Ask Away...: 2018

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

How To Grow Your Pinterest

Over the past couple of months I've been sharing advice for bloggers and businesses for different aspects of your brand and social media.  We've talked about how to create interesting content on your blog, how to network on Twitter, and how to utilize Instagram despite all of the algorithm changes. Today it's time to discuss a very fun social network- Pinterest.  Pinterest is awesome because it uses visuals and it's so easy to share content.  It literally takes seconds and only a single click to pin something.  People are always searching Pinterest for answers, ideas, and inspiration. So how can you maximize your brand or business reach on Pinterest?  Well, here are a few tips.

Take Beautiful Photos
Photos are the selling point of a good pin so you have to pin the best photos from each of your posts.  Photos should be bright and easy to understand what they show.  Having a title on your graphic really helps catch the eye of the reader because they'll know what to expect when they click to your site.

Good Descriptions
The description area under each pin should describe what the reader will find by visiting your site and should contain relevant hashtags.  If you are trying to share a tutorial on easy wedding hair then make sure you use keywords and hashtags that relate to that. 

Pin Often
Every time you add a new blog post or a new photo, PIN IT! Pin it immediately and pin it often.  I go back through some of my most successful blog posts and re-pin the photos from them every month.  So much of my blog traffic comes from my pins so I know that regardless of the date, the post is still going viral.

Pin Other People's Photos
Share the love when it comes to growing your blog and Pinterest.  Share great content that other bloggers in your niche put out.  Everyone gets notifications of what pins get shared by whom so it can drive those pinners to visit your site and pin some of YOUR content.

Gain Pins and Followers with Giveaways
A great way to get noticed on Pinterest is to hold giveaway that have an entry where the person gets an extra entry for pinning your post.  Also you can require them to follow your Pinterest.  This is a super simple way to get your numbers to grow.   

Sell Yourself in Your Bio
The bio on your Pinterest page should tell readers what you pin, what you do, and why they will like your content.  Use a clear profile photo as well and include a link to your site.

Organize Your Boards
No one likes a cluttered page so make sure you organize all of your pins into different categories.  You can choose a description for each board and a main photo.  It's nice to have an organized Pinterest page so when people are looking through your boards they can find what they want.

Have a Pin Button on Your Site
If you don't already have a Pin button on your blog or website you need to Google how to add one.  Then there is really no excuse for people not to Pin your content.  There are buttons that can appear in the corner of a photo or even when you hover over top of the photo. 

So that all being said - Follow me on Pinterest and share a few of my pins.  And then leave a comment below with a link to YOUR Pinterest so I can follow you and return the favor! Also, other readers can join in.

What do you struggle with when it comes to Pinterest? Do you have any tips that I missed?

Ditching Bad Habits Can be Difficult, But Persistence Will Get You There

We all have certain bad habits that we know we ought to ditch. Maybe you’re still smoking even though you know the damage it does to your body. Or perhaps there’s a certain food that you know you eat way too much of, to the detriment of your health. No matter what your bad habits are, you can change them, no matter how hard it might seem to begin with. If you’re willing to persist and work hard, you’ll succeed. Here’s some more info on what you can do to change those bad habits of yours.

Clearly Envisage the Benefits of Changing

If you want to be sure that you’re going to succeed at this, you should look at the positives rather than focusing on the hardships. When you envisage the positives that are waiting for you at the end of this journey, it works as a form of motivation.

Find Replacements and Crutches

If you have a certain habit that you’re trying to ditch, it might be a good idea to find something that you can easily and quickly replace it with. For example, some people us e juice and vaping as a way to replace smoking. You could also slowly transition from that unhealthy food that you love to something more slimmed down and less calorific. This idea can provide a halfway house to your eventual end goal.

Take Inspiration From Others Around You Who Have Changed

There are plenty of other people who have been in the same situation you’re in right now. So why not take a leaf out of their book and let their stories inspire you. It could be exactly what you need. When you’ve seen proof that other people have achieved what you want to achieve, it spurs you on and shows you that just about anything is possible.

Let Go of the Past

Sometimes, you need to let go of the past before you can move forward. Many people’s bad habits are formed early in life, and they act as a form of comfort. These mental blockages can be harder to move past than any physiological addiction you might have. So it’s a good idea to talk to a professional that can help you move on from the past if that’s necessary.

