My Daily Observation: 12/14/17


The world is changing rapidly.  Just when you think you have the latest television technology something new is released.  Mobile phone technology is advancing so quickly that soon we will not actually have to have the device on us to call others.  We get news at the moment it happens.  We are connected more than ever before; and yet humans have never been more depressed.

Change is not always a good thing, but it is the only thing that remains the same.  We can fight it, resist it, deny it, doubt it, but change is happening regardless.

Christmas Gift Idea Sites

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Not done with your Christmas shopping yet? Let me help you out with that. I have quality products for as low as $1.00 and I also have some great stocking stuffers. Have fun looking through my sites and shopping for the upcoming holiday season.

*10% of all sales I make between now and Dec 25th will be donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society since I have MS.

For breast cancer awareness jewelry, knitted ponytail beanies and more go to:

For candles, tarts, warmers, cute animals (for aroma beads), aromatherapy items, chalk paints and gel wax go to:

For makeup erasers, cellu-cups, bath bombs, skin care, eyes, lips, face and more go to:

For blankets, sheets, kitchen items, bath & beauty items, cleaning and organization go to:

For bath fizzy disks, kids leggings, unicorn canvases, bags & purses, candles, essential oils, DESIGN YOUR OWN ITEMS SHOPPE, Inspirational…

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I wouldn’t want to jinx myself…

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For some reason, my tablet’s tantrum seems to be over. I say seems because I know how very dearly Murphy’s Laws hold on to me. I might wake up tomorrow morning to the same “let me kick you out every couple of minutes” glitch, but since I got home from work, everything’s been just fine.

I don’t know if it is because of the menacing threats to throw it out of the window (you kick me out, I kick you out… Sounded fair to me!) or if it was my absolute inaction that persuaded my Lenovo buddy to cut me some slack… But it did!

I would like to thank all of you, who have given smart advices, and the others who have provided me with moral support through a great deal of humor (I needed it… Badly!)

Again, I just might write again tomorrow, cursing and all… But…

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So far, this year I have read 126 books. I know this because I have a spreadsheet and mark up when I download, read, review and post. It might seem a bit %^%%^ retentive, but it’s the only way I can keep track. When you get on a bit, it’s easy to pick up a book and be into the second chapter before you realize you’ve read it before. Usually the Big A will tell you if you’ve already bought one, but DH’s friend passes on stacks of paperbacks and occasionally I read one of those as well.

The books I’m including in my Best Reads of 2017 include traditionally, and indie published but this last group probably makes up the bulk of my reads.

You are not likely to see any romance, fantasy or erotica on the list, as they are not my personal preferred genres. I like action…

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Dutch Bros. Coffee

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I make my own coffee every morning.  There are days I like to treat myself.  Being in Northern California, there is an amazing coffee company called Dutch Bros.  If you’ve never heard of them, or worse yet, haven’t tried their coffee, you’re truly missing out!

There is a Dutch Bros. near my office (about 5 minutes away).  What sets this coffee stand apart from the (self-dubbed), ‘Evil Empire (the coffee joint that must not be name – but has a celestial sign + a word meaning money), is it’s product and staff.

While, you can’t go inside, sit down at a table and suck up free Wi-Fi, you can order at the walk-up window or pull up to one of two drive-thrus.   There you can order an assortment of coffees, teas and blended drinks.

As a coffee purist (also self-dubbed), if you’re among the few people who don’t need coffee…

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I Tried It: Home Chef Meal Delivery Product Review


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Would it surprise you if I told you that in 2015-2016, Americans spent more money eating in restaurants than on groceries? (1) That’s right, for the first time in history, Americans spent more in…

My Daily Observation: 12/13/17


Staying “busy” is one of the biggest distraction on the planet, but it doesn’t always mean one is doing their best or being productive.  And many wear “busy” like a badge of honor all the while failing to realize they are stuck in the same spot; like a car spinning its wheels stuck in mud.

I get a lot done in a week, but am cautious not to fall into the trap of running around doing extra stuff just to feel busy.   I also avoid using phrases like “I’ve just got so much to do” or “I’d love to but I don’t have time”.  I’m not a fan of the “no time” excuse.  When I sense I am struggling with time, I take a moment and conduct a process check; basically take a time out.  Then I look at how I’m using my time and most often I find that I am not working or scheduling my time effectively.

At any rate, if you struggle with being “busy” I encourage you to conduct a process check on your use of your time.

Learn to protect it like gold.

Be a better scheduler.

Get a touch more organized.




Review – “Live Longer Feel Better”

Being Lydia!

The tagline for this video series is “Seven Days To A Longer, Healthier Life.” It is a sequel of sorts to “That Vitamin Movie” which I reviewed back in May.

This is a seven-part series that goes beyond just what vitamins can do for us and demonstrates how our society has taken many steps backwards regarding our longevity and quality of life. It states that there is an increase in chronic illnesses and those that are chronically ill.

I have only watched the first video; however, I am interested to see what suggestions they give for living longer and feeling better!

The series is offered free from now until December 6th.


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The fish who loved a bird


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It’s just like any other rainy day but cold and windy. The kind of day you wish to be indoors, wrapped by soft duvet, sipping on hot chocolate and marshmallows, watching your favourite movie. But with the clapping thunders, no one ought to be out in that rain. Yet Ariyike is out. She has the usual Saturday errands to run – grocery shopping, dropping off clothes to be laundered, picking up fresh ones, coming back home to cook for the week and then off to the salon before Saturday is done. But on this Saturday, just by choice, she decides to do the salon before heading home once and for all to finish off with the cooking. Just as she steps out from the salon, the clouds gave way so suddenly, no one saw it coming. Ariyike hurries to her car but before she walks the distance, her freshly made…

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