A season of refreshing, a season of you! Begin gift giving with you! Who said that you always have to put others first? Even airlines say to put your oxygen mask on first, and then help others. Why? Because if you are not well then you can’t help anyone else. That makes perfect sense. Now, that is not to say that there are not times when you can or should place others’ needs before your own, but that’s not how it needs to be all the time. If you’re like me, you enjoy doing things for others, especially giving gifts. Gifting comes in many forms. I like to lend an ear if needed. Hosting a gathering is a particular favorite of mine. It’s a joy for me when I take a group of friends out to a restaurant for a girl’s day. Buying gifts for others and putting together gift bags for them to take as reminders of our time together also brings my heart true happiness.
A Season of Refreshing, a Season of You!
However, I believe in gift giving at any time. I don’t wait until it’s commercialized at specific times of year, and when it can come off as obligatory. That can culminate in gifts losing the true meaning of showing sincere love and gratitude for others. Along with that, however, don’t forget the most important person…you! There are 365 days in a year and any one of those days can be used to give gifts to others as well as to enjoy a season of refreshing, a season of you. Take a weekend trip to get away (and if you haven’t tried traveling solo…that’s a gift in and of itself!). Buy yourself anew outfitor try a great new skincare line. Redecorate a favorite space to give your home a new vibe. How about a simple gift of time to yourself; take a day to listen to some of your favorite old-school songs and sing out loud and dance around. Whatever you do, do something for yourself. A season of refreshing, a season of you begins with remembering that you deserve kindness too. Kindness doesn’t have to come from others, in fact, it should come from yourself first and foremost.
So, while you are stressing out over what to gift others. First remember, a season of refreshing, a season of you, begins with YOU! Put your “oxygen” mask on first, and then you’ll be in a better position to help others.
Ahhh summer. Depending on where you live, decisions on how to spend your summertime, indoors or outdoors, can be challenging. If you live in Arizona, the place I am calling home for now, then summer is really only an extension of every other season. The only difference between winter and summer here is 20-30 degrees more in scalding hotness! LOL! Arizona is beautiful, but I am not a fan of the heat. Furthermore, the kind of heat here tends to make some a little less active and enjoy being indoors more. If you too seek shelter from the heat indoors, sometimes having more to do than just watch TV can be challenging. For me, I have plenty to do this summer as I am taking my pre-req classes as I work toward becoming an Ultrasound Technician. I have some fun suggestions for those of you who will also be spending a little more time indoors to hide away from the heat. Deciding your summertime, indoors or outdoors, doesn’t need to be exhausting.
Summer Indoors or Outdoors
First, keep the little ones engaged with some age-appropriate entertainment. Take this time for them to have some fun and exciting entertainment that is mixed with learning. When I and my siblings were just kids, our mom would make up school work for us to do and we loved it. Nothing like getting a good grade from your mother, right? She didn’t have endless access to top kid’s content like parents today, but she made it fun for us. And for the adults, how about learning a new language? It is never too late to expand your horizons and exercise your brain. Have you always wanted to learn the language of amore, French? This would surely put your summertime hours to great use and impress your family and friends. It could even lead to a new and exciting job because you’ll be bilingual!
If a little heat (or a lot of heat) doesn’t scare you away from outdoors, it can sometimes be tough to think of new things to do. How about going to some concerts to rock out to your favorite pop, R&B or country stars? Or maybe some fishing to just be surrounded by nature and the peaceful sounds of babbling brooks?
Whatever you do this season, spending your summertime, indoors out outdoors, put some care and fun into it. Do take precautions like being sure to have appropriate amounts of fluids, snacks, sunblock’s and bug sprays. If you’re going on a road trip, have plenty of upbeat music for the journey. Most importantly, take in your surroundings and just live in the moment. Ask the kids what they see when they look at the clouds or how they think mountains came to be. Enjoy your summertime, indoors or outdoors, and come back and visit me for future blogs on great ways to fill your time!
It’s springtime, springtime, springtime! Now, I know it’s still snowing in some parts of the country and sorrier I could not be. But most states are coming into their time of sunshine (sans the snow) and the blooms of spring.
