Wednesday, November 27, 2013

BLACK FRIDAY SALE!!!! Happening Now!!!

Hey guys! Just thought I'd share with all my wonderful blog followers!.... Since I'm coaching for beachbody now, I've got all their awesome Black Friday deals going on NOW before Friday even hits!!! Shhh.... some of these things are like ...68% off regular price, so take advantage of it while you can!! Once everyone knows... some of these will be sold out ASAP! Hope you guys enjoy! Some of these will come in handy after all that turkey and stuffing!

You can order right here!! I wouldn't wait long!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Pay it Forward! A List of Random Acts of Kindness!

I found this awesome list of 134 Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness at this
I just had to share it with you all, especially with Thanksgiving coming up and so many people out there who are need of a helping hand... whether big or small! Let's help others in any way that we can this holiday season, with the message to "Pay it Forward".  If we can each help only 3 people, then they can each help 3 people and so on.... we can affect so many lives with our simple, caring, actions!  If you decide to do something kind for someone, please comment below and let us know how you paid it forward!

1. Befriend the lonely person
2. Introduce yourself to your neighbors
3. Compliment a stranger
4. Sing Christmas Carols at a nursing home - Then have everyone over to your house after for cookies and cocoa
5. Adopt an animal from the pound
6. Donate your talents
7. Send paper thank you notes
8. Pay for the coffee, the toll, or the bus fare for the person behind you
9. Let the person who seems rushed cut in front of you
10. Hold your tongue - Pause before speaking or writing when you are mad, agitated or doubtful
11. Be empathetic - Really try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes
12. Be thoughtful - Did your co-worker have a bad day today? Bring her a coffee tomorrow morning.
13. Hold the door open for someone
14. Play cupid - You know those two people who would totally be great together and they just haven’t met yet? Get them in the same room together and let nature take it’s course. Helpful hint from a wannabe match-maker (me) don’t tell them you want to set them up and then sit there and watch them all night long to see how it’s going and if you were right (been there, done that, totally doesn’t work. All I’ve got to say about that is, hello awkward!). Introduce them and then bring up the common ground that they share. “Betty Sue, you’re from New Orleans just like Tim Bob here!” (you like those names don’t you). They just might be a match, and then, at their wedding (we’re going full-on optimist here) you’ll be able to tell everyone, “Told you so!”
15. Give your boxes to someone who is moving
16. Be thankful
17. Be encouraging
18. Let people merge-in during traffic
19. Help people move
20. Say “Thank you”, a lot - Everyone works hard. Thanks are especially important to the postal worker, the government employee, the DMW clerk, the bus driver, the grocery store cashiers (especially when you bring up all that produce and they have to look-up every single code) and baggers
21. Call your parents and tell them you love them
22. Let your partner watch their show - And don’t roll your eyes or huff and puff about it
23. Don’t be annoying - Make a conscious effort to avoid doing the things you know annoy your spouse (or roommates)
24. Send your friend a letter
25. Volunteer at a department of corrections or juvenile hall
26. Spread your skills - If you have a skill (photography, outfit styling, cooking, website programming, etc.) and you know someone who has expressed an interest in what you do offer to teacher them what you know
27. Give freely - Go through your things and give freely to those in need
28. Have a shirt that your friend always compliments you on? Why not give it to her?
29. Offer to get groceries for your friend or relative who has a broken leg or other mobility problem
30. Make extra copies of photos and send them to the people who are in the images
31. Offer to help your friend unpack
32. Call everyone you know and tell them you love them
33. Give warm clothes, shoes, and boots to the homeless
34. Help someone whose car has broken down
35. Connect people to each other
36. Walk the cart back to the front of the store
37. Reach out to a person who has made a difference in your life
38. Send a care package to a solider
39. Listen when no one else wants to
40. Be patient
41. Try to find goodness in the person you don’t like
42. Ask someone if they’ve lost some weight or tell them that they’re “just glowing”
43. Know someone who just had a baby or other major life event? - Bring a meal, offer to clean up their house or do a load of laundry for them.
44. Do you know that your partner hates doing the dishes but you don’t really mind doing them? Do them.
45. Don’t nag - Even if you really, really, really want to
46. Be kind to yourself - Make peace with your past mistakes. Use that knowledge to help others who might be going through the same thing.
47. Let it go
48. Be someone’s cheerleader
49. Already sweeping leaves or shoveling the snow off your sidewalk? - Do your neighbors sidewalk too.
50. Do nice things and don’t tell anyone about it
51. Notice a kid being well-behaved? - Tell their parents how good they are while the kid is standing there. It will encourage the kid to continue being good, and will make the parents feel good.
52. (Along the same lines as #51) Compliment people in front of others - For some reason compliments hold more weight when they’re done in front of others.
53. Bring donuts or other delicious sweets to work
54. Give chocolate generously and often;)
55. Tell your boss how much you like working for them and how much you’ve learned from them over the years
56. Bake a cake for the birthday person
57. Don’t complain
58. Be the eternal optimist of the group 
59. Recognize the good in others
