Self-Care Ideas for October

 A new month is a perfect time to commit to taking care of yourself. Work, school, family, and other commitments often lead to chaotic schedules. Spending time on yourself is critical for your overall well-being. If you need inspiration, check out the following self-care ideas for October.

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  1. Make your monthly commitment or affirmation to take care of yourself. If needed, write out your intention for better self-care to display.
  2. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water.
  3. Create a fall-inspired playlist.
  4. Write in a journal.
  5. Attend a festival. Try something new.
  6. Burn an aromatherapy candle or essential oils.
  7. Go out to lunch with an old friend.
  8. Declutter
  9. Order take-out on a busy day.
  10. When you feel overwhelmed, take long deep breaths.
  11. Spend an afternoon reading a book.
  12. Practice recognizing toxic situations. Set boundaries when you realize the situation or person is not helping you grow.
  13. Take an online class. Even if you just watch YouTube videos to learn more about something, give yourself permission to grow.
  14. Create a vision board for the future.
  15. Happy Sweetest Day! Spend time with the one you love. Or snuggle under your favorite blanket and binge-watch Netflix.
  16. Volunteer at a local pet shelter or animal rescue. Dog walking is great physical activity. The dogs love the extra attention.
  17. After a long day, give yourself permission to rest and relax.
  18. Meditate or pray.
  19. Workout
  20. Plan a spay day.
  21. Get plenty of sleep. Take a nap, sleep in, or go to bed early.
  22. Limit your screen time.
  23. Go to the library.
  24. Watch YouTube videos.
  25. Take a long drive.
  26. Cook your favorite homemade meal or try a new recipe.
  27. Do crafts.
  28. Go on a long nature walk or try hiking a new trail.
  29. Take steps to improve your diet. Eat healthy foods.
  30. Let out your inner child and carve a pumpkin.
  31. Happy Halloween! Get dressed up or hand out candy.

Photo Prompts for October

October is here! Are you ready for a new month of photos? Grab your camera or phone and enjoy the month. If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following photo prompts for October.

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  1. Selfie
  2. From above
  3. Light
  4. Field
  5. Hometown
  6. Hidden
  7. Path
  8. Shadow
  9. Food
  10. Graffiti
  11. Nature
  12. Fence
  13. Sunset/Sunrise
  14. Hangs
  15. Happy Sweetest Day! (USA)
  16. An ordinary moment in your day.
  17. Orange, yellow, and red
  18. Happy place
  19. Friendship
  20. Water
  21. Rocks
  22. Cozy
  23. Motion
  24. Bridge
  25. Signs
  26. Something old
  27. Guilty pleasure
  28. Peeking
  29. Black & White
  30. Photographer’s choice
  31. Happy Halloween!

Have a great month! Remember, take lots of pictures!

21 Staycation Ideas for Your Labor Day Weekend

The 3-day holiday weekend is here. Millions of people travel during Labor Day weekend. Are you heading out or did you decide to stay home? Don’t worry; you are not alone. Many people decide to spend the long weekend at home. Even if you are staying close to home, there are still plenty of things. The best part, many of these staycation ideas are free or have minimal costs to enjoy.

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If you are looking for inspiration for staying home on Labor Day weekend, check out the following ideas.

