1.18.2019

30 Days to Understanding the Bible by Max Anders.



30 Days to Understanding the Bible (30th Anniversary Expanded Edition) by Max Anders lives up to its promise of unlocking the Scriptures in 15 minutes a day 

Each day builds upon anther so that at the end of Thirty Days you will have a greater understanding of the elements of the Bible. For someone who is new to the Bible it gives you a great foundation that you will come to relay on as you continue to study. 

This book is laid out well for a thorough review and it will help you to remember what you've read with activities and fill in the blanks at the end of each chapter. The information is very high level but it is a good summary of the information presented. 

I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  
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Steps To Take To Get Your Life Back On Track After Injury Or Illness

If you have had an accident that led to injury or you have had a long term illness it can be hard to get back to your normal life during and after your recovery. It can be hard to also see anything positive at the end of your road to recovery which can have an impact not only on you mentally but your life around you too. So here are a few tips to get you back on track after an injury or illness.
Be positive
When you are recovering whether it be from injury or illness it is vital to stay positive throughout. If you start to get negative about the situation you find yourself in,  then it can lead to issues with your mental health and also problems within your personal life at home. It is easy to get into a rut and become down about the issues you have but surrounding yourself with the right people and staying positive will help you through the tough times.
Don’t dwell, focus on the future

When it comes to recovering it is easy to dwell on what happened to you or what could have happened to you. This can lead to a strain on you and stop you moving forward in life as you get into a spiral downwards which will not aid in your recovery. Instead of dwelling on the present and the past, look forward to your future, start planning for what you want to do when you are back to full health. Look at whether you will be able to go back into the job you left before the injury or illness, if not then think about what career you can branch into to make sure you have something to go back to when you have fully recovered.

Focus on financial security

While you are away from your job it is imperative that you think about your finances and start saving for anything you need to pay for during your recovery and covering anything you may need while you search for another job if you have been let go from your current one. It is also a good idea to look into whether you are entitled to take legal proceedings against the other party involved if it was a non-fault accident that led to your injury. There are firms out there like Hupy and Abraham personal injury lawyers, who will be able to sit down and look at your case and see if you have a claim or not. If you do then this can help you financially while you are recovering and not working.

Recovering from injury or illness is hard enough without having to worry about what is happening with your job and with your finances. Unfortunately, though these are important things to think about but they don’t have to be a burden as there are businesses and people out there that can help you get through it all. The main thing is to remain positive and keep pushing forward looking towards your future and not thinking about what could have been.

The best ways to improve ypurself and your life


One of the most challenging things we can ever do in our lives is try to start a fresh and make ourselves into better and more functioning people. When it comes to trying to better ourselves every day it can be incredibly hard for us to focus and stay on track with our goals. Today we are going to have a look at some small and some larger ways that you can better yourself in the new year and be a happier person.


1. Read a book

We might think that reading is just another hobby that people do now and again, but it can be a valuable thing to do. When we read books we are transported to another world for a time and this world can give us insights into the wider culture and wisdom of everyone. It can actually be something which is completely invaluable to us because it will allow us to think outside the box, escape stress for a little while and learn to think about situations in a more rounded point of view. It can be a brilliant thing for us to do and something which we benefit from greatly in our lives.


2. Learn a language

This might sound like something a bit extreme, but bettering ourselves can sometimes involve widening our knowledge and being able to speak to more people in the world with ease. If you want to get ahead in your life and career you can make it your goal to learn a new language this year and impress everyone who meets you. It can be a difficult task and one which will take some time, but once you do it and you can speak a new language, a whole new portion of the world will open up to you.

3. Try a new hobby.
If learning another language isn’t really your thing, that’s okay! You can spend your time instead this year learning a new language and becoming more skilled in a new area of your life. For example a great idea for a hobby would be something like art or music where you can learn how to paint or draw or play a musical instrument. These creative pursuits can always be good for you mentally and it will allow you to express yourself and feel more confident as a result of this.

4. Take a course

Whether you want to better your career and be able to be promoted much faster or you simply want to look at taking a cooking class for your own life, courses can be great. Taking a course alone or with your partner can be a good way to better yourselves and give you some extra skills and knowledge which can be invaluable for your career and for your personal life too. Make sure you take the time to really think about the course you want to do and choose something which will genuinely add some value to your life.

