Belly Laugh Day - January 24, 2022

Belly Laugh Day which I have never heard of was started by Elaine Helle in 2005 to celebrate the gift of laughter. 

Laughter is by far one of my favorite things to do and the thing that most attracted me to my husband and to some of my friends and the reason I love spending most of my time with my daughter. She makes me laugh like no one else. 

These days everyone is butt hurt and offended over everything but back in the day, laughter was the best medicine. Now you have to rethink everything because you just may offend someone. This statement may very well offend someone. At 55 I truly think if it does, please move on. It is not your job to school someone on what may be offensive to you. We are all different and thankfully so. Watching standup comedians as a child I realized there were things my parents laughed over that I just didn't get and that may very well be you.  It is very well my own daughter. She hears me laughing at some comedian and comes into my room, stands there and says, "I don't get it." 

Whatever makes you laugh, share it on your socials today. Someone you know may just need to laugh at that very moment! Don't worry if you think it may not be funny to the masses because it will certainly upset someone somewhere. That is the way life is these days. However, remind yourself that the beauty of the internet is we can keep scrolling or if in person walk away. If you are one of those people who feels the need to school someone as to why something isn't funny or may not be funny to others, maybe share something you find funny instead. No one really wants to hear why it isn't funny to you. 

Here are some things that make me laugh:

Benny Hill

I Love Lucy

Silent Movie 

Movie Bloopers

Anna Kendrick

Tomorrow Is National Compliment Day #NationalComplimentDay


January 24th is National Compliment Day which is a great reminder to say something nice to others.  Offering genuine compliments can truly make someone's day. I am not sure how my parents taught me this or if it is something I figured out after receiving a compliment one day and realized just how meaningful someone's words were to me, but I have no problem dishing out the compliments. Not just something just to be kind it just happens. It is part of who I am. 

You never know! Your compliment big or small may be the only kind that someone hears that day so don't be afraid to dish them out!

If it is not something that comes natural to you, maybe just tell the barista at your coffee place "wow, that was fast! Thank you so much." Making someone feel special doesn't cost a thing!  

Let the cashier know that they went above and beyond to make your day easier. If you have time, visit the customer service or write to the company letting them know how wonderful their employees are. My daughter knows exactly when I will do this now after seeing me do it a few times. I think people are willing to take time out of their day when something isn't going right but will not think twice about speaking highly of someone. Some companies reward their employees when they hear something kind. Someone told me that they got a $50 gift card from their company one day after I took time to find their manager and speak about them. 

So....give those compliments freely. It feels good for the person getting it and will feel good to you too.

I love your shoes (I don't even have a shoe thing but it comes out often)

Currrent Favorite Earworm - The Kids Are All Dying by Finneas

My current favorite earworm is The Kids Are All Dying by Finneas.

The lyrics are catchy, the meaning is deep and the video fun. It looks like they did it in one take. Rented a location, had 3 minutes to do the video and got it done complete with Finneas missing the glass one time and a bloody finger.

Plus...I can't listen to the first two words without hearing South Park Fingerbang

Bang! Bang!
Knocking on my door
“Do you have a dollar?
Would you like to fund a war?
What’s your carbon footprint
And could you be doing more?”
I tried saving the world
But then I got bored

What you wanna do?
Make a lotta money
Buy a house in Malibu
Show me if it’s funny
If it’s not, you don’t need to
I tried picking a cause
But I got confused

How can you sing about love when the kids are all dying?
How can you sing about drugs? Politicians are lying!
How can you sing about sex when the school is on lockdown? Lockdown!
Now, baby, maybe we’re next
Maybe we’re next

So shut up! The internet is mad
They say you’re problematic and you’d better take it back
There’s nothing you can do that people won’t misunderstand
They won’t feel any better till you feel bad

And good God! We never catch a break
Whatever’s on the news, the other side’ll call it fake
I wish I was the Queen, I’d tell ’em all to eat their cake
Maybe humankind was just God’s mistake

