New Year, New You Beauty Bar!!!

Happy New Year Lovely Ladies!! I have so much fun and fabulousness in store for you in 2016!! The first of which is a “New Year, New You Beauty Bar” where you get to stop by my home for your personal skin care winterization and some fabulous color tips for 2016!!

You DON’T need a ticket to come, but you must text/call (916.216.2857) to reserve a Beauty Bar spot!! When you purchase $10 or more between 1/1/16 and 1/8/16, you will be entered to win a raffle prize at the Saturday afternoon Beauty Bar!! To place an order visit: MaryKay.com/SarahCook

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What Do You Do When You Meet a Frown?

Smiles

Have you ever woken up grumpy and it seems the entire day is filled with frowns and darkness? I sure have!!

Weekday mornings used to come very early for me as a Seminary teacher with a 6:15 AM class filled with sleepy Freshman and Sophomores. I got up dark and early so that I have time to get “cutified” (sometimes more so than others) and grab something…anything to eat as I run out the door with my daughter who attended the Junior/Senior class.

Occasionally, I found myself struggling to get moving, but not today. I awoke this morning dark and earlier than normal (3:45 AM to be exact) with the song, “Smiles” playing in my head. It’s a song I adored when I was a child in Sunday School. Having that song run through my head made me giggle inside and I immediately began the day counting my blessings. The last several days I have woken up with migraines and today I am migraine free. Big SmiFortnight Lilly Out My Windowles for the gifts of health and feeling great!! I thought of the Fortnight Lillies outside my bedroom window and how God fills every corner of the Earth with beauty if we would just simply look for it. Big Smiles for those gifts too! I thought of each the gifts and talents my children have been blessed with and how much those gifts are actually a gift to our family and others in our sphere of influence. I remembered back to a great basketball game Jon and his team played and how he felt so honored to have been “scouted” and asked to come and play with the Middle School team and how much he has grown from that experience. Big Smiles for those gifts as well!

I find that the best way to turn Frowny Days into ones filled with Big Smiles is to put on some new glasses! Through the Lenses of Gratitude, the world looks brighter and more beautiful. Wearing new glasses lets me see the Hand of God in everything and I begin to smile at the Tender Mercies He so lovingly gives me, His Daughter.

I hope this day will bring you Big Smiles!!  Will you do me a favor?  If you chance to meet a frown,  please make the world a better place my passing your smile on and helping someone else have a blessed and beautiful day! When we each take actions to put a smile on our face and pass it on to others, we make the world a better place!!

PS. Isn’t Little Sarah cute?! :-) These pictures were another gift I found dark and early this morning!! :-)

When Was the Last Time You Said Something Nice to Yourself?

Feeling Bad about Not Doing Enough

So many times we put so much pressure on ourselves. We say critical things to ourselves both consciously and subconsciously. Some statistics even say that over 70% of what we say to ourselves is negative. Today I want to share with you a system I call, “Ways to Praise” that you can implement in any relationship and specifically with yourself to feel empowered, confident, and successful!

It has certainly helped me to more successfully fight the battle with feeling like I was not doing enough, being enough, or just plain “not enough” as a person.

Below are some powerful Ways to Praise yourself and others!! As you take actions that matter towards the transforming of your mind and the words you speak, you will notice positive shifts in all areas of your life! I can’t wait to hear how you will show support for YOURSELF and those you love through SPEAKING Powerful Praise! 😉 

• Wow!
• Way to go.
• Super.
• You’re special
• Outstanding.
• Excellent.
• Great.
• Good.
• Neat.
• Well done.
• Remarkable.
• I knew you could do it.
• I’m proud of you.
• Fantastic.
• Superstar.
• Nice work.
• Looking good.
• You’re on top of it.
• Beautiful.
• Now you’re flying.
• You’re catching on.
• Now you’ve got it.
• You’re incredible.
• Bravo!
• You’re fantastic.
• Hurrah for you.
• You’re on target.
• You’re on your way.
• How nice.
• How smart.
• Good job.
• That’s incredible.
• Hot dog!
• Dynamic.
• You’re beautiful.
• You’re unique.
• Nothing can stop you now.
• Good for you.
• You’re a winner.
• Remarkable job.
• Beautiful work.
• Spectacular.
• You’re spectacular.
• Great discovery!
• You’ve discovered the secret.
• You figured it out.
• Fantastic job.
• Hip, hip, hurrah!
• Bingo!
• Magnificent.
• Marvelous.
• Terrific.
• You’re important.
• Phenomenal.
• You’re sensational.
• Super work.
• Super job.
• Fantastic job.
• Exceptional performance.
• You’re a real trooper.
• You are responsible.
• That’s exciting.
• What a good listener.
• You tried hard.
• You care.
• Beautiful sharing.
• Outstanding performance.
• I trust you.
• You mean a lot to me.
• You belong.
• You make me smile.
• You brighten my day.
• I respect you.
• You mean the world to me.
• That’s correct.
• You made my day.
• That’s the best.

Monday Munchies: Hearty Quinoa Oat and Chia Bread

Hearty Oat Quinoa and Chia Bread

Hearty Oat Quinoa and Chia Bread

Inspired by Sweetie Berry’s Marvelous Monday challenge, I took 13 minutes today and created a new recipe by modifying the Oat Bread recipe from my Bread Maker Cook Book.

It’s dense, and the flavor was fabulous and it paired well with salad of hard boiled eggs, cilantro, and green onions.



