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Snowflakes for Sandy Hook

I know none of us will ever forget where we were and what we were doing when we heard the terrible news of the shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary in Ct.  I had just come out of shopping at IKEA with my husband and so excited to post some pictures of our great finds only to get in the car, check my Facebook page to see posts of sadness and then turn on satellite radio to figure out what had happened.  It didn’t help that on Friday evening our family was planning to attend a funeral for a family friends 17 year old son killed in a horrific car accident Monday afternoon.  I was just sick listening to the news, like many of us, and felt the sadness of the parents hearing the news of their sweet innocent children.  I am sure many of you like me have wondered what we could do to help? How do we communicate the love and compassion we have for this community?

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Then today I found the website for the CT PTA and they are asking for Snowflake donations.  I can do that! We have Snowflakes hanging all around our house.  The kids had so much fun making them (See Here for Tutorial) and we can make more over the Holidays. What a great way for the kids to be able to get involved helping other kids.

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Here’s the details from the CT PTA if you would like to get your kids together and send Snowflakes to the children of Sandy Hook.

Snowflakes for Sandy Hook
Please help the students of Sandy Hook have a winter wonderland at their new school! Get Creative!!  No two snowflakes are alike. Make and send snowflakes to Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT  06514, by January 12, 2013.

I hope you will join our family and send an envelope of snowflakes for their new school!  I would love to hear in the comments where you will be sending them from. Wouldn’t it be great if they came from all over!  We will start with Georgia representing in the Snowflakes for Sandy Hook project!

Horse + Girl = Horse Lover

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These 4 girls love horses and I would say the horses love them too! Nothing quite like seeing the bond between a horse and their rider. We sure love our horses and I love these special pictures I captured! I am going to miss the beautiful fall days at the barn with winter starting to set in. I am already counting down the days until spring time!

All Natural Bug Repellent–Mint Leaves or Mint Listerine

While on our trip to Nauvoo, IL learning about the Mormon Pioneers that established the city we learned that dried mint ground up and mixed with a little water makes a great bug repellent. 
One of the volunteers gave us some dried mint and we brought it home with us.  I had my daughter put it in the Vitamix blender to grind it up.  We mixed a little water in a small bowl and rubbed it into our skin.
Or,
Mint Listerine
Mint Listerine works as well.
I tried both out in Forest on our Pioneer Trek and they both worked great.  I poured my Mint Listerine in an old spray bottle and kept it in my car. Best part is I smelled good and my skin did not feel sticky or coated with bug spray.  I also sprayed my clothes and around where I was. It can be used around your tent or chair.  I was told Fly’s, Chigger’s, Mosquito’s, Ant’s and other pesky bugs are naturally repelled by mint and from what I could tell it worked great.  When I want to eat out on the back patio I think I will try spraying the Listerine and see if that helps with our fly problem.
I plan to buy and plant mint around my house, garden and have on hand for my all natural bug repellent needs.
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The Versatile Blogger Award

I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Allie @ The Inspired Momma.  If you have a minute go check out her creativity. Thanks Allie!
I’m suppose to tell you 7 things about myself!

1. I twirled baton from about 9 yrs old until I was 15yrs old.  I still have my batons and my kids just recently discovered them.  We’ve had fun twirling out in the street and my kids like to show me off to their friends…I’m just grateful they think I am so awesome and want me around! Amazingly I still remember and can do a lot of my tricks!
2. I am the oldest of my brothers and sisters. I am the only child but, have 3 half sisters, 2 half brothers and 3 step brothers…yes try to keep that straight!
3. Every Christmas I thought for sure my parents would buy me a horse but, living in Southern California I never got my dream until just 3 years ago when I bought myself a horse. Now we have 2 big horses and a baby mini pony.
4. I have been to 34 of the 50 States and maybe will knock a few more off my list this Summer.
5. I’ve never had a passport and my goal this year was to get one and use it…nothing planned yet nor have I applied for it!
6. I’ve known my husband since I was 12 years old but, we didn’t become friends until I was 16 and we didn’t officially date until I was 20. We were married exactly 1 month before my 21st birthday.
7. My lucky number is 7! I was born on 7-7 and on my first birthday my Great Grandpa wrote me a check for $7.77 and the date had lots of 7’s!
Now for 15 Great Bloggers in no particular order that I am nominating to pass the award onto!
1. Kristin ~ Simply Klassic Home
2. Laura ~ Love, Laugh and Craft
3. Melody ~ One Chatty Chic
4. Debbie ~ Debbiedo’s
5. Pam ~ DIY Design Fanatic
6. Emily ~ 52 Mantels
7. Christine ~ The DIY Dreamer
8. Beth ~ Under a Pile of Scrap
9. Cathy ~ My 1929 Charmer
10. Aimee ~ Twigg Studios
11. Toodie ~ Scrappin My Hyde Off
12. Pattie ~ On Hollyhock Farms
13. Gloria ~ Potentially Beautiful
14. Kristi ~ Kris Krafting
15. Christina ~ Designing By Numbers
Here are the rules if you choose to accept this award:
  1. Grab the Versatile Blogger button.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you.
  3. Include a link to their blog.
  4. Share 7 things about yourself.
  5. Pass along the love! Nominate 15 of your favorite blogs.
  6. Inform each nominee with a comment on their blog.
  7. In the same post include this set of rules.
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Celebrate Your Beauty Sale

In honor of the 1st annual Celebrate Your Beauty Conference, Dressing Your Truth and other Live Your Truth programs are on sale 30-75% off!