5. Make an inspiration room

There seems to be one room in every house which acts as a dumping ground instead of an office, and this room can be a huge waste if you don’t use it to its full potential. To make a room which is an inspiration you will want to think about your hobbies and your goals. If you enjoy creating art then you’ll want a light and bright room filled with colour and life. Play around and you can end up feeling more than ready to do your own things.

6. Overcome your fears

The hardest thing for us to to as humans is to stand up to the things which scare us and make a change. If you are scared of making new friends you might lose out on lifelong pals, if you don’t take domestic violence advice things could be fatal. There are many levels to fear and when we are finally able to strip it back and see things for what they really are, this is when we will be able to stand up and move on with our lives.

7. Grow your skills

Just because you have certain skills already doesn’t mean that you are the best of the best. Sure, you can cook a mean steak but does this mean you are suddenly a great chef? If you want to better yourself even further this year, build on the skills you already have in your life and make them even better than they were before. Doing this can be more valuable than you think and you can really benefit from it.

8. Wake up early

Yes, we’ve come to this dreaded statement. No one likes the idea of having to wake up when the sun isn’t even out yet, but the sad fact is that waking up earlier is better for us both mentally and physically. When we wake up even half an hour earlier in the morning it gives us more time to be productive and to really nail down our plans for the day. We have time to eat a good balanced breakfast and to plan out our day before it really starts. If you can make it a habit to wake up just a little bit earlier each day you will soon see a big difference in your life.

9. Have an exercise routine

Staying fit and healthy can be hard enough sometimes before even adding in a regular fitness routine. Staying fit and exercising can be difficult for a lot of people and finding the motivation to move more and be active can be hard for us. This is why it can be a good idea for us to find classes and sports to play each week at the same time on the same day. By adding this into our routine it will make a huge difference to our happiness and this can make staying this way much easier going forward.

10. Make a plan

One thing which can be super helpful for us when we are trying to be more productive and better ourselves in life is to make a list of the things we want to achieve in the next few years and where we want to be. If you can make a list like this and place it on your fridge or somewhere you see every day, it will always be something you have in the back of your mind and this will help you to live every day with a view to going in the right direction.

11. Write a diary

Writing in a diary might seem like something which only teenagers do, but actually it can be a super helpful thing for us in our lives as it will allow us to see our own thought process and help ourselves when we are in need of it. Writing things down can lift a huge weight off your shoulders but it can also mean that you are able to see your own destructive patterns and put a stop to them.

12. Try something new

Too many of us spend a lot of time in our own little bubble at home and we don’t take enough time to try new things which could show us who we really are. It is so important that we take the time to try new things now and again because it can show us a new side of ourselves and will be something we can enjoy with our friends and family. If you feel stuck in the same routine this year, go and book something you’ve never tried before and give it a go!

13. Compete

Whether it is a video game, a sport or something else entirely, a bit of friendly competition can always be a good thing for our mind and for our skills. You can challenge a friend or family member to something and this can be a really great way for you to hone your skills and make sure that you are doing the best you can.

14. Know your weaknesses

As strong as we all like to think we are, everyone has a weakness and we all have blind spots which can be bad for us mentally and physically if we give into our temptations and don’t conquer our fears. It is always a good idea for you to know what your weaknesses are and identify them when it comes to it.

15. Relax


If you want to be a better you this year and you are looking to make a major change in your life, the best thing you can really do for yourself is smile more and just let life take you where it wants to go. If we spend all of our time over analysing every detail this can be the worst thing for or mental health and it won’t help us be better. Just let life give you lessons and take them on board as much as you can. The rest will fall into place.

1.16.2019

Making your home exterior look pretty

We’ve all strolled by some gorgeous houses while we have been on holiday and dreamed of living in a house that looks like that. The magnificent wood paneling. Or the style of windows. Something about a pretty house seems expensive, classy and so well maintained. It looks difficult, but like most things a bit of effort and some time (and cash) investments - people will walk by your house as say ‘I wonder what it is like living there.’

Think about what matters to you the most. Is it the exterior itself? If so you should take a look at siding contractor, Lifetime Exteriors. Do you want a stone look? That beautiful Swedish style? Bright wooden cabin in the woods look? Whatever it is - that will likely be the first job for you to take care of. Once you know the style you hanker after, you can design the rest to fit the house - and not the other way around.


Have a walk around your neighborhood and see if there is a theme that people tend to stick to. Do you want to blend in or stand out? The first step will probably be getting rid of whatever render you have and a few weeks worth of rubble - but it will be worth it in the end.

