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10 Under $20: Holiday Gift Suggestion List 2015 :-)

The
first of
December
brought thoughts
of Christmas magic.
The Day, so soon to arrive.
Our expectations ran high.
Through snow days and blizzards.
Making a list and checking it twice.
Santa’s letter printed and ready to mail.
Christmas baking: heady, wonderful aromas.
Pageants at school, with costumes of many colors.
The tall lush evergreen, centerpiece of the season.
We decorated so carefully; each bough lovingly adorned.
With some old, some new, every one used and none forgotten.
The long days of dark December. Finally, homework complete.
Sitting in the darkened living room; time alone to drift away.
Marvelling at the masterpiece of lights and shining ornaments.
Gazing far beyond to the bliss to follow. Hurry, hurry, hurry!
Christmas eve: midnight mass and carolling.Treats aplenty!
Then the long awaited, special treasures.
The secrets of shining boxes and ribbons.
Finally revealed and always worth the wait.
Off to sleep, to dream of a perfect snowy Christmas Day.
Now content, to still remember these childhood memories.
On
this
November day.

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This is a Christmas-themed poem that I wrote, several years ago.
These lines still conjure up some wonderful holiday memories for me, from long ago. I hope you enjoy it too. 😉

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My Holiday Gift Suggestion List for 2015 (all under $20) including links to my reviews.

                TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Hitchcock Thrillers (Suspicion / Strangers on a Train / The Wrong Man / I Confess)

TCM: Hitchcock Thrillers DVD

A must-have DVD collection for the “Hitch” fan on your list!

reiki

The Power of Reiki

One of the best books on Reiki I’ve ever read! 

Down & Dirty (gardening book)

My all-time fav gardening book.

Fun and Easy Gardening for even the “green thumb challenged“! 😉

Crafting with Cat Hair  >^^<

A Mr. Cheddar Approved Title! 

Never Too Late to Go Vegan

Enlightening and Informative. Recipes Too! 

Seven Year Pen - Bee Happy

The Seven Year Pen

Wonderful Pens! Mine Are Still Going Strong, Years Later! 🙂

Check out our Green Gifts Guide for tons of eco-friendly seed paper gift ideas for the season.

Botanical Paperworks

Beautiful Eco-Friendly Stationary, with a Difference!

Larry Payne's Prime of Life Yoga- Immune Booster and General Conditioning - Level One

Larry Payne’s Prime of Life Yoga DVDs

Yoga CAN Be For Almost Everyone! 

Badger Sleep Balm 2 oz Tin - Lavender and Bergamot

Badger Sleep Balm

Sooooo relaxing!!! ZZZZZzzzzz…. 😉

Suncoat Peelable Nail Polish Kit

My Go-To Tootsie Polish! It’s Great.

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♥Happy Shopping and Holidays♥ 

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Another Free Knit Kit Contest But Enter SOON!!! ;-)

There’s nothing like a pair of toasty slippers to warm up with at the end of cool,fall day! 😉

I just noted this new knit kit contest for these slippers today. Aren’t they cute? 

Enter now though, the contest closes in 4 days. You can enter here.

Good Luck and Happy Knitting! 😉

Calling all MYWAY email users!

Hope someone can help with this ??? re: MYWAY email service! 

Thanks if you can!!! 😉

My Poetic Path

I noted today that theMYWAY websiteis shutting down, as of the first part of December.

I have a few myway email accounts and it’s not clear if they will still be functional, after their main website shuts down.

Any ideas, anyone??? I couldn’t find any more info. about this online. 

What a pain in the a….this is going to be, IF they are shutting down their email service too. 😦

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Do You Know the Dangers of Too Much Sitting?

This is REALLY worth reading.

Source: Do You Know the Dangers of Too Much Sitting?

I know that at times I sit too long, without a break. 😦

But after reading this post about why that can be so harmful health-wise and in so many ways, I’m going to make an effort to do better. 🙂

Can you relate? Do you sit for long periods of time, without taking a stretch, walk break?

HAVE A GREAT DAY! 🙂

 

Love to Sing? It’s GOOD For You Too!! ;-)

I have always loved to sing! 😉

Many years ago I sang on a semi-professional basis for quite some time.

I was also a finalist (twice) in one of Canada’s prestigious country music competitions at that time: THE BIG COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, in the late 80’s.

I “belted out” 😉 a respectable rendition of some of the musical hits of the time, including:

Desperado, Someday Soon, Stand By Your Man and Catch the Wind…

to name but a few.

What fun it was and what an unexpected pleasure to find that other people (including some who had been in the biz for a long time) thought I had a talent for singing too.

Years later, in 2000 I decided to get back into singing and took more voice lessons, in a more classical vein this time. What a joy it was to rediscover the freedom and pleasure of singing!

Of course I’ve always tried to remember to “lighten up the day” with a song, humming along to a CD, singing while driving etc. The times I really remember the true joy of singing are many and varied. One thing I did not know until recently were the many health benefits associated with singing.

This article is interesting, listing various health benefits directly related to singing. These include: improved memory, lung capacity, reduced stress and lower blood pressure to name but a few. There are many other lists/articles online, describing the numerous physical, emotional and mental health benefits of singing.

