Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween Spirit!

Have some Halloween Spirit! If you're not one of those people who likes to get dressed up, then at least buy some candy to give to those who are out there in their costumes trick-or-treating. Maybe you're one of those trick-or-treaters. Or maybe you're not such a kid anymore and are going to a Halloween party! Regardless, have some Halloween spirit. Go all out! Do your make-up to fit your costume, having only lipstick on is not enough! This holiday only comes around once a year, let's make the best of it!

This is what I am for Halloween, a MUMMY! it's supposed to be a sexy mummy costume, but that's no fun! Mummies are dead, so i needed to make myself look dead, but at the same time not scare everyone away. Yes, as you can see I went all out! Not many people do these days, but that's what Halloween is all about!

Be creative, even make your own costume if you can! Halloween is personally my favorite holiday. You get to show everyone how creative you are, you get to look scary, sexy, pretty, princess-y, or whatever you choose. You can eat all the candy your tummy desires! And best of all, you get to have lots of fun!

So go out there, and show everyone how much Halloween spirit you have!

Happy Halloween!
Be safe! and hopefully it won't be too cold out!

scary mumminess and a dead looking me, 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Spiderweb brownies! Perfect for Halloween!

1 (18.25-ounce) package chocolate brownie mix
2 (2.1 ounce each) NESTLÉ BUTTERFINGER or BABY RUTH Candy Bars, chopped
1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons milk

1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease 9- or 10-inch-round baking pan.
2. Prepare brownie batter according to package directions; stir in chopped Butterfinger. Spoon into prepared pan.
3. Beat cream cheese, sugar and milk in small mixer bowl until smooth. Pipe cream cheese mixture into concentric circles over brownie batter. Using wooden pick or tip of knife, pull tip through cream cheese from center to last circle to create a spiderweb effect.
4. Bake for 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted near center comes out almost clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into wedges using wet knife.

Good luck!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Living life happy, without letting the little things get to you.

Have you ever seen someone complain about a parking ticket as if it’s the end of the world?
Have you been cut off in traffic and let it ruin your whole day?
How many times have you let your experience at the airport (crying baby, delayed flight, missing luggage) be the first thing you bring up in conversations with friends?
I want you to repeat after me: “these things happen”. We all have these types of events come up in life, but successful people just go on as if nothing has happened, and unsuccessful people let it derail them.
The next time you feel a surge of anger coming on over an insignificant event in your life, go over these points in your head:
  1. You look like an idiot
    There is no polite way to put this. When others around you see you COMPLETELY lose it over the dent in your car door, they aren’t feeling sorry for you and wondering how they can help. They are subconsciously judging you and coming to one inescapable conclusion: you aren’t in control of your life.
    If something this small throws you off, imagine how you’d react to a REAL problem in life. Overreacting tells the people around you that you can’t be trusted to deal with important issues. You’re not the goto guy (or gal) when they’re in need, because you can’t even take care of yourself.
  2. The only person you’re hurting is yourself
    Did you ever realize that when you get upset at someone who cuts you off in traffic, they generally never even know? Usually they speed off never the wiser to your insults and gestures. By getting angry, you’re doing zero harm to them while simultaneously hurting yourself even more. That doesn’t make much sense, and is a waste of your precious time and energy.
    Now heres the zinger. What if that person purposely WANTED to upset you (they have some subconscious need to pick on others, they’re parents didn’t love them enough, etc)? Well then they are getting the exact reaction they wanted, and you’re playing right into they hands.
    If you really want to mess with someone who flips you off in traffic, try smiling and waving back, and watch the confused look on their face. With time, you can even learn to appreciate and love these people (bizarre I know) for the important role they serve in life: helping to remind you how NOT to live. Don’t judge them, they are just at a different point in understanding life.
  3. Find something to be grateful about
    So you’re sitting there in rush hour traffic about ready to tear your hair out. Train yourself to go right into gratitude, and start listing what you’re grateful for and what good can come from this situation.
    Maybe its the perfect time to make a phone call to a loved one you’ve been putting off. Maybe you can get some “reading” done on that audio book you’re listening to and be grateful for the chance to learn something new. Maybe its just a chance to put things in perspective and marvel at how far technology has come. After all, primitive mankind would have had to walk this distance. You get to SIT in an air conditioned chair barely pushing the accelerator.
    There is something good in every situation, and you can find it. Even if its just that you’re grateful for the chance to practice being grateful.
Unsuccessful people are REACTIVE. They are a leaf blowing in the wind, the world is happening around them, and they are just trying to stay alive. When something bad happens, someone did it TO them and they take it personally. They get caught up in the victim mentality and take every opportunity to let people know it.
Successful people, on the other hand, are PROACTIVE. They make things happen in life and are on a mission. And by golly, they aren’t going to let some silly parking ticket take them off their mission. Instead, they say to themselves “these things happen” and move on to more important tasks.

