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A friend of mine recently suggested a fun site named Pinterest to me. At first glance I thought to myself that I couldn't make these crafts or these delicious foods, I am not crafty! The more I looked into the site the more I liked what I was seeing and decided this could be so much fun putting my own personal touch to these crafty ideas. This will be fun trying new ideas starting with the Valentine's Gala coming up within a few weeks. With being the event chairman I have to come up with decorating and entertainment ideas.
Also, a great place to share with Ladies about my book. Wish me luck! You can click on the book photo, it will direct you to the Pinterest account, please visit to "like" and "repin". I will keep you all posted on the Gala's ideas.
There is only a few days remaining of the Daniel's Fast that I participate in annually. After it is over I plan to begin a healthy lifestyle regimen. I want to eat healthier, find delicious meals the entire family will enjoy, and find time to exercise (between the Madison's cheerleading schedule and church of course).
I'm looking for helpful suggestions! What diet plan has worked for you, post your answer on Facebook!
According to About.com New Year's Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It's a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. Did your New Year resolutions make the top ten list?
1. Spend More Time with Family & Friends Recent polls conducted by General Nutrition Centers, Quicken, and others shows that more than 50% of Americans vow to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends this year.
2. Fit in Fitness The evidence is in for fitness. Regular exercise has been associated with more health benefits than anything else known to man. Studies show that it reduces the risk of some cancers, increases longevity, helps achieve and maintain weight loss, enhances mood, lowers blood pressure, and even improves arthritis. In short, exercise keeps you healthy and makes you look and feel better.
3. Tame the Bulge Over 66 percent of adult Americans are considered overweight or obese by recent studies, so it is not surprising to find that weight loss is one of the most popular New Year's resolutions. Setting reasonable goals and staying focused are the two most important factors in sticking with a weight loss program, and the key to success for those millions of Americans who made a New Year's commitment to shed extra pounds.
4. Quit Smoking If you have resolved to make this the year that you stamp out your smoking habit, over-the-counter availability of nicotine replacement therapy now provides easier access to proven quit-smoking aids. Even if you've tried to quit before and failed, don't let it get you down. On average, smokers try about four times before they quit for good. Start enjoying the rest of your smoke-free life!
5. Enjoy Life More Given the hectic, stressful lifestyles of millions of Americans, it is no wonder that "enjoying life more" has become a popular resolution in recent years. It's an important step to a happier and healthier you! Get out and try something new! Take up a new hobby or try your hand at skiing. Go to a theater performance, or head to the local spa.
6. Quit Drinking While many people use the New Year as an incentive to finally stop drinking, most are not equipped to make such a drastic lifestyle change all at once. Many heavy drinkers fail to quit cold turkey but do much better when they taper gradually, or even learn to moderate their drinking. If you have decided that you want to stop drinking, there is a world of help and support available. Alcoholics Anonymous offers meetings throughout the US. There is also a group for Parents of Teenage Alcohol and Drug Abusers. There are also a number of treatment-based programs, as well as support groups for families of alcoholics.
7. Get Out of Debt Was money a big source of stress in your life last year? Join the millions of Americans who have resolved to spend this year getting a handle on their finances. It's a promise that will repay itself many times over in the year ahead.
8. Learn Something New Have you vowed to make this year the year to learn something new? Perhaps you are considering a career change, want to learn a new language, or just how to fix your computer? Whether you take a course or read a book, you'll find education to be one of the easiest, most motivating New Year's resolutions to keep. Most local colleges and universities offer distance and adult education programs.
9. Help Others A popular, non-selfish New Year's resolution, volunteerism can take many forms. Whether you choose to spend time helping out at your local library, mentoring a child, or building a house, there are many nonprofit volunteer organizations that could really use your help. The Hope Project makes it easy by connecting volunteers with projects to fit practically any schedule. Or if your time is really in short supply, maybe you can at least find it in you to donate the furniture, clothing and other household items that you no longer need, rather than leaving them out by the curb to fill up our landfills.
10. Get Organized On just about every New Year resolution top ten list, organization can be a very reasonable goal. Whether you want your home organized enough that you can invite someone over on a whim, or your office organized enough that you can find the stapler when you need it, these tips and resources should get you started on the way to a more organized life.
What are your New Year's Resolutions for 2012?
1 tsp olive oil (to coat the pan)
1/4 cup bell pepper
1/4 cup red onion
1/4 cup tomato
1/4 cup mushroom
1/4 south western egg beaters
2 whole wheat tortillas
Drizzle oil in pan, add all veggies (bell pepper, onion, tomato, and mushrooms), add salt and pepper, cook veggies approximately 5 minutes, add egg beaters, cook eggs to your taste. Divide cooked mixture and place on top of tortillas. You can warm tortilla in the microwave or in the same pan for a few seconds on each side. I added my bean dip and salsa to add additional flavor.
