USMAWIFE's SparkPeople Blog USMAWIFE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community How to deal with a crazymaker Crazymakers are people who thwart the creativity of those they purportedly love. Crazymakers can turn up anywhere—they could be your spouse, your child, your neighbor, your boss. If you are involved with a crazymaker, you probably know it. All crazymakers share certain qualities: <BR> <BR> Crazymakers break deals and ignore schedules. <BR> <BR> Crazymakers expect the world to cater to their whims. <BR> <BR> Crazymakers discount your perceptions. <BR> <BR> Crazymakers spend your time a... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:49:53 EST Tuesday same as monday had to ban 2 people from knitting groups on facebook for talking politcs and causing a fight Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:50:05 EST monday wondering why everyone just was really nasty today on facebook and ravelry. hope tomorrow is better or I am removing a lot of people from my friend list Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:56:56 EST 6 Differences Between A Man Who Loves You And A Man Who Is Poisoning Your Life This does not only pertain to the man in your life but all the friends and family who are making your life hard <BR> <BR> It is not easy to find the real love. It is even harder to know whether or not it is real when you deal with mixed feelings. But, deep down we all have that voice in the back of our head that will not shut up. Have you ever asked yourself whether or not the man you are with is there for the right reasons? In this article, we will give you the six differences between a man... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 19:14:24 EST another friend lost this morning I logged into facebook and noticed it was my friend Jeff's birthday. we have known him since 1981 when we met while in the army. we were stationed together twice during our time in the military. when my husband was in panama for a year, he would drive up from the other military base in the next town and take the kids and me out for dinner or something that was going on. <BR> <BR> when he got out of the military he had health issues, mostly his knees. they were replaced seve... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 20:38:58 EST It's the weekend here the temps are going to be more seasonal. hope to get outside and get some leaves cleaned up Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:40:18 EST What's the Hurry? <BR> <BR> One of my favorite sayings by Ben Franklin is, 'Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste.' Life in the 18th century was certainly different from our current lives, but some facts about living are the same in any century. Benjamin Franklin was aware that when we are in a rush to complete a project, then we are more likely to make mistakes. These slip-ups cause more delay than we are already trying to avoid. <BR> <BR> When I was growing up, we had a neighbor family t... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:08:19 EST The suitcase - truly inspirational The Suitcase - Truly Inspirational <BR> <BR> A man died, when he realized it, he saw God coming closer with a suitcase in his hand. <BR> - God said: Alright son its time to go. <BR> - surprised the man responded: Now? So soon? I had a lot of plans... <BR> - I'm sorry but its time to go. <BR> <BR> - What do you have in that suitcase? the man asked. <BR> - God answered: Your belongings. <BR> - My belongings? you mean my things, my clothes, my money? <BR> -God answered: Those things were not y... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:37:59 EST 10 Myths About Introverts That Just Aren’t True! <BR> Introverts constitute a great percentage of the world’s best thinkers, philosophers, scientists, and artists. Yet they find themselves bullied, belittled, and misdiagnosed as being socially inept and threatening.Here are 10 of the most popular myths about introverts. <BR> <BR> MYTH #1 : INTROVERTS DON’T LIKE TO TALK. <BR> <BR> This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interest... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:10:09 EST baking soda shampoo <BR> Baking Soda Shampoo: It Will Make Your Hair Grow Like It Is Magic <BR> <BR> We’ve all heard about the versatility if baking soda and we know that we can use it for cooking and cleaning, as well as in the treatment of a number of medical conditions, thanks to its healing properties. However, every day we find out something new about this amazing ingredient, making us love it even more. <BR> <BR> Baking soda can be used to improve your hair quality and clean it thoroughly from any condi... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:28:43 EST Do you have a need to read Do You Have a Need to Read? <BR> <BR> <BR> I enjoy reading and, in fact, belong to two monthly book clubs. One of the clubs is a Ladies Book Chat called 'Need to Read.' There are 10 of us. The other is a Mother/Daughter chat (which I attend with my 12-year-old daughter) and there are 7 pairs of moms and daughters. In a nutshell, we choose a book, have one month to read it, and then we discuss it at each other's homes on a rotating basis, while enjoying delicious refreshments and fun social... