What’s Your Favorite….? 01/12/18

Reclaiming HOPE

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Happy Friday everyone! I hope you’ve all had a great week. Many thanks to everyone who shared where they get their inspiration for their blogs – it became quite apparent that inspiration really can come from anywhere. Thanks for sharing your tips about keeping track of your ideas too. I’m definitely going to be implementing some of them.

Continuing with this month’s blogging theme, your question for this week is

What’s your favorite way to grow your blog, other than reading and commenting on others’ blogs?

Yeah, I know….I probably took away everyone’s top answer, but I thought it would be good to find out some of the other ways people have found to connect with others and grow their blogs. :o)

Here’s wishing you a wonderful, relaxing weekend!

Blessings,

~Terri

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Introducing – Poet Kevin Morris

Secret Diary Of PorterGirl

Secret Diary of PorterGirl is delighted to welcome poet Kevin Morris, who would like to tell you a little about himself and his work. His latest highly acclaimed anthology has just been released in audio format.

mociw-for-acx-cover-2-smallI have long been a fan of Lucy’s writings, avidly following the adventures of Portergirl and Lucy’s wonderful Poirot parodies! I was therefore honoured to be invited to contribute a guest post to Lucy’s blog. Thank you Lucy!

I was born in Liverpool (UK) on 6 January 1969. The year in question is, of course best known (and celebrated) for my birth, although a few individuals do contend (wholly erroneously I may say) that 1969 is better known for the moon landings!

I lost the majority of my eyesight at 18-months-old due to a blood clot.

I am a braille user and have happy memories of leafing through “The Oxford Book of English Verse” and…

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2018…Discovering Sooz

Discovering Sooz

…and all through the house, everyone was coughing, except that bloody mouse! We’re all in bed by 9.00pm, even Holly, but I suspect that’s more to do with all of the beef she has had today!

I’m just glad I made it through Christmas and Boxing Day before I caught the dreaded lurgy! However, I haven’t made the bed in three days, and my bedside table looks like a reduced section in a chemist!

L is just getting it, which I dread, she has numerous chronic illness’ , and any extra illness on top makes the existing conditions worse. She’s had pneumonia four times!

Even Holly decided to join in, and had a little coughing fit, but that was because she drank her water far too quickly rather than illness, thankfully!

So, now I’ve moaned, back to The new year!

2017 hasn’t been the best, but I have plenty of…

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Braised Beef Chilli con Carne

A food and lifestyle blog.

Now Christmas is over, I (and the rest of the nation), am dying to eat something ‘normal’. First world problem right? Christmas day was wonderful, but again, I had so much champagne that it got to a point where I couldn’t face drinking anymore – that’s when you know your life is actually pretty good! But today, I had some braising beef that needed using and instead of making a stew, I decided to make a chilli with it. Today was grey, cold and snowy so I wanted to make something tasty and warming – like a lot of my dishes lately! Chilli con Carne isn’t something I eat or make regularly but it turned out to be delicious and the beef was so succulent and tender, it is something I will definitely be making again.

It didn’t take long to prep and once it was all in the pot…

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A bauble for my baby

Emotional Mummy

Last year was our first Christmas as a little family. Smeckle was six months old and although she didn’t have a bloody clue what was going on, she was what made Christmas come alive again. She was a reason for the magic and the best excuse for us to relive our childhood!

She received her first letter from Father Christmas which came through the post with a packet of reindeer mix that was of course left out on Christmas Eve, accompanied by a couple of beers which managed to go down a treat! She even managed to wangle a date with the big guy himself! She was given her own elf name, Joyful Sugarsocks, along with a little elf hat and was led through the colourful grotto to receive her gift from him and his helpers. There, we had a mini photo shoot and was able to pick from the…

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kindness, spread it now!

Health4Earth

Happy December!  Kindness is the light of happiness and of life!

There are many ways to spread kindness,  and I like many of the Kindness Calendars on the internet. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Friday, December 1, Do something good for the earth, go plastic free, go for a walk and smile at the people you meet.

Saturday, December 2, How can you help someone who needs help? Give rides to the grocery store, babysit, bring someone a dinner.

Sunday, December 3, List three things you are thankful for.

Monday, December 4, National Sock Day: Donate socks to a homeless shelter.

Tuesday, December 5, Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while, an aunt or uncle, cousin or friend.

Wednesday, December 6, Listen to people with eye contact.

Thursday, December 7, Be thankful for grandfathers and fathers who fought in WWII, and donate…

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Minimalism: Less is more

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It’s officially the first day of fall but this Houston heat hasn’t backed down even a smidge. It might even be mid to late October till we get a cool breeze around here during the daytime. My wardrobe sure as hell won’t be waiting around for that (trust me, we’d be waiting till January for a decent drop in temperature).

It’s a new season, and I’ve got a new fashion approach I’m willing to take on. It’s trending, it’s in, and it’s what all the broke college kids are talking about these days — minimalism. You mean like minimal body coverage? Ummm, no. It doesn’t mean minimal effort either. Minimalism is about living with fewer material possessions and making the most of what you have so you can focus on what’s really important in life. This can mean redecorating your home in the simplest way possible, reducing clutter, and donating…

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Maybe we should stop trying so hard to be happy.

Lucky Otters Haven

Originally posted on October 2, 2016

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We live in a society that demands we always be happy and smiling.    “Negative” emotions are generally unacceptable, and we are told over and over again via pop psychologists and the mass media that constant happiness is not only our birthright, but our responsibility!    People are encouraged to stuff their feelings and wear a smile, no matter how they are really feeling.

Some people are more naturally given to cheerfulness than others, regardless of their circumstances.  We are all different; and those of us who aren’t naturally inclined to be upbeat and perky all the time are made to feel like we are somehow defective and our darker emotions aren’t okay.

So we seek out therapists, read self-help books, recite affirmations, pin up positive-thinking posters, and beat ourselves up if we don’t or can’t conform to the pervasive “don’t worry, be…

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Positive Quote 10.10

Blog of a Mad Black Woman

Wise words are like seeds. The more you scatter them, the more they will grow into infinite gardens of knowledge.

Suzy Kassem (b. 1975)

Have a blessed day all. ❤

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Do You Walk a Pedestrian Path?

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Originally posted on Second Wind Leisure Perspectives:
Student deftly walks the high ropes course at the Challenge Center. When simply walking won’t do! The word Pedestrian brings to mind someone walking along a path, sidewalk, or street. It also means “lacking inspiration…