TO TURN OVER A NEW LEAF ” means to change your life for the better, to improve yourself, your lifestyle, to change old bad habits.
EXAMPLE: ”My brother-in-law has turned over a new leaf! In the last year he has stopped gambling & given up smoking. He’s a much better person now & my sister has a very happy marriage.”
EXAMPLE: ”My sister has promised to turn over a new leaf & get serious about her studies! Her grades are terrible! She’s very close to failing out of University. My parents have told her she must now make a decision- improve her grades or quit school & get a job!”
All the best- Cindy



Back in the saddle” is a great idiom meaning to resume again.

It probably originates from the old ”cowboy days” when you were likely to be thrown off a horse.

Marta reminded me that you may have heard it already in Shakira’s song ”Waka Waka, This time for Africa”

I’ll give you an example:
”My brother split with his girlfriend only 2 weeks ago, and he’s already ”back in the saddle”- he’s got a date with a new girl toni


”My sister injured her knee 2 months ago while playing tennis. She’s endured quite a lot of physical therapy. Now she’s ”back in the saddle” and feeling fantastic. She has a match next week- and I’m sure she’ll win!”

All the best,  Cindy




Hi everybody!

“Still kicking” is a way to say: “I’m okay/everything is alright/I’m still working/still alive/thriving”
EXAMPLE: “Hey Marta & Cindy! You’ve received a TON of SNOW in the last week are you okay?”
“Oh, we’re still kicking! 🙂 It’s freezing & there’s a meter of snow on the ground- but the roads are clear and everybody is fine. Thank you for asking. :-)”

All the best- Cindy


Idiom : ‎”JUMP ON IT ! ”

”Jump on it!” is an expression meaning to do something right away, give it immediate attention.
Example: It’s Friday and I have so much paperwork to finish before I can leave work at 5 o’clock.
Answer: Well, you’d better stop complaining, put your coffee cup down and jump on it- because it’s nearly 3 o’clock now!

Have a fantastic weekend everyone! 🙂

All the best….Cindy



Idiom : ‎”TO BUST MY BUTT”

To ”bust your butt’‘ means to work very hard, make a strenuous effort at something.

My goal is to pay off all my credit card bills by the year 2013. This means I’m really going to have to ”bust my butt” at work with extra hours. I might even need to take on a second job. It’s okay though, because after just 1 year of sacrifice- I will be debt-free!
Have a nice day everyone!

All the best….Cindy



Idiom : ‎”to HOLD MY TONGUE”

To ”hold my tongue”.

This means not to speak although you may feel like yelling or stating your opinion.


”My boss came into work this morning & started yelling at everyone in the office! I wanted to yell back at him, but I held my tongue because I didn’t want to be fired from my job. I need my paycheck.”

Or:  ”My mother yelled at me for coming home late last night. I held my tongue and didn’t yell back because I respect my mother.”

Have a nice day everybody, Cindy



Idiom : ‎”There’s no grass growing under my/his/her/their feet!”

”There’s no grass growing under my/his/her/their feet!”

I love this expression and use it often.

You would you use it to refer to someone who doesn’t stay idle. Someone ambitious.

Meaning if an object sits in one place to too long, then eventually the grass would begin to grow underneath it.

If there is ”no grass” growing under someone’s feet, this can be used as a compliment because they are not standing around doing nothing.

I can use this expression to describe many people in my life.   :-)…Cindy