Love Quotes: Love is Something You Do


love-hearts-Meredith-SweetpeaTo honor Valentine’s Day, Miss Meredith Sweetpea likes to remind everyone of a powerful quote by the spiritual leader David Wilkerson that says:

Love is not something you feel, it is something you do.

Wow. Are you spending your life waiting for love to find you, or are you out there giving love and acting in a loving manner? Remember, when you give love freely, it comes back to you threefold.

Love is Something You Do For Others

Think of an example when you didn’t feel very loving toward someone, yet acted in a kind and loving manner. Perhaps you met someone at church or in a social setting who was sad. Did you take a moment to feel their sadness and respond accordingly, or did you act impatient and look for an escape? Sometimes just taking a moment to listen completely and offer a gentle, kind and appropriate response can make all the difference in a person’s day. As a bonus, it also makes you feel good.

Do you look for ways to help others? On this Valentine’s Day, not everyone has a sweetheart with whom to share the day. Perhaps they are newly single or widowed. Maybe they are new in town. Look for singles and invite them to join you–either on the holiday or some day this week. Let them know that they are special and loved even if it’s not Valentine’s Day.

Love is Something You Do for Your Family

Don’t forget your family members. I’m sure there are people in your own family who need your loving care right now. We often forget those who are closest to us as we look to make a difference in the world. Be sure to treat your family members in a loving way, even if you don’t really feel loving at the moment. Did you tell everyone in your own family today that you love them? Or show it in some way? If not, do it now.

Love is Something You Do for Yourself

Even if there is nobody who gives you love today, you can still love yourself. Treat yourself as the important, kind and loving person you are. There is no shame in treating yourself to some kindness. Think of ways you can pamper or indulge yourself, be it a good book, a dinner out, or a candlelit bath.

Miss Meredith Sweetpea wishes everyone a sweet and happy Valentine’s Day. And remember, love is an active choice; not a waiting game.

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Be Careful What You Post on the Internet


girls-drinking-Meredith-SweetpeaSocial media is fun. It’s a blast to post everything you’re doing and to get “likes” from your friends and followers.┬áSocial media can also be a problem, however, depending on what you post.

The National League of Cotillions* states that, “While it is tempting to create a wild or crazy video of yourself, you need to consider the bigger picture. What if, a few years from now, you send your resume to a large corporation and they do an Internet search as part of their due diligence and up comes an offensive video with you as the star? Well, there goes your job!”

But I Deleted That Picture/Video!

“You may say, ‘Well, I had that deleted.’ Good luck! Continue reading

British Royal Wedding Required Traditions


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photo by JANE BARLOW/AFP/Getty Images

With all the buzz about England’s next Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle, Miss Meredith Sweetpea’s mind has turned to romance. There are so many things to consider when planning a wedding. Especially so when marrying into the royal family.

In British tradition, there are a number of age-old royal wedding requirements.

  • The monarch must permit the marriage in writing for the six heirs closest in line to the throne.
  • A formal engagement announcement must be made by Kensington Palace, followed by a public photo session and joint interview. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle posed for the press in the Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace.
  • The king or queen is the Head of the Protestant Anglican Church of England, therefore they and anyone they marry must be a member of the Church of England or they will lose the right to the throne. Ms. Markle will be baptized into the Church of England prior to the wedding.
  • Royal brides must wear a white gown, and customary lace, ever since Queen Victoria wore a white gown at her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840.
  • Royal grooms must wear a military uniform. Prince Albert was the one to start this trend.
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Wedding Omens and Predictions


Queenb-Victoria-Orange-BlossomsFor centuries, people declared that there were omens that could predict weddings and happy marriages. Here are some of the ones the Victorians believed, and some we still believe today:

You (or someone you know) will be married soon when:

  • A chicken enters your house with a straw in its mouth, which it leaves behind.
  • A mockingbird flies over your house.
  • A white dove comes near your house.
  • A spider descends from the ceiling and “dances” up and down.
  • A cow moos at night.

Your marriage will be happy if:

  • You feed a cat at of one of your old shoes just before you marry.
  • A cat sneezes in front of the (or your) bride on the day before the wedding.
  • Either party dreams about the wedding day.
  • You marry in June.
  • Your wedding ceremony lasts between a half hour and an hour (the rising hand of the clock denotes rising fortune.)
  • You marry in the afternoon.
  • You marry on a beautiful day.
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Am I the Granddaughter of King Henry VIII? | Meredith Sweetpea


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L: Henry Carey; R: King Henry VIII; Middle: mashup of the two. The resemblance is uncanny. Could he be King Henry VIII’s son?

When Miss Meredith Sweetpea read the best-selling historical novel “The Other Boleyn Girl” she was captivated by the story, and read the entire book in one sitting. Have you read it?

The story, written by British historian Philippa Gregory, tells the tale of Mary Boleyn, Anne Boleyn’s older sister, who had a long-term affair with, and two children by, King Henry VIII prior to his meeting and subsequently marrying Anne. It is told from Mary’s point of view, beginning with Mary at the naive age of 14.

This book penetrated my mind, and for years, lingered with a familiarity unclaimed by any other novel. Continue reading

A True Gentleman Is… | Meredith Sweetpea | Manners Quotes


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“A true gentleman is one that apologizes anyways, even though he has not offended a lady intentionally.
He is in a class all of his own because he knows the value of a woman’s heart.”

–Shannon L. Alder

What’s the Big Deal About Wearing Sweatpants?


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Actress Kate Walsh — sloppy or chic?

Miss Meredith Sweetpea grew up with a Southern grandmother who required certain standards for a lady. We were to smile prettily, be dainty, and look our best at all times. Why, she wouldn’t think of going to the grocery store without first applying lipstick. And remember the television show “Father Knows Best?” The mother always wore a dress–and pearls–even around the house. I know, it’s a glorified image of life in the 1950s, but why not uphold a standard?

When did we transition from looking our best to looking our worst? And when did it become okay? Continue reading

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