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I Survived Warrior Dash!

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I was so nervous leading up to the event. In my initial post, I mentioned that I am not a runner. I jog and not for very far. I use the motor cross machine, bike and do incline walking at the gym. I do not run. When I jog around the complex while trying to wear out my pup, I sometimes get a sharp pain in my foot and my knee and then I stop. I also thought I was going to fail in fundraising $300 for 'The Princess Package' as one of my clerks calls it.  When you raised $300 for the St. Jude Children Hospital, you have access to private restrooms, showers and are provided food. They also check your belongings for you so you can enjoy the festival post-Dash.

I baked those amazing Cookies and Cream cookies well over a month ago. I brought in donuts to work. I used social media. I tried to get jewelry lovers to help out as well. What really worked was giving folks a sense of urgency to help me raise the money the day before. And I did! Well, mostly thanks to my Papa Bear. Since I w…

Praying for the Philippines

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10,000
They expected the death toll to reach that number. The Red Cross has ordered that many body bags. It's the same number of the population of the city of Emeryville, where I work. The Philippines have numerous typhoons a year and they predicted this to be worse than the US' Katrina. Hopefully that number is inaccurate. It is currently at 2, 275 according to Katie Couric, as of November 13, 2013 at 6 AM.
Update 11/21/13 at 1:15 PM - National: 3,976 confirmed deaths, 1,598 missing and 18,175 injured, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.



The video and images are heart breaking. People are left without food, water and shelter. Some even stormed a rice plant in desperation, and some just want to leave the country as nothing is left of their home now. Look around you. Imagine your home left unrecognizable. Where would you go? What would you do? This is a reminder to everyone to prepare for the unexpected. 

Manny Pacquiao, a professional Filipino…

FOR SALE: Wedding Items

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The below items were used for one wedding and available for purchase. Pick up may be arranged in Hayward or Emeryville, CA. Or mailed at your expense. Cash upon pick-up or Paypal. For purchase or ask questions, email me
Card Box - $15
This box is in great condition and in the same plastic container when it was originally purchased. Use it to have guests place their greeting cards or as a box to receive marital advice.




Eight 9"-Tall Cylinder Vases - $20 Vases were used once as center pieces for a wedding. In great condition. No chips or cracks. In original box. Width a 8.73 cm. Height - 22.86 cm. Buyer must take all 8.

Twelve 6"-Tall Cylinder Vases - $20 Vases were used once as center pieces for a wedding. In great condition. No chips or cracks. In original box. Diameter a 8.7 cm. Buyer must take all 12.
Twelve 7.5"-Tall Cylinder Vases - $20 Vases were used once as center pieces for a wedding. In great condition. No chips or cracks. In original box. Buyer must take al…

Buy One Bag, Gift One

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As a sister of a woman in the military, I would love to have this promotion of giving back to the women, wives and daughters of our military be a success. Buy any of our handbags by Nov. 12th and Stella & Dot will gift one to these wonderful women!  Consider picking up one of our great handbags for yourself or as a holiday gift. I use my two How Does She Do It bags ($89) all the time. I love it!
Shop now at http://www.stelladot.com/Bernadette

How Not to Fight - By Tina Tessina

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Article: How Not to Fight: Myths about Fighting In Relationships (And What to Do about Them)
By Tina Tessina
------------------------------------------------------------ In my counseling practice, couples are often surprised to learn they can communicate and solve problems effectively without fighting; but sometimes you may find it's not so easy to give up your struggles. You may have trouble letting go of the fighting habit because of two factors: social expectations (expectations the people around you have about marriage) and myths (common beliefs not based on fact.)

Myths and Expectations about Fighting There are many myths and expectations about fighting in marriage. Couples come into my office frequently believing that fighting is a necessary part of being a couple; that all married couples fight; and it's a normal part of marriage. But the fact is that fighting accomplishes nothing, and it isn't necessary for couples to argue, to yell, or to have heated discussions to …

Say Something I'm Giving Up On You

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Thanks to a YouTube email sending me a link of the story behind Christina Aguilera connecting to A Great Big World's song, 'Say Something.'
I have been a fan of Christina Aguilera's since her very first single, Genie in a Bottle. I remember playing it for my high school sweetheart and he wasn't too impressed. What did he know? We clearly aren't together anymore. :) Since then and especially after her Stripped album, I have connected with her being a strong, bold, independent woman with a guarded soft and vulnerable side. With every album, there have been tracks that feel like she knows exactly what I can't express or her songs remind me of who I am or want to be. The bonus is her incredible talent that give me chills. When she sings, I don't hear anything else.



My all-time favorite song of hers is The Voice Within.  Being as independent as I am can be lonely at times but I am a strong believer that you have the power to make yourself happy and you are th…