Optimism Rules!
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Today is First Lady Michelle Obama’s 52nd birthday.  The photo below was taken at the President Obama’s final State of the Union (SOTU) address on January 12, 2016.  Optimism ruled the day which was certainly welcomed compared to the GOP’s message.  
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The ever-fashionable FLOTUS looked stunning in a marigold-hued, banded-bodice wool crepe midi dress by designer  Narciso Rodriguez.  The dress sold out before the SOTU address was over.
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The #GimmeFive challenge
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The First Lady challenged everyone to #GimmeFive things they are doing to eat better, be more active, and lead a healthier life. People from across the country joined in the challenge – from kids, families, and schools to celebrities and athletes, like Beyonce, Dwyane Wade, Jack Johnson and so many others.

Even Ellen DeGeneres got in on the fun when the First Lady challenged her to learn the #GimmeFive dance. The So You Think You Can Dance All Stars then joined the First Lady at the White House Easter Egg Roll to perform the dance live on the South Lawn.

You’ll be surprised and by her workout routine as shown in the video clip below from her Let’s Move Initiative 2015 challenge #GimmeFive.  
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First Lady Michelle Obama is an inspiration and positive role model for all of us and her #GimmeFive workout (you’ll be surprised) in the video clip below will motivate us to “keep mov’in”. 
​First Lady Michelle Obama waves upon entering the 
U.S. Capitol for President Obama’s final State of 
the Union address_January 12, 2016
​Marigold Flower
The flower symbolism associated with marigolds is indicated in the name: Mary’s Gold. Marigold flowers were “golden gifts” offered to the Virgin by the poor who could not afford to give actual gold. Marigolds were used in Mary Gardens. 
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Marigolds are symbolic of passion and creativity. Marigolds are also known as the“Herb of the Sun.” Marigolds have been used as love charms and incorporated into wedding garlands.
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 In some cultures, marigold flowers have been added to pillows to encourage prophetic or psychic dreams. The English name is derived from the flower name, composed of the name Mary meaning “the Mother Ray” and the word “gold.
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Michelle, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! 
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