Monday, August 22, 2016

#MyPostMonday Link-Up #25 The Week's Best Original Content

In The Middle Of Nowhere
The school year has begun and I'm saying a fond good-bye to my summer! I enjoyed it so much! I feel rested and energized. 

As I walked into the high school early this morning. it was still practically deserted. A few students were sitting in the hallways and on the stairs, probably dropped off by parents who needed to get to work early. They were still rubbing sleep from their eyes, just like I was. Eventually the students that are assigned to my charge arrived on the bus or were dropped off. They seemed happy to see me. One of them offered to buy me a treat from the snack machine! We continued down the hall to breakfast, where I greeted my friends there. Lisa, the head of the cafeteria, one of the nicest women I know, greeted me warmly. There was Steve, the maintenance guy, wearing his familiar kilt. He was high on a ladder, seemingly oblivious to the fact that people who walked underneath might get an eyeful. Maybe someday I just may do that, walk underneath out of sheer curiosity! I'm almost sure he must wear shorts or something underneath, unlike the original Scottish men, who.....didn't! My only question would be, why wear a kilt if you need to wear shorts underneath? Wouldn't it be more comfortable to just wear shorts minus kilt? 

Some people may wonder why I continue to work as a learning assistant, commuting over 30 miles each way, when I have a degree in Special Education. It's easy. I tried the teaching route and I don't like it. I don't like the hours, the paperwork, the meetings, the answering to several groups of superiors--parents, administrators, district officials, psychologists, and the school Special Ed coordinator. Each of them has a specific agenda, each of them has an idea how your classroom needs to be run. However, I love working with the students and my co-workers. We have become really comfortable and we understand the philosophy of our teacher, Troy, who will be retiring this coming year. I'll miss him when he leaves. He has dealt with everything so well, but he leaves a little disappointed in the whole system and the seeming lack of appreciation for all that he has done over the years. I hope that when he leaves that he will be able to get a sense of how much good he has really done during his tenure

Because of his and our efforts, there are a few kids who actually will have a chance in life. They have learned things that they may never have otherwise learned. Possibly not things like reading, writing, or math, although that has been a huge part of the day. But more likely things like learning responsibility, how to work for what you have, what to expect when you don't have someone to catch you every time you fall, how to act when you are on the job, how to talk properly to people in public, that you're stronger than you think, and other important life lessons you can't learn in a textbook! It reminds me that no matter what background you come from, there are those who will always find a way to thrive with just a little nourishment!
image - Scott Morgan

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  open up with a post of my own and then follow it up with a linky of the week's top original blog posts! It's all about what the writer thinks, believes, and knows--in other words, they are active, writing blogs. 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!  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! (Affiliate links welcome!)
 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Ups and Downs Of Socks! Cariloha Bamboo Socks

There is nothing like putting on a fresh clean pair of socks! Better yet, there's nothing better than putting on a fresh, new, clean pair of socks! It's just the best feeling ever and I think I may not be the only one that feels like that. 

I may have this feeling because, on the other hand, there is nothing quite as annoying as putting on a pair of socks--only to find out that there is a hole somewhere. Usually it's the toe or the heel. It just feels wrong!

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There was a time when I was a poor, struggling working girl-- at least poorer than I am now--that I had to make choices as to what I would sacrifice in order to make ends meet. One of the things I did without was new socks. I made due with the socks I had and tried to make them last as long as possible. I tried to never lose a sock mate and if I did, I'd take another sock without a mate and pair the two together, wearing them at night around the house. But after a year or two (yeah it was quite a stretch), I realized that now most of my socks were wearing really thin or already had holes in them. I then took to layering them, wearing two socks at a time. Even if the two socks both had holes in them, they usually wouldn't have holes in the same place, so it worked. 

Today I am somewhat of a sock snob because I really appreciate a good pair of socks. The ones that were a little more well-made and of course, a little more pricey, they were the ones that lasted throughout those lean times. I really came to appreciate the value of a good sock!!
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Cariloha Bamboo is a sock snob's dream. They have the best socks. Not only are they well-made, but they have an extra ability to keep that damp sweaty feeling from getting on your feet because of the natural moisture-wicking quality of bamboo! And if your feet aren't sweaty, there's a real chance they won't be stinky either! (Unless your shoes are the culprit!)

Cariloha has 3 basic kinds of socks - the ankle sock, the boot sock, and the Softy Sock! 

Ankle Sock: These socks are generous fit and can actually be rolled down once to your ankle coverage preference. They are thick and soft, but will fit nicely in any athletic shoe! Get them in white/orchid or white/Carribean Breeze (like mine)!

Luvin' My Cariloha Ankle Socks!



