Monday, March 2, 2015

Motivating Monday Link-Up And Delusions Of Grandeur


 Try as I might, I can never get to bed at a decent hour.  If I could only quit procrastinating, constantly putting low-priority tasks ahead of important ones, and getting last minute inspirations that absolutely can't wait until morning!  I take small consolation in the fact that:

 

 Perhaps I am a poet.  No, that I am not.  That was my grandmother's department.  A writer, perhaps?  Not any time soon.  A blog post is the extent of my attention to that kind of thing.  A Lover?  Well, not tonight.  I'm coming down with strep throat.  An artist?  Uhhh....I guess if you call my graphic artistry any kind of decent, then yeah.  Ah yes, a visionary.  I am definitely one for grandiose plans and dreams.  

Maybe someday all of my ill-planning will come to something yet! Maybe as long as I am just doing SOMETHING, I can conquer all!  Who knows?  I'll just keep trying!  In the meantime, I'm going to bed!  There is always tomorrow!



Today is Motivating Monday!  We all need a little motivation!  I, for one, love to explore other sites for motivating posts, tips, pictures and videos!  If I happen to find a great one, I'll link it up and share it with you!  It's like being featured!  Sometimes I miss some amazing posts.  So, in addition, if you'd like to link up yourself, you can do that too!  I'll visit your site, comment, promote and publicize! Don't be shy--I'm really very supportive!  Remember, any link to your posts helps your blog numbers increase!  Have a great week!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Art Of Smiling And What It Can Do For You

I love getting smiled at!  I don't care if I'm the one who smiled first or not, it just makes my day.  I'm more apt to remember the person who smiled and think positively about them later on!  Yet so many, myself included, are hesitant to put themselves out there with a smile!  What if the smile isn't returned?  Oh no!!!



I had a high-school friend who seemed to be everyone's friend.  Everyone just liked her!  Yes, she was very, very smart, a straight-A student.  And she had a great family.  She had a stay-at-home mom who was amazing and her dad was a California Congressman, who came home most weekends to be with the family. She didn't kill with sarcasm or funny one-liners.  She wasn't particularly gorgeous--other than her mega-watt smile that she wasn't stingy with.  She smiled almost non-stop.  And there was a sincerity about it.  I know that I was captivated by it! I tried to emulate her, because I saw that she had charisma and influence on others.  And I, among others, wanted to be around her all the time. 

More recently, I saw the true value of a genuine smile at work.  I work at an alternative high school.  A former student was a boy in our Special Education self-contained classroom.  He walked with an unsteady gait, couldn't speak very clearly, had some behavioral issues, lived in state custody, but oh, his smile!  He used it everywhere he went and people responded so kindly.  I daresay he was the most loved kid in the school because he gave away his smile freely, without price!  I'll never forget him.

These two experiences are interesting because they represent two totally different backgrounds.  One was relatively privileged and the other was what most would consider under-privileged.  But they both had considerable influence within their own circles.  Another thing is that this influence happened because of cumulative effect.  They didn't just smile once in awhile.  They smiled almost perpetually.  And both individuals had smiles that were sincere and unforced.
 
It pays to smile!  In more ways than one!  Consider these benefits when one smiles:

1) Lowers heart rate - People who smile and laugh often are less likely to develop heart disease! (Medical News Today)

2) Releases Endorphins - With more endorphins in our bodies, we are able to reduce stress, lessen pain and elevate our moods!  In other words, we become easier to live with!  

3) Smiling increases productivity while working.  It makes sense, because mood is elevated and stress is reduced.  We are more in the mood to be productive!

4) When we smile genuinely, people are more apt to trust us!  Relationships thrive on smiles!

5)  When you smile at someone, at least 50% of people will smile back and thus, it is contagious, spreading the benefits to those around us!