"Bad thing are always going to happen in life. People will hurt you. But you can't use that as an excuse to fall or hurt someone back. You'll only hurt yourself."

Positive attitudes and happy faces...

Sunday, October 17, 2010

When life throws you a curve ball...

Things are going along smoothly when all of a sudden life throws you a curve ball. There are times when everything is going your way and then the unexpected happens. A job is lost, a relationship ends, a friend betrays you, etc. How you react to these curve balls makes all the difference. Don't try to ignore it by pushing it aside but rather embrace it for what it is and face it head on. Remember that running away will only get you so far. This is when your strength of character and positive outlook will move you forward. Try standing a little taller, holding the belief that things happen for a reason. Maybe there is something better, something bigger, something more fulfilling just waiting for you. On the flip side maybe things happen for the sake of happening and you have no control over it. Take responsibility when you can and be willing to accept there is a reason for things happening that you may never understand. Don't forget that life isn't going to throw something at you that you can't handle. It may be hard to overcome, but you can get through it. I believe in you.

"The person who sends out positive thought activates the world around him positively and draws back to himself positive results."

Here's to the beginning of another week, HAPPY SUNDAY!

Lots of love,

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Good luck on your exams!

If you're in college I know midterms are coming up. And if you're not in college, well I'm sure you still have to take exams. I know, MOST people hate taking exams. Some people do really bad on exams but are really good students overall. DON'T STRESS SO MUCH!

It's very important to study, you can't expect to do well on the exam without any knowledge of the material. Some people could just pay attention in class, memorize what the teacher is saying and they don't have to study. However the textbook usually goes more into depth. Not ALL the questions are from what the teacher says. Make sure you read the textbook and study your notes along with anything else your teacher handed out to you. Sometimes it's also better to study in groups (more so for college students). You can help each other out and answer each other's questions. I personally have found group studying the best way to study. However, don't start studying the night before! You'll be cramming. You'll get the material all mixed up, and you most definitely won't get a good nights sleep which is another important thing!

You don't want to go to class tired! You'll probably fall asleep during the exam! (I've done that a few times), not the smartest thing to do! Even if you're drinking a cup of coffee! Coffee doesn't even keep some people awake (like me.. it does nothing for me!).... and others ... well they'll be bouncing off the walls especially if they're adding sugar. Anyways, the point is... you want to be well rested. You want to know your material inside out... but you also don't want to be tired for your exam. 

Pack your bags the night before! Make sure you have #2 pencils as is required for most of the exams since scantrons only accept #2 pencils! You don't want to be the one person in class asking around for a pencil because you forgot yours. Be prepared! Bring more than one! Also.. if it's a math exam, don't forget your calculators!

Bring a bottle of water! What if you  get thirsty during your test, or even before from all the nervousness! But don't keep it on your desk, you don't want to accidentally spill it!

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan but also believe."
Best wishes for your exam!


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Lazy days are needed too!

After a whole week of working, or going to school, running around all over the place and trying to get everything done, you just want to relax. I know I do! So when the weekend comes, you bum out, stay at home in your jammies all day long! 

Well, don't sleep ALL day! that's a waste of a day! You can relax, you can watch some television, but don't make it a complete waste of 24 hours. Try to do something productive that doesn't require a lot of work. Maybe do some research online..... who knows maybe you've been wanting something for a really long time and can't seem to find it! Maybe read my blog for some inspiration! Catch up on some reading, homework, or studying. For all those things, you can lay in your bed in your jammies. You don't have to get dressed, look all pretty and go out. (Unless you want to of course, but then it's not really a lazy day). 

As your doing all of this, put a mask on your face and just sit there doing everything else you have to do... maybe whiten your teeth too while you're at it. Then it's like 2 in 1! Beautifying yourself at home while passing the time by doing some other things! YAY!

Now you can get more things done once the weekend comes rolling around and won't completely waste your time! Because time is valuable! 

"Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer."

Lots of love in my jammies, 
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