Apr 172018
 

Lately one of my favorite things to do is journal.  It is a way I can relax and express my creative side.  The good thing is that there are many different types of journals and Fox Chapel Publishing has a lot to choose from.  One of my favorites is this one – My Faith Journey. My Faith Journey offers a full year of spiritual activities, designed to help the reader grow with God week by week. Ready-to-color line drawings, based on Scripture verses and uplifting messages, are accompanied by insightful prompts on the meaning of faith, with plenty of room to write and reflect.

Description: Keep moving forward on your personal faith journey with this inspiring new devotional journal. Inside My Faith Journey you’ll discover a full year of spiritual activities, designed to help you to grow with God week by week. Gifted artist Robin Pickens provides 52 beautiful line drawings, based on Scripture verses and uplifting messages, ready to color with markers, gel pens, colored pencils, or watercolors. Each illustration is accompanied by insightful prompts that will guide you to reflect on what faith means to you, and the role that God plays in your life. You’ll find plenty of lined space to write, and opportunities to pray, in this finely crafted journal.

Another one of the Journal I have that I really like is My Prayer Journal.  This faith-based guided journal will encourage readers to seek God’s plan through prayer every day, with thoughtful prompts, beautiful color illustrations, and plenty of space for reflective writing.

Description: Seek the presence of God every day with this inspiring new guided journal. My Prayer Journal is designed to help you develop a more intimate relationship with our loving heavenly Father, through prayers of comfort, courage, and hope. Each page presents thoughtful questions to stimulate reflective thinking and writing about your spiritual communion with God. Bestselling author and award-winning designer Joanne Fink provides beautiful color illustrations throughout the book, based on uplifting thoughts and Scripture passages. Attractively designed and made of the highest quality materials, this finely crafted journal offers plenty of lined space to write, as you focus your mind on living God’s plan today.

Fox Chapel Publishing has a wide variety of journals so that you can find one that you like. Some fun ones are from a line called TangleEasy.  One that I have is the TangleEasy Lined Journal Parrot.  It is filled with exquisite animal illustrations by visionary artist Ben Kwok, a.k.a. BioWorkZ, this finely crafted journal offers plenty of lined writing space to document your ideas, inspirations, hopes, and dreams.

Description: Inspire your journal writing with magnificent animal art from visionary artist Ben Kwok, a.k.a. BioWorkZ. Packed with Ben’s hyper-detailed and exquisitely rendered animal illustrations, TangleEasy Lined Journal Parrot offers plenty of writing space to document your world. Attractively designed and made of the highest quality materials, this finely crafted journal is your stress-relieving vehicle for personal exploration.

If you are looking for a journal for yourself or someone else I am sure you will find one or two you like from Fox Chapel Publishing.  Along with journals they offer a large range of books for crafting, cooking, children’s book and much more.  You can start shopping HERE.

 

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Apr 122018
 

I love to try new products and recently I tried these Sano Silk Mask.  One of my favorite things is that they are individually wrapped, they are the perfect size for one use and because they are separate it helps keep bacteria or germs from growing in them.  They are also easy to travel with.

The award-winning Korean beauty mask is all natural and takes years off your skin’s look and feel. Made for women and men of all ages to ensure your skin is functioning at peak performance, this spa-like beauty mask is the only one you will ever need. It competes with Keihls and Aveda but does so much more.

They are so easy to use – you just brush on to your face and let dry.  Then with warm water you wash it away.  Afterwards I noticed that my face felt softer and reduced the size of pores.  My skin felt tighter and looked radiant.  This is a product I would use again and again. With continued they will help fight the sign of ageing and make my skin look younger and brighter! If you would like to try them you can go HERE to purchase them.

 

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Apr 102018
 

Organic Nearly Naked popcorn by Popcornopolis is now available at Costco stores all across the country, and sells for $5.39 a bag. That is a great deal considering how big the bag is. They have even a better deal  from April 19 to May 13, you’ll be able to pick up the same bag for only $3.49. Next time you are at Costco you will have to pick some up.