When You Fail, Go Again and Do Better This Time

There are going to be times when you fail to achieve the things you wanted to. Perhaps you’ll relapse back into bad old habits that you know you’re trying to escape. When that happens, it doesn’t need to be the end of your journey. Instead, it should be the moment when you get back up, dust yourself down and go again. And this time, you should aim to go further than you did last time.

Making big changes in life is never easy, if they’re linked to bad habits and addiction, those changes only become even more difficult for you. You should be prepared to work hard, fail and try again if you’re going to get there. In the end, the only thing that will get you to where you want to be is persistence.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Fun Games For Younger Children

Keeping your kids entertained can be a nightmare and whilst sometimes it may seem impossible, it is anything but. There are plenty of games out there that cater to toddlers and it’s good to make use of them in this all-important time of development.


The Hokey-Pokey, otherwise known as Hokey-Cokey in the UK, is a classic game that teaches your kids how to remember the names of their body parts, right and left, and how to follow directions. To begin playing it, you will need to
teach your child the song and then you can begin singing and dancing whilst teaching them and entertaining them. Once the song has become easy for your child, and they know all of their body parts with ease, you may want to consider modifying the song. This allows you to teach them the names and body parts of animals and creatures that aren’t human, and it means you can keep playing until they lose interest.

Mobile Apps

If you have a modern mobile phone or a tablet, you can find many
interactive games for your kids to play. These games are great for teaching your child because they are often free and provide hours of stimulation and entertainment, without needing much input from yourself. This means you can sit back and relax for a change as your youngster’s cognitive ability improves.

 Board Games

Board games have had years of development and have been used to entertain children of all ages way before modern technology has been around. This means that there are numerous board
games for 3-year-olds which are specifically designed to target certain skills, or even a range of them. Being relatively easy to set up, easily transportable, and highly replayable, board games are a strong choice for teaching toddlers various skills such as cognitive skills, sharing, memory, teamwork, and more.

Bean-Bag Toss

Bean-bag toss is a game that helps develop motor skills and colour matching by throwing bean-bags into the appropriate areas. To set up the game you need a reasonable amount of space, some coloured bean-bags, and some coloured tape or string. Using the tape/string, you will create coloured spaces with a size of your choice and get your child to throw the bean-bags to the area that matches its colour. After playing this, you should notice an improvement in their ability to match colours and, hopefully, their ability to throw. There are various ways to make the game more difficult as your child becomes more skilled, such as extending the distance from the target and using multi-coloured bean-bags and areas.

Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is a great way to let your kids use their energy whilst improving their ability to follow instructions, hone memory skills, and in some cases – boost teamwork. The basic objective of this game is to give your toddler a name of an object or a visual shape of an object and encourage them to look for one that fits that criteria. By doing so, they will learn various things depending on what task you gave them such as colour, shape, name, size and more.

It is recommended that you play some of these games in playgroups to encourage team work and to allow the games to be played to their full extent. Enjoy a relaxing reprieve in your busy schedule or a fun playtime with your kid!

What's All the Rage About CBD Hemp Oil? + A Giveaway

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If you haven't heard of CBD (Cannabidiol) Hemp Oil lately, then you must be living under a rock.  Everyone seems to be talking about using it and how beneficial it is.  So today's post is going to explain a lot of things you may be wondering.

What is CBD Hemp Oil?
CBD Hemp Oil is made from high-CBD, low-THC hemp.  Hemp only contains trace amounts of THC which means hemp oil products are non-psychoactive.

Is it legal?
Yes, because it contains no psychoactive ingredients.   

How is CBD Hemp Oil different from THC Oil?
CBD is found in the cannabis plant and it interacts with our naturally occurring systems without being psychotropic.  This means it doesn't cause a high.  So it's technically safer and less controversial than it's counterpart but it still offers significant health benefits.   

How does it help the body?
CBD interacts with your body's endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) which regulars your body's general state of balance.   That means it impacts stuff like your mood, sleep, appetite, hormones, and pain/immune response.  This system is designed to correct your body's levels when they become imbalanced.  Your amazing body makes it's own cannabinoids! Unfortunately this day and age we as humans are doing little to support the health of this system because most of us don't have cannabinoids in our everyday diet. 

