June is wedding season. I always thought that was because the weather was warm. I was wrong! Here are some fun facts about weddings:
If you're going to a wedding this season, have fun and share your knowledge with the crowd. Maybe wait until everyone has had a few drinks, though!
Ah, chocolate! If you're a fellow lover, then the word alone can make you smile. I can be having a lousy day, but if I pop a chocolate square in my mouth the world is bright again!
Here are some fun facts about chocolate:
I know. I know. I gave you more than 5 facts. It's kindof like chocolate. Once you start eating it....it's tough to stop!
Have a wonderful weekend, and include a bit of chocolate!!
Nothing says spring more than seeing a robin in your yard. They are often the first to arrive after a long, cold winter. As I write this, there is a mama robin outside my window. She is hunkered down in her nest and is glaring at me. Yep. It's spring.
Here are some fun facts you might not have known about robins:
The next time you step outside, pause for a moment and listen for the robin's song. It might just put an extra spring in your step!
Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour on March 13th. Yes, it's that time of year again...Daylight Savings Time! Here are some fun and interesting facts:
Cats are fickle creatures. One minute they love you and the next they want nothing to do with you. Because they're so independent many people believe they are also low maintenance. But cats still need some care:
My dog, Scooby, is sick today. He has a tendency to eat things he shouldn't when we're out on a walk. That brings me to the first item on my list of fun facts;
I have always found dreams to be fascinating. What do they mean and why do we have them? Scientists really aren't sure. Here's what they do know:
The top 8 dreams that people have are:
Poop is one of those things that some people find funny and others find extremely embarrassing. Regardless, your poop is a strong indicator of your health:
It's Friday and chances are good you're tired. You just worked a long week and want nothing more than to go home, put on your pj's, and plop in front of the tv. Believe me, I understand, but perhaps these facts will change your mind:
We all know it's bad for us. But sometimes the call of the fast food sign is too strong to resist. Perhaps you are crunched for time, or you just don't feel like cooking. Here's some healthy facts about fast food to get you through those urges:
Coloring is no longer just for kids! You can now buy adult coloring books with intricate designs that will give you hours of coloring fun.
Reasons to color:
If you think you might want to give it a whirl, you can find adult coloring books at all craft stores and book stores. In fact, there are two on the New York Times best sellers list right now. Who knew? You'll also need to invest in some good colored pencils or markers.
Once you're ready, sit down with your supplies and play fun music in the background. Start with an easier picture. Don't overthink your color choices or sweat it if you go outside the lines. Try to color like you did as a kid....free and uninhibited by worries!!!! You will be surprised by how fast time goes by.
1. How much should you save for retirement? Some experts say that you'll need about eight times your final year's pay when you retire (assuming you'll live 25 years in retirement). So if you're making $50,000 a year, you'll need $400,000 to retire.
2. Roughly 18% of Americans are not saving anything.
3. The phrase "To pay through the nose" comes from Danes in Ireland, who slit the noses of those who were remiss in paying the Danish poll tax.
4. Money is the leading cause of disagreements in marriages.
5. The first paper notes were printed in denominations of 1 cent, 5 cents, 25 cents, and 50 cents.
Many of us have resolved to lose weight and get healthier in 2016. Here are some quick facts about diets:
1. Men need more protein than women. Athletes also need more protein than couch potatoes. Protein can be found in nuts and seeds, beans and peas, and eggs as well as meats.
2. It doesn't matter what time of day you consume calories. What matters is how many calories you consume.
3. Only a small number of people have a genetic link to being overweight.
4. Honey is higher in calories than sugar, and just as likely to cause tooth decay. But it does have flavonoids which act as antioxidants.
5. At any given time, up to 50% of women are on a diet.
We're going to be starting something new in 2016. Each Friday, we're going to post 5 fun facts about interesting topics to give you fast and fun tidibits of information.
Our first top is New Year's Day:
1. More black-eyed peas are consumed on January 1 than any other day of the year. They are supposed to bring good luck because they resemble coins and represent money.
2. In the United States, more cars are stolen on New Year's Eve than on any other day.
3. Auld Lang Syne means "old long ago" or "the good old days."
4. Sydney, Australia leads the world with spectacular fireworks displays each year.
5. In Italy, people wear red underwear on New Year's Day to bring good luck.
Color is everywhere. Everyone has a favorite color. Did you know that color has been scientifically proven to affect mood? Most of us want to paint rooms in our homes to meet our taste and style. Some are afraid to get too colorful or bold. Natural colors, light browns, taupe and white are great when you are planning to sale your home. But while you are living in your home, make it more you and stimulate your senses!
Autumn is may favorite season. I try to do as much as I can but the weeks tend to go by fast. Since it's such a short season, why not make the best of it? Below is a mini "bucket list" of things to do to enjoy fall while we still can:
I have a friend who lives a very stressful life with working two jobs, caring for three wonderful little kids and her marriage. She was very frustrated that she keeps losing socks in the laundry. She happened to find one in her shirt during a business meeting at work and took a lot of jokes for the next week.
