kids off to college, a new apartment, moving into a new home, or maybe even those moving into a new retirement home. <BR> <BR> We do not want to mar up or damage those newly painted, or wallpapered walls so we can keep them looking their best, or sometimes to get our security deposit back when we decide to move out. Here ... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:16:03 EST Thoughtful Thursday: Hugs From One Heart to Another Confucius said “Wherever you go - go with your heart.” Imagine the impact in our daily lives that our commitment to “adding more heart” would have on others. Tensions are running higher than usual for a lot of people. Our usual emotional poise and patience is becoming stretched and more challenged - even for those of us who normally can remain cool, calm, and collected. It has reached the point that some are not even able to listen to or tolerate an opinion or viewpoint that is different ... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:34:05 EST Tuesday's Tip: A- Maize-ing and Easy Ways to Cook and Enjoy Corn on the Cob Nothing says summer more than enjoying the abundance of fresh, ripe produce. Certainly fresh tomatoes, and fresh corn on the cob are at the top of the popularity list . In the past, our mothers brought the big pot of water to a boil, and as they did, the younger set was usually tasked with shucking the corn out on the porch before it went into the pot of boiling water. Cooking corn on the cob can be a tedious job for just one or two people. <BR> <BR> With most households having a microwave... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:08:55 EST Thoughtful Thursday: Hugs From One Heart to Another The circle symbolizes the completion of something, the cycle of our existence, the progression through time as seem in a round clock face, and many other things within the universe for that matter. <BR> <BR> The power of the circle starts from the very moment that life is created. You are the result of that very center of that nucleus of the circle that created you. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “You have n... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 16:45:14 EST Tuesday's Tip: A Faster Way to Fill Your Salt and Pepper Mill Do you hate refilling the pepper mill or the salt mill? Filling a pepper mill can be a frustrating and messy job as those little buggers roll and hide everywhere. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last weekend I decided that I had spilled and retrieved enough stray peppercorns off my countertop and kitchen floor over the years to fill my pepper mill several times over. It was going to be my last time! <BR> <BR... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 17:32:17 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - How About Some Chocolate? Wine Not! Happy Friday! So very glad you could join me on this very special day - World Chocolate Day. Why not arouse your senses, along with your mood in preparation, for the weekend, and dabble in a little chocolate humor - maybe along with a little wine and chocolate? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So come on over to the dark side, and let's raise those endorphins to a whole new level with a little chocolate humor... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 18:10:04 EST Thoughtful Thursday: Hugs From One Heart to Another Never Trust A Mirror <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Never trust a mirror <BR> For a mirror always lies, <BR> It makes you think that all you’re worth, <BR> Can be seen from the outside. <BR> Never trust a mirror, <BR> It only shows what’s skin deep. <BR> You can’t see how your eyelids flutter, <BR> When you’re drifting off to sleep. <BR> It doesn’t show you what the world sees, <BR> When you’re only being you. ... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 19:00:17 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Oh My! Here Comes the Fourth of July! Happy Fourth of July Weekend! It's hard to believe we arrived here, but I am ready for a little holiday celebration, and relaxing! Time to let loose and let go of the things that have preoccupied our thoughts and our time this past week, and get into the spirit and let our freedom ring! Time to get into the groove for some family, fun, and fireworks! So grab your favorite beverage of choice, have a seat, and join me for a little weekend <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 30 Jun 2017 17:47:32 EST Thoughtful Thursday: Hugs From One Heart to Another We all have them, scars - physical and emotional - and do our best to hide them. We have scars from broken promises, broken bones, bruised egos, hurtful words, physical injury, and medical necessity, along with many others. So often, we hide behind the false façade of ourselves, or our lives, while deep down inside we are literally hanging by a very fragile thread. <BR> <BR> I have a friend who was on dialysis and needed a kidney transplant. She had to have a vein surgically grafted to an... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:16:27 EST Tuesday's Tip: Healthy Tips for a Red, White, and Blue Celebration With the 4th of July weekend fast approaching, I thought it would be appropriate, and you might be interested in a few tips that would help shorten your holiday “To Do List” and “lighten” your load in planning your 4th of July get-together. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love this time of year, and especially the 4th of July with all of its sparkle, pizazz, and patriotic charm. I think it calls for a little ... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:29:11 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - School's Out For Summer! Woo Hoo - It's Friday, and it feels so good to be back here with all of you once again! Time to get yourself in the right frame of mind from the hustle and bustle of the week, and get your Friday "Atta-tude" goin' on. I'm so happy that you decided to join me for some fun, laughter, and hilarity! <BR> <BR> It's official - Summer officially arrived a couple of days ago, and today was the last day of school around these parts. So let's take a look at the "reality side" of summer vacation. <BR... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:21:15 EST Thoughtful Thursday: Hugs From One Heart to Another With all things in life, especially those that bombard us in stressful times, it is very important to maintain that delicate balance that our bodies and spirits require. Balance is also important as an integral part of giving meaning to our daily life, and helping us in living life to its fullest. <BR> <BR> As part of our daily journey here on Spark, we search for tips, inspiration, and tools, that will help us in our transformation as we chisel, sculpt, and hone ourselves into who we wis... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:27:04 EST Tuesday's Tip: Ripe After the Picking - Strawberry Tips Welcome back to this week's Tuesday Tip. I have become quite focused on improving the way I do things. The old adage, "Work Smarter, Not Harder" has become my new mantra. <BR> <BR> I bought strawberries last weekend for a dessert recipe, and they weren't as ripe as I hoped they would be, and I needed them the next day for a recipe. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I decided to put the whole container in a bag ... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:20:58 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Can You Dig It? 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> <BR> I have been knee deep in the garden this week - knee deep in weeds, knee deep in mud, and on my knees, digging, weeding, planting. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:52:05 EST Thoughtful Thursday: Hugs From One Heart to Another Facing ourselves, our personal truths, our food addiction, and changing them is without a doubt life’s difficult, if not THE most difficult, things we must do as human beings. Yet if there is only one constant in this universe, it is CHANGE. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The universe is in constant flux, and is never stagnant. It is through this process of change that the universe offers us a multitude of opp... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:20:05 EST Tuesday's Tip: Easiest Way to Clean Your Ceiling Fan Summer's on it's way, and is letting us know it with the heat and humidity already. I thought it was a good idea to get my ceiling fans cleaned and ready to go. I hate to admit that I procrastinate on this every time because it is so tedious, and I usually end up making more of a mess - which then involves even more cleaning. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was absolutely thrilled when I came upon this littl... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 18:34:45 EST