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Christian Ways to Reduce Stress

Christian Ways to Reduce Stress

Ten years ago a co-worker gave me this list and I have kept a copy of it on my desk ever since. It is still relevant today and I hope you find it helpful on this “Feel Good Friday”

  1. Pray

  2. Go to bed on time

  3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed

  4. Say, “no” to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health

  5. Delegate tasks to capable others unclutter your desk

  6. Simplify and unclutter your life

  7. Less is more (although one is often not enough, two are often too many

  8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places

  9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don’t lump the hard things all together

  10. Take one day at a time

  11. Separate worries from concern. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can’t do anything about a situation, forget it.

  12. Live within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases

  13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.

  14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut) This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble

  15. Do something for the KID IN YOU everyday kid in you

  16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line (there’s an app for that now)

  17. Get enough rest

  18. Eat right

  19. Get organized so everything has its place

  20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life

  21. Write down thoughts and inspirations

  22. Every day, find time to be alone

  23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot…Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don’t wait until it’s time to go to bed to try and pray

  24. Make friends with Godly people

  25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand picjumbo.com_HNCK5063

  26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good “Thank you Jesus!”

  27. Laugh

  28. Laugh some more

  29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all

  30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can)

  31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most)

  32. Sit on your ego

  33. Talk less; listen more

  34. Slow down

  35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe

  36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you’re grateful for that you’ve never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)


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Using Video to Stay in Touch

Using Video to Stay in Touch [guest post]

Author: Whitney Hollingshead

Communicating over the internet or by phone can be pretty impersonal at times. Especially when you only communicate via text or email. Thanks goodness there are ways to use these same devices to have more personal communication. The answer is video!

Using your phone, tablet, or computer to communicate over video can put that personal touch back in an increasingly impersonal world. Whether you want to communicate with family, friends, co workers, your boss, or even clients, and in person is not an option, consider these suggestions for staying in touch via video.

Staying in Touch with Family

Nearly everyone has a gmail account these days. You can use your gmail account to access Google Hangouts to start a group video call for free. You can even have up to 10 users join the conversation. All you need is a device that has video capabilities (ie. smartphone, tablet, laptop, computer, etc.). With so many devices available, you can have the whole family join the video chat from nearly anywhere on earth!

Here are some great ways to use Hangouts* to stay in touch with your family:

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Happy family laughing and looking at laptop

Have big news you want to share with everyone at once? If you have family members spread all over the map, it can be a challenge to decide who to call first with your big news. Get everyone to join by video and see everyone’s reactions at once. The best part about sharing news over a video chat is that you can plan out a really fun way to share the news!

Bummed that you are missing a family get together? You can use Hangouts to literally hang out with your family. If your family members are too far away to get together, plan to hold the event online! Baby shower? Bridal shower? Birthday party? Mother’s Day? Father’s Day? All of these important family events can be held via video. Just have everyone ship their gifts to the recipient and they can open them over video.

Planning a family party or reunion? Get all of the family members involved in the planning to join a video meeting. You can discuss all of the details face to face as a group.

Just miss being together? You don’t need big news or a special occasion to get your family together. Plan a date and time to get everyone in on a video chat and spend some time catching up with the whole family. Consider planning a family video chat for once a month to stay in touch.

Of course you can also use video chat to keep in touch with your family members one or two at a time. The suggestions above mention ways to stay in touch with the whole family, but video chat is a great way to stay in touch with family members in general.

*You can use Skype instead of Google Hangouts. Every family member needs an active Skype account to participate, but Skype allows 25 users to join at once. So if you have a really large family consider using Skype instead!

Staying in Touch with Friends

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A mother with baby in font of a computer.

Video chat also provides some great ways to stay in touch with friends. Check out the suggestions below:

You want to make plans. If you are trying to make plans for more than two people, you can make your planning much more efficient by discussing everything together as a group over video chat.

You have to stay in touch. You tell your best friend everything. Keep it personal and have conversations regularly over video. One huge bonus to video conversations is that you have a much better idea who is listening on the other end. Before you start sharing secrets or venting over IM, consider that other eyes may be in on the conversation.

You want to get the whole crew together. As life progresses it gets hard to get a whole group of friends together, especially when people move, get married, have children, etc. Video makes it much easier to get everyone together again.

You just moved. If you moved recently, you may be missing your friends. Use video to take them on a tour of your new place, neighborhood, workplace, or even your new city.