When the sun starts to shine more and days get longer, many get a rush of energy. As a result, the age-old tradition of spring cleaning begins. Seems like the grayness and gloom of winter saps our energy and so that “from top to bottom” cleaning tends to be put off. So, even though we may not necessarily look forward to it, come spring, it has to be done.
I’ve put together some tips on how to get that deep spring-cleaning started and done. First of all, sure, you can just hire a house cleaning service. Nothing wrong with that, especially if you’ve skipped the last couple of years of spring cleaning. Consequently, sites like angieslist.com help you to find local and reputable company’s for things just like this. So, if time is of importance or you just don’t feel up to the cleaning challenge, hire away and just sit back and relax.
If you prefer to tackle the spring cleaning challenge like a pro but on your own, then here are a few things you may not have considered:
Your dishwasher cleans your dishes, yes, but it needs to be cleaned as well! Remove any food particles from the bottom and then run it sans dishes with a good dish washing cleanser and a little splash of bleach. Actually, Clorox has a dish washing liquid that now includes bleach. I use it and it is awesome!
You may have build-up on your wooden cabinets from food splatter or just dust and dirt that settle and stick. Get a good cream cleanser that cuts through grease and dirt and moisturizes your wood at the same time. Try Parker & Bailey Kitchen Cabinet Cream, amazon.com, only about $7 per bottle.
Ugggh, fingerprints and oil on stainless steel appliances! Not only is it unsightly but they are not always the easiest to remove. To get that “brand new” look try a great product like Homax Stainless Steel Magic Aerosol, amazon.com, about $5 per bottle. Don’t use too much though because it might leave residue. You want sparkle, not dull.
Probably the most dreaded of the cleaning is the bathrooms. And it’s not so much the bathroom…it’s the bathtub and shower walls am I right? Well don’t wait one more second to make this easier for yourself all year round. In fact, you’ll look forward to cleaning when you consider you have THE HURRICANE. This spinning tub and shower wall scrubber will get rid of those spots that stick in just a few seconds!
There are PLENTY of cleaning tips to get around, these are just a few. Hope it gets you off to a good start. Happy spring and happy spring cleaning!
It’s the season…SPRING BREAK…woo hoo! I don’t know why I said “woo hoo,” I’m not going, lol! Time for students, mostly seniors, to exercise their independence and NOT think about school. It’s a time to get to know yourself a little bit better. Even a time to develop maturity (somewhat) as you prepare for adulthood. Spring break is tradition and is probably what seniors look forward to even more than graduation. When in High School, the main spring break stomping grounds were Florida and Mexico. I believe that those are still the main favorite places to go.
I would love to say, “been there, done that” but I didn’t get to go on spring break, couldn’t afford it. Way too expensive. Wish there were prices back then like there are now with AMAZING companies like THIS ONE! They will beat anyone’s prices and break the spring break high-priced travel. Maybe if I could have gotten a hotel room on Miami Beach for only $99 a night I would have gone.
BREAK Spring Break High-Priced Travel
Yes, it’s that time of year where many travel sites and companies will SAY they have great deal’s, but they really don’t. The trick is to raise travel & lodging prices RIGHT BEFORE spring break season. Then when travel companies come back down to their average pricing, it looks like you’re getting a great deal. Don’t fall for that old advertising trick. Break the spring break high-priced travel by booking with a reputable company that ALWAYS has the lowest prices. See some of their jaw-dropping packages here.
Research showing this alt aid may help cancer, seizures, heart disease & more. Recent decades confirm this oil could be effective in several health problems. This oil may do so without the unhealthy side effects.
It is just in the most recent decade that many investigations confirm that CBD oil may work. It may work for an extensive variety of ailments including schizophrenia and anxiety. Research also showing this alt aid may help cancer, seizures, heart disease & more.
Numerous exams in most recent decades give proof that the CBD compound is helpful. It is showing effective in the treatment of extreme epilepsy. It may also have a part to play in treating a variety of different afflictions as well. Worth mentioning again, this alt aid may help cancer, seizures, heart disease & more.
