Disneyland The Happiest Place On Earth!

I just got home from a wonderful vacation to Disneyland with my daughter and her three children. We got there just in time to participate in all the special celebrations for their 60th Birthday. It was so wonderful for us because our family shares a couple of special dates with them. My husband was born on the same day as Walt Disney December 5th and in the same year that Disneyland opened 60 years ago.

As we stood in line for the ride Space Mountain my thoughts drifted back to the last time that I was there nearly twenty years earlier with my own boys. It was July, blistering hot and of course the line was very long, back then there was no such thing as fast pass. All of a sudden something very unexpected happened. There was a man standing in line just a few feet from us that reminded me very much of Mr. T from the A Team, complete with the layers of gold chains around his neck. He burst into song and encouraged the whole crowd to join him. What was so remarkable about it was the song he chose, I’m A Little Tea Pot, complete with all the actions. I am positive that no one but him could have pulled it off. It didn’t stop there he had everyone in that huge line singing children’s songs until we were finally on the ride.

The next day we were once again standing in line for Space Mountain (it is my favorite ride). The boys in line behind us were probably about 14 or 15 years old and looked to be somewhat rough around the edges. I was so surprised when I overheard them say “do you think we can do it without him.” I knew exactly what they meant, they must have been in the crowd the day before.  I never would have expected it from the Mr. T look alike or these two young boys, but it sure made for some good entertainment while waiting in line. Disneyland truly is a magical place!

I love these quotes from Walt Disney:

We did it Disneyland, in the knowledge that most of the people I talked to thought it would be a financial disaster – closed and forgotten within the first year. – Walt Disney
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It’s kind of fun to do the impossible. – Walt Disney
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All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney
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“Disneyland will never be complete “and as the future will show us, with enough imagination, it will continue to build and grow on one enduring promise – that all who journey into its magical gates will feel forever young. And the magic as Walt assured us will never end.

This has certainly been true for me and my family in all of our visits. I am so grateful for the good that you can still find in the world today! I hope that each of us will pursue our dreams just as Walt did and make our own magic!

Even after his death they continue to have the fireworks every night in Walt Disney’s honor. He said that they were like a kiss good night.

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Best Carpet Cleaner Ever!


When my children were young we built a beautiful brand new house. I had the bright idea to put in a very light colored carpet. Let’s see little kids, light carpet, obviously I didn’t think things through. They ran around making spills and spots on the carpet and I went around after them cleaning up. I noticed that everywhere I had cleaned up a spill it would look good for a while but then the spot would come back. So I would clean them again and again and they just kept coming back. One day I was having the carpets professionally cleaned and the guy was telling me that he would have to pretreat all these spots. I told him they were all places that I had already cleaned, but the spots came back. This kind man explained to me the cleaner that I was using had left a residue on the carpet and so everywhere I cleaned something up, dirt would then stick to that residue as people walked around and the spots would return. Then he did something that made the rest of my life easier. He gave me the following recipe for carpet cleaner that won’t leave a residue. Wow what a difference now when I clean up a spot it stays clean. At least until someone spills something again! I hope it makes your life easier too!

Carpet Cleaner

1 cup water

1 cup vinegar

1 cup Ammonia

Mix and store in a spray bottle until needed.

Please post in the comments below your great cleaning tips.

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The Top

Last week I shared a recipe that I hope you enjoyed. This week I would like to go back to some food for thought. Many years ago I read a quote that said “the only place in life that you can start at the top is digging a hole.” I have pondered on this for some time and these are the conclusions that I have come to.

I don’t believe that there is a top. I think that all of us have this lofty place in mind that we believe we will reach one day. Picturing ourselves attaining that goal of finally making it, with everything we have ever dreamed of dropped right in our laps never having to work for anything again.

I believe that we all start at the bottom coming into this world as helpless sweet innocent babies completely and totally dependent on our parents to care for our every need. As we grow, develop and learn we inch our way up higher and higher. Some might be faster than others and some might even trip and fall backwards, but the important thing is to stick with it and keep moving up always progressing for the rest of our lives. I do believe along the way God blesses us with amazing things but no matter how good things are they can always improve. If there were a top, we could not continue to progress higher and higher which is what God wants for us.

I have had many experiences over the years some have brought me more joy than I could have ever imagined and others have been heart wrenchingly difficult. I believe that every one of them has been a contributing factor in my progression to work my way closer to what God wants me to be.

The important thing I think is to not let ourselves get discouraged or overwhelmed when things aren’t going exactly like we thought they should. We all just need to start wherever we are at in that moment of life and look at what the next step is. At some points we might move forward in leaps and bounds and others we may have to inch our way a little at a time. Success lies in just taking the next step over and over continually progressing to greater and greater heights until we ourselves are soaring and reach a point where we are ready to help others progress on their journey! I believe our lives are much like this little story.

