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Pink Tambourine Club » Pink Tambourine Club http://www.pinktambourineclub.com where the beat of friendship goes on Thu, 20 Mar 2014 00:15:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3 My Spring Break Must-Reads http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/my-spring-break-must-reads/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=my-spring-break-must-reads http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/my-spring-break-must-reads/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:48:19 +0000 http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/?p=2023 bernadette image

Are you in a book club? Does your book club actually discuss the book? Mine does…most of the time! Don’t get me wrong, there is wine and appetizers and talking about kids, the weather, vacations, dating, etc. What I love about my book club is the diverse group of women, who have one thing important in common. We love to read.

You may have some extra time over Spring Break to read. Oh, the joys of “extra time” in life. You want that time to count! So here are my suggestions on some must-reads:

  1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Or her new one, The Girl You Left Behind) – Easy read, you’ll fall in love with Lou immediately. Grab the Kleenex.
  2. Where’d You Go Bernadette? By Maria Semple – Pretty silly, I enjoyed Bernadette’s craziness.
  3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot – You’ll be astonished at this true story about Henrietta’s cells being taken without her knowledge and still live on today.
  4. Bossypants by Tina Fey – I read this, but heard the audio book is even better since it’s read by Tina herself.
  5. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford – Set in Seattle in the 1940s in Japantown. I learned about a volatile time in our history, while seeing hope in the characters.
  6. A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg – Anyone who enjoys cooking will love this book and it will make you want to give your family members an extra hug tonight.
  7. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach – This book isn’t just about baseball. I enjoyed the stories of each character and how their actions affected each other in this small town.
  8. night circus bookThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Escape into the life of the circus with twists and turns.
  9. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles – Transport to New York in the 1930s and struggle along with the working girl Katey.
  10. Unbroken: A World War II Book of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand – I read this on an overseas flight and the timed sailed by. Read this moving story before the movie comes out, you won’t regret it.

unbroken imagesWhen someone asks you, “Have you read any good books lately?” What do you tell them? My book club is always looking for recommendations so please share!

Happy Reading!

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Don’t Forget to “Phone A Friend” http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/dont-forget-to-phone-a-friend/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dont-forget-to-phone-a-friend http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/dont-forget-to-phone-a-friend/#comments Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:52:40 +0000 http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/?p=2016 keep calm 2A few years back, when the game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” was popular, they introduced the concept of “Phone a Friend.” A contestant who was unsure of the answer to one of the questions could call a “Friend” as a lifeline, and hopefully that smarty-pants knew the answer to the question. Luckily, we don’t have to be on a game show sweating a million dollars in front of millions of viewers to employ this tactic.

It only took about 15 minutes of my three-year-old’s rage to realize I’d crossed into new territory and was totally lost. “Boo” was throwing and epic fit. It started when she didn’t want to put on her jacket after preschool so we went out into the frosty evening… and she wanted her jacket on. I got her jacket on and Boo safely buckled into the car seat and she didn’t want her jacket on any more. And she didn’t want to go home. During the 1.5-mile drive home she took her shoe off and threw it at me, hitting me in the shoulder. When I informed Boo that she’d be serving a time out for that offense she started screaming and things devolved from there.

Fast forward 15 minutes and she’s on another time out (for having hit me), behind the closed door of her room, raging like a caged bull and screaming like a wild hyena. It dawned on me that I had no idea what to do or how to break through her rage. I was out of tools. I didn’t want to spank her (I’m firmly in the anti-spanking camp) but was honestly considering a swat on the bottom to try and change the script.

Frantically trying to consider additional options, I performed my own “Phone a Friend,” and thank goodness for friends who have walked the path before! I picked up my phone in the kitchen while Boo continued to kick, scream and throw things in her room. Chelsey picked up the phone and I blurted, “I need help. I don’t want to spank my kid but I don’t know what to do.”

Chelsey and I have been friends for 20 years, ever since I moved from Wisconsin to the Twin Cities suburban neighborhood where she lived (I still remember out first conversation on the school bus, but that’s a different story). Now she’s a health care industry executive and a mother of three kids, two of whom have already passed the “terrible threes.” I knew she had been down this path before, I continue to respect her parenting style, and I knew she knew more than I did.

Indeed, she had tips. Tips that gave me tools and kept me from swatting my kid. Can I tell you how wonderful it is to have a friend who doesn’t judge you for wanting to spank your kid? And who is wiling to talk you through an ugly parenting situation?

