Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Doubting Doubt!

Why hello there! It HAS been awhile, hasn't it? I took a much-needed break from social media this past few weeks and let me tell you it was refreshing and it served to put my priorities in order! It was so nice to not have to answer to social media deadlines and to realize if I drop out of circulation for awhile, the world will definitely continue to revolve. It made me realize that nothing is more important than my own little world, family, circle of friends, and loved ones. I mean, the world is going to do what it's going to do, and what I might have to say in this space won't really do much to change it. What I CAN do is make sure my own garden is well tended and those around me know that I am there for them. And how better can I do that than to take care of myself? Oddly enough, there are a few other people out there who feel somewhat the same, although they are much more vocal and definitely have a way of expressing it! For instance this little lady, apparently is walking away! After being a part of the cookie cutter, in it to win it, daily sponsored post club, saying exactly what the companies want her to say, she is now supposedly done with it all! (We'll see...) She is revolting and revealing what she feels are the dirty little secrets of the mom blogger! Then there is the more positive sister who talks about how the mom bloggers have saved her and also how her own blogging is more of a therapeutic exercise for her and if she helps someone else along the way, wonderful!!! One thing is for sure, social media is here to stay until such time that it all blows up in our faces, which I think it eventually will, but that's another discussion entirely! Until then, I don't feel bad for hopping off the train once in awhile! You should too, it's like a breath of fresh air!! In the meantime,

 Today is "My Post Monday!" It's all about original content from bloggers who care to share what is on their minds--from Crafts to Camping, Wellness to Wealth, Fashion to Food, and whatever else is on the brain!  I, for one, love to explore other sites for original, non-sponsored posts, tips, pictures and videos! Sponsored posts are great and I appreciate the information from well-written and authentic sponsored posts, I write them myself! But this linky is for non-sponsored posts because they are all about what the writer thinks, believes, and knows. It's not about a specific brand and what it compensates the blogger to promote! If I happen to find a great original, non-sponsored post, I'll link it up and share it with you here and on Twitter via the #MyPostMonday hashtag!  It's like being featured!  I can miss some amazing posts, but I don't want to!  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! Remember, any link to your posts helps your blog numbers increase! (Affiliate links OK)
 

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Waiting Game + #MyPostMonday Link-Up

Can you imagine saying to yourself, "I'll work on my marriage/relationship when things improve." Hello, that's why we work on our relationships...so things will get better!!! But that's exactly what is going on in so many relationships! The two people are waiting until the other one makes the move to improve the relationship. And guess what happens? Bingo! They end up parting ways because they are each waiting for the other person to make the relationship better! Waiting until everything is just right may not be the right thing to do. If you can do it, maybe you should do it now, and not wait until you are sure what the end result will be. Of course, it's always best to go with your good, well-served intuition! Practice first on small things. Get that beautiful blouse, even though you may not know of anything that will go with it. Chances are, you will find that you do have things that will go with it because you love it! Who knows your tastes better than you? Buy that flat of gorgeous spring flowers. You won't regret it, even if you never get them planted! Sign up for that 5k, even though you can't even run a 1.5k. Just signing up will motivate you to train harder! And so what if you end up walking the last mile. Who even cares? You did it! Once you have practiced with small things, you realize that more ambitious projects can be implemented in the same way. Watch your confidence grow and grow!
 Today is "My Post Monday!" It's all about original content from bloggers who care to share what is on their minds--from Crafts to Camping, Wellness to Wealth, Fashion to Food, and whatever else is on the brain!  I, for one, love to explore other sites for original, non-sponsored posts, tips, pictures and videos! Sponsored posts are great and I appreciate the information from well-written and authentic sponsored posts, I write them myself! But this linky is for non-sponsored posts because they are all about what the writer thinks, believes, and knows. It's not about a specific brand and what it compensates the blogger to promote! If I happen to find a great original, non-sponsored post, I'll link it up and share it with you here and on Twitter via the #MyPostMonday hashtag!  It's like being featured!  I can miss some amazing posts, but I don't want to!  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! Remember, any link to your posts helps your blog numbers increase! (Affiliate links OK)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Seeing The Right Things + #MyPostMonday Link-Up

We are a visual society. So much eye candy that we don't know what to do with It! The problem is that when we are supposed to react to what we are looking at (because everything we see has a message that goes along with it) we don't. We've become desensitized and we often don't get the visual signs we're supposed to!

