Holly and Heather's Helping Hands

Inspirational Heartfelt Hints

Holly and Heather’s Helpful Hint: Say Goodbye to Summer

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Although technically today is the first day of fall, we need to say a proper goodbye to summer. It is probably one of our favorite seasons…can you tell by the way we blogged about it?  Summer Giving, Summer Salads, Enjoy Summer, not to mention each celebration that came along during the past few months!  Schedules at home are more relaxed in the summer and the weather is glorious almost every day.

While we always look forward to each season as it comes, here are a few things we did yesterday to bid summer a farewell for now:  had ice cream and fro yo pops, wore camp shirts and shorts, spent the day outside and listened to summer music.  Hard to do some of that in the winter! But first, welcome fall…

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Never Forget

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This past weekend was the fifteenth anniversary of September eleventh.  As New Yorkers, it is a day that we will never forget.  It is hard to believe that fifteen years have passed.  Our children have no memories of that day but for those of us old enough to remember, we all have our own stories.  We attended memorial services, proudly displayed the American flag, and shared stories with our families out of respect for those who innocently perished.

One good sentiment we embraced was the story of the lone tree that survived in front of the towers.  It was broken, charred, mangled but survived the attacks nonetheless.  During reconstruction it was removed from the site, preserved and it now lives in the 9/11 museum near One World Trade.  The tree stands as a symbol of resilience in the face of adversity.  Although clearly damaged, the tree has grown new branches where nubs once remained.

Each life lost was precious.  Each loss changed the lives of friends and family forever.  Sharing stories keeps memories alive, heals wounds, honors the deceased.  We will never forget.

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Learning Anew

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This week marked the start of a new school year for us. The kids are beginning classes with new subjects to study and learn about, and we thought, so what about us? Instead of going back to the same old routine (which does have to happen to a large degree because we have to work, clean & cook!) why not try to learn something new too? Whether you want to take a lot of classes to change or further your career or only have time for one course, it’s a great way to broaden your horizons. Here are a few things to try:

  • Our libraries offer many cultural experiences from trips to museums to lunch and learn programs (usually free at the library) featuring a variety of subjects.  They range from health and wellness lectures on nutrition to financial planning seminars.
  • Join a book club or pick up a new read on your own.  Non-fiction reading is especially educational as are self improvement books.
  • Try a new form of exercise.  If you always walk, try a bicycle. Or if you’re into yoga, learn tai chi.
  • Take a class in adult continuing education.  So many great subjects abound from cooking to languages and photography.

Have fun exploring and learning something new.  Good for the mind and the soul!

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Enjoy Labor Day!

This weekend here in the good, old U.S. of A. we are celebrating Labor Day. Hopefully you will be able to rest at some point and enjoy spending time with those you love. We will be visiting with family, catching up on some reading and definitely enjoying a good barbecue. Here is something we make that you might want to try too!

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Labor Day Pie:

Ingredients: Prepared graham cracker pie crust, instant butterscotch pudding made following package directions, strawberries, blueberries, cool whip

Pour pudding into pie shell. Spread cool whip on top. Decorate with strawberries and blueberries. Red, white and blue fun!!

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Keep Your Word

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We all lead busy lives whether you are working, taking care of home and family, running errands or making “me” time a priority. Many times we have the best of intentions to do something, talk to someone or go somewhere but sometimes life gets in the way and things don’t work out as planned.  When we make a commitment we try hard to keep our plans.  If it’s not possible to do that, we let that person know.  People usually understand that things come up and plans can change.  In keeping with the spirit of this blog in making this world a better place (starting with us!) honesty and reliability are qualities we believe are very important.  You never know when someone could be counting on you.

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