Thursday, December 29, 2011

Yardley Soap

Don't know why I am thinking of soap today, but...when I think of something refreshing, I think of Yardley soap. It has a nice fragrance and leaves your skin feeling smooth. Does anybody know what I'm talking about?

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

The year is coming to a close...time for new beginnings...

The year is coming to a close. Have you reached your goals? If not, think of the new year and your ability to begin again. A lot of times when we aim high...we usually hit a least a few or more balls in the park.

I accomplished a few minor things in my life this friends, losing 10 pounds, and getting a job in the art field. My goal for next year is to be a mover and a shaker. I still managed to procrastinate too much, but towards the end, I stepped it up a notch and watched things happen. I can only imagine what could have happened if I started earlier.

As far as weight loss...I had my ups and downs, but I will not give up. I will be starting all over again after the holidays.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Jelly Fish

Jelly Fish at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

This past weekend, I enjoyed the day snapping pictures at the Aquarium with my family & friend. I was captivated by the Jellies. I left the South and came to the big city for the summer (back to my hometown). I am here to make my dreams come true...I have an appointment at the school of my dreams, next month. This is my year to just---go for it. This is a part of the end procrastination. Still working that out (procrastination that is), had a few bumps a long the way - but I'm not giving up.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Breaking Barriers

For hundreds of years, no-one could beat the four-minute-mile barrier in track-in-field. It was said to be impossible. Until Roger Bannister made sports history...he refused to let that be a barrier in his mind...he did it...he broke the record. After that, hundreds of people were able to do it, too! What stopped other people from breaking this record for hundreds of years??? All of a sudden others were able to do what they couldn't do before. So, the lesson is...don't let your mind be a barrier. Don't let your dreams go by and let people tell you what you can't do.

I read about this in Chapter 4 of Joel Osteen's book, "Your Best Life Now...7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential".

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


One thing I love about spring is Azaleas. I am also reminded that summer is approaching and I have not completed my weight loss goal. I kind of fell of the weight loss wagon. I have maintained my 10 pounds that I lost, but, that is about it...I'm about to get serious, again. I am getting up and getting something started...are you with me...let's do it.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Tax Day 2011 freebies

A free workout on taxday and other freebies...check this link out, if your interested:

Tax Day 2011 freebies

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Swing Out Sister - Breakout

This is one of my favorite songs of all time...this is how I feel's time to find a way...breakout...

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Japan Earthquake

My heart goes out to the people of Japan. I am still in disbelief of the catastrophic events that have taken place. There are a number of different ways to help - the Red Cross is always one of those organizations to donate money...I was surprised to find that - Facebook's Cityville game is also participating in donations for relief efforts.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Mind exercise

When we think of exercise, we normally think of the body. I have been neglecting my mind, lately. It needs a workout. I was reading Sadami's Graffiti blog today and it made me think about a time in my life when I wrote without grammatical errors. I need to get back to that. I also need to spend time expanding my vocabulary. I am so thankful for blogging diversity. I enjoy all of your blogs...just wanted to say thanks to everyone for being such an inspiration in my life.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Red Panda

San Diego is good research website. My son is studying the Red Panda for his research assignment. The Red Panda looks like a cross between a fox and a raccoon. What a great website full of information. Check out the link below, if you are interested.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Grand Turk Island on Frommers

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Grand Turk Photos at Frommer's - Colorful buildings in Cockburn on Grand Turk Island, Turks & Caicos

One thing that I love about the Caribbean is the ocean breeze and the brilliant colors that is seen in the architecture. Can't you feel the warmth off the ocean...I am thinking about warm weather (of course) and planning my trip to the Islands for the end of the year. Frommers has great destination ideas and information. If you are interested...check out this link.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Bil on Fox News from Bay Area Fellowship on Vimeo.

I thought the Bay Area Fellowship Church video would be a perfect post for a Sunday. I really enjoy watching this pastors sermons on TV. I came across this one today, just searching the internet. This is a giveaway from last year...very interesting.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Alternative Health - CoQ10

There are so many natural supplements to choice from...have you ever wondered about the benefits of CoQ10? According to Dr. Valerie Saxion: it is good for the heart, angina, increases white blood cell count, helps to eliminate bad bacteria, reduces inflammation, boosts the immune system, helps reduce liver damage (especially good for people taking medicine that damages liver), works to eliminate yeast infection, and other benefits. CoQ10 is naturally occurring in your body, which equals, no side effects. If you are interested or want to know more about CoQ10 - research this topic and of course, always consult a physician before trying anything.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

How to Cook Tex-Mex Calzones

My mind is blank today...don't know what to cook - so I am looking at websites trying to get different ideas. I found this video interesting, thinking of modifying the recipe for Tex-Mex Calzones.

