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Friday, April 12, 2013

Get your air conditioner hot-weather ready

We are at the point in the season where some days are cool and sunny, others are rainy and hot then sometimes it’s sizzling enough to stay clear of the sun. The hotter temperatures are just a preview of what the summer months will be like, and no one wants to be caught with an air conditioner that isn’t working when the temperature reaches 85 and above.

That’s why it is a good idea to get any repairs completed before the inside temperatures match the outside ones. If you live in or around the Brooklyn area then you’ll want to get in touch with Brooklyn Appliance and AC Repair . They have high customer service ratings and can get you up and ready in a jiffy.

Should you need any appliance repairs then let them know that as well so you can have a smooth, and cool, summer. Speaking of which, although I have turned the central heat and air off I have not tested the air conditioner. I think I should take my own advice and test it before it starts to boil in here. I will not be a happy camper if sweating becomes my new accessory.

Well, what are we waiting for? Let’s make sure our units are in good repair.


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Nurture yourself, nurture your family

A review of “Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Life” by Renee Peterson Trudeau


I’m one of those individuals who takes self improvement seriously. I believe that we should continue to grow, learn and mature as we age while we absorb information and encounter issues  (what one may call problems) in our lives.

nurturing_the_soulAs a mom of four children and one granddaughter I am no stranger to chaos, full schedules, overflowing paperwork, lost permission slips, too many doctor’s appointments and the tornado that whips through my house almost as soon as I finish cleaning and straightening. It can be is normally overwhelming, and peace, quiet and harmony seem impossible to reach. Renee Peterson Trudeau understands this feeling and presents 10 ways to reconnect and find peace in everyday life (the subtitle)  in “Nurturing the Soul of Your Family.”

This book was written to help “parents cultivate harmony and peace within and without as they guide their families toward a more connected and meaningful way of life.” In order to make this happen you, the reader, have to take a journey to inner peace and self care while contemplating your self care through completion of activities focusing on different aspects of your family’s life.

From the back of the book:

What would it feel like to experience more ease, harmony, and flow in the midst of navigating homework squabbles, mealtimes, commutes, and the other challenges of everyday life? Nurturing the Soul of Your Family is a guidebook for personal and spiritual renewal from the award-winning author of The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal. It offers nurturing support and practical ideas to guide you toward a new way of being. Enjoyable, down-to-earth, and empowering, RenĂ©e Peterson Trudeau’s ten paths to peace will help you learn how to:

  • find your center and move through chaos and uncertainty with renewed strength and ease
  • live every day aligned with your values and what matters most
  • slow down, tap the wisdom of your wise self, and know what’s best for you and your family
  • release old habits, fears, and anxieties as you explore a new way of being
  • access more joy by living in the present moment (the best antidote to stress!)
  • experience more freedom and unscheduled time

For me, reading books like this can be difficult, but Renee foresaw that and writes the best way to get the most from her book is to “read with the utmost self-compassion – be gentle with yourself.” It’s important because you’ll need to be introspective. Renee helps with this by including a moment of pause at the beginning of each chapter, easy-to-understand examples and instructions throughout the chapter and at the end of each chapter you’ll identify what has been working for you, suggestions for putting what you’ve learned in the chapter into practice and “imagine a new way of being” through journal exercises.

Renee challenges us to “live inside out,” which means living in alignment with what matters the most and doing it with intention. “When our sense of peace grows,” she writes, “external conflicts dissipate. When we begin to cultivate and return to our inner state of harmony and our river of well-being, we’re able to be less reactive and more present, calm, and heart centered.”

This is the kicker, so to speak, for me: “Our kids’ behavior is inextricably tied to our emotional well-being.” It is scary for someone like me who struggles with depression and anxiety, but I’m tentatively reading along to see where it takes me… where it takes me as a person, a woman, a mom. And, as Renee points out, I can take from it what works for me and over time other suggestions may manifest in my world. It’s all about sorting through where we are now as a family and where I want us to be.

My opinion:

I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to have more harmony within themselves and surrounding their family. Renee’s words within “Nurturing the Soul of Your Family” are soothing and encouraging. With activities to assist in the process and journalizing suggestions, this book is sure to make a difference in you and your family’s life.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: 10 ways to reconnect and find peace in everyday life” by Renee Peterson Trudeau for the purposes of this review. As always, all opinions included are my own and were in no way influenced by anyone else. Click for my ever-so-interesting full disclosure policy.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Personalize your guitar with custom inlays

There is an awesome image you viewed online or a wicked tattoo you added to your ink accessories, and you’ve been thinking the design would look great on your guitar. No problem VanWhy Inlay & Design can take care of that for you.

VanWhy Inlay & DesignVanWhy Inlay & Design is your one-stop inlay shop where Aaron VanWhy provides topnotch, customized services. Your headplate, finger board and pickguard can all be inlayed with a design of choice, and Aaron will masterfully any design presented to him. Whether you’re a collector of guitars, play as a hobby or are a seasoned  or amateur musician he will take the time to discuss to ensure your piece meets your specifications. Even if you aren’t sure what design you want, Aaron can develop a design for you based on what you relay to him. Either way you’ll end up with a guitar you will treasure forever to pass down to future generations.

In addition to guitars, Aaron VanWhy can transform jewelry boxes, furniture and just about anything you can think of into beautiful works of art. Find out more about guitar inlay designs by visiting their online home.


My Spring Break

2013-03-13 08.38.34It’s been quite awhile since I’ve had a vacation – a real vacation. Some time last year I drove the couple of hours to Tennessee and enjoyed a weekend alone semi-exploring the area, but I long for a seven day or longer getaway to an all-inclusive resort. Well, that’s not gonna happen this week either, but I am enjoying my holiday off from the children who are staying with their father this week while they’re out of school.

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What’s great about this week is it’s about me. I go to bed and rise when I want, I eat meals at odd hours of the day and stare at the TV. I’ve started my Spring cleaning and I don’t have to worry about anyone else tripping over the mess that results from cleaning. For instance, I rearranged my closet, which resulted in getting rid of a lot of things and that caused their to be stuff laying around. It’s about what I want to do.

That is definitely important in this woman’s world because as an individual with chronic health issues I have to remember to spend time resting, not worrying and in general taking care of myself. That is self love. Read more about my self love journey when you get a chance.2012-05-16 22.00.00-5

Instead of moping about wishing for more money to travel or to do something special, I’m just enjoying the moment. Remember my motto? One day at a time. Sometimes I have to decide on one second or minute at a time, but either way I’ll live in the moment and enjoy my free time.

When the children return, I will not let their noise, complaints, pouting, whining or general irritants get to me. Right now, I’m going to make a mental note of this place, this moment in time. That way when I feel my nerves shriveling up I can mentally run to my Spring break at anytime.


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I can do anything I want this week: paint my nails,
act silly or read a book… hmmm, let’s go for all of the above.

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