Sunday, November 19, 2017

Thrifty Finds Week 31

Isn't walking into a thrift store a great feeling. You know the great hunt has begun. What will you find with this hunt It's a great adventure. And there is that added benefit of how much less the items cost at the thrift store than at the regular store. And then compound it with the fact that you are recycling in one of the best ways around. Thrifting is really a great hobby. Here are a few of the thrifty finds for this week.
Here's a look at the entire group of items. All of them are really cool this week. Not so practical, but cool.
I love Moroccan designs, and this dish with that design jumped off of the shelf, and into my cart. I love the reds and yellows in the design. And I always wonder how it was come up with?
I absolutely adore the floral pattern on this little dress. I like the color combination of the pinks, blues, and some brown added to the mix. It's just cute!
I loved the little monkey on this pillow. And the trim is full of little sock monkeys. It was a must have. Super cute, and super fun!
And last but not least, I found some magazines to add to my collection. I absolutely love the cover of that Country Living magazine. There are so many things to look at. 

Hope you enjoyed the items, and let me know what you have thrifted recently.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Bare Bones Staffing

I have heard individuals complaining in all areas about bare bones staffing. Yep, the great gift from the recession. Companies trying to do more with fewer and fewer individuals.

I have a friend who works in retail who tells me frequently, that the company she works for just won't have more people come in so there are lines of customers. She tells me how she feels like she has to take time with each customer, but she isn't always able to due to the number of people waiting to be helped. She doesn't understand why they just don't hire another person to work in her department.

I have another friend who works in social services who tells me they just keep adding individuals to her case load. She doesn't have time to deal with all of the individuals. But in spite of her growing caseload they won't add another individual to do more of the work.

And then there is my workplace. There are individuals who retire, and low and behold their jobs are eliminated. Boy, are people complaining about that.

So is this bare bones staffing plan working? Well, in some ways it is, the work is getting completed. But so many people seem unhappy in their professions anymore. I constantly hear that they like what they do, but it would be nice to have more people to help them out.

Should companies cut waste? Absolutely! But keep in mind the attitude of your workers. They are the backbone of how your company is presented to the world.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Great Moments From The Week

I thought it was time for me to share some of the great things that are going on in my life right now.


On Wednesday, I went to see Elf, the musical. It was a great way to kick off the holiday season. Most musicals just make you feel a little happy. Who can't smile when they see a grown man dressed in an elf costume anyway. And I can't wait to try Buddy's Hot Chocolate Monster. It sounds fantastic. And no I haven't forgotten about Thanksgiving. I am writing a post about the great moments in my life recently aren't I? And by the way those yellow elf shoes one of the actors wore in the show look like really fun shoes.


My neighbor uses a fireplace to heat his house when the weather begins to cool. I walked out today, and smelled wood burning. It has such a homey feel to it. And it is a true sign that cool weather has set in.

Extra Cash

I had to work an extra day last week due to the holiday. I wasn't too happy about it at the time. But it really did boost that pay check. And well November and December are the perfect times of year to get some extra cash isn't it?

So these are a few of the things I am thankful for and they truly are some of the great moments from the week.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

5 Things Dancers Do Differently

The world is full of dancers and many of them are quite good. However, there are relatively few dancers who go on to greatness. All dancers have some habits that are similar. They have dance instructors. They have rehearsals, and they watch their diets.

However, phenomenal dancers do much more than what is required. Great dancers take their craft and the work they put into it to a whole new level. Let’s look at some of these differences between good dancers and great dancers.