How to Cook Tex-Mex Calzones

Monday, January 24, 2011

cucumber trellis and pollinators in your garden

Here is a video featured on UNC-TV about creating a garden that will attract pollinators and how to use a trellis for cucumbers. Really good show for zone 7. Copy and paste the URL below, if your interested.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Lost 4 pounds

I have officially lost 4 pounds in about 20 days. I was so excited, I started running today. I am still going to mix up my workout - don't want to get bored. Just need to do better on my portion's getting better, one day at a time.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Houston Art Car Parade

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If you like festivals and you are looking for something different - this festival in Houston, Texas in May 2011 - might be for you.

Starting a heath plan

Whether you are trying to lose weight or not, chances would like to stay fit and healthy. If you are interested in starting a health plan - here is a great website:

Checkout this quick checklist/printout, just copy at paste this URL:

Monday, January 17, 2011

Garden Sheds on

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MLK day

Today was a nice relaxing day. Had a chance to talk to a good friend and eat Turkish food...I'm in heaven (food heaven that is). We chatted about our to-do-list for 2011 and we had a few items on the checklist that were the same...taking music lessons.

How is your checklist going for 2011? I hope today is your day to get something started or keep something going...

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Man drops 100 pounds mostly by running - Health Key

Man drops 100 pounds mostly by running - Health Key

Watching my favorite Sunday show

I love watching Aarti Party on a Sunday. Had a late night and pretty much, just getting out of bed. Who would have thought to put pretzel on a fried steak - looks so YUMMY!

Thinking about my workout routine for the day...think I am going to walk today. It's a little nippy out, but who cares. I need some fresh air. Commercial is over, back to my show...

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Pretzel-Fried Steak with Mango-Onion Gravy on the Food Network

Pretzel-Fried Steak with Mango-Onion Gravy on the Food Network

Aarti Party - Gluten-free recipe
Airing on Sunday morning - Food Network

Potato Gratin with Rosemary Crust

This recipe is on my list for this week. Have to get to the store and I am so making this. If you are interested in this recipe...Check out the URL below from Southern Living/December 2010 magazine:

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An Artist's Handbook: Materials and Techniques (Pre-Order) - Interweave

An Artist's Handbook: Materials and Techniques (Pre-Order) - Interweave

This is a book that is on my list for February.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Natalie Grant - I Will Not Be Moved - Official Music Video

Reading day

I have been getting inspiration by reading great blogs and magazines today. Getting some yummy recipes from Southern Living magazine. I will share some of these with you guys tomorrow. Had a quiet day today. Didn't workout today, but will resume tomorrow. It's a good day to get something started...

Study: Taking More Steps Could Lower Diabetes Risk

Study: Taking More Steps Could Lower Diabetes Risk

Thursday, January 13, 2011

At the seaside

I want to make like a bird and fly south. Can't you just imagine yourself here...enjoying the fresh ocean breeze and soaking up the waves. This image is from

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Birds hanging out

Bedroom Decorating: Cottage-Style Bedroom Decor

Bedroom Decorating: Cottage-Style Bedroom Decor

Taking out the Pilates

I'm dusting off my old Pilate's DVD and getting into it. It just might curb my workout boredom...changing things up a bit. I think my husband is going to join me today...Woohoo!

Here is a quote from Joel Osteen's book - Your Best Life Now - "As long as you can't imagine it, as long as you can't see it, then it is not going to happen for you".

Today is a good day to get something started.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Spring Cleaning Essentials - Photos -

Spring Cleaning Essentials - Photos -

Blogging is like being on the radio

I found that blogging is like being on the radio.  You are on the air and you're the only one talking...and you don't really know who's listening, unless they call, of course.  Blogging is the same, you are writing, but you don't really know who's reading, unless they leave a comment.

