A Year of Sacrifice

This week will mark one year of a life changing event; I was let go from a company that I worked very hard for, and it was a huge shock for me. I considered this job a foot in the door into something I saw doing for the rest of my life; being my own boss. I was working for a small family business, locally owned. Employed are about 50 people during majority of the calendar year, during high sales volume we had extra staff to assist with the extra needs, so you could say it was a very family oriented environment. We all worked together, though we all specialized in our own specific job description, there was no task that that we could turn down because it wasn’t “our job” to do.

Some of you reading this may wonder, why is the anniversary of a job loss so important and en-grained in my thinking. The answer is simple: I pass by the business on a daily basis whenever I drive into town as it is a mile from my house. Another reason why this loss was so big for me was because I felt that it happened through a misunderstanding. I never was given the chance to defend myself and tell my side of a story that could easily have cleared up a miscommunication. It was simply one person’s word and then bam, I was out. Oh well, I will always know my actions and that I worked as hard as I could.

They say everything happens for a reason. Right after this job loss occurred, a family medical crisis was beginning and I had to take action. Because I was no longer at my job I was able to put all my focus on my family member who needed some desperate help keeping their health in check. I was there to provide transportation to medical appointments, I was there to help with moral support, I was there to help keep the household running with cooking, cleaning, whatever was needed. I was there. This is all the while trying to figure out how to keep myself happy and my next career aspiration and passion.

I truly believe in the idea that no one will ever understand what a person has gone through until they walk a day, a week, a month, a year and so on in their shoes. Life can be beautiful, and life sure as hell can be ugly. This post is more of a reflection of this past year. All the while taking care of my family member who I can say has the treatment they need, and will always have a shoulder to lean on. All of the hours I sacrificed for myself to help my family member will never be wasted. Sure, it wasn’t fun, and at times, very depressing because I felt I wasn’t doing enough, it will always be a chapter of my life that will never be forgotten. Even though I had to put my goals on a back burner to help my family member, not once can I say that I regret doing it. I feel my help will have forever have made a major impact on their health, for the better.

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Easy and Natural Beauty Routine

Hey everyone! As you may have guessed from the title, I’m about to tell you about my beauty routine that I use to keep my hair and skin healthy and happy.

I am one of those people who was blessed with naturally clear, healthy skin (I rarely break out), BUT that doesn’t mean that I neglect taking care of my complexion. I have tried a few different products over the course of my teens and now into my late 20s, and I finally have found a line that is “Simple”, and easy on the skin, and affordable! You might be wondering why I put Simple in quotes above, well that is because the line that I use is called “Simple.” I LOVE this line. It is a wonderful brand that not only has no harsh ingredients, but has vitamins that are great for a healthy skincare routine. My favorite products that I use are the Dual Effect Eye Makeup Remover, which most importantly removes my stubborn waterproof mascara. I use the Simple Cleansing Wipes to remove my face makeup and to clean my skin. For day time use, I hydrate my skin with the Protecting Light Moisturizer in order to protect against the harmful UV rays (yes, all year round even on cloudy days) and at night use the standard Replenishing Moisturizer.

When it comes to my hair, I alternate among hair care products depending on the season and what my hair care needs are at the time. The one thing that I do use year round to have an intense hydrating mask for my hair are two ingredients that you can eat together, though they may not taste the best together. They are coconut oil and raw honey.  I melt the coconut oil in a sauce pan on very low heat only for a few seconds (the oil heats up very quickly, so it is really important to keep the heat on absolute low.) I put the honey in with it, to make sure both are warm, never hot. On damp hair, I put this mask all over my hair, focusing a lot of the ends, where the most damage takes place. I leave the two on for 30 minutes to an hour, and then wash and condition like normal.  A tip I heard about is to do this hair hydrating mask on your wash day as it absorbs better into dirtier hair. I noticed the first time that I did this routine, my hair was not only so incredibly soft, but shiny, even my girlfriends noticed! This is a very affordable routine, that I do every couple of months to maintain luscious locks. Your hair will thank you!

