Smile it's Saturday!

Free Music, A Good Book, and Easter Candy Martinis

1. Freegal Music

The Freegal Music Service is a download music service sold to Libraries for free use by its registered cardholders. Please check with your local library to see if they have subscribed to the service. The service is only available to subscribing libraries and members, and you must enter the Freegal Site via the Library URL.

2. Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible By Regina Brett

I'm only on lesson 8 (short essays) but I wanted to share it right away.

This book is full of inspiration and important life lessons through Regina Bretts personal experiences.
It will motivate you to do good things in this beautiful world of ours.

3. Easter Candy Martinis - Need I say more...

Sparkling Jelly Bean Martini

Marshmallow Peep Martini

Caramel Cadbury Egg Martini

Recipes can be found at

FREE Movie - Painting the Future! (for the next 13 hours only)

Online World Premiere of Tales of Everyday Magic ~ Painting the Future

Inspired by the writings of best-selling author Louise L. Hay, Painting the Future reveals how the thoughts we choose create the life we live.

On the second floor of a low-income apartment complex lives Jonathan Page. Once an established painter, Page now lives out his bitter days terrorizing the joy of his neighbors’ lives as well as his own. From the courtyard below, nine-year-old Lupe Saldana takes notice of Jonathan. Determined to save up for a dream quinceaƱera dress, Lupe extends herself as hired help for all the personal errands and daily chores that Jonathan can no longer do himself. Through this proposition, a friendship begins to blossom, and Lupe’s optimistic innocence slowly breaks down the wall of Jonathan’s guarded brokenness. 

Hay House is excited to announce the Online World Premiere of Tales of Everyday Magic: Painting the Future! 

For the next 24 hours, enjoy a free stream of Painting the Future, inspired by the writings of best-selling author Louise L. Hay. This moving film reveals how the thoughts we choose create the life we live. We hope that you enjoy this film--let us know what you think!

You need to "Like" Hay House on facebook to view th movie.

Science of Creative Intelligence Sixteen Principles

Exclusive Webisode: 16 Principles of the Science of Creative Intelligence
The children at the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Fairfield, Iowa, are learning life lessons it took Oprah decades to learn. Learn the 16 principles of the Science of Creative Intelligence for yourself.

Science of Creative Intelligence Sixteen Principles

Order is present everywhere
Life is found in layers
Outer depends on inner
Seek the highest first
Rest and activity are the steps to progress
Enjoy greater efficiency and accomplish more
Every action has a reaction
Purification leads to progress
The field of all possibilities is the source of all solutions
Thought leads to action, and action leads achievement, and achievement leads to fulfilment
Knowledge is gained from the inside and outside
Knowledge structured consciousness
Harmony exists in diversity
Whole is contained in every part
The whole is greater than the sum of the parts
Nature of life is to grow

Leaving The City of Regrets

By Larry Harp

I had not really planned on taking a trip this time of year, and yet I found myself packing rather hurriedly. This trip was going to be unpleasant and I knew in advance that no real good would come of it. I'm talking about my annual "Guilt Trip."

I got tickets to fly there on Wish I Had airlines. It was an extremely short flight. I got my baggage, which I could not check. I chose to carry it myself all the way. It was weighted down with a thousand memories of what might have been. No one greeted me as I entered the terminal to the Regret City International Airport. I say international because people from all over the world come to this dismal town.

As I checked into the Last Resort Hotel, I noticed that they would be hosting the year's most important event, the Annual Pity Party. I wasn't going to miss that great social occasion. Many of the towns leading citizens would be there.

First, there would be the Done family, you know, Should Have, Would Have and Could Have. Then came the I Had family. You probably know ol' Wish and his clan. Of course, the Opportunities would be present, Missed and Lost. The biggest family would be the Yesterday's. There are far too many of them to count, but each one would have a very sad story to share.

Then Shattered Dreams would surely make and appearance. And It's Their Fault would regale us with stories (excuses) about how things had failed in his life, and each story would be loudly applauded by Don't Blame Me and I Couldn't Help It.

Well, to make a long story short, I went to this depressing party knowing that there would be no real benefit in doing so. And, as usual, I became very depressed. But as I thought about all of the stories of failures brought back from the past, it occurred to me that all of this trip and subsequent "pity party" could be canceled by ME! I started to truly realize that I did not have to be there. I didn't have to be depressed. One thing kept going through my mind, I CAN'T CHANGE YESTERDAY, BUT I DO HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE TODAY A WONDERFUL DAY. I can be happy, joyous, fulfilled, encouraged, as well as encouraging. Knowing this, I left the City of Regret immediately and left no forwarding address. Am I sorry for mistakes I've made in the past? YES! But there is no physical way to undo them.