I kindly provided her with a suggestion to use mesh laundry bags. My friend was not even aware of them, so I wonder how many others are also unaware of this simple, yet incredible invention! Mesh laundry bags can be purchased in the laundry section of stores (where you find hampers and baskets) or online. You put your socks, pantyhose, underwear or other small items that tend to disappear in the wash into the bag, zip the bag and throw it in the washer with the rest of your laundry. Then transfer to the dryer. When your laundry is done, open the zipper and remove your items. They are very affordable. They can be given to each member of the family to keep track of socks. This method also saves time on pairing a large amount of socks. They are also great at protecting pantyhose from getting runners while they are being washed.
Consider trying them and save yourself some frustration!
When it comes to football I find that women usually fall into one of two camps. Camp A is for the die-hard fans (like Mary and Liza) who look forward to the season, know their team well, and watch or go to the games faithfully. God bless them!
Camp B is for women like me. We either have absolutely no interest in football, or like it for about 10 minutes and then are bored. If you fall into Camp B then I have some fun football facts for you that may help when you're forced to watch a game:
Next time you're at a game, pull out one of these facts and wow the crowd. Better yet, find a comfy place to take a nap. There's nothing like the sound of a football game to lull me right to sleep. Go Browns!!
I recently read an article about the 20 places with the greatest view. I realized that I had been to 4 of them and several more were on my travel wish list. To me, we have a big, beautiful world that is just waiting to be seen. I often tease that the only reason that I work is so that I have the money to travel. I love to travel, but many find it frightening. I would love to challenge you to overcome any fears and restrictions and find a way to see the beauty of this world we live in.
Make a list of places you would love to see. Then rank them my most important. Then explore how much time and how much money you have to budget. Start traveling!
The biggest excuse for not traveling is money! Let’s explore some options. First find where you can cut back in your monthly expenses. Consider giving up a daily expense that isn’t necessary (ie, coffee shop, buying lunch, paying for transportation). You can bring coffee and lunch from home to help save money and walk to closer locations (perk of exercise and saving money). You can quit a bad habit like smoking. Avoid going out to eat and make more meals at home. Consider changing your cell phone plan to something simpler or giving up cable television. Allot all of the money you would save from these sacrifices to fund your vacation.
The second is fear of flying! You can drive to many beautiful locations. Taking a bus tour is another option. Many locations can also be reached by train. All of these are affordable options as well.
Another common fear is traveling alone. Ask a close friend or family member to take a trip with you. This may ease the fear of traveling alone and make it more affordable if you share travel expenses and lodging. You can also take a cruise. They are designed to meet new people and see sites with groups. Travel to visit family in other areas of the country. This will enable you to see new places, stay with family and save money on lodging. You can also consider traveling with a service group.
There are very few good excuses for not traveling! Find a way to travel the world!
We often grumble about our jobs. They are usually exhausting and rarely does everything go smoothly. You may not be content in your current place of employment. We have to work for a very long time to support our families, pay off bills and set ourselves up for retirement, so you should find a way to enjoy your work.
First, we assume that leadership is aware of problems or frustrations that we have. Schedule a meeting with your superior to discuss problems at work. Be sure to come with a list, leave emotions out, and present just factual information with appropriate examples. You can even take it one step further by proposing solutions to the problems that you witness. Then take it another step further and volunteer to steer the solution and report back.
You may not feel you are being paid enough for the work you are doing. Again, leadership may not be aware of all of your responsibilities or accomplishments. First, update your list of skills and qualifications. Provide evidence of improvements that you have personally made for your company. Describe how your role has advanced since you initially took the position. Show any additional training that you have gotten to improve your role. Research what the regional income is for your position and experience. Then meet with your superior to propose a raise. If they are not able to financially give you a pay raise or bonus, perhaps you can negotiate for additional vacation days, a better parking spot, a change in hours, increased company shares, a better office space or other creative perks.
Often we work with negative and depressing colleagues. Be the person you want to be surrounded by. Be positive at work, surprisingly smiling and pleasantries are addicting. Find positive things to complement your colleagues on. Be encouraging and avoid negative comments and gossip. Let others know they are appreciated and respected for their roles, try not to take them for granted. Bring in snacks or a treat for your colleagues or plan a group outing after work. Often people who are friends outside of the workplace, work better together in the workplace. Be a team player and assist others when you can.
If all of this fails you, perhaps your place of employment is just not a good fit for you. Don’t be afraid to look into other employment opportunities. After all, you should enjoy the 30 plus years of employment!
Summer is more than halfway over! I realized that when I got up this morning and had a brief moment of panic. When you live in the northern hemisphere, warm days are precious. You want to make the most of them which is why I started writing down a mini "bucket list". On the list are all the fun things I hope to do before the snow starts to fly again:
Needless to say the list can go on forever! I know that I probably won't do everything, but it's nice to have options on those days when I'm looking for something to do.
Mini "bucket lists" aren't limited to summer either. You can create one for each season and get the whole family involved in setting them up and choosing items to participate in. It's a fun way to stay connected with your loved ones and enjoy life.
