Ask Away Blog: January 2020

5 Healthy Mediterranean Recipes For Weight-loss

Tuesday, January 28, 2020


The Mediterranean diet has long been considered one of the healthiest in the world, combining whole fruits and vegetables with lean proteins and healthy fats to create a sustainable way of eating that can help to fight heart disease, cancer, and obesity. So if you’re ready to give it a try and then here are 5 healthy Mediterranean recipes that will help you kickstart your weight loss.

What is Sustainable Energy?




Sustainable energy is being talked about a lot these days, not just as a way to take better care of this planet, but also as a solution that could even save money over the long run (solar energy especially). The benefits of sustainable energy are very important. This type of energy can reduce pollution and make our country less reliant on foreign oil.

The Changes in Nurse-Patient Interactions

Monday, January 27, 2020



Nursing is a role that has changed a lot over the years. Many things are different about nursing today compared to 100 or even 50 years ago. The responsibilities of a nurse have changed, and the way that nurses interact with patients is also different compared to how it was in the past. Interactions between nurses and patients have changed in some major ways, improving for the better.

Books I Recommend You Read [January]

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January means staying cozy and warm with some good books. Check out what I've been reading lately! Click on the image of each book to purchase!


7 Ways to Stay Sane During the Cold Winter Months

Friday, January 24, 2020



Winter has descended and in some areas, it's proving to be a long cold one. When the days grow shorter and the temperatures start to drop, people find themselves having to stay inside a whole lot more. This can lead to everything from weight gain to depression. Here are some sure-fire ways to beat the winter blues.

What's In My Bag This Month?




If you are anything like me (nosy) you like to see what other people carry in their handbags, right? Well, you're in luck today then because I figured I'd do a quick post about what's in my big ol' bag!


Tips To Protect Your Personal Details Online

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Your personal details should be kept that way, but often enough, a lot of people will fall victim to fraud or data theft when browsing online. It can happen easily, so it’s important that you don’t land yourself in that same hot water. Here are some tips to protect your personal details online.

How To Build You Body Confidence




In our image-obsessed world, there are hundreds and thousands of images of airbrushed models and celebrities that give people unrealistic aims for how they want their body to look, and how they think it should look. There are many celebrities now taking a stand and showing what their photos looked like before they were airbrushed so everyone can see the difference. However, now that it has had its impact, people need to work hard to feel confident in their bodies. It is not necessary to change how you look physically, but you can if you want to, it is about changing how people perceive themselves mentally and making sure that you prioritize your own self-care.

Why We Ignore Our Own Cries For Help

Wednesday, January 22, 2020





From a young age, many children are taught that crying is a bad or unhelpful thing. We’re taught this, to toughen us up to their dangers of the world. In some ways, you can see why the older generation may have done this. They went through very turbulent times both politically and economically. However, the more we understand about mental health, the more we should turn our back on this way of thinking. It can lead to one of the most unhelpful things of all; ignoring your own cries for support. You may have this trait in your personality but you’re most likely completely unaware of it. Here are a few ways how you could be self-regulating your cries for help.

How To Get A Good Night's Sleep


Getting good, quality sleep can make a huge difference in your life. Almost half the population has, at some point, had problems sleeping (Source: WebMD). Poor sleep has been linked to higher levels of depression, obesity, and heart disease.

How To Appreciate Nature in the Winter



Since the beginning of time, human beings have thrived in nature. But overtime, we’ve become more separated from it and it’s really taken a toll on us. Even just 20 minutes outside can brighten your mood and it’s actually better for your health. Why do you think your mother always told you to go outside and get some fresh air?

Why Hearing Loss Doesn’t Have to Weigh You Down

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

 
Hearing loss is an irreversible condition that a lot of people in the world experience to some degree. However, a lot of people don’t understand that it’s a condition that doesn’t need to weigh you down. In this post, we’re going to be talking about how you can overcome hearing loss and even outright prevent it from occurring in the first place.

