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  • Sad News

    11/12/2019 5:21:18 PM, by POSEY440

    My Mom died Sunday, the day after I left home for Florida. ... Read more

  • Go Friends

    11/12/2019 5:00:04 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    I need new friends on Pokemon Go for a quest. Please add me at Pokemon ID 942584611615... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    11/12/2019 10:54:26 AM, by MOMMY445

    i had a challenging workout on sunday with my personal trainer at the gym and i feel great. it is one of my friends' birthday today. my daughter says hi. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! i will be heading to the gym later on today, after supper. have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • crocheted unicorns

    11/11/2019 8:51:12 PM, by IMREITE

    i made these 2 crocheted unicorns for my youngest 2 nieces. 1 has blue eyes and the other has brown. it matches their girl's eye colors. the 2 year old does not know hat unicorns are so she thought it was puppy so it barked when she played with it. ... Read more

  • video challenge coming to an end

    11/10/2019 11:34:11 PM, by IMREITE

    several years ago i switched to doing online videos. there are lots of free ones that i have found and downloaded . but before that i visited libraries or bought dvd's and some vhs tapes. i built up a good collection. a few years ago i challenged myself to do all of them. i tossed out the worn or br... Read more

  • A Belated Reply....

    11/10/2019 5:02:16 PM, by SPARKINON

    Thank you to the Sparkies sending sparkgoodies, notes, spark mail, spark page comments in the offline times! They're always lovely to come back to! One such sparkgoodie with a note came from the "Healthy Lifestyle Sparkers" Sparkteam and asked some great spark questions worth sharing! "What ... Read more

  • it's sunday

    11/10/2019 4:29:06 PM, by MOMMY445

    i just finished a challenging workout with my personal trainer at the gym a while ago and i feel great. my daughter says hi. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • A quiet Sunday

    11/10/2019 3:46:43 PM, by KERRYG155

    We keep our nearly 4 year old granddaughter on weekends so her mom can get things done while dealing with the with a 2 year old and a nearly one year old. We always enjoy a light lunch before taking her home.... Read more

  • beating temptations

    11/9/2019 11:45:50 PM, by IMREITE

    i am doing better at mimimizing unhealth eating decisions. i ate a simple breakfast. i went to the grocery store and was so tempted. i wanted to buy truffles, stuff in the bakery, go to the coffee shop for a chocoate pb bar, or run out for mexican. i beat out of those temptations. i had a lat... Read more

  • it's saturday

    11/9/2019 10:28:19 AM, by MOMMY445

    a pretty quiet day here today. my daughter is off to volunteer at the local library. she enjoys it a lot. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! today is my parents' wedding anniversary! have an amazing day and a great weekend, everyone!... Read more

  • no focus day

    11/8/2019 11:39:11 PM, by IMREITE

    My brain decided to go wondering today. i was able to get sopme stuff done but i really struggled to be present or even stick with one mental topic. i was mentally busy. bored, and sleepy. 1 positive thing- i did not crave sweets or have the munchies!... Read more

  • it's friday

    11/8/2019 12:57:15 PM, by MOMMY445

    i'm having a great day! my daughter says hi! after dinner, i will be heading to the gym for a great workout. have a fabulous day, everyone! both budgie birds say cheep, cheep!... Read more

  • healthy gift box

    11/7/2019 11:17:43 PM, by IMREITE

    i signed up for real appeal. today i got my starter box. it came with a perfect portion plate, a food sale, a regular scale, a resistance band, some exercise videos. i waited for my dh to get home to go throught th box. i hoped he might get expired when he saw the items. my dh asked to keep... Read more

  • Donate

    11/7/2019 9:32:05 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    Just did a donation. Plasma centers in the Richmond, VA area are offering good bonuses just in time for Christmas.... Read more

  • it's thursday

    11/7/2019 2:16:27 PM, by MOMMY445

    a cool day here today. there was some snow overnight here, which actually stayed on the ground. my daughter says hi. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! later on, i will be doing an exercise dvd at home. have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    11/6/2019 12:31:07 PM, by MOMMY445

    i had a great workout at the gym yesterday. my daughter says hi. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Snowbird

