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Charlie says…

3 Jan

So how many pounds did everybody gain over the holidays?

Every time my mom picks up a Christmas cookie for breakfast, I give her this look…funny faceI call it my dead eyes judgement face…. and I think it’s working.

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Christmas “Spirit”

12 Dec

Anyone else familiar with this exercise routine?

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And on that note, here’s a great link to 50 wines under $20… now you can exercise AND save money.

http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/50-wines-you-can-always-trust

Cheers!

When the Dog Bites

4 Dec

This week started off a tad bit rocky.  Yesterday, a friend at work told me that I looked stressed.  I reminded him that it was December, and that I am an Activities Director.  Seriously, it looks like Santa threw up in my office.  It’s covered in glitter, garland, candy, plastic crates, and all kinds of Christmas paraphernalia.  I was trying to manage decorating the building, putting up trees, writing a newsletter, scheduling performers for our holiday party, and facilitating group activities, all while trying not to daydream about running away to a deserted island with a good book, a margarita, and no responsibilities.  It’s easy to get lost in the busyness of the season instead of the excitement of it.  I have always favored this season.  I love love love Christmas.  With the addition of trees, garland, and lights to the rehab center, so much life and color comes along with it.  It makes people feel more at home.

I let myself slow down a little today, making a conscious effort to not let myself get overwhelmed.  It came easy when I heard my residents’ reactions  following the lighting of the Christmas tree that they had adorned with ornaments they made with their own hands.  In that moment, everything was okay.  For them, it was as if they forgot they were living in a health care center.  Instead, they were admiring a beautiful tree surrounded by friends and peers, that maybe in those five minutes, felt more like family.  And for me, I was oblivious to my stresses.  I remembered that the tiresome days were worth it, even if just for those five minutes of pure joy.

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On top of that, the resident Christmas tree sure as heck beats out my tree at home.  See below.  Squint… you might miss it.

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Celebrate the Holidays with Lauerland Boutique!

13 Nov

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and before you know it, Christmas season will be upon us! I know this is true because I was at Gap Outlet this weekend and they were ONLY playing Christmas music. Too soon? Maybe… but it did get me into the holiday spirit, which leads me to start brainstorming for one of my favorite parts of the season… giving (okay, and maybe getting) creative gifts! I think that’s what hearing “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” on November 9th will do to you. Lauerland Boutique is encouraging you all to get into the holiday spirit too by offering a 20% discount with the coupon code MERRY20 through the month of November.

If you’re looking for a creative and personal gift for one of those hard-to-buy-for loved ones, you should definitely check out our personalized photo coasters. You pick the photos – childhood memories, old Christmas cards, wedding pictures, that hilarious beach trip… you name it. Who wouldn’t love to relive a nice memory while setting down their hot cocoa this holiday season? If you’re not feeling quite so sentimental but are still ready to get some early holiday shopping done, Lauerland Boutique also has tons of patterned coasters with beautiful designs to match any home. Feeling especially festive? Check out our holiday-themed Christmas trivets (all patterns also available as coasters). We hope you’ll get into the festive spirit with us and kickstart this holiday season!

20% off using coupon code MERRY20

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