Early July Morning, Cocoa Beach, Florida

Monday, November 24, 2014

Giving Thanks Can be Good for You!

Thanksgiving is now upon us! What do we think of when we think of Thanksgiving?




Ha, ha, that's pretty funny...it goes right with my last post about wanting to get more into being healthy...


Being with family is always good for the soul. Did you know that according to a study of over 21,000 Denmark parents, they found that being a parent (especially a mom) lowers your chances of dying from cancer, accidents and circulatory disease?

According to some research from Brigham Young University (my alma mater),  having a sister is good for your mental health. That's great news, because I have two wonderful sisters, and my husband has FOUR!
Talking with your mom lowers stress..WOOOHOOO! I talk to my mom almost everyday...even though we are 14 hours away from each other. I love technology sometimes!  According to health.com, talking on the phone with Mom seemed to decrease stress hormones and increase the feel-good chemical, oxytocin among young girls (ages 7-12). Guess what? I believe it helps us girls over the age of 50 too :)

Okay, I could go on and on about how wonderful it is to be with family...I found some of this info at this website if you would like to learn some more about how family can be beneficial for your health.

So, let's move on to the food.....

The typical Thanksgiving dinner consists of 

Mashed potatoes
Macaroni and Cheese
Dressing or stuffing
more butter
Pumpkin pie

Okay...I'm going to stop right there. As you can see, Thanksgiving dinner is NOT the healthiest meal on the planet. I know, it's only once a year...Oh, WAIT! We have Christmas soon after, not to mention all the parties with all kinds of yummy, not good for you food during the time from Halloween to New Years. Now, I am not saying NOT to eat this stuff...just needs to be in moderation.

Enough said about that...let's get to FOOTBALL!!!!!  We all enjoy sitting around, after our wonderful dinner of Thanksgiving, to rest and watch football. But, you know what would be better? Go for a walk...a family walk! OR...if the weather is nice how about a family bike ride...humm?

How about a Turkey Bowl? We've lived many places throughout the United States, and several of these areas have actually hosted an early morning football scrimmage, called a Turkey Bowl. It's usually our church family that does this. Seems like someone always gets hurt though, so we do need to be careful.

So, now for the spiritual part of this. This is the time of year we tend to focus on thanksgiving and being grateful. I know, myself, I've been posting the things I am "thankful" for on my facebook during November, but did you know studies have shown that it's healthy to be grateful?

Robert Emmons is a psychology professor at the University of California at Davis. Through his research, he has found that those who have a permanent "attitude of gratitude," gain a lot of good health benefits from this.

Taking better care of themselves, and engaging in better health maintenance, exercising more, eating healthier, having a better mental alertness, coping with stress better, feeling more optimistic, having a better immune system, looking at the future in a more positive manner, are just some of the benefits of grateful people.

I've been going to church for many years. One thing I have learned by doing so, is to be grateful and to realize my blessings. Sure, bad things happen, but I have tried to remember that it can always be worse. Each day, I pray, and study my scriptures and write in my journal. There have been times that I have slacked in this area, but lately, I've been doing pretty good. I know this is why I have been able to handle some of the things going on right now in a more positive manner.

So, just to end this, I hope that all of us strive for a better life through being happier, looking on the bright side, eating healthier, exercising, and just being plain GRATEFUL.

To sum it up, I would like to share a quote I saw today with you...

"It's not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy..."

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bye-Buy Bags...

Yesterday, I put my last Thirty-one order in. Yep, I am hanging up my bags. 
Don't get me wrong, I love all my bags I have accumulated from Thirty-one. It's just that everyone is pretty much bagged out. Besides, I am starting a whole new direction..... 
There are so many things I like to do;
making jewelry,
and trying to be healthy are just a few.

I am going to redo my Wonderful World of Bags Facebook and start focusing on more important things. At the end of the year, I will be closing down that facebook page, and starting a new one....
TLC for Body, Mind, and Spirit...
Kinda a play on my initials...
I love my initials
aren't they cool?

So, anyway....I hope you will be on the look out for my new Facebook page, and would love to have any comments about how you stay healthy; mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and in every way....

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Treasures by Terry

Just sitting here looking at my Treasures by Terry Facebook page and noticing I've been getting more traffic lately. That is so exciting! 
I love playing with beads and creating fun stuff to wear.
I love to see people enjoy my pieces.
Coming up with unusual things are fun, like this crochet wire and bead Christmas necklace I made several years ago. I just got it back out to wear next week.
Even making jewelry from stuff that you would not think to use....
Like paper....
and guitar string.

