• 20 Body Positive Affirmations You Need To Read

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    I love affirmations and have them hanging all over my house. I believe that our minds have an untapped ability to change our world and to specifically change how we see it.

    As women, I believe our two worst attributes are:

    1. Being too hard on ourselves, and
    2. Comparing ourselves with others.

    Most of the time, all that does is blind us to who we are and our own unique and divine purpose. We are powerful and no matter our shape, size, or age, we can do exactly what we feel inspired to do if we think positively, work hard, and believe in ourselves.

    Affirmations are statements that you repeat over and over to change your unconscious beliefs. I found an article with 101 Positive Body Affirmations and chose a few of my favorites to share with you.


    Initially, I was going to choose ten, but could only narrow it down to twenty. Choose a few that resonate with you and look in the mirror as you repeat them several times daily. If you can find some of these positive body affirmations and allow yourself to see, hear, and feel them, you will find some shifts in the way you think about yourself and your body. Enjoy!

     

    1. My body deserves love.

    2. I am perfect, whole, and complete just the way I am.

    3. I love and respect myself.

    4. As long as I am good, kind, and hold myself with integrity, it doesn’t matter what other people think of me.

    5. I am blessed to be aging. The only alternative to aging is death.

    6. If I spend too much time trying to be and look like someone else, I cease to pay attention to myself, my virtues, my path, and my journey.

    7. Self respect is underrated.

    8. When I smile, I actually make other people happy.

    9. Balance is the most important.

    10. I am good stuff.

    11. I am compassionate and warm. My presence is delightful to people.

    12. Getting older makes me smarter.

    13. It’s okay not to be the best all the time.

    14. I can be healthy at any size.

    15. My brain is my sexiest body part.

    16. My body is a vessel for my awesomeness.

    17. Taking care of myself feels good.

    18. Being grounded and whole is what makes me beautiful. If I don’t feel grounded and whole, I can get there just by being still, breathing, listening to my intuition, and doing what I can to be kind to myself and others.

    19. I can trust my intuition. It’s here to guide me.

    20. I feed my body healthy, nourishing food and give it healthy nourishing exercise because it deserves to be taken care of.



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  • 5 Must-Have Wardrobe Items To Be Feminine, Cozy, & Confident This Winter

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     When it comes to clothing, everyone wants to find the perfect blend of style, comfort, and functionality. If you’re uncomfortable in your clothing, you won’t feel as confident. Fortunately, it’s never been easier to build a wardrobe that’s right for you.

    As a mature woman, your closets are probably already filled, but you can revamp it by getting rid of clothes that are no longer right for you and filling it with a few key pieces that will make you feel great. By mixing and matching some of these basics, you’ll have a different look for every occasion.

    (Check out the classy ladies of 50isnotold.comsouthernhospitalityblog.comfiftynotfrumpy.blogspot.com, and over50feeling40.com for TONS of amazing fashion ideas!)

     

    Well-Fitting Pants

    Pants are essential for staying warm throughout the winter. Unfortunately, many women have pants that are ill-fitting or uncomfortable. While you might be able to get by pairing them with a longer shirt, you’d be better off getting pants that truly fit.

    Look for high- or mid-rise pants that have a bit of give. Wide-legged pants look best with tighter shirts, while form-fitting pants look good with tunic-style shirts. Most importantly, you want pants that don’t sag under your bottom or cut into your waist. Take them to a tailor to get the perfect fit.

    ¾ Halftee

    You might be surprised to see a midriff-bearing shirt on a list of clothing for women over 50, but you’ll change your tune when you hear about how women like you are using these shirts. If you’re like a lot of women, your closet is probably filled with shirts that you used to love but that feel a little too low-cut now that you’ve grown older.

    By wearing a half tee underneath, you can start wearing all of these shirts again. The half tee offers modest coverage without feeling or looking bulky. Longer sleeves can keep you warmer, but you can also purchase these with short sleeves or as tank tops. As you see the possibilities, you’ll want to purchase a few of these in different colors.

    Cardigan Sweaters

    It might be cold outside, but people keep their homes and businesses at different temperatures. A comfortable temperature for one person may be too cold or too hot for you. Add hormonal changes into the mix and you can see why cardigan sweaters are a smart move. They allow you to have better control over your own body’s comfort.