Think about your front lawn. If the outside of your house is looking quite stunning, then don’t let your grassy patch give you down. Get some ideas together on how to make you front garden presentable and pretty. You could consider the following:

  • Adding some rose bushes
  • Placing some garden ornaments
  • Removing all of the weeds
  • Keeping the grass trimmed and neat
  • Place potted plants outside your front door

Windows are an essential feature. Somehow shutters tend to look classy and effortless. Although you will have to keep them clean for them to have that impact. If exterior shutters just aren’t to your taste. Consider a fancy trim instead.

Something you will find on most houses that make your heart flutter a little is windows boxes. Fill them with ivy, some mini evergreens, or pansies. A common trend right now is succulents, which are beautiful and hardy - perfect for the long haul of window box living.

Replacing your path a steps with something more in keeping with your ideas. You could opt for rustic style pavings stones of an inconsistent size and shape, or you could have super smooth black tarmac.

You might need planning permission but think about something like a dormer window. It allows you to add extra light inside the property and gives a lot of character on the outside. It’s a bit like a magic trick really, but they make your home appear much more significant from the outside.

Sometimes it really is all about the outside of a property. If you are going to be selling your property any time soon, then you’ll certainly boost the value and interest with a few of these simple tips.

How to be a more supportive partner

When you’re in a relationship, life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows, but usually, tough times get easier when you work as a team. Relationships shouldn’t be one-sided, but there is a need for a degree of flexibility. You might find that you need to lean on your partner more than they lean on you at some points and vice-versa. Sometimes, we go through patches when the person we love needs us more than ever. Even if you recognize this, it’s not always easy to know how to act or what to do to help and reassure them. Here are some of the most common scenarios that you may encounter, and some tips to help you cope with the mantle of supportive partner.



Illness
Both physical and mental illnesses can have a dramatic impact on a person’s self-esteem, their moods, their confidence and ambition and the way they live their day to day life. Whether your partner is recovering from an accident, they suffer from an addiction, or they have been diagnosed with depression, you have a role to play in their recovery, but you’re not alone. Physical injuries often heal relatively quickly, but they can leave significant mental scars. You might not have expert nursing or psychology skills. However, you can still make a difference during the healing process. Talking to somebody about addiction can be a very tricky process, but let that person know that you’re always there if they do want to talk. Carry out some research to provide you with more information about the symptoms your loved one is experiencing, seek expert advice if your partner finds it hard to open up, and you’re struggling to understand how they feel, and look into treatment options like those provided by https://www.newhoperanch.com/. Take each day as it comes. Both physical and psychological illnesses can have far-reaching consequences and every day may be different. One day, your other half may be optimistic and hopeful. The next, they may be filled with despair and fear. It’s important to be there, but it’s also crucial to look after yourself too.

Loss and grief
Losing somebody close to you is perhaps the hardest thing we have to go through as humans. If your partner has lost a relative or a friend, it’s critical to give them time to grieve. Loss affects us all differently. Some people like to keep busy and they’re back at work the next day, while others will shut themselves away for days on end. Tread gently, be there to comfort and reassure your partner, and encourage them to talk when they’re ready. It might also be beneficial to look into bereavement counseling. Many people find it easier to open up to people they don’t know. For more tips, you might find this article useful https://www.helpguide.org/articles/grief/helping-someone-who-is-grieving.htm/.

Unemployment
Unemployment can trigger all kinds of emotions. Losing your job can make you feel worthless, it can contribute to fear linked to paying bills and putting food on the table, and it can affect self-esteem. If your partner has lost their job, be gentle. Don’t blame or criticize them. Encourage them to be proactive and start searching for another job when they’re ready to. Build up their confidence, focus on their strengths, and give them hope. You can also provide practical advice, for example, reviewing their resume or practising interview questions together.


Relationships require teamwork. If your partner is struggling, hopefully, this guide will give you the insight and confidence to be the supportive pillar they need.

1.15.2019

Pre Marital therapy

Premarital therapy helps partners improve their ability to communicate, set realistic expectations for marriage and develop conflict-resolution skills. In addition, premarital counseling can help couples establish a positive attitude about seeking help down the road.

When we were planning to get married we did some pre marital counselling, no it wasn’t as long or as knowledgeable as some other people get but this is what our Pastor planned for us. 

