Thursday, February 22, 2018

Thoughts for Thursday

I saw this quote and wanted to share it with you.

"I’ve learned that happiness comes in different forms. It can be found in the blackest thunderclouds or when the earth is withering from heat. It is also in the warm rays of the sun in the midst of pouring rain. It is in the first green leaf of spring peeping out of the cracked bud of a poplar tree. It is in the little white petal working itself out on a branch of an apple tree. It is in the darkness of the night sky with thousands of twinkling stars. It is in the tender look of a loved one. It looks out through shining eyes in family photographs."

it is everywhere
find happiness right where you stand

Lidia Evgenevna Shmakova
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Monday, February 19, 2018

Tips to Brighten Your Home For Spring

 I know that the groundhog saw his shadow and so we are supposed to have more weeks of winter but I am looking ahead to spring. Here are some tips to bring a little springtime to your signature

* Fresh Flowers
   Having fresh flowers in your home can help bring spring inside. Next time you are out buying groceries grab a bunch of flowers. Put them on your kitchen table, some in your bathroom, bedroom or living room. The scent and colors will remind you of spring.

* Spring Cleaning
   This is not a favorite of mine but I love when it's all done. Cleaning curtains and drapes, wiping out the refrigerator, cleaning closets (making a donation of clothes seldom worn anymore), a thorough dusting can make you feel refreshed when done!

*Clean the grill
   Grilling is one sign that spring is here. Get your grill out of the garage and clean it up. Plan your first barbecue. Invite friends or neighbors you haven't seen all winter.

*Springify your accessories
  There are lots of options to change up your d├ęcor with a simple flip of a slipcover. Brightly colored throw pillows are an easy way to spring up your winterized color scheme, and they can be stored for future seasons. Inexpensive accessories like vases and lamps are a great way to freshen up a room.

     Hope these tips will help you get started on preparing for spring.  Don't forget to stop and smell those flowers once in awhile!!
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Friday, February 16, 2018

Do You Know The Secrets of Aging Well?

Adapted from 50 Simple Ways to Pamper Yourself, by Stephanie Tourles (Storey Books, 1999). 
Here are 11 wise and simple tips for feeling your healthy best, no matter what your age! 
1. Do you get enough sleep? Getting plenty of quality, sound sleep allows your body to rest, recharge, repair, and replenish so you’ll be rarin’ to go the next day.
2. Are you inspired by life? Picking up a new hobby, finding a new challenge, or reading more will stimulate your brain.
3. Are you a “people person?” When we reach out and try to help someone every day, we feel more engaged with life.
4. Do you pace yourself? Scurrying though life can be stressful and aging. When we slow down and become more mindful of our activities, we enjoy them more.
5. Do you have a companion animal? Studies show that pet owners live healthier, happier, less stressful lives.
6. Do you hydrate? Dry skin ages prematurely, so using a good moisturizing lotion is always a good idea. So is drinking 8 glasses of water every day!
7. Do you protect your skin from prolonged exposure to the sun? Although studies show that we need 10 minutes of unprotected sun every day, more than that (even with sunscreen) can be damaging. 
8. Do you eat fresh, whole foods? Real, unprocessed food is what our bodies need. Junky empty calories may satisfy a temporary craving, but the whole stuff is what keeps us feeling and looking our best.
9. Do you exercise daily? Keep moving to keep joints flexible, heart healthy, skin glowing, and energy-levels high.
10. Do you have a positive attitude? This is probably the single most important determining factor for living a long and happy life. Pollyanna was right: think positive!
11. Have you simplified your life? Knowing what really matters and putting your time and energy there is a great help for living fully. It’s not the material things that bring true happiness, it’s friends, family, good food, pets, and time spent doing things you most enjoy.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Monday, January 29, 2018

How To Get Beautiful Nails At Home

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If you want your hands to look younger, give yourself a manicure!  Here are some common mistakes and the smart fixes to protect your nails.  

Don’t file nails back and forth.  The sawing motion weakens your nails and can cause them to split.   File in the same direction with a soft emery board. (Those old-fashioned orange emery boards are too harsh for nails, causing small fissures and cracks that lead to breakage and tears.) To help prevent your nails from breaking, keep them short and square with a slightly rounded edge. The best time to file your nails is when you are already wearing a polish. This will prevent splitting or breaking of nails.

Don’t use acetone-based polish remover.  This strips away the moisture and natural oils that will keep your nails flexible. 

Don’t cut your cuticles.  Your cuticles act as a barrier against infection-causing bacteria. Instead, soak your nails in warm water to soften your cuticles and then push them back with an orange stick or washcloth.

Don’t paint your nails with old polish.  Buy a new polish that’s free of formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and toluene such as Obessive Compulsive Cosmetics (, Spa Ritual ( or Mineral Fusion (available at Whole Foods Stores).

Don’t wear polish every day. When you wear nail polish, make sure to give your nails a break from time to time. In other words leave them without polish for a few days, every now and then.

Cut your nails to a manageable length. There is no point in having extremely long nails, they snap off (painfully) and take a while to grow back into a normal shape.
Moisturize the nail bed and the cuticle. While there is little in the way of medical data showing that moisturizing the nail bed will help nails grow, it can make cuticles look better and help protect nails from breaking due to a lack of moisture. If your nails are prone to breakage, it could mean they need moisture -- and putting oil around the cuticle helps moisturize the entire nail. 
Change shampoos. While you probably know when your shampoo doesn't agree with your hair, you might not realize it may not agree with your nails -- even if your hair looks great. This is particularly true of detergent shampoos, or those for oily hair.  If your nails are dry and you are using any products that strip oils, there is the potential to dry nails.
Remember toenails count, too!  Everything that applies to your fingernails applies to your toenails

Here’s a little nail trivia—did you know it takes 8 months for nails to grow an inch? 

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