I don't think the children were meaning to be insensitive when the 17- year-old waitress handed them their ice cream and they blankly stared and didn't react by saying thank you. They were desensitized because of all the visual and sensory stimulation. I don't think it warrants grabbing their ice cream and tossing it in the trash because none of them said thank you. (Yes, this happened just the other day and is in the process of going viral on Facebook.) Save your money, mom, and gently remind them that there is a visual message that they missed. 

'Cause we're all guilty of over-looking things that we're supposed to see in this visual, sensory-overloaded world that we live in! 

Image - Junling Huo
Today is "My Post Monday!" It's all about original content from bloggers who care to share what is on their minds--from Crafts to Camping, Wellness to Wealth, Fashion to Food, and whatever else is on the brain!  I, for one, love to explore other sites for original, non-sponsored posts, tips, pictures and videos! Sponsored posts are great and I appreciate the information from well-written and authentic sponsored posts, I write them myself! But this linky is for non-sponsored posts because they are all about what the writer thinks, believes, and knows. It's not about a specific brand and what it compensates the blogger to promote! If I happen to find a great original, non-sponsored post, I'll link it up and share it with you here and on Twitter via the #MyPostMonday hashtag!  It's like being featured!  I can miss some amazing posts, but I don't want to!  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! Remember, any link to your posts helps your blog numbers increase! (Affiliate links OK)

Sunday, April 17, 2016

A Savings Strategy With Groupon Coupons

Do you have a savings strategy? Most people do! And do you use coupon sites  to make sure you are getting the best deals? Even though I'm not perfect, I love doing that because I can save a lot of money when I am being deliberate and planning before I spend.  I hope that you are also using one of the best coupon and deals sites out there--Groupon!
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Groupon first made its name with the famous Deal-of-the-Day bargains! I have loved getting facials, massages, and deals at restaurants with Groupon! The only advice I have is to make sure the business you want to go to has enough openings to accommodate you during the discount time frame! Once, I missed my discount window because the business didn't have enough available openings for the time I needed to go. Bummer! But other than that one time, I have been very satisfied with my experience with Groupon.

It pays to check in the 'Local' section, for your own area's deals! All I can say---amaaazing!

You also need to check the 'Goods' and 'Clearance' Sections! Wow! Groupon is a bonafide discount site, full of deals that you never thought you'd see online.

My favorite section is Groupon 'Coupons', because there are so many of them, especially if you are an online shopper! For instance, if I want to shop online at JoAnn's, I have access to 20 coupons, right now, including a $2.99 flat rate shipping coupon! Another of my favorite stores, Kohl's, has 126 coupons available today, verified and free shipping included when you use your Kohl's card! This is all free to use, no fees or need to log in!

Other stores to check out on Groupon:
  • World Of Watches 
  • Turbo Tax
  • Travelocity
  • Macy's
  • Nordstrom
  • H & R Block
  • Foot Locker
  • Disney Store
  • dell
  • Coldwater Creek
And so many more! 
I'm sure you've got your shopping routine down because you're smart and savvy like that! All I'm saying, is take a look at Groupon and if you haven't been there for awhile, take another look. You'll definitely like what you see!

