Today, it is.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Today, it is.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Many of you may remember the post about creating a Vision board several months ago, the concept was that if you see the board everyday you are more likely to make your vision a reality. At the time Claudia shared with us how her first vision board was about Semester at Sea and asked us to brainstorm what we might put on our vision boards. I shared that day with the blog that I had a vision of walking in the Breast Cancer 3 Day walk which challenges walkers to walk 60 miles in 3 days time.
That day I created my non-creative non time consuming version of the vision board and here it is:
That's right my vision board that day was a post-it note with the simple words 3 Day Walk quickly written in pencil and stuck to my computer screen at work. Amazingly this simple tool worked wonders. Staring at the gentle reminder each day as I sat down to work made me realize I had to put my plan into action but still I procrastinated taking that important step until I shared my vision with the other women I work with at highlowaha and they all quickly rallied behind me. We established ourselves as Team Ray for the Cure and Katie and Cheryl agreed to train, raise money and walk with me while Claudia agreed to do whatever she could to make our efforts successful, even if it meant walking a training walk with me at 5am on a Saturday morning!
We were off!
Cheryl, Katie and I signed up as participants for the walk and started our fundraising efforts. Thanks to Robin I got my first donation in the significant amount of $21.80 it felt like the perfect start to making my vision a reality. And so after training walks that total over 200 miles and fundraising efforts that have us to 33% of our team goal I definitely see that this dream will quickly become reality.
On November 6, 7, and 8th Team Ray for the Cure will hit the streets of Dallas/Fort Worth spreading the spirit of Shine for 60 miles! (I'll probably even buy a few shirts to give out along the way!) We'll keep you informed as to who has blisters, where the best port-a-potties are, and what fun characters we end up meeting...I'll even take some video to share and probably post updates via Facebook and Twitter when we are at pit stops.
What can you do to help?
Think of ways you can help spread the message of Shine! Maybe for you it isn't walking 60 miles...so what is it? Share today how you might Shine and recognize others who Shine!
Don't forget we have Shine shirts with a personalized package to help make it easy for you...you can order yours by posting sizes in the comment section.
Signing off until tomorrow...
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
If, during Highlowaha's celebration of National Literacy Month we could only bring to life childhood story, most of us would clamor for a spot in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Wouldn't we?
The fact that the author's birthday falls in September- the same month we celebrate literacy- makes a celebration of Roald Dahl's classic that much sweeter.
On the heel's of Tuesday's bean stalk and yesterday's talk of Rapunzel, I'm worried you think Ricky, Matthew, and Jack woke up on September 13, Dahl's birthday, t o a newly renovated home. That the living room became the Chocolate Room, the kitchen the Inventing Room, the library the Nut Sorting Room, the dining room the Television Room, and son on, and so on, and so on.
I'm a working mom. Who has time for that sort of thing?
Besides, September 13 was a Monday and I had an 8:30 a.m. meeting.
Instead, I decided (rigged) that we would bring his book to life by celebrating chocolate....all day.
Lunch (sandwich with chips on the side) and...
Dinner (ok, it was dessert)
In retrospect I could have done so much more. Dahl was a creative genius. What about his Cavity Filling Caramels, Eatable Marshmallow Pillows, Lickable Wallpaper, Toffee Apple Trees, and his Candy Coated Pencils for Sucking?
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
"A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up his children without surrounding them with books, if he has the means to buy them." Horace Mann.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Sit back and enjoy this short video of our trip!
Friday, September 18, 2009
- High, low, aha
- This week's winning recipe,
- and week four's secret ingredient
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Someone long ago, whacked the idea of what they could do with a greeting card. Cut in half. Fold it. Snip it. Say the magic words, "I Shine, You Shine, We All Shine!" and poof! You have a little box.
I don't remember who showed it to me but it's super easy to do. Here are the instructions:
For Taste of USA, I used the card stock paper that comes in pads. Start off with any size square piece of paper for the top of your box. Grab a ruler. Scissors or an Xacto blade. A folding bone is helpful but not necessary.
But no more. This is the year that they make their appearance. They will Shine on my Christmas tree. And, they'll probably make some friends because I plan on getting the Christmas card stock paper, make some boxes, string them together and I'll have the cutest garland on the block!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
- Get a roll of crepe paper streamers and a handful of trinkets. We used yellow streamers and trinkets such as: smiley face balls, necklaces, tiny erasers, confetti, parachute men, a key chain, and a few other chatchka.
- Begin rolling the first item in a piece of crepe paper.
- Continue rolling the crepe paper, slowly adding additional chatchka.
- If easier, cut crepe paper and begin a new strand with each additional item rolled into your ball.
- Once all items are included, wrap a few additional layers of crepe paper to round out your shape.
- Use ribbon, jewels, foam shapes, buttons, and other accents to dress up the outside.