Health and Wellness Fridays: Lifestyle

Welcome back dear friends to Health and Wellness Fridays! 🙂 Thank God we persevered and made it.  After a long, hectic week Fridays just seem to make everything easier.

This week my post is a little different to what I would normally do.  Why you ask?  Well, health and wellness is not just about what we eat but also how we care for and treat our bodies as well.

It is important that we not only nourish our bodies with food but also do things that help care for our bodies.  I’m a firm believer in “prevention is better than cure.”

Here are some things we can do to help care for our bodies outside of eating properly.

Getting a proper night’s rest – did you know that the average adult between the ages of 18 -60 years needs about 7 or more hours of sleep per night?

Get active – it is important to get your body moving so running, dancing, swimming, walking, cardio exercise, cycling, tennis whatever form you choose it is a step in the right direction.

Knowing when to stop and rest – this is sometimes easier said than done at times but the body gives us signs when it is tired and sometimes we ignore them.  It is important that we get proper rest to ensure that we are able to function at our best both mentally and physically.

Get regular check-ups.  We don’t have to wait to become ill to visit our healthcare provider.  Schedule a check-up to make sure that you are truly performing at your best.

Maintain proper oral hygiene. Visit your dentist. Taking care of our teeth would be cheaper that ordering new ones. 🙂

Have your eyes tested to ensure that they are healthy and functioning properly.

Read and research the ingredients of the products you use.   Some of those ingredients found in everyday products research has shown can do more damage than good.  Click here to learn more.

Find healthy forms of relaxation for both the mind and body.  Some people use yoga, meditation, music, others even have a spa day while some take up sports.  Whatever helps you relax and find peace of mind, body and spirit do it.  We all face stressful situations in life some have more than others but not having a healthy way to cope can result in you becoming ill or worse resulting in a nervous breakdown if not addressed and handled properly.

Reduce and end negativity – we sometimes underestimate how toxic negative people and negative thinking can be on our overall well-being.  Take control of your life. Be the pencil and eraser, add what you want and remove what you don’t.

Last but by no means least believe that YOU are worth the investment.

These are just a few of my suggestions.  I know life can be hectic and it is difficult to keep track of everything all the time.  I fall short sometimes but I don’t let it get me down I just get back on the path and keep moving forward and that’s what you should do as well.  Beating ourselves up about what we didn’t do does not make it better.  Instead focus on what you are going to do to make it right.

Our bodies can only give back what we put into it.   If we give it 20% it would give back 20%, if we give it 60% then we get back 60% and so on. Create a balance between what you put into your body and how you care for it externally as well.    The time, effort and resources we invest now may help us in the future by reducing our risks for various types of diseases and illnesses.

Health and Wellness is therefore a lifestyle.  What we choose to do and not do in regards to our health and overall well-being has consequences in both the short-term and the long-term which consequences are you prepared to live with?

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great night and a wonderful weekend!:)

 

One Lovely Blog Award #2

I would like to thank the lovely heartsinink blog for nominating me for this award. I am honoured to have her recognise my blog.  Heartsinink is a blog that all about sharing memories, thoughts, opinions and views on various life events that she’s experienced. Don’t be shy go on over and say hello you just might like it. 🙂

Rules:

  • Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them and link their blog in their post.
  • They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.
  • Must add 7 facts about themselves.
  • Nominate 15 people to do the award!

7 facts about myself

  1. I was part of a twin.
  2. I love avocados. If I’m the person cutting the slices I may end up giving you the smaller slice. 😉
  3. I don’t buy or own tons of handbags.  I believe in functionality and not necessarily mixing and matching my bags to my wardrobe.  So I tend to gravitate towards neutral colours and avoid very loud or bright handbags.
  4. I love interior and exterior decorating.
  5. I’m a sucker for BBQ meats with fries or mashed potatoes and cole slaw or macaroni salad and fresh salad.  Yummy!
  6. I’m not the best swimmer.  Doggie paddle is an actual swimming move lol.
  7. I’m not much of a drinker but I like to have a social alcoholic beverage now and then. 🙂

My nominees are:

  1. Ipuna Black
  2. Yellowfuzzyduck
  3. Lee
  4. Dippy-Dotty Girl
  5. Shinavyblogspot
  6. Mbalenhle
  7. Outnaboutweb
  8. A learning poet
  9. Theworldoffritters
  10. Kerrymckim
  11. kaliborovic
  12. Jirah Merizz
  13. AdriannaJ
  14. Simple Ula
  15. Nel

I understand that not everyone chooses to be a part of the award nomination process. By nominating the following blogs, I am able to show my thanks and appreciation for the contributions they make. If you choose to take part, that is fantastic! If not, just keep doing what you do. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by.

