Archive for January, 2015
Hello friends and Happy Superbowl Weekend!
According to an ABC News report it is estimated that people will consume as many as 2400 calories on Superbowl Sunday!!! I can’t even imagine eating that much, but some people get so caught up in the game that they don’t realize that they are eating too many chicken wings, dipping too many chips, and drinking too much beer or soda. By the time the game is over they have taken in more calories than they normally would have in an entire week.
So ladies, if you are hosting or attending a Superbowl party eat the crunchy fruits and veggies with a low calorie dip but instead of consuming mass amounts of pizza, tacos and chicken wings why not nosh on a Stand ‘n Stuff Chicken Salad instead?
Old El Paso Stand ‘n Stuff Tortillas
Options: Cilantro, Jalapeno Peppers, Lemon Juice, Lime Juice
This is not a sponsored post and personally, I don’t know how many calories are in this salad, but I’ll bet it’s much less than 10 or 12 chicken wings! Save even more on your caloric intake by purchasing fresh chicken tenderloins then browning them in a non-stick pan. You will also save money by not buying the precooked packaged chicken tenders/strips.
So enjoy and have fun, but save those calories for Valentine’s Day – chocolate is way better! Okay, what are you looking forward to the most?
The Halftime Show?
Hello friends, last week I had the distinct honor and privilege to present a Small Business and Social Media Marketing Workshop at Independent Resources, Inc., in Dover. The invitation was extended by Jacqueline Reyes, MPH, Program Coordinator Small Business Program at Independent Resources, Inc.
The snowy weather was cause for low attendance, however, the small group setting made for great interaction and lots of fun sharing. I was invited to return in the Spring and I am definitely looking forward to doing so.
Independent Resources, Inc., is a non-profit Center for Independent Living that provides quality services to people with disabilities by assisting them in achieving and maintaining independent lives. The agency’s signature programs are:
Launch Space: a small business program for persons with disabilities. The goal of the program is to increase the number of persons with disabilities engaged in self-employment by offering a ten-week training on entrepreneurship and one-on-one coaching;
Transition Life skills Program: the program offers workshops designed to educate, build self-confidence and empower individuals who have expressed interest in making personal transtion from nursing homes, residential homes, shelters and transitional programs to an independent life style;
Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: offers document translation services, community education and outreach; advocacy; employment assistance and telephone assistance. They also provide adaptive equipment such as a Tty and a Sorenson video phone for consumer use.
Peer Support Group: provides social and recreational activities; support groups; and life skills training to low income individuals with disabilities. The major goal of the program is to enhance the quality of life and to promote the independence of people with disabilities by affording them the opportunity to participate in recreational and social activities of their choosing.
Emergency Preparedness Workshop: September is the National Preparedness Month, so Independent Resources, Inc., (IRI) partners with the Modern Maturity Center; the Delaware Citizen Corps, Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA); the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies; Bayhealth; and the Division of Public Health to hold an Emergency Preparedness community workshop annually.
I am always humbled and grateful when I can assist others and that is why today is truly a Thankful Thursday.
I was given a Certificate of Appreciation for my service but having an adult son with intellectual disabilities, I want to thank them for their service to the community.
What are you thankful for this week?
iGotTech Smart Tech Gloves Review
Hello friends, have you seen any of those funny videos showing someone texting and walking only to fall or bump into something? What about a video showing someone texting in the bitter cold and their fingers turning blue? Well my son and his iPhone are inseparable, as is the case with most young adults but trust me, they definitely don’t want frost bitten fingers. I told him that if he just had to text outdoors then try wearing a pair of these Smart Tech Gloves.
The Smart Tech gloves are another great product from iGotTech that helps your fingers feel as though you are texting in the summer or at least in warmer weather when standing outside in the cold.
Here’s my son testing out and texting in a pair.
Now you don’t have to let the cold cramp your style especially if you get a pair of these premium Smart Gloves from Amazon.com. Your fingers will be comfy, cozy and warm as you do all the things that you like to do in the nippy air on your Smartphone, iPad or Tablet.
Seriously, have you seen any of those funny videos? There’s one where the lady falls into the pond in the middle of the mall – it’s hilarious! Stay warm my friends.
MatchaDNA Milk Frother Review
Hello friends, if you like a frothy top on your coffee, tea or hot chocolate then you are definitely going to love this product. MatchaDNA Milk Frother is a small, handheld battery-operated whisk that creates creamy milk foam in just a few seconds. It’s also cute and really easy to operate and clean.
After you insert frother whisk into a glass of a hot or cold beverage filled to 1/4, turn it on and then holding it at a slight angle, move it up and down as it creates a rich and smooth foam.
Here’s a video so you can see how it actually works.
