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Monday, August 30, 2010

A Wonderful Collection of Motivational Poems

Just One 

One song can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.

One smile begins a friendship,
One handclasp lifts a soul.
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal

One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.

One step must start each journey.
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.

One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what's true,

One life can make a difference,
You see, it's up to you!


Don't Quit (awesome motivational poem)

When things go wrong as they sometimes will;
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill;
When the funds are low, and the debts are high;
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh;
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

Success is failure turned inside out;
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt;
And you can never tell how close you are;
It may be near when it seems afar.
So, stick to the fight when you're hardest hit
It's when things go wrong that you mustn't quit.


Before You 
By William Arthur Ward

Before you speak, listen.
Before you write, think.
Before you spend, earn.
Before you invest, investigate.
Before you criticize, wait.
Before you pray, forgive.
Before you quit, try.
Before you retire, save.
Before you die, give.


It Couldn't Be Done 
By Edgar A. Guest

Somebody said that it couldn't be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That "maybe it couldn't," but he would be one
Who wouldn't say so till he'd tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.

He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you'll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it";
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he'd begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That "cannot be done," and you'll do it.


Follow Your Dream 
by Amanda Bradley

Follow your dream.
Take one step at a time and don't settle for less,
Just continue to climb.
Follow your dream.
If you stumble, don't stop and lose sight of your goal
Press to the top.
For only on top can we see the whole view,
Can we see what we've done and what we can do;
Can we then have the vision to seek something new,
Press on.
Follow your dream.


The Victor 
by C. W. Longenecker

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you like to win but think you can't,
It's almost a cinch you won't.
If you think you'll lose, you're lost.
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow's will.
It's all in the state of mind.
If you think you are out classed, you are.
You've got to think high to rise.
You've got to be sure of your-self before

You can ever win the prize.
Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Recipe From My Family Kitchen

5 cups of Love
4 cups of Kindness
3 cups of Understanding
2 cups of Friendship
1 cup of Respect
4 tbsp of Hope
4 tbsp of Patients
A dash or two of Faith
Lots of laughs
Plenty of Hugs
Mix in love and Kindness. Blend it with Understanding. Stir in Hope, faith, and Patience. Add Friendship and Respect. Flavour with Laughter. Sprinkle with Hugs.
Bake and serve generously daily!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Posted By Jennifer McLennan

Tags: tips, on, dealing, with, a, picky, eater

Almost every parent has experienced a one time or another on dealing with a picky eater, or at least knows someone who has.  I am no different; my daughter was one of the pickiest eaters you’d ever meet.  I was so concerned about her eating healthy foods I turned to my doctor for some advice.  He told me to give her the food, and if she doesn’t eat it don’t worry because she will eventually, she won’t starve herself.  Well after five days of not eating I gave in and gave her the junk she would eat.  She was always a very tiny child and under weight, I had to come up with something else that would work.

I started mincing vegetables into hamburgers, sauces, casseroles, anywhere I could hide them.  I even hid bran into where ever I could so she would get fibre.  Fruit until this day she still won’t eat.  I know this is not a solution, but at least I was getting her to eat vegetables.  Then I bought a couple of kid cookbooks.  She always loved helping bake, so why not let her help me cook a few meals.  If she thought she made the meal she’ll be more likely to try it.  To my surprise it worked.  Give a child a mixing spoon, measuring cups and apron and they love that they are helping. I have a chopper that you just push down on over and over until you have the size you want, wow she just loved that.  After she chopped her first onion, I had no problem with her eating onions. The children’s cookbooks help too; they have great illustrations and kid friendly recipes.  My daughter is now 14 and still considers those cook books to be hers and still uses some of the recipes.

Here is a Recipe to tempt even the pickiest eater:

Turkey Sloppy Joes
1 pound ground turkey
½ cup diced onion
3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
3 tablespoons chicken broth
¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup ketchup
¼ tomato sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
4 teaspoons brown sugar, packed
 A pinch of paprika
Salt and pepper
4 hamburger buns or hard rolls, toasted

Coat a large non-stick skillet with non-stick cooking spray (or a tablespoon of vegetable of oil). Add turkey, onion, optional garlic, and chicken broth to the skillet and cook over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink – 6 to 8 minutes – breaking up the clumps with your spoon as you stir.

Wisk together the applesauce, ketchup, tomato sauce, sugar, and paprika in a large glass measuring cup or bowl. Stir this mixture into the turkey and continue to cook over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the mixture thickens. Season to taste salt and pepper. Divide the mixture among the rolls.

*This recipe is one that I could hide finely minced vegetables and bran.

Serves 4.

How kids can help

Cut up and measure ingredients for Sloppy Joes. Older kids (9 and up) can do most of the cooking (with adult supervision). Spoon mixture onto buns and prepare toppings.

Happy cooking!

Jen McLennan

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Oprah Winfrey Quotes

Oprah has some great inspiring words to say, so here are some quotes from her:

1) Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.

2) The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.
3) Turn your wounds into wisdom.
4) Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.
5) We can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are.
6) What goes intended for you goes far beyond anything you can imagine.
7) Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.
8 ) When I look into the future, it is so bright it burns my eyes.
9) Unless you choose to do great things with it, it makes no difference how much you are rewarded, or how much power you have.
10) The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.
11) Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.
12) The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.
13) The whole point of being alive is to evolve into a complete person you were intended to be.
14) You can have it all. You just can’t have it all at once.
15) You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.
16) Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.
17) I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.
18) If you come to fame not understanding who you are, it will define who you are.
19) I have a lot of things to prove to myself. One is that I can live my life fearlessly.
20) I’m black; I don’t feel burdened by it and I don’t think it is a huge responsibility. It’s part of who I am. It does not define me.
21) If you want to accomplish the goals of your life, you have to begin with the spirit.
22) Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody is going to know whether you did it or not.
23) I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.
24) I always know I was destined for greatness.
25) Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.
26) I am a woman in process. I’m just trying like everybody else. I try to take every conflict, every experience, and learn from it. Life is never dull.
27) Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this moment is the only one you know you have for sure.
28) Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment
29) Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who ever mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.
30) As you become more clear about who you really are, you will be better able to decide what is best for you, the first time round.

