Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year

For me, the New Year is a time of reflection and new beginnings. There is such a vibrant feeling of new opportunity and hope, which inspires me to really appreciate the accomplishments of the past year, large and small, and to "refresh" my priorities and goals for the coming year. Wishing you and yours a healthy,happy and prosperous New Year!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

What a difference a year makes. This was our house last year. This year we don't have any snow at all!

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Monday, December 26, 2011

DIY Miu Miu Jeweled Heels

I'm seriously in LOVE with these shoes! A little more bling for New Year's Eve. You don't want your feet to feel left out if you try the glittery nails from our last post. For the easy peasy tutorial go here.

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Festive Holiday Nails

Need a little glitz on your nails for New Year Eve? I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this look! Go here for the very easy tutorial.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wishing You a Happy Holiday Season

I hope this season is merry and bright for you and your family.
Love being a part of this blogging world with you!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wordless Wednesday--Almost

I was going to post a picture but I thought this was too cute not to share!

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Top Ten Reasons I know Christmas is Near...

Here's The Top Ten Reasons I know Christmas is Near!

10.  I have paper cuts from construction paper, blisters from glue guns, and glitter everywhere!
9.  I twitch when kids ask me how many days till Christmas...
8.  Santa and his naughty list is a daily discussion in my classroom.
7.  The teachers on staff no longer have the energy or stamina to talk...we just grunt, eye roll, and sigh as we pass each other in the hall. Nuff said...
6.  My trash can, recycle bin, and every inch of my classroom overflows with tiny multi-colored pieces of construction paper scraps, glue stick lids and broken crayons.
5.  Our desks are constantly covered in glue. It doesn't matter that I had said "Go easy on the glue" at least a hundred times a day.
4.  Christmas cookies are the new lean cuisine.
3.  Outside recess is never long enough--for the kids or the teachers who are not supervising and are getting a small break.
2.  Today I almost said, "If you can hear me--stand on your head"...because no one can hear me and no one is listening.

And the number 1 Reason I know Christmas is Near....

1.I'm already looking at the January calendar and writing lesson plans for the New Year!

Do you have your own Top Ten?

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

What Do You Remember?

The following quizzes, and the subsequent paragraph, are attributed to the late Charles Schulz, creator of the comic strip, Peanuts. I'm passing along his thoughts because I think it's important to stop for a minute and think about what is really important in life.

Quiz 1
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.

4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

6. Name the last decade's World Series winners.

Quiz 2
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

6. Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.

"The applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners. The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones who cared."

- Charles Schulz

Who will remember you? What will they remember you for?

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Grown-up Friendship Bracelet

I need to get some of the women on my Christmas list a gift yet. (Actually almost everyone on my gift list still needs a gift. I am so far behind this year!)So when I saw this tutorial for a really cute bracelet that won't take long to make,I breathed a sigh of relief. Now I just need to head to Michael's for some supplies.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

                                                                   Playing around with my new camera.
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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Tips for a Healthy Holiday

My son Jon is over in Afghanistan so he and his new wife won't be with us for Christmas this year. It is the first time our family will not be together. I'm feeling sad about this but trying not to dwell on it. I don't want it to overshadow the fun times I'll have with the family members that will be here.

Mix the blues with the stress of finding the right gift and a tendency to overindulge just a little and we've got the right ingredients for a health meltdown. I really don't want to be sick over the holidays. So how can we enjoy the holiday season and stay healthy? Here are some tips to help you out.

*Moderation Try not to overschedule you or your family. Don't be afraid to say no. Set a budget and stick to it. Delegate tasks to other members of your family. (I had my grandchildren help with decorating my tree. We all had a blast.)

*Take supplements to ward off illness. Immune boosting supplements like Vitamin D and C are great ways to avoid getting sick during the holidays.

*Relaxtion Many of us aren't sleeping well which can cause us to become shall we say, "cranky". This can lead to overeating,overimbibe-ing( is that a word?)and sometimes taking out our "crankiness" on others. Time to pamper yourself with a mani or pedi. How about settling in with a night of your favorite holiday movies? A nice cup of herbal tea can be so relaxing.So can a warm soak in the tub. Rescue Remedy can help relax you and even your pet!*
Regular exercise will boost your good mood, relieve tension and help you sleep. Enjoy the holiday decorations as you walk or run through your neighborhood. Can you help out a neighbor by shoveling their sidewalk? It will also help keep the pounds from creeping up over the holidays.

*Hydration Drink plenty of water.If you are going to be drinking some party cocktails be sure to drink some water before and after. Water isn't just for drinking though. Remember to wash your hands often to avoid getting sick over the holidays.

*Generosity It's what the season truly is about. There are so many charitable organizations that can use your help. Your local food shelves, the Salvation Army,the
Fistula Foundation (my personal favorite) are just a few that need our help. These gifts will keep on giving long after the holidays are over.
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