Monday, May 3, 2010

Adding Flavor to Your Life (Plus a Visa Gift Card Giveaway)

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At least one time per day, I am beckoned by one of my two boys to admire their growing bicep muscles, or their "pythons" as they like to call them. This morning, my husband and I described to them how the process of building muscles works. When you exercise, tiny tears occur in your muscles. As these tears repair themselves, your muscles become larger and stronger. As my boys ran off to start their daily regiment of shooting hoops and swinging like monkeys on our outdoor playset, I began to think about the process that our bodies go through each time we step out the door to exercise, and how it relates to life and experience in a more general sense. We are faced with hundreds of choices each day, some more mundane than others. These choices can range from, "Should I make a sandwich or a salad for lunch?" to "Should I move my family to a new city to take that job offer?"

Taking risks can be terrifying, but when the risks pan out, the rewards can be plentiful. Perhaps we can liken our minds and hearts to our muscles - when we take risks, we break ourselves down with anxiety, but the changes ultimately make us stronger. There have been many instances in my life where I have chosen to walk close to the proverbial cliff edge and, most of the time, have been reinforced for taking the gamble. While the decision to walk away from the safe side is not always easy, this is one way in which I add flavor to my life. My attitude has always been that if I think things through logically, have confidence in my common sense, and lay a little faith in the great unknown, things tend to turn out okay.

Well, maybe my common sense wasn't on full power as I stood 350 feet above the Zambezi River that separates Zimbabwe and Zambia, on the side of a bridge, with nothing but a large elastic band attached to my ankles. However, as my companions called "3...2...1...Bungee!" and I hurled myself out into nothingness, I knew this was a sensation that would be locked in my mind forever.


At the age of 21, when I headed off on a solo backpacking adventure through Europe, with all of the belongings I would need for the next 6 months strapped to my back, I felt deeply that I was about to embark on a trip that would shape my life. If I could make my way through nine countries by train and on foot, find the youth hostels hidden amongst the curving streets and directed by signs written in unfamiliar languages, and manage to keep myself safe and fed, then I could handle most situations that I would encounter later in life.


As I moved into my thirties, got married, and brought kids into this world, my risks changed in nature. My penchant for cooking led to experimentation with unfamiliar ingredients and techniques, adding flavor to my life in a literal way. These experimentations eventually led to a cooking blog, which became an important part of my life. When my husband, a talented athlete, took up marathon running, I decided it was time to put aside the trepidation I always felt when faced with a run longer than a couple of blocks. This change of heart led to the completion of several half-marathons (at a snail's pace, mind you) and a strong feeling of self-accomplishment.

Of course, there have been many instances when the risks did not pay off and even led to great disappointment or heartbreak. After wallowing in the wake of failure for awhile, I would slowly pick myself up, dust myself off, and head off down a different road. While the results were not what I hoped for, I could always say that I learned something from the experience.

As our children grown older, my husband and I hope to instill a sense of self-confidence and adventure them. We try to teach them that unexpected blessings can come from stepping outside of their comfort zones. The benefits may not always be obvious or earth-shattering, but the process of taking risks can be incredibly gratifying and always provide valuable learning experiences. In the meantime, we will continue to ooo and ahh over their "pythons" and hope that life will kindly provide them with opportunities to take risks and learn from their successes and failures.

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158 comments:

Linh C. said...

I'm not as adventurous as you, but my sister is. She's getting ready to travel the world. She's waiting to hear about a short-term contract job in...Antartica!

I play is safer and closer to home where I can start my day with a cup of coffee with the fat free hazelnut creamer. :)

Carol said...

I'm a homeschooling mom of 5 children. That's adventurous in, and of, itself. I enjoy being home with them, making great meals, and providing a comfortable home for them.

More recently our family moved to England for 2 years and that was incredibly adventurous. What a blessing!

Thanks for the giveaway. My favorite Coffeemate is French Vanilla.

carol_busse at yahoo dot com

~Monica~ said...

