Collector Gift Basket Idea

Collector Gift Basket Idea

Collector Gift Basket Idea
Collector Gift Basket Idea

Fill a basket with:

  • ~ reference books
  • ~ items they collect
  • ~ display cases, books, etc .
  • ~ cleaning supplies (special polishes, oils, brushes, etc.)~ tickets to a collectibles show

 

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A Collection of Unrelated Thoughts
by Terry Mitchell

Have you ever heard of an FBI agent who wasn’t “special”? Or an attorney who wasn’t “at law”?
Have you ever met an optometrist who didn’t wear glasses? Do you think maybe the fact that most of them wear glasses has anything to do with advertising?
Until recently, I thought Jessica Simpson was a cartoon character!
Why would anyone want to run for the office of school board member? It seems to me that this would be something a person would be sentenced to after being convicted of a misdemeanor!
What do you call a member of OPEC? An Opecker?
It is okay to turn work into fun, but it’s not okay to turn fun into work!
Unwritten rules are, by definition, unjust.
I think some of the most soothing sounds in the world are a cat or dog lapping water and the clanking of ceramic dishes. On the other hand, the sound of a crying child has to be the most annoying sound in the world. The sound of someone’s extremely hard shoes clomping across the floor is a close runner-up.
If the word “from” or the phrase “as little as” immediately precedes a dollar amount in an advertisement, it is wise to mentally substitute them with “more than”. Conversely, if the amount is preceded by the word “to” or the phrase “as much as”, you should mentally substitute them with “less than.”
When determining the value of a roll of paper towels, ignore the number of square feet and look at the number of individual paper towels in the roll. For toilet paper, do just the opposite, i.e., ignore the number of sheets and look at the total square feet.
When I was a kid, I thought Indonesia was the part of “Nesia” that had a roof over it!
Back in the 1990’s, a coworker was bragging one day about how a computer program he was writing utilized 21st century technology. I quickly pointed out to him that this was impossible. No matter how advanced any technology was that someone invented in the 1990’s, it could not have been 21st century technology. The simple fact that it was invented in the 20th century makes it, by definition, 20th century technology!
A tax credit is the sincerest form of a tax break!
Do vegetarians eat fruit in addition to vegetables? If so, why aren’t they called vegefruitarians?
To understand some people and organizations, you must master the art of interpolation. For example, if they say something will be done in a few weeks, you can presume that it will actually occur in a few months; or if someone tells you he/she will be somewhere in an hour, you can safely presume it will be two hours.
If “all is fair in love and war”, then there is no such thing as a war crime.
I thought video-on-demand (VOD) was going to bring us more entertainment options. Apparently, that’s not the case as most of the stuff available on VOD is exactly the same as the stuff playing on the cable channels. The only advantage it provides is that you get to see programs when you want. Funny thing, I thought that was what VCRs and TiVo were for.
It is usually a waste of time to try to impress another person. If someone is not impressed with you, they would not be likely to change their mind even if you discovered the cure for cancer. On the hand, if someone is already impressed with you, they will usually remain impressed no matter how many stupid things you do.
I’m getting so tired of those “awards” shows on TV. It seems like there’s one on every week and they just keep adding more of them all the time. I would watch one of them only if it were on pay-TV…..they’d have to pay me to watch it!
Those who are always waiting until “times are better” never accomplish anything significant.
There have only been a handful of good liars in the history of the world. Most liars will eventually get caught because they will let their guard down sooner or later and fail to cover all their tracks.
Why would anyone put money ahead of their health? There are many people who do exactly that, though. They apparently don’t realize that money and possessions become meaningless when and if you lose your health.