Tried and True Life Hacks

Monday, January 20, 2020



If you’re anything like me, you squeal inside when you stumble upon an article about life hacks. There’s always different ones each time it seems. Today I’m going to share some of my own lifehacks with you guys. These are ones that I’ve discovered elsewhere or just figured out myself that I use on a regular basis to save money, time, and energy or to just make life a bit easier.

How Safe Is It To Breathe The Air In Your Home?

Saturday, January 18, 2020

 

We don’t want to be too sensitive to risk, ever worrying about the next potential disaster around the corner. However, when it comes to people with allergies or respiratory issues such as asthma, then air quality is something you must take seriously. To that end, we have to ask, how safe is it to breathe the air in your home?

Three Things You Can Do to Improve Your Health Today

Friday, January 17, 2020

Was one of your resolutions this year to be healthier? Do you want to eat more greens or exercise more? It's good to resolve to be healthy, but vague goals can sometimes be more hurtful than harmful: if you don't have a good plan, you can get discouraged by your lack of progress and quit not even a month into the year.
Instead of nebulous, long-term goals, focus on short-term things you can achieve today. Improving your health takes time. Use these three tricks to start your health journey with a single step each day.

Who Is Responsible for Medical Bills if Your Child Is Hit By a Car?



Few things can kick you into overdrive like your child being injured.

Children can sustain injuries in several different ways, but being hit by a car as a pedestrian is certainly one of the worst. This can often come with lifelong complications that impair their ability to walk, function or think.

Nobody wants to imagine their child being the victim of a pedestrian-car accident, but it can happen. Teaching children how to safely cross the street is a great way to mitigate this, but it won’t always protect them against a poor driver’s mistakes.

Should your child ever get hit by a car, you’ll want to know who’s responsible for the medical bills. This isn’t as straightforward as you might think, so we’ll explain how this is determined below.
 

A Day in the Life of Me




Ever wonder what it’s like to be me? Okay, probably not, but I’m going to tell you anyways. I like these types of posts when other bloggers do them because it’s fun to be nosey and understand other people’s lives. So here you go…

Healthy Coping Mechanisms When Life Gets Tough

Thursday, January 16, 2020



No matter where you are in life, there are things that will test you and things that will force you to reevaluate things. Drugs, alcohol, self-harm, food restrictions, and more can be a result of searching for coping mechanisms.

Some are in order not to feel; others are to gain some control over something. No matter where you are in life, it is always the perfect time to create healthy coping mechanisms for when life feels like it is a little bit too much.
Photo by Tim Goedhart on Unsplash

Clever Ways To Save Money Around The Home Office

 
Working from home has become very popular in recent years. There are numerous reasons why this option is preferred, such as flexible work hours and no commutes. Another huge benefit of having a home-based business is the low overhead. However, that doesn’t mean you can be frivolous with your money. Although creating a home office is a relatively inexpensive process, there are costs to be wary of. With that in mind, here are six clever ways you can save money.

Make Moving Home Easy With These Handy Packing Hacks

Wednesday, January 15, 2020


If you have plans to move in the near future, then it helps to prepare by establishing an efficient packing routine that can help you move all of your items in the least amount of time and with a minimal amount of effort. To help make things easy, we’ve prepared a list of packing hacks that will make your move organized and smooth.

Dog Mom Life Hacks





As a dog mom of 4 Chihuahuas (and all of them being 10 or older), I would say I have a decent amount of experience on the products and hacks that make dog mom life easier. So I figured I’d share them today because sometimes reading about hacks and tips NOW can help you when you’re brainstorming for an idea in the future.

6 Reasons To Shop Second Hand This Year

Monday, January 13, 2020




We live in a highly commercialized society with advertisements and marketing enticing us to spend every which way we turn and as a result, our world is suffering. 2020 has been labeled the year of action against climate change and just one of the ways you can make a difference is by reducing your consumption of the world’s valuable resources and switching to shopping second hand. Not fully convinced? Then here are 6 reasons to consider shopping second hand this year.

