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Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper’ on Faith, Love and Purpose

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Who doesn’t adore the obvious love between Chip and Joanna Gaines? They are the talented, gorgeous and hilarious star couple of HGTV’s, “Fixer Upper.” They make us all want to move to Waco, Texas and claim them as our new BFF’s.

It turns out that not only is their work and love inspiring, but their journey too!

The video below, is a part of a series made for Baylor University, titled “The Gathering.”

Here is Joanna Gaines on growing up, her faith, meeting Chip Gaines, being a mom and what ultimately led them to their show.

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10 Ways to Love Your Dog More This Valentine’s Day

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Dogs! How can everyone not love them?! They define love. So throw them an extra bone this Valentine’s Day!

Here are 10 Ways to Love Your Dog More! This list ranges from product subscription services, to Doggie Magazines, to businesses that give back to their doggie rescue friends, to some of the cutest and best pooch products out there, to a twitter feed that celebrates the silly and lovable in canines to just being a ‘Pawfect Pawrent’ and spoiling them like a good mom and dad.

Many descriptions below are in the businesses ‘own words.’

1. Barkbox – A box of high quality dog products for your pup delivered to your door each month. From toys and innovative gadgets to gourmet treats, bones, hygiene products and essentials – this is doggy heaven on earth!
Website: www.barkbox.com
Facebook: BarkBox
Twitter: @barkBox – Also follow @BarkPost on Twitter

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2. Pawpack – An assortment of healthy and sustainable dog products delivered to your door monthly.
Website: www.pawpack.com
Facebook: PawPack
Twitter: @ThePawPack

3. Dogtime – Looking to find your wag? Dogtime.com is the number one spot for humans searching for information about dogs.
Website: www.dogtime.com
Twitter: @dogtimedotcom

4. Modern Dog Magazine – Modern Dog Magazine – the best dog magazine ever!
Website: www.moderndogmagazine.com
Facebook: Modern Dog Magazine
Twitter: @ModernDogMag

5. The Bark – Premier dog culture magazine. Articles, stories, art & experts on relationships between dogs and humans. Motto: Dog is my co-pilot.
Website: www.thebark.com
Facebook: Bark Magazine
Twitter: @The_Bark

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6. Cutest Pooch Product Websites:

www.apetwithpaws.com – eco-friendly, sophisticated carriers and accessories and the Mandy backpack lets
dogs carrier their own treats and waste disposal bags. The Scarlett Poop Pick-up Bag Wristlet too cute.

www.baxterboo.com – Ridiculously cute stuff

www.puplife.com – Adorable dog products for the pup that’s like family

www.Thebarkshop.com – Cutest products (affiliated with the BarkBox and the BarkPost)

www.spoiledsweetpets.com – Dog beds alone are worth checking out! Tons of cute stuff!

www.harrybarker.com – Pure doggie style, drool worthy treats and charming toys – must check out.

www.chicpooch.com – An eco-friendly, upscale doggie boutique. Bring a little leopard to your pup.

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7. DOG for DOG – An all natural dog and treat company with a mission to help dogs in need. You buy one – they give one to a dog in need. A wonderful way to give back to all doggie friends.
Website: www.DogforDog.com
Facebook: DOG for DOG
Twitter: @DogforDog

8. The Animal Rescue Site Store – This is another fabulous way to love your dog while watching out for other dogs. Every time a product is purchased it funds the value of at least fourteen (14) bowls of food for shelter animals in need.
Website: www.theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com
Facebook: The Animal Rescue Site
Twitter: @theanimalrescuesite

9. Dogs Heart Me – All about dogs daily. If on twitter a must see for all things cute and cuddly.
Twitter@Dogs_heart_me

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10. Then of course, there is just old fashioned spoiled ‘Pawrenting.’ Go ahead let your pup on your favorite chair. It is Valentine’s Day, after all! Take Fido for an extra walk or better yet, both a ride in the car and a walk. Sit on the floor with him for a good twenty minutes of strict playtime – all your attention. Bring him to visit his friends so he can be with his four-legged loves this Valentine’s Day! Maybe even buy some Valentine’s gifts for him to give his furry friends.

Make it a Pawfect, Valentine’s Day for the one who loves you 24/7 unconditionally!

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A Valentine’s Day Challenge for You

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In the New York Times Bestselling Book, “The Five Love Languages,” author Gary Chapman describes five different manners in which people feel loved in their childhood.

1. Quality Time – Love is expressed by spending time with one another and giving undivided attention
2. Words of Affirmation – Love is expressed by words of praise and affection
3. Receiving Gifts – Love is expressed by gift giving
4. Physical Touch – Love is expressed by hugs and other touch
5. Acts of Service – Love is expressed by actions being more meaningful than words

The theory? That if each individual is loved in their own particular language, individuals will have happier, more satisfied relationships where they feel fully loved.

