Read here and here...then decide for yourself. IF it makes sense to you, then go for it. I think you may be a little more aware of what you might be celebrating. There are plenty of other theories and historical references, but here's a couple to start some dialogue.
So, everyone's buzzing about Valentine's day. I'll give two perspectives on this day. Consider this Installation #1.
Look and feel your best on that day by doing some small things that'll make for a beautiful day inside and out!:
Drink plenty of water! (Of course, you already drink the prescribed 8 glasses a day...right?)
Get some fresh fruits and vegetables in your system as often as possible. The closer to the way they came out the ground, the better they are for you, AND they count towards your water intake, because you haven't cooked all the water out! Plus, you look great and feel light...no explanation necessary!
Stretch, do some yoga, run some stairs, in short, GET MOVING! No one wants to get to their special day and be stiff and achy, so move those muscles and let all that water you'll be drinkin' lubricate your joints and get your blood pumping. (Plus, exercise give you an AMAZING glow, like some other, *ahem*, extracurricular activities!)
Don't over-promise and under-deliver: Basically, don't set yourself up to do more than you can handle, it takes away from your experience if you're all cranky and tired because you waited until the night before to build a monument to your heart's desire in your front yard. (Extreme, yes, but you get the idea...)
Stay true to you. No need for an "Extreme Makeover: Valentine's Day Edition" to make your day memorable. A change in your fragrance, a new top, something subtle to enhance your already enchanting beauty.
Enjoy your day!
Treating them the best way we know how includes spending as much time as possible just being close to them. One way to do that and be the fabulously productive Fly mama you are is by "wearing your baby". I came across this site, and that coupled with knowledge I grew up with, has made, sewing, laundry, even washing dishes, something to smile about.
The world needs more people that take care of themselves the best way they know how, using the most basic of methods, relying on nature and intuition to guide them. Sunshine Abuwi of Natural Sunshine.com is one of those people, letting experience be her teacher, and allowing people with similar experiences to help her to create her reality. An entrepreneur (Peace Love and Sunshine hair and body care, PHENOMENAL!!!), blogger, mother, and generally glowing spirit, I say check her out just to feel the energy beaming from her site!
I've been pulling my hair out on how to lend a helping heart to the recent unbelievable devastation in Haiti. I've decided that there's plenty to be done. I'm starting with a short term clothing/medical supply drive, initially housed at the High School where I coach dance.
In the works are a show, done by local poets and musicians, and hopefully an artists auction of independent designers jewelry, clothes, paintings and other goodies to create a fund to send for monetary contribution.
I figure it's a start from another direction for a place starting all over.
My favorite feature on anyone is the eyes. You'll catch me doodling them all over my notepads and on the backs of flyers, on my hands, wherever I get the notion. As a result, I love eyeshadow! I am also on a budget, which means I usually go for whatever I can get my hands on for a reasonable price. Coastal Scents has a variety of makeup palettes that go upwards of 70 colors, and are reasonably priced around 20 buck a pop, plus shipping. I have the one shown above, and with a little bit of base, it goes a LOOOOOONG way in terms of color and staying power. I love it. Hope you do too!
BTW, this picture really doesn't do the colors justice, they are VIBRANT!
Simply stated, I hacked off the bottom, (okay, not hacked, but lovingly trimmed) to just above my knee, and hemmed it. Voila! A "fits me like a glove" high waisted pencil skirt! I'm especially excited about this refashion because the others I've come across have been ill-constructed, too short or made from some weird fabric I'd never wear. So YAY me for pulling it off!
More to come,
I, Uzuri, pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 4 months. I pledge that i shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovoted, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftiness brings!
Madam b. Fly.