September 13, 2019, in spite of being Friday the 13th is Positive Thinking Day.
Is life getting you down? If your answer is a yes, then Positive Thinking Day (PTD) on September 13 is just the holiday you need to celebrate. Choose to be positive even with all those Friday the 13th superstitions going around. My black cat, for instance brings nothing but love and cuddles.
PTD is a day to set aside all negative thoughts and see that the glass is always half full.
The stresses and struggles of daily life can sometimes fill our heads with pessimistic thoughts. This unofficial holiday promotes the idea that negative thoughts do more harm than good – they drain energy, create more stress and can make one a less likeable person. Nobody wants to spend time with someone who is always negative and pessimistic.
The holiday, also known as International Positive Thinking Day encourages people to deal with difficult situations in life with optimism and positivity.
Positive thinking can have many benefits. Studies have shown that positive thinking can reduce stress and the risk of heart diseases, lower depression and increase life span. Some studies have even shown that positive thinking can increase the body’s resistance to the common cold.
How to Celebrate?
- Think positive! If you are having trouble believe that the glass is half full, then have a friend or a loved one reaffirm you.
- Take or sit in a positive thinking seminar. Sometimes hearing about the benefits of positive thinking from an uninvested party can help.
- Make a conscious decision not to put yourself down every time you do something wrong.
- Laugh as much as you can. Laughter can reduce stress and decrease the urge to think negatively. Go out for a comedy show or movie, do a marathon of your favorite comedy TV show or read a comic novel. You will see a marked difference in how you feel after a few laughs. After all, someone wise did once say laughter is the best medicine!
- Still feeling a bit low? Turn that pity party into an awesome dance party. Studies have shown that physical exercise can help alleviate mood and promotes positive thinking.
- Do something nice for yourself, a loved one or a stranger – doing good deeds can help increase levels of optimism.
Did You Know…
…that the term Debbie Downer is the name of a fictional character on the popular American late-night live television sketch comedy show, Saturday Night Live? The always negative character, played by Rachel Dratch made its first appearance in 2004. These days the term is used to call anyone who is always complaining and negative.
Information for this and other fun holidays from www.timeanddate.com
August 22 is Be An Angel Day. Established in 1993 by Jaune Howard Feldman, the day encourages people to be angels to those in need.
In many religions, angels are supernatural spirits that are thought to be responsible for protecting humans.
Are you an Angel? This day reminds us that even though we can’t be actual angels, we can create the kindness they are known for. Showing kindness and goodness to our fellow human beings is not hard – all we need to do is to stop thinking about ourselves for a while, and to think about how we can make the world a nicer and kinder place.
How to Celebrate?
- Be kind to others. Do something to help a stranger.
- Commit Random acts of kindness, without any expectations of reciprocation, do one today and everyday. For example, give up your seat on the bus or train, pay for the coffee the person behind you at the coffee shop, or leave a small gift in your neighbor’s mailbox.
- Do something that will bring a smile to someones face.
- If you know of someone who is going through a difficult time, give them your support and let them know that you are there for them. Help them out in their difficult times.
- If someone is being an angel to you, thank them, and let them know that their kindness appreciated.
In today’s world we have the opportunity to be anything, be kind!
The person you make smile today may need it far more than you know.
If you decide to give to a charity there are a lot of choices out there. I try to give to charities who spend more on the people they help than administration and CEO’s. Here are a listing of my favorites.
The Salvation Army exists to meet human need wherever, whenever and however we can. When you give locally, you ensure that the people in your community get the help they need.
An alumni from school started her own non-profit for Hurricane Micheal Recovery in Bay County. Way to go Rachel!
- Reduce the number of animals put down every year in the Florida Panhandle (more than 12,000)
- Spay or neuter as many animals as possible (especially feral cats)
- Educate the public about the importance of spay and neuter
- Help rehome animals in need
Animal Allies Florida was founded in December 2010 to help animals in our community. Many of us have been doing this work for years on our own, out of our own pockets. By creating Animal Allies , we can apply for grants, fundraise and join programs that support our efforts. We can combine forces, share knowledge, and support each other, instead of trudging along on our own. Originally called Emerald Coast Animal Allies or ECAA for short, we changed our name in 2015 because many people though ECAA meant Escambia County Animal Shelter. Although we support the county animal shelter’s efforts to become no kill, we don’t wish to be associated with them because we ARE NO KILL meaning no healthy animal is put down.