My major source of heartburn with the Earned Income Tax Credit is that allows some individuals to get more money refunded to them than was actually withheld in taxes from their paychecks. I agree that many of the working poor should not have to pay taxes, but the government should not be in the business of income redistribution. When someone receives more back from the IRS than they paid in, it is just welfare under a less stigmatized name. For those people, perhaps we should call it the “Unearned” Income Tax Credit.
The concept of “fighting words” only exists in the minds of those who are immature enough to allow words to hurt them.
If someone brags about you in front of others, it could be as hazardous as bragging about yourself. There’s always a chance that one of the listeners will become jealous and bring to light some unflattering things about you.
I get a little aggravated when I drive past a church building displaying the words “full gospel” on its marquee. It makes me think its members believe other churches just provide a “partial gospel.”
Many of us, including myself, often lose sight of the fact that money is merely a means to an end, not an end in itself.
I think the whole idea of convicting Martha Stewart and sending her to prison is totally ludicrous and unjust. Those federal prosecutors made a mountain out of a mole hill. I don’t see how what she did really hurt anyone. She was afraid of being prosecuted for a violation of some petty insider trading law. That’s understandable to me. No, it’s not moral or ethical, but why should it be illegal? There are so many more serious things people are doing now that need to be addressed instead. Why not go after some real criminals instead of harassing a woman for lying about something that almost anyone else in her situation would have lied about? The jails are already so overcrowded with dangerous people who really need to be there that they have to let some of them out way too early. So how much sense did it make to send Martha Stewart to prison? None. It was nothing more than a witch hunt. He who has never told a lie, cast the first stone at Martha Stewart!
The scary thing about the folks up in Canada is that they are now coding political correctness into law.
When you are asked to do something on the job, no matter how difficult, never say it is impossible. There will always be some young phenom who will come along and figure out a way to do it and make you look like a fool.
Why do most American women think cellulite is so awful?
Those who are constantly telling others to “not be afraid” or to “have more courage” aren’t being realistic. Many fears do not respond to logic or reason.
You can tell a lot about a person’s integrity by watching him or her at a grocery store. If he/she gets into the “12 items or less” line with more than 12 items and/or leaves his/her cart just anywhere in the parking lot without returning it to the cart-return, he/she sends out a very negative message about himself/herself. That message is: “I’m either too lazy or too indifferent to be bothered with doing things correctly.”
For those of you who are like me and not all that smart, the best way to act intelligently is to observe what the smart people and the dumb people around you are doing and act accordingly. We all know who the smart ones are and who the dumb ones are. If something is being done by most of the smart people and not being done by most of the dumb people, then by all means do it. Conversely, if something is being done by most of the dumb people and not being done by most of the smart people, then by all means don’t do it. It can’t get any simpler than that.
I don’t like to collect a lot of “things.” I’ve always held to the belief that the more you have, the more you have to worry about. There are only two possible reasons why I would even be remotely interested in being extremely wealthy. One would be the fact that I could afford to hire out all jobs that I either couldn’t do or didn’t want to do myself. Stuff like car repair and maintenance, home repair and maintenance, and home decorating would be in that category. The other would be that I could get almost unlimited “do-overs” when making decisions about major purchases. Most of us really have to sweat a major purchase like a home or a car. We know that if we make a mistake and buy something we are not happy with, we cannot easily turn around and sell it without taking a major financial hit. If I was extremely wealthy, on the other hand, I could easily discard a home or car that I was dissatisfied with or had grown tired of and get another one without really suffering financially.