Today is national BFF (Best Friends Forever) Day! If you are over 25 years of age, you may or may not use this terminology. Regardless if you are down with the lingo, you probably still have a BFF. This person may be a spouse, family member or friend. If you are not sure who your BFF is, think of a juicy piece of gossip, or huge accomplishment in your life that happens right this moment. Who do you want to tell first? Who can you call when you need a ride home? Who can you call when you just want to vent about a bad day? Who will answer the phone in the middle of the night because you need them?
Your BFF may be taken for granted and may often be taken advantage of. You may not realize this, because your BFF loves you so much that they will not complain about it. Typically the relationship volleys between both of your life needs, so it all balances out in the end. But I encourage you today to take a moment to realize who your BFF is and appreciate all that this person does for you. At the very least, call them and let them know how much they mean to you. Go out for lunch or dinner. Celebrate finding someone that fills an essential void in your life!
Everyone could use a little adventure! Take a break from you routine and try something new. I came across this plan the other day. I would advise to do it in a safe section of a metropolitan area to have the best results. However, you can also consider a country drive with a packed picnic basket for a different kind of adventure. Give it a try and keep an open mind!
If you do not have time or money for a vacation, consider being a tourist in your own city. Most cities have hidden gems that are under appreciated by the locals. Many of us do not take advantage of the adventures our cities have unless we have out of town guests. Often, local activities are affordable or even free. My husband and I enjoy being tourists in our city. Sometimes we get a hotel room for the night and other times we drive in for the day. Here are some ideas to enjoy your city.
First, friend your city on social media. Local events are frequently posted on social media, your city website, or your local news channel. Another idea is to find a package deal (hotel and activities) from travel websites. You can also become a secret shopper and pick restaurant and activities to evaluate in your area. Google your city for highlights that you may not be aware of.
Restaurant hop--have a drink at one, an appetizer at another, a small plate at another, another small plate at another, a dessert at another, etc.
See a home sports game. You can often find affordable tickets and most have lots of fun activities for the audience. This weekend we saw an arena football game that was followed by a free concert.
Tour the museums in your area. With the variety of museums, you are sure to find something that interests you.
Listen to live music. Most cities have big concert venues, small concert venues, and live music at several locations.
Shop in your city. You will find some unique shops if you walk around your city. It is great to support your local economy.
Enjoy nature in your city. Find a park or lake, pack a picnic or purchase food from a local shop and enjoy the natural beauty of your home city.
Appreciate the architecture. Most cities have some very old buildings that you may not appreciate until you are very close to them or touring the inside.
Book a tour. It may sound silly, but most cities offer some sort of tour. You will be surprised by the new facts you learn about your city.
Take advantage of local theater or touring shows. You may be surprised by the quality of the performance.
Tour the city you live in, then tell us about the pride of your city so we can plan or next trip!
It may seem like a silly word, but once you discover it, you will love it! Uber (EW-brr) is an on-demand car service offered in larger metropolitan areas using a smart phone. It uses a dispatch software to send the nearest driver to your location. If it is not currently in your area, it may be coming soon. Additionally, it is great for areas in which you travel. Uber contracts drivers who use their own vehicle, and the drivers work on whatever schedule they are available; a portion of their earnings are provided to Uber. When you request a car service through the app, you will be notified of who your driver is with a picture and what kind of vehicle they are driving.
One perk of using Uber is that you request a car using your smart phone. It will tell you exactly when your car will arrive and the route it is coming to you. No more waiting in bad weather to hail a taxi. No cash is exchanged between you and the driver. All transactions are completed via the credit card you put on file when you registered.
You can sign up for Uber on their website, or download the app to your smartphone. After you download then free app to your smart phone, you can sign in with your username and password. When you tap the app, it will have you choose the type of car service you want to pick you up. There are 5 types of car services, but not all are available in every area:
· Black Car – This is Uber’s original service. Choosing Black Car will send a high-end sedan to your location, with seating for up to 4 people.
· Taxi – This calls a taxi that has an agreement with Uber. These taxis are much like any normal taxi, except that you can pay through the app.
· UberX – This sends an everyday car to your location with seating for up to four people. This is Uber’s budget option.
· SUV – This will send an SUV to your location with seating for up to 6 people. This is significantly more expensive than the Black Car service.
· LUX – This will send a high-end luxury car to your location with seating for up to four people. This is Uber’s most expensive service.
The next step is to tap the map to show where you would like to be picked up, or enter the address into “pickup location” space. You then enter the address or name of your destination. The app will tell you how long until a driver is available and the estimated cost of travel.
Once you confirm your ride, you are sent a photo and name of driver and the type of vehicle. Your ride will arrive to pick you up and take you to your destination. If you change your mind and cancel after five minutes, you will be charged a fee. Once you reach your destination, you simply say “thank you” and get out of the car. All transactions are handled through the app, so no cash is necessary. There is no need to tip, although it is appreciated. If you use the taxi service, a 20% tip is automatically added, but can be changed in the billing section on the website.
My husband and I have used this service on many occasions in several different cities and have had no problems. We appreciate the convenience and service!
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