Posts by Deb


After an approximate two and a half hour train ride from Paris through Brussels to Brugge we arrived at this “Venice of the North,” one of Belgium’s most popular tourist attractions.
We didn’t stop in Brussels, but if you do, here is a helpful guide for what to do in and around Brussels, Belgium: 10 Best Things To Do In Brussels. Both the EU and NATO headquarters are located in Brussels, as well.
From the medieval architecture in Bruges to the horse drawn carriages, it was all sort of magical. You almost felt as if you were in Central Park but then again, of course not! Bruges, with it’s romantic cobblestone streets, unique artisan shops and restaurants with roaring fireplaces, was a place that felt as if you had stepped back in time to the days of Hansel and Gretel. With a population of around 117,000 and a plethora of waterways and canals, it is truly a unique and mesmerizing place!

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Should 2014 be about resolutions to ourselves or a letting go of expectations and feelings of entitlement? Should we stop and quit looking for where life leaves us short, but as the dying speak so succinctly, look for where life leaves us litterly speechless and grateful? One of the kindest things about aging is a measure of letting go of worry from fitting in. Of course, one still cares about appearance, health and success, but how we measure that or if we bother anymore becomes less of a priority. Time mellows our need to prove ourselves to anyone period and oh, what a relief! Maybe I’m rambling here, but it seems to me children and the elderly have it all figured out. They explore what’s in front of them, not what’s happening tomorrow or in twenty years. They don’t feel entitled to happiness, but they sure swim in it when it floats by! Maybe everyday life should be what we tune into versus the latest and greatest TV reality show.

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Let’s have our Christmas wellness-mindfullness-check, you know the kind of check-up you had as a child prior to getting sick, only this time, our concern is getting through the holidays. This time of year can bring up such mixed emotions swirling inside our hearts. So how about you?
Are you in a “holidaze?” Or would you rather talk about hollandaise than the holidays! Are you reliving Christmas seasons from the past or are you holing up somewhere wishing this month would be over already? This time of year seems like the time when we most remember our fragility, our parents and what memories they created for us both excellent and not so much.
Having just experienced helping one of our parents adjust to an assisted living situation and losing the privilege to drive forever, thoughts of our own mortality certainly surround the two of us, as we “holidaze” with you! It’s interesting how life stares you right in the face in your weakest moments and you come out stronger for not having flinched. You can’t buy a “Christmas Gift Card” for problems yet! (You know, like worrying if it’s the last time you’ll get to say, “I love you Mom!” Because while you were busy being busy she got old.)

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Here’s a fun winter project for the kids!

Simple and rewarding, this is one holiday creation that won’t drive you crazy in the making and rest assured it will be an absolute hit!
Take out a pedestal cake plate with a glass dome cover. Remember the old fashioned snow globes? That is the look and feel you want.
If there are ridges in the glass or if it has beveled glass, it won’t work as well, because it will distract the eye away from the scene within.
Now, head to the nearest craft store and pick up some plain white craft clay and some spray adhesive. While you’re there, grab some white glitter to give the look of fresh fallen snow.
This is one of those let’s “try it once” holiday home decor projects that you will savor every year with the kids and grandkids!

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Whether you are on the road traveling to a friend’s house or possibly in a foreign country, December is the time of year when you often need a last minute gift for that special someone. This person is important to you and you want the gift to show it! So you don’t want something ordinary. You want it to speak to them personally. It needs to be a feel-good gift!

Maybe this person watches your cat. Perhaps they are your dog walker and always there willing to help you out in a pinch. Maybe they are the sort that never seems to tire of making you awesome desserts to cheer you up or maybe they are the neighbor who has your back, calls on your birthday or even takes your newspapers in when you forget to call to cancel delivery. They certainly make your life better and you want them to know you care!

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