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Crazy Food Art

Art comes in many forms but probably some of the craziest is food art. It is a great gimmick to entice kids to eat and makes for fantastic decorations. From the childish to the fruitiest to the most intricate to the absolute grotesque…Enjoy! See if you can name all of the foods!

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Don’t leave without checking out 25 Crazy Pieces of Food Art!

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Cattitude Tip #3

Keep your cat from becoming bored!

Cats learn routines…break all habits!

1- Leave from a different door

2- Do NOT rattle your keys

3- Do NOT drag out a mournful ‘Good Bye

There is one thing, however, that must NEVER be forgotten

Prepare a special treat plate!

If out of cake, let him (her) have the cat treats!

You will have a HAPPY cat!

Meow! Purr-r-r-r-r-r-r. . .

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Cattitude Tip #2

“Gotta get my sweat on. Meow.”

“Gotta get my sweat on. Meow.”

Make sure your cat has TWO 15-minute aerobic workouts –

once in the morning and once in the evening.

Pull a mouse toy on a string to exercise your cat while relaxing with your coffee or sitting in your favorite chair.

Then,

He (she) will chase you out of your favorite chair so he (she) can lounge after the hard workout!

OR Simply exercise together!

Adjust his schedule your schedule to better fit your own his (hers)!

Have you (both) had your workout today?

Better keep up with me! Meow!

“Better keep up with me, Human! Meow!”

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Relax: Let Nature Be Your Alarm Clock

Word of the Day: Relax

Life is filled with schedules and deadlines. Most mornings begin abruptly with the harsh, annoying sounds of an alarm and first words of the day are often “Hurry, hurry, you [we] will be late!” Routines govern every minute of every hour and life in the moment is lost within chaos. 
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STOP! In order to maintain sanity, RELAX! Throw aside senseless thoughts of “I will never get caught up!” Because you probably never will. The only true form of ‘catch-up’ is red, comes in a bottle and is labeled Ketchup! You will get done what you can get done, nothing more (perhaps less if you procrastinate)! The 24 hours, 1440 minutes, or 86,400 seconds (however you look at the course of a day) will pass regardless. You cannot add to it…that is all there is! So…slow down, chill, loosen-up, unwind, RELAX!
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Embrace the Craziness of Nature

“Blue seeks peace and tranquility above everything else, promoting both physical and mental relaxation. It reduces stress, creating a sense of calmness, relaxation and order – we certainly feel a sense of calm if we lie on our backs and look into a bright blue cloudless sky. It slows the metabolism. The paler the blue the more freedom we feel.”

 The Earth. An ocean planet. Our home.
Color image showing the full disk of Earth.
A true-color NASA satellite mosaic of Earth.

Enrich the Moment

Do something exciting before you relax!

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Amazing Grace

There are probably very few people that are not familiar with the song Amazing Grace. It has been sung by countless choirs, recorded by numerous artists in multiple languages, enjoyed by young and old, and dubbed the most popular song on earth.

After listening to this awesome rendition of Amazing Grace, venture over to Awakenings, catnipoflife‘s sister site for a bit of history behind this remarkable song. If you are seeking a good movie for this Sunday afternoon, check out The Amazing Grace @Awakenings.

Elaine's Random Thoughts

Sung by an amazing 7 year old Gospel singer!

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Dare to Dream!

Dare to dream the impossible for it too may one day be possible!
Life is no life at all without dreams…

Dream a little, live a little – Live a little, dream a lot – Dream a lot, live a lot – Your choice!

“Life is a song – sing it. Life is a game – play it. Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a dream – realize it. Life is a sacrifice – offer it. Life is love – enjoy it.”

—Sai Baba (Indian leader, 1838–1918)

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“The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.”

—James Allen (British philosophical writer, 1864–1912)

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Life is a trail of tears, the will to cope
A mountain of discomfort based on hope
It is a highway of dreams, a road very demanding
Out of balance at times, but not without understanding

—Sharla Lee Shults, catnipoflife

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Empty Nest

Each of us at some point in time has hoped for that perfect (well, almost perfect) Kodak moment: the moment when the extraordinary appears right before our eyes. To have that happen to the novice of novice photographers is indeed PRICELESS!

I have seen pictures and watched videos of tiny baby hatchlings but NEVER experienced such a sight up close and personal. I spotted the bird nest as I was in the midst of completing yard work, specifically edging around one of the Crepe Myrtles in our front yard. My camera broke some months back and I was told it could not be repaired. So, I quickly ran into the house and grabbed my SmartPhone. (Don’t you just love the name of these newfangled phones!)

Needless to say, I knew the bird nest wasn’t going anywhere since it had already endured days upon days of wind and rain thus enough time to get Mr. SmartieSnap. Of course, I thought I was only getting a picture of a nest.

Here are the results:

© 2013, Sharla Lee Shults

© 2013, Sharla Lee Shults

Occasionally in the outdoors
One discovers a bird nest
Fascinating in its craftsmanship
Where speckled eggs gently rest

© 2013, Sharla Lee Shults

© 2013, Sharla Lee Shults

 Collected mud, sticks or dried grass
Are readied for the begotten
Woven against a soft lining
Of fur, feathers, hair and cotton

© 2013, Sharla Lee Shults

© 2013, Sharla Lee Shults

Intricacy of design
Built by two feet and a beak
Becomes nature’s protector
From that which predators seek

© 2013, Sharla Lee Shults

© 2013, Sharla Lee Shults

Cradling of such a small nest
Rests in the crook of a branch
Simple but awe-inspiring
Like dawn at a Western ranch

Hatchling

© 2013, Sharla Lee Shults

Tiny little hatchlings
Eager to fly on their own
Chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp
Letting their presence be known

Baby birds flop out of the nest
Landing abruptly on the ground
Mother bird stands close by watching
In case danger might be around

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© 2013, Sharla Lee Shults

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© 2013, Sharla Lee Shults

Once grown, flying on their own
Mother knows she did her best
Does SHE now somberly mourn
Facing life with an empty nest?

Empty_Nest

© 2013, Sharla Lee Shults

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Sharla Lee Shults

“Empty is a negative word. Replace it with peaceful, calm or relaxed.” —Joi Sigers (Author, b. 1978)

A little something extra from one much more professional than I. . .live and learn!

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Just for Laughs

Laughter: rhythmic beats of the heart that invigorate the soul ~catnipoflife

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Awakenings: Ice Cream!

See on Scoop.itAwakenings: America & Beyond

I scream, you scream…wikipedia.org

“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” 

Sound familiar? More than likely your answer is, “Yes!” Memories are quickly triggered: the beginning days of summer as a child, teenager, even adult. Do you know the who, what, when, where behind this little nitty? In case your answer is “No,” read the trivia @Awakenings and store it in your memory bank.

MUSIC VIDEO @Awakenings…

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Welcome to summertime!  Do you scream for ice cream? What is your favorite flavor?

See on awakenings2012.blogspot.com

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World Laughter Day

One day a year the world goes laughing

CRA-A-A-AZY….

Go for it and enjoy the music from the heart!

benefits-of-laughing

Have a wonderful day and make ’em laugh!

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