Cuteness Overload!

It’s raining and rather dismal outside. I slept little last night, dealing with a bad headache and stomach cramps, so I’m super tired. I had to reschedule plans I had made with a good friend who is here for a few months from Italy. I could let all this ruin my day but how can I be grumpy when I have this bundle of cuteness pictured below, keeping me company!

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If you haven’t met this little lady, let me introduce you. This is Maggie, our nine-year old shi-poo. She is feisty, small but mighty! She thinks she’s the boss and I guess if I were speaking truthfully, she does kind of run the household and her neighbourhood, lol! Truly though, how can anyone resist this face? 

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Her eyes are almost human and they absolutely melt my heart, even on her bad behaviour days! 

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She loves giving puppy kisses and posing for her adoring fans! The mechanics at the oil change garage up the street have doggie treats in their office and when Maggie comes by, they all scramble to be the person to give one to her. She has those guys and gals wrapped around her little paw!

So if you’re feeling down in the dumps, visit a pet store, your local SPCA or a friend with a pet and I’m sure your mood will lift significantly. Cuddling with my Maggie always helps me feel better! Her and I are doing our best to feel Pretty, Plus and Proud on this damp fall day!

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The Importance of a Daily Mantra

Every morning when you open your eyes, even before you move to begin your day, take a moment to say silently in your head or quietly with your voice, some kind of positive statement, a mantra to propel you happily forward. Some examples to get you started may be:

  • I am good enough.
  • I am worthy.
  • I am beautiful.
  • I will spread love and positive vibes today.
  • I will joyfully share my talents.
  • This will be a blessed day.

Every evening as you lay your head on your pillow, before you drift away in slumber, say silently in your head or quietly with your voice, some kind of positive statement, a mantra to end your day with an attitude of gratitude so you can sleep soundly knowing you had a positive impact on your world. Some examples may be:

  • I am good enough.
  • I am worthy.
  • I am beautiful.
  • I spread love and positive vibes today.
  • I joyfully shared my talents.
  • This was a blessed day and I am thankful.

Saying daily mantras, whether it’s in the morning, evening or throughout your day, will help you on your journey to finding self-love and body positivity. When you focus on your blessings, the things you dislike about yourself become less important. Your negative feelings about yourself begin to lose their grasp and your energy shifts from thinking only about your faults to realizing that you are so much more than your outside package.

Being and end each day by declaring I AM PRETTY, PLUS AND PROUD! I know it, now it’s time for you to embrace it and know it too!

 

Happy Thanksgiving, Eh!

As Canadians we take on our fair share of teasing, one being how we include “eh” at the end of most of our statements when conversing. That’s ok, I don’t mind the comedic poke. I am proud to be Canadian and all that goes with being a citizen of this nation. Just to clear any misconceptions;

  • It does not snow year round so don’t come here on your summer vacation with skis or sleds strapped to your roof.
  • We do not live in igloos.
  • We have a Prime Minister not a President.
  • We have two official languages, English and French.
  • Our Thanksgiving is in October not November.

All joking aside, this past weekend we did celebrate Thanksgiving. We should as a rule feel blessed and show gratitude on a daily basis but on this special holiday we should be extra vigilant on giving thanks for all the family, friends and wonderful things that have been bestowed upon us.

I am grateful for:

  • my loving and supportive husband.
  • my strong, smart and beautiful daughter who makes me laugh every day.
  • my sister and brother with whom I share so many wonderful family memories.
  • my extended family of cousins, in-laws, nieces and nephew who encircle me with the warmth and love that only a family can do.
  • my friends who never cease to be there for me when I need them, with who I enjoy spending my time with and who always support my ideas and endeavours.
  • the warmth and comfort of a home.
  • the food I eat.
  • the clothing I wear.
  • the fresh water I drink.
  • the air that I breath.
  • the wonder of nature outside my windows.

For all these things and so many more, I am forever thankful! I feel truly Pretty, Plus and Proud and grateful for this wonderful life I get to live. It may not be perfect but it is perfect for me!

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What are you thankful for?