    11/6/2019 10:35:30 AM, by POSEY440

    I am off to Florida on Saturday for the winter. Hoping I can get on track there. They have a pool need one right no. Wish me luck, will still be here daily on Spark. ... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    11/5/2019 10:03:13 AM, by MOMMY445

    it is a much cooler day here today. by the end of the week, there is supposed to be some snow in the forecast. i am ready for it and so is my daughter. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! i will be heading to the gym later on for a cardio workout. have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • canning done

    11/4/2019 10:54:29 PM, by IMREITE

    i took the tomatoes out of my freezer and i cooked them down and canned marinera sauce today. i had pto to use up so i took the day off so i could get it done.... Read more

  • it's monday

    11/4/2019 1:31:03 PM, by MOMMY445

    i had a great workout with a trainer yesterday afternoon at the gym and i feel terrific! my daughter says hi. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! i will be getting in my cardio exercise throughout the day today. have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • see new nephew

    11/3/2019 9:23:24 PM, by IMREITE

    i saw my new nephew today. hes only a few days old. so cute. and it was so funny seeing my brother as a new dad.... Read more

  • no soda saturday

    11/3/2019 12:28:41 AM, by IMREITE

    no sugar beverages today for me. my dh also did not have any. small victory but still a win for both of us. i did have some pb cups. but i did not mindlessly snack all day. ... Read more

  • it's saturday

    11/2/2019 11:54:00 AM, by MOMMY445

    it is a beautiful day here today. my daughter is volunteering at the library today. she enjoys volunteering there. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! tomorrow i have a session with my personal trainer tomorrow afternoon at the gym. i am looking forward to it. have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • to fat for surgery

    11/1/2019 11:33:59 PM, by IMREITE

    my dh was told he was to fat for hernia surgery but of course they were willing to try to push him into bariatric type surgeries. i am glad i was not at the appointment with him. i had about 4 arguments. it really sucks because over the past few months he has lost weight, started getting more work ... Read more

  • it's friday

    11/1/2019 2:34:38 PM, by MOMMY445

    i am starting to feel better from this cold that i have. my daughter says hi to all. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! i managed to get in a workout at the gym this morning. have a great day and a terrific weekend, everyone!... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 31

    11/1/2019 1:17:56 AM, by SPARKINON

    PROMPT: "REFLECTION is an essential part of any creative practice. This means taking some time to look back over what you have created during this month and consider what you experienced and learned. We recommend taking 5mins to write down a few reflections. Here are some questions to get you starte... Read more

  • new nephew

    10/30/2019 11:29:08 PM, by IMREITE

    and his middle name is my dad's name. my brother is 1 proud dad.... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 30

    10/30/2019 2:05:16 PM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "Create a trophy for yourself, or for a team of fellow sprinters." Also think this trophy should be created for those who have cheered, encouraged, supported the Sprint along the way also - thank you!! Thank you to all the other Creative Sprinters that created works along the way ... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    10/30/2019 12:49:55 PM, by MOMMY445

    a cooler and cloudier day here today. my daughter says hi to all. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • 1 more

    10/29/2019 8:51:47 PM, by IMREITE

    my sister-in-law is currently in labor. i should be an aunt again soon.... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 29

    10/29/2019 4:35:36 PM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "Share your creative sprint work with someone whose opinion you respect. Ask them to pick one day for you to revise today!" [My husband. He picked Day 20 for a Re-do! "Do a sequel Mandy."] Here 'tis... ... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    10/29/2019 1:48:06 PM, by MOMMY445

    a beautiful mostly sunny day here today. my daughter says hi. i am out and about, enjoying the weather. i am getting over a slight cold and i am just mainly walking, dancing for exercise. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 28

    10/28/2019 9:41:45 PM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "Find a creative way to say "Thank You" to someone who has made a difference (small or big!) in your life." [x2 letter set folders turned into a jumbo sized "Thank You" card & envelope with bonus bookmarks.] - Sorry, it will be a bit hard to see the outcome with the blog picture res... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 27

