Why it’s OK to take a break from blogging

Take a break from bloggingIf you haven’t noticed, I haven’t been writing…in months. It’s not that I consciously decided to take a break from blogging. The need to write just wasn’t there. I was too busy trying to figure out my career and where the universe needed me. Something I realized, I really do like having a steady paycheck. So, when a great job was randomly sent to me, I took it. I’m so glad I did. I haven’t felt this relaxed in years. The people are great. The job is not overly stressful and the company seems pretty awesome.

Now, I can focus on my creativity instead of fretting where the next check might come from or if we’ll be able to pay bills. One good thing the freelancing stint taught me is that if I ever do find myself unemployed again, I know how to find some income until I can find another steady job.

As life settles into a comfortable pattern, I find the need to write coming back into my awareness. Randomly, I will pick up a pen and start writing the fevered thoughts in my head. I’ll pull up a blank Word doc and the ideas tumble onto the screen. I even bought a new computer, so I have even more inspiration to type on a keyboard and stare at a screen.

I’m not going to beat myself up because I didn’t blog every day or even regularly for the last 4 months. Clearly, I needed a break. No one is paying me to blog, so that’s the luxury I get…time off from the blog when life requires it. My belief is that if you are struggling to come up with the inspiration to blog, don’t try to fight it. Just take a break. Of course, I’m not talking about people who blog for a living, but if you need a break, take it. The inspiration will come back. It might be a slow burn, but you probably need a break like I did.

My Best Kept Secret for Stress Relief

RESCUE-Pastilles-NonChronStress is a normal part of everyday life. I just started a new job and trying to figure out which boxes need to be checked can be overwhelming. One of my go to methods is the simple to do list.

I have this problem where I think I have more to do than is really piled in front of me. Lists help give me perspective. Sometimes though, there is just a heck of a lot to do.

I’ve always heard of ways to handle stress after the stressful situation is over. Exercise, watching a funny movie, having a glass of wine…but, what can you do while you are in the middle of it all and wine is unavailable?

About 14 years ago, friend of mine introduced Bach’s Flower Remedies as a means of managing stress and anxiety. The best part? They’re homeopathic and all natural.

Now the Bach people have these RESCUE pastilles. I’ll admit, I thought they were going to be chalky like mints for some reason. But, they are more candy-like similar to lozenges, which was fine by me. And they are still homeopathic and all natural.


I liked that the RESCUE Pastilles are black currant flavored. It reminds me of a good glass of wine, which is also soothing in times of stress, but frowned upon at work. Plus, you can keep the tin in your purse for easy access so you can manage any stressful situation on the go.

When I feel the stress of work piling up in my brain, I just pop a RESCUE pastille and take a long slow deep breath. It helps my mind get clear and my perspective get back to normal and calm. RESCUE was developed by a doctor, so they are gentle, safe, and non-habit forming.

You can find RESCUE stress relief products in the US at CVS, Walgreens, Whole Foods, Sprouts and wherever you find natural products! Click here to get a coupon on one RESCUE product.

What do you to manage stress while in a stressful situation?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Random Thoughts on Valentine’s Day

Random Thoughts on Valentine's DayThis will be only the third time in my life that I’ve had a real actual Valentine…and I’m 40. Needless to say, I’m not very good at the romance thing. My husband, on the other hand, is a romance ninja.

Single people, don’t feel bad. I know you will though. I hate the pain you feel when you see flowers being delivered to your office that aren’t for you. When you see those awful commercials for brown diamonds, and you get sad because there isn’t even anyone there to laugh with about the ugly things with you.

For 37 years I went through that crap. OK, maybe it’s more like 27. For the first 10 years of my life, I probably didn’t care about Valentine’s Day being a romantic holiday. It was more of a time for class parties, cupcakes, and candy hearts.

Now, I have the chance to wrap myself in pink hearts and red flowers…and I’m awful at it. Part of it is not wanting to spend money on stuff that isn’t essential to survival. Part of it is just not having any creative ideas for gifts. Yeah, I know. Boo freaking hoo. I’m not really complaining. It’s more of an intellectual enema. It’s funny to me that now that I finally have a Valentine, I’m totally stumped on romance.

Maybe it’s because to me, romance isn’t always giant gestures. Sure, those are great for holidays, but I’m better at the day to day romance. You know, the hand holding, the kisses on the cheek. I laugh at my husband’s jokes and silliness. I tell him how wonderful he is every day.

It seems to me though that pop culture is full of examples of how men can be romantic, but what about women? Do we just have to show up? Seems kind of lame.

Honestly, though I never really thought about what I can do to be romantic. I never really imagined a Valentine’s Day where I was doing something for a guy…get your mind out of the gutter. All I ever wanted was flowers and candy. My tastes are simple.

Anyway, I waited a long ass time for my Valentine to show up and he’s freaking awesome. So, don’t fret if you haven’t had a Valentine in a couple of years. It is what it is.

LEGO minifigures series 13 bump codes (part 2)

LEGO minifigures series 13 bump codesIt took a while, but I finally found the rest of the LEGO minifigures series 13 bump codes.  Initially we found everyone except the Hot Dog guy. It took a third trip to the LEGO store at the Mall of America to find him. We talked to one of the gals working there and it seems he’s pretty difficult to find. Below I’ve listed the remaining LEGO minifigures series 13 bump codes and tips on what to feel for in each mystery bag. Continue reading

Book Review: Songs for 5 Year Olds

Songs for 5 Year Olds

Book Cover of Songs for 5 Year Olds

Adora is five years old. She and her father wrote a book of songs. OK, the songs are all by Adora. Her dad just wrote the lyrics down for her.

Kids have amazing imaginations and Adora’s father has captured hers wonderfully. Adorable is definitely how I would describe Songs for 5 Year Olds.

