This Key Act Will Help You Overcome Those Couch Potato Days.

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Let’s admit it, we’ve all had days where we don’t bother to get ready for the day. We wear our pj’s all day, don’t do anything nice with our hair, and don’t bother to shave. We become couch potatoes. This happens when we are on a long break from school, work, or when we work from home. We stop physically investing in ourselves. We think that this will help us feel more relaxed and happy. But if you think back to those days, they were probably when you felt lowest in energy.

Getting dressed does not mean you have to wear make-up (unless you want to), take 30 minutes or an hour to get your hair done, or glam up your clothes. You just have to get ready, whatever that may mean for you. As I contemplate my lazy days (which I have not had for a while), I’ve come to understand a few reasons why getting dressed helps to overcome those couch potato days.

 

1. Energy.

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As I mentioned in the previous paragraph, the act of getting ready for the day energizes you. You get more done. You come up with amazing ideas.

 

2. Spontaneity.

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Because you’re ready to go out, you suddenly think of some awesome things you can do. Maybe you’ll make a spontaneous trip to your favorite restaurant to have lunch. I sometimes love having breakfast or lunch by myself. I get to read a great book, be more observant of the things going on around me, or meditate about what I want from my day or week.

 

3. Welcoming.

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Have you ever had your doorbell buzz on a PJ day? I don’t know about you, but it makes me frantic. I rush around trying to look presentable to answer the door. By the time I answer the door, I am sometimes too anxious to great my visitor in a welcoming way. I am nice but too distracted by what I might not have done to my house or myself to look nice. I love having guests in my home. And I always want to make them feel that their presence in my life makes it richer than it already is. The thought of someone ever doubting that because I’m distracted saddens me. Thus, it’s imperative that you are in a state of mind to welcome people into your space.

 

4. Relaxing.

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If you’re ready for anything to happen, then you’re more relaxed. Someone calls you at the last minute to do them a favor? No problem. Your sister or best friend ask you out for lunch? You’ll be out the door in five to ten minutes. A neighbor comes by to ask you to watch their kids for them while they run to the store for a few minutes? You can go right over. Not only do you feel mentally and emotionally relaxed, but you can take it easy in ways that are more refreshing than sitting in front of a TV with a remote in your hand, surrounded by junk food.

Having a day where you just want to veg and laze around the house might be what you need. Just make sure it does not bleed into the next day and then the day after that.Take a second to think about what would truly enrich your day.

How to Eat Healthy When You’re Traveling.

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I have the wanderlust spirit. I love to travel, and I travel often. I have stayed in hotels with and without kitchens, but either way it is still a struggle to eat healthily. But there have been a few things that have helped me to eat healthier when I’ve traveled.

 

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Whenever I am going out of town for work or pleasure, I become excited that I will be able to try a ton of new restaurants. In my head, I already have the mindset that being away from home means I can have a free for all attitude.

Another way I sabotage healthy eating on a trip is by thinking it would be impossible to go somewhere new and not try everything or be able to resist any fattening temptations placed before me. Because of my mindset before starting my trip, any effort I would have made to eat healthier is shot.

What we all need is a mindset change. Before taking your vacation, decide to eat healthily. You can still try a ton of restaurants, just don’t overdo it. And there are plenty of healthy options at restaurants you will be visiting. Decide to stay a healthy eater.

 

2. Plan ahead.

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You could check out the places you’ll be staying to see what kind of breakfasts they offer. I’ve called hotels a few weeks before my trip to find out exactly the type of breakfast they offer. I research restaurants that fit my nutritional needs ahead of time. There are many ways to plan your trip to make sure you do not come back from your holiday ten pounds heavier.

 

3. Be accountable to someone.

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I’ve mentioned this tool before, and I cannot emphasize enough how well it works at helping you keep your goals. Talk to a family or a friend about what you want to accomplish or maintain. Tell them how you are going to do it and see if they are willing to check up on you. They can give you much needed ideas, feedback, or encouragement.

 

4. Don’t be inflexible.

If you’re anything like me, as soon as you know you can’t have something, you want it more. I’ve experimented with many forms of eating lifestyles. It. Never. Works. For. Me. I once did a whole food diet for a month just to try it and to see the effect it had on my body. After that month, I ate more meat and junk than I have ever had before in my whole life.

Don’t be too harsh on yourself. And know yourself well enough to know what works best for you. Perhaps you need a cheat day. Sometimes I set the rule that I will eat healthy for breakfast and dinner, but splurge during lunch (gives my body plenty of time to digest before I go to bed). Be attentive to your needs.

3 Tips on Writing a Compelling Thank You Note.

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Three years ago I opened my mailbox and noticed a card sized envelope from a friend that did not live far away. At first I was puzzled. Was she getting married? Was her birthday coming up? I slowly walked up the stairs as I opened the envelope. What I read inside left my heart overflowing with love for this friend of mine. She had sent me a thank you card in the mail. In it, she told how grateful she was for our friendship. It is still one of the most beautiful pieces of mail that I have ever received.

There were a few elements of that letter that made it unforgettable.

1. Vulnerable.

My friend was open and honest about what our friendship meant to her. She could have easily thought that she was leaving herself too vulnerable when she wrote the words that she did.

2. Outward focused.

The letter focused on how who I was made her happy. She mentioned qualities that I had that she admired, and that had moved her over the years.

3. Sent.

She actually sent the letter. I cannot begin to tell you how many times over the years I have bought a thank you card to send to someone only to get distracted, change my mind about sending it, or to just lose the card and shrug it off. With e-mail and text messages these days, when someone sends you mail through the post office, it shows just how much you mean to them. That’s how I felt when I received my friend’s card.

Take the time to send someone you have been thinking about a thank you card for their friendship, a meal, help with a project or anything. Think about how you would feel to receive one and act.

In the comments section tell me when was the last time you wrote someone a thank you card and how did they react?

 

LauLaureen Oliphant writes, speaks, coaches, organizes writing retreats, and converses with amazing mothers. Giving birth to her son was a pivotal moment in her career. It drastically changed her perspective of the world. Because she understands the value of being ambitious in and outside of the home, she created 2 Clarify. 2 Clarify is focused on empowering women who are growing a business as well as a family to find BALANCE & SUCCESS through clarity. Mompreneurs are great influencers. She wants to empower them to change the world.

20 Food Bar Ideas For Your Next Big Event.

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I went to a friend’s wedding the other day, and I was surprised when I saw she had a pie bar as the main food at her wedding. I spoke to her about it, and she told me how much money she had saved by going that route.

I became interested and started researching all the unique (and not so unique) bar ideas that people have had over the years. Some bars were very cheap to put together while others were a little more expensive. All the ones I saw were for weddings, but I don’t see why you could not do something similar for any big party or event you are hosting. I wanted to share with you 20 bar ideas that you could use at your next big event. The following items should either be offered as a variety (Ex: salted, caramel, and cheese popcorn) or with toppings to go on top.

 

1. Popcorn

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2. Ice cream

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3. Taco

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4. Mashed potato

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5. Fudge

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6. Cookie

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7. Pie

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8. Breakfast

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9. Crepes

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10. Fondue

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11. Caramel apple bar

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12. Smores

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13. Waffle

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14. Pizza

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15. Salad

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16. Hot chocolate

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17. Smoothie

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18. Bruschetta

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19. Biscuit

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20. Omelette

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LauLaureen Oliphant writes, speaks, coaches, organizes writing retreats, and converses with amazing mothers. Giving birth to her son was a pivotal moment in her career. It drastically changed her perspective of the world. Because she understands the value of being ambitious in and outside of the home, she created 2 Clarify. 2 Clarify is focused on empowering women who are growing a business as well as a family to find BALANCE & SUCCESS through clarity. Mompreneurs are great influencers. She wants to empower them to change the world.

How to Get Perfectly Shaped Eyebrows.

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Over the years, I have come to realize that if your eyebrows are well groomed, your whole face automatically looks better. Some of the most beautiful people I know, rarely wear make-up but still end up looking beautiful. The reason for this is that they always do a good job of maintaining their eyebrows. But I have seen butchered eyebrows and for years avoided doing my eyebrows because I feared being an eyebrow horror story. Until I learned the basics of making them look great.

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A. With tweezers, measure where the beginning of your eyebrows should be. Do this by flipping your tweezers upside down with the sharper end facing downwards. The blunt end should be one inch above the corner of your eye.

B. To shape your arch, look in the mirror and find the highest point above the outer rim of your iris, and that lies right on the bone of your brow. Mark it with an eyebrow pencil by putting a noticeable dot. Remove any hairs that are below that point from your inner brow point to the peak.

C. Lay the upside down tweezer against your cheek so that the bottom of your nose and the blunt end is at the outer corner of your eye. Your eyebrow hairs should stop at the point where the tweezers meet your brow. Make sure to mark it with a pencil and not just do it by memory. Pluck any hairs pass that line.