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Great Coffee Lovers Gift Basket Idea

 

Great Coffee Lovers Gift Basket Idea

Great Coffee Lovers Gift Basket Idea
Great Coffee Lovers Gift Basket Idea

Fill a basket with:

  • ~ gourmet coffees
  • ~ coffee mugs
  • ~ novels
  • ~ chocolates
  • ~ decorative bookmark (why not make one yourself)

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Coffee House Conversations
by Devlyn Steele

Everywhere you go, you hear people talk about the changes they want to make in their lives. Certainly while your getting your coffee or tea at the coffee house you do.
“I want to lose weight.”
”I want a better job.”
“I want to make more money.”
Maybe for you it’s travel, education, meeting someone or improving a current relationship. We all have goals and changes we want that go unresolved. So we talk a lot about wanting them to change. How often does anyone really do anything about changing? In fact, after a while you’ll start hearing the wants turn to complaints. Then the complaints turn into reasons why success is not possible. “I don’t have the time or money or ability.” There are an endless number of reasons.
As a life coach, people are always telling me why they are stuck and why they can’t do certain things. “I don’t like to workout.” or “I’m too forgetful.” Basically what they’re telling me is, “I have no control over my own behavior.” Here’s one we have all heard from someone, “I’m not a morning person.”
What if I offered a “non-morning person” a million dollars to be a morning person tomorrow morning? Most people would say, “Well, for a million dollars I could be.” So in truth, it’s not that you are not a morning person, or that you don’t have the time or any of the other reasons you give that prevent you from the changes you want, you simply haven’t found the motivation.
With the right motivation, and it doesn’t have to be money, you can change and create winning actions in your life. You are not locked into any behavior. Stop placing limits on yourself and talking about the changes you want and the reasons you can’t achieve them. There is no definition of you other than the definition you give yourself.
We all have the power to redefine ourselves and create the lives we want. Let me show you how powerful you are. Take a sip of your coffee or tea and let me ask you this: Right now, could anything stop you from taking that sip? Oh, you don’t have a coffee or tea? Then get one or imagine you have one. Barring a sudden, catastrophic natural disaster, the answer is no, nothing can. The only thing that could stop you from taking a sip is…you!
In fact, nothing can stop you from going to the gym, eating right, getting an education, looking for a better job, paying attention to your relationships, not spending money on your credit cards or doing the things you should to make your life better. Nothing can stop you from anything you want to improve in your life except you. You are the only obstacle in your life.
We need to stop blaming outside factors for our behavior. There is no boogeyman keeping you from creating the life you want. We also have to stop looking for shortcuts. We tend to fall into the trap of wanting instant gratification and there are plenty of folks trying to sell this junk. I hate to be the one to tell you this but there are no magic pills that will make you thin, cure your life in seven days, get rich over night or have great abs in two weeks.
There is only one sure way to success and that’s doing the work. This means we must get into action. Get motivated to change right now! Motivation is power and we have established here that being powerful is as simple as taking a sip of coffee or tea.
So enjoy the rest of your coffee or tea and smile while you take that sip, because right now you are powerful and right now you’ve decided to get into action to achieve the changes you want.

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Happy Stay at Home Day

Happy Stay at Home Day

When : Always November 30th

Happy Stay at Home Because You are Well Day

Happy Stay at Home Day
Happy Stay at Home Day

Stay at Home Because You Are Well Day is today. Do you feel okay? If’so, it is a good day to take off from work.

According to the creators of this special day, the objective is to call in “well” to your work. It’s as simple as that.

Caution: We recommend you use extreme caution and good judgment. Following the concept of this day could get you a reprimand or cost you  your job. Participating in this day might not be the right thing for you to do.

Have a happy Stay at Home Because You Are Well Day.


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Stay at Home Because You Are Well Day is a copyrighted holiday.

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Relieving Stress in Your Home
by Tracy Togliatti