Monday, August 15, 2016

#MyPostMonday Link-Up #24 The Week's Best Original Content

What The Meteor Showers Taught Me
The Perseid Meteor Shower happened last week. We love to watch cosmic displays when possible.  One year we took our blankets, pillows, and pet to a well-attended park to see the phenomena! It was going to be an amazing time!!! It started out so great--people laughing, talking, oohing, and ahhing when a meteor was spotted! And then, two hours into it, all the sprinklers came on, dousing us and everyone else. I'm not going to lie, it also kind of doused our own enthusiasm and we left in a hurry.
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We hadn't tried to go again until last Thursday, the 11th of August, because this time it was going to be an "outburst"--meteors showing at double the rate!  I said something like, "Let's go! We are so much more mature than before and have our acts together. We're seasoned and will be able to navigate this. We won't hit a park, no siree, we're going up to the heights of the mountain, out of the light pollution, to see it in as much glory as we can possibly see it, without traveling hundreds of miles." (After all, this was very spontaneous.) So again, we gathered our supplies--the anti-gravity chairs, the tarp, the sleeping bags, blankets, some snacks, and headed up the mountain to Alta! Our destination was the Albion Basin Campground, high above Salt Lake Valley.

We set everything up out in a meadow, near the parking lot. It was a cool crisp evening, almost 25 degrees cooler than where we live below. But I was fine, I had a blanket and a sleeping bag to snuggle in on my own anti-gravity recliner! But soon I felt the need to keep my entire face covered because it became uncomfortably cold, not the ideal position to be in if you want to see a few meteors whizzing by! I must have fallen asleep because my husband patted my head and asked if I was O.K. I said "yes, but I'm freezing!" Apparently he was too, because he wanted to pack it up and go. He wasn't dressed as warmly as I was, having worn cargo shorts. So once again, a rather anti-climatic end to a rare show in the night sky. That's OK, I saw a few meteors and they were beautiful. I just didn't experience the deluge of falling light that I had envisioned. But, all it takes is one shooting star to make a wish come true! I also love the quote below, along with a beautiful image by someone who planned much better than we did!

Image by Ryan Jones
 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  open up with a post of my own and then follow it up with a linky of the week's top original blog posts! It's all about what the writer thinks, believes, and knows--in other words, they are active, writing blogs. 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!  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! (Affiliate links welcome!)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Dog Day Of Summer At 'This Is The Place Heritage Park'

I feel like I have become an unofficial ambassador of sorts for 'This Is The Place Heritage Park! It is just the best place out there because of all the fun family events and amenities. Now they've got a new event that is coming up this Saturday! It's called, appropriately, the 'Dog Day Of Summer' Event!

 For any and all of you who have and love dogs, this will be THE place to be! Check this out:
Just $5.00 admission, this will be the best time for your dogs to be the focus of your time and attention. Not only will there be a route for a walk in the park, but sponsor, "I And Love And You" dog food will provide a free meal and poop bags for your furry friend! But that's not all! Meet celebrity dogs, Harlow, Indiana and Reese! Get your pics taken with them and check out their New York Times Best-selling book and have it autographed while you're there! There will be swag and free dog treats available, as well as dog bling at the Heritage Park Gift Shop and other vendors!
 You can find the route for the dog walk here. If you would like to participate in the walk/parade, please register here!

You can bet we'll be there with our feisty rescue girl, Evee! She is a border collie that we found in our local paper for $50. She snarled at me the first time we met and bit my husband's hand when he wanted to pet her. It's been almost 7 years, and she has made such progress! She catches frisbee like a champ and is so loving in our family. But she still has some spunk and feistiness left!
Don't have a dog? Maybe you'll find your match at the event! There will be dog adoptions through the Utah Humane Society from 10:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m.!

Psst....don't forget to mention 'A GAL NEEDS...' for $2.00 off the price of regular admission every day!(A portion of all proceeds will be donated to animal shelters and other animal friendly organizations.)
Disclosure: I was provided free admission to this event in exchange for PR. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, August 8, 2016

#MyPostMonday Link-Up #23--The Week's Best Original Content

Waiting For Perfection
The wisdom in the image below applies to everyone except for Olympic Athletes! "Don't wait for everything to be perfect before deciding to enjoy your life." Yay Team U.S.A, off to an amazing start with Women's Gymnastics, Swimming, and more! For an Olympic Athlete, everything has to be as physically perfect as possible in order to bring home the Gold! This saying is wrong for them, because they can't wait for everything to be perfect, they have to work for everything to be perfect! No waiting about it! For the rest of us, we should neither wait nor work for everything to be perfect before we find ways to enjoy life while doing both
Things are definitely not perfect right now for me, I'm going through some issues that aren't fun. But I'm sure you are too. If picked apart with a fine-tooth comb, pulling aside the curation of Instagram, Pinterest, and blog posts, you would see that there is no one in ideal circumstances. That's life, there's no refunds. But does that mean I don't enjoy many aspects of my life? Absolutely not! I have found just a few things that I truly enjoy no matter what is going on, that won't make me regret it in the morning! One of those is my love of nature. If you haven't noticed, most of the 'My Post Monday' posts will have a nature shot, and more specifically a nature shot from Utah, the state where I live. That's because I love it, and it puts me in a better place! If  I can get out into nature once a day, I can handle just about anything. Thank goodness, every place that I have lived has had some sort of out of the way place I can go where I feel at one with nature. 

If you can find just a couple of things that you truly enjoy, preferably that don't set you back mentally, physically, or spiritually, you can always default to them when things just aren't going your way! Anyway, nothing heavy here, just know that we deserve to be happy. We deserve moments of pure pleasure, no matter what is going on around us!