In what forms can you take CBD Hemp Oil?
It comes in so many different forms like capsules, gels, oils, and rubs. My favorite way to use it is topically in the form of Real Time Pain Relief HEMP Oil Plus.  

HEMP Oil Plus is an on the spot relief from pain and stiffness.  It's got a light feel and an invigorating smell and it's made with 4 new key ingredients - Turmeric Extract, Peppermint Oil, Wasabi Extract, and Hemp Oil.  Hemp Oil delivers antioxidants, fatty acids, and minerals to skin while Turmeric Extract has a positive affect on collagen and skin tissue.  Peppermint oil soothes and promotes blood flow leaving a nice little tingle while Wasabi Extract warms up stiff muscles and leaves an invigorating sensation on your skin. 

I love using this lotion every time I have super sore and tense muscles in my shoulders and neck from sleeping in a bad position.  It helps SO MUCH and gives me quick relief.  I also am very impressed at how much it helps my sore muscles after a really intense workout. It's got a much more pleasant scent than any other pain relief product I've tried. 

So today I have an exciting giveaway for you! You can see the benefits of Hemp Oil for yourself by entering to win a tube from Real Time Pain Relief! Good luck!

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How To Love Your Car

Cars play a very important role in more people’s lives. From taking you to work or school to giving you the freedom to go away on a whim, most will value the power their auto gives them. Of course, though, it takes a little more than taking advantage of your vehicle to truly love it, and it can be easy to ignore this crucial tool until it finally fails you. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the ways you can work to inspire a love for your car.

Choosing The Right Motor

This all starts with the vehicle itself, and you will have to work on this before you ever buy it. It will take quite a bit of research to find the perfect motor for you, with test drives being essential, and comparison sites being very helpful. Along with finding something which is popular, it’s a good idea to make a list of the main features you want from your car. For example, if you were looking for family transport, you’d want something with enough seats for everyone, along with the fuel economy to get you around affordably.

Of course, even if you’re buying something for entirely sensible purposes, you have a great chance to make your vehicle just a little bit more fun. Finding the best performance car 2018 could give you the chance to find an option which provides for your daily needs, while also ticking the boxes when you’re looking for fun over the weekends. Fast, luxury, and technologically advanced cars come in loads of shapes and sizes. You don’t have to get something which costs a small fortune, just a motor which you can enjoy.

Keeping It In Perfect Condition

Next, it’s time to think about keeping your car on the road, and how you will handle this part of the job. When you’re trying to cultivate a love for something, you need to do more than simply keeping it acceptable, though, and a lot of people will want to go further with this. Regular servicing is one of the best ways to keep your car on the road. Not only will this help you to identify issues before they strike, but it will also enable you to keep your car running smoothly, making each drive as pleasurable as possible.

Keeping a car in the very best condition takes more than repairs, and you will also need to consider keeping it clean, too. In a lot of places, car washing services can be found very cheaply, giving you an easy way to handle this job. Along with this, it could also be worth finding a good value vacuum cleaner for the inside of the vehicle. This will enable you to clean up small messes without having to pay or waste time. Working like this will make sure that you’re always happy driving.

Making It Better

Finally, as the last area to consider, it’s time to think about some of the ways which people like to improve their car. There are loads of aftermarket upgrades which can be added to your motor. Provided you don’t have a warranty which could be lost, making small changes which improve your car’s performance could be a fun weekend project, and it doesn’t have to cost much at all. If you find some guides online, you should be able to use eBay to find all of the components you need to handle basic jobs.

Entertainment is key when you’re on the road, and a lot of car manufacturers are aware of this. The speakers your car comes equipped with are likely to be very good, providing ample volume and good enough quality. Of course, though, anything in the world of audio can be improved, with car stereos and speakers being a huge market. These can often be added to your car with very minimal fuss. Along with this, you could also consider the idea of some screens in your car, as long as they won’t compromise your safety on the road.

