Kristy Landgren

#1 Tip to Avoid Holiday Debt

 

#1 tip to avoid holiday debt: Get Creative!

If holiday expenses are stressing you out this year, there are many creative ways to provide great gifts of giving and service. One of the best Christmas gifts I ever received was from an acquaintance who worked with pottery. She spun a petite plate, painted in three different shades of blue, which continues to serve me well today, as a decorative collector of coins, pens, barrettes, lozenges, and other small odds & ends. The clay, paint, and brushes were a minor investment but her biggest cost was of time. For me, I appreciated the uniqueness of the gift and the effort & hours spent on my behalf.

Everyone has some skill or talent!

Find the gratification or niche that enables you to spend time in delightful pleasure, rather than forking out boatloads of money. Although it sounds cliche, home baked goods, woodworking, crafts, artistic renditions, music, fashionable creations, and other quality artifacts make the best gifts, not only because they are distinctive, but because they are time intensive, and become labors of love that demonstrate sincerity and thoughtfulness. With over-inflated prices and mass-produced commodities, attractive and useful mini-masterpieces make valuable, yet economic, gifts that elicit admiration and heartwarming responses.

Twelve Days of Service!

Some personalities are inclined towards assistance and acts of kindness. Let's face it, in a busy & impersonal world, helping hands, as well as, various forms of favors...

Israeli Update

 

     Wars and battles are always heartbreaking for both sides of any conflict.  An admirable tactic of the Israeli military is that... 

Skinny Pumpkin Drink Recipe

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 2 Tbsp. pumpkin puree
  • ¼ tsp. pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ground cloves)
  • 1 packet stevia
  • 1/2 cup black coffee (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. nonfat whipped cream (Reddi-wip)

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a pot.
  2. Warm on Medium-High, stirring occasionally.

Write Your Story

 

 Teresa Moerer, Kristy, Terry Fulcher, Anita McLauren

 Did you know studies show that 81% of Americans want to write a book? Sadly...

Another One Bites the Dust

 

 

Recently, I lost, yet, another friend to a less-taxed, lower-regulated, more affordable state. It has been a hard year of on-again, off-again sadness and loss, with 4 good friends escaping the high cost of California living and moving on to greener, more prosperous pastures. Two of them even picked "no income-tax" states: Florida and Texas. It feels like a little piece of me goes with them but I am constantly striving to see the bright side, and consider a glass-half-full approach. I'm working to reinforce thoughts like:

Don't look at it as losing another friend, think of it as gaining another vacation spot!

It's always a happier time to look forward to... 

Really Stuck It To Me

 

Well, I thought I was being so responsible to get a flu shot early this year. But it seems this year's strain is like no other! By early afternoon, I was aching and fatigued; soon after, a fever surfaced. I was so disappointed because I planned on an active weekend but I wondered if this vaccine really stuck it to me. I wiped out with a full-on case of mini-flu! Maybe it was just a coincidence that I took the vaccine at the exact same time I had been exposed to the environmental virus (it was an inactivated vaccine) but I spoke with a friend Sunday night (I was finally beginning to move.) She said the same thing happened to her. She had taken past flu vaccines with no effects at all, or maybe a runny nose barely.  I suppose the germs are "really out there" this year!

It sure reminded me of the saying...

 

The Moody Blues

 

The Moody Blue's lead singer, Justin Hayward, and his solo tour ensemble left the audience wanting more from Saturday night's show.

Band members, Mike Dawes and Julie Ragins, distinctive musicians in their own right, magnificently contributed to the crowd-pleasing performance. Everyone in the audience left smiling, humming, and chatting up the rewarding experience they had with British humor, reflections, and a classic repertoire of all-time favorites.

It made me think how... 

Have You Found That Road to Happiness?

 

 Photo: Diego Jimenez (Unsplash)

I was talking to a fellow who asked people he would meet that question. He was surprised with the different answers he received:

  1. The poor person in a shack said, "If I had that house up on the hill, I would be happy."
  2. The rich person in the house said, "If I had a loving family like those people down the hill, I would be happy."
  3. The lonely person on the park bench said, "If I had three good friends, I would be happy."
  4. And so on...

It got me to thinking...

5 Steps To Enhance Your Love Story

 

 Photo: Daniel Gray 

  1. Have a clear goal in mind for yourselves as a couple: Make the marriage last! Even the best of relationships is work, so schedule time to do enjoyable things together - date nights or like-minded activities and projects. Remember to laugh and don't take yourself too seriously! 
  2. Bring spirituality into the relationship: Research shows that body, mind and spirit are connected, therefore, including positive beliefs, comfort, strength gained from religion, meditation and prayer can contribute to well-being and improved relationships. Show gratitude towards each other and God...                     

                                                                Photo: Pepe Reyes (Unsplash)

        

Happy Birthday, America!

 

Is this a splendid Hollywood Bowl, 4th of July photo, or what!?!   Are you looking forward to a July 4th holiday of parades, salutations, get-togethers, music, and fireworks - a celebration of America's independence and birth, as a nation, 243 years ago?  The Original Founders were not stupid, stodgy, old Englishmen (as some have alleged) but were well-educated, community leaders, who were among the most brilliant thinkers of all time. They studied governments and societies, financial structures, political systems, history, religion, human nature...

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