    Long sweaters that don’t button can give you a whimsical look, while form-fitting buttoned cardigans offer a sharp, professional look. Remember that sweaters themselves can be bulky, so be sure to pair them with a skirt or pair of pants that nicely balances out the weight of the sweater.

    A Few Great Dresses

    Most dresses are extremely forgiving when it comes to the mid-section, so it’s smart to have quite a few in your closet for those times that you need to dress up. Wrap and sheath dresses in particular can be flattering on mature women.

    Of course, you’ll have to cover your legs to stay warm, so invest in some high-quality, thick tights. Some versions are even lined with fleece, which is surprisingly comfortable and cozy without looking bulky.

    Functional and Stylish Boots

    Winter is the perfect time to wear boots, but you also need to be careful with your selection. Fashionable boots with high heels might look great, but they can be difficult to walk in, especially when there’s snow and ice. You wouldn’t want to fall and break a bone.

    However, you can still look great if you choose knee-high boots with a sturdy heel. Just make sure that the soles have good traction to avoid slips. Those who live in areas that get a lot of snow should probably invest in a more functional pair of snow boots, like the ones from LL Bean, then change into stylish boots or shoes after arriving at your destination.

    Women of all ages can look stylish when they focus their wardrobes on basics that fit well. Shop smart whenever you’re trying to add to your wardrobe.

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  • Are you that teacher, nurse, cheerleader, or nursing mother?

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    In all of our travels with Halftee we always find the 'minority' niches in the Halftee world. The nurses, the dental hygienists, the cheerleaders /coaches, the preggos, the nursing mothers, and the teachers. I am sure there are many more niches but today I want to share a story that happened in my son's 2nd grade class.  Teachers all across the country rave about what a wonderful "life saver" a Hafltee is in their wardrobe. In any area of work where you spend a lot of time bending over, the problem of covering up or hanging out is something that needs to be attended to. Unfortunately women aren't always aware or willing to fix the problem, or haven't found their solution yet. I would like to scream out in all the Dr's offices and hospitals, dental offices, and schools and let all those hard working women out there know.... "there is a solution for your everyday problems, on the job."
    Some time ago my son and I were working in the kitchen together. This particular son is my cut and dry, black and white type personality. Very frank in his observations and most of the time very wise with his perceptions and solutions. He was putting the dishes away, as I was putting more dirty ones in the dish washer. He stopped and said, "Mom, my teacher sure needed a Halftee today!" I kinda chuckled because what 8 year old sees a need and then tries to solve it, especially the fashion needs of his teacher. But this is the child that I came home from a church meeting one day and he had chopped all of his Hanes under t-shirts in half. When I asked why in the world he would do that, he said, "Hey they are MY Halftees." I got a good laugh, but onto the other story. So I simply asked, "why is that?" Call responded, "well every time she came over to help me with my homework she leaned over, and....... Well let's just leave it at that, she needed a Halftee!" I was laughing so hard. I responded back, "Dang tootin' son, she absolutely needs a Halftee!!" All I could think of was this sweet teacher just doing her job but completely oblivious to the fact that her poor 2nd grader was having a hard time knowing just where to look. 
    Funny story huh?! So I ask what kind of teacher are you? Confident in your Halftee ---knowing no matter the task Halftee has got you covered? If you are that teacher, spread the Halftee love! All of your fellow specatacular teachers need a Halftee as much as you do! Do your job cleavage free, haha! Get dressed each morning with a Halftee!!
    Amanda Campbell (Tami our office manager's daughter) drew this funny pic for me......
    Funny Comic stripe...Not about cleavage but same idea, HAHA!
    Be Confident! Be Beautiful! Be YOU!

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  • What is my least favorite immodest look?

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    Sorry for slacking on my posts the past two weeks. The Barkers loaded up the 12 seater passenger van and headed out for California for Spring Break. We spent a few days in Vegas, swimming and walking the stripe (in the day time:)) and then did some shopping. Then we headed down to The Lawrence Welk Resort in Escondido, CA. Where we swam, did the beach and swam some more. Throughout the week, I defiantly realized my least favorite "immodest look." These things were on shelves in every store and were sported by women and girls of all ages. I know that they have been around since the Dukes of Hazzard, but I was too young then, and I obviously didn't have a teenage daughter. Charlee (my 13-year-old daughter) and I are constantly going the rounds on modesty. I am continually trying to help her understand that 2 inches in length does make a difference and can take an article of clothing out of the modest column and put it into the immodest column. It will be a constant topic of conversation between me the mom and her naive teenager :)

    But "this" look we stand together on.....drum roll, please..........Daisy Duke shorts!! The length that goes barely below the bootie, the ones that when sitting on the shelf look like they could be denim underwear, the ones that when on a body the pockets are hanging out the bottom of the cut off legs. See pic below.....