I always thought pre marital counselling was uncomfortable and could also be embarrassing, but to be honest it is very beneficial for every couple who is planning to become husband and wife.  Most couples do not know what to expect in marriage and incorrectly assume things will be the same as prior to marriage, that being said couples do not always think about the financial cost of receiving counselling so they feel it may not be worth it. 

Why is Pre marital counselling important?

Having Important Conversations: There are important conversationist have going into a marriage 
It Provides an Opportunity to Address Issues. ...When couples go to counseling, they talk together with a counselor or religious leader who has the training needed to help them better understand one another. 
It Helps Couples Plan the Future. ... ( finances, kids etc) Talking with someone who has been married for a long time is another big benefit of seeking premarital counseling. When you talk to a counselor, you benefit from a voice of wisdom on the subject of marriage.
It Lets Couples Absorb Wisdom. ...Talking with someone who has been married for a long time is another big benefit of seeking premarital counseling. When you talk to a counselor, you benefit from a voice of wisdom on the subject of marriage.
It Allows Couples to Discover New Things About Themselves. Counselors ask a lot of questions when they’re working with engaged couples. Listening carefully to your partner’s answers is a great way to learn more about that individual. Yes, many couples perceive that no one knows their partners better than they do. However, counselors can help bring out important information that a partner might have been reluctant to share. This offers great growth opportunities while helping couples learn more about each other. It’s also a safe space for individuals to share things that they are nervous or upset about with their partners. It can be particularly helpful if one individual in the couple has been in failed relationships before.

How much will the inlaws be a part of your major decision making - I am serious this is a big one

Remember that premarital counseling is for all couples. If you’re a marriage and family therapist, offering premarital counseling is a great way to help others and build your client base. Of course, it’s also a great way to share the wisdom that you’ve gained in your own marriage.

Premarital counseling can teach you and your partner how to discuss issues in a healthy manner, which may mean you and your partner do not need counseling further down the road.

Online Therapist

I am tired of fighting, I am tired of feeling like he/she do not love me, they never kiss me, I can never do anything good enough... I cannot believe anything he/she tells me, I wonder if they are having an affair

These are reasons you may want to consider online counseling, some guys/girls will not go to a counselors office but staying at home and being able to get help from your pj's is something they will definitely do.

Relationships Are An Investment

Relationships aren't easy. They take a lot of hard work, some of which includes learning to speak your partner's language. Healthy relationships are built on trust.

Infidelity

One problem that couples face is infidelity. When one partner cheats on the other, it breaks the trust in the love connection. It becomes difficult to repair that bond. The person who was cheated on may continue to be suspicious of their partner's actions, where they're going, who they're talking to or texting on their phone. Some people go so far as to take their partner's phone and snoop around for lewd text messages. These behaviors aren't emotionally healthy, and they're a sign that the relationship needs help. Trust issues are a common cause of the demise of a romantic relationship.

Resentment

Sometimes partners become resentful toward each other when their needs aren't being met. Maybe one partner is introverted and needs time to themselves. The other person in the relationship is clingy. They want to cuddle and be close to their lover. Neither person in the relationship is wrong. They have different needs. It's okay to ask for what you want in a relationship and understand that your partner has needs too. You need to be close, and they have the desire for some alone time. If one person sacrifices their needs for the sake of their partner, that could end up in them feeling resentful. It could also be a sign that the relationship is codependent.

Why Online Couples Counseling?

Couples counseling in general is extremely helpful for helping partners stay in healthy relationships. Research studies that people who engage in couples or marriage counseling see an improvement in their relationships throughout three months to one year. All couples go through rough patches, but when the tough times don't improve some things can help the partners get back on the same page. Online couples counseling is becoming quite popular. You and your partner can talk about your relationship with a skilled online mental health professional. However, you might be skeptical about talking to marriage counselors online. You might be private about your relationship and feel strange about that concept. Why would you want to go online for your couples counseling? Well, one of the biggest reasons is that you're going to be able to sit in your own house during the sessions. No more making an appointment and rushing around to get to the office. No more uncomfortable waiting rooms and nosy receptionists. No more sitting in a strange office trying to bare your soul. Instead, you can sit right in your living room, where you and your partner are most comfortable, and you can talk to your therapist from there.

