Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Out and About Mondays- Sky Juice

I am currently preparing for a new year at work. As such, I am swimming in work. Last week I  was in the hear of the city and i felt like i wanted a drink of Sky Juice. Here are the highlights.









Sunday, August 28, 2011

5 Back to School Saving Tips- DIY Sundays

For today's DIY Sundays it is my pleasure to present a GUEST POST from Nadia Jones. This post kick starts my 100th posts celebration. I hope you find this beneficial.

With summer over, you’re probably scrambling to buy all the right supplies for your kids in time for the first day of school. And if you’re like most parents, you’re looking to buy the best quality products for your kids with as little damage as possible done to your wallet.  Here are five easy to follow tips that’ll help you save money while you prepare your little one for the new school year.

Look Online First
Often you can buy a good deal of your child’s school supplies without ever leaving your house. Sites like Amazon.com feature clothing, school supplies, and textbooks all at discounted rates. Amazon.com compares the store price products to their price so you can see just how much money you’re saving. Often the savings on these retail sites exceed 50%!  If you plan ahead, you can order all your supplies well before the back to school season starts.  Also be sure to join store email lists to hear about the latest deals. Retail sites will often send coupons and insider tips to discounted material through their email lists, so join the retail lists of retail stores near you and start saving!

Budget Yourself
Take a good hard look at your finances and determine the amount that you can comfortably set aside for school shopping. Don’t overstretch your funds school shopping simply because you can find most supplies at low prices. Once you’ve drawn up a healthy budget, do everything you can to stick to it. If you stick to your budget you’ll be less likely to impulse buy. If your child wants the next trendy new (and expensive) thing for school and you can’t afford it, simply tell them that it doesn’t fit in the budget and move on.

Start Early
You’ll find that you’re less stressed when you shop early. Whether you’re shopping online or not, people tend to be more level headed about their purchases when they don’t feel rushed. If you start early you can shop in easy to handle spurts: one day you look for uniforms, another day you check out the bargain-priced notebooks. While you might miss the back to school sales, you can take your time shopping around for the best deals in town and skip out on the huge crowds.

Recycle
If money is really tight, don’t hesitate to shop at second hand or thrift stores. These stores regularly have high-quality clothing sold to them simply because they no longer fit the owner. You’d be surprised to find that the variety in thrift stores runs from every day clothing to high-dollar uniforms. Also keep in mind that those supplies leftover from last year—unused notebooks, stray writing utensils, etc—work just as well as newly bought materials. Use what’s left around the house and save your money for more important items.

Always pack a lunch for your child
This tip is a classic that always works to keep school spending low. Schools offer lunches that can be costly, and many of them don’t even serve food for a balanced and nutritious diet. Take charge of your children’s diet (and save some money in the process) by packing them healthy lunches that cost a fraction of lunches served at the cafeteria. Pack plenty of fruits and vegetables and avoid sugary drinks and snacks.
Author Bio:
This is a guest post by Nadia Jones who blogs at online college about education, college, student, teacher, money saving, movie related topics. You can reach her at nadia.jones5 @ gmail.com.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Quick Update

This is one of those quick posts. My home was recently broken into. I don't want to go into any major details but just to say that although my family and I were home when it occurred we are all ok. My netbook was one of the things that was stolen. I am working to be on track for Sunday.

I just want to say thanks to all my readers, followers and friends for stopping by. I will try and visit you before the weekend is out. 

Also, I will be kicking off my 100th post celebration. Details about this will follow soon.

Thank You all again for your positive comments.

LIONESS

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Positive Wednesdays- Cutting through the Confusion

There are times in our lives that no matter what we do, there seems to be a cloud of confusion present. Have you ever stopped to think why? Well i have and this is my theory. It seems like whenever I am on the verge of making a personal breakthrough, that is when  confusion reigns.  How do you cut through the confusion?
First of all, calm your mind. Quiet all of the distractions surrounding you. Concentrate on the one task at hand. Often a naysayer can cloud our minds and break our focus.

Then think, what in your life distracts you? In the moment of need, silence your brain and allow yourself to stay focused. Save your worries about tomorrow and guilt over yesterday's failures for another time. Maybe you need to meditate, pray, or simply spend a few moments quietly gathering yourself before tackling the project at hand. Now is the time for just one thing--reaching your goal.

Today, focus your energy, clear your head, and achieve!


Quote of the Day

Concentration is the ability to think of absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary.
 - Ray Knight


Resource site: sparkpeople.com

Monday, August 22, 2011

Out and About Mondays- From the Window of the Car

I was at the stoplight when i grabbed the camera and shot these pics. These pictures of Emancipation Park, in New Kingston Jamaica


I remember there was public up roar because the statues are nude.

There is actually water cascading down the side of the dome (lack of a better word).

One of these days, i will take you inside the park.

Got to go!!! The light says green.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

DIY Sundays - The Versatility of Baby Oil

 It is amazing how versatile baby oil is! I got the idea for this post, when i was using baby oil as my makeup remover.  I always have baby oil on hand to moisturize my heels so they don't look thirsty. Then it hit me, there must be other things i can use baby oil for. If you know of any other uses please let me know by leaving a comment.