  1. Explore Hiking Trails: Get outdoors and enjoy nature. Find a new trail to hike. Hiking is a great activity for the entire family. Grab your camera to take lots of pictures. Make a day of hiking, pack a lunch, and bring lots of water.
  2. Go to the Beach: Pack a picnic and spend an entire day at the beach.
  3. Go to a Local Winery: Many wineries allow free taste testing. Gather your friends, enjoy the sights, and sample different wines.
  4. Host a BBQ: Invite your friends, family, or neighbors over for a holiday BBQ.
  5. Classic Game Night: Dust off your favorite Monopoly or other board game for a fun night of friendly competition. Don’t forget the snacks.
  6. Picnic in the Park: Pack your favorite goodies and head to a local park for an afternoon.
  7. Host a Bonfire Night: Beautiful weather calls for a bonfire night. A chance to sit around a warm fire with family and friends is always a good idea. Don’t forget the S’mores.
  8. Go Stargazing: Pack a blanket, snacks, and your favorite beverage to spend an evening outdoors. Looking at the stars is a great way to spend an evening.
  9. Host a Themed Movie Night: Host a family night or invite friends over. Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, or Marvel movies are just a few of the many superb movies to watch over the 3-day weekend. Add to the fun by ordering pizza, making popcorn, or ice cream sundaes.
  10. Do Crafts for the Holidays: It’s never too early to start holiday crafts. Many stores already have Autumn, Halloween, and Christmas crafting items out. Make a trip to your favorite spot to find everything you need for a crafting day.
  11. Spend Time Reading: How long has that book been setting on the shelf? Labor Day weekend is a great time to snuggle under a cozy blanket and read. If you do not have a new book, reread a favorite.
  12. Go to a Local Sporting Event: Many sporting events are starting over the holiday weekend. Go to a local college football game or watch the game on television with friends and family. Do not forget to tailgate. Delicious food is a major part of any sporting event.
  13. Attend Community Events: Parades, concerts, and other events are generally part of the Labor Day weekend. Many local events or festivals are free which is great for your bank account.
  14. Volunteer: MDA and other organizations use the 3-day to collect funds. Volunteer to help locally. Networking with new people has benefits beyond the weekend.
  15. Make a Homemade Meal: Try a new recipe. Make an entire meal from your recent purchases at your local farmer’s market. Bake a dessert. Make a meal as a family.
  16. Go on a Day Trip: Travel closer to home. Visit sites in the next town over from yours. Or go on a long car ride to see the scenery.
  17. Ride Bike: Get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. Before cold weather sets in, go for a long bike ride.
  18. Go Somewhere New: Is there a new cafe, restaurant, or other local business in town? Go check out the establishment. Who knows you may find a new favorite spot. Remember to be patient during the holiday weekend. Many establishments are short staff.
  19. Be a Hometown Tourist: When is the last time you visited your hometown tourist sites? Go to your local park or historical site. Take pictures. Act like a tourist from another area. Have fun.
  20. Declutter and Organize: The holiday season is slowly approaching, spend time organizing your living space. Set up a homework area for your kids. Or reorganize your home office. You can always tackle a major task and clean out the garage.
  21. Feel Free to Do Nothing: There’s no harm in doing absolutely nothing over the Labor Day weekend. Stay in your pajamas for a day, get extra sleep, and just relax.

Have fun! Enjoy time with family and friends. Remember to be safe over the Labor Day weekend!

Christmas in July: Start Planning

Christmas in July is a unique way to celebrate the seasonal holiday in the summer. Many people love the second chance to celebrate Christmas including singing carols, decorating a tree, and receiving a visit from Santa. Others use Christmas in July to start planning for the festive season in December.

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Planning for Christmas in July

If you are looking for ways to take advantage of the Christmas in July holiday season, check out the following.

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  1. Make Lists (and More Lists): Use a notebook or your favorite app to start making lists for Christmas. Gift ideas, cards, and donation recipients are a great place to start with lists. Use your lists as part of the planning process for Christmas.
  2. Take Advantage of Sales: Christmas in July ads are on television, radio, social media, and print. Finding a deal is always a significant step toward finalizing your Christmas shopping lists.
  3. Shop Prime Days: Amazon hosts Prime Days in July. The two-day event, July 12-13 is a great way to start your holiday shopping. Purchase items early. The holiday season often brings shortages of favorite products.
  4. Shop Back-to-School:  In July, department stores begin filling shelves with back-to-school supplies. Markers, crayons, paint, paint brushes, paper, desk lamps, computers, and bags are generally on sale. The savings are perfect for buying early Christmas presents.
  5. Plan Tentative Events: Make a revisable schedule for the holiday season. Plan social gatherings, teas, dinners, and other festive fun. Creating a tentative schedule allows you to make lists for supplies, gifts, and more.

Christmas in July is a great way to get a head start on the holiday season. Have fun! Take advantage of the seasonal sales.  

Happy Independence Day!

I want to take a moment to wish all of you a Happy 4th of July!

Are you going to watch the fireworks? If the rain holds off, I will be at the park with my family and friends.

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Have a safe and fun holiday! What is your favorite 4th of July food?

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Take Care! Thanks again for following my blog.

Peace Always,

Rebecca

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30 Drawing Prompts for June

Who is ready for a whole new month of drawing prompts? June is a fantastic month. The weather turns warmer, and the days grow longer. Grab your favorite sketchbook and go outside to find your creative spot. If you are searching for inspiration, check out the following drawing prompts for June.