D. With a pencil, mark a line along the bottom of your brow starting at the fullest part. This line should follow the natural shape of your brow. The natural shape will be different depending on the shape of your face (oval, long, square, heart, round, and diamond). Pluck any hairs below that line.

 

LauLaureen Oliphant writes, speaks, coaches, organizes writing retreats, and converses with amazing mothers. Giving birth to her son was a pivotal moment in her career. It drastically changed her perspective of the world. Because she understands the value of being ambitious in and outside of the home, she created 2 Clarify. 2 Clarify is focused on empowering women who are growing a business as well as a family to find BALANCE & SUCCESS through clarity. Mompreneurs are great influencers. She wants to empower them to change the world.

What to Wear On Your First Day of Work.

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Congrats on your new job! If you’ve been looking for work for a while, this will alleviate many of your worries and stress. No more wondering how you’re going to pay your bills, buy groceries, pay for your lunch with a friend, or any other financial needs you have. If you’re like me, you like having the security of financial stability (but then who doesn’t?).

I know you want to make a good impression on your first day of work. If you’re working full-time, you will be at work for about 40 hours a week. In other words, you will spend more time at work than you will anywhere else during the work week. You want to make sure you’re happy, accepted, and comfortable there. I wanted to give you some tips on how to do just that.

 

1. Modest

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Stay away from low tops, off the shoulder sleeves, high skirts, or anything that shows too much skin. You want to get a feel for the kind of environment you will be working in before indulging in any sexy fashion. In general, you should always dress nice but modestly in a professional environment. Save your sexy top for when you are out with the girls or on a date.

2. Simple

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Again, you have no idea of the kind of atmosphere you’ll be working in. Keep flamboyant clothing, make-up, hairstyles, and jewelry to your personal time.

3. Comfortable

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When people are uncomfortable, you can tell. They tend to seem closed off, unsure, distracted, and irritable. Make sure you’re wearing comfortable clothing. You’ll come across as confident and friendly.

Do any of you have an experience where you wore the wrong thing or made a bad impression at one of your jobs? I would love to hear it. Share your story in the comments section.

 

LauLaureen Oliphant writes, speaks, coaches, organizes writing retreats, and converses with amazing mothers. Giving birth to her son was a pivotal moment in her career. It drastically changed her perspective of the world. Because she understands the value of being ambitious in and outside of the home, she created 2 Clarify. 2 Clarify is focused on empowering women who are growing a business as well as a family to find BALANCE & SUCCESS through clarity. Mompreneurs are great influencers. She wants to empower them to change the world.

Rainy Day Fashion

People don’t like to dress up on rainy days because there afraid of ruining their good clothes. Here are some tips to help you stay fashionable on a rainy day.

1. Rain boots

Instead of ruining a good pair of shoes, go out and by your self a nice pair of rain boots. Then you still look good without ruining your nice clothes. If you can’t afford rain boots, you can buy water proof shoe spray.

2. Raincoat

You can always find a raincoat that will thoroughly protect your clothes. That way your clothes stay protected from the rain.

3. Umbrellas

If you have something against rain clothes then use an umbrella. Select a nice color umbrella to match your outfit that way even on the worst day your outfit will loom with fabulous.

4. Inside

If all else fails stay inside when its rainy outside. You can read a book or cuddle up with your favorite stuffed animal and enjoy some time to yourself.

 

 

5 Wedding Hairstyles to Try This Fall.

Fall is the season of fashion and elegance. I love the fact that I can wear boots, sweaters, cardigans, and sport beautiful and elegant hairstyles. Fall is also a great time to get married. The trees are decorated with multicolored leaves, and there’s just enough of a chill in the air that you can cozy up to your groom.

We all know that how we wear our hair makes a difference on how we look. You can have the most beautiful wedding dress on but if you style your hair wrong, it could throw off the look you are aiming for. Below are a few hairstyles that you can wear with virtually any wedding dress.

1. Loose and Simple.

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2. Braided/Twisted.

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3. Up sweep.

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4. Gentle tendrils around the face.

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5. Side Ponytail.

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Which one of these is your favorite style? Do you have another style idea? Share your comments below to help all those fall brides out there.

 

LauLaureen Oliphant writes, speaks, coaches, organizes writing retreats, and converses with amazing mothers. Giving birth to her son was a pivotal moment in her career. It drastically changed her perspective of the world. Because she understands the value of being ambitious in and outside of the home, she created 2 Clarify. 2 Clarify is focused on empowering women who are growing a business as well as a family to find BALANCE & SUCCESS through clarity. Mompreneurs are great influencers. She wants to empower them to change the world.

