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What Is In Your Heart #TWSS #linkup

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That's What She Said A weekly linkup, we share a quote and you share a post! Writers Bloggers Word Lovers Women's Words Quotes

Join us each week as we provide you with a quote (by a woman); and you let that quote inspire your written word! Allow it to lead your writing in whatever way works for you. And we mean that! Literally, wherever it leads you to write is wonderful, and perfect, and worthy of sharing! Share, share, share! Let yourself be inspired each week at That’s What She Said! Write on!!

  • #1 rule: Have fun and be creative 
  • Go find out what she said. Check out the other blogs linked up and show them some love.
  • Don’t hold back! We want to read what you are writing.
  • Okay, we do ask you to hold back ONLY if you are NOT following the rules. This link-up is for those who are inspired by the quote of the week. Get inspired!
  • Not a rule but a suggestion… please share That’s What She Said on your social media. Example: Join @Mrs_AOK & @Courtneynoel Tuesday’s for #TWSS a weekly link-up inspired by women’s words.
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A lot of people are afraid to say what they want.Madonna Quote That's What She Said

Say what you mean to say.

That is what comes to mind when I read Madonna’s words. And you know what comes to mind next?? This song by John Mayer….

I know, I know, he is not a woman and this link up is all about our sheroes, but I just couldn’t help it!! I think I may still have songs on the brain after last weeks Fight Song post, but as I began writing this post, I couldn’t help but hum along to John Mayer singing in my head.

So today I’m going to continue to jam to this John Mayer song (and maybe a couple others too) and I am going to remind myself just how important it is to say what you need to say. 

And really who doesn’t need a reminder to get thing off your chest, no matter how big or how small or seemingly indifferent. It is important to get things, whatever they are, out there. Otherwise it builds up inside of you and then one day you will explode like a volcano; maybe not literally but definitely figuratively. Easier said than done, I know.  

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It can be hard, and scary to say what you need to.  You may fear hurting others or perhaps risk alienating yourself by saying what you need to say.  But the truth of the matter is this… those who matter most, already know what is in your heart. 

So what is in your heart?

Show us yours

Share some creativity with us next week!

You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. |Maya Angelou| TWSS| Quotes| Women's Words| Link-up

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No Bake 4th of July Desserts {Recipe Round Up}

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Where has the month of June gone?? I can hardly believe we are already making plans for how we want to celebrate the 4th of July. It just doesn’t seem possible.  Here in sunny, hot, hot, HOT, Arizona this girl who usually LOVES to bake just can not bring herself to turn on that oven.  With the AC blasting at 6 am, and going strong through the night, I just cannot add anymore heat to my house.  So no bake desserts are my go-to.

No Bake 4th of July Desserts

 Today I thought I would share some super cute and very festive no bake 4th of July desserts with you.  Now you can bring a festive Americana dessert to your 4th of July celebration without ever turning on the oven! You can thank me later!!

4th of July Oreo Pops4th of July Oreo Pops

4th of July Chocolate Dipped Pretzels 4th of July Dipped Pretzels

4th of July Oreo Petit Fours4th of July Oreo Petit Fours

Flag Rice Krispie Treats4th of July American Flag Rice Krispie Treats

Fire Cracker PopcornFire Cracker Popcorn

4th of July Push Pop Cake4th of July Push Pop Cake(using Sara Lee Pound Cake)

Marshmallow Pops4th of July Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Pops

Screen Shot 2015-06-24 at 9.08.10 AM4th of July Chocolate Covered Strawberries

What are your go-to no bake desserts?? I would love to hear, leave me a comment and let me know what no bake 4th of July desserts you want to make!

No Bake 4th of July Desserts Round Up

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A Better Version of Me

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That's What She Said A weekly linkup, we share a quote and you share a post! Writers Bloggers Word Lovers Women's Words Quotes

Join us each week as we provide you with a quote (by a woman); and you let that quote inspire your written word! Allow it to lead your writing in whatever way works for you. And we mean that! Literally, wherever it leads you to write is wonderful, and perfect, and worthy of sharing! Share, share, share! Let yourself be inspired each week at That’s What She Said! Write on!!

  • #1 rule: Have fun and be creative 
  • Go find out what she said. Check out the other blogs linked up and show them some love.
  • Don’t hold back! We want to read what you are writing.
  • Okay, we do ask you to hold back ONLY if you are NOT following the rules. This link-up is for those who are inspired by the quote of the week. Get inspired!
  • Not a rule but a suggestion… please share That’s What She Said on your social media. Example: Join @Mrs_AOK & @Courtneynoel Tuesday’s for #TWSS a weekly link-up inspired by women’s words.

