I Found My Higher Power Through Music

One of my all time favorite songs is Leona Lewis’ Foots In The Sand. This song brings me so much comfort and has helped me to find the strength required to walk through the difficult times. It inspired me to take the emotional plunge I needed in order to be where I am today. It took me a while but I finally found my footprints in the sand and I know when I don’t see them, that my Higher Power is carrying me and I am NEVER alone! “I noticed that many times along the path of my life, there was only one set of footprints… When you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

Leona, the heartfelt way you sing this song leads me to believe that you have found your Higher Power and live your life on life’s terms… You are a true inspiration and I am sure your song has touched thousands of people across the world. As a token of my appreciation, I sent a package of Footprints In The Sand Jewelry to your publicist for you and your inner circle of recovery friends.

My dear readers, I hope you will take the time to read the lyrics below and find the strength and comfort I have been so privileged to discover:

“You walked with me
Footprints in the sand
And helped me understand
Where I’m going

You walked with me
When I was all alone
With so much unknown
Along the way

Then I heard you say

I promise you
I’m always there
When your heart is filled with sorrow and despair
I’ll carry you
When you need a friend
You’ll find my footprints in the sand

I see my life
Flash across the sky
So many times have I been so afraid

And just when I
I thought I’d lost my way
You gave me strength to carry on

That’s when I heard you say

I promise you
I’m always there
When your heart is filled with sorrow and despair
And I’ll carry you
When you need a friend
You’ll find my footprints in the sand
When I’m weary
Well I know you’ll be there
And I can feel you
When you say

I promise you
Oh, I’m always there
When your heart is filled with sadness and despair
I’ll carry you
When you need a friend
You’ll find my footprints in the sand

When your heart is full of sadness and despair
I’ll carry you
When you need a friend
You’ll find my footprints in the sand”

Higher Power, thank you for carrying me when I needed you the most!
My dear friends, please let me know if this touched your souls the way it touched mine. I appreciate your feedback.

Instant Tomato Seeds & Fun Tomato Facts

Spring is in the air and I promised myself I would plant my vegetable garden early this year. I actually planted Instant Tomato Seeds a few weeks ago even though it is still winter. Believe it or not, you can start them inside and when the weather gets warmer, move them outdoors. I am so tired of the cold, winter, dreary, dark days and I love coming home to the sweet smell of my instant tomato seeds.

Did you know that Americans eat between 22-24 pounds of tomatoes per person, per year? That’s a lot of tomatoes but I have to tell you that more than half of those munchies are ketchup and tomato sauce.

Did you know that tomato leaves are actually toxic? If you are growing them inside and you have young children around, please be careful!

Another interesting tidbit: 93% Americans who garden grow tomatoes. They are one of the easiest vegetables to plant.

I heard that Florida is the number one producer of fresh market tomatoes.

The largest worldwide producer of tomatoes is China, followed by the United States, Turkey, India and Egypt.

FYI the biggest producer of tomatoes is: Florida is the number one producer of fresh market tomatoes

Here’s some more tidbits: Do you know how to say “Tomato” in other languages?

English: tomato
French: tomate
Dutch: tomaat
German: Tomate
Danish: tomat
Spanish: tomate
Italian: pomodoro

Tomatoes, like humans have cousins. The tomato is a cousin of the eggplant, red pepper, ground cherry, potato, and the highly toxic belladonna which is a herbaceous perennial, also known as the nightshade or solanaccae, that has historically been used as both a medicine and poison.

How’s this for another Tomato fact? The tomato serves as both the official state vegetable and the official state fruit of Arkansas, in honor of the South Arkansas Vine Ripe Pink Tomato, sometimes known as “Bradley Pink.”

The last interesting fact I have for you today is: Tomato juice is the official state beverage of Ohio.

Why not consider planting your own Instant Tomato Seeds and send me any interesting facts or tidbits to add to the list. I always enjoy hearing from my readers…

Retired Military Hats For Women!

