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A Nice Apartment That is Close to Work

I was hired as a professor at the Art Institute of Salt Lake City a few years ago. I looked at the different cities and towns around the institute so I could find where I wanted to live. When I came across the city of Taylorsville, I was impressed with everything that I read about it. It is only nine miles from the institute too, which is not a bad commute at all. I then did a search for apartments for rent in Taylorsville Utah to see if there were any decent apartments there.

I would much rather travel a little further if it meant having a nicer apartment, but I did not have to worry about that because I found a really great place to live in Taylorsville. The apartments at Autumn Glen are really nice, and I was impressed with what all they had to offer to me as a tenant. Continue reading

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Moving Closet to Home Again

I was living in California when my dream job opened up in Toledo Ohio. I was pretty excited about more than just the job too. My family is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and moving to Toledo would mean that it would just take hours instead of days to visit them or for them to come see me. I didn’t tell anyone about it until I found out I got the job, and then I started looking at cheap apartments in Toledo Ohio. I called my parents and asked them if I should get a one or two bedroom apartment in Ohio, which was my way of telling them that I was moving back home, or close to it anyway.

I already knew that I was going to get a two bedroom, because I was hoping that not only my parents would visit more often but my brothers and sisters too. Continue reading

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Healthy Skin with Natural Oils

Mineral oil moisturizers, including CQ10, is definitely not recommended because they tend to clog our skin pores easily. By clogging our pores, it actually makes it hard for your skin to breathe and function properly. This can cause a buildup of toxins in your body. And one of the thing you want to avoid is this because high toxins are responsible for symptoms such as itchy hair follicles, acne outbreaks and severe skin irritations. To know whether the skin care products contain any mineral oils, just do a check on the labels. If it says “liquid paraffin”, “petrolatum” or “paraffin wax”, then it means that it contains mineral oils.

The good thing with these oils based moisturizers is that it is non greasy and does not clog your pores at all. Continue reading

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Tattoos Just Add to My Confidence

I know that I am going to shock a lot of people when I go back for my class reunion this year. The last time most of them saw me, I was an overweight kid who was kind of shy. I changed though. I am fit now, and I have the confidence of ten men. I think what may also shock them is the tattoo sleeve that I now have. It is really what has helped me gain that much confidence. I was always living for other people, and wanting their approval.

When I stopped doing that, I realized I was much happier. I joined a gym and lost 50 pounds, and I started lifting weight to have the muscle that I do now. I also started getting tattoos because I love the self expression that is seen in them. I wanted something that represented strength on me, so I chose animals. Continue reading

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An Energy Company That Promotes Being Green

I have known ever since moving to Texas that I had the choice for which company I wanted to supply my energy. I never really appreciated that until recently though. A friend gave me a link to look at online that had a good bit of information on it about the different companies. It all started out because she told me how much one of her electric bills was. I was so surprised because I was paying a lot more than she was. I asked her what company she uses, and that is when I found out that we have different ones supplying our energy.

One of the reasons why I never looked into the different companies is because I thought that all of them were pretty much the same. I knew that each one had their own name, and serviced different areas other than where I live, but I thought everything else was the same. Continue reading

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Report Spam in Gmail Inbox

I have used Gmail for a long time, and for the most part, Google has done a pretty good job at catching spam, so I don’t even have to look at it in the first place. However, I have been having an issue lately and I need to figure out how to get it fixed, because there has been some consistent items of spam mailed to my account over the past few weeks. I am looking into this no-reply@accounts.google.com email address and seeing if it is the target for spam reports. I am really interested in figuring out how to let google know about my problem, but it seems pretty hard to contact them directly. Continue reading

Got Caught Up in the Flooding in South Texas

I was really unfortunate to pick a really bad day to get down here to my new place of employment. I knew it was going to rain today, that was obvious, and I knew that it was going to be pretty bad as well. However I had no clue that it was going to be a serious flood event while I was down here trying to get settled in. I had planned to spend the day looking for Corpus Christi TX apartments and trying to find a place that was affordable. I need to get things sorted out and make it ready. Jean is not going to be coming down here for a little while. Continue reading

Searching for Ways to Cut My Bills

I have been thinking about this for some time, mostly I am searching for ways to cut my bills and looking at in practical terms. There are some things which I can hope to reduce my monthly expenditure upon and other things which are not going to be up for negotiation. For instance I have Comcast cable in Springfield MA. I can find something cheaper or I could just dispense with paying for TV service all together. There is nothing to say that you have to have paid TV, although like most people I want it. Continue reading


Family gatherings are important for you and your children to create, nourish and strengthen important relationships with extended members of your family. It does not have to be an elaborate gathering, it can be as simply as all meeting up to watch a child’s sporting event or hanging out for a few hours on the couch, listening to each other, sharing laughs and swapping stories.