Alt Aid May Help Cancer, Seizures, Heart Disease & More
Most patients want to evade the psychoactive impacts of THC. As a result, many are turning to CBD oilextract from hemp plants. These plants don’t contain enough THC to be of enthusiasm for the recreational market. And as a fact, the plants do contain the CBD cannabinoid. And this alt aid may help cancer, seizures, heart disease & more.
The press contributes to the tarring of CBD by joining it with the same brush as THC. It is refreshing to see the Washington Post setting the record straight.
So Many Beneficial Uses!
“This is a really powerful compound,” says Mikhail Kogan. He is the medical director of the George Washington University Center for Integrative Medicine. “I see it work for a lot of my patients.” He prescribes high-CBD strains of cannabis regularly. He does so for such illnesses as epilepsy and post-traumatic stress disorder. He also prescribes it for anxiety, autoimmune disorders, autism and insomnia.
To read this article, see reference to “The Washington Post” below.
Do You “GlamGlow?” Sports Illustrated’s 2018Swimsuit cover model Danielle Herrington does! This Supermodel reveals her beauty splurge and guess what…WE CAN GET IT TOO! In fact, if you just want to get it on its way to your front door…get your “Glow” on by going HERE:
Yahoo Lifestyle has quoted the model as having said that she has a very “low-key beauty routine…my only splurge is the GlamGlow mask, which I use a lot.” (1)
Different skin care experts give different opinions on what can give us a glowing complexion. Here are the 7 most commonly used “secrets” to that glow no matter the skin type:
Fresh greens such as arugula, kale and collards oxygenate the body and skin unlike any topical you can apply. Protein provides skin cells with the building blocks they require to turn over effectively and maintain hydration.
We all know that a lack of sleep can have a terrible affect on the skin, especially our face. Dark under eye circles can be easy to get from lack of sleep but hard to get rid of. However, once asleep, the skin does its most crucial repair work including production of collagen and elastin, the skin’s connective tissue responsible for firmness, tone and elasticity.
Do Not Pick (as in pick at pimples that is):
The temptation to pick at pimples or pop them can, and usually does, lead to scarring. Picking at your skin can also magnify redness, and the spread of bacteria (which can create secondary infections). So, as hard as it may be to resist, PLEASE DO. Do NOT pick at your skin…especially on your face!
Sounds simplistic huh? But you want to clean your face like you really care about it. And you are reading this post because you DO really care. Your skin takes care of you so return the favor. Baby it. I like the illustration that Ms. Jennifer Kramer, founder of Corrective Skincare, used: “Imagine washing a pan full of grease. If you don’t take your time and wash it thoroughly, the grease and oil will still be left in the spots you didn’t pay attention to.” Another helpful tip would be to spritz a hydrating mist on your skin after washing. There are awesome facial cleansers HERE at bargain prices. Wouldn’t you like to have beautiful skin like Danielle Herrington? This Supermodel reveals her beauty splurge and it is deeply discounted if you GO HERE:
Give Special Attention to Your Eyes:
Fine lines start at the eye, but can go all the way to your hairline. So, apply eye cream from the bottom corner of the inner eye all the way out to the cheekbone and hair line. Don’t forget up and around the lid.
There are a few advantages of “icing.” When you put ice on a breakout, it reduces redness and inflammation. Ice can also be used as an exfoliant. Just remember, please, that you have to keep ice moving. Don’t hold it in one spot, it can burn like heat can. Throw a little aloe vera in the water before freezing it.
You can always get a “faux” glowing complexion if you need super quick illumination. Get a good oil for the face. You will get immediate nourishment along with a non-greasy, non-oily glow. Use it alone or mix it with your tinted moisturizer and you will have instant glow!
Thanks Danielle Herrington! The Supermodel reveals her skin care splurge that enhances her beauty. And we can do the same. Model or not, be your best you in your best skin and get your “GlamGlow” on HERE!
