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The Inside Life grows a spark during her latest meditation.

Lament the End of an Era with Grabba Cuppa Joe.

Gray Gaia loves Cute Rainboots!

In My Crazy Life reflects on her relationship with her mother.

The Q Speaks has a simple video explaining the credit crisis.

Fashion, Evolved highlights the organic health and beauty line of products called Miessence.

Get updated on the Moisture Resolution from A Window on the Rez.

Bunny Glitter’s Interesting Person of the Week? Rachel Angel!

Luscious Decadence has A Treat for the Soul that costs NOTHING!

Melia Lore has rediscovered Righteous Indignation in the thesaurus.

Bellacola is a Rolling Stone!

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Every once in a while a girl just needs a date–with herself! In the day to day rush of work, family, friends, and whatever obligations we balance, many women forget to nurture a very important person–themselves. It’s so easy to get caught up in guilt or the to-do lists that are always miles long. One thing I’ve learned from several women who are wiser than I–it’s very important to make time for you.

This doesn’t have to be an elaborate event–it can be. About once or twice a year I allow myself a nice, unhurried dinner somewhere of my choosing–including a lovely dessert followed by or preceeded by a leisurely walk, movie, whatever I want that day. Most of the time, my self-dates have three essential elements–my Ipod, something to read, and a cuppa something. I’ve had them at home, on my lunch break from work, and out and about. Even just 20 minutes is enough to refresh me.

Personally, I schedule me time at least weekly. Sometimes I’ll take a book and grab some coffee before class. Other times I’ll lock myself in the bathroom with a steaming bath and some music with my book. Sometimes, I’ll take a solo stroll around the mall–maybe grab a pretzel, usually just browsing in the bookstore. Think about what you like to do, what makes you feel grounded and refreshed. Then schedule that activity–this week. Make the time to honor and nurture yourself so you can better handle the rest of your life.

This week I was reminded how important friends are. Friends are an indulgence of the soul. Whether they live up the road or across the country, friends can help the unbearable become bearable, they can celebrate your victories and console you in your losses, they can make you laugh and cry, and tell you when you’re being unreasonable.

Time spent with friends is one of the great joys in life. Whether you have a coffee date, a girls night out, or an annual retreat. Spending time chatting about every day things–family, work, life. Sending a card or a note or a gift to let someone know you’re thinking of them not only uplifts them–it can uplift you too. So take a little time this week and reach out to your friends. Make a call, send a message, mail a card, have a cuppa. Whatever you do, enjoy each other.

SnowBirdie gets bubbly and swims with the fishies!

Jewel fights for her right to party (on a budget)!

Love wants to know if you’ve seen these girls?

Melia is busting her ass to get rid of these condoms!

AuroraHope is lovely, just the way she is!

Gray Gaia is ready for spring!

BunnyGlitter is cooler than thou because…

10 Things I hate about Q

Luscious Decadence takes the plunge!

Friskay is Happy as a MoFo Clam, biznitches!

Fashion, Evolved has a nice bribe for its favorite readers…

A Hippy Chick has an identity crisis, but doesn’t, all at the same time.

There are few things better than a long, hot soak after a hard day. Taking a bath is one of my favorite ways to indulge myself. It’s no secret to those who know me that I love bath stuff. All kinds–bubbles, salts, fizzies, oils, soft soaps, creams, bars, you name it I’ll want to try it.

Rather than looking for a specific product for my bath, I go for a scent or mood. If I’m looking to relax I reach for something with neroli oil, if I want to feel upbeat I look for a citrus or fruit. Sometimes I want to feel feminine and I’ll reach for a floral scent like rose or jasmine. Then there are the times when I just want some comfort–at those times I look for vanilla based scents.

Everyone has their own preferences for bathing. Personally, I prefer to run the water as hot as I can stand it then let some out and refill with hot water as long as I want to soak. A long, hot soak does wonders for my body and my spirit.

