Sunday, November 30, 2008

YOU HAVE GOT TO SEE THIS!

YOU HAVE GOT TO SEE THIS

So, for those of you familar with "Chili Cookoff"....this is chili cookoff funny!

Visit: TheBeautyBrains.com

It is a blog post about UV polish drying on the nail and safety. The post isn't what's funny, but the thread made me laugh so hard I think I peed a little. It was that freakin funny! And just like "Chili Cookoff" the more I read, the harder I laughed! I couldn't get air in, tears were running down my face.....I was laughing so hard!
I originally found this site while browsing photo images on Google for UV nail lamps to attach to a Christmas List for my husband when I ran across this pic and HAD to see where it came from. I'm so glad I did. That was just soooo much fun. Everyone needs to check it out....seriously!

New Shoes

So I saw something on MySpace yesterday that cracked me up and also made me think.

"Don't criticize someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes. That way, you will be a mile away AND will have their shoes."

So ok! That is HILARIOUS! But more importantly, what a great attitude to have. I mean, we ALL pre-judge others before first getting to know them or their situation. It's the ones of us who allow that initial "first impression" about another person, their decisions or behavior to keep us from "connecting" who really buy in to the negativity of the first impression. That is really all criticism does. It hurts you MORE than it hurts the other person. At it's very essence, the definition of criticism is: to find fault. How do we get to a place where we can take it one step further? In a world where we are judging this or judging that, and usually in a negative light (as the very definition is "to find negative"), to judge a person or their behavior AFTER we've attempted to connect with them? What makes them tick? What was behind their behavior? All people really want is to be loved and accepted.....what strings are you attaching by judging them before walking a mile in their shoes? What relationships have you deprived yourself of because you couldn't go beyond the judgement? A lesson that is not lost on anyone who volunteered their time this holiday season (i.e. homeless shelter, etc.).
I've been hearing Paolo Nutini's New Shoes A LOT lately (dang it!), but if I were looking for a song to fit this theme....you know, changing your mind....I would definitely say it's worth hearing. And I say..."walk that mile in another's shoes". If you don't think that a pair of shoes can change your life, go have a talk with Cinderella! HA!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Serious Protection

Living in Arizona for the past 14 years has taught me a few things. One of those is that sunscreen is a MUST, but I have also discovered that sunscreens you buy on the market contain many chemicals that can be harmful to your health. So you get protection from the sun, so that you don't develop cancer, only to get cancer from the stuff in the protection.... doesn't make sense! What alternative do you have other than to not leave your home (which doesn't help you either because the sun provides vitamin D and boosts your immune system)?

Well, I've got the answer! Try an all-natural, organic sunscreen that will give you protection from more than just the sun. Using it will also keep you from poisoning yourself. Hahahahaha! That's what I call serious protection.

Got Support?

This is the blog post as seen on Danielle's MySpace Blog

Got Support?

For those of us on the journey of health and building our bodies, I have found an invaluable resource. PeerTrainer.com is a FREE site with incredible information and support. I hope you all get a chance to check it out.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Yummy, Yummy, Warm and Fuzzy!

A cold winter's night. You want something warm and yummy. Warm creamy soup? The weight gain the next morning will not be worth the indulgence. What if I told you that there WAS a warm yummy soup that will hit the spot without denting (the cellulite kind)?



While Arizona doesn't see cold winter nights really, it does get to be a little brisk in the evening. Tonight is was 69 degrees and I was searching for the warm and fuzzy feeling. So I searched the kitchen for something that would fit the bill. Coffee? No, I don't like it black and would hate myself for consuming the cream and sugar. Hot cocoa? Nope, same problem there as well. The guilt tomorrow isn't worth warm and fuzzy tonight. Soup! Yep, that's the ticket! But who the heck wants to MAKE soup at this hour of the night? While my VitaMix would certainly whip up a batch of healthy, yummy, make-you-toastie soup in minutes, it would still require prepping the veggies....something I wasn't wanting to do. So I wandered into the kitchen and searched the pantry. Viola! Progresso Soup....the 0 point weight watchers chicken noodle! There it is; warm, fuzzy and guilt free.
This soup has officially become a new staple this winter.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Holiday Gift Idea

I just got a Bible cover embroidered and it is BEAUTIFUL. What a great holiday gift idea! This Bible cover design runs about $25 plus tax. My friend Patty of Artic Fox Designs did it....here's what it looks like.