Is there a tiny house movement? Appears so. The tiny house trend has moved from just that, a trend, into a movement. A tiny house equals a simpler life especially when you consider that so much of our lives goes into our physical house. So a tiny house puts money back in your pocket. You can put more than 50% of your paycheck back in your pocket.
The tiny house is a social movement where people are choosing to downsize the personal homes in which they live. The average home in this country is around 2,600 square feet. Research shows that the average tiny house is anywhere between 100 and 400 square feet. The typical average cost of a single-family home is about $290,000 (see chart). Paying that amount over 30-years with cost of living, home repairs and interest can reach over a million dollars! Come on, tell me you wouldn’t rather have 50% of your paycheck back in your pocket. That can be achieved because a tiny house puts money back in your pocket!
Despite misconceptions, tiny houses come in all shapes, sizes, and forms. The tiny house equals simple life and lend themselves to its owner living simpler in a smaller more efficient space.
There are many reason that people choose to downsize and join the tiny house movement. Many agree that a tiny house equals simple life. And some of the other reasons are:
The desire for more time and freedom
Tiny House Puts Money Back in Your Pocket
Most Americans spend up to ½ of their hard-earned income on their houses. That equals working 15 years just to pay for it! If that’s not worrisome enough for you to consider downsizing, how about the fact that 76% of us is living paycheck to paycheck. Research shows that a whopping 78% of tiny house people own their home! Go from paying over $2000/month for rent or mortgage to nothing. A tiny house puts money back in your pocket!
The increasing movement of tiny houses being utilized is growing more and more. It has gained the attention of the international audience. The media has given a lot of attention to the movement as well. Media outlets such as CNN, AP, Guardian, Huffington Post, NBC, Oprah, PBS and more, has aided people in learning this alternate way to live.
If you are seriously considering becoming the owner of a tiny house, try not to let fear set in. We live a world that tells us “bigger is better,” and “more is better.” We grow up conditioned to then want bigger and more. It can be very difficult to overcome what is viewed as “normal.” Tiny houses fly right in the face of what society has taught us we should hold dear and have pride in. When faced with the prospect of bucking the system, it can be a little nerve-racking. Initiating a radical lifestyle change, and spending a good chunk of money to do it, can also bring up some fears. But only you know what’s right for you and/or your family. A tiny house puts money back in your pocket. Anyone will agree that putting 50% (or more) of your money back in your pocket would serve anyone well.
Pull the trigger on downsizing your debt and life. Decide to upgrade and enjoy your life due to the freedom of owning a tiny home. And there will be no need to overspend on home décor. Save money on everything you will need to make your new tiny house a warm and inviting home. HOME DÉCOR & MORE HERE
That’s a line from a new commercial on television. I do not agree with that AT ALL! So much so that I feel the need to write about it! Again, the line is, “when you look good, you feel good.” Does anyone else other than me disagree with that? Doesn’t it make more sense that when you FIRST feel good, THEN you look good? I’m sure that I am over-thinking this but I think that our little girls get enough self-esteem killers today. I’m not going to get all political on you, I just want to know what you think.
I know for me, if I don’t feel good, I certainly don’t have any extra energy to make myself look like I’m on the red carpet. I’m good if I can muster up halfway decent. My decent is a pony (a ponytail), my stretch slim-fit exercise pants in black and a sweater, if I just have to venture outdoors. If I “look good” it’s because I may be having a low-pain day. I suffer from a herniated disc in my lower back as well as RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) also know as CRPS II. And before my fellow female peers want to burn torches outside my house. I’m not saying that we only look good if we have eyelashes flapping past our eyebrows. Pouty bee-stung lips. Or a bang hanging over 1 eye. I mean looking good as in a happy disposition. Maybe glowing skin (and not from throwing up all day), and shoulders not hunched over in an “I give up,” position.
“When You Look Good, You Feel Good”
PHOOEY on that! I just don’t think that that’s true. I have had rare moments where I wasn’t feeling good and managed to not look like I went 12 rounds. Putting on some MAC Lip Glass and making sure my edges were perfectly matted down, did make my countenance perk up. Stood up a little straighter, ok. Maybe un-furrowed by brows but LOOKING a tiny bit better did NOT make me feel better.
