Monday, August 14, 2017

Arino 2 in 1 Hair Straightening Brush - Ceramic and Ionic #sponsored

I received the Arino 2 in 1 Hair Straightening Brush to test out and I have to say that I am really impressed with how quickly and well it works.

My first video here explains the functionality of the brush

This video shows a quick demo of the brush at work

After trying out the brush, I have to say that it does what it says.  It actually worked quicker than I thought it would.  It heated up really fast and I gave my sister a quick brush through on her slept in hair.  It straightened it out fast and gave it a really pretty shine as well.

Here is the before and after photos of my sister's hair.  This was just a 5 minute brush through with the Arino 2 in 1 Hair Straightening brush.

You can see how much smoother and shinier her hair looks.

If you would like to purchased the Arino 2 in 1 Hair Straightening brush, 
this brush is available on Amazon.

Disclosure:  I received this product free of charge to review.  I was not required to do a positive review.  My review is based on my own personal, honest opinions.  Your opinion may differ.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Swag Luau Team Challenge - US #sponsored

Put on your lei, enjoy some Slack-key guitar, and get ready to eat some Kalua Pork, because Swagbucks is holding a Luau Team Challenge to help you earn free gift cards! For those of you who don't know what Swagbucks is, it's a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web! 
If you've never tried Swagbucks before because you didn't know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes! The challenge, begins Monday, August 14th at 8am PT, but you can pre-register starting on Friday, August 11th!

Here's how you can join the challenge and the site:  
1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team.
2. Starting August 14th at 8am PDT, in addition to earning SB you'll contribute points to your teams total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks.
3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and what you've contribute so far.   

All members who participate and contribute at least 600 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate on their next gift card! 
Not only that, but if you sign up under me this month and earn 300 SB before September 1st, you'll get a 300 SB bonus!

Members of the 1st place team will receive a 100 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 50 SB Swag Up Rebate, and members of the 3rd place team will receive a 30 SB Swag Up Rebate. Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Friday, August 18th at 2pm PT and will expire on Thursday, August 31st at 11:59pm PT.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

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My Sleep Number Store Experience #MySleepNumberStore #ad

My Sleep Number is 35!

I never realized how comfortable I could be on a mattress until I visited the Sleep Number store at my local Westfield Mall.

My sales associate Craig was awesome!  

He was so knowledgeable about the mattresses and explained all of the different ones to me.    He also explained my sleep number to me and showed me what a difference it made on the pressure on my back. 

My husband and I are actually in the market for a new mattress and my next one is going to be a Sleep Number.  

I especially loved the i8 bed.  It is a split top mattress with separate adjustable sides.  The top and bottom both can be raised and lowered individually with the adjustable base option.  The mattress has a temperature balancing sleep surface.  It is soft to the touch.  I even have the option of adding a massage option!

The i10  360 Smart bed was great as well.  It actually has a built in monitor that self adjusts to get me in the most comfortable position.  It even has an optional feet heater!  That is perfect for those cold winter nights!

The most shocking part of my experience, is that I never realized how much pressure I am putting on my back and just how uncomfortably I am sleeping.  Once you experience your sleep number, and then go back to a normal setting, you can actually feel the difference and the pressure that is being put on your body.

The next time you pass by a Sleep Number store, I highly recommend that you stop in and test out their beds.

Disclosure:  I am writing this post as a member of Smiley360.  I will be receiving a gift for my visit. However, all opinions expressed are based on my own personal opinion and I was not required to write a positive review.

Don't Let Anything Hold You Back #goals #aspirations #stigma

This was a really good week for me.  I lost 3 lbs.  I didn't do anything different this week from the other weeks.  I guess my body just readjusted itself.  That is how it is sometimes on the weight loss train.  You will lose a bit, taper off, plateau, lose again.    I know personally that I can be doing everything right and not lose an ounce.  But that doesn't mean I am not losing inches, or gaining muscle or confidence.  Stick with your plan and in the long run, you will see results.

On another topic,  I wanted to talk about how we can sometimes let the things other people do or say, or the perception we may have of what other people think or say, effect us emotionally.

Do you ever go out to dinner and think of having dessert, but do not order it because you are afraid that the waiter or waitress will think negative things about you?  How about not going to the gym or not wearing an outfit because you fear what others will think or say about you?   