Sorry about the picture quality. The Bible cover is vinyl, so the flash created quite a bit of shine. Without the flash, the pic is blurred. Oh well...what to do?If you would like to get in touch with Patty, feel free to contact her at 480-456-3644. You can also order online at http://www.articfoxdesigns.com/. Her website shows a TON of designs and she can embroider just about any material (I was shocked when she said that she could do vinyl).

Just a little gift idea I thought I would share. Happy gift shopping!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Way To Go God!

I actually wrote this some time back, but am just now posting it. I found it while perusing Romans (thank you sista!) and thought it was very special and wanted to share. I really enjoyed "re-reading" it! I did do a little editing, but for the most part it's the original.

Way to Go God!

It's a funny thing about Matthew chapter 7. I have hung on to verse 7 for a very long time, and in recent review (and knowing verse 7 by heart) verse 11 JUMPED out at me.

Shortly after I was first saved and baptized, a VERY traumatic event took place in my life. To which, I reacted with definitive hatred for God for not answering my prayers (I even tore up a Bible). "Pray God's word" the experts and theologians will tell you.... yah, that's all well and good, but you must first UNDERSTAND his word. And I'm afraid that only time, experience, and in some cases the reading of His word a couple hundred times, will give you that.

So here I am today. Many years have gone by (I'm in much better standing in the God-relationship department) and I STILL read and reread chapter 7 with a little pang in my heart. For as time has passed, and I've experienced God's truly amazing grace, I have just relented to trust Him saying to myself, "I know that he says ask and you shall receive, seek and you will find, knock and it shall be opened unto you...(Verse 7)You have experienced how all things work together for good for those who love the Lord (Romans 8:28). While you are still sad that you did not realize what you asked for, what you sought so many years ago...God has his purposes and you are just going to trust him; be grateful. He has clearly blessed you with far more than you lost." But why didn't I receive what I asked for back then? I had hung on to verse 7 for so long. Yes, I have read ALL of chapter 7.... more than once. But honestly I never really heard anything beyond verse 7 for many, many years. My wishful brain had burned that scripture into my head following that horrific and wonderfully blessed event, that I have been blinded to what His word really says only remembering how deeply I had prayed verse 7. Here is verse 11 in Matthew chapter 7. Let's see if YOU can see what I had missed for far too long. Why it's coming to light now.... hahahahaha...only God knows.

Matthew 7:11 - If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

It's a funny thing about "good things" and God-only omnipotence. More times than not, we don't know if something (a decision, a person, an event) is good or bad until after we have made it through the windfall. And then after the "smoke clears" if it was good we know it was from God. If it was bad we know it wasn't, but God promises that if we stick with Him it will work together for good.

Well! A couple of things to note based on this epiphany:
A) God is DEFINITELY male.
1) When things work out right, leave it to a man to say, "Yah, I planned it that way."
2) When things go wrong, leave it to a man to say, "I can fix it."
B) You really couldn't ask for a better win-win.
1) If things go great, you're blessed.
2) If things "go to hell" you're blessed. Nice!

Sounds like God's the way to go! All these years, I put "blame" on God for me hearing only part of the message. I have spent a good many years (yes...I said that already, but it's THAT important...hahahaha) carrying this around. Oh, I've had good intentions. I realized very quickly that God was as wonderful as everyone said he was on my trip to AZ (I'll blog about that some day), but there was always just something in my heart....a little resentment I guess for not being given what I believed he promised. To find out now, that all along I was mistaken. He really did give me the good thing I asked for. Funny thing is, he gave it to me THROUGH that traumatic event! I really am very lucky. And I do trust Him. And I'm VERY grateful!