 

Your Hosts Hosts TWSS Thank You Heart Thanks for sharing your life in one sentence with us last week!Fight Song Rachel Platten TWSS

 

When I was younger I loved and lived to dance; ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe; they were all my favorite.  I spent many hours, several days a week at the dance studio taking any and every class I could.  And when I wasn’t taking a dance class, I had dance on the brain.  I would choreograph dances with my sister or friends; I would dance down the aisles of the grocery store with my mom.  

I was a dancer.  Being a dancer defined me and was such an integral part of my life. I would have never believed you, if you told me there would come a day that I would stop dancing.  

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But that day, that day I never though would come, the day I stopped dancing did in fact come.  I packed up my dance shoes, put away my tutus, and said, “See ya later” to my drawers and drawers filled with tights, leotards, and leg warmers. I remembering being sad, I remember feeling numb, I remember feeling like I was giving up on my dream.

But I also remember knowing in my heart, that while I loved dance with all of mybeing, and all of my soul, I knew that it would never be more than a hobby.  I wasn’t going to dance for New York City Ballet.  I wasn’t going to be on Broadway.  I wasn’t going to open my own dance studio.  When I stopped dancing at 15 I promised myself I would dance again.

And last week, I finally made the promise happen as I dusted off (both literally and figuratively) my old ballet and tap shoes.  For the first time in over 10 years I took both a ballet and tap class (go big or go home).  I was amazed at just how much my feet remembered!! My brain was a little rusty with terminology, but my feet remembered it all.

That's What She Said - A Better Version of MeAnd as I changed out of my ballet shoes, and laced up my tap shoes I couldn’t help but feel inspired.  I felt like I was becoming me again! I was remembering my love and my passion for something; something I could not believe I had let slip out of my life for so long. I felt strong, and empowered, and more than alright! As I danced across the floor, I was becoming a better version of me!

And would you like to guess what our first song was as we began our tap floor work? Fight Song! Can you believe it?? You all know I believe in a good sign, and if this wasn’t a big ole slap in the face sign, then I don’t know what is!!!

Every Time I Dance, I Turn Into a Better Version of Me

 

Tell me all about your fight song!! I would love to hear; leave me a comment or link up and join the fun!

Show us yours


Next Week's Quote

 

 

What is it you need to ask for? We cannot wait to see what you share next week!

A lot of people are afraid to say what they want.Madonna Quote That's What She Said
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My Life in One Sentence #TWSS #linkup

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That's What She Said A weekly linkup, we share a quote and you share a post! Writers Bloggers Word Lovers Women's Words Quotes

Join us each week as we provide you with a quote (by a woman); and you let that quote inspire your written word! Allow it to lead your writing in whatever way works for you. And we mean that! Literally, wherever it leads you to write is wonderful, and perfect, and worthy of sharing! Share, share, share! Let yourself be inspired each week at That’s What She Said! Write on!!

  • #1 rule: Have fun and be creative 
  • Go find out what she said. Check out the other blogs linked up and show them some love.
  • Don’t hold back! We want to read what you are writing.
  • Okay, we do ask you to hold back ONLY if you are NOT following the rules. This link-up is for those who are inspired by the quote of the week. Get inspired!
  • Not a rule but a suggestion… please share That’s What She Said on your social media. Example: Join @Mrs_AOK & @Courtneynoel Tuesday’s for #TWSS a weekly link-up inspired by women’s words.

 

Your Hosts Hosts TWSS Thank You Heart Thanks for sharing your “home” with us last week!

My entire life can be described in one sentence: It didn't go as planned and that's ok.|Rachel Wolchin| Describe your life in one sentence| Writing Prompt| Link-up| TWSS a link-up inspired by women's words| quote I have been thinking about this post all week.  I mean *really* thinking.  When Dean and I pick the quotes, I often have a vague sense of what I will write.  But not with this one.  This quote had me stumped.  This quote put a lot of pressure on me; to come up with one sentence, that is pressure.  I mean,  would I even be able to describe my life in a paragraph, let alone ONE single, solitary sentence?? All week I kept repeating this quote to myself; “My entire life can be described in one sentence: It didn’t go as planned and that’s ok.” I mulled it over, and over, and over.  As I washed sippy cups, as I folded laundry, as I played bunco with friends, as I cooked breakfast, and lunch, and dinner; I kept asking myself, “How would I describe my life in one sentence?” And then suddenly it came to me; while I was showering (I swear that is where I do my best thinking. TMI? Oh well, it’s the truth!).  I had been overthinking it.  I was trying to come up with something that could encompass my life… from my childhood days filled with ballet, mud pies, and lazy beach bays. To my adolescence; filled with a move across the country and making new friends.  To my teenage years; learning to drive, going to concerts, having friends who become your family.  To adulthood; going to college and leaving home, falling in love and getting married, finding my passion and landing my dream job. To motherhood; getting pregnant, staying pregnant, becoming a mama.  And everything in between. So what sentence could encompass all of that and more??

