It’s hard to believe it’s Labor Day weekend! Heading out-of-town for one last summer hurrah? Labor Day weekend is a time for travel, fun in the sun, and the always needed relaxation! It also calls for knowing what essentials to bring along so you can be ready for any fun you might come upon. Whether you’re heading to the beach, going camping, or doing a stay-cation and just hanging out in the backyard, you will have everything you need to make this Labor Day one to remember.
A Big Floppy Hat
The Sun is wonderful for giving us Vitamin D which is important for fighting disease, reducing depression, and boosting weight loss. But, the Sun can also wreak havoc on your skin and give you fine lines and other nasty issues and that is just a gift you don’t want. So wear that adorable floppy hat and protect your skin.
A Good Book
It’s good for all of us to spend a little quiet time over the long weekend. Reading can make you feel relaxed and energized. It’s also a great time to stay off of all things digital and lose yourself in the written words.
According to a Source by Abby Stern
Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka
An Oversized Blanket
If you’re headed out on a road trip make sure you take and oversized blanket with you. No matter where you end up you can always carve some time out for a picnic. Whether you’re heading to the beach or the mountains, get one with nature and eat outside.
An Instant Camera
Most of the time we take picture and then share them on Social media and they are forever stored in our phones never to be looked at again. I miss the days where we actually got to physically hold a picture in our hand. I love watching the instant pictures come to life right before our eyes and I’m sure whoever your spending the weekend with will love it, too.
What are your plans for this holiday weekend and what essentials are you taking along?
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Every year my family attends a huge reunion during the summer, and this year I’m one of the co-chairs. Everyone who is attending lives all across the United States, so I will be doing a ton of texting and making countless phone calls to get everything and everyone organized.
That is why I’m so happy I have the $49.88 PLUS Plan from Walmart Family Mobile, powered by T-Mobile with Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data which includes up to 15GB of 4G LTE† then 2G*. Remember when I switched back in January of 2016? I know I will never again receive those huge data overage charges like I did with my last mobile service plan. And best of all, there is no contract, no activation fees and more data on most of the plans with coverage on T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G LTE† network. I’m loving the plan, it gives me all I need and more! I’m looking forward to upgrading my phone to the new LG L59 – Grace phone.
I want to make sure the attendees have a great time so I used my phone to look up all the local hotels, best places to eat for a crowd, and fun things to do while everyone is in town. I have even set up a group text just for this reunion so we can all stay in touch and everyone knows all the happenings at the same time.
This year our reunion has a #hashtag so all the members attending and those who can’t make it will still be apart of the memories via social media.
I have saved so much money with my Walmart Family Mobile PLUS plan I am adding a raffle to the reunion activities this year, and the grand prize is a new LG L59 – Grace phone, along with 1 month of the $49.88 PLUS Plan. With the Walmart Family Mobile $49.88 PLUS plan, the winner of the raffle will receive a free VUDU◊ movie rental credit (valued at $7.00) each time they renew their monthly service. The lucky winner will be able to take some great photos with the 8MP camera and the 5MP front facing camera. I’m looking forward to seeing who wins and what moments they capture via the #hashtag!
I thought I would share a few tips I’ve learned along the way to make any reunion unforgettable.
Use Technology. Send invites via social media and create a #hashtag so everyone can be a part of every moment. Create a video of the heartfelt, silly, and blooper moments of the reunion weekend and have a viewing on the last night.
Play Games. It gets everyone involved from the toddlers to the seniors and it makes for some great laughter and memories!
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We’ve all experienced the heat of summer nights. When you’re so uncomfortable and sticky it’s hard to relax let alone fall asleep.
I have 4 tips and 1 product to make you more comfortable! They will make all the difference between tossing and tuning all night and sleeping like a newborn baby.
Drink Lots of Water – Drinking water helps keep your body temperature down so you don’t feel all sticky and gross.
Take A Cool Shower Right Before Bed – Lowering your body temperature right before you hit the sack will make it easier for you to fall asleep.
Cold Towel – Place a wash cloth that has been dampened with cool water in the freezer. Put the frozen wash cloth around your neck and on your inner wrist to help cool your blood, which in turn, will cool your body.
Store Lotions And Cosmetic Toners In The Refrigerator – They feel great on your skin when these products are cold.
I bet you want to know more about my favorite new product!
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There are 3 different fan speeds to choose from and 2 modes of operation.
The cooler can also be used as a humidifier in your home to remove airborne dust particles, how cool is that? It’s on wheels so it’s easy to move around and it only weighs 17 lbs. It comes with a remote control that I keep bedside, there is also a slot on the back of the unit where the remote can be stored.
It has a seven and a half hour timer so I can set it and not worry that it will stay on all day if I forget to turn it off.
Do you want to know how the cooling part works? It has a tank located in the back of the unit that you fill with cold water. The cold water flows over a moisture pad that is located in the back of the unit. If you want the air to be even cooler add the 2 ice packs (included) to the water tank (once you freeze them) for a refreshing cool breeze. It will cool down a room up to 250 square feet.
It’s energy efficient and has helped us lower the cost of our electric bill by not needing to use our air conditioning. Now, we just turn on the cooler, set the fan speed of our choice and have a good night sleep. It uses about as much electricity as a single light bulb.
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Since Father’s Day is right around the corner I thought I would share with you some words of wisdom my daddy taught to me. Before I get to those pearls I’d like to share a little about the wonderful man I was fortunate enough to call dad.