I think that there is an art to smiling.  I think that practice definitely makes perfect.  Experimentation is definitely time well spent!  People can tell if a smile is real or fake.  Real wins out every time.  I believe that the eyes also need to be involved in a truly sincere smile. I've seen people who smile with their lips only, but their eyes look dead.  I've also noticed, too, that when my teeth are whitest, my smile is returned by others more often. 

So go ahead, smile and make someone's day.  And don't worry if they don't smile back!  You're the one that's the winner anyway!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Motivating Monday! Life Happens And Build Your Blog Conference!

This week "life happened" as they say.  The Build Your Blog Conference was this past weekend and I had been looking forward to it, ever since I had been sponsored by Taste Of Home earlier this month.  It was such a treat because this was to be my first blog conference EVER!  
 

Then the day before, I got a call at work from the Sandy Fire Department, telling me that my husband had been in a biking accident and that he was waiting for me at Emergency.  He assured me after my questioning that everything was fine and he was just there for observation and check-up, standard procedure after one LOSES CONSCIOUSNESS!

When I arrived, he was awake, but he looked like a zombie.  His face was swollen and his eye was bloody and bruised.  He had all kinds of road rash and abrasions covering his body.  Apparently he hit a bump while he was braking and pulling into an Exxon Station.  He was thrown over his handlebars and landed on his face.  He broke his left orbitol bones and cheekbones, loosening them from the rest of his skull.  Surgery is this coming Thursday.  He gets titanium plates in his face.  

Luckily he got to come home with me but I wasn't sure if I would be able to attend the Blog Conference, because he was in need of major attention.  I'm afraid I wasn't as great of a nurse as I imagined myself to be in such a situation.  Since I knew his injuries weren't life threatening, I still decided to at least attend some of the conference.  I left him with his pain meds, some soups and ice cream for a few hours, and headed up to the blog conference.

I missed the opening and closing events both days but was able to attend the Taste Of Home Trends Event, which was amazing!  It went above and beyond food presentation and submitting recipes.  Something I learned that is pertinent to any blog is how a post is presented.  Too much text in a post can be intimidating and discourages readers.  On the other hand, too many pictures make a post too busy.  It's all about balance!  I did find out about the top recipe draws and that variation is the key!  

I also got to attend 3 of the 5 classes offered to us.  These classes were so informative and I learned a lot and received some inspiration about blogging that I hadn't had before.  I missed the gala event which, in addition to being a great mixer and a chance to dress up, was where we heard about the Blogger of the Year.  But even having missed some of the main events, I came away loving every minute of it.  I can't wait to go next year!

 In the meantime, hubs is steadily improving and I'm so thankful that his injuries weren't any worse.  We're gearing up for surgery this coming Thursday.  He should eventually realize a full recovery. 

Sometimes life happens at the most inopportune times!  The thing that I felt was all-important suddenly needed to take a backseat to what is really the most important, my husband.  I'm with Oprah who says that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.  I'm really full of thankfulness because I still have a husband, with a few more scars--badges of an active life, AND I got to attend some of a really great conference.  If I had been filled with fear that my husband wouldn't be OK without me for a few hours, I might not have made the choice to go to the conference at all.  And if I was so consumed about missing the conference, I might have been filled with resentment and fear of missing out.  

Have you utilized your own inevitable life's circumstances into something that can benefit you?
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Today is Motivating Monday!  We all need a little motivation!  I, for one, love to explore other sites for motivating posts, tips, pictures and videos!  If I happen to find yours, I'll link it up and let you know!  It's like being featured!  Sometimes I miss some amazing posts.  So, in addition, if you'd like to link up yourself, you can do that too!  I'll visit your site, comment, promote and publicize! Don't be shy--I'm really very supportive!  Remember, any link to your posts helps your blog numbers increase!  Have a great week!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

5 Natural Hair Products With Proven Effectiveness #Aveda

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I have been a fan of Aveda Products for years. It started out when Aveda decided that my town Provo, UT would be a great place to insert an Aveda Institute. We are so lucky! There are only approximately 30 of these in the entire U.S.
When you get a service at Aveda, the students use only Aveda products. I have used many of their hair and skin products and absolutely love them. They are as natural as you can get, they smell wonderful and they work! The instructors are great and I know I'll be getting a great service because they always keep track of what their students are doing. Plus there are a lot of really talented students, who are there because they want to make people happy! Below are a few Aveda products that I think are the bomb! First you want to wash your hair with a great shampoo. Because I have naturally dry and curly hair, I love the Dry Remedy products, as well as the Smooth Infusion products to tame my curly hair!