Energy from emotional and physical stress has a tendency to spread into your immediate environment. It can take away the feeling of sanctuary you need in order to relax and unwind. The good news is that you can get rid of that accumulation of negative energy. You can create a haven that you will feel happy, secure, and productive in. The following suggestions should help.
Let’s first define what your personal space is to you. It could be your entire home, apartment, bedroom, or even just the corner of your dorm room. For some, especially busy moms; the bathroom is the best space to retreat to for a few minutes of serenity. Whatever space you claim as your own, that’s the area we want to focus on.
Now we need to get a grip on any unnecessary clutter. Those ever-growing piles of papers and miscellaneous things to do won’t get any smaller until you take some action. Make a date with yourself, even if it’s only for 15 minutes a day and go through each and every item. Would you REALLY miss it if you didn’t have it? If your answer comes short of a very definite YES, then pitch it, recycle it, or donate it. You’ll be amazed at how much lighter and free you ’ll feel once this is done!
When the de-cluttering process has been completed, get out your dust cloth and mop. Clean up all the spider webs and dust bunnies. Pay attention to windows too. Having a cleaner space will help you breathe easier and is a much healthier environment for body, mind, and soul. Please make sure you spend a little extra time in heavy traffic areas and the corners too.
Now that everything is nice and tidy, ask yourself what you have in your space that you enjoy looking at. Maybe it’s a beautiful view outside your window, or pictures of your family. Being able to focus visually on your favorite things will help encourage Happy Thoughts. Try to have at least one small item for this.
What about the lighting, is it harsh, or too dim? That is easy to adjust with either higher or lower watts of light bulbs. I’ve found 60 watt works the best for me, but you might want super bright 100 watt, or very dim 40 watt. It’s a matter of personal preference and is also very inexpensive to adjust to what you like the best. Nothing beats natural light through a window during the day, but you don’t have to have a window to get the same effect. There are even light bulbs that offer a natural lighting feel in a room, though they are a bit more expensive. Candlelight adds some elegance and is excellent at burning away stressful feelings in a room. It also helps with aromatherapy; we will talk about that more a little later.
How does your space sound? Is there an accumulation of outside noises that distract you from being at peace? Sometimes running a fan or a white noise CD is the perfect block to outside noises. Try different types of music to enhance the ambience in your room. New age and classical music both have regenerative properties that work wonders on your mental state. I would suggest staying away from the television, especially during high stress times. Newscasts, soap operas, “real TV”, to name a few, will increase the levels of negativity in your environment. If you are set on the TV, try to pick the most positive programming you can find.
Aromatherapy is a vital element in creating your peaceful space. The part of your brain that detects smells is closely linked with the limbic part of your brain, which is your emotional center. Smells can evoke memories, good ones and bad ones; they can leave you feeling happy, sad, and every emotion in between. Aromatherapy goes back as far as Hippocrates, the Greek father of medicine, who strongly recommended the use of aromatic essential oils for their relaxing properties. A few relaxing, stress-relieving scents include:
Cedarwood
Chamomile
Sage
Rosemary
Geranium
Jasmine
Lavender
Lemongrass
Orange
Rose
Rosewood
Sandalwood
Vanilla
You can use candles, incense, air fresheners of every different sort from sprays to plug-ins, or potpourri. Try a variety of types and aromas to see what works best for your own moods.
We have touched a little on how your room looks, sounds, and smells. These are important elements to consider in providing yourself with a mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy environment. You may want to think of the colors that are put in your room, the furnishings and how you arrange them. The temperature may need to be adjusted with fans or electric heaters. These ideas will set you on the way towards creating a peaceful sanctuary for yourself. What else can you think of to help yourself feel comfortable and relaxed? Get creative and have fun. Before you know it you’ll have your own piece of heaven on earth!

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Christmas Decorating Gift Basket Idea

Christmas Decorating Gift Basket Idea

Christmas Decorating Gift Basket Idea
Christmas Decorating Gift Basket Idea

Fill a basket with:

~ nativity set

~ assorted Christmas ornaments (store bought or hand-made by you)

~ decorative lights

~ candles

 

 

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Christmas For One: Mental Health Over the Holidays
by Kristin Johnson

My dear friend, poet Dessa Byrd Reed, often spends holidays alone as a widow. However, she doesn’t see this, as many people often do, as a depressing circumstance. In a November 2000 POETIC VOICES interview, she said, “Because I am single and live alone, I eat out a lot. I love to talk to strangers. That’s one of my favorite things. I go out for breakfast and talk to people.”
Another talented writer, Leslie Lafayette, dealt with being a childless woman by choice in WHY DON’T YOU HAVE KIDS?: Living a Full Life Without Parenthood. You can bet that because of her choice many people would pity her. She writes the “Alone Again, Naturally” column for the outstanding magazine THE DESERT WOMAN. Observers might conclude she’s miserable on the holidays.
Both Leslie and Dessa have full lives and radiate Christmas cheer, not just in December but all year round. While we all need human contact, it’s a mistake to conclude that people without the traditional family dinner are all on suicide watch. Anyone who has negotiated where to have Christmas and which family members can come when, not to mention refereed in-law and spouse disputes, knows that the allure of having a table for one at Christmas is powerful.
However, when people aren’t alone by choice, Christmas can be lonely. In Michigan, I interviewed a woman, the founder of a divorced and widowed support group, who chose to have Christmas dinner every year for lonely widows, widowers and divorced people, usually from her support group. Her children understood that she needed to start this new tradition in her new life.
Similarly, having children around, even with the relentless gimmes and commercialism, lends a special magic to Christmas, which is why playing Santa appeals to so many.
The holidays can be joyous if you’re alone, or they can be difficult. As with so much, your feelings depend on your personality, your circumstances, your childhood, and in many cases on medical or psychological conditions.
Some tips to remember if you’re alone or without your support system:

