What is a friend?

In an acrostic, each line or paragraph starts with the first letter of a word or phrase. It’s a simple yet effective way to learn how to express thoughts and sentiments.

As simple as an acrostic is, it can be incredibly effective for helping you share your feelings and thoughts. For example, here is an acrostic using a very special word: friend!42854244_M

F – Fun. Friendship is about having fun. That’s how it starts when we are kids, and that’s what keeps it going as we age. Friends are the ones with whom you are silly, the ones with whom you have adventures, and the ones with whom you commiserate as you grow older. A good friend makes you laugh until you hurt, and there is nothing more fun than that!


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Have a NICE day!

Have a NICE day!

May 18, 2017 by cynthia_k

48694669 - have a nice day !Surprises are always nice! Whether it is an unexpected gift or getting an extra carton of fries in your bag at the drive-thru window, a surprise just makes you feel better. As you go about your day, challenge yourself to spring a nice surprise on someone else. Not sure where to start? Here are some great ways to make someone’s day!

  • Let someone out in traffic during rush hour.
  • Let the person behind you at the checkout stand go before you, no matter how big their order is.
  • Visit a nursing home and spend time with those who have no family.
  • Pay for the meal of the person behind you at lunch.
  • Leave some sweet treats with inspirational messages on the break-room table at work.
  • Volunteer at the local elementary school.
  • Give an encouraging smile to a random stranger.
  • Let someone go ahead of you in the school pick-up line, and SMILE while doing so!
  • Wave at strangers that you pass on the road.
  • Buy an extra box of candy at the movie and offer it to the family next to you.
  • Mow your neighbor’s lawn.
  • Leave an encouraging note on someone’s windshield.

Being nice is pretty easy, yet we tend to let the little things put us in bitter moods. Take the phrase “Have a nice day” literally and see how great you will feel. You never know – you could be the reason someone’s day gets turned around!


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What about dear old Dad?

What about dear old Dad?

June 12, 2017 by cynthia_k

46448652_SWhat did you get your mother for Mother’s Day? Did you call? Send flowers or candy? Take her out to dinner?

What are you planning to do for dear old Dad? You may have heard that consumers spend lots less on Father’s Day than they do on Mother’s Day. While it is true, spending in 2016 reached its highest point since the National Retail Federation started tracking Father’s Day spending in 2006. And it appears that spending for 2017 will be comparable.


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Father’s Day – What is a Dad?

Father’s Day – What is a Dad?

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In just a few short days we have the chance to celebrate the fathers in our lives. Most times we only think of the man who we share our DNA with as our Dad. While sharing familial characteristics is the main way we recognize fathers, what makes someone a Dad?

From the time we are little, Dads are our living protectors and heroes. From the scariest of monsters hiding underneath our beds to throwing us on their shoulders during a long walk at a theme park.


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Looking for special Mother’s Day ideas?

While every mother deserves diamond bracelets and fancy chocolates for Mother’s Day, those are not always in the budget. And really, is it the price of a gift that makes it so special – or is it the sentiment behind the gift? The one gift that is worth more than any dollar amount is LOVE! Try some of these ideas that start with love to make Mother’s Day extra special:

  • Handpicked bouquets. There are beautiful flowers in bloom this time of year. Look for different sizes, colors and types to make a truly unique arrangement. Be sure to ask before you pick any flowers that are not yours!
  • Breakfast in bed. Whether you handcraft heart-shaped pancakes or throw a couple of pastries in the toaster, delivering breakfast to Mom in bed is always a favorite! The simple act of pampering her means more than the food served. Just remember to do the dishes so she doesn’t have to.
  • Complete all the chores … without being asked! You know the bathrooms always need to be cleaned and the furniture needs to be dusted. So do those chores without prompting and without complaining (now there’s a gift!). For even greater impact, take on the big jobs, such as cleaning out the garage, washing baseboards or dusting mini-blinds.
  • Clean the car. Nothing says “I Love You” like cleaning out the Mom-mobile! Throw away the trash hidden under the seats, get fingerprints off the windows, vacuum the floors and give the outside a bath. She will love the fact that you put time into her home away from home!
  • Write and perform a skit just for Mom. Base it on how much you appreciate her and add a little humor to it. She will love seeing a tribute to her acted out by those she loves the most.
  • Make the whole day about her! From start to finish, do all things Mom. Make her favorite breakfast, watch her favorite shows, take a trip to her favorite place – just spend time with her.

Make the most of Mother’s Day and make sure your mom knows she is appreciated! Most importantly, no matter how you choose to honor Mom, don’t forget to actually tell her how you feel. If you have a hard time finding the words, you can let your actions speak. And accompany those with the perfect card to convey your sentiments. But whatever you do, do it with love.


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