workout wednesday

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It’s workout wednesday and time to get moving. Why not start, which is often the hardest part. Set aside 30 to 45 minutes to walk, to move and get going. Grab a partner to join you.
Remember to stay well hydrated so bring water and you might want to have some fresh fruit for afterwards to snack healthy.
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Focus on your body and your breathing. Start small and work towards a goal. Don’t sweat, just sparkle on. Have a wonderful workout wednesday! Do you have a get fit program. You need to sign up for Project Slim Waistline today.

Project Slim

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I am so excited to share with you my dear friend Anne Marie and her brand new Project which is called “Project Slim Waistline.” Fortunately, I have known Anne Marie for many years now, when I first began taking her amazing class at a local fitness studio where she taught several times.  The class was called “Little Black Dress.”

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Project Slim Waistline is an online site which you can sign up for to get a wonderful program full of great moves to follow and recipes to create healthy clean eating.  It is a wonderful support system and motivator to get one moving towards slimming the waistline and getting healthy.

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Anne Marie is launching a Ten Day Ab challenge after Memorial Day which I signed up for.  Let me tell you that her moves work!

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They are easy to follow along and you can do them anywhere.  You don’t need to belong to a fancy pants gym.  You can hop outside, go to a park or workout in your own home.

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It is true, that when your waistline is slim, you clothes fit better, you feel better too.  Why not sign up for Project Slim Waistline today or after Memorial Day.  I know that this weekend will be all about the Parades and BBQ’s.

Blog benefits

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Good Morning Monday.
Time to blog.
Some of you may wonder why one blogs and what are the reasons or benefits of keeping a blog?
I have been blogging for many years and here are the reasons why I put in the time to blog.

– Reflection, introspection and a place to gather my work, my art and to have a place of my own
– Sharing ideas and knowledge with people all over the world
– A Creative outlet which engages with others which is inspiring and challenging
– Building a community of colleagues, peers and like minded individuals
– Collecting and connecting

Are you interested in something that you would love to share with others beyond your family and friends? Did you know that starting is the hardest part and then maintaining a blog is the key to connecting to others and to bring visitors to your blog. Over the years, the best benefit of blogging for me has been to make connections to others who come from a place of desire to produce authentic content and community. Some may say that there are other social media ways to connect such as instagram, facebook, snap chat and while those are very valuable, a blog is where one shares one’s true voice.

If you keep a blog, please share your reasons for blogging and what is one benefit. This week, I will be sharing some blog buddies that have inspired me, motivated and kept me going and showing up to share my blog, my artwork and my voice.

The Winner of the India Hicks box is Margo Quiriconi. Please contact me on my site to send you your Treasure Box.

sharing treasures – a giveaway

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Thank-you to each of you who left me such incredibly kind comments here and on the variety of social media spaces. I must tell you what treasures each of you are to me. It is important that my blog be a place of honesty, authenticity and inspiration. Your comments and sincerity truly mean the world to me. Every word is so supportive and heartfelt. I find that when I am not true to my mission, which is to live artfully, my soul feels completely lost and off course. Taking time out from time to time to carefully do a check on one’s soul is a very good exercise. We live in such a fast paced world with many demands and expectations that we can lose site of our own motivation. The little gem or lightbulb moment for me was that I love to lift others up by being supportive which is not meant to make me a Saint but a caring human. I never want to lose site of that in the midst of deadlines or daily routines. That said, it is also good to remind one another to take time off to play, to be alone, to pamper one’s heart and mind.

Perhaps I don’t say things like this often enough, so in honor of our friendship here on the blog – I am sharing a lovely India Hicks treasure box to you in your choice of color, white, mint or gray.

What is the one treasure that you share with others? I shall select a winner (randomly) and post the winner on Monday. Have a beautiful weekend of sharing.

in the pink

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I fell in love with these stunning pink blossoms and thought they might lift your spirits today on this Monday. I must admit that I am trying hard to focus on good things today to keep me going. I have been a little blue lately and the only thing I can blame it on is that I just need to carve out a bit more time for myself and things that tickle me pink. Pardon me while I step away from the blog this week to take care of myself. I am wishing each of you a week of rosy good health and happiness.

Share love

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I am asking each of you to share love. It is up to you how to share that love. It might be delivering some fresh flowers to a friend or meeting up for a coffee. Don’t wait to share love. Don’t make any more excuses or be fearful that you cannot share your love.
What I gain from sharing love with others is to open my heart.
Promise me you will share a little love with yourself and with others.

more than enough

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Did you ever stop to think that there is more than enough sky? Well, try it. Stop what you are doing, look up at the magnificent sky above and be thankful that there is more than enough for everyone. So often, each of us can get caught up in thinking that we are lacking or there is not enough but there is. There is more than enough for each of us to do and to share.
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Take some time today and feel inspired that there is more than enough and you are more than enough. Only you know what is enough for you. Stop comparing or feeling less than. Invite the “more than enough” philosophy into your life and embrace more. Try a class, get involved in a cause or maybe just take a walk with a new friend. Create more in your life and it will open doors for more.

Welcome Mayflowers!

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Welcome May.  What a strange Spring thus far.  Last night we had another fire in our fireplace and what I would call more of an Autumn Supper rather than Spring.  But, I know that now that May is here, things will start to truly change.  I had such fun creating this painting above and sold it on Instagram.  What fun!  I will be posting more originals on Instagram, selling them and creating new works.  What is on the agenda for May?  I have a few projects in the works and a fun list of things that I am creating.  Happy May!

Cheers to Derby parties

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It’s almost time to celebrate the Derby and while the party is really all about the Kentucky Derby Run for the Roses, it is also about the Mint Julep too. It’s also a time to wear your Hat! Paperless Post invited me to share in the fun of paperless invitations. May is a huge month of moments to celebrate and create a party. It’s so easy with paperless post to choose great invites here.  A great invite always sets the tone for a party!
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Here’s the recipe to make your own Mint Julep.
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Pull out the silver, give it a good polish and fill it with roses. Cover a table with a fresh white linen cloth and you can be certain to create an elegant celebration.
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A bourbon bar is easy to set up! I adore this beautiful bar I spotted at Tara Guerard.
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Little bites are perfect for a party and then a party favor for every guest to take home is also a nice touch. A simple basket of fruit or cookies for every guest, and you will be a winner with all your friends. Hop on over to Paperless Post to browse all the on line invitations. Celebrations should be super simple and easy to create.
Are you celebrating anything special?

nonchalance

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Back home from our trip to LA, California and the one word that comes to mind is nonchalance.  Yes, California has such a refreshing air of nonchalance.  I loved this shop and wanted to share some images that I found so inspiring.   There is a sort of carefree collected vibe.

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Loved this cool yet warm collection, birch wrapped candles, brass, feathers and artfully framed paper.  Getting away is good for one’s soul and one’s heart.  A change of air and scenery is always inspiring.  I hope to channel some carefree bits in my art.  Back to the studio today to wrap up some orders and tend to business with a renewed vigor.  Thank-you California for your warm sunshine and refreshing vibe.