Staying in Touch with Work

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Cropped image of team businessman attending video conference with colleague on digital tablet

Depending on your job, you may be able to use video to stay in touch with work. Here are some examples:

You are ill.

You need to stay home with a sick child.

You are out of the office.

You want to work from home.

Severe weather makes it difficult to get to work.

You want to meet with a customer or client, without traveling out of state.

Video may make it possible for you to participate in important meetings or discuss things with your team when any of the situations above affect you. The biggest challenge will most likely come in convincing your boss that video really can make it possible for you to do your job away from the office. You should show your boss this post to help plead your case.

If you do get permission to use video for work, remember these helpful tips:

Dress as if you are going to work.

Make sure the area around you is clean and distraction free.

Do a test run to make sure the technology is working properly.

Treat the video exchange as if you are in a real meeting.

Whether you need to stay in touch with family members, friends, co workers, your boss, or even your customers, internet based video solutions are the next best thing to meeting in person.

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Sizzling Summer Savings and Deals


eBags Coupons: 20% Off

Simplify your summer travel this year with luggage, carry-ons and bags that are perfectly suited to your specific needs. Save on top styles and brands of these travel essentials with’s Summer Vacation Event now through 6/7/15! With this incredible promotion you can take an EXTRA 20% OFF hand-picked summer vacation essentials including full luggage sets, wheeled duffels, weekender bags, backpacking packs, laptop carriers and more! Save big and visit to view the coupon code and redeem this discount today!



Perry Ellis Coupons: $25 Off $75

Stock up on warm-weather men’s sportswear essentials and save now at Perry Ellis. Perry Ellis stocks a variety of essential summer menswear classics like linen shirts, pants and suits. They also carry vacation must-haves such as swimwear, casual cotton shirts, sunglasses and sandals. With a wide selection of top menswear trends, you are certain to find stylish wardrobe options at Shop now and receive a promotional discount of $25 OFF your order of $75+! Redeem this amazing deal and save by viewing the coupon code at Hurry and shop now! This offer ends on 6/30/15!



Flirty Aprons Coupons: 30% Off

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Lane Bryant Coupons: $25, $50, $75 Off

Tired of the limited style options in plus-sizes at most stores? Visit Lane Bryant for stylish, edgy styles for all sizes. Lane Bryant has a wide selection of top summer trends including: swimwear, maxi skirts, shorts, flirty dresses, warm-weather accessories and more! Save big with’s current promotion by getting $25 OFF your $75+ purchase, $50 OFF your $150+ purchase or $75 OFF your $225+ purchase. Offer is valid on Lane Bryant and Cacique merchandise only and valid one per customer. Exclusions apply. See coupon at for details. Offer ends 6/21/15!



Advance Auto Parts Coupons: 30% Off $50

Make car maintenance and repair hassle-free, by shopping conveniently online at! Advance Auto Parts carries a wide selection of top quality auto parts and accessories including car batteries, motor oil, belts & hoses, wiper blades, air filters, spark plugs and more. Shop online now at and save with a discount of 30% OFF your order of $50+ with code. Improve your car from the comfort of your home while saving money with this online-only offer, valid through 12/31/15.



Amazon Coupons: Only $1529 is your online source for savings on just about everything including top-rated technology items and brands like Samsung televisions! Save big on a new television for your home this season with’s current promotion, a Samsung UN55HU8700 Curved 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120 Hz 3D Smart LED TV (2014 Model) discounted for only $1529.00! Hurry and visit to upgrade your current home entertainment system to this incredibly discounted top model today! This promotional discount is valid through 6/30/15.



Belk Coupons: Free Shipping

In addition to offering top trends and brands in men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, Belk also carries a wide selection of top beauty and fragrance items. Don’t have time to go to the store? Shop top brands like Lancome, Clinique, Benefit and Laura Mercier from the comfort of your home at! In addition to offering all of the best products and brands with promotional gift deals, also offers FREE SHIPPING on all cosmetic purchases with NO MINIMUM! Hurry and stock up on beauty and fragrance essentials now!



Children’s Place Coupons: 20% Off

Ready for warmer-weather, but not ready to spend a fortune on summer essentials for your growing child? Children’s Place is your place to save on top quality children’s clothing at discounted prices! With deals and promotions on summer swimwear, girl’s dresses and rompers and boy’s matchables, you are certain to find the savings you are looking for, for your family this season at Shop online now at and receive further savings with 20% OFF your purchase of $40 or more.