    10/27/2019 4:36:42 PM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "Create a Rainbow." ... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 26

    10/27/2019 4:35:10 PM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "Collaborate with a fellow Creative Sprinter or friend and make whatever you want!" [Collaboration with husband to come up with a prompt for today - "Love Kite."] ... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 25

    10/27/2019 4:33:32 PM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "Recreate a famous work of art in any medium or style." [Well, famous to me! Tribute to Tatts! Artists: Me and the tattooist.] ... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 24

    10/27/2019 4:31:08 PM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "Make up a new dance move and create instructions for how to do it." [The Dunny Roll Dance! Instructions - Finger dancing is how it's done!] ... Read more

  • work week done

    10/25/2019 11:24:58 PM, by IMREITE

    i am going to a retreat tomorrow. i hope it inspires me and helps me find focus... Read more

  • put the pieces together

    10/24/2019 8:23:34 PM, by IMREITE

    at my last doctor visit, she offered to refer me to a nutritionist. i told her i know most of the tips and things to do, the hard part is being mindful and do them consistantly. i am glad she offered and a few years i would have taken her up on the offer. instead of working on 1-2 tips a week then ... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 23

    10/23/2019 9:37:56 PM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "Create a mask. (Bonus: Get a picture of yourself wearing it in public!)" - The shadow wears it well, does that count?! [Mask = Playing Cards Box + Photo Props] ... Read more

  • Way-back Wednesday

    10/23/2019 3:38:23 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    For Wayback Wednesday my most loved graduation photos from when I was at school for years in New Orleans. I always get sentimental this time of year.... Read more

  • Travel

    10/23/2019 3:15:49 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    Many thanks to my family for helping me with supplies to see my friends out of town for a couple of weeks. It will be great to see my school friends!... Read more

  • add extra veggies

    10/22/2019 11:24:05 PM, by IMREITE

    i like buying salad kits. normally i dont use all the dressing but now i started adding extra greens or other fresh veggies to bulk up the salads. and then it becomes an easy add on to meals. even if i only take a small portion, it is still an easy extra veggie serving... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 22

    10/22/2019 10:31:26 PM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "Create a functional musical instrument or noise maker." Fun Times!! ... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    10/22/2019 7:10:47 PM, by MOMMY445

    it is a cooler day here today. it did rain for a while this morning, then the rain stopped. my daughter says hi to all. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 21

    10/21/2019 9:36:39 PM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "Draw or write non-stop without picking your pen up from the page for 5 minutes." [Drawing & Writing - That's How I Roll.] Sorry, the blog picture keeps getting resized smaller after posting it, to fit across the screen - not sure how to change that. ... Read more

  • and legwarmers

    10/21/2019 9:03:09 PM, by IMREITE

    and big big hair. some of the old exercise videos are still making me laugh, but they are still getting me sweaty.... Read more

  • Dog Face

    10/21/2019 3:50:57 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    Who could hate this doggie face?... Read more

  • exercise leotards

    10/20/2019 8:34:02 PM, by IMREITE

    for my exercise challenge i am redoing all my old exercise videos. in the past i bought some old used ones. they are from the late 80's early 90's style. 1 word... leotards. a bit corny but some of them are fun... Read more

  • it's sunday

    10/20/2019 2:06:18 PM, by MOMMY445

    i had a great workout at the gym yesterday and i feel wonderful! my daughter says hello to all. on friday night, i will be going to a halloween party and the music to be played will all be from the 1980's. i am really looking forward to it. i got in a lot of exercise and steps yesterday. i feel good... Read more

  • Driving

    10/20/2019 12:00:40 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    Extra Uber driving this week because gas does not buy itself. Nothing will make you want a socialist revolution more than a single night of driving spoiled rich kids from nightclubs to the downtown condos their parents bought them as gifts.... Read more

