Make Everyday a Funeral

Make everyday a funeral is the worst title I'veever written, but I had to use it anyway
‘Make Everyday a Funeral’ is probably the worst title I have ever written. You can take it how you want, funny, depressing or just all out wrong but it completely sums up how I have been feeling lately.

I lost my uncle last Christmas and I am still having a really hard time with it. It was suicide and I always wish I would have expressed my love and appreciation more while he was alive. There have been a few more suicides recently that have effected me- the one everyone knows about was Robin Williams. With every death it makes me so sad to see everyone tell their favorite stories and memories and talk about the good qualities of the deceased after they are gone.

I want to let everyone I love know that I love and appreciate them before they are gone. That’s why I have the eerie title. I want to remember and take time to say the nice things that are said at a funeral long, long before the funeral. Want to join me?

Ideas of Showing Love and Appreciation:

Share your favorite memories, traits and features of your loved ones. I have tried to make an effort to think of saying these things when I see or talk to my family and friends. I sometimes will write these things in a birthday facebook post or cards. It’s a great idea for when you don’t know what to say!

Take time to spend time with family and friends. I am guilty of letting spending time with people that mean alot to me go by the wayside. I have been trying to take the time to hang out with friends and family and to go see them now. We may not have as much time with people as we would like and we shouldn’t put off the good times.

Show your love. Now. The biggest thing I have tried to take away from the death I have seen lately is that you never know how much time you have with someone. Go and fix any problems you have with friends and family, make up. Take the time to call your mom. Send an email or letter to ask how your loved ones are doing. Just take a few minutes of each day to do something to show your love, and don’t wait.

13 Reasons to Love Your Dog

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I love dogs, but I especially love my puppy! She is a great companion to me, my son and my husband! She can be a pain in the rear, but I can’t imagine life without her now that we have her. Here’s a few reasons to remind you why we love our dogs!

13 Reasons to Love Your Dog

1. Your dog is a forever companion to you- even if it gets uncomfortable when your 40lb or more puppy wants to be a lap dog!

2. Your puppy is a great companion and playmate for your children! The human children can never complain about not having anyone to play with.

3. A dog doesn’t talk back- quite the opposite from some of your other housemates!

4. A puppy is way easier to potty train than a human child! You may have dirty carpets for a little while, but not dirty carpets and dirty underwear.

5. Dogs are more than happy to clean up any dropped food for you, and sometimes other gross messes as well!

6. You will never have to let meat go to waste with a good pup around, meat as well as many other foods and food scraps.

7. A dog can help you stay more active and get outside more, even when you don’t want to. They are way more motivating than a personal trainer!

8. Dogs and their hair can encourage you to clean your floors more often- that’s better motivation than your mother-in-law coming to town.

9. You always have someone excited to see you, especially after a long day when you just want to sit down and put your feet up.

10. Your dog can keep you warm at night and any other time you want to cuddle!

11. Dogs help protect your home and your family, even if their bark is worse than their bite!

12. With a dog you always have some form of free entertainment- whether it is playing with them or watching them be goofy.

13. Dogs can help improve your immune system and your children’s immune system- getting sick less is one of my favorite reasons to have a dog!

For more reasons to love your dog, check out this infographic I found via Pinterest!

Other Dog Related Posts:
Safety Collar Story and Review
DIY Beware of Dog Sign
Roxie’s Blanket
DIY Dog Bed 2.0
Dog Stuff Holder

The cute clip art used is drawn by Eva Bethel- and she has an entire site full of her awesome drawings! Go check out her work at Primlicious Graphics!

An Arizona Valentine's Day Card

This last weekend I had Valentine’s Day on my mind as we were out in the desert four-wheeling in our Jeep. I had to take some pictures of heart-shaped cacti to use as a cute and funny Valentine’s day cards. I also made sure to take plenty of other pictures of the different cacti in Arizona. You can see them over at Arizona Mama in my Unofficial Guide to Arizona Cacti article.

Love Hurts Valentine's Day Card

Love May Hurt Valentine's Day Card

My husband is going to be so surprised to get this as his Valentine’s Day Card. You know, seeing as he had to pull over so I could take these pictures and then listen to me while I made them. But hey, it’s the thought that counts right?

Love Hurts but I Love You Valentine's Day Card

Feel free to print out any of these pictures to turn it into a Valentine’s Day Card. They should print well as a 4×6, if you have any problems with them let me know in a comment or an e-mail, because I would love for you to be able to use them! You can also download them and send them in an email or something too! If you need help downloading these images, scroll down and I will have directions at the bottom of the post!

This year I wasn’t able to get Christmas cards made or sent out in time for Christmas, so we should be sending out these Valentine’s Day cards instead. The only thing I’m waiting on to send out our Valentine’s Day cards is that I need to take a new family picture- the one I used for this one was from October and we don’t have any that are more recent. I’m not sure how that happened, I only have thousands of pictures on my computer but none of them have just the 3 of us.

Valentine's Day Card

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Looking for More Valentine’s Day Ideas?
Valentine’s Day Tradition for Kids
DIY Mustache Valentine (And a fun Photo Bomb)
5 Reasons I Love My Husband
Love Wall Hanging