Feed Your Soul

Inspire your heart...

- Monday, January 09, 2017

“The Artist is not a special kind of person; rather each person is a special kind of artist.” – Ananda Coomaraswamy

Each of us is an artist in our own way. That’s why art is so special. Take time today to celebrate your creativity. Whether it’s coloring in the coloring book you received over the holidays, painting, sculpting, writing poetry, dancing, or visiting the art museum to admire masterpieces, art stimulates our brains and makes us happier and healthier.

A checklist for winter weather...

- Sunday, January 08, 2017

Most of us know a well-stocked pantry and fridge is in order when it comes to winter weather advisories, but emergency supplies for communication, safety, heating and cars are every bit as important. Here is a checklist to keep you and your family prepared for winter weather.


·         Bad winter storms often bring power outages. Be sure you have a cell phone, portable charger and extra batteries in the event of a power outage. A battery-powered radio with extra batteries will allow you to listen to local stations for emergency instructions. A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio receiver is ideal so you can tune into National Weather Service broadcasts.

·         Have a family communication plan so you know how to contact each other, how you’ll get back together and what you’ll do during an emergency.

·         Check in on your elderly neighbors and give assistance when necessary.

For Heating

·         Have extra blankets, sleeping bags, and warm winter coats on hand.

·         Have dry firewood ready or a gas log fireplace.

·         Have portable space heaters or kerosene heaters (check your local fire department to make sure kerosene heaters are legal) at the ready.

·         Make sure your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries and are in working order.

·         Have battery-powered flashlights or lanterns ready.

·         If possible, opt for battery powered candles rather than lit candles to prevent house fire.


Depending on the severity of the storm, it’s best to have a week’s worth of food. Make sure you have the following:

·         Drinking water

·         Canned/no-cook food (bread, crackers, dried fruits)

·         Non-electric can opener

·         Baby food and formula (if baby in the household)

·         Prescription drugs and other medicine

Safety Supplies

Your family’s safety is important. Snow and ice on sidewalks and driveways are safety hazards. Be sure to have the following on hand.

·         First-aid kit

·         Rock-salt to melt ice on walkways

·         Supply of cat litter or bag of sand to add traction on walkways

In Your Car

If you have no choice and must go out in the weather, be sure to have your car ready with the following items.

·         Cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries

·         Shovel

·         Windshield scraper

·         Battery-powered radio and extra batteries

·         Flashlight and extra batteries

·         Water

·         Snack food

·         Extra hats, coats, and mittens

·         Blankets

·         Chains or rope

·         Tire chains

·         Canned compressed air with sealant for emergency tire repair

·         Road salt and sand

·         Booster cables

·         Emergency flares

·         Bright colored flag or help signs

·         First aid kit

·         Tool kit

·         Road maps

·         Compass

·         Waterproof matches and can to melt snow for water

·         Paper towels

The easiest gifts you can give...

- Sunday, January 08, 2017

One kind word can change someone’s day, but hugs are remembered for a lifetime.

How to stay healthy on weekends too...

- Saturday, January 07, 2017

You’ve been good this week. Worked out every day, avoided sweets, had healthy meals. And then along comes the weekend. Let’s face it, weekends are full of temptations—parties, snacks, going out to eat with family and friends. Then Monday rolls around and we’re frustrated with ourselves for falling off the wagon. That’s why it’s good to have a plan before the weekend starts. Here are some tips for maintaining your diet and exercise regimen on weekends.

·         Don’t skip your workout – Treat Saturday and Sunday like any other day of the week and workout, even if it’s an easy walk around the block.

·         Eat like it’s a weekday – Eat the same salad or healthy meal at home that you would during the regular work week. Your body will thank you.

·         Limit alcohol – Studies show that drinking alcohol prevents persons from getting REMs or deep sleep. When you’re tired, you’re less motivated to work out and more likely to eat to stay awake.

·         Increase water –Water helps our bodies control calories, energizes muscles and keeps our skin looking good.

