Black Friday Deals and Steals

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Thanksgiving is coming up and as much as I’m looking forward to cooking up a feast for my family, I’m especially excited about the Black Friday shopping. There are so many trends I’ve been eying at Zara, Forever 21, and more. Although many stores mark up their items before adding on a “holiday discount,” some sales are just too good to pass up.

Boohoo

 As if their clothes aren’t cheap enough, Boohoo is offering 60% off its entire store on Black Friday. You can get most of the tops, dresses, and jackets for $10 or less. Definitely a steal!

Shein

Shein is one of my favorite online stores. Starting Thanksgiving Day, Shein is offering 60% off its entire store, along with a BOGO 99% off deal for some items. Make sure to snag their tops and sweaters for $5-$10!

10% off if you order using a new email

$10 off…

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Veggie dumplings

Wonton Woman

Filling ingredients

  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 small onion, chopped finely
  • 4 shiitake mushrooms, choppedfinely
  • 1½ cups cabbage, choppedfinely
  • 1 large carrot, choppedfinely
  • 1 bunch chives, finely chopped
  • 2 dashes of white pepper
  • Sesame oil
  • Shaoxing wine
  • Soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Sugar

Chop up everything, then cook in a bit of oil in a pan in this order: onion & ginger, carrot, mushrooms, cabbage. Once one ingredient is cooked, add the next. Take it off the heat and stir in the seasonings and chives. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Take your dumpling wrappers (read this post for how to make dumpling skins). Spoon filling into the middle, then start pinching the edges together into the centre.

For cooking instructions, read my post on gyoza. Alternatively, you can just steam the dumplings but I do not recommend boiling them. The dumpling skin isn’t suitable for boiling. Also the dumplings may stick…

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My Top 5 Tips To Build A Thriving Blog

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Danny

The most common email I get in my inbox is the one that asks a question about blogging.  “How do I grow?”  “How do I get more followers?”  “How do I network with others?”  There are so many of these questions that it is easier for me to answer via a post instead of responding to each of them individually.  I believe that growth comes for some and not for others.  I do not believe that just any blog can be popular, but I do believe any blog can build a following; and the two are vastly different.  With that said here are 5 tips I focus on  to build a thriving blog:

  1. You must interact.  Unless you are incredibly SEO savvy, you are going to have to spend the majority of your time building your blog with grass-roots tactics.  The way I achieved this was by using tag searches and then going through that feed and reading new pages.  I also spent time reading the pages of those people who decided to follow my page.  I then comment and like as I see fit and try to interact on a real level.  I avoided commenting just to show up in notifications as I think this is a bit fake.  I only comment if I feel compelled to comment.  If not I will always leave a LIKE to show my support of said blogger.
  2. Build a community.  When I started seeing my numbers grow it was because I began focusing on building a network of blog friends who cared about the same types of things of which I cared.  They didn’t have to think like me, but they definitely had to share some common bond with me.  To date that bond has been twofold: multiple sclerosis/chronic pain suffers and/or inquisitive people who enjoy getting inspired.  One of my most popular posts day in and day out is the Let Me Ask You a Question post.  When you surround yourself with people who believe what it is that you believe, now you are building a community.  After all, why should anyone care?  When you tap in to getting people to care, half the battle is over.  Next all you have to do is give the a reason to want to return.  Make sense?
  3. Publish content that people want to read and produce it on a regular basis.  Sometimes people don’t engage with a page because the blogger produces crap content.  This is not easy for some people to hear, but in some cases it is the tough truth.  And next of course you must produce regularly scheduled content.  Publishing posts once ever 2 weeks is simply not enough unless the blogger has incredible SEO skills and is driving hundreds of thousands of views via search engines.  I don’t know a lot of top bloggers who don’t produce content on a daily/weekly basis.  And the content MUST add value to people’s lives.  Why should they visit your page?  There are tons of blogs on the internet.  If you are not producing relevant, value-adding content then maybe you need to adjust your focus?
  4. Connect with bloggers that have what it is that you want.  What you want depends on you and your goals.  If you want a blog that gets tons of interaction, then email a blogger you know who gets a lot of comments and build a relationship.  Watch what they do and use their example as a way for you to develop your own plan.  Ask them if it is okay if you email questions so you can learn, but be careful not to overstep your welcome.  I have learned that it might take you emailing quite a few bloggers so don’t get discouraged if the first few don’t respond.  When I first began blogging, Jason over at Harsh Reality took me under his wing so-to-speak and allowed me to email on a regular basis.  He taught me some of the finer points of networking, producing content, SEO, Alexa tips, etc.  We talked about a lot of stuff and I took copious notes every time he opened his mouth.  What I wanted was to have a huge following and at that time he had 50,000 followers and I had a few hundred.  Because of Jason’s help and a lot of hard work I am now over halfway to my goal of reaching 100,000 followers.  But you will have to determine what you want for your page and then befriend someone who has what it is that you want; which might have nothing to do with the size of the blog.  That is the beautiful thing about a blog…you can make it whatever you want it to be!
  5. Stay active, stay consistent.  This is the toughest tip of all.  Why?  Because this requires a blogger to blog every single day.  Blogging for me is not a part-time interest.  Since I started my page in November 2014 I have never taken a day off.  I’ve had days of lower activity, but never a day when I ignored my page.  Also, blogging is not writing as some might think.  Blogging is a verb which includes producing content, reading other pages, commenting on friend’s posts, liking posts, finding new pages that interest you, etc.  Blogging is a verb which means it is so much more than writing.  I believe writing and blogging are completely different things which is why so many authors struggle when it comes to blogging; you don’t have the luxury of publishing a post and then watching the masses flock to your page.  As a blogger you must be present on a consistent basis.  Think of your blog as a store front in a mall.  If people are in the mall and your shutters are pulled shut, then people will walk past.  But if the doors are open, people will more likely step in and say hi.  You must be present and you must participate every single day.