I’m sure you have heard of the V.F.W. haven’t you? I actually asked my 17 year old if he knew what it was and he had absolutely no idea. I think it is time our children learn more about the military in school. Don’t you agree?

V.F.W. stands for Veterans of Foreign Wars. There was an article in the newspaper last week about the Dorothy Kubik/Katherine Galloway Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12097. It said that it is the only current VFW post that was specifically created for women in the military. The post is believed to be the only existing one that “was founded to address the current needs of women veterans.” VFW currently has a membership of about 1.6 million and it is believed that only about 12,130 are women. The members of this particular post are concerned mainly with education and heatlh care. At their meetings they snack on chocolate chip cookies not beer and chips.

Women in the military have been in the news quite a lot lately. It is wonderful that they are finally receiving the recognition they deserve.

My cousin Lorraine bought a bunch of Retired Military Hats for some of her friends. She is a retired Navy Veteran who served as a nurse during Operation Desert Storm. She was so pleased to learn that the mostly male hierarchy of VFW is finally being infiltrated by women as it is time to address their needs which are often different from their male comrades. She said women are much more detail-oriented and more organized and the organization would benefit from their capabilities. Lorraine said that now that women have invaded board rooms and such it is about time they took a stand with the VFW as they still have a deep connection to the bonds of the military.

Bravo to Lorraine and all the women in the military! God Bless You! You go girls!

Rush Industries Gardening And Germinating Christa’s Road To Recovery

My friend Christa has suffered from different addictions for many, many years. She has finally found recovery and has learned to let others into her world of serenity & peace through gardening…. This is what she shared with me.

“From my earliest memories, I never felt as if I belonged. Whenever I was in a group situation I always felt apart from the crowd. I had a hard time fitting in. I believed that if I let others get to know me, they would reject me. Perhaps my addiction began to germinate in this climate of self-centeredness.

I hid the pain of my alienation with an attitude of defiance. In essence, I was telling the world, “You don’t need? Well I don’t need any of you either. I can take care of myself”. The further I recoiled, the higher the walls I built around myself.

Those walls began to fall when I started peeling the layers of the onion and allowing others into my life. I began to find acceptance and with this acceptance it allowed me to let others take part in my life without fear of rejection.

Instead of germinating my addiction, I began to germinate a physical garden. My sponsor turned me onto Rush Industries Gardening and I fell in love not only with myself but with my garden which I named my Garden of Gratitude. I nurture my garden the way I nurture myself now.

One of my favorite things about my garden are my Spring Onions Seedballz. When I look at them, they remind me that there are always more layers to peel and there is always more to be revealed. I’ve learned that when I cry as I peel the onions, the tears are therapeutic and help me to continue healing. I finally have begun to feel whole and I cherish & relish my Garden of Gratitude.

An added bonus to the Spring Onions Seedballz is that by purchasing SEEDBALLZ you help create opportunities for adults with disabilities. Each Seedballz is gently hand-rolled by people with disabilities in the USA! It fills me with pride to know that I am helping Americans with disabilities and this is one of my ways of giving back.”

Thank you for sharing a piece of your story with us Christa! I’m sure you have helped many others by allowing me to post your story. After all, we all know that we help one another by sharing our experience, strength and hope! I am touched by your courage and your strength and look forward to receiving pictures of your Garden of Gratitude so I can post them for our readers.

Oscars 2013: The Long & Short Of How To Grow Hair Fast

Hairstyles, at this year’s Oscars were all about extremes. Believe it or not, in addition to the red carpet looks — the gowns, jewels and the like — you may have come to the same conclusions even if the awards had been broadcast from the neck up due to the wildly divergent hairstyles…

What caught my eye and fancy was the A-list coifs of full, luxurious heads of hair tossed over and cascading down one shoulder.

