Life should contain some magical elements. The best part of childhood is the thrill of imagination. Children view life through the eyes of magic. We are never too old to bring the joy of magic into our lives. Magic brings our imagination to joyful life.
By completely absorbing our attention for a short, magical spell can relieve us of the dreadful burden of [life]. -Elizabeth Gilbert
Magic was the success of Walt Disney, and that magic continues today. Everyone loves to be transported into magical worlds of imagination through Walt Disney movies.
One of my favorite stories since childhood is Cinderella. I adore the movie Cinderella that came out in 2015. I love that they made something good and wholesome out of that movie. So many great quotes to live by.
And Ella continued to see the world not as it is, but as it could be if only you believe in courage and kindness and occasionally just a little bit… of magic.
I found the best solution for clean sinks! My sink was pretty bad prior to this. I’ve lived in the same house now for 21 years and I have a porcelain sink. We use well water that has iron in it, which gets filtered through a water filter, but we often still get iron in our water anyway. Iron turns things yellow, like white porcelain sinks. It’s not the easiest thing to get off.
Another thing about porcelain sinks is they get black scuff marks from pans and various dishes. My sink had such a build up of black marks I thought it was permanently scratched up. I didn’t really know it was just a scuff mark on top of the porcelain. When I painted my kitchen, and kitchen cabinets I knew I either had to find a solution for my sink, or get a new one.
The Best Stuff Ever!
After some googling and some researching I learned about Bar Keeper’s Friend and Pumie Scouring sticks. These are seriously the best stuff ever for cleaning porcelain sinks. I was a little nervous about using the pumice stick on the sink, but I watched a lady do it in the following video which gave me confidence to give it a go.
Pumie Scouring Stick
I decided to buy the Pumie scouring sticks because they are made specifically for this purpose and have a wide variety of uses. You can read about them, and buy them, on amazon. Or buy them at Lowes or Home Depot, and maybe Walmart. I bought mine at Lowes. Initially I had to scrub with the pumice stone quite a bit to remove my black marks and several scrubbings with the BKF cleanser for clean sinks.
Bar Keepers Friend
This is the BEST kept secret! I wish I would have known about this stuff years ago. This is all I ever need to use on my sink now. I haven’t had to use the pumice stick because I keep up with the scratches on a regular basis and it only takes like a minute or so to clean my sink. BKF comes in both liquid and powder and I have used both.
Powder Vs Liquid
In the beginning I used the liquid more often, but I discovered after about a year that even if you try to remember to shake it up when you use it, the solid stuff settles to the bottom and gets dry enough that it doesn’t mix in. So there is more waste and it gets watered down from the settling. The powder gives you more abrasion to work with, which I like better for the scuff marks. And obviously that makes the powder more cost-effective, plus it’s less expensive anyway. You would think BKF would be expensive, but it’s not. It’s only a couple of dollars for a 12 oz. can at Walmart. You can get it at places like Lowes or Home Depot, or if you like the convenience of amazon you can buy it there.
Here you can see the black scuff in the left sink (top right) and how dull and grey my sink look compared to my first scrubbing with BKF and the pumice. The more I’ve use it, the whiter my sink becomes.
Two years later my sinks look better than ever. I love this easy and effective solution for clean sinks.
The Bar Keeper’s Friend also worked to take off some hefty grease from the center of my stove elements.
In an article by The Huffington Post, according to Trends in Cognitive Science we tend to mimic the smiles or frowns of others because it helps us better understand what other people are feeling, allowing us to respond appropriately.
Based on their review, the researchers concluded that when we mimic someone else’s facial expression, we trigger that same emotional state in ourselves, which then allows us to formulate an appropriate social response.
There’s Magic in Your Smile!
I really enjoyed this article over at psychologytoday.com written by a guest blogger named Sarah Stevenson. She said that each time you smile you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness.
You look better when you smile.
When you smile, people treat you differently. You’re viewed as attractive, reliable, relaxed and sincere.
Smiling affects those around us.
Each time you smile at a person, their brain coaxes them to return the favor. The world is simply a better place when you smile.
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
My Smiles Creation
Last year I painted my second bathroom in a cheerful spring green. I needed a new wall decoration so I browsed the internet for ideas. I ran across a sign that said “Smiles are contagious” and it gave me the inspiration for this creation.
First I glued scrap-book paper to a thick piece of poster board. I drew out my letters for “Smiles” in my writing style. Next I traced them on pink-striped paper I had glued to poster board and cut them out. Then I mounted them using foam mounts so they’d stand out. The tiny white flowers on the letters are punched out with a paper punch, with a dot of sparkly nail polish in the center. I penned the rest of the saying on the green background, and used rick-rack for borders. The flowers and bugs are pop-up stickers. They have real squiggly eyes. I used white spray paint on a wood frame I already had to frame it. I love it because it’s so fun and cheerful, and it didn’t cost me anything to make it because I used what I already had.
The phrase, ‘when life hands you lemons, make lemonade’, was initially coined by writer Elbert Hubbard in a 1915 obituary he penned and published for dwarf actor Marshall P. Wilder. The obituary, entitled The King of Jesters, praises Wilder’s optimistic attitude and achievements in the face of his disabilities:
“He was a walking refutation of that dogmatic statement, Mens sana in corpore sano. His was a sound mind in an unsound body. He proved the eternal paradox of things. He cashed in on his disabilities. He picked up the lemons that Fate had sent him and started a lemonade-stand.”
