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8 Ways To Make LOVE Your Theme for 2017

Posted on January 6th, 2017 by LetLoveShow

What are your goals for the year of 2017? Do you want to create a better life filled with love and happiness? Do want to strengthen your relationships and make a positive impact on the world? You can do all of this and more if you strive to make love the theme of your new year. After all, there can never be too much love in the world. Following are eight actionable ways you can make love your theme for 2017.

Love Yourself

For most people, loving others is easier than loving themselves. Many people struggle with feelings of low self worth. They are their own worst critic, belittling themselves for each and every mistake that they think they make. If this sounds like you, it’s time to stop the cycle of self abuse and learn to love yourself. When you love yourself, your life will get better. You will feel better and be more successful than you ever thought possible. What’s more, you will have even more love to give to others because love generates even more love.

To love yourself, you must first stop criticizing and judging yourself. Stop holding yourself to unbelievably high standards, and don’t compare yourself to others. The only measuring stick you should use is you.

Strive to be a better person today than you were yesterday. Forgive yourself for any past wrongs that you may have committed against others. Let the feelings of guilt go. You should also take actionable steps to feel better, such as striving to eat healthier and exercise a bit more. Make time for yourself and all the things you love to do. You will be much happier.

Love Your Significant Other

You love your significant other more than anyone else, but how good are you at showing your love? If you don’t feel the heat like you used to, you can warm up your relationship by doing a few simple things that show your partner how much you love them.

Cute little love notes and texts don’t take much time or effort but the payoff is huge. A note lets your significant other know that you’re thinking about them and puts a smile on their face. You can also do small favors to make them feel pampered and loved, such as making their coffee in the morning or laying out their bath towel. Small physical gestures, such as a peck on the cheek, holding hands, or playing with their hair, really keeps the romance alive.

Love Your Children

To show love to your children, first work on your relationship with their other parent. Children thrive in conditions where both parents love and support one another. In addition to having lots of cuddle time, be sure to always speak to your children with compassion. Don’t punish them with harsh words. Instead, speak to them with empathy and understanding. Always give your child a listening ear when they’re feeling down, and offer encouragement when the world seems like a harsh place.

Love Your Family Members

Communication is key for showing love to your extended family members. A kind text or a short phone call can go a long way. Strive to be thoughtful as well. If you know they’re sick, a little care package would not be remiss. If you can’t afford a gift, offer to clean their house or run a few errands. The goal is to let them know that you care and that you’re thinking of them.

Love Your Friends

Your friends put up with you and your idiosyncrasies, so it’s always a good idea to show them how much you love them. Simple gestures, such as buying them a cup of coffee on a cold day or taking them to see that movie they’re dying to see, are ideal. Support them in their endeavors. If they’re opening a new restaurant, be the first one in line.

Love Your Co-Workers

Show your co-workers you love them by showing appreciation and making a few small daily gestures. Hold open a door for your co-worker or tidy up their desk. Greet them warmly when you see them. Bring a treat to the office from time to time.

Love your Community

Showing love for your community takes a bit more effort because it means that you have to get involved. Volunteer at a food pantry, donate items that you don’t need, and look for programs that allow you to get involved, such as after school programs for children. You should also strive to be a good citizen. Don’t litter, and take steps to beautify your neighborhood.

Love the World

If you want to show love for the world, decrease your carbon footprint. Look for ways that you can live greener. Recycling, car pooling, buying environmentally-friendly products — are all great ways to show the world you care.

Remember, showing love begins with you. If you love yourself, you will be able to give more love to others because you will be happier and more fulfilled.

Show Kids Love and Support as they Head Back to School

Posted on August 21st, 2013 by LetLoveShow

The summer break has ended and the hectic morning routine and evening homework sessions begin again.  As your kids head back to school, it’s important to let them know how much you love and support them.   Here are a few ways to  show unconditional love and support to your kids as they embark upon the adventure of a new school year.

Throw a Pep Rally – at Home! 

A couple of years ago, my family started a new annual tradition- “The Back to School Pep Rally-at Home”.  Before the start of the school year, we gather the kids and  family members and get everyone excited about the beginning of school. We praise the kids for their special talents and unique skills and let them know we expect their best. Delicious food  and a “Back to School” celebration cake add to the festivities.

