A Holiday Card For You – My Dear Readers

December 24, 2016   32 Comments

I would like to share a short story about someone who has changed my life.

holiday card

No one has time for a long story today so I will not go on and on.

This is a photo of my mantle. We are big fans of Santa here and get the house ready for his visit. I have 2 children – 10 and 12 – and they are SO good right now. They take this Christmas business very seriously.

But, I don’t want to talk about my kids today. As you pan down from the mantle, you find this animal.

My dog, Milo, loves to sleep in front of the fire. Every time I walk by, I marvel at his ability to relax. He will jump around – demanding that you toss his favorite toy – and then five minutes later he is crashed out in total relaxation on top of a blanket.

Last week, I was feeling tired before my daughter came home from school and I decided to sit on the couch for a few minutes. Milo jumped up next to me and proceeded to curl up and fall asleep. The next thing I knew, my daughter was walking in the door waking me up.

He tuned me into the depth of my exhaustion but he also helped me get some rest.

I don’t know how to explain it but he helps me see that life isn’t always a race. Sometimes you can stop and curl up in front of the fire.

This holiday season, take a moment and curl up somewhere (without a screen or even a book). Enjoy your breath and heart beat.

Lots of light and love,

Lisa AKA Snack Girl and Milo

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I've been reading you since a long time, from Caracas, Venezuela.

Even if we don't have the same products of US (many times), is always good to read your tips and the funny way you do.

Hope you have a great holiday with your family!

on December 24, 2016

As I write this note my little Yorkie Cricket is lying across my legs waiting for me to start my day. She wakes me every morning by licking my face. Not a bad way to start the day, with a little love! God bless you Lisa for sharing your lives with us all, it is always a bright spot in my day. Thank you! Merry Christmas and peace in the New Year.

on December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas Lisa and Milo and the rest of your family! Have a wonderful holiday!

on December 24, 2016

Lisa- thank you for being such a great influence. I love following you!

My two cats give me what Milo gives you. If one is curled up on my lap, I won't move. They help me to remember that it's OK to slow down & chill

Merry Christmas 🎁🎄

on December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas and Blessings for 2017!🎄🌟🌟🎉

on December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas Lisa, and God Bless you, Milo and your family with another year of good health, cheer and great blog articles!


on December 24, 2016

A very Happy Christmas from the UK and my wonderful Akita. Dogs are such wonderful friends. Not only do they seem to understand us but they are also fantastic confidantes who never give bad advice.

on December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas, Lisa, and to all your family. Thank you for writing, and thank you also to my fellow readers, who give their added ideas here. Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah, and every other thing you celebrate this season!

on December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas, and thank you for your perspectives, be they nutritious, humorous or philosophical!

on December 24, 2016

We can learn so much from our pets. My dog, Chloe, a rescue from the Humane Society, also helps to remind me to stop and smell the roses (and pet the doggie).

I am so blessed. Thank you.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

on December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas Lisa & family! Thank you for adding your special perspective to an otherwise busy time, esp for Moms. Milo is so cute and so is your sweet mantel. Enjoy every minute of your holiday!

on December 24, 2016

Happy holidays to you and your family Snack Girl!! Xo from all of us in NYC😀

on December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New year Lisa to you and your wonderful family.

A special Woof Woof Christmas to Milo from me and my 5 doggies.. They do give me a lot of love...

on December 24, 2016

My cat and I just had a snuggle session before my husband and child woke up- we watched a favorite Christmas movie together snuggled under a blanket. Happy to see this post. Merry Christmas!

on December 24, 2016

I appreciate everything you do, Lisa, including reminding us that we all need rest. If I could, I'd attach a photo of my dad, one of the last I have of him. He is lying in his bed from Hospice with the oxygen attached, and curled up at his side is our youngest cat. I've long thought of our cats as heart medicine. I love your Milo story. Thank you.

on December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas Lisa and Milo and the rest of the family.

on December 24, 2016

Thanks for this ! Merry Christmas!

on December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas🎄 to you and your family. I agree, animals are our best friends. They have the ability to soothe and calm us.

Always enjoy your posts.

on December 24, 2016

Dear Lisa, Thank you for the sweet reminder that even our pets know when to slow down; that they often teach us lessons we need to learn. Like unconditional ❤️! And that we all need affection! Merry Christ-mas, happiness, and good health to you and your fam, including Milo🐶 Looking forward to the new year with you😉💐

on December 24, 2016

Love the pics. What an adorable dog! Merry Christmas!

on December 24, 2016

Happy Holidays for all of you from a Dutch lady, living in NS Canada.

on December 24, 2016

Lisa, this post came just at the right time. I just read it a few minutes ago after getting home from working out. As we were on the way to work out, I mentioned to my husband that my resolution for the new year is to not feel like I have to be doing something all the time and try to relax more, especially during the week. I usually am not a resolution type person, but I think this is important. I always have something to do and feel like I should be doing something. However, in the grand scheme of things, the majority of those things can wait. I agree with you on the fact that our pets (we have a Shih Tzu) help us "chill out" at times. On the weekends, when he is sitting in my lap or next to me, I do tend to sit a little longer. Happy Holidays (whichever you celebrate) to you and your readers. Here's to a healthy and happy New Year to all!

on December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas!

on December 24, 2016

Hello Lisa! You're high on my "favorite people" list so I simply had to send you my warmest wishes for a joyous and fulfilling Festive Season! I hope that you and your little family will have the best Christmas ever, and that the coming year will be filled with

abundant good health, happiness and prosperity. Thank you for another year of the best

life changing blogging ever! Who says one person can't make a difference?!?

on December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas, Lisa (and family!) I really enjoy reading your blog. Thank You!

on December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas Lisa! I enjoy reading your articles every day. Lots of good tips. Keep up the good work to help us stay on track - but not today :)

on December 25, 2016

Thank you for wonderful message! Merry Christmas and restful times.

on December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas Lisa, with all your stories and recipes, you are like an extended family member. Wishing your family many blessings for the new year. And wishing Milo many treats and belly rubs!

on December 27, 2016

Just catching up on some email today, but I plan to implement this idea throughout the year. Happy new year to you and your family!!

on December 27, 2016

once again, a thank you for all that you do for us. sweet, smart, happy.....a wonderful combination. may your family have many blessings this holiday season, and best wishes for a wonderful 2017.

on December 28, 2016

Happy New Year from Argentina. I like very much your comments and recipes, though many of your ingredients I cannot get here. Thanks for Milo story. I have three cats, so I understand you: Franky (blue eyed), Chía and APITA (A Pain In The ... back).

God bless you, your family and cute Milo.


on December 31, 2016

That's a wonderful story. In this fast paced world we have 2 take a time out away from everything. Thanks for sharing. We can take a page from our furry family members. Happy New Year!!

on January 2, 2017

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