Put a little on a cotton ball to help remove eye make-up.
Use after shaving your legs to soften your skin and prevent razor burn
Use on cracked or dry heals and put socks on to hold in the moisture 

Smooth on a pregnant tummy to reduce the chances of stretch marks

Massage a little on your cuticles before your manicure or pedicure

Great and inexpensive massage oil

It can be used as a lubricant for noisy door hinges

Use a little baby oil to treat stubborn or stuck zippers. It helps them glide up and down more smoothly. 

Baby oil can be used to create homemade baby wipes (2 tbsps of baby oil, 2tbsps of baby lotion, 1 tbsp of bathwash and 3/4 cup of hot water poured over paper towels and put in a sealed container)
 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Evolution of ME

I have written this post a while back and somehow every time i thought about it i felt naked. So, i am going to close my eyes and click published.


I am listening to a Ziggy Marley song 'True to Myself'. Immediately my mind went to my evolution.Now, i am absolutely loving the skin that i am in. I must be honest, my body is by no means prefect; neither was i always loving myself or true to myself. However, i have learnt that if i am not true to myself, who will be true to me.

One day, i woke up and realized that people will always talk(as old people say mouth mek fi chat). So i decided that i will do what i want because people will talk anyway. So, I wear what i love and i do what i enjoy. Hence, my evolution started. 

Now, i see myself as a lioness (maybe its because i am a Leo) dangerously beautiful, graceful, protector, warrior, peaceful soul, mother, lover, friend, loyal, honest, honourable and the list goes on. Therefore, when i wake up in the morning, i call upon my inner lioness to help me traverse the drama of my days. Sometimes i have to dig down deep. I guess we all have those days.

I must also say my evolution is a work in progress. By no means am i invincible, like every woman i know when to let go and just be a powerless girl.  The important thing to me is that i started this journey. In essence i am a lioness on the rise. I am not longer letting society shape and mold me into what it wants me to be. I must say that is often hard.I want to think i am choosing my own path. I feel like that tiny shell that has been refined by the waves of the Caribbean Sea. I feel like the me i want to be.  









Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Positive Wednesday- Overcoming Hardships

You wake up and you think, what am i going to do today? There is no money, little or no food. No job or if you have a job, there is no money to get to work or even get home. Lunch is just a fantasy that you can only dream about. You are not alone.

 It is so easy to lay down and die. It is so easy to throw your hands up and say i cannot do this. But i have learnt that persistence is one of the keys to overcoming hardships. 

But what do you do when you've been striving for so long that it seems like your goal is never going to see light? How do you deal with the fear that you're about to fail? Simple. Give it just one more shot. And then one more. Think about the sweat and time you've committed already. You've come this far, you'd be unfair to yourself if you quit without a fight. Even if the odds are way out of your favor and you can't see how it can possibly help, reach out and take one last swing. You never know what will happen. Big, meaningful achievements don't just happen when everything goes your way.

POSITIVE QUOTE

"The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled.  For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers."



Resource Site: sparkpeople.com

Monday, August 15, 2011

Out and About Mondays- A Dose of Laughter!!!!

I usually post pictures of places i went to or pass as a result of my daily travelings for Out and About Mondays. Today, i am going to mix it up and share a video from a local comedy series here in Jamaica. I hope it provides a dose of laughter for you.





Saturday, August 13, 2011

How Often Do You Wash Your Clothes?- DIY Sundays

Yes!!, DIY Sundays is back. After a month and a half absence i have decided to return my DIY Sundays posts. This is a little background for my new follower, initially my DIY (Do It Yourself) Sundays posts was based on my Sunday beauty routine. However, it has evolved into tips based on a variety of topics. I hope you find the post helpful.

Today i want to talk about clothes. I came across this guide entitled:How often Clothes Should be Washed. By the way, do you know how often  your clothes should be washed? Or are you like me? I basically wash my clothes as soon as it appears dirty.  After looking at the list I was amazed by my non - compliance to the suggested guideline.
 
Here is a quick guide to help you determine how frequently you need to launder key warm-weather clothing pieces, barring stains or especially sticky days, that is.

  THE GUIDE                                                                                              ME

Jeans: After 4 to 5 wears                                                                (1-2 wears)

Dress Pants: After 4 to 5 wears                                                    
(1-2 wears)

Jackets and Blazers: After 5 to 6 wears                                     
(2-3 wears)

Khaki Shorts and Pants: After 2 to 3 wears                              
(Shorts- after every wear, pants- 1-2 wears)

Pajamas: After 3 to 4 wears                                                           
(1-2 wears)

Skirts: After 4 to 5 wears    
                                                            (1-2 wears)

Swimsuits: After every wear                                                          
(SAME)

Tops and Dresses: After 1 to 3 wears                                           
(AFTER EVERY WEAR)

T-Shirts, Tanks and Camisoles: After every wear                    
(SAME)

Bras: After 3 to 4 wears                                                                  
(SAME)

Source: Real Simple

Friday, August 12, 2011

HAVE YOU NO SHAME??!!!!!!!