Keeping it real today and everyday...I am not feeling like working out today, but I am going too.  I am finding that, I don't think I can do an exercise program at home.  I need the extra push/the support.  As always - Thanks for reading.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Red Bellied Woodpecker

                          A woodpecker in my yard...

Dancing weight off

Okay - I finally did it.  I got on a scale.  I haven't lost anything yet, but there is still hope - it is still too early.  One of my Facebook friends, posted on her page that she lost 40 lbs. in 3 months by dancing.  WOW!  When I build up to a thirty minute workout, I might just try that.  Right now, I am just thinking of planning my next getaway.  We are going to try to plan our travels around the South Beach Food & Wine Festival in Miami.

Sobe Wine & Food Festival

Sobe Wine & Food Festival

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Road tripping

I am moving like a turtle today.  Everything is going slow.   Haven't really did anything today, didn't even workout, yet, but I will.  Going on a road trip and going to do a ten minute walk, when I get there.  Need to clear my mind...hope to end my day at the beach, but for right now, I am just going to see where the road takes me.  Thanks for visiting...I hope today is your day to get something started or keep something going...

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Healthy Taco Recipes - Photos -

Healthy Taco Recipes - Photos -

Envision Yourself

It is day eight of my workout routine - I started working out for 10 minutes today. Don't know if I have actually lost weight, yet.  I don't want to start getting on a scale-just yet. Trying to stay focused on good eating, and exercise.

I was thinking today about vision and purpose.  What are your dreams?  Are you living it?  Do you have goals that you have set for yourself? Are you checking your list of things you want to do in your life?  If your life is not want you expected it to be...envision yourself in living the life that you wanted, and go for it.  Start thinking about ways to make it happen.  Do some research on that topic, write the list, and just do it!  Have no fear and take it one day at a time.

Best of the South Travel Awards - Photos -

Best of the South Travel Awards - Photos -

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Modern small living spaces on Yahoo - Shine


CrossFit: 15 minutes of pain - Health Key

CrossFit: 15 minutes of pain - Health Key

Day Seven - Last day for 5 minute workout

Made it to day seven with flying colors.  Did my last five minute workout for the day.  The only thing is...I messed up at dinner time, last night.  I didn't feel like cooking and we ordered pizza - well healthy portions went out the window.  That's ok - getting back on track for today. I'm feeling creative, it's going to be an art day, today...thanks for reading.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Day Six - Your new life starts today

If you haven't done so already...jump start something new, read something inspiring, start a new hobby, get a new look or think about something good...and wake up with a smile on your face.  A good attitude is very contagious.  These are some things to do - to get your new life started...Also, don't forget about taking care of yourself, by taking vitamins, exercise, and eat a well balanced meal.

Day six of my weight loss challenge is still going strong, and my five minute workout is almost over, so ready to start my ten minute week...

If you get a chance, leave a comment.  Be blessed!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

3 Ways to Save on a Winter or Spring Family Getaway

3 Ways to Save on a Winter or Spring Family Getaway

Day Five - Healthy Portions

Wow!  It is already day five and I am still keeping up with my workout routine.  I'm thinking about food today. What am I going to make today for my family?  Whatever I make today - I am going to make sure I have small portions.  Just because your trying to lose weight, doesn't mean you have to start eating food without flavor.

I love baking.  I try to bake about twice a week.  My favorite thing to make for dessert is brownies.  I have one slice, and then I walk away. Speaking of walking, the weather is so beautiful today (65)...I'm going to get out of the house and take a walk through my neighborhood.  Don't forget to take time to smell the roses...or the fresh air - maybe take up bird watching...

How to Lose Weight |

How to Lose Weight |

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Day Four - Mind, Body and Soul

It's New Years Day, finally!  I am so motivated and had my five minutes of exercise for the day, but I don't just want to concentrate only on my physical appearance...I want to make sure that I have not left out my mind and my soul.  I signed up for a couple of magazine subscriptions. I have started a nutritional plan, and I am also making commitment  to listening and reading something inspirational.  I found a book by Joel Osteen - Your Best Life Now (7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential), for one dollar at a bargain book store.  What a great bargain!  I can not put this book down...I would love to encourage you to take care of your whole body, stay focused, and keep up the good work.  Maybe this is your first day - trying to do something to lose weight, don't can do it - one day at a time.  

Homemade Potters Wheel |

Homemade Potters Wheel |