I add flavor to my life with my husband. He's one of those 'off the wall' type of people and you never know what he will do or say next. I'm also a new mom to a beautiful 8 month old - she add's TONS of flavor :)

Jenny B said...

I'm a mom to 2.5 yr old quadruplets and they add 4x the flavor to my day...everyday:) They're hilarious and keep me young/fun/crazy:)

Jenny B
jennyhasquads at yahoodotcom

Amanda said...

Holy cow - you are BRAVE! Flavor comes in many different forms for me, from flavoring my coffee to my cooking to my daily routine as a writer. I'm always looking for new "twists" and flavors to perk up my day.

Anna said...

i add flavor to my life by using lots of candles at home :)
ann.altima at gmail dot com

Michelle {Brown Eyed Baker} said...

I love this post, it was fun to learn more about you Dara! How do I add flavor to my life? I completely unplug every weekend and enjoy the fun and spontaneity that time with my boyfriend undoubtedly brings.

Tree said...

Wow! You are adventurous! Although I'm not as "brave" as you, we love amusement and water parks, traveling, and sports. And have also been known to just pick up and go at times. LOL

We are also true coffee addicts in our house! And we are totally and completely in love with CoffeeMate creamers. Seriously, I get in trouble with the family if I accidently forget to buy the new creamers during my shopping trip! LOL

Bonnie said...

I've been on a new adventure as a stay at home mom. I lost my job in January and decided to stay home with my 6yo and 3yo for a while. Now that I have the time, we explore the kids ideas and questions about the world. Lots of fun!

We're thinking of adding more flavor to our family later this year. We're also thinking about starting a new business, a huge risk for a pretty conservative couple.

Fuji Mama said...

I add flavor to my life by trying to experience it through the eyes of my children. Sometimes I forget how exciting the little mundane things of life were as a child. But if I can stop and experience these things with my kids, it's all new again and life is so much more fun!

LStewart said...

My grandsons add flavor to my day. Their smiles are contagious and full of any kind of flavor you may be looking for.

shutterboo said...

Flavor in photography. It spices up my life.
shutterboo at gmail dot com

Mrs. V said...

For me life is about a little heat, a little sweet, and a little salt, but you have to take the bitter and the sour too. This works literally and metaphorically

Wehaf said...

My work (I'm an engineer) adds flavor to my life. Most people don't realize how creative engineering is; it's not a dry subject at all, and I wake up every day excited to go to work and further my research. The systems I study help me to look at the world in a different way.

urchiken at gmail dot com

Barbara said...

The great thing about having an empty nest is having more time for my friends … and though it may sound strange, I’m talking HIGH SCHOOL friends! As we’ve gotten older, the lines that divided us back then have pretty much disappeared. Now we appreciate our differences as much as the things we have in common. My friends flavor my life!
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Megan said...

No way would I bungee! Scary!!!
I add flavor to my life by having a graditude additude. I try to be thankfull for all the small things as well a the big things. A simple flower or a gentle breeze can make me smile. I also let things roll off my back and dont let the little things get to ya. A positive additude flavors my life!

Stephanie said...

I try to find something to be thankful for every day. Most days, it ends up being my amazing husband or my adorable daughter. What can I say.. I'm a lucky girl! :)

Gina said...

I'm the over-40-mom of four young children. That, in and of itself, imbues my life with LOTS of flavor (my oldest is 7, my youngest is 2). However, I love it and wouldn't trade it for anything. Homeschooling my oldest two and entertaining my youngest two...life couldn't get any more flavorful!

Bonggamom said...

The flavor and spice in my life comes from arguments with my husband. No, not fighting, I mean debating. We love to discuss issues and current affairs, and we love it when we get each other to see sides to the debate that they haven't seen before, and point out errors in each other's reasoning. Our conversations stimulate each other's minds, not (just) bodies! And when things get a bit overheated, making up afterwards is twice as sweet :)

Bonggamom said...

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Cara! said...

I think everyone has different ideas of adventure. For instance, my husband is a chef and I also have a love of cooking and we want to open either a catering business or resturant together. This would be a huge challenge because my husband and I are total opposites in the kitchen.