Last weekend it was rainy and windy here in Portland so Rex and I decided to stay home and binge watch some of our favorite shows. Organic Nearly Naked Popcorn saved the day, we were able to have a good for you snack with out feeling guilty.  Organic Nearly Naked Popcorn is delicious and a great gluten-free snack with only 38 calories per cup.  It is also non-GMO and USDA certified. The popcorn is delicious and has just the right amount of salt on it. It reminded me of the popcorn my mom would make on the stove when I was little.  It was always such a treat.

Popcornopolis was founded by Wally and Kathy Arnold. In 2003, the Arnolds opened their first Popcornopolis retail store at Universal City Walk in Los Angeles, California. As brand loyalty and product offerings grew, new Popcornopolis stores opened in California, the Midwest, and New England. Today, the family-owned company’s iconic cone-shaped popcorn packages can be found in grocery and club stores, professional sports stadiums, movie theatres and at www.popcornopolis.com . Committed to giving back to the community, Popcornopolis has raised more than $15 million for non-profit groups by partnering with organizations that support youth and education across America. It is great that they give back to the community.

Don’t forget to pick up a bag or two of Organic Nearly Naked Popcorn by Popcornopolis the next time you are at Costco so you are all set for your next night of binge watching or just hanging out with family. You can follow Popcornopolis social media below.

Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/popcornopolis/

Instagram @popcornopolis

Twitter @popcornopolis

Mar 122018
 

Getting an invite to an event is always exciting. Be it a wedding, or a party, we all love an excuse to dress up. But, if your first thought is to hit the shops and buy a new frock, you might need to step back and consider your actions. We get it. Nothing beats the feeling of hitting each event with a new outfit. How better to boost your confidence and stand out on the night?

But, new dresses are rarely cheap. So much so that only getting one wear out of each option is criminal. Yet, this is a habit that a shocking amount of us get into. The trouble is, this thinking leads to undue stress and wasted money. To overcome the problem, ask yourself why you feel the need to act this way. To help you along, let’s look at some of the answers which may crop up.

You can’t get your old dress clean

If you’re going to spill something, you can be sure you’ll do it while wearing a beautiful dress. Worse, these dresses are rarely easy to clean. It’s certainly never a case of sticking them in the washing machine. As a result, many of us leave those dresses in the closet, swearing we’ll clean them one day. In the meantime, we buy more new pieces, some of which are sure to end on the dirty pile as well. In truth, though, cleaning like this isn’t as complicated as you think. All you need to do is search for ‘great dry cleaning services near me’, and see what you find. Once you locate a cleaning company which serves you well, dirty dresses need never be an issue again.

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People have seen you wearing that dress already

A lot of this behavior comes down to pressure. It’s common to worry other people have already seen a dress. You might feel you have no choice but to get something new each time. In truth, though, this isn’t realistic. Okay, you might want to hold off wearing the same dress to two events in a row. But, can you remember what your friends wore at the last few parties you went to? It’s unlikely, and they would probably say the same about you. The chances are that no one would bat an eyelid if you wore the same dress countless times.

You want to feel good

Let’s not forget that, a lot of the time, we buy new outfits because we want to feel good. If you’ve put on a little weight or aren’t feeling confident, your existing wardrobe can leave you lacking. So, you hit the shops in the hope you’ll find something which makes you feel good again. In truth, though, covering feelings like these with new clothes is no way to go. That new piece certainly won’t make you feel confident for long. Instead, you should address these issues. Practice self-love, or focus on losing weight naturally. These are affordable goals with lasting power.

Mar 082018
 

Everything you eat has the potential to impact your body positively or negatively. By working with a virtual nutritionist, you can learn how to eat in a healthy way. There are various ways that a nutritionist can assist you. The questions you have about your nutrition can finally be answered.

Overcome Health Problems
If you have been experiencing health problems, such as chronic fatigue, gastrointestinal issues, or even managing your blood sugar, a nutritionist can work with you. It’s possible to learn more about the foods that will provide you with the necessary nutrients. You may find that it’s easier to overcome various problems simply by making different choices about what you eat.