How can you sing about love when the kids are all dying?
How can you sing about drugs? Politicians are lying!
How can you sing about sex when the school is on lockdown? Lockdown!
Now, baby, maybe we’re next
Maybe we’re next

I know my pool is heated
Business class is where I’m seated
And I’m whiter than the ivory on these keys
I think too much about myself
Drink my wallet and drive my wealth
But enough about me

Bang! Bang!
Knocking on my door
“Do you have a dollar?
Would you like to fund a war?
What’s your carbon footprint
And could you be doing more?”
I tried saving the world
But then I got bored

Valentine's Day Gift Guide - 2022


For Her

The perfect subscription box is The “Undiscovered” Peru curation features over (20) local artisan options for your home, closet, and jewelry box. Highlights include, pictured below


  • Hand Crafted Peruvian Wood Jewelry Box 'Passion' - Felicita Espinoza showcases her artistic passion for reverse-painted glass in this brilliantly patterned fiery red jewelry box. A self-taught painter, whose delicate brushwork displays the refined painterly techniques that characterize this centuries-old Peruvian art form, today supports her family through the sales of her highly collectible jewelry boxes and other decorative accessories.
  • Soft Teal 100% Baby Alpaca Shawl for her or him - This luxuriously soft deep teal shawl is knit from a baby alpaca wool blend by Peruvian artisans Raquel and Gregor. Once reserved for Inca royalty, baby alpaca ranks with cashmere as one of the world's most coveted fibers for distinctive knitwear. Warm yet lightweight, baby alpaca refers to the finest fleece obtained from the season's first shearing.
  • Hand Painted Red Ceramic Bull Sculpture Floral 'Little Red Pucara Bull' - A charming red bull tells the story of the torito de Pucará, a bull that was to be sacrificed by the people of Pucara in order to bring much-needed rain. However, the bull resisted, using its horn to pierce the side of a mountain, bringing a flood of water that pleased the people of Pucara. Maribel Posso Olivares draws inspiration from that myth, crafting this ceramic figurine in the characteristic style of Pupuja, painting the red bull by hand with metallic-colored accents and multicolored floral motifs.
  • Alpaca Blend Throw Blanket 'Peruvian Caramel Diamonds' - Interwoven caramel and gray threads form a rich rhombus pattern on this luxuriously fringed versatile throw. Handcrafted in Peru from a soft blend of acrylic and alpaca yarns. Machine washable.
  • Colorful Bird and Flowers Hand Painted Gourd Desk Accessory 'Whistle While You Work' - Brighten up your desk or office with this colorful pen and pencil holder, hand-painted with birds and flowers and with a scalloped rim. By Teodolinda Seguil of Peru, this charming mate gourd is engraved by hand.
  • Handmade Stretch Bracelets of Brown Ceramic Beads 'Soul of the Andes' - Terracotta conveys a connection with the earth in three beautiful bracelets. Working in red Andean clay, Dina crafts beads of differing shapes and colors. Some are glazed, others reveal incised motifs.
  • Andean Floral Hand Tooled Leather Catchall - Peruvian craftsman Johnny Jimenez hand tools the floral star blossoms motif on leather, which he transforms into a catchall by tying the straps on the corners and finishes the centerpiece with walnut stain and matte finish lacquer.

I Cerealsly Love You spoon

Scented Candles

For Him

Shiatsu Back Shoulder and Neck Massager with Heat, Electric Deep Tissue 4D Kneading Massage for Shoulder, Back and Neck
Bobba Fett Valentine's Shirt

For Friends

I love you to the moon and back frame

Valentine’s Day is about love, and this year we can extend that affection to our pets with the acclaimed children’s book “From the Pocket of an Overcoat” (Friendly Falls Press; Archway Publishing from Simon & Schuster) from author and illustrator Robert Vincent. 