I also want to homeschool my child (he's only 9 months old!)

Melinda said...

I add flavor by trying new exotic recipes

Blue Girl said...

traveling adds spice to our lives - punta cana, mexico, jamaica, puerto rico, the states :) we love to travel

Blue Girl said...

blogged
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fern said...

in my early 40's i learned how to ride a motorcycle and now own a bmw r1200 and ride around the western us with my hubby. we have been to yellowstone a couple of times, grand canyon, arches nat.park, durango,co - million dollar highway and many more. heading to capital reef, colorado, four corners area the end of may! at 47 this is an adventure!



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Joy said...

We LOVE flavored creamer

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injaynesworld said...

I love the Hazelnut and Cinnamon Vanilla Cream flavors.

injaynesworld said...

I Tweeted: https://twitter.com/Jayne_Martin

happyfunpants said...

I add flavor to my life by blogging. I love to blog and to read others' blogs. It gives me a great community with which to share.

missris said...

Mocha is my go-to for flavoring my coffee. Chocolate is my weakness, what can I say. As for flavoring my life in other ways, I love to try new things, whether it's a fun class or a new recipe. Variety is the spice of life!

Toystory said...

I add flavor by trying new things, be it food, or a new business - We moved away from all we knew 25+ years ago and never have looked back!
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Nita said...

I ad flavor to life by staying in touch with old friends.

Mom Caboodle said...

I have lots of flavor in my life with four beautiful children, three boys and a girl. My daughter has Autism. Everyday is an adventure!!

Lauren said...

The flavor in my life comes from my wonderful husband and my daughter!

Nad said...

I add flavor to my life by setting time aside to spend with my husband, SANS the kiddos. It's fun to find childcare once a month and plan dates for hubby and me, like we did back in the days!

treflea4 at gmail dot com

jillyrh said...

I add flavor to my life by dancing and loving and laughing as much as I can!

jillyrh said...

Tweet

http://twitter.com/jillyrh/status/13537454709

tannawings said...

I flavor my day by walking my dog every day- I love to take him to the park- we both enjoy the exercise, and love watching nature!
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bayctygrl said...

I get on my bike and go. I try new trails and places. I love being on my bike and being in nature. It brings lots of flavor to my life

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Becky said...

I add flavor by changing up my makeup and especially eye makeup, every day use a new color or have fun and do a smokey eye! different looks are so much fun!

Mami2jcn said...

I love to take photographs of my children and that adds flavor to my day.

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Mami2jcn said...

tweet:

http://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/13572701231

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Anonymous said...

following on tweeter and tweeted-natmmom
Diane Baum
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LiveLaughLoveCj said...

How do I add flavor to my life? Well, my household is made up primarily of 5 teens and twenty somethings now (16 to 24). 1 husband, 2 dogs 1 cat. After a lengthy illness I am back to work full time too.
My "flavor" comes in the form of love and laughter and lots of it! From my teenagers to my friends, laughter IS the best form of medicine. It can lift your spirits, pull you out of the depths of grey, make you see the world differently, appreciate more, feel refreshed.
A day without love or without laughter is a day without color or flavor.
You have to find something, anything in your day to smile, embrace, laugh or love - if you don't ... with a few exceptions, then what is the point?

LiveLaughLoveCj said...

I am @livelaughlovecj on twitter and tweeted with link.

http://twitter.com/LiveLaughLoveCj/status/13697012590

Heather! said...

When presented with any kind of opportunity for adventure, I *try* to never say 'no'. That doesn't mean I will wander into a dangerous or illegal situation, and I do sometimes have to decline, but I figure I want to always have memories...of fun, laughter, and crazy adventures! They will keep me company when I'm old and I won't bore my grandchildren with the same old stories...I'll have lots of them to tell!

One way I keep things flavorful is by living in different places as often as possible. I like moving to a new city, new country or even continent for at least a little while to absorb the language, food and culture. It definitely keeps things interesting!