Lose Weight
Losing weight is not always easy, especially for certain individuals. Depending on your metabolism and your level of activity, what works for one person may not work for you. Nutrition counseling can help you to answer some of the more fundamental health questions so that you can lose weight more effectively. If you feel like you have tried everything, it might be time to talk to a professional.

Deal with Food Sensitivities
Now more than ever, people of all ages seem to be dealing with food sensitivities. This doesn’t necessarily mean a food allergy. However, there may be foods that you are simply sensitive to. This can include dairy products, gluten, and other foods. If you have a sensitivity to them, you can learn about various substitutions as well as supplements that will help you to eat healthier and avoid the foods that are bothering you.

Perhaps the biggest benefit of working with a nutritionist virtually is that you can seek the help of a professional who will focus on your needs. You won’t have to depend on websites and the advice will be customized for you.

Mar 082018
 

If you run your own hair salon, then you know how important it is to keep your salon stocked with hair care products. Here are five brands you should use in your salon.

1. 4 Naturals

Every customer is different, and this brand offers products for all hair types. The products contain healthy ingredients such as nutrients, vitamins and organic moisturizers. Stock up on shampoo, conditioner and daily treatment products for your salon.

2. Ampro

You cannot run a salon without stocking up on different styling products. Styling products keep the hair in place throughout the day, and some products protect their scalp and hair during the relaxing process. The styling products include pre-creme, pressing oil and styling gel.

3. Crown Quality Products

Brushes are essential to running a beauty salon, and you can find a variety of brushes with this brand. The brushes come with soft and medium bristles to fit each hair type. You can purchase a compact or full-size brush to fit your needs. The brand also offers a wooden master comb that is designed for combing through beards.

4. Krest Product

What is a salon without styling combs? It is best to add a variety of combs to your inventory, such as space teeth, medium-coarse teeth and all-purpose combs. The styles also include rat tail, steel pin and rake handles. It is easier to find the right comb for a specific hair style when you stock up on different products.

5. Sta-Rite

You are going to be creating a variety of hairstyles in your salon, so it is important to stock up on products designed for sectioning, holding and styling hair. Bobby pins, rubber bands and rollers may seem like simple products, but they go a long way when creating a specific style. This brand also offers hair and sleep nets to make managing a style easier for your customers.

The key to running a successful salon is stocking up on products that meet the needs of each customer. When you offer professional service with quality products, your casual visitors are sure to turn into loyal customers of your salon.

Mar 082018
 

Successful people tend to share similar traits. If you want to improve yourself, bolster your career or even prepare yourself to start a business, then here are the most useful traits and habits that you should develop.

Know yourself

If you don’t understand yourself then how do you plan to improve yourself? Learn what motivates you, what makes you procrastinate and what helps you work harder.

Strong body, strong mind

It’s important to keep your body strong if you plan to keep your mind strong. Don’t neglect your health and body and use a daily workout regime to keep yourself focused.

Have no fear

Fear prevents you from reaching the success you deserve. Whether it’s a fear of the unknown or a fear of losing your investment, you need to fight back those problems that are holding you back from growing yourself.

Remove your pride

Good business leaders all know that they’re not the best in their fields and that their position can be compromised at any time. Complacency and pride have no place among successful people so get rid of it.

Always be willing to learn

It doesn’t matter how smart or knowledgeable you think you are–it’s important to learn. Study from books, attend online courses and listen to life quotes from others to bolster your knowledge.


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Feb 272018
 

Everyone has a vision of who they want to be in their head. You may want to be engaged in purposeful work, active, free from chronic illness or pain, fit, or surrounded by loving and supportive people. But achieving these goals is easier said than done even when you feel like you’ve tried everything.

There are thousands of Americans who are looking to achieve the same goals. They buy self-improvement books and products to try to achieve their personal goals. But no matter how much money you spend trying to improve yourself, you won’t get anywhere if you don’t stick to good habits.

Don’t waste your time looking for the right book or product for you. You want to create a plan that will stick and work. Here are seven tips to achieve your personal goals and create good habits.

1. Start with Cognitive Goals

Mental health is just as important as physical health. If you’re seeking to get physically fit but are in a bad place mentally, you’re not going to get anywhere. If you have a job that mentally exhausts you, a mental illness that is holding you back, or anything else, then you want to address those mental blocks first.

If you don’t feel as though you are ready to work on physical goals, then focus on your cognitive goals. Focus on the benefits you can gain from making a change and ways that you can work on working towards those goals.

2. Shift Your Goals to Long-Term

Things like fad diets that last a month or even a week are created for fast results. They’re a start to living a healthier life, but these types of fitness crazes are also not feasible for the long-term. You can’t juice for every meal for the rest of your life. It’s not healthy. Plus, fad diets only show results for maybe a few weeks and then you revert back to your old ways.

Instead of focusing on the popular diet of the month, shift your focus to creating a sustainable change. If you are slowly working on a home renovation project, instead of haphazardly starting and partially completing one project because of the costs, consider applying for an online personal loan to give you the budget you need to accomplish your goals in the long term.  If you own a start-up online business, look at the cost of your web hosting service and find out if there is a better web host for your money. If you’re trying to save up to eventually get Lasik corrective eye surgery someday, then start a specific bank account just for that explicit purpose.

All this is to say that when you shift your goals to the long term, you’ll also be able to better understand your budget and how you need to plan for the costs of your goals. When you know your budget, you’ll be able to strategize how to create good habit (like saving money) to get to those goals.

3.  Small Steps Are Big Victories

Slow and steady wins the race is more than just a clever phrasing. It’s the small steps that you make that really push you towards your goals. When you see children playing on playground equipment when they are first starting to walk, every little step is a victory. Who knows, maybe someday one of those children will be an Olympic athlete someday.

You should look at your own small steps in the same manner. Ease yourself into habits that you’re trying to work into your routine. If you’re looking to run a mile in under a certain amount of time, start with walking a mile a few times a week. Work your way up from there. If you’re looking to reduce anxiety, try meditation for a few minutes a week. These may sound obvious or easy, but that’s the whole point. Easing yourself into these things makes the whole journey feel like less of a struggle.

4. Every Action Matters

Each thing you do to feel healthier is meaningful, but there are extra actions you can do to help you along the way. There are simple things like parking farther away from the grocery store so that you walk.

You can also ensure that you’re setting goals and meeting those goals. If you tell yourself that you’re going to the gym for a certain number of hours each week, take steps to join a gym. Increase the amount of time you stay there each week. While it seems like a small action, it will get you closer to your goal.

5. Don’t Rely on Motivation

Motivation is a fickle thing. While it drives us to want to form healthy habits, it can be gone within the week. It’s something that you can’t always depend on because of this reason. To ensure that you don’t slack on your goals, have another method in place, so it’s not just your motivation driving you.

Come up with ways to help you cope when your motivation is gone. Create backup plans, ask for support from your social circle, or post reminders to annoy yourself into getting things done. Motivation will return, and you don’t want to feel like you’re starting from the beginning when it does.

6. Be Accountable

When you feel accountable to someone, you will usually work harder. Go to the gym with a buddy or having a mentor regularly check on your progress with a project. These will give you the necessary push to get your goals done.

However, you might not always have someone to rely on to keep you in check. That’s why it’s important that you set up a system where you are keeping track of your own progress. Analyze what helps you to succeed and what gets you off track.

When you’re doing well, reward yourself. As time goes on, you’ll fall into a routine that is habitual, and you’ll be able to reach your goals more quickly.

7. Have Fun

Reaching your goals shouldn’t feel like exhausting work. Remember to enjoy the process and reward yourself as you progress. Whether it’s playing online casino games for a chance to win, splurging on a new camping tent for the summer, or giving yourself the gift of sleep with a new mattress, let yourself do something enjoyable as you work toward your goals. Feel proud of what you have already accomplished. If what you’re doing isn’t bringing you joy, adjust your plan until it does.

