1 Quick Tip To Make It Home Safely

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Hello lovelies,

My husband and I were watching tv the other night and this commercial was played. It is really powerful as to the effects distracted driving can have.

I remember a time when you had no choice but to wait until you reached your destination to call someone. If it was really important you would pull over at the gas station and use the pay phone. I think we need to use that same logic. If it is that important to check your phone then you should be willing to stop what you are doing and pull over.

It is the decisions we make in those split seconds of life that can change our course and those around us forever.

 

Until-Next-Time

Honk if you love Jesus. Text while driving if you want to meet him. ~Author unknown, as seen on a church sign

Be Blessed, Stay Blessed and remember if you don’t laugh at yourself someone will do it for you!!

Love, L.

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How To Teach Happiness!!

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Hello lovelies,

The topic on the table today is HAPPY.

The reason – Because we all want a piece of the “Happy” pie.

The problem – Obtaining it.

The solution – Wait for it…Teach it.

Stay with me here as I run through a “typical” lifespan.

~ Born, daycare, school, work, retire, die.

Awfully bleak, right?  I would concur.  I certainly would be unhappy if my life translated out like that.  That’s why it is time for a change, a revolution if you will.  A revolution of happy people.

Now, I do believe there is a difference between happy people and selfishly happy people.  Stay with me here because I am sure this is important.  Truly happy people are just that ~ happy.  They have a light inside them that is not connected to possessions or acts.  They are happy because they learned/understand that happiness is a state of mind.  Selfish people become, repeat that…become happy when possessions are acquired or acts are performed whether by them or for them.  The typical…I’ll be happy when (fill in the blank).

So, here is the interesting part, let’s digress into childhood and look at what we are teaching our children?  Clearly, we are teaching them the latter, that happiness comes from obtaining.  The problem is the quest to obtain is infinite. Therefore, the quest for happiness becomes equally infinite!  Brilliant strong parenting at it’s best!!  (Insert sarcasm)  What an amazing way to set our kids up to fail even before they’ve left the gate.  This makes me sad and mad and too many other adjectives to throw at you.

Even more unfortunate is the life we are creating for them.  We send them into the world with the ability to read and write so they can obtain great jobs only to pay shrinks, yogis, priests, pastors, counselors and life coaches to help them “find” themselves.  How to make sense of their lives and how to obtain……you guessed it, the elusive ~ HAPPINESS.

I am clearly very passionate about raising “happy” children.  Far more passionate now then I ever thought I would be.  To give you some history, the light bulb came on when we pulled our kids from traditional school and chose to home school.  After about two weeks of decompression from the rigor of our old lives I realized what a rat race we had entangled ourselves in.  How we had worn ourselves down into drones functioning to the schedules dictated by the institutions.  Then we just STOPPED.  BOOM!!  Silence…followed by time.  Time to be a family.  Time to laugh and play at will.  Time to decide what would fill our days and what would be deleted.  Once that happened our world as we knew it ceased to exist and that drove our happy quota through the roof.

Happiness is without question the most sought after intangible in the world.  It can not be bought or traded.  It can not pass hands or be left to someone. It can, however, be shown, taught and exhibited.  It is one of the few things on earth that can be obtained equally and unilaterally, no strings attached.  Most importantly, it is free.

So why on God’s green earth isn’t everyone happy?  Simply put, we need to let go.  We need to stop attaching our “happy” to people, places and things and realize that happiness is built brick by brick by living a happy life.  Leaving the bad behind and growing day by day into your own personal happy.  Realizing that your job is not your happy, your car is not your happy, your house is not your happy.  These things may make “life” easier but they surely should not be attached to whether or not you are happy.  When these things are attached to your happiness they make your happiness vulnerable – vulnerable to the slightest shift in change.  1 million people a year commit suicide.  Their happiness was vulnerable and therefore they made the ultimate, permanent decision.  Very tragic for them and all those who loved them.

Therefore, we must learn from others who are happy.  We must teach happy to our children with the utmost vigor!!  We must make sure without a shadow of a doubt they go into the world armed with the tools they need to keep themselves afloat.  We must give them the ability to compartmentalized their life into necessary and unnecessary and distinguish the effects each have on their “happy”.

