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Feb 4, 2016 by

Valentine’s Day Mini-Pizzas for a Savory Treat!
What a delicious way to say “Happy Valentine’s Day!” 2 Dishing Divas

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Beautiful Botanicals
I really liked this botanical card! ~So pretty! Paper Seedlings

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Crispy Baked Lemon Chicken
This looks so good! Everyday Made Fresh

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4 Reasons to Get Fit Starting Today

Feb 1, 2016 by

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People have a hundred and one reasons why they don’t start working on get fitter today – most of which are not valid, including not having enough time, a common excuse. Everyone can find the time to exercise and eat right. It is just the motivation to get moving has to be greater than the excuses not to.

Usually some event, like a health scare, happens that creates the desire to start getting fit. But in the process, you’ll see these other benefits:

Lose weight

To lose one pound of weight in a week, you have to burn 3,500 more calories than you eat in that week. Most people get in trouble with their weight because they are eating far too many calories for the number of calories they burn. Excess calories are stored as fat.

If you break that 3,500 calories per week down into a daily amount – 500 calories – it is more manageable. Eat 250 fewer calories per day and burn off 250 more calories by doing some exercise. Skip the latte in the morning or the can of pop loaded with sugar and you probably reduced your calorie count by at least 250. Walk at 3.5 mph for an hour and you burn 298 calories. There is your 500 + calorie deficit with just those two small changes.

Strengthen your bones

As you age, you start to lose bone density at the rate of 10% by age 50 and if sedentary, another 10% each 10 years thereafter. By including some weight training into your exercise program, you can help slow bone loss as you grow older.

Tone up muscles

With toned muscles, not only will you look better, but your balance will be better and you’ll maintain flexibility in your joints. Weight training can help build muscle which will then help you burn more calories even at rest. And if you burn more calories, you’ll have an easier time maintaining your weight.

Reduce your risk for certain diseases

Your risk to develop heart disease, Type II diabetes and some types of cancers, including colon and breast, increases significantly if you are overweight and out of shape. As your Body Mass Index increases, so does your risk of a heart attack or stroke due to narrowed or blocked arteries.

And if your heart has to work harder to pump blood through narrowed passages, it increases your blood pressure, which causes health issues of its own.

If you already have Type II diabetes and you are overweight, the effects of diabetes will diminish (or in many cases go away entirely) if you lose weight. At the very least you’ll have to take less medication. Best case scenario is you can get off medication altogether.

You can make a change in your fitness level. But you have to start today; tomorrow may be too late.

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Jan 28, 2016 by

We’re going Bandanas! Dollar Store Bandana Pillow DIY
What a great project! The Heathered Nest

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Chicken Soup with Orzo
Doesn’t this look like the perfect bowl of soup! Olives & Okra

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First DIY of 2016
This looks great! married filing jointly

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11 Secrets To Better Time Management For Entrepreneurs

Jan 27, 2016 by

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Why is it that the Bill Gate’s of this world are rich and famous? What secret do they know that the rest of us don’t? If you study their lives closely, you’ll discover the rich and famous have certain habits that attribute to their success. Successful people are very careful about how they spend their time. No matter how you slice it, we all have 24 hours in a day, so the key lies in learning to use our time wisely. Below are some ways you can dramatically increase your productivity through more effective use of your time.

1. MONITOR HOW YOU CURRENTLY USE YOUR TIME: If it seems like your day slips by all too quickly, try creating a log of your daily activities. Once you see where you are spending your time, you can identify and focus on the activities that provide the greatest returns for you personally and financially. Start your log by writing down what time you wake up, get ready, and begin work. Calculate how much time you spend on individual activities such as email, phone calls, and client work.

=> FREE TIME TRACKING TOOL: Here’s a personal time survey to help you discover how much time you spend on various work activities: Personal Time Survey Tracker

2. CALCULATE HOW MUCH YOUR TIME IS WORTH: Time is money. Knowing how much your time is actually worth can help you make better decisions as to whether you should perform a task or outsource it. For instance, if your time is worth $200 an hour, you are far better off paying someone $30 an hour to edit your newsletter. You can “bank” the other $170 per hour by spending your time on profit making activities. Also take the time to determine how much time a day you need to spend on billable activities to make your desired profit. I try to spend 1.5 hours a day on money making projects.