My motto? 'I'll try anything twice....I might not have been in the right mood the first time.' :D

h4schaffer at gmail dot com

Emily N. said...

I add flavor by exploring different genres of music. I am always open to checking out a new band or style of music I don't usually listen to.

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Anonymous said...

Creme Brulee blows me away. Keep those new ones coming!

burlap+blue said...

I add flavor to my life by crafting and pursuing my etsy shop and other hobbies!

TeaLady said...

I add flavor to my life two ways. Traveling/seeing/experiencing new places and people.

And by trying new ways of fixing old ingredients when I cook.

margaretortigo@hotmail.com

Kristen said...

I add flavor by traveling, eating new things, and just being outside!

TeaLady said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/Scones4Me/status/13802722362

margaretortigo@hotmail.com

cdziuba said...

I add flavor to my coffee with Vanilla Coffee-Mate, and I add flavor to my life by working in animal rescue and being a foster mom to kittens.


cdziuba@aol.com

cdziuba said...

I tweeted http://twitter.com/cdziuba/status/13807705393

js22 said...

Hazelnut in my coffee is the best!! It helps start mornings off great!
I add flavor to my life by playing the lottery! It's a race whether I find a job before i win the lottery or not!
Thanks for the giveaway!
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Micaela said...

I add flaovr to my cup of life by being spontaneous and giving into my impulses.

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Barbarawr said...

My life is full of flavor. I only have one year left before my last child goes to college, so I'm making the most of it. I volunteer at whatever Theater thing she is currently involved in, and we love to go to movies, go shopping, have lunch, or just go out for smoothies. Every day, I am grateful for the fact that she hasn't turned into a teenager who hates me.... yet.

Barbarawr said...

I tweeted http://twitter.com/bsw529/status/13823129784

Shel said...

Tweeted:
http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/13838705235

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Shel said...

I'm a police dispatcher so I have plenty of flavor in my work life; at home, I tend to lean toward more mundane activities but I'm the world's biggest daydreamer. Right now, fixing up our house to sell in the next year is adding lots of flavor (and sweat and tears)..I spend a lot of time online planning and researching home improvement, do-it-yourself articles I'd like to try.

shel704 at aol dot com

miriama said...

I add flavor by playing with my granddaughter. She is 3. You never know when I will be crawling on the floor, having a picnic in a tent in the living room or playing dolls. She brightens my day.

miriama said...

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miriama said...

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Ashley said...

I add flavor to life by making sure I am always having fun! Whether singing, dancing, going to with friends, staying home with my bf...as long as things are fun, I am happy!

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Ashley said...

Tweeted http://twitter.com/smash906/status/13864032245

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Elaine Worsham said...

It's my Grandma's fault. Her coffee cups were sooo beautiful! It was such a treat to have coffee with her and her pretty spoons, fancy sugar bowl and cream pitcher. I felt so grown up!

Rhonda Lou said...

I adore Hazelnut,Pumkin Pie and Gingerbread.... but the last 2 are seasonal.... and I look forward to that during the holidays....

Rae Rae Rock On said...

cooking and baking!

nape said...

I'm a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, having lost 82 pounds over a year and a half. The only way I can succeed is by adding flavor to my life: I search for a variety of healthy, low-fat recipes through friends, family, cookbooks, newspapers, and the internet. Sure, I have a few favorite foods I eat frequently, but I need variety. Pushing myself to change things up is the surest way for me to succeed.

Thanks for the great giveaway!

nape said...

Tweeted you!
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Sarah said...

I add personal flavor to my life in the hobbies that I pursue. I love taking time to knit and crochet, to create something beautiful for someone else.

Amanda said...

I add flavor to my life by trying new things with my two boys. We have become very adventurous with trying strange new foods that i would have never done before kids!

Mikki M said...

My life is one tail spin sometimes being the mother of two small boys and a wife to one busy guy. The flavor of my life does come in the form of hazelnut coffee creamer in my coffee....YUMMY...my one guilty pleasure!

Mikki M said...

Tweeted here
http://twitter.com/mikkimouse38/status/14009194765

Brandie said...

