National Sugar Cookie Day

Since it's National Sugar Cookie Day, I wanted to share a favorite sugar cookie recipe of mine and the boys. The boys love decorating and I love (eating) sugar cookies. It's always a win-win. I originally found this sugar cookie recipe on this page:

Sugar Cookie Recipe

I was drawn to this recipe because it took less time and it didn't require cream of tartar. Most of the recipes I found required that ingredient. This one is very similar to one I've previously used, maybe even almost exact with the exception of using confectioners' sugar for rolling. I had only used flour for rolling in the past. I also appreciated that the ingredients were listed in order of use. I did the same below.

I'm also going to note that I used all organic ingredients. I followed the recipe, but the serving size was not the same. Apparently, my cookies were much larger than the cookies in the original recipe. I came out with exactly 19 cookies, instead of 36. To adjust for size, I baked…

10 Ideas to Help You Simplify Your Life

"As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness." Henry David Thoreau
It often feels as though life is shooting by at a tremendous rate—so fast that we can barely keep up. It's chaotic and I don't know about you, but my head often spins until the day's end when I simply collapse with exhaustion.

It's interesting because I truly am that exhausted at the end of the day but my life is fairly simple. I try not to involve myself with too many activities. It's stressful to dart here and there every single day. Quite frankly, I don't even enjoy driving that much either. I prefer simplifying things because it makes life more peaceful. If you're in search of a way to simplify your life, here are 10 ideas to help you achieve it:

10. Turn your phone off.  When the end of the day has arrived, turn your phone off or to silent. Ignore phone calls (emergencies…

What's keeping you from your goals?

"It isn't the experience of today that drives men mad. It is the remorse for something that happened yesterday and the dread of what tomorrow may disclose."

As a child, what did you want to become when you grew up? Firefighter, president, astronaut, and princess are a few of the usual suspects. Everyone has a dream, either something they would like to do or be when they grow up.

When you finally grew up and those dreams never materialized—it might have left you wondering where you went wrong—but did you really? Did you truly screw up your life or are you simply evolving from who you were and into the person you are becoming? 
We grow, mature and change—all the time. The person you used to be had other desires and aspirations. Perhaps being a doctor or lawyer is not something you want anymore because you discovered a passion for teaching. There is nothing wrong with changing your mind. It shows that you have figured out what you really want. Some people move through life …

If You're Unhappy, Change Your Life With These Tips

It's important to be able to identify the things in life that make you happy. How do you know you are truly content and enjoying your life if you can't name what makes you happy?

This took me years to figure out because I've been consumed by numbness off and on throughout the years. Being at peace with yourself becomes a forgotten affair because you simply don't feel anything at all.

When I have been at peace, it has been the most pleasurable experience to me. It is something you have to train your brain to see the positive in life, accept the things you can't change, and let go when you can't change it.

Personally, it was a constant struggle when I retrained my brain to realize that I had all the power to change my way of thinking and essentially, my entire life. It wasn't and isn't alway easy but I've never been much of a quitter.

As many of the ideas below have helped me, maybe some will help you too:
~ Exercise, exercise, exercise I have always b…

Live your life and be happy

Thought of the Day:
"You can't change how people feel about you, so don't try. Just live your life and be happy."

As I grew up, I encountered people who seemed to hate me. It was the most bewildering thing because I never did anything to those people. They disliked me because I was me, I guess? They were brutally hateful and often made me feel horrible for even existing.

Even now there are people I may have been friends with at one point that have suddenly stopped talking to me—despite my attempt at finding out the root issue. Nobody is actually mean or hateful to my face anymore. Apparently, friendships do not carry the same weight with others as they do with me. I can't change their mind, especially since they do not want to work out whatever happened. So, instead of being upset over a situation I can't change, I let it go. It's as simple as that.
It's normal to outgrow people I make an active decision to continue living my life and I'm typicall…

Seek the Positive Things in Life

Thought of the Day:"Seek the Positive Things in Life" Penelope Winthrop
Often, when someone tells us to be "positive," we scoff at the suggestion because it's difficult to fake our feelings. Plus, when someone is too happy, then you start to wonder if they're smoking the good stuff or if they're simply delusional. 

Because if you haven't noticed yet—life sucks at times. And, there is nothing you can do about that. However, there are some things you can do to help you handle life proactively and more positive manner. 

Check it out:

Be alive, here and now. Don't let the past hold you back. Realize there is nothing you can do to change the past. The only thing you have any semblance of control over is right now. If you're working through fierce emotional pain, then you can't pretend to be happy. Seeking the positive does not mean you should ignore your feelings, but instead, recognize and accept them for what they are—emotional reactions to eve…

Stop Worrying About Other People's Opinions

Thought of the day: 
You can't control what happens around you—or other people for that matter. However, you can control your actions or reactions to outside stimuli. Don't allow other people to get under your skin. ~Penelope Winthrop~
I began to see a gradual shift in my life when I stopped worrying about what other people thought about me and started focusing on who I am, my destiny, and how I can make a positive difference in other people's lives.

And guess what? You can do it, too.

Speaking from experience, it's not nearly as difficult to become the person you want to be when you stop allowing other people to get inside of your head. Who truly dictates your life? You or the people surrounding you?  Let it go. When people accuse you of something you are not—ignore them. Brush it off. For example, if someone calls you a racist online, and yet you have never been racist in your entire life, you have a couple of options. You can fight back, try to understand their underly…