Monday, July 6, 2015

7 Surefire Ways to be Successful

If you stay consistent in your efforts to achieve your life goals, you will be successful. When you’re successful, you feel great inside and you transmit that positive energy to others.
Apply these strategies for success and pursue the sweet life you want:

1. Find a mentor.

To help you in your quest to get ahead in your career, refine specific skills, or get in the best shape of your life, seek out someone who’s done it before. Ask for their counsel.
  • Learn from someone who’s been there and continues to excel. Take them out for coffee and pick their brain. Have your specific questions in hand. Listen to what they say.

2. Care less about what others think of you.

Care less about what others think of you and more about how you feel about yourself. When you react to what others think of you, it hampers your own sense of self. Instead, listen to your heart. Recognize that what you want for yourself is more important than what someone else wants for you. Go after your own dreams.

3. Be clear about your life goals.

Nothing can derail your efforts for success like being unsure about what you want. To get clarity on your goals, journal about where you want to be physically and spiritually in the next year, three years, five years, and ten years.
  • Looking ahead will lead you to see what steps to take to reach the success you’re seeking.

4. Surround yourself with positive people.

If you have friends who rarely work, complain frequently about their career, or make unhealthy life choices, they are likely bringing negativity into your life.
  • When you hang out with those who are upbeat, interested in making a difference, and committed to personal achievement, you’ll find yourself modeling their feelings and behaviors. Practicing their way of living will put you on the road to success.

5. Embrace your failures.

Rather than fearing and loathing the mistakes you’ve made, take them in, study them, and find the lessons in them.

6. Each day, take a step closer to your goals.

One of the best ways to keep your goals in mind is to infuse aspects of them into your daily life. If you want to save $10,000 for a trip to Europe, at the end of each day, place all your change in your money jar. You can literally watch your goal come to fruition. Add a $10 or a $20 dollar bill at the end of each week.
  • When you do something daily to work towards a goal, it becomes an important aspect of your routine existence. You’ll feel happier, more in control, and increasingly confident.
  • 7. Use a pros and cons list to make quick decisions.

    If you’ve ever been unsure about a decision, you’ll appreciate learning to jot down a quick pros and cons list. Weighing out the positives and negatives of your issue can lead you in a positive direction.
    • Rather than staying in a state of confusion and uncertainty, use this method to attain better control over what vexes you.
    Regardless of where you are in life, you can get closer to achieving your goals by applying these useful tips. Use your inner strength to create dramatic personal growth within yourself. Start today.
Understanding and accepting your errors will provide you with the information you require to succeed the next time.                                                                                                                                     

12 Tips for Simplifying Your Life

When you are constantly feeling overwhelmed and stressed, it’s a good sign that you probably need to simplify your life. There are many stressors in life that are unavoidable and uncontrollable, but what most people don’t realize is that they are in control of much of the stress that is occurring.
We often make our lives more difficult than they need to be, so when we dial it down a notch and make things simpler, our stress levels will fall rapidly making our lives much more enjoyable.
It is a choice we can all make.
Many times we think everything is of equal importance in our lives, but there are some great ways to evaluate what really matters so we can gain a new perspective on life.
Below are 12 tips for simplifying your life.

1. Figure out what is truly important.

This is really so simple. You must identify what is important to you and more or less eliminate everything else. This is easier to do than you may realize. Start with an organized plan of how to simplify by making a list of all activities you have going on in your life right now that take up time or create stress.
What has the most emphasis on a day-to-day basis? What could be scaled back or eliminated? Once you make this list, it’s a whole lot easier to see where you’re spending most of your time and what is causing the stress.

2. Clear the clutter.

In your home and office there are probably a lot of things that are cluttering your space. Everything must have its place – even if it’s in the trash! When you clear the clutter from your space, you’ll find that cleaning, finding things, and simply going about your daily life is a lot simpler and a whole lot less stressful. Likewise, just the mental and emotional aspect of clearing out the clutter is really helpful to simplifying.