Don't allow yourself to be held back because you are either being discriminated because of your size or shape, or because you perceive yourself in a negative way.  Also, stop blaming yourself for what others may or may not think of you. The only way that you are going to start making more positive strides and loving yourself more, is if you train your brain to recognize the stigma and work through it by standing up for yourself and start looking at things differently.

We know that there are people in this world who will be rude, disrespectful, ignorant or unkind.  If we teach ourselves coping skills to overcome them, we can help to gain self confidence and not turn to food as a crutch.  

When you are faced with a negative situation, such as an eye roll or negative comment, take a step back, analyze the situation, and who it is coming from, and then rethink your thought process.  Let me give you an example.

You are in the restaurant and ask for a piece of cake after dinner.  The waiter rolls his eyes at you.  Do you say to yourself , I don't blame him for rolling his eyes, I don't need that piece of cake?  Why do you do that?  There is nothing wrong with you having that cake, if you are working it into your diet routine responsibly.  Next time that happens, say to yourself,  "He can roll his eyes all he wants, I am entitled to have a piece of cake if I want to."

Think of what you would say to a friend if they were being negatively stigmatized by another person and came to you for advice.  What would you say to them?  Take those thoughts or words, and say them to yourself.

When you are starting on a self improvement journey, you are taking strides in the right direction.  You should be proud of yourself and what you are doing. So what if you want to walk around the block in a pair of stretch pants.  Who cares what other people think or say.  You are doing a positive thing for yourself and your health.  Don't let ignorant people stand in your way of progress.

I had a friend who was dieting and taking off weight on a fairly steady basis and she went to the doctor and he didn't acknowledge her progress.  He just told her to keep losing.  This upset her and she spoke to me about it.  I told her to  rethink how she felt.  I told her the next time she goes to the doctor, to let him know that her weight isn't only a number on a scale.  There are other aspects of her progress.  Tell him about the victories you have accomplished in your self confidence, in your exercise routine and in your overall well being.

You can't let your progress depend on other people's reactions or comments.  You have to first look within yourself and train your brain to take the negative words or actions and create a positive outcome to them.

How do we do that?

First I want to point out that the brain isn't train to be happy or positive all of the time.  It is trained to be in survival mode. So, with that being said, you will have to work at changing your negative thoughts to positive ones. 

Everyone is different, so we will all have our different ways of training our brains to be more positive.  But here are some idea from Power or Positivity to get you started. also has a few very good articles on positive thinking and self-talk, which I use all the time.

Love Yourself.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Kid's Musical Instrument Giveaway #sponsored

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Rocco Basile Interviews #photography #photographer #sponsored

Rocco Basile Interviews
Today I welcome photojournalist Rocco Basile of Rocco Basile Photography to talk about getting the shot, equipment, and artistic motivation.

Q. How do you create the perfect photo setting?

A. In the studio, it's about having a plain background to bring the focus to the subject. The subject becomes the setting. Capturing their essence through their common facial expressions and body language becomes my goal. In nature, finding the angle or view others miss provides the unique setting. For instance, Ansel Adams captured nature views many had visited, but chose unique views that captured their expanse and depth.

Q. Which photographer influenced you and why?

A. Adams influences my travel photography. I carry over what I observe in his images to all of my black and white photography. He mastered light, shading, depth, and sense of place.

Q. What do you want your photographs to express?

A. I hope that the portraits especially express the genuine personality of the subject. I want the person's mom or best friend to look at my photo and say, "That is so him/her."

Q. What would you tell a beginner is the best camera equipment to start with?

A. Whatever you have handy. To start photographing subjects and places, that matters. Use a cell phone camera, a disposable, digital or film. Just begin capturing. When you have the money, buy a camera that lets you grow. I shoot with Canons. The Rebel makes a good starter camera for a serious hobbyist.

Q. What is the best photo editing program?

A. Almost everyone uses Photoshop for a great reason - it is the best. They provide numerous versions. A hobbyist can begin with the free mobile app and move up to the professional grade software as they grow as a photographer.

Q. Where do you find your motivation?

A. You don't find motivation. It lives inside you. Any type of artist - they have a need to create. My mom saw it in me when I was very young. She encouraged creativity and got me started. She made time for museum trips with me. I started out creative and she helped me find the outlet for it.

Q. I am a blogger and take a lot of still shots. How can I get the best still shot?

A. The basics are pretty simple. Choose a light colored, plain background like a white or off-white wall. Shoot with natural light coming through a window or skylight. Improve that with bright, white light.