·         One cheat meal – Hey, it is the weekend after all and you know what they say, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

How to organize your cookbooks...

- Friday, January 06, 2017

Nothing is more frustrating than ransacking your cookbook collection for a favorite recipe. Chaos can get even the most creative of spirits in a foul mood. That’s why organizing your cookbooks is so important and a great way to ring in the New Year. Here are some tricks.

Separate your most often reached for cookbooks from the others. Store these in a spot away from your stove where they won’t get greasy, like a cabinet with doors to protect them. 

As for the rest of your cookbooks, store them in a place where they are easily accessible so you can pull them out when you want to do some more in depth research about what meals to prepare for family and friends.

Now it’s time to assess all your cookbooks, especially the ones not used on a regular basis. Consider arranging your cookbooks by cuisine. Keep Asian cookbooks together, creating categories by country. For example, Mediterranean could be broken down by Greek, Italian, Spanish and Turkish.

You could also group your books together by theme. Pizza, holiday entertaining, vegan, barbecue, desserts, slow cooker, etc. are all examples.

It’s a good idea to assess your cookbook collection once a year and purge what you haven’t used. This will create more space for future cookbook buys.

Ways to give in the winter...

- Thursday, January 05, 2017

Between paying down holiday debt and still wanting to buy Girl Scout cookies, it’s easy to feel mentally and financially depleted by the time the end of February rolls around. Lots of us are going stir crazy too, suffering from cabin fever thanks to winter weather. The good news is there are still ways you can give back during the winter months and still get out of the house. Consider all the volunteer work you can do. Consider proofreading for friends, tutoring kids in your neighborhood, volunteering at your local school, or stocking shelves at your local food pantry. Everyone can give something. Consider your gifts and talents and follow your heart to help others with the causes you feel most passionate.

How to make others feel appreciated...

- Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Making others feel appreciated doesn’t have to be limited to gift giving during the holidays and at birthdays. Here are our top ten picks for how to make others feel appreciated.

1.    Thank-you notes. With today’s busy pace, fewer and fewer of these are written. A Thank-you note can make someone’s day.

2.    When your friend is explaining her problem to you, listen intently without offering any solutions or advice. Listening is an act of appreciation.

3.    When you’ve made a mistake, admit it immediately. A little personal responsibility can go a long way.

4.    Ask how she feels about an event or situation. This will show how important your friend’s opinions and feelings are to you.

5.    Tell her you believe in her. This may be just what she needs to hear during hard times or on a bad day.

6.    Notice when she changes something about her physical appearance. It says you pay close attention.

7.    After meeting someone new, follow up the next day with an email or handwritten note. It shows the dedication you have to starting off on the right foot.

8.    When you introduce her, say something kind about her accomplishments and about your friendship. Expressing our admiration and respect should be done often.

9.    Tell her how she has made a difference in your life. This is something few of us tell our friends.

10. Celebrate her successes. True friends don’t compete, they complement each other.

What's the best way to keep those resolutions?

- Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Be realistic by making only one small change each month. 

For example, if you resolved to lose weight in 2017, consider making one small change like drinking more water. When you drink more water, you lose weight because water keeps you feeling full. Once you’ve established a habit of drinking more water, then move on to exercise. Simply walking 20 minutes a day can reduce your risk of diabetes by half. Keep at it and celebrate victories, no matter how small. You can do it!

How to Simplify the Holidays - Tip 5

- Thursday, December 22, 2016

Simplify the holidays? Is it even possible? The short answer is yes. Here is Tip #5 to help you relax this holiday season.

5.    Family gatherings are the perfect time to play games. Anything from a treasure hunt to cards, charades or board games, all are a great way to connect with family members while engaging your body, imagination and mind.

How to Simplify the Holidays - Tip 4

- Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Simplify the holidays? Is it even possible? The short answer is yes. Here is Tip #4 to help you relax this holiday season.

4.    You don’t go in debt to make the holidays special. For big families, drawing names and having each person buy gifts for one person can help. Handmade items or coupons good for a night of dishes or a week of laundry are greatly appreciated.


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