Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Follow a Diet that Boosts Fertility

Infertility is a problem that affects nearly 11% of women that want to conceive. Some of these women need to undergo surgery or hormonal therapies, but others can improve fertility by merely changing their diet.  You will want to find out what foods are best to increase your chances of conception.

Best Diets for Fertility

There are a number of different foods that can increase your chances of becoming pregnant. Here are some dietary tips to follow if you have fertility problems.
Take Zinc Supplements
A number of studies have shown that zinc is useful for boosting fertility. You should consider taking at least 15 mg of zinc each day to increase fertility. However, you need to be careful not to take too much. Some studies have shown that taking over 150 mg per day can worsen fertility problems and lead to other serious health risks.
Drink Whole Milk
Most people try to avoid drinking whole milk, because it is high in fat and cholesterol. However, it appears to be a good for women that are trying to conceive. You may want to try drinking at least one glass of whole milk each day in order to increase your chances of conception.
More Lean Meats
Considerable research has found that protein deficiency is one of the leading causes of infertility. You will want to consider adding more meat to your diet to increase your chances of becoming pregnant. If you are reluctant to eat fatty foods, then you should consider eating lean meats instead. Lean protein chicken, beef and pork have been shown to promote fertility.
Low Caffeine
Studies have shown that women consuming high levels of caffeine are more likely to face fertility problems. The risk is particularly high with women that drink three or more cups a day. You will want to consider decreasing or eliminating the amount of caffeine you consume.
Whole Grains
Many women are trying to swear away grains, because they contain high levels of simple carbohydrates that are shown to lead to weight gain and diabetes. However, whole grains are much healthier than white bread and other filler products. Whole grains are also a rich source of folic acid, a nutrient shown to increase conception. You may want to eat a couple slices of whole grain bread each to become pregnant more easily.

Change Your Diet

Trying to become pregnant can be extremely frustrating for women suffering from fertility problems. They can always visit Invitro Clinic Kansas City if they need an IVF. However, changing your diet can also be a good thing to try before undergoing surgery or any other treatment.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored guest post.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What Should You Tip Your Wedding Limo Driver?

A recent poll from Wedding Bee found that 26% of people hired a limo driver for their wedding. Most people understand the benefits of using a limo, but are unsure what to leave for a tip. Here are some suggestions to bear in mind.

Read Your Contract First

You will want to read the contract with your limo driver before tipping the driver. Many contracts stipulate that the tip is already included in the invoice. You can still give a higher tip if you want, but aren’t obligated to.
Other contracts specify the tip that you are required to pay, but don’t include it in the service charges. You will need to make sure that you comply with it.

Determining a Reasonable Gratuity

Many limo companies don’t discuss tipping in their contracts. You will need to decide what a fair gratuity is on your own. Here are some general guidelines.
Consider Time Driving Before Paying a Flat Rate
Many people want to pay a flat rate tip rather than a percent of the overall ride. This isn’t necessarily wrong, but it is only feasible if you aren’t driving a long distance. If you are using the limo sparingly, then $50 per driver is generally fair.
However, if you are going to be relying heavily on your limo, then you should pay a percentage of the contract instead. Most people feel that a fair tip is about 15%.
Consider Service Quality and Work Involved
You will also need to consider the quality of service and the amount of work involved on the driver’s part. A limo driver that provides exceptional service deserves a better tip than the standard 15%.
Find Out the Standard Fee for a Free Service
Some catering companies provide complimentary limo rides for their customers. You should be grateful to receive a free ride, but don’t forget to tip the driver. Find out what the Wedding Limo Service is charging the caterer beforehand to calculate a fair tip.
Consider Tipping Beforehand for Special Requests
You may also want to consider offering an additional tip before the drive if you are planning on making any special requests. For example, you may want to drive out of your way to pick somebody up. You could also want help to get a disabled friend into the limo, so should consider tipping them.

Make Sure All Guests Tip

You will want to make sure that all guests understand the importance of tipping. Discuss the tipping plans with them beforehand and try to encourage everyone to leave a fair tip for the service. You may want to pool your tips to make it easier for the driver.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored guest post. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

S200 Set #Review { Speed Badminton }

Here is a really fun game for all of you!

It is called Speedminton Set S200 from the company Speedminton Sporting Goods.

Here's some pics of us trying it out recently:

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Paying Off Debt: Three Ways to Supplement Your Income without Getting a Different Job

If you’re working hard to get out of debt, one of the best ways to do it is to start a debt snowball. Budget your current income, and if necessary, take on a second job or supplement your income somehow. Begin paying off bills one-by-one, and as soon as you pay off one, put the money you would have paid toward that bill toward your next bill. Once you are down to your last bill, you could be paying a significant amount of money toward it, because you are paying off the minimums plus anything else you would have paid toward other bills until all your debt is gone. Getting started is the hardest part, because many people have to live paycheck to paycheck and can’t imagine having extra money to pay more than the minimums toward debt. Here are a few ideas to supplement your income without having to get a different job.

