If away from home for travel or emergency, place a coin in a mug of ice in your freezer. Here’s why



Any time there is a notice of a natural disaster, there are a flurry of concerns. How dangerous is it? Will there be time to evacuate everyone? Will your loved ones be safe? Will your property survive?

Emergencies are unpredictable. In this chaotic and stressful time, it pays off to have some practical knowledge on hand.

Thanks to Ms. Sheila Pulanco Russell from Lumberton, North Carolina, we all can feel a little safer with this practical survival tip she shared.

Simply titled “The One Cup Tip,” the three main elements are a quarter, a cup of water, and a freezer.

What do those three have in common you might ask? Well, during times of evacuations, it is uncertain whether your electricity, amongst other things, will still be in tact. It is also unclear, based on the circumstances, how long you will have to be evacuated from your home.

Ideally, most people will have an evacuation kit, filled with first-aid kits and imperishable foods amongst other things. But what about your refrigerated and frozen goods? What is to become of those, and how will you be able to tell if they are still safe to eat once you return to your home?

Sheila has the answer, as seen in the image below.

If away from home for travel or emergency, place a coin in a mug of ice in your freezer. Here’s why


  1. Place a cup of water in your freezer.
  2. Freeze the water until it is solid, and then put a quarter on top of the frozen water and return it to your freezer.
  3. Leave it in your freezer.

What does this tip accomplish?

It helps you determine whether or not your food has gone bad, or whether it refroze or stayed frozen while you were away.

For instance, if you return after you have been evacuated and find that the frozen water has melted and the quarter has fallen to the bottom of the cup, you now know that all the food has defrosted and it should be thrown out.

However, if the quarter is either on the top of the frozen cup or in the middle of the cup, then your food may still be okay. The top tells you that the freezer was still in tact the whole time – the middle tells you that your food might have defrosted, but later refrosted when electricity returned.

This tip is also useful beyond evacuation notices. For example, if you leave the cup in your freezer at all times and your power spontaneously goes out, you will have this neat tip to rely on.

Most importantly, as a general rule, if you feel your food is no longer safe, simply throw it out. Safety is the utmost priority!

For our friends on the East Coast dealing with hurricane warnings (such as Hurricane Matthew), try this nifty little tip for some assurance during an uncertain time!

Stay safe everyone!

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Be happy on your own.

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There’s so much more to life than finding someone who will want you, or being sad over someone who doesn’t. There’s a lot of wonderful time to be spent discovering yourself without hoping someone will fall in love with you along the way, and it doesn’t need to be painful or empty. You need to fill yourself up with love. Not anyone else. Become a whole being on your own. Go on adventures, sit in a coffee shop on your own, dress up for yourself, give to others, smile a lot. Live for yourself and be happy on your own. It isn’t any less beautiful, I promise.
– Emery Allen

When You’re Forcing Love To Stay Alive, It Isn’t Love Anymore.

When You’re Forcing Love To Stay Alive, It Isn’t Love Anymore.

When You’re Forcing Love To Stay Alive, It Isn’t Love Anymore.

Sometimes love is ugly, challenging, frustrating, painful – even in the happiest and strongest of relationships. Love takes work. It takes effort. Love is not always light and pretty. It takes the ability to admit when you’re wrong. It takes dedication, it takes loyalty.
But there is a difference between fighting for something that you know is too good to let go of, and clinging on to something that has already died.
Often, deep down, we already know when it’s not love anymore. What it is is familiarity, routine, insurance. It’s something we’ve gotten used to. It’s a security blanket. It’s the guarantee that we aren’t alone. Sometimes the death of love is easier to sense, if we’re with someone who directly makes us incredibly unhappy. And sometimes it’s harder to admit to ourselves, because we’re with someone whom we care about deeply, even if we’re no longer in love with them. But no matter the specific circumstances, we try to convince ourselves that the love is still there, because we’re not ready for the alternative.
And so we grasp onto it, no matter how much our gut resists, because we’d rather cling to something that is dead than willingly step into a world where we are hurt and alone.
It’s not a fault really, not a flaw. Just human nature. It is in our bones to want to be with other people. To feel instantly comforted from the touch or the assurance of another human being. To feel actual, physical pain when we stretch out in bed and are once again reminded that there is no longer a warm body in the place next to us.
But we must remember that there is a difference between forcing love and fighting for it. Forcing love – forcing yourself to feel something – is not love at all. It’s a manufactured emotion your body has created as a coping mechanism, a survival instinct. Forcing love means it’s already dead. And when you spend all your time forcing yourself to love someone, you miss the opportunity to fight for the person who really sets your soul on fire. The choice isn’t easy, but at least it’s yours.

