Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring into Your Dream

It's easy to see why Spring has always been symbolic of new life. We can look to nature and see bird's nest filled with eggs or buds on a flowering tree and be reminded that life, great and small, is bursting all around us.

I like to think that Spring can also give us another shot at reinventing ourselves, kind of like a New Year's resolution do-over. Whether that means getting in shape for the rapidly approaching bathing suit season (yikes!) or actually cleaning out that junk drawer, the possibilities are endless. So, why can't it include taking the first steps towards achieving a long held dream?

I read a really interesting article in Women's Day magazine today that discussed this very topic. It gave some practical first steps for a few common 'dreams' that I thought were worth sharing.

(The below is from the article 'It's Never Too Late' found in the April 17, 2011 edition of Women's Day magazine)

If you want to:

WRITE A BOOK: Go to for writing conferences info.

SING: Go to to find open-mike nights near you.

VOLUNTEER: Go to for opportunities in your town.

START A BUSINESS: Go to for free how-tos.

RETURN TO SCHOOL: Go to to find scholarships and grants for adults.

I hope that this might have given you that little nudge to taking those first steps. Go for it!


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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Set those piggies free!

The arrival of Spring can mean different things to different people. Some are bit by the 'cleaning bug' while others bust out the shorts & tank tops on the first day with a temperature above 40 degrees. For the girls in my house, it's a love of sandals.

I think that this need to be rid of socks was somehow inherited from my mom who would prefer to wear flip-flops 365 days a year, regardless of Michigan weather.

In true diva fashion, my daughter has been begging me for months to paint her nails. I haven't done it yet for two reasons: 1. She bites her fingernails. 2. I haven't been able to find a non-toxic, natural nail polish. The thought of putting a toxic polish on her nails that will inevitably be chewed on that night is frightening.

My dilemma was solved with Piggy Paint. Have you heard of this? It's slogan is that it is 'Natural as Mud'. It's a kid friendly, non-toxic, odorless polish. I loved the story behind it's creation. You can find it under the 'About Us' tab on their website.

So, my little fashionista will have the Cotton Candy trio set in her Easter basket this year. Bring on the warmer days, our piggies will be ready.

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