Christmas In July

Christmas in July

Christmas in July

It’s never to early to begin Christmas shopping. July is typically a time when many sellers offer a sale to kick   off the buying season for Christmas. It’s also a good time to pick up new decorations for your home.

Sales are being offered all over the Internet and in brick and mortar shops across the country. Etsy is the larges online store for handmade items. Check out the Christmas in July sales.

Solvit PupStep Pet Stairs

There’s many reason’s why your pet may need to use a Solvit Pupstep Pet Stairs to get up and down on the furniture to be closer to you. If you have a small dog getting up on an average couch or chair can be difficult for them.

 

These days many beds are extremely high and almost impossible for a small pet to jump up without your help. Having pet stairs makes it easier for both of you.

 

 

What can happens when your pet keeps jumping from a high place they’re at a high risk of injury to their back legs and hips. If not right away over time.

 

Having pet steps aid in an older dog or cat getting up and down with greater ease. Our pets can get arthritis and it can be painful trying to jump up or down.

 

Pets stairs for large dogs is a good idea too if they have an injury or are older. You might even want to use it getting into a SUV, truck or van

Krups Coffee and Spice Grinder

grinderI love making fresh ground coffee every morning using my Krups coffee and spice grinder. It give coffee such a nice fresh, robust flavor. It grinds up just enough beans for a pot of coffee at that time.

Ground coffee can get stale so I usually just grin enough for that day. If there is any left over it’s best to store it in the refrigerator.

Krups grinder is perfect for grinding spices, seeds and nuts. I use mine to grind up flax seeds. Seeds are another food you don’t want to much ground up at one time because it can lose it’s freshness.

Do you ever buy almond flour? It can be expensive. Well not any more because you can grind up your own almond flour in this grinder. It works for so many thing and is totally worth the price you pay for it too!

 

 

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10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Your Age


10 Things I Wish I Knew When I was Your Age

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
–Mae West

Over the years my dad has contributed some truly inspiring content to our blog.  His two posts, 18 Things My Dad Was Right About and 10 Timeless Lessons from a Life Well Lived, were well received by the majority of you, and he absolutely loved reading the comments and emails you all sent to us in response to each post.  Today I’m happy to report that your kindness has paid off.  My dad was so inspired by your positive feedback that he surprised me this morning with a brand new post waiting in my email inbox.

The first line of his email read:  “Marc and Angel, with an imminent 70th birthday on my mind, I wanted to share a few things with you today:  10 things I wish I knew when I was your age…”

1.  Uncertainty is certain.

There is no antidote to uncertainty.  Everything is always uncertain.  There are infinite possibilities, which is what makes miracles possible.  Life is about dealing with the question marks and making the best of them without any guarantees for what’s going to happen next.

Nobody on Earth knows how things will turn out for you, which is why you have to press forward every day on the heels of your intuition and passion.  If you give it your all, sometimes amazing things happen, but they’ll rarely be precisely what you had expected.  Read 1,000 Little Things.

2.  Life is a circle.

Everything you do, everything you say, every choice you make, comes back around.

If you want to be rich, be generous.  If you want to make friends, be friendly.  If you want to be understood by others, take the time to truly understand them.  If you want to be heard, listen.

If you want to live an interesting life, be interested the happenings around you.  If you wish to truly learn and master a skill, study what you can and then teach someone else what you know.

If you long for peace, act in peace and harmony.  If you want the world to change, start with the one in the mirror.

What you give is eventually what you get.  Whatever it is you hope to achieve in this life, give it, nurture it, be it, and you will enjoy a lifetime filled with it many times over.

3.  Discipline is the mother of all virtues.

Self-control is the chief element of discipline, and discipline is the chief element of bringing ideas to life.  No matter how smart, skilled, or capable you are, nothing is possible or achievable without a disciplined mind.

Discipline is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, whether you want to or not at any given moment.  It is the most important of all the virtues because without it, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.  Read Getting Things Done.

4.  You have full control of your fears.

Your fear is 100% dependent on YOU for its survival, and it is the only thing standing between you and your goals.  Deal with your fears; don’t let them deal with you.

Have patience with the thoughts and concerns that remain unsolved in your heart.  Don’t hide; live in question as you slowly uncover the answers you seek.  Replace your fears with an understanding that settles them.  Instead of wasting energy on avoiding what you don’t want, spend it on obtaining the knowledge you need to achieve what you do want.

5.  Good friends are priceless.

Friends and acquaintances come and go, but good friends are hard to come by.  You know who these people are.  They’re the ones who are always there with you in spirit – the ones who leave footprints in your thoughts and dreams.  They are the glue that binds a smile to your soul.

