Hi Suede Sofa Friends!
One of my family’s TrAdiTioNs is to kick off our summer by watching the National Memorial Day Concert on PBS that honors the MiLiTaRy men and women who have served our country. It is inspiring, PaTrioTiC, and very moving. So, much so, that last year I was inspired to write a song and dedicate it to all the CoUraGeOuS men and women who so selflessly serve in the military. (I’ll share it with you on Memorial Day.)
Captain Monica Riggs, KC-135 (Stratotanker) Pilot in the KS Air National Guard.
This Memorial Day Weekend take the time to say “ThAnK-yOu” to someone who serves (or has served) our country in the military. They and their family sacrifice so much. And if you get the chance, check out the National Memorial Day Concert on PBS (airing on Sunday, May 27th at 7 p.m. central).
Major David Young – US Army Reserve
Deployed to Baghdad & Iraq
Have a GrEaT weekend and HaPpY SuMmEr!!
P.S. If you would like me to put a pic of someone you know who has served in the military, send me an email at email@example.com I will try to post them today and tomorrow. Please also send their name, branch they have served in, rank, etc.
Eric Tincher (on right) Currently Deployed overseas
Capt Eric Tincher
KS Air National Guard
Kenneth Winn, 85, Kansas Farmer, WW II veteran, NAVY Philippines
If you’ve been following the Suede Sofa, you are no doubt familiar with what we call the “LiVe-It LiSt” which is similar to a bucket list but with the focus on living every day to the full rather than on dying. With the “Live-It List” I was DeTeRmiNeD to take care of all my “unfinished business” in 2012. One of those items was to PubLiSh a book that has been saved on my computer for nearly three years. Well, I can now check that item off my list. My books were delivered to my house this past Friday. What made this accomplished goal even SwEeTeR is that my family, father-in-law, and Lara’s family were there to witness me cutting open the box and seeing my book for the very first time. A very sweet moment indeed.
My book, “The Truth Behind Real Success”, compares the definition of success given to us by our society and culture with that of real, AuThEnTiC success. For more information you can check it out at Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com
Want to earn 5 entries to win the COACH purse? Email us your Live-It List item and picture(s) to go with it! firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details visit:
Lara’s Live-It List:
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Robyn (Jersey Girl’s) Live-It List:
Robynn’s Live-It List:
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Last Friday I made my 9 day promise to be a more patient mommy and not “LoSe It” when things get out of control. Within 3 hours of the post going up I was already struggling to keep my cool when my kids seemed to be on an all out crusade to do the opposite of anything I was asking them to do! Thankfully my husband stepped in and told me to go out and run my errands by myself. I got in my mommy mini-van and listened to my Christmas music and savored each uninterrupted moment I had as I drove. While I was out I sent Lara a text saying that I seemed to be FaILiNg miserably at my 9 day promise. She wrote back some great advice…”Actions are stronger than words.” Now when my kids act up instead of yelling I am taking Lara’s advice and am just moving them to time-out without saying anything. They are old enough to know why they are in trouble without me going on and on about it and saying nothing keeps me from “losing it”. By the time their time-out is over I can talk to them about what they did in a calm manner.
When working on your Live-It List, think about the people you can ReLy on to help you be successful. Whether it be skydiving or completing a quilt, think of the people in your life that you can reach out to who can help you AcHieVe your goals!
~Robyn (Jersey Girl)
Can you believe that 2011 is almost over! On January 1st the SuEde SoFa will begin the “LiVe It LiSt” challenge!! In case you haven’t read or heard about our “Live It List” challenge, here it is in a NuTsHeLL:
The “Live It List” is sort of like a “BuCkEt LiSt” only with the emphasis on living rather than on dying. Not only does it focus on living life, but living it to the full TODAY, not sometime down the road when circumstances are more ideal. The “Live It List” targets the little things in life that really make the biggest differences such as relationships, fulfilling your purpose, and enjoying life. And if that isn’t exciting enough, the Suede Sofa will give one fortunate reader a brand new Coach purse! You can find out more about the challenge by Clicking Here. But wait!! Before you click for more details what’s on your list?
Here are some ideas to get your imaginations soaring!!