    So here they are in their glory! Sooooo not my favorite, but every where. 

    I love Spring Break! I love spending time with my kiddos! I love the beach! I love swimming with the littles and watching them float on their back! I love having no schedule! I love getting a tan! I love the car ride (kinda)!  I love being with friends! I love no emails! I love the break from work and from home work! I love shopping even though everyone stares at us! I HATE Daisy Duke shorts! What do you love about spring break? What are your thoughts on Daisy Duke shorts? Here is super cool article on Top 10 apps for kids in the car on your way to Spring Break.... Happy Travels!

    10 SPRING BREAK APPS AND FEATURES FOR YOUR KID’S IPAD

    The calendar is about to flip to April and with that comes Spring Break, at least here in West Michigan. It’s been another brutally cold and long winter and I personally can’t wait to get to some warmth, relaxation, and time with my family away from the daily school routine. As families prepare to hit the road or just enjoy some time off here are ten great iPad apps and features for Spring Break 2015. 

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  • Easter and what it means to me

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    Easter.......Thoughts?

    This past week was one of those weeks that caffeine should have been put into an I.V. and just pumped into my system every couple hours. I had 10 soccer games, 3 bantam basketball games, two birthdays, a couple graveyard shifts to make sure our QVCGermany had the info they needed for their order, a funeral of one of my most favorite women, church activities, and I am pretty sure I forgot something.  As I rushed around and prayed really hard that everyone was where they needed to be, I found myself in the chapel sitting at a funeral, preparing to sing one of my favorite songs, "Oh Lord, My Redeemer." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDjjxJDc0Xs If you have heard this song you know why it is one of my favorite songs, and if not, it is a story of a person that found his Savior as he watched his Savior Crucified. I have sung this song many times, and two weeks ago I sat at the bedside of my sweet friend and sang it to her, it happens to be one her favorites as well. This was the last time I saw my friend. In the early morning the following Sunday she passed away.

    As I sat in the funeral listening to her children tell about her, everyone in the room was saying to themselves, I hope that I can be just like her! She had a light about her that touched all those around her. She loved to tell stories, send notes, read, music, she complimented you with complete sincerity, but most importantly she loved her Savior. Her ability to love people was because she loved her Savior and chose to try to live each day as He would have her live. Her sweet daughter said something that I loved, "As we all try to live more like my mom, the great thing is, we will be living more like our Savior." 

    What a wonderful time spent, thinking of this sweet women and simultaneously thinking about my Savior, especially so close to Easter Weekend. I hope to stand with my friend, in knowing that He lives! He died and atoned for our sins so that we can be forgiven for our sins, he was resurrected from the grave and so will we, to return to live with Him and our Father in Heaven. Let us remember to celebrate with our families this great news and let us remember what Easter is all about. I am grateful to have known my sweet friend and as she did while she was alive, she did at her death and helped me remember what this life is all about. To become more like our Savior each day, and to love all those around us, to serve them and lift them up and to help them know more about their Savior because they know me!

    Love this picture of the Resurrected Christ.

    Nice article about Easter, not specific to my faith, but a nice Christian article......

    What is Easter?

    The Easter festival, the oldest and most important festival in the Christian calendar, culminates in the celebration that is Easter Sunday, which today is a time when most of us get together with our families, share a meal and - of course - eat lots of chocolate! Most people know that it was on this day that Jesus was said to come to life after being crucified, visiting his friends and followers once more, but aside from that our knowledge of Easter can be patchy. Even if you're not a Christian you may be interested to know a little bit more about the Easter story, and the timeline of events that are described in the Christian gospels. Whether you believe in God or not, the Easter story does provide an interesting historical insight into what life was like some 2000 years ago.

    At Easter time Christians remember the last week of Jesus' life, or 'Holy Week'. It signals the end of Lent, the traditional time of fasting in the Christian calendar, and starts with:

     

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