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  1. Self-portrait enjoying the outdoor weather
  2. Beach scene
  3. Seashell
  4. Mermaid
  5. Ocean creature
  6. Sandcastles
  7. Waves and water
  8. Sun
  9. Clouds
  10. Bold colors
  11. Ice cream cone
  12. Fantasy scene
  13. Treasure
  14. Flag Day (USA)
  15. Curvy
  16. Favorite thing
  17. Something with wings
  18. Favorite animal
  19. Happy Father’s Day (USA)
  20. Lines
  21. Summer
  22. Flowers
  23. Favorite place
  24. Something with wheels
  25. Moon
  26. Shadow
  27. Superhero
  28. Memento
  29. Food or drink
  30. Artist’s choice

Have a wonderful month! Happy sketching!

27 Quotes for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is more than cookouts and traveling. The day is set aside to honor all those brave men and women who did not come home. If you are looking for a small way to pay your respect to those who have fallen, add Memorial Day quotes to your social media posts.

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Quotes for Your Memorial Day Social Media Posts

  1. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy
  2. “Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay.”- Barack Obama
  3. “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived.”- George S. Patton
  4. For love of country, they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”- James A. Garfield
  5. “America without her soldiers would be like God without His angels.”- Claudia Pemberton
  6. “…And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice.” – Ronald Reagan
  7. “May we never forget our fallen comrades. Freedom isn’t free.” – Sgt. Major Bill Paxton
  8. “This is the day we pay homage to all those who didn’t come home. This is not Veterans Day, it’s not a celebration, it is a day of solemn contemplation over the cost of freedom.” – Tamara Bolton
  9. “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” – Harry S. Truman
  10. “It’s better to fight for something in life than to die for nothing.” – Gen. George S. Patton
  11. “If you want to thank a soldier, be the kind of American worth fighting for.” – Unknown
  12. “Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.”- John Adams
  13. “Ceremonies are important. But our gratitude has to be more than visits to the troops, and once-a-year Memorial Day ceremonies. We honor the dead best by treating the living well.” – Jennifer M. Granholm
  14. “Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours.”- Wallace Bruce
  15. “And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.” – Lee Greenwood
  16. “The legacy of heroes — the memory of a great name, and the inheritance of a great example.” – Benjamin Disraeli
  17. “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” – Winston Churchill
  18. “The brave die never, though they sleep in dust, their courage nerves a thousand living men.” – Minot J. Savage
  19. “The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.” – Jeff Miller
  20. “And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” – Joseph Rodman Drake
  21. “Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  22. “Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.” – Unknown
  23. “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” – Joseph Campbell
  24. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  25. “The patriot’s blood is the seed of freedom’s tree.” – Thomas Campbell
  26. “I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom. It is the history of our nation, and it’s marked by the blood of those who died defending it.”– John Thune
  27. “I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.”– Bob Riley

Happy Memorial Day!

Quick Easter Basket Ideas for Your Dog

Tomorrow is Easter! Are you ready? Are you still preparing Easter baskets? Did you remember your four-legged companion? Dogs are a valuable part of your family. Spoiling them with an Easter basket adds to the excitement of the day. If you are searching for quick Easter basket ideas for your dog, check out the following list.

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Easter Basket Ideas for Your Dog

  1. New Collar: After the long winter, is your dog’s collar looking a little worn? Consider a brightly colored collar to go with the warm months ahead.
  2. Bandana: A new, holiday-themed bandana to wear around on Easter Sunday is the perfect addition to your dog’s basket. Bandanas are an inexpensive Easter Basket filler. You may want to grab a couple extra for the upcoming summer months.
  3. Squeaky Toys or Ball: Does your dog like squeaky toys? Or is playing catch a favorite for your four-legged fur baby? Almost every department store carries a large selection of squeaky toys and balls. Grab two or three for your dog’s basket.
  4. Dog Biscuits, Treats, or Bones: What’s your dog’s favorite snack? When you are out picking up last-minute items for Easter, grab a bag of your dog’s preferred treat. If you want to go the extra step, you can always make homemade dog biscuits to place in the basket.
  5. Doggie Fashion Wear: Shirts, coats, hats, and even pajamas are all available for your dog to enjoy.
  6. New Stuffed Toy (Dog Approved): A stuffed bunny or other dog toys are a perfect addition to the Easter Basket.
  7. Photo with the Easter Bunny: Many organizations host Easter Bunny photos for pets to raise funds. Generally, the cost is low or by donation. As a pet owner, you will get a memorable photo of your dog or the two of you together with the Easter Bunny. The best part, the funds raised go to a good cause.