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Best Success Course One Can Take + #MyPostMonday Link-Up

Have you ever thought that adversity might be the best success course you could ever take? Yes, if you can come out on the other side of adversity, basically alive (actually, the only requirement), you just got yourself one of the best secrets to success ever invented! If you come out of said adversity with greater knowledge, a stronger character, more self-confidence, and self-respect, that's even better! Think about it, if you can come out of adversity with self-respect, don't you think the next goal you want to accomplish might seem just a little easier? Next time I go through something hard, not by my own choice, something that is thrust upon me, I will look at it in the face and say, go ahead, make my day! Make my life! 'Cause when I get through this, that's just another notch in my life experience belt. Too bad they don't list trials that we pass through on resumes, right along with degrees held, certifications, courses, and public service. It would look something like this:
  • Survived cancer in 1999, went through chemo, radiation. 
  • Lost home due to medical bills.
  • Went through extreme discrimination in job, was passed over for promotion, but managed to survive and am still working.
  • Home business failed, but will know what to look for next time in a home business.
  • Had to play nice to ex for sake of the children. Was tough but did it.   
What we have gone through, our life's trials, how we have handled them, and how we have climbed and clawed back speaks more than a little piece of paper in a frame. It defines our core, our values, and the reason we exist. So, why pay for success seminars when you have them for free, custom-made just for you, and built right into your own life?

Image by Ed Whitmore

 Today is "My Post Monday!" It's all about original content from bloggers who care to share what is on their minds--from Crafts to Camping, Wellness to Wealth, Fashion to Food, and whatever else is on the brain!  I, for one, love to explore other sites for original, non-sponsored posts, tips, pictures and videos! Sponsored posts are great and I appreciate the information from well-written and authentic sponsored posts, I write them myself! But this linky is for non-sponsored posts because they are all about what the writer thinks, believes, and knows. It's not about a specific brand and what it compensates the blogger to promote! If I happen to find a great original, non-sponsored post, I'll link it up and share it with you here and on Twitter via the #MyPostMonday hashtag!  It's like being featured!  I can miss some amazing posts, but I don't want to!  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! Remember, any link to your posts helps your blog numbers increase! (Affiliate links OK)

Lengthen And Strengthen Giveaway by 'Essentrics'

Get ready for summer and all the fun that goes with it!
Welcome to the 'Lengthen And Strengthen' Giveaway Sponsored by Essentrics--the method that allows you to lengthen and strengthen your entire body, using your own weight to achieve the most amazing results. You don't need a gym, just your own mat, a sturdy chair, maybe a thick book, and a towel. That's everything you need to see your body make amazing changes from where you are now! And it can be done in just a few minutes every day!
Miranda and Sahra Esmond-White are the mother/daughter duo behind one of the most successful exercise movements today--Essentrics! The innovative techniques have been coupled with well-researched scientific documentation, to create a dynamic stretching and strengthening program that increases range of motion, strength, and mobility. And as a natural consequence of those health improving measurements, a more toned and attractive looking body!
 "We flatten and tone your abs without sit-ups or crunches, tone your arms without weights, define your waist, and create lean, strong, legs."
There is a learning curve in doing the exercises properly, since it is a blend of ballet, Tai Chi and some pilates. That's why we are offering one lucky winner 'Toning For Beginners' by Essentrics. You will be shown the basic movements of the practice and once you have become familiar with it, you will be able to move on to some of the more targeted and challenging exercises. 
The 'Essentrics' program can also be seen on PBS on 'Classical Stretch' with Miranda Esmonde-White. Each day she targets a different area of the body, although all 620 muscles are activated. So while it is a full-body workout, it is targeted as well! You can read more about Essentrics and the philosophy behind it here!
Time for the Giveaway! Open to U.S. and Canada, 18+ and over, one entrant per household and no previous winnings from 'Essentrics' within the past 12 months. Good luck! Ends 4/27/16!
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Friday, April 8, 2016

7 Health Benefits I've Gained With 'Essentrics' Workouts!

Daily exercise is essential--most people know that exercise is important and acknowledge it. But daily? Yep, the new recommendations are: in order to keep optimal health, daily exercise is essential! 
When I first learned that there was a 30-minute program on PBS that actually translated into just 24 minutes of stretching and strengthening, including a warm-up, my lazy self was already sold. At the time, I believed that the only true way to get a fit and attractive body was to train for hours in the gym doing spinning, lifting, or aerobics. But I was sick of it. I didn't want to dedicate at least 10 hours per week to fitness. As a matter of fact, I was ready to concede that if it took that much time, I was ready to put it on the alter and sacrifice fitness in my life. I just didn't have the motivation. But I was willing to do 3 hours a week and 'Classical Stretch' by Essentrics was my answer. And so every day I did a 'Classical Stretch' session.