What’s Up Wednesdays #8

Happy Wednesday to you all!  How has your day or week been thus far?  I’ve been running errands all day and I’m now getting some time for myself.  I’m feeling physically exhausted but I have refreshed myself and felt the need to get into my blog as it helps me relax after a long day sometimes.

You’re probably wondering what’s new? What’s up and what’s hot? 🙂 So I won’t keep you waiting let’s get to it.

What I’m eating this week:

You probably would not believe me if I told you but I had Pizza Hut again.  No it’s not a Wednesday thing but that’s what was ordered.   Today, I had Cheesy Bread sticks, Tuscani Chicken Alfredo Pasta and a large Super Supreme (ham, pepperoni, Italian sausage, beef, onions, mushrooms, green peppers, black olives and pork). No BBQ wings this time.  Thankfully, it was not stuffed crust because the pizza itself was already stuffed. 🙂

 

What I’m reminiscing about: 

Lately, I find myself reflecting on the days when my car was in better shape when I bought it so many years ago.  I own a Toyota Corolla and I was so proud to have purchased my first car.  It was previously owned but it was in good condition.  I loved the grey leather interior and navy blue paint job with wood grain finishes on the inside.

These days “Betsy” my car (yes, I refer to it as Betsy from time to time) is not as young and fresh as it used to be.  It needs some work done more than I care to invest at this time.  I think it maybe it’s time for an upgrade or maybe if I can find someone reliable, honest and skilled at their profession it can get a much-needed makeover.  We’ll see how it goes.

What I’m loving:

Craft, craft, craft.  We are getting good reviews from the kids and the parents about the stuff we’ve worked on so far.  Every week we’re trying to bring something new and beautiful that the kids enjoy and can also feel proud of.

Making new items out of simple everyday materials feels so rewarding. We’ve never made any of these items before so we’re all very proud. I’ve taken more pictures to share with you below.  Hope you like them as much as we do.  🙂

What I’ve been up to:

Paper butterfly – made using coloured paper which we folded and then painted the outer portions of her wings. (Her friends are incomplete but they should be joining her soon.)

    

6 unit Stationery holder #1 – made using toilet paper rolls which we covered in colourful paper and an empty CD case for the base.  This still has to be decorated but you get the main idea.

   

Front                                                             Back

Single unit Stationery holder #2 – same toilet paper rolls used but this time we added a little design to the front.

What I’m dreading:

All of my fears, ok not all, but most of my fears were realised this week with tons of running around to do and meetings to attend.  I’m hoping that the rest of the week is not as fast paced.

Truth be told although my week has been very hectic it has been very productive.   I guess that is the price we pay for progress.

What I’m working on:

Finances!  Don’t you hate how some if not most of these financial institutions have high interest rates on the money you owe them but small interest pay outs on the money you invest with them. They are winning at every turn.

I plan on getting more involved in how my resources work for me no matter how big or small.  Are you getting maximum returns on your investments?  Have you checked lately?  We should not take it for granted that everything is adding up.  Get involved and ask questions, it’s your money.

What I’m excited about:

        

This remains unchanged.  If anything it should be in bold. 🙂 I’m excited about getting to relax, enjoy a change of scenery and eat delicious food. 🙂

What I’m watching:

This week I’ve been cat napping more than anything else when I can. I’ve been too tired to be honest to really sit down and watch television the way I would like. Hopefully, later this week or this weekend I can pick up where I left off and finally start my Season 2 Orphan Black DVDs.  What are you watching these days? Anything interesting?

Who/ What I’m listening to:

Stand By You  and Fight Song by Rachel Platten.  I love these!

What I’m wearing/ Let’s Go Shopping:

Today, we’re going shoe shopping at Shoedazzle.com .  🙂  Let me remind you guys, I prefer sandals most days but even I have to admit there are events that call for a little more.  Here are some of my favourites.

                  

What I’m doing this weekend:

Hopefully, some browsing and shopping for clothing and shoes for both casual and work.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed. 🙂

What I’m looking forward to the next month:

Catching up on much-needed rest.  I’m looking forward to waking up late but most of all creating some fun memories with the kids.

What else is new?

