_bbR3iY5lLSjzaZNziPYc6VX6tk Inspiration CAN be found EVERYWHERE!: April 2010

Friday, April 30, 2010


I don't know how many of you are with me on this BUT it has been a VERY long start to the year for me.

Today I have the day off - sounds strange to me but its true. Nothing to do for the first time in almost 4 months - well nothing to do except for me. I have the day planned to be "pampered". I get my hair cut and colored at 11:30 and perhaps a pedicure after that (if not today then tomorrow).

So in honor of my first day of me time this year I've decided today is
Silly Friday.

Anyone interested in joining me today? Just beware .....

Silly Friday could lead to Stupid Saturday.

Well I'm off to get dressed (I told you its my first day off) and find some silly stuff to do ....

Monday, April 26, 2010

Life's Little Lessons

This is week 16 of our journey through Life's Little Instruction Book and it starts out with with a wonderful idea.

68) Be brave. Even if you're not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
This reminds me of a country song by Rodney Atkins that I absolutely LOVE, where the refrain starts with:
If you're goin' through hell keep on going
Don't slow down if you're scared don't show it
You might get out before the devil even knows you're there

If you appear to be brave, others will feel that way too. You will give others the feeling that anything can be accomplished and you just might be able to do what you set out to do.

69) Whistle
If you remember the Disney characters that would "whistle while you work" and then the job just becomes easier.

70) Hug children after you discipline them
Don't make your children fear you or fear making a mistake. Discipline is to correct bad habits - not just to punish. Hugging keeps you "connected" and allows them to not fear making mistakes so that they can learn from those mistakes and from the discipline - not fear it.

71) Learn to make something beautiful with your hands.
Creativity comes from the mind but is brought into reality through your hands.

72) Give to charity all the clothes you haven't worn during the past three years.
I give away my "old" clothes twice a year. Not only does it make room for "new" items or new sizes (hopefully smaller) but it helps those in need of clothes. This charity is a two way street or a win-win situation.

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Brand NEW Publix Supermarket

We don't have Publix Supermarkets up north here, but I think it is a "staple" of the South - at least on the East Coast and Florida (a country all to its own :) or so it seems) A friend at work sent this one out the other day .... I just HAD to share it with you

A new Publix Supermarket opened in Wellington, Florida.

It has an automatic water mister to keep the produce fresh.
Just before it goes on,
you hear the distant sound of thunder
and the smell of fresh rain.

When you pass the milk cases, you hear cows mooing
and you experience the scent of fresh cut hay.

In the meat department there is the aroma
of charcoal grilled steaks and brauts.

In the liquor department,
the fresh, clean, crisp Smell of tapped Miller Lite.

When you approach the egg case,
you hear hens cluck and cackle
and the air is filled with the pleasing aroma
of bacon and eggs frying.

The bread department features the tantalizing smell
of fresh baked bread & cookies.

I don't buy toilet paper there anymore.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Gotta love Apple .........

Apple does it again!

Apple announced today that it has developed a breast implant that can store and play music.

The iTit will cost between $499 and $699, depending on the cup and speaker size.

This is considered to be a major social breakthrough because women have always complained about men staring at their breasts and not listening to them.

Apple has now solved this problem.

Now on to the next societal problem that Apple can solve.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Keep your dreams alive.

Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself,
vision, hard work, determination, and dedication.

Remember all things are possible
for those who believe.

Tradeshows, School Events, Special Projects

Are you responsible for your company's trade show, exhibit or convention display or even your company's location at a Job Fair? How about all those back to school night displays for sports or clubs or special events? Do you know the person who is responsible for the exhibits if its not you?

I found this great looking site that has all the "stuff" you would need to make your display "pop". We all know that the more people you can gather around your location, the better your outcome will be. Check out this great site for trade show exhibits for some great ideas to get you started or enriched your current ideas. They look to be the one shop stop for the busy promoter. They even have flooring!

Your location needs to be enticing from start to finish. You can't just throw up a table and some chairs and expect people to come in. You need to draw them in. And I believe this starts right away. Check out the Table Covers that they offer here, its not just a blank white cover anymore. Right away you can dress things up and make people want to come in and see what else you have.