Come pay me a visit at my Treasures by Terry facebook

Tacky Dressing

My husband and I were invited to a Tacky Birthday Party. Everyone was asked to dress as tacky as possible and the winner gets a prize. I know my husband won't want to dress weird, but I like doing stuff like this. Since we have most our stuff in storage, I really don't have much to choose from, but I did manage to come up with something.
Today, my daughter in law and I went to the Habitat for Humanity Restore, and I saw these earrings. Talk about TACKY! Perfect, and they were only $1! They were clip earrings, so I just came home and switched them out to pierced.
I don't normally wear flannel shirts, but I decided to bring this one for around the house. It pairs nicely with some black and white plaid pajama bottoms I have. Then the purple chain stitch scarf from my DIY Gift Ideas video and a green silk flower from Thirty-one. I think that outfit is pretty tacky. What do you think?
Oh, one more picture.....
How funny is this!? She used Laffy Taffy (heated in the microwave) to look like chewed gum. Now THAT's pretty tacky!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Easy DIY Gift Ideas

Here's a video I shot in Kentucky just before it turned REALLY cold and snowed. It was a gorgeous day. I just shared a few ideas for some quick, easy and inexpensive ideas for gift giving. Oh, by the way, when I say "single crochet" I am meaning chain stitch. 

Here are some good tutorials for a couple of the projects I show:

Curly Scarf

Beaded Wire Crochet Necklace (I did my a little differently, but this gives you the idea. Maybe I'll do a tutorial soon...

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ity Bity Kitchen

Today, I tackled the kitchen. We NEVER use the front door, except to check our mail. EVERYONE and EVERYTHING comes in the back door, which is the kitchen door.
With all the traffic that comes in through this area, also comes the dirt, so I am constantly vacuuming and moping this kitchen. 
There are a lot of weird things about this kitchen. First off we have the tiny hot water heater that was not properly vented when my husband first moved in. He had to fix that. The landlord supplied what he needed and she was very appreciative of his service. She had just bought this duplex, and it needed some work done to it. So this helped her out.

One other weird things is the washer hook up. Seriously? I'm not sure a washing machine would even fit there, lol.
When my husband first moved here, the fridge and stove were not in proper working order. Playing the part of a bachelor and not being home much, he never mentioned it to the landlord. When I got here, I NEEDED a fridge and stove/oven that worked....I like to cook, besides home cooking saves money and CALORIES.

Notice the bookshelf? I remember that from my childhood years. My dad made it and it is a very nice, sturdy bookcase, perfect for my cookbooks and other books we have here.
Again, I did not do much with this space, just used a lot of what I already had. I had made a wood wall hanging almost a year ago, and it fit perfectly over the washer hookup. Since we have three drivers and two cars, we are always playing musical cars, so I had painted a wood key hanger and put it in a central location. I added one other picture to that wall on a nail that was already there. Our landlord really doesn't want us putting holes in the walls, which I am having an issue with :P  Anyway, the picture I chose to put there is where we got married....The LDS Washington DC Temple. It is a reminder of our marriage covenants we made over 31 years ago.
I only have about 2 feet of counter space to do my cooking on, so the only thing I have on the counter are my knives. 
Not much cupboard space either, but I store some stuff over head. Mostly my Thirty-one thermal shopping bags.
Having a 72 hour emergency kit is very important. Even during our recent tornado clean up, I used it. We did not have to evacuate, but to save the food in our fridge from going bad, I chose not to open it and eat out of our emergency kit. It is now restocked and ready for the next time we may need it...hoping that will be never. It gets replaced every six months. This area kinda bugs me, but this is pretty much the best I can do. I have all my baking stuff...flour, sugars, chocolate chips, etc in the purple Thirty-one Square Utility Tote and Organizing Utility Tote. I find these bags great for storage.
We like to travel and when we do, we usually bring food to make sandwiches, etc on the way. That's why we have a couple of coolers, and they store nicely by the fridge along with my mop and broom.
The rugs I used at the sink and back door I brought from storage in Kentucky. This redo cost me ZERO. We do have to expand part of our kitchen into our living room. We have a small kitchen table where our microwave and small oven set. I tried putting that into our kitchen, but it was just too cramped. 
So, I guess my next room should be the living room? Hmmm....maybe? Not sure. This may take me some time to figure things out. Our living room is pretty much acting as a living room, bedroom, office, kitchen. blah! SO......my creative juices need to flow for awhile....