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“Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and awful it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That’s just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful ordinary life. And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.”
– L.R. Knost



What does a mom do?

The time has come to realize that there is nothing I can do when your grown children have decided to move out of the country.  I grew up with everyone (and I mean everyone) lived on the same block.  Aunt and uncles and their families and grandma….all on the same block.  But that was the time when everyone knew each other and watched out for each other.  I remember going to the local grocery store and telling Mr. G. to put it on my grandmas bill.

And so this generation has other ideas.  Do we blame it on technology, planes that take only a few hours to get us to where we want to go.  I considered myself blessed when 4 of my 5 children lived in the same neighborhood.  One went to live an hour away….but it still was a close and easy accessible area.  And now I will have to accept them leaving NY to fly to another country, taking my two grandchildren.  It’s good, a great job and I know they will be fine.  But still I will miss them….although with technology – we will skype and manage to keep in touch….but its not the same.

Do you have children outside the US?  How do you cope?  Any ideas on how to keep in touch besides calls, texts etc.

Get off that couch

I often read of people who get depressed and turn to extreme measures to deal with it.  Some people are hoarders, some drink, some shut themselves in a house never to come out.  I have seen people who are angry at everyone and everything in their lives.  I have met people who do not have a nice thing to say about anything.  They feel the world is not their friend and cannot cope.

I think everyone has been depressed at one time or another and how you deal with it means the difference between needing therapy or not.  I know there are days I dont want to get out of bed…living in the East when the weather is bad I tend to hang around the house, no makeup on and just want to vegetate.

There is nothing wrong with that.  But is it the norm for everyday or just an occasional thing.  Thankfully I can say it is only out once in a while.  I am the type of person who needs to be outside, meeting other people and taking in the sights of the world.  But I do know people who would rather sit on the couch all day and watch tv.  How to get them out and about has not been easy especially since it is family.  You always become the bad guy in these situations.  But I will not stop and think once the weather gets nice it will be easier.  In the meantime, I sometimes want to sit around the house also.  (Although there are some things I have to do around here like cleaning out closets and laundry!)

Forever Friends

As we go through life we find friends everywhere.  First it was family friends, friends on the block, friends at school, friends at work…friends in the neighborhood … and there is a great bonding that one does not realize until you dont see those friends anymore, or as often.

I recently retired and of all the things that has happened since that time….my one thing I miss the most is seeing those friends I made at work.  But the older I get the more I find out that even if we dont see each other every day…there is still a friendship there that is never broken.

And somehow when we do get together we have so much more respect and love and cherish the time we do meet up and talk about our families and what our plans are…..so friendship never really ends.  It just gets put on the back burner for a while – to then come out and be cherished even more than before….

Have you called a friend today?

The New South West

We have a collection inspired by the true American West.

Blues of desert skies, crimsons of the canyons of Nevada and neutrals of the Apache Trail.

Check out the vest and wide leg pants for starters at my online store at www.youravon.com/ashapiro

Sizes go from Small (size 4) to 3X (size 28 Womens)

Small Business People

Every day there seems to be another small business popping up.  People who sell on Etsy or on E-bay all want one thing.  To sell their product and make some money from it.  Next week I will be doing some shopping at a Holiday Bazaar.  There will be about 20 vendors there….all small business owners, who sell from their homes or computers online.  This is how we make our business and support ourselves.

Have you ever thought of becoming a small business owner?  Are you crafty?  I started out beading and made bracelets, necklaces and  earrings along with keychains and other various beaded items.  Loved doing it and had success.  But alas, those beads did not do well with hands that became arthritic.  So I looked for another business I could enjoy and came across the selling of Avon products.

I know what you are thinking….I dont want to sell makeup…but Avon is more than makeup.  The best part is it’s your business to sell as you please (with a few rules)…..I sell person to person, I leave books at businesses and I also sell online.  You see, I am always selling….today I left my business cards (with a 10% discount) on cars…

So if you feel you can handle this job and become an Avon Rep – it is so easy to do.  If you are a stay-at-home mom, it is perfect for you.  While that baby sleeps, go on your computer and sell.  Taking a walk in the park, bring those books with you and talk to the other moms….Each day brings you closer to earning the money you want and the money you need….(you know those bills are piling up now that the holidays are here.


So join my team – for a minimum amount of $25 (sent to Avon directly) you will receive a starter kit which contains full size products, samples and books to get you started on your journey to becoming a Small Business Owner….ask me for more information or sign up at at my site – www.youravon.com/ashapiro

It’s beginning to look a lot like….

family time…..a time to reflect … a time to be thankful … and a time to SHOP!

I sometimes think it would be great to forego all the shopping and just have family dinner for all – oh, wait – that just passed….It was called Thanksgiving.  Presents were not necessary although some people brought dessert (homemade) and some brought fruit and wine.  It was a time for happy smiles and talking and eating…way too much eating.

My favorite holiday and this year it went great.  All the little ones running all over the place.  Upstairs, downstairs and outside.  A bit of football on the TV and in the street.  Almost as good as our annual block party.

This morning I woke to aches and pains (you get those when you get older) but it was well worth it.  Tomorrow I will clean because today was just a resting day – and some more eating.

I did go online to start my shopping (no standing in line) and ordered for the grandchildren first (easy buys – they want everything).  The best part of running my business is the fact that I too offer Black Friday specials....and until tomorrow here are the deals you can get and what the new brochure looks like.  Didnt make it to Black Friday at Avon?  Guess what!  Cyber Monday is coming – a new post for that one…meantime check out what Black Friday at Avon looks like – it expires tomorrow Nov. 25 at 11.59 pm….dont miss it….