12 Steps to Self Care: 1. If it feels wrong, don't do it. 2. Say 'exactly' what you mean. 3. Don't be a people pleaser. 4. Trust your instincts. 5. Never speak bad about yourself. 6. Never give up on your dreams. 7. Don't be afraid to say 'No'. 8. Don't be afraid to say 'Yes'. 9. Be kind to yourself. 10. Let go of what you can't control. 11. Stay ways from drama and negativity. 12. LOVE
"Wouldn't it be nice if retail therapy was covered by health insurance?"
A man and his wife were making their first doctor visit prior to the birth of their first child. After everything checked out, the doctor took a small stamp and stamped the wife's stomach with indelible ink.
The couple was curious about what the stamp was for, so when they got home, he dug out his magnifying glass to try to see what it was. In very tiny letters, the stamp said, "When you can read this without a magnifying glass, come back and see me."
It's Mardi Gras! Also known as Fat Tuesday, it's the last day of Carnival and the last day of eating rich food before Ash Wednesday which starts Lent. There are quite a few celebrations related to Mardi Gras specific to traditions of locations.
--IHOP National Pancake Day: IHOP® gives out a free short stack of their Original Buttermilk Pancakes to each customer on IHOP® National Pancake Day®. During their visit, diners are encouraged to donate money to an organization that is helping children to fight illnesses. In the past, IHOP® has taken donations for organizations such as Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospital for Children, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Millions of dollars have been raised since the day started in 2006. Guests can also enter into the Pancakes for Life Sweepstakes, which, as it sounds, is a sweepstake where those who enter have a chance of winning pancakes for life from IHOP®. Contests for other prizes are held as well.
--Pancake (Shrove Tuesday) Day: observed 47 days before Easter; a tradition that started in 1445 Olney, England and is now a competition with Liberal, Kansas of running and flipping pancakes; the origin story is a housewife was making pancakes on Fat Tuesday to use up cooking fats that would be forbidden during Lent; the church bells started ringing and she raced out of the house, flipping pancakes as she went along. Thus started the Pancake Race of Mardi Gras.
--Let's All Eat Right Day: today celebrates the birthday of influential nutritionist Adelle Davis (1904); even by the 1940's & 50's, Ms. Davis was warning about the detrimental effect of additives in our food; celebrate by paying closer attention to your food source and minimize the additives.
--National Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day: a salute to a yummy snack; the original covered peanuts were Goobers in 1925 and the peanut M&M's came out in 1954; they were tan until 1960 when colors were introduced.
--National Clam Chowder Day: a salute to all versions; just a day to enjoy any form of clam chowder as there are so many variations based on location and culture; originally considered a poor man’s food, the first chowders were fish stews made from vegetable and fish stewed in a large pot or cauldron.
--Paczki Day: observed 47 days before Easter; a salute to a Polish doughnut of deep-fried dough, filled with fruit or cream; pronounced PUNCH-kee or PUUNSH-kee.
--Quiet Day: also known as Don't Utter a Word Day; today is about lowering the noise level for a healthier and more relaxed life; pay attention to the sources of noise around you and see what you can do to minimize the effect upon you.
--World Spay Day: observed on the last Tuesday of February; an annual event to raise awareness of the importance of spay/neuter programs to cut down the overpopulation of pets and to prevent overcrowding in the pet shelters; these programs save lives in the long run.