Use the manual settings on the camera or camera phone. Start out on the lowest ISO setting. It reduces digital noise. Set the white balance to "Flash." If using a camera, use "Manual" mode. That leaves you in control of aperture and shutter speed. Shoot in RAW mode to increase your editing options. Take a test photo and check the histogram. Adjust so your subject doesn't appear to dark or too blown out. Try to find an unusual angle that doesn't overly shadow your subject, but provides a unique view.

Q. What is your favorite lens and why?

A. I'm a huge fan of the Canon EF 85mm f1.8. It provides sharp, quick focus. I use it for portraits. It costs less than one-third of the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM and really does a better job.

Q. What is your greatest accomplishment as a photographer?

A. That people return to view my work. If I am in a show or my work is hung in a museum, and I see someone who has already viewed the work return to it for another look, I know I have created something that raised curiosity or particularly engaged them or challenged them. That is when I know I have done my job as an artist and communicator. They looked twice.

Q. Thank you for your insights today, Mr. Basile. I have enjoyed talking with you.

A. You are welcome. Thank you for the opportunity to talk about my passion.

Simple Ways to Get More Steps In Your Day #motivation #health #fitness

I love to walk and try to get at least 10k steps a day.  Over the past year I have logged over 1 million steps.  I am always looking for ways to get in more steps throughout the day.  Here are some ideas for those of you who are looking to get in some extra steps during the day.

Walk your kids to school

This will give you and your kids a bit of fresh air and energy to start the day!

Walk during your lunch break

After you have your lunch, instead of sitting and chatting, get up and take a walk.  You can even encourage your coworkers to walk along with you.   Keep a spare pair of sneakers at the office so that you can throw them on before your walk.

Park in the furthest spot in the lot

By parking in a far spot, you are forcing yourself to take extra steps to get to your destination.  

Walk around the Mall 

When I visit a strip mall or indoor mall, I make it a point to do a couple of laps around the perimeter of the mall before I shop.

Get a walking partner

Having someone to walk with will help you to stay motivated and may even force you to walk on days you really don't want to.

Walk during commercials

A lot of times, especially on rainy days, I will stand up and walk around my home or in place, during commercials.  It allows me to get in 3-5 minutes of continuous steps at home. Trust me, they add up.

Take day trips

Take day trips to the park, zoo, museum, or any place that requires you to walk.  

Window shop

Take a walk around a picturesque downtown area and window shop.

Get off at an earlier bus or train stop

If you take public transportation, consider stopping at the stop before your intended destination and walk the rest of the way.

Use the stairs

Skip the elevators and escalators and opt to take the stairs instead.

Get a fitness step tracker

You will be surprised at how much more you want to walk when you have a step tracker. They encourage you to keep on moving.  I try to improve my count all of the time.

Join a walking group

See if there are any local walking groups in your area, or join an online group like  I am a member of and I join virtual races all of the time.  They keep me motivated and moving.  

Walk the dog

If you don't have a dog, walk with your friend or neighbor when they walk their dog.

Do housework

Doing housework, like mowing the lawn, raking  or tidying up after the kids can help you get in extra steps.

Go sight seeing

Research your surrounding area for places to go sight seeing, like the beach or a lake area.  They usually will have a local sight seeing area that requires a lot of walking.

Change up your routine

If you always walk the same route, you are going to get bored.  Venture out and look for walking paths, running tracks, trails or courses around your area that are walker friendly.  Try out different surfaces too, like gravel, pavement, grass etc.  This will help you to use different muscles.  You can also look for hills in your area, to give yourself a challenge and work those glutes!

Whatever you choose to do to get more steps in your day is a step in the right direction.  Always look for ways to improve your health and make you feel better.  Remember to always check with your doctor before starting any exercise routine.

Keep Moving!

Photos source: Pixabay

Monday, August 7, 2017

Making Conscious Decisions #inspiration #goals

I have been really focusing on making conscious decisions lately.  

As many of my readers know,  I have been on the Weight  Watchers program.  After a short hiatus, I returned a couple of weeks ago.  I find myself being very conscious about the food decisions that I am making.  I also find it carrying over into other aspects of my life as well.  

I feel that I am not rushing decisions like I have in the past.  I am really weighing in on the consequences of the decisions that I am making.  After all, if I want to break bad habits, I have to create good ones.

