Tuesday, December 14, 2010

60 Things to Make Life More Simple

1. Don’t try to read other people’s minds. Don’t make other people try to read yours. Communicate.
2. Be polite, but don’t try to be friends with everyone around you. Instead, spend time nurturing your relationships with the people who matter most to you.
3. Your health is your life, keep up with it. Get an annual physical check-up.
4. Live below your means. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need. Always sleep on big purchases. Create a budget and savings plan and stick to both of them.
5. Get enough sleep every night. An exhausted mind is rarely productive.
6. Get up 30 minutes earlier so you don’t have to rush around like a mad man. That 30 minutes will help you avoid speeding tickets, tardiness, and other unnecessary headaches.
7. Get off your high horse, talk it out, shake hands or hug, and move on.
8. Don’t waste your time on jealously. The only person you’re competing against is yourself.
9. Surround yourself with people who fill your gaps. Let them do the stuff they’re better at so you can do the stuff you’re better at.
10. Organize your living space and working space.
11. Get rid of stuff you don’t use.
12. Ask someone if you aren’t sure.
13. Spend a little time now learning a time-saving trick or shortcut that you can use over and over again in the future.
14. Don’t try to please everyone. Just do what you know is right.
15. Don’t drink alcohol or consume recreational drugs when you’re mad or sad. Take a jog instead.
16. Be sure to pay your bills on time.
17. Fill up your gas tank on the way home, not in the morning when you’re in a hurry.
18. Use technology to automate tasks.
19. Handle important two-minute tasks immediately.
20. Relocate closer to your place of employment.
21. Don’t steal.
22. Always be honest with yourself and others.
23. Say “I love you” to your loved ones as often as possible.
24. Single-task. Do one thing at a time and give it all you got.
25. Finish one project before you start another.
26. Be yourself.
27. When traveling, pack light. Don’t bring it unless you absolutely must.
28. Clean up after yourself. Don’t put it off until later.
29. Learn to cook, and cook.
30. Make a weekly (healthy) menu, and shop for only the items you need.
31. Consider buying and cooking food in bulk. If you make a large portion of something on Sunday, you can eat leftovers several times during the week without spending more time cooking.
32. Stay out of other people’s drama. And don’t needlessly create your own.
33. Buy things with cash.
34. Maintain your car, home, and other personal belongings you rely on.
35. Smile often, even to complete strangers.
36. If you hate doing it, stop it.
37. Treat everyone with the same level of respect you would give to your grandfather and the same level of patience you would have with your baby brother.
38. Apologize when you should.
39. Write things down.
40. Be curious. Don’t be scared to learn something new.
41. Explore new ideas and opportunities often.
42. Don’t be shy. Network with people. Meet new people.
43. Don’t worry too much about what other people think about you.
44. Spend time with nice people who are smart, driven, and likeminded.
45. Don’t text and drive. Don’t drink and drive.
46. Drink water when you’re thirsty.
47. Don’t eat when you’re bored. Eat when you’re hungry.
48. Exercise every day. Simply take a long, relaxing walk.
49. Let go of things you can’t change. Concentrate on things you can.
50. Find hard work you actually enjoy doing.
51. Realize that the harder you work, the luckier you will become.
52. Follow your heart. Don’t waste your life fulfilling someone else’s dreams and desires.
53. Set priorities for yourself and act accordingly.
54. Take it slow and add up all your small victories.
55. However good or bad a situation is now, it will change. Accept this simple fact.
56. Excel at what you do. Otherwise you’ll just frustrate yourself.
57. Mature, but don’t grow up too fast.
58. Realize that you’re never quite as right as you think you are.
59. Build something or do something that makes you proud.
60. Make mistakes, learn from them, laugh about them, and move along.

Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Yummy Treats

Lately, I have been really missing cooking. Well, not really cooking but baking. So I started browsing all kinds of foodie blogs! For the record that's a terrible idea when you have no kitchen. Anyway, I found these delectable looking treats that are very easy to make and perfect for holiday get togethers, edible gifts, and just munching! Bon appetit!

Golden Grahams with Chocolate Drizzle

Yields: Enough for 8 - 10

1 box of Golden Grahams
1 12 oz. bag of semi - sweet chocolate

In a double boiler melt the chocolate. On a cookie sheet, spread out a single layer of the golden grahams. Once semi - cooled but still melted, pour into a normal ziplock bag and push it to one edge on the bag. Snip the corner of the bag and drizzle the chocolate over the layer of golden grahams. Repeat. Let cool until the chocolate hardens. 
Nutty Crunchy Chocolate Covered Pretzels

 Yields: Enough for 8 - 10

1 medium bag of salted pretzels
1 12 oz. bag of semi - sweet chocolate
1 cup of walnuts (pecans or almonds would also be fine), chopped 

Over a double boiler melt the chocolate. Using a butter knife spread the chocolate on the pretzel (it doesn't matter how messy it looks). Repeat. Before the chocolate hardens, sprinkle the chopped nuts all over. Let cool completely.

Classic Crunchy Peppermint Bark

Yields: About enough for 10 - 15 people

2 12 oz. bags of semi-sweet chocolate
2 12 oz. bags of white chocolate
1 bag of starlight mints or 1 package of candy canes, 1/2 chopped and 1/2 pulverized*

To melt the chocolate you can use a double boiler or if you do not have one, you can simply simmer water in a large pot and place a bowl that fits in the rim on top so that the heat from the simmering water will hit the bottom of the bowl. Melt both the white and semi-sweet chocolate separately. On a large sheet of wax paper, pour the melted semi-sweet chocolate and spread evenly to about 1/2 centimeter thick. Mix the pulverized candy canes into the melted white chocolate, then spread over the semi-hardened semi-sweet chocolate and spread evenly. Sprinkle the chopped candy canes on top. Let cool and harden for 24 hours. Break apart and serve!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Lovely Bracelets

I'm not one to wear a lot of jewelry, but when I do I absolutely love it! Plus, even if you don't wear it, you can still admire it right?

Anyway, I think bracelets are an easy way to ease into wearing more jewelry. So, I've been searching and here's some I found...

Wilma Bracelet

Saturn Bracelet
Bright Eyes Bracelet

Fabric Flower Chain Bracelet

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Lauren Hutton On Timeless Style & Other Things...

I think this slide show is fantastic!

What a pretty clutch bag!

The Top Ten Internet Searches of 2010 - interesting.

I am determined to make these yummy Ultimate Jumbo Filled Chocolate Cupcakes!

Women in D.C. Power List - and their philosophy on style, manner & life.

 An article on The Button Store in L.A. - so cool! I want to go!

Such a cute blouse from B.R.

Norma Kamali is back at Walmart! I especially love this blouse!

Have a lovely evening! For me it's off to dinner then lots and lots of studying!