I’m all about natural, and affordable products, in every category of my life, as much as possible. I would love to hear any additional beauty and skin care tips you may have!

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Favorite *Delicious* Healthy Foods

Some people may think healthy is boring, and I’m gonna prove to you that this just isn’t the case. Below is a list of recipes and already made consumables that are satisfying to the taste buds, but won’t destroy your waistline.

    1. Banana Pancake-I got this recipe online from a few different nutritional blogs. Its so simple and healthy. Literally take 2 eggs, and 1 banana. That’s it. I personally use a blender to mix the two ingredients together, but you can always mash the banana first, and then mix in the eggs.  Make sure you spray your pan with cooking spray, I use olive oil spray, and then pour in the amount to cook out to the size pancake you desire. Keep a low heat, and then flip over midway through, and done. These pancakes are gluten free, so perfect for people with gluten sensitivities.
    2. Chocolate/peanut butter/banana protein shake– I purchase Vega Chocolate Protein Powder from Whole foods (its available at other stores/online as well.) I then put in a banana, some peanut butter and soy milk (you can use any type of milk you would like), blend up and enjoy. This protein powder is plant based, 15g of Complete protein and also has 2 servings of veggies per scoop. Delicious and satisfies your chocolate cravings as well!
    3. Dannon Light and Fit Yogurt Drinks- This is a yogurt beverage that is not only delicious, but is only 90 calories. It has 9g of protein, and 7g of natural sugar, nothing added. I really do love this snack, satisfies my sugar craving, without all the added junk. They have different flavors, I personally enjoy the mixed berry.
    4. Oikos Triple Zero Greek Yogurt- So many different flavors, only 6g of natural sugar, 15g of protein, and so tasty. Seriously, if you haven’t, great yogurt snack.
    5. Boost Protein Shakes- Boost is another great protein drink that has lots of different vitamins and minerals, but is also a great source of protein. I buy the calorie smart ones because of the much lower sugar content. I buy both vanilla and chocolate, though I do prefer the chocolate a little better (I love chocolate and this helps to satisfy the craving.)

 

  1. Nugo Slim Vegan Protein Bars- These protein bars are so good. Seriously. They are very low in sugar, I like the Crunchy Peanut Butter ones, only 3g of sugar and 17g of protein as well as 7g of fiber. Plus they’re vegan and are gluten free, so they are great for diet sensitivities.

These are just some of the healthy options that I enjoy. What are your favorites, I’m always open to new recipes.

 

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Regular Price to Coupon Price

I have blogged about this before, and I will blog about it again, I LOVE to coupon. I have found multiple ways to reduce the cost of my grocery bill, and I want to share it all with you all.

Coupons.com is a new treasure that I discovered last Fall, 2016, and it has been such a welcoming surprise. I clip all of the coupons that I need, print and scan! One key concept that I only recently learned was that you can combine multiple different discount techniques: in store promotion, digital coupons through the app, and now manufacture coupons both through the newspaper and through online sources, such as coupons.com.



One very exciting money saving tip that I have is how to get an item that is not on sale at all, down to only one dollar. I recently took up consuming Boost for the nutritional benefits as well as a yummy protein shake. Depending on your budget, purchasing Boost on a weekly basis can get expensive. I became lucky the past two weeks; I managed to get this nearly $10 pack of protein shakes down to only $1.19. How? I had a digital coupon through my CVS app for $2 off of Boost shakes, I had a $2.oo off coupon I had printed out through coupons.com and I had 20%off any item in store at CVS. Combine all those together, and I was able to get a nearly 90% off discount. Talk about a money saver!

I plan on purchasing my next pack soon, as I have $2.00 off again through coupons.com, I now have a $3.00 off through the app and I have $3.00 in Extra Care rewards to use, so once again a major discount, and this is before the item even goes on sale in the store. It is possible to get a significant discount on your own, without an in store promotion, you just need to be educated on the different saving techniques and have good timing.