Couple Therapy

I get a lot of emails asking me if we ever needed couples therapy if we would go for it, the answer is Absolutely, we value our marriage and we would try to make it work, that being said therapy is not always the answer either, you need two people who are willing to work on it.  I wrote out a list of ten reasons you may need counseling/therapy, it is not always because your marriage is failing... that being said you also need to find out the cost and benefits to make sure it is something you are willing to budget for

9 reasons you may need couple counseling

PREMARITAL COUNSELING
1 There are many issues couples face before they tie the knot. Premarital counseling is a place to discuss many things. One example is finances. Will bank accounts be shared? What about making decisions about what to purchase? Another consideration is household duties. Are children part of the picture? What role(s) will in-laws play in your life? Couples counseling can be a safe place to start the conversations that need to be addressed.

2.  SEXUAL ISSUES
Sex can be something that heals and brings a couple together, or it can be a battleground fraught with anxiety, embarrassment, anger, and hurt. Counselors encounter sexual issues frequently and can help.

3 . INFIDELITY AND UNFAITHFULNESS
Infidelity within a relationship can be the most hurtful and damaging thing a couple ever goes through, but it does not mean the relationship has to be over. Couples counseling provides a healing space to begin the journey toward resolution. It can help find practical and meaningful ways to navigate the treacherous waters of unfaithfulness.

4. . COMMUNICATION ISSUES
Communication is the foundation of all relationships. Communication comes in many forms, both in person and over the phone, text, or social media. Therapy teaches couples how to communicate with each other in a positive manner that works. The type of communication a person grows up around tends to strongly affect how they communicate in their adult relationships. Counseling can help couples make a conscious choice of communication style and not just fall back on what they know from their history.

5. THE END OF A RELATIONSHIP
When a relationship has ended, whether by mutual agreement or otherwise, managing life can be difficult. Often, individuals need to express anger, sadness, and grief. There may be practical issues to sort out as well, such as housing and children. Agreeing how and when to communicate is another example of a matter to be discussed in couples counseling.

6. DIGITAL-AGE ISSUES
Facebook. Twitter. Texting. Sexting. Instagram. YouTube. Snapchat. These are just a few ways technology can infiltrate and effect relationships. Communicating via social media has its own pros and cons. Couples often have a conflict regarding who to “friend,” what to “like,” and who to text, block, or chat. Communicating that is not done face-to-face or even on the phone is hard. No matter how many emojis are used, words can be misconstrued and misread. The tone of voice and body language are important to understanding what is being conveyed. Relationship counseling can help couples work through problems technology has caused, and create boundaries with each other to help restore trust when social media have hurt the relationship.

7. BLENDED FAMILIES
When one or both partners have children from another relationship, blending has its own specific struggles and difficulties. Parenting differences, the role of the other parent, and the new identity of the family all need to be explored.

8. TRUST ISSUES
After trust is broken, relationships can be harmed or even destroyed. Part of having a solid and healthy relationship is to be able to trust one another. Learning to trust again is a slow and hard process, and it can be painful and frustrating when it doesn’t happen quickly. Counseling can educate and assist couples with understanding the process of regaining trust, and provide tools and direction to help.

All relationships are difficult in some form or another. There will be disagreement, conflict, and hurt even in the best of times. Relationship counseling can help individuals and couples grow and heal. Like all types of therapy, the lessons learned and behaviors changed will continue to serve each person for much longer than the therapy itself.

9. ASSISTANCE MANAGING OTHER RELATIONSHIPS
Couples have relationships with people outside of their relationship together. Friends, extended family, children, co-workers, and supervisors/bosses/professors are just a few. These relationships can be either healthy or unhealthy. Some things that can be discussed are boundaries with members of the opposite sex or same sex, communication with exes, and together and alone time.

Culinary secrets to help you cook healthier

If you have a keen interest in cooking then you may feel as though it’s hard to cook and be healthy at the same time. After all, so many recipes use fat and without it, you may feel as though your dishes just don’t turn out as well. Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to try and create great meals without adding extra calories.

Use Smart Fats

Did you know that not all fat is bad for you? In fact, if you opt for olive oil, or any other unsaturated fats for that matter then you will soon find that it is way better for you when compared to things like butter. That being said, you do still have to make sure that you use them in moderation. If you are able to do this efficiently then you can drastically lower the amount of calories that are in each meal you cook.


Unrefined

You should always pick whole grains over refined grains. Whole grains include things like brown rice and even bulgur wheat. The main reason why these are different is because they have the bran intact. They have way more fibre, magnesium, zinc and vitamin B too. This is a very simple
change that won’t compromise your cooking, but it can really help you to be healthier.