Later, with Boo calming and eventually returning to her usual pleasant and communicative disposition, Chelsey and I traded some texts:

Chelsey: Hope things have simmered down there. You’re a good mama, mama!

Me: Thank you so much for your help! I really didn’t know what to do!

Chelsey: What, they didn’t give you that pamphlet at the hospital? J

Though extreme this was a good reminder of “Phone a Friend” and how valuable it can be. I remember Christy (of Pink Tambourine Club) calling me for some first-aid advice when she had a run in with a kitchen knife. I’ve called my artist friend with questions about crafting materials and my uber-smart friend Greg who talked me through changing the hard drive on my Mac.

How have you used “Phone a Friend” to help you? Or how have you helped a friend?



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All the Single Ladies – Galentine’s Day is for you! http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/all-the-single-ladies-galentines-day-is-for-you/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=all-the-single-ladies-galentines-day-is-for-you http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/all-the-single-ladies-galentines-day-is-for-you/#comments Wed, 05 Feb 2014 04:33:42 +0000 http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/?p=2008 annecard galantine

A few years ago I found a Valentine’s Day card that said, “Happy Singles Awareness Day!” That sure spoke to me! Oh, I know, it’s a day to tell your friends and family you love them. Although I think we should try and do that more than one day a year.

I decided rather than concentrate on being single on Valentine’s Day, I’d gather my single friends and we’d celebrate our solo status. And guess what, we have a blast! It’s a time to get together and embrace the advantages of not having the pressure to get your significant other that special Valentine’s Day gift. It’s a chance to talk about dating nightmares or successes. It’s a time to appreciate your friendships and laugh!

I used to call it Singles Awareness Day Dinner, but I’m not sure I like the acronym S.A.D.D. I “borrowed” the name Galentine’s Day from one of my favorite TV shows, Parks and Recreation. Valentine’s Day isn’t a time to be sad. Tell your girlfriends you love them. Because without them, who would you share your highs and lows. And who else do you call after the horrible (or awesome) blind date you just had?

So, I encourage all you single ladies to get together and throw your own Galentine’s Day party. Heck, you could even invite your married girlfriends (their husbands will thank you). We need to take any chance we can to just say thank you to our girlfriends and partners in crime.

Happy Galentine’s Day! What do you do to celebrate this Hallmark holiday? Please share!

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Beyond the Fashions – Must See Oscar Movies! http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/beyond-the-fashions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=beyond-the-fashions http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/beyond-the-fashions/#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 02:40:55 +0000 http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/?p=1989 oscarsThankfully, we kick off awards season with the Golden Globes and SAGs – both include TV, so I could cheer for those categories. I also greatly enjoy the opportunity to become a “fashion critic” for the night. But when it comes to the movies, I don’t get too involved. Sure, I’d love to root for my favorites, but I haven’t had time to see many new releases this past year.

When the Oscars air on March 2, I want to be an active viewer. With just over 5 weeks, I must be strategic in my movie selections. If I’m lucky I’ll get to see 2-3 movies before the Academy Awards. So, what’s a girl to do? You ask your girlfriends, right? Thankfully, I have a friend who is a movie fanatic. Movies are her ‘thing’ — and she sees them all! I’ve asked her to give us her absolute “MUST SEE” top 3 movies before the Oscars.

From movie enthusiast, Mary Beth Sinclair, her Top 3 Must See Movies for the 2014 Award Season:

Nebraska – terrific performances by Oscar-nominated Bruce Dern and scene-stealer June Squibb, with some sensational Midwest, small town storytelling.

Philomena – based on a true, disturbing story out of 1950’s Catholic Ireland, and Oscar-nominated Judi Dench is – as always – sensational.

12 Years a Slave – a true original, and my favorite movie of the year. There are several outstanding performances in this movie, especially by Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o (both up for Oscars), and Sarah Paulson (not nominated, but should’ve been). [WARNING: there are some incredibly brutal scenes in the film, but it’s well worth a viewing.]