Here’s the recipe: 
Add to the bread maker loaf pan the following ingredients in the order they are listed and sprinkle yeast over the top of the dry ingredients:

  • 1/2 C Almond Milk (Called for Apple Juice)
  • 1 C Water
  • 2 TBS Coconut Oil (Called for butter)
  • 2 TBS Agave Nectar (Called for brown sugar)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 and 1/3 C Quinoa Flour (Called for 2 and 2/3 C all-purpose flour)
  • 1 and 1/3 C Spelt Flour (Next time I will try brown rice flour to make the recipe gluten free.)
  • 1/4 C Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 C Rolled Oats
  • 1 TBS Active Dry Yeast (or one single serve package)

Once you have added all the ingredients to the loaf pan, insert the pan into the bread maker and press the setting for WHITE BREAD and then press start. When it’s COMPLETE, remove the pan from bread maker and turn loaf onto cooling rack. Slice when cooled a bit….I like my bread warm, so I don’t wait too long! :-)

Would love for you to share your favorite bread maker recipe below!

Giving Love To Those Who Matter Most

Do the people in your life know that they matter to you? Isn’t it important to you that they know you love them? Wouldn’t you want show love to them in a way that they best received it?

What love language do you speak? What language do your loved ones, co-workers and clients speak? Please share your comments below and we can all learn together! :-)

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Happiness is Here and Now

Happiness is Here and Now

“Happiness here and now consists in freely, lovingly, joyfully acknowledging God’s will for us–and doing it in all ways and all affairs big and small.”
-Ezra Taft Benson

Have you taken the time to ponder God’s will for you in your life? Wouldn’t you want to know the great and wonderful plans He has for you as His Child? I love taking time to ponder what is before me…my choices…the possibilities…as well as what could happen if God was at the helm of all of those choices. As we take actions that matter to glorifying Him and serving His Children, we find true joy, freedom, and fulfillment that we only dreamed possible.

LOVE LISA: CLIMBING KILIMANJARO TO CURE CANCER

Many of us have family members and friends we have lost to cancer…

  • My husband’s mom bravely fought for 6 years to beat the disease, but he lost her when he was just 14. Later he lost two of his Aunts and his Grandfather.
  • The morning of our wedding, we lost my Aunt Mary. She was my mom’s eldest sister in a family of 8 children.
  • Some time later we lost my closest-in-age cousin, David.
  • Just after my daughter was born, we lost my Aunt Pat.
  • This last year, cancer took courageous souls in my family, my Uncle Lou and my beautiful cousin Lisa.

No doubt about it, loss is hard. We must make a choice to let loss take us down or to become stronger in spite of the hardships. That is what my Cousin Spencer is doing…being strong and becoming stronger. I know that his mom, Aunt Pat and his sister, Beautiful Lisa are cheering for him as he prepares to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. Before he conquers Kilimanjaro, he must raise $8,000. This money will be used to build cancer treatment centers around the world! Will you help me cheer for and support my cousin, Spencer? You can make a donation HERE, or you can purchase one or more of the Mary Kay products listed below. 100% of the profits from the sale of  items listed below will go towards Spencer’s $8,000 goal!! Thank you in advance for your support!! I appreciate you! :-)

When placing your order, please write LOVELISA in the comments section of your order so that I can be sure to direct the profits to Spencer’s cause!

Orders over $50 will incur no shipping charge. Orders under $50 will incur a “cost only” shipping charge up to $5.50.

Do you know others who might enjoy some fabulous Mary Kay products? Spread the love and show your support of Spencer and his climb, by sharing this page with them on social media, via text, email, or a quick phone call!

Together we can make a difference!

Together we are #Stronger!

4 Questions to Ask Yourself Today

Are you living the life you love…the one you have dreamed of…the one you desire? Are you loving yourself along the way? I have found in my 20+ years as a wife, entrepreneur, and mom of three, that it’s important for me to take time to ask myself questions about what’s working and what isn’t. If something is working, I take time to celebrate and cheer myself on. If something isn’t working, I take time to figure out what to do differently and then I pivot and change directions. All along the way, the questions below help me to live a healthier, happier, and more productive life and have taught me valuable lessons for loving myself physically and emotionally. Why not try asking yourself the same questions? You deserve to live the life you love!

  1. What’s Working?

  2. What’s Not Working?

  3. What Do I Need to Change?

  4. What Do I Need to Keep?

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The 3-Part “Spirals and Stickies for Super Achievers” Home Study course is for you!!!

 

Systems for Keeping First Things First

STICKIESIf I were to ask you what was MOST important to you, what would you say?

Your faith? Your family? Your health? Your friends? Your creative outlets? Your career? Your wealth?

Now, if I were to ask you how often that MOST IMPORTANT area of your life showed up on your calendar, what would you say?

What I have found in all my years as a business coach, multi-faceted entrepreneur, and mom of three young entrepreneurs, is that scheduling legitimizes any activity.

When you put something in your calendar it shows you and the rest of the world, what is important to you!!

If it’s not showing up as an appointment in your calendar, how do you track that you are actually spending time in the areas that you say are most important to you?

My #StickiesandSpirals system, gives me and all who use it, a method for keeping first things first. Each day, you decide the areas of your life (and business) you want to focus on. You then write reminders and “to do’s” on the sticky notes. This process imprints on your brain the importance of what you have written down and helps you document for yourself what matters most to you! It’s a powerful process!! Want to know more about it? Click HERE!

 

Makeup Monday: The Perfect Red Lip

Red Lips Speak volumes about you!

When done tastefully, they say you are bold and confident.

They exude gorgeousness and glam!

Are you ready to for Red?

Red may not be the perfect “every day color” for you, but self care is important.  Shaking up your makeup by trying new things is a fabulous gift you can give to yourself! A new season is just getting started! Take a chance and rock some red!