Aveda - Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo For Dry, Brittle Hair (Packaging) 250Ml/8.5Oz

Aveda - Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo For Drenches Dry, Brittle Hair ( Packaging) 250Ml/8.5Oz
This shampoo restores moisture to extremely dry hair. Use as directed.
Aveda - Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo For Drenches Dry, Brittle Hair ( Packaging) 250Ml/8.5Oz - $28.51, 5.48 shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace
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Aveda - Be Curly Curl Enhancing Hair Spray 200Ml/6.7Oz

Aveda - Be Curly Curl Enhancing Hair Spray 200Ml/6.7Oz
I love to embrace my curls when I'm styling my own hair and this spray is the way to do it!
Aveda - Be Curly Curl Enhancing Hair Spray 200Ml/6.7Oz - $29.99, Free shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace
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Aveda - Women's Aveda 'invati' Thickening Conditioner (33.8 oz.) ($128 Value)

Aveda - Women's Aveda 'invati' Thickening Conditioner (33.8 oz.) ($128 Value)
Want thicker-looking and thicker-acting hair?
Aveda - Women's Aveda 'invati' Thickening Conditioner (33.8 oz.) ($128 Value) - $91.00, Free shipping - Available at Fullfillment By Amazon
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Aveda - Full Spectrum Hair Color Deposite-only Color Treatment 6Natural dark blonde

Aveda - Full Spectrum Hair Color Deposite-only Color Treatment 6Natural dark blonde
Aveda hair color is the most natural of any hair color I know. It is actually healthy for the hair!
Aveda - Full Spectrum Hair Color Deposite-only Color Treatment 6Natural dark blonde - $19.99, Free shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace
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Aveda - - Dry Remedy Moisturizing Conditioner - 200ml/6.7oz

Aveda - - Dry Remedy Moisturizing Conditioner - 200ml/6.7oz
This formula is amazing. Sometimes I even use it as a leave-in for extra protection.
Aveda - - Dry Remedy Moisturizing Conditioner - 200ml/6.7oz - $30.00, 5.99 shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace

Sunday, February 8, 2015

A Friend...Not A Bully + Sabbatical Sunday Link-up

Last week, a friend at work shared a tragic event in his family's life.  His cousin from Nebraska, a star high school football player, on a full-ride scholarship, I'm told, committed suicide.  He had it all.  But even guys being recruited to big-time schools can be bullied, apparently.  It's been two weeks since he shot himself, leaving behind grieving family, friends, and a confused hometown. A college will be offering a scholarship to someone else, not their first choice.  But #8 will never be forgotten. How very sad.  It goes to show that bullying knows no boundaries--no amount of talent, or lack of it, no demographic, religion, gender, race, social status or zip code can claim safety.   Below is an actual picture of the boy who was somehow targeted and bullied to the point that he felt he had to take his own life.