It’s a New Day

Let your kids know it’s a new day.  Even if your child had difficulties and challenges during the last school year -whether academic or behavioral – let them know they are starting out  this school year with a clean slate.  Emphasize that it’s never too late to turn things and around and let them know you believe they will be able to overcome the challenges of the past.  In addition, help them establish a plan to improve the areas that proved to be challenging during the last school year.

Create Family Reading Time 

Most teachers require school-aged kids to read for some amount of time in the evenings. Why not make it a family affair?  Schedule a time for the whole family to read together.  To make it even more enjoyable,  choose a book the whole family will love and take turns reading aloud. Even after kids are able to read on their own, it remains academically advantageous to be read to aloud.

Write them a Love Note

Drop a little encouragement note in your child’s backpack, pocket  or lunchbox or have it waiting at the table when they sit down for breakfast in the morning.  In the note, express how much you love them and believe in their ability to make excellent grades, exemplify great behavior and make wise decisions.

Always Remind Them How Amazing they Are

It is so easy to get caught up in the buying of school supplies and clothes and rushing through the morning and evening routines.  Be sure to stop… and  take the time to tell them how truly amazing they are.

Great Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Posted on April 20th, 2013 by LetLoveShow

Earth Day is a day of awareness when the world shows appreciation and support for the environment. It is a great opportunity to show love for the Earth by partnering with the people you love in various activities. There are numerous ways to celebrate Earth Day. Here are 7 ways you and your family can show your love.

1. Build a Garden

Earth Day comes at the perfect time of year for planning a garden. Decide whether you want to plant flowers or vegetables.  Make a list of everything you need including seeds, soil, containers and a watering can. Make a trip to the store and pick up everything on your list. Spend time as a family preparing your garden together.

2.. Make a Mud Pie 

Mud Pie is a delicious dessert that will bring a smile to your children’s faces. You can make it together to honor the Earth and serve it as a special dessert. The only ingredients you need are:

  • Instant pudding (chocolate)
  • Cool Whip
  • Oreos
  • Pie Crust
  • Gummy Worms

Stir crushed Oreos and Gummy Worms into the pudding and pour the pudding into the pie crust. Chill for at least one hour before eating.

3. Join Hands

Part of what makes the Earth special is that it unites the world. Show your connection to family and friends by having them trace their hands on construction paper during the days leading up to Earth Day. Cut them out and make a hand wreath to represent unity.

4. Meditate 

Meditation has been proven to relieve stress and lower blood pressure. Teach your family how to do it together. Find a place outside where you can enjoy the beauty of the environment. Give everyone a chance to say what they appreciate about the Earth. Then take 10 minutes practicing deep breathing. Have everyone close their eyes and sit silently while thinking about the things you discussed.

5. Pick up Trash

Nobody likes to see trash on the ground. It looks terrible and it is disrespectful to the planet. Walk around a local park with trash bags and pick up litter as a family for a couple of hours during the day. Make sure to wear gloves to protect yourself from germs. You will all feel great after seeing how you made a difference. Then go for a walk!

6. Feed the Birds

Pinecone birdfeeders are simple to make yet will let the birds know you love them too. Collect pinecones and cover them with peanut butter. Dip them in bird seed and hang them from your trees. Watch the birds arrive for a snack.

7. Recycle It

Take the recyclables that have been building up in your garage over to the local recycling plant. Many locations offer free tours of their facilities where you can learn about how it all works. Your children will learn the importance of recycling and you will clean out some clutter.

Make this Earth Day special. Take time to show your love for the planet with the people you love.

How to Know He’s the Right Man for Your Heart

Posted on April 4th, 2013 by LetLoveShow

He has taken you out on a few dates. You have had dinner, gone to the movies and met his friends. Yet you don’t want to invest any more time unless there is long-term potential. How do you know? Here are ten ways to tell if he is the one you can trust your heart with. Ask yourself these questions:

1) Do You Respect Him?

We always hear about how important it is that men respect us, but it needs to work both ways. Do you respect him? You need to if you are going to take the relationship to the next level.

2) Are You Still the Same Person?

Sometimes women change their behavior in order to get men to like them. They may act dumb or pretend to enjoy things they don’t. If you are the same person you always are when around him then that is a good sign.

3) Can He Hang Out with Your Friends?

