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The Importance of Passing Down Memories To Your Children

Going about your business, sometimes the daily wear and tear of life, chores, cooking and cleaning has a detrimental effect on some of the things you love most dearly. These items you cherish with your heart, you may want to one day, pass on to your kids. Or maybe, when you gray and old you want to look back on the great memorable days you had. Some possessions you have to hold true meaning, they’re near and dear to your soul, and you wouldn’t ever want to lose them. So in order to take care of them, you need to act now.

Wristwatch, Jewelry, Heirloom, Valuable Trinkets

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Rings

Marriage and engagement Rings are a symbol of love and connection with another human being’s soul. As you go through life, the ring you wear every day might get scratched, damaged or even lost. If you plan on giving your wedding or engagement ring to your daughter-in-law one day, you may want to keep it from harm’s way. Think about taking off your engagement ring and keep it in a safe place, while replacing it with another ring. There are so many affordable diamond engagement rings out there to choose from. Modern manufacturing techniques produce high-quality craftsmanship at reasonable prices. So, don’t see it as a step-down, but a safety net for one of your most-loved possessions.

The daily cleaning chores include acidic cleaning fluids which have adverse effects on precious metals and gemstones. It kind of makes sense to keep your rings in tip top condition as they’re a symbol of love and should transcend any form of wear and tear. Your children will one day reflect as you did, about the ring they wear every day, which you have passed down to them. Take care of it and swap it out for a symbolically less valuable alternative. The age-old advice is to, take the ring to an artisan, have it polished and cleaned before you store it in a safe place and perhaps make it a part of your will.

Kid Reading, Diary of A Wimpy Kid

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Children

Remember those late nights you sat up reading stories to your children? Oh how their eyes lit up with imagination, their smile and laughter are unforgettable. Those books you read from, may have been put in the attic somewhere or left in a dusty bookshelf in the corner of a room. If you want to save this treasured piece of culture, and hopefully one day pass it one to the kids of your children, follow these steps.

  • First of all, clean the book’s back and cover. Don’t use any kind of household cleaner as they have citrus-based acids in them and they’ll scar or whither away the color from the art on the cover.
  • Dust down each page with a feather duster. Fold back then straighten any pages which have been creased and flexed.
  • If the spine of the book has become damaged or lose, sparingly use PVA glue to fix any gaps that have arisen; and leave it dry with a weight on top of the book.
  • Next, lay the book down on a sheet of cling film and wrap it tightly and neatly.
  • Put the book in a see-through plastic folder and keep it in a place where it’s accessible but out of the way.

When your children’s children grow up, they can read them stories from the same book you read to their parents. You’ll be able to pass on the book in pristine condition and who knows, it may be further passed down and loved generation to generation. It’ll take the importance of a family heirloom, with love and memories behind it.

 

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Celebration and Acts of Love….The Great Book Of Lists.

 

La Duchesse Derat gave us two themes for this week’s Great Book Of Lists and as usual, they are topics that bring out the joy in us.

I am a very expressive person and I believe in appreciating those around me whether in little or big ways. What matters is that over time, those little things compound into something that they hold on to as a good memory.

The little Acts of love that I indulge in often are:

I am a hugger: Embracing my children, my husband and those whose are close to me always give me a warm buzz and it costs nothing.

Buying little tokens or giving a gift card: A lot of times I might stumble on a little item that makes me smile and think of someone, from a painted little vase, a book, or a card. I buy it and give to the person.

Occasionally, I indulge in gift cards that don’t cost the World – a 10, 20 or 50 dollar gift card depending on how buoyant my pocket is at that point in time and give them out in appreciation. There are times when I have a little bit extra to spare, I could buy up to 5 gift cards and just keep in my purse and give them out as my spirit moves me.

Cooking: Celebration calls for arrays of food. It always gives me pleasure to watch everyone eat, drink, laugh and generally enjoy the offerings that I made with a lot of love and sweat 🙂 There is this bond and camaraderie that eating together builds.

Calling and texting: I always endeavour to call or text family and my close friends to find out how they are doing. Now BBM, Whatsapp etc have made it cheaper to do so. It gives me an uplift in the spirit after a nice, warm chat.

I listen, I counsel and I pray: I always offer a listening ear and as much as possible, try to offer an objective advice that’s not biassed. If it requires praying, I would partner in prayers and counselling. If issues need to be straightened out, then as much as possible I will tell you my mind as gently as I can. I don’t believe in enabling someone to behave badly and unfortunately, this has once or twice not gone down well with one or two friends who sought my advice and expected me to side them in their bad behaviour…telling my friend that she’s wrong to wish her husband harm and going out of her way to his office to make a scene did not earn me any badges, but it’s not a friendship that I particularly miss. I will only proffer an advice that which I would probably resort to myself.

When it comes to celebrating:

I dance. I love to dance and possibly sing along to the music. Sometimes, when I feel very glad, it’s not uncommon to just play my loud jams and dance. Occasionally, my husband takes me out to go dancing and dining afterwards.

Going out with my family for a good time.

Take my body wholeheartedly to a spa and get a little pampered. There’s nothing like a deep tissue massage to work out the kinks and a relaxing pedicure to make you feel as if loads has been lifted off you. I love to paint bright red colour on my toes at such times. It makes me feel like revving my engine 😉

Indulge in some cheap home treat of reading, eating dark chocolate, running a nice hot tub and just feeling good.

I share my good news. I believe so much in the power of positive aura and when I have positive vibes to share, I do so.

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

Monday’s Child

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Monday’s child is fair of face.

Are you fair of face today?

Arise and Shine! Be thankful for each day.

Soon enough, soon enough,

It will be another Friday.

Make the most of the moments.

For each moment is a precious gift.

Quick Facts:

Did you know that more lifeforms live on your skin, than there are people on the planet.?

It’s lovely to start the week and each day as much as we can with positive outlook. I find Leannenz Monday memes interesting.

Do have a fruitful and blessed week awesome people.

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

Life on a short lease….

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In deed, nothing I have is truly mine,

I am simply a beneficiary,

Of the benevolence of a Supreme Being: God,

I am only a conscious receptor of goodwill and grace,

I am simply a custodian of blessings bestowed upon me,

A mere guardian of gifts innumerable.

Not to be taken for granted.

However we look at it.

I know this.

I am just a sojourner, a wayfarer.

Nothing I have is truly mine.

Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha