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Sunday, August 20, 2017

mama AVP@60

She's now officially 60, yet still young and gorgeous! Love you Mother Earth to the Andromeda Galaxy and back! I miss you sooooo much. Hope you'll be home soon!












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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Ideas For A Baby Boy

Airplane RockerIf you know someone who is having a boy, you might not know exactly what to get except for the generic diapers or blue clothing. There are a few newborn boy gifts that are functional for the parents and that are a bit more adorable than ordinary blue and yellow gifts that you might think about. A picture frame with the materials to make hand prints and footprints of the baby is a good gift for someone who already has diapers, wipes, and other items. This is a gift that can be cherished for years to come as it's a personal symbol of the baby from the time he's born. 

The baby is going to begin eating baby food at some point, so why not make feeding time fun with bibs that look like bandanas? These adorable bibs come in a variety of designs but look more like a bandana instead of a traditional bib with a curved edge. You can usually get packs of at least three or more so that the parents have a variety of bibs. 

You might not think of gowns for a baby boy, but a swaddling blanket is an option for keeping the baby warm. It's also easy to change the diaper as all you have to do is open the blanket to expose the clothes underneath and the diaper. A soft book with different textures can be a learning tool for when the baby starts holding things in his hands. Personalized newborn blankets are an option if you aren't sure what to get and can include the name of the baby as well as the date of birth, weight, length and time. 

A gift basket is also an idea if you want to get something that the parents can use but want to include a few different things together. Get a blue or white basket with a baby boy balloon attached to the handle. Get sleepers, washcloths, towels and other items that are blue, yellow or green in color. Other items that you can include for a boy are a small tractor or a car that he can play with when he's older or puppy stuffed animals that are blue and brown. 



THROWBACK SATURDAY: LEARNING HOW TO READ

THIS IS HOW IT ALL BEGAN.

My son at five now is already a good reader Thanks to his Reading Teacher, Teacher Ems









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Friday, August 11, 2017

Three Reasons to Cancel Your Timeshare Contract


Very few people purchase a timeshare without thinking it through or without ensuring that it's something they really want and need. When you buy a timeshare, you essentially become a part-time owner of that property. The payment that you make every year gives you the right to visit the property at least once a year. You and your kids will enjoy staying in the same place each year and taking part in all the local activities that you love. As much as you love that timeshare though, there are three reasons why you might decide to terminate your contract.

Loss of Income

A common reason why many owners terminate their contracts is because of changes to their incomes. When you first buy a timeshare, you might make a large sum of money and have little outgoing expenses. Once you have kids, buy a home or purchase a new car, you may find that you have less free cash each month. Ending your lease lets you save some money, which you can put back towards a more affordable vacation for your family.

Too Many Rules

Many people do not realize that timeshare resorts often have a large number of rules that they must follow. There are even some resorts that will not let owners bring their kids with them because these resorts cater only to adults. Other rules may relate to whether you can bring in outside food with you, the type of clothing that you can wear in shared areas and even whether your friends and family can come with you. You may face rules regarding when you can visit and how to pick the dates of your stay too. If the property has too many rules, you can opt for a timeshare cancellation.

Changes in Area

Another reason to cancel your timeshare contract is when the area near or around that timeshare goes through a number of changes. As you come back year after year, you may find that the number of things you can do on your vacation drops because local companies shut down or change owners. The area may go through some economic problems that leave you feeling nervous about staying there. Canceling your contract lets you walk away from that timeshare. Though you likely had good intentions when you bought your timeshare, there are times when you'll want to cancel your contract.



How I Add Warm Tones and More Contrast, Photoshop Tutorial









Unique Ways to Bolster Productivity in the Workplace

It's no secret that the key to any successful workplace lies in creating an environment that is both productive and efficient. As true as this may be though, that doesn't necessarily mean that it's an easy task. What compounds the problem even further is that a successful workplace isn't even necessarily one that has a lot of money poured into it. With that in mind, some of the best ways to improve productivity involve considerable thinking outside of the box. If you're interested in applying some creative solutions to your own workplace, then look no further. This guide will aim to take a look at several unique methods for improving workplace productivity. 

Improve the Environment (Literally)

ART NEWSOME INC.One of the most overlooked areas of any workplace office is the environment itself. How is the air flow? Is your office prepared for shifts in the climate? If people don't feel comfortable, then it can have a noticeable impact on their productivity, regardless of whether they realize it or not. For that reason, it's worth investing in services that are primarily aimed at ensuring the office is well prepared for any external circumstances. In fact, companies like ANI regularly perform HVAC jobs in Hampton roads to help businesses prepare for both the summer and winter. If your company takes noticeable hits in specific seasons, then it might be time to take a look at your heating and air conditioning systems. 