It's been several years since then and if I've failed at everything else, I have at least managed to stay on point doing at least 5 days a week of 'Classical Stretch' by Essentrics. Sometimes that is the only thing I have managed to do towards my fitness. At other times, I actually do things like biking, light lifting, walking, or playing disc golf in addition to 'Classical Stretch' sessions.

'Classical Stretch' is a dynamic stretching and strengthening program, designed to simultaneously do those two things in just 24 minutes per day. The program is done to relaxing or upbeat music that subliminally causes one to increase their own efforts without realizing that they are actually doing so. Another great bonus is the certified instructor--whether that be Miranda Esmonde-White on the T.V. series, dvds, or a certified 'Classical Stretch' trainer in your own city. The instructor goes through extensive training to understand the physiology of the body, the philosophy of the program, the correct mechanics of the exercises, and the proper sequence and flow of the workout. They are there to model the exercises for you and to also help you at your level of fitness with the goal to increase your fitness at your own pace.
Miranda Esmonde-White, creator of  'Classical Stretch'
 In my own fitness journey with 'Classical Stretch', I have managed to stay injury-free and heal injuries that had occurred earlier in my life. For example:

1) My chronic, periodic back pain that used to leave me immobile for several weeks each year, has completely gone. This means that I now have 3 weeks of extra time that had previously been spent bed-ridden and incapacitated.

2) My frozen shoulder, of which condition is inherited from my Dad's side, has been dramatically improved. It turns out that we have an unusual spur on our shoulders that, as we age, gets calcified and grows even more, because of build-up, becoming extremely painful. Both my Dad and brother have gone through shoulder surgeries to have the calcification removed that causes painful bursitis and to replace the sockets that had become useless. I had started to get this condition, but Classical Stretch has completely erased that problem by keeping the shoulders properly lubricated and activated so that unwanted sediments don't collect in that area!

3) My quads are completely stretched out and have lengthened out and have become leaner to match my hamstrings. I started out already being able to do the splits, but not being able to bend my leg back further because my quads were tight. Now, I am able to bend my leg all the way back because my quads are longer and leaner.


Before Classical Stretch

After Classical Stretch

4) My waist has become leaner and has lengthened out to house my organs, allowing my stomach to be flatter and stronger.

5) My posture has become better and I walk with my shoulders back and my head up!

6) My seasonal depression is much better and I am more motivated and able to accomplish much more than before.

7) My focus and memory has improved because of the increased blood flow that happens each time I practice 'Classical Stretch'.

You judge--Is 24 minutes a day worth it to keep yourself young and vibrant at any age? My own answer is a resounding YES! Whether you are at a beginner level or at a more advanced level, 'Classical Stretch' has something for everyone.

Visit the Essentrics website to get the perfect workout dvd for your own fitness level. You can also sign up for online work-outs. Also get the New York Times bestseller, Aging Backwards, by Miranda Esmonde-White! 
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Monday, April 4, 2016

Hard Choices + #MyPostMonday Link-Up

Alice in Wonderland was at a crossroads when she met up with the Cheshire Cat. She asked him advice about which way she should take. He said, "That depends on where you want to go. If you do not know where you want to go, it doesn't matter which path you take." Such a profound thought! Before you decide on any path in life, decide where you want to be. Ask yourself, Where do I want to be in 10 years from now? Where do I want to be 20 years from now? Where do I want to be next year? And based on your thoughtful decision, you can then start to choose between the many different crossroads that come up each and every day. It's not as if we choose between two distinct paths and then forget about it once we've chosen. It's more like we choose between two paths many times each and every day and that ultimately leads to our final destination. If you have a clear picture of where you want to end up, it will be much easier to make those small route choice each and every day. Most of the time, the route choice will be the harder one because Murphy's Law says that everything you want to do ends up being harder than you thought! But if we have that clear picture, it will definitely be easier to choose that harder way because we know we want it!