I’m going into writing territories I’ve never done before by participating in contests and blogging challenges that are not my typical style of writing content wise. I’m taking my advice and investing in myself so let’s see where it takes me. 🙂

If I’m fortunate to win that would be awesome even if I don’t win this time I’ll still take part in challenges that interest me as they push and challenge me to be a better blogger and writer.  You can visit my contributions by clicking on the links below.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great night and a blessed week.

See you guys next week. 🙂

 

 

 

Designing for the future: trends we need to consider now

This blog post is a part of Design Blogger Competition organized by CGTrader.

How many of us grew up in homes where every single square foot of the house had something that was either functional, decorative or a ‘just because’ purchases that mom or dad had to have?  I’m one of those kids. 🙂

Let us be honest with each other for a minute, sometimes, OK most times, we buy things not because we really need them but more often than not it is because we can. What eventually happens after all of those purchases?  We end up with tons of stuff that we don’t really need or use that we’re now forced to look at.

Source: Freedigitalphotos.net

My advice, cut back on the compulsive buying and try to focus on what’s really important or needed.    Don’t feel too bad, I am guilty of this sometimes but I’m monitor myself a lot more so I do not spend unnecessarily.

Strange enough, I don’t like clutter and often find myself rearranging and donating anything that I don’t need but can benefit someone else.

So what can we do to make our living spaces less of a large storage container for all the things we thought we wanted and more of a home that’s functional, easy to navigate and comfortable for everyone?

The answer – look to the future!  

More and more architects and designers are coming up with new, unique and fresh designs that support what some refer to as minimalism.  Minimalism is basically living with less by choice and loving the freedom that it gives you.   Are people really doing this?  You would be surprised as I was when I read on Theminimalists.com that Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus reportedly helped over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and documentary. Isn’t that amazing!

Let us take a look at some designs inspired by this concept that I found on Pixabay.com.  I know some of you are thinking, where is all the stuff?  🙂 Remember, for the minimalist less is best.

     

There are more and more people trying to take their home designs to the next level.  They are not letting the laws of physics or the current day trends keep them from looking to the future. They challenge engineers to get the job done. For these homeowners their house is their sanctuary. Some of what I’ve seen will blow your mind. Take a look at a few I found on Homedesignlover.com .

      

Futuristic designs seem to favour an open floor plan with fewer walls. They tend to include large windows for natural light and some even build with the environment in mind.

      

Designing for the future simply means that we need to be mindful of our environment and the changing and growing needs of the end users.     Everyone has their own sense of style with different requirements for their homes.  What does not change however, between homeowners is the need to be comfortable and happy in their homes.

The only thing affecting or rather limiting designing for the future is our own imagination.  Designers, engineers and architects would be called into the spotlight as their flexibility, creativity and visionary abilities would be tested in their efforts to design the ‘ideal’ home.

Simplicity can be beautiful. I recognise that for many of us home renovations of the above magnitude would be a dream come through but they can be expensive.  However, we should not let the price for these homes stop us from searching, designing and even creating a home we love even more.

The good news is, there is a better way and for most of us it would take some time to adjust but I think it would be worth it in the end.   Assess your space by looking at the size and shape of the room then ask yourself if everything you have is needed and how you can make the space better.

Can you see yourself and your family living in any of the above?  Hope you enjoyed.  Be sure to visit CGTrader if you wish to take part in the blogging contest. Best of luck and thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am more than breath and bones!

“I am more than breath and bones!” was my contribution to the Breath and Bones Writing Prompt Challenge on Braveandrecklessblog.  Now that it has been officially on the above site I can now share it with you guys.  Hope you like it. 🙂

“I am more than breath and bones,” said the mistress to her lover

A married man but that did not bother her

She was in love and although he promised his heart to another

She hoped they would still be together

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“I could never leave my wife. She is my bread and butter,” said the shameless man to his lover

Little did he know that his mistress planned a show

And now his bread and butter” would finally know

That her gold digging husband had to go

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As she hid in the mistress’s closet

Her heart was breaking and her eye lids failing

To hold back the tears

Because her ears now have confirmation of her fears

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She could not hear the truth anymore

And boldly emerged from the closet doors

Being a lady, she kept her dignity

And chose not to voice any profanity

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She paid the mistress for her information

And advised her husband

Of their immediate separation

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“I am more than breath and bones. I’m your husband Mr. Jones.” said the man to his wife

“You should have thought of that before you lay on your back. Now we’re getting a divorce and that is that!” said his wife in a firm tone.

Her focus now turned on getting her lawyer on the phone.