Monday, December 31, 2012

My realistic New Year's Resolution - Get Healthy

As 2012 comes to an end, it's time to make those New Year's resolution lists finalized (or started?). It's easy to make a resolution list but typically people don't accomplish anything on that list at the end of the year..

So this year, be commited to making a realistic resolution list that you can actually accomplish. The key is to make small changes and scheduling them into your calendar.

Resolutions doesn't have to be life changing or grandiose; it can be small changes but might have big impact in your life. So this year my resolution is to "Get Healthy" and here are the 4 steps I want to take to get there.

1. Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night
Who sleeps 8 hours now a days, it's hard enough getting 6 or 7 hours but sleep is essential for the body to rest and rejuvenate for the next day. With more stress during the day, the best counteract is getting a good night sleep. I noticed that I was better at dealing with the stress if I get good consistent 8 hours of sleep. It's definitely not easy to do but it will be on my list to accomplish this year. I was reading this article on how can you tell if you're sleep deprived?
You may be sleep deprived if you...
  • Need an alarm clock in order to wake up on time
  • Rely on the snooze button
  • Have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning
  • Feel sluggish in the afternoon
  • Get sleepy in meetings, lectures, or warm rooms
  • Get drowsy after heavy meals or when driving
  • Need to nap to get through the day
  • Fall asleep while watching TV or relaxing in the evening
  • Feel the need to sleep in on weekends
2. Drink 3 bottles of water minimum per day by making it a habit
Drinking enough water is difficult to do regularly. I usually don't drink enough though out the day but it's also to help minimize the bathroom breaks I need to take with by busy schedule. But after finishing up the Ultimate Reset, I've seen the benefits of drinking enough water for what your body needs. So I'm committing to forming a habit to drink more water by getting a reminder and carrying a bottle of water every where I go.

3. Make an exercise plan
Without a goal or a plan, exercise doesn't become a priority for me. So this year, I'm going to make a small plan to start slow and work my way up if I can get motiviated. I signed up for Free Team BeachBody membership where I can set goals and it will help me keep track of it. By logging the progress, it will increase awareness and helps you ensure that you're staying on track. This year, I'm going to start with aiming to do some cardio 2x week to get my heart rate up.

4. Cut back on wheat
I've been reading this book "Wheat Belly" by Dr. William Davis and it's scary to see how basic ingredients like wheat has been genetically modified to increase crop yield. The side affects of genetically modified organism(GMO)are not being looked at as much. The Wheat Belly talks about how the body cannot digest the food after it has been modified. Wheat can cause bloating, inflammation, diabetes, just to name a few. So this year, I want to try to eliminate wheat from my diet. Wheat is in everything so it will be difficult to start but the benefits will out weigh the pain.

So wishing you all a happy healthier New Year in 2013.

~~Words of Encouragement``
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.
Hebrews 10:24 (NLT)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Dreaming of a White Christmas..snowflake gifts

I'm dreaming of a White Christmas tomorrow and I have an 65% chance of  getting some snow tomorrow :-)  I'm being optimistic that we will have a white Christmas this year, even if it's only with a few inches.   Snow on Christmas makes the holidays more special. The beauty about snow it is made up of a lot of snowflakes and each snowflake is very unique.  There is not two snowflake alike.  Snowflakes reminds me of people.  Each person is as unique as a snowflake, each with their own name and unique personality.  So this Christmas, I decided to make personalized snowflake names, embroidered on scarfs.
With each person's name, I designed the snowflake to try to match their individual personalities. I tried to make each one special and unique.  The ones for the women were more fun to play with all the script fonts options and the ones for the men, I tried to make them simple and masculine.   I love how they came out, I think they came out pretty awesome for my first try.  I hope they will like the personal touch.

The idea of making the snowflake names come from a YouTube video I saw last year.  It was about how words or music can affect water.  Masuru Emoto experimented with crystallizing water to see what shape the water would talk by speaking positive or negative words.  He published his findings in a series of books called "The Hidden Messages in Water".  It's amazing how words or music can affect the way the water crystals formed.  Watch this video to see the effects, it will blow your mind.