Improve Communication 

Aside from ensuring the office is well-supplied, the next biggest concern might be the employees themselves. While it's easy to think that automation and digital services are the key to improving productivity in any workplace, the truth is that oftentimes you can make just as much progress by communicating with employees directly. Establish a hierarchy that employees trust to report issues with, so that you can respond to them in a timely and appropriate manner. If people feel like they have somewhere they can go to report issues, and have them actually responded to, then they'll spend less time worrying about them while at work. Perhaps most importantly, reviewing and implementing an improved communications system requires little outside investment, and is thus a creative and affordable solution to many productivity concerns. 

While these ideas won't necessarily revolutionize your entire business, they can certainly help it to become a more effective and well run machine. If you're interested in improving your productivity, then hopefully you'll consider these ideas and maybe even think of some creative ones of your own.



How To Analyze Light In Photos: Portrait Photography!

I'm struggling with this for real! Need to learn it this time!













Seeking Your Spiritual Side

If you've reached a point in your life when you just aren't sure which direction to turn, then consider spiritual guidance. When you reach out to a higher power, it can sometimes help calm the body and the mind. There are a few tips to keep in mind so that you receive the most benefits from the guidance that you receive. This type of guidance offers a way for you to shed the things in life that you're doing wrong while discovering an inner awakening. It can lead to a life that is free of anxiety and fear. 

One way that you can grow spiritually is to read books. There are numerous spiritual books that are uplifting and that can give you the guidance that you need on your schedule. You can read a few chapters a day or even read a few verses in the Bible if you're looking for a voice from a higher being. Another way to relax the mind so that the words that you read and hear can be absorbed is to meditate. About 15 minutes is an adequate length of time to spend listening to soothing music or to spend sitting in a quiet room of the home. 

When you can see that you're a spirit with a physical body, then you can begin to change your attitude toward some of the things that you experience in life. You'll begin to look at relationships and minor situations in a way that doesn't play as harshly on the mind. When you seek guidance, you're able to look inside yourself to determine who you really are compared to the person who you think that you are or who others have declared you to be in life. You can start living in a manner that is freeing and that you enjoy. Your happiness can be explored instead of abiding by what others ask you to do or following what others are doing. Approach situations in a positive manner. Avoid thinking negatively about issues in life as this can impact the mind in numerous ways as well as the body. 



Photo Editing 101: How to Photograph a Motion Blur Portrait

This is something I need to look forward to- learning by watching....









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Advice for Getting Your Family Through a Divorce


When a marriage ends, it’s like a death in the family. Though you may still care for your spouse, the love you once shared and the dynamics of your household have now changed forever. Not only will you be dealing with your own emotions of this process, in many cases, you’ll be guiding your family through it as well. For those with children, divorce is especially hard on children which is why it is important to take it one step at a time. Below, is some advice on how to get through a divorce: 

1. Allow Yourself to Grieve
Though you’re expected to help your children adjust to the new normal and deal with their emotions from the divorce, you cannot do this if you’re holding in your own emotions. It is imperative, therefore, to allow yourself time to grieve. Cry, pray, do whatever you feel necessary to sort through your emotions. If necessary, seek the help of a therapist to find ways to cope on a daily basis. 

2. Hire a Family Attorney
Divorces can get really nasty and really legal – fast. You can relieve a lot of the emotional stress you’d go through by hiring a family attorney to help you through the process. Whether you were married in Illinois and need a lake county family attorney or you were married in California and need an orange county attorney you’ll need to hire an attorney in the state you were married in to file for a divorce. They can help you sort through the legal stuff while you focus on rebuilding emotionally and supporting your family. 

3. Communicate Often
You may believe your children don’t notice or don’t care about the divorce, but they do. What they once knew is now changing. It is important that you talk with your children about their feelings. Reinforce how much both parents love them, and even explain how you’re going to make sure you’re both in their lives. This can help to ease the pain. It may be beneficial to get therapy for your children as well. 

Parents screaming at each otherMoving on from a divorce will have its ups and downs, but you can get through it. You will need to first focus on your mental health as you rebuild your life and support your children through this ordeal. Remember, hiring professionals like family attorneys to sort through the stressful legal stuff and therapists to help with your emotions will also help you and your family get through to brighter days. 




Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Detrimental Effect of Stress

How to combat stress? This is a one million dollar question that until now still remains a question.
You can actually Google it and you will get multiple results. However, regardless of multiple tips on how to combat stress, we can still hear some cases of suicide caused by overwhelming stress. It's alarming actually because both young and old were affected. Some stress leads to severe depression causing the victim  to take  his own life. 
Stress- so destructive when taken for granted. Any sign and symptom of stress should be addressed immediately.
Lastly, the best way to combat stress is to entrust everything  to God all our burdens in life. 
Are you having a stressful week? Look up!




In Our Brokenness

We all experienced failure. We all went through some sort of a trials. But when you tried to look back and think about it, we are usually amazed of how  were able  to surpass it. Well, it's not actually because of our own doing, rather, it's all because of God's faithfulness in our lives. Yes, it's ALL because of Him. 
Can we pause for a moment and thank God for that through a  prayer of gratitude?

God bless you beautiful soul.