Share Your How-To’s

One of my (many) resolutions was to provide a space for others to network and share their pages. I am not yet savvy enough to create one of those blog rings, and I don’t have thousands of followers, but I do have a page where others who are interested in growing their reach can share their posts. So, from time to time I will publish a Share Your…post. Each will be different and will provide an opportunity to extend your reach to new readership. Interested? Well, let’s do this!

Basic Guidelines:

  • Comment with the link to your post below
  • Include a brief description (optional)
  • Add your social media links if you would like to share
  • Subscribe/Follow others who post as well
  • Have fun!

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Getting Organized…It’s Time

Getting organized is one of the most popular resolutions as we start a new year. I am one of those people. I proclaim that I will be an organized guru with OCD and transform my home into a page from Architectural Digest…only without the expensive furniture and the million dollar home where it resides. No…I will be the person who has a place for everything and everything will be in its place. Then reality kicks in. Where do I start?

As I begin to declutter, I notice towels that need to be put away. As I take them to the basket where they are supposed to be, I see the first aid items are in the basket so now I need to put that away first. I set the towels down and move the first aid items to the cabinet. Oh but the cabinet is a mess. So I sit down and take everything out of the cabinet to reorganize and restock the first aid stuff. Whew! Now I can put the towels back in the basket and get back to decluttering. But first another distraction. Then another. And another. Its called life.

So understanding that I dont have it all together and could use some help, I turn to one of my favorite resources. Pinterest! I pinned something to my Printables board that I found so helpful, I wanted to share. Simply Stacie has compiled a list of 29 printables that can help you get organized in this new year. From meal planning and fitness, to debt reduction and budgeting, its all there. She even has measurement equivalents and metric conversion printables you can keep in your kitchen for those recipes you have been wanting to try! I encourage you to check it out and see what sparks your interest. If you are like me, you will want to save them all!

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My Triumphant Return

It has been 6 months since I have written a post. Partly because I went back to work,  partly because I went back to school, partly because I got lazy. Oh and that is part of my list of resolutions. Being completely honest. So yes. I was lazy. 2017 is off to a good start!

That being said, I am back. Back to writing. Back to sharing inspiration. Back to taking the time to share my thoughts with anyone who happens to cruise by and read through my thoughts floating through cyberspace.

To start, I have gone the crafty Pinterest route and created a vision board. Not a clip and paste type but a copy and paste type. I have taken some of the pieces that spoke to me and compiled them into one image that will drive my year. Something I hope will continue to serve as inspiration to myself and possibly evolve as the year goes on.

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From starting each day with love to following my passions, striving to keep learning each day and reading more. Serving as a resource for my husband, seeking new challenges and getting organized. Acknowledging that each effort can cause ripples. Trusting my faith. Giving more. Following my bliss. Its all there. That is how I am starting 2017. A year from now, I hope to look back and see this as a springboard to an incredible year.

Product Review ~ govino Drinkware

Its been a while since I have written a product review. Partly due to the sheer volume of products available to check out. I stand by all prior product reviews and still suggest you cruise by and check them out. Frankly, I felt as if I was doing so many in a short period of time, I was diluting the well. I felt the need to step back. Gather my thoughts. Filter out the items I didn’t really consider using often. Until now.

Today, I ask you to stop what you are doing and check out govino. Particularly if you are a fan of wine, outdoor activities like picnics or bbq’s, or even special events and holidays. I recently published the Guest Post – Yogurt Parfait that would look amazing in the same drinkware. govino has a product line of dishwasher safe, shatterproof, reusable, recyclable, BPA/BPS free drinkware. Dont get me wrong, I still invite people over for parties where red cups are everywhere…but I also like the option of the sophisticated cocktail or craft beer in a nice glass. govino offers me that opportunity with drinkware that I can feel confident using without fear of breaking.

My husband and I personally tested them out recently and we were both pleasantly surprised with the quality, clarity and unique design. The pieces are molded into a shape that allows for a comfortable grip. Check out the product line…they are beautiful!

As if it weren’t already at the top of the industry with ‘the first and only unbreakable wine glass of its kind to be validated and accepted by the wine industry’, they take their expertise to a whole new level. CUSTOMIZATION! The possibilities are limitless. Consider the options such as corporate gifts, fundraisers, bachelor & bachelorette gifts, wedding party gifts and even party favors.

