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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Losing Myself in Coloring

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In case you haven't noticed lately I've been coloring A LOT!    And I absolutely love it. It's so enjoyable and relaxing.  In a way it's mindless but it still requires a decent amount of concentration and focus.  I wanted to show you some of my favorite books and pages lately....


This first one is sooooo neat! It's the Look Up Coloring Book and inside are such unique and intricate pages to color!



There are some really silly and simple pages which are nice when I don't have much time and don't want to figure out a color scheme.





And then there are unique almost dream-like pages.  I love coloring those types!







The pictures are all inspired by new perspectives on things.  I love the unique patterns mixed in with realistic everyday items or objects. 






On days where I'm feeling fancy I get REALLY INTO coloring in The Little Mermaid Coloring Book (based on the Hans Christian Andersen story). I've always loved mermaids and I enjoy coloring people so this is the best of both worlds.








I love giving each of the mermaid sisters a different look.







This book is one of the most beautiful I've colored in.  It has awesome fish and seashells to color and I love how it tells the story on each page.   I get really into the scales when I color in this book, as you can see!



This one is the Ultimate Coloring Classic Pinups book and I am in love with this new way of adding color.   I wasn't sure what to do at first but quickly realized using two shades of the same color makes it look AMAZING!



It seriously looks like the painting!!!! I can't believe how much I enjoy this book.  It's really cool because I've always loved pinup girls and now I get to color them in!







See how I did more shading in that one?   It's super easy and fun.  

If you need some more gift ideas for people on your list and you know they enjoy coloring - definitely check these coloring books out! I'll share more of my colored pages as I fill them in!


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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Common Life Situations That Could Leave You Broke (And How To Prevent This Outcome)



Whether you’re a materialistic person or not, the importance of personal finance cannot be ignored for a second.




Money does make the world turn, and there are multiple situations that can hinder your happiness. These can range from entering process with a lack of knowledge to encountering unexpected situations. Here are some of the most frequent situations, along with what can be done to prevent major problems.

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Buying a home. Purchasing a property is one of the biggest things you’ll ever do, but it has the potential to ruin your finances too. Many first-time buyers underestimate the impact of taxes, property surveys, and other hidden costs. Experts at Nerdwallet have provided some useful tips for gaining help on the down payment. But you must also speak to advisors about the other expenses. Entering the process with a clear and truthful image of the situation is vital. Otherwise, you could be forced to sell in no time.




Getting married. Finding the love of your life is one of the best feelings in the world, and you should be allowed to enjoy it. While the wedding day is a special occasion, it shouldn’t cause problems for the rest of your life. In truth, it’s likely to be the best day of your lives regardless of the finer details. From personal experience, I can categorically tell you that you needn’t spend the earth to have the perfect day. Besides, sticking to a budget allows you to start married life on the strongest foot.




Divorce. On the other hand, statistics show that a lot of couples will break up too. Adjusting to life as a one-income household is tough enough in itself, but there are plenty of other factors to consider. The harsh reality is that you may need to cut back on luxury items or find ways of living a more modest life. Meanwhile, relinquishing assets that you no longer need or want can enable you to get back on your feet far sooner. Given the emotional challenges faced at this moment, removing the financial problems is a must.






Illness. Everyone suffers minor illnesses from time to time. However, it’s the major physical health concerns that can cause you to face financial problems. Discount cards for cheaper medical prescriptions will serve you well. Sadly, injuries can also impact your earning potential. When you’ve fallen victim to negligent actions, experts at Babcock Partners can help you gain financial compensation. This will at least enable you to focus on getting back to full health. After all, encountering long-term problems due to someone else’s behavior isn’t right.





Home damages. Whether the property is hit by weather damage or the effects of time, putting things right can be very costly. Unfortunately, those issues tend to crop up at the worst times imaginable. Home insurance will keep you protected, and services like State Farm provide great coverage. In the meantime, though, it’s vital that you keep an eye out for possible signs of damp and leaks. Do this while protecting the home with increased security too, and it’ll be a far more comfortable place to live. In truth, those financial rewards are simply a bonus.




These tips won’t suddenly make you rich, but they will give you the best chance of keeping your head afloat even in the most difficult situations. Frankly, that’s all anyone can ask for.











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Monday, December 11, 2017

Conservation + Coloring = The Perfect Hobby

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Ever since I was a little girl I have always cared about the environment.  I remember a time when I started my own club called the Earth Savers (I was the only member) and since I wasn't old enough to drive (lol) I wondered how I could do anything to help clean up the Earth.  So I started walking up and down my street picking trash (even cigarette butts!) up off the street and putting them in a brown lunch bag to throw away. Sometimes I see kids doing stuff like this nowadays and it makes me so happy. Conservation of species and natural resources are two very important things that we should make a priority during our lifetime. 

Another thing I really enjoy doing these days is coloring.  So recently I had the best of both worlds when I got this You Can Save the Earth Coloring Book!

This coloring book is so cool and it would be great even for kids!  It's very educational, beautiful, and fun.  It does a great job of inspiring environmental appreciation and focusing on the importance of sustainability.  Our planet is so fragile and we need to start caring much more than we currently do. 

 

The book has two sections.  One section explains 7 reasons why it's so important to take care of the earth, explaining how we are all connected, and how important every aspect of the planet is.  

The second section details the ways in which we can focus on conservation and sustainability in our everyday life.  The pictures combine human things like electric cords with natural things like trees and flowers.  It's so beautiful and educational.  I wish they had kids color in these types of books in elementary school.  I think it would make a major impact at a younger age. 







I love some of the quotes you'll find throughout the coloring book and I plan on tearing some of these pages out and displaying them at my cubicle at work. 

















I highly recommend this book (it's only $9.95) for anyone and everyone.  It would be a great stocking stuffer or gift idea for virtually anyone on your list that enjoys coloring and being creative.  You can purchase it here from Hatherleigh Press.



Coloring is such a great hobby for myself now that the weather is cold and it gets dark so early.  I no longer can sit out on my screened in porch or work in the yard so I need something to do to pass the time but also to keep me from mindlessly eating in front of the TV, one of my worst habits!

Coloring has helped me relax after stressful days and it lets me embrace my creative and colorful (literally) side! If you are like me and you want to find an affordable and enjoyably low key hobby, you should definitely try coloring!




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