We must do this for them so they can make their world a better place.  It will be our greatest gift as happy people are nice people and that seems to be just what the world needs right now.

Until-Next-Time

Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.

Be blessed, Stay blessed and remember if you don’t laugh at yourself someone will do it for you!!

Love, L.

 

 

It’s a One Ton Tomato!!!

Hello lovelies,

Celia Cruz.

Lady.

Legend.

My favorite version of this song.

Enough said…

Now that you’ve listened to the song, doesn’t it sound like she’s saying…one ton tomato? She’s not, she’s saying Guantanamera but oh, how I amuse myself!!

Until-Next-Time

Any day spent with you is my favorite day, so today is my new favorite day. ~Winnie the Pooh

Be blessed, stay blessed and remember if you don’t laugh at yourself someone will do it for you.

Love, L.

Gorgeous Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms

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So, it’s the end of the week and you have a fridge full of leftovers…Sometimes all those leftovers need is a quick pick me up – like mushrooms and onions.

They are great with leftover mashed potatoes, perfect on all kinds of meats and my personal favorite – mixed with green beans or broccoli.

Clever…right? You’re welcome.

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Preheat the frying pan to medium high.

Add a couple turns around the pan of extra virgin olive oil. Probably one-ish tablespoons. Very technical I know…

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Drop in 1 carton of sliced baby belle mushrooms.

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Add one sliced onion.

Try and get all the onions in the pan – unlike me. I missed…

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Add 1 tsp of sugar.

I always add sugar anytime I make onions. It’s just one of those thangs man.

What can I say…I’m crazy like that.

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Add 2 tbsp of butter. Butter just makes life so much better.

FYI – My butter is always salted – always!!

So get this – All the hard work is finished.

I know…You have to love a recipe that is this easy and makes your home smell this good!!

Saute for 10 minutes on medium high – stirring only occasionally.

Drop the heat to medium low and cook for 20 more minutes.

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During the last 10 minutes of cooking add 1/2 tsp of pepper and 1/2 tsp of salt. You can add more or less depending on taste.

But seriously don’t add too much salt…you’ll get all bloated then blame me and frankly I just can’t take that much pressure. So just don’t do it alright! Geez…

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Then you’ll get this!!

Time for a happy dance…

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That’s what Oso thinks of my happy dance…you can see it in his eyes, he thinks I’m nuts…

He’s probably onto something.

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This is optional – but highly recommended.

Turn the heat up to medium high.

Add about a splash or two of your favorite red wine to deglaze the pan.

Cook until the wine has incorporated into the onions.

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I mean…come on!!

Seriously, do you see the color of this dish – the caramelized onions and mushrooms.

Life is looking pretty good right about now.

So there you have it. Over and out!

Until next time…I’m off to dance with my kids.

Be Blessed, Stay Blessed and remember don’t forget to laugh at yourself or someone will do it for you.

Love, L.

It’s Official…We’ve Gone To The Dogs, Please Join Us!!

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Hello Lovelies,

Let’s talk dogs…

Specifically 3 Dogs.

More specifically 3 Dogs, 1 Child and Lots of Photos.

Well…exactly, specifically, matter of factly – 3 Dogs, 1 Child, 8 photos chosen specifically for you.

Aren’t you glad I clarified that?

Phew…I’m done now. Sorry.

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This is Rudy.

Rudy has his own furniture.

Rudy also shares a striking resemblance to Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.

Look closer and you’ll see that I’m right.

By the way, you’re welcome for fulfilling your cuteness quota for the day.

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Here Rudy does not look like Rudolph.

Rudy looks like a baby bear.

Change approved!!

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This is Ty.

Well this is frustrating – Every time I type “Ty” my computer auto populates “Thank you very much!”

Perhaps, this post is going to take a while and become slightly confusing.

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Here’s me adoring Thank you very much!

If you don’t understand the above sentence you clearly have not been paying attention.

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Why does Oso look guilty?

Because this is not his bed.

Whose bed is it?

Thank you very much!’s bed.