For Pets


Valentine's Crown and more for pets

I Love You Catnip Mice

Dog Bib





BURBANK, Calif. (January 14, 2022)Disney Legend Tim Allen will executive-produce “The Santa Clause” (working title), a Disney+ Original limited series in which he reprises the beloved role of Scott Calvin from Walt Disney Pictures’ blockbuster franchise.   Production is set to begin in Los Angeles in March. Award-winning Jack Burditt ("30 Rock," "Modern Family," "Frasier," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt") is the executive producer and showrunner and Kevin Hench (“Last Man Standing”), Richard Baker and Rick Messina will also serve as executive producers.  

This information makes me so happy! 


Photo Credit: Ross Pelton

 The Disney Branded Television series is a production of 20th Television.

Allen won a People’s Choice Award for his portrayal of Scott Calvin, Santa Claus’s proxy, complete with expanding waistline, rosy cheeks and snow-white whiskers in the 1994 film "The Santa Clause.". He went on to play the role in two sequels, both hugely popular movies, 2002’s "The Santa Clause 2" and 2006’s "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause."

In the Disney+ series, Scott Calvin is on the brink of his 65th birthday and realizing that he can’t be Santa forever. He’s starting to lose a step in his Santa duties, and more importantly, he’s got a family who could benefit from a life in the normal world, especially his two kids who have grown up at the Pole.  With a lot of elves, children, and family to please, Scott sets out to find a suitable replacement Santa while preparing his family for a new adventure in a life south of the pole.

Allen, whose popularity skyrocketed as the star of the top-rated ABC series "Home Improvement," earned numerous awards for his role of Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, including a Golden Globe in 1994 and The People’s Choice Award for eight consecutive years from 1992-1999. Allen also starred for nine seasons on the hit series “Last Man Standing.”

In 1995, the multi-talented actor lent his voice to Buzz Lightyear in Pixar’s first computer animated film, "Toy Story."  He reprised the iconic role as the arrogant yet lovable space action figure in two sequels, 1999’s "Toy Story 2" and 2010’s "Toy Story 3." He also appeared as the character in a number of "Toy Story" short films including "Hawaiian Vacation," "Small Fry" and "Partysaurus Rex."


He reunited with the creative team from "The Santa Clause" to make Disney’s "Jungle 2 Jungle," and also starred in the feature remake of a Disney classic," The Shaggy Dog," in 2006.


Allen also lent his own voice as narrator to the 2012 Disneynature documentary, "Chimpanzee" and co-starred in the 2007 Touchstone comedy "Wild Hogs" along with the 1999 film “Galaxy Quest.”


In 1994, Disney’s Hyperion Publishing released his debut book, Don’t Stand Too Close to a Naked Man. It topped the New York Times Bestsellers list and led to a second book, also published by Hyperion, I’m Not Really Here.


About Disney+

Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic, along with The Simpsons and much more. In select international markets, it also includes the new general entertainment content brand, Star. The flagship direct-to-consumer streaming service from The Walt Disney Company, Disney+ is part of the Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution segment. The service offers commercial-free streaming alongside an ever-growing collection of exclusive originals, including feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series, and short-form content. With unprecedented access to Disney's long history of incredible film and television entertainment, Disney+ is also the exclusive streaming home for the newest releases from The Walt Disney Studios. Disney+ is available as a standalone streaming service or as part of The Disney Bundle that gives subscribers access to Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+. For more, visit, or find the Disney+ app on most mobile and connected TV devices.


About Disney Branded Television

Disney Branded Television encompasses the creative storytellers and production and content marketing teams responsible for Disney-branded television series, movies and other programming spanning live-action, animated and unscripted formats. The group fuels the Disney+ streaming platform and Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior linear networks with content geared toward kids, tweens, teens and families, with stories that are imaginative, aspirational and reflective of their world and experiences. Recent projects include "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series," "Monsters at Work," "The Mysterious Benedict Society" and "Marvel's Spidey and his Amazing Friends." Disney Branded Television has created some of the most iconic and award-winning properties and franchises, including Peabody Award winners "Doc McStuffins" and "The Owl House"; Emmy Award winners "Big City Greens" and "Elena of Avalor"; the beloved "Mickey Mouse" cartoon shorts plus the Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) franchise, comprised of more than 100 titles.