Written by Kim Quindlen

Become your own best friend

Become your own best friend


Become your own best friend: Over the years I have had to learn to become my own best friend. There were many nights I spent crying myself to sleep, sad and lonely with almost every given heartache. Over time I realized that I had to learn to comfort myself to overcome the pain. It’s a process, and I’m still learning how to do it, but I’ve gotten so much better. I can honestly say that I am my own best friend. Goal: Love yourself and treat yourself as you would treat your best friend. You deserve the same love you give others.


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You are appreciated

You have been doubted

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Dear Me; You have been doubted, hated, talked about, made fun of, hurt, lied to, broken & at your wits end. With that being said, I commend you for the fact that you are still standing. Your courage speaks volumes! I know your struggle & the pain you’ve endured. You are more than a conqueror. Nothing can keep you down & no one can steal your joy. Don’t give up, continue to stand tall & love yourself first. You are appreciated.

Why Saying No to Others Is Saying Yes to Yourself.

Why Saying No to Others Is Saying Yes to Yourself.

“When you say ‘Yes’ to others, make sure you are not saying ‘No’ to yourself.” ~ Paolo Coehlo


A good friend once told me that, “By saying ‘no’ to others, you are saying ‘yes’ to yourself”.

Taking the time to discern your answer prior to your response assists in speaking your truth.

When we were children, when we said ‘yes’, we meant ‘yes’. When we said ‘no’, we meant ‘no’.

Observe toddlers, they know when to say and speak their truth.

But what happens when we grow older? Is our truth silenced due to other people’s judgment? And if so, what happens when that occurs? Do we suppress who we truly are in work and life?

“Just in general, no matter what you’re doing, be true to yourself. Never let anyone else dictate how you live your life.” ~ Rumer Willis

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When you’re used to saying ‘yes’ all the time, setting boundaries may be a challenging thing to do, but each time you do it, you will feel so much better.

“It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself. If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.” ~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Invitation

The people who are in the pattern of saying ‘yes’ all the time, if, and when they say ‘no’, seem to feel they have to give an explanation. But unless someone asks for an explanation, no explanation needs to be given. Because just like Jules Renard said it,  “The truly free man is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse.”

At times in my life, I have struggled with doing too much and not recognizing that saying ‘yes’, was an energy drain. Ultimately, my true talents were not fully being applied.

Each time you use discernment in your decision-making, one’s life little by little becomes more balanced. By saying ‘no’ to others so that you can say ‘yes’ to yourself, you can observe the full situation carefully, and this will help you gain more wisdom and understanding.

If you ever need some time to discern, you can say something like, let me think about it, or let me check my calendar and I will respond either way to you by a certain date. If you are “pushed “ to answer immediately, say ‘no.’ Change the subject to a different topic. The person is not honoring who you are or your time to make a decision.

Be firm and do not apologize, which many ‘yes people’ do. There is no need to apologize, you may be sympathetic, but as a human being, there are only so many hours in the day.

Do not over-schedule yourself because this will only lead to a list of stress-induced behaviors.

Another option is to politely decline, by sharing “I have a conflict”.

This is a true statement, since the conflict is time with yourself, to nurture yourself and your energy.

Assess if you really want to participate.

Is it aligning to your truth or your values?

Does it serve my energy or higher good?

Are you doing this for approval?

You are the one in control of your life, not them or anyone else. The only person you need to receive approval from is you. You are of value by just being you! Is this something the other person can perform on their own? If the answer is ‘yes’, then be cautious in saying ‘yes’, otherwise you may feel resentment, regret, anger or taken advantage of.

“Choose temporary discomfort over long-term resentment.” ~ Brene Brown

There is a big difference in saying ‘yes’ to something when you feel it in your heart, versus ‘yes’ out of fear of the dreadful “I should do this” type of thinking.

Personally, I think the word should, be replaced with “I choose”.

The word “should” is used as many times as a guilt, as a pressure and ultimately resentment will come from using should too often.

While performing and doing so much at the same time, no one really wins. You are not giving your full focus on the item at hand, and performing only at less than your true potential.

It is in the silence of the time you spend with oneself when the authentic you arises. Your true energy and power always lies within yourself.

This article was written by Eileen Timmins, Ph.D. Eileen is an author, artist, motivational speaker, teacher, life coach, labyrinth builder and board member.  She is founder of Aingilin, (which means little angel in Gaelic). To learn more about Eileen, visit www.Aingilin.org or contact her at aingilin@gmail.com
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There are two people you’ll meet in your life

There are two people you’ll meet in your life


There are two people you’ll meet in your life. One will run a finger down the index of who you are and jump straight to the parts of you that peak their interest. The other will take his or her time reading through every one of your chapters and maybe fold corners of you that inspired them most. You will meet these two people; it is a given. It is the third that you’ll never see coming. That one person who not only finishes your sentences, but keeps the book. ~ Author Unknown