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Need Workout Motivation?

Health should be the number one reason you make exercise a priority, but sometimes you need extra motivation to make it through the tough sections of your workout.

Find what motivates you. For me - I like to watch "money tv" or listen to music. The first because it keeps my brain away from the pain and focused on "something else." The second because the beat and sometimes the words really help me stick with a tough routine.

My FAVORITE song to workout to is Eminem's Lose Yourself. I play this whenever I am trying to do something really difficult.

It's not just the "tear this mother f.. roof off like two dogs caged" that I like about this song. I love the beat and the message - "you only get one shot, do not miss your chance....this opportunity comes once in a lifetime." It makes me stick it out and push harder.

And it's also a good life lesson. You only get one shot - make the most of it. Find what work for you and stick with it!

A Few Books Every American Should Read

They say Americans are ignorant of geography and geopolitical concerns. Change that! We live in a big, interconnected world and what happens in Bangladesh, Sudan, or anywhere else matters in the United States.

Even more pressing - do you really know what is happening in your own country!??!!

On that note, I'm going to give you some book recommendations. I am constantly reading and have recently been fascinated by all the things I never knew I never knew. I was not a history major and I missed a lot...

An absolutely engaging book is Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. Ever wondered about Easter Island? Wonder why the Dominican Republic is wealthy and Haiti is poor when they share the same island??

What about the histories of Australia or Japan? Or the viscous genocides in Rwanda and Cambodia?

This book will teach you a lot about human beings. It's really interesting and you won't want to put it down.

On the same lines but way more devastating (and a lot more …

Gardening Shame

Pulling fresh, tasty produce out of your garden can be so rewarding....but the process of gardening can be so humbling....and shameful.

Every year, I learn something new and attack the spring planting season armed with knowledge and excitement. Most of the new plans work out, but something new always comes up to curb my enthusiasm and remind me that I'm still and will probably always be a novice gardener.

This is after decades of gardening. I grew up gardening, and I've had my own gardens for over 10 years.

This year was shoring up to be my best gardening year EVER. You see, I am an organic gardener, and I was so proud of how well my garden had grown by completely organic methods. I used fish emulsion as fertilizer, composted all my scraps, used marigolds for pest control, watered with rainwater I had collected, and mulched with cocoa bean shells to control weeds.

I was following all the organic rules and my garden looked amazing.

My blueberries were loaded with flowers. My …

Breast Feeding with Implants

Have you seen all the news lately about breast feeding? Apparently there is a ton of controversy over hospitals monitoring and tracking formula use. Would that really prevent someone from using formula if they wanted? Or will that force women into breast feeding?

It's amazing the things we get worked up over. I breast fed both of my children. I did it for their health, but it wasn't easy. Part of the trouble was having to see my "new" chest on a regular basis. A post-baby body is not always a beautiful thing and to have to see it on a regular basis is emotionally tough.

What would breast feeding with breast implants be like? Would it be easier to look at your perfectly formed chest multiple times a day? I wonder...

But I'm not sure if having surgery before you get pregnant is a good idea. Pregnancy changes your body a lot. You should speak to a breast augmentation surgeon before you decide to have the surgery. They can advise how pregnancy will affect your body a…

Make your own Homemade Dog Food

Have you ever wanted to make your own dog food? I wish I would have made Homemade dog food when we had a dog. Instead, I bought the most expensive discount store brand and she suffered with allergies her whole life. 

The vet recommended another high priced, corn based diet, and the allergies continued.
It doesn't have to be that way. I've learned a lot since then and even make raw food for my cat on occassion. Of course, cats are different from dogs. Dogs may be easier to feed. But both of them deserve excellent (more natural) nurition. And contrary to popular belief, that doesn't mean it has to be expensive.
Feeding your pets the right types of food can save you money (dog and cat foods at the store aren't all that cheap) and can save you and your pet a lot of heartache because your pet will be in much better health. And it can even be fun.

You can find information (lots of great FAQs and advice) plus a video for an Easy cooked dog food recipe at homemadedogfood.com. It&#…

Back to School Savings from Dollar General

We are heading back to school in just a few short weeks! Wahoo! Did I just say that out loud? Seriously though, my kids are ready to get back to seeing their friends and spending some organized time learning. We've been busy looking over the school lists and figuring out just what we need to buy. For the most part, we need a lot of writing supplies - like pencils, pens, paper, folders. Dollar General might be a great place to look when you're out shopping for school supplies. Dollar General Corporation is the nation's largest small-box discount retailer and carries an assortment of the most popular brands at low everyday prices in small, convenient locations. You can find brands like Procter & Gamble, Kimberly Clark, Unilever, Kellogg's, General Mills and Nabisco. That reminds me that our school also asks for tissues and cleaning wipes for the class - and I need to keep the class stocked with peanut-free snacks. There's a lot on that list! Now you can save eve…