You also want to stand out from the other display areas - so lets not have plain Jane folding chairs. Granted you probably won't be sitting in them too long during the day - but won't you stand out with a few "special" chairs around. Look at what you can do with the simple directors chairs. Ok so they don't have to be so simple looking - but you get the idea. So many things you can dress them up with - your company logo is just the start. They are even affordable enough that you could make them part of your "giveaway" draw to your exhibit. They can be printed or stitched - how cool would it be to win your favorite company's logo on an embroidered director's chair? Their Custom Embroidery could just give you that option.

But when it all comes down to brass tacks, its your Table Top Displays Exhibits that gets people interested in what you have to say. I like the table top display units because of their portability, but there are so many other ideas here. Another example is the Table Top_Linear Systems, which could be a really dramatic display.

When my husband's company gets their exhibit schedule set for next year, I think this would be a great place to get their supplies and ideas for updating their designs. We've been to a few conventions this past year - kind of scoping out the competition - but I bet some of the exhibitors used Camelback Displays for their display equipment - they really did look sharp! And your's could too.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Life's Little Lessons

Week 15 in our journey through Life's Little Instruction Book

64) Take a photography course
I wish I had done this earlier, but tapping into your creative side is a wonderful thing. Pictures help to jog our memories of things from the past. If nothing else - it will help make those pictures of your kids stand out. You never know when you will want to sit down with your future son or daughter in law and "relive" the moments. (Sorry Dan and Jenn - your time is coming)

65) Let people pull in front of you when you're stopped in traffic
Usually if someone is in that much of a hurry to get someplace that they have to be first, you are better off letting them get out of your way. It won't make your trip any longer - but it might make it much safer.

66) Support a high school band
Supporting the arts through music is a wonderful thing. Not everyone can learn to play an instrument (sorry my opinion) so those that can need to be nurtured so that this art will continue.

67) Demand excellence and be willing to pay for it.
The old saying ( at least it must be since I've heard it since I was a kid and I'm old) "You get what you pay for" comes to mind when I see this. Now just because its expensive doesn't mean its better - but you can't expect to get gold for $0.25 either.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Yes I have totally lost it. It is April 15th - tax day. The tax man has come bringing joy to some and much pain to others, for me he just brought a huge sense of tireness. This always happens, but I will be my bright happy self again shortly.

But since a friend sent this to me yesterday - I had to pass it on to you.

Facts of Life:

After Monday and Tuesday ....
Even the calendar says ....
W T F.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Life's Little Lessons

Week 14 in our Journey through "Life's Little Instruction Book"

60) Admit your mistakes
Nothing is worse than never admitting you aren't perfect. Everyone is human and that means we ALL make mistakes. Your first mistake is forgetting that.

61) Ask someone to pick up your mail and daily paper when you're out of town. Those are the first two things potential burglars look for.
Everything you can do to make your home look "occupied" when you are out of town keeps the burglar guessing.

62) Use your wit to amuse, not abuse
To relieve stress, your wit is a wonderful thing - laughter is a great medicine - using it to make someone feel bad is a bitter pill.

63) Remember that all news is biased.
All news is reported by humans. All humans have opinions. All opinions are the basis of bias. Look for the facts and come to your own conclusions.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Life's Little Lessons

This is week 13 on our journey through Life's Little Instruction Book

56) Never mention being on a diet
I think there are two reasons for this -
first being everyone will have a "suggestion" on what you should be doing and
second - IF you don't succeed everyone will have a "reason" why you didn't.

57) Make the best of bad situations
I think you show your true character with how you react to all situations - good and bad.
When you can find the silver lining in a bad situation you show just how strong you really are .... and NO ONE can take that away from you.

58) Always accept an outstretched hand
If someone wants to offer a hand to help WHY wouldn't you accept it? No man (or woman) is an island - everyone needs a hand sometime.

59) Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity - they think of you.
Children learn more by example than by words. How many times have you heard do as I say NOT as I do - and think why? If you don't do it that way why should I?