60. Look for the best in the situation
61. Leave nice comments on blogs, Twitter, and Facebook
62. Stand up for the underdog
63. Come to the rescue of someone in need
64. Smile easily and laugh - Even at the so-so jokes
65. Share - Even if you don’t really want to
66. Let someone else have your seat on the crowded bus, light-rail or subway
67. Rather than throwing away obviously lost items turn them into the “Lost and Found” desk
68. Do the task no one else wants to do
69. Create a happy book - Gather all your good memories and thoughts into 1 spot
70. Keep a pen on hand - Lend it to people when needed
71. Don’t leave others waiting for you - Be on time
72. Fill up the gas tank and/or wash the car for your partner and then leave candy on the dashboard for them to find in the morning before work.
73. Tell your partner how amazingly “hot” they are
74. Tell your partner what a good hair/butt day they’re having
75. Tell your partners parents how talented your partner is at something
76. Tip generously 
77. Say “Hi” to strangers
78. Smile at people
79. Help lost people - See tourists wandering around lost? Help them out. Be their new local friend. Someone did this for us once and we were so, so thankful.
80. Offer a ride to someone who is car-less
81. Help that stressed parent by offering to babysit
82. If the work-day is running late and you know your co-worker has somewhere they have to be offer to stay late so they don’t have to worry about figuring it out
83. Thank your co-workers for doing a good job, for getting extra supplies, for thinking ahead, for being easy to work with
84. Donate your old car and clothes to charities
85. Go to your friend’s kid’s event
86. Buy the stuff the neighbor kid is selling - Moderately, of course;)
87. Stop at the neighbor kid’s lemonade stand and make a purchase
88. Create a “Dress-Up” box for a kid
89. Skype or FaceTime with the kids in your life - My nieces and nephews LOVE FaceTiming and I love to see them smiling and showing off their latest creation or other things that they’re prod of :)
90. Pick up the tab - Go up to the waiter and pay when no one is watching (of course only if you’re in the financial situation to do so)
91. Avoid gossip - No need to spread any negativity
92. Give the painter, electrician, or handyman a glass of water or offer them a pop
93. Be understanding - Assume the best in others. If someone is running late or has called in sick don’t assume they’re trying to get out of something.
94. Go to your friends art opening
95. Spread the word - If you know someone who takes pictures, paints interiors, is a super nanny, a wonderful accountant, etc. Let others know. People who work for themselves needword of mouth referrals more than anyone else.
96. Be inviting - Ask people to do something with you
97. Leave extra time in the parking meter
98. Don’t write the complaint letter that you’re thinking about writing
99. Hang out with the person who just moved to town
100. Drop quarters on the sidewalk for people to find
101. Leave a whole bunch of pennies heads-up for kids to find on the sidewalk or other public places - Kids love finding heads-up pennies
102. Be understanding of traveling parents with the grumpy or noisy kids
103. Pack extra snacks and offer them to your co-workers or friends
104. Leave good books (or other nice stuff) for your fellow apartment dwellers to take from your shared common spaces
105. Compliment people on their homes
106. Forgive the person you used to hate back in the day
107. Make amends for the wrongs you have done
108. Respect your partner and don’t make decisions without their input
109. Let someone else have their way without putting up a fight about it
110. Donate your vacation or sick days to a person at work who is struggling with cancer or another horrible illness
111. Participate - The people who organize events always worry that no one will take part. That ugly sweater contest or bake-off needs you!
112. Respond timely – Even if you have to say, “Hey, just wanted to let you know I got your email and I’ll get right back to you.” People like to know they’re not being ignored.
113. Don’t leave people hanging - If you’re not into something someone suggests just tell them so (especially in a professional or work-related situation – don’t act like they’re a date that you want to stand-up/avoid- not professional or cool, at all. Be kind.)
114. Lend your expertise to someone in need of it
115. Give CD’s to your friends that have your favorite songs on them
116. Send a surprise book to someone from an online retailer
117. Don’t let your friends (or co-workers or acquaintances) be alone on the holidays
118. Listen to someone’s life story - Yes, the whole thing
119. Be friendly on public transportation
120. Keep your bad attitude to yourself
121. Decorate for the holidays
122. Be happy for others
123. Be super enthusiastic when people have good news!
124. Don’t butt-in or give advice when you’re not asked for it - Have confidence in others; trust that they are fully capable of being in charge of their own lives.
125. Mind your own business
126. Selflessly help (and promote) others
127. Give a glowing recommendation
128. Tell the person who is looking for a job when you hear about an opening
129. Know that someone was Valedictorian, Homecoming Queen, or Prom King in high school? Tell others because they can’t tell people themselves (without it sounding like they’re bragging)
130. Call your in-laws
131. Help people out who might be feeling awkward
132. Generously give your knowledge
133. Have you discovered something that has changed your life? - Share what you know and inspire others to change their lives too
134. Spread the goodness - Let others know you are on a mission to spread kindness and they will be inspired to do the same
You can be the change you want to see. Let’s do what we can, together.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Calling all MOMS who are ready to get fit & healthy!