If bullying knows no boundaries, how can you prepare your child to be a survivor of the inevitable?  I personally remember being bullied in all grades.  In grade school, there were other groups of girls who would specifically target someone by looks and then try to bully them.  It was easy back then.  I would just run home.  I didn't ride the bus, so I didn't have to put up with craziness there.  In Jr. high school, it was just a matter of being accepted by a bigger group of peers than were in elementary school.  It was hard to find people at lunchtime who I wanted to be with or, conversely, wanted to be with me.  I'm not gonna lie, I spent some lonely times during that period of my life.  And in high school, if you let yourself get too far out of your element, you could definitely be prey to an outside group.  I found myself  alone in the locker room one day, when two girls of different race and background came in.  They saw a chance to get even for every wrong ever committed to them in this lifetime, it seemed, and their revenge was heaped upon me.  They got me cornered and started throwing shampoo bottles, bars of soap and brushes at me.  One hit me in the face.  As they approached even closer, I didn't wait to find out what would happen next.  I exited through the closest doors I saw and headed out toward the pool with the swimming class.  I hung out there for an indefinite period of time.  I didn't tell anyone though.  I didn't want the attention, I didn't want the hassle and I didn't want to appear weak.  But that's where I was wrong.  If someone is bullied, they need to tell someone.  Preferably someone in authority, but if not, just someone they trust. You may need that person to provide witness or just having some support is invaluable!

One of the most important things is to teach your child anti-bullying behavior.  Many bullies have been victims themselves.  If children are bullied in the home, they will probably act out of the home.  If you suspect you are the parent of a bully, you can start helping them to help others through volunteering and sharing. Teaching them to be tolerant of others who are different is really important.  After all, in America, you're always going to get different.  But that is what we are supposed to exemplify--tolerance to everyone.  In other words:


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I like to take a break from the regular routine on Sundays.  It gives me a chance to clear my head, re-set priorities and appreciate the many blessings I've been given.  I rest, reflect, and I try to find ways to inspire me to be a better mom, wife, Christian, and person.  Sundays are my day to take a short sabbatical!  If you have a post that you'd like to share that is a little different from the ordinary weekday post, feel free to link up here!  We'd love to have you!  Although I don't ask anyone to follow anyone else or promote, I'd love it if you'd leave a comment!  I will promote you on at least one of my Social Media sites.  And I'll try and link back to you so you'll know (I usually do that with Twitter)!  That's just 'cause I love you!  Of course anyone is more than welcome to check out the other links and sites!  That's what you do on a Sabbatical! 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

2-Winner Mialisia #Jewelry Valentine #Giveaway



 Welcome to the Mialisia Jewelry Valentine Giveaway!  
Mialisia is the answer to the age-old dilemma of 'I don't have any jewelry that looks good with this outfit, even though I have a jewelry box full of it!'
 "We all want to look good and have the confidence that we are showing the world our best self. With the right attitude and the correct jewelry for one's personality and style, jewelry becomes an asset. Who does not want to always look their best? Everyone does, right?  Jewelry can change mood, it can make people smile, it helps one feel more put together, it helps one to find and enhance the look that they want .  It can be a conversation starter, it can extend your wardrobe, brighten your smile, lift your spirits--jewelry makes an outfit!" --Carrie Perucca, Mialisia Independent Designer

 
With one or two pieces you can create a multitude of different looks!  It's all in the 2 hooks on either end of the piece, making it possible to lengthen or shorten according to your preference, make a layered look that is easy to wear, or make a single strand look that is gorgeous!  You decide! This unique capability is called VersaStyle!

There are so many possibilities!  Read Helena's review about her experience with Mialisia Jewelry!
   We are excited to announce that 2 winners will each receive 2 Versastyle pieces of their choice, up to $80! Enter in the Rafflecopter below!  
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 Open to U.S. and Canada, 20+, Only 1 person, per household may enter.  No participating blogger is responsible for non-delivery of products.  No compensation was received for this giveaway.  Thanks to all participating bloggers. 
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Making A Difference And #MotivatingMonday Link-Up

How often have we wished that the world was different or even one aspect of it?  But the vastness of the problem makes us want to crawl into a hole, rather than face the perplexity of the issue.  How much, really, can one person accomplish anyway? Especially when we don't have hours, days and months to devote to a certain cause.  That's where we need to stop and re-wire our thinking!  We can make a difference in our own little space.  