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For instance:

If a husband loves his wife with her particular language (for instance, Quality Time) and
The wife loves her husband with his particular language (for instance, Words of Affirmation)
then each will feel much more loved by one another and appreciated. It will speak to the way they felt loved while growing up.

A literal example that he gives in his book:
A wife wants her husband to go away for the weekend. He says he’s too busy.
The husband wants his wife to tell him she appreciates how hard he works for their family.
The solution so that they both feel loved and appreciated?
A weekend away with quality time for the wife while the husband gets words of affirmation on being appreciated.

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Some families love with multiple languages, some with all and some with just one. Regardless, there is generally one for most people that make them feel the most intensely loved. That is the language Chapman instructs readers to determine within them and their spouse in order to allow love to thrive.

However,

This Valentine’s Day Challenge is to love with all 5 of the love languages for a day.

Grab a pen and a piece of paper or a computer and scribble or type each of the aforementioned, five love languages. Then next to each, write something you will do for your significant other this Valentine’s Day that matches that particular love language.

After all, Valentine’s Day is about love – So why not be as generous as possible with it?

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8 DIY Ways to Fall in Love with Yourself

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The people who love the best, are the ones who love themselves the most. A full heart is a generous heart.

This Valentine’s Day, regardless of whether there is a significant other in the picture, each individual person owes it to themselves to center their life by loving themselves too.

Here are DIY Fall in love with yourself this Valentines Day

1. Once Upon A Time STORY – Sit in front of a computer or buy a journal and then go back to the beginning. Each person starts out life with the unique characteristics, passions and gifts that comprise them. This is about you and only you. It is your beginning. It is not life as a wife or a mother or a job title held. It is who you are and what you did when you were very little. Make this into a one page printout with a graphic – The title “Insert Your Name” Once Upon A Time Story.

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2. Illustrate Your STORY – Buy a pasteboard or bulletin board or magnetic board. Get the largest pile of magazines to be found, especially ones that speak to the interests of your childhood. Spend time sifting through the pages, looking for pictures that define/describe who you are, your loves, your interests. If you have taken the time to dig deep to write your, “Once Upon A Time” story the picture illustrations will more than likely match. It will also expand on it a bit and more than likely reflect who you became as a young adult and those loves/interests/passions as well.

3. Go to a craft store and buy rocks with a black pen that will write on them. The rocks will make a powerful long term visual in a basket or bowl. Write down all of the qualities that would describe you, such as, generous, patient, kind, intelligent, problem solver, etc. and then transfer each to one of the rocks.

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4. Every single person has God given gifts. Some have a few that are more predominant and drive passion in a singular direction and others may have a few more creating a passion/path which is a bit more diverse. Write down all of your God given gifts/talents. Now you will need more rocks and a gold pen or perhaps buy different colored rocks to represent these gifts. Then there will be an even stronger visual in the form of a basket or bowl of rocks representing your best qualities and your God given gifts/talents standing prominently among them.

5. This may take a bit of nerve, but it’s a great affirmation of who you are. Either e-mail or ask family and friends (say choose six to ten people) and ask them to list the three top qualities they think of when they think of you. Now combine the list and write a master list. Now grab a tube of lipstick (really) and write these on your bathroom mirror. You now will not only see a reflection of yourself, you will also see the reflection those that love you see.

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6. Search the internet (Google, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and find four to six quotes that you most identify with that inspire self-love and make you feel as though they were written for and describe you. For instance, a quote such as, “She’s bubbly like champagne and sparkly like glitter.” Or more serious ones if they describe your personality. Now take the quote and either enlarge it and print it or create your own graphic with it as large as an 8 x 10. Print them out and post them in your home, office, as your screensaver, etc. A place where you will see them daily.

7. Buy red or pink construction paper and cut out hearts or buy pre-made hearts at the craft store. Write down the top three to six ways that you love to spend your time. The activities or time spent that makes you happiest. It could even be something that you love and you never do anymore or always meant to do. The things that still speak to you from your childhood and not just the activities you make time for today. Place them in a shoebox. The kind you used to put Valentines cards in. Decorate the box with more hearts and resolve to do the things that bring out the best of you in the next month.

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8. Go to a craft store or Starbucks and buy a mug (the kind that comes with a pen) that you can write on. Now write down all the silly things that make you – you! A childhood nickname, your favorite color, your favorite animal, something you love to collect, the town you grew up in, your favorite show, etc. Use it to drink down and enjoy who you are every day.