So, if you're planning a trip back to the City of Regret, please cancel all your reservations now. Instead, take a trip to a place called, Starting Again. I liked it so much that I have now taken up permanent residence there. My neighbors, the I Forgive Myselfs and the New Starts are so very helpful. By the way, you don't have to carry around heavy baggage, because the load is lifted from your shoulders upon arrival. God bless you in finding this great town. If you can find it -- it's in your own heart -- please look me up. I live on I Can Do It Street.

Michael Franti & Spearhead - Pray for Grace Video & Lyrics

Lyrics to Pray For Grace :

Why must I feel like this today
I'm a soldier but afraid sometimes
To face the things that may
Block the sun from shinin' rays
And fill my life with shades of grey
But still I long to find a way
So today I pray for grace

I take a moment to myself
So I can myself
To feel myself
And be real myself
Life's addictions and afflictions
Cause abrasions from their friction
Sometimes, it's easier to live in fiction
I can run, but I can't hide
From the pains that
Reside deep down inside
There is no pill
That can be swallowed
There is no guru
That can be followed
There's no escapin'
From my own history
Those that I hurt,
And those that hurt me
I was dead for a million years
'Fore I was born and
I'll be dead for a million more
After I'm gone
So I live, to give somethin'
That can live on
Like the way you hum a song when the music's gone
Like the warmth on the sand
When the sun goes down
And I'm sittin' with myself
Nobody else is around but,


Been a long, long time
Since I been away
Been a long, long time
Since I felt this way
Been a long, long time
I found the words to say
How much I'm grateful
For my life today
'Cause under every cup
You might find a nut
Behind every corner
You might get jacked up
At the end of every rainbow,
You might find gold
The last bite of your sandwich,
Hope you don't find mould
'Cause none of us
Can live the perfect life
The kind that we see on nick at night
And sometimes, we all
Just lose sight
Of the pain that will guide us
From dark into the light
We fall down yes, but we get up,
And sometimes we just need
A little bit of love
To help make it
Through another day
Into the night, into the light,
Into a Saturday
So in the morning when I'm waitin'
For the sun to raise
And my head's a little foggy
Like I'm in a haze
I remind myself that
Everything is gonna be okay
I take a breath, slow down and say....


Chimes of Freedom

Chimes of Freedom: The songs of Bob Dylan
$19.99 - $24.99

Yesterday when I was blog hopping I found this CD, Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan on a post at Found The Marbles. All proceeds support Amnesty International.

Editorial Reviews (Amazon)

2012 four CD collection containing music from Patty Smith, Rise Against, Pete Townshend, Diana Krall, My Morning Jacket, Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Jackson Browne, Sugarland, Joan Baez, Flogging Molly, Joe Perry, Bad Religion and many others. Two iconic forces that have impacted the past 50 years -- the life-saving human rights activism of Nobel Peace Prize-winning Amnesty International and the incomparable artistry of Bob Dylan -- are being saluted by musicians who contributed new or previously unreleased recordings to Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International. Almost 30 tracks on the album were mixed gratis by famed engineer Bob Clearmountain. Bob Ludwig and Adam Ayan of Gateway Mastering donated their mastering services. The album cover illustration is by Grammy Award winning artist Mick Haggerty.

I like to have more than one find on fridays but it's all about the Hunger Games today. One is better than none, right?

Never Give Up...

NEGU™ which stands for Never Ever Give Up, was the motto of Jessica Joy Rees. Diagnosed with two inoperable brain tumors in March of 2011.  After a courageous fight, Jessie earned her angel wings on January 5, 2012.  Jessie's life continues to inspire thousands of people to NEGU™ in life no matter what!

Jessie Rees Foundation: Never Ever Give Up! Empowering Courageous Kids With HOPE | JOY | LOVE!

A Lesson in Paying Attention

It's a good idea to get in the habit of paying attention because when you don't accidents happen and things get missed. In my case this past weekend I wasn't paying attention to an expiration date and I lost the use of a $25.00 +Up reward from Rite Aid that expired the day before I went to use it. I had known there was a expiration date on it but I wasn't paying attention to the date. There also is a lesson in Karma here but I'll tell you that one in another post. 

When I realized what I had done I was so mad at myself, but then quickly forgave and told myself it is what it is and it won't happen again. Holding on to the anger isn't going to give me the +Up reward back. The lesson is a reminder to PAY ATTENTION. There are so many things that can distract us in life and it's very easy to to let them. Our job is to NOT let them. 
Paying Attention is also on MY Ten Rules to Live By Post.

Tuesdays Blog Hops

People Often Say...

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily."

Friday Findings

1. Fitbit Ultra

I received my Fitbit Ultra for my birthday. I had been researching all the fitness trackers on the market and the Fitbit won me over. I love my Fitbit Ultra.