Did you see the E! Entertainment pre-show coverage? Reese Witherspoon was asked about the secret to her beautiful hair. Her response was: “I recently had a baby.” Guess what, ladies and gentlemen? I heard otherwise. I heard she had major hair issues during her pregnancy and she had to cut off her beautiful locks due to thinning and balding. A secret source of mine told me that she was in a tizzy just weeks ago and sent her personal assistant on a hunt to find out How To Grow Hair Fast. Lucky for her that her assistant is so resourceful. She found Long ‘N Strong Complete Treatment Set at Rush Industries and bought a case of it for Reese. Voila, her beautiful long, healthy hair…

At the other end of the spectrum was the close-cropped cut, which was most visible on the night’s supporting actress winner Anne Hathaway for her role in ‘Les Miserables’. I definitely would suggest Anne Hathaway use some. She happens to be one of my favorite actresses but I abhor her short, cropped hairstyle.

FYI Reese was so happy with the results of Long ‘N Strong, her assistant contacted someone at the Oscars and suggested they insert the Hair Treatment Lotion in the goody bags. They received them just in time and everyone went home with a 30 day supply of Long ‘N Strong.

Charlize Theron told the paparazzi that her severe blond hairdo was three months grown in from a role-required head shaving. I hope she found the lotion in her goody bag. It will definitely help her. Hopefully Reese and her are good friends and she let her in on her secret.

By the way, the lotion is unisex and I’m sure some of the men would benefit from it as well. My hubby started using it recently and he’s starting to look like his old “young” handsome self… I need to keep an extra eye on him LOL!

The Oscar’s And A Magical Faux Pearl Necklace

Did anyone watch the Oscar’s last weekend? I love watching all the glitz and glam and especially love the preshow fashions. I don’t know if you had a chance to see Silver Linings Playbook but if you didn’t, I suggest you go this weekend. Besides Bradley Cooper who is oh so adorable, check out the new “IT” girl in Hollywood – Jennifer Lawrence. She won best actress Sunday night for her role in Silver Linings Playbook. Not only was she spectacular as the girlfriend of Bradley Cooper who played a young man with bi-polar disorder, she is absolutely adorable and charming in person as well.

Sorry for going off topic a bit but not only did this film make a star out of Jennifer Lawrence, more importantly it brought the issue of mental illness into the news in a positive light. There is so much stigma attached to mental illness and unfortunately it is a topic many people brush under the rug. It is time we break the stigma and realize that people with mental disorders deserve the same type of treatment as if they had diabetes, heart disease or cancer. I apologize again for going off topic but I feel very strongly about this and want to advocate for those less fortunate than us…

Back to topic…. My friend Rise had the opportunity to sit next to Jennifer Lawrence at one of the after parties. Rise said she has a likeability factor that goes through the roof. She said they became fast friends and exchanged email addresses and cell phone numbers as well. Did you notice the beautiful necklace Jennifer was wearing with her knockout dress? Well Rise couldn’t keep her eyes off of it and told Jennifer it was smashing. Believe it or not, Rise was wearing a Faux Pearl Necklace and Jennifer non-challantly took off her diamond necklace and replaced it with Rise’s Faux Pearl Necklace. Rise was absolutely flawed. She couldn’t believe that actually happened. She was pinching herself all night to make sure she wasn’t dreaming. When you see the paparazzi’s post Oscar pictures you will notice Jennifer’s Faux Pearl Necklace from Rush Industries which by the way, looked much better than the diamond necklace. The diamond necklace seemed to get lost on her neck with the gown she was wearing. The Faux Pearl Necklace was much more substantial and the blueish grey and pewter tones brought color to her beautiful face and she looked absolutely magical.

Jennifer, we can’t wait to see what the future holds for our new superstar who seems to rewrite the rules for Hollywood in charming ‘Jenlaw’ style!