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Women’s March on Washington

Now that the election and Inauguration are officially over, I feel like we can all breathe a bit. I proudly say that I attended my first protest, which was a very peaceful one. The Women’s March on Washington had several different messages voiced through the signs carried throughout the city by all of the individual patrons. There was a large crowd, a very large crowd, and by the numbers reported, surpassed the attendance of the inauguration of our 45th President of the United States.

I am not writing this as a bash of either political party, I am simply here to express some thoughts that I personally feel as a citizen of this great nation. First and for most, we ALL are created equal, I do not care what color you are, if you speak another language aside from English, if we don’t share the same religion, if we don’t share the same politics, what your sexual orientation or identity is, etc.. If you treat me with respect, I will do the same in return.

This election divided our country so much, and created so much hate. I want to live in a country where we look out for one another, where we don’t judge people, and especially are not trying to turn our country back 50 or 100 plus years, not after all of the work we have done. Of course, now that we have a new Commander in Chief, things are different, and based on the voice of President Trump’s campaign, he has a different vision aside from what President Obama worked for over the past eight years. I am not intending to start any fight, or rude comments, simply my observations from his campaign messages.

I hope over the next four years, we see some progression, and keep our country safe, and not undo all of the work that President Obama worked so hard for. No President is perfect, and I will leave this post with this: Knowledge is Power.

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The Best Books For The Best Price

Hello readers!

So I have written about this before, but I have to write about it again, because it is just too good not to learn about. I became an Independent Consultant with Usborne Books and More last year. For those who are not familiar with Usborne, the company sells books for very young children all the way up until high school. The quality of Usborne Books and More is fantastic, from the graphics, the actual paper the books are printed on, the content, everything. And the best part!….the prices. Seriously, they are so incredibly affordable.

Now before you start thinking about how all I am trying to do is convince you to buy something from a company I have signed up with, go take a look at the website. Usborne is all about increasing childhood literacy and having your student enjoy reading, all at an affordable price. Who doesn’t want their child to love to learn? Please visit my consulting website here to learn more about Usborne, the books, and how you can even get book for free and half priced! Once you have fallen in love with the books, because I know you will, become a consultant with me, that way you can develop your own way of making money on your own schedule, all the while allowing your child to have the best education possible. Our children are the future after all! There is a one time start up fee, in which you receive your welcome kit, as well as other online tools to help get your business rolling. There are no minimums you have to make each month and there are several different programs that you can get involved in. Give it a chance.

Thanks for reading xoxo

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Launching a Business…Baby Steps

Hello readers!

I am writing this post as a novice when it comes to launching a business. You see, I am a born entrepreneur, I love the idea of being my own boss, making my own rules, and helping others. I’m sure many of you are thinking the exact same thing: wouldn’t we all love to be the boss in our line of work. Well, I have a question for every single business owner out there:

How did you actually launch the business?

What I mean by this is, literally what steps did you take to get the business going. Yes, I understand about having a business plan, marketing and of course the finances to cover all of the start up costs. What I mean is, when someone says that they started from nothing and then built a very successful business, how did you go about marketing, and going from perhaps the basement in your home to an actual business office. How did you go from being a one person, or a literal family business to having the recourses to pay your staff. I have read many different articles about how people have found a situation that they wanted to solve and thus created a product or business (I watch “Shark Tank a lot as well) and they have said how they “launched” their business. Well, I am one of those individuals who needs to know the EXACT steps these entrepreneurs took to make a success.

I recently thumbed through a book about how a mom wanted to have it all: a family, career and overall enjoy life. Well once again, she used that word, “launched.” Its a great word in the business vocab, but again I ask HOW.

Please feel free to comment how you business folk started. Trial and error always happens, share your thoughts. Please and thank you!

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