Thursday Coffee Break + Giveaway

Dear Friends,

Last Friday a guy I grew up with, an annoying terror that just happened to be friends with my younger brother, was admitted to the hospital after being hit by a car. He had been walking somewhere. Now, almost 5 days later, the doctors have determined that he has suffered from severe brain damage. He is in a coma and they are giving him 7 days before they determine what needs to happen next. Unfortunately, his sister and father live in Georgia and not Florida where the accident occurred, so they had to return home to resume work.

On the one hand, I'm not extremely close to this guy. I knew him as a child, but that's about it.

On the other hand, this incident reminds me even more why it is so important to spend time with the people you love. It breaks my heart that a young man, such as this one, can be hit by a car and, in an instant, potentially have his life taken. Of course his family right now is relying on God's healing power. I'd like to think, having known this guy, that he is just waiting until everyone has just about given up to bounce back. As a child, he was annoying like that. But there's no telling. Will he survive another 24 hours? Will he wake up?

The thing is, this story has reminded me, yet again, just how fragile life is. No one is promised tomorrow. For that matter, no one is promised an hour from now. Freak accidents happen. People go undiagnosed with diseases; they go to sleep at night and never wake up. Then there are criminals who shoot their guns with the full intention of killing. They drive a plane through a building or set a bomb off at the finish line of a race.

Not too long ago I read an article about how many days you have left … for everything. The numbers were pretty depressing. Assuming you are 30 and will die at age 90, you only have 60 Christmases left. If you only go on vacation once every 2 years, you have 30 vacations left in your lifetime … which basically means, out of the hundreds of places you can go, only 30 will be visited. Then there were the statistics about family… If your mom is 50 (with the assumption that you are 30 and she will die at 90) and you see her 5 times a year, you only have 120 days left to spend with her…

:(

Hopefully this all drives home my point: spend time with those you love now. Choose how you live your life now. Realize what those extra hours at work will cost you … or give you. Does it provide extra money to visit with loved ones? Or does it prevent you from having one of those last few days with someone that means the world to you?

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Anyway, now that I have saddened everyone, let's have a giveaway!

Today's giveaway is all about self-care.

First up – we have Garnier SkinActive Brightening and Smoothing Moisturizer and Micellar Cleansing Water. The moisturizer is great for brightening your mood (and face) during the long, cold days of winter, and the Micellar Cleansing Water will clear off your makeup quickly so that after a long day you can get much needed rest without spending too much time worrying about makeup removal.

Next – a sample of Neutrogena Hydro Boost. This is the perfect product for helping hide those undereye circles and another great moisturizer to use alongside the Garnier brand.

Then – a packet each of Ranch salad dressing and dip to encourage you to eat more veggies. :)

Finally – a jump rope to encourage you to remain active even during the winter.

There will be 6 winners. Just be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway before February 11 at midnight!

Good luck!

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* All opinions are 100% my own. No compensation was received.

57 comments:

  1. During the cold months, I like to curl up by the fireplace with some hot cocoa and a good book.

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    1. Sounds like a great way to spend a winter evening!

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    2. Hot cocoa is the best isn't it?
      I have so many books on my tbr list that I don't know where to start!

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  2. No, I haven't seen this Wait But Why article before. It's interesting and shows how fast time really goes!

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    1. I am amazed some days when I think about how fast the time seems to be going.

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  3. During the winter I enjoy spending time snuggled up to my hubby and watching a good movie!

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    1. I would do that in any season!

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  4. I hadn't seen the Wait but Why article but it shows how quickly life passes by! It should be an encouragement to live our lives to the fullest!

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    1. Amen! Always live life to its fullest, never know the future.

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  5. I like the use of the never-ending emoji's! I'm glad because it makes it easier to understand how short and how well we have it.

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  6. I just got into adult coloring books, they are lots of fun! When I'm done with one I give it to my friends.

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    1. I just got my first one of those for Christmas! Cool new trend :)

      (Lauren Rochon in giveaway widget)

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  7. I try to be outside in the sunshine, even when it's cold!

