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So I found myself in an office supply store, recently, looking for the perfect pages for my planner. Again. Because that’s what I do every year after Christmas. Sometimes, I wonder why I put myself through it. Because, quite frankly, there is no perfect planner out there. Oh, sure, I’m a big fan of Franklin Covey, but at the beginning of every year, no matter how many planners I look at, I still come away somehow unsatisfied. I know I’m not alone, based on the number of customers in the store, in the same aisle, staring at the same planners, and reacting as I was: Pick one up, look through it. Put it down, pick up another one. And so it continued. Not only at one office supply store, but at every one I visited …

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Liz’s rant: The numbers game

I realize that as you read this, blood may very well shoot out of your eyes. But in the interest of getting the word out on what I’ve come to refer to as “bubble math,” I can’t help it. At this point, I can’t even muster a “sorry about the bloody eye thing.” It started innocently enough last week, during a routine homework assignment. But as I would learn, things were about to take a spiral into the abyss I will simply refer to as the numbers game. They call it mental math. I call it insane. This new mental math takes, for example, this scenario: 93-42. (It always starts so innocently, doesn’t it?) First you subtract the numbers in the 10s spot, leaving you with 5,  then you subtract the number in … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: The graduate

With T-minus 24 days until Hannah graduates from high school, I find myself in a bit of a panic. You see, two months after I originally told her to pick out (and order) her graduation announcements, they remain un-ordered – and un-picked out. And apparently, it’s up to me to un-do certain calamity. (Don’t I have enough to do as it is??) So being the perfect mother I am (quit laughing), I spent a good deal of time surfing the internet and looking at print shops for graduation announcements. The first thing that caught my attention was how far we’ve come from my days as a high school and college student. Although the classic announcements are still available, they’re overshadowed by new, hip announcements, featuring photos of the graduate, the family … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: We’re sorry, your call cannot be completed…

Sometimes I think things happen for no other reason than to provide me with a rant. Suffice to say, yesterday was no exception. The day began innocently enough. I went to my dad’s office to show his apartments to prospective renters. After unlocking the apartments (which are conveniently located next to dad’s office), I noticed several cans and bottles in the yard and set out to pick up the trash. After picking up after the litter bugs, I went into the office to wash my hands and placed my cell phone on the sink counter. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done this – only that I won’t be doing it again. Because I knocked my cell phone off the counter, where it took a bee line for the toilet. … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – how to energize in two minutes

Betcha didn’t know…how to energize in two minutes. Here’s a quick and easy way to catch your second wind in two minutes. Simply rub each fingertip for about 15 seconds. That stimulates acupressure points that boost flow, which jumpstarts your energy level by sending extra oxygen to your brain. ~Woman’s World … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know…the power of looking at green

Betcha didn’t know – the power of looking at green. When you are feeling tired, just take a look at something bright green. Receptors in the eye are sensitive to the color’s wave-length, stimulating the brain and relaxing the eye strain that causes tiredness. ~Woman’s World … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Bring on the heat

After returning from our trip to Camp Shelby a couple of weeks ago, my car decided that since it is paid for, it can start bringing on the headaches.  (Isn’t it odd how that works?) And in keeping with the fact that we’re in the throws of winter, the heater fan quit working. Obviously this wouldn’t be a problem in the middle of summer. Even if the A/C had gone out, I’d have been just as content to roll down the windows and let the fresh air in – not a practice I’m willing to implement in 20-degree weather. You’d think the fact that it was miserably cold – especially when Colton and I headed out the door for school in the mornings – would have been enough. Worse though, was this … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Kate tackles the “Tap” your way to happiness experiment

I was sitting in the car the other day outside the school, thumbing through a magazine while I waited for the kids to get out.  I always try to get to the school early so I can get a prime pick-up spot (parents, you know what I’m talking about here), which leaves me about 10 minutes to kill every afternoon. In an attempt to make good use of my time, I  browse through magazines to find cool tips and trends to pass on to you. I came across a story called “Tap” your way to happiness. Well, I’m all for some extra happiness, and if all I have to do is some “tapping”, whatever that is, I’m game. The article promises that “About 80% of people who try it feel relief … Read entire article »

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Liz and Kate present the only list of 2009 that truly matters

