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Operation Spread Hope, Love & Joy

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Point to Ponder:
Where does spreading hope, love and joy fall into your Christmas festivities?

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by Neissa Brown Springmann

Each year and upon entering the Christmas season I always set out to be more intentional and purposeful than in the previous years. Inevitably, my goals are always the same: don’t overspend, stick to the Christmas list, avoid perfection, resist shopping for myself while I am shopping for others (how does that always happen?!), and most importantly to live outside of myself by giving and sharing the spirit and meaning of Christmas: to spread hope, love and joy.

I cringe to think how extra self-centered my holidays would be without my attempted annual goals. Frustratingly, I always spend more money that desired, I get caught up in materialism and commercialism, and I exhaust myself by trying to make everything perfect which in turn stresses me out! Shamefully, beyond my immediate family members, friends and neighbors there is very little thinking outside of myself, no extra sharing of love, hope and joy and therefore no additional lives impacted. Really, it’s nauseating that I live in this perpetual state of insanity (setting the same goal and taking no additional action yet expecting a different result), therefore to end this ridiculousness and attempt to really spread hope, love and joy and make a difference in at least one life during the Christmas season, I’ve come up with a plan of action entitled “Operation Spread Hope, Love and Joy”, and I hope you will join me!

The goal of Operation Spread Hope, Love and Joy is exactly as it sounds: to spread hope, love and joy by putting a smile on someone’s face, being a source of encouragement and light and continuing to express gratitude which will in turn positively impact lives.

Starting today and throughout the next four weeks leading up to Christmas I will announce the weekly action. For this week, the suggested action is to print the provided note card printable, cut out the individual notes and give to as many people as possible. If you are like me, you will experience some fear and hesitation when handing out the cards, especially to a total stranger. You may likely make an assumption that the potential recipient isn’t going through anything, doesn’t need a pick-me-up and/or will think you are weird. Repeat these words: Nonsense! Everyone is going through something, everyone can use a little light and iGnite in their lives and if spreading some hope, love and joy by means of positive note cards make us weird, I gladly welcome the label! After all, the worst thing that can happen is the card gets thrown in the trash, but what if it makes somebody else’s life better?

Finally, share how you are spreading your hope, love and joy note cards by posting pictures via your favoritie social media outlets, using the hashtag #spreadhopeloveandjoy and tagging iGnite. This is not at all to be braggadocious or draw attention to your or iGnite’s actions. Instead, it’s an opportunity to let social media do what I believe social media has the greatest potential in doing, which is to be a catalyst for uplifting messages, positive change and spreading good around the world.

Action Item:
Print the provided note card printable, cut out the individual notes and give to as many people as possible. If you are able, share how you are spreading your hope, love and joy note cards by posting pictures via your favorite social media outlets, using the hashtag #spreadhopeloveandjoy and tagging iGnite.

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Kathleen’s “12 Days of FitMas Gifts” Sneak Preview

by Kathleen Parker

by Kathleen Parker

Every year, I kick off December with my “12 Days of FitMas Gifts” list — which is always a huge hit with our members!  So, with the gift shopping season quickly approaching, I thought I’d give you a “sneak preview” of some of my favorite items. Here are 3 of my “must-gives” — come find out the remaining 9 at classes with me in December!

1. MPOWERD Luci Aura Inflatable Solar Lantern

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Okay, this is the coolest gift for anyone!
It is an inflatable solar lantern that has so many different uses.  It is available at REI and on Amazon, where you can find a cool video about it.

Product description:

“At home indoors and out, this solar-powered LED lantern casts light in 8 different hues (including white) for playful easy-to-use illumination without burning kerosene or spillable wax.”

Why I love this gift:

  • It is great for ANYONE!
  • Campers will love them
  • Kids will love them for outside play
  • They look amazing floating in the pool for a party or lining your walkway to the front door for a party!
  • They are great stuck on your Stand Up Paddle board in the evening!
  • Great for evening Kayaking
  • They deflate to nothing and are easily packable
  • They come in different colors
  • Only $24.95 for 2

2. Tom’s Nepal Boots

Nepal BootsI love these and actually have two pair!
One is black with fur and the other is black and grey and white–you will see the 5 options on the Toms site.