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    1. There are so many outdoor winter activities that I enjoy. I hat being stuck indoors no matter what the weather is.

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    2. That's a great idea! Great way to get a little Vitamin D, even when it's cold outside.

      (Lauren Rochon in giveaway widget)

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  8. I've never seen the Wait But Why article before. It's an interesting perspective.

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  9. I like to wear nice comfy sweaters, sweats and slippers.

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    1. It's important to dress for both warmth and comfort for sure! I always change into my pajamas right when I get home. :) kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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    2. As i sit here in my sweats I have to agree that when I am home I like to be comfortable.

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  10. during the cold months i cook and bake to keep my spirits up
    crazyweirdo33@yahoo.com

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  11. During the winter I enjoy snowmobiling unfortunately this winter there has not been much snow around here. hopefully we get some soon.

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    1. i live in florida and i actually miss the snow

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  12. I hadn't seen it before but boy does it get you thinking of how many of this you will have left unless you change it. Seeing the parents part really got me since I only see them 2 times a year that doesn't leave me too many more visit.

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  13. The Wait but Wbt article is interesting and I like that priorities and quality time matter.

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  14. I drink a lot of hot ginger tea during cold months!

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    Fiona N

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    1. A nice cup of Hot Chocolate is my favorite.

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    2. Me too! I like putting freshly chopped ginger, lemon juice (and the rind!) and honey with water in a pot on the stove to simmer. It tastes so good and really heals you up when you have a cold!

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  15. I have not seen the Wait But Why article before but I think it's great!

    Fiona N

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  16. I like to hammer out home improvement projects during the winter. That way I can focus on being outside once the weather gets nice.

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  17. I like to watch tv shows that I love and get together with family.

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    1. Same here. I'll often get together with my mom to watch our favorite shows.

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    2. Same here. I'll often get together with my mom to watch our favorite shows.

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  18. I get together with friends and family at least once a week.

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  19. That was the first time I saw the "Wait but Why" article. It definitely put the fleeting time of life in perspective. It was a little depressing, and, yet, encouraging.

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  20. To be happy we love to go sledding

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  21. I have not seen wait but why before but I found it to be very interesting.

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  22. I live in Texas... lol but it has been cold. We still venture out and have even gone on some hikes :)

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  23. I like to stat inside, but when I have to go out, I bundle up!
    sunniewoodyplus2 atmsn.com

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  24. Interesting article, lots of math and numbers!
    sunniewoodyplus2 atmsn.com

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  25. I like to stretch and exercise while watching TV, since I won't to outside to exercise when it's cold (cold is not my thing!).

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  26. I have to make a conscious effort to get out of the house, enjoy what light there is outside, and spend time with my family.

    (Lauren Rochon in giveaway widget).

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  27. RE: Wait but Why article..
    Good post, it is important to remember the truly important things in life, like family.

    (Lauren Rochon in giveaway widget)

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  28. Wow that article really makes you think. Very interesting

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  29. To stay happy I read a lot, drink hot cocoa and stay inside where it's warm!! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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  30. I hadn't read the article before. Luckily I live really close to my family. I see my mom about once and month and my father-in-law at least several times a week. That is an interesting way to look at life. Sometimes that makes me sad when I think of my grandma for instance. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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  31. I joined a zumba class to keep me active during the cold months. It's been so much fun!

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  32. About the article...it's always interesting to see things in visual perspectives. I was just talking about priorities and what's important because of how short life really is with my mother. I found the days one particularly striking, especially since I absolutely don't think I'll live to 90, making me lose that many more "dots". I'm passing this along!

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  33. I haven't seen this Wait But Why article before but we ll do need to prioritize

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  34. i live in Florida so its never too cold.i love drinking hot cocoa when the temperatures drop

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  35. This is terrible, but I like to go tanning. I know it's bad for me, but I love pretending, for just a moment, that it's warm and sunny!

    coriwestphal at gmail dot com

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