Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
For information on how to do so, go to: http://earth911.com/. Happy recycling!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Instead of sending out Christmas cards this year, I decided to do a blog. I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas spent with loved ones. Regardless of where you are, enjoy every minute of this amazing Christmas season. I hope all of you cherish the most amazing gift of all time-one that we get every day of every year. "For unto us, a child is born..."
Love in Christ,
Elle & Georgia
Monday, December 20, 2010
I have done this many times, and people seem to love it. Not only are you donating to a cause that person believes in, but you are also saving time, money (no wrapping, gas to get the gift, etc), and resources by simply donating money to an organization. You don’t have to look for a parking space, and you don’t have to wait in line to buy the gift. Sounds like a win-win situation to me.
If you aren’t sure what organization to donate to, think about what that person likes. If they’re an animal lover, make a donation to their local SPCA. If they (like me) are passionate about the environment, consider donating to the Sierra Club (https://secure2.convio.net/sierra/site/Donation2?idb=1609319439&df_id=1282&1282.donation=form1&s_src=N10ZSCZZ02&s_subsrc=PW) or another organization of that nature. If he or she served or currently serves in the military, make a donation to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (http://www.fallenheroesfund.org/Donate.aspx).
Your donation will undoubtedly warm their heart and will help make a positive difference in our world. Sometimes the best gifts can't be seen or touched. Aren't they the best kind?
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Since I grew up dancing (and still dance to this day), I can sympathize with what these dancers go through. While I never danced professionally, I can attest to the intense pressure most dancers feel to be perfect and be the absolute best. The pressure to be perfect coupled with weight issues and aging can make even the sanest person feel hopeless, confused, and unsure of themselves.
The movie is certainly not for everyone (due to its’ quite shocking and extreme content), but I think it contains lessons that apply to all of us. In the movie, Natalie Portman is chosen to play the Swan Queen, a role which has two parts: the innocent White Swan and the evil Black Swan. She perfects the White Swan but struggles with playing her nemesis.
Unfortunately, I think we all have a Black Swan inside of us. When faced with life’s pressures and stresses, fear, loathing, and self-doubt can take over. We can become deeply entrenched in our own nightmare that we’ve created in our minds. We try to hide or run away but keep running into our worst enemy-ourselves. Trust me, I have been there, and it is a very dark and scary place. To me, the movie brings to light the idea that sometimes our biggest enemy is ourselves. Be careful; when the Black Swan takes over, it is very difficult to fly away.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
I highly recommend their Timewise Miracle Set. It is pricy, but I can already tell a difference in how my skin looks and feels. I truly love all Mary Kay products, but some other favorites are their eye shadows, lipglosses, mineral powder foundation, and their blush. Their eye shadows are actually made in the same factory in Italy as MAC but cost less than half the price. You really can't go wrong!
If you live in the Atlanta area, you should schedule a Mary Kay party with my rep Laurin. That way you can take advantage of the fabulous hostess benefits. If you don't live in Atlanta or don't want to host a party, visit her Web site at www.marykay.com/Laurin to check out all the wonderful products. Laurin is fabulous, and you will love working with her before, during, and after your party. She didn't ask me to write this by the way...I am just IN LOVE with all of these products and wanted to share them with you. Let me know what you think!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Fore more information on these type of lights, go to http://www.greenyour.com/node/13887. Happy decorating!
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Tonight's message at Buckhead Church was one of utmost hope. Andy Stanley shared with us the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth, a couple who had hoped and prayed for a child but reminaed barren. After many, many years, the angel Gabriel visited Zechariah and told him that God was going to bless them with a son. "But the angel said to him: 'Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.'" (Luke 1: 13) Their son John would go on to become John the Baptist, and the rest is history.
What an amazing reminder of how difficult and frustrating it can be when we pray for years, and it seems like God either isn't listening or doesn't hear us. Sometimes, all we need is to know that He hears us. And believe me, He surely does. Not only does he hear our prayers, but He plans out every single detail of our lives according to His perfect plan for our lives. Sometimes things take MUCH longer than we anticipate, and we start to grow restless, weary, and lose hope. All I can say is to hang in there friends. God is hard at work and will bless us according to His will and perfect timing. Trust me, I have sat, hoped, prayed, and waited for years for certain things to happen. And guess what, some of them finally have happened for me. I know it's not because of anything I did, but it is because of God's faithfulness and promises to us. "He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end." (Ecclesiastes 3: 11)
As we get busy and sometimes stressed out with countless holiday parties, work events, and presents to buy, let the Christmas season serve as a reminder that God always keeps His promises. Even when we think God doesn't hear us and/or doesn't care about us, our faith and hope are not in vain.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
You can use your tree year after year, and it will look just as lovely as a real tree. Plus, you will be saving time, money, and the resources necessary to grow the tree and get it to your house. If you do insist on buying a real tree, make sure you get one that has been grown locally and not shipped in from somewhere else.