Product Description:
“Suede upper with faux hair shaft; Redesigned rubber outsole for increased traction and comfort; Faux shearling lining; TOMS tonal heel patch”

Why I love this gift:

  • It’s simply the cutest boot ever!
  • They’re not as hot as Uggs — they’re lined with a thinner, very soft fur
  • They’re perfect for Texas Winters
  • Very packable! I took them on my recent trip to Chile
  • Half the price of Uggs
  • They come in so many colors! They’re also available on Amazon in many more colors than the Toms website
  • They’re the most comfortable boot ever, for both inside and outside
  • Great to throw on for yoga and after any workout with leggings
  • Tom’s DONATES A NEW PAIR OF SHOES FOR A CHILD IN NEED WITH EVERY NEW PAIR OF SHOES YOU PURCHASE! Now, that is gratitude!

3. POWERCAP LED Light Beanie

winterLEDbeanieProduct Description:
“POWERCAP LED Lighted Beanie Hats combine Patent Pending Ultra Bright LED technology with a premium Compression Fleece beanie style hat to provide you with the perfect hands free flashlight. The soft, moisture wicking lining will pull moisture away from your head and keep you warm and dry. ”

Why I love this gift:

  • I love this beanie for runs in the dark!
  • It will be a great gift for women, but it also comes in black and many other masculine colors in mens sizes.
  • It’s perfect for anyone who takes their dog for a walk after work, or for keeping in the car if you get stranded!

Happy gift giving 🙂

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Eating Organic: Why, Which Foods & Money Saving Tips

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by Neissa Springmann

There’s no doubt that ‘organic’ is a buzz word for 2013, and in a perfect world everyone would love to afford an organic-only diet. However, with the cost of food on the rise and the reality that a large majority of the population is on a budget, eating entirely organic is virtually impossible! Let’s face it, a recent college graduate or mother shopping for a family of four is most likely to purchase four non-organic apples for $1, rather than four organic apples for $4.00. With that said, there are particular foods that are very important to eat organic, and rather than give up on eating organic all together, we thought it would be helpful to provide you with why it is important to eat organic, what produce is important to eat organic and a few cost saving tips too.

When produce shopping, a good rule of ‘organic thumb’ is: if the fruit or veggie has an edible skin, buy organic. The reason is that organic farming excludes and strictly limits the use of manufactured (synthetic) fertilizers, pesticides (which include herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides), plant growth regulators (such as hormones), livestock antibiotics, food additives, genetically modified organisms, human sewage and nano-materials. Therefore, if your produce has a thick and non-edible skin, your fruit or veggie is more protected from the potentially harmful chemicals — unlike the produce with edible skin that has no protection. And, because we are what we eat, when eating non-organic produce we must assume that our body is also ingesting those same synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, hormones, etc.

Try to Buy These Organic: 

  • Apples, Grapes, Strawberries, Berries, Peaches, Apricots, Pears, Cherries, Carrots, Celery, Broccoli, Lettuce, Spinach, Kale, Greens, Peppers, Tomatoes, Cauliflower, Cabbage Squash, Green Beans, Cucumber, Potatoes

Not as Important to Buy Organic: 

  • Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Mango, Oranges, Bananas, Kiwi, Honeydew, Acorn & Butternut Squash, Pumpkin, Avocado, Onion, Corn, Peas

Save some $$!

Finally, there’s nothing worse than spending money on organic produce, to then find it molded and have gone bad in the refrigerator only a few days after purchasing it! On one hand, this is a good sign, as the natural aging process (without chemicals, etc.) is in play. But dang! That’s money down the drain! Therefore, when applicable buy your organic produce frozen (especially if you make smoothies, which is a great way to cool off in the summer and get your fruit and veggie servings for the day) or freeze it upon purchase. This does not diminish the vitamin or mineral content of the fruit or veggie and will save big money!

Furthermore, Costco Wholesale also has incredible deals on frozen organic blueberries and other seasonal produce. Also, subscribe to the Whole Foods mailing list. Very often they have cost-saving sales, like a pint of organic blueberries for $1.99! Finally, if you live in Texas, HEB has an excellent and affordable organic section.

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