It was later published in a magazine called The Rotarian in November 1940 as a poem entitled The Optimist.
Life handed him a lemon, As Life sometimes will do. His friends looked on in pity, Assuming he was through. They came upon him later, Reclining in the shade In calm contentment, drinking A glass of lemonade.
Every mortal who has ever walked this earth has faced a challenge of some form or another. Some are large and more obvious, none-the-less, even small ones can try the best of us. Aren’t we thankful for optimism! That hopeful confidence about the future that inspires us to keep going and keep doing. Some of the greatest accomplishments have been made by those with limitations. Make the best of what you have been given and you will be amazed at the results. Just keep working at it, and never give up!
I love this song by Alex Boye.
You can be bitter, bitter, bitter…or you can be better, better, better!
Dear world…I wrote this song over 20 yrs ago when I was broke, homeless and eating food out of trash cans. It was a very low time for me filled with depression and sadness…I would pray that one day I would write a song about my situation that would go to number one in the charts all over the world, and bring a smile to people’s faces everywhere. They say it takes a village to raise a child…This is my child. Will you help make this lifelong dream a reality by downloading this song for just $1? Thank-you world. Much love. Alex Boye https://alexboye.bandcamp.com/track/lemonade
Lem-lem-lem-lem-lemonade – Alex Boye
(VERSE) I’m just so broke you won’t believe Can’t get a dollar out of me And as far as I can see I’m losing control like a bad disease No I just can’t get relief I’ve been shot down by the life police, And every day I try to rise but I can’t succeed Can anybody find a cure for me? You can be bitter, bitter, bitter, Or you can be better, better, better
It’s Gonna Be OK!
(CHORUS) When life gives you lemons It’s gonna be okay Don’t worry little children And don’t complain (whoa) Remember you’re golden So find some sugar cane When life gives you lemons Make lemonade Hama kama hama kama heyama kama Hama kama hama kama heyama kama Hama kama hama kama heyama kama Hama kama hama kama
Laugh Just a Little More
(VERSE) Now every day is like a brand new year, I throw my hands up in the air like I just don’t care, I’m moonwalking down the streets feeling like oh yeah (oh yeah!) Like the bottom of the glass now I see clear So now I laugh just a little more (Yeeheeheee!) I stand much taller than I did before (Yahahaa!) I know I’m not where I need to be But I thank God that I’m not where I used to be, I used to be bitter, bitter, bitter, But now I feel better, better, better
Don’t Worry Little Children
(CHORUS) When life gives you lemons It’s gonna be okay Don’t worry little children And don’t complain (whoa) Remember you’re golden So find some sugar cane When life gives you lemons Make lemonade Hama kama hama kama
So Many Miracles!
(BRIDGE) I was saved for a reason That I can’t explain Got something new to believe in I’m awakened again (whoa-oh-oh-whoa) So many miracles are happening each day If I can just get out of (Elelele) My own way
So Go Find Some Sugar, Sugar!
(CHORUS) When life gives you lemons It’s gonna be okay Don’t worry little children And don’t complain (whoa) Remember you’re golden So find some sugar cane When life gives you lemons Make lemonade Lem-lem-lem-lem-lemonade Lemony-lemony-lemony-lemony-lem-lemonade Lem-lem-lem-lem-lemonade Lemo-lemo-Whoo!
A daisy is beautifully simple, and simply beautiful.
Much loved for its simplistic beauty, the daisy instills joy in the heart of the beholder with its message of hope and renewal. The blissful daisy cultivates joy from the small and simple things of life, and shares that joy and beauty with those around it.
To be blissful is to be extremely happy, full of joy.
I love all flowers, but some flowers are just special for some reason. Maybe it’s because you connect it with a special person, or a special moment. It seems as though most people are drawn to daisies because they radiate a simplistic kind of joy. Perhaps it’s their sunny yellow center surrounded by all those radiant white petals.
Daisies are just blissful.
The name seemed perfect for a blog with the goal of cultivating and sharing the simple joys of life.
Some Other Fun Facts About the Daisy
Daisies belong to one of the largest families of plants in the world, the family of ‘vascular plants’ – those which circulate nutrients and water throughout the plant. They make up almost 10% of all flowering plants on Earth.
Daisies are found everywhere on Earth except Antarctica.
The name ‘daisy’ is thought to come from the Old English ‘daes eag” which means ‘day’s eye’ after the way in which it opens at dawn.
The daisy family was classified in 1792 by Paul Dietrich Giseke, a German botanist.
Daisies represents purity and innocence.
A daisy is actually two flowers in one. The white (usually) petals count as one flower and the cluster of tiny yellow (usually) disc petals that form the ‘eye’ is technically another.
A Daisy is More Than Just Beautiful
Daisy leaves are edible. They can make a tasty addition to salads. They’re closely related to artichoke and are high in Vitamin C.
Daisies have lots of medicinal properties. They are thought to slow bleeding, relieve indigestion and ease coughs. In homeopathy, the garden daisy is known as the gardener’s friend for its ability to ease an aching back.