I’m not saying that when I am having bad days that I look like death warmed over, but I certainly do not look good.
I am sticking to my guns here, lol. If we FEEL good, be it physical, emotional or mental, then our outer appearance reflects that. Placing looking good before feeling good to me is not the right message. But this is just my opinion. No one has to agree with me. I certainly am always open to hearing other people’s thoughts even about MY opinions. So, if you do believe that when you look good, you feel good, ok. Just give me your secret to that.
If you’re having a day you’re not feeling your best (and again, I don’t just mean physically), try:
A warm bath with a few drops of essential oils to relax and calm the senses
Having a glass of wine (a moderate amount of wine and that bath will go nicely together)
Seriously…how long are you going to live like this?
Hello to all my Michigan family and friends! Actually, hello to all of my fellow mid-westerners!
Now, come on people…it is about to climb in the 80’s over here in Arizona in JANUARY NO LESS! That is unseasonably hot even for “death-a-zona” as I’ve so dubbed it! So, an Arizona winter is a mid-west summer!
Oh how I remember those blistering cold Michigan winters! I recall being a kid of 10 building “igloos” or snow-forts in 20 below. I also remember believing that sitting inside of our “igloo” was actually somehow warmer than being “outside.” IDIOT! But, the innocence of youth right? I also remember wearing 2, sometimes 3 pairs of gloves and my fingers were STILL just this side of purple. One of my funniest memories was putting my fresh out of the boot feet up the shirts of my 3 younger siblings! I am cracking up right now! The way they’d arch their backs in a frozen stance and yell out in protest, “STOP T!” would have me crying laughing. Ahhh, good times. Thanks Poo, Bay and May-May for always letting me thaw my blocks of ice on your flesh. Love you!
Anyway, I hope that the millions of you that are snowed-in right now are paying attention. There is a viable solution…become a “snow-bird.” That means that as soon as it drops into the 50’s over there, you haul it this way! You lock up that house and high-tail it on over here to the desert for a few months. Wouldn’t you agree that with it about to be 81 degrees in January, that an Arizona winter is a mid-west summer?
A lot of people are under the false impression that there is not a lot to do here. WRONG! There IS beauty in the desert (and I ain’t talkin’ bout a hand-sized Tirantula either, that is NOT beauty). And yes, I said “ain’t,” deal with it, lol!
Here is some breath-taking beauty that will certainly motivate you who do agree that an Arizona winter is a mid-west summer. Take a gander at what you could be doing if you had gotten out before the mountain terrain of snow took you hostage:
The Antelope Canyon:
There are very few geological structures as striking as Antelope Canyon. It is a slot canyon located east of Page in Northern, AZ. Antelope Canyon has towering walls that wind up to 120 feet above the streambed. It is truly a majestic sandstone sculpture that is to be beheld. It is the development of what is reported to be millions of years of water erosion. With its red-hued, swirling sandstone, it invokes reverence and awe.
Visit the official website at: http://antelopecanyon.az/ for tips on how best to photograph this magnificent work of nature. Other great information to help book your travel located here as well.
Grand Canyon Skywalk:
If you’re not afraid of heights, this tour might be for you. I personally got dizzy just looking at the pictures, so I’ll see you back on the ground (not that anyone invited me anyway).
Horseshoe-shaped bridge made of glass allowing visitors to walk 4,000 ft above the canyon floor.
The Skywalk is east of Meadview and north of Peach Springs with Kingman being the closest city of some size.
Well shut my mouth and call me Flo! I had no idea that water actually existed in this state THAT IS THE SUN! Well who knew that such a gorgeous waterfall could flow here? Well, probably many of you knew but I didn’t. I always picture water immediately evaporating as soon as it hits ground in this state. Sorry for my narrow mind, it’s just that this was a desert for a reason. And it should have stayed a barren desert for the snakes and the scorpions.
But anyway, take a look at the breath-taking beauty of the Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon. Now if this isn’t worth becoming a snow-bird, I don’t know what it is. Do you agree yet that an Arizona winter is a mid-west summer?
