• How to refinish a honey oak entertainment center

    My husband Mike and I love the home that we live in but one of things we do not love so much about it is the abundance of honey oak woodwork it has. When we bought the house, the floors, kitchen cabinets, all the doors, trim, window casings and staircase were all honey oak. It was excessive and dated so we started working on updating it.  In our living room we have a wall with a gas fireplace and a large wooden bookshelf on each side. This wall was ripe for renovation! Though the unit was outdated, it was functional so we opted to keep it and refinish it. We…

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    How Busy People Make Time for Personal Development

    As an Amazon Affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases at no additional cost to you. As a self-improvement junkie, I know that reading a lot of books is one of the best ways to get better at just about everything. It’s challenging though to find time to sit down and read considering all of life’s other demands. Between working long days, growing a business, getting this blog off the ground, taking care of a husband, two busy kids and a household, there isn’t a lot of free time left. When I have the time I don’t always feel like reading, so my reading time was limited to time sitting in…

  • Beauty companies that market themselves as safer aren't safer. Their claims are not scientifically sound. Here's why.

    The “Safer” Beauty Industry is Lying to You

    You have probably read articles in magazines or online about unsafe chemicals in beauty products. The narrative goes something like this- big companies are putting profits before safety. The FDA is powerless to keep us safe. Only companies that make “non-toxic” “clean” “safer” products can be trusted. It sounds compelling but is this reality or is this marketing? Words on the Label are Meaningless The FDA does not regulate certain terms that are commonly used on product labels and in advertisements. “Natural”, “non-toxic” “safe” and “clean” are strictly marketing terms and no standards need to be met to use them. Any brand can use these terms to describe any product.…

  • Do You Have a Growth Mindset or a Fixed Mindset?

      As an Amazon affiliate, I earn on qualifying purchases at no additional cost to you. The way that we as people view our personalities, character and abilities is an indicator of success in our careers and our lives in general. A psychologist from Stanford named Carol Dweck studied the concept of having a growth mindset or a fixed mindset in her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Fixed Mindset People that have a fixed mindset believe that their potential and their abilities are predetermined and do not change. They believe that success comes from talent rather than effort. People with a fixed mindset tend to stick to what…

  • The Best Sun Protection Hat I Have Ever Bought

    This post contains an affiliate link but the views are my own.  I am neurotic about protecting my skin from the sun. I know that wearing sunscreen regularly is the key to preventing skin cancer and premature aging.  I wear it diligently year-round, applying a shot-glass size amount to my entire body and I reapply every 2 hours as well as after swimming. Many people are familiar with the benefits of regular sunscreen use, but less well known are the benefits of sun-protective fabrics including hats. A good sun protective hat will protect your face, your scalp and your ears and neck which are often missed when sunscreen is applied.…

  • 3 Tips for a Great Visit With Your Primary Care Provider

    Throughout my career practicing as a primary care physician assistant (PA), I have found that there are often differences in what a patient expects from an office visit and what the medical provider thinks should be accomplished at the visit. These differing expectations can lead to an unhappy patient and/or a frustrated health care provider but great communication can overcome this problem. Here are 3 tips to help you have a great visit with your primary care provider: If you have multiple concerns that you would like to be addressed at a visit, it’s helpful to make those known from the beginning of the visit. Let’s say you want to…

  • The Thing Holding You Back From Your Dream Life

    Whether its personally or professionally, we tend to accept our current reality as the hand we have been dealt in life, even if its lackluster. Maybe it’s being in a so-so relationship or having a job that pays the bills but is mind-numbingly boring. Where is the motivation to do better? We only have one chance to live on this planet so why don’t we go for it and chase our dreams? Answer: we get in our own way. It’s our own limiting beliefs that hold us back from having the kind of lives we really want. These beliefs make us think that we can’t have it all. They make…

  • Focusing on Gratitude During Difficult Times

    I have made a point to focus on gratitude in the last few years and doing so has made a big impact on me. Recognizing gratitude has brought more joy into my life, and it has helped me block out negative emotions like envy and resentment. The act of focusing on gratitude actually changes your brain chemistry, allowing you to focus on the positive and let go of the negative thoughts filling your mind. The more you focus on positive things in your life, the stronger those neural pathways in your brain become; and the less you focus on the negative, the weaker those neural pathways become. Indeed, research has…

  • The Cat Eye Manicure

    I have a love-hate relationship with gel manicures. The results are good, the nails are dry right away, and it lasts for two weeks or more without chipping. Eventually though the polish starts lifting and at that point it’s irresistible to pick it off. With this takes a thin layer of your natural nails. The aftermath is so ugly that it necessitates a repeat mani STAT!. Let’s just say it guarantees repeat business. I also don’t love sticking my hands under the UV lights. UV light is damaging to the skin and although I intend to put some sunscreen on my hands before I go, I rarely remember to do…

  • Top 5 Tips For New Business Owners

    Three years ago I jumped head first into the world of small business ownership. I already had a full-time job and a full plate of responsibilities at home, but I wanted to build something that could eventually provide me with time and financial freedom as well as a professional outlet different than what my day job provided. I decided to partner with a network marketing company due to the low start-up and overhead expenses, the turn-key resources provided, and the high potential income. I had no experience in sales and NO IDEA what I was doing but I committed to figuring out how to be successful. There have been ups…