Get a Back to School Haircut for less than $10

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Regis Family of Brands for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.It's almost Back To School - can you believe it? We've been busy going through clothes, stocking up on school supplies, and practicing homework skills. What we haven't done yet is a get haircuts. A fresh haircut can start the year of right. It's time to cut off any damage from swimming or running around in the sun. Plus, picture day is usually toward the beginning of the year, and you want your kids to look their best.From now through 9/30/12 you can save money on your back-to-school haircuts iwth the "Haircut Coupon-a-thon." What does that get you?  $7.99 or $9.99 haircut coupons ($9.99 in select markets). You can use the coupons at fifteen salon brands and over 4500 locations across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Here's a list of participating salons:Best CutsBoRicsCool Cuts 4 Kids (participating salons only)Famous HairFiesta SalonsF…

Consider a Career in Nursing

With everything that's happening overseas and in our own economy, I can't help but think of viable careers that outlast any economic downturn when I'm speaking with people looking to get into the job market or switch roles.

One of those careers is nursing. Nurses are always in demand (especially with an aging population) and can work anywhere! Your choices in nursing schools are abundant and you can get started and be working very quickly.

One very lucrative part of nursing is travel nursing. I have friends that have worked in this industry and the benefits are tremendous. Not only is it financially beneficial, but you also get a ton of variety and meet new people every day.

If you have the right temperament for nurses (and good nurses are worth gold) then you may want to look into it.


How To Survive A road-trip Vacation with Kids

Are you planning to hit the road with your family this summer? Because of the cost savings, road trips are becoming more and more popular. We even took a road trip! We recently took our family on a really long road trip to Rapid City, South Dakota. 

I know what you're thinking S-E-X-Y, but hey, we have two young kids that still need to see the world. We need to take trips across this country so they can see all that's out there. To learn about history and to gain an appreciation for all that we have. That's why we travel in the first place, right?

If you have young children, I'd definitely recommend taking a road trip with them this summer. But before you go, I have some advice.


#1 - Be prepared. Pack snacks, entertainment, something to wash your hands, and comfy clothes.

#2 - Make it an adventure. We took pictures of all the animals we saw, Wind turbines, and crazy landmarks. Anything to make it special and adventuresome.

#3 - Visit all of the places that make your destina…

A FREE - no equipment - Full Body workout that zaps your butt and abs!!

Want an exercise that works your entire body (with particular emphasis on your glutes and abs?) What about one that's free and requires no equipment? You can tell by the picture, that the answer is.... handstands!

Like pull ups, they work your entire body. They can be done anywhere. They are free. And they're hard as hell.

All the more reason to master it.

I'm proud to say that I'm one of a very small percentage of women that can do real pull ups (and push ups, how sad is that?) but for my entire life, I have not been able to do handstands or flips. And 2 years ago I couldn't even do real push ups!

Not long ago, I got really good at headstands, but we all know they're not the same. Just as chin ups are easier than pull ups - headstands are easier than handstands.

Then my daughter joined gymnastics and she did a handstand! Just as I've improved my swimming by watching them at swim school, I've been watching the gymnastics lessons and I'm hoping to im…

Back to School With Famous Footwear

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Famous Footwear for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.Going through my kid's closets, I realize they are in desperate need fo new school clothing and shoes. I thought I was ready, but I was wrong! They had ran their shoes into the ground this summer.  If you find yourself in the same situation, Famous Footwear is having a sale featuring the  BOGO + 15% off Famous Footwear Coupon so you can find cool styles your kids will like at prices you can afford. That means you'll get 15% off (20% off if the customer is a Rewards member or signs up to become a Rewards member) and their 
BOGO (Buy One, Get One Half Off) deal.  You can stop in the store, let your kids pick the shoes they like, try them on and be out in less than an hour. Or you can head to  www.famous.com. You can have them delivered to your home or  shipped to your favorite store for pick-up at no charge. The Rewards Program is free to join and this is what it gets …

Eating (and Living) according to your Dosha

Everyone wants to know the secrets for being slim, but the most important thing is to be healthy and well balanced. What if you could do the things that were right for YOU and end up leaner and healthier in the process?

People ask me about weight loss and how to stay thin, but even though I can give blanket advice that may help them, all of us are individual. Though we're not as unique as you might think.

I've always thought I was a unique type of person. I'm quick and analytic, but I'm also crazy and disorganized. I get cold and I hate crackers. And..... I thought that made me "different."

Well, it does make me different - from some people. But it also makes me very much alike a lot of people. People that have my same Dosha.

What is a Dosha? It's an eastern concept (related to yoga) that categorizes people according to their qualities. And it turns out it categorizes me quite well.

In reading through what makes up each dosha, I realized I was almost eve…