3. Limit time on media.

Most people don’t realize that a lot of their time is consumed by social media as well as television. Carve out specific times for this and limit yourself. Most people find that limiting these activities, creates much more time and space within their day.

4. Reconsider your commitments.

If you are stressed out all the time, it may be time to pare down your commitments. Many times we simply over-commit ourselves. You should look at the “extras” in your life and see how they align with the things that are most important to you. If there are things that you are committed to doing that you don’t enjoy or don’t add meaning to your life, consider giving them up. You can reduce stress and make your life more relaxed when you release yourself from commitments that are only tying you down.

5. Reevaluate your buying habits.

Many people feel stressed out because of finances. Simplifying what you purchase can create much more peace in your life. Evaluate what you are purchasing regularly and determine whether these items are necessary. Also, does food go to waste in your fridge? Reconsider how you do your grocery shopping and what is useful and what goes to waste.

6. Create dedicated alone time.

Dedicate a certain amount of time to yourself to be alone each week. During this time, do an evaluation of what you can continue to simplify and what is going well. Then take a bit of your alone time to rest and breathe.

7. Say no.

Many times when we’re stressed it’s because we don’t know how to say no to the people in our lives. Saying no to kids, family, friends, and even the boss is important. It can be tough to say no, but you can say it with grace or by delegating the request to another capable person. If you’re finding it difficult to stay firm, remember that you are not superman or superwoman. You can’t possibly take on the world by yourself!

8. Pare down your beauty routine.

This area is often time-consuming for women. Chances are that you are putting more into your beauty routine than is necessary. Figure out where you can eliminate time and still feel great about yourself.

9. Simplify your work.

Every day when you’re at work you likely have a 10-page to-do list. In reality, there are things that just aren’t all that important and aren’t worth the effort. And yes, there will be some things that you’ll never get around to. That’s okay! Accept that fact and re-evaluate your activities to determine what is really essential and do away with the rest.

10. Keep surfaces clear.

Just like clearing out the clutter, keep your surfaces clear on a daily basis. Taking just a couple minutes a day to clear out your mail and your countertops can do wonders for your emotional state. When things build up, it creates mountains of stress, literally.

11. Involve the family.

There is as much to do at home as there is at work. Make your family your team and involve them in the home activities. Get everyone involved in the little tasks around the home such as taking out the trash, dusting, and doing the dishes. For example, you can require that each family member pick up 5-10 things around the house before bed. This way, cleaning the house is a lot easier and you can spend more of your time relaxing instead of worrying about every little task around the home.

12. Learn what is enough.

We live in a world where it seems like everyone always wants more. Learn what is enough in your life and stay there. You will find more fulfillment in what you already have and learn that seeking more is only a means to create more stress.
As you can see, simplifying your life does not have to be difficult. You just need to get back to basics and do away with everything else. Living a simple life is living a happier, less stressed life and that’s something that we can all aspire to do.

What Does Your Favorite Flower Say About You?

What is the reason for our choice of our favorite blooms? Is it more than just a preference for a certain appearance and fragrance?
There is a growing field of evidence that a relationship does indeed exist between a person’s favorite bloom and their own disposition, and even more surprising, that there may be personality conflicts between differing bloom affinities.
A daisy lover, for example, may not mesh well with a peony fan. Of course it must be born in mind that we are a bit of a blend of several so that there can be far more compatibility when we realize that everyone has a bit several bloom personalities within them.
We list below several of the most well-known blooms, and the character traits associated with them.
Do you recognize yourself in any of them? You may actually resemble your own garden more than you realize.


The flower of the very feminine romantic, the rose attracts those who are deeply romantic and passionate, and who have relationships that are profoundly meaningful. You are naturally skilled at seeing and bringing out the best qualities in others. You struggle with being a perfectionist yourself however. You are also a traditionalist, and thought by some to be old fashioned.


This bloom is classy and elegant, much the same as those who choose it as a favorite. The orchid people are quite sophisticated and care a great deal about appearances. At the same time, however they cherish close friends with whom they can be very open and honest. The world see you as mysterious, exotic and worldly.


