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25 Simple Self Care ideas

25 self care ideas

About two years ago I got very good at taking time for myself.  Before it was more of a thought –  “Ya, I probably should take time out for me.”  But it was usually just that.  A thought.  I knew self care was important.  I just didn’t realize how much I needed it. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” Lucille Ball I started to take time at the end of each day to take a bath.  Life Changing.  That time to just escape away and be by myself to soak, listen to music, read...

50 Random Acts of Service for your Spouse

service for your spouse

Even though Valentine’s Day is over, we thought we would still share this list we created last year.  We have 50 Random Acts of Service for your Spouse to help motivate you to show your love!  A good marriage is one that is nurtured.  Show love and gratitude all year long with these fun ideas. My husband and I have been together for over half my life.  It’s weird to think of it that way.  We met when I was 18 and we married a year and a half later.  After 18 years of marriage I can confidently say that a marriage takes work.  It just doesn’t “work out.”  You have...

February Random Acts of Kindness

Acts of Kindness

I love that LOVE is the focus of February.  Not just for your partner or spouse, but love for self, nature and others.  I was inspired to share the love this year.  My hope is that by spreading love and kindness this month, I will inspire others to do the same.  If we all do one kind act a day, this world would be a MUCH better place.  Acts of Kindness, one by one, add up to one happy place. We created this calendar to help remind you to take action.  I know that for myself I am always thinking of doing nice things for others, but I become too...

Enjoy Winter Weather – 10 ways to embrace winter

enjoy winter weather

I don’t love being cold, but I LOVE living in Utah. So every winter I grin and bare it during the cold winter months. I don’t mind the cold in December. Actually I love the snow for Christmas!  But come the middle of January (now) I’m kind of over it. I get the January blues, and this year has been especially cold and blah for me. I get unmotivated and lazy. Today was actually the first day in like a week I washed my hair! So I came up with this list to help me enjoy winter weather with grace and gratitude 10 Ways to Enjoy Winter Weather 1.  Get...

The Sweet-Me Project – A journaling workshop

Sweet-Me Project journal

We are so excited to FINALLY introduce The Sweet-Me Project. It’s a journaling workshop created by Sparklers Magazine founder, Heather. We are so passionate about helping others to share their gratitude, and this workshop will help you to live and love with gratitude and celebration! The Sweet-Me Project is a 12 course workshop, designed as a printable journal.  Each course has a weekly focus word and challenge that you will print off on yardstick.  Once you print off the months weekly journaling worksheets, add them to your personal journal or planner, or you could start a new one just for this project. Live and Love with Gratitude and Celebration! The...

Gratitude Calendar

image of gratitude calendar

If you are a follower of Sparklers Magazine, then you know how much we believe in the power of sharing your gratitude. If you are new here, WELCOME! We are so passionate about giving thanks and choosing to have joy. The two go hand in hand – gratitude and joy. So we created this Gratitude Calendar for you to display in your home, to help teach and remind you to find something to be grateful for, EVERY day. “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” Eckhart Tolle I started keeping a gratitude journal a few years ago after my daughter was...

A New Year – A New Magazine

New Year- New Magazine

We have some new changes, new ideas, new contributors and a new format.  Our goal is to keep encouraging you to live and love with gratitude and celebration.  We want to help you CREATE the best year in 2017! As we say goodbye to 2016 and welcome in 2017- let’s take a moment from our jam packed and hectic schedules, (that have kept us hopping over the past few months) to celebrate this new fresh start.  Traditionally as the New Year rolls in magazines emphasize on organization, tackling that “catch-all” drawer or cleaning out and reorganizing our closets. So this year we want to give you a little break, permission if...

A Proper Goodbye – Happy New Year

Reflection for the New Year

It’s almost the New Year!  Out with the old.  In with the new.  The best way to make sure you have a successful New Year for 2017 is to reflect on 2016.  Ponder over the events of this last year and take note of the things you have learned and discovered.  Say goodbye to 2016 with a grateful heart and an eager attitude.  Ask yourself the following questions as you plan ahead for the next year.  As you reflect over 2016 you will will be more focused on what is really important to you for the coming year. “Your choices and decisions are a reflection of how well you’ve set...

How Self Doubt slowed me down

There is this voice in my head that questions every action I take, thought that I have and thing that I say.  I’m an over-thinker.  I think and think, and then think some more.  Before I buy something, before I commit to something, before I leap into a project, I think of all the ways it won’t work or go wrong.  Self-doubt is a powerful source, and it stops most of us from living to our best potential. I’m trying to retrain myself.  But old habits die hard. “Over-thinking ruins you.  Ruins the situation, twists things around, makes you worry and makes everything much worse than it actually is.” –...

10 Quotes to Inspire you to take little steps towards big goals

I need something to inspire me.  My little head has lots of ideas swirling around with BIG goals for Sparklers.   LOTS of projects, dreams, ventures,………literally pages and pages of ideas. GOOD ideas! But I have no idea where to start. I don’t want to jump in with one project, because I should probably do this first. And I don’t want to begin this idea, because I don’t really know all the ins and outs of it yet.  I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to start offering this product, but I don’t really have them means to get it off the ground yet. So I sit. I stare at my list....