Monday, September 30, 2013

Life is an adventure... Every time you turn around there is a new door to be opened and a new friend to be discovered. Life is about Art and exploring every nook and cranny that you come across... Do you have a special talent that you love to work at? I love the arts, I love exploring old buildings, I love painting and photography.

I love to take pictures of the Sky and I love to paint old Chairs.... Every Chair has a history, whether big butts or little butts, who rocked their grandchildren while sitting in the chair??

I love new adventures... I love music!! When the opportunity came across to go see Rion Paige in concert, I jumped on it.. Your asking, "Who is Rion Paige" Ever watch Xfactor?  Rion is a 13 year old POWERHOUSE!!!!

She is on this Season's Xfactor and with an amazing talent, be sure to watch x factor and Vote for Rion paige

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Making Real Money While Blogging

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Grannies Refurbished furniture

I have always loved to paint and I have been doing quite more than usual lately. Refurbishing furniture has turned into more than a hobby. Call me crazy, but I think each piece of furniture has a story behind it and if it's just a little piece, how can I make it more beautiful? How can I bring joy to another person with a piece of furniture.

Look around today and all the beautiful items are high priced. With economy the way it is, someone needed to step in and make it more affordable. That's where I am hoping to go, it was always my dream to open up a little corner store where I can have my little painted knick knacks or refurbished items...  One day that dream will come true. I have met so many wonderful people that are doing the same thing as I am and I am learning so much from them. Kudos to The Purple Painted Lady for taking my call out of no where and being able to help me. I really appreciated that.

Thanks to all the new followers that I have on Grannies Refurbished Furniture on my Facebook page and thanks to my wonderful husband who said to me yesterday, "Keep this up we are going to have to get a truck." Yes Dear, I do think you are right. :)

I want to give a big high five for Visalus for giving me the opportunity to be able to work home keeping me healthy and happy and to further my other dream, Refurbishing Furniture.  Thank you all for reading my blog...

Sunday, December 16, 2012

In the arms of Angels

Good morning, Hug your family a little closer today.... Reach out to that special someone that you haven't talked to in a while.... Lets bring it back to the good ole days where one went out and talked to their friends and neighbors and lets bring Religion back into our lives.

First of all, we give our deepest sympathy and regrets to Newtown, CT and its residents.  I wish we could erase that day and pretend that it never happened. But we can't, we can go on and give out hugs and prayers, we can go on and try and make it better but we can't. We can only learn from this.

But what do we learn exactly?  What lesson do we take in from this?  We learn never to take Life for granted. Anything can happen at any moment. Just make sure that your loved ones know how much they mean to you.  I hear alot of issues about Gun Control and how we should ban Guns, but is that the answer? I don't think it is. I think the answer is more help for the Mentally Challenged and Mentally unstable. Stop tossing them aside and get them the help that they need.

Maybe, we do need a little more Gun Control but not to the extreme where they want to ban all guns. Some how the criminals will get their hands on Guns and then what protection will we have?  Learn to respect the Gun and what it stands for. If your going to own a Gun, be a responsible gun owner. That is the key, Responsibility. 

Again, hugs and prayers to Newtown, CT and its residents. One day your town will be full of laughter and joy but until then, Never say Goodbye.. Just say See you later.... Your loved ones are right beside you full of Joy in the arms of Angels. Love you all!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Angel of Staten Island

Happy Tuesday...

As always, I like to introduce you to people who have made a strong impact on me and others.
Patricia Madsen came into my life many years ago and I am proud to call her a good friend. She has been an Angel for Staten Island and its residents, I will let her tell you her story....


Written from Patricia Madsen herself.