If you interact, work to build community, publish content that people enjoy, connect with successful bloggers and participate in blogging every day, then I believe you are on your way to building a blog that will thrive.  All you need to do is define what you expect from the word “thrive” and you will be off and running.

One last bit of advice.  Be patient.  Blogs are not built overnight.  It takes time to reach blogging goals so keep at it and stick to your plan.  You’ll get there, but it’s not magic; it will take time.  Have a wonderful Saturday!

DR

Meet Level Up Stud

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Let’s jump right into the madness.

First things first. You’re going to spend the next 5 days in a caloric deficit via the Low-Carb Method.

What Is The Low-Carb Method?

The Low-Carb Method is…

via How To Hard Reset & Reprogram Your Diet – Level Up Stud

Meet Multiple experienceS!!

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I needed to try new recipes this week now that I joined weight watchers again. It is difficult to be vegan on weight watchers and staying fully vegan might come to an end, but that’s for…

via Coconut Bean Sprout Curry-Plant Based on a Budget | Multiple experienceS

Fun with words–

Runaway Nuns and Leprechauns

 Unscramble the letters to find the words  (This was created with my co-workers in mind)

  1. edlteioseru – causing harm
  2. aragstemt – a scheme
  3. fdoeaitman – the action of damaging the good reputation of someone
  4. csypcanoir – a plot or scheme by two or more people to commit an unlawful or harmful deed
  5. lpyo – a plan or action designed to turn a situation to one’s own advantage
  6. tneaauqide – insufficient
  7. enyfol – a crime usually punishable by imprisonment for more than one year
  8. surcluusupno – having or showing no moral practice
  9. aiwelkgn – a coward
  10. lelib – a written or verbal statement that is injurious to the reputation
  11. thiepatc – miserably inadequate
  12. cadrwo – a person who lacks courage
  13. rrcupto – having a willingness to act dishonestly in return for personal gain
  14. srlande – make a false and damaging statement about someone
  15. aymiynnto – the condition of being anonymous
  16. dcrlywoa…

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Healthy Living Update – October 2, 2017

Danny

Some of you may recall this segment from the early days of Dream Big.  Over the last 2 years I have focused on living a healthy life in spurts which has resulted in me gaining a few extra pounds.  As my body doesn’t respond well to carrying around the extra poundage, I have decided it is time to get things under control.

Last Monday I weighed myself and logged 188.4 pounds and today I weighed in at 186.6.  I will only be registering my weight once per week on Mondays.  I have set a goal of losing 1.5 pounds per week which should put me at or around 177 pounds by the time we go to Disney in November for Evelina’s birthday.

My doctor has informed me that my ideal weight should fall somewhere between 160-165 pounds so ultimately that will be my mission.  However, losing weight is secondary to simply eating and living a healthier lifestyle.  I use the weight as a barometer only.

We are also using a simple method to begin.  We will be eliminating all the junk from our regimen: soda (including diet), candy, sugar, processed foods, fast food and the like.  In their place we will be substituting foods we cook and prepare, along with fruit, nuts, veggies and some lean protein.  Eventually I see us eliminating eating anything with a face; a topic I’ll dive deeper into in a future post.

Until then if you would like to join me feel free to create your own post and then leave a link in the comments so others can follow along too.  Maybe we’ll all find some inspiration in each other!

Today’s Featured Blog…The Utopia Universe!!

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Illusion time, forget about making that target weight before you do anything, start to take action now and pay attention to how you dress and look, wearing the right clothes and knowing you look good, and being full of confidence go a long way to making you feel attractive.Do you know your problem areas, have you come to terms with them, if not it’s time you did, and start to concentrate on your good points, maybe you have fabulous hair,skin,or great smile, you will have many things going for you than you think, and good points are very much a part of you as well as the one imperfect feature you totally dwell on.

illusion 1 When you learn how to use your body language, it is amazing how different you will feel, when you feel bad about an area, you may well be sending out “keep away” signals through body language…

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One Minute Recipes – Skinny Microwave Banana Mug Cake

The Purple Almond

For this week’s morning videos, I’m going to focus on “mug recipes”. While I don’t typically advocate using the microwave, sometimes it’s warranted, due to lack of time. For today’s recipe, I have a healthy “Banana mug cake”.  If you can’t have nuts, swap the almond butter for SunButter (Sunflower seed butter). If you’re like me, and can’t eat oats or grains, use Cassava Flour (NOT tapioca flour).

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Let us stop for a moment to pray and meditate.

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