Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year's Eve

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Happy New Year's Eve!

So long 2019...thank you!

There have been highs and lows, but I'm here and I'm grateful.

Many blessings to everyone!

Monday, December 30, 2019

The End of the Decade

The last full moon of the decade - December 2019

This year is drawing to a close...2019 will be a memory in a couple of days. As I mentioned in a previous post, in a lot of ways I'll be glad to see the 2010s go. I've dealt with being quite unwell for chunks of the 2010s, so a reboot is welcomed.

Despite the rough patches, I'm reminding myself that there were wins in the 2010s too, most especially, I completed my bachelor's degree in 2013 after years of wanting to go back to university to complete this. There have been other highlights thrown in amongst the low points too. In the end, I'm so glad to be alive and well. That is a blessing and definitely a win!

I am looking forward to seeing what I can do in the new decade. I'm excited and intrigued!

I know that we can decide to refocus any day of the year and I have done this before, but I'm thinking there's nothing wrong with wanting to do better and if the prospect of a new decade can be a catalyst, then I'm all for it. Sometimes it just takes what it takes and this is personal to every person. I'm sort of explaining myself here even though I think that I shouldn't have to. However, a couple of days ago I saw a meme on social media that was poking fun at people wanting to do better in the new year. The person who shared it prefaced it by saying that they weren't trying to be snarky and then proceeded to add a caption that was positively dripping with snark and meanness. My take is...why belittle what people want to do in their own lives? Anyway,  let's just live y'all 🙂 That's all I'll say about that.

I wish everyone well in what they decide to do or not do in the new decade and onward  :)

Thank you for all that you've taught me 2010s.

Thank you to everyone who has continued to visit me here at my blog. You are appreciated!

Here's to 2020 and beyond... 🥂

Love and light and good wishes to all.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Tips for Turning Healthy Activities into Everyday Habits

Please enjoy this guest post by Jennifer McGregor from PublicHealthLibrary.org .
All opinions are those of the writer of this article. This post is for informational purposes only. Please consult your physician for any medical advice or concerns.
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Adopting a healthier lifestyle doesn’t have to mean making sweeping changes, which is often unrealistic and unproductive. Smaller changes can be more effective and lasting, turning healthy activities into everyday habits. If you’re going to make health strategies part of your everyday routine, be sure these activities bring you joy and happiness. 
Make Destressing Fun
Destressing should be a personal matter. Emphasize things you look forward to, activities you find yourself daydreaming about at work. Meditation and sensory deprivation are well-known and widely practiced, but they may not be for everyone. If you relieve stress by brewing your own beer, practicing yoga, or doing yard work, find ways to work it into your routine. Don’t get upset if you can’t work it in every day; plan ahead for a Saturday afternoon pruning the hedges and planting flowers, so you’ll have something to look forward to. 

Exercise Your Way
Don’t worry if everyone seems to be joining aerobics classes, Pilates, or goat yoga. If you like exercising by mowing the lawn, trimming trees, or just shooting hoops in the driveway, do it as much as you can. What really matters is elevating your heart rate and working up a good sweat, which benefits the entire cardiovascular system and keeps excess weight off. You can even use a fitness tracker to monitor your heart rate, calories burned, and steps taken. The latest Apple smartwatches have an altimeter, can generate an ECG, and are water resistant. Or if you prefer a Fitbit, the Fitbit Flex 2 features sleep analysis and exercise reminders. 

Red Wine
Studies have found that drinking red wine in moderation has a number of positive health benefits. The antioxidants in red wine, for example, combat cancer, and moderate use also helps prevent heart disease, anxiety, and depression. Experts recommend that men should drink two glasses of red wine a day, whereas women should limit themselves to one. 

A Healthy Home

Don’t underestimate the impact of a healthy home. In order to improve the health of your home (and your own health), you can start by decluttering because a cluttered home can have a major impact on stress levels. You can improve air quality by regularly changing your air filters. Also, if you suspect your home has any major problems such as mold or a pest infestation, these issues could have a serious effect on your family’s health, so address these problems right away.  