How To Survive the Winter Blues


As beautiful as snow falling on the ground may be in the beginning, we all reach a point when you live in an area that gets harsh winters, where you literally just can’t take it anymore. You’re going stir crazy inside because you’re trapped in the house, it’s too cold and windy to go outside in nature every day, and you feel like you’ve run out of things to do. That’s probably because our society is always on the go so when we have to quiet time and down time for ourselves it drives us nuts, but there are several ways you can survive this. In other countries in fact, the cold months are celebrated through the little things like cozy blankets, sitting by a fire and journaling, snuggling with friends and family, eating and drinking things that nourish and warm your body and soul, and pampering your body. So are we doing it all wrong here? Maybe. But the best I can do is offer you some tips to survive the remaining next few months, and no matter what, remember that the warmer days are coming!

My New Enlightened Anonymous Bracelet

Sunday, January 12, 2020


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Everyone knows I'm a sucker for a cute bracelet and I'm well known for walking around with my wrists stacked full of them, so it's no surprise I especially love bracelets that come in stackable sets.  Today I want to show you my adorable newest addition.


Things You Can Sell for Money After Decluttering Your Home

Wednesday, January 8, 2020


If you have time to make money, and you have a home that needs decluttered and purged, that means you can invest a few moments each day, to try and sell some of the stuff you no longer want or need. But when I say this to most people, they simply say that they are sure they don’t have anything of value and that no one would want their stuff. I’m going to let you in on a secret…. I know what stuff sells. So, take a look around your house, and if you have any of these items, consider listing them online, selling them at a yard sale, or in local marketplace groups.

Wellness: The Buzzword That Nobody Seems To Understand

Tuesday, January 7, 2020


For the majority of human history, most people were satisfied to live in the absence of disease or infirmity. With most children dying before the age of five and adults living to their late thirties, every day was something of a blessing. Wellness just meant staying alive.

After the second world war, though, the economies of developed countries changed. They became so wealthy that practically everyone could afford decent accommodation and many of life’s luxuries, like good food and personal transportation. What wellness meant began to shift. Capitalism had generated so much wealth and technology that most people expected to reach old age. It was becoming the norm.

Big Little Lies the Complete Second Season - OUT NOW

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You guys! I am so stoked today because the COMPLETE second season of Big Little Lies is out now on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD!  This show is so epic.  The lies are still haunting and season two was amazing!!!  Everything seems all pretty and nice but after the school fundraiser leaves the community trying to cope and the "Monterey Five" are trying to fix their shattered lives.


Buying Workout Clothes: Getting It Right


Workout clothes should be comfortable to wear and to move around in. They need to prevent you from overheating, as well as give you the range of movement to get your workout done. When you're shopping for workout clothes, you need to consider these things while also finding something that fits your budget. Plus, you probably want something that you look and feel good in too. When you need to shop for workout clothes, there are a few different things you can keep in mind to help make your purchase easier. Take a look at these things you can do to make the right choices.

Keeping A Healthy Lawn In 2020




The garden is an important part of the home - and one of the most central parts of any garden is the lawn. If you are struggling to keep your lawn in the best condition, you are not alone. This is something that a lot of people find to be the case, and the truth is that it takes a lot more than people might often assume. In particular, keeping it healthy and looking good means that you need to put a lot of work in, but as long as you know exactly what to do, it shouldn’t be too taxing anyway. In this article, we are going to discuss some of the things you can do to keep a healthy lawn this year, and so improve the overall state of your garden.

How To Start Fresh in 2020 – Purge, Clean, Organize, and Plan All Aspects of Your Life

Monday, January 6, 2020


As cliché as it is to say, “it’s time for a fresh start,'' it really is. It’s time. How long have you had the same clutter piles in your home, the same financial issues that you have yet to try to address, and the same unhealthy habits that you feel so guilty about? It’s time for a fresh start! This time of year is PERFECT for this for several reasons. First, the weather tends to keep us indoors and that’s where we can really force ourselves to sit down and knock some major items off our to do lists. Also, what better time to start new habits and clear the crap out of your life then at the beginning of a new cycle?! So today I have several aspects of your life that you may want or need to work on as well as some ways to do it. In this post you’ll find links to tutorials, free printables, and other tips and tricks. 
Let’s do that inner work guys!!