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  open up with a post of my own and then follow it up with a linky of the week's top original blog posts! It's all about what the writer thinks, believes, and knows--in other words, they are active, writing blogs. 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!  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! (Affiliate links welcome!)

Health, Beauty And Wellness Discounts With Groupon

It's back to school time and students aren't the only ones thinking about getting spruced up and outfitted for the academic year. I work at a local high school and I feel strongly about putting a good and professional impression out there. I want to be well-groomed, neat, and have a polished look, at least to begin with! By the time next year rolls around, we're wearing flip flops and capris. But I don't want to spend a ton of money since I've been off for almost three months, therefore no paycheck.
One of the things I am thinking about doing this year is giving myself some cosmetic dentistry. One of my lower teeth is rotating and starting to look kind of funky! Who knew, at my age, that I'd be thinking about braces? But I am, so of course I'm going to be shopping around!

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 My best bet for high quality health, beauty, and wellness deals in my locale is Groupon! They have got everything I need for great service at great prices!
I love that I can quickly register free with an e-mail only and then have deals e-mailed to me. I also can keep up with Groupon deals on Facebook and Twitter!

Hmmm....while I was looking, I found a great deal on a braces package by a dental group with over 50 years combined experience. I also found great deals on massage, lasik surgery, mani/pedis and all kinds of other great beauty deals.
While I'm at it, I do need my hair cut and styled, a cute adjustable length maxi skirt, some leggings, some makeup brushes, and heck, throw in a spray tan so I'll look like I went to Tahiti! Wow, if I'm not careful I could go back looking like one of the students instead of a very mature learning assistant! (In my dreams....) OK, I think I'm getting a bit carried away now. That's what happens when I find great deals all in one place....and that would be Groupon! 


Thursday, August 4, 2016

#Utah Uplift Families Parenting Conference #DiscountCode

It's coming soon and I need to let you in on the fun theme that 'Uplift Families' will be doing this year! It's going to be a Luau! All the fun that goes with that will be included, including entertainment! But of course the whole reason we are getting together this year is to support Mrs. Gary Herbert for her initiative 'Uplift Families' and the incredible support and help this project offers to families of all kinds! If you are in favor of:

1) Strengthening Parent-Child Relationships
2) Tools and resources to help improve parenting skills
3) Helping Children make safe and healthy choices

You'll certainly feel right at home among the attendees at the 'Uplift Families' 2016 Luau on August 27, 2016. Last year's conference made an impression on me, as is evident with my references to it here, here, here, and here! Below is what will be happening this year! I just know it will be as impactful as last year!!!

Use the special code below to get $5.00 off either individual or couple tickets! What a great date night or GNO!

Disclosure: I was provided free admission to this event in exchange for PR. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, August 1, 2016

#MyPostMonday Link-Up--The Week's Best Original Content

Dreaming Vs. Living
Which of the following two philosophies do you subscribe to? 1) Dreaming is essential in order for you to visualize what you want in life. Imagining what life might or could be like gives someone motivation to eventually achieve their goals. Life without dreaming is not life at all. OR...
2) Don't waste your time daydreaming and live the good life that's right in front of you! A dreamer will never accomplish what a doer always will! 
Do you see the difference in these two philosophies? One of them comes from good authority, Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling!

Image by Rochelle Chee
Can these two life ideals live peacefully side by side? I think it definitely depends on the situation.  

Philosophy #1 - Dream. It is so important to dream, to visualize, to ponder what it is that you want in life. Without it, one would never figure out what to aspire to, what you are capable of achieving, and what you need to look for if you indeed want to attain a certain goal. There is definitely a time and place to dream. But when and how much? My definite feeling would be to do that sometime at the start of the day and also at the end of the day, like a planning session in the morning and a debriefing session at night, leaving it all behind until the next day. During those moments, incorporate those powerful positive affirmations, prayers, meditation, list-making, and list check-offs. I think it is essential to do that. And it takes about 60 minutes total.

Philosophy #2 - Live. The rest of the 23 hours in your day are for you to live, to grab life and make it yours! We're here on this planet called earth, there's nothing we can do about it but relish it. Acknowledge our shortcomings, our inabilities, our abilities, our handicaps, and our misgivings. Take it all and live it because it will be gone before you know it! And that is where we get stuck a lot of the time, because we are afraid to live! 

I don't think living means that we are active and going full speed 24 hours of the day. Sometimes it means enduring things like waiting for others, doing less-than-exciting tasks, resting our bodies, strengthening our minds, and learning new things. That's OK! It's part of life and sometimes part of living means finding satisfaction and enjoyment in the most menial of tasks. 

But if we can find a balance between dreaming and living, I believe we have just found the sweet spot in life and are on the road to true happiness! Have you found the perfect balance between dreaming and living? 
 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  open up with a post of my own and then follow it up with a linky of the week's top original blog posts! It's all about what the writer thinks, believes, and knows--in other words, they are active, writing blogs. 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!  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! (Affiliate links welcome!)

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