This is a picture of my tree...it is artificial, and it is fabulous. Happy tree decorating!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
For now, I just want to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope your day tomorrow reminds you of how much there is to be thankful for. Give your loved ones extra hugs and kisses and let them know how much you love them. My parents are in Italy with my brother and sister-in-law for Thanksgiving, and I am thrilled for them. While I miss them, I am so excited that they get to spend this holiday with Andrew and Katie. I hope they have an amazing time, and I look forward to seeing their pictures when they return.
I am volunteering tomorrow morning and then going to my dear friend Leigh Anne's house for a Thanksgiving meal. Even though I wish I could spend the holiday with my family, I am thrilled to have such a good friend to spend it with this year. I have been absolutely blown away by how many of my friends invited me to join their family for Thanksgiving when they learned my parents would be out of the country. I really do have the best friends in the entire world.
Enjoy your day tomorrow and don't forget to say a prayer for those who might not have any food to eat. Check out this post from last year which reminds us about not wasting leftovers-http://cestlaviebyelle.blogspot.com/2009/11/leftover-dilemma.html. Make sure not to cook too much food. If you do, freeze leftovers or give them to your guests to take home.
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with great company, laughter, and love. Life is short, so always give it your all and give all you have to the world around you.
Friday, November 19, 2010
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Thursday, November 11, 2010
Today is Veteran's Day, and I would like to issue a heartfelt thank you to all of the brave men and woman who have ever served and who currently serve in our country's military. We salute you and will cherish you and your sacrifice forever.
Coming from a family who has been very active in the military, today really means a lot to me. The following people in my family have served in the military: both of my grandfathers, my grandmother, my cousin Tommy, both of my uncles, my father, and my brother currently serves as an officer in the Navy. I am incredibly proud and humbled by their service and dedication.
I would also like to recognize the sacrifice that the families of service members make. While we all ultimately wish for a safe return for our loved ones, it can be very hard on the family when they have to miss countless birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions while they serve our country. It is somewhat bittersweet when someone willingly chooses to join the military. We admire and respect their decision, but we know we will miss them and worry about them. So, here is to the mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, other family members and friends who stay at home and wait...for news from their service member and in anticipation for them to return home safely.
Most importantly, we honor you, brave veterans of the past, present, and future. It is because of your sacrifice that I can sit here and freely type whatever I want. Your courage, bravery, and honor should never go unnoticed. If you see a service member, please thank them for their service.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
One quote in particular stuck out to me, and I want to share it with you.
"Could Denny have possibly appreciated the subjective nature of loneliness, which is something that exists only in the mind, not in the world, and, like a virus, is unable to survive without a willing host?"
Unfortunately, I think we have all suffered from loneliness at some point. Like many emotions, it can come like a thief in the night, stealing away our joy and liveliness in a quick moment. The scary and very sad thing about loneliness is that you can feel it even when surrounded by a room full of your loved ones.
While I definitely don't have all of the answers, I do know that we are never, ever truly alone with God. He is alive within us and always wants to be with us, no matter what we do. We can spend years pushing Him away, and He will always welcome us back with open arms.
One more bit of food for thought:
"If you're not feeling close to God, guess who moved?"
Monday, November 8, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Today is the first Tuesday in November which means...it is Election Day! Do your part as an engaged, responsible citizen and go vote. I don't care what all you have going on today...get out there and VOTE people. There isn't much that irks me more than people who complain about our government and/or laws, but who do not vote. That is ignorance at its finest.
The last time Georgia had a gubernatorial election in 2006, 48% of registered voters cast their vote for governor. Let's rock the polls this year! Don't know who to vote for? Go online and do your research; the candidates make it easy for us to understand their basic stance on major issues.
Think your vote doesn't count? IT DOES. Recent presidential elections have proven that every vote counts, so go vote today. It is not only your right, but it is also your responsibility. People in other countries have died or been badly hurt when trying to cast their vote in what was not even a fair election. We have the privilege to cast our vote in a safe place where our vote WILL be counted, so please go vote today.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Their mission is simple yet profound. Here is some information from their Web site about how you can donate your gently used, unwanted shoes:
"We offer a simple way to help reduce the strain on our environment: donate your "gently worn" footwear to people in need instead of throwing them away. Last year alone, Americans discarded more than 300 million pairs of shoes. When these shoes break down in our landfills, the toxic glue that holds the shoes together can leak into our water supply and atmosphere.