Keep up – we’re almost done!

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Oh, Oso…what more can I say?

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Little know fact, rottweilers make the best pillows.

And little people make the best blankets.

Together they’re perfect!!

Until next time..Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job. ~Franklin P. Jones

Be Blessed, Stay Blessed and Remember if you don’t laugh at yourself someone will do it for you!

Love, L.

Why Costa Rica is Great For Adults and Kids! Kiri Tapanti Trout Fishing!

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Hello Lovelies,

I thought I’d share a wonderful little place our entire family enjoyed when we were in Costa Rica.

If you haven’t been to Costa Rica before then you are in for a real treat.

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At the risk of stating the obvious…this how we travel to Costa Rica.

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Fun Fact…In Costa Rica the laws of physics do not apply – two object can actually occupy the same space at the same time…who knew?

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Ah, I just adore the hustle and bustle of the busy San Jose streets.

San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica.

May I also draw your attention to the complete disregard for any assemblance of traffic etiquette.

Ironically, this is one of the aspects that makes Costa Rica even more entertaining.

Driving in this small country becomes a wonder unto itself.

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We are going to turn left.

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We love Pops!! They are located throughout Costa Rica and they have the best ice cream!!

Important Travel Tip – While traveling always know where to get the best ice cream!! Always!

You will thank me for this later.

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This is my “kids are getting too close to the water” face!!

I have many faces, in time you’ll understand why.
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My youngest with his cousin throwing rocks.

Boys will be boys!

Which leads us right back to why I have so many “faces”.

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This little gem is the Kiri Tapanti Mountain Lodge. It is located about an hour by car out of San Jose, in the Orosi Valley of the Province of Cartago.

Once you leave the city, the magic of Costa Rica really starts to unfold.

Lush greenery, waterfalls, mountains and some of the nicest people you will ever meet!!

We went to Kiri Tapanti for an afternoon of trout fishing.

I would certainly recommend coming here if you are looking for a unique experience.

As the following photos will show the grounds are kept pristine and the atmosphere is quiet and relaxing, aside from the occasional squeal when I caught a fish!

The staff was so friendly, as you will generally experience in Costa Rica.

After you have finished catching your fish the staff will clean and prepare them for transport if you so choose to take them with you. The other option is to have the chef prepare your “catch” to dine on at their restaurant.

In this case, my husband’s cousin decided to take the fish home with her – we were told they made quite the meal!!

There is also a mountain lodge on the property. Hopefully, next time we will have the opportunity to stay on their grounds and experience their beautiful lodge first hand.

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Look at these beautiful grounds. Tell me you couldn’t spend an afternoon here!

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That’s me – actually spending an afternoon there.

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The ponds are fed from a mountaintop spring which makes it’s way down into each pond, as opposed to the opposite which is impossible.

The elevations of the Tapantí region range from 1,200 meters (4,000 ft.) above sea level to 2,560 meters (8,400 ft.) above sea level with an area of 58,500 hectares (145,000 acres).

Animal enthusiast alert!!! There are over 45 species of mammals (some endangered), 260 species of birds and 28 species of amphibians, not to mention the hundreds of unique insects, to include the rhinoceros beetle. Which as the name suggests looks like an itty, bitty rhino!!

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If it is jumpable then it must be jumped!!

Obviously, this is an amazing place for kids.

Our boys ran up and down the mountains more times than I could count!! (Actually, I can count that high…I just chose not too)

Thank you Kiri Tapanti – my kids slept soooo good that night!!

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We are deep in thought devising a plan…we are coming for you fishies!

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This is my “OH gosh, I caught a fish – now what do I do?” face.

That is my “son without a face” face.

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These are the faces of defeat. Dun..Dun…Dun..

And that’s a shoe.

Until next time…Raisin cookies that look like chocolate chip cookies are the main reason I have trust issues.

Be blessed, stay blessed and remember if you don’t laugh at yourself someone will do it for you!

Love, L.

P.S. The reason my son is without a face is because my darling does not want photos of our kids on the internet – so this is our compromise. Since I am so madly in love with him, I happily oblige. 🙂