He needs to get along with your friends. They don’t have to absolutely love him- that’s your job. But they should at least feel comfortable having him in the group. If you see a lot of eye-rolling then ask them what is going on.

4) Does He Hurt Your Feelings?

A high IQ is great but emotional intelligence is even more important in a relationship. He should be able to show empathy when you are going through a tough time and not tease you about things you are sensitive about.

5) Do You Trust Him?

Either you trust him or you don’t. Think with your gut on this one. Is he someone you can trust or do you have doubts about what he does when you aren’t around?

6) Are You Physically Attracted to Him?

There has to be a chemical attraction if things are going to work out. Do you feel attracted to him physically? Do you enjoy cuddling with him, holding hands, kissing?

7) Are You Silly Together?

People in happy relationships make time to laugh together. Are you comfortable being silly with him? Do you have the same sense of humor?

8) Does He Fight Fair?

Everyone has disagreements- if you don’t then something else is going on that you need to check out. But can you work through a disagreement together without it getting out of control?

9) Is Silence OK?

One of the most telling things about a relationship is whether there can be silences without it being awkward. You shouldn’t feel the need to fill every moment with words.

10) Do Your Parents Like Him?

Your parents know you well, even if you don’t want to admit it. Take their opinion about him seriously. You shouldn’t base your decision on how they feel- but you should take in into consideration.

Is he the one to trust with your heart? If you ask yourself these questions and respond honestly you will have your answer.

Love quotes to Love and Live By

Posted on February 27th, 2013 by LetLoveShow

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Love quotes touch our hearts and remind us to show our love  more. Here are few love quotes to love and live by:

1. “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”
~Mother Teresa

2. “Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.”  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

3. We come to love not by finding a perfect person but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly. ~Sam Keen

4. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” ~Maya Angelou

5. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you

courage.” ~ Lao Tzu

6. “Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” ~Robert Heinlein

7. “True love stories never have endings.” ~Richard Bach

8. “Love makes everything that is heavy, light.” ~ Thomas Kempis

9. “Love me when I least deserve it, because that’s when I really need it.” – Swedish Proverb

10. ” So long as I can breathe or I can see, so long lives your love which gives life to me.”
~William Shakespeare

11. “The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” ~Helen Keller

12. You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
~Dr. Seuss

13. “In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities”~Janos Arany

14. When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
~Jimi Hendrix

Don’t Forget Your Little Valentines- Celebrating the Holiday with Your Children

Posted on February 9th, 2013 by LetLoveShow

Valentine’s Day is the time to remember all of the people you love so much. Don’t forget about the little ones who make your life so special. There are many things you can do to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your kids. Here are a few suggestions to show them that children can make the best Valentines.

1. Just Like When You Were a Kid

As parents it seems that we are also rushing to get things done. There is always another project to do or place to get to that we often look for shortcuts whenever possible. Instead of buying pre-made cookie dough, dropping it on a cookie sheet, and sticking it in the oven, let baking be the focus. Show your little ones that you can make chocolate chip cookies from scratch. Make sure you let them measure and pour.

2. Find your Inner Picasso

This time you don’t have to say “Next time.” Go to the crafts store and buy all of the supplies they always ask for. Go home and make Valentine’s Day cards for friends and family. You can put down a plastic table cover so you don’t have to think about the mess because this is a time to create. And don’t skimp on the glitter.

3. Share the Excitement

Include your children in the celebration. While you cook the “romantic” meal, have them help you set an elegant table. They can make place cards and menus for everyone in the family. Let them dress up in their fancy clothes. Then light candles and allow them to join you for the special dinner. Tell them how you met years ago and share stories about how you fell in love.

4. The Most Special Valentines

They became your Valentines the days they were born. Pop some popcorn and play the videos from the time when you carried them in your belly. Watch the tapes from when they were born and relive how you all became an official family.

5.  Good Morning!

Wake them up to Valentine’s Day pancakes and strawberry milk. Put together a small package for each child from the dollar store with pencils, erasers and memo pads with the day’s theme and have it at their spot at the kitchen table.

6.  Reading Time

Take an hour and read all of the Valentine’s Day books you own or borrowed from the public library. Snuggle up on the couch and talk about how Valentine’s Day became a holiday. You can tell all of the reasons why you love each other.