Whether you consider yourself a singer or not, it’s a great way to improve each day and your life. And it doesn’t have to cost a dime! Even if you start in the shower and go from there, you might surprise yourself and go on to share your singing voice with the world. You just never know! It’s all good. 🙂

PS: A version of this post was previously shared at one of my now inactive blogs: Take A Happy Break. I thought my Veggie…readers might enjoy this info. too. 😉

How Has Your Summer Been So Far???

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Wow, did the last two months fly by or is it just me? 😉

I can’t believe that September is just around the corner already.

But IMO, that’s a good thing ’cause my fav season is autumn. 

I hope you have all been having a wonderful summer so far. And it’s not quite over, is it? 😉

How has your weather been? It’s been a VERY dry, hot summer here in BC. 😦

I’m still busy with summer “stuff” right now but have some post ideas and reviews in the works that I hope you’ll enjoy.

I hope to be back to regular posting (and blog visiting!) in the next couple of weeks.

Have an awesome week!!!! G 

Happy Summer and Farewell For Now….

magical memorable summer

The summer sun and several projects beckon…

So for the next few weeks, I’m going to take a break from all of my blogs.

And speaking of a couple of those projects…

Mr. Cheddar and I hope to have his kindle book:

Mr. Cheddar’s Meowsings:

Kibbles of Wisdom From a Wise and Witty Feline!

finished in the next couple of weeks. 😉

Woohoo!!!

The Chedster is all starry-eyed about finally becoming a book author too. 😉

sophisticat

His first kindle book will be available at Amazon.com, .ca, UK…..when it’s ready. I’m only doing the typing and formatting for this one! 😉

I also want to FINALLY get around to reorganizing my many photo files. It’s become a big mess again, 😦 in spite of my efforts to keep it tidy along the way. 

I’ll be back before autumn rolls around, with lots of recipes, reviews and posts that I hope you’ll enjoy!

Happy Summer and Lots of Hugs From Me and Mr. C! 🙂

Are You Concerned About Food Shelf Life/Storage Safety?

Still Tasty

Do you ever wonder if something in your fridge is still safe to eat?

I do, a lot actually. 

I had been looking (unsuccessfully) for a kindle book that would list a wide array of foods and what their optimal storage times were. I finally gave up that search and started to look for a site online that would work.

Happily, I found out about STILL TASTY last week and so far, I’m impressed! 🙂

It’s a very user-friendly site and lists a LOT of different foods.

You simply type in the food you are wanting to check on re: storage/shelf life, and a list of various options for that particular food comes up.

For example: I looked up hummus and this is the results I got:

SEARCH RESULTS

Snacks & Sweets
-HUMMUS — HOMEMADE
-HUMMUS, COMMERCIALLY PACKAGED OR PURCHASED IN BULK, SOLD REFRIGERATED — OPENED
-HUMMUS, COMMERCIALLY PACKAGED OR PURCHASED IN BULK, SOLD REFRIGERATED — UNOPENED

You then click on the result for what you need.

I was surprised to find out that homemade hummus stored in the fridge is only good for up to 7 DAYS!

That was an eye-opener for me. I was under the impression that hummus was like some other condiments, that would be OK to use for 2- 3 weeks, if kept in the fridge. 😦

I know this will be a website that I will be visiting on a regular basis. I hope you find it helpful too!

Optimal food shelf life and storage safety is SO IMPORTANT! 

Happy (and Safe) Cooking and Week! 

Lovely Lavender

This gorgeous photo of a lavender field caught my attention as I browsed my WP Reader today.

I ♥ lavender!

Do you use medicinal plants on a regular basis?

Have a healthy, happy day, G 🙂

Wellness Seeds

fresh lavender flowers pic

Posted by Gwyn MacDonald

We had a sneak preview of spring weather on Tuesday, with warm sun and cool breezes. I stopped by the garden between clients to get a boost from the crocus and mini iris that have been blooming steadily for a few weeks now. I walked around the garden, catching glimpses of little goodies slowly but surely poking out of the earth. So good for the spirit to see that!

And I really only intended to observe… but suddenly I found the clippers in my hand, my jacket thrown aside and there I was, pruning away the winter!

I cleared the old, withered leaves from the lambs ear, cut the dried stems from the chrysanthemums and straightened the wire frame that will soon be entwined with a lovely, low growing pink clematis. Then I noticed the lavender plant toppling out into the aisle. “ Oh my, do…

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Are You a Multi-Tasker? (I AM!!!) ;-)

No, I can’t juggle (but Joe can) 🙂 but I DO ♥ to multi-task!

                                                       

I’m happiest when I’ve got at least two (sometimes more) tasks on the go, at the same time.
                              
As an example: I often find myself : on the phone, writing a report/list/letter… and eating, all at once. I seem to manage just fine, when it comes to multi-tasking.
 
Doing one thing at a time always seems so SLOW to me! 😉
 
I’m usually trying to cram as much into each day as I can; especially when I’m feeling really energetic. And multi-tasking also makes me feel more energetic!
 
But, it seems that multi-tasking is not the best idea/strategy; at least according to a number of articles and posts I’ve been reading recently.
 
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These is just a sample of dozens I noted online: 
-An article at the UK Daily Mail about the physical effects of multi-tasking.
-Another article from About.com about multi-tasking vs “chunking”
Chunking sounds like it might be a good idea, at least at times.
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What do you think about multi-tasking? Do you multi-task on a regular basis?
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PS: A version of this post was also shared at my one of my other, earlier blogs: Take a Happy Break. I thought it was worthy of an encore here. 😉