Friday, December 17, 2010

The Importance of Laughter to our Health :o)

Great Article :o)

Here are some important of laughter to our health

• Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.

• Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.

• Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

• Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

• Laughter dissolves distressing emotions. You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing.

• Laughter helps you relax and recharge. It reduces stress and increases energy, enabling you to stay focused and accomplish more.

• Humor shifts perspective, allowing you to see situations in a more realistic, less threatening light. A humorous perspective creates psychological distance, which can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed.

• Be more spontaneous. Humor gets you out of your head and away from your troubles.

• Let go of defensiveness. Laughter helps you forget judgments, criticisms, and doubts.

• Release inhibitions. Your fear of holding back and holding on are set aside.

• Express your true feelings. Deeply felt emotions are allowed to rise to the surface

Lower blood pressure

• Increase vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood

• Reduce certain stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline

• Defend against respiratory infections–even reducing the frequency of colds–by immunoglobulon in saliva.

• Increase memory and learning; in a study at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, humor during instruction led to increased test scores

• Improve alertness, creativity, and memory

Don't be alarmed if you see me laughing for no reason!! Bahahahaha

~Alyssa

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Fredericksburg

Whew, it's been a while!!! I just feel like it's been so crazy around here for some reason. Maybe since it's December and the Holidays are here ;o)

Well, Scott and I needed a little weekend away so we took a little trip to Fredericksburg the first weekend in December. It was so nice to just get away, relax, do what we want!! We went a couple of years ago and I LOVED it. The little shops are so cute and the town was decorated for Christmas so it got me in the mood for the Holidays.

We ended up lounging around, doing a little shopping, and went to Enchanted Rock. The part I was really excited about was the drive up there. The first time we went, we went through some beautiful hills. I couldn't get to my camera in time so I was excited to go through there and get some pics. Wellllllll, the Garmin lady decided to take us a different route. :o( Instead we were going through the back roads through some scary looking places. Looked like something off of the movie Wrong Turn!!! LOL
We got there and this was our little cabin :o) So cute!
We were told that our cabin was the closest to the Elk pen so once we got there, this is one of the first things we saw :o)
Looks like I was having a conversation with it!!
I don't know if you have ever heard how an Elk sounds but it's the strangest noise! I would have never imagined they sounded like that!!! LOL I wish I could of caught it on video. It's very strange! ;o)

We also had TONS of deer around!!
It's a baby deer! It was so cute :o)
Scott was trying soooo hard to get this peacock to spread it's feathers, never happened!! :o(

Saturday morning, we woke up and went to Enchanted Rock. Enchanted Rock is a HUGE pink granite rock formation that's been around for thousands of years. Anyway, it was a gorgeous day, I think in the 70's. We had planned on doing this last time but it was too cold. We will definitely do this again when we go back :o) The pictures start with the drive up there. Very pretty 15-20 minute drive!
Ummmmm, way up there??
I thought this would have been taller than the one we were climbing, but it wasn't
And yes, it was that steep in some spots:
It was a good little workout! I wish we lived closer so I could just got and climb it everyday!! I really enjoyed it :o)
I had a little anxiety, ok A LOT, about the drop offs and the steepness but I worked through it!! LOL
We made it to the top in no time. I kind of wish we would have slowed down some to take in the views a little more!! **Ahhhhh Hum** (Scott)
I just couldn't seem to move it!! ;o)


Anyway, I have many more pictures but I am going to stop at this!! Maybe next time, Scott and I will go back to do wineries (when the grapes are out) and do the Rock again :o)

Have a good evening everyone!
~Alyssa

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Meaning of The Candy Cane!!!

My friend Erika posted this and I thought this was too cute!! :o) I had to share as well!

The Meaning of the Candy Cane


meaning of christmas candy cane


The Meaning of the Candy Cane

Many years ago a candy maker wanted to make a candy that would symbolize the true meaning of Christmas - Jesus.

The hard candy was shaped like a “J” to represent that Jesus is our rock of all ages. The candy was made of white to stand for the pureness of Jesus. The red represents the blood that Jesus shed to save us from our sins.

So the next time you see a candy cane take a minute to remember the real meaning of Christmas.

Enjoy!

~Alyssa

Wordless Wednesday...


~Alyssa

Monday, November 29, 2010

Dirty Dozen....

I ran across this article!! Pretty interesting!!!


Enjoy!!

~Alyssa

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Poisons Under Your Sink: Hidden Dangers of Cleaning Products

VERY Interesting!! Take a minute and read. If you are interested in switching to healthier and safer products, please go to my site www.SwitchingStores.com/AlyssaMaliska and I will get you more info ASAP. There is a promotion where you can join for $1 until the 30th so don't wait :o)


Poisons Under Your Sink: Hidden Dangers of Cleaning Products

Follow Me Back Tuesday...

I LOVE this!!! Such a great way to get around and see other people's blogs :o)

Follow Me Back Tuesday is another day of the week that you can gain more followers and find other great blogs to follow on a weekly basis. Follow Me Back Tuesday is hosted by Survey Junkie, Little Yaya's, and Boobies, Babies & A Blog.
Follow Me Back Tuesday

Each week we will choose a random number every week from the blogs linked and add the random blog to the #4 spot to link to the following week (must follow 3 hostesses to be chosen)
Guest Host Amanda from The Nutritionist Review




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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Toxic Cancer Causing Carcinogens Found In Childrens Bath Products


This is really scary! I just don't understand why some people don't care about putting this stuff on their children :o( Makes me sad!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Motivational Monday!