The Inside Life is Up In Flames…exploring the psyche is hot!

Bunny Glitter loves Princess Bubble, a fairy tale figure for the Modern Girl.

In My Crazy Life is dealing with her Quarter of a Century Life Crisis.

Luscious Decadence has a list of Top Ten Treats Under $10!

Melia Lore is Embarrassed Because She’s HOTT Now.

Fashion, Evolved thinks everyone needs to Go Barefoot!

Looking at the Last Page First gives insight into the diplomatic challenges of being a high school teacher.

From a Window on the Rez suffers from drug-dealing elected officials.

A Hippy Chick tells us all about the As If Principle.

The Q Speaks has ten random things…including Jordan Almonds, President Obama’s Potty Mouth, and Muddy Tortoises.

Moving, Shaking, and Breaking It Down has her mind on her money, and her money on her mind.

Aurora Hope is Blessed!

No matter how strapped we are financially, I always manage to find little things to do for myself. Sometimes, it really is the little things that make the difference.

These are my top ten little treats on the cheap, in no particular order.

Olives–my local grocery stores have this wonderful thing called an olive bar. I can go and for just a little cash, walk out with a mouthful of olivey goodness. Cost: about $7/pound

Mall walking–living in the land of loco weather, there are times when outside is just not an option. Luckily, we have a large shopping mall in the area. The distance varies from .8 mile around the circle to 1.2 miles walking up and down the entrance corridors. Cost: gas (less than $2.00)

Take a bath–sometimes life just gets too busy and you need to unwind. When that happens, I pop some bubbles into the tub, run the water super hot, and soak all my cares away. Cost: $0-$6.00 based on the additions

Chocolate–not just any chocolate. If I’m planning an indulgence I want some specific treats. Currently on my list: Midnight Reverie. Cost: approximately $3.00

Checking out a new book–even though life gets busy, one of the ways I relax is by reading. Sometimes I hit up the library, others it’s the used book store or on rare occasions the local Borders. I have found many new friends in the clearance section. Cost: varies, usually $2.00-$10.00

Grab a cuppa–tea, coffee, cocoa, take your pick. You don’t even have to leave your house for this one–pick up some cocoa mix from the grocery, brew a pot of coffee and sit back and relax. For an extra special treat, plan a tea party–get out the tea pot and brew up some whole leaf tea to serve with real cream and raw sugar. Cost: varies, up to $9.00 with cream and sugar (makes more than one treat)

Fresh berries and pineapple–there’s nothing like the taste of fresh fruit. It’s juicy, tangy, and sweet. When I need a pick me up, pineapple and berries can almost always do the trick. For a bigger treat, take the berries and cover them with milk or cream and a sprinkle of sugar. Cost: $2-3.00

Tune in–have a date with your favorite CD. Music is such a versitle tool–it can shape or reflect your mood, it can help pump you up or calm you down. However you like it, turn the TV off, crank the stereo up, and let your cares drift away with the tune.Cost: free

Set the mood with scents–there are so many ways you can bring scent into your world. Candles, essential oils, scented lotions, incense, etc. Pick your favorite. Cost: varies

Add in some color–I have a thing for lipstick, and a palette that matches my changing moods. My current favorite is this gloss. Whether I’m looking for red, pink, browns, berries, a little color goes a long way toward making me feel like a million bucks. Cost: about $6.00

teapot1Tea is very soothing to my soul. Needless to say, I am always on the lookout for the cup of tea. Today in my wandering I was distracted by a wondrous display of delicate tea pots and cups in a window. Just past the doorway was the most delicious, spicy aroma…my mouth was watering just from walking in. I spent a good 20 minutes luxuriating in the scent of tea before finding an employee and explaining what I was looking for. He brought down 3 tins from the wall and wafted their gentle aroma in my direction. We finally settled on this. Tea is a wonderful way to recharge your batteries after a long day, to relax in the middle of the day, or any time you have a few minutes and need a pick me up.

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