This is a flower that is attractive for those who are a steadying force that is a source of comfort to others. Carnation lovers have their own unique sense of style. Your friends find you easy to talk to and you are also easy to please in making your life fulfilling. You ask for little and in fact are somewhat resistant to new experiences or change.


Fans of this lovely flower, like the bloom itself, manifest a sweetness, and even innocence. You seek travel to exotic places and have developed a unique sense of style, in your quest for new horizons. You are always ready to explore and jump in to new experiences. You are also a mysterious romantic.


A flower that represents good cheer, the daisy is most appealing to those who love life and enjoy all that it offers. Daisy lovers never see the glass half empty; it is always half- full. Daisies tend to be a delight in any social setting for their unique ability to bring smiles and laughter to their companions and are always warmly welcomed in any gathering.


The simple beauty of the violet reflects the subtle simplicity seen in the fans of this purple bloom. You have a few very close friends who know the real you, but to others, your secretive nature keeps your inner self more hidden. You seek and give simplicity in life and have been a loyal and true friend to the few that you choose.


Like the flower itself, the tulip lovers are a cheerful group of people. They truly cherish their family. Your natural disposition is very sweet, thoughtful and caring. You find it easy to connect with people. You are a seeker of change and new experiences and strive to give the absolute best of yourself in every situation.

Baby’s Breath

The very name of this flower brings to mind the traits that are present in those who choose this delicate bloom. You are filled with innocence and sweetness. For you, fairy tales are real, and believable, particularly in everlasting love. You are known to be consistently cheerful and happy as well as very romantic.


Those who love peonies are those with a heart of gold, who loves to care for others and are sweet natured. You are known as a great listener, a firm believer in true love, and love to surprise people. You are also regarded as an elegant dresser, and your friends appreciate that you are a great listener.


If you are a lover of daffodils you have the combined qualities of Being sensitive, artistic, and creative while also being very hard-working, and great at multitasking. You are loving and caring with your family. Wish all of these varied skills you also possess the ability to balance it all, living a calm and peaceful life.


Those of you who love the sunflowers are, as the blooms themselves, very cheerful and optimistic. You are known to generate warmth, happiness and energy around you. Your friends would see you as bubbly and outgoing, and you have an easy time making friends.


Those of you who are fans of this flower are not surprisingly, very vibrant and outgoing in your enthusiasm. While you may be regarded as a bit quirky, you are also the life of the party in social situations. You also have a desire to learn new things, to seek creative endeavors and to express yourself very well.


The bloom that represents the quintessence of loveliness, attracts those who live graciously, giving care and compassion freely and who can be friendly, playful, as equally caring and giving. You are generally a motherly figure, and take great pride in your accomplishments and relationships. You are well-respected as well.


If Irises are your favorite flower, you are known for your creativity and your wild imagination. You tend to avoid getting stuck in old routines, seeking new experiences and places. You are spiritually inclined and as such, inclined to be a dreamer and an optimist. You are also well-regarded in your ability to keep your word.

Hand Stamped Washer Necklace with Charm

Hand Stamped Washer Necklace Charm

DIY Craft - Stamped Washer Necklaces

25 Handmade Gifts Under $5… I love these DIY Washer Necklaces. So many great ideas! #gifts #handmade #diy

Dr. Mercola Discusses the Benefits of Magnesium

8 Foods High in Magnesium

  • 1 / 9   The Power of Magnesium

    Few people are aware of the enormous role magnesium plays in our health: It’s important to nearly every function and tissue in the body, supports a healthy immune system, prevents inflammation associated with certain cancers, boosts heart health, and could even cut your risk for a heart attack. A Harvard University study found that high daily magnesium intake reduced the risk of developing diabetes by 33 percent; still other studies found that the mineral helps ward off depression and migraines. Though supplements are available, most experts say it’s preferable to get magnesium naturally from your diet. Here are eight foods that can help.
  • 2 / 9   Dark Leafy Greens