Loving the car you have to drive everyday is very important. You may not have the chance to pick the exact car you want, or may have to keep it free from upgrades going into the future. One of these options, at least, should work for you. There are loads of further guides out there which can help you to find new appreciation for your car. This will take some learning, but it will be worth it once you have the car of your dreams.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Incredible Causes Of The Worst Body Pains

Did you know 11 percent of people in America suffer from chronic pain? It’s true, and you could be one of them. The worst part is that most of these people have no idea what’s causing their pain. There’s even a word used for people with pain like this, and that word is fibromyalgia. If you have fibromyalgia, there’s some bad news. It’s used by doctors to describe pain with a cause that they can’t find. In the case of this condition, many doctors believe it is purely psychological. However, other experts disagree and claim that there is a physical cause, we just haven’t found it yet.

Of course, fibromyalgia is just one cause of the pain that you might experience. Let’s look at some of the other incredible causes that make your back, your leg, your neck and your head, ache.

Is It All In My Head?

It could be. As weird as this sounds there is evidence to suggest that emotional issues can manifest as physical pain or a physical condition. For instance, you might be stressed due to pressures at work. This can manifest in a flinch or a tick that you simply can’t get rid of. It can even be quite painful. Alternatively, if you are having trouble in your relationship, you might find that pain develops in your lower back. Why does this happen? Researchers have suggested that it’s a way for your mind to deal with an issue head-on. If there’s a pain, it can be understood and dealt with. Luckily, like typical pains, these do tend to go away with meds and other traditional treatments. However, if you address the emotional cause, they will disappear completely.

A Broken Bed

It is possible that your bed is broken and you haven’t even realised it. If your bed is broken, it won’t be providing the right level of support, and it may be sinking down in certain areas. If this is happening, you can bet you will be waking up most mornings with severe pain in your back. Check underneath your bed to see if any of the panels are broken. You might even find it’s the mattress that has seen too much wear and tear. If that’s the case, you should consider replacing it all with a new panel bed. Due to their design, these can be very comfortable and provide the level of support that you need for your back.

Fatty Food

Finally, you might be surprised to hear that food can actually be the cause of chronic pain in your body. It’s absolutely true to say that certain foods have been linked by researchers to certain pain such as aches in the lower back. It seems to be particularly prominent for those who love their red meat. So, if you are constantly finding that your back aches, you might want to consider laying off those deluxe steaks when you eat out.

We hope you found this information interesting and perhaps even helpful when you’re trying to find the cause of your own body pains.

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Pixie's First Month As A Therapy Dog

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It's officially been one month since Pixie and I began volunteering for KPETS, a local pet therapy organization and we've had quite the experience!  

 It started off with a visit to a local school in an emotional support classroom setting and Pixie had a blast with the kids! It was a one time only thing but I hope we get to do more classroom visits in the future. 

Then we officially started our regular weekly visits to a local facility where Dementia patients live. 

 There are 4 residents that we are assigned to visit with and we love them.   After the first 2 visits I noticed that not only were our regular residents beginning to recognize and remember Pixie but other residents in the facility remember her.   I can't even walk down the hall anymore without a line of folks waiting to see her! 

Pixie loves laying with the residents and playing around.  It's a very rewarding experience.

We are also starting a monthly visit to a rehab facility and a nursing home. 

Of course whenever Pixie is done with her work she gets rewarded with a treat.  Right now I'm using Blue Buffalo Wilderness Trail Treats in Salmon Flavor from Chewy which I break up into smaller pieces for her.  She's usually exhausted after our visits so the protein in these treats gives her a high-protein boost.  I'm also very picky with treats because with Pixie's tiny size she can get gassy very easily.  I have no issues with that with Blue Wilderness Biscuits.  They have no by-product meals and no gluten, grains, corn, wheat, or soy.  If you're looking for a nice all natural treat for your meat loving dog, these are a great choice, especially for training. 


Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Top Expenditures To Budget For On Your RV Camping Trip

Easily the most important part of preparing for your RV camping trip, even if it’s not the most fun, is budgeting for each the expenditures.

One of the big appeals to RV camping trips as a family vacation is that they are significantly cheaper in comparison to alternatives such as flying or staying in hotels.

Nonetheless, this does not at all mean that RV trips are cheap, and you still will need to set aside a fair amount of money.

Here are the top expenditures you will need to budget for on your RV camping trip:

Renting The RV

The first and primary cost of the trip will be actually renting the RV. Outdoorsy is an excellent resource to help you find RV’s with the best rates in your area.

