Welcome to 31 Days of Wisdom From The Animals

Welcome to my 31 Days Writing Challenge 2015! This year my topic is 31 Days of Wisdom From The Animals. I hope you’ll come back to visit over and over again. I’d love for you to follow me on the blog or any of my other social media sites. Thanks! 

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 1

Isn’t it amazing how a haircut can change your perspective or even change your day? We adopted a pound puppy a little over a year ago. They told us that she was a retriever mix, and yes, she does have some retriever characteristics, but as the months went by her fur kept growing and growing. Delta began to have problems seeing and had to peer out from under her bangs. We tried to help the girl out with cute little bows and ponytails but she just ate them.

I think I’ve tried doing the same thing. Sometimes I let things slide and allow them to affect the way I view the world. These words, behaviors, beliefs, or actions seem small at first but if I don’t pay attention, they often pile up and cause me to see things skewed and through a haze. I’ve even tried to fancy up situations where I don’t have the right view or perspective with cute bows but they’re only bandaids. Paul writes;

“Be very careful, then, how you live -not as unwise but as wise,.” Ephesians 5:15

When I realize that stuff has piled up in my life, I know that the best thing for me to do is get a haircut and clear up my sight. I need to clean house and rid myself of words, behaviors, beliefs, or actions that are not in God’s best interest or mine. Our pound puppy Delta can attest to the importance of a good haircut because once she was blind but now she can see.

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Blessings,

Mimi

10 Secrets to Your Perfect Face

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According to science, the perfect face is composed of certain measurements and angles between all of the face’s features. This young woman from England is said to have the perfect face. She is lovely but I don’t agree that beauty is found in a formula.  I think beauty comes in many different arrangements and colors.

I’ve never thought of myself as having a beautiful complexion, particularly as an adult.  I didn’t suffer from acne terribly as a teen but after my children were born and my hormones raged for a time, I had cystic acne which hurt and looked awful. Four years ago, I made some significant changes in how I take care of my skin and ever since then, I have received numerous compliments on my complexion. Want to know my secrets?

1. Get plenty of rest, exercise, healthy food, and reduce stress. You”ve heard these suggestions a bazillion times but they do work.

2. Drink plenty of water. I drink between a half gallon-gallon a day.

3. Keep your hands off of your face. I have the most trouble with this one. I like to rest my chin on my hand when I’m writing or reading. Bad idea. I realized that many of my breakouts were caused by this habit.

4. Know the foods that cause you to break out. I, finally, learned at 48 years old that potato chips will cause my face to break out if I eat too many. Upon this discovery, I realized really spicy chips will cause breakouts around my mouth. Too much sugar in my diet will sometimes cause breakouts as well. Also, if you suffer from tummy issues, the acid in your belly might be causing the breakouts on your face.

5. Evaluate your skin type often. I was treating my skin as an adult like I treated it as a teen. My skin had changed over the years. I was no longer normal/oily but sensitive and oily. I, also, discovered that my sensitive skin must be the priority over tending to the oiliness. If you have trouble figuring out your type, any makeup counter person or aesthetician can help.

6. Buy and use the right products for your skin. I use Cetaphil to clean my face morning and night. I use an eye makeup remover lotion by Neutrogena. I wear a moisturizer tint for foundation that contains salicylic acid and sunscreen during the day called Pixi Illuminating Tint & Conceal that I buy at Target and at night, I use Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Cream. I, recently, started using a Retin A product a few nights a week along with my night moisturizer. I use a generic brand but Roc has a great product. The other new product I started using which has helped with redness and the occasional breakout is honey.  I remove all my makeup and get my face really clean and then I rub honey gently into my skin in a circular motion and leave it on for a few seconds up to about a minute and then, just rinse off and put on moisturizer.  You’ll be amazed how soft and smooth your face feels after you use it.  It is sticky, icky to use but the smell is yummy!

7. Clean your face before bedtime and try to go makeup free at least a few days a week. Your mom was right — let your skin breathe! Your skin repairs itself when you sleep. That’s why you need to get the makeup off and to keep your pillowcases from looking disastrous.

8.  Wear sunscreen and sunglasses and possibly a hat. Best way to keep wrinkles and skin cancer at a minimum or not at all.

9. Use your ring finger when applying anything around your eyes. The ring finger is not as strong as your other fingers and therefore, doesn’t pull and tug too hard when putting on, smudging, or taking off eye makeup.

10. Smile. You’re never fully dressed without it!

 

Blessings,

Mimi

“Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” Psalm 34:5 NIV Bible

A Few Things Learned in 2014

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To handle the stress of a close New Year’s Day bowl game, I started compiling this list together.  Unfortunately, my team lost but oh, it was so close!  Here’s a few things I learned in 2014.

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1.  The word, dilemma, does not contain an “n”.  I’m gobsmacked.  I could’ve sworn an “n” lurked inside the spelling of the word.  Since I’ve always been proficient at spelling and an English major ( and perhaps want to live in denial of misspelling this word for years!), my only recourse is to assume that I was taught incorrectly and apparently, others were too. This post summed up the confusion over the spelling error.

2.  This simple DIY post was a life changer over the Christmas holidays and created order to my messy wrapping paper rolls.  Who knew a simple toliet paper roll or a paper towel roll when sliced down the side could act as a clamp securing the paper?!  Genius!  Check it out here.

3. I learned that conscious uncoupling is a fancy way of saying divorce.  Does that mean I’ve consciously coupled for thirty years??  Sounds like racy plumbing talk.

4. I took a risk and shared photos free of charge to a local magazine that promised to give me photo credit and they honored their deal in their magazine.  The FB page doesn’t show the credit so I chalked it up to learning a lesson not to share but the magazine does give credit.  All in all, lesson learned is people are unable to please you to your expectations.

5. Writing is painful, consuming, and thoroughly fun all at the same time. I struggle with finding enough time to do it and have totally blown my deadlines I set but I’m still having fun.  I’m hopeful to complete the draft of the bible study this winter.

6. Don’t go to the pound if you don’t want a dog.  Case in point post here.

7. Cohabitating with your adult children, who have moved back in with you, can provide tasty perks.  My daughter has taken over cooking on numerous occasions and blogged about her adventures on my site.

I’m joining Emily and others talking about what we’ve learned at her lovely site, Chatting at the Sky.  Come join in!

Blessings,

Mimi

“Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,”  Proverbs 1:5 ESV Bible