Take advantage of counseling services in your community, including from your local church, synagogue, temple or other place of worship.
Take time out for spirituality. You might attend services just to experience human contact and community. People are generally nicer at Christmas.
Do all the things you wanted to do but couldn’t in your former life. Travel. Even in this post-9/11 world, you can visit faraway places. There are many tour groups for singles.
Attend art walks, holiday concerts, lectures, and movie screenings alone. Or invite a friend you haven’t talked to in a while.
Volunteer—it’s a wonderful way to make friends, stay active, and feel fulfilled.
Go out to dinner alone! While women in particular feel uncomfortable, project an air of confidence. You are a strong, vital woman. This doesn’t mean that you should go bar-hopping or take risks alone at night. But you have the right to ask for a table for one without feeling as though people are judging you. (Most people are too preoccupied with their own lives to notice.)
Gather a circle of friends or people in the same situation—just make sure the evening doesn’t turn into a pity party.
Don’t overdrink, overeat or do drugs. It’s just not a good tradition.
Bake cookies if you’re so inclined. Cookies make wonderful Christmas presents and ways to reconnect with your friends.

You may be tempted to think of yourself as Ebenezer Scrooge. Don’t, and boil anyone in his own pudding who calls you “Scrooge.” You are honoring Christmas in your own heart and keeping it always. Christmas for one, anyone?

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More Christmas Gift Basket Ideas

More Christmas Gift Basket Ideas

More Christmas Gift Basket Ideas
More Christmas Gift Basket Ideas
  • hot apple cider mix
  • large mugs
  • home made christmas ornament
  • a letter saying why you love Christmas
  • matching mittens, hat and scarf
  • some mistletoe
  • Christmas music DVD
  • home made Christmas cookies – with the recipe included

 

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Living A Guilt-Free Christmas
by Catherine Franz

Do you have feelings that you didn’t do something as well as you would have liked this year? With the intention to solve this by the end of the year? Many of us desire to begin the new year in a new light in our relationships. The ultimate motive, however, is that we don’t want to drag our emotional baggage into the coming year.
Having Thanksgiving in November and Christmas in December all leading to the beginning of new promises in the next year isn’t a fluke. The emotional need for love and peace is set in our emotional DNA and expands during this period. Gift giving is normally the result of wanting to give something that relieves the guilt of something. All for the promise of starting the New Year with a clean slate.
Your motive during the holiday period depends on your beliefs. Yet, it is a time to reconnect with love. Love is the greatest need for all of us. It is the foundation for our need for respect, honor, and interaction. We need love as proven in studies on newborns — those touched and loved during their first few weeks and those that aren’t. Our love for our family, friends, but mostly with ourselves, is a strong desire that is manipulated by retailers during this period. Yes, I honor the fact that it has made the United States a great nation because of it but have we ever thought of how life could be different if we met it in another way?
There are other ways to balance the holiday season, this season and for the rest of your life. Examine why you are purchasing gifts. Is it the need to feel more loved? Is it to relieve the guilt so you can begin the New Year with a clean slate — or at least a cleaner slate? What is driving the guilt? Not enough time spent with who? What are you working towards shedding before the New Year enters?
I am sharing this with you because I know of other ways and their results are greater than anything a gift will ever solve. It begins with forgiveness and transfers into living a different way of life — all year long. That’s 24/7, Monday-Sunday, with everyone in your life currently, from the past, and in the future that touch your life.
The message is to live a life of love, light all year long. Imagine a life of being guilt-free and being in a state of love and peace with yourself and others. No judgment with yourself. No judgment of others. Is it possible? I say yes and I know you know it as well. There are people living it. You have already experienced parts of it. Begin with the choice today. Not tomorrow, not as a New Year resolution. But today. Now. This minute. This second. Live the next hour guilt-free. Then the next hour. Live each hour whenever you can think of this process. Let the hours merge together and eventually your life changes dramatically and whole world that you touch shifts around you. You know its possible. It begins with a choice and shifts with awareness and the smallest of commitments.

