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Gift IdeasSo often you’re searching for just the right gift…

You have an idea, but not the gift. You even know what you want it to say, but you can’t quite find the right thing. Now you can! Not only do I offer an amazing array of ready to buy gifts for your gifting pleasure, but I can create or redesign a gift to suit your needs!

I’m Not Fooling! Water is Awesome

sunset over water

Mmmm….water!

How much water do you drink in a day?

A couple of glasses? Five or six?

How much do you think you should be drinking? More? Maybe less?

Chances are, if you’re like me, you get busy and forget to stop to take a drink. I know that I need to be drinking more water!

Medical professionals say we’re supposed to drink roughly eight 8-ounce cups of water a day.

That 8 and 8-oz rule is a good one! I’m trying to do better at following it!

Monogrammed White Hibiscus Royal Blue Did you know?

Staying hydrated:

  • helps your brain function more effectively
  • helps your liver and skin detox more efficiently
  • helps prevent urinary tract infections
  • helps your body fight off other infections

An extra glass or two of water each day could make all the difference between having it together and being able to focus and appear like you have it together at that job interview, or remembering Great Aunt Marcy’s birthday this year so that she doesn’t refuse to speak to you, or feeling well and having enough energy to do the things you love.

It’s hard to stay hydrated though, when all there is to drink is yucky-tasting city water.

I also can’t safely drink city water because of the added chlorine. Chlorine takes such a very little bit to mess my body up. My throat gets raw, sometimes it starts to close up, and if I drink enough, my kidneys stop working properly, and then I am in a REAL mess!

Ginger Tiger Kitty Fishing for Koi Cartoon 18oz Water Bottle This is why I try to take a bottle filled with ‘Kangen’ water with me everywhere I go. We have this Kangen water filter that detoxifies our drinking water and renders it slightly alkaline. This has helped me tremendously in controlling my bad reaction to the city water as well as other toxic chemicals in my environment.

Not everyone has a Kangen water filter (they’re expensive), but I know a lot of people who filter their water with other types of filters. It’s cheaper to take your own good-tasting filtered water with you when you leave the house than buy expensive water in cheap plastic bottles while you’re out and about.

I really do prefer the stainless steel bottles, so I was thrilled when Zazzle started selling them.

We have a growing collection of steel water bottles at our house. We have enough, that even if one or two are in the dishwasher, we still have others that are clean. We rarely leave the house without filling a few.

Pink Purple & Teal Flip Flops 18 Oz Water Bottle 18oz Water Bottle It’s especially important for kids to stay hydrated at school.

In the course of our daily quest to stay well, I’ve told my daughter that I don’t want her anywhere near public drinking fountains because of the germs.

At this school, there really aren’t all that many water fountains, and most kids bring water bottles with them to school.

I also send a water bottle with my daughter to school daily. When she doesn’t drink her water, I remind her that she needs it to keep her well and to help her make good grades.

When she was younger and kept getting sick, I would even call the school and ask the nurse to remind her to drink her water during the day, because it was so very important that she didn’t get dehydrated and become ill again after we’d just gotten her over the last illness.

A personalized bottle with a fun design seems more attractive to drink from somehow. If you don’t have a few good stainless steel water bottles available, you need some! I hope you’ll check out my water bottle designs on Zazzle. If you don’t see quite what you’re looking for, please contact me! I’d be thrilled to personalize a bottle for you.

Zazzle’s water bottles are 33% off now through Friday. This is a really good deal! To take advantage of it, copy and paste this code: SIGGBOTTLE33 into the box at checkout.

Art Challenge, Day 2: Love and Family

Love and Family

Love and Family

Day 2 of the art challenge. I was nominated by the wonderful and talented artist Elena Indolfi Magliozzi. For 5 days I will post 3 pieces of my artwork while nominating an artist every day for the same period of time. (Artwork can be old or new, sketched or finished, plus photography). My 2nd nomination is YOU. I ran into this huge difficulty yesterday in finding artists who haven’t already been nominated, so–if you haven’t been nominated for this art challenge, then here’s your chance! Post 3 pieces daily for the next 5 days, mention me and nominate 1 artist for each day.

Today my products theme is Love and Family. I’ve  included a beautiful kitchen towel from the A Mother’s Love is Forever collection, a Best Dad Ever travel mug, and a Goose family Valentine’s card, because each of these items speaks to the love we have for each other as family.

You can find these products here:

A Mother’s Love is Forever kitchen towel

Best Dad Ever travel mug

Goose Family Valentine’s card

Design Challenge, Day One

Theme: Faith and Time

Theme: Faith and Time

Faith and Time

Day 1 of the art challenge. I was nominated by the wonderful and talented artist Elena Indolfi Magliozzi. For 5 days I will post 3 pieces of my artwork while nominating an artist every day for the same period of time. (Artwork can be old or new, sketched or finished, plus photography). My 1st nomination is the wonderful and talented artist,  Jan Verhoeff. Jan, (when you can get around to it), please post 3 pieces daily for the next 5 days, mention me and nominate 1 artist for each day.

Today my products theme is faith and time, because God is faithful all the time!

You can find these faith and time products here:

Pikes Peak Kairos Wall Clock

Words of Wisdom from Proverbs Calendar

Dove of Peace Watch