The Piano Master

A mother wishing to encourage her son’s progress at the piano, bought tickets to a Paderewski performance. When the evening arrived, they found their seats near the front of the concert hall and eyed the majestic Steinway waiting on the stage. Soon the mother found a friend to talk to, and the boy slipped away. At eight o’clock, the lights in the auditorium began to dim, the spotlight came on, and only then did they notice the boy up on the piano bench, innocently picking out “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” His mother gasped, but before she could retrieve her son, the master appeared on the stage and quickly moved to the keyboard. He whispered to the boy, “don’t quit. Keep playing. “Leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in the bass part. Soon his right arm reached around the other side and improvised a delightful obbligato. Together, the old master and the young novice held the crowd mesmerized. In our lives, unpolished though we may be, it is the Master who surrounds us and whispers in our ear time and time again, “Don’t quit. Keep playing.” And as we do, He augments and supplements until a work of amazing beauty is created.

So I say don’t quit just keep on playing and of course!

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Puffed Rice Balls

Puffed Rice Balls

1 – 6-ounce package of your favorite flavor Jell-O

1 cup sugar

1 cup Light Karo Syrup

8 cups Puffed Rice Cereal

Mix above ingredients except the Puffed Rice and heat slowly on low heat just until sugar is dissolved then bring it to a boil stirring constantly. Boil no more than 30 seconds or it will go hard. Remove from heat and add Puffed Rice or popcorn if you prefer. Stir to coat all of the Puffed Rice and then form it into balls. Put a little butter on your hands to keep it from sticking to your hands while forming the balls.

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Three Bag Salad

Three Bag Salad

1 bag lettuce spring mix

1 bag baby spinach

1 bag cabbage coleslaw

1 ½  Cups Ocean Spray Crasins

1 ½ Cups pecans slightly broken

Briannas poppy seed dressing

Mix above ingredients well, you can add the dressing to the whole salad, but not until right before serving or you can just let your guests add the amount they would like themselves.

This salad is quick and easy!

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Hiccup Cure


Just in case all the laughter from last week’s post gave you the hiccups I’ll share my families cure. My family and I have been using peanut butter as a cure for the hiccups for years. You can click here to see a list of 9 things that help to cure hiccups. Some of these other suggestions might work too, but I am not about to try and get my 5-year-old granddaughter who gets the hiccups often to try and drink hot sauce or chew a spoonful of dill. When she gets them she just comes to me and tells me she needs a spoonful of peanut butter and it works every time. She loves it and it is good for her too!

This is the theory behind using peanut butter from the article. It says “A classic hiccups cure involves eating a big spoonful of peanut butter. In the process of chewing and getting it off your tongue and teeth, your swallowing and breathing patterns are interrupted. And hence, the hiccups will be history.”

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

I firmly believe that our happiness level and a good state of mind are directly linked to our health, well being and an abundant life! Laughter makes me feel more alive! Pamela Bai

Laughter University

Sebastien Gendry is an international expert in laughter for wellness and well being with over 11 years of full-time experience working with 1,000s of people on four continents. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 minutes, ABC Good Morning America, National Public Radio and many more national media. He is the creator of the Laughter Wellness method, an interactive practice focused on developing a positive attitude and designed to improve physical, mental, emotional and especially social well being and integration. Sebastien currently dedicates most of his time running The Laughter Consultants, a team of professional well being experts, as well as The Laughter Online University, a leading provider of eLearning solutions on Laughter Therapy, with students in 33 countries.

  1. God has a smile on His face. — Psalm 42:5
  2. Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine. — Lord Byron
  3. A smile starts on the lips, a grin spreads to the eyes, a chuckle comes from the belly; but a good laugh bursts forth from the soul, overflows, and bubbles all around. — Carolyn Birmingham
  4. Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand. — Mark Twain
  5. As soap is to the body, so laughter is to the soul. — A Jewish Proverb
  6. I am thankfulfor laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose. –Woody Allen
  7. He deserves Paradise who makes his companions laugh. — Koran
  8. An optimist laughs to forget; a pessimist forgets to laugh. — Tom Nansbury
  9. He that is of a merry heart has a continual feast. — Proverbs 15:15
  10. From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere. — Dr. Seuss
  11. It is bad to suppress laughter. It goes back down and spreads to your hips. — Fred Allen
  12. Laugh my friend, for laughter ignites a fire within the pit of your belly and awakens your being. —Stella & Blake
  13. If Laughter cannot solve your problems, it will definitely DISSOLVE your problems; so that you can think clearly what to do about them – Dr. Madan Kataria
  14. The Earth laughs in flowers. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  15. A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. — Phyllis Diller
  16. A good laugh is sunshine in the house. — William Thackeray
  17. A person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused. –Shirley MacClain
  18. I have always felt that laughter in the face of reality is probably the finest sound there is and will last until the day when the game is called on account of darkness. In this world, a good time to laugh is anytime you can. — Linda Ellerbee


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