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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? […]

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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English: Logo for Food Network (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

Enjoy!

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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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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. […]

Birthday? You Send Me!

4 Oct

 

Rumor has it this post is sponsored by Hallmark Cards and their mission to turn a #BirthdayFail into a #BirthdayWin. 

Check it out on Twitter!

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* BTW… A free 10-card pack of assorted Hallmark birthday cards (approximate retail value: $40) to a lucky reader who leaves a comment. Gosh, I love free stuff… don’t you?

 

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7 Reasons WHY… You SHOULD Send A REAL Birthday Card

1 – A paper birthday card sent through the mail gives you an A+ for effort. Any two-bit robot or spammer can email you “HB.”

2 – Heck, an actual card is almost like a wrapped gift these days. […]

I Feel Your Back To School Pain

30 Aug

 

According to top Health and Wellness Coaches Debbie Schroeder and Lynn Smith in their report 10 ENERGY ZAPPERS and How To Eliminate Them,

“Watching TV can lead to fatigue. The rapid cuts and edits shift your orienting response into overdrive, which leads to fatigue.”  Phooey, I say!

What causes fatigue? Working a job in your kid’s classroom!

It’s elementary, my dear room mother

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Dear Ms. Yokelclinger,

I’m happy as Planter’s Punch you are my kid’s teacher this year. I look forward to working like a dog breaking labor laws volunteering tirelessly in the classroom. After a seemingly endless summer keeping my kids entertained, hydrated, fed, culturally stimulated, lathered with sunscreen, and blooming like buttercups, I’m really thrilled to tears to be your complete and total slave parent helper.

Because I am deliriously dedicated to my child’s education, I will be on call 24-7 should you need anything. […]

Words With Moms

6 May

 

An 1888 advertisement for Webster’s Unabridged...

An 1888 advertisement for Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

One of the BEST things I learned from my mother…

best |best| superlative of good
adjective
of the most excellent, effective, or desirable type or quality
• most enjoyable: some of the best times of my life.
• most appropriate, advantageous, or well advised

“If you don’t know the meaning of a word, look it up in the dictionary,” she insisted.

Once an English Major, always an English Major.  As the Mental Floss T-shirt joke goes, “I’m an English Major. You do the math.”

My mother kept a thick, worn hardcover copy of her college edition Webster’s Dictionary on a little shelf in the corner of the kitchen. […]

Go Fly A Kite!

1 May

Malibu, Baby!

Malibu, Baby!

MAY DAY!   MAY DAY!

After a long winter and a chilly, slow start to spring…

(you may have noticed) it’s finally May.

The spring fever many of us felt in April was merely the flu.

So it’s time to squeeze in a celebration of spring before Memorial Day whacks us like a Wasabi wiener and folks (certainly not me) are complaining about how hot it is.

Is it hot in here or is it just me? […]

Happy Whoop-di-doo Year

28 Dec

 

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Time is the new money.

A special THANK YOU to all my readers and subscribers for your generosity!

Wishing you love, light, and LAUGHTER in the NEW YEAR.

See you in 2013.

 

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Merry Christmas!

24 Dec

Happy Holidays * Merry Christmas * Peace * Naps!

 

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