Image - Ed Whitmore
 Today is "My Post Monday!" It's all about original content from bloggers who care to share what is on their minds--from Crafts to Camping, Wellness to Wealth, Fashion to Food, and whatever else is on the brain!  I, for one, love to explore other sites for original, non-sponsored posts, tips, pictures and videos! Sponsored posts are great and I appreciate the information from well-written and authentic sponsored posts, I write them myself! But this linky is for non-sponsored posts because they are all about what the writer thinks, believes, and knows. It's not about a specific brand and what it compensates the blogger to promote! If I happen to find a great original, non-sponsored post, I'll link it up and share it with you here and on Twitter via the #MyPostMonday hashtag!  It's like being featured!  I can miss some amazing posts, but I don't want to!  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! Remember, any link to your posts helps your blog numbers increase! (Affiliate links OK)

Monday, March 28, 2016

One More Step + #MyPostMonday Link-Up

Sometimes it's hard to continue doing something that we don't see reaping immediate rewards. But know that as long as you continue to move forward, it isn't failure. Granted, sometimes one needs to step back, take stock, and possibly reinvent themselves or their strategy, but that counts as moving ahead, not failure! There are so many successful people who had, in their minds, abysmal fails at what they were trying to achieve. But they got back up and kept going! And eventually, their persistence paid off. Some well-known examples of initial failed attempts at success are Oprah Winfrey, Tina Fey, Arianna Huffington, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, and so many others! 
Challenge: Find someone that you admire and do some digging about what their life really looked like before their success. Most likely you will find that the very things that challenged them or looked like failure, made them stronger! 

As for myself, I consider emerging out on the other side of winter only 7 pounds heavier than when I went into it a resounding victory! And that will spur me on to continue working on my health and wellness during the spring and summer months. What are your goals for this Spring? Is it health, organization, a project, relationship nurturing, or something else? Is the project you started currently out of  commision? Don't worry, just dust it off and get started once again, if only just a tiny step forward!

Image - Cole Gleave
 Today is "My Post Monday!" It's all about original content from bloggers who care to share what is on their minds--from Crafts to Camping, Wellness to Wealth, Fashion to Food, and whatever else is on the brain!  I, for one, love to explore other sites for original, non-sponsored posts, tips, pictures and videos! Sponsored posts are great and I appreciate the information from well-written and authentic sponsored posts, I write them myself! But this linky is for non-sponsored posts because they are all about what the writer thinks, believes, and knows. It's not about a specific brand and what it compensates the blogger to promote! If I happen to find a great original, non-sponsored post, I'll link it up and share it with you here and on Twitter via the #MyPostMonday hashtag!  It's like being featured!  I can miss some amazing posts, but I don't want to!  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! Remember, any link to your posts helps your blog numbers increase! (Affiliate links OK)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Baby Animal Season At 'This Is The Place Heritage Park' #Giveaway



Spring is officially here and baby animals are everywhere on the farm at 'This Is The Place Heritage Park'! One of many season events, Baby Animal Season is one of the most thrilling for visitors of every age! It's so much fun to see all the baby animals and pet them, feed them, and learn about them.  Mention A GAL NEEDS...at the ticket office and get $2.00 discount per ticket!

We are so happy to partner up with 'This Is The Place' in Salt Lake City and give away 2 awesome packages, just in time for this eventful season! Enter in the Rafflecopter below. If you have won something from 'This Is The Place' Park in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win! Good Luck!


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