Feel free to change out which veggies you prefer and add any topping you like; such a low fat sour cream or pico. Enjoy!
What an amazing morning! Well to explain how wonderful it is I must back up to a few days ago. I think in most households the evening time after work is a race to get everything finished before bedtime. With dinner, homework, dishes, laundry, and kids it's like a tornado in my house sometimes. This past Wednesday evening after Church our home phone rang which means it's either a politician, a solicitor, or my Mother-in-law, those are the only people that use our home phone. This call was a political survey. I handed off the call over to my husband which in turns hands it back over to me, all while the lady was on the phone, of course we were both very polite to her but thinking we really don't have time for a 15 min survey. Nevertheless, I took the challenge and listened to each question very closely in order to be as honest as possible. I am a true believer in if you ask me a question I will tell you the truth even it stings a little to hear it, ha ha.
During the conversation she asks if I was a Republican or Democrat. I told her there should be a section for just American, I am American... as the conversation continued she asked if I was spiritual? Of course, I'm sure that wasn't part of the survey. She asked me to pray for her and her family. I was shocked but also excited! I shared with her my love for God, my faith, and that prayer changes life, that I was beginning a Daniel's fast soon for a month where I will be praying nightly. I told her I would gladly pray for her during this entire time, I asked her name, which is Janine. I asked her prayer needs, I wrote down her information and began praying for her that night. I told her about my website and asked her to visit here to stay in touch.
Now fast forward to today... All my dear friends are aware that I have been submitting resumes and interviewing for jobs over 8 months now. This morning I had an interview with some very nice people. The job is something I feel confident in my ability to do but I am so terrible at selling myself. I can sell a book, a service, or company but selling myself is difficult. (I need to work on that) I came home thinking of "I should have said this or that" or "I didn't react or say this as I should". I began beating myself up over my mistakes and I open my e-mail to find one from my phone a friend, Janine. Wow, and it just made me step back and thank God all over again for my many blessings in life. BUT more importantly the fact that I could speak to a woman that lives in Idaho, across the country, minister to her, give her encouragement, and offer prayer, compassion and support for her difficult situation.
Janine is a widowed mother of two, she has a difficult relationship with her children. She has a master's degree but works 2 part time jobs for $8 an hour, and on the verge of being homeless. If this isn't the face of our nation right now I don't know what is. Educated, hard working individuals on the verge of being homeless. I plan to respond and hopefully build a encouraging relationship with Janine, Lord please work in her life today! I ask you all to help me pray for her situation, that God give her favor and rebuild the relationship with her children. AND I thank God that he could use me for his purpose which is to express love and compassion to one of his children.
When we think our situation is difficult there is always someone else with more need than ourselves. Be thankful for what you have for it could all be gone tomorrow! And above everything else, take the time to show love, compassion, and encouragement to someone everyday, you will never know how much it means to them and the depth of what God is using you for. A 15 minute phone call to a stranger could possibly change both of our lives forever, only God knows!
What a wonderful day for me!!
Don't be afraid to fast!
If you have never heard of fasting this book is an amazing resource. Last year was the first time I had ever heard of or participated in a Daniel's fast. It changed both my life and my families life dramatically. It would take me a long time to tell you all the blessings and favor God has given our family over this past year. You wont starve to death so don't be afraid of the word "fasting". If you are looking for a NEW Beginning of happiness, favor, and spiritual growth than I encourage you to consider this fast!
I am on a mission in 2012 to find healthy meals that my family will enjoy. I want something quick and easy. Today was busy for me so a last minute throw everything in a pan was the dinner plan tonight. I remembered a recipe I got out of a magazine last year and luckily had most of the ingredients. It is very versatile, you can add or take items out to your taste.
Takes 15-20 mins to make! It doesn't get better than that, oh yeah it does... only ONE pan to clean! Yep, it just got better, whoop whoop!! This is soooo tasty and filling!
2 lb frozen shrimp (P&D)
1 tsp minced garlic
1 pk Uncle Ben's ready whole grain medley - Santa Fe
1 can Del Monte stewed tomatoes - mexican recipe
Drizzle small amount of oil in cooking pan, add garlic and shrimp, cook approximately 5-7 minutes. After shrimp is cooked add Uncle Ben's rice and Del Monte tomatoes. Cover and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. That's it... Dinner time!
You can bulk up this meal easily by adding a bag of frozen corn, a can of black beans (or both) and by adding veggies such as zucchini or squash at the beginning (while cooking the shrimp). Since this dish has a Mexican flare you can compliment the dish by adding cilantro or avocado as a garnish. Make it your own and enjoy!
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