Monday, April 26, 2010

10 Things That Lead To A Happier, Healthier You!

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In these busy times, we need to make sure to take time out for ourselves. When we are happy, we reflect our happiness outwards to all those around us helping to create a healthier happier world!

1) Each night before falling asleep each night, think about what you are thankful and grateful for that day. Visualize what you want your following day to look like. You would be amazed at how well this works for creating a calmer more balanced life.

2) Stay as positive as possible. Life has it’s ups and downs but how we handle each situation is important. Positive emotions reflect out to those around you, especially your children. They learn by watching you!

3) Get outside in nature as much as possible. Taking a walk along a river or creek, appreciating the sounds of the birds, savoring the smells of spring in the air. All these things help you feel more connected. If you live in a big city, visit a park or walk into a flower shop and smell all the flowers. Get the kids and your canine companions active with you.

4) Exercise Daily, a little bit goes along ways! Try walking, riding your bike, playing an outdoor sport. During the winter, walk around your local mall. Anything to get moving. Exercise increases the happy endorphins in your brain helping to create a healthier happier you.

5) Take time to read, work on a craft and learn something new. Learning new things stimulates your brain.

6) Eat healthy snacks, shop local and organic as much as possible. Read labels to learn about what’s in your food.

7) Relax, take time to meditate or create a small space of time that is quiet and peaceful so you can recharge. Even five minutes can make a difference.

8) Having a rough day? There’s a reason the old saying goes, “Laughter is the best medicine” Laugh and smile, hold a smile for a minute and you will feel a physical change take place within your body. Laughing and smiling create happy endorphins!

9) Pamper yourself with a hot bubble or salt bath for detoxifying. Don’t forget to have sex! Having sex creates a feeling of connectedness with your partner and also creates happy endorphins in your brain.

10) Take time to reflect on your life and how you feel.

Are you completely content or are you somewhat unhappy? Do you feel something is missing? Work on releasing your inner creative spirit. Everyone has gifts and talents to share. Do you have a new idea for an invention or a book waiting to come out? Is there a craft you’ve always wanted to learn. Explore your inner self and see what happens. Carry around a notepad with you or leave one in your car and jot down ideas until your creative plan unfolds. Listen to CD’s, MP3’s or read books created by people who are teaching the tools you want to learn. 

As my best friend Stacy always says: “Action is the essential tool to the realization of any dream”
Dream Big!

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Written by: Carol Lawrence

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

A second chance!

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This is Marv, he’s a Pit Bull mix. He’s truly a real sweetie. My husband named him after Marv from the movie Sin City, but I call him my Marvelous Marv. He loves walks, hiking, camping, sleeping in, riding in a vehicle, chasing squirrels and licking everyone he meets. He loves children!
This is Goldie, she is Marv's sister. Yes she is also named after a character from the movie “Sin City”. In case you didn’t know me and my husband have different tastes and ideas for pet names.               
She likes car rides, hiking, camping, chasing squirrels, BONES, fetching her tennis ball, her pillow and blanket. Yes she requires a pillow. Here’s the proof.
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She gets a little chilly in Montana in the winter so she has a cute little pink sweater to keep her warm.
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This is ghost. She is a Great Pyrenees. She is beautiful, she has big brown eyes with bushy eyelashes. She is headstrong and territorial. When I first started homeschooling my youngest son in his middle school years we decided to volunteer at a pet shelter. (He’s now 19)We spent the day petting and playing with the dogs and cats. When we walked into the dog section the dogs were going crazy. They were barking and trying hard to get attention. We played with as many as we could. I saw Ghost she was in her pen and very quiet. She just watched us. She didn’t bark. That night after our volunteer visit I had a dream. She came to me in the dream and told me to take her home. I woke up visibly shaken to the core. I told my husband we had to go get her. I was in tears. I knew being a big dog she didn’t have as good of a chance finding home as a smaller more manageable dog did. He agreed to go take a look, we ended up bringing her home. She’s part of the family now. The funny thing is she was taken to the Humane Society because of her barking, she’s had her vocal cords cut three times. She didn’t bark once while there. Believe me she barks a lot at home. She’s not perfect but who is? We ended up adopting a cat too. Now our pet family consists of three dogs, three cats and one snake. My husband suggested we find another place to volunteer before we had our own zoo.
Thinking of a new pet. Before you run to the pet store which possibly could have gotten their animals from a puppy mill, check out your local animal shelters. Many of the animals are on death row and need and deserve a second chance!
Written by: Carol Lawrence

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A little cat litter goes a long ways!

This is my Great Pyreneese "Ghost".
She came out of the laundry room where we keep our cat box.
Everyone one started laughing at her. She was guilty! Instead of getting mad I ran for my camera!

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Written by: Carol Lawrence

Celebrate Earth Day Every Day By Going Green!

Celebrate Earth Day Every Day By Going Green.

Going green isn't just for hippie, organic, mother earth, loving granolas! (As I've been called)
It's for anyone who wants to live in a healthy world.

Here's my simple checklist for going green!

