25 January 2015

Wherever This Path Shall Lead


All kinds of happy over here, you guys!  Life is so good right now.  I am feeling more than blessed.  Going against the grain is pretty much my style, but I've taken a gigantic leap of faith.  

Believe
The Graphics Fairy
Here is a scary thought: Just last year I was planning on finishing school and becoming a graphic designer.  (Smart)  And now, I'm a fitness coach with a photography biz.  (Scary!)  Even with everything in its infancy stage, I could not be happier with my decision to be at home, and do what I like and want to do.  Not  what I think I should be doing according to everybody else.

That was never my style in the first place.

I'm also getting my blogging routine down.  It's been so nice to see some of you guys in the Facebook groups, and I love interacting with you all!  You bloggers are amazing.
 
This might not be where I want it to be, but I know I will get there. I'm at peace and happ with my decisions, and so grateful for the "right now."
I'm a little gung-ho, aren't I?

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22 January 2015

Vlog: Bag Balm Review

*There are affiliate links in this post.  I will not receive compensation from the company or any entities for publishing this review.  All opinions of this product are my own, based on my experience using it.  If you decide to click and make a purchase via one of my affiliate links, I may be compensated. And I thank you for supporting my blog!

Want to hear a dirty secret?  Okay, here goes:  I have never had a pedicure.

Can you believe that?  I am pretty self-conscious about my feet. If I were forced to go to a nail salon, I'd probably go ahead and cut my own nails, exfoliate my feet, and give them a good moisturizing rub-down before going.

Oh they do all this for you???

Seriously, I am that self-conscious.  I wouldn't want them to see my feet in it's worst shape.  I'd be absolutely mortified.  In all honesty, I would feel bad for them having to give me a pedicure.  It's better to pretend like it's not my first rodeo, and do some sort of maintenance on them beforehand. Know what I mean?  Probably not.  I'm such a weirdo.

Anyway, I discovered a solution for some quick overnight relief.  This stuff is absolutely AMAZING.  I am not easily trusting of beauty products that boast about all that they can do.
  
First, the cost is usually ridiculous for my wallet.  Like that one time I spent about $30 on a 0.5oz tub doll-sized bucket of Kiehls creamy eye treatment and I don't think it did a thing.  Second, I am usually too busy wondering if I put on a bra and brushed my teeth in the morning; not whether the product made a difference to the dark circles under my eyes. (perks of mom life, if you ask me) 

This product is different. 

It's not even a beauty product.  You'll never guess what it's actual use is for.  And I heard about it via word-of-mouth, which makes me more than happy to try it.

There you have it.  My dirty little embarassing-for-a-girl secret and a review of Bag Balm.  I think the "Women's Committee of All Things Women" would revoke my woman card if it weren't for the fact that I do try and keep my feet maintained.  For the most part.

Still working up the nerve for that pedi...  
Vermont's Original Bag Balm Softening Review

Not sure where you would get this on the street, but I rely on Amazon to refill my orders.  Let me know if you try it; I'd love to hear how it worked out.


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19 January 2015

It's Insanity! And other Fitness Notes

Happy Monday everyone!  I am in an unusually good mood this morning.  I started a new workout regimen, I'm on my way to a much healthier diet, and I got invited to a zumba class.

Ever since my Beach Body box came in on Friday, I have been staring at it.  Waiting for the perfect moment to start.  Normally I would just dive right into something, but I had company this weekend. (Hi Bespren!)  
Insanity Max Thirty
Insanity Max Thirty and Shakeology

Today, on this glorious Monday, I started the Insanity Max:30 workout.  It is a butt kicker.  And I'm totally ready to complete it!  (Do you want in on this?  Send me an email!)

The whole diet thing is pretty amazing too.  When I mention diet, I don't mean the verb.  I mean what I normally eat on a daily basis.  In other words, the noun.  I decided to run a Clean-Eating Challenge Group on Facebook for whoever wants to participate.  It begins next Monday, January 26.   (Are you game?  Visit me here!)  The idea is to start a habit and form a lifestyle.

