January is National Thank You Note Month

SO! Did you know that January is National Thank You note month?  Hmmm – not sure that I was aware of this.  But wonder why January? Why not  all 12 months?  Even better shouldn’t every day be a “thank you” kind of day?  We’re talking “thank you notes” – not email!  You know the ones you put  an actual home address on, then a stamp  and then the  post person delivers it. Yes, I must be getting old but I look forward to getting the mail – and when I see an envelope with personal handwriting on it – I get all giddy!!  I even save some of my thank you notes.

I subscribe to The Emily Post Institute newsletter. You may call me old fashioned but I approve of etiquette and I am afraid it is going to be extinct before too long.   I enjoy reading up on etiquette even though most of it’s rules are common sense. I will even research certain social situations when I have a question as I  want to be appropriate.  I was really glad to see in Emily Posts newsletter today about “thank you note month”. I even gave our boys ages 35 & 31 personlized stationery for Christmas this year – don’t you know that was certainly their favorite gift!!  We even got a thank you note from one of our boys which is not what I intended but got to give him an “atta boy” for it!! My husband carries his thank you notes in his brief case so he can write his thank you “right then and there”!! His idea – not mine!

I think personalized thank you notes are wonderful and classy! I also like to pick up notes at Target, Home Goods, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million & WalMart. Basically the focus is on a handwritten note that arrives via the postal service.

Here are some really great online stores to order personlized stationery.

source: crane.com

This is a book that should be part of everyone’s library…..in my opinion. It is the book that helps you write the perfect note.

Source: Crane

Source: expressionery.com

source: finestationery.com

source: papyrus.com

source: swoozies. com

source: tinyprints.com

Thank you for visiting my blog – if I knew your address I would send you a thank you note. But for now just know that I am grateful!!!

Drastic Times Call For Drastic Measures! Drinking Detox Smoothies in the New Year!

I must of really enjoyed myself over Christmas. I must of also been in total denial to think that every time I placed some calorie dense food item in my mouth my body would process it like a leaf of lettuce.  But reality set in when I was getting ready to go out for New Year’s Eve and being like everyone else I already knew what I was going to wear. Or I thought I did. Well big fat dang!  How did these pants get so tight?? This very chic ensemble sure did fit before Christmas and how on earth could it not fit in a matter of weeks?? Not good because I did not have Plan B or at least Plan B was not the outfit I had mentally prepared for! I felt like Macaulay Culkin in the Home Alone movie.


Thank goodness my friend Renee had turned me on to some really yummy veggie smoothies to help you detox. I made several after Thanksgiving with a tad bit of trepidation but they were actually quite good and I felt great!! Seriously!  Even my husband was drinking them and I know you may never meet my husband but his ideal breakfast involves either sausage or bacon! He knows better!

Here is the smoothie my friend turned me on to. Seriously, it is very tasty. I know……..I had my doubts also!! I love kale so I added that also.

 Glowing Green Smoothie by Kimberly Snyder, Clinical Nutritionist

Source: Beautylish.com


1 1/2 cups water

1 head organic romaine lettuce, chopped

1/2 of large bunch of organic spinach (or 3/4 of small bunch)

3-4 stalks organic celery

1 oraganic apple, cored and chopped

1 organic pear, cored and chopped

1 organic banana

Juice of 1/2 organic lemon

Optional: 1/3 bunch organic cilantro (stems okay), 1/3 bunch organic parsley (stems okay)

  1. Add the water and chopped head of romaine and spinach to the blender.
  2. Starting the blender on a low speed, mix until smooth.
  3. Gradually moving to higher speeds, add the celery, apple, and pear.
  4. Add the cilantro and parsley if you choose. Fresh herbs, like cilantro and parsley, have cleansing properties that help extract heavy metals and other toxins from the body.
  5. Add the banana and lemon juice last.
  6. This recipe produces about 60 ounces. Kimberly recommends that a woman drink about 16-25 ounces every morning. You can store the rest of the liquid for a day or portion it out and freeze.

Beautylish Tip: If you don’t have access to organic produce, regular fruits and vegetables are okay too, says Kimberly, who recommends soaking them with diluted apple cider vinegar to remove the pesticides.


I then told our son about the smoothies we were drinking and he  is “in the know about just about everything” and referred me to this site!

 Girl Get Strong 

It is a great website!!  The first smoothie is called Flat Tummy – just the name of it makes me pay attention!! The next one is called Skin Saver – still has my attention!  Then there is the Peanut Butter Energy Booster – peanut butter and energy? that is a win-win if you ask me!! How about a smoothie call Bone Lover?? I am at the age (older & past menopause) that I need to pay attention to anything that helps my bones. And then there is one called Immune System Booster- hey we all need to keep our immune system fit – especially this time of year. Natural Skin Tanner is definetly something I want to try – we all want that healthy glow and this smoothie is rich in beta carotene. And the last one is Antioxidant Power full of blueberries, raspberries, pomegranates and beet juice.

SO! Who wants to join me?? I started my smoothie routine this morning and had lots of energy, which is normally not my claim to fame!!

Of course I do need to give everyone a disclaimer……….I am not a doctor and do not play one on TV or anywhere else!! Before you do anything we all know to check with our doctor and get their blessing!!! We all know this because we have heard it a gazillion times before.

Here’s to a very healthy 2012!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!!