7. Turn on the Computer

Don’t forget Grandma and Grandpa. Help your children come up with a list of all things that make their grandparents lovable. Then you can Skype them and read the list together. It will make their day!

Valentine’s Day is a great holiday to share the love in your family. You may even find an activity that you all enjoy so much that you decide to make it a regular part of your routine.

Valentine’s Day 101- What to Do on Your Date Night

Posted on February 7th, 2013 by LetLoveShow

There is so much pressure on couples to come up with great date night ideas for Valentine’s Day. New couples want to create special memories while couples who have been together for a long time want to  keep the romance alive. Don’t succumb to the pressure- we can help. Here are some ideas to make this Valentine’s Day the best one yet!

Couples Night In

If you live in a big city then you know how busy Valentine’s Day can be. You need to make reservations way in advance if you want to get in to a nice restaurant. It can even be difficult to find a place to go in a small town as people who never go out fill up the local restaurants. So instead of going out, why not stay in? Pick up the ingredients for a special meal and cook together. Download a bunch of love songs and play them in the background and set the mood.

A Lovers’ Lunch

Everybody expects the Valentine’s dinner date. Make it more exciting by planning a lunchtime rendezvous. Scoot out of work and meet up at a restaurant that has memories for you as a couple. It will feel like you are playing hooky. And if you can play hooky, don’t go back to work- get a hotel room and spend the afternoon- and the night.

Movie Marathon

Have children and your babysitter has her own Valentine’s Day date? Pick out a few of the movies that you saw in the early days of your relationship. After the kids are in bed you can pop the disks in the DVR and pop some popcorn. When is the last time you got to spend the night cuddling on the couch?

Memory Lane

If you are the creative type, you can put together a scavenger hunt with a “Just You and Me” theme. Clues can include places you have gone, special events you have shared, and vacations you have taken. YOU can be the prize.

Dance the Night Away

Take some inspiration from Dancing with the Stars. Valentine’s Day is a great time to try out couple’s lessons at your local dance studio. Learn the Tango and next Valentine’s Day can be spent impressing people on the dance floor!

Riding in Style

Check if your city has horse drawn carriage rides. Sometimes rides are part of an official tour. You can learn about your hometown while snuggling in comfort. Bring a cozy blanket and bottle of champagne.

Cheer on the Team

The Super Bowl is over. Support your city and make plans to see a local sports team. Most areas have a minor league team. If not, see who is playing at a college or university nearby. Sit on the bleachers and share a bag of peanuts.
Don’t let Valentine’s Day pressure get you stressed out. Choose one of these fun activities and remember the real meaning behind the day- LOVE!

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How to Fall in Love All Over Again

Posted on January 24th, 2013 by LetLoveShow

Do you ever dream about the intensity you felt when falling in love with your husband? It’s a dreamy magical moment in time but that’s really all it can be. Nobody would get anything done if they remained in that heightened state permanently. That’s why after a period of time the novelty wears off and reality comes back into focus. Unfortunately as we get tied up in real-life distractions (like the kids, the bills, the “everything”) we can find ourselves losing touch with our partner. Here are 10 ways to rejuvenate a relationship and reignite love’s fire when there has been a lack of communication and a lack of focus on the relationship.

1. Clean up your act

Remember how you used to spend hours primping before meeting up with him after work? And how you would take forever picking out the perfect outfit for your date? Of course you don’t have that kind of time to devote to prep work anymore. But think about ways that you can make an effort to show him how beautiful he makes you feel. It will make you feel self-confident too.

2. PDA Alert

Nobody likes to watch couples going at it in the middle of the mall. But there’s nothing wrong with taking his hand in yours while you stroll down the street. Give him a quick peck on the lips just because. Rub his back while hanging out with friends. These little touches can bring you closer together.

3. Date Night

Set aside a regular time each week for just the two of you. It doesn’t have to be expensive. You can take a walk in the park or have a picnic dinner somewhere quiet. What matters most is that you make time for togetherness.  I know a couple who had been married for 10 years and wanted to bring back the romance. The husband would actually leave the house while his wife got ready and then ring the bell like he was picking her up for a date.