Havasu Falls is a waterfall of Havasu Creek, located in the Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States. It is within Havasupai tribal lands. – Wikipedia
Desert Botanical Garden:
The Desert Botanical Garden offers the world’s most exceptional compilation of arid plants. They are brought in from deserts around the world and are situated in a setting outdoors. The Garden has more than 50,000 desert plants on display throughout five thematic trails. The themes illustrate topics such as conservation, desert living, plants and people of the Sonoran Desert, and desert wildflowers.
The Desert Botanical Garden is a 140 acres botanical garden located in Papago Park, at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway in Phoenix, central Arizona. – Wikipedia
Visit their official website to plan your trip: https://www.dbg.org/
So, my fellow mid-westerner’s, what else do I need to say to convince you that an Arizona winter is a mid-west summer? How many more feet of snow must you endure before you break on through to the other side? (Isn’t that a song?)
I’m really not trying to rub it in that an Arizona winter is a mid-west summer but, hey, it is what it is. Just get over here. You’ll wonder why you waited so long.
I am going to pose the Capital One question to you. What’s in your wallet? If you have to pay the IRS, I guess I should ask “what’s left in your wallet?” Yeah, just a nod to all my fellow taxpayers out there. Are you one of few getting money back? Do you owe “the man”? If you’re getting a return, do you already have plans on what to do with it? If you owe, did you know that was coming or was it a bit of a surprise? (I’m sorry if the answer to the question “what’s left in your wallet?” is “nothing”). I believe that the answers to those questions reveal aspects of our personalities.
For instance, if you knew you were getting money back and have in place a plan on what to do with it, then you are probably:
A planner (obviously)
A fairly tidy/neat person
If you were surprised that you owed, then you may be:
These are just my own personal opinions, lol! They carry no weight whatsoever! I am just trying to make the heaviness of tax season a little lighter for my visitors. But WHAT ARE you going to do if you owe? Is it safe to say that you could use some extra money? If asking you “what’s left in your wallet?” made you want to cry then you definitely want to read on.
What’s Left in Your Wallet?
“Could you use some extra money” might sound like a stupid question but I ask for a reason. Listen, whether we like it or not, whether we understand it fully or not, crypto-currency is here to stay. The Bitcoin may have ups or downs, but speculation is that it is only going to keep rising. Now, seeing as how you owe money to the big “G,” you probably do not have any extra money. So, investing in high-risk digital currency is probably nowhere on your list. Well, why not earn some of that Bitcoin money for free?
I am not joking AT ALL! If you mine for Bitcoin, then Bitcoin costs you nothing. I use a software on 2 of my computers (you can put it on up to 5 devices) that mines for Bitcoin for free. Yeah, the software is 100% free! It mines for Bitcoin 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. There are no upcharges, no solicitations to upgrade, no hidden fees…no nothing. Now, I’m an honest person so I’ll tell you that it mines slowly, but who cares, it’s free! I didn’t have to do anything but install the free software.
Your devices could be mining for Bitcoin in less than 3 minutes. Make back what you paid out in taxes…maybe even more over time. Why pass up the chance to not only make some free money but make it by getting in on Bitcoin? Skepticism? I get that, who isn’t skeptical when they see the word “free?” But you will see for yourself that there are no fees as you fill out the simple form and get ready to press “install.” Get yourself some Bitcoin and never again will a tear be shed when you ponder “what’s left in your wallet?”
Now, if you’re one of the fortunate few that is expecting a refund, CONGRATS! You can still get in on the Bitcoin by having your devices mining for you all day, every day. Even people with a lot of money want MORE MONEY! And I know that just because you’re getting money back doesn’t mean you want to blow it.
If you do have some things you want to get for yourself like a new wardrobe, save here. Maybe you want to breath new life into your home with some fresh new décor. You will not blow your refund with the amazing online offers here.
I hope that this tax season is a good one for all of you. But if you find yourself in a little bit ofdebt, it can be dissolved (and not with a BK either). Use a little known 1933 Federal Government law to get your debts/bills paid by the Department of Treasury.