In my life right now, I cherish the heck out of the small things.  I got an unexpected call from one of my mom's friends who actually lives close to me.  She invited me to lunch and noticed on Facebook that I've been pretty "all about fitness" lately.  She asked if I wanted to try a zumba class, which I have never done.  So needless to say, I'm pretty pumped that A) I'm getting out of my comfort zone and trying something new, and B) I won't be alone.  Awe heck why not a bonus: C) I won't have the kids for an hour. 

Good vibes all around.  If this is how my week is going to be shaping up, I'm looking forward to it! 


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15 January 2015

Tutorial: How to Compartmentalize Your Facebook

I don't always add friends on Facebook, but when I do, I need:
...a background check
...psychological examination
...a deposit, and have them answer a questionnaire that ultimately relies on how I feel about their answers.

Only kidding, save for the background check but wouldn't those options really put some fears to rest?  I am extremely hesitant on who I add on Facebook, especially since I just started opening up to friend requests having only 1 mutual friend.  You never know what might show up on your door step!

There are different kinds of people you add on Facebook.  Close family and friends, people you may know from high school or previous jobs, etc.  And those who you don't know at all, but are willing to take a chance and budge a little.

To ease some of your minds, there IS a way to organize your Facebook so certain "friends" have limited access to your life (depending on how much personal info you post)  They will only see what you want them to see.  So you can be safe if you are unsure about who you are adding.  I am going to show you how!
How To Compartmentalize Your Facebook

Let's begin!

On the left side of your Facebook you'll see your Tool bar.  Scroll down to Friends, and while hovering you should see More show up.  Click on it. 


As you can see, I have quite a few lists going on.  I like to be organized!  Anyway, click on +Create List.

The box below will pop up.  Name your list, then add your friends.
*Another easy way to do this is straight from each Friend's page.  I know that I can't remember everyone who needs to be added to say, a Local list.

 Your Restricted list is at the bottom.



If you click on Restricted, it will pull up your feed from the restricted friends.  Click on Learn more and the following will pop up:
Keep hitting Next to learn about your options.

Now you see that it is possible to compartmentalize everything.  For anyone who uses their personal page for their business side as well, I think it's a wise choice to do this.  I don't just add anybody as a friend.  I have to scan and go through their info.  And even then, these new friends don't get a full pass to go through my entire Facebook. 

It is better to be safe than sorry.

So now you have your lists set up.  How do you move forward with classifying?  Click on Friends.


A general list of friends will pop up with everyone thrown in there.

Click on a friend's page.  Hover over the Friends drop-down bar.


Click on Add to another list



Your created lists will show up.  All you have to do is click on which one you want, and it'll put a check-mark next to it. 

Also, you can go one step further and customize who can see your friends list on your profile.  
*In this same drop-down, you can click on New List

Another thing you can do is edit who can see your Friends List.




Just remember that your friends also control this privacy setting on their end too.  You might customize your friends list to be viewed only by friends and someone else might have their lists open to the public.  Then, the non-friend viewing your friend's profile (which is open to the public) can easily see from your friend's profile which of your mutual friends are friends with you as well.  It also means they can see it in the News Feed and in searches and other places on Facebook.

Phew that sounded like a handful to type and I hope that makes sense like it did in my head. 

So when you post something that can be views publicly, your friends in all arenas can see.  If you customize the viewing for the post so that only your Close Friends can see, then those people in that group will be the only ones to see it.  Same goes with photos.

Do you open up your personal Facebook for blogging and business?  Was this tutorial helpful? 

Please pass it on, because sharing is caring!

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10 January 2015

Vlog: 2014 Look Back Tag

I caught the vlogging bug once again.  Today, I published this video on Youtube, and I also linked up on Mama Kat's  vlogging link-up.  If you are ever interested in making a vlog, and doing it routinely, she always has some great vlogging prompts to start with.  

Anyway, here is my latest vlog, first one of the year.  Don't forget to subscribe, and enjoy!


