Staying Healthy during the Holidays

With Thanksgiving right around the corner I need to make sure I stay on track with my healthy lifestyle.  I can’t even imagine how terrible a family party already packed with people would be if I got a hot flash right in the middle of it.  I am going to make a commitment to myself to stay on track.  I have loved the way I feel each day I am focusing on me and my health so I am not going to let the holidays change that.

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I am making commitments and goals for myself this holiday season.  Instead of keeping them to myself, I am going to share them with all of you so I can be held accountable.  Hopefully it works! Here are my 5 commitments and goals to abide by this holiday season
1.    I need to make sure I plan time for exercise.  Since beginning working out I have noticed a positive change in my stress and my menopausal symptoms.  I am going to try to make sure I exercise at least three times a week for about an hour.
2.    With food so abundant everywhere, I need to make sure that I am conscious about what I am eating and how much.  I have come so far with my healthy lifestyle I don’t want to fall off the track.  I am going to make sure that I eat until I’m satisfied and not stuffed.
3.    Drinks have so many hidden calories and sugar.  I have been doing well drinking water and only having one cup of coffee a day.  I need to make sure I focus on drinking water and only having a FEW yummy holiday drinks!
4.    Munching is a problem for me.  With an array of delicious appetizers it is hard to stop.  By the time were about to sit down to eat, I am usually full from the appetizers.  I am really going to try to control that, and if I do eat them to eat fruits and veggies instead of the cheesy and hearty ones.
5.    Lastly, I am going to focus on having the best holiday because my children are going to be here so much in the next two months! I AM SO EXCITED!
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So here they are…I am going to be honest and try to follow them; number 5 shouldn’t be too difficult.  I will make sure to tell you about my highs and lows this holiday season.  Keep me accountable friends!

Until next time,
Nancy

Floral Arrangement Class

I grew up in the garden watering the plants and pulling the weeds.  Flowers and gardening have been a passion of mine since I can remember.  Now that the kids have moved out of the house I have had more time to rekindle my passion for flowers and floral arrangements.  There is something special that floral arrangements do for a home.

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A few weeks ago I signed up for a Floral Arrangements 101 class at our local community college.  I never thought I would go back to school, but this was such a great decision.  I think it is the best time to take a class because of all the holiday parties coming up and the floral arrangements I’ll want to make.  🙂
Today was the first class of a 6 class course.  I was a little nervous about the class because I don’t have any professional or educational background in floral design, just a strong interest in it.  When I got there I immediately felt better, there were beautiful arrangements all around the room and it just so happened an acquaintance from my husband’s work was there too.  It is always more comforting when there is a familiar face.

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Today in class, we learned about composition, color and design for the different seasons.  I was amazed at how extensive the professional thought process is when designing.  When I create an arrangement at home I just put together what looks good to me; after this class I hope I am going to be able to make professional quality arrangements.
After a little lecture and chatting, we dove in and began creating our first.  We designed little Dahlia and Mum bouquets for a small table setting.  Our teacher was so informative and knowledgeable.  After listening to her instructions I realized I had been doing the preparation all wrong.  We began by cutting the steams of late fall dahlias and mums and arranged it with twigs of crabapples and orange winterberry.

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I was surprised how great everyone’s turned out…for our first class, we looked like prodigies.   They looked effortless and so chic.    The best part was we got to take them home when we were done! The short arrangements look great lining the center of our dinner table.  My husband even noticed and commented on how great they looked when he came home!

I loved my first class, I can’t wait for the next one.  Who knows, I may have found my new passion?!
Until next time,
Nancy

Halloween Memories

This past weekend was one of my favorite holidays, Halloween.  I love decorating the house with spooky decorations and getting the candy ready for trick-o-treater’s.  My kids are grown and have been doing their own thing on Halloween for years, but there is something about Halloween that brings back so many happy memories.
This year I found a few cute DIY projects to decorate the house.  I have been feeling crafty so I made these easy decorations
•    Hanging Ghosts- On a few Styrofoam balls I drew big black eyes with a Sharpe and hung cheesecloth over the balls.  I shredded the cheesecloth at the bottom to give them a scary look and hung them with fishing line from the porch.  They looked great!

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•    Pumpkin Vases- These vases looked so much better than I thought they were going to.  I just carved pumpkins out…and saved the seeds for a snack 🙂 …sprayed some sparkle pant on the outside and made a nice little flower arrangement inside of it.  It was a good alternative to carving.

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•    Spooky Mason Jars- These were very easy to make.  I had a few extra mason jars laying around the house.  I decorated the jars with cloth and googley eyes to create, pumpkin faces, mummy faces, and spooky faces.  Then I put an electronic tea light in the jar and put them along our front door.  It made our entrance look so festive!

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On Saturday when the trick-o-treater’s came around I couldn’t help but miss the good old days when the kids were young.  There is just something about this time of the year; I don’t know if it is the warmth of the season, remembering the kids fall activities, carving pumpkins, or all the memories of fall with young children.
When Clara and Bobby were young we always used to match their costumes for trick-or-treating.  They hate us for it now, but it was so cute back then.  To make it even better, I used to make some of their costumes…needless to say they would not be “Pinterest worthy” by today’s standards. 🙂
I am so blessed to have had such great kids and had so many great times with them.  This weekend brought back so many great memories.  I am proud of myself for focusing on the positive and not letting myself get sad about them not being here.  I was able to Skype Bobby AND Clara this weekend and show them our decorated house.
I am making steps in the right direction.  Maybe this whole empty nest thing isn’t that bad! 🙂

Hope you all had a spook-tacular Halloween!

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Until next time,
Nancy

Pulling out all the Pizazz; High School Reunion

Well it is that time of year…class reunion time.  I have only been to one reunion since high school…there is something about them that was so terrifying before.  But this year I built up the courage and decided to go to see some old friends and see what everyone is doing.  I was excited to see everyone…not just my friends but everyone! 🙂

keep-calm-high-school-reunionI was also excited because I have been feeling so great lately.  I haven’t lost an extreme amount of weight but I am feeling so much more confident with myself….. (Shh secretly I want to strut my new found confidence to all those mean kids from high school…ha)  I also wanted to go back to my hometown that I love so much now.  It’s funny because I couldn’t get of there fast enough after high school.

Last night was the first night of the high school reunion weekend.  I met up with a few close friends I hadn’t seen in a while.  We had dinner at a restaurant we always used to go to after football games…oh the memories with this old crew.  I was excited when one of the girls I haven’t seen in a while complemented me on how good I was looking.  It was little, but meant so much!
After dinner we met back up with our husbands and went to the sports bar where the actual reunion weekend was beginning.  It is great to see so many familiar faces and see how they have changed.  I have to laugh when the big “jocks” in high school have let themselves go and how the “nerds” are millionaires with super model wives.  It is funny to see how tables turn.

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I was friends with everyone in high school so it is great keeping in touch through Facebook, but seeing everyone in person at a reunion is even better.  The evening was so great! We stayed out much longer than we intended too, but it was so worth it.  My husband had a great time; he graduated two years before me so he knew quite a few people.

Today they had a golf outing planned but the hubby and I decided to stay home and get some yard work done before the big party tonight.  They are having a fancy dinner at a local banquet hall with a DJ…I can’t wait to see how this evening is going to go! 🙂

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I am so happy I decided to pull on my Spanx, put on some make-up, get all dolled up to go.  I can’t believe I was debating if I should go.  I have only been to one night of reminiscing and can’t wait for another.  Tonight is going to be spectacular and I feel great in my new dress….yes I went shopping again!

Cheers to a night of old friends and making more memories!

Until next time,
Nancy