Fruit and Vegetables

It is a known fact that most people don’t get enough fruit or vegetables a day. The more colours
you can get on your plate, the better. This means that you are getting a huge range of antioxidants and vitamins, and it also encourages you to try new things. When cooking your vegetables, it helps to steam them as this will preserve as much of the vitamins as possible.

Meat Isn’t Everything

Meat is a fantastic source of protein, but it can also be a huge source of saturated fat. You should try and eat small portions of lean meat when compared to other food items. Meat with a lot of fat can be trimmed down after the cooking process so you don’t lose out on flavour as well. If possible, you should always choose seafood like crab over fatty meat as well, as it contains way less fat and it is packed full of healthy oils.



Dairy

Sometimes a recipe will call for a dairy product and there isn’t much that you can do about it. If you do want to go ahead with the recipe then try and swap out any high-fat dairy for lower fat alternatives. You can replace low fat with non-fat in most cases, and it won’t really compromise your cooking. You also need to make sure that dishes like this are an occasional treat. If you have them too often then you could be piling on the pounds without even knowing about it.

Be Careful with Sweeteners

Sugars of any kind can add a lot of calories and zero nutritional value. Sweeteners include corn syrup, brown sugar, white sugar and even maple syrup. If you do have to add some kind of sweetener then honey is the way to go.



1.14.2019

5 Tell-Tale Signs Your Marriage Is on the Rocks

When you find yourself struggling through life on a daily basis, there is no feeling like it. You aren’t happy when you wake up in the morning; your life is a constant effort that you don’t have the energy to fight anymore.  When it comes to keeping your husband happy, you have lost all hope in your abilities right now. You are starting to realize that your marriage isn’t in a good place and you want to do everything you can to rectify it. You have never been the type of person to give up on anything, so it’s important that you take this opportunity to start improving your relationship for the better.
1. You Have Discussed Divorce
When the word ‘divorce’ has been thrown around between you, it’s not a great sign. Whether it’s a threat or not, it can be extremely serious when this term comes into play. If you are thinking about filing for divorce take your decision very seriously. Visit http://divorceattorneystulsa.net/ to explore your options and make sure you hire a trusted attorney to represent you along the way.
2. You’re Not Communicating Properly
If you are failing to talk to each other about your ongoing problems, it’s time to evaluate what’s going wrong. Are you giving up? Are neither of you in this anymore? Talking about your problems will never do you any harm, so try and speak up if you have the confidence to do so.
3. Your Future Paths Are Different
Perhaps your other half has started making plans that don’t include you anymore. When they fail to take you into consideration when planning their future, you know your marriage is going downhill.
4. There Has Been Infidelity
If you or your partner has been unfaithful over the years, then this certainly isn’t a good sign. Straying from your marriage and trying to find comfort in somebody else is never going to solve your problems, so make sure you are upfront about any infidelities that might have occurred.
5. The Passion is Gone
When it comes to keeping the spark alive in your marriage, there are only so many things you can do. Once the passion has fizzled away it can be very difficult to reignite it again. If you are still hanging onto hope, then you might want to visit a relationship councillor for some much needed advice. Over time you might be able to connect again so that your problems can finally be put aside.
Dealing with a failing marriage is going to put you, your kids and your other half under a lot of stress and strain. Make sure you try to resolve your issues before giving up otherwise you might regret your decision. With that being said you also can’t stay in a marriage that is making you unhappy. Knowing when you have done everything you can do to revive your relationship is an important thing to recognize. Try to stay positive and do what is best for your own mental wellbeing, whatever situation you find yourself in.


3 Resolutions Everyone Should Make in 2019


A new year is upon us! That means that we must bid 2018 a fond farewell and think
about what we have accomplished over the past 12 months. Did you make any New
Year’s resolutions for 2018 – and if so, how did they fare? The start of a new year is a
great time to pledge to work on ourselves and our lives and refresh our perspective on
things. Let’s take a look at three resolutions that everyone should make in 2019 and vow
to make this year one of the best yet!

1. Pay Closer Attention to Your Health
You should always keep your health in mind, but I think you should consider keeping
closer tabs on how you’re feeling in 2019. You might even pick up something like yoga!
Many people think that yoga seems far too difficult for them to do on a regular basis, but
it’s truly a customizable activity. You can even do yoga sitting in a chair if you are low
on mobility or need to improve your flexibility! The best thing about yoga, however, is
that it can help find “problem areas” in your body and work on determining where the
pain is coming from.