Columbia Coupons: $100 Gift Card

The season for outdoor fun with friends and family is here! With warmer weather, come opportunities for camping, hiking, kayaking and other outdoor adventures in nature! Let the experts at Columbia help you find the outdoor essentials you will need at great prices at Save even further by becoming a Columbia Greater Rewards Member, and receive FREE SHIPPING and access to exclusive discounts. Even better, join now for free at and be entered to win a $100 gift card!



Crabtree and Evelyn Coupons: Buy 2, Get 2 Free

You are probably familiar with Crabtree & Evelyn’s luxurious bath, body and home products, but did you know they also carry an assortment of men’s grooming items and fragrances? With Father’s Day coming up, why not pamper the man you love with essentials from Find the perfect item for dad with Crabtree & Evelyn’s beautifully packaged gifts sets of shaving essentials and men’s fragrances. Shop online at and save! When you buy two 500 mL products full prices, you will receive two FREE 500mL products of your choice! Hurry and shop for dad! This offer expires 6/19/15.



Dermstore Coupons: $10 Off $50 is your online destination for savings on beauty, skin care and fragrance products! Shop top brands like SkinCeuticals, RMS Beauty, Clarasonic and more from the comfort of your home! If you are a new customer, sign up for the DermStore newsletter today at and save by receiving a discount of $10 OFF any $50+ purchase. Also receive FREE samples and FREE 1-3 day SHIPPING with your purchase! This offer is valid for new email address signups and some brand exclusions apply.



Disney Store Coupons: BOGO 50% Off

Can’t get enough of that Disney magic? Good news for you! It is time for Disney’s Baby BOGO 50% OFF sale! Shop adorable baby basics at discounted prices online at the official Disney Store at Save on mix-and-match essentials featuring your favorite Disney characters starting at prices as low as $12! Hurry and stock up and save on classic Disney essentials for the babies in your life at These savings end on 6/30/15! Some restrictions apply. See site for details



Expedia Coupons: Save 100%

Are you craving a relaxing summer getaway, but don’t think you can afford it? Think again! Let Expedia provide the savings that you need to book the vacation of your dreams. Offering the best rates on flights, hotels and vacation packages, Expedia is your expert in travel savings. Shop online now at and cash in on their current promotion. Book a package and save 100% ON YOUR FLIGHT at Hurry and make your vacation a reality with these incredible savings from Expedia. Offer ends 6/20/15!



Express Coupons: 10% Off

Stock up on stylish men’s and women’s clothing essentials this spring at Express offers great prices on quality women’s basics, like maxi dresses, shorts, fitness apparel and accessories. Shop online at and browse savings on men’s warm-weather essentials including swimwear, polos and graphic tees. Save big on summer clothing and accessories with Express this June by shopping online at where you will save with a 10% discount off your entire purchase. Visit for promotional coupon code! Hurry! This promotion ends on 6/30/15!



Paul Fredrick Coupons: 20% Off

This season, find style and value with Paul Fredrick’s menswear essentials. In addition to offering great value and quality on classic professional menswear like suits, dress shirts, sports coats and more, Paul Fredrick also carries a wide selection of timeless casual style options that are perfect for warm-weather and vacations! Shop online at today and browse casual styles including linen pants, sport shirts and polo sweaters. Visit and save with a 20% discount off your order. Hurry and save on the summer essentials your wardrobe needs at Offer ends 6/9/15!



New Balance Coupons: $10 Off $75

Keep your entire family healthy and active this season with the help of New Balance! New Balance is more than just the classic shoes you know and love. Shop online at to browse the famous brand’s wide selection of fitness apparel and essentials for men, women and children at great prices. Save on all of your family’s active apparel needs by shopping online at where you will save $10 OFF your order of $75+ with coupon code! Hurry and get your family active and fit this season with New Balance! Offer ends 6/27/15. Some exclusions may apply.