With theater releases and scheduling challenges, it may not be possible to see these three, so she has included 10 more of her 2013 favorite movies (+ 3 favorite Documentaries). I hope you can get to one of these so your participation in the Oscars goes beyond the superficial, but oh so fun, fashion reviews. (If nothing else, you can start adding these to your Netflix list!):

 Next 10 movies (+ 3 favorite Documentaries) to see from 2013 (In no particular order):

  1. Dallas Buyer’s Club (Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey are in top form, especially Leto, who is well ahead of the pack in the Oscar race for Best Supporting Actor)
  2. Gravity (little dialogue, but the visual effects are the best of 2013)
  3. All is Lost (also little-to-no dialogue, but a psychological – rock solid – return to the big screen for Robert Redford)
  4. American Hustle (overrated, but quite good)
  5. The Hunt (foreign/subtitled – a scary story of how to ruin someone’s life with words)
  6. What Maisie Knew (Julianne Moore is horribly good as the negligent mother of Maisie)
  7. Enough Said (a touching love story – Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini shine)
  8. Disconnect (two words: Jason Bateman)
  9. Much Ado About Nothing (gotta love Shakespeare!)
  10. The Iceman (quite violent but oh-so-good – Winona Ryder is back!)
Favorite Documentaries of ’13:
  1. 20 Feet From Stardom (just see it)
  2. Blackfish (you’ll never take your kids to Sea World again)
  3. Spinning Plates (if you like to eat, you’ll love this)
 Movies you can skip:
  1. The Wolf of Wall Street (utter debauchery, and utterly pointless)
  2. Blue Jasmine (great performance from Cate Blanchett, but the movie is a big miss)
  3. Rush (the documentary “Senna” is much better, if you are looking for something similar)
Let us know what you think? Who do you want to win?
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O.K. 2014, I’m ready for you! http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/o-k-2014-im-ready-for-you/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=o-k-2014-im-ready-for-you http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/o-k-2014-im-ready-for-you/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 19:47:34 +0000 http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/?p=1944 2013 into garbage eichers pink tambourine club photoAs many of you are aware, I lost my father on April 13, 2013. I’d been told that the first holiday season without him was going to be very hard. I started to dread the holidays. The only thing I was looking forward to was starting a new year. I could gladly say farewell to 2013.

We survived the holidays. Traditions continued that my father and my mother created many years ago. Did we miss him? Terribly. But, we carried on because that’s what he would have wanted. He worked hard to create great memories for us. He worked hard to provide for all our needs and more. He worked hard so we could carry on his legacy: A legacy of love, kindness, generosity, and full life. So our responsibility this year was to continue with his traditions and create new memories. That’s what he would have wanted, and that’s what we did. And, truth be told, we had some laughs and some fun along the way. And I’m sure that made him happy.

I was excited to start a fresh new year. I thought about resolutions, goals, and themes for my 2014. I was struggling to focus in on anything. I was mainly hoping for a healthy year for my family, friends, and self.

In the last few days, the hope for health has been slightly derailed. On Tuesday, my mother had a battery of scans to determine why her parathyroid isn’t functioning properly. We will not get the results until next Monday. The waiting truly IS the hardest part. The waiting causes your imagination to go to scary places. The waiting taxes your faith. The waiting challenges your hope for good health in 2014.

Last night, feeling slightly helpless, I sent out a call for prayers to some “prayer peeps.”My “prayer peeps” responded back with messages of support. I tried to stay present and positive. As I checked my email before heading out the door this afternoon, I got this message from one of them.dermatologist 4 copy

 As I drove to an appointment, I thought of those words. What did they mean? They are powerful words and when strung together they pack a punch.

I started to break it down, word by word.

Stop, take a deep breath, and be present in the moment.
When you intentionally fill your lungs, everything around you stops. A deep breath has the power to completely focus you to the here and now.

Say a quick little prayer. Seek some help with whatever issue might be facing you. It could be as simple as “Please take care of us.” Or “May the best thing happen.” Or “Thy will be done.” Short and sweet… just give it up to a higher power.

Trust that your prayers have been heard and everything will work out.

I thought about the last word I wrote: Smile. I couldn’t figure out why I wrote that word. While I drove, I purposely smiled. I raised the corners of my lips to see what the smile felt like. Why would I choose to smile? It finally dawned on me. I would smile out of gratitude. I would be grateful to relinquish the fear facing me and know that it would be ok. I thought about how I could remember this little 4-step process and I decided I needed to change the word Smile to Gratitude & Grin.

Gratitude & Grin
Be grateful that you can release your fear. This feeling will cause you to grin.