I can't compete with water crystal formations or real snowflakes but I can make my own.  Here are the ones I made for the ladies:












To see real snowflakes, check out Marion Owen's blog.  Marion camps out in the cold and takes pictures of actual snowflakes.  They look amazing.  Here are the ones for the men:







Each person is unique so hopefully I was able to capture their personalities in these snowflake names. So with that, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. May this be a Christmas full of love, laughter and wonderful memories for you and your loved ones. Christmas is not all about present, don't forget about the "Christ" in Christmas. For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The healthier You for Christmas...

It's the most wonderful time of the year
"It's the hap-happiest season of all
With those holiday greetings
And great happy meetings
When friends come to call
It's the hap-happiest season of all"

I love hearing this traditional Christmas song being played on the radio, especially when it's the Andy Williams version of the song. It puts me into such a happy Christmas mood because it makes me realize that it is the most wonderful time of the year, the happiest season of all. It's a time of giving, sharing and fellowship with our friends and family. Don't let all the busyness and hustle &bustle ruin the joy of this Christmas season. Focus on counting the blessings and the good memories being created as you get together with your loved ones.

As you wind down for the year, it's the perfect time to reflect on how your life progressed in the past year. Remember the good things that happened this year. Did you get a promotion or new job? Got married? New baby in the family? New house, car or iPhone :-) It can be a good change whether big or small, it doesn't matter; as long as it brought you some happiness, joy, peace or hope.

And don't forget the hard times too. Whether it was a personal event or not, life can be hard at times and it's how you overcome the obstacle that makes you grow. Were you affected by Hurricane Sandy, financial issues, divorce, lost your job, medical issues? Whatever your trials may be, what's most important is how much you have grown and matured to get through each and every day. It's easier to say that tomorrow will be a better day when you're not living through the situation but when it impacts you directly; it feels like the whole world is crumbling. But there is hope; tomorrow will be better, you will overcome your situation and life goes on one step at a time. Look back to see how much strong you have become this year and the things you have learned through the situation. You are stronger today then you were a week ago. Give yourself some credit for the small accomplishments.. Go You!!

As we look towards the New Year, it's time to take charge of things that you can control: Your Health. This year was the beginning for me to make changes to my health. I decided to take the challenge to just be healthier. I started looking at my food choices first. I don't eat much but when I looked at the things I do eat, there was a lot of carbs and sugar. You don't realize how much snacking throughout the day is a really bad idea.

So I decided to take the Ultimate health challenge by Beach Body. Beach Body is known for Tony Horton's P90 or P90X and a lot of other great exercise programs that you see on TV infomercials but recently they come out with nutritional programs. They added a healthy meal replacement drink called Shakeology and a 21-day reset/detox program called Ultimate Reset. I had friends who tried the reset program and it worked wonders.

The Ultimate reset can help release years of accumulated toxins in your mid section which I had plenty of It's a simple to follow three phase program that will reset your body so you can feel, look, and be healthier in just three weeks!!!
I was hesitant at first but I saw a few of my friends try the program and they felt better and lost some weight in the process.

The Beachbody Ultimate Reset helps to:
• Reclaim your body’s natural balance (Week 1)
• Release the harmful materials you may be storing within you (Week 2)
• Restore your system to its maximum health (Week 3)

It was a body tune up that was gentle to the body and I didn't starve at all.
The benefits of the reset will help to improve your overall health and also help flush organs of toxins, lower your cholesterol, improve your digestion, increase your energy, improve your mood and focus better, eliminate dependencies on sugar and caffeine. I was up for all these benefits and was looking forward to losing some weight in the process.

After having gone through the reset program, I lost 10 lbs, dropped 1 pants size, shirts are looser now.
I was drinking a lot more water daily, my skin looked amazing.. I was getting complements that my skin looked like it was glowing :-)
It has also helped to reduce my sugar intake overall, I don't have the cravings for dessert after dinner or Starbucks coffee in the afternoon. The best part of it was the way my stomach area looked. I was always bloated and it has made the midsection slimmer and softer to the touch. I think most of the weight was lost through all the elimination of the toxins in my abdomen area during the first week.
I've kept off the weight and eating better now. So for this Christmas season, I'll be replacing my baggy clothes to ones that actually fit my new body size :-)

If you're ready to take control of your health in the coming year. Take the Ultimate Health Challenge and reset your body with Ultimate Reset.