I know if you are an avid reader of my blog you would have noticed that there are some new addition to my blog. I have included a few Shabby Apples Ads on my page. I must say that it is dream of every blogger to be able to financially gain from their blog at some point. With this said, I never thought I would be in that category because of my geographical location (Jamaica). So, i never gave it any serious thought. This was not until i received an email from Shabby Apples to become an affiliate that the possibility really hit home.

 Then reality hit and i said to myself that i would be horrible at it. Somehow i just didn't know if i could do it. What eventually sold me on the idea of actually starting this venture was not the idea of a possible commission (which would be helpful) but it was the idea of stepping outside of my box. I said nothing tried nothing done. I just wanted to forget the idea of failure and look at the possibilities. So, i am off to Shabby Apples to see if i can create a wish list to share. Hopefully, you will see something you like and purchase it (oh my, i am being shameless).(^_^)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Who Looks Back at You When You Look in the Mirror?- Positive Wednesdays

I have not done a Positive Wednesdays post  in a while. Most of my regular features have been place on heitus until September. However, i was in bed and i remember this post that i wanted to share as a part of a motivation series geared towards women. I know i have a few males who read my posts, so sorry if you feel left out.


This video speaks to us as females being everything to everyone else and nothing to ourselves. I wanted to share it because it's an all too familiar reality. I hope it speaks to you in a positive way.



P.S: I am quite flattered, however the person in the video is not me. She is one of my favourite You-tuber, Bronze Goddess.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Great House Experience

Jamaica being a former colony of Britain there are a number of great houses in the country. A great house is the main house on a plantain and Devon House is one of the great houses in Kingston. According to the Devon House's website the site is 127 years old.  The property is 11-acres, its lush sprawling lawns provides an ambiance that soothes the mind and soul, and offers an enviable shopping experience for both local and overseas visitors.  What i love most is that Devon House was built by Jamaica’s first black millionaire George Stiebel. Just in case your wondering  I m not getting paid or compensated for this post.

The truth is I have fond memories of the grounds because i attended high school up the road. I remember swinging from the trees (literally), having Devon House I- Scream with school mates on Fridays and most of all selecting a tree and craving my name in it. 

Now it's a place where i take my daughter to make up for the terror of swimming class. To her it is the oasis where pastry and ice cream is always available. To her Devon House is a place with the huge tree cover in lights at Christmas time.  Just thinking about it,  over the years there must be hundreds of memories created and shared at Devon House.




Pictures from my recent visit to Devon House.














Play the video for more images of Devon House.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Beach Days + Road Trip - DRAMA

In my last blog entry i told you that i will be celebrating a couple of national holidays (Emancipation Day and Independence Day). As a result of this i was in and out  of Kingston quite.

I forgot my camera so i substituted the pics.
First of all,  i must tell you about my Independence Day, August 6, drama. I decided to go to Negril on a beach trip. I was super excited because i rarely go to that side of the island. Well on the highway going out of Kingston the bus caught on fire. I could not make this up even if i tried. The first person out of the bus was a man on crutches and he was on the back seat. A couple of people drove out of the bus and one person jumped out of a window. I slipped out of the bus somehow.  They had to use two big  bottles of water and a crate and a half of beers to out the fire.





Picture of Aquasol Beach
Three hours later, after sitting on the side of the highway,  we were on our way to Montego Bay in another bus. Most were disappointed that we had to change our destination but Montego Bay, however, it was a lot closer at that point. 21/2 hours later we were in  Montego Bay. It seemed like everyone migrated from Kingston to the second city. There were numerous buses  filled with  people. I found it mind blowing. It was a grand beach party. 







We headed back to Ocho Rios after 9 to hit the clubs. On our way from Montego Bay we stopped across the road from Dunn's River Falls where the river water ran underground and exited on the side of the road. There were about 30 coaster buses parked along the road in a row, this enabled passengers to refresh themselves in the river.  I was totally amazed by it all. I did not know this was an annual practice.

We drove into Ocho Town about 10: 30 - 11 and realized that the people from Montego Bay had stopped in Ocho Rios as well.  There was a seafood festival in progress, jerk chicken men were along the street side accompanied by a variety of vendors. There were approximately one hundred buses of all shapes and sized in the town. Music could be heard booming from various street corners and clubs. There were several street dances in full swing. I walked to one of them and all i could see was a sea of people. Occasionally the sea would part and out emerged a car or a bus from the other side. The whole scene was electrifying.


At about 4: 30 am,  the bus was filled once again with drained passengers; soon after it clawed out of Ocho Rios on its way back to Kingston. 2 1/2 hours later through hills, mountains and fog we arrived safely into Kingston.



Here are pics of beach day # 1. These were taken on August 1at Hellshire Beach in Portmore, St. Catherine.

This is the entrance of the beach. I had to park out side there were no parking left.

Beach towels anyone???

Lobster

The beach was crowded!!!


Let's go for a ride.

Check out the horizon.....



 
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