Breath, Pray, Trust, Gratitude & Grin
BPTG – I like it. It’s simple. It’s easy to remember. It’s quick. And I do believe it will help me get through any challenges I face.  I may not have any fancy resolutions, goals, or themes for 2014, but I think I’ve found something more important. I’ve found a “practice.” It will be nice to have this tool at the ready for any stressful situations this new year may bring.

O.K. 2014, I’m ready for you!
Give it a try. Let me know if the “BPTG Practice” works for you.

Full Disclosure: I knew my mother would be apprehensive about me publicly sharing her health issue in this blog. Like many of us, she does not want to call attention to herself or receive any pity from people. I have to be honest… I wanted to share this with you for two reasons.

  1.  If any of you prayerful people feel it in your heart to send up a prayer for my Mom, I would be oh so grateful.  I do believe in the power of prayer.
  2. I like to help. I’m not sure how this new little practice is going to work for me or if any of you will take it for a test drive. Maybe a couple of you will give it a shot.  If it provides a wee bit of comfort to you it will warm my cockles.

 With a bit of persuasion, she has reluctantly allowed me to post this blog.  

Thanks, Mom! 

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What’s Shakin’ Episode 11 – Make Your Own Body Butter http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/whats-shakin-episode-11-make-your-own-body-butter/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=whats-shakin-episode-11-make-your-own-body-butter http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/whats-shakin-episode-11-make-your-own-body-butter/#comments Fri, 08 Nov 2013 16:13:46 +0000 http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/?p=1937 As the weather cools, our skin dries. And there’s one way to combat that… a great moisturizer! Unfortunately, they can be expensive and filled with unhealthy ingredients. Here’s a simple way to make a luxurious body cream with just 2 ingredients. This simple DIY spa product also makes great gifts for your girlfriends. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

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What’s Shakin’ Episode 10 – Nasty Valances! http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/whats-shakin-episode-10-nasty-valances/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=whats-shakin-episode-10-nasty-valances http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/whats-shakin-episode-10-nasty-valances/#comments Tue, 05 Nov 2013 03:58:20 +0000 http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/?p=1935 Do you have a valance in your home which might look a little nasty? Well here’s a quick tip to spruce it up!

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What’s Shakin’ Episode 9: Finding Beauty in Imperfection – A Favorite Find http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/whats-shakin-episode-9-finding-beauty-in-imperfection-a-favorite-find/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=whats-shakin-episode-9-finding-beauty-in-imperfection-a-favorite-find http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/whats-shakin-episode-9-finding-beauty-in-imperfection-a-favorite-find/#comments Fri, 01 Nov 2013 05:16:03 +0000 http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/?p=1917 In this episode of What’s Shakin’, Christy shares a Favorite Find which also is symbolic of a key message at our Pink Tambourine Club workshops.

This Favorite Find can be found on the AnnMade in Minnesota Etsy site. You can also see what’s she’s working on by liking her Facebook Fan Page.
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What’s Shakin’ Episode 8: Social Networking & Thoughtfulness http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/whats-shakin-episode-8-social-networking-thoughtfulness/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=whats-shakin-episode-8-social-networking-thoughtfulness http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/whats-shakin-episode-8-social-networking-thoughtfulness/#comments Wed, 23 Oct 2013 20:55:56 +0000 http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/?p=1932 In this episode of What’s Shakin’, Christy shares a way for you to be thoughtful using Facebook. This little tip will certainly brighten a friend’s day.

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What’s Shakin’ Episode 7 – How many friends were diagnosed with Breast Cancer? http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/whats-shakin-episode-7-how-many-friends-were-diagnosed-with-breast-cancer/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=whats-shakin-episode-7-how-many-friends-were-diagnosed-with-breast-cancer http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/whats-shakin-episode-7-how-many-friends-were-diagnosed-with-breast-cancer/#comments Sun, 20 Oct 2013 23:23:05 +0000 http://www.pinktambourineclub.com/?p=1911 In this edition of What’s Shakin’, Pink Tambourine Club founder, Christy Eichers explains why this October Breast Cancer Awareness Month means even more. She pledges to give 50% of the purchase price for anything on her website www.regreet.com to Susan G. Komen for the Cure through the month of October 2013. While you are shopping, pick up a copy of Mixing Up Memories to raise even more money to fight this disease which impacts so many of us.

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