Whatever you decide to do for Easter, take time to cuddle and love your faithful companion. Happy Easter!

Photos Ideas to Capture Your Easter Memories

Are you preparing for Easter? Do you want to preserve the moments with your family for lasting memories? If you are searching for inspiration, here is a checklist of photo ideas to capture this Easter.

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Dyeing Eggs

Coloring eggs at Easter is a long-standing tradition and perfect photos. Considering capture each step of the egg dyeing process.

  • Set up including plain eggs ready to go.
  • Dyeing process in cups.
  • Colorful eggs.
  • Dye on hands.
  • The result with everyone in the photo.
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Easter Egg Hunts

Are you hosting or attending an Easter egg hunt? Grab your camera to capture the fun.

  • Try different angles to capture the best photos.
  • Get down to your child’s level.
  • Photograph your children in line.
  • Collecting eggs.
  • Final count.
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Visit With the Easter Bunny

The yearly visit with the Easter Bunny is a great time for photos.

  • Standing in line.
  • The decorations around the Easter Bunny area, if applicable.
  • Going up to meet the Easter Bunny. Get a close-up of the first reaction.
  • Sitting on or beside the Easter Bunny.
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Easter Baskets

If Easter baskets are part of your holiday tradition, document every stage with photos.

  • Preparation, show everything before you build the baskets.
  • Playing Easter Bunny and hiding baskets.
  • Your children searching for the baskets.
  • Posing with all the Easter goodies.
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Church

For many attending church services is the main part of Easter celebrations. Capturing small moments before and after services is a great way to preserve the day.

  • Getting ready for church.
  • Easter Sunday attire
  • Arrival
  • In front of the church sign
  • Shaking hands with the pastor.
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Easter Dinner

Food is generally a vital component of any holiday. If you are preparing or attending an Easter dinner, photos are a must.

  • Table set up
  • Preparing food
  • Gathering around the table
  • Selfies with extended family members
  • Group poses after the meal
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Family Night

Your Easter is ending, time for family night. Gather everyone to watch an Easter -themed movie with light snacks or leftovers.

  • Selfie on the couch with family
  • Snacks
  • Movie of choice

Enjoy capturing photos to make your Easter a lasting memory. Yes, formal poses are nice. But the silly photos are the ones that make you smile.

Happy Easter!

Easter 2022: The Extra Easter Basket

The last couple of years has been tough for many individuals. Easter time is a great way to spread love and joy with friends, family members, or others in your life. As you attend church services, participate in Easter egg hunts with your family, and other community events, think about all the people around you.  Do they need extra kindness this Easter?

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For many, creating Easter baskets is a major part of the holiday celebrations. As you begin to play the honorary role of the Easter bunny, consider making an extra Easter basket to share with others. One simple act of kindness may have a positive impact on someone’s whole day or even week.

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Are you wondering who may need an Easter basket? Consider all the people; you encounter daily. If you still need inspiration for an extra Easter basket, consider the following.

  • Friends: Yes, you can make adult-themed Easter baskets with wine or lots of chocolate.
  • Extended Family Members: Do you know an older relative who is living alone? Or perhaps, do you have elderly neighbors who always greet you with a smile? Surprise them with an Easter basket.
  • Children: Do you know a family who is struggling? Are they able to give out Easter baskets? Giving a child an Easter basket creates a lasting memory.  (Remember you may need to ask permission to give a child an Easter basket. Some foods and toys may not be allowed.)
  • Teacher: The pandemic, health guidelines, switching between online and in-person learning, teachers are remarkable and deserving of an extra Easter basket.
  • Bus Driver: Every day, you trust the bus driver to get your child safely to school. The person deserves an Easter treat.
  • Childcare Provider: High-quality childcare providers are in demand. If you are lucky enough to find a great person to care for your child, brighten the provider’s day with an extra Easter basket.
  • Dog Walker: Rain or shine your dog walker is always on time to take your precious four-legged friend for a walk. For added fun, make the extra Easter basket from your dog.
  • Your Dog’s Pal: When you go to the dog park, does your dog pal around with another dog? Give your dog’s pal an extra Easter basket filled with doggie treats (and you can give one to the owner).
  • Customer Service Representative: An extra Easter basket for the barista who always gets your morning order correct. Or the cashier who always seems to be happy.

When passing out extra Easter baskets, the list of potential receivers is endless. Surprising someone at Easter is a wonderful way to celebrate.

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