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Countdown to Valentine's Day

Many people hear the holiday "Valentine's Day" and start to ruffle up. Declaring it an evil holiday, with no love for singles! While I can see their reasoning, I'd like to offer an alternative to this thought process. What if instead of wallowing in a pool of self-pity over your marital status, take a moment to focus on other loves of your life. What about friends and family? Take another single friend out on a "date" and plan on having some fun together. Strengthen your bonds with a family member on that day! I think that Valentine's Day is a perfect day to just "Share the Love" with those around you. In a world that so quickly resorts to negativity and depression, let's shine a light out there to others and just boost the general moral to those around us.

What about a perspective change?  What if we were to adopt the idea that Valentines Day is not just for couples, but for everybody?  While your friends might be buying flowers for their partners, consider the people in your world that you love, and that love you back.  Something special for your Mom, a telephone call to your Dad.  Perhaps your daughter would appreciate flowers as much as any lover would.  Maybe spending the evening with your son watching a hockey game would be one way to express your particular brand of love.  Random acts of kindness can bring a surprisingly wonderful sense of well-being.  (source)

Not sure where to go or what to do? 
What about taking them out to just talk, catch up and spend some quality time together? Take them out to a coffee shop and enjoy some nice convo over java.
Don't have a good time to be able to take them out? Plan ahead and send out some notes or cards to them to just boost their day. Send a silly text letting them know you are thinking about them, or call them up for a 10 min convo during a work break. 
Have plenty of time? Why not plan a small vacation with them? Take them out to a large shopping area and just window shop or plan a spa date together. Maybe check out a concert or sporting event that you will both enjoy. 

Now to setup for a self-promo
Did you find the perfect necklace or piece of jewelry for them and you are just so bored with those plain solid colored jewelry boxes then always put them in. Why not pop over to my etsy shop and pick out a pretty design to put them in? StormGazerDesigns.etsy.com
Great for gift cards!

Even if you're not sure what they might like and want to get them a gift card so that they can pick out something they've wanted, those will fit too!
And just for all of us Valentine's Day people, I'd like to offer a special to those who choose to do something for more than 1 person. Buy at least $3.00 worth of merchandise and earn a discount of 24% off when you use this code at checkout LOVE15 

In addition to all the cute pillow boxes I've setup, I've also taken an interest in designing Jamberry Nail patterns. You can peruse those here. The above coupon is also valid for these!

Go to StormGazerDesigns.etsy.com and enter LOVE15  at check out


Logo Design The Cake Lady

I was asked last week to design a logo for a friend who make some amazing cakes!
We wanted it to be simple so that it could easily be transferred onto shirts and other branding items. 
Here is what I came up with.:

You can visit her Facebook page at: The Cake Lady

For those of you in the Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia, if you have a party, event or celebration that needs something delicious and amazing you might want to consider calling her up. 


Eating Healthier post 2

Progress report #eatingHealthier : 

soda consumption is way down, water intake much higher. I  only caved in to the midnight snacking twice last week. Slowly working towards eating less and less carbs. (It's tough when I am also feeding a family.) I'm going to have to sit down at some point and figure out how to cook for them but also myself without having to prepare extra food.

Any suggestions from those who have successfully found yummy adkins family friendly recipes?


Eating Healthier post 1

I am going to do this. I'm starting my little plans to start getting my health back. I've been lazy too long and it's sad to me. My start was weaning myself off sodas these past two weeks. I'm down to 1 can of soda at dinner time. The rest is Powerade Zero and water.
My next step is to undo the night time munchies that started with pregnancy three years ago. Those are the worst things for me.
As for meals I'm going to be somewhat using Adkins but I can't do all the leafy greens they suggest since I'm still on blood thinners until June. So I will have to figure substitutes.
The nice weather has returned and my German Shepherd Rescue, Gracie, has come to realize that she LOVES walks. My daughter and husband like to do walks too so it's nice to have encouraging weather for a good cause.
I write all of this for the accountability aspect. If you see me about to dive head first into a bag of greasy chips--- take them away. That barrel of soda I'm about to down--- toss it out back. 

 — feeling motivated.