4. Positive Reinforcement

Our lives are so hectic that sometimes we don’t realize that most of what we say to each other is a series of complaints. “Why didn’t you BLANK? Can’t you just BLANK?” As an experiment, try to go the whole day without saying one thing negative to your partner. Watch how it changed the whole communication dynamic between the two of you.

5. Debrief

After-work time can be very busy. The family needs to eat dinner, the children have to do homework and there are baths to take. Set aside 30 minutes after the kids are in bed to talk about your days without interruption. Get things off your chest from your day and agree that the other person doesn’t have to fix anything- just listen and show support.

6. Text “Just Because”

Send a few texts throughout the day to let your partner know they are missed. Just a little I love you or I miss you can make his day. Let him know you appreciate it when he does the same. It’s nice to know you are on someone else’s mind, if even for just a second.

7. Away We Go!

Plan a weekend away with no work interruptions. If you have to turn off your phones part of the time, then go ahead. Spend time just enjoying each other and being conscious of one another’s needs. If you can’t spare a whole weekend because of finances, try an overnight at a hotel.

8. Work Out

Start a new exercise routine together. Take a class, pick a DVD or just jog around the neighborhood. It will be good for your body and your relationship. The endorphins will make you feel good and bring you closer together.

9. Start Something  New

Try out his favorite hobby or choose a new hobby to get involved in together. Maybe take an adult ed class at the community college in your town. Anything that allows you to spend fun time together in a relaxing environment can unite you.

10. Renew Your Vows

Revisit all of the things you love about each other in a vow renewal ceremony. It can be an exotic second honeymoon or a private backyard affair. Write your own vows and show your friends and family how much your love has grown.

You can’t help being busy. We all lead hectic lives. However, by scheduling time for you and your partner you can keep communication open and keep your love alive.

How to Show Love in 2013

Posted on January 13th, 2013 by LetLoveShow

Who doesn’t want to know they are loved? Whether it is by a spouse, friend, or neighbor, we all want to feel like we make a difference in someone else’s life. And showing people they are loved does more than make the other person feel good- it makes you feel good too!

The effects of love are incredible.  Love can strengthen your immune system and change the way you look at life in general. If we would all make a conscious effort to show love in 2013, what a difference we could make!

Here are 10 ways you can show love to the people you care about in 2013.

1. Turn off technology 

Set aside time each evening to turn off all technology- smartphones, laptops, television and even your e-readers- so that you can focus on your significant other. When they tell you about their day, really listen.

2.  Cook a meal

Don’t wait for an illness or new baby to cook a meal for a neighbor. Make the dish they always rave about and take it over frozen so they can eat it when they want to skip cooking duties one night.

3. Participate in their favorite pastime

Read up on his favorite sport and sit down to watch the game with him. Wow him you’re your new skills. Make his dip and cuddle for the afternoon.

4. Take the kids.

She’s the friend who does everything for everyone else but never does anything for herself. Tell her you are taking her kids for the day and let her have the day off. Take her a cup of her favorite coffee, a good book, and some bath gel when you pick up the kids.

5. Send her flowers

You know she loves flowers and she complains that her husband never sends her any. Send her a bouquet to let her know how special she is when she least expects it.

6. Share a plant

Put a plant on a neighbor’s doorstep just because. You don’t even have to say who it is from. Who doesn’t love a surprise gift?

7. Give them praise

Instead of complaining about your partner, next time try praising them. When you are hanging out with friends, pay your spouse a compliment so that everyone can hear. Squeeze their hand or touch their back. Let everyone know how you really feel.

8. Yard work

The next time you shovel your walk or mow your lawn, get the neighbor’s yard cleaned up too. It just takes a little extra time and it can make a big difference in a busy schedule.

9. Help clean house

You have all wanted to get organized for years and can’t ever seem to catch up. Gather a group of girlfriends and spend the day at one house getting things in order. Take turns once every few weeks until everybody is in good shape.

10. Send a card

Let one of your favorite people know they have a place in your heart. Send them a card telling them three things that make them so special to you.

We should all make it a priority to make people feel loved. It’s a helpful reminder of how much we are loved in return.