Hanan Levin started off by documenting his daughter’s life by taking a photograph a day and putting it online. Over time, Adora became artistic inspiration for people all around the world. You can hop over to her blog and see the over 900 images of her cute face in many different artistic renderings.

While at Adora’s blog, you can see the lyrics to her songs, listen to some people reading her words, as well as see a video of a few songs in sign language.

Like a child’s lovely imagination, the songs are random and wonderful. They cover yummy things like tortillas and Horchata as well as silly things like the Stinky Song and Exmuse Me. No, that’s not a typo. That’s creativity!

Definitely a fun book to read with your little ones. Silly songs to spark laughter and creativity, what could be better?

You can buy Songs for Five Year Olds on Amazon if you want a hard copy or on iTunes as an eBook.

Full disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are honest and my own.

It’s not about diets. It’s about being healthy.

NonChron-Healthy-WellnessOur apartment is less than eight steps from our building’s gym. I still have a tough time making myself go there. Exercise is BORING. There might be weirdos in there. I have too much to do.

I’d rather be cleaning something in the apartment than running mindlessly on a treadmill for 20 minutes. But, as I get older, I realize that I need to move a little more. I’m tired of huffing and puffing to get up a flight of stairs.

What I really need to do is find a new way to self medicate. When I get sad or depressed, I want a cookie or piece of cake. Sugar is my Zoloft. Luckily, I don’t have a problem with binge eating. I can’t imagine eating an entire box of cookies in one sitting. I’d probably puke. It takes me an entire week to eat a cake.

Also, my mindset needs work. I have a bad habit of not thinking positively about myself. It’s gotten better over the years, but once in a while I hear myself thinking, “Ugh. I’m so fat.” I see candid pictures of myself and cringe.

That negative thinking dates back to puberty. I remember thinking I was fat when I was in the 6th grade. 6th grade! Isn’t that nuts? I wasn’t fat. It was all in my mind.

Even when I was a senior in high school, I thought I was fat. If I had that body right now, I’d be skinny. My fears were playing evil tricks on me. I fell into really bad thinking patterns, but I’ve been slowly getting control of my thoughts. I’ve had decades of poor thinking habits. It’s not going to change over night, but they are changing.

I do know that the act of paying attention to what I’m eating and doing will cause me to lose weight. I’ve done it before. I made myself go for walks when I worked in downtown Sacramento. I tracked what I ate, but I wasn’t on a diet. I was just aware of what I was doing. I was changing my mind.

I know it’s helped me be a healthier person. Sure, I fall back into bad habits sometimes. I eat too many sweets whenever the winter blues attack, but I’m not going to punish myself for having a few dark moments of the soul.

It’s not that I’m working on a New Year’s resolution. I’m working on changing my habits as a whole. I want to be healthier. It’s a long term process that no fad diet will help. Plus, Paul and I are going to try and have kids in the next six months, so I want to be healthy when I get pregnant or at least healthier. I almost always seem to have a plan even if it’s only 12 percent of a plan.

Free book to review for bloggers! Help an independent author!

Free book to review for bloggersYou know what’s great? Helping others out. I love using my talents to help people who have created something I really enjoy.

Do you like to read? That’s a silly question. Of course you do, you’re reading this text right now.

So, would you like to get a free copy of an electronic book? Yep! A free book to review for bloggers!

All you have to do is write up a review on your blog. Shoot an email to themoneyrunbook@gmail.com with your name, blog title, and link to your blog. I’ll send you instructions on how to download the book for free.

Oh, so you want to know more about the book? The book is called The Money Run. I wrote up a review of it here. The author is P.R. Steele. He’s a Vietnam vet who flew helicopters while he was in the Marines.

The story is about a group of friends in the military who are frustrated with their treatment during the Vietnam War by those in the charge of them. The friends have been sent on the most dangerous missions… on purpose. Little by little, the group of friends was either lost in battle or seriously injured. The hero of the book decides to plot revenge, but not in the way you think.

Did you know the military used to pay out its payroll in cash and that cash was flown around in a single helicopter?

I like to sum it up as Ocean’s Eleven meets the Vietnam War. Don’t get your panties in a bunch. It’s not some heavy tome. It’s a caper. Sure, there are some touching moments in it and well-written scenes that speak to a military man’s experience, but in the end it will make you laugh and cheer.

Did I mention there is also a love story?

What can you lose? You get a free Kindle book to read and a topic for your blog to post! I will even promote your posts on my Twitter (+/-2,000 REAL followers) as well as my Facebook and Google+ pages for at least 30 days. All you have to do is read a book and write about it.

You also get the joy of knowing you helped promote an independently published author.

This is a limited offer. We only have 50 books to give away, so send your email now!

You don’t need a Kindle to purchase the book. The Kindle App is available for iPhones and iPads, as well as Android devices. You can even download a PC or Mac version of the Kindle App and read it on your computer.

So, if you have gotten this far and still want an opportunity to review the book on you blog, just do the following:

  • Email themoneyrunbook@gmail.com
  • Subject: Money Run Book Review Request for Bloggers
  • Include your name, blog title and a link to the blog

That’s it! I’ll send you an email with instructions on how to download the Kindle book. You can also email us with any questions at the same address. Thank you!


UPDATE: Tune in to hear the author speak on Tuesday, February 3rd:

P. R. Steele will be a guest on Good Vibrations Radio: Tools for Transformation with Solarzar and Kyralani on Tuesday, February 3rd, from 6:06 PM to 6:57 PM (PDT), on Radio Monterey. The full show broadcasts from 5-7 PM (PDT) and can be live streamed on the Internet using the Live Link at the home page of www.GoodVibrationsRadio.com. To join in the discussion listeners may call 1-831-899-5792.