Now you can get the “Coffee House” frothed milk drink at home in seconds with the MatchaDNA Milk Frother and you can use any kind of milk: whole, almond, soy, coconut milk, or even a coffee creamer. The MatchaDNA Milk Frother is available and shipped quickly from Amazon.com and I think the little ones will love it because it’ll give them a great milk mustache!
So if you want to create one of those ‘fru fru’ coffee drinks at home order one today.
What is your favorite hot beverage, coffee, tea or hot chocolate?
Successful Blogging ~ It pays to be self ish
A self starter;
A self promoter and;
A self motivator who is willing to step out of your comfort zone.
Once you have mastered being self ish, the fun begins.
Go build your brand and self promote using hashtags on Social Media Networks for name recognition and to become an expert in your niche.
Being self ish pays off, but don’t isolate yourself or you will find yourself alone.
Make sure you schedule time to get away from your self and mingle with others. Join a weekly Linky Party or Facebook Group of the same interests and share, but this is not where you want to be self ish. Leave meaningful comments and you’ll make new friends and perhaps even gain new followers.
Once you have mastered the art of being self ish you’ll be one step closer to SUCCESS.
Are you a SELF ish blogger?
Disclosure: The Purex® brand provided me with a sample of Purex® PowerShot detergent in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions are 100% my own.
You will never believe what Purex® did this time! They have totally taken the guesswork and mess work out of measuring detergent when doing laundry. With the NEW Purex® PowerShot you just flip the bottle upside down and one dose is delivered right into the cap, flip the bottle upright and you’re done.
This is a great way to ensure that use just the right amount of detergent, saving you lots of money and avoiding not having enough or too much detergent for each load.
Speaking of loads, check out this video showing the one Malik left me after returning to college last week.
As stated in the video, thanks to the Purex® brand, I have 3 coupons to giveaway for a FREE bottle of Purex® PowerShot, your choice of fragrances, Mountain Breeze which smells awesome or Natural Elements, Linens & Lillies. So enter today for a chance to win so that NEW Purex® PowerShot can take the guesswork and mess work out of your laundry day!
Double your laundry day fun and Click on the picture below for a chance to win a new washer & dryer!
New Year ~ New You!
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Disclosure: I received this product in order to facilitate the review, however, opinions are 100% my own.
Hello friends, before we begin, let me tell you that I have an iPad, not an iPad Air which meant that I didn’t thoroughly read all the requirements before signing up for the campaign. However, just because it didn’t fit my iPad perfectly, it did work perfectly with my iPad. So now that is out of the way, let’s get on with the review of this NEW INVENTION by Sleek Tech!
I really wanted to try the Sleekeys Keyboard by Sleek Tech because as a “boomer” I still love the feel of a qwerty keyboard especially if it has large keys, and this one definitely did not disappoint.
This keyboard is awesome because it does not require batteries, an electrical cord or even a Bluetooth setting. It’s ¼ inch and only weighs 3.5 oz which is great because the last thing I need is to add more heavy gadgets into my already overloaded tote bag. The magnets keeps the keyboard perfectly aligned so that your wrists can be placed at a comfortable angle.
A soggy Sunday made for a perfect day to test out the SleeKeys Keyboard and with 2 stand positions I was able to work lounging on the sofa or at the kitchen table with ease.
If you are looking for an keyboard attachment for your iPad Air, iPad Air 1 or iPad 5 go to Amazon.com and check out the SleeKeys Case/Keyboard because it’s great for working at home or on-the-go.
Thanks to my friends over at Sleek Tech they have offered to giveaway a SleeKeys Case/Keyboard to one of my lucky readers. Hurry up and enter for a chance to win because the contest ends on 2/1/15 (US residents only).
Check out the other available colors at SleekTech and let me know which one is your favorite.
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9 Superfoods to Boost your Brain
Have you ever walked into a room, looked around and then forgot why you went in there? How about, putting down your keys, wallet or purse only to forget where you laid them, your glasses…cell phone or…I could go on and on, but you get the picture. Besides it being frustrating it can also be a bit embarrassing, but as we age even as early as the age of 30, we begin to lose brain power.
Taking vitamins and supplements or playing games and puzzles can help boost brain power. However, most of us are multi-tasking daily, which by the way does not increase brain power, so eating the right foods can feed brain cells and according to nutritional therapists, these are the top 9.
Like everything else in your body, the brain cannot work without energy. The ability to concentrate and focus comes from the adequate, steady supply of energy – in the form of glucose in our blood to the brain. To keep you mentally alert throughout the day eat ‘brown’ cereals, wheat bran, granary bread and brown pasta.
Oily fish contains EPA and DHA in a ready-made form, which enables the body to use it easily. The main sources of oily fish include salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, sardines, pilchards and kippers. Low DHA levels have been linked to a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss.