  • Road Trip

    10/20/2019 11:58:23 AM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    6 more days until my road trip to New Orleans! Watching the Disney Frog Princess movie to get in the mood. Dreams come true in New Orleans.... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 20

    10/20/2019 9:41:22 AM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "What is the title of your Autobiography?" (Bonus: Create a book cover for it.) [Title: Oh Feck! It's Mandy Heck With A Card Deck!] ... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 19

    10/20/2019 8:59:32 AM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "Cut holes in the pages of a magazine, catalogue, or book so that what you reveal beneath creates something new." [A holey Penny becomes a pasta bake pendant.] ... Read more

  • niece kettlebells

    10/20/2019 12:13:24 AM, by IMREITE

    i was playing with my nieces today. i used the 2 youngest as kettlebells. i do it slow and controled so they stay safe and dont get scared... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 18

    10/19/2019 3:42:19 PM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "What does the inside of your brain look like, today?" ... Read more

  • enjoying more

    10/18/2019 11:57:12 PM, by IMREITE

    i am still having some things with addes sugar- i will not give up chocolate. i am however eating it less often. and when i do, i try ti eat it when i am not busy so i eat it slowly and enjoy it instead of shoveling it down and not really liking it much. it is also easier to track my food wheni am... Read more

  • Starting the process over

    10/18/2019 5:02:54 AM, by LOUBIE50

    I am back again trying to lose the weight I have gained back since I was last properly using this site as a tool to being healthy. Having got on the scales today and having had twinges etc I know I need to get my excess weight gone and continue on my goal to eventually being in the healthy weight ra... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 17

    10/18/2019 12:03:53 AM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "Create a house or shelter for a very small creature". ... Read more

  • sugar reduction crabby

    10/17/2019 9:27:38 PM, by IMREITE

    I've been crabby the last few days. i thought it was a 1 day thing but i have been mentally off lately, part of it is i have been doing something different at work and i dont enjoy it and i am off my normal mental routine so i struggle to concentrate. another option is from having less sugar. ... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 16

    10/17/2019 12:21:59 AM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "Have someone teach you how to do something you've never done before today." [Teacher = Google! The new lesson = Find ways to recycle rubber gloves - Food bag tie, Finger puppets, Hair tie]. ... Read more

  • flip the negative to a positive

    10/16/2019 9:16:57 PM, by IMREITE

    i had a conferance call yesterday and mondy and there was a lot of negativity. the worst part it was all the whining and finger pointing. a few bad apples were spreading the attitude to others. i and a few others spoke up to change the direction but it did not work. my supervisor had to end the cal... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    10/16/2019 6:48:14 PM, by MOMMY445

    a cool fall day here today. my daughter says hi to everyone. I had an incredible workout at the gym this morning. both budgie birds say cheep ,cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 15

    10/15/2019 9:04:45 AM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "Turn something you would normally throw away into something you want to keep". ... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 14

    10/14/2019 6:48:19 PM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "Create a Venn diagram, chart or graph that explains something humorous." [Kevin Smith + Jason Mewes = Jay & Silent Bob!] ... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 13

    10/14/2019 6:46:05 PM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "After a meal, use whatever is leftover on your plate to create a face. Can you make a face that expresses a specific emotion?" ... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 12

    10/14/2019 6:44:05 PM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "Create a hat or hair accessory. Bonus: Get a photo of yourself wearing it in public!" ... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 11

    10/14/2019 6:41:11 PM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "Make a poem using only words found in the subject lines from the first 8 emails you recieve today." Edit: The Poem: Heck! Who's Having fun? Embrace your limitations! For Louise's Birthday The next big idea starts with; Madness, A love letter, Walking mistakes y... Read more

  • meal prepped

    10/13/2019 11:00:49 PM, by IMREITE

    roated baby red potatoes and grilled chicken breasts. seperated into 3 dishes + 1 bowl for extra potatoes. 3 days of lunches are done. this week i am going to start my next level of pop reduction. i did not do so well this weekend, but normally i use the weekend and go over but this weekend i ... Read more