I was so pleased with the entire product line that govino sent to me for review, I agreed to host a giveaway. Its interactive so start thinking of creative ways to use your govino drinkware and you could end up winning! Details have been posted on my Sponsored Giveaways tab. I encourage you to check out their site to review and shop to your heart’s content, my giveaway page for details, and even your local BevMo to pick up a set to try yourself!

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Guest Post – Yogurt Parfait

This is really more of a presentation/serving idea than a recipe, but it is easy!

When I have dinner guests, I always like to serve dessert. Last summer, I was looking for something a little healthier to serve my guests than the usual cake or pie. So, I decided to set up a Yogurt Parfait buffet.

If you want to go very basic, simply spoon a large container of plain yogurt into a serving dish, cut up some strawberries, and place strawberries and blueberries into separate dishes. Do the same with some granola and nuts. I used these large water glasses, and my guests made their own parfaits. In this case, the color combination is great for an Independence Day gathering if you’re in the United States.

One thing I learned – make sure you serve both regular and Greek yogurt (or know your guest’s preference). I served only Greek yogurt and, because it’s not as sweet as regular yogurt, I learned it was not the preference of some of my guests.

In the photo shown, I used organic strawberries and blueberries, because I have been reading how full of pesticides regular strawberries are in the U.S. You can add any kind of fruit or nut you like. You can make it as healthy or decadent as you like (part of the beauty of offering a buffet).

An easy, yummy, and healthy summer dessert!

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About the Author: Karla Pitzen’s blog is Hands On Working Mom. She is a Mommy of two, sometimes adorable, sometimes naughty, always loved, little ones. She works full-time outside of the home, and her husband, Bill, stays home with the kiddos. Her blog is about anything and everything related to being a woman in the good old U.S.A.

Guest Post – Personal Reflections: A Journey Of Womanhood

Today I am a confident, outspoken woman but that wasn’t always the case. Like many women, I struggled with self- esteem and confidence. I was very insecure about just about everything concerning who I was.

I grew up with a single mother who was bipolar, though I don’t think it was well known back then. Women were told they suffered from anxiety. There was never really a peaceful time that I remember and I became a very reserved kid early on. The extreme highs and lows were constant a constant chaos I thought was normal. I became a people pleaser. I would stay that way for twenty or so years, anything anyone wanted me to be. I would be. Being quiet was never ok with anyone and I opened myself to bullying all the way into my adult life.

I went from one critical, controlling home to another. It was the norm to me so when I met my first husband I didn’t really grasp that it wasn’t right. I was starved for love, like many who grow up in a one-parent home. I didn’t grow up with my father and I knew nothing about how a man is supposed to be or even what a loving example looked like.

I wanted my children to grow up with two parents but that wasn’t what they had. They still had a broken home. It was then I found my voice and began evolving. I wanted them to have a mother they could be proud of. It was the beginning of figuring out who I truly was and what I was made of.

I learned the lessons no one taught me when I was young. I learned to value and take care of myself. I learned to be strong and proud of the true me. I learned to love myself. This was never an easy endeavor. Sometimes you’re the only one telling yourself how fabulous you are and you should each and every day. Even today I say out loud. “I’m going to awesome the world crazy today”.

Later when Facebook became big I connected with someone I went to school with. Actually, she was a childhood tormentor but of course, natural curiosity got the better of me so I friended her. One day, she looked at my pictures and stated that wasn’t me. I remember being angry as if she was accusing me of lying. Later, I smiled and wrote back that no that isn’t me you knew.

This doesn’t happen overnight. But you will never find peace until you embrace the authentic you. When you do that you will discover a whole new world that includes people who also embrace and accept you. People who love you for who you really are.Personal Reflections.png

About the Author: Heidi Williams’ blog Woman Pulse is filled with posts about Lifestyle, Relationships, Health, Blogging & Beauty. She is a perfect combination of a lot of sparkle and a dash of crazy!

Humor Challenge – Day 30

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Humor Challenge Day 30
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Humor Challenge – Day 29

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Humor Challenge Day 29
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Humor Challenge – Day 28

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Humor Challenge Day 28
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Humor Challenge – Day 27

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Humor Challenge Day 27
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