1800 Coupons: Save 15% Off

Father’s Day is almost here, and if you are unsure how to show your dad how important he is, let help! In addition to offering beautiful floral arrangements, also delivers gourmet food gift baskets, keep-sake gifts and plants like bonsai trees and orchids that will continue to provide beauty far after the special event. Shop for dad online at to browse these unique gift options and SAVE 15% on Father’s Day flowers and gifts. Hurry! Father’s Day is quickly approaching and this offer ends on 6/22/15.


starbucks Coupons: Stay 10 Nights Earn 1 Night Free

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Walgreens Coupons: $25 Off $60

In addition to being the largest drug retailing chain in the United States, trusted retailer Walgreens is also an amazing source for your photo print needs. Let Walgreen’s help you document your memories with their discounted rates on prints, photobooks, picture calendars and more. Conveniently print photos and create albums online at Save by shopping at and receive $25 OFF your photo orders of $60 with code! It is finally time to print out your photo memories hassle-free at Hurry! Offer ends 7/1/15.



Jimmy Jazz Coupons: $10, $20, $35 Off

Jimmy Jazz is your one-stop-shop for urban streetwear and footwear. Spice up your style this season with new trends and fashions from Brand offerings include: Nike, Adidas, Levis, G-Star Raw and more. Shop online now at and save with their current promotion of: $10 OFF orders of $100+, $20 OFF orders of $150+ and $35 OFF orders of $250+! Exclusions include: Global Exclusion List, Limited Releases, All Nike and Jordan, Beats By Dre, Cupcake Mafia, Men’s Levis jeans, select Nike apparel, The North Face and Clearance.


Spring Coupons and Deals


Home Shopping Network Coupons: $20 Off $40

If you have always wanted to try out the Home Shopping Network, but never have, now is your time to save big! HSN is offering $20 on your next order of $40+ for NEW CUSTOMERS! Offering incredible savings on everything including: fashion trends and accessories, beauty and cosmetic products, home goods, electronics and more, you are certain to find something you will love at HSN! This coupon is a multi-item offer, valid for new customers only. It is valid for $20 off your next order of $40 or more from HSN TV, HSN2,, HSN Mobile or HSN Shop by Remote. Hurry and save! Offer ends 5/31/15!



Jos A Bank Coupons: $40 Off

Wedding season is upon us once again, and unless you are James Bond, you probably don’t own a tux. Fear not! Jos A Bank is offering $40 off of every tux rentals this season! With their extensive selection of quality and timeless menswear pieces, you are certain to find the perfect tux for any event at savings you can afford. Shop in-store or online at today! This offer expires on 12/31/15. This offer does not apply to Joseph & Feiss boys’ suits rentals.



Kay Jewelers Coupons: $50 Off

This season, surprise her with a gift she’ll love from Kay Jewelers. At Kay, the number one jewelry retailer in the nation, you are certain to find that perfect something for whatever occasion it may be. From one-of-a-kind engagement rings, to memorable graduation gifts, Kay has what you are looking for at discounted prices. Shop and save online today at and receive $50 OFF your order of $149+ and FREE SHIPPING. Shop fast! This amazing offer expires on 5/23/15.



Life is Good Coupons: 15% Off

Life is Good, seeks to spread optimism through their wide selection of lifestyle products, ranging from tee shirts for the entire family, to accessories, home goods and pet products. The products also make the perfect gifts for anyone in your life. With graduations, father’s day and other momentous events coming up, surprise your loved one with a humorous and optimistic Life is Good product. Save today and enjoy 15% OFF your next purchase when you sign up for the Life is Good newsletter. This offer ends on 6/23/ 15.



Loft Coupons: $25 Off $100

It is warming up outside, which means it is time for a new summer wardrobe! Save while adding stylish additions to your closet this season with a variety of top trends from Loft. With women’s clothing items ranging from the perfect work look, casual cocktail dresses, shorts, tee shirts, accessories and more, you are certain to find the perfect summer items at Loft. Shop and save at Loft is currently offering $25 OFF your purchase of $100+. Shop today and save! This offer ends on 5/31/15.



Lord and Taylor Coupons: 20% Off

Lord & Taylor is here to help you and your family get summer ready and save big! Offering a wide selection of women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, accessories and shoes, Lord & Taylor has something for everyone in the family this season. Shop now in-store or at and receive 20% OFF with your Lord & Taylor card OR 15% OFF without one. I’m in! Are you? This sale offer applies to both regular and sale items. Shop fast, as this promotion ends on 5/18/15!



Macys Coupons: 25% Off

Warmer weather is here, and it is time to stock up on all of the summer essentials! Macy’s is your place to save on all of the top trends in women’s clothing, shoes and accessories. Offering the most stylish brands and styles at discounted prices, you cannot go wrong at Macys. Shop now at and receive an EXTRA 25% OFF women’s clothing with your purchase of $100 or more with our coupon. Find the code at, and shop fast! Offer is good 5/13/15 through 5/17/15!