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Mountain and the Molehill

So why is it that men just don't get it? Women need to vent! When we start ranting about this issue or that issue (and usually the issue is of NO consequence either way), we just want to be heard. When men begin adding instructions on how to fix this or that, or try to explain why this or that has occurred, it is interpreted as opposition when all we wanted was an open ear, acceptance and understanding. It is then that the smallest issues become an argument. And guys, the argument in and of itself IS NOT the issue at all....rather, it's us women not feeling support and understanding. "Everything's gonna be alright" and "I understand completely" go a long way. And why can't my mountain (that I completely know is a molehill to you) be a mountain? Even for the 5 minutes it takes to vent....

What if every time ANYONE talked to you about ANYTHING your response was always, "it's no big deal. Why do you have to make it a big deal"? How many people would RUN to talk to you about anything? Is that what YOU would like to hear every time YOU wanted to vent about an issue? And sometimes the issue being vented about isn't even a mountain at all....until, that is, you make the mistake of telling the other person that their making a mountain out of a molehill. Suddenly your lack of inter-personally connecting is now a mountain.

This post isn't so much about funandmental changes....or is it? I'm going to have to put that one on the back burner.

Monday, November 17, 2008

I'm LOVIN it!

For quite some time I have been focusing on my diet. My husband's physical therapist recommended a diet that was PACKED with fiber, fruit, vegetables, and lean mean.... all the good stuff. Unfortunately, this diet was very hard to stick to because it was the same food over and over. That led to me looking for recipes that I could substitute some of the meals with on this very wonderful (but boring) diet.
** A quick note: it was a wonderful way to start changing the way I eat! Let me know if anyone would like a copy of it. It has a full 2 week eating plan. No guess work. What you need to eat is outlined daily.

I first grabbed my "old standby".... Eating For Life (Click here for link to Amazon.com). This book is FULL of terrific recipes that are very easy to make, but lacked in the amount of vegetables that the previously mentioned diet included. Then I found it! Volumetrics! This book is fantastic. I am including the Amazon link as well as a blog link so that you can all see what the excitement is about. This diet is rated the "top diet" by consumer reports and I know why! With all the vegetables and fruit that you are consuming...you can't help but get healthy! I'm LOVIN it!

Amazon Link for Volumetrics
Volumetrics blog link

It's Always the Little Things!

I have been working out pretty regularly lately and found that motivation to get the gym in the morning was slowly declining. Why is that? Well for me it was the fact that I do not eat breakfast for an hour after my first workout in the morning so the time it takes to get ready, get to the gym and then complete the workout is the difference between feeling good and feeling famished! So upon waking I found myself not very motivated to get up and get ready, but rather wander to the kitchen for something to eat. Well, that was until I found that "little" thing that turned it all around. Fake hair!

That's right....fake hair! I can't believe it either! More correctly named faux hairstyles, these things let you clip and go! I can't tell you how ecstatic I was after I bought this and found out how beautiful it looked on. It looks like I spent an hour on my hair at 5:00 a.m.

I purchased Toni Brattin's fake hair and it has saved my life! You can find her hair products at http://www52.hsn.com/toni-brattins-beauty-secrets_c-bs_a-161_xc.aspx?gs=&sz=2&prev=hp&ccm=BS. I purchased the can-do combs and those suckers STAY PUT when I'm working out. It only requires 1 minute to put my hair in a pony tail and then pop it in. I don't even need a mirror (usually clipping it in on my way to the gym). When I get to the gym I feel good....put together....energized to do my workout. I have found getting up in the morning and heading to the gym is soooooo much easier for me. It really is true, when you look good, you feel good.

Now this might not be the thing to get everyone motivated, but this little thing worked for me! I never would have guessed that a piece of fake hair would be the thing to help get me in shape. I wonder what other "little" things will work? But until I find them, I'm grateful for my fake hair.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Making Changes

So A LOT has happened in my life over the course of one short year. A lot to be grateful for with Thanksgiving fast approaching, even though the economy is struggling and my employment has s l o w e d. I have found that, as of late, I have had a ton of time to devote to....ME. I am going to the gym 5-6 days a week, attended Bible studies, and have actually read books (instead of the audio books I'm so used to). My husband is digging it as well since he is seeing me energetic and happy.....the home cooked meals he comes home to every day helps too! :)

Anyway, with all the bad going on in the world today...I thought it was time to start focusing on the good even if we have to vent the bad. Let's Rock and Roll!