Friday, November 21, 2014

12 Days of Gifts and Giving: the encouragement for today comes in the form of song

Hello Gorgeous,
Quick note to give you and afternoon word of encouragement and some song to go along!

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I love this song. It's not a traditional holiday song and in fact was written and used in the movie Neptune's Daughter. With that said, it just feels good to listen to it. Maybe dance around the house with it! No matter what's going on, remember that any time you need to lift your spirits, put a good song on. Music works wonders! Remember: you are beautiful! Thank you for visiting the blog and check back for promotions and beauty giveaways!

12 Days of Gifts and Giving with the best winter tan around: meet Norvelle Sunless travel pack

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One week to go til Thanksgiving! I'm so excited! I have to work this Thanksgiving which sucks in one way, but is a blessing in another because I need the income. So I won't be traveling this year (Could anything really match up to last year's epic event?) nor will I be making a huge smoked meat meal like last year either.

I'm doing a very simple, traditional turkey dinner based on a turkey tenderloin this year the night before I leave.

I may be traveling for work, and you may be traveling for fun, and with both of us traveling, someone in the mix may be going somewhere that a tan is in need?

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

12 Days of Gifts and Giving: the holiday encouragement for today

Hello Gorgeous,
It is my favorite time of the day! Time for the12 Days of Gifts and Giving encouragement for the holidays!



 Sigh. Take a deep breath. Look at these beautiful candles and remember why we celebrate this special time of year.




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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

12 Days of Gifts and Giving: Encouragement is the best gift!

Hello Gorgeous,
It's my favorite time of the day in the blog and the 12 Days of Gifts and Giving. It's time to encourage you!

This is a great short story from Mark Hoog. Read and enjoy. Then encourage one another!



In 1993 I received the gift of a lifetime as I sat with my wife, brother, sister, and parents for our holiday gift exchange. This year was unique as, in only a few months, both my brother and I would become first time fathers. I looked at the stack of gifts to be exchanged and noticed one out of place box in the pile. It was a mid-size, beat up box, with wrapping paper of all sizes and colors taped randomly to it. I recognized it as the handy work of my brother who then reached for the sloppily wrapped package, carried it in my direction and set it on my lap asking, “Mark, if there was one gift- just one gift- you could give your child, what would it be?”

I was speechless. Money? A house? A car? My mind raced. What did my brother stuff in this sad looking little box? My mind drifted to the intangibles I hoped my unborn child would possess. I wanted my son or daughter to believe the canvas of life could hold a picture of unlimited potential and the brush to create it was firmly in the hand of the painter.

I wanted to make sure everything I did helped my child build a foundation of possibility. But how? The words, “Encouragement is oxygen to the soul” flashed through my mind. In that moment I realized my answer and told my brother that, through my parenting, I wanted to offer encouragement and help my child develop strong self-esteem.

The gift was never in the box…it was in the question. I realize now the perfect gift is not always held by the perfect box or wrapped in colorful paper. Sometimes the gift is that which encourages us to think about the contribution we make to the world around us.

Mark Hoog is a nationally recognized speaker, a bestselling author and the Executive Director of the Children's Leadership Institute. www.markhoog.com

This story originally appeared on Bella Spark. Please visit the website to read more encouraging and uplifting stories!
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