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Firsts

It’s that time of year again–photos of the first day of school are popping up all over Facebook. Many of my college friends are driving their kids to their first year of college. I’m a little behind them! Other friends are posting first day of preschool photos. I’m ahead of them! Yes, I’m sending my Lily to 5th grade and my little Emmy to 3rd grade. It doesn’t seem possible that they are getting so big and yet I’m staying so young!

This week on the Spin Cycle, your writing prompt is Firsts. First day of school? First date? First driving lesson? First job? Write about a “First” in your life. Link it up here any day this week!



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Are You Thrifty?

Today is National Thrift Shop Day, and one of my most popular blog posts includes a thrift store find. I bought two ugly orange shirts at Good Will, and turned them into a scarecrow costume. The shirts were almost brand new; perhaps someone’s wife hates the color orange! These shirts might have been someone’s “junk.” Now I have a great Halloween costume that I can wear when I’m teaching preschool!

Have you ever turned someone else’s junk into treasure? Or perhaps you have found a treasure at a thrift store? Maybe you have something you want to donate to a thrift store, but you’re significant other won’t allow it!

Perhaps you’re just thrifty and want to tell us all about your thriftiness!

However you spin it, link it up here!



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4 Ways I Relieve Stress

There have been times in my life when I’ve been under a lot of stress. Ugh, I hate stress! One of the ways I deal with stress is by banging things, like cabinet doors and laundry baskets. This is not good and only tends to damage things!

A much healthier way for me to let off steam and relax is to take a walk. Walking is something I used to do often when I was single and living in DeKalb. I would walk for at least an hour; crisscrossing the quiet streets and looking at old ivy-covered houses. When Lily was first born, I felt a lot of first-time-motherhood stress and was dying to get her outside for walks. But it was November, and of course with my new mom anxiety, I thought it was too cold to take Lily outside when it probably would have been good for both of us!

Sometimes I also use visualization to relax. I tend to get tension headaches after stressful situations, and a few years ago I could count on getting a headache after one of my many doctors’ appointments. Those headaches are just paralyzing! I would take a couple of ibuprofen and lie down on my bed, visualizing the pain leaving my body through my hands and my feet. I do the same sort of thing when I’m really nervous; I shake my hands and let the anxiety drain out through my fingers. My mom taught me this trick; she would use it when she sang solos; and I do the same!

And that brings me to another way I relieve stress–singing! Whether it’s belting out a Dixie Chicks song while I’m cooking dinner or choir rehearsal on Wednesdays, singing always makes me feel better.

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Singing with my sisters

But my favorite way to relax is to sit down with a good book. Much of my stress comes from within myself. I can’t stop worrying about things I can’t change. Reading is definitely an escape for me; it helps calm my mind and relaxes my body. I love to read right before I go to bed; reading helps me sleep!

Emmy in pink
Reading makes me happy!

 
How do you get stress relief? How do you relax? Share your relaxation tips with us for the Spin Cycle this week!



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Monday is National Thrift Shop Day, and for the Spin Cycle next week we’ll write about “one person’s junk is another person’s treasure.”

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You Need To Relax

My daddy put me down. His eyebrows looked confused at me.
“Can we talk about this at dinner?” he asked.
“No,” I said. “We have to talk right now. ‘Cause I’ve already waited all I can. And I’m getting tension in me.”
~Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth

Emmy and I were reading this book tonight, and I know just how Junie B. was feeling! Do you sometimes have those days when stressful things just keep happening and you can feel the tension building up? I tend to get tension headaches on those days.

Emmy NEEDS ice cream!
Emmy NEEDS ice cream!

How do you get stress relief? How do you relax? Share your relaxation tips with us for the Spin Cycle this week!



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Sugar Sand of Michigan

It’s been a week since I last dug my toes into the sandy beach and watched my kids play in the waves. I love the beach!

Sand castle

I love hearing the waves wash up on the shore. I love sitting under my beach umbrella reading a book. I love walking on the beach, looking for treasures among the rocks. This year we found some sea glass and a really big dead fish. I didn’t love that so much.

mermaid tail

I love watching my kids have best time ever playing on the beach, building sand castles, pretending they are mermaids, and jumping in the waves.

Lake Michigan beach

One day the water will be as smooth as glass and you can see schools of silvery minnows darting this way and that. The next day the water can be choppy and rough, boogie board ready. I spent so much time among the waves that my fingers turned into prunes. The water was gorgeous and warm, something that you can’t take for granted in the Great Lakes.

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There are things I don’t like about the beach, however. I don’t like getting too much sun, even when we tried to be careful and reapplied the sunscreen. It’s not fun taking off your swimsuit in the bathroom and having clumps of sand falling to the floor. It’s been a week since we left, and I’m still finding sand in Lily’s hair.

The worst part about the beach? Leaving.

What do you love/hate? Link up your blog post here and be sure to stop by and say hi to all our Spinners!



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