“Live It List” Ideas
- Create a vision board. (A bulletin board with pictures of things that motivate and inspire you)
- Work your way through a cookbook like in the movie “Julia and Julia”
- Take a course from “The Great Courses” (www.thegreatcourses.com)
- Learn to make jewelry, knit a scarf, make pasta, etc. via watching a YouTube tutorial
- Reconnect with an old pen pal
- Do a triathlon
- Volunteer with your child
- Organize a community event
- Photograph old barns or your favorite people/items/animal/scenery
- Start an Etsy business
- Grow herbs
- Start a blog
- Visit your physican and begin a healthy life style
- Carve out 30 minutes a day reserved only for your child/children
- Spend 15 minutes a day praying, meditating, etc.
- Complete “The Love Dare”
- Complete “The Purpose Driven Life”
- Establish a date night once a week with your spouse, significant other, child, friend, or family member
- Change your look
- Do a personal make-over
- Do a home make-over
- Pamper yourself once a week
- Ask an estranged friend/family member if you can “Begin Again”
- Do a random act of kindness once a week
- Learn to decorate a cake
- Plan a weekend get away
- Search for your favorite childhood toys/books/ etc on Ebay
- Send a care package to someone in the military
- Visit the Drive-In, Diners, and Dives in your area (from Food Networks “Drive-Ins, Diners, and Dives” television show)
- Take a dance class with your friend or spouse
- Do a room makeover for under $100
- Start a new family tradition
- Document your family traditions
- Take flight lessons
- Make a piece of furniture
- Hunt for a vintage piece of furniture from a flea market, antique shop, etc.
- Start working on the home-based business you’ve been dreaming of
- Turn a hobby into a business. Need some ideas? Check out this website of hobbies: http://www.notsoboringlife.com/list-of-hobbies/
- Invite friends over for weekly cooking classes hosted by those people who make your favorite foods i.e. have Mom teach how she makes her famous fried chicken, Grandma teach how to make her delicious apple pie, etc.
- Start a collection by going to antique shops, Ebay, garage sales, etc. – vintage cameras, geodes, vintage letters or numbers
- Finally begin pursuing your passion
- Determine what your passion is
- Write thank-you letters to people who have made a difference in your life
- Create a budget that you can live by
- Take Dave Ramsey’s Finanical Peace University course
- Get a puppy
- Do on-line dating
- Finish your bachelor’s/Master’s/Doctorate Degree
- Get a certification in your field
- Take a martial arts class
- Turn one room in your house into one that inspires you
- Create a top 10 list: i.e. Places to visit, Home projects to complete, Friends to get reconnected with, Activities to do, Goals to pursue and complete by Dec 31, Foods to make, etc.
- Make your family’s own personal “Yearbook” by documenting pictures as well as the stories that go with them by going to websites such as: www. shutterfly.com, http://www.Winkflash.com, etc.
- Create a list of eight things you are going to do (one for each week) that is achievable, yet exciting and motivating
- Call your friends/family to say, “I love you”
- Talk to a financial planner and start planning for the future!
- Make your own art gallery
- Get on a travel website and dream
- Find the thing that encourages your imagination and begin dreaming
- Begin writing a book
- Adopt an elderly person or a child to be kind to
- Take your kid fishing
- Take your dad fishing
- Finally read a book that you have been wanting to read
- Visit your hometown
- Reminisce with a childhood friend
- Give blood
- Pay the toll for the car behind you at a toll gate
- Make snow angels after the next big snowfall
- Run for an elected office
- Get a Red-Cross certification in something
- Resurrect an old skill such as playing an instrument, writing poetry, singing, drawing, etc.
- Give away or sell everything you don’t need/use
- Make a difference in oNe LiFe
Is one of your Live-It list items to start a new family tradition? How about putting this YuMmY hot chocolate in thermal mugs for the family to sip on while driving around to see Christmas lights! I bet it would be something the kids would look forward to every year!
This homemade hot chocolate recipe is always a crowd pleaser. Makes a great gift and a pErfeCt refreshment with your cinammon rolls on Christmas morning!
Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
16 oz. Nestle Quick Chocolate Drink Mix
6 oz. Coffee Creamer
½ C. Powdered Sugar
4 Tbls. Cocoa
Mix Ingredients well and store in air tight container. Use 1/3 Cup of mixture to 1 Cup warm milk. Top with marshmallows!
Makes 32 Servings
(These were some clear containers I had around the house. I decorated them with wrapping paper, jute rope and ribbon! Super easy and immediately FeStiVe!)