Wine Recommendation: Desert Hills Zinfandel 2012

Like wine? Here’s a recommendation on Moore To Say.

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I tried this Dessert Hills Zinfandel while I was touring Osoyoos wineries during the Oyster Festival (I know, oysters in a dessert…) a few weeks back. I was very impressed, enough that we brought a bottle home with us.

Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 11.11.42 AMWe cracked it last night with a dinner of spicy prawns and lobster over quinoa and vegetables and a salad of baby kale, tomatoes and bocconcini cheese. It paired wonderfully.

Utilizing the Quini app we were able to rate the wine and record our thoughts.

We gave Desert Hills Zinfandel at total rating of 77. We found the wine to be bright with a full aroma of spice, caramel, dried figs and jam and a hint of nuts which we could not place. The mouth was medium bodied and resembled the noise with dried figs, black currants, some spiciness and again the unknown nutty flavour. Our only criticism was the finish…

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A Few of My Random Thoughts: 4/25/16

Every month or so I like to take time and evaluate the webpage.  I want to make sure I am providing information and posts that people like and care about.  I also like to let everyone understand what it is that I want to achieve here and provide a posting schedule.

My schedule has changed a bit over the last 6-months so I thought it might be helpful to provide an updated posting schedule for everyone to follow.

Monday 

3 am est: Meme/Cartoon

6 am: A Few of My Random Thoughts

1 pm: My Thought of the Day (quote)

6pm: Featured Bloggers segment

Tuesday 

3 am est: Meme/Cartoon

6 am: My Health Living Update

1 pm: My Thought of the Day (quote)

6pm: Featured Bloggers segment

Wednesday

3 am est: Meme/Cartoon

6 am: Dream Big Original

1 pm: My Thought of the Day (quote)

6pm: Featured Bloggers segment

Thursday

 3 am est: Meme/Cartoon

6 am: Blog Advice, Tips and Blogging Strategy

1 pm: My Thought of the Day (quote)

6pm: Featured Bloggers segment

Friday

3 am est: Meme/Cartoon

6 am: Inspiring Quotes to Super-Charge a Dreamer’s Life

1 pm: My Thought of the Day (quote)

6pm: Featured Bloggers segment

Saturday/Sunday

3am: Meme/Cartoon

6am: Meet and Greet!

(Aside from this schedule, I will occasionally reblog posts that I find interesting, posts which provide links for bloggers to connect via social media or posts for bloggers to leave a link for me to share.)

Hopefully this will help everyone understand the method to my madness here on Dream Big.  If you have any ideas, suggestions or topics you would like me to discuss, you can email me!

***All times are eastern standard

 

 

Update: Why I Blog the Way I Blog: The Method to My Madness

 

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I thought it would be nice to provide a little updated information for those that are new to Dream Big as we have added a quite a few new followers to the blog in the last couple of weeks AND my page strategy has changed a little.

What is Dream Big, Dream Often All About?

I focus our conversations around 4 basic topics, all of which have to do with personal development: living a healthy lifestyle, living an organized/goal oriented life, living debt-free and living a life of charity.  I call these the 4 Pillars of Successful Living.

Along with these 4 topics I believe in and use a 6-step formula for helping me to achieve goals:

  1. determine what it is that you want and state it
  2. determine what you are willing to sacrifice to get what you want,
  3. develop a persistent attitude,
  4. have faith,
  5. develop organized planning and
  6. execute.

Because of this formula I will often discuss desire, developing persistence, having faith developing a plan, executing the plan and successful habits.

What Is the Posting Schedule on Dream Big?

Mondays – A Few of My Random Thoughts

Tuesdays – Healthy Living Update

Wednesdays – Dream Big Original

Thursdays – Blogging Tips, Advice and Blog Strategy

Friday-Sunday  I will post on topics within the niche of personal development.

On the 2nd and 4th weekend of every month I conduct a Meet and Greet

 

Each night at 6 pm est, I publish my Featured Blogger segment in which I feature 10 bloggers that have left a link to their page or post on my Let Me Share Your Page post.  I share as a way to give back to the blogging community.  This segment replaces my previous practice of reblogging.  I found reblogging had 2 negative impacts on my page: 1. it distracted from my overall message, and 2. it cluttered up people’s inboxes.

I don’t stray from this schedule so you can expect a post each morning at 6pm est.

I hope this helps some of the new folks to understand my blogging strategy.  I believe every blogger needs to have some type of formula that works for them other than “build it and they will come.”

Why I Blog the Way I Blog: The Method to My Madness

 

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I thought it would be nice to provide a little information structure for those that are new to DBDO as we have added hundreds of new followers and readers to the blog in the last couple of weeks AND my page strategy has changed a lot since December.

What is Dream Big, Dream Often All About?

I focus our conversations around 4 basic topics, all of which have to do with personal development: living a healthy lifestyle, living an organized/goal oriented life, living debt-free and living a life of charity.  I call these the 4 Pillars of Successful Living.  I not only espouse these, I live them.

