Volume 6 Issue 1 ~ June 16, 2013

Greetings and hello to all of my Thrifty Sisters!

Some of you might have wondered if I fell off the face of the earth since I have not written a newsletter since Mother’s Day. For those who are curious, I am well!

Since my last parting words were to wish the mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day, I see it only fitting to return to the newsletter by wishing you and yours a Happy Father’s Day! May each of the Daddies out there have a beautiful day filled with happy memories, and maybe a nap this afternoon!

I also missed the official start of Volume 6! Again, thank you to all of you for your encouraging words and submitting your own sage advice over the past 5 years.

For many, summer is the season to pack the kids in the car and be on the go! Although, I ran across this article about how to enjoy your Sundays. I would imagine that if one were to just take the time to something calming once a week, on any given day, this would help improve their overall happiness and stability.

It is so easy to get wrapped up in life, and the demands of one’s job, and the outside strain from others, and give all that we have until there is nothing left to give, and yet, we still dish out more of ourselves to the world, and I have not even started covering the needs at home. We often forget the importance of taking care of ourselves and just “taking a moment”.
I have a friend who was feeling rather overwhelmed towards the end of the school year. I made the suggestion to find something little that she could do – something that she could look forward towards each day. I have not checked in on her very well since my school year ended, but I am hoping that she has been able to find an opportunity to do so. We all need these little breaks! If you do not take a break and rejuvenate yourself, you are no good to those who need you.

Please enjoy the following article and maybe you can find something nice to do with Dad on Father’s Day!

“7 Ways to Celebrate Sunday”, By Shubhra Krishan

Does your Sunday tend to dissolve in a haze of piled up chores? Do you spend it worrying about Monday and the week ahead? Don’t! Let Sunday be the day it was meant to be–relaxing, recharging and rejuvenating. Some simple ideas to help you make it a happy, lovely day:
Decorate: Take up a home project: one wall, one corner, one window to dress up. Go all out trying your creative ideas. How about painting that wall a bright tangerine? Or prettying up your window with a cheerful floral valance? Short of ideas? Saunter off to a bookstore, and browse from the design magazines and books galore. You might just come back with plans for making more than one fun change!
Catch up with someone new: Think of a colleague who’s just joined work or a new friend you’ve made on Facebook. How about getting to know them a bit better? Today’s the day! Book yourself a table for two in a cozy little café of your choice, and let the conversation flow. If you get along, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to take the friendship further. And if the new pal is new to your city, Sunday’s a great day to show them around, too.
Meet Up With an Old Friend: Hurried messages, half-baked excuses..it’s so easy to lose touch with someone you care about. In fact, why go far? That someone wonderful might just be you yourself! Rediscover you today: with a pampering self-massage, a trip to the parlour, an evening writing your journal or sitting by the sea…
Plan a Delicious Dinner: No déjà vu dinner tonight. Try Thai, or flirt with Indian cuisine. Look up a book and try out something that will get the family tastebuds tingling.
Play! Fill a large jug with lemonade. Sit down with family and/or friends to play Scrabble, Monopoly, cards or perhaps an interesting new board game. Lots of laughter and friendly squabbling. Imagine the fun!
Go Places. Try out a quaint museum, a new restaurant, or a whole new Mall! Go solo or in the company of your best friend, kids or date. If it turns out to be a great experience, let your friends know about your discovery—everybody needs inspiration!
Go Nowhere: In true Sunday tradition, resolve to do nothing and absolutely nothing but laze and then laze some more. Don’t slip out of your pajamas. Instead, finish breakfast, do your crosswords in the comfort of your bed, and let a lovely novel lull you into sweet, well-deserved sleep. Do make sure you have a delicious plan for lunch or tea or whatever time you decide to wake up. Nothing feels quite as wonderful as enjoying a hot, fresh meal after a spoil-me-silly session of snoozing! This is my favorite way to celebrate Sunday:)
And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, enjoy your days!

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