 
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09 January 2015

List It Friday: Winter Can Be Harsh On Your Skin

Winter can be unkind to your skin.  My hands are pretty beat up from the cold, and from being sick.  I am constantly washing my hands, then putting lotion on, or using hand sanitizer.  That stuff can really dry out your hands!

As part of my Friday List It series, I have a guest on the blog today.  Chelsea offered to share a post about how to maintain your skin during the winter months.  

This happens to be the perfect time too, because I am suffering from dry skin and I didn't even know half of these tips that she shared. 
My hands have tiny little cuts on them too, which are just bothersome.  A minor irritation when I have to get them wet.  I hate the tiny stinging sensation from hell every time I wash my hands.  Let's see what she has to say about it.

Give Dry Skin the Slip with 10 Easy Tips
 



As if grey skies, plunging temperatures and boring produce aren’t enough, now winter gives us dry skin too? Unfortunately, yes. Even those of us with normal or oily skin aren’t immune, and for people who suffer dryness year round, good night. Cold weather outdoors and high heat inside make it hard to keep that smooth, perfect complexion most of us prize.

So is it hopeless? Of course not. In fact, Pureskintone.com offers 10 great tips to beat dry skin symptoms such as peeling, cracking, soreness, redness, chapping, itching and flaking. You can head on over and check out the nifty infographic’s tips, but I’ll summarize them here too.

For starters, turn down the heat already! High thermostats and sizzling showers might feel good, but they suck humidity right out of the air and out of your skin. Keep showers to a cooler minimum, and opt for sweaters and socks rather than indoor temperatures of 70 or more.

Moreover, stick to your sun block routine. Just because you can’t see the sun doesn’t mean its UVs aren’t finding their way to your skin. You can also use gloves to protect your hands’ delicate skin, which has the added benefit of protecting them from drying wind chill.

Switch up your skincare routine to include oil-based moisturizers, hydrating “milk-like” cleansers and weekly exfoliation, and avoid harsh soaps. If these tricks don’t work, you may have a skin condition and should see a dermatologist.
 
Sunscreen year-round huh?  You learn something new every day!  Fortunately, it is built into my face lotion - the only part of my body that sees daylight right now.
For more tips on how to maintain your skin in the winter, visit Chelsea over at www.pureskintone.com 
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06 January 2015

Capitalize On Those Fleeting Moments

I couldn't wait for the dealership, so I called a local auto shop for an oil change today.  There was some confusion because the owner's voice was not what I heard over the phone; instead, it was a stranger's.  When I arrived, I did not see the owner, my friend, waiting to greet us.  I asked if my friend still worked there; he did not.  The person behind the desk then proceeded to tell me that my friend died almost a year ago.  He committed suicide.

My heart sank.  I was in disbelief, and just stood there.

Save for the dealership taking care of the new truck, we have been patrons of this auto shop since we moved to North Carolina, years ago.   I have known him since S was a brand new walker and I was pregnant with A.  

It was heartbreaking to find out today, nearly a year later.
I had not been in to see him for that long?

What saddens me is the thought of him being such a benevolent and affable person on the surface, unaware that he was harboring something dark and painful within.  

The news made me feel sort of guilty. 
Capitalize On Those Fleeting Moments
I feel like if I had done some small act of kindness...  

There were times when an idea struck me.  I'd say "Oh I'm going to make him and his employees a whole batch of cake pops in the shape and color of tires.  That would be fun!"  

I never did.

"I'll send him a Thank You card for being so nice and helpful."

I never did.

The fact that those ideas never came to fruition is really bothersome.  I'm learning all too well that one should just say it.  Just act.  Just do.  Because you never know if it will be there for you tomorrow. 

Thoughts for myself:  Make more of an effort to let others know that they are appreciated.  Loved beyond measure.  Bring happiness and joy to my life.  All of the above and/or then some.  

Moments are fleeting; why not allow others to profit from a few kind, meaningful words?  They might really need to hear it.  And you may not get that chance again.

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