Steps To Follow To Become Your Own Main Priority

Sunday, January 5, 2020


So many people are guilty of putting other people's wants and needs before their own, and this over time can have a negative effect on both your mental and physical health. Putting yourself first and becoming your own number one priority can help you to lead a happier, more fulfilling life, but learning to say ‘no’ can be a bit of a tricky process. Often self care is an unknown and unexplored topic, but fortunately figuring out where to start needn’t be as difficult as you might think. There are several top tips and tricks that you can implement in order to start focusing on yourself, and it couldn’t be simpler to get started. So, if you’re eager to find out more, then read on to uncover which steps you can take today to start feeling the benefits of becoming your own main priority.

What Should You Do If Your Teenager Is Acting Out?


You’ve heard of the terrible twos, but what about the terrible teens. It’s certainly true to say that your child’s teenage years can be quite a struggle. Particularly, if you’re not prepared for the issues that they bring. You might, for instance, notice that your child is acting differently. If that’s the case, then it’s important to ask why and figure out what’s changed. Do you need to be worried? In some cases, a change in character can be a cause for concern but in others, it’s completely natural.

What To Do If You Come Into Money

Friday, January 3, 2020




There are times in life where we sometimes can come into money, maybe from an inheritance, a great investment, or something as simply as winning the lottery. So what should you do with that money, aside from contacting an attorney and a financial advisor? Well, here are some great ways to use it.

So You Want to Write More….



Writing is a therapeutic thing for me and many others. Whether I’m writing by hand or typing on my computer, it feels good to get things out of my head and onto paper. But it’s not always easy and there are many times when I struggle with writer’s block and lack creativity or motivation to even sit down and start writing. Here are some tips to keep you motivated with writing whether it’s for college, your career, or just for fun.

What’s the Deal with Solar Energy?



Solar energy is all the rage anymore and for good reason. Solar companies like Rusty Tweed are paving the way for solar energy now and in the future and it’s important to understand everything about it so you can embrace change that’s for the good. I personally love this amazing planet we live on but feel like more can be done to better utilize natural resources in a more responsible manner so I am a big supporter of solar energy.

Managing Your Finances in the New Year



So you are starting the new year off with the serious intention to get your finances organized and make the most with your money…but where do you start? Some people will have a nice tax refund coming their way, received money from relatives as a gift for the holidays, or have already achieved their goals of getting out of debt and beginning to build up a nice savings. Check out these tips for managing your finances in the new year.

How to Get Out of Debt in 2020 with Pacific Collection Group



Many folks are starting the new year off with motivation to get their lives in order not just on a physical level but financially as well. The number one thing people have responded with when I asked what their 2020 goals are, was to get out of debt. So here are some tips to help you achieve that goal for 2020.

A Fun Q&A with Yours Truly



I figured since most people are still in lazy mode this week recovering from our holiday season, I’d keep it light today and just share some fun and random questions and answers about myself. Maybe you’ll find we have some fun stuff in common!

3 Simple Principles to Live by in the New Year to Improve Your Quality of Life

Thursday, January 2, 2020



The New Year is upon us again, and people from all walks of life are looking forward to turning over a new leaf and getting a fresh start. It’s a magical time of the year that seems filled with potential and promise – a time where anything is possible.

Highlights from my 2019 Year

Wednesday, January 1, 2020




So every year I do this thing where anytime something good or exciting happens, no matter how big or how small, I write it on a piece of paper, fold it up, and put it in my Good Things Jar.
Then on New Year’s Eve, I sit down and go through each piece of paper. It reminds me of how good the year was, since we tend to always say “this was a rough year.”


Here are some of the highlights from my 2019.

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