The relationships with our extended family should be stronger than our relationship with friends. People will forever come into, and leave our lives and while we do drift apart and may relocate in different areas than our family members, it is important to stay connected.

Family reunions are greats ways gather everyone together, get re-connected and can be alot of fun. Both of my parents come from large families and while I don’t have a close knit relationship with many of my cousins, I like knowing where I come from and family reunions are a great way to reconnect to distant family members.

We are also in the technology age, so learn ways to stay in contact via the computer. There are sites out there like skype that allow you to talk on the computer and see the other person. This is another great way to stay in touch and catch up, while having a slightly more intimate conversation. It is so easy to do and it can mean so much to the person you are reaching out to.

Don’t be afraid to be the one to reach out and make ways to allow your family to get together. Children’s sports activities are a great way to pull people out to watch, visit and make a few hours available for the family.

Establishing a better relationship with extended family members does not require a great deal of energy. Finding ways to have family gatherings will leave a lasting impression and it will give your child a chance to get to know their family background, where their family comes from and build lasting relationships.

Talking about mental health

Mental health is not black and white and it is not just important for parents and childcare providers, although it is an extremely important element for sure. However, it is important for all people!

So many things effect a person’s state of mental well being such as bi-polar and schizophrenia. However, what about depression, sleep deprivation, postpartum, negative self talk or just simply having a sense of not being worthy.

We are going to look at some signs of what people with different possible issues may look like, how it can affect your family if it goes untreated as well as some ways you can work on issues daily so that you strengthen and build your mental well being.

I know that I am always working on mine, sometimes daily. I know that when it is at its strongest and healthiest, I can weather all obstacles thrown at me.

Do you let stress affect your health?, do you find the low valleys are more common and harder to get out? Do you let your works and actives limit you? Then I encourage you to read these upcoming articles, really reflect on your health
Trust me when I say you are not alone, and it is nothing to be ashamed of. There comes a time when each of us need to stand up and say, “Enough” and “I deserve better.”

We talk a lot about being an advocate for your child, to be the voice that speaks up for them. Don’t you deserve the same?

This journey may be one of discomfort, but challenges and change are never comfortable.

I am going to leave you with this saying….

“”Dear life, when I said, “Could this day get any harder?” it was a rhetorical question, not a challenge.”

Are you prepared, mentally, for the next challenge life has coming your way? For we know it’s coming. How you prepare for it is up to you.

PRESCHOOL CRAFTS: Inspired by children

When you follow a child’s interest it can lead you anywhere. You can find interesting preschool crafts, activities for kids, play games, have great family travels and family fun. You also build your child’s self worth and belief that their thoughts matter and that someone is listening to them.

How do these interests come about?

These interests can come about rather innocently, from watching something on TV, reading it in a book or even from the fun remembered on a family vacation.

How do you make an interest become something more?

Give your child/children the reins. Don’t be afraid to follow their lead on an interest. It can be hard, as we may also get excited, but really try to allow your child to give you the answers and not impose your ideas onto them. Ask them open questions, research the interest and if the excitement remains or even grows, then by listening to your child and implanting their thoughts and ideas it will grow.

What if they don’t come up with ideas?

When I notice a child has a specific interest I begin the process slowly. I watch them, see what they are excited about and then will provide a picture book that supports it, or maybe something on the internet. Then we start the research:
“What do you see in this picture”
“What do you think it is used for”
“What would you use it for”

Each question may lead you to another and so forth. The learning may take off in a completely different direction, but run with it.

What you are giving is invaluable. You are teaching your child to be a critical thinker, to ask questions and find out the answers. More importantly you are giving your child your attention, your time and the opportunity to share what matters to them.

I have made my first you-tube video that will show you the awesome power of following a child’s interest. It briefly tells the story of why the interest happened and one preschool craft we did with it.