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Your Party Will Go As Planned

Your Party Will Go As Planned

Your Event Will Go As Planned
Your Event Will Go As Planned

When you are trying to plan a great event, you want to everything perfect so that it all goes as planned. This may not always be easy and in fact you will have to work hard at it to make sure that it does go the way that you are hoping. You should not get all worked up about your event. As long as you have the right materials and the work ethic to do it, you will have a great and successful time.
There are four ways to ensure that your event will just as you have planned. You will first want to make a budget. Once you know how much you can afford to spend on this special occasion, you will then be able to plan out all that you have to spend on your purchases. This will give you some kind of start so that you can follow through on it. It is very important to stick to your budget so that you are not forced to go over and have to find ways to pay the extra cost.

Your Event Will Go As Planned
Your Event Will Go As Planned

Once you have the budget in place you will want to make a list. This is the second way to ensure that everything goes as planned. Once you have the list of all the materials and things that you need to plan out, you will then be on your way to making the most of your special occasion. You will want to figure out the different things that you will need and then go from there. This will be the best way to make sure that you are getting good deals on all the things that you are in need of.
Make sure that you are checking things off of your list as they are done. You will want to do this so that you are not forgetting to take care of something and this will help you leave nothing undone. You will find that planning out the event will go a lot easier and quicker when you have a great plan to move on with. This will be a very good way to stay organized and on track.
The third way to ensure that your event goes as planned is to make sure that you have a lot of help. You do not want to take on all the challenges of running an event yourself. You want to have as much help as you can so that you are able to make the most of your special day. You want to have friends help you out as much as possible as well as even hiring some extra hands to get everything done for you.
They will also be able to keep an eye on things at the event. They can watch over and make sure that all is running smoothly and if there is a problem, they can try and fix it before you even find out about it. This will be a great help and also take some of the stress off of you when the time comes.
The fourth way to make sure that you are succeeding with your planned event is to have a lot of patience. You do not want to get yourself worked up too much. You want to make sure that you are calm and collected so that you can handle any problems that may come up at the event. You will feel better and be able to relax when you are in control of the situation. This is something that a lot of people do not do and they will find that they have no fun at their own party.
You did all this planning and hard work and you should be able to enjoy it as much as you can. Calm down and have patience. Things are going to go wrong and there is nothing that you can do about it. All you can do is work through it and hope for the best.

Your Party Will Go As Planned!

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Happy Square Dance Day

Happy Square Dance Day

Date When Celebrated: Always November 29

Happy Square Dance Day
Happy Square

Here’s a chance to get out and “Dosey Do” with your partner. It’s Square Dance Day!

 

English, Irish, and Scottish settlers brought square dancing to the U.S. As it evolved in the U.S., a caller was added, to help dancers stay in step. It remains popular among southern and western rural areas, and with senior citizens.

Couples square dance in circles or square formations. It’s lively and quick, and lots of fun.

Square Dancing is both fun, and great exercise. Medical sites and journals speaks to its health benefits for people of all ages.

The origin of Square Dance Day is unknown. Our research did not uncover the roots. But, don’t miss the opportunity today to “Swing your partner” to the lively beat!

Are you looking to Celebrate Square Dancing for a whole month? September is International Square Dance Month.


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Dance Floor Activities

Dancing is an essential component at most wedding receptions. We look forward to the couple’s “first dance” and the bride’s special dance with her father. It’s also a place to get loose and funky, if you’re a guest or a member of the wedding party.

But what if the wedding planners decided to add some fun and surprise to the dance floor by adding fun activities there? This doesn’t mean a rousing version of the “Bunny Hop”, which, while maybe essential, is hardly unique.

There are, however, many fun games and activities you can add to your dance floor activities that are sure to be a hit.

Try a fun game of the “chicken dance”. Ok, so that doesn’t sound too original. But if most of your guests are just sitting at their tables, watching a few brave couples dancing, or just finishing their meals, you might want to get everyone up and having fun. Try this game.

The DJ announces a number. Everyone looks under his or her chair, where there is a number. Depending on the number of guests at the wedding, there might be only numbers “1” and “2” or more, up to 5.