Hang on to them dearly.  Reach out and make an effort to stay connected.  Lend them a hand and let them lend one to you.  Don’t get so busy or tired that you neglect their existence.  Treat your good friends like royalty.

6.  It’s impossible to love someone who doesn’t love himself or herself.

When someone doesn’t love who they are, they pretend to be someone else, and others end up falling in love with their mask, instead of who they really are.  To keep the affection they keep pretending and performing behind this mask.

If you see these masked tendencies in someone you care about, confront them before it’s too late.  Because if they lock themselves behind a mask for too long they will grow attached to it – it will become their comfort zone.  They will begin to enjoy the imprisonment, and if you try removing their mask to remind them of the truth, they will feel like you’re robbing them of their dignity.

Bottom line:  Self love is the greatest gift – to live and to teach.  The best way to love someone is to help them love themselves.  Read The 5 Love Languages.

7.  It’s impossible to know exactly how another feels.

The hearts and minds of others are mysterious, dense forests, always, no matter how deep into them you venture.

Even if you have known a person for a hundred years, it is impossible to know exactly what they are feeling.  You can’t feel something for them, or know exactly how their mind is processing something.  You could invest every bit of your energy over the course of your entire life in an attempt to achieve this understanding, but in the end you will fall short.

What you can do is be a friend who listens, supports, and loves openly without judgment.  Only then will you get a momentary, unfiltered glimpse into their soul.

8.  Connecting with your purpose brings great results.

Don’t allow others to convince your heart what to do.  Your heart already knows.  Listen to it.  Don’t let anyone else distinguish what is right or wrong for you.  You’ve got to stand up for something specific, on your own two legs, or you will achieve nothing great in life.

Within you there is a formidable and undeniable sense of purpose.  Success comes from making a solid and persistent connection to that purpose.  When your intentions are supported by a ‘why’ that has meaning, you will find a way to bring them to life.  Getting anything done is a matter of continuing to remember why you have chosen to do this thing in the first place.

In the end, focused and persistent effort always brings great achievement.  When your efforts are driven by your purpose, you can keep these efforts going for as long as it takes to reach this achievement.

9.  A positive vision makes a big difference.

Don’t just see things the way they are.  Envision yourself in the place you want to be, skillfully doing what you are capable of doing.  Envision yourself in this place living the life you desire.  Allow yourself to dream in full color, and know with certainty, that this dream is achievable if you want it to be.

Envision the things you desire as being achievable and they will be.  Envision yourself doing what your need to do, operating at your very best, and then hold that image firmly in your mind, day after day, moment by moment, as you step boldly in the direction of your vision.

Give this vision all you’ve got, mentally and physically, and you’ll be amazed at the energy and excellence that comes out of you in the long run.  Read Learned Optimism.

10.  Your journey is ultimately what you make of it.

There’s no such thing as perfect happiness, just as there’s no such thing as perfect despair.  What does exist is a continuous series of imperfect moments filled with infinite possibilities and opportunities for you to interpret them and do with them as you please.

You can pave the road you travel with doubt and despair or hope and happiness.  It’s your choice.  Either way, you will eventually arrive at the same destination.  The only question is:  Do you want to arrive there with a frown or a smile?

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In this episode, I talk about the benefits of keeping a journal. I also share my own practice and offer a few tips. Whether you have never journaled, need a little motivation to keep going, or are just curious about what others do, I think you will find this episode helpful.

The 7 Benefits of Keeping a Journal

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Between blog posts, podcast show prep, courses, speeches, and books, I typically write several thousand words a week. However, I have never been a consistent journaler. I tried. I had friends who swore by it. It just never worked for me, until recently.

On our vacation last summer, my wife, Gail, challenged me to give it another try. I reluctantly agreed and fell in love with it. I have now journaled daily for more than six months.

If I had to sum it up, I would say journaling has afforded me seven benefits.

  1. Process previous events
  2. Clarify my thinking
  3. Understand the context
  4. Notice my feelings
  5. Connect with my heart
  6. Record significant lessons
  7. Ask important questions

When I started journaling, I did it the old fashioned way. I kept my journal in a physical notebook. I happen to use an EcoSystems Journal. However, I am not the best at writing lots of text by hand. The legibility of my writing deteriorates quickly.

On day three of my journaling experience, I stumbled upon a software program called DayOne. This is a beautiful minimalist writing tool that reminds me a lot of ByWord, the program I use to do much of my blog writing.

