Merry Christmas Baby!

20 Dec

 

Wishing YOU a Merry Christmas! And a week full of light and laughter!

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The best part is the anticipation, don’t you think? [...]

Affirmations 4 U

12 Dec

 

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LAUGHABLE AFFABLES FOR YOU!

Affirmations from the heart & liver:

Repeat after me…

I am humble.

I am happy.

I am mellow.

Dang it. I am downright swellow.

PLEASE note that affirmations are more effective if you are not chewing, nibbling, sucking, slurping, imbibing, scratching or inhaling.

Close BOTH eyes.  

I am calm… [...]

This Is Your Brain On The Holidays

6 Dec

 

The holidays can be overwhelming… we are bombarded with too much of a good thing: work, play, kids, relatives, parties, wine, chocolate, candy, shopping, cloying music, fattening food, holiday spirits – and that’s just online.

Your truculent toddler isn’t the only one who needs a quiet time out in a dark corner! Your brain needs a time out, too.

 

“Easy as pie… did someone say PIE?”

 

Pity your poor besieged brain cells. Why not pamper them with a mini-meditation break?

Think of MEDITATION as a well-deserved respite for you and your 50 shades of gray matter – only you don’t have to lock yourself in the bathroom with a jug of cheap chardonnay. [...]

Gratitude With An Attitude

29 Nov

 

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Like many, I am acutely aware of being grateful – health, family, friends, pets, laughter, chocolate, caffeine, a working internet connection – are obviously priceless.

 

In honor of the whole “Give Thanks” thing… I’ve been keeping a Gratitude Journal… 7 Notes:

 

* Am grateful that a migraine attack only lasts a day.

 

* Thankful Aunt Carrie puts a truckload of bourbon in the yam soufflé.  Can you say “Pass the potatoes!” fast five times… fast enough? [...]

Comedy Shorts

22 Nov

During the holidays, I like my wine and my comedy vintage…

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Have you seen these classic comedy films on DVD?

After all, what’s more satisfying than reading Benchley? Viewing Benchley!

By watching Robert Benchley in these clever and hilarious shorts, you can savor his impeccable comic timing, the subtlety of his understated humor, and the endearing sweetness of his nature. [...]

7 Questions for Reflection

15 Nov

 

*This blog is gluten free and GMO free.

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“I like mine strong!”

Meditation teaches us that thoughts are merely like clouds passing in the sky… a few questions for reflection:

Why don’t I get a pet kangaroo?  Have I no sense of adventure whatsoever?

Would it be less stressful (aka healthier) spending the holidays in Cupcake Rehab or Workout Boot Camp than entertaining the cranky kids and in-laws for two weeks? [...]

Food Network’s Damaris Phillips of Southern at Heart

8 Nov

To celebrate November (OMG it’s November!) and the joy of food…

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Here is an entertaining interview After The Show did with the FUNNY & CHARMING Food Network star Chef Damaris Phillips.

Enjoy!

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- Suzanne Raga

I caught up with Chef Damaris Phillips, star of Food Network’s new show Southern at Heart and the winner of last season’s Food Network Star.

Damaris shares her take on the relationship between food and music, her favorite Louisville bands and venues, and the best Taylor Swift karaoke songs.

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After The Show: Do you ever listen to music while cooking? Would you recommend that people use music as a way to enhance the cooking experience?

Damaris: When I am throwing a party, I always listen to pop music of today OR the ’90s. I like to dance around the kitchen singing and gearing up for fun. For mass quantity of cooking, I’m going modern country, not too loud, but perfect for singing along and breaking up the monotony.   <MORE… CLICK HERE>

 

 

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Extreme Dental Floss

1 Nov

 

Moderation isn’t “in.” Everything has to be extreme.

I’ve personally witnessed “extreme googling,” “extreme kvetching,” “extreme tweeting,” and the worst of all… “extreme karaoke.”

Lady Gaga epitomizes this extreme spirit with her fashion sense.

Where's the beef?

Where’s the beef?

 

In this economy, “You can’t take it with you, so WTF spend it now” and “Shop ’til you drop” has bitten the gold dust.

Trim that fat in your budget with a buzz saw. [...]

Everything I Know About Sex… I Learned From My Cat

24 Oct

 

I was going to pontificate here upon how Justin Bieber is influenced by Nietzsche‘s views of women, but who cares?

EVERYTHING I Know About SEX & ROMANCE I Learned From My CAT…

 

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  • Stake out your territory and stand firm.
  • A sense of mystery adds to your allure.
  • If it feels good, purr and vibrate.
  • Holding a loved one close and feeling his/her beating heart is romantic as long as your arm/leg/brain hasn’t gone numb.
  • Seafood is not a bad aphrodisiac. [...]

BOO! Sad Songs and Ghosts

18 Oct

 

Forget about Halloween! October is scary for other reasons… especially if you are older than, say, fifteen.

“Some of my best friends are sad songs…” (said ME during a nasty autumn allergy attack AND before my Starbucks this morning)

Sad songs are oddly satisfying when you’re feeling miserable. Like a good cry, listening to them is cathartic. Maybe we can learn to LAUGH at how haunting they can be?

Everyone has a “Pity Party Playlist.” What’s your favorite sad song?

Here are a few for October.  Enjoy!

Edith Piaf drives a stake through your heart with raw emotional beauty. Eat your heart out Twilight. [...]