This Delicious and Healthy Snack Will Have Quite the Impact!

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One day I was talking to a friend of mine about how annoying it was that could not find delicious healthy snacks to enjoy. Then she asked me if I liked Kale. And I answered with a very forceful, “NO!” She tried to convince me to try Kale chips. Despite my protestations, she decided to make me some one day. Being the polite girl I am, I tried it. I have now discovered a healthy but delicious snack that I find addictive.

Kale chips are healthy, delicious, and easy to make .Here are the directions on how to make it so that you can try it out. Even if you do not like Kale (like me), you will more than likely enjoy this snack.

 

shutterstock_292548695Directions:

Wash you Kale leaves.

Dry them either with a paper towel or leave them around to get air dry.

Put them in a big bowl and add oil (I like using olive oil).

Mix oil and the Kale leaves well.

Add your favorite seasoning (or just salt and pepper).

Make sure the seasoning is well distributed on the leaves.

Put on a cookie sheet in single layers.

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Place in the oven to bake for 7 to 12 minutes (350C).

 

Voila! Your snack is ready. Whenever I make Kale leaves at my house, it goes by very fast because it’s hard to stop eating them. But at least it’s easy to make a bunch of chips to leave around on the table or put in little baggies to eat on the go. Bon appétit!

 

LauLaureen Oliphant writes, speaks, coaches, organizes writing retreats, and converses with amazing mothers. Giving birth to her son was a pivotal moment in her career. It drastically changed her perspective of the world. Because she understands the value of being ambitious in and outside of the home, she created 2 Clarify. 2 Clarify is focused on empowering women who are growing a business as well as a family to find BALANCE & SUCCESS through clarity. Mompreneurs are great influencers. She wants to empower them to change the world.

10 of the Cutest Animals on the Planet

Literally everybody loves cute animals. There’s no disputing the fact that your neighborhood dogs and cats are adorable, but have you ever stopped to think about cute animals from around the world? Some are blatantly precious, and some are pleasantly strange. Let’s take a look at some of the cutest animals in the world.

1. Red Panda 

Red pandas are usually on everybody’s top 5– they’re one of the most playful creatures, they’re comfortingly fluffy, and they look like they would gladly cuddle you until you fall asleep. In addition to their interesting sleeping positions, they’ll stick their little tongues out at you and maybe even give you a wink.

2. Panda

When you think of pandas, you probably think of them tipping over or falling off of things. The fact that they’re basically fat teddy bears makes their clumsiness so appealing. A lot of us can probably relate to these fluff balls because their preferred activities are eating and lying around. They’re basically just fluffy humans.

3. Sloth

Sloths probably aren’t the first animal to pop into your head when you hear the word “cute,” but if you really think about it, sloths are pretty adorable. Baby sloths naturally cling to their mothers, so when they’re orphaned, they hug each other or a stuffed animal given to them by their caretakers. They’re also known for being lazy, which is probably why they’re called sloths.

4. Micra Chameleon 

These little guys were only discovered a few years ago, but that’s probably because they’re small enough to fit on the head of a match. Their beady little eyes, while maybe a little unsettling at first, are actually incredibly mesmerizing, and can you imagine how teeny their feet are? They would be a great pet if they weren’t so easy to lose.

5. Seahorse 

When it comes to seahorses, the smaller, the better. The smallest known seahorse grows up to a maximum of about an inch. What’s cuter than that? Wrapping their teeny tails around plants while they sleep so they don’t float away.

6. Turtle 

Have you ever seen a turtle eat a fruit? If not, you should definitely look it up, because it’s one of the cutest things you’ll ever see. They’re a lot more smiley than you’d think, especially the small ones. Smiling animals are the best kind of animals.

7. Goats

Goats can be pretty rude, I’ll admit. They love standing on things — including their human’s heads, cows, and even other goats. Their pointy ears and jumpy nature could never get your goat!

8. Fennec Fox

The most obviously cute thing about these little fluff balls is their giant ears that seem to go for miles. Not only that, but their paws are so adorable.

9. Elephant

Elephants are the largest land mammals on Earth. They’re also one of the most intelligent, and it’s been proven that they exhibit more emotions than almost any other animal in the world. They even suck their trunk for comfort, like when a human baby sucks their thumb!

10. Penguins

Penguins are especially precious because their primary mode of transport is waddling, but they also love dancing, and some have even been known to play soccer! These little dust bunnies are as clumsy as you can get, and did you know that when a penguin mates, they love their mate for life? That’s a lot of love in one animal.

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