Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Killer Confidence

There are days when I have to boost my confidence. You know there is just something a little off and you don't feel as good about yourself as usual. Here are a few ways you can get back that killer confidence you normally have.

Wear It

Put on that outfit that makes you feel and look great. You know the one that everyone compliments you on. Then add a twist mine is use a new lipstick. I love lipsticks and lipgloss. And a new color just makes me feel like new.

Keep It Going

There are times when you are just feeling a little shaky. You are ready for something new. Start dreaming bigger. Remember there is always more to see and do in life.

Make It Happen

Say it out loud. Say something good is going to happen to me today. It just creates a positive feeling. And when you say it you will believe what you are saying.

So do you have suggestions on how to get killer confidence?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Take A Breath

I want everyone to do something right now. It's a simple thing. Everyone right now take a deep breath. Make sure it is the type of breath where you feel your lungs with air. The type of breath where you feel your entire chest expanding. That was easy wasn't it?

But there are individuals out there in the world who struggle with this. Have you ever seen someone with pneumonia or asthma struggling to catch their breath? It's kind of scary isn't it? But while these are scary and dangerous these conditions are treatable.

But there are a few conditions out there where taking a deep breath is not easy and it will get worse. People like my father who died from ILD. And this week my friend Brian.

Brian and I weren't close he was a friends boyfriend. But he was still a friend. I saw him struggle to walk up stairs at a wedding. He got up the stairs, but he was winded. I heard my friend's fear when she found out they were going to put him on a ventilator. And that final text about how Brian was doing that just stated "He's gone."

I remember feeling so sad for my friend. But I was so thankful that I could take a breath without struggling.

Monday, December 11, 2017

You're The Star Blog Hop

This past week I have been reminded that I need to be thankful for one of the things we all take for granted. My good health is what I am thankful for. I have a couple people in my life who are facing major health issues. And it hit me, you need to be more thankful for the fact that you are healthy. And I am. I am thankful that I am able to move around without any paint. I am thankful that I can breathe freely. All of these are things we often take for granted, but we shouldn't.
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Welcome to week#3 of the December "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:
Santa's Suit


WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
December "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your FAMILY week Host & Cohost 
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This week is FAMILY feature week
Swing by the Family hosting team's blogs:
Miranda @ The Myrabev Life
Linda @ Country Loving Mom
Elizabeth @ Family Farm School
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, health, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the November "You're the STAR" blog hop)
 10 Ways to Improve Your Christmas Right Now by Mrs. Kringle's Kitchen

Finding My Center (in Two Ways) by Life In Spandex
20 Minute Home Core Workout
8 Organization Mistakes That You Are Making & How To Fix Them by Just Measuring Up

How to Organize Your Home for Good

4 Top Saving Tips You Need To Know For Christmas by Intentional Home Life
Getting Christmas done on a budget can seem impossible! I've got four frugal money-saving tips to help you stay in the black without being a Scrooge!

If you've been featured then please grab a STAR button below:

You're a STAR
We are in need of more Cohosts (click HERE to view a list of our current hosts/cohosts). 
If you are interested in joining us as a Cohost then please click HERE & fill out the form.


All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )


Sunday, December 10, 2017

More Than A Weed

I was out the other day. It was afternoon, I looked over and saw some weeds. The sun was shining on them. And I noticed the detail in the weeds. It was a strange detail to notice, but I did that afternoon. And I remembered how even though we view something as unwanted in life, it often has a certain beauty to it. And while we are constantly trying to remove the weeds from our yards. The fact is, they really are intricate and beautiful.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Curried Coconut Chicken

Cold weather always makes me want food that has a little spicy kick. I wanted something a little different than I would normally make. So I decided that curry would be the ingredient that would add that something to the chicken I had on hand.

Here's What You Need

3 tablespoons curry powder
4 stalks lemongrass stalks, bottom two thirds, bruised and cut into four inch pieces
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/3 cup canola oil
3 pounds chicken thighs
8 small shallots
1 small red onion quartered
5 garlic cloves
six 1/4 inch slices of fresh ginger
3 macadamia nuts
chili peppers
1 can unsweetened coconut milk
1 tablespoon honey
1 1/2 tablespoons shredded coconut\

Here's What You Do

In a bowl, combine the curry, lemongrass, lime juice and 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the chicken, turn to coat and refrigerate for 4 hours.

In a food processor, puree the shallots, onion, garlic, ginger, nuts and chilies.

In a deep skillet, heat the remaining oil. Fry the chile paste over moderate heat. Stir until the paste is brown. Add the chicken with its marinade and cook until the chicken is browned and nearly cook through, about 20 minutes. Add the coconut milk, honey and coconut. Simmer until the chicken is tender and the sauce is thick.

Friday, December 8, 2017

I Know It's Christmas When

Everybody has things that remind that that the Christmas season has begun. Some people have some of the same things on their list of items. And some people have truly original ones. Here are some of the things that make me know it's Christmas.

For years the city I live in has thrown a party around the lighting of the big Santa sleigh display on the side of a wall of the building. Every time I drive past that display I think Christmas and I smile.

There are bell ringers at the stores you go to. Yep, those bell ringers from The Salvation Army are a sure sign of the holiday. And if any of you have had the pleasure of bell ringing, you know that you dream about all sorts of bells the first time you do.
The temperature dips significantly, and the threat of snow is in every weather forecast. Yep, the temperature was 26 degrees when I left the house today. Christmas is coming.

Realizing I need to do more than take an inventory of the Christmas paper I have. I actually have to start wrapping those presents. Yes, the work must begin sometime.
I feel a need to stock up on hot chocolate and candy canes. Can you ever get enough of them? 

And lastly, when the Christmas packages begin to arrive, instead of being items being ordered. 

How do all of you know that the Christmas season has arrived?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Recent Moments In Life

Seeing all of the Christmas sweaters. In particular, I saw a girl walking around with a pink sweater with a cat on the front, and the cat had a red sequin Christmas bow around it's neck. You only see that during the holidays. You have to smile when you see something like that.

Driving  around town in the evening during the holiday season is a treat. It's fun to see all of the houses lit up with lights. And I can never figure out which one is my favorite.

Those pop up sales. They are so much fun. It's great to buy from the smaller companies. It's a great way to find those unique gifts.

The smell of cinnamon in the house after you've done some baking. It just smells good. It's like one of the best air fresheners you can get. And you don't have to buy it in a can.

What moments have been great in your life recently?