Hit the Sack Earlier
A full night (seven to nine hours) of restful sleep is crucial for your mental and physical health. So, if you tend to be a night owl, try getting to bed at the same time every night, and maintain a quiet and soothing sleep environment to help you drift off. It’s an important investment in your long-term health, because sleep can help prevent heart disease, sharpen mental acuity, relieve stress, enhance mood, and fight off illness. 

The Impact of Dental Health
Medical science has established a close connection between oral health and other parts of the body, including your heart and gut. It’s perhaps less well-known, but just as important, that dental health is closely tied to our mental well-being. Depression, for instance, can lead to oral neglect, as people who suffer from mental health issues tend to ignore their appearance. Regular check-ups and dental treatment can get you back on track, as will maintaining a consistent oral health routine with regular brushing and flossing. 

Pay Attention to Your Skin
Good skin care is also important for maintaining an attractive appearance. Healthy skin makes you feel more confident and should be part of a well-balanced health routine. Consult with a dermatologist if you’re experiencing dermal problems and ask about the best skin care products. Remember that vitamin D, which the body gets from sunlight, is also important to healthy skin. You should also try to sleep on your back because side or stomach sleeping can worsen wrinkles.

Gradual Dietary Changes
If you’re trying to eat healthier, take an incremental approach instead of trying to remake your diet all at once. Incorporate a new change every week. Substitute skinless chicken for the kind that tastes so good deep-fried. Cook with olive oil, a naturally healthy substance, instead of butter or vegetable oil. Also, change your snack lineup by adding nuts, apple slices with peanut butter, Greek yogurt with fresh berries, and dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate.

Always be wary of fad diets that promise rapid weight loss but can actually be harmful to your overall health. Talk to your doctor about the best dietary changes for you and make changes based on healthy foods that taste good. Don’t bother eating rye crisps if you don’t like them.
Sometimes, a small change is best. If you’re trying to lead a healthier life, take it one step at a time. If you stick with an incremental approach, your chances of achieving positive long-term results will be greater, and you’ll feel great about what you’ve accomplished.

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Food Spotlight: Schwartz Cajun Seasoning

Disclosure: The is a sponsored post. I have received a sample for review. All opinions are my own.

I love to cook.  I thoroughly enjoy experimenting with adding new flavours to the dishes that I create. One of the components of trying something new can often involve finding just the right seasoning. I’ve found that adding a hint of lemon or one or two different spices can bring out just the right flavours in foods, which can make an everyday dish more exciting.

That’s why recently, when I was given the opportunity to try Schwartz Cajun Seasoning, I jumped at the chance. The Schwartz Cajun Seasoning contains a delicious blend of chilli powder, allspice and thyme. It’s a great addition to your favourite Cajun-inspired recipes or just to add a little something extra to your everyday dishes. 

I added the Schwartz Cajun Seasoning to chicken wings, and let me tell you, they turned out incredible! I already make great chicken wings if I do say so myself, but adding the Schwartz Cajun Seasoning gave them that extra bit of flavour and took them up a notch. 

I prepared my chicken wings as usual with a little bit of black pepper and salt and a bit of this and that to give them a nice flavour. I placed them into the oven as usual to get them cooked on the tops and the undersides of each wing. Next, I took them out of the oven and seasoned them with the Schwartz Cajun Seasoning. Then I placed them back into the oven for a while longer, until they were golden and beautiful. They smelled so delicious and voila…they were done!

They were delicious! I loved the added kick of flavour supplied by the addition of the Schwartz Cajun Seasoning. I love spicy food, so this seasoning is definitely a favourite. However, my husband is not a great fan of spicy food, but he loved the wings too. That’s the great thing about this seasoning, it has just enough of a kick without being too hot. It is the perfect blend of spices that can suit many palates. I will definitely be adding it to some of my other favourite dishes.

Sunday, December 01, 2019

December 2019

Well, it’s the last month of 2019 and the final month of the decade. Wishing everyone a good new month. Hug the ones you love. Time is fleeting and life is precious ❤