So fall in love with yourself, this Valentine’s Day and hopefully this year.

Because…
The people who love the best, are the ones who love themselves the most
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12 Quotes from Celebrities Who Proudly Love Their Wives

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I’m constantly falling deeper in love with my wife. – Jeff Bridges

I can sum up our marriage in a line I spoke when I played the great pitcher, Grover Cleveland Alexander, a line spoken by him in life to his wife, Aimee: “God must think a lot of me to have given me you.” I thank Him every day for giving me Nancy. – Ronald Reagan

This morning, with her, having coffee. – Johnny Cash when asked his definition of paradise

I don’t like to discuss my marriage, but I will tell you something which may sound corny, but which happens to be true. I have steak at home. Why should I go out for hamburger? – Paul Newman

When I don’t see Kyra, I look forward to seeing her. We talk a lot, and we make each other laugh. People want to know, “How do you do it in Hollywood?” I don’t have the answers. We just like to be together. – Kevin Bacon

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My secret to a happy marriage is just being married to the right woman. I got lucky with the wonderful Rita Wilson. I’m the luckiest man alive. – Tom Hanks

She’s the greatest woman I have ever known. Nobody else, except my mother, comes close. – Johnny Cash

I think about the fact that we’re married and the fact that we have raised these three beautiful daughters. And then I think about having three daughters and having (Hill) for their mom. It’s a pretty cool thing for those girls to have her. – Tim McGraw

I feel really lucky and smart. I look at Tracy sometimes and I have two feelings. One is that she becomes more beautiful every second; and more important, I look at her and say to myself, Damn, you’re smart. Boy did you make the right choice. – Michael J. Fox

I’m not really a movie star. I’ve still got the same wife I started out with twenty-eight years ago. – Roy Rogers

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Here’s to a Year of Blue Streaks and Pink Champagne

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I change into a black smock and find my way to the chair.

My hairstylist grabs a section of my hair and some foil. We laugh as she begins the process.

TODAY, I am getting a blue streak laced within my dark brown hair.

It’s my year. My re-entry. My take back. My comeback. My “Hey Life” I’m back in the game!

I text a few of my girlfriends. Their reactions vary…

One is horrified
As is another
One calls me Katy Perry

I text my sister…her reaction?

“You go girl – next time go blind!”

“What?” I respond horrified

“Oops,” she texts. “I meant go blonde HA HA!”

My niece texts me back and says, “WHAT?? I need to see this!”

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We laugh at the salon. Of course, more like they are laughing at me. The bold and daring stylists who are far more adventurous. They indulge me; however, allowing me to feel as if my bold, almost divorced New Year’s declaration of edgy, wildness IS truly wild.

I have grown weary of my black and white, dreary, divorce existence.

Today begins the day of color (quite literally) re-entering my world.

So why the blue? I can blame ‘Days Of Our Lives,’ actress Lauren Koslow. She defies age, dresses impeccably, and pulls off this subtle, blue streak in her dark hair. I never actually knew why she had the streak, just that it gave her a unique, edge. Today, while editing this piece I decided to look it up. It turns out she did it for the exact same reason. She was chasing her wild.

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Well, her character’s wild at the time. Only now it’s a bit of her own trademark.

So…It seems it’s kismet.

My tiny, bit of hip, edge will partner well with my new drink…pink champagne. I chose a drink carefully. One that speaks of both color AND the New Year so I keep my mojo reminded that I’m chasing my wild.

It’s my year. My re-entry. My take back. My comeback. My “Hey Life” I’m back in the game!

A year of blue streaks and pink champagne!

My bold, almost divorced, New Year’s declaration of edgy wildness.

Okay, so not so wild…but IT IS MY wild.

What’s your wild?

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How to Say Goodbye to Love – A Letter to My Husband

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Dear……

We knew we were in trouble.

Only…

I fought
You didn’t

I said there was nothing we couldn’t overcome
You didn’t

I told you that you were the love of my life
You didn’t

I told you I couldn’t live without you
You didn’t

I told you I would do anything to save us
You didn’t

I completely lost myself in the process
You didn’t

I told you that you were my best friend
You didn’t

I told you that you had become my family
You didn’t

I told you that you meant everything to me
You didn’t

I told you that my heart was broken
You didn’t

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I told you that I loved you
You didn’t

I told you I was leaving
You didn’t notice

I don’t know why I am surprised.
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10 Outrageously Great Skin Care Products

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I remember in the beginning of my divorce, my sister said, “You take care of yourself. You get your hair done and make the outside feel as good as possible since you are struggling on the inside.”

It was excellent advice.

My sisters have always said that I need a 12 step program for makeup. The same is true for skin care.