Whatever you choose, know that you are making a real difference in someone’s life. Sometimes the biggest gift you can give another is to simply be there and listen. Each of us makes an impact in the lives we touch. I always compare it to touching the surface of a pond. Those ripples will be felt by others, I try to make my ripples count. I hope this inspires you to get involved, give, and simply be kind in a world that so often is not. Together all those positive ripples add up and shape our world.
It’s August 16th, National Tell a Joke Day. Find a way to tickle your funny bone today.
While the origins of this funny holiday are unknown, feel free to laugh, giggle, chorale, and give those around you a smile. It’s safe to assume the creator of this holiday was endevoring to make the wield a happier place.
A joke can be of different types. They can be verbal, as in the case of a one-liner, a whole story or in the form a question and answer, where the answer provides the humor. Jokes can also be physical such as in the case of a prank or a practical joke, where the act rather than the words provide the humor. Either way, the main purpose of a joke is to entertain by providing humor, even though jokes can sometimes be used to make serious commentary like in the case of satire.
Jokes have been an integral part of human history and many great minds have spent time and energy in trying to understand what makes jokes funny.
The day is known in the US as National Tell A Joke Day, and not to be confused with International Joke Day on July, 1.
A great sense of humor can be a good way to deal with the ups and downs life throws at us. Keeping a your sense of humor in difficult situations can make them even seem easier. It is often appreciated by those around you.
How to Celebrate?
- Every time you meet someone on this day, tell them a joke. Just make sure the jokes are appropriate to the setting.
- Pick up a joke book and spend your lunch hour reading it.
- Watch your favorite comedians do their thing either on TV or on stage and partake in a few hours of humorous entertainment.
- Fancy yourself as a comedian?Why not take comedy and Improv classes to hone in your skills?
- Play a harmless prank on your co-worker or friend.
Did You Know…
…that the study of laughter and humor and their therapeutic effects on the human body is known as Gelotology?
Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.”– Benjamin FranklinSome excerpts and information provided by https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/fun/tell-a-joke-day
Starting Kindergarten, finishing Elementary, heading for Middle School, stepping onto a High School or University campus, it’s that time of year. As summer heads into fall we prepare for the school year ahead.
I know things have changed since I was in school, but the importance of an education was always encouraged in our home. Growing up we were encouraged to shoot for the stars and nothing we wanted to do, be it artist, doctor, nurse, lawyer, astronaught, musician, historian, yoga instructor, writer, or even the next Bill Gates, was always attainable. Now computers take a much more central role in education. Some learn the same curriculum exclusively online in programs like Florida’s K -12 program.
I also have to say if you are homeschooling or considering it, you have my hearty encouragement. My siblings and I started out first in a private school then public. When I was in 3rd grade that changed. My brother was having challenges. (This was before so many things like ADHD, dyslexia, and others became common knowledge.) My mother devoted herself to helping us both with anything we needed. Whether just some homework questions, or entire big concepts that we were not understanding in school. By the end of that year she was spending several hours teaching what they were doing at school. She decided that if she had to spend all that time doing the job, why was she sending us to school?
It was one of the best experiences ever! Not only did we learn at a higher level, we had a rounded curriculum that included, music, socializing with a group of 40 families who were also homeschooling, field trips and things not typically taught now. We went to zoos and museums, wrote book reports, we wrote and published our own newsletter. Birthday parties, libraries, science experiments, and a schedule that still saw us out the door when our friends arrived home thier schools.
When the word homeschooling is mentioned by some, they give a disapproving context. Claims of missing out on the social skills learned in other school settings, is one of the most frequent. I can 100% tell you in my experiences this was absolutely false.
Whatever the case may be the importance of education cannot be denied. Private, Public, Correspondence, Home, or other help prepare you stars to shine brightly in the academic world and later in life.
I’m admitting it, my mother was right! Education helped me become a success later in life. It also taught me to be tenacious while not giving up when life gets challenging. While unforeseen health issues have affected my ability to physically fly to the moon, I have not stopped reaching for the stars.