How much can you anticipate to spend on renting an RV? It really depends on who you’re renting it from and on the size of your RV, but as a general rule, anticipate to spend around $100 on the low end and possible over $200 on the high end.

Assuming you spend around $150 a day renting an RV and are going on a week long RV trip, that means it would cost you around $1,050 to rent the RV for that week.


Fuel is another large expense for RV trips. It’s no secret that motorhomes are not exactly fuel efficient vehicles.

To calculate how much you’re going to be spending on fuel, you’ll need to take the length of miles of your trip and divide it by the miles per gallon rate of your particular RV. Then, you will take the resulting figure and multiple it by the price of gasoline.

On average, an RV should get around ten miles per gallon. With the average fuel prices of today hovering around $2.60, and assuming that you go on a one thousand mile long trip, you can expect to pay approximately $260 in fuel prices for this example.


RV campground fees are actually not quite as high as you may have anticipated. They can vary drastically in price, from as low as $15 a night to as high as $200 for the luxury and in-demand locations.

Most RV campgrounds, however, will cost in the vicinity of $30 to $50. There may also be added fees for having children and pets, though most don’t (FYI, if an RV park has added fees for kids and children, it’s likely a sign that they prefer you not have them).

If we take the middle number of $40 for a week long trip, that comes out to $280 for a full seven nights. It’s certainly cheaper than staying at a hotel.


You’ll need to budget for both the food you bring with you and the food you plan on buying restaurants. If you’re conscious of cost, bringing you own food will definitely be a cheaper option in comparison to eating out.

The good news about budgeting for food is that it is the expense you have the most control over. You don’t get to control how much your RV costs to rent or what the cost of fuel per gallon is, but you do get to choose which foods you want to bring with you so can keep the expense down as much as possible.

If there is another piece of advice to be given in regards to food on RV trips, it’s to plan each individual meal ahead of time, so you know exactly what you’ll be eating for each meal on each day. This is the only way you can truly take the total cost of food into account.

Budgeting For Your RV Trip

Budgeting is an important component of planning for any type of vacation. Make a list of each of these expenditures on an Excel spreadsheet and calculate how much you anticipate to spend on each one. Don’t allow any expense to be overlooked.

As a whole, going on an RV camping trip may actually not be as expensive as you think. If you’re extremely budget conscious and you want to go on the cheapest trip possible, with the cheapest RV rental, the cheapest food and campground, and with a short duration and travel distance between you and your destination, it is possible to spend less than a thousand dollars on a fun and memorable RV trip.

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Is Your Home Ready For A Natural Disaster?

We think we have enough of our plates at home without another threat to worry about. We’re forever thinking about keeping things organized, making payments, and trying to find subtle new ways in which to better the atmosphere and design of our rooms. But there’s something else lurking in the darkness, too: natural disasters! With the climate ever increasingly unpredictable, a lot of homes that were ordinarily under no threat at all have suddenly found themselves in a potential disaster zone.


Learn the Threats

Before you can figure out how you’re going to handle the threats to your home, you’ll need to figure out what the threats actually are. For example, have you been receiving more rainfall than usual, and is your home located at a low elevation? Then you’re likely at risk of some sort of flooding. Alternatively, you could have the opposite problem. Some places are getting hotter and drier than they’ve ever been. If you live in an area with a lot of dry trees around, then you might have an issue with wildfires during the summer months. Whatever the potential problem is, you’ll be in a good position to handle them once you know what they are.

Perform a Review

Just because the elements have gone a bit haywire, that doesn’t mean that your home is automatically under threat. You’ll only know about how well prepared your property is once you’ve performed a review. Walk around the home, and perform a risk-assessment: are there are any areas of the home that look especially vulnerable to the weather? If you don’t know what you’re looking for, then consider hiring a professional to conduct the review. They might just show you something that could save your home from disaster once it's been taken care of.

Take Precautions

It’s rare for the elements just to batter an area without warning. That’s why we have all of those weather stations! As such, you’ll be well-served for developing a plan for securing your most important belongings once the sirens of the coming weather have been sounded. If you’re
expecting heavy rainfall, then you should move all of your electrical items away from the ground floor. You may also wish to do things like invest in strong wind resistant shutters for your windows. The weather won’t be able to do your home much harm if there’s no way for it to get in!