So, say the DJ announces number “4”. Each person checks under their chair to see what their number is. These numbers can be written simply on a piece of masking tape and affixed to the underside of the chairs when the reception is being set up. Each “4” in this scenario will head to the dance floor to do the chicken dance with the other “4s”. Not only does this get people out of their chairs and on to the dance floor, they get to know other wedding reception guests they might not otherwise know.

One dance floor activity that’s gaining popularity is to bring in a dance teacher for the wedding reception. As a kind of pre-dance activity, the teacher will quickly walk people through their paces on the dance floor, perhaps teaching a bit of the waltz or, for something completely different, a little bit of the tango, before the music officially begins and dancing commences.

Having a dance teacher do a bit of teaching not only livens up the reception right from the start, but it gets people out on the dance floor who might otherwise be too self-conscious normally to get out there and let it all hang out. And practically speaking, it will likely make the wedding guests feel more confident in their skills before the “official” dancing begins.

Another fun activity to get everyone on the dance floor, including even the most reticent, is something you can refer to as the “snowball” dance. This is a good way to jumpstart the dancing at the beginning of the evening.

Here’s how the “snowball” dance works. The wedding party, bride and groom included, will head to the dance floor for a fun dance. The music for this dance should be fast, something with a disco beat or a fast song that most people have at least a passing familiarity with. After a bit of wedding party dancing, the music stops. The female members of the wedding party move into the crowd and bring back one male each. The male members of the wedding party do the same, but they bring in female guests. The dancing then begins again. This is repeated until all the guests are dancing. It’s truly a snowball effect!

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Happy Red Planet Day

Happy Red Planet Day

Date When Celebrated: Always November 28th

Happy Red Planet Day
Happy Red Planet Day

The planet Mars is referred to as the “Red Planet” because it appears red in color. Red Planet Day honors our celestial neighbor, the fourth planet in the solar system.

Is Mars truly red in color? Scientists debated this question, even after the Mars Rovers landed and began to explore the planet. Why? Because the lenses used to take photos are tinted.

On Red Planet Day, take a few minutes to look upwards into the sky, and gaze at our neighbor. Hopefully, you will have a cloudless night sky for viewing. You can also recognize this day by reading up about Mars, and viewing pictures of it. There are plenty of pictures online. We’ve noted some of those sites below in the “More Information”section.

Happy Red Planet Day
Happy Red Planet Day

Red Planet Day commemorates the launch of the Spacecraft Mariner 4 on November 28,1964. The 228 day mission of Mariner 4 brought the spacecraft within 6,118 miles of Mars on July 14, 1965.


Mars Facts and Trivia:

Fourth Planet from the Sun

Mars gets it’s name from the Greek word “Ares”, the God of War

Often visible to the naked eye

Distance from the Sun: average 136,764,000 miles

Rotation around the Sun: 687 days

Rotation period: 1.026 Earth days

Gravity: 1/3 of Earth

Size: 7th largest planet, about 1/10th the mass of Earth

Moons: none

Temperature range(F): -207 to +81 degrees

 

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Christmas Xmas Gift Basket Idea

Christmas Gift Basket Idea
Christmas Gift Basket Idea

Christmas Xmas Gift Basket Idea

Xmas Gift Basket Idea
Fill a decorative Christmas box or tin with:

  • ~ assorted home-baked cookies
  • ~ assorted chocolates
  • ~ Christmas ornaments (better if you made them yourself)
  • ~ pre-recorded Christmas music
  • ~ tuck in some candy canes or foil wrapped chocolate Santas for a finishing touch

 

 

 

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Christmas Crafts for Kids
by Catherine Spelling