 

You’re On Your Own Journey

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Today”s Reminder:

You are on your own journey! You can’t compare your journey to anyone else’s. Our past experiences, people who have influenced us, places we’ve been, our emotions and reactions are all different. These are the things that direct us on our path. Be patient and kind to yourself. Accept the process of change and don’t let ambition overtake your desire to get to your destination. Learning to love yourself and embrace who you are is not a job that happens overnight. So enjoy this experience and Be Pretty, Plus and Proud of this new path you have smartly chosen to take!

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A Dose of Body Positivity

In today’s post I want to share some quotes and words of wisdom I found on Instagram. It’s so important to follow people who share love, acceptance and positive vibes. We don’t need to be influenced by meanness, nasty words or negative thoughts and opinions. Surround yourself with positivity and you will soon realize that this simple action is the key ingredient to living a more calm, happy, peaceful and fulfilling life.

Check out these people on Instagram and soak up their happy advice:

  • stephaniepetiteplus – She shared this quote from Ellen Degeneres: “To me, beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.”
  • Also from Stephanie – “My goal is to fall in love with everything that I am.”
  • Again from Stephanie – “Your body is a miracle.” and “Beauty comes in all sizes, not just size 5.”
  • teachersinschool – “It’s not who you are that holds you back. It’s who you think you are not.”
  • kelsbelsss – “Everything happens when it needs to happen; everyone is always where they need to be. You will never miss out on what is meant for you, even if it has to come to you in a roundabout way.”
  • tazi_marjani_ – “Stay close to people who feel like sunshine.” Taken from @iHearts143Quotes.

I hope these quotes give you a little boost to keep you on track on your journey to finding self-love. Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and continue walking your path. You will find your ultimate destination of loving who you are inside and out!

It’s Finally Feeling Like Fall!

Finally, here in Ontario, Canada, it’s feeling like Fall! It was a long time coming but fingers crossed, the heat is gone for good until next summer. I do not like the intense heat and humidity we get here. I dislike having my air conditioning going from May until September. I would much rather have my windows open especially at night, feeling the cool breeze on my face as I slide into dream land. Unless I can dunk myself in the ocean waves, I have to confine myself to the comfort of my cool living room.

With Autumn’s arrival, my favourite season, it brings with it all the things I love most; cozy sweaters, fires in the fireplace, warm drinks, apple/cinnamon scents and the glorious colours of Mother Nature. I feel rejuvenated and excited by the cool, crisp air. With the changing season, I have the opportunity to switch up my home decor. I don’t go wild but keep things simple. Enjoy the photos below of some of the ways I welcome Autumn into my home!

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I have this cute pillow hanging on my front door. I love the salt-box home image surrounded by pumpkins and the label reads “Harvest Home”.

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I adorned my star with this twig decor that has all the symbols of the season; pumpkins, apples and berries.

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These cute scarecrows greet guests at the door with a “Welcome to our Patch”  sign.

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I fill this star with seasonal florals; pastels for spring, bright colours for summer, poinsettia for winter and these glorious fall flowers for September and October. 

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This primitive basket hangs on my screen door and it too gets a seasonal facelift with a beautiful variety of colours.

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Moving indoors, I filled my antique dough bowl on my dining room table with some miniature pumpkins, gourds, and prim pillows. The vase, in the centre of the bowl,  is a mason jar filled with cotton ball stems and fall berries. 

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I kept fall decor simple on my buffet by adding a single red leaf stem in my crock.

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I added this cute sign to my china cabinet in my kitchen. 

Fall decorating doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive. Many of the items pictured above were purchased at the dollar store. If you’re like me and just want to keep it simple, think about gathering some natural bounty from a walk in the woods or from your own back yard.

Enjoy the change of season and Be Pretty, Plus and Proud while you bask in the beauty of the world around you.

You Were Never Created For…

You were never created to live…

  • depressed
  • defeated
  • guilty
  • condemned
  • ashamed
  • unworthy
  • embarrassed

You were created to…

  • be happy
  • live joyously
  • feel worthy
  • feel beautiful
  • have a full soul
  • live passionately
  • be proud

What are you doing today to live the life you deserve? Start by not letting anyone make you feel bad about yourself. Put your hand up and say no more! Live every day Pretty, Plus and Proud because that’s what you were created to do!

Today’s blog inspired by Instagram post by thelmajohnson361