Overstock Coupons: 10% Off is a leader in online savings! Offering discounts and deals on housewares, women’s, men’s and children’s apparel, beauty and cosmetics, electronics and more, is the place to save on whatever you are looking for. Shop now at to receive 10% OFF your entire order. The discount will appear at checkout. Discount excludes: sports/toys, health/beauty and media/electronics. This promotion cannot be combined with other sales. Shop fast! Offer expires on 7/9/15!



Sears Coupons: 20% Off $100

Summer is almost here, and it is time to stock up on warm-weather clothing staples for the entire family! Sears offers a wide selection of the hottest trends in women’s, men’s, children’s and junior’s clothing. With Sears’ discounted prices, you are certain to find something that everyone in the family will love, while saving money too! Many of Sears’ summer styles are already reduced up to 50% off. Shop ONLINE at 5/10/15 through 5/16/16 and receive an ADDITIONAL 20% off your $100+ purchase of summer fashion for the family.



Shoebuy Coupons: $20 Off $100

Exclusively online, lets you shop for shoes for the entire family from the comfort of your home! Shoe Buy carries all of the top styles and trends in men’s, women’s and children’s shoes at discounted prices. Stock up on warm weather shoes for everyone in the family and save at Save by shopping online at today and receive $20 OFF your purchase of $100+ AND FREE SHIPPING AND RETURNS with code. Shop fast! This offer ends 5/31/15!


starbucks Coupons: 25% Off $100

Online shoe retailer,, allows you to shop for new shoes without even leaving the house! Carrying all of the top brands, including: Vans, Michael Kors, Sanuk and more, you are guaranteed to find something that you love. carries women’s, men’s and children’s shoe styles, making it convenient to shop online for the entire family. With discounted prices and incredible selection, is the place to shop. Shop online at today to save 25% on orders of $100+. Hurry! This offer ends 5/31/15.



Sierra Trading Post Coupons: 25% Off

Summer is almost here, which means time for outdoor adventures and family fun! Stock up on all of your outdoor adventure gear at discounted prices at Sierra Trading Post. Experts in sports and outdoor products, Sierra Trading Post is dedicated to bringing you and your family top quality items and brands at prices that you can afford. Shop online at to take an EXTRA 25% off your purchase, while receiving HALF OFF shipping. Shop today, as these promotional savings end 6/4/15.



Body Shop Coupons: 10% Off

After a long year of hard work, pamper yourself this season with skin and beauty products from The Body Shop. Indulge and save at The Body Shop on body care, skin care and make up products. With luxurious ingredients sourced from all around the globe, you are certain to find just what you need to relax and unwind today. You can shop online from the comfort of your home at Save by joining the Love Your Body Program and receive 10% OFF most in-store and online purchases with our coupon. This offer is valid through 1/23/17.


Red White & Aqua Blue – Memorial Day Week

Hello friends and Happy Feel Good 1st Friday in June

Wow, where did the time go? Well just like May this is going to be short. These are just 2 outfits that I wore the weeks before Memorial Day and I simply entitled it

Red White & Aqua Blue

The jeans and dress are both from Walmart #WearWalmart

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The flats are Payless and purses are Avon. I always wear this zebra tank with the zebra flats because I like the matchy matchy style…I did it with the bracelets too.

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I love the casual A-line cut of this dress and there are a few other styles, so I’ll definitely be on the lookout for when they hit the clearance rack!  To jazz it up a bit, I added a gold tone chain belt which was thrifted from Goodwill and a chain necklace from Avon.

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These flats are the perfect color for this dress and the sunnies were purchased at Goodwill.

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I fear for my husband’s health

I fear for my husband’s health…

…not from the back pain that keeps him from grooming his feet


I fear for my husband’s health…

…not from the x-rays and stitches caused by students that he was there to educate


I fear for my husband’s health…

…not from the cancerous cells that have invaded his body and has made his lose so much weight


I fear for my husband’s health…

…because yesterday as I sat nervously in the car as he parked to pray…laying his Prayer Rug beside the car

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Praying to Allah for the 3rd time of the day…praying for guidance, love, safety and good health not only for himself, but for his family, friends and all mankind.


