Here’s to finding joy and peace despite the obstacles you face daily.
Intoxicating — Orlando Espinosa
Being happy can be contagious and happy people are intoxicating, especially when they exhibit a welcoming smile.
Top 51 Motivational Quotes From Zig Ziglar — INDIHOPE
Zig Ziglar born on November 6, 1926, died on November 28, 2012, was a popular American author, a perfect salesman, and an influential motivational speaker. His best-selling books are See You at the Top Zig Ziglar’s Secrets of Closing the Sale Over the Top Born to Win: Find Your Success Code Selling 101: What Every…
Happy New Year-Welcome 2016
Hello and Happy New Year! 2016 is going to be a great year. Last year was a bit rough for my family, but we made it through and are stronger than ever.
Here’s hoping that 2016 is your best year ever!
Happy 4th of July!
I’ve been trying to drop a few pounds before my upcoming vacation. I tried on some shorts a few weeks ago, and they were tight to say the least. So I stepped up my diet and exercise routine. I saw an article in a magazine telling me about a miracle spinach smoothie to help you lose weight. I like spinach, never had it in a smoothie, but it sounded like it might work.
So last Tuesday I started on my spinach smoothie kick. I replaced my usual breakfast with this jacked up Popeye drink. It actually didn’t taste too bad. Here are the ingredients: 2 cups of fresh spinach, 2 cups of water, a tablespoon of ground flax seed, a scoop of whey protein powder and a cup of frozen fruit.
While it tasted okay, it looked like something you would see in a kid’s diaper. Good lord, such an unnatural shade of green. Now I have been a regular exerciser for years. I changed my routine a bit and added weights. I bought some new shoes for vacation and thought I would see how they looked with my shorts. Oh crappity crap crap! The damn shorts are tighter now than they were before. WTF?!?!?!?!?
I mean I’m eating like a monk, drinking V8, snacking on Greek yogurt with fresh fruit. Not a lot of meat. I must have really done something to piss off the diet gods, because my ass is getting bigger! I barely drink, don’t smoke, I don’t even drink coffee. I exercise for five hours a week, and nothing. I know your metabolism slows down when you get older, but mine has basically stopped.
I must say I do feel better with all the veggies and fruit I’m eating, though it would be nice to see a smaller me in the mirror. Oh well, guess I won’t be posting too many vacation photos on Facebook.
Another wonderful use for Argan oil!
I used a few drops on my face right after I showered. After about ten minutes, I put on my 30 SPF moisturizer as usual. Then my liquid foundation. OMG! My skin looked amazing. I think the argan oil works better than a primer. Every time I went to the bathroom today, (which is a lot because I have a bladder the size of a walnut) I couldn’t get over how good my skin looked. My skin looked nice and dewy up until I took my make up off a little while ago. I put my foundation on at 7 am, and took it off at 8 pm. I also picked up some Almay stick concealer at the dollar store. I don’t normally use stick concealer because it’s too heavy. Guess what? This stuff is great! It worked really well under my eyes and around my nose. It especially worked on the dent in my forehead. Score one for Stacy!
So what is up with Charlotte Tilbury??
I just got my March 2015 issue of Allure magazine, and was reading an article called “The Influencers”. The first person profiled was Charlotte Tilbury, makeup artist of the moment. I enjoyed her story but was a bit put off by her “never being seen without makeup” comments.
I totally get that, as I look like a corpse without makeup, but I’m sure as hell not going to wear it to bed. She said “I never go without makeup-ever”. And that “I only take it off at night when the bathroom door is locked. Then I put it right back on and sleep in it.”
What!!?!?!?!? I’ve been reading Allure for years, and really haven’t come across such a stupid statement. You never want to wear your makeup to bed, especially not eye makeup. That is the quickest way to get an eye infection.
My older (dumber) sister slept in her makeup for years. I would always get after her about it. She was too lazy to wash her face, and thought that “well my mom has great skin, so I will too”. Guess what dumbass sister, your skin looks like crap now and you permanently jacked up your eyes. My sister lives in a different state, so I didn’t see her real often. She finally admitted some years ago that her tear ducts were permanently damaged and she had to use some sort of silicone inserts in her eyes. Yes, it was caused by years of sleeping in her mascara.
Charlotte is no spring chicken so she should know better. I hope impressionable young woman don’t take her “never go without makeup” to heart.
Merry Christmas to all!
I hope everyone has a day filled with family, friends and good cheer. Homemade sausage to start the day, and snuggling with our two rescue pups.
The Ultimate Gift-Organ Donation
Do you have the organ donor box checked off on your driver’s license? According to organdonor.gov in 2013, 28,953 people received organ transplants. As I write this article there are currently 123,495 on the donor list in the United States. Each day 79 people receive organ transplants, while sadly 18 people die every day waiting for transplants.
This topic is important to me as I approach the twelfth anniversary of my dear sister in-law’s death. Joanne was killed by a drunk driver on December 29, 2002 on her way to work as a nurse. She left behind two small children, along with my brother. The person who killed her spent less than four years in prison.
Her death left a gaping hole in everyone’s hearts who knew her. She was loved and respected by many. Joanne was an organ donor. Her death benefited over 200 people, which I didn’t even know was possible until after she died.
Here are some facts from the organdonor.gov’s website regarding organ donation:
These facts may help you better understand organ, eye, and tissue donation:
Fact: Anyone, regardless of age or medical history, can sign up to be a donor. The transplant team will determine at an individual’s time of death whether donation is possible.
Fact: Most major religions in the United States support organ donation and consider donation as the final act of love and generosity toward others.
Fact: If you are sick or injured and admitted to a hospital, the number one priority is to save your life.
Fact: When matching donor organs to recipients, the computerized matching system considers issues such as the severity of illness, blood type, time spent waiting, other important medical information, and geographic location. The recipient’s financial or celebrity status or race does not figure in.
Fact: An open casket funeral is usually possible for organ, eye, and tissue donors. Through the entire donation process, the body is treated with care, respect, and dignity.
Fact: There is no cost to donors or their families for organ or tissue donation.
Fact: Every state provides access to a donor registry where its residents can indicate their donation decision.
Fact: Federal law prohibits buying and selling organs in the U.S. Violators are punishable by prison sentences and fines.
Fact: People can recover from comas, but not brain death. Coma and brain death are not the same. Brain death is final.
I had signed up to be an organ donor years before Joanne died, but I encourage everyone to sign up when they renew their driver’s license.
In 2010, (the most recent data) there were almost 2.5 million deaths in the U.S. Imagine if every one of those persons had donated.
Be a hero and sign up to be an organ donor today at http://www.organdonor.gov/becomingdonor/index.html