Category: Personal Posts

10 Ways To Beat The Heat

There are some people who enjoy the intense heat and love the hot sun beating down on them.  I’m not one of those people. I tend to hide inside when the intense heat of summer comes upon us.  No matter where you fall in this heat spectrum everyone needs ways to cool down.

10 ways to beat the heat
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When the heat rises here are some ways to chill out that do not involve blasting your air conditioner.

1. Eat Cool Foods

Fruits like watermelon contain 92% water for each bite you take. This water consumption aids in helping your body cool down.  Eat plenty of fresh fruits and green veggies to help your body deal with the excessive heat.

2. Coconut Water

We all know to drink water to stay hydrated, but did you know that coconut water has essential cooling properties that cool you from the inside out.

3.Take A Bath

Taking a cool bath with Epsom salts can cool you down and relax you all at the same time.

4. Close Your Blinds

When you know it’s going to be a scorcher outside make sure you keep your blinds closed.  The sunshine beating through your windows all day can increase the temperature inside your home to hotter than it is outside.  In the evening open the blinds and the windows to let the cool evening air in.

5. Reverse The Directions Of Your Ceiling Fans

Having your ceiling fans spin counter clockwise in the summer months will force the air down and will achieve a wind chill effect which in turn will make you feel cooler.

6. Eat Small Meals

When you eat a large meal your body heats up durning the metabolic process.  By eating a small meal your body does not work as hard to process the meal and in turn does not heat up quite as much.

7. Drink Tea

Chinese Ancient medicinal science has long talked about the effect that Chrysanthemum Tea has as a coolant for the body.  Drink a cup of this golden tea and cool down a little.

8. One Cucumber To Eat & One Cucumber For Your Eyes

Like watermelon, cucumbers are made up of mostly water.  Eating them can cool you down as well as cutting them and placing the refrigerated cucumber slices over your eyes.  This will bring down the temperature of your body.

9. Cotton

Wear light colors clothes that are made of cotton or linen fabric.  These fabrics are breathable and will keep you cooler in the scorching sun.

10. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

I can’t stress enough how important water is to keeping your body cool.  Yes, an ice cold macchiato sounds delicious on a summer day when the temperature is well over 90 degrees, but nothing will do more for your body than a large glass of water.  So drink up and cool down!

What do you do to cool down in the heat of summer?

Let me know in the comments.

Until Next Time…

XOXO

 

 

My Afternoon With Maria Shriver

 

Thanks to a couple of friends, I had the opportunity to spend the afternoon with Maria Shriver.  Myself and over 300 other guests including the young women who make up the student body at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace, located in the beautiful city of San Diego, California.

My Afternoon With Maria Shriver

The event was held on the spectacular grounds of the all-girls Catholic high school.  The Academy of Our Lady of Peace has been educating young women for the past 135 years.  Maria herself attended an all-girls Catholic high school and during the Q&A session she reminisced with the student body about why she too would roll up her uniform skirts (it’s a Catholic school thing).

My Afternoon With Maria Shriver

She was inspirational and endering that afternoon, I could’ve have listened to her speak for hours.  Maria spoke about her newest book and No. 1 national bestseller,  “I’ve Been Thinking…Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful life”.  This book will resonate with anyone who is looking for guidence, enlightenment, and insight.  The lessons she has learned along her life’s journey she compiled in this book.  Maria shares prayers, and inspiring quotes to help get us all through what she calls The Open Field, a place of acceptance, purpose, passion, and joy.

My Afternon With Maria Shriver

I love that she ends each chapter with a prayer and they all start with “Dear God…” Maria has said that the reader can put in any words they want. “I practice Catholicism, Buddhism, Hinduism … if you want, you can pray to the tree in your backyard, or it could just be a moment of silence. It’s more than religion —- it’s inspiration and counsel.”

Maria sees every person on earth as a architect of change.

She defines that by:

“People who challenge what is”.

“Imagine what can be”.