I fear for my husband’s health…

…as I watched an elderly woman peer across the lot, grab her purse a little tighter and begin to walk a little quicker


I fear for my husband’s health because we live in a country that many have died to protect their religious freedoms, yet find it easy to bear arms and spew hatred against another’s religious beliefs.


I fear for my husband’s health and my son’s future….


So help us God!

Cool in Cotton

Hello friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday

I can’t believe that in only 3 more days, the men and I will be on flying off to paradise in the Dominican Republic. We all deserve this break and I am looking forward to spending time with hubby and my sons…which almost didn’t happen due to their expired Passports…but that’s a different story for a different day.

My blogs posts are all scheduled for next week including over at, so I don’t have to worry about posting while away. I will however, be taking lots of pictures so if you are not following now on Instagram and YouTube, make sure to do so today!

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Cool in cotton is the title of this post and it’s a simple white polo shirt from Walmart  #WearWalmart and a floral skirt thrifted from Goodwill. Staying cool in summer’s heat and humidity is vital as is drinking plenty of water.

Along with the pair of Ann Taylor sandals this outfit was perfect to keep me cool outdoors as well comfy inside the office.

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I plan on wearing cool and comfy sundresses while on vacation and will be posting a daily OOTD hopefully at sunrise, as hubby and I plan on getting up and walking the beach each morning before then.

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How do you stay comfy cool in a cotton outfit?

I hope your day is as beautiful as you are!

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Heal your skin and heal the world…one jar at a time

Disclosure:  This product was provided to me in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are 100% my own.

Hello friends, I hope all is well in your world.  If you have been following me for some time then you know how I feel about keeping my skin moisturized and well protected.  Every night before bed I always slather my feet with a cream or body butter then put on a pair of cotton socks which I eventually kick off within an hour. 

I use eye serums and face moisturizers after thoroughly removing all traces of makeup before going to bed then I attack any ash on my hands, knees and elbows by applying a good moisturizer as needed.

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Recently, I had a opportunity to try 24KaritGold Shea Butter and I can honestly say that this is a great body moisturizer.  I have been using it on my feet, hands, and even on that burn scar on my leg which I told you about a few weeks ago.  Hubby loves using it daily on his knees, elbows and feet and the mini men have used it on their hair, scalp and face. 

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24KariteGold Shea Butter is a premium Shea Butter which has been hand processed by a women’s cooperative in West Africa, “Heal your skin and heal the world…one jar at a time.” I have used it as a massage oil as well, which feels great when slightly warmed using a double boiler method.  B24KariteGold Shea Butter contains unrefined, hand harvested wild crafted Shea butter.  You can use this product safely on your body, face, lips, hair, scalp, nails and feet. 

I will be taking some of it on vacation because it also has sun shielding properties.  Shea Butter has a history of being successful when used to alleviated and improve external skin conditions such as itching, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, soreness, wounds burns, scarring, acne and stretch marks.

Check out this video review then leave me a comment as to how you have used Shea Butter as part of your beauty regiment.

I hope your day is as beautiful as you are.

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What to Pack in a Carry-on Bag

Hello friends, I hope all is well in your world.  You guys know that we haven’t been on vacation since 2009, way before they instituted the $25.00 per checked bag fee.

Long gone are the days when the boys were young and we headed to Orlando with large suitcases full of clothes, toys and toiletries.  Now we have the arduous task of trying to get everyone to fit everything into their one bag and making sure that it weighs less than 25 lbs.

Although we are flying Delta airlines and are allowed 1 free checked bag I don’t want to over do it.  It will definitely be easy for my sons and hubby, but I am not so sure about me.

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We will be staying at the Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort in Puerto Plata for 8 long days, and 7 nights and it’s all-inclusive.  Have you ever visited this resort?  

I know that I won’t need to pack much, and this is what I was planning on taking so let me know what you think. 





Cover Up


tank tops

Floppy Hat

Sleep shirt/undergarments



Of course in my toiletry bag I’ll have a high SPF sunscreen, deodorant, makeup, and hair care products. 

What  do you think, should this be enough or is it too much?  I will be carrying a large tote bag to hold my camera, phone, make-up, and wallet, but I think I am missing something…maybe I need to go shopping – wanna come?

Oh, what do you think about this?  Is it best to lay everything flat or roll the clothes, which way takes up more space in the suitcase?  

Do you have any other packing suggestions – am I anxious or what!!!

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I hope your day is as beautiful as you are!

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