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 18:54:08 EST is it good to have lots of to do's/ Is it Good to Have Lots of TO DOs? <BR> <BR> <BR> I was hosting a group organizing activity yesterday. Each of the attendees had to come up with a list of work and home TO DOs that they had to complete by the end of the day. They had 3 minutes to complete it...and even though the time was short, most folks in the room had at least 15 or more listed. <BR> <BR> One of the women...who had the most TO DOs...said, 'I guess those who have the most items listed are the most organized.' <BR> <B... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 18:40:45 EST It's the weekend Enjoy Fri, 14 Oct 2016 20:15:13 EST Nails in the fence Nails In The Fence Story - A lesson about anger <BR> <BR> an oldie but a goodie <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There once was a young boy with a very bad temper. <BR> <BR> The boy's father wanted to teach him a lesson, so he gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper he must hammer a nail into their wooden fence. <BR> <BR> On the first day of this lesson, the little boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. He was really mad! <BR> <BR> Over the course of the next few w... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 20:18:17 EST are you prepared or not this is something to be used year round.. <BR> <BR> <BR> I always write my newsletter issues a few days ahead of time, and as I'm writing this issue, Hurricane Matthew is bearing down heavily on the coast of Florida. Extremely scary...evacuations, power outages, flooding, property damage, and many lives at stake. <BR> <BR> Our lives can be greatly affected, even turned upside down, by severe weather and other emergencies and disasters. I thought this would be prime opportunity to remind e... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 20:31:38 EST These 9 signs mean you're over-stressed and you don't know it. <BR> <BR> Stress can be a killer and even if it isn’t its one of the most miserable lifestyle conditions to suffer from. The problem with stress isn’t due to our physiology although there are some diseases that can cause stress. But more often than not it is external factors wearing out your emotions at work or even at home. <BR> <BR> According to the WebMD, stress is defined as a bodily response to environment change. Well perhaps but that should be more specific to read lifestyle change ... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:11:48 EST Chinese Face Map Reveals What Part Of Your Body Is Sick And How To Fight It. I love alternate medicine and going to try some of these with my pcp's permission <BR> <BR> For thousands of years, Chinese healers have been reading faces to detect and diagnose all kinds of diseases. Facial skin is sensitive and can reflect internal changes faster than other parts of the body. <BR> <BR> According to traditional Chinese medicine, every area of our face is associated with certain organs of the organism. When we experience some problems in these organs that we are not aware... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:51:11 EST a new week this just has been one of those weeks with hubby home on vacation and going back to work tomorrow . I can finally get things done around the house Sun, 9 Oct 2016 20:22:28 EST 15 Important Etiquette Rules That Everyone Should Know By Now. <BR> T <BR> Etiquette is all about how to conduct yourself beautifully in every situation. The basic rules of etiquette are simple. It’s a combination of proper speech, common courtesy, neat appearance, and controlling your emotions. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> #1. When you say, ’I invite you,’ that means you pay. If you say, ’Let’s go to a restaurant,’ then in that case, everyone pays for themselves. If a man offers to pay for a woman, she must agree. <BR> <BR> #2. You should never ... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 19:27:03 EST couples humor <BR> Couple's Humor - Hilarious <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Phone rings... <BR> <BR> GIRL:"Hello.. <BR> <BR> Boy:"My luv how are you doing..?? <BR> <BR> GIRL:"Am fine.. <BR> <BR> Boy:"Will you be free during the weekend, and can you come to my house.. ?? <BR> <BR> GIRL:"Am sorry I can't make it because I will be attending my aunty's wedding and the next day <BR> I will be busy, am so occupied.. <BR> <BR> Boy:"Ooh ok,was just planning to take you out for shopping, surprise you with an iPho... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 15:36:45 EST a cute story <BR> Last week, my girlfriend and I were getting into bed. As our passion began to heat up she said, “I don’t feel like it. I just want you to hold me.” <BR> <BR> I said, “WHAT?! What was that?!” <BR> <BR> She said, “You’re just not in touch with my emotional needs as a woman enough for me to satisfy your physical needs as a man.” <BR> <BR> She responded to my puzzled look by saying, “Can’t you just love me for who I am and not what I do for you in the bedroom?” Realizing that nothing was... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 20:43:30 EST Having a best friend Having a Best Friend - Motivational <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. <BR> <BR> The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand “Today my best friend slapped me in the face”. <BR> <BR> They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stu... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 18:21:17 EST 10 Organizing rhymes 10 Organizing Rhymes <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's have a little fun getting organized. I've found that when you approach making changes with a grin, they tend to be easier and stick better, versus approaching them with a groan and a frown. <BR> <BR> There's a lesson to be found in simple rhymes. After all, if we clear up the clutter, we won't need to close the shutter. If we pick up our mess, we'll suffer less. <BR> <BR> You get my along. Put your hands on your hips and try these ti... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 14:42:54 EST five more minutes please Daughter Asked To Play For ‘5 More Minutes,’ Woman Was Shocked To Hear His Response. <BR> <BR> While at the park one day, a woman sat down next to a man on a bench near a playground. “That’s my son over there,” she said, pointing to a little boy in a red sweater who was gliding down the slide. “He’s a fine looking boy” the man said. “That’s my daughter on the bike in the white dress.” <BR> <BR> Then, looking at his watch, he called to his daughter. “What do you say we go, Melissa?” Melissa ... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 19:29:15 EST My silence means? <BR> My Silence Means ? <BR> <BR> Sharing <BR> <BR> My silence means I am tired of fighting and now there is nothing left to fight for. My silence means I am tired of explaining my feelings to you but now I don’t have the energy to explain them anymore. My silence means I have adapted to the changes in my life and I don’t want to complain. My silence means I am on a self healing process and I am trying to forget everything I ever wanted from you. My silence means I am just trying to move ... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 14:00:46 EST Go Backward to Go Forward <BR> <BR> <BR> Have you heard of Destin Sandlin? He is a super-smart, Rocket Engineer. While working at his job, a welder decided to play a joke on him...and built a backwards bike. Essentially, when you turn the handle bars to the right, the wheel goes left...and vice versa. Well, being the smart guy that Destin is, instead of dismissing this as a silly prank and moving on with his life, he decided to take on the challenge of learning how to ride the backwards bike. <BR> <BR> On the surf... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 17:17:45 EST clutter drains the brain Clutter Drains the Brain <BR> <BR> <BR> My friends and I went out to lunch last week at our favorite restaurant. We quickly noticed new menus. Unfortunately, it took us a while to find our favorite choices. The selections appeared haphazardly on the menu with lots of information and pictures. I found myself a little frustrated at the difficulty in figuring out my decision. In my opinion, there was too much clutter on the menu to make choosing easy. <BR> <BR> I believe it is the same in ou... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:32:29 EST Place Ice on This Point 2 Times a Day and See What Happens to Your Body Going to try this ! <BR> <BR> Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the concept that energy (chi or qi) flows through and around the body along pathways called meridians. Stimulating the various pressure points along these meridians can help to restore proper circulation of life-energy, known in China as “qi” or in the English-speaking world as “chi”, returning the body to a state of balance and well-being. This release allows energy to flow more freely through the meridians, promoting r... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:34:37 EST Is it possible for a lazy person to get organized? sharing not mine <BR> <BR> Ask Maria: <BR> Is it possible for a lazy person to get organized? <BR> <BR> A GON READER ASKS <BR> <BR> Dear Maria, <BR> <BR> Some of my friends LOVE to clean and organize. I am definitely not one of them. That being said, I do like clean, organized spaces. Is it possible for someone like me, a lazy person, to get my house clean? <BR> <BR> My husband is very tired of our house looking like a wreck...but he works two jobs, and I work zero jobs, so it's up to... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:15:35 EST I Am Nothing Special, Just a Common Person Sharing these words <BR> <BR> <BR> I am nothing special; just a common person with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough. <BR> <BR> I don't see myself being special; I just see myself having more responsibilities than the next man. People look to ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:22:21 EST the white elephant - Moral story he White Elephant - Moral Story <BR> <BR> <BR> Once upon a time, there lived a herd of eighty thousand elephants at the bottom of the majestic Himalayas. Their leader was a magnificent and rare white elephant who was an extremely kind-hearten soul. He greatly loved his mother who had grown blind and feeble and could not look out for herself. <BR> <BR> Each day this white elephant would go deep into the forest in search of food. He would look for the best of wild fruit to send to his mother... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:49:11 EST A Clear Mind Begins the Night Before <BR> Some folks fall asleep easily...happily snoring before their head hits the pillow. Others are in bed on time, but may be awake for hours, thinking about tomorrow and never catching their much-needed forty winks. <BR> <BR> Then morning comes. Do you rise out of bed, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, at the moment the alarm sounds...or do you hit the snooze button a dozen times before you even think about rising...never mind shining? <BR> <BR> The amount and quality of sleep time...that vit... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:16:38 EST Never Ask The Man Who Loves You These 10 Things <BR> In every relationship, there are questions asked simply to fill the silence, in the heat of the moment, there are questions that are used to wound and there are always questions asked to eased one person’s anxiety about the relationship. However, psychologically speaking, there are some questions which can be harmful to your guy and harmful to your relationship. Here are ten questions you should never ask the man who loves you: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Do you really love me? You may sa... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:01:17 EST a cute love story A CUTE Love Story….!!! <BR> . <BR> There was a husband who daily sent his wife A Rose, <BR> when he was out of town. <BR> . <BR> One day he died. <BR> . <BR> Still his wife received a rose every day…. <BR> She was shocked <BR> . <BR> She asked the Florist… <BR> He told her <BR> . <BR> That her husband had paid advance for her <BR> whole life <BR> . <BR> LOVE SOMEONE IN SUCH A WAY THAT IT REMAINS FOREVER Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:18:24 EST Burned biscuits an inspiring story Burned Biscuits - Inspiring Story <BR> <BR> When I was a little child, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. <BR> <BR> On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my day w... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:44:47 EST Man Tries To Impress Blonde Woman By Insulting A Waitress. Her Response? EPIC. <BR> (So picture this i’m a male customer standing in line behind a stuck up man and a beautiful blonde woman that he’s desperately trying to chat up, but he’s failing miserably. The server is a young girl who appears to be new at a her job). <BR> <BR> Obnoxious Man: “Excuse me! I ordered skinny, non-sugar orange mocha chip Frappuccino! This isn’t skinny, AND there’s no whipped cream on it!” <BR> <BR> Barista: “My apologies sir, let me get that sorted for you.” <BR> <BR> Obnoxious Man to ... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:56:49 EST 12 Psychological Hacks that Will Help You Gain the Advantage in Social Situations. <BR> These are some cool psychological hacks that will help you to improve the outcome of any social situation. <BR> <BR> #1. If you want to know about something from someone , ask them a question and when they are done answering , keep silent and maintain an eye contact. They will tell you some more stuff, almost everything. <BR> <BR> #2. When you try to convince someone over something, make sure they are sitting and you are standing. This makes them believe you sooner. <BR> <BR> #3. The... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:14:14 EST Do These 5 Things Before Bed To Burn Fat While You Sleep! <BR> Putting on weight can happen in a matter of a day, however, losing the same amount of weight can take months together. What you do before bed has a huge impact on whether your sleep results in weight loss or weight gain. Here are a few effective weight loss tips to follow every night, which can help you lose weight while your sleep. <BR> <BR> 1. HAVE PROTEIN-RICH DINNER <BR> <BR> Choose protein over sweets to curb late-night hunger. Eating protein before bed not only boosts your body’... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:11:33 EST a new week, a new season I am so looking forward to fall starting this week. Just wish it was without the temps still being in the 90's until next week Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:54:11 EST Your brain on cinnamon Lots of endros recommend cinnamon for helping to keep glucose numbers in check but it is now being shown to help your brain. i take it in capsule form before each meal and it helps to cut down on carb craving big time <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rish/16/cinnamon-brain-benefits.html?c<BR>ampaignURL=WBLTR&cmp=EMC-DSO-NLC-WBLTR<BR>-SSS--NMCTRL-091616-TS1-1460173&ET_CID<BR>=1460173&ET_RID=4604437&encparam=GQw2I<BR>cg7KJLmKu3auyPzqgR%20bqiKVyoATZnTlR%2FlhfQ%3D </lin... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 10:05:35 EST This Divorced Man Wrote Some Beautiful Marriage Advice Every Man Should Read . <BR> <BR> A newly-divorced man revealed on Facebook the advice he wished he’d known before tying the knot. Gerald Rogers, who works as a motivational speaker in Utah, wrote down 20 tips for men on how to save a marriage. Here’s the text in full. <BR> <BR> “Obviously, I’m not a relationship expert. But there’s something about my divorce being finalized this week that gives me perspective of things I wish I would have done different… After losing a woman that I loved, and a marriage of almo... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:14:01 EST Long Thursday This morning sleep was really bad. Could not get comfortable for anything. Think it was partially due to the idea we have a water leak from the irrigation system and need to get it fixed. <BR> <BR> When the clock went off at 325am I was just feeling like I could be ready for sleep but now i was up. Made coffee for my husband and fixed his lunch, came back to bed and played on the computer for a while <BR> <BR> Got a quick nap in which I think made things worse. Had to call the irri... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:08:55 EST How long is it going to take you ? <BR> How long does it take you to empty the dishwasher, to shower, to get dressed after your shower, to mow the lawn, or to grocery shop? Knowing the answer to these questions, on average, can help you better manage your time. <BR> <BR> Most people grossly underestimate the time it's going to take them to accomplish something. What results from this underestimation is often 1) the feeling that you didn't get as much done as you had hoped, 2) you end up getting somewhere later than you wante... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 16:38:25 EST How One CEO Taught His Employees A Lesson In Integrity <BR> <BR> A successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business. <BR> <BR> Instead of choosing one of his Directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together. <BR> <BR> He said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you..” <BR> <BR> The young executives were Shocked, but the boss continued. “I am going to give ... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:27:53 EST Cut A Lemon In 4 Parts, Add Salt and Put It In The Middle Of The Kitchen. This Will Save You A Fortu <BR> Lemon has countless health benefits and numerous household uses. There is nothing better than the smell of fresh lemons, it can make a place feel clean and refreshing. The citrus smell will naturally replace the bad trash can smell. That’s why so many cleaning products use citrus to scent their products. This effective trick will help you eliminate the bad smells in your kitchen, and also fight bacteria and germs. <BR> <BR> INSTRUCTIONS: <BR> <BR> <BR> Cut the lemon in 4 parts but no... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 19:35:32 EST Fifteen years ago.. the world stopped but this town helped out so many stranded travelers <BR> <BR> <link><BR>1-a-tiny-canadian-town-opened-its-runw<BR>ays-and-heart-to-7000-stranded-travele<BR>rs/ar-AAiK3KI </link> Sun, 11 Sep 2016 08:53:57 EST 10 Things You Can Learn Right Now In 1 Minute That Will Be Useful For Your Life. There is so much we can learn that would make our lives easier. Listed below are 10 things that can be learned and performed in a minute or less and can make the load that little bit lighter. <BR> <BR> 1. ULTIMATE ELEVATOR HACK <BR> <BR> To go directly to your floor, press and hold the CLOSE button before the doors close. Press and hold the button for your floor while still pressing the CLOSE button. When the elevator starts to move, release the buttons. You will pass all other floors. <B... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 15:14:01 EST Friday yesterday and today I finally got to see a good friend of mine. <BR> <BR> first words out of their mouth was " you truly are beautiful and you look amazing' <BR> <BR> that truly makes a person feel special Fri, 9 Sep 2016 22:44:33 EST I have container clutter sharing I am a container addict LOL You should see my yarn stash containers <BR> <BR> I Have Container Clutter! <BR> <BR> A READER ASKS... <BR> <BR> I am a brand new reader...and I am loving your information! I have every organizing tool in the world...baskets, bins, hooks, containers, all in different shapes, sizes, colors, and styles...and I don't know what to do with all of it. In fact, the organizing tools are causing clutter. Lots of empty containers and nothing in them! Any th... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 10:39:42 EST 7 Simple Ways To Get Rid of Belly Fat While Sitting On Chair At Office or Home. Working 9 to 5 doesn’t have to mean sacrificing fitness. Here are some power-packed chair exercises for full body workouts that can help you control your weight without even going to gym. <BR> 1. CHAIR CRUNCHES <BR> <BR> <BR> Sit toward the edge of your chair. Your fingers should face the ground. <BR> Lean backward until you feel your core engaged (even if you don’t, just lean back a few inches). <BR> Extend both legs out slowly. Bend the knees, bringing them toward your chest. <BR> Repeat ... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 17:36:53 EST