~~Words of Encouragement~~
The Lord will guarantee a blessing on everything you do and will fill your storehouses with grain. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. Deuteronomy 28:8 (NLT)

Monday, November 26, 2012

On the 12th Day of Christmas, My True Love gave to me…. Twelve Cutting Boards

On the 12th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
Twelve Cutting Boards

Happy Cyber Monday!!! This is the last day of the 12 days of Christmas gift giving series, I hope you found a gift giving idea for the whole family from baby, brother, sister, mom, dad, aunt & uncle, cousin, niece, nephew, Grandpa & Grandma to give them that special gift this year for everyone on your list. Did you miss anyone else?

For the last and final gift, I saved my favorite item; a tampered glass cutting board that is too pretty to hide. It's a beautiful accent on your kitchen counter top and can also be used as center piece or serving platter on your dinner table.
Add your favorite picture or quote to make this cutting board a unique addition to your kitchen.

The cutting boards are made of high quality tempered glass that is stain resistant and more sanitary than traditional wood boards. They are easy to clean. Just wipe it down with a damp cloth and air dry. They also come with small rubber feet to lift the cutting boards off your counter.

These cutting boards are so pretty, they may actually inspire you to cook! :-)

Happy Shopping and Happy Holidays!!
May the holiday season bring you much hope, joy and peace...

~~Words of Encouragement~~
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.
Ephesians 1:18 (NLT)

Saturday, November 24, 2012

On the 11th Day of Christmas, My True Love gave to me…. Eleven iPad Covers

On the 11th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me....Eleven iPad Covers

Hope your Thanksgiving was full of Memories, Love and Laughter.
How was your Black Friday? Did you get a good start to your holiday shopping list? Did you catch all the great doorbuster deals? Or are you waiting for Cyber Monday instead?
If you're like me, I got more accomplished on the stuff I wanted verses the items I really need to find for the people on my gift list. :-)

The Apple store was packed as usual with loads of people checking out the new mini iPad. It's very nice looking and the size fits better in the hand if you're used to the eReaders. But I still prefer the iPad for the size of the screen. The iPad is a nice screen size when browsing the internet and playing games ;-)

If you purchased an iPad for yourself or for someone on your gift list, wouldn't be great to personalize a case or sleeve to make it as unique as you? Protect your new investment from scratches and bumps with either a neoprene sleeve or a full case with landscape viewing angles.

1. Neoprene iPad Sleeve

The iPad Sleeve is a stylish way to protect & personalize your iPad 1, iPad 2, iPad 3 or small tablets. Made of a soft neoprene material it won't harm or scratch your device. Top loading zippered enclosure offers easy access to your device whenever needed.

* Lightweight and durable
* Protects from dust, scratches, bumps
* Water resistant
* Top zipper
* Black backside backing that doesn’t show dirt

2. iPad Case

The iPad Case is a great way to protect and personalize your iPad 2, or iPad 3 are perfect for someone on go. The iPad Case is created out of a soft leatherette material, with a woven polyester panel to show off your favorite picture or design.

The iPad Case has an opening in the back for the camera so there is no need to remove the iPad to snap photos, the iPad cases also have a spot built for the speaker so the sound will not be blocked! The buttons and charging ports are all accessible without removing the case.

The iPad Case is designed to convert from a portfolio protective cover into a stand with multiple viewing angles in landscape position. Simply insert your iPad into this case and you’re good to go!

Happy Shopping!

~~Words of Encouragement~~
By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established;
through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.
The wise prevail through great power, and those who have knowledge muster their strength.
Proverbs 24:3-5 (NIV)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

On the 10th Day of Christmas, My True Love gave to me…. Ten Photo Plates.. and Happy Thanksgiving to you

On the 10th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me....Ten Photo Plates

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. It's a beautiful day to remember all the things we are thankful for. Hope it will be a time of great food, great company, great memories and lots of laughter.

Celebrate special moments like these with an elegant Personalized Photo Plate. It's the perfect way to commemorate a family event, new born baby or a wedding anniversary. Display it proudly in an entryway, kitchen or office to remind you of life's memorable moments. This custom photo plate comes with an easel stand that allows you to display it on fireplace mantles, shelves, desks, tables, in curio cabinets and china cabinets.