My dad was a self-made man who was the son of a railroad worker. Salvatore, Sam as he was known by everyone was an Engineer (he always wore a button down shirt with a pocket protector), he was a brilliant man. He was fluent but rarely spoke his native language (he only spoke to my mother in Italian when they did not want us kids to know what they were speaking about) because he was taught by his parents “we are now in America we speak English”. His parents taught him to be proud of this wonderful country we live in that has so many opportunities. He passed that sentiment down to us kids. Daddy served in the Army, but never uttered a word of the horror he saw on the front lines. He loved to speak about politics, I remember several heated conversations at dinner parties. He was a very passionate man. Oh how he loved his football and his beloved Fighting Irish. My daddy taught me how to dance with my toes on his and how to ride a two-wheel bike. He would cook a huge breakfast every Sunday morning after Mass, make a tasty pineapple upside down cake and the yummiest lemonade fresh off our trees. I remember sitting on crates under our peach tree with a bucket of water, my daddy would pick the ripest ones wash them in the water and then we would eat them until we were so full we couldn’t take another bite. His favorite place to be was at the family beach house (pictured above). I still cherish the daily letters he wrote me when I went away to 6th grade camp. He cried as he walked me down the aisle and then again when I had my kids.
Always be on time. 10 minutes early is 5 minutes late.
Stand up for what and who you believe in.
Always put others first.
Hard work will get you everywhere.
When you borrow something always give it back in better condition than you got it.
Always save double the amount you spend.
Make each day count.
Laughter is the best medicine.
“I may not always be right, but I’m never wrong”. <– that one always made me smile whenever he said it.
The week started off great with a walk on the Huntington Beach Pier. The surfers were out and so were the hoards of people fishing off the pier. The mornings have been full of June gloom which makes for perfect walking weather.
As much as I try to stay away from bread I just can’t help myself! So when I saw this sign at my local coffee shop I knew it was a sign… Insert smile!
So happy when I saw these beauties at Trader Joe’s. I look forward to Peonies season every year, they bring a smile to my face (maybe even more than bread). They had some beautiful burgundy ones this year, but I’m such a traditionalist.
A little garden inspiration. I’m loving the vertical gardens at this home and I’m trying to figure out how and where I can incorporate a wall like this in my backyard. I like to make a vertical herb garden. Do any of you have one?
I was doing a few errands in Laguna Beach when I came across this adorable little fairy garden tucked away on the side of a building.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Did you know when you smile you are throwing a party in your brain? This activity activates the release of neuropeptides which fights off stress. It also relaxes the body which can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. Studies have shown that those who smile are treated differently than those who do not. People who have a smile are thought of as attractive, sincere, reliable, and relaxed.
Here are just 10 of the millions of things that make me smile…
Swinging on a swing set.
Hearing someone speak Italian.
Eating coffee & donuts.
Sitting by a fire.
Playing with my puppy.
Coming home after a long day.
Hanging out with a friend.
When all my children are home for dinner.
Whenever I see a convertible Alfa Romero on the road.
Last but not least, Handsome. From that silly moment I caught him looking at me, I have not stopped smiling.
So next time you are out and about smile at the strangers you walk by, it just might make their day. You just never know what the power of a happy face can do to another person.
It does a body good.
It will make your day brighter and your brain will throw a party!
It’s that perfect time of year, the birds are chirping, the weather is warmer, the trees are blooming, and generally everyone is happy.
How cool are these elevator doors? I was at a business meeting in Pasadena and every floor in this building had a different word painted across the elevator doors.
Inspiration is everywhere you look…sometimes it is actually written out just so you notice it.
There are so many reasons I love Springtime, like the weather, people seem happier, and most of all wherever you look there are trees blooming with beautiful Spring flowers.
On a recent trip to the Orange County design center for Sunday breakfast (they have a delicious cafe hidden away there) I came upon this fantastic fountain. We had breakfast and then did a little design center window shopping.
Handsome just gets me. He know exactly what to do to bring me back to center. These pink roses did the trick, their scent is intoxicating.
A very special person surprised me with a Rainbow Roll Cake. The perfect mid-week sweet treat.
In just a few days is Memorial Day have fun, stay safe, and please, don’t drink and drive!
This is an App designed for your personal safety. Companion was designed by students at the University Of Michigan. All you need to do is enter your destination and select a few of your contacts to be your Companions (your contacts don’t even need to install the App on their phone). Companions will get a live map of your progress and will receive updates that you made it from Point A to Point B with no problems. If something happens along the way Companion will check on you to make sure everything is okay. If you don’t respond within 15 seconds, Companion will alert your contacts. There is also a “I Feel Nervous” button and that information will be passed along to your contacts, also. You can also call the police with just two taps. iOS & Android ~ Free
2. Untappd: For Beer Lovers
This App is to help you discover and keep track of every brew you drink with a network of fellow beer drinkers. You check in different beers and rate them. It finds you nearby venues, events, and beers that you will love. You can even send a virtual “cheers” to friends for their beer selection. iOS ~ Free
3. Prisma: Photo App
Turn your photos into incredible works of art using the styles of famous artists like Munk or Picasso! It also has a ton of special effects. Check out this unique photo App for yourself and create your unique art style.iOS~ Free
4. Magisto Video Editor & Movie Maker
Have you ever tried to edit a video? It a long pain staking process. Magisto make the process simple and makes your videos look as thought they were edited by a pro! The App takes your photos and videos and edits them together into videos you can share with your family and friends at places like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, even WhatsApp. iOS ~ Free
5. Pause: Learn to relax
In this crazy life that we all have sometimes it’s good to just take a moment and Pause. This App was made to help you relax. With a backdrop of soothing music, you move your finger slowly across your phone screen. Focusing on the slow and steady movement will help you to relax. iOS ~ $1.99
What are your favorite APPS you can’t live without?