Well, 2010 is here! Hope you brought in the new year with gusto. As the chapter that is 2009 closes, we wanted to bring you one more list – in our opinion, the only one that truly matters. Here’s a look at some of the funniest moments from Coffee Break with Liz and Kate 2009. And if these are any indication of what’s to come, Coffee Break will be the place to be in 2010! We present: The funniest moments of Liz and Kate 2009 (Random quotes taken completely out of context, ’cause that’s how we roll here at Liz and Kate…heehee!) “A bunch of dogs going and running and sleeping and playing, some are up, some are down, and no one likes the girl’s hat – until the very end, when they all drive … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Bah Humbug

Attention all Coffee Break readers. Kate and I have made an executive decision. We are going to   celebrate Humbug Day today. In fact, we are celebrating this one to the extent that you may wanna exercise a little caution in our presence. One wrong word and our heads just might spin off our necks. You’ve been warned. While we doubt many of our male readers will be celebrating with us, we’re betting on the fact that many of our female readers will be able to effortlessly relate. Regardless, consider today a day to share your rants if you’re as momentarily overwhelmed as us. We’d love to hear about it (misery loves company), and suspect it’ll do you some good to get your last-minute Christmas worries and frustrations off your chest. Until tomorrow – … Read entire article »

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Get your party on 12/20-12/26

Folks, we’re a little light on holidays this week. Well, not really. Friday is Christmas Day! But as I’m sure you’ve come to learn, we aren’t about traditional holidays, here. We’re about all the bizarre holidays that otherwise would go un-noticed and without celebration. There are weeks where that could be a blessing, but we’ll worry about that later. Dec. 21 is a day that I’m betting could come at several points during the month of December: it’s Humbug Day. Trust me when I tell you I’ve been there, done that, lately. Maybe you know the feeling. Time seems to fly, and the list of things to do just gets longer. And at some point, in an act of sheer desperation, you decide you will never accomplish everything you’d like, so why … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Shop ’til you wonder why you’re there

I love my daughter. Really I do. She has a few quirks, though. She can’t make a decision to save her life. (Fact – deal with it.) Today was no exception. “Let’s go to the mall,” she said… On a Sunday afternoon, less than two weeks before Christmas. Had she lost her mind? “Don’t you have friends to submit to this torture without taking your mother?” I asked. And she did. Except that she’d just gotten back from a round-the-clock softball tourney in Indianapolis. And since her last game was at 5:30 Sunday morning, and she didn’t get home until about 1 p.m., her friends had conveniently made other plans. So had her brother and I. In fact, we’d been at another store when she’d called to say she was home, and made that dreaded mall … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – how to feel less tired with peppermint

Betcha didn’t know… how peppermint can make you feel less tired.  The scent of mint increases activity in the area of the brain responsible for alertness and arousal, says Brian Raudenbush, Ph.D. In fact, research shows it can even reduce driver fatigue and car accidents.  A study at the University of Cincinnati found that volunteers who did a task requiring mental acuity finished faster in a peppermint-scented room, and other studies have found peppermint can make atheletes perform better and work harder without even noticing! So grab a candy cane and enjoy! … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – While I was sleeping…

Let me tell you about the ridiculous dream I had last night.  It was one of those really, really awful dreams… full of panic, anxiety, desperation. A nightmare, if you will. But let me also tell you that you’re going to get a kick out of this, I think. And it serves  as a perfect segue into the whole holiday season for me. So in my dream… It was about 10pm and everyone was nestled all snug in their beds with visions of…well, I’m probably better off not knowing what they were having visions of, but my point is…I was the only one awake.   I was sitting on the couch wrapped up in a blanket reading a book, and all of the sudden it dawned on me that it was Christmas … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Loneliness – the new pandemic

Sometimes it’s all I can do to keep my sanity in a world of the perpetually insane. And while there may be those who would argue that I’m the crazy one, I challenge you to prove it, especially in light of the results of this study, which appeared in the Washington Post.  I’m telling ya – I don’t make up this stuff. In fact, I’m not sure even I, with a creative mind extraordinaire, could manage to concoct such madness. Enter the first sentence of said article: “Loneliness is like a disease — and what’s worse, it’s contagious.” Not only is it contagious, these researchers declare, it can be passed on indirectly – as in to a friend of a friend of a friend. Or maybe even to a friend’s uncle’s parrot, … Read entire article »

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