I hope everyone gets the same encouragement we did. As a help to parents and children everywhere, I’ve compiled 3q33 2esupply lists and provided links to Amazon. Skip the traffic, and the heat while your fingers do the walking. Get it all shipped directly to your door.
More coming soon….
No matter what stage or where life takes you learning is a life long endeavour. In a classroom or the halls of life, experience or research, give the encouragement to help theirs or your own star shine as brightly as possible.
The International Day of Friendship is a United Nations (UN) day that promotes the role that friendship plays in promoting peace in many cultures. It is observed on July 30 each year.
In 2011, the UN proclaimed the International Day of Friendship with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, and cultures can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. The UN wanted for the day to involve young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity.
July 30 is also National Cheesecake Day, so treat yourself with a slice (or two) of this decadent dessert made of cream cheese, eggs, sugar, and a graham cracker crust.
This is a savory meal that will make you forget you’re dieting. I make mine low-carb for our diabetic friendly family. I make it with more meat and veggies. We skip the regular mashed potatoes. For a low carb or keto version, you can do parmesan and cheddar cheeses with mashed cauliflower now available in most stores.
Another trick is to use red or yellow potatoes instead. The texture is slightly different, but the carb count is lower and they are low on the glycemic index. What’s that? It’s a chart of how easily your body can convert things to sugar.
This is a great way to stay on target. It gives regular shoppers alternatives to high sugar and simple carb foods. We’ve been using this method for over 10 years. Best of all lots of items can be substituted into Keto and Paleo diets.
We started using this in conjunction with low carb dieting to keep type 2 diabetes in check. We happily report it has taken us back to pre-diabetic status. We have both lost weight and feel better even when we don’t stay as strictly to diet as we should. Hey, sometimes I just need chocolate ok.
Jen’s Easy Shepard’s Pie
1 1/2 lb ground chuck or round
1 package Steam and mash Ore-Ida potatoes Frozen (or low carb substitutions. Parmesan cauliflower is really good).
1 pkg frozen mixed vegetables (California mix is better for carb counts)
4 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp Italian Seasoning (dried)
1 cup chopped onion
2 pkg Brown gravy mix
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt (I skip this there is enough in gravy mix.)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/3c water (if it’s too wet it’s a big mess)
- Heat 2 Tbsp Olive oil over medium high heat.
- Add Beef, onions, garlic, salt, and pepper. Brown beef, about 5 min.
- If not using cast iron or oven safe pan, turn into cassarole dish.
- Mix 2 pkg brown gravy mix with 1/3 cup water. Mix well and pour over beef and vegetable mix. Stir well.
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Make topping with mashed potatoes or cauliflower.
- For topping add 4 Tbsp butter, 1/2 c milk, and dash of salt and pepper to potatoes. (If using cauliflower add parmesan and cheddar cheeses, salt and pepper.)
- Spread potatoes or cauliflower over filling. Cover completely.
- Bake uncovered at 350°F about 20 minutes.
- Top with sharp cheddar cheese.
- Put under broiler in oven for 5 minutes. Watch to make sure top is not over done. Serve hot.
These are great to freeze to. We put them in those aluminum pie pans or sealing dish. Freeze until needed. Simply defrost and warm. Those pans go easily from freezer to oven and table. If it seems flimsy simply place on on a baking sheet for ease of carrying
1 16 oz pkg Bacon
1/3 c red onion
1/2 c dried cranberries, Craisins
2 heads fresh broccoli florets
1 1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 c sunflower kernels
1/4 c Blue Cheese dressing
1/8 c Avocado oil Mayonnaise
1/8 c heavy cream
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 Tbsp cider vinegar
2 Tsp or packets sugar or substitute
- Mince onion, chop broccoli
- Cook bacon well. I like mine so I can simply crumble it.
- Add bacon, broccoli, Craisins, cheddar cheese, in lg bowl
- Toss to mix well
- Assemble dressing and pour over salad.
- Mix well to coat.
- Chill 30 minutes or until serving
- Add sunflower kernels right before serving. Mix well and enjoy.