    In the nutrition world, dark leafy greens play the role of the ultimate superfood, offering up crucial vitamins and minerals as well as a host of health benefits. Choose raw or cooked baby spinach, collard greens, kale, or Swiss chard and you’ll be stocking your body with magnesium for very few calories.
  • 3 / 9   Nuts and Seeds

    Just a half cup of pumpkin seeds provides nearly 100 percent of the daily requirement for magnesium. Other nuts and seeds high in magnesium include almonds, sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, cashews, pine nuts, flaxseed, and pecans. Include your favorite nuts in a healthyhomemade trail mix; it makes the perfect afternoon snack to keep your energy up and hunger levels down.
  • 4 / 9   Fish

    In addition to being great sources of vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, fish like mackerel, wild salmon, halibut, and tuna will add more magnesium to your menu. Make it a goal to have fish for dinner at least once a week; this tangy Salmon Salad is delicious, easy, and perfect for spring.

    • 5 / 9   Soybeans

      Soybeans are a nutrient-rich legume carrying a high amount of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Snack on a half-cup serving of dry roasted soybeans, which provides nearly half the necessary magnesium for the day, or add shelled soybeans (edamame) to your shopping list. Other legumes rich in magnesium include black beans, kidney beans, white beans, chickpeas, black-eyed peas, and lentils.
    • 6 / 9   Avocado

      Loaded with multivitamins, heart-healthy nutrients, and disease-thwarting chemical compounds, avocados are one of the most nutritious and versatile produce picks around. Add one sliced avocado to your salad or sandwich at lunch, and you’ll easily consume 15 percent of the recommended daily amount of magnesium. 
    • 7 / 9   Bananas

      Bananas may be better known for being rich in heart-healthy and bone-strengtheningpotassium, but a medium-sized banana also provides 32 milligrams of magnesium, along with vitamin C and fiber. At only about 100 calories, this is a foolproof fruit to pop in your bag for a portable breakfast or an easy-on-the-go snack. Of course, many other fruits can add magnesium to your diet, including strawberries, blackberries, grapefruit, and figs.

    • 8 / 9   Dark Chocolate

      As if you needed another reason to indulge in rich dark chocolate, it’s also a magnesium-booster. One square of the sweet stuff provides 24 percent of the daily value of magnesium for only 145 calories, in addition to antioxidants that can help lower blood pressure, improve blood flow, and boost overall heart health. Paired with fresh fruit, dark chocolate makes a decadent and healthy after-dinner dessert.

      9 / 9   Low-Fat Yogurt

      Magnesium and calcium make a wonderful health duo, because when you’re getting enough magnesium, this makes it easier for your body to absorb calcium and put it to good use. That’s why almost all milk products are recommended for getting more magnesium; roughly 19 milligrams of the mineral are found in one container of low- or nonfat yogurt, which, along with a fiber-rich fruit, makes an easy breakfast choice.

Tiras de Frango com creme de milho.

  • 2 filés de frango grandes
  • 1 dente de alho triturado
  • 1 colher (chá) de vinagre branco
  • Pimenta do reino a gosto
  • Sal a gosto
  • Pitada de páprica doce
  • Pitada de noz moscada
  • ½ cebola roxa picadinha
  • Folhinhas de tomilho
  • 100g de creme de leite (1/2 caixinha)
  • ½ xícara (chá) de milho
  • Fio de óleo
1-     Corte os filés de frango em tiras grandes.
2-     Tempere com vinagre, sal, pimenta, páprica, tomilho, noz moscada e alho.
3-     Deixe descansar por 30 minutos para pegar gosto;
4-     Em uma panela coloque um fio de óleo, e doure a cebola roxa.
5-     Na sequência adicione as tiras de frango e deixe dourar de todos os lados.
6-     Adicione o milho e o creme de leite, misture bem e desligue o fogo.
7-     Acerte o sal, se necessário e adicione um pouco mais de noz moscada.
8-     Decore com folhas de tomilho e sirva a seguir.

Rats With Teddy Bears

Rats With Teddy Bears