 

Feb 272018
 

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For any family that likes to move around, one of the major things you want is variety. One of the big reasons for travelling at all is to enjoy some variety, and this means being able to explore vastly different worlds and different kinds of experience in a short space of time. It’s likely that you and your family are looking for the next favorite all-round destination, and the truth is there are probably a lot of contenders for this position. In this post, we are going to be making the argument for Albuquerque, one of the US’ real hidden gems. In all likelihood, you know of the place, but not many of the details. Let’s fix that now – and see whether it isn’t going to be your next favorite family jaunt.

Educational

Travelling with teens can mean that you want the experience to be rewarding in more ways than one. As well as being fun, you want them to gain something from the travels in an educational sense. Of course, this can be hard to actually make happen if you are moving around all the time, but one of the best ways to do so is to make sure that you visit places with a lot to teach. Albuquerque is absolutely such a place. It is richly steeped in history, with plenty to offer in terms of educational content. Go to any of its amazing museums and you will find yourself endlessly fascinated by what you will learn, and your teens are bound to get something out of it too.

Hospitable

Whenever you’re travelling with your family in tow, you want to be sure that you can keep them all safe and protected, and enable them to enjoy wherever you stay as much as possible. Fortunately, places like Albuquerque offer you the ability to do just that, thanks in large part to its fantastic offering of luxury accommodation like the Albuquerque Marriott. Knowing that your next destination is a hospitable one, and one which your children can therefore be comfortable and safe in, will mean that you can relax and just enjoy the experience for what it is. It is one less thing to worry about – and when you are travelling extensively, this is especially important on your list of concerns.

Beautiful

What’s the point in travelling if you don’t get to see some beautiful sights once in a while? If you are looking for somewhere that you and the kids can really take in some beautiful landscapes, then you could do much worse than visiting Albuquerque, a location known for its wide range of views on offer. From the mountainous to the calm streams and fields, you will be able to get out in nature and just enjoy what it has to offer you. This keeps the family calm and happy, and makes the process of travelling much easier to deal with on the whole. Just remember to move on to your next destination at some point!

Feb 262018
 

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Sometimes we all get in a bit of a slump in life, and that there are so few things to look forward to. And when it gets to the point that it’s your partner’s birthday and that is the most exciting time of the year, this is when you need to start thinking precisely what to do to shake your life up. We all get bored, and if you are reading this suffering from a bit of modern malaise, let’s get you up and out of this!
Play More
We get so serious as we age, but what would the eight-year-old version of you say? Sometimes we get bored with life because we just don’t have fun anymore. So go, have fun, enjoy something for once! And while it may look a bit untowards to climb in a kiddies ball pool, do something different that’s more in keeping with the social constraints of life. They are adventure holiday packages that travel firms like G Adventures provide where you can go explore mountainous regions of foreign countries and truly get to grips with what nature has in store. Doing something new and exciting is going to feed into your sense of play and fun.
What Have You Always Wanted To Do?
As adults, we build up our regrets like dust accumulates on our window sills. What have you really wanted to do in life that you never had the opportunity to do? Some people want to go see the sunrise in Shanghai, others just want to go skydiving, and others just want to go pole dancing! If you are that bored with life, there’s so much outside your dust-accumulated window that you can do, so there’s no excuse to be bored, ever!
Learn Something New
An instrument, a language, a skill… If you find yourself talking about the same old things with your friends when you go out, it’s time to make conversation a bit more interesting, but make life more interesting for you. New skills appear to be merely a resume-bolstering exercise these days, but do something for you. You get added bonus points that learning new things is the way to keep your brain young.
Laugh!
We get older, we get more serious, we display concerns about the electricity bill and the state of the world. It could be argued there’s a lot less to laugh about these days, and many would be inclined to agree with you. Instead, take the Doctor Hibbert approach and find reasons to laugh. Whether it’s something funny on Netflix, get on youtube, or even go to one of the many stand up comedy clubs near you. Laughing is good for you, it releases feel-good hormones, and if you haven’t laughed properly for a while, you will feel instantly better for it!
You’re not alone, we all feel that creeping sense of boredom in life. But it’s you that needs to do something about it, so go on an adventure, have a laugh, do what you know inherently makes you happy. Because that’s why you’re bored, it’s because you’re not happy!