I'm looking for 5 mom's to join my health and fitness online support/accountability group that's going to start on December 2nd! I help you decide which program will work best for you and your lifestyle! I began my journey this summer, right after my youngest daughter turned 1.  I also have a 3 year old and a 5 year old!  My main goal was to get toned and tightened again after having 3 children.  I was also guilty of eating way too much junk food and drank coffee throughout the day to try and give me the energy to keep up with my kids (which wasn't working), so I needed to start a healthier diet for myself and for my kids.  
If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, then please comment below with your email and I will send you a message or you can fill out your information under the "Contact ME!" caption to the right of the page! I can't wait to CONNECT and see how I can help! Time to invest in YOU for a change!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Planet doesn't need more successful people?? What?

This morning, I noticed a friend of mine posted a status on facebook that read:

"The plain fact is that the planet does not need 
more successful people.
But it does desperately needs
more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, 
and lovers of every kind."

While I think I understand where she was trying to go with this, I completely disagree with the 'successful people' statement.  I agree that we could absolutely use more peacemakers, healers and lovers in the world today, don't get me wrong about that! But in my eyes, success isn't only measured by how much money someone makes, how big their house is, how many extravagant material items they have, but success can be measured in so many other, positive ways!!  A peacemaker can be successful!  Lovers of every kind can also be successful... and we have so many successful storytellers who have come along and changed our lives and our children's lives... everyone's heard of Walt Disney, right? He was one of the best storytellers around and was super successful at doing what he loved and sharing his love of storytelling with families then and families today!

What about that person whose goal in life is to help others, whether it be helping the poor, helping teach children, helping elders, helping people get healthy... The people who accomplish this are considered very successful people in my eyes!  And I'm sure that if they're doing and accomplishing what they love, while inspiring others to do the same, then they consider themselves to be pretty successful people.

I do agree that we need more people in the world who are willing to base their success on their ability to help others, rather than focusing so much on their own selfish needs, which is another reason that I am so fortunate to have found something that I am truly passionate about, while giving me the chance to inspire and help other people achieve their own goals in the process.

Unfortunately, there will always be those people out there who don't have the motivation to follow their own dreams, find faults in those who do and will probably never become successful in anything but trying to find the negative in most situations.  To these people, I want to say this:  If you want to make a change in the world or even in your own life, then stop worrying so much about other people and their success and be the change that you want to see in the world.  If you want more peacemakers and storytellers, then go out there and do whatever it is that you can do to make more like that.  How can you hold these expectations for others to spread love and happiness, when you aren't even doing it yourself?

And to those of you out there who have a dream and want to be successful in life, I say GO FOR IT!  There's no one holding you back but yourself, but do remember that "Success isn't just about what you accomplish in your life, it's about what you inspire others to do".  So be the inspiration for others, be the example, that through hard work, determination and positive encouragement, you can help the world become the change we need to see... and we can all be successful in contributing in our own ways! :)


Monday, November 4, 2013

Coolest Birthday Gift Ever!!!

I wasn't very active yesterday!!
My sleep pattern last night!

Hey guys! So how's your November going so far?  Well, today is my 28th Birthday, so I'd say my month is off to a good start!  Another year older, another year wiser and I can honestly say that I'm happier and healthier than I've been in a very long time!  I have my workouts, healthier eating habits and my new beachbody coaching experience to thank for all that!  I just finished my entire 10 week T25 workout program, combined with the Shakeology meal replacements on Friday and will be starting back at the beginning of the program today, along with so many of my wonderful friends who will be starting their own T25 fitness journeys today!  

But anyways, I wanted to share this awesome little gadget that my husband got me for my birthday!! It's a little bracelet, called UP BAND! 