My Meaningful Religious Ring

“Cherish your human connections – your relationships with family & friends” – Barbara Bush

Did you know that our human connections help keep us from isolation. “United we stand, divided we fall”. I was a witness to a miracle last weekend. My son celebrated his 3 year anniversary of recovery and the whole family was present. The feeling of love & spirit filled the room to such a degree that it sparked many emotions beyond my wildest dreams. It was something so beautiful that its hard to describe unless you experienced something similar. We have been through some very turbulent years and have had to detach for long periods of time in order to save my own sanity. Not only did I detach from my son, I detached from many friends as well who were not able to be there for me in my time of need.

Initially when I detached, I detached in an unhealthy manner, sometimes with anger, sometimes with fear. The anger, led to loneliness and isolation. Until I found my way to the rooms of 12 Steps I was lonely and broken. I have found many new friends in fellowship who I have learned to trust and count on any time of day or night.

I had the pleasure and honor of presenting my son with his 3 year coin last weekend. There was not a dry eye in the room. Many people shared about how lucky my son is to have his mother, father, siblings and even grandparents present. I told my son how proud I am of his accomplishment but I also thanked him for my recovery. If it wasn’t for his struggle with addiction, I never would have walked into a 12 step program and found my own peace, serenity and a new way of living.

At the end of the meeting my son surprised me with a Religious Ring from Rush Industries. The ring is inscribed with “Faith” on the top with a small CZ to dot the “i”. He said: “Mom, I couldn’t have done this without you. At first, I stopped using for you, then I discovered that I needed to do it for ‘me’. Until I turned my fear into faith, I couldn’t recover. Thank you for being you and for always being there for me and having faith that I would find my way. I am so grateful we were able to mend our relationship. I will always cherish my connection with you Mom! I love you.”

My broken heart has finally healed…

We surround ourselves with the ability to serve others. It’s all about love, peace, courage, serenity & faith. Let love, light and peace surround you today, tomorrow and forever…

A Heartfelt Story About Slimming Clothes

A friend of mine shared a portion of her diary with me recently. She is aware of my struggles and wanted to share her experience with me. She asked to remain anonymous and I always respect that:

“I used to try to fill myself inside; there has always been a huge hole inside of me and I used things to fill it. I filled it mostly with relationships. I know you must be thinking what’s wrong with that…but the most unhealthy relationship I filled myself with was FOOD. Food had become my higher power. I used food to fill the unhappiness, the hole, the loneliness, the feeling of not being loved…

As a result, I gained an enormous amount of weight and had nothing that fit but couldn’t stop myself from the emotional roller coaster I was on. I didn’t even want to leave my house because I was so ashamed of how I looked. I found Slimming Clothes at Rush Industries and silly as it may be, that was the start of my recovery from food addiction.

I have learned that no person, place or thing can fill this hole. My Higher Power and I are the only ones who can fill the hole and it was selfish of me to expect that from others or from food. I will never give that power to anyone or any object again.

I feel so blessed today. My humongous hole is about filled. I have learned to fill it myself, without food, without unhealthy relationships and can honestly say that I am truly happy today. I have learned to love myself, every inch of my being, physical and mental. I eat healthy, exercise, meditate and have taken up ballroom dancing. I still wear my Slimming Clothes especially my Underbust Thong Body Suit with a latex front. It is my favorite piece of shape wear from Rush Industries. The thong back is oh so sexy and my belly feels so flat when I wear it. It gives me a smooth look under my clothes and I feel confident and sexy as well. I hope in sharing my story, I help others who are feeling the despair and self-hatred that I used to feel.