Showing Christmas Love

Posted on December 24th, 2012 by LetLoveShow

By its very origin, Christmas is all about love. Yet everywhere you go during the holidays, you will inevitably meet people who have forgotten the essence of what Christmas is really about. The Christmas holiday was begun originally to recognize and celebrate the greatest love there ever was, or will be. However, as humans are prone to do, we took it over and attached countless traditions and activities. As a result of the gift-giving and holiday parties or gatherings, most people find themselves so stressed out physically and financially that love for each other has fallen to the bottom of the list of holiday plans.

So what are some things that we can do to help bring back that spirit of love for those with whom we come into contact during the Christmas season? There are many things that we can do which cost very little, and some things are absolutely free to do; but will surely bring a smile and a burst of good cheer to even the staunchest Scrooge. The following ten things will make someone else happy, which will certainly also add warm and fuzzy feelings to your own holidays.
Share a Smile
Now this may sound too simple to be real. But you will soon begin to notice that smiles are contagious. You may run across the occasional person who won’t return your smile, but a cheerful smile and a wish of “Merry Christmas” will most certainly brighten the days for most of those you meet.

Lend a Helping Hand
Have you ever been shopping or running errands and see a young mother, or a senior who has their hands, full trying to manage their purchases alone? Take a minute from your busy schedule to help that person get to their vehicle, or just make sure they get there safely.

Make a Visit
Everyone knows someone who lives alone and would be greatly cheered by a visit during the holidays. It doesn’t take alot of time to pop in and inquire if there is something you can do to help an elderly person around the house. If it isn’t a good time to do it right then, you could schedule another visit at a later date to help.

Send Cards
When you are surrounded by family and friends, it may be hard to remember that there are those among us who have no one, and would be thrilled to open a beautiful Christmas card which says you are thinking of them during the holidays. This is a good idea at any time of the year.

Help The Needy
Every community and church has some type of giving ministry to help those less fortunate to have a brighter Christmas. It doesn’t have to be a large amount, but give what you can afford to help those who need a little boost.

Adopt A Family
If you are able, adopt a family and buy some age appropriate gifts. A food basket, with the ingredients for a good Christmas meal, or a basket of fruit would be much appreciated by anyone who may be having a hard time financially.

Deliver Baked Goods to Neighbors
You can remind your neighbors how much they mean to you at this time of the year just by delivering them a packet of goodies. If you are not a baker, stop by the local bakery and pick up some cookies or croissants. It isn’t so much the gift, as the thought that counts.

Share Your Home
If you are someone who enjoys cooking and are able, cook up your best holiday meal and invite some people who may be spending the holidays alone for various reasons. If Christmas Day isn’t a good time, you can do this a day or two before or after.

Offer to Help Decorate
If you have friends, neighbors, or fellow church members who are may not be physically able to decorate their own homes for the holidays, take a day and offer to help them get it done. They will be cheered up by the sight, and you will be blessed for helping.

Tell The Christmas Story
Be quick to share with those who may not know about the true meaning of Christmas. Tell them of the First and Best Love. That will be the kind of love which they can keep throughout the year.

Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

Posted on November 21st, 2012 by LetLoveShow

Delicious turkey…the laughter of friends and family… and are you ready for some football ?? Thanksgiving is one of the holidays we look forward to each year- the time we are able to pull ourselves away from our busy schedules and spend some much needed time with friends and family.  Here are a few ways to show your love and thanks during Thanksgiving.

Say you are Thankful…Show that you are Thankful.  In every way possible, let the people in your life know how much you appreciate them. Never hesitate to say “Thank you.”.  What you consider insignificant can mean the world to someone else.

Invite someone you know to your family dinner.  Many people have family out of town or are new in town.  Include them in your family celebration.

If your family is long-distance, get on Skype or a Google Hangout and spend Thanksgiving together.  You don’t have to share the same physical space to show your love.

Leave a  “Thank you” note for your neighbor, coworker, babysitter or the doorman who greets you everyday as you go to work.  Let them know they are appreciated.

Create a Thanksgiving tradition.  Whether it’s helping to serve meals for the homeless or  developing a tribute to a family member, create an annual tradition that everyone can look forward to.

Call the friend whose voice you haven’t heard in awhile.  Just call and let them know you are thinking of them and that you are so thankful for their friendship throughout the years. Express to them that even though you don’t talk often, it doesn’t lessen how much you appreciate them.

Be truly Thankful for each moment.  The moments we share with friends and family are priceless.  Take pictures, create videos, share laughter and love.  Create the memories that will last forever. Take the time to immerse yourself in how blessed you are.