If you haven't noticed this phenomenon, try this.  Help someone, really help them, no strings attached.  You will notice that in the process your own world is made better, brighter and fuller!  It's never the same outcome though.  One time you might learn something totally unexpected.  The next time you might gain a friendship never otherwise obtained.  You may even gain fame or fortune.  But remember, that's not the point!  If done with ulterior motive, it doesn't work.  

I started blogging after I decided to create a blog to help some women in my church group keep updated on cultural activities we participated in.  Not everyone could make it every single time, but they could read about it.  I found that I enjoyed doing it and it snowballed from there.  Now my blogging is out of control, according to some in my circles, but it's something I love to do!  I honestly don't believe I would have started blogging if I hadn't wanted to be helpful at that time. (No strings attached!)

A journalist once questioned Mother Teresa of Calcutta about her hopeless task of rescuing the destitute in that city. He said that, statistically speaking, she was accomplishing absolutely nothing. This remarkable little woman shot back that her work was about love, not statistics. Notwithstanding the staggering number beyond her reach, she said she could keep the commandment to love God and her neighbor by serving those within her reach with whatever resources she had. “What we do is nothing but a drop in the ocean,” she would say on another occasion. “But if we didn’t do it, the ocean would be one drop less than what it is! 
Have you noticed a greater abundance after you have helped someone unconditionally?  
 Today is Motivating Monday!  We all need a little motivation!  I, for one, love to explore other sites for motivating posts, tips, pictures and videos!  If I happen to find yours, I'll link it up and let you know!  It's like being featured!  Sometimes I miss some amazing posts.  So, in addition, if you'd like to link up yourself, you can do that too!  I'll visit your site, comment, promote and publicize! Don't be shy--I'm really very supportive!  Remember, any link to your posts helps your blog numbers increase!  Have a great week!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Versatility And Choice With Mialisia Jewelry

I love jewelry anytime of the year.  It takes me from drab to fab in a few seconds.  I was presented with 2 basic pieces of jewelry that I was amazed to find made 4 beautiful looks upon first try!  And there are so many more ways to use it!  Mialisia jewelry is made to be versatile.  It's all in the little hooks that are on each end of the pieces, which makes it easy to lengthen or shorten the strands to your own personal preference.  


 It also makes it easy to add on different pieces of jewelry to create an individual look! We aren't all the same height or size and, of course, different outfits require different lengths of jewelry.  Some outfits need simplicity and other outfits need opulence and sophistication.  We are individuals, with different tastes and preferences, fully capable of making those decisions on our own!  Mialisia Jewelry puts every woman in the drivers seat and encourages creativity and individuality.  It's called VersaStyle because of  how versatile it really is! I enlisted the help of  two cute Gal Pals to model some basic looks of the two pieces I was given--

Belted Look


Short Layered Necklace

Long Single Strand Necklace

Bracelet
I like the fact that it is a direct sales business because you can choose to sell it or you can host a party and get free jewelry and deep discounts for your efforts.  You can see more of their pieces of jewelry in the USA flipbook

Sunday, January 18, 2015

To Shine On! And #SabbaticalSunday Link-Up


Many of us love things that are pretty, shiny, and sparkly.  I know I do!  But I think that our inner glow is the thing that reflects light the most.  I believe that our souls reflect who we are.  When we can up the soul-light wattage, it is better than any fashion trick we can conjure up!  If we work at it, we can shine very brightly because we are reflecting light from within!  How do we do that?  By being true to ourselves and doing those things that attract light to our lives.  Here are a few things I thought of right away:

1) Read good books.  I like to read books that leave me with a good feeling.  I believe that what I read influences my thoughts and my feelings throughout the day.  If I read things that are really depressing and without any means of hope, I find myself thinking hopelessly.  


2) Stay positive.  The mind is so good at latching on to what we intentionally think and will attract positive influences, if that is what we so choose. I've used positive affirmations to stay positive and be more productive. I think it is worth the effort!  If nothing else, smile!  It releases endorphins!

