Friday, November 25, 2011

Wal-Mow Me Over

Never before have I ventured out into the oblivion of Thanksgiving Day or Black Friday shopping, but I decided to try it last night.  A certain little one has a lot on her list for Santa this year and I thought it would be a good idea to help the ol' guy out last night.  Three of her wishes were in the adds yesterday morning, two at Walmart, one at Target.  Cut to 9:30 last night~

I get to Walmart, which is situated a top a large hill (we live in Florida, so when I say it is large it is REALLY big) so you can't really see what is going on in the parking lot.  I get to the top of the hill ready to find my two things by 10PM and get in line, and low and behold it is a gridlocked parking lot.  Walmart's are  notorious for having huge parking lots but this one was pouring over onto the sides of the hill, the curbs, the side streets, etc.. I knew in an instant I was not going to park and I was not going in there.  You would think that would be an easy fix right, drive away and go home, NOOOOOO there are Ebanezer Scrooges already out there blaring on their horns and screaming at people to get out of the way.  Where is the Holiday spirit people?  In an instant Walmart became Wal-Mow Me Over!

...and I didn't even attempt Target. ;)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Ultimate To Be Thankful For

     Like many, I am thankful for a great many things on this day, and everyday.  At the top of my list are my family (furry ones included) and friends, but the list is a long one.  Over the past year especially I have been reminded time and again how blessed I am and I have so many things to look forward to as a result of that reflection.  Everything I set out to do and have done in that time was inspired by my love and dedication to my "Ultimate To Be Thankful For", my daughter, Hailey.

     Hailey will be three years old on April 2nd and it seems that time has flown by.  She is a very gifted child and amazes me everyday. At times, she amazes me by the things I wish she wouldn't do, but even those things are welcomed.  She has brought such joy to my life and to the lives of others and for that I am truly thankful.  It is sometimes tempting to forget how blessed we all are because of the nature of life, but we should remember to be thankful each and everyday, not simply once a year.
My  "Ultimate To Be Thankful For" inspires me to be the best mom, daughter, friend, fiance, and human being that I can be on a daily basis.  Because of that I have been able to grow as a person and find happiness as well as embark on a new business venture.

     I do not know what the future will bring, but I do know that I am thankful for the present on this day and everyday. Now ask yourself, are you?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Marshmallows + Microwave = Smile on Everyone's Face Today!

Ready to make someone smile?...This is all you need:       
  1. 3 Marshmallows
  2. Sharpie Marker
  3. Microwave
  4. Paper Plate
Here is what you do...
  • Gather your supplies.
  • Use your sharpie marker to give your marshmallows cute faces, or just about anything you wish.  Try a picture of a turkey or Christmas tree too!
  • Place the marshmallows on the paper plate and place it in the microwave.
  • Cook them for 30 seconds and prepare to SMILE!!!
  • Repeat the steps until you either run out of marshmallows or smiles.
I saw this in Parenting's December/January 2012 Issue 259 and HAD to share it, positively joyful!!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Great New Alternative-Medicine Therapy for Canine Osteoarthritis

For all of us who are animal lovers, there is a new option for pain relief that eliminates the side effects of NSAIDS commonly used to treat osteoarthritis. 

You have to read the article at the link below for details, but essentially veterinarians in Orlando, FL have used stem cells to ease the pain of osteoarthritis in dogs. 

The patient goes under general anesthesia and a small amount of adipose (fat) tissue is removed from the abdomen, that tissue is sent to California where a company there isolates stem cells from the patients own tissue, consolidates them into a solution, and returns it to the original veterinarian, who gives the patient injections in the affected joints, much like a vaccine. It is believed that although stem cell therapy can not cure osteoarthritis it may improve range of motion, movement, and ease pain. 

The estimated cost is about $2,500, but to many who purchase monthly medications and supplements to manage ostearthritis in their pets, the cost is understandable and worth it.  I myself am excited to see another alternative treatment for this condition in our pets, pass it on, share the joy!

Stem-Cell Therapy in Dogs

By golly I did it!

This is officially my first blog posting, it is a "work in progress", but I couldn't resist putting my first "words" out there.  I look forward to blogging to anyone who will listen and hope you will share postings and other information along the way.  In short, I want to "share the joy" of all things joyful with others.  Stay tuned, and enJOY~
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