Get Covered

It’s not what happens to you that counts; it’s how you respond that matters. When it comes to your home, that means making sure you’re sufficiently covered in case the worst should happen. Take a look at your home insurance policy, and make sure that it covers damage caused by the elements. If you don’t own your home, then you can get renters insurance from a company like
Amistad Insurance Services. Most renters don’t think to get insurance, but it can be invaluable in an emergency; many policies will put you up in alternative accommodation if your property is temporarily unlivable, for example.

Load up on Supplies

It can seem like the bad weather comes in one big rush, but this isn’t always the case - stormy weather can stick around for days! And you might just find that you’re trapped in your home for a while. This doesn’t automatically have to be bad news, however. If you have enough
supplies to see you through the weather, then you’ll be able to carry on until it's passed by and you can enter the outside world again. Load up your pantry with non-perishable goods, buy a few big bottles of water, and also a flashlight. You might just appreciate a few board games or a pack of cards, too.

Backup Important Documents

Your home is important, but the walls and roof are things that can be repaired and replaced. The real value of the home might just be what’s included inside. Take your important documents, for instance. Things like birth certificates, your laptop, and hard drives might be irreplaceable. For your hard copy items, make sure they’re kept in a secure spot, one that can’t be affected by water. For the digital stuff, make sure you’re keeping everything you absolutely need to keep in cloud storage, online.

Stay Up to Date

You never know what the weather is going to do in the future. The threats that exist today might cease, and be replaced by new ones. As such, you’ll be well-served by routinely reviewing your home’s defenses and making sure it’s protected from the new threats.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Give Your Wardrobe A Fresh Start || 5 Items To Replace

The weather's nice, the air is fresh, and you're more motivated to wear bright fun colors and patterns because Spring is finally here!  This is also the time when people get motivated to go through their closet and get rid of things they are no longer fond of as well as add some new items to freshen up your options.  But there are some items in your all-season wardrobe that get neglected and they are items that it's always worth refreshing.  So when you are tossing and donating the old and making a list of the new, don't neglect these 5 items that could use a good refresh!

We were are undergarments so much that we tend to just look past the stretching, tiny holes, or uncomfortable fit.  In fact some of us feel guilty getting new underwear or bras for ourselves.  Well, that has to stop.  Dump out your underwear drawer and line up your bras.  Get rid of anything with holes, anything that's shrunk too much, and anything that looks like you've had it for 20 years or more.  I'm telling you that when the clothing closest to your skin is fresh and new and fun, you will feel so much better.  Look at your bras and see if there's any parts coming apart or if the bras seem stretched and worn.  Then head out to the store and find the best deal possible on some fresh undies and sparkling new bras!

Socks get so neglected and even though they get holes in them sometimes we don't even notice.  The bottoms will be thinned out and until you step in a puddle inside your home in socks with a hole, you likely don't think to get rid of them.  Get out all of your socks and spread them on your bed.  Get rid of any that don't have matches, have holes, or are paper thin on the bottom.   Then make a shopping list of the ankle height, color, and material you need before you hit the store. 

Once again there's something to be said for feeling great even in the clothing you sleep in.  I wear the same couple sets of pajamas on a constant basis so they do wear out pretty quickly.  Inspect all your tops and bottoms for stretching, fraying fabric, and if anything squeezes and makes you uncomfortable it's gotta go!   Then look for anything that you NEVER wear and get rid of it.  I used to have tons of long sleeved pajama tops but never wore them because I get hot when I sleep, so why was I holding onto them?? Then get out there and get some new jammies!

Makeup can actually go bad.  So if you've had anything for over a couple of years it may be time to toss it.  Also ask yourself why you don't wear some of the unused makeup.  Maybe you just don't like the colors so then why are you still holding onto it?   I go through my makeup collection every 2 years.  I make a list of anything I'm running low on and then I stock up when I find coupons or deals. This is also a good time to wash makeup brushes and toss anything that's broken.

Workout Gear
If you work out on a regular basis chances are you need to refresh your workout wardrobe every couple of years.  Even though we wash these items, they can still harbor bacteria over time.  Check sports bras for the proper fit, replace any workout pants that are ridden with holes, and invest in some new tops to keep your wardrobe fun and motivating.  I'm telling you that when you have some cute outfits to wear, you're more likely to put them on and get moving!