I (literally) add flavor to my life by trying new ingredients in my cooking and trying new recipes every week. You wouldn't believe how many things I haven't tried because I was afraid I wouldn't like it. But what do I have to lose? So, I've been trying all sorts of new things and almost always loving it! :)

homemadeliving at gmail dot com

eula said...

I'm usually a pretty "safe" or "conservative" person but I always love trying new things, even things I fear like zip lining!

Kerstin said...

Life is short, so I go after everything I want in life :) Most recently, I just started training for a triathlon!

Deb ~ tnshadylady said...

There's nothing that makes me feel more relaxed and special than sipping a cup of flavored coffee while sitting in the porch swing watching hummingbirds at the feeder. But not just any flavored coffee. My absolute favorite is Coffeemate Amaretto! In fact I'm enjoying a cup right now. :) Coffee just isn't coffee without Coffeemate, and Amaretto adds that little touch of variety and luxury that makes it all mine. I keep a stock of it at all times, both liquid and powder. Love it!!

Deb ~ tnshadylady said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/tnshadylady/status/14098980794

Kendra said...

I am not as wildly adventurous as you are. But I love to travel and see new places, even with a 4 year old and a baby. They are my adventure right now, and they keep me entertained and energetic!

VickieB said...

I like spending time with family and friends

VickieB said...

tweet http://twitter.com/vlbsweeps/status/14099825320

Shawna said...

I try to add flavor to my life by hanging out with my friends. They're from all around the world, and it really opens your eyes up to how other places in the world work.

Thanks for the great giveaway.

shawna at couponladyonline dot com

shelly said...

Most of my flavor has come and gone, I was a bungee jumper, whitewater rafter(and still do on occasion), but as I've grown older, my flavors are colorful as in gardening, day trips to nowhere in particular and alot of laughs around a campfire.
shellrae58@sbcglobal.net

Rupper Family said...

I have 4 young kids so most of the flavor I add to life is provided by baking chocolate confections-it's my current creative outlet and everyone enjoys the outcome!

cybrown said...

I am a member of the brew crew team and I add flavor to my life each day with a cup of coffee flavored wet coffee mate hazelnut or French vanilla. While drinking a cup of coffee each day flavored with my favorite coffee mate cream I get a lot of energy to complete my morning exercise using my stationary bike. Depending on my mood I have many flavors to choose between using the coffee made flavored creams.

geekbearinggifts said...

I add flavor to my life by working with children. Sometimes I'm the "go to" person for their families when they need my knowledge and experience, and sometimes (as kids do) they surprise me, delight me, and spice up my day. Thanks for the offer and the chance to share!

Karen said...

I add flavor to my life by always being willing to try new things.

Eve said...

I add flavor to my life by having an optimistic attitude. It makes me happy and the others around me.

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Eve said...

tweeted: http://twitter.com/shopgurl/status/14281653405

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Eve said...

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Betty N said...

Enjoying my grandkids adds flavor to my life.

Betty N said...

tweet
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Betty N said...

blogged here
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Tanya Sloan said...

I add flavor by experimenting in my kitchen, and would like to thank my boyfriend for saying "this is interesting" instead of "what is this?"

Amie said...

I love to read read read...different kinds of books, biographies,fiction, children's, YA, etc. Just love it and it adds something special to each and every day.

TheChocolatePriestess said...

Beyond starting The Chocolate Cult last winter to try and pull myself out of a depression, in the fall I applied and then trained to be a docent at our university museum. Docents there are not just tour guides but teachers since the tours the museum offers 90% of the time are educational programs for classes from kindergarden through college level. I learned a lot and I got the opportunity to work with college students again which I missed since finishing my PhD and the job market crashing. There is so much at the museum that I can always find something new to explore and when I have a class I always see it fresh from their eyes.

OF course, good chocolates also add some "flavor" of another sort.

Pikate said...

To add spice to my life I grab my DSLR camera, my NYC metro card, and spend a day in the city taking pictures. Each time I go I visit someplace I've never been before. There is a big huge, bright, sparkly work out there and I love exploring it!