  • Use non toxic cleaners. "According to a five year study, the air in an average American home has chemical contamination levels 70 times greater than outdoor air" The Naturally Clean Home. Karyn Siegal-Maier
  • Use cloth napkins.
  • Donate your used clothing to your local Good Will or women's shelter.
  • Clean up trash around your neighborhood.
  • Use less plastic! There's a giant garbage patch called "plastic soup" twice the size of Texas floating in the Pacific Ocean.
  • Recycle
  • Reuse -One of my favorite items to reuse is glass candle jars with lids, they make great decorative storage containers.
  • Before you toss anything into the trash ask yourself is you can recycle, donate or reuse the item.
  • Bring your own bags to the grocery store. You could even go to a local craft store pick up some cloth shopping bags and decorate/personalize them for your family. This is great activity to do with your kids.
  • Use reusable water bottles.
  • Lunchskins reusable sandwich bags are handy and easy to use. Easily fits into your lunch box.
  • Buy in bulk, less packaging to be recycled or put into the landfill.
  • Learn about GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms) and what's really in the food you are eating. Read my previous post                                                                                                              What's on your plate?
  • Shop local, by shopping local you are stimulating your local economy and you know where your food came from. Buy organic seasonal produce.
  • Buy sustainably grown and produced foods. Look for locally organic ethically raised beef/poultry.
  • Request locally ethically grown/raised products from your grocery stores. Consumers have the power! If enough people start demanding healthier food choices, foods without a long list of unpronounceable ingredients that your great grandma would have never dreamed of eating, foods that are wholesome and healthy, without GMO's, sustainably and ethically raised. Companies will provide them. Let's unite our voices and demand change!

Sunday, April 18, 2010


An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard.
I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home, and was well taken care of.

He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head;
he then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the
hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep.

An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out.

The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard,
walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall, and again slept for about an hour.
This continued off and on for several weeks.
Curious, I pinned a note to his collar:
'I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is,
and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon, your dog comes to my house for a nap..'
The next day, he arrived for his nap with a different note pinned to his collar:
'He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3 - he's trying to catch up on his sleep.

Can I come with him tomorrow?'

Author unknown.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Burglary in Progress!

The day had finally arrived. The new house was finally done and we were moving from the City to the country. The boys were extremely excited. They would now have their own back yard complete with a swing set.
We were not too sure how Pugsy, the family dog, was going to like the change. As near as we knew she had never seen the country. Sure, she was "leach" trained but we were unsure how she was going to like being tied up when she went outside. It would be tough on her until we could fence the backyard.

She surprised us by "not running off" when we let her outside to do her business. It was like she knew, that if she took off she would be tied up and not allowed to roam. She seemed to be content to just enjoy the new "country" smells that were offered to her. She would go no further then the house next door in either direction. One afternoon we let her out the back door. We usually stood by the door to make sure that she did not run off. This summer day, the phone rang. I went to answer. Behind me I could hear Pugsy barking profusely. I yelled at her to stop. Even the boys came out of their bedroom to see what the racket was.
They stepped outside. I heard Mike yelling at Pugsy to:

"Come ...get away!"

Not knowing what was wrong I ended the call. The boys were standing a couple of feet from the back door. Pugsy was busy digging near the left side of the cement pad that was in front of the door. Mike, the oldest, said that he thought that a bug or snake had crawled under the stoop.
He fought a good fight to pull a determined Pugsy away from the hole that she was digging. I walked over to the stoop to see what was in the hole that had caused Pugsy to be so upset. All three of us peered into the hole and saw at least six or seven small clear scorpions and a couple larger ones trying their best to get away. How Pugsy knew that they should not be there we would never know. She got an extra helping of food that night for her efforts.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sometimes you feel like a Nutt!

We were leaving Missoula Montana after a great visit with friends.
These friends were extremely upset that we had not seen deer, let alone any animals in the wild on the nearby Montana mountains.

About an hour after we left Missoula we found ourselves in need of "rest station." In luck, we pulled into a nicely built, grassy area with picnic tables, water fountains and the most important part, men and women rest rooms. It was a delightful site after a thermos of coffee. After doing our business I noticed two small grey and brown squirrels skittering across the lawn. I decided that I would try and entice them with some "Ritz" crackers that I had brought with us. Within several seconds of breaking off small pieces of the treat the word was out. First those two, two more, two more, two more ... they came from under the ground, behind buildings, bushes. We quickly counted twelve or more. I looked down and watched as they grabbed a piece, stand on their hind feet and hold the cracker piece with their front feet and chew madly. Little squirrel cheeks expanded with each bite. I looked down at the ground. I counted twelve or fifteen several brave ones inches from my feet, as if to say:

"Hey ...we want some too!"

Several cars arrived. A women with a bag of cereal joined the feeding frenzy but they (the squirrels) skittered back to their hiding spot when one of them (squirrel) screamed a warning. With the woman was a young child. It was apparent that "children" had terrorized or frightened them. What a shame. Maybe, just maybe, with time and kindness the squirrels would realize that small children were not their enemy and they (the children) would get to experience what we had . . . squirrels up close and personal and in the wild doing what they do best!
Written by: Pat Chastain

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Do you know where your food comes from?

Have you seen the movie Food, Inc?
It is a movie that takes a hard look at where our food comes from.

Food, Inc.

This is a time in America when we are wanting the truth. It's hard to make educated choices in our lives if we don't open our eyes. Some people don't want America to see this movie. I'm personally greatful that there are people willing to risk it all to get the truth out. Then we as consumers and parents can make our own informed opinions and decisions. We are the voice for our children! It is up to us to demand healthier food choices. There's a small handfull of companies running our country. They are making the decisions. Unfortunately the decisions they are making are not in our best interests they are in the interest of making money. The impact upon generations to come could be astronomical if we don't wake up and demand changes now. There are other voices to join out there speaking out on behalf of everyone's option for healthy food. Food, Inc was an academy award nominee for best documentary feature.

Check it out and let me know what you think of the movie and our food crisis in America!
Make sure to follow food inc on facebook to stay informed.

The Future of FoodKiller at LargeFoodmatters

Food it's what's for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Where does your food really come from?
How healthy is your food? What are we really feeding our kids?
This is a topic that is popping up everywhere with good reason.