“And have the goal of moving humanity forward”.

 

Learn more about Maria’s Architects of Change program.

 

Until Next Time…

XOXO

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10 Things To Start Doing For Yourself


10 things to start doing for yourself

1. Spend Time In The Present

Stop dreaming about when and if and enjoy the right now!  Time goes quickly (it’s already February!).  This, right now is the most important time of your life, go out and seize the day…and the night!

2. Be Grateful

Keep a gratitude journal bedside and every evening write down the things you were grateful for in that day. Every morning set a quiet time for yourself where you can reflect and recall the good in life and reread the items you were grateful for the previous day.  Gratitude will help you to focus on all the good in your life even if your life is far from perfect.

3. End Toxic Relationships

This can be a very difficult painful process.  It can be scary and overwhelming especially if it’s a long-term relationship or friendship.  Toxic people thrive on control and it is likely that they learned this behavior in their own childhood.  There comes a point in every toxic relationship when you realize you give more of yourself emotionally and receive no emotional support back.  It’s time to cut the strings and let that relationship go.

4. Do Things You Love

As Confucius said “do what you love” and Maya Angelou who said “…pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”  When we do what we love we are more likely to be healthier, happier, and far more successful than those who do not.  Do little things daily that you love and bring you joy.

5. Start Forgiving And Then Just Let It Go

It’s important to work through your feelings of why you won’t forgive yourself or why you hold a grudge against another in order to truly forgive.  Once you do this you can release all the anger and hurt inside.  One of the hardest things to learn is to forgive, not just yourself, but to forgive others.  It is essential to let go of the past and to move on.

6. Don’t Procrastinate, Get On With It

Do you put things off until all you do during your waking hours is think about what you need to get done? STOP! The solution is simple write down on a piece of paper 3 steps that will help you complete the task at hand then do one step at a time until it’s done.  You can’t look forward to the future if there are things holding you back.

7. Spend Time With Nature

Breathe deeply in the beauty of nature.  Walk barefoot and feel the energy of the soil/sand under your feet.  Spend time getting in touch with your soul.

8. De-clutter Your Space

Clutter is bad for your health, the more “stuff” that is around the more one feels out of control of ones life and stresses.  Clutter is anything you have that is not adding value to your life, it is bringing you down energetically and psychologically.  Donate 1 thing everyday for 30 days (you’ll be surprised at how simple and easy this is to accomplish).

9. Check Out Of Social Media One Day A Week

A break from social media is good for your over all mental health and well-being.  We’ve all read about the negative effects that social media has on us.  Take a day off every week

10. Trust Your Heart

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” ~William S. Burroughs.  Follow the voice of your heart and intuition, the answers to your questions are all within you.

Take care of yourself, first!

Start Doing these simple things!

Until Next Time…

XOXO

 

 

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An Anniversary To Remember

 

An Anniversary To Remember

Who could have known that a year ago when Handsome and I were eagerly planning our anniversary trip for this year the hurricanes would destroy our destination?  My heart and prayers go out to the all families now living with the devastation that all the hurricanes brought. We were hoping to go to Puerto Rico, as disappointed as we were that all our planning would not come to fruition, we know things happen and plans change. It’s best just to go with the flow! (more…)

25 Random Acts Of Kindness

25 random acts of kindness

There is no better feeling than when someone does something nice for you just because, and that same feeling goes for doing something nice for someone…just because!  The world can be a very harsh place just one small act of random kindness from a fellow human can dramatically change someones life or at the very least make their day!

I have made a list of 25 little random acts of kindness, so just maybe we can all show a little more kindness and love towards each other.

One small random act of kindness can truly make someone’s day.