If you will be alone for Thanksgiving, get out of the house.  Many restaurants are featuring Thanksgiving specials. Try  a new restaurant you haven’t been to before.  Be open to meeting new people.   When you return home, treat yourself.  What do you love to do more than anything else? Do it!

Make this Thanksgiving Day a day you cherish the love of family and friends and reach out to others to share your love.  Above all else, give Thanks for all that you have.

 

 

 

 

How to Show Love and Respect on Veterans Day

Posted on November 10th, 2012 by LetLoveShow

Our country has a long history of showing love and respect to all the men and women who have served valiantly in the various branches of the armed services. An opportunity to do exactly this is approaching with the observance of Veterans Day.   The holiday has expanded,  and rightly so most agree, to include current members of the military. Regardless of how you view Veterans Day, many people who for one reason or another did not perform military service find themselves at a loss as to how to commemorate the occasion. This is partly due to the fact that when you ask a veteran or current military member if there is anything you could do for them, a large majority will reply along the lines of, “I was just doing my duty.” Here are a few suggestions as to how you can show your appreciation for our noble members of the military.

1. Reach out to a family member or acquaintance that has a military service background. This not only shows that you appreciate the sacrifices they made, but you may very well come away with some valuable insights. Be aware that some, especially those that were involved in intense combat, might be reluctant to discuss their experiences, with good reason.

2. Donate blood. Even if your donation does not go directly to a wounded soldier, your generosity will mean that the supply available to the wounded will go further.

3. Contact a current member of the military who is stationed away from home. It can feel very lonely to be away from familiar surroundings. Contact of any kind helps to alleviate the feeling that they have been forgotten.

4. Attend a Veterans Day parade. Not only will veterans appreciate your participation. You will develop a keen sense of the bond that veterans from different eras share with one another.

5. Make a donation to a veterans’ organization. Whether it is in the form of money, clothing or other items, these donations are used directly for the benefit of veterans.

6. Visit a veterans’ retirement home. Combat veterans were so adept at surviving horrendous, life threatening circumstances that when they returned to peace-time conditions, they often out-lived family and friends. They deserve to know that their contribution to our freedom is appreciated.

7. Attend a commemorative party or banquet at your local V.F.W. Proceeds from these types of events go straight to the veterans who need them most.

Remember, even if you do not agree with the military policies of the past, current, or future administrations, the men and women of the military services are people, just like you and me. Their personal sacrifices and sufferings are the reason we observe Veterans Day. Showing your love and appreciation for their service should trump any political considerations. On this Veterans Day, let’s show our love for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice and for those who place their lives on the line for our country.

How will you show love and appreciation on Veterans Day?

Show Love To Your In-Laws

Posted on October 27th, 2012 by LetLoveShow

Your relationship with your in-laws can be one of the most difficult parts of your marriage. Try these ten ways to ease tensions and show your in-laws some love.1) Be open to getting to know your in-laws better. Take the time to talk, listen and have real conversations to help grow your relationship.2) Include them in celebrations throughout the year. After all, your in-laws are one half of your family. They love your spouse and your kids as much as you do. Show them that you appreciate that love by inviting them to birthday and holiday parties.

3) Send a card on birthdays, holidays and other special occasions. Including your in-laws on your card list shows them that you acknowledge and appreciate their part in your family.

4) Give a call just to see how your mother- or father-in-law is doing. They’ll appreciate the gesture and it will give you a chance to connect.

5) Find common ground so that you each understand where the other is coming from. This helps to avoid confrontation and shows a willingness to overcome obstacles.

6) Be thankful when in-laws offer help or advice. This isn’t always easy when your mother-in-law corrects you for the hundredth time, but you’ll have a healthier relationship if you can learn to accept her words gracefully.

7) Show respect for your in-laws as people. They’re your spouse’s parents, your kids’ grandparents and an important part of your life. Acknowledge that they have experience that could be helpful to you and be appreciative of it.

8) Be positive even in difficult situations. Approaching anything with a positive outlook makes you more positive overall. If you’re usually uptight around your in-laws, try refocusing your mindset the next time they visit and see how it can change your interactions.