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Did you know.................
50% of all illness is due to poor indoor air quality (Source: 1989 State of Massachusetts Study)
AIR FRESHENERS: interfere with the ability to smell by coating nasal passages with an oily film, or by releasing a nerve deadening agent! Toxins in air fresheners include: Formaldehyde: highly toxic, known carcinogen. Phenol: can cause skin to burn, peel, and sweat. Can cause convulsions, coma, circulatory collapse and even DEATH!

LIQUID DISH-SOAPS: is the leading cause of poisonings in the home for children under the age of 6 (over 2.1 million accidental poisonings per year) (contains formaldehyde and ammonia in most brands) One Million poisonings in Canada each year are due to household cleaner ingestion. Some are fatal. The #1 cause of household poisoning is dish detergent. What kinds of chemicals are in those products? http://www.rense.com/general19/chemical.htm

AUTOMATIC DISHWASHING DETERGENTS: contain dry chlorine that is highly concentrated. #1 cause of child poisonings, according to poison control centers.

CHLORINE BLEACH: is a strong corrosive and can burn or irritate skin, eyes and the respiratory system. Can cause vomiting or coma if swallowed! WARNING! Never mix with ammonia as the fumes are very dangerous and can be DEADLY!

AMMONIA: is very volatile and damaging to the eyes, skin and respiratory tract!

FURNITURE POLISH: contains Petroleum Distillates, which are highly flammable and can cause lung and skin cancer!

DRAIN CLEANER: most drain cleaners contain lye, hydrochloric acid or trichloroethane, which are all very caustic. They burn the skin and eyes, and can cause liver and kidney damage.

OVEN CLEANER: contain lye, which is a strong caustic and irritant to skin and eyes. Can cause tissue damage if swallowed.

TOOTHPASTE: can contain a number of harmful ingredients, such as: ammonia, benzyl alcohol/sodium benzoate, colors, ethanol, flavours, fluoride, formaldehyde, mineral oil, plastic (PVP), saccharin. Formaldehyde, mineral oil, PVP, and saccharin are all classified as carcinogens or suspected carcinogen, as is fluoride, which has been banned in many European countries and is the subject of concern with regard to thyroid problems. In fact, as of April 1997, toothpaste is required to carry poison control information on the label as even a small amount can harm or kill a small child.

Occupational Safety & Health analyzed 2,983 chemicals used in personal care products. A personal care product is de-fined as anything we use to clean our bodies, or make ourselves look or smell good.
The results are as follows:
884 are toxic
146 cause tumours
218 cause reproductive complications
314 cause biological mutation
376 cause skin and eye irritations
778 caused acute toxicity

Over the last 20-30 years, as more toxic chemicals have been introduced in greater amounts, the level of toxins stored in adipose tissues (fat cells) of our bodies has risen. Bio-accumulation studies have shown that some toxins store in our bodies for life. Greater and greater amounts are being stored at younger ages. Diseases that used to occur later in life are now appearing at younger ages. Diseases that used to be rare are more frequent. For Example: There has been a 28% increase in childhood cancer since the addition of pesticides into household products. (Source: National Cancer Institute)

In one decade, there has been a 42% increase in asthma (29% for men; 82% for women-the higher rate for women is believed to be due to women's longer exposure times to household chemicals) (Source: Center for Disease Control)

Due to the increase in toxic build-up in our bodies, including the toxic build-up of formaldehyde, dead bodies are not decomposing as fast as they used to. (Source: National Institutes of Health)

There is an increased risk for leukemia in children where parents have used pesticides in the home or garden before the
child's birth (Source: Journal of the National Cancer Institute)

Over 150 chemicals found in the average home have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological
abnormalities. (Source): Consumer Product Safety Commission

In most cases, however, you won't find much information on the label. There are no requirements of manufacturers to actually disclose what is in a product, and there is no regulation or enforcement. All of it falls under proprietary trade secret legislation.

Today, cancer is the leading cause of death for women ages 35-74. In 1901 cancer was considered a rare disease. Statistics show that only 1 out of 8000 people had cancer. TODAY, according to the American Cancer Society, 1 out of every 3 people has cancer. TODAY, 1 out of every 2 people has been touched by cancer. The fear of cancer is on every-one’s mind these days. So many forms of cancer and they all had to start somewhere . . .

How Safe is My Family?
This is the question that every parent should be asking themselves.

We have no choice but to breathe the air, eat the food, and drink the water; but we DO have a CHOICE of what we put on our skin and what products we have in our homes.

I know that I personally do not ever want to believe that I caused harm to my family, when I had the choice to change it. I’d love to help ensure a safer home for your family.

For more information on how to make your home a healthier place for you and your family please go to my website and I will call you with the information. I would love to help you have a healthier safer home!
Jennifer McLennan


"To be successful, you must love and believe in what you do! You must have belief in yourself! Anything is possible with belief!"
Written in 2011 by Jennifer McLennan (ME) --- Canada
I truly think if you don't have belief in what you are doing and in yourself, there is no chance in success. But if you do have the belief, all things are possible!

"Life's like a boom-a-rang. The more good you throw out, the more you receive in return." ~Josh S. Hinds

"Treat people how you want to be treated."~Unknown

"Honesty is always the best policy."~Unknown

"No act of kindness, know matter how small is ever wasted."~Unknown

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We should All start our day like this :)

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