Sarah said...

My three-year-old daughter adds tons of spice to our life. Each day is different and unexpected. :) I love all the crazy things she says and does. :)

wigget said...

i add flavor to my life by doing something a little out of the ordinary

Antoinette Garry said...

I add flavor to my life by paying attention to the small things in life. Never taking any moment for granted.

AmyB09 said...

I'm a nurse--my patients give me variety every day with their different life stories and experiences.
I LOVE the peppermint mocha Coffeemate, but it's only available at Christmas!

jr06478 said...

My grandchildren add flavor to my life - I love the way they are so adventurous and do the unexpected.

Memória said...

What a fantastic post. I was hooked from the first line.

What have I done? Hmmm...not much. I did go to Europe with my mom and Italy by myself, so I guess that could count. I don't add much flavor to my quotidian life, though. Maybe I need to change that.

RosieGirlDreams.com said...

I add flavor to my life by singing aloud most days. I've got three little ones, and they too love to sing. Singing opens up all the right channels and gets the energy flowing in such a perfectly satisfying way. Thanks!

Allison said...

I add flavor to my life by baking things and especially by sharing the things I've baked with all the people I love : )

WickedCookie said...

I tend to go literal with adding flavor to my life. I love to cook and love trying new things. From recreating the chicken pa nang from my favorite Thai place to inventing margarita cookies, cooking is my adventure!

Amy said...

I like trying new things, especially crafts! Nothing more gratifying than a handmade good!

Heather said...

Dara, it was so great to learn a little more about you.
My 2 1/2 year old twin girls add flavor to my life every day. There is never a dull day with the two of them. They keep me busy and keep me smiling. I can't even begin to tell you how much they make being a mommy so wonderful.

Deb said...

I'm a teacher working with over 100 teenagers each day, so I have a ton of flavor in my life! As for my coffee, the Chocolate Raspberry is the most amazing flavor and I have it every afternoon in my coffee. Thanks for the great giveaway.

megan said...

I add flavor to my life by blogging! It's out of my comfort zone to put myself out there like that, but I'm so glad I'm doing it. It's very rewarding, and it has helped me add flavor through cooking and baking as well!

Patrice said...

I add flavor to my life by all of the creative things that I like to do. This includes painting,writing,
sewing and cooking.

angie lilly said...

I try to be spontaneous as much as I can as a natural planner type person! LOL I will suggest weekend road trips on a Saturday morning or surprise my hubby with his favorite meal when he doesn't expect it. May not seem like much, but for me its a lot! LOL
Angie
one 4 earth at aol dot com

3 Boys and an Old Lady said...

I flavor my life by trying new things. I'll try anything once, well I admit I'd be a lil' leery of bungee jumping [smile] but I try to step out of the familiar more often than not.

Scott said...

It may seem simple, but I take all country roads on my 22 mile commute each week day morning. I could take the interstate all the way in, but I hate the interstate and its boring and crowded. By taking backroads, I see deer, fields of flowers, birds, etc. Its gorgeous and relaxing both going to and from work.
Scott
nynekats at aol dot com

anonymous said...

I add flavor to my life by trying to learn new things.

Julie said...

Quite simply, I am a people person. My mom tells me, that since I was knee high to a grasshopper, that I never meet a stranger. I love interacting with others-etc. it brings me joy and "flavor" to my life.

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Sarah said...

I add flavor to my life by trying to cross items off of my "bucket list". I crossed one off recently and opened up an Etsy store... next up? Host a murder mystery dinner party :)

jengd said...

The flavor in my life comes from keeping up with a 3yr old while redefining what my life is as an unemployed person- the first time in 23yrs that I haven't worked.

Sonya said...

I add flavor to my life by creating something every single day. As for my coffee, I use Cinnamon Vanilla Creme Coffee mate..it's my absolute favorite!

Scott said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/RePurrPussed/status/14970848497
Scott
nynekats at aol dot com

angie lilly said...

