Old Fashioned Valentine: Roses

For years, bouquets of  red roses with baby’s breath seemed trite to me for Valentine’s Day and an obscene amount of money just because it’s a holiday.  I couldn’t lay that kind of tacky and expensive pressure on my sweetie pie.  Anything BUT red roses spoke to me.  A homemade Valentine or even a conversational candy…

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Sharing Day: People Are Good In DC!

On a recent business trip, Hubby dropped his wallet.  He was just 12 hours away from flying home, possibly without ID.  He called me in a panic in the hotel lobby of a new hotel he had yet to check into because, he was without ID and Credit Cards! Once his wife, me, talked him…

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Love: Stamped and Delivered.

Most days, I can say go well, maybe even spectacular,   But sometimes, a day can go wrong before it ever gets going. Say, the alarm didn’t go off so the early workout was a snooze-or-ama instead of sweat-fest. Say the peacefulness of morning coffee and news was replaced by a riotous phone call. And…

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Lucky Pennies Made My Day

Finding a penny is worth a lot. The monetary value isn’t saying much but the symbolism is priceless. I like to believe each coin is packed with luck. Some might say they are packed with love, a message from angels in heaven, say a grandparent or parent. “Hey, I’m watching over you! Don’t you forget!”…

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Looking For Love

I was never the type to dot an “i” with a heart or  finish off an exclamation point with a heart instead of period.  In fact, it took me awhile to even use the emoji with the “heart kiss” face.  So it may be surprising that one of my favorite holidays is Valentine’s Day.  I…

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Positivity Challenge: 100 Posts in 2017

I’m starting a positivity campaign and I hope you’ll join me. For 100 days in 2017, I pledge to post a happy, heartwarming or humorous message on my blog. While the type of message is in keeping with my blog’s mission, the frequency is ten times higher than in 2016. It’s my way to offer…

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Happiness: Three Tips for Boosting Cheer in the New Year

“Getting to happy” is the theme of 2017. Every time I check social media or retro-media—the newspaper, another article about how to choose happiness or avoid negativity crops up in my scan for quick news bits. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in saying good riddance to 2016. We had a lot of icky and…

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Christmas Lights Obsession: A Mom Doing A Dad’s Job.

  I did it again. I, put up the Christmas lights on the house. But this time, it was All. BY. MYSELF. Holiday 2016 was already proving insane and it was only December 1st. If I didn’t take on the task of hanging Christmas lights myself, it would never happen. The weekends were jammed. So,…

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Thanksgiving Message: Be the food.

  My hope for this Thanksgiving: Americans become like the food the holiday represents. I’m pretty sure at most Thanksgiving meals, there are dishes people like and dishes people don’t like, yet all the food is welcome at the table. Nobody would dare put up a “fuss,” as my mother would say. In my childhood…

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12 Ways to Get Happy During a Crazy Election

Let’s get happy. I just can’t take the media frenzy any more so I’m going on a happy diet. I’m not going to eat cookies or a pile of pizza, although those things make me really happy in the moment. Then my jeans are too tight and I’m unhappy. Stop reading about you know who,…

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