Evidence suggests that eating blueberries may be effective in improving or delaying short term memory loss. Blueberries are available year round so there is no excuse not to add them to your grocery list.
There is good evidence to suggest that lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes, could help protect against the kind of free radical damage to cells which occurs in the development of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s.
Vitamin C has long been thought to have the power to increase mental agility. One of the best sources of this vital vitamin are blackcurrants, spead a little on your morning toast.
Just a handful of pumpkin seeds each day is all you need to get your recommended daily amount of zinc, which is vital for enhancing memory and thinking skills.
A great source of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function and improve brainpower.
Sage has long had a reputation for improving memory and although most studies focus on sage as an essential oil, it could be worth adding fresh sage to your diet too.
A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests that a good intake of vitamin E might help to prevent cognitive decline, particularly in the elderly. Nuts are a great source of vitamin E along with leafy green vegetables, asparagus, olives, seeds, eggs, brown rice and whole grains.
Happy New Year – Happy New You!
Saving my Suede in the Snow
Hello friends, I hope all is well in your world. Ole’ Man Winter made an appearance earlier this month and dumped a few inches of snow across the Mid-Atlantic area. I used to love watching the snow fall, but now I hate it, driving in it is the worse…it took me over 3 hours to get to work! I was exhausted by the time I got there and I envy folks who can telecommute…unfortunately I’m not one of them.
Most of you know that I really don’t like wearing pants to work, so in order to keep warm on extremely cold and snowy days, I’ll wear tights and a pair of my suede boots. However, not getting them wet is nearly impossible so each season I make sure to spray them with a leather and suede protector.
This brand was purchased at Payless and it does have a strong odor, so make sure to use it in the garage or outdoors weather permitting. Now I can step deep into the snow or pose on the deck without worrying about messing up my boots.
Boots || Rugged Wearhouse ~ Corduroy Skirt || Goodwill ~ Top || Rugged Wearhouse
Wore these later on in the month
How is the weather in your neck of the woods?
Happy New Year ~ Happy New You!
Hello friends, according to the American Heart Association, being physically active is important to prevent heart disease and stroke, the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. To improve overall cardiovascular health, they suggest at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise (or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity). Thirty minutes a day, five times a week is an easy goal to remember. You will also experience benefits even if you divide your time into two or three segments of 10 to 15 minutes per day.
I wanted to repost this from October as a gentle reminder for us to get up and move!
Most of you know that my grandmother lived to be 98, and if her body didn’t fail her, I’m sure she would have lived until way past 100, just as her father did, why, because she remained active. Every morning she was up, and if she wasn’t going to the MOT Senior Center, she was downstairs in the kitchen eating breakfast and drinking a cup of coffee by 8:00 am.
If she stayed home for the day, in her room she would be “messing with papers”, talki
ng on the phone, reading her Bible or writing in a journal. She loved to watch her favorite television programs, The Price is Right, and General Hospital, and after dinner it was “Wheel of Fortune”.
She ate when she was supposed to with a “little something sweet” for dessert. I never heard her complain about pain or an illness other than when her arthritis acted up, but I knew because I could smell the Apple Cider Vinegar she used to rub on her legs.
My grandmother didn’t officially retire until she was in her 80’s but she never let her body just sit. She remained active both physically and mentally, three days a week at the Senior Center and Church on Sundays. She continued to grocery shop, wash and iron her own clothes until she no longer could. After she became bedridden, for a year I kept her body clean and her mind sharp, we watched TV, played board games, had long conversations and I read to her in the evenings.
Personally, I don’t think that we were put on this earth to work hard all of our lives without an opportunity to just rest and retire. Retirement however, should not be an open invitation to sit around doing nothing allowing our minds and bodies to rot. Doing nothing
but sitting all day increases the risks of getting Type 2 Diabetes, a decline in cognitive skills, and possible death from a stroke, cancer and heart disease.
If you or someone you love finds themselves with nothing to do after retirement, take a STAND against just SITTING with these 10 Tips. Try to get up and move for at least 10 minutes for every hour of sitting.
1. Walk on a treadmill while watching TV
2. Take a short walk around the house or go up and down the stairs
3. Pace while talking on the phone
4. Weather permitting, go outdoors and pull a few weeds or sweep the stoop
5. Walk to the mailbox or around the block with a neighbor, the kids or a pet
6. March in place during commercials
7. Turn on the radio or music channel and dance like nobody is watching
8. Use soup cans and do arm curls
9. Use a Hula Hoop or jump rope between programs
10. Chores – stretch while cleaning the mirror, mopping the floor or dusting
Join in on the conversation, what tips do you have for getting in 30 minutes of physical activity each day?
New Year ~ New You!