The Fitbit Ultra Features:
Activity Tracker - Steps taken, calories burned, floors climbed, and distance traveled.
Sleeping Monitoring - Tracks how long and how well you've slept.
Wireless Uploads - When you are 15 ft away from the plugged in base station.
Online Tools - FREE online tools. All the other trackers charge a fee.
Tiny and Discreet - It is the smallest fitness tracker on the market.
Log Food & Activity - Log your food and activity. 
Snyc with Apps - Fitbit syncs your stats with other popular nutrition and fitness programs. 
Share with Friends - Fitbit has its own social network.

3 mini for $10.00 

Our sense of smell helps us enjoy life. I wear my scented body lotions because they allow me enjoy life everywhere I go. ; )

The Bali Mango, Rio Rumberry, and Aruba Coconut remind me of summer. Now that it is cold and wet outside these three scents brighten my day.


This is the perfect website for the book lover. I use this website to keep track of the books I've read and the books I want to read. Tell goodreads what titles or genres you’ve enjoyed in the past, and they'll  give you recommendations. 

Call An Old Friend

Grab a cup of coffee, tea, or class of wine and call a friend you haven't spoken to in a long time.

Spend some time catching up and reminiscing about the good times you've spent with that special friend.

Stop and Do 100 Jumping Jacks

If you can't do 100, do 50 now and 50 later.
But do at least 100 TODAY!
If you've done your morning workout already...
So what, get up and give me yourself 100. :)

Image: Ambro /

Ten Rules to Live By...

1. Pay Attention: This is an important law because when we don't pay attention accidents do happen. Fender benders are a perfect example. Is your bank account ever overdrawn or you don't have enough money on your card when you go to pay for something? Number one reason why is because you weren't paying attention to your spending.

With todays' auto bill payments and the convenience of using your debit card to pay for everything, it's very easy to forget what you have and what you've spent. Pay attention and you won't.

2. Keep your living and work space clean and tidy: When you are surrounded by clutter and chaos you can not function to your best ability. Do yourself (and everyone around you) a favor and keep your surroundings clean and tidy. Life is so much sweeter when it is.

Nothing is more stressful when you're running late because you are looking for something that you need and you can't find it in all the clutter that is around you.

When I sit down to do some work and I have a clear and organized desk to work at I get more accomplished and it feels good. I love it and so will you.

3. Eat healthy: You are what you eat. Stay away from processed food. It's poison! Why would you want to poison yourself? A great way to start your day is with a Green Drink. I have two favorite recipes. The first one is on the thicker side and you can make two days worth at a time, as well as freezing some if needed (works great for road trips) Skinnystoves' Green Drink. The second one is not as thick but you have to drink it within a few hours Kris Carrs' Make Juice not War Green Drink. Both delicious and so good for you. I know when I start my day with either one of these drinks I have no problem sticking to eating healthy for the rest of the day.

Also there are a a couple days a month I do crave some not so healthy foods and I might give in, but I don't hate myself for it because I know I'm making good food choices all the other days.

4. Exercise: Get up and move. Even if it's for ten minutes a day. That's better than not doing anything at all. Take a walk, your favorite song comes on why don't you get up and dance (one of my favorite things to do), take the stairs.

There are some great workout DVDs. I like Tony Hortons 10 Minute Workout and Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. Both are short workout with big results. No more you don't have the time excuses.

5. Get out and enjoy life: You don't know what you are missing. With all this wonderful world has to offer. Why do so many people prefer to stay inside watching TV, playing video games or spend all there free time on the Internet (gasp)?

Expand your horizons and attend a play, visit a museum or go to the zoo. Find your closest amusement park and ride the roller coasters. Walk to your local park and swing (did this just the other day, forgot how much fun it was), slide down the slide. Who says grown-ups can't play. Oh so many choices...

6. Pamper yourself often: You deserve it. This doesn't mean you have to spend money on massages, manicures and pedicures, or a deep condition (which is pretty awesome I might add) every week. You can do all those things at home for a lot less. I do however suggest picking one of those things to treat yourself to once a month (if money is tight, then every other month) to be performed by a professional. It's a nice treat you can give yourself.

During the week I pick one thing a day to pamper myself. It can be as simple as giving your nails a fresh coat of nail polish, or rubbing your tired, dry feet with your favorite lotion. Tonight I will be giving myself a facial while soaking in a warm bubble bath by candle light.

7. Chin up and sit-up straight: Good posture looks good on you...

8. Be happy: Smile and laugh often. That also looks good on you...

9. Be kind to yourself and to others. It feels good to be be kind to others. Do something nice for someone without any expectations in return and you'll be a better person. Now do that for yourself. Pretty cool, right? Here's a great list "20 Ways to Give Without Expectations" to help get you started.

10. LOVE: Love is power. The power to have all the positive and good things in life is LOVE!