The plate measures 8 inches with images measuring 4.5 inches. Used for display proposes only, not to be used for food consumption. Made from high-quality ceramic, this personalized photo plate is highly durable making it along lasting gift for your loved ones. This ceramic photo plate comes with golden rim for an elegant look.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

~~Words of Encouragement~~
"Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done." Psalm 105:1 (NLT)
Happy Thanksgiving! Celebrate with a grateful heart for all God has done and share His goodness.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

On the 9th Day of Christmas, My True Love gave to me…. Nine Water Bottles

On the 9th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me....Nine Water Bottles

Are you always thirsty or feel dehydrated all the time? I'm always needing to carry a water bottle with me where ever I go because no matter how much I drink, it's never enough.
I used to carry plastic water bottles until I found out a while back, that the caps on the plastic water bottles are not recyclable like the rest of the bottle. The caps are a little thicker and harder in material. It cannot be processed the same way at the recycling centers. If you recycle the plastic bottle with the cap, the bottles end up in landfills or in the ocean. A lot of the recycling companies cannot process the caps so they will end up throwing out the whole bottle if you leave the cap on. So whenever I recycle a plastic water bottle or any other type of beverage bottle, I remove the cap and dispense it with regular trash and recycle the bottle only.
So I recently started carrying my own stainless steel water bottle instead of always carrying those plastic water bottles. The stainless steel water bottle has a convenient folding straw embedded to the top. It holds 20 oz of water to keep your thirst quenched.

* BPA free
* Ultra lightweight
* Size: 20 oz (600 ml)
* Dishwasher-safe
* Fit into most any backpack beverage holder or lunch bag

Happy Shopping!!

~~Words of Encouragement~~
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

On the 8th Day of Christmas, My True Love gave to me…. Eight Travel Lattes

On the 8th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me....Eight Travel Lattes

Who is ready for Black Friday shopping?? Have you checked out the deals yet? I was looking at the door buster deals and noticed that a lot of stores have changed their strategy this year. Retailers have decided to stagger the door buster deals over few time slots and multiple days to give more people opportunity to come at different times. But it also means that you will have to go more then one time to the same store if you want different door buster deals at different times. If you're heading out with friends or family members, you can split up your shopping list and share the burden. :-)

After a few hours of shopping, I am always looking for a nice quite corner to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea to rest and rejuvenate some energy. I recently discovered a reusable ceramic latte mug that is a great environmental friendly alternative to the disposable paper cup and plastic lid coffee cups found in coffee houses everywhere.

The reusable travel latte mug is created with a double-wall of porcelain in order to trap air for insulation; helping to keep your beverages hot or cold and not to mention uniquely adorned with your favorite photos!
No heat sleeve is needed with the convenient function of the double-wall insulation; preventing the user from getting burned.

The bottom is adorned with a silicone stopper that prevents water from entering the hollow cavity when washing the cup. Dishwasher and microwave safe.
The silicone lid helps keep your beverage hot or cold and prevents spills!The silicone lid is NOT microwave safe, but can be washed in the dishwasher on the top rack. Lids comes in White or Brown color

Measures 5.25"H x 3.5"W; holds 10oz.

Happy Shopping! Stay warm..

~~Words of Encouragement~~
"Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.” Psalm 95:1-2 (NIV)

On the 7th Day of Christmas, My True Love gave to me…. Seven Stocking Stuffers

On the 7th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me....
Seven Stocking Stuffers

Digging into my stocking was my favorite part of Christmas morning as a kid, and it still is now. The best gifts come in small packages!

Nobody is getting a lump of coal in their Christmas stocking this year.  Christmas is the season for giving!  Find small Christmas gifts and keepsakes that are perfect for stuffing everyone’s stockings, that will be treasured for years to come. Shop for Babies, Kids, Teens & Adults.

1. Compact Mirror (Oval shaped)
Material: Silvertone metal
Size: 2.5" x 3" x .4"
2. Christmas Ornament
Material: Ceramic
Size: 3 inch in diameter
Double sided Full Color Picture
3. Bookmark (Rectangle shaped)
Material: Aluminum
Size: 2" x 3"
One sided Full Color Print
4. Keychain (Oval shaped)
Material: Aluminum
Size: 2.5 inch tall
Double sided Full Color Picture
5. Crystal Pendant (Heart shaped)
Size: About 1 inch tall
Comes with a leather neck chain
6. Mother of Pearl Pendant
(Oval shaped)
Size: About 1.3 inch tall
One sided Full Color Print
7. Mini White Hand Towel
Material: 100% Polyester
Size: 11" X 18"
Message: "I have come that you may have life and life more abundantly"

Happy Shopping!