Yoga can also help you pinpoint troublesome foods. The things that you eat will have an
impact on how you feel while working through your yoga exercises, which means that if
something doesn’t agree with you, you’ll know it pretty quickly!

2. Figure Out How You Sleep Best
The posture you use while sleeping can impact the way you feel when you wake up,
especially if you’re using the wrong mattress. The goal is to find an option that promotes
spine alignment while you’re sleeping, not one that allows your body to “sink” into the
mattress in question. It’s worth determining the position in which you sleep, then, to
figure out if your sleep is contributing to any pain issues you might be dealing with. This
can also help you improve your overall sleep quality, boosting energy and mood levels
alike.

3. Improve Your Home
Homeownership comes with many responsibilities. One of the most important is to keep
an eye on the house and determine whether or not you need to fix anything. Don’t let
these tasks build up! Instead of allowing your to-do list to become exhausting, why not
take a little bit of time every month and do something simple to improve your home?
Whether you’re having an appliance repaired, cleaning windows, freshening up the paint

in your living room, or repairing your sidewalk, every action you take will help improve
your home and make it a nicer place to be.

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Whatever they may be, make sure that you start
small enough to allow yourself to succeed! Don’t try changing the entirety of your
lifestyle overnight. Start with small steps that lead up to that ultimate goal. The gradual
climb keeps your momentum and positivity flowing. Welcome the new year with
resolutions to improve your life!

1.13.2019

Christmas Vacation, Part 2

Christmas Day was a beautiful day filled with family and friends. I cooked a turkey, potatoes, turnip, carrot, salt beef, stuffing, and a carrot cake for dessert.
Judith, Rose, and Dave came for lunch.  We just hung out and spent time together.  It was a gorgeous day.



Dec 26-29
We did Hobby Lobby ( my wish), we took Brooke to the zoo so she could feed the giraffe as the highlight of her trip.




We went to Garden of the God's which was so absolutely beautiful 



This girl loved her uncle Roo, everything he did 
she did 

Chipotle's, Yummy 

Cheers with auntie 

This was a big gingerbread in front of the hotel lobby. 

3 Genius ways you can save money when buying a sofa


Sofas tend to be pretty expensive purchases for your home. But, at the same time, they’re an essential design element. Look through any living room design trend ideas, and they’ll all make a sofa the centerpiece of the decor. So, it’s not something you can avoid purchasing!

Most people resign themselves to paying loads of money for a sofa, but here are a few smart ways you can save a lot of money:

Shop in the sales

The great thing about sofas is that they’re almost always in a sale. In fact, it’s got to the point where there’s no need to buy a couch if it isn’t in a sale for a reduced price. Most companies have January sales, winter sales, spring sales, summer sales, and so on. If you pick the right time to make your purchase, then you instantly save a lot of cash. Yes, this might mean you have to be a little bit patient, but it’s more than worth it.

Buy one you need to assemble at home

One of the main reasons sofas are expensive is that they have some additional costs on top of the product itself. Usually, you pay to have the sofa delivered directly to your home in one piece, which means the company pays a delivery service to do this, making it cost more. But, if you see on sites like Sofamania, some sofas don’t get delivered in one piece and can be assembled in your living room. A lot of the reviews claim that they’re easy to set up and the sofa gets delivered in two boxes, you can read them at Sofamania.com/pages/reviews if you’re interested. This can save a lot of money as it’s easier to deliver the sofa and you don’t have to get professional moving people involved! A simple tip, but it saves a mini fortune.

Get a second-hand one

Admittedly, this idea won’t appeal to everyone. There’s something about buying a second-hand sofa that people don’t really like. You don’t want something that other people have sat on for years! However, it can cut the costs of buying a sofa in half - and then some. The thing is, you don’t even need to get something that’s years old, even a sofa that’s a few months old will be much cheaper. Plus, you can pay to have it professionally cleaned, so it feels new, and this will still be way less expensive than buying a brand new sofa. There’s a good article you can read on rent.com/blog/tips-for-buying-used-furniture that tells you how to buy used furniture and get the best out of it. Well worth taking a look at if you do want to pursue this option.

Every home needs a sofa; it’s unavoidable! But, there’s no reason that you need to blow all your family finances on this purchase. Any of these three ideas will help you save a lot of money, meaning you have more cash in your pocket to pay for other family things!

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