I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/FotoMacro/status/14970830091
Angie
one 4 earth at aol dot com

Amber said...

I add flavor by trying new things, creating art projects, learning new languages and learning to cook new dishes, I also like to travel. Thanks for the chance to win!

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Amber said...

I tweeted:
http://twitter.com/lipstickncandy/status/14992674199

shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

DG said...

I flavor up my day with a good playlist each morning and my coffee with hazelnut coffeemate! :)

DG said...

tweeted

http://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/15024870018

dreamzz12{at}aol{dot}com

DG said...

blogged

http://deegee13.xanga.com/727941989/coffee-mate-giveaway/

dreamzz12{at}aol{dot}com

MikeWas said...

Add flavor by travel & trying new things, physically or virtually.

Mari said...

I add flavor to my life by going on motorcycle rides with my Harley-riding dh!

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Mari said...

Tweet

http://mobile.twitter.com/luckyduckytoo/status/15041637944


runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Shannon said...

I add flavor by traveling and trying new things (food, experiences)!

Alice said...

I'm currently adding flavor to my life by moving to a new place with my husband! I love to travel, but don't always have time (or money), so I think reading is a great way to get some adventure in the cozy confines of my house (and budgets!)

Amanda said...

Music, crafts, gardening, reading...and coffee every step of the way! Hot in the morning and iced at night. Thanks for the giveaway!

sisinpacific said...

children...its never a dull day with them.

slehan said...

I add flavor to my life with the herbs that I grow in my garden. Thanks for the contest.

slehan said...

I add flavor to my life with the herbs that I grow in my garden. Thanks for the contest.

slehan said...

blogged: http://slehan.blogspot.com/2010/05/adding-flavor-to-my-life.html

slehan said...

http://twitter.com/slehan/status/15076710690

Jinxy and Me said...

I add flavor by reading and learning new things! There's always something new!

Jinxy and Me said...

tweet http://twitter.com/ThriftyJinxy/status/15082372380

cookiesANDclogs said...

Scrapbooking! It reminds me of all the good times we've had together as a family. It also helps me look forward to what we may share together in the future.

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http://www.cookiesandclogs.com
Deals and reviews from a stay-at-home mother of 1

Shawna said...

When I was a teenager living in Hawaii, I was very adventurous. I surfed, dived, cliff jumped and so forth. Now at 42, I add flavor to my life by dedicating myself to helping people with Developmental Disabilities. Well, actually they flavor my life. There is nothing like a beautiful, simple, innocent heart to make you know what is important in life.

ShawnaMichelle@ymail.com

Shawna said...

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/ShawnaMichelle2/status/15091975519

ShawnaMichelle@ymail.com

Janet and Maya said...

tweet http://twitter.com/JanetandMaya/status/15092487571

mayacarpenter at verizon dot net

Janet and Maya said...

blogged http://giveawaysonblogs.blogspot.com/2010/05/win-100-visa-gift-card-from-coffeemate.html

mayacarpenter at verizon dot net

Rebecca Graham said...

I add flavor to my life by reading and trying to learn something new everyday.

rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

Rebecca Graham said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/rhoneygee/status/15093591671

rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

Anne J said...

I add flavor with lots of traveling.

Anne J said...

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/dancinggal101/status/15108914566

suburban prep said...

I exercise, I knit. I love spending time with my family and I am open to new adventures.

msgb245 at gmail dot com

JuliaA said...

good books add flavor to my life.

ccboobooy(charity) said...

My son adds flavor to my life. I love watching him learn and grow.



charisscharity at yahoo dot com

Matt said...

I add flavor to my life by spontaneously planning family outings to discover new things around us.

mattschmunk at gmail dot com

carolpie said...

I love to travel when we can afford to. Otherwise, see the grandkids and decorate.

Anonymous said...

I add flavor by planning trips and taking in travel blogs! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

http://twitter.com/DesMoinesDealin/status/15148286874

scg00387 at yahoo dot com

Delishhh said...

I just recently added flavour by starting a food blog which is my real passion.