With the holiday season soon upon us, it’s time to think about some fun crafts you can do with your children in preparation of Christmas. My kids love doing holiday crafts, and I’m sure yours will too! It has always been challenging to find age-appropriate crafts that all of the children will enjoy making. My children each have a few years between them, so we have amassed quite a collection of crafts and craft ideas. Here are a few suggestions you can use. Consider it an early Christmas gift from me to you!
Bead garlands are one of my all-time favorite crafts. They are fun to make, extremely colorful, and great for children of all ages. You will need some string or plastic cord, a whole lot of beads, some scissors, and some glue. Cut the string or cord to the desired length, and thread it through the first bead. Tie a knot around that bead, and add some glue to keep it secure. Now add the rest of your beads. When you reach the end, tie the string off on the last bead and add some more glue. Now that was fun, wasn’t it?
Pine cone ornaments have also become classics in our Christmas craft repertoire. They are appropriate for children of any age, and keep very well in storage. You will need to spend some time collecting the pine cones. We collect them when we are out walking the dog. We simply paint them with silver or gold paint, and cover them with glitter. Let them dry somewhere safe, and tie them to your tree with a piece of ribbon. Are you getting in the holiday spirit, yet?
Bell ornaments are also a lot of fun to make, and they will last for years to come. We feel that small terra cotta pots are the best to use. Have the children paint the pot green, and allow it to dry. Once the pot is completely dry, attach fake jewels or beads to it with glitter glue. Then thread a small bell with some ribbon, and pull the ribbon up through the hole in the pot. Tie a knot in the ribbon so the bell stays secure, and add any other final touches you might like. I am sure your kids will love these crafts as much as mine do! Have a wonderful holiday, all!

 

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Chocolate Lovers Gift Basket Idea

Chocolate Lovers Gift Basket Idea

* Fill a basket with:

Chocolate Lovers Gift Basket Idea
Chocolate Lovers Gift Basket Idea
  • chocolate cookies (home baked is best)
  • ~ chocolate bonbons
  • ~ chocolate sauces
  • ~ chocolate syrup
  • ~ chocolate
    dipped coffee spoons Hot chocolate mix
  • ~ chocolate covered coffee beans
  • ~ chocolate flavored coffee beans
  • ~ chocolate recipes

 

 

 

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Choosing The Right Gift
by Bonnie Jo Davis

Although there are many variables to choosing the right gift for the woman in your life some rules always apply. Following are some basic tips to help you through the murky waters of choosing a gift.
Pay attention. Take a good look at the home decor of the woman who will receive your gift. Does she decorate with angels, candles, family pictures, posters or art. The items a woman chooses for her home will give many clues as to what she would enjoy receiving.
Ask questions. It never hurts to ask a woman what she enjoys receiving as a gift. Ask her to describe her most favorite gift. Ask her to tell you what she enjoys giving as a gift. This often will be the thing that she enjoys receiving as well. Encourage an open dialogue about gift giving and listen to the clues she is giving you.
Don’t take the easy way out. Don’t just send a dozen flowers or a box of chocolates and expect an overwhelming response. Women love to receive gifts that are meaningful and matched to their interest. If you do send flowers (and sometimes you should) add on a special teddy bear, picture frame or balloons to make the gift more personal.
Avoid candy or fitness related items. Don’t give candy unless it comes with another gift such as flowers or as part of a gift basket. That way the woman can give away the candy and still enjoy the gifts that came with it. Too many of us are watching our weight and avoiding fatty and sugary foods. Fitness equipment gifts may be considered an insult as though you are criticizing the woman’s weight. Don’t think you’re being helpful by giving such a gift – it will backfire on you!
Don’t buy a gift that you like or want and give it to someone else. This trick will not work on any woman with half a brain! Many years ago I had a committed relationship with a boyfriend that never, and I mean never, bought me a gift. One year he excitedly told me he had bought tickets to a concert for my birthday! I was surprised and pleased until he announced that he bought tickets to a Pink Floyd concert. I listened to Madonna and Michael Jackson at the time not classic rock. Needless to say, out of politeness I pretended to be happy and excited and went to the concert and had a good time. Giving a gift to someone that is something you like or want is selfish and sure to cause serious repercussions in your relationship. Don’t do it.
If in doubt give a gift certificate. Many on-line stores offer gift certificates that are convenient and easy to redeem. It may seem like a gift certificate is the easy way out but it isn’t. If you purchase a gift certificate from a store that offers gifts interesting to the woman in your life then you are doing her a huge favor. Not only will she get a great gift that interests her but she can choose something that she will actually use and enjoy!
Make your gift giving successful by taking the time to learn about the women in your life and to appreciate them for their unique gifts. Women love to receive gifts and will reciprocate in kind. Don’t wait for a birthday or other special occasion. Give gifts frequently and unexpectedly and you will be surprised by the response you receive!

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