PS There’s a fastening in the crotch for easy access for those unexpected moments…”

My dear friend, thank you so much for sharing your experience, strength and hope with us. Your heartfelt story is sure to touch many and that is how we help one another. Looking forward to reading your next chapter in your diary!
Wishing you many blessings…

Shhhh… The Secret About My Skin Toner

I have been using Rush Industries Skin Toner for years. They have an exclusive line of products called Tehani Salon and they are not sold in stores. My soul sister Kristine turned me onto the line and I think I am addicted but thank goodness it is a healthy addiction. Anyway, I recently purchased the Anti-Aging Skin Care Set which includes the Skin Toner but now that I am getting older, I feel the need to start addressing my aging skin issues. Within ten days of using the anti aging set, I noticed a difference in my skin. My wrinkles are less pronounced and my skin feels soft and smooth like it did when I was 16 years old. Many of my friends and family have noticed as well and I feel wonderful inside and out.

Now, let me tell you about the secret but you have to promise not to tell a soul. Please note: If you betray my confidence, you may be responsible for the demise of my marriage and think about how you would feel about that. Forget about how you would feel…think about how disappointed in you I would be. I don’t think I could ever forgive you for that. Okay, now that you are clear on that, I will continue my story.

A couple of weeks ago I noticed that my Skin Toner was almost empty and I had just purchased it less than two weeks prior. I couldn’t imagine why it was almost gone. Later that night, I walked into the bathroom and found my husband standing there with my eye firming gel on his eyes. All I can say is, I wish I had my camera. My husband was the culprit who was using not only my Skin Toner but my eye firming gel and anti-wrinkle cream. My husband is quite macho and instead of laughing as I did, he flipped because he was terrified that I would tell his buddies that he was addicted to his wife’s skin care products. I can assure that I was and still quite tempted to spill the beans to them but he would probably never forgive me and I don’t think I could cross that line with him. He doesn’t have a very good sense of humor unfortunately. I did tell my sons about it and they haven’t stopped teasing him and we all get a good laugh. I have to admit that he does look much better and he is also getting compliments on his skin.

So all you guys out there, Tehani Salon products are not just for us women. Try it and see for yourself!

FYI My husband never reads my blogs so he will never know I spilled the beans LOL!!! I hope my secret is safe with you…

Andrea’s Silver Lining Hair Growth

A lot of us have realized that our inner hottie wants longer, thicker hair than we were actually graced with. My own muse has wavy hip-length locks… yet the universe taunts me with hair that, while cute, barely brushes my shoulders.

Many of my friends have turned to hair extensions in the last few years to achieve the super long and sexy hair they’ve always wanted.
The bad news is that hair extensions aren’t cheap. Depending on how much you get, how they are attached and the type or grade of hair used, the cost can range from the hundreds to thousands of dollars — and that’s not including maintenance every six to eight weeks. In addition, you need to make an investment of time, usually four to six hours, for the initial setup. I don’t know about you but my busy life doesn’t allow me that luxury of time or money. When I have time off, I certainly don’t want to spend it in the salon. I would much rather take a yoga class, knit, read, spend time with friends and family or simply relax. You also have to be very careful about the specialist who applies the extensions. Trust me, I am speaking from experience. A friend of mine had so many problems from her hair extensions. The hair designer my friend Andrea used damaged her natural hair where most of it split off and she wound up with ugly bald spots after the extensions were taken out. Not a pretty sight to say the least!

Andrea was so devastated she didn’t leave her house for a month. I bought her a bottle of Long ‘N Strong Shampoo from Rush Industries. It is a hair growth shampoo and I promised her that she would see a difference in her hair in 5-7 days. She didn’t believe me but was so desperate she tried it! Lo and behold, her hair started growing back and she is back to her old happy, confident, beautiful self. She sent a before and after picture to Rush Industries and they were so impressed they asked her if they could use her picture on their new catalog. The silver lining is Andrea has found a new career modelling her hair and it is something she secretly dreamed of doing ever since she was a young girl! Never give up on your dreams. They may come true when you least expect it…

PS Andrea said she would mail you the new catalog free of charge so forward me your address and I will be sure to give it to her.

PPS Long ‘N Strong is not sold in stores. It is an exclusive product of Rush Industries so don’t bother going to Duane Reade or CVS. You won’t find it there.