Monday, March 23, 2015

The Blessings of Spring Break

An entire week of spring break was just what I needed. I'd been anticipating this time considering all I wanted to accomplish. I had a list of projects to do. I had compiled a list of people I wanted to see. But spring in Phoenix includes blooming flowers.

I love flowers. I love roses in my garden. But citrus in bloom is something else. I'm allergic. One year I actually woke up with hives all over my body. I had taken a long walk in an area where the orange trees were blooming abundantly.

And our condo is located smack dab in the middle of a citrus grove! Go figure.

Many of the items on my to-do list fell to the wayside. I took naps. I read. I took sinus and allergy medications.
Photo credit
I had to laugh when I saw Joy of Mom's photo and quote.

Maybe that's what I really needed.

However, I did  manage to visit with a few friends. I didn't get to see all on my list. I had a long conversation with one of my closest friends.

I sipped many glasses of my favorite iced tea.

I spent time reading. I highly recommend a book entitled Killing Christians: Living the Faith Where it's Not Safe to Believe by Tom Doyle. With all that I see on the news about the Middle East, I was encouraged to read how many people are coming to know Jesus. I was amazed at their courage to live out their faith even though their lives are in danger. Their families turn their backs on them. I found myself praying for these people more and more.

I cherished the extra time I had to spend during my early morning quiet time. It really is all about relationship.

So now I'm ready to return to work and my the Mini-Mustangs. I'll miss the extra time I had each day with my husband Greg. But I do feel more energized and rested.

So happy spring! Did you have time for a break? How do you spend your vacation time?

Blessings and love,

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Is it Time to Replace Your Old Mascara?

Photo Credit; Lash L'Amour
Have you noticed the women on TV seem to have the longest eyelashes lately? Eyelash extensions seem to be the rage right now. But they are expensive and have to be redone about every 60 days. You have to go to a skilled professional to have them applied.  I knew I wasn't in the market for something that took so much time and money.

But then I discovered Younique Moodstruck 3D lash mascara!

I bought it for $29 online and loved it. Now I sell it!  This is the mascara I use every single day. I love it.

I wrote about it on Heart Choices several months ago. I formed a private Facebook page to promote it to my friends. Many have tried it and from the comments I've heard seem to love it.

However once opened, the mascara should be replaced within 2-3 months.

One of my co-workers mentioned that she sometimes gets little flakes on her face from the mascara. I shared a secret of mine with her. I use Q-tip cosmetic applicators to deal with this. They have pointy tips and I found them in my local drugstore for a few dollars. I apply my two step method and keep one of these Q-tips handy. This way if there is a stray flake I immediately dab it and it's gone. If I notice a stubborn flake after I've applied my makeup, I might dip the Q-tip in my makeup remover and voila's gone, gone, gone.

I love how my lashes pop with this mascara. And it doesn't take me much longer to apply than regular mascara.

My friend Helen was hesitant to purchase it at first. She told me that most mascaras seem to clump on her and she starts picking it. After using the Younique mascara for a time, I asked her if she was picking it. She said no! It didn't clump and it stayed on all day long.

I've had a few friends email me photos of the eyes with the mascara on. Lovely!

So if you've never tried it, here is a link to my Lashes by Debbie site. If you ordered it before and need to replace it, you can also order it here.

Here's to beautiful lashes that don't cost an arm and a leg. :)

Blessings and love,

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Exercise is a Healthy Heart Choice

I know you've heard it over and over again. Exercise is good for you. You have to exercise! Exercise is a healthy heart choice. But let me ask you a question. How many of you enjoy exercising? What excuses do you have for not exercising?

I can't tell you how many women my age groan when they hear the "E" word. Even friends who have the time would rather do anything else but ...exercise.

It takes discipline and commitment. Another dreaded word; the "D" word.

I can honestly tell you I'd rather sleep an extra 45 minutes in the morning. But I've learned that unless I get up and jump on my treadmill first thing, I'm not going to get around to doing it. I may have every intention of exercising when I get home from work but something always seems to get in the way. Even on weekends, I have to do it first thing.

Why do people exercise?
  • Some people exercise to lose weight.
  • Some people exercise because they love to eat.
  • Some people exercise because their doctor told them to do it.
  • Some people exercise to set a good example for their children.
  • Some people exercise because it makes them feel good.
  • Some people exercise because they find they have more energy during the day.
You can add your own reasons to this list. (I'd love to know why you exercise if you do.)

I'm getting older. You're getting older. These are facts.

Each year seems to go by quicker and quicker. I work with people who are mostly younger than me. I teach little children who have lots of energy. It's important for me to keep up.

What I've learned over many decades is that ...exercise is a major key to enjoying a healthy and rewarding older age.

Have you ever noticed how many elderly people become so frail that they spend their days sitting. Every activity becomes a struggle. Is this what we have to look forward to as we get older? Now there are certainly medical conditions that may cause people to become more sedentary. But there's something called sarcopenia that medical people use to describe a condition that becomes quite common in the elderly. They have a change in body composition where they lose muscle and there's more fat. Their bodies become weaker and they have more of a tendency to fall.

And guess what?  It's preventable!

Yes I'm growing older each day. But I want to have the energy I need to do the things I enjoy.

Since this is still February which is Heart Month, I will continue to share my two cents with you about making healthy heart choices. And exercise is a healthy heart choice.

So what are you going to do today? How about going for a walk? If the weather is too cold outside (unlike us in Phoenix) why not pull out one of those exercise DVD's or watch a YouTube video and get moving. What choice will you make today? It's one day at a time, one choice at a time.

Blessings and love,

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Am I a kid or what?

Am I a kid or what?

I love this place...Carmel, CA

I love this place...Carmel, CA