=> FREE TIME COSTING TOOL: Here’s a time costing worksheet to help you determine how much you are actually when you subtract the expenses. Time Costing Sheet

3. CREATE A DAILY SCHEDULE: Don’t start your day without a to do list. Make a list of tasks and categorize them into business building activities, client activities, and personal items. Then break bigger unmanageable projects into smaller “doable” chunks so they less intimidating and are easier to accomplish.

=> FREE DAILY TO DO LIST: Try this free all inclusive WebMomz To Do List

4. PRIORITIZE: Have more to do than hours in the day? By prioritizing your tasks, you’ll make sure that you are tackling the items that matter most. Create a system that works for you. One standard way of prioritizing is to mark items with A, B, and C.

Ask yourself these key questions:

What items MUST be done today?
Which items can be rescheduled?
What can be delegated?
Which tasks most closely match my priorities and goals?
Which items can be eliminated?

5. LEARN TO SAY NO: Are you adding one more item to your never-ending TO DO list? You are in control of your time. Be strong and uphold your personal boundaries. When you are well rested and treat yourself and your family to the time off you deserve, you’ll feel happier and more productive when it’s time to go back to work. **

Before you say yes, ask yourself these questions:

Do you really have the time or energy to do that extra task?
Do I like this customer? Are they good for me?
Will it be profitable?
Does it invade on your personal time?
Does it involve doing something you enjoy?
Does it fit in with your list of priorities and goals?

6. REMOVE DISTRACTIONS AND TIME SUCKS: Time sucks are lurking everywhere like viruses. Think about which activities are eating up your time. For me personally, these items include email, social calls, and telemarketers. I “conquer” the email demon by shutting down my Outlook when I am working. When a family member calls during work time, I politely ask if I can call them back during the afternoon and remind them of my work hours. Caller ID valiantly saves me from the “would be” telemarketer time thieves. With one glance, I can quickly differentiate telemarketers from important client calls.

7. STICK TO THE PLAN: Try not to get sidetracked from your plan. One of my friends has a motto, “A lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency for me”. It’s a smart one to live by. Unless it’s a true emergency, or you are being paid “rush” time, you probably don’t need to squeeze a last minute request in today. Also, by assigning yourself project deadlines, you can keep on top of projects and avoid those dreaded last minute emergencies.

8. CHOOSE AN INSPIRING PLACE AND TIME: We are all “built” differently. Do the tasks which take your most “brain power” when you are at your prime. Are you a morning person or do you work best burning the midnight oils? Create an ultimate work haven that is clean, distraction free, and inspiring. My office overlooks my flower garden and is right in the heart of family activity. As I glance to the right, our Angel fish “Spike” proudly parades across the fish tank. In front of me, Monet has a glorious display of peach poppies in a field. Above me, Monet is painting a vivid portrait of his flower garden. In the living room, my son is softly singing the Spiderman theme to himself – music to my ears!

9. BUNDLE LIKE TASKS TOGETHER: As you work through your daily list, try to chunk your tasks into like activities. By creating a separate “chunk” of time for answering email, invoicing, making return phone calls, you’ll save time and mental energy.

10. AVOID INTERRUPTIONS: Trying to do the same thing over and over again with interruptions can be maddening. Once you start a task, try to finish it to the end. If something comes up that you need to remember or do, unless it’s urgent, simply add it to your list and continue on with your current project.

11. BE ORGANIZED: When things are tidy, it saves you time and frees you to focus on the task at hand. Digging through a pile of papers and finding a squished Twinkie isn’t very conducive to the work experience. Follow your own organizational style. PHONE LISTS: For instance, I arrange my phone lists into groups according to how I use them: friends, family, doctors, my children’s playmates, etc. I also list people in my phone book that I talk to on a first name basis by their first name alphabetically. For instance, I list my mom under “M” and my brother under “T” for Troy. “D” has a list of all my doctors. This works for me, because it’s how I think.

EMAILS: Another time saving idea is to color code your emails. In my personal color scheme I use one color for clients, one for newsletters, and another for my coworkers. You can also group your emails using categories and folders.

ONE CALENDAR MEETS ALL: Keeping track of work appointments, Brownie meetings, and committee meetings can be very difficult. My secret to keeping on top of family and work appointments is to schedule them all on one calendar.