I focused on these 4 because my research revealed that these are the 4 basic areas that were common among people who considered themselves unsuccessful or under-achieving.

Along with these 4 topics I believe in and use a 6-step formula for helping me to achieve any goal:

  1. determine what it is that you want and state it
  2. determine what you are willing to sacrifice to get what you want,
  3. develop a persistent attitude,
  4. have faith,
  5. develop organized planning and
  6. execute.

Because of this formula I will often discuss desire, developing persistence, having faith developing a plan, executing the plan and successful habits.

What Is the Posting Schedule on Dream Big?

My posting schedule works as follows: a Dream Big Original at 6am est followed by supporting materialsIMG_7127 such as memes, quotes, reblogs and article shares.  I recycle posts throughout the day to keep things fresh and new.

At 6 pm est, I publish my Featured Blogger segment in which I feature 10 bloggers that have left a link to their page or post.  I share as a way to give back to the blogging community.  This segment replaces my previous practice of reblogging.  I found that the reblogging had 2 negative impacts on my page: 1. it distracted from my overall message, and 2. it cluttered up people’s inboxes.

Lastly, on the 2nd and 4th weekend of every month I conduct a Meet and Greet which allows all bloggers the opportunity to leave a link on my page and meet and find new followers.  This is a great way for others to gain exposure for their page.

I hope this helps some of the new folks to understand my blogging strategy.  I believe every blogger needs to have some type of formula that works for them other than “build it and they will come.”

Danny

5 Things I’ve Learned From 5 Years Of Blogging

As I often say, “don’t try to reinvent the blogging wheel.” Doing what successful bloggers do is a great strategy. 101 Books has over 50,000 followers so pay close attention to his page when he offers any advice.

(as always please be mindful to leave comments here and with the orig. blogger. They will appreciate the gesture!
Danny)

101 Books

I don’t know how long the average blog lasts—maybe a few months? 101 Books has been around for five years and, as blogs go, that’s pretty ancient. It’s like the Bush, Clinton, Kennedy families in politics—whether you like it or not, we never go away!

Over the years, I’ve learned a few things. Most of them by accident. When I started the blog, I just wanted to start a reading blog—more specifically, a reading blog that follows this little reading journey with the Time Magazine list.

I’ve screwed up a lot, but I’ve had a few wins too. And, today, I want to tell you a little about both. Here’s 5 things I’ve learned in my 5 years of blogging at 101 Books.

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Why Do I Blog the Way I Blog: The Method to My Madness

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I thought it would be nice to provide a little information structure for those that are new to DBDO as we have added hundreds of new followers and readers to the blog in the last couple of weeks.

I focus our conversations around 4 basic topics, all of which have to do with personal development: living a healthy lifestyle, living an organized/goal oriented life, living debt-free and living a life of charity.  I call these the 4 Pillars of Successful Living.  I not only espouse these, I live them.

I focused on these 4 because my research revealed that these are the 4 basic areas that were common among people who considered themselves unsuccessful or under-achieving.

Along with these 4 topics I believe in and use a 6-step formula for helping me to achieve any goal:

  1. determine what it is that you want and state it
  2. determine what you are willing to sacrifice to get what you want,
  3. develop a persistent attitude,
  4. have faith,
  5. develop organized planning and
  6. execute.

Because of this formula I will often discuss desire, developing persistence, having faith (which happens to be yesterday’s TOTD) developing a plan or executing the plan.

My posting schedule works as follows: a Dream Big Original at 6am est followed by Reblogs from other writers that support the TOTD and provide IMG_7127Article Shares at 12:30 pm est and 6:30pm est.

After 6:30 pm I conduct an Open Blog Night for reblogging which allows me to share random reblogs I have enjoyed reading during my early morning networking session. Each morning I read 100 blogs from those that follow me and note which ones caught my eye and then reblog them at night.  Not only does this provide me fun reblog material, but it also allows me to keep in contact with all of the bloggers that follow me throughout the month.  I wish I could get to everyone more often but I simply cannot.

Also, on the 2nd and 4th weekend of every month I conduct a Meet and Greet which allows all bloggers the opportunity to leave a link on my page and meet and find new followers.  This is a great way for others to gain exposure for their page.

I hope this helps some of the new folks to understand my blogging strategy.  I believe every blogger needs to have some type of formula that works for them other than “build it and they will come.”

Danny

Free yourself…

Introducing It’s Me Saraa!!

It's Me Saraa

“If you give your fear legs, it will run away with your dreams

I’ve read this beautiful quote a while ago.. and it keeps on running round in my head.

It is deeper than You and I think.

I mean.. re-read it.

How many times have you gave up on what you wanted cause you were AFRAID?

In my situation, countless times.

WE let fear take control over us. And dear friends, it is SO damn wrong.

You’ll stay where you are if you don’t take control of your life and get over your fears. You’ll be missing on life’s opportunities and chances. Take risks. You’ve got nothing to lose, as much as you’ll gain if you try !

Of course, we all get a little scared sometimes. I know I do.

But if I let my fears take over me, and don’t try or do what I want…

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