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D.I.Y. HOME DECOR

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5 Tips for Mixing and Matching Your Home Decor by Jane Blanchard
The idea of traditional decor is being challenged every day by homeowners who want a style that goes beyond the basics. Creating your own design is easy and doesn't require anything other than a little imagination, some planning and a willingness to experiment.



Decide on a Theme
Designing a themed room gives you a blueprint to work with as you choose furniture and accessories. Think about whether you want a formal look or something relaxed. Do rugged, outdoorsy styles appeal to you or are you a lover of modern minimalism? Your preferred theme will create a unified look for the finished room.
Anchor the Style with Consistency
Start with one color or pattern that you love and work your way up from there as you decorate. This may be your favorite deep blue or the pattern on an overstuffed sofa that you've loved for years. Repeat this motif in other elements of the room to create a consistent backdrop for your more unus…

The Beauty in the Struggles We Face-Positive Wednesdays

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The Story of the Caterpillar
Once a little boy was playing outdoors and found a fascinating caterpillar. He carefully picked it up and took it home to show his mother. He asked his mother if he could keep it, and she said he could if he would take good care of it.

The little boy got a large jar from his mother and put plants to eat, and a stick to climb on, in the jar. Every day he watched the caterpillar and brought it new plants to eat.

One day the caterpillar climbed up the stick and started acting strangely. The boy worriedly called his mother who came and understood that the caterpillar was creating a cocoon. The mother explained to the boy how the caterpillar was going to go through a metamorphosis and become a butterfly.

The little boy was thrilled to hear about the changes his caterpillar would go through. He watched every day, waiting for the butterfly to emerge. One day it happened, a small hole appeared in the cocoon and the butterfly started to struggle to come out.

At fir…

Out and About.........Port Royal Jamaica

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“The beauty of the natural world lies in the details.”— Natalie Angier



The Big Wide Calm Book Review

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First Impressions
The Big Wide Calm first reads like a ‘rags to riches’ story when the reclusive rich multimillionaire John decides to help the talented starving artiste Paige Plant with an arrangement that would see him helping her to record her first album. With this deal, finally Paige would be able to write and create a multigenerational album that will help carve her place in stardom. It seemed overnight Paige would achieve her dream of being famous and rich. The deal John offers Paige almost seems too good to be true and the reader is left wondering when the other shoe might fall.
Peeling Back the Layers The book progresses and the layers start to peel away. It becomes clear that the story isn't just about a girl (Paige Plant) wanting to become a rich or famous star or a man (John) whose past decisions had made him into a broken shell. In truth, the story is about unconditional love. No, The Big Wide Calm is not your typical love story that you see in a cheap copy of Mills &am…

Overcoming Failed Relationships- Positive Wednesdays

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Relationships are a necessary part of the human existence. They help us to be well adjusted, they often cause us to feel love, they make us laugh and they give us something to look forward to.  Our lives seem more joyful when we form positive relationships. But what happens when everything goes south? What do you do when you are faced with the reality that a major relationship in your life must end? 
What do you do when a relationship fails?
Often when a relationship fails, it is because of one reason or another. It might be that you or the other person (s) decides to walk away from each another.  In a situation like this there is a period of mourning. We mourn not only when someone dies. We also mourn the absence of a person from our lives without even realizing it. Whether we want to admit it nor not, to loss someone who is close to use is a painful process. It is so painful that we become so closed off that we don’t even realize that we are mourning.
In times like these it is great t…

FREE Book Reviews for Self Published Authors

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I have observed that there are a number of very talented writers who have opted to publish their own books instead of going the traditional route of being published through a publishing house. I have also noted that these excellent writers often find it challenging to get their book reviewed for one reason or another.
So, starting July 23, I will be accepting self published books for review. Once a book is accepted for review you will receive and email notification. Once, the book review is written it will be published on the following blogs: Lioness Rebirth, New Day Book Reviews and C.S.E.C. English Made Easy. The review will also be shared on Good reads, Amazon, Face book and twitter.
Additionally, I am open to doing blog tours, author interviews and guest post reviews. For further details please read my review policy.
Review Policy  I am currently open to receiving Advance Reading Copies and Review Copies of e books  from self published authors. My preferred genres are How to books, D…

Positive Wednesdays- P.S. I Love You

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When was the last time you sat and wrote a letter or a note to someone you cared about?
For most of us it has been years. In this technological savvy age individual handwritten notes are a rarity.  It is so rare that there are now companies that specialize in creating handwritten notes for individuals and businesses. Why is this? There is something to be said about receiving a hand written note or letter. It brings a smile to your face and warms your heart. It reminds you that somewhere out there someone cares enough to patiently pen a letter or note just for you. In short, in a way it makes you feel valued and special. 
So today I encourage you to sit and write a note for someone near and dear to you.
Here are some free printable positive note sheets that you can write your letter or notes on.
NOTE SHEET 1
NOTE SHEET 2
NOTE SHEET 3
NOTE SHEET 4