3) Help those around you.  Once we help ourselves, we can then go beyond ourselves to spread light.  It is said that when you help others with something you know or have extra of, it helps you even more than the one you are helping!


4) Exercise daily.  Recently it was found that just 15 minutes per day of simple walking reduced the likelihood of getting a number of diseases by 25%!  Anything beyond that was minimal in comparison.  If you can't do more than 15 minutes per day, that's OK!  You've helped yourself immensely!


5) Eat good food.  Eat whole and stay away as much as possible from sugar, simple carbs and whatever else makes you feel bad.  Some people stay away from gluten, others shun dairy.  Know what foods you need and what foods hurt you.

6) Pray.  For yourself, for your loved ones, for those who have hurt you, for things that you need, for things that you want, for things that you believe in.  Prayer is a wonderful way for us to show faith and learn about the power of prayer in our lives:
 Yea, cry unto him for mercy; for he is mighty to save.
 Yea, humble yourselves, and continue in prayer unto him.

  Cry unto him when ye are in your fields, yea, over all your flocks.

 Cry unto him in your houses, yea, over all your household, both morning, mid-day, and evening.

 Yea, cry unto him against the power of your enemies.

 Yea, cry unto him against the devil, who is an enemy to all righteousness.

Cry unto him over the crops of your fields, that ye may prosper in them.

Cry over the flocks of your fields, that they may increase.

  But this is not all; ye must pour out your souls in your closets, and your secret places, and in your wilderness.

 Yea, and when you do not cry unto the Lord, let your hearts be full, drawn out in prayer unto him continually for your welfare, and also for the welfare of those who are around you. *
In this day and age, there are many things that could be, and are, troubling.  But we can alleviate so much by cultivating that inner light to guide us each and every day!  Be blessed!
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I like to take a break from the regular routine on Sundays.  It gives me a chance to clear my head, re-set priorities and appreciate the many blessings I've been given.  I rest, reflect, and I try to find ways to inspire me to be a better mom, wife, Christian, and person.  Sundays are my day to take a short sabbatical!  If you have a post that you'd like to share that is a little different from the ordinary weekday post, feel free to link up here!  We'd love to have you!  Although I don't ask anyone to follow anyone else or promote, I'd love it if you'd leave a comment!  I will promote you on at least one of my Social Media sites.  And I'll try and link back to you so you'll know (I usually do that with Twitter)!  That's just 'cause I love you!  Of course anyone is more than welcome to check out the other links and sites!  That's what you do on a Sabbatical!
*Alma 34:18-27, The Book Of Mormon, Another Testament Of Jesus Christ

Monday, January 12, 2015

The National Championship Game and Motivating Monday #Link-up

It's another Monday!  Again it's snowy and cold.  We're looking forward to the National Championship Game tonight.  It's a tough call for me.  I'm an Urban Meyers Fan, since he was the coach at University Of Utah and brought The Utes to some great victories. But I'm a real Ducks fan because my sister and her family are in Portland and they are die-hard Oregon fans!  It's going to be a heck of a game and we're definitely geared up!  The t.v. is reserved for "the game" and the snacks are ready. 

It's an hour and 15 minutes before kick-off and the internet is going crazy!  Twitter, Instagram and Facebook are lit up!  Who do you think will win?  I'm going out on a limb and saying Oregon! 

Regardless, it's going to be a great game and I'm excited to watch it!
Today is Motivating Monday!  We all need a little motivation!  I, for one, love to explore other sites for motivating posts, tips, pictures and videos!  If I happen to find yours, I'll link it up and let you know!  It's like being featured!  Sometimes I miss some amazing posts.  So, in addition, if you'd like to link up yourself, you can do that too!  I'll stalk visit your site, comment, promote and publicize! Don't be shy--I'm really very supportive!  Remember, any link to your posts helps your blog numbers increase!