  • They are always a dancer

Many dancers are only dancers when they are a stage or in the studio. For that period of time, they are dancers. Beyond that, they add work out times into their lives. However, a great dancer is always a dancer. They arrange their lives around their craft. They are dancers first.
  • They are always prepared for what is next

A great dancer is always on guard for an opportunity. It may be an opportunity to work extra practice into a busy schedule or it may be the opportunity to audition for a show. They always have dance attire in their bag. The go through a lot of leotards, wraps, and tights. To keep on their budget they watch for dance clearance on Just For Kix and keep their dance bags stocked.
  • Health is always a priority

A great dancer is always on the go, so they are careful not to neglect their health. When he/she goes out for the day, they never know what will come their way. This is why they eat balanced meals and never are without a water bottle. They always have a natural protein supplement with them for hunger, energy, and protection of their muscles. This is the dancer who manages to always be at the right place at the right time.
  • Focus on minutes - not hours

A great dancer lives in the moment. They zero in on what they are working on and they only see “right now”. Even if they have been trying to accomplish a move for a couple of hours or even days, all they see is the moment at hand. This is how they manage to keep their motivation to achieve perfection.
  • They know when to stop

Based on what we have revealed above, you may be surprised to read this fact. A great dancer knows that rest and recovery is just as important as training, networking, and nutrition. They set their mental clock for quitting time. For many dancers, it is the dinner hour. When they reach the designated hour, they stop. They allow their bodies to recover and they prepare physically and mentally for their rest time.  

Downtime is more than a time for rest. This is when even the greatest dancer hangs up their dancing shoes and reconnects with the people in their life. All of us need the nurturing support of those we love. The dancer who achieves super-star status is well balanced physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Twilight Pariah

I recently read the book by Jeffrey Ford, The Twilight Pariah. And I thought I would share with you what I thought of this book.

The Story

Three high school friends reunite in the summer after their first year in college. One is studying archaeology, so doing her own personal dig sounds like a really great idea. She convinces her friends to help out. And they do find something extremely unusual. They find a skeleton, but it isn't an ordinary skeleton. It seems to have horns. Finding the skeleton turns these individuals lives upside down that summer. And they have an adventure that none of them anticipated or really wanted. 

What I Think

I enjoyed reading this book. First it wasn't overly long. The author got right to the story. I liked how the story was spooky, but it didn't scare me out of my mind. And it really reminded me that some bones should just be allowed to rest. The characters in the book were fairly likeable, and it was a story that I could relate to. I liked how the one character stayed hoe some nights to spend time with her father. I think it is a real situation. Young people do worry about their parents. Does this book live up to the quote by Paul Tremblay stating "Richard Linklater meets Stephen King meets Indiana Jones Meets, well, Jeffrey Ford"? No it isn't over the top good, but it is a nice quick read that will creep you out a little. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Gentlemen Please Read This

Dear Gentlemen,

I have heard so many cases in the news recently of men who have had some sort of sexual misconduct in the past. This is quite disturbing, but not really that surprising.

I do believe that most men do not participate in this behavior. So I am not a man hater. But unfortunately there are those who have participated in extremely disrespectful behavior toward women. Unfortunately, these men have stirred up a conversation that is not pleasant.

I just thought I would remind all of you gentlemen that there really are whisper lists among women. It's a list you don't want your name on. And you should also remember that the truth comes out eventually so you might just want to fess up now if you have made a mistake in the past.

Monday, November 13, 2017

You're The Star Blog Hop

Have you ever felt like you just wish you could let everybody in the world see just how good their lives really are? You know like a George Bailey moment from It's a Wonderful Life. You wish that you could let people see that they will at some point get a return for all those good deeds they have performed? That's what I feel like today. I just want everyone to think Life is Beautiful.

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Welcome to week#3 of the November "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:
I know Halloween has passed, but I decided maybe some of you would enjoy reading about the import Life Lessons Learned From The Walking Dead. Please read and let me know what you think.


WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
November "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 September "You're the STAR" blog hop)
 9 Tips For Conquering Your Mom Funk With Food by Mama Finds Her Way
Conquer Your Mom Funk | 9 Ways To Eat For A Balanced Mood 

Life Giving or Death Dealing? by A New Lens

Mango & Passion Fruit Jam Recipe by Claire Justine

The Attitude Adjustment by Homeschool Insights

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! )