EXPIRED? Food Dates


Understanding Food Expiration Dates

Did you know that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate food expiration dates?  And, several different types of expiration dates appear on food products, which can add to the confusion about how long food is safe to eat.

Some commonly used food label dates include:

  • “Sell By” Date: This date indicates how long a food product should be displayed on store shelves
  • “Use By” / “Best if Used By” Date: Manufactures use this date to indicate how long a food product will maintain its optimal taste and texture.
  • “Expiration Date”: This date indicates how long a food product is safe to eat.

Honey – Did you know that honey lasts forever?  It may crystalize with time, but it is one of nature’s most perfect foods, and great for home storage.

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3D Beach Art

A picture is worth a thousand words…well, these sand photographs are simply amazing!

Invest in Your Relationships

Every person has a pile of good things and a pile of bad things in their life. 

We can not take away the good or bad things.  

All we can do is try to add to the pile of good things.


    Laugh often & make time for friends!

Wisdom from George Carlin

George Carlin’s wife died early in 2008 and George followed her, dying in July 2008. It is ironic George Carlin – comedian of the 70’s and 80’s – could write something so very eloquent and so very appropriate. An observation by George Carlin:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

Remember to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by those moments that take our breath away.

7 Tricks for Instant Calm

“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”

One thing is for certain in life…there will be challenges.  Learning how to cope is critical for one’s well-being.  Here are a few great tips I’ve embraced over the years.  May they be a good resource for you as well…TCOY!

  1. Pet Therapy – enjoy time with a pet.  They are the best therapists and provide unconditional love.
  2. Laugh often – Laughter is an instant mini vacation.  If you need help out of a slump, pull up YouTube and watch some old sitcoms or videos (personally, I’m a sucker for dog or baby and kid videos).
  3. Cuddle more – snuggling releases the hormone oxytocin, which triggers the dopamine system in your brain and improves your mood
  4. Embrace the kid in you – Doodling and coloring uses both sides of your brain which stops the stress cycle.  Try it, you’ll feel better!
  5. Take a walk and enjoy nature.  Slow down and be amazed out how truly awesome our natural surroundings are.  Look up at the sky, the clouds, the stars and enjoy water, whether it be a pond, lake, river, waterfall or the ocean.
  6. Breathe Deep – simple but often overlooked, the power of slowing down one’s breath can truly calm the entire body and thought process.
  7. Give thanks – an attitude of gratitude.  When you pray, begin with a reflection of your many blessings.  Everyone has blessings, speak of of what you have not what you don’t have.

TCOY = Take Care of You!

Coach Lucy

Overnight Oatmeal

Overnight Oatmeal.

Attitudes are Contagious


Attitudes are contagious so make yours one worth catching!

Rise above the land of status quo.  Your thoughts impact your well-being.  Choose them wisely!

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.

I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”

-Charles Swindoll

Your calling…

a hero is

In search of your calling

I don’t think we have a calling.

I do think it’s possible to have a caring.

A calling implies that there’s just one thing for you, just one thing you’re supposed to do.

What we most need in our lives, though, is something worth doing, worth it because we care.

There are plenty of forces pushing us to not care. Bosses, systems, bureaucracies and the fear of mattering.

None of them are worth sacrificing something as important as caring.

Your greatest self


Life has obstacles.  Procrastination is a choice and it kills dreams.

Fear and doubt are not of God.  God is joy and courage.

Trust in the source of all life.  John 10:10

Movie to inspire this message:

Seven Days in Utopia – “SFT”

SFT – See it.  Feel it. Trust it.

She lives

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