Tips for Conquering Your To Do List and FREE Printable- D.I.Y. SUNDAYS

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Examining the To Do List
A To-Do- List is an electronic, handwritten or typed list of tasks that needs to be accomplished. The creator of the list makes a decision of the tasks that needs to be accomplished and he/she makes note of these tasks, often in order of importance, in a list format. Once an item is completed, it is often marked off the list. In doing so, the individual goes to the next item on the list until the list is completed.
This seems like an efficient enough system; however, for some of us it does not matter what we do; we just cannot make this system work. Instead of being organized with completed tasks we become frustrated and stressed by what we have not done.
Here are five tips that I have found can be quite useful in creating a To-Do- List.  
TIPS
1)Be Realistic I say be realistic because often we create a to-do-list with fifteen or twenty items on it which needs to be completed. At the end of the day, you will realize by looking at the list that you have only comp…

Do It Yourself Money Tips- How to Get Paid Blogging

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Although money is paper we all have some need for it. We need it to pay the bills, to buy important items that are needed and the list goes on. In short, money is helpful to function on a day to day basis. However, what do we do when the little money we have is not sufficient? What then?
Some of us would love to live in a mansion with hired help but the reality is our merger salary just cannot support the lifestyle. Do we (A) change and adapt to our situation or (B) create more debt while trying to keep up with the Jones?
If we examine nature, we realize that the natural environment adjust itself to each season. Animals hibernate, trees lose their leaves and birds migrate to survive winter. They all adapt themselves knowing that a different season must come. That although it is challenging now, tomorrow will be better. Tomorrow will be better if when life changes; we function more effectively in our new environment of change. In adjusting we will develop skills that will ensure our surv…

The Irony of Life

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If you would have said to me 15 years ago that I would have a blog today i would have said you were crazy. First of all, I was one of the worst spellers in my class in High school. To compound the problem, my grammar was horrible. I loved the written word and I was always reading; however, my spelling was still atrocious. I left high school and went to college to study English. You would have thought that I would have had a clue and chosen a different field. Years later, I sit in a dark room and write posts for my blog and sometimes, just sometimes I am paid to do just that. 
Why am I sharing all of this?
We often limit ourselves based on our perceived weaknesses. We often allow these weaknesses to create shame and self doubt in us. Often, this results in us barely scraping the surface of our potential. We often give up before we even begin. I have come to realize that no one is perfect; even the people we admire and put on a pedestal…

10 Reasons Why Men Should Respect Women

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Men's and women's natural tendencies complement one another nicely, creating solid incentives for pairing-up to tackle life's challenges. Of course everyone is different and couples create countless scenarios, but common threads weave their ways through most relationships shared by men and women. While each gender brings something to the table, men are the biggest benefactors in most pairings; trading sensitivity and understanding for manly traits like stoicism and brute strength.  Whether mothers, wives or daughters; there are plenty of reasons for men to respect women, including the following:
Women See Things in ways Men Can't - Women carry a unique perspective that's hard to put a finger on, at times. Perhaps explained by the fabled "women's intuition", they just have a knack for getting to the heart of the matter, without requiring a logical progression of ideas or actions to arrive there. Not that they don't lean on perception and observation …

Looking at 30

I am 31 now but when I started this blog I was 28. I remember vividly dreading the onset of 30 like yesterday. I feared the idea of getting old like everyone else. I also remember conjuring up pictures of my life slipping away like sand in an hourglass. Three plus years later I can proudly say that I have adjusted well to the BIG 3-0. If anything I must day that I am more thankful to be 30 plus. As I skip through my mental file of my 20’s I cringe; my 20’s was a period where I seemed to stumble around not knowing who I was or my place in the world. I have always been blessed with an internal compass that always charted where I was and where I wanted to go and what I needed to do to get where I needed to be. Therefore, my sense of direction was always on point. However, I don’t think I was really ever comfortable in my skin as I am today. I have learnt to be me, accept me and understand my limitations. Anybody who knows me knows I walk to the beat of my own drums. Simply put, I am weir…

ODE TO CHANGE ........

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I know that life can change in a heartbeat. However, before i was afraid of change. To be honest change of any kind use to terrify me. Yet, now it seems like change is my new best friend. I find myself taking long walks, having nice dinners and beautiful days with Change. I have fallen in love with Change's character, complexities and innovative ways. In short, Change steals my breathe with her beauty and often complicated essence. 'Her' you might ask? Yes, Change most definitely is a woman. If you think about it change can be temperamental, moody, heartrending and in the same breathe a delicate flower. Just like a woman.

Change is often wise. If anything I have learnt with my encounter with Change is that she is constant. She cannot be stopped. She is often a wind sweeping the desert floor with her soothing lips or a fierce tsunami destroying everything in her path. So in short dear friends, change can be good or bad. It is up to you to decide.