If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes. ~ St. Clement of Alexandra

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Party, Trick-or-Treating, Candy ~ OH MY!

I am just now getting around to posting some Halloween pictures. Kylan went as.......
He says to this day that he is going to be Woody when he grows up ;o)
The night before, we went to a party that a friend of our was hosting. It was good getting together with people and letting Kylan play with other kids!

Whacking that Pinata!! He's definitely going to be able to whack some baseballs when that time comes around ;o)
All the kids were wondering, "How do we get these apples again?"
Kylan takes charge and says "I think I know what to do!"
SUCCESS!!! :o)
Halloween came and we started making our rounds....
Bag of goodies from Granny...
Already has candy in his mouth...
And on a sugar high... ;o)
Taylor Trick-Or-Treating with us...

Until next time :o)
~Alyssa

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Toxic Brew in your Home.flv

This is absolutely SCARY!! I can't believe I used to use some of that stuff :o(


~Alyssa


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pumpkin...

We did our pumpkin carving this past weekend!! I have to catch it on video because of last years HILARIOUS video. First you have to watch last years pumpkin debacle:

It's so hard to imagine that he was that tiny!! :o( He's growing up toooo fast!
video

This one is from this year. You can see he's holding it back but nothing as dramatic as last year ;o)

video

And here is the finished product of this year's pumpkin. Kylan picked out the picture and a spider it was :o)
This is while they were carving it:
The pic below is of him playing with one of his birthday presents. He got this from my grandparents Nonnie & PawPaw. I posted this for y'all to let y'all know he LOVES this toy!! Thanks so much for getting him this :o) I knew y'all would enjoy this!

Until Next Time!!!
~Alyssa

Friday, October 15, 2010

Tips to Green Your Halloween | Healthy Child Healthy World

Since Halloween is right around the corner, read this great article :o)


Tips to Green Your Halloween | Healthy Child Healthy World

~Alyssa

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Life is all about choices....

LET IT REALLY SINK IN......

THEN CHOOSE ..

John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, 'If I were any better, I would be twins!'

He was a natural motivator.

If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up and asked him, 'I don't get it!'

'Y ou can't be a positive person all of the time.

How do you do it?'

He replied, 'Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or...you can choose

to be in a bad mood

I choose to be in a good mood.'

Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or...I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it.

Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or...I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.

'Yeah, right, it's not that easy,' I protested.

'Yes, it is,' he said. 'Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people affect your mood.

You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It's your choice how you live your life.'

I reflected on what he said. Soon hereafter, I left the Tower Industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.

Several years later, I heard that he was involved in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower.

After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back.

I saw him about six months after the accident.

When I asked him how he was, he replied, 'If I were any better, I'd be twins...Wanna see my scars?'

I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had gone through his mind as the accident took place.

'The first thing that went through my mind was the well-being of my soon-to-be born daughter,' he replied. 'Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or...I could choose to die. I chose to live.'

'Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?' I asked.

He continued, '...the paramedics were great.

They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read 'he's a dead man'. I knew I needed to take action.'

'What did you do?' I asked.

'Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me,' said John. 'She asked if I was allergic to anything 'Yes, I replied.' The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, 'Gravity''

Over their laughter, I told them, 'I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead.'

He lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude....I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully.

Attitude, after all, is everything .

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.' Matthew 6:34.

After all today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.



Sunday, October 10, 2010

There Are No Easy Roads For Success!!!

My friend Erika shared this and I LOVED it!!! :o) So Inspirational!

THERE ARE NO EASY ROADS TO SUCCESS

Whatever you want in life, you must give up something to get it. The greater the value, the greater the sacrifice required of you.
Everything has a price. There's a price to pay if you want to make things better, and a price to pay for just leaving things as they are.
Nothing worthwhile ever comes easily. Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last.
Use your imagination more than your memory to achieve success.

Thanks for sharing Erika!!

~Alyssa

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Oh how you have grown in the past 3 years!!!

Newborn:
Year 1:
Year 2:
Year 3:
You are growing a little too fast for me!! :-(

Wow....

It's been a while!!! I have totally forgotten about this little blog!! :-S haha

This post is mostly going to be about Kylan's 3rd birthday party. As we all know, Kylan turned 3 on September 22nd. I had been planning his party for a couple of months, trying to steer him away from the "Tractor Theme", but no such luck. It was a toss up between fire trucks or tractors. Of course, he wanted tractors. It was really kind of hard to find the kind of tractor I wanted. I wanted the tractor that was the same colors as John Deere (green and yellow) but wanted it to look more like a vintage tractor. Thanks to Erika, she told me that she gets all her birthday stuff from Ebay. After a month or two of searching for the right tractor, I found one for a good price on Ebay!!! My thing was I didn't want to pay a fortune for invitations.

(Of course I erased the address!!)
She also made these cute little goody bag labels to match the invites :-)
The lady did a really good job on them! She customized it. If you are ever interested in what else she does, her website is www.bigdaycreations.com

Anyway, it was a pretty good day and Kylan got LOTS of presents (which are now all over the house) :-) We had to do a few adjustments since the weather didn't pan out the way it was supposed to but overall, it was a good day!!
Kylan and 2 of his cousins playing with all the new toys!
There is really too many pics to post. The pictures below were from later on that day after the sun came out. It was still a little too chilly for me to get in the pool so I sat and watched. (The pool was heated but still) ;-)

Well, it's Scott's night to cook and he's cooking some "paschettie" (as Kylan calls it) so off to eat!! :-)

Everyone have a good evening!!!
~Alyssa