About a month ago, I started using Evernote for my journaling. Several people had suggested this from the beginning, and I finally saw the wisdom of it. It makes all my journal entries readily available when I search for a topic, making my notes available for blog posts, speeches, books, etc.

Regardless, there are a thousand different ways to keep a journal. Don’t get hung up on the method or the software. The most important thing to do is just to start.

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  1. Aaron Johnson asked, “Some people just can’t seem to journal. Are there other ways people can engage in the process of self-reflection?”
  2. Bud Brown asked, “How do you flag pages in your journal, so you can get back to the important stuff?”
  3. Christopher Scott asked, “How do you catalog or keep track of previous journal entries?”
  4. Lynn Morrissey asked, “Is journaling scriptural or should Christians be wary of it as a New Age practice for self-exploration?”
  5. Jackie Ulmer asked, “Is your journal more of a Cliff Notes summary of the events of your life or is it super-detailed?”
  6. Jason Jones asked, “Is there a benefit to paper journaling?”
  7. Kwin Peterson asked, “For whom do you Journal? Who is the audience you envision?”
  8. Linda Kuhar asked, “When you are journaling, how do you keep yourself from lapsing into performance-mode and writing for an audience?”
  9. Sam Lytle asked, “What are the benefits of keeping a private journal as compared to a public one, like writing a blog or engaging in social media?”

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In this 3-part video series, Burt Goldman author of Quantum Jumping – the incredible visualization technique that allows you to tap into the power of your subconscious mind – shares with us some tips in response to one of the most frequently asked questions he receives: “How can I use Quantum Jumping to generate more wealth in my life”?

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January 16, 2013

When a conference works (and doesn’t)

When we get together with others, even at a weekly meeting, it either works, or it doesn’t. For me, it works:

…If everything is on the line, if in any given moment, someone is going to say or do something that might just change everything. Something that happens in the moment and can’t possibly be the same if you hear about it later. It might even be you who speaks up, stands up and makes a difference. (At most events, you can predict precisely what’s going to be said, and by whom). In the digital age, if I can get the notes or the video later, I will.

…If there’s vulnerability and openness and connection. If it’s likely you’ll meet someone (or many someones) that will stick with you for years to come, who will share their dreams and their fears while they listen to and understand yours. (At most events, people are on high alert, clenched and protective. Like a cocktail party where no one is drinking.)

…If there’s support. If the people you meet have high expectations for you and your work and your mission, but even better, if they give you a foundation and support to go even further. (At most events, competitiveness born from insecurity trumps mutual support.)

…If it’s part of a movement. If every day is a building block on the way to something important, and if the attendees are part of a tribe that goes beyond demographics or professional affiliation. (At most events, it’s just the next event).

The first law of screenwriting is that the hero of a great movie is transformed during the arc of the story. That’s the goal of a great conference, as well. But it’s difficult indeed, because there are so many heroes, all thinking they have too much to lose.

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You think the FDA has your back? Sure, they recently proposed two new regulations to up food safety measures, specifically how food processors and farmers can work better to keep their fresh products free of dangerous bacteria (remember that killer cantaloupe outbreak from 2011?). But while it may seem like the government is out to protect us from bad—even fatal—food-borne illnesses, which cause some 3,000 deaths a year, they don’t completely have our best interest—or health—in mind.

“For numerous suspicious and disturbing reasons, the U.S. has allowed foods that are banned in many other developed countries into our food supply,” says nutritionist Mira Calton who, together with her husband Jayson Calton, Ph.D., wrote the new book Rich Food, Poor Food due out this February.

During a six-year expedition that took them to 100 countries on seven continents, the Caltons studied more than 150 ingredients and put together a comprehensive list of the top 13 problematic products that are forbidden by governments, outside the U.S., due to their detrimental effects on human health.

“If you see any of the following ingredients listed on the nutrition label, don’t buy the product,” Calton warns. “Leaving these banned bad boys on the shelves will speak volumes to grocery stores and food manufactures about what informed consumers simply won’t tolerate.”

Ingredients: Coloring agents (blue 1, blue 2, yellow 5, and yellow 6)
Found In: Cake, candy, macaronic and cheese, medicines, sport drinks, soda, pet food, and cheese
Why the U.S. Allows It: We eat with our eyes. “Recent studies have shown that when food manufacturers left foods in their natural, often beige-like color instead of coloring them with these chemical agents, individuals thought they tasted bland and ate less, even when the recipe wasn’t altered,” Calton says. This may explain why the use of artificial dyes—the most popular being red 40, yellow 5, and yellow 6—have increased five-fold since 1955.
Health Hazards: Back in the day, food coloring came from natural sources, such as saffron and turmeric. “Today most artificial colors are made from coal tar, which is also used to seal-coat products to preserve and protect the shine of industrial floors,” Carlton says. “It also appears in head lice shampoos to kill off the small bugs.”