  1. Say “Good Morning” to the person standing next to you.
  2. Offer to return a shopping cart to the store after someone has loaded groceries in their car.
  3. Purchase coffee for the person standing in line behind you.
  4. Text someone just to say good morning or good night.
  5. Leave an encouraging note on the mirror in a public restroom.
  6. Hold the door open for others.
  7. Give a genuine compliment to at least 1 person everyday.
  8. Give a gift to someone, just because.
  9. Compliment someone to their boss.
  10. Let people merge-in during traffic.
  11. Say “thank you” and “please”.
  12. Send a care package to a solider.
  13. Buy lemonade from a kid’s lemonade stand.
  14. Put a coin in an expired meter.
  15. Say “I love you” to someone you love.
  16. Smile at people.
  17. Surprise your friend with a CD of their favorite songs.
  18. Introduce yourself to new and not so new neighbors.
  19. Compliment a stranger.
  20. Hold the elevator.
  21. Write your husband/wife a list of all the things you love about them.
  22. Check in on your elderly neighbor.
  23. Purchase extra dog and cat food and drop it off at your local animal shelter.
  24. Email or write to a teacher who made a difference in your life.
  25. Offer to buy your co-workers lunch.

How do you spread random acts of kindness?

Until Next Time…

XOXO

Make 2017 Your Best Year!

Your success and happiness lies in you.  Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. — Helen Keller

Make 2017 Your Best Year

Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year?  Looking forward to what 2017 has in store for you, the changes, the learning, the friendships, the successes?  What are you looking forward to most?

Let’s Get This Year Started…

Think Big!  You know the saying “if you can think it, you can do it”.  The bigger the idea, the bigger the outcome.  Go for it, 2017 is the year to make your ideas happen.

Don’t Follow The Crowd.  If you like something or someone others don’t, that’s a them problem.  You do you (with a huge smile on your face).  Always be a student, not a follower.  It’s a huge difference.

Encourage Others.  We all like to hear a little encouragement.  Be that person for the others in your life.

Walk For 30 Minutes A Day.  Not only is getting out and walking 30 minutes a day good for your body it’s also great for your brain.  It’s a wonderful way to decompress from a long day at work, let the work stuff go and enjoy a relaxing evening.  If motivation is a problem try getting a FitBit (the wrist one) or FitBit (the clip-on one).  See my experience with a FitBit here.

Let Go.  I know from personal experience this one is sometimes easier said then done.  If there are people in your life that shouldn’t be there.  Let them loose.

Be On Time.  When you are late you are letting the person waiting on you know their time is not important to you.  It is a lack of respect to keep others waiting.

Forgive.  Another hard one.  Just remember while you are holding on to animosity, they are out enjoying life!

I am choosing to make this a year of positivity, large goals and letting go!

Until Next Time…

XOXO

Taking Care Of Yourself

How well do you take care of yourself?

Taking care of yourself

Taking care of ourselves is usually one of the last things on our minds when there are so many others that need us.  When life gets busy, your body needs you the most.  Give it the attention it needs and don’t feel guilty about it.  Take care of yourself so you can take care of others properly. Try to set time for yourself daily.

Everyone needs “me” time.  Here are a few ideas…

 

Unplug from all electronics.

Light your favorite candle and relax.

Buy yourself your favorite flowers, weekly.

Go grab dessert with your best friend.

Go on a bike ride.

Swing on the swings at the park.

Eat take-out with your best dishes and cloth napkins.

When someone offers you a compliment, just say “Thank You”.

Take a long warm bath with Epsom Salts and essential oils.

Put a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow.

Go to bed early.

Go for a walk and notice the beauty around you.

Turn off the news, listen to music and sing out loud.

Drink water with your favorite fruit infused in it.

Binge watch your favorite TV show.

Try something you have always wanted to, but never made the time for.

Wear your favorite perfume to bed.

Invite a friend over and cook dinner together.

Meditate (here’s a good place to start Calm)

Watch a funny movie.

Take yourself out on a date.

Get and give at least 1 hug a day.

Drink a warm glass of lemon water every morning.

Laugh.

Write yourself a LOVE letter.

In the comment section, please share with me what your favorite self-care thing to do is and which one of my ideas you are going to try.