So, how does a person make conscious decisions?  

 According to, a person makes 35,000 decisions a day! That is a lot of decisions!  So, how do we assure ourselves that the decisions we make are our best interest?

The first thing we should do is create a group of questions that relate to our decision.  

How will this decision effect me now or in the long run?
If I make this decision, will I regret it?
Is this decision beneficial or detrimental to me?
Would I tell someone else in my predicament to make this decision?
(insert your questions to yourself here)

This is called a decision matrix.  The questions we create should focus on our weaknesses in hopes of turning them into strengths. Every decision should be analyzing the benefits or negatives that derive and at what cost.

Each time you face a challenge or dilemma, turn to your group of questions, or decision matrix,  and let the answers you supply weigh in on the decision you make.  The key to being successful is making sure that you use your matrix and make the questions focus on all angles of your decision.

Having this matrix will make you a stronger and smarter decision maker because it will force you to think about what you are doing before you do it.

This is all part of my being successful plan.   Little changes like this in the short term will lead to big changes in the long run.

Stay focused on your goal.  Create changes. Be Successful.

Photo source: Pixabay

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Finding Inspiration to Achieve your Goals #inspiration #goals

Where do you get your inspiration?  What makes you want to excel or succeed?  Everyone has that little inner person that wants to be the best at what they do.  That inner ego that wants to be successful at life.  Yet, not all of us listen to it.  I know I don't.  I often wonder, what makes a successful person different from someone who often fails?  Both start out wanting something.  Both begin the process of attaining their goal.  Yet, one slacks off, while the other goes on to succeed.  

Some people will say, maybe they wanted it more.  Did they?  Maybe they had more heart.  Is that true?  Maybe they had all their ducks in a row and set a plan, stuck to it and didn't allow distractions to get in their way.  Hmm, I think we may be getting closer to the answer.  Or are we?

The facts are that 92% of people who set a goal, don't achieve it.  92 percent!  That is a crazy amount!
  Why do you think this is such a high number? 

Have you ever been told to set SMART goals?    When you set goals to be successful they should be   Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time Sensitive.

Have you ever done research to see how to structure your goal?  Do you really know how to achieve it, or do you just blindly say I am going to do this?   Believe  it or not, there are steps to achieving the goal you are striving to achieve.  There are many books on the market that teach you ways to accomplish your goals.  Just remember, achieving a goal is hard work.  It isn't going to be handed to you.   I will be the first to tell you that it is not going to be easy.  You have to work at it.  

Of course, you have to be committed to the goal.  You can't just quit every time you fail or beat yourself up every time you do.  Face your failures, write them down, create a strategy to conquer them.  But don't give up.  Set short term goals.  Walk before you run.

At the end of each day, think about what you did to make your goal more of a reality.  Think of things that almost made you stumble and things that pushed you further toward success.  Keep them in a mental diary in your head and bring them out when you feel yourself slipping.  Tell yourself you are worth that goal you set out to achieve and nothing is going to stop you from accomplishing it.

Those who fail to plan, can plan to fail.  You have to have a plan for everything.  Just as I said in the paragraph before.  You have to plan for all the ups and downs.  Think of things that made you fail in the past and things that made you succeed.  I know personally that when I am dieting,  I have to avoid certain places that tempt me to fail.  I avoid them like a plague.  When I do slip, I brush myself off and start over.  That is OK once in a great while, but if I continue to slip, am I really serious or did I really plan properly?  Probably not.

Sometimes we can overwhelm ourselves with too many goals.  Be realistic about the goals you set.  Keep them reachable. Small simple goals are easier to attain than ridiculous ones.  You aren't gonna run a marathon if you have never even run a 5k.   Don't be in a hurry to reach your goal.  Reach it properly and at a steady pace.

Find motivation inside yourself, in others, in any way you can.  Does music motivate you?  Maybe watching videos of people succeeding or listening to someone who has a strong sense of self that can guide you toward that goal are what work for you.  Whatever it is, do it!  Write yourself notes, write yourself words of encouragement.  Make a self motivation jar and write down phrases or words that will encourage you when you are feeling you can't go on.  Use trigger words that jar your senses. Think of the reason you started your journey.

You can reach your goal.  Don't intimidate yourself.  We can all be our own worse enemy at times.  Maybe we should start being our own best friend instead.  You are worth it.  Remind yourself of that often.   Make yourself happy.

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