Ingredient: Olestra (aka Olean)
Found In: Fat-free potato chips
Why the U.S. Allows It: Procter & Gamble Co. took a quarter century and spent a half a billion dollars to create “light” chips that are supposedly better for you, Calton says. They may need another half a billion bucks to figure out how to deal with the embarrassing bathroom side effects (including oily anal leakage) that comes with consuming these products.
Health Hazards: “This fat substitute appears to cause a dramatic depletion of fat-soluble vitamins and carotenoids, robbing us of the vital micro-nutrients,” Calton says, adding that many countries, including the U.K. and Canada, have banned it.

Ingredient: Brominated vegetable oil (aka BVO)
Found In: Sports drinks and citrus-flavored sodas
Why the U.S. Allows It: BVO acts as an emulsifier, preventing the flavoring from separating and floating to the surface of beverages, Calton says.
Health Hazards: “Because it competes with iodine for receptor sites in the body, elevated levels of the stuff may lead to thyroid issues, such as hypothyroidism, autoimmune disease, and cancer,” Calton says. That’s not all. BVO’s main ingredient, bromine, is a poisonous chemical that is considered both corrosive and toxic. It’s been linked to major organ system damage, birth defects, growth problems, schizophrenia, and hearing loss, which explains why it’s been nixed in more than 100 countries.

Ingredient: Potassium bromate (aka brominated flour)
Found In: Rolls, wraps, flatbread, bread crumbs, and bagel chips
Why the U.S. Allows It: This flour-bulking agent helps strengthen dough, reducing the amount of time needed for baking, which results in lowered costs, Calton explains.
Health Hazards: Made with the same toxic chemical found in BVO (bromine), this additive has been associated with kidney and nervous system disorders as well as gastrointestinal discomfort. “While the FDA has not banned the use of bromated flour, they do urge bakers to voluntarily leave it out,” Calton says.

Ingredient: Azodicarbonamide
Found In: Breads, frozen dinners, boxed pasta mixes, and packaged baked goods
Why the U.S. Allows It: While most countries wait a week for flour to naturally whiten, the American food processors prefer to use this chemical to bleach the flour ASAP.
Health Hazards: It’s not enough to just ban this product in Singapore. You can get up to 15 years in prison and be penalized nearly half a million dollars in fines for using this chemical that’s been linked to asthma and is primarily used in foamed plastics, like yoga mats and sneaker soles.

Ingredients: BHA and BHT
Found In: Cereal, nut mixes, gum, butter, meat, dehydrated potatoes, and beer
Why the U.S. Allows It: “Made from petroleum [yummy!], these waxy solids act as preservatives to prevent food from becoming rancid and developing objectionable odors,” Calton says. A better solution may be natural rosemary and sage. In a 2006 study, some organic herbs and spices proved to be efficient at preventing oxidative decay in meat, which ultimately could improve the shelf-life of these products.
Health Hazards: California is the only state that recognizes the U.S. National Institute of Health’s report that BHA is may be a human carcinogen, a cancer-causing agent.

Ingredients: Synthetic hormones (rBGH and rBST)
Found In: Milk and dairy products
Why the U.S. Allows It: Gotta keep moo-ving things along. Dairy farmers inject cows with genetically-engineered cow growth hormones to boost milk production by about 10 percent, according to Calton.
Health Hazards: “Cows treated with these synthetic hormones often become lame, infertile, and suffer from inflamed and infected udders,” Calton says. Humans, who consume these cows byproducts, are in no better shape, she adds: “The milk is supercharged with IGF-1 (insulin growth factor -1), which has been linked to breast, colon, and prostate cancers.”

Ingredient: Arsenic

Found In: Poultry
Why the U.S. Allows It:
Big brother FDA permits arsenic in chicken feed to promote growth, improve efficiency in feeding the birds, and boost pigmentation. “The arsenic affects the blood vessels in chickens and turkeys, causing them to appear pinker and, therefore, fresher,” Calton says.
Health Hazards:
The European Union has outlawed the use of arsenic since 1999, Calton says, and the Environmental Protection Agency classifies inorganic arsenic as a “human carcinogen.”
Take matters into your own hands by sticking to organic birds only.

It’s a great idea to stick to whole foods

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