Have you heard of the UP band by Jawbone? Well, neither had I, until my friend posted about it in one of my fitness challenge groups! Apparently it's this awesome little band (like a bracelet) that you put on your wrist, wear it around, 24/7 and you download an app that it syncs to and can track your sleeping, eating, exercising, and more!

How awesome is that! It can tell you specifics! Not only how many hours of sleep you got, but how long it took you to fall asleep and even how many hours of light sleep vs. deep sleep, you got... WOW!! Not only does this provide you with great information about your habits, but it will also be a great visual to help you realize the areas where you are slacking and what changes you need to make in you're everyday activities! It also connects with other great apps such as the 'MapMyFitness', 'MyFitnessPal', 'LoseIt' and more!!!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Hello, November! Please don't put this off for another 61 days!

HELLO, NOVEMBER!!  Today is not only a brand new day, but a brand new month... and we're quickly approaching the end of 2013! Can you believe it?  It's going to be 2014 before we know it!!

So the question is...

Are you going to continue with your unhealthy eating habits for another 2 months, put off working out for another 61 days... just because you feel like it would be a "waste of time" to try and start getting healthy before all the holidays hit?

Well let me help you put this into perspective... your health and wellness should NOT only be something that you try to achieve once January 1st hits!  This is your HEALTH we are talking about! Some people seem to care more about having the most up-to-date smart phone, than they do about having a body that is functioning at it's maximum potential! Our bodies are what get us through this life, so even if you aren't noticing the effects of your unhealthy diet and lazy tendencies right now, I can promise it will catch up to you and affect you later in life!  You know why I can promise this?  Because if you're feeding your body junk food on a regular basis and not getting the exercise that you need, then the inside of your body isn't healthy right now!  And chances are... those lucky ones who can't "see" it, can feel it on a regular basis.  You're tired, unmotivated, depressed and don't seem to really know why?   You're unhealthy... that's why!

Did you know that TWO-THIRDS of Americans are overweight or obese and 2 out of every 5 children in our country are overweight or obese!  So to break that down into numbers for some of you... that is 200 MILLION Americans who are overweight or obese today!

WOW!  To me, that is INSANE!!! But I can easily see how it could happen.  We have fast-paced lives... and to help us keep up with that pace, we've got McDonald's and Taco Bell to "help us" feed our family meals on-the-go!  We've got those favorite television shows that we're obsessed with and have to sit and watch when we get home from our busy day and want to kick back and relax.  How about football! I don't know about you guys, but I know plenty of guys who use Sunday as their excuse to sit in front of the tv ALL DAY LONG to watch the games!  Oh wait... and don't forget about college football on Saturday... can't miss those!  Oh wait and isn't there Monday and Thursday night football too?  Wow! I dare you to add up the time that you spend in front of the tv each week!  It adds up!  And what's football Sunday without a big, greasy pepperoni pizza from Papa Johns?

Don't worry... I'm not 100% innocent in some of this!  I went through a phase where once the kids were in bed, I vegged in front of the television for hours! And yet, I was that same mom who said to myself, "I wish I had time to workout, but with 3 kids... it's IMPOSSIBLE!"  Well guess what ladies and gentlemen... it's not impossible, because I do it EVERYDAY now!

You want to know what the difference is?...

I now MAKE TIME to workout!  I made working out a PRIORITY for myself!  And I've noticed HUGE differences, not only in my health and my body, but in my energy levels, my mood, my overall happiness!!!  I learned a while ago, from one of my favorite movies (Legally Blonde) that when you work out, your body releases endorphins.  Endorphins make you happy!  And it's so true! Even on the mornings where I don't necessarily feel like I'm in the mood to workout, I force myself to "push play" on my T25 workouts or go for that jog, because as soon as I start... I FEEL my mood do a 180!  It's seriously an instant mood changer when you're feeling down!

So I'm sorry if I sound pretty frustrated with this post, but I am!  I know that each and every person out there has the ability to make a change, but it upsets me that there are so many people out there who just don't have the motivation or confidence in themselves to MAKE A CHANGE!  And there's always a chance to change that!  Each day is a new beginning... so if you're one of those people, then just GO FOR IT!  If you think you need someone on your ass to push you and help you through it, then private message me and we will work something out!  I want to help people realize their full potential and I want people to start setting better examples for these younger generations coming up!  For 2 out of ever 5 children in our country to be obese/overweight is heart-breaking to me!!

So have a happy Friday, and look at your life choices!  If there's something that you realize you need to change, then stop making lousy excuses, slap your past self in the face and tell your future self that you are GOING to do better for yourself and for your family!  :)