About 20th Television:

One of the Disney Television Studios, 20th Television is a prolific supplier of entertainment programming, including Hulu’s most watched comedy ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING from Dan Fogelman, John Hoffman and Steve Martin and its critically acclaimed drama DOPESICK from Danny Strong and starring Michael Keaton; ABC’s new comedy hit THE WONDER YEARS from Saladin Patterson and Fred Savage;  FX’s star-studded IMPEACHMENT: AMERICAN CRIME STORY from Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and Sarah Burgess;  NBC’s top series THIS IS US from Dan Fogelman;  Fox’s No. 1 drama, 9-1-1 and its spinoff 9-1-1: LONE STAR from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear; FX’s No. 1 series AMERICAN HORROR STORY from Ryan Murphy, in addition to dozens of others. 20th Television shows have amassed a collective 1867 Emmy nominations and 214 Emmy wins, as well as multiple Golden Globes, Humanitas Prizes and Peabody Awards. The studio’s landmark series from its 70 year library include such classics as BATMAN, MODERN FAMILY, M*A*S*H, GLEE, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, BONES, EMPIRE, FRESH OFF THE BOAT, 24, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, NEW GIRL and THE X-FILES.


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My Life In Pictures - June 15 - June 24

 June 15 - Hanging in the car with my kids. 

June 16 - The Moon. My class actually loved doing this. Using a toothbrush we made stars. They love being allowed to make a mess.

June 17 - My class is so into The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

June 18 - 19th - NOTHING

June 20 - A gift I got for my husband on Father's Day. I think I like it more than he does.

June 21 - 22 NOTHING

June 23 - My girl waiting for her hearing test at her yearly pediatrician's exam. She looks teen like here!

June 24 - Another Father's Day gift that I think I love more than he does.

My Life In Pictures - June 1 - June 14

 June 1 - This happy Jumping Spider's face says it all!

June 2 - Nothing but class photos which I cannot share.

June 3 - Driving and listening to music with my girl. One of my favorite things to do. 

June 4 - A huge moth spotted at work. I needed to take a photo.

June 5 - Burying my dad with my mom. 

June 6 - My kids have their Father's Day frames all ready for their photos to be put in and wrapped up.

May 9 - They are so cute!

June 10 - Just watching our ducks cool off in the creek after eating.

June 11 - Lunch and sangria. SOOOOO good.

June 12 - My daughter's dress design going down the runway on her model. 

June 13 - I have wanted to make one for so long. This is a Dollar Tree Pizza Pan with a placemat. All items from Dollar Tree.

June 14 - Getting some juice after the gym. It was amazing

My Life In Pictures - May 1 - May 15

 May 1 - I love this little area my husband set up by the creek. Those purple flowers are stunning with all that rock texture.

May 2 - Filtered me!

May 3 - My class painting their Mother's Day frames. They took such pride in their work and picking their moms's favorite colors. 

May 4 - Sometimes I take photos of songs I hear in the car so I can remember them for later. It isn't often I hear "new" music that I like.

May 5 - Just photos of my classes painted frames with their photo in it that I cannot share. 

May 6 - Jinxy and his whiskers!

May 7 - Mother's Day Meal at Outback.

May 8 - We added some yellow to the area. It looks great. 

May 9 - Me and My girl in filter. 

May 10 - One of my 2 year old's drawing a Q. I was so proud! This is totally a Q.

May 11 - How did this guy turn 18? I cannot believe it. He was only 2 when I started blogging. 

May 12 - Walking around with my girl and my sciatica pain. I spent years tying her shoes and now she ties mine. 

May 13 - Another set of baby birds! Hooray.

May 14 - My assistant's mom brought in a guinea pig for my class to see and touch. They loved it. 

May 15 - Just a hula hoop wreath I made for my ugly door.

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