~~Words of Encouragement~~
Many try to win the kindness of a generous person,
and everyone is a friend to a person who gives gifts.
Proverbs 19:6 (GW)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

On the 6th Day of Christmas, My True Love gave to me…. Six iPhone Cases

On the 6th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me....Six iPhone Cases

    With the craze of the Apple iPhone 5 back in September, by the first weekend, Apple sold 5 million iPhone 5 alone. So with 5 million iPhone 5 out there, how can you differentiate your phone from someone sitting next to you in the subway.

Personalized iPhone cases is the way to go... :-)
Make an iPhone case to match your unique personality. Show off your favorite picture, hobby or passion. The iPhone cases comes into flavors: hard shell and rubber shell.  Both styles displays vivid, photo-quality, glossy printing that shows off your picture and lasts for years.

* Slim, form-fitting and ultra-lightweight shell design
* Durable one-piece snap-on installation
* Smooth high-gloss finish feels great in your hand
* Protects your phone covering the back and corners
* Serve as protection against dirt and scratches
* Direct access to iPhone camera, all ports and all buttons
* Compatible with iPhone 4/4s and 5 for Sprint, Verizon or AT&T carriers

Case Type White Black Clear
iPhone 5 (Hard Shell) Yes Yes No
iPhone 5 (Rubber Shell) Yes Yes No
iPhone 4/4s (Hard Shell) No No Yes
iPhone 4/4s (Rubber Shell) No Yes No

Black Rubber Shell
White Hard Shell
White Hard Shell

Happy Shopping!!

~~Words of Encouragement~~
Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The measure you give will determine the measure you get back.
Luke 6:38 (NLT)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

On the 5th Day of Christmas, My True Love gave to me.... 5 Mirror Frames

On the 5th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me....Five Mirror Frames

Holidays are always a great time of celebration, full of special moments. You know those moments: the Thanksgiving dinner that turned into a marriage proposal, the first visit to Santa, the first time you took the kids trick-or-treating. Whether your favorite holiday is Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, or Christmas, create the perfect frame to celebrate and capture those special holiday memories.

Create your very own one-of-a-kind personalized picture frame that will become a truly unique and personal way of saying “Happy Holidays, I love you or Congratulations".

1. Mirror Glass Frame
This 7" x 9" glass frame can be displayed horizontally or vertically and features crystal stone accent (stand), mirrored inner frame and mirrored edge. Stand is included. Can be personalize with a short message in between the mirrored spaces.

2. Glass Frame
This 5" x 7" glass horizontal frame features a gold stud stand. This frame allows sunlight to seep through giving it a glowing appearance. The photo comes to life when light hits from the back of the frame.

Happy Shopping!!

~~Words of Encouragement~~
Don't worry about anything, instead pray about everything.
Tell God what you need and thank Him for all he has done.
Then you will experience God's peace,
which exceeds anything we can understand.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)

On the 4th Day of Christmas, My True Love gave to me.... Four Picture Mugs

On the 4th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me....Four Picture Mugs

Coffee tastes so much sweeter in the morning when you see that special person on the mug. Do you have a favorite digital photo of your kids, Mom, Grandma, Dad or Grandpa? Or how about a photo from special life event like wedding, birth of new baby, retirement, or anniversary? Why not make them a personalized Picture Mug showing off this great picture. A picture is worth a 1,000 words, create a custom Picture Mug worth a 1,000 sips. These Picture Mugs makes great personalized gifts for everyone. Your picture mug can be as unique as you are!

Picture Mugs capture a moment in time, perfectly and it portrays beautiful, vibrant colors and realistic images. These top-quality picture mugs are crafted to last for years. So when you give it as a gift, your picture mug will bring a smile to their face, week after week.

The white or glass picture mugs are dishwasher safe. The gold and sliver mugs are hand wash only.

1. White Ceramic Mug

2. White Ceramic Mug with Navy Rim & Handle
3. Frosted Glass Mug
4. Clear Glass Mug
5. Gold Ceramic Mug
6. Silver Ceramic Mug

Happy Shopping!!

~~Words of Encouragement~~
Don’t destroy yourself by getting drunk, but let the Spirit fill your life.
Ephesians 5:18 (CEV)

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