Two yrs ago I did a relief fund for Alabama when the tornado's hit there.We sent over 4 18 wheeler tractor trailers full of supplies and goods to them!! Two yrs ago my daughters were 2 and 3.
When Hurricane Sandy hit, my daughter Andrea (who is now 5) was sitting on the couch with us watching the news. She looked over at me and said "Mommy what are we going to do?" I looked at her in a state of shock... and said "Mommy is working on something, don't worry baby girl!" Although I had nothing planned I could not disappoint my baby girls!!!! So like a crazy person, I didn't sleep for two days straight, just thinking about what we could do. And I finally came up with an idea. Before I said anything to my husband, I sat down with Andrea and Kelly and told them I came up with an idea. They were so excited. I asked them "baby girls would you like to cook thanksgiving dinner and bring it to Staten Island?" Andrea said "And we can serve them and help them out, the people who got hurt by Sandy?" I said with tears in my eyes "yes baby girl!" I called Pj (my husband) and told him what I had come up with and he said "lets do it, Im ready" Who knew doing the relief fund two years ago would put such an impact on her life. They were so excited. So I had to live up to their expections.
I got their schools involved and friends family and neighbors, even friends from out of state!! I was able to send over an 18 wheeler tractor trailer filled to the max in two weeks!!!! I was able to get in contact with an awesome guy named Jean in Staten Island who lost everything himself, but chose to take care of his community by setting up a relief center. He had it open 24/7. he was there sleeping in a tent taking care of everyone else but himself.
Two days before we left for our first trip out to Staten Island I started cooking, and cooking, and cooking. I cooked 400 lbs of food by myself with just my girls and a very good friend, Carol who doesn't cook but she stayed by my side doing whatever she could do. We went out to Staten Island with 500 lbs of food the day before Thanksgiving and served the community from 11 am till 10 pm.
We cried our eyes out when we got there, and we cried our eyes when we left. The devastation is unbelievable. And I knew I just couldn't stop there. When I set my mind to something I go all the way!!! So I told my girls and PJ and Jean that I would be back, I'm not going to forget about them.
There were people there that touched my heart like you couldn't even imagine. We have gone out every weekend helping and volunteering. Last week we meet two families that have broke our hearts, and we knew we had to dedicate a lot of our time to them.
One family has 4 children, a husband and wife. Fran is such an amazing person, she touched our hearts tremendously. We have been cooking for her family for the last two weeks. I make sure I cook enough to last them a whole week. Until we come back.
Fran had told Carol and I that she doesnt even have any money to get her daughter (who is 13) a Xmas tree. We took her to the relief center that we were volunteering at and she got so much stuff. This past weekend we went to Staten Island on a Mission bigger than just cooking. I cooked tons of food for her family brought her tons of donations. Pj said "No child should be without a christmas tree" He bought her a Christmas tree, lights and decorations. We knocked on her door and the girls gave her the tree! Just the smile on her face was worth everything!! She was so happy to have received the tree, she started tearing up. She gave me the biggest hug a little girl could give. Her father was crying, which in turn made us all cry. Her son looked at me and said "It's because of people like you who make us get up everyday with a smile on our face, if it wasn't for you guys we would have given up already!" That broke my heart and made me cry even more!!
After we left them we went to our other friend Steve. Who lost EVERYTHING!!! When Sandy hit he went into his crawl space in the attic with his wife 85lb dog and 7 cats, and rode the storm out up there. He brought a bottle of 151 rum just in case they were going to drown. He was going to give his wife a drink so she would go to sleep and not experience the travesty of drowning!! We brought him trays and trays of food. A propane stove, a heater so he could stay warm, cleaning supplies and masks. He was so great ful for everything. He walked me through what was left of his house. It was the most horrible sight I have ever seen in my life. The smell was horrible. But he has the most amazing outlook on life. He is very cheerful and has his American flag hanging from the front of his house.
We walk up and down the streets, and see homes knocked off of their foundations, homes destroyed from the bottom up. Children's toys crushed. You can see through peoples houses, their kitchens with no walls. Kids bedrooms just demolished and left with nothing in them. Toothbrushes on the floor in the mud, peoples family pictures. Their lives in piles of rumble, being put into dumpsters.
People like that break my heart and make me do this. I do this because not only do I care about people, but I am doing this because I am teaching my girls what being a great person is. If I want my girls to change the world it has to start with PJ and I!!!

If you would like to donate, let me know and I will put you in contact with The Angel of StatenIsland.
The relief Center that she is working with is located at  626 midland ave Staten Island NY 10306
If your local in the area, she is looking for Christmas Toys to bring the children of Staten Island.
Happy Monday!!! :)

Wondering what to get your loved one for Christmas. Something that will last and make a difference. Give them the opp to start their own biz with Visalus. Nothing like Freedom to make their own choices or to live their own life without punching a time clock.

What do you want for Christmas? 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Spinning

Good morning, Rise and Shine and all the happy Stuff :)
I am ready to start 2013 out with a bang.. I had to find something that I enjoyed doing while exercising and I think I finally found it.. I like the GO GO GO, sweat until your body hurts kind of exercise...
A friend opened a Spinning Center recently... Lifecycle Studios and I said, "Why not?" It's something you haven't done yet and how bad can it really be. It's not moving your back and stretching and exercising.... So I went.... Let's say I had my patooty kicked... I kept it at my own pace, did what I could do and left it at that. Being the first time, I didnt want to over do it.

Started out slow with a great mellow atmosphere and before I knew it, I felt like I was climbing Mt Everest.  Cycling to the top of the peak and then hurry hurry hurry back down the peak so that I could make it to the next peak. If this were a real race, I'm sure I would have been last of the pack but the main thing is I made it through the hour. How am I feeling today? Sore, but for the first time in a long time.. I feel that  I am coming back stronger then ever. I'm sure I will have my off days where I have to go visit my other favorite place in town, Tone U, where toning is the answer.. But for now, as long as I get out there build my endurance and mobility back then I'm on the right track.

The key to this little entry is Never give up!!! Some where out there is something that will test you, Something that will push you back down like someone or something has a thumb on your head saying, "NO I have control over your life and body". That is when you reach out and say, "Like H3!! you do I am in charge of my own future and there is Nothing going to stop me now"

You can do this, You can be in control of your own destiny.. JUST DO IT!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Happy Birthday Walter Disney!!

Some people say he was not such a nice person, but in my book.... if you can bring Mickey, Minnie and the rest of the Disney characters to life then your not such a bad guy.... He wasn't afraid to go after his Dreams and neither should you. GO FOR IT!!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Have you ever

Have you ever had someone tell you that you couldnt do something? Dont know about you but it makes me want to do it even more.... I have learned to live life the way I think it should be not because its the way I want my family or friends to accept me... Either love it or lump it....  My thoughts for today :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Being Strong is the answer

We seem to make all kinds of excuses why we cant do something, why it wont work,  why this and why that.... But when it really comes down to it, YES YOU CAN!!! The mind is an evil thing sometimes, telling us what we cant do, when we know we can do it.

I thought this was the perfect picture for Wordless Wednesday.... Now get in the right frame of mind and know that you can do whatever you set your mind to. Strong is the Answer to your prayers.