When's the last time you refreshed any of these items in your wardrobe?

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Some Things I'm Loving Lately for Spring

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From time to time I like to post a roundup of some of the products and things I'm really into and why.   Now that it's Spring and the weather is nice it's really got me motivated to embrace it.  Before it was like a tease with warm weather in March one week and then snow the next!

So check out some of the stuff I'm lovin'!

New Sandals from Third Oak
Third Oak is a relatively new brand of footwear responsibly made in America.  Their styles are meant to empower you but also embrace a more eco-conscious way of life.  They are made from a vegan bio-based material that comes from soy!   And using a recyclable material like this allows the brand to operate a closed-loop recycling process that will leave this great planet safe for future generations!  

The sad truth is that less than 1% of shoes are manufactured in the Unites States and even les than that are made responsibly.  But if you need even more of a reason to stock up on sandals from this brand, look no further. 

They are super stylish and come in awesome neutral colors and metallic too! I have Scout Moss Gold and I wear them with EVERYTHING.

They have a really good tread on the bottom and are shaped just enough that they support my arches and are very comfortable for all-day wear. 

I love that they are super stylish but very practical.   And at $30 a pair, they are very affordable for a long-lasting investment. 

T-Tapp for Fitness and Health

So if you know me in my real life, you've likely heard me talking about fascia and how instead of traditional massages, I opt for fascia release sessions.  Well I'm in Heaven now because I discovered T-Tapp.  It's a fascia exercise program that involves specific movements designed to activate muscles and it helps lengthen and strengthen muscle and bones.  It's also beneficial with lowering blood sugar, balancing hormones, cinching in the core, reducing inflammation, detoxing, and losing 1 to 2 sizes in a single month with just 15 minutes of workouts 3-4 times a week.  The best part is that there's NO equipment necessary and you can do it in the comfort of your own home with a DVD or online instructions.

I got the Posture Power DVD and the online Digital More Than A Workout Seminar and the Brush instructions (for a skin brush).  The More Than A Workout Seminar DVD was awesome and very helpful at explaining how and why Teresa's T-Tapp Method of muscle and fascia activation is so effective.  It's just one set of repetitions!!!   Teresa teaches exercises which were easy to follow and very easy to do but I could tell they were still effective.  She also showed me how to increase muscle activation throughout the day no matter what I'm doing, whether I'm working on my computer or waiting in line at the grocery store.  It was a very motivational DVD!

The Posture Power Walk DVD was so helpful.  It gives you 2 indoor walking workouts and helps you create a T-Tapp Method anytime you walk so you can work towards your inch and weight loss wherever and whenever.  It explains how full fiber activation of different muscles can help maximize their development and how it can actually sculpt your body.  I mean I walk enough as it is so there's no excuse for me to not adapt this method to my everyday life!

The CRT Skin Tightening Body Brush is awesome!  It's a stiff all natural body brush made from plant fibers that allow the stimulation of skin to help with exfoliation, detoxification, and improving circulation.  Think of it as a way of exercising your skin.  You can use it wet or dry. It really helps tighten and tone skin.  It feels super good to use so it was so easy to incorporate into my weekly routine.

So did it work? Well, I think so because I definitely don't fill out my clothing as much which means I must have lost an inch or two.  I noticed my belly feels a lot flatter and I've definitely toned up.

Also another thing I'm loving is how the weather is finally getting nicer!   I'm venturing out into the screened in porch more and the pups are really enjoying laying around.   And of course my rat Charlotte loves sitting in my lap on the porch.  If you have a critter like this, just know that they do enjoy the outdoor air as long as they are safe and secure. Don't let them roam around and risk having them run off or eat something that could be poisonous.  Having treats nearby can help.

I just keep a little bag of Kaytee Pop-A-Rounds from Chewy handy. This way Charlotte doesn't feel the need to eat random things and try to run off.   Kaytee Pop-A-Rounds are made of all natural ingredients and have nutritious ingredients like peanuts and are sweetened with honey.  Treats like this are a great way to fight off boredom whether they're in their cage or hanging out with you. Plus these snacks come in a resealable bag and have no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.

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