9) Plan visits to help avoid unannounced house calls. Talk with your in-laws and set up times outside of birthdays and holidays that they can come over for dinner or that you can bring the kids to their house. A set schedule takes the stress out of visiting and makes everyone happier.

10) Practice love toward your mother- and father-in-law. Sometimes the easiest way to show someone you care is to treat them in a loving way and make them feel special.

 

 

How to Forgive Yourself and Live the Life You Deserve

Posted on September 30th, 2012 by LetLoveShow

It’s inevitable that you’re going to make a decision that you will wind up regretting at some point in your life. Once that happens, you have a choice: You can let it eat away at you for the rest of your life, or you can forgive yourself and move on.  Nobody said that forgiving yourself would be easy, but here are ten tips for self-forgiveness that will hopefully help move the process along.

1. Write yourself a letter.

Detail what happened and the role you played. Be honest. Now, tell yourself that you forgive yourself even if you aren’t feeling it yet. Practice this until it feels honest.

2. Talk it out with someone who cares about you.

We are often our harshest critics. Chances are, others will never be as angry with you as you are right now. Talk to a friend or loved one or even a trusted counselor. They will most likely reassure you that you are not you mistake.

3. Write your regrets and then burn them.

Write every regret you have on a small slip of paper. Burn them in a small fireproof dish. Watch the smoke and imagine your regrets slipping away.

4. Make self-forgiveness a daily mantra.

Tell yourself every day that you are lovable and worthy of forgiveness. Write it down if you need to and recite it daily.

5. Practice forgiving others.

When you forgive the ones who have hurt you, you may find it easier to forgive yourself.

6. Create a real plan to get out of the situation.

Are you still mad at yourself because you are still living with the repercussions of your actions? Create a real, step-by-step plan to repair the situation and put it in action.

7. Ask others for forgiveness.

If your actions injured someone else, ask that person to forgive you. You may find that they have long since forgotten the whole thing.

8. Accept forgiveness from others.

When you ask for forgiveness and are granted it, accept this. Say “thank you” and move on.

9. Create a list of all the things that are good about you.

When we focus on the negative, we tend to forget the positive. Create a list of the things that are admirable about yourself and place it where you are sure to see it each day.

10. Remember what you’ve learned from your mistake.

Every mistake comes with a lesson learned that makes us better people. What was the lesson you learned? Try to be grateful for the lesson instead of holding in your anger.

Your mistakes do not define you.  Give yourself the gift of forgiveness and step into a new, fulfilling life.

How To Be a Great Neighbor

Posted on September 13th, 2012 by LetLoveShow

 A small investment of time put into a being a great neighbor can have a big impact. A simple smile when you see your neighbors takes little effort, but can mean more than you would imagine.  Here are some other great ways to foster friendship and be a great neighbor.

A Gift to Say You Care

Taking your neighbor a gift is a great way to introduce yourself. Your neighbor will be touched by your thoughtfulness, and it will also give you a chance to strike up a conversation. You can make a plate of cookies or put together a crafted item like a welcome sign made of a painted board and vinyl lettering. If you don’t have time to bake or make something, pick up an inexpensive item at the store like a bottle of Mountain Dew. You can make a tag for the Mountain Dew that says, “I just wanted to DEW something nice for you.”

Random Acts of Kindness

If you are already friends with your neighbor, but would like to do something nice for them, consider a random act of kindness. This doesn’t have to be anonymous, but it might be kind of fun to do something that leaves your neighbor wondering who mowed their lawn or shoveled their sidewalk while they were at work. Offering to babysit your neighbor’s kids so they can have a few hours for themselves is something that they will appreciate, especially if the kids are little and they don’t often get a break. Whatever you decide to do, an act of kindness is something that often propels someone to reciprocate or do something nice for someone else.

Neighborhood Activities

Sponsoring a neighborhood activity is an ideal way to meet the people who live on your street or to renew acquaintances with people you’ve met but rarely get to see. A neighborhood barbecue is always a hit, or you could host a potluck dinner. You could also invite the families in your neighborhood to a root beer “flocial” where everyone can meet, socialize and have root beer floats.

Being a great neighbor is something that may lead to lasting friendships. Whether you give a friendly wave or host a potluck dinner, it never hurts to be kind. Your neighbors will appreciate the effort you put into being a good neighbor and will reciprocate in kind.