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Sale ends 8/23! If you’ve ever wanted to experience Dressing Your Truth now is the time to do it!

Dressing My Truth Journey

I came upon Energy Profiling back in November of 2009 when I started reading “It’s Just My Nature” by Carol Tuttle.

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Definition of Energy Profiling direct from My Energy Profile Website:

Energy Profiling® is a unique profiling system that not only assesses personality traits, but also your behavior, thought and feeling processes, body language and physical characteristics to reveal the true you.

Energy Profiling® is based on the scientific principle that the four elements of our DNA create our human nature and our natural expressions. The Four Types come from the four elements that we are each created from: nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon. Carol has discovered that each of these elements expresses a unique and candid movement that is also expressed in all of nature and all of human nature. We have all four elements in us; so we naturally have all four expressions in us–yet we all lead with a dominant expression of one of the four elements that is represented by each Type.

The beauty of Energy Profiling® is that it does not just look at a person’s personality, it also includes behavior tendencies, thought and feeling processes, body language, and physical features. It is a simple system taught in a concise way that is easy to learn and apply.

I had realized that I always struggled with being comfortable with myself by always trying to please others or be who or what others wanted me to be. I had an experience that year that had left me questioning myself and reflecting on not letting other people validate who I was. I had heard “you are to this or that” or “you are too serious” or “you need to be more this” or other comments that made me feel inadequate because I was different than some of these people. I was a good person who always wanted to help others and for others to feel comfortable around me. Yet, I didn’t always feel comfortable around other people or that they were appreciative of me being myself and sometimes I would hide my feelings for fear of what others would say or think about me…but then again who was I?

I was addressed as 1 of my 5 children’s Mom, my husband’s wife, someone’s Daughter, Granddaughter or Sister. Though not a bad thing, I realized I had a name too and have unique qualities who made me more than just a label. I realized that some of my unique qualities were not a negative but actually a positive! Being a young Mom to lots of little children I had also felt like I was on a mission to understanding who I was and to be more comfortable in my own skin. In years past I would have subconsciously thought that meant that I needed to change myself…NOT anymore! I learned I just needed to be me and learn to love and accept myself…though I always knew that it was a lot easier said then done.

It took several months after reading the book to figure out what element I fell under that I lead with. I was so mixed in thought of who I was because I definitely was not being true to myself by listening to others define me. I did determine by thinking back to my childhood, looking at my facial features and reading the book that I identified with a Type 2 Nature. The sense of inner peace I felt as I identified with others who had the same natural tendencies as I did. I could finally realize those things that made me different as positives and yet their were other Type 2’s out there that understood what it was like to be a Type 2!

Oxygen, Type 2: The soft and calming person who has a gift for gathering details and making plans. The natural movement of Type 2 is fluid and flowing. This can be seen in a Type 2 person’s personality and also in their body language and physical features.

Next step I came upon was “Dressing Your Truth!” I currently was working in a Women’s Clothing store and of course always have loved clothes, shoes and accessories but trying to pick out what looked good on me was always a challenge. Again I would resort to others opinions not on what I liked. I would end up buying things that I wouldn’t wear or did wear but didn’t feel comfortable. Same thing with my hair style…I would leave it up to my stylist giving up my power because I didn’t know what I wanted. I didn’t know how to sync my inner and outer beauty before DYT.

BEFORE AND AFTER DYT

Not only do I feel great I think everything I learned with Dressing Your Truth has paid off in the way I look too! I’ve aligned my inner and outer beauty. Shopping and getting dressed in the morning is a breeze and I’m amazed at how quickly I can pick out things that are right for me. I don’t waste money on things I will never wear or don’t feel comfortable in. The program is an inner and outer make-over. It is worth more than I could have ever imagined! I now am helping my family, including young children, to be true to their nature and dress their truths! It has been an amazing family transformation that has brought much peace and happiness in all of our lives!

If you’ve ever felt defeated in a dressing room, faced a closet full of clothes but still felt you had nothing to wear, or thought you had to be skinny to be beautiful, Dressing Your Truth will be a much-appreciated reality check that will help you discover and celebrate your own, unique beauty! ~ Carol Tuttle

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