DIY Gold Glitter Ornament: Don't Forget To Sparkle

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Girl, never lose your sparkle and most importantly, be sure to share your sparkle with everyone around you. This is such an inexpensive DIY ornament that you can give as a gift in a group of 5-6,  tie onto a present as an adornment, or simply display alone or with greens in a bowl or a tray. Use your imagination!

Supplies Needed (I found everything at my local craft store):

Gold Glitter, Clear Ornaments, Gold Spray Paint, remove silver caps and spray gold, sprinkle Gold Glitter into ornament, put cap back on and add thin rope if you plan on hanging. *Note: can substitute wth Silver Glitter


DIY Holiday Stovetop Simmer

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I spent the better part of the weekend Elfin' around to Christmas music. My new favorite Holiday song? 

I spent Sunday making DIY Stovetop Simmer as gifts. This recipe is so simple to make and smells like Christmas in a Mason Jar. Tie a festive ribbon around it and add a cute gift card and you have easy peasy handmade gifts to go. I like to hand mine out early to get people in the Holiday spirit. Fa la la. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

Anise Stars, Rosehips, Rosemary Springs, Cinnamon Sticks and a fresh Clementine slices. Add to a pot of water and simmer on the stovetop.


Remembering To Be Grateful In This Fast Paced World

Hello Friends,

Sometimes we just need to slow down and hit the brakes....screech! It's fast-paced world with way too much noise, running around, work and family demands...with all the stress it's easy to forget to be grateful for what we have.

It's no wonder so many people don't hear or feel their own intuition or can't meditate due to their monkey brain hopping all around, Bring on the peace, for crying out loud. The craziness has to come to a HALT.

It helps to take a few minutes when we are feeling like a mouse on a treadmill to just sit or lie down and be quiet. Don't think about what you don't have, instead focus on what you do have. Roof over your head? Grateful.  In good health? Grateful.  Food in your cupboard?  Grateful.  Children, relatives, friends, family?  Grateful. 

I was quickly jolted out of my stressful morning when I received a phone call from a friend whom I haven't heard from in quite some time. This hilarious women, who seems to have it all, terrific marriage, beauty, great job, good sense of humor called me to let me know what was going on with her. Cancer. Emergency surgery, chemo ahead, staging of cancer that will dictate how much this will affect her life even more than it already has.

I am grateful for her friendship. I am grateful for too many things to even list. Is my life perfect? No. Do I get stressed, down, caught up in a whirl wind of worry at times? Yes. I've learned to take 10, or 20, or as long as I need to get quiet and centered. Life is not always easy, but it's good. 

Name 3 reasons why YOU are grateful?

Love - Deb xo

Imagination Is Stronger Than Knowledge

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death. - Robert Fulghum
 


Adulting Is Just So Overrated

I awoke one morning with a scratchy neck only to realize I had fallen asleep in my burgundy turtleneck from the day before. I open one eye reluctantly and spot the empty bowl that held nacho chips from last night’s snack. Binge eating...again. My eyes feel somewhat stuck together and my hand automatically goes up to touch...false eyelashes...Seriously? I slowly pull down the sheets to view the rest of my ensemble, yesterday’s opaque tights. All I can think of is coffee.  I drag my ass downstairs and over to the fridge to peek in. Empty, as usual. I remember my friend saying, “Damn, Girl, you are living like a bachelor, put some food in that fridge of yours.”  Inside the fridge I find a carton of Simply Smart Milk. I bought it because the expiration date lasts about 2 months which feels like the length of time between my visits to the market. I laid my eyes on a couple of Avocados which definitely needed tossing. There was about  ¼ bottle left of stale, inexpensive white wine, Shit! No coffee creamer.

How did I get this way? I used to be a responsible human being who raised smart, educated, polite children. When did Adulting become so difficult? The long answer to that would probably cost me a small fortune, a year worth of weekly visits to a Therapist, who in the end, probably wouldn’t be able to change me. The short answer is adulting sucks, so I do as little of it as I can, because the rest of the time the world is on my shoulders. Don’t get me wrong, I show up for work, pay my bills and am always there for my adult children. I just slack in other ways, but I’m kinda okay with it because I have no desire to be perfect, I like my world the way it is.

Being single for a long time buys you a lot of freedoms: slathering Peanut Butter onto chocolate squares with nobody judging you, no one to tell you to shut down your laptop at 11:30 pm because Netflix is keeping them awake, and the best part...being able to dance the night away for as long as you can shake it because there is no significant other who’s tired, can’t dance and wants to leave.

Does anyone else find Adulting impossible at times? What do you hate most about it? 

 

A Quote That You May Love As Much As I Do

There’s so much more to life than finding someone who will want you, or being sad over someone who doesn’t. There’s a lot of wonderful time to be spent discovering yourself without hoping someone will fall in love with you along the way, and it doesn’t need to be painful or empty. You need to fill yourself up with love. Not anyone else. Become a whole being on your own. Go on adventures, fall asleep in the woods with friends, wander around the city at night, sit in a coffee shop on your own, write on bathroom stalls, leave notes in library books, dress up for yourself, give to others, smile a lot. Do all things with love, but don’t romanticize love like you can’t survive without it. Live for yourself and be happy on your own. It isn’t any less beautiful, I promise. - Emery Allen

Hello All,

That quote just speaks to me. Maybe because I have been single for such a long time and I have truly learned that you don't need a partner to find happiness, or to really LIVE and appreciate life at it's finest. Taking time to love and really get to know WHO YOU ARE AT YOUR INNER CORE, only puts in you in a better position to welcome love into your life when it's right...or you may decide to just always remain happy on your own.  Always follow your heart. Don't ever settle for anything less than a beautiful life. Do one thing each day that excites you.

Love - Deb xoxo

Raw Emotions: This Is What I Know

This is what I know: Life has a way of trying to keep you stuck. 2 steps ahead, 1 step back. I'm spontaneous, adventurous, try my dam hardest to be positive but my abusive ex never changes, no matter how many chances I've given him. There is no support or help from him ever. He allows his kids struggle. It breaks my heart. I love my kids to pieces but how can theyy ever understand the pressure I carry trying to hold things together? They can't and it's not their burden. I am grateful they are getting their education and no matter what they will never have to struggle once they have it. Sometimes I feel broken and today is one of those days. One day this too shall pass. Sure people can sympathize and feel bad, but no one can really understand the weight of someone else's burdens and pressures. I hope you all find a way out of any self limiting situations that are put upon you. Wishing you all light and love. Down today but I will come back with a revenge and those who think my honesty is too brutally honest then feel free to unfollow me. I hope my rawness helps other people who any be struggling. The best people are the one who have faced struggles and have become humble and nonjudgmental because of them. xo

I hope this helps even one person. Blogs, Instagram, FB should not be about the glossy 'fluff'...life is much more complicated and the raw emotions needs to be heard too. We need to use our pain to help others. Sending you light an love xoxox