Please, be good to yourself!

Until Next Time…

XOXO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Few Of My Favorite Photos From Instagram ~ July ’16

Favorite Instagram Photo’s ~ July 2016favorite instagram photosJuly started off with a relaxing day strolling down Del Mar Street in San Clemente, CA.  Drinks and a late lunch at South of Nicks, for Handsome and I.  And, a fun surprise running into an old friend.

Favorite instagram photos

This is my favorite flag in Orange County and on the 4th of July it is even more special.  I love the view of the statuesque flag gently waving in the ocean breeze.  Long May She Wave!

Favorite instagram photos

Ellie’s Table, Where Happiness is Homemade.  I don’t what to say this place is heaven on earth, BUT…!  Their pastries are like no other.  If you’re on a diet, don’t…just don’t!

Favorite Instagram Photos

Isn’t this flower beautiful? It is grown on the Passion Vine also known as the Passiflora Vine.  Not only does this vine produce this stunning flower it also produces the delectable passion fruit.  A close friend of mine has a garden that is unbelievable, where she grows this plus a myriad of other flowers, fruits, and vegetables.  Look for a post of her garden (coming soon).

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Who knew there was a decorator in 2016 that thought the disco ball was a good design feature?  I guess they liked it so much they put up 3!

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World’s Largest Wind Chimes are in Newport Beach, California.  There are 300 bell-shaped domes and over 300 chimes.  The chimes were installed in September of 1967.  It is quite an amazing site to see in person.

favorite instagram photosMost Saturday mornings Handsome and I attend a local car show.  We grab a coffee and walk up and down the parking lot aisles looking at all the different cars.  They have every car from Maseratis to Volkswagens.  Rarely, do I ever see a Alfa Romero, Spider.  Weather it’s at the car show or driving on the street.  I get very excited when I see one.  My first car was a red one just like the one that was at the car show.  It brought back some fun memories!

favorite instagram photosThe Loop was one of my most favorite foods I ate in the month of July.   Their churros are so delightful I have been craving one daily.  Not only are they delicious, but the staff are the sweetest people ever!  Look for a post coming soon.  P.S. they are also a Pokemon Go stop.

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I can’t even explain the joy I feel when I look at this door.  It’s located in Laguna Beach, CA.  I know something wonderful must be on the other side!

 

Until Next Time…

XOXO

Welcome Wagon

Welcome Wagon, new neighbors

What ever happened to the neighborhood welcome wagon?

Years ago, when a new family moved into a neighborhood all the neighbors would get together and literally pull a wagon up to the new neighbors front door with all kinds of goodies, introduce themselves, and make the new family a part of the neighborhood family.

In todays world, it seems like when a new family moves into a neighborhood the neighbors peer out of their windows trying to catch a glimpse of the new neighbor without having to actually take the time to go and meet the family face to face!

Recently, a new family moved in a few doors down. I must admit, every time I pulled out of my garage, I had the best intentions to go and introduce myself, but I went about my busy day just like everyday. I think that is one of the reasons there is no more welcome wagon, people are just too busy. Most neighborhoods are not like they use to be, most people go about their day and when they get home the garage door opens the car is pulls in and the garage door shuts.

I finally had the opportunity to introduce myself to my new neighbor, we spoke a bit and we decided one day we would get to know each other over coffee (no date was set).  Weeks later we were both outside in our yards, waved and picked a date to have coffee, In trying to decided where we should meet, she offered her home as our meeting place.

When I arrived that morning, flowers in hand (my mom always told me never go to another person’s home without a gift).  She made coffee and the most delicious banana bread.  While we were getting to know each other we hadn’t realized 3 hours had gone by!  I’m looking forward to more talking and laughing with my new neighborhood friend.

So, next time you see the moving truck pull on to your street, don’t wait to go and introduce yourself!

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet the new neighbors, you just might be missing out on a good friend!

Until Next Time…

XOXO