 

While life has thrown me curve balls, while months have been weathered by storms, while days have had their fair share of clouds; I have always believed I could hit the ball out of the park, I knew a rainbow would come after the storm, and I always looked for the silver lining. 

The Silver Lining   So, how would you describe your life in just one sentence? Leave me a comment to let me know.  Better yet, if you have a blog share in a post and link up with Dean and I. XO Show us yours


 

 

 

 

Next Week's Quote
Next week we’re letting Rachel Platten inspire us with her song “Fight Song“. We want you to share your fight song or create one for yourself. While you’re at it check out Holley Kitchen’s take on this song in regards to her fight with breast cancer. Get writing! We cannot wait to see what you’ll share!
Fight Song Rachel Platten TWSS
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Summertime Activities for Your One Year Old

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Last summer I had two infant, NICU graduate babies who had car seat, travel, and location restrictions on them.  What does all of that mean? We spent our summer inside, or going to the doctors office.  Crowded, indoor places were a no-no.  Anywhere further than 30 minutes away was a no-no. Not to mention getting out of the house, alone, with two infants was overwhelming to me.  So this summer I am ready for it to be the complete opposite.  I am ready for a summer of fun!!  I have been busy Pinning lots of summertime activities for your one year old and thought I would share some of the ideas with you!!

Summertime Activities for Your One Year Old

Have a BBQ with friends
Visit a Farmers Market
Go on a Hike
Take a Trip to the Zoo

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Monsoon Puddle Splashing
Storytime at the Library
Make and Paint with Edible Paint
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Walks in Stroller or Wagon
Participate in a Summer Reading Program
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Bubble Play
Have a Picnic
Lots, and Lots, and Lots of Water Play

Visit a Botanical Garden
Go to the Children’s Museum
Open Gym at a Gymnastic Studio

 

What day to day summertime activities for your one year old (or older) do you have planned? I would love to know!

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Coming Home #TWSS #linkup

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That's What She Said A weekly linkup, we share a quote and you share a post! Writers Bloggers Word Lovers Women's Words Quotes

Join us each week as we provide you with a quote (by a woman); and you let that quote inspire your written word! Allow it to lead your writing in whatever way works for you. And we mean that! Literally, wherever it leads you to write is wonderful, and perfect, and worthy of sharing! Share, share, share! Let yourself be inspired each week at That’s What She Said! Write on!!

  • #1 rule: Have fun and be creative 
  • Go find out what she said. Check out the other blogs linked up and show them some love.
  • Don’t hold back! We want to read what you are writing.
  • Okay, we do ask you to hold back ONLY if you are NOT following the rules. This link-up is for those who are inspired by the quote of the week. Get inspired!
  • Not a rule but a suggestion… please share That’s What She Said on your social media. Example: Join @Mrs_AOK & @Courtneynoel Tuesday’s for #TWSS a weekly link-up inspired by women’s words.

 

Your Hosts Hosts TWSS Thank You Heart Thanks for sharing your posts with us last week

Home is the nicest word there is. Nancy Ingalls Wilder| Quote| Quotes by women| That's What She Said Link-up

I love to travel! Absolutely love it.  The whole process; from planning to packing to flying to sight seeing; love, love, love!  I am lucky to have married a man who also loves to travel.  Matt is a planner; he loves to research, to pick and choose, to plan our adventures, the restaurants, all of it. Matt and I have been fortunate enough to travel lots of wonderful places as a couple, and we look forward to more travel in our future. Traveling is so exciting; new places, new food, new people, and cultures and experiences.  It is all wonderful.

But every time we travel, I always look forward to one thing…. and it doesn’t matter where we travel….

From San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Bridge

 

to New York City, New York.  

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From Paris, France,The Tower at Night

to Heidelberg Germany.20121028-195959.jpg

From Kauai, HawaiiHawaii Rainbow

to Montergo Bay, Jamaica. 

And every adventure in between; I always love coming home.  Coming home, to my own bed, my own bath towels, my own house, my own… everything.  Because although there are so many exciting things about traveling, there is truly nothing better than coming home to your something familiar.

 

Do you feel this way after you travel? Do you long for the familiar comfort of home?

 

Join us next week and describe your life in one sentence!

My entire life can be described in one sentence: It didn't go as planned and that's ok.|Rachel Wolchin| Describe your life in one sentence| Writing Prompt| Link-up| TWSS a link-up inspired by women's words| quote
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