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She was legally blind and her husband of seventy plus years had died and they were moving her to a nursing home.  She waited in the lobby of the facility a long time until they told her -her room was ready.  As she was escorted down the corridor, her attendant described the room to her.  I LOVE IT ..SHE SAID.  But you haven’t seen it yet said the attendant.  That doesn’t matter she said…Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. and I Love it ..she said!!


Thoughts to Ponder:

Find something Positive in Everything..

Recognize that throughout the day your attitude might need “tweeking”

Say something positive in each conversation you have

Remove negative words from your vocabulary

List 5 things per day that you are thankful for!

Image…Putting it all together by Guest Blogger -Jannette


Title: Looking ‘Put Together’ Starts Before You Put Your Clothes On 
Have you ever looked at a person’s outfit and wondered to yourself, “What were they thinking when they put that clothes on?” Have you wondered if they’d given their look any thought or perhaps the clothes just magically threw itself on the body and therefore the person was at the mercy of the clothes and had no choice but to simply walk out of the house with a random selection of articles worn simply to cover the body?
The truth is, some days I have left the house with random articles worn to simply cover my body. I have stood there at the closet entrance in the mornings looking for that specific skirt, that one lost shoe and finally resorting to grabbing something, throwing it on, and rushing out the door to get to work on time. On days like this I realize this morning “routine” seems to set the tone for the day as I find myself constantly trying to play catch up for the entire day. Not only does this affect my mood, but it creates a breeding grounds for stress.
Ladies, I had to find a solution to this insanity.
I knew I had all the right elements for the perfect outfit: Ann Taylor classics, the quirky and colorful Banana Republic pieces, the Coach shoes, handbags, and statement jewelry… but these were not organized in a way that made sense nor were they consistently accessible.
I began by hanging all like items together (skirts, jackets, dresses, tops, etc) but that was not enough. Then I began color coding each section. It was then I realized I did not need another chiffon cream colored top, black dress, or black shoes in my life (to keep in mind next time I go shopping). I also went on Pinterest to find creative ways to display jewelry.
With a little effort, my closets are now organized, my shoes and jewelry are now easily accessible and now I have more time to spend on my hair and make up.
Ladies, when you walk out that door in the morning you put on your best, finished look then as you drive to work notice how many others are at the stop light putting on make up or fixing their hair. This is not pretty nor safe for that matter. You want your morning to be effortless, low stress, and you want the morning routine to set the tone for the day.
Whatever your age, budget, or living situation I encourage you to celebrate yourself each day. Your look IS your celebration of self. You deserve to look and feel great each day. Take control of the closet chaos-your “put together look” is waiting for you!

Being a Mom

violetflowersGuest Author -Alisa-San Antonio: Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 2:11 PM


Every mother knows how difficult parenting is. Yet, so many of us are so quick to evaluate another’s parenting style. Everything from thefoods we feed our kids, to the way theybehave, our discipline with techniques, the clothes we dress them in, thelanguage we use, the products we purchase and the “choice” to be a stay-at-home-mom ora working mom feel like they are constantly under the microscope. All. The.Time. It’s exhausting. What’s worse? Often times, the heat of judgment comes from other mommies.

We all want to be good parents. We all want to believe that our way is the right (and perhaps the best) way. We are all swimming along day by day giving our munchkins so much whilealso trying to hold on to our sanity and the tiny shreds of ourselves that havesurvived motherhood. It’s so easy to think negative thoughts about another parent when we see themdo something we do not agree with. We may even have good intentions when wecome up with a nice way to tell a friend of a “better” way to dosomething. Unsolicited advice is usually not well received.

Next time we have a moment when we can feel the wheels in our minds turning with negativity about a fellow mommy, let’s take it as an opportunity to look inside ourselves and try to understand instead of allowing negative thoughts about this other mommy fill our minds. There is no right wayto be a mother but there are many different ways to be a mother and to show ourchildren love. There isn’t a handbook. Our best is all we can do.