The Jar of Life: First things First

Awesome article about having a full life with family and friends.

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When life overwhelms us, when our mind is a whirlwind of thoughts and we are afraid to go under, it is important to refocus on what is truly important and dear to us. The story of the “Jar of Life” tells us that even if our life feels full, there is always room for an evening with friends or family.

Why stories are important
When life gets tough a simple, well told story or metaphor can help us look at a situation with new eyes. The distilled essence how a character in a story copes with the challenges of life can teach us an important lesson. For a short moment a story helps to quiet our mind, which allows us to take a deep breath and regain some serenity. In this sense a good, powerful story can act as a wise, compassionate guide.

I hope you enjoy the story of…

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Lessons in Love – from Uber

A cute yet slightly sad article – reblogged from The Tellergram

7275208_i-heart-you-so-please-buckle-your-uber_5695fe3_mLast Saturday, I caught a cab to a conference called How to Get the Relationship You Deserve. It was free, and I had nothing to lose. The speaker bore an uncanny resemblance to Nick Grimshaw and looked like a caricature of a used-car salesman, all suited and booted in black patent brogues, a pink tie that was almost as wide as his smile, and dark, slicked-back hair.

Unbeknownst to him as he bounded onto the stage to his pounding hype music, he was also sporting three streaks of black marker pen down the side of his face. One of the audience members dutifully wiped it off for him halfway through the event, just stopping short of spitting onto a tissue first. Undeterred, he swore like a trooper as he battled his way through a barrage of technical difficulties, struggling to make himself heard over the deafening whines of dog whistles…

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Two Years of Progress: Photos

It’s always been a dream of mine to buy an extremely cheap older house and completely renovate it – well, this family did it and blogged about the whole experience. Thanks for saving me the time and effort!

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In honor of construction drawing to a close (mostly) after two years, enjoy some of the highlights of our progress on the Detroit House, aka Matilda.

Matilda:

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Front Entrance:

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Living Room:

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Kitchen View 1:

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Kitchen View 2:

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Piano Room:

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Bookcase — This was a closet

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Staircase — Heading Upstairs

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Second Floor Landing:

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Guest bathroom:

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Guest Bedroom No. 1:

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Guest Bedroom No. 2:

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Master Bedroom:

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Master Bathroom:

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Trim Detail (this came from an historic church before it burned down):

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Missing You

This is a beautiful blog post that I stumbled over on Reddit.

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Reaching for what
Is no longer there,
Fingers grasping 
Heart dropping
Deep into the dark abyss.

Losing balance
Falling, spiraling
Into chilling emptiness.

I am weightless
But oh so heavy, so heavy.
I long to hit the bottom
But somehow I know
There is no end to this fall.

Am I suspended
Or  forever moving?
So slow
But oh so fast, so fast.

And I begin to choke
On the cold reality
That you’re not there
To catch me.

Infinitely, endlessly missing you.

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3 Must Have Winter Beauty Items

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Winter is tough on skin. Here are 3 must-have products for winter to keep you looking your best in the cold weather.

In the summer we can just stick your hair in a ponytail, put on some sunscreen, and head out the door. In the winter, our hair and skin need some extra-special care to stay looking their best. Here are my 6 favorite products to keep you looking beautiful through the long cold winter.Image result for lip balm with a bee on the side

1 – Lip balm. My current favorite lip balm is called Lypsyl. It’s extremely soothing and has a light minty smell. The most unique part of this lip balm is the way you dispense it – it has a cute little bee on the side that you push up to expose the product. It’s less than $5 at CVS, Target, Wal*Mart, or any similar store.

Here are the ingredients in Lypsyl:

Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Petrolatum, Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Ceresin, Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Flavor, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A), Bixa Orellana (Annatto) Seed Extract

Remember, lip balm is very important in the winter. Lip balm is just like lotion…for your lips! Remember, just like the rest of your skin, your lips and the skin around your lips can also get tiny micro-tears that are painful and slow to heal.

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2 – Moisturizer. Moisturizer for your face is an absolute must for the winter weather. I am currently using is Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar SPF 30. It’s a lovely thicker moisturizer that is effective and makes my skin feel great. It’s around $45 at Ulta, Sephora, or a similar store.

In addition to moisturizer for your face, I would also suggest a thicker lotion than you use in the summer for your body. If you don’t use moisturizer on your face and a thick lotion on your body in the winter your skin will get dry, itchy, and flaky. You can even get tiny micro-tears in your skin that are painful and slow to heal. Do your skin a favor and use moisturizer on your face and thick lotion on your body. Remember, even though it’s winter, be sure to buy moisturizer with SPF in it to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun.

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3 – Hair dryer. Your hair dryer is very important in the winter. In the summer it’s fine to let your hair air dry – it’s healthier for your hair, saves time, and also saves electricity. However, in the winter it’s important to dry your hair before you go outside so you don’t get sick. I know, I know, germs make you sick, not cold air – but if you go outside with wet hair your defenses are down and you’re more likely to fall prey to a winter bug.

I recently got a new hair dryer after my old Conair died after many years of faithful service. I decided to splurge and picked up a T3 Featherweight 2i Luxe. It dries my hair a lot faster, and supposedly it causes less damage than a traditional hair dryer since it dries the hair so much faster. Not really sure about that, but if so, that’s great! It’s a little pricey at $250 at Sephora.

I hope that you found this article on my 3 must haves for winter helpful. If you have a suggestion for a winter must have please feel free to comment down below.

Time to Relax

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If you’re feeling stressed out from the holidays, work, your kids, or whatever else is bothering you, you need to take some time to relax.

How do you unwind? If you’re like most adults I know you’re tired and stressed out daily. It’s very important for your mental well-being and even your physical health to figure out ways to help yourself unwind after a long, hard day (or week!). Here are some ideas to help you figure out your perfect strategy to unwind.

If you’re in dire need to unwind, if stress is literally making you sick – take a day off! If it’s not possible to get a day off of work then plan out a weekend day to do…absolutely nothing. If you need to get your spouse, a relative, or a babysitter to help you with the kids for a day then do it! Don’t feel guilty or embarrassed that you need to ask for help – everyone needs a day that they can be a little selfish and do exactly what they would like to do.

If don’t feel the need to take an entire day off, and feel like a few hours here and there will do the trick, then schedule yourself in some “me time” daily. Your me time can be just an hour here or there where you can fit it in, or perhaps you want to make it a set time every day so that you know exactly when your free time is coming and can look forward to it on a regular basis. Now, what you do in that  time is up to you, but here are some suggestions:

  • Make yourself a blog! You can get one here on WordPress for free.
  • Start a new hobby. Try knitting or crochet, drawing, drone flying, you choose!
  • Go bowling. It’s great exercise, inexpensive, and lots of fun.
  • Puzzles! It can even be a family activity if you want to invite them to join you.
  • Get a pet. You can spend your free time cuddling it.
  • Take a class – cooking, painting, whatever you’re interested in
  • Go exercise – cardio, yoga, sports
  • Go to the coffee shop – if you don’t like coffee, drink hot chocolate!
  • Volunteer – some people find helping others helps them relax
  • Bake cookies – yum yum!
  • Read a book – I prefer paper, but ebooks are good, too.

I hope that you found this article on relaxing helpful. If you have any other ideas for me time activities please feel free to comment down below.

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