Soles4Souls can save your shoes from early death by cleaning them and shipping them to needy people around the world, who will treasure the gift for years to come. Since its inception following the Asian tsunami, Soles4Souls has distributed nearly 12 million pairs to people in 125 countries, and our efforts have been publicized in thousands of articles, including the Green Guide by National Geographic and Runner's World.
Most of our closets are filled with shoes we rarely wear. Instead of dropping the unwanted pairs in the trash, consider stopping by a local shoe retailer in exchange for a discount on a new pair of shoes. In addition to this program, Soles4Souls hosts thousands of collection events across North America, including marathons, schools, churches and more."
Clean out your closet and fill a basic need for someone else. For more information on Soles4Souls, go to: http://www.soles4souls.org/.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
"An acre in Middlesex is better than a principality in Utopia."
(Baron Thomas B. Macaulay, 1837)
Today's go green tip is more conceptual: do the best you can with what you have. For those of us who don't have a backyard and/or live in the middle of a city, it can be challenging to find ways to garden, compost, and other things of that sort. Vertical gardens have become very popular, and I am incredibly fascinated with them. For more information on how to build a vertical garden, go to http://www.livingwallart.com/do-it-yourself/cheap-do-it-yourself-vertical-gardens/.
A lack of space just means you need to get creative. If you have any green living tips for people who have a lack of green space, please share them with us.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
If you are a parent and need a costume for your kids, hold a costume swap with your friends who also have kids. You just might find exactly what you are looking for.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I am incredibly thankful that God has richly blessed so many people around the world with the knowledge and expertise necessary to make this rescue not only possible but safe and successful. Experts keep talking about how the fact that the men worked as a team not only kept them alive, but it kept them relatively sane as well. I hope that we all learn something from this men-God put us on this earth to work together as a team to do great things.
In my opinion, the most remarkable part of this entire situation is how many of the miners have been quoted saying that there were 34, not 33 miners down there...they said that God was with them the entire time, and that their faith enabled them to survive such cramped, dark conditions.
I won't pretend to understand what these men went through since the mine caved in on August 5th, 2010. But, I do know that God will never, ever leave us even in our darkest hour. When you feel lost, alone, and trapped, don't forget this:
Monday, October 11, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
If you don't have time to take your items to the nearest Goodwill, many charities will come pick your items up for you. How cool is that? All you have to do if put them in a bag or box and leave them outside to be picked up. The organization will leave a tax receipt for you.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
To go green and order the kid-friendly bobble (and one for you), go to www.waterbobble.com. Trust me, this is a fabulous product. I was at the beach this weekend and loved being able to filter the water in our rental house. Bobble away!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
While still working 1/2 mile from my condo earlier this year, I wanted to buy a bike, so I could bike to work each day. I had not owned a bike since I was about 12, so I decided that I wanted to buy a used bike. I looked on Craigslist and was thrilled by how many great looking bikes were listed for very reasonable prices. Unfortunately, the company downsized before I was able to ever bike to work, but the idea made me think.
If you are trying out a new item (or one from the past that you might not love anymore), why buy something brand new? You can probably find the same type of item used for a MUCH cheaper price. Especially with the economy in its current state, many people are selling brand new or gently used items such as treadmills, bikes, and cameras because they don't use them and need the extra money. Before you rush to the store to buy something like this new, do some research online to see what you can find. Let me know what you find!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Go green and check out this site of fabulous antique rings:
There are countless sites similar to this one, but this one looked really neat.
I love the idea of having a ring that is 80-100 years old. Now that is some history! I also love it when a guy uses a ring that is already in the family. You can have it re-set, add stones to it, or present it as is. I can't think of anything more special.
If you do decide to buy a new ring, please make sure that it is a conflict-free diamond. The concept of a "blood diamond" is unfortunately a very real thing, not some scheme Hollywood devised to sell movie tickets. Having traveled to Africa twice, I can assure you it is a reality for many people who are forced to work in this industry under horrific conditions.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Stand Up To Cancer's efforts are quite unique in that they have formed Dream Teams composed of doctors and scientists who are working collaboratively instead of competitively to conduct research and develop new treatments to cure cancer.
100% of your donation will go directly to collaborative cancer research, so please donate in memory or in honor of someone affected by cancer. Cancer does not care about race, religion, gender, age, income level, or nationality. Let's come together to fight this battle and win. I truly believe that the doctors, scientists, and researchers who God has richly blessed with the highest intelligence imaginable can and will find a cure for this disease in my lifetime.
I am standing up in honor of my grandmother who passed away from this horrible disease. I miss you, love you, and honor you today, tomorrow, and always.