There is barely a skin care product that I haven’t tried. I have learned many things over the years.

1. Cost has nothing to do with it. The most expensive cream I purchased was the least effective and ironically, it’s one that all the celebrities rave about.

2. It’s important to alternate skin care products just as one does shampoo.

3. Hydration, hydration, hydration. Yes, wrinkle relief on top of that, but properly hydrated skin is a much better palette for topical wrinkle creams.

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4. The skin is the largest organ in the body. Take care of what is put on it and don’t just do the neck and face. Do all the way around the neck even in the back, do up and around the ears, and try using face cream on the hands. Use the evenings to intensely hydrate and the mornings for the one, lighter, hydrating cream by Clinique listed below.

10 Outrageously Great Skin Care Products:

Clinique – Best morning moisturizer for hydration and light enough that it is a great makeup foundation primer

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Skincando – This organic skin care cream from www.skincando.com is without a doubt one of the most hydrating face and neck creams out there. It is not only super effective in hydrating, it is also a healing cream that heals rosacea, bug bites, rashes and a huge variety of other things.

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Kiehl’s – A great hydrating facial oil used alone or in conjunction with Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica mixed together.

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Kiehl’s – Rosa Arctica – One of the absolute best hydrators for face and neck (especially the neck).

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Burt’s Bees – An incredible hydrating cream.

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Burt’s Bees – Another intensely hydrating cream.

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Kiehl’s – Vitamin C product is amazing and the difference in skin is noticeable within weeks. A tremendous anti-aging product. Use this in addition to hydrating creams. This cream is addictive. It makes skin look younger in weeks.

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Kiehl’s – A wrinkle WONDER! This cream is crazy great! Use on any wrinkles, eyes, other parts of face and neck. It makes a dramatic difference within days.

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Burt’s Bees – A great, super hydrating eye cream. It can be used both at night and morning without feeling too heavy.

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Burt’s Bees – A facial cleansing oil that is amazing. Oils are the future. They are becoming more and more popular and this one is excellent.

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4 Reasons We Can’t Get over a Broken Heart

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People Facebook me. People text me. People e-mail me. People call me.

We have one thing in common.

They want to know why it is that they can’t get over the person they love and are losing.

They are reaching out to the right person. I am an expert in not getting over love. I am an expert in staying too long! I am an expert in the inability to let go. I am an expert in denial.

I am an expert in broken hearts.

The 4 Reasons We Can’t Get over a Broken Heart:

1. What it says about your heart – After we lost my mother, we found a quote that she had written several places – “What the heart has once owned it shall never lose.” Of course, we all knew this was a nod to our father. She had loved and lost him, but she had never let go of him. The heart wants what it wants. It is a muscle that when in excellent shape is difficult to contend with. It will not let go. This is an attribute of the heart most of the time. Thankfully, it means fierce love. The type every individual deserves. Unfortunately, it also means this tough muscle won’t let go of any love…even when it has been proven time and time again that it must for its own survival.

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2. What is says about you – Letting go of love isn’t just about the other person. It also dictates that the significant other recognize the failure to make it work. It doesn’t matter what made it fail. Nor does it matter who made it fail. And who is to say, that there is really failing in love? Even though it feels that way. Perhaps, it’s not failing at love. Perhaps it’s passing love. The kind that meets us when we need it and recognizes when it limits us. The kind of love that gets a person through until the next love is meant to walk in.

3. What is says about your dreams – It’s difficult to re-write a life script that started in youth. A time when dreams were built on idealism. A time when one thought they would do far better than their parents. Only to find out they are simply as human and capable of many of the same mistakes. A broken heart means that life and dreams took an unexpected twist. It’s difficult, no…it’s impossible to give up on dreams, especially the dreams that started in youth or the beginning of love.

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4. What it says about your foundation – Let’s face it. When we meet the one we love, it is as if we have known them forever. When we lose them, we don’t remember when we didn’t know them. So it feels as if we are losing forever, our own forever. The only thing we remember. It’s as if a part of our life never existed because we have to let go of all the memories. They have become forbidden memories. They are pictures that now show a person who no longer belongs. It is not a memory any longer, but rather an illusion of a life that was not meant to be. It is a broken family. It is a broken foundation. It is the one member of our family that life tells us we will never connect with again. Unlike family that argues, judges, distances, loves and then heals and loves once again. There will be no healing and love. A part of the foundation is gone – forever.

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Sadly, this leads us to becoming an expert in broken hearts.

And because absolutely NO one wants to be an expert in broken hearts, it leads to resistance.

And, therefore, we decide that we have no intention nor desire to get over that broken heart.
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12 Quotes of Snow Filled Wonder #Blizzard2016

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