DAYTIMER SPECIAL SECTION: Create a special section of your Daytimer just for special interests, hobbies, or kids. My husband keeps one with all his stock info. I have a special kid section with phone numbers for Brownie leaders, playmates, doctors, school contacts, bus number and other items.

SUMMARY: Why wait for success when you can literally schedule it! By mastering your time, you can accomplish much more with less effort. Be choosey about how you spend your time. Focus on activities which most closely match your goals. By taking time to monitor, measure, and manage your time, you will enjoy an abundance of success and happiness.

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Testing Your Cardiovascular Fitness

Jan 25, 2016 by

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When it comes to fitness levels, it’s possible to be fit in certain areas and not in others. This is why it’s important to measure your levels of fitness in different areas.

In this blog post, we’re going to start with cardiovascular fitness.

SIDE NOTE: Before performing any fitness exercises and tests, always consult your doctor.

What is cardiovascular fitness? This refers to the ability of your heart and lungs to transport oxygen around the body to allow you to exercise for long periods of time. People who aren’t fit in this area will find themselves getting out of breath while climbing stairs or jogging, for example.

Although there are scientific calculations to measure cardiovascular fitness, I wanted to simplify it to make it easier for you.

Here’s the test:

(You will need a step and a stopwatch)

1) Climb up and down an 18-inch step for three minutes, at a rate of 24 steps per minute.

2) Take your pulse for 60 seconds.

3) Find your pulse in the following table – it’ll tell you whether your fitness is good, average or poor: http://www.topendsports.com/testing/tests/home-step.htm

Remember, this is only one way of measuring your cardiovascular fitness. However, knowing how you perform in this test can help you develop fitness programs that are appropriate to your level.

Of course, strength is also important – but that’s a topic for another post!

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Communication in the Workplace

Jan 24, 2016 by

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Corporita ~ Online Magazine for Working Women

Communication in the workplace is important, yet it often seems like co-workers and employees get thrown together without a lot of coaching as to how to make things work for the best. But good communication enhances work performance, helps the workplace run more smoothly, and generally makes for happier employees and managers.

Here are some success tips for communication in the workplace.

Conflict Happens

Many employees and managers don’t want to think about having conflicts, so they don’t consider how to handle them ahead of time. They’re not prepared when conflicts inevitably arise. Also, understanding that conflict is a normal (if somewhat unpleasant) aspect of working together helps you take the problem less personally.

Handling Conflict

Part of good communication is handling conflict effectively. Here are some tips for dealing with conflict when it happens in the workplace.

* Stay out of it when appropriate. The argument or conflict may not involve you, at least not directly, and getting involved may only complicate matters.

* Avoid generalizations if you are involved in the conflict, especially ones that use the words “always” or “never.” Be specific – instead of, “I am always asked to work overtime and my neighbor in the next office never is,” say something more like, “I was asked to work overtime three times last week, and I didn’t see anyone else being asked.” It’s better to present specifics.

* It’s not personal, most likely; conflicts usually arise because of something the manager is not doing effectively or some other outside issue. Try to look at your co-worker as your partner in solving the problem.

Make Sure Others Understand

When you ask others to do something for you or assign projects, make sure the people you’re speaking to really understand what you’ve asked them to do. It can help save a lot of headaches if you clarify with everyone and ask if there are any questions. Also, keep yourself open to questions throughout the project. Once again, a lot of problems can be avoided by saving employees from trying to figure things out on their own.

Connect

If you don’t like your job or just aren’t a natural social butterfly, it can be challenging to connect with others in the workplace. But it’s a good idea – you never know if that guy in the IT department you went to lunch with might advise you on a personal computer problem someday, or if there are interests you share with a co-worker in a neighboring office or cubicle that might lead to fun times outside of work. Maybe he or she has kids the same age as yours, or maybe he or she lives in your neighborhood.

And one more perk about connecting via good communication – if you ever want to leave your job, it’s good to have connections.

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Jan 21, 2016 by

Tea Time ~ The Steelers and A Puppy
I like colletta”s pretty tea cups ~ tea time is always a favorite time for me! Colletta’s Kitchen Sink

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Spicy Kale Artichoke Dip
This looks perfect for those days when you want something spicy! Pancake Warriors

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