Test Proctoring

Many cities have several high schools that offer SAT and ACT testing to high school students or adults looking to go to college. These test centers are often looking for people who can show up a few Saturdays a month to proctor the tests. Proctors typically maintain order in their classrooms, read instructions, hand out papers, and ensure that no students are cheating. Test proctors typically make over $100 per test session, which can be a nice stipend at the end of the month. They will require you to get up early on a Saturday morning, but the tests are usually done in the early afternoon, and you have the rest of the day to attend to other things.

Clinical Trials

If you have the time and space for it, clinical trials are a great way to make some extra money. Clinical studies in Kansas City can pay up to $5,600 for time and travel, depending on your medical background and personal habits. Different trials require different things, so search for clinical trial agencies in your area to find out if you may qualify for one of their trials. If you can take the time away from your regular job, it may be a good way to earn a lot of money in one chunk and pay off debt quickly. Some trials may work over an extended period of vacation time, so you’d be making twice the money in the same time period. Consider this as a viable option.

Marketing Research and Product Testing

Many marketing companies travel to metropolitan areas to conduct studies that will influence the way they market products. Production companies may also be interested in having average people test their products and give feedback before releasing the products to the general public. Look for marketing research opportunities in your area. Sometimes you can make up to $100 just for answering a few questions and giving a few opinions. It’s easy money that may even be fun.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored guest post. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

An Interesting Lake in Petersburg

I watched a dumb "Romantic Comedy" on Netflix recently. I don't even remember the name, but one part I thought was cool, was the lady in it gave tours around her town of interesting facts of places that no one probably knows about.

Well anyway I found a lake in my town that's like that. When I first moved here - I tried to find a place that was good for walking. Because my husband and I like to talk walks in the woods, and such. So I found this place not to far that had some paths. 

No one hardly goes there though and I think people who do live here don't even know the history of it (maybe some do) This place has ties with the Civil War. They built earthworks here and it was part of the Dimmock line.

Another interesting thing with this place is the Civil Rights tie it has. They used to have swimming there and a cool bath house - but they only allowed white people to use it. Until in the 1950's when some people petitioned to get it open to everyone. But instead of letting that happen - they just decided to close the whole place!

Here is a really cool old photo I found of what it used to be:

C - willcox watershed conservatory 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Blog Tour: The Practice

Today I am participating in a blog tour for the book, "The Practice," by Barb Schmidt. Read below for book info:

BarbThePractice CoverBarb Schmidt believes that making subtle shifts in the day will improve inner happiness, creating a positive ripple effect on all areas of life. In her new book, THE PRACTICE (HCI Books), Barb has structured an easy-to-implement, three-part daily routine- Waking Up, Living Present, Letting Go-that will help you look inward, cultivating the beautiful qualities of acceptance, gratitude, patience, compassion, strength, and courage. Barb provides readers with a set of practical tools that can be used throughout the day to help cultivate a peaceful mind so that readers can live their best lives filled with happiness, love, mindfulness, and purpose - the magnificent life that we are all meant to live.

THE PRACTICE is a set of practical tools that can be used throughout the day to guide us along life’s path. It is a compilation of the great Truths taught by authentic teachers and masters throughout the centuries from various religious and spiritual traditions. It is for people who are looking to deepen their connection to their innermost selves.

Barb has garnered followers from across the globe through her charismatic and radiant personality driven by the quest to find happiness and peace. THE PRACTICE begins with Barb’s own personal path of self-discovery, which began as a part of her recovery from her personal battle with bulimia. Throughout THE PRACTICE, Barb shares with readers the timeless truths and wisdoms she has learned through her nearly thirty years of study and practice with many of the modern-day masters.  Each chapter concludes with “Parting Seeds” – key takeaway points discussed in the chapter to keep in mind as you go about your day.

THE PRACTICE creates the following three-part framework around which to live our magnificent lives:
1.     Waking up
2.     Living Present
3.     Letting Go

Some topics THE PRACTICE addresses:

-         Gain strength and confidence in your ability to overcome daily stresses and obstacles by using simple breathing techniques to focus your attention
-         Learn simple, manageable tools to empower you to take control of your life, and make changes that bring you happiness
-         Gain confidence in yourself and learn to trust life as it comes by starting your day with a 5-minute meditation.
-         Feel energized and confident by repeating an easy to remember phrase consistently throughout the day.
-         Meditating 101

About the Author:

Barb Schmidt is such a captivating speaker that her passion and charisma have garnered her the devotion of fans, who travel across the globe to be part of her inspiring movement for global peace through inner peace. Barb is founder of Peaceful Mind Peaceful World, a community outreach program through Florida Atlantic University (FAU) designed to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace by incorporating workshops and weekly teachings with Barb and many of her esteemed mentors, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Andrew Weil, and many others. Barb is also the founder of Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life, a non-profit organization through which she teaches The Practice, a three-part guide to practical spirituality in the modern world and her tool for spreading her belief that “outer peace begins with inner peace.” Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life has rapidly expanded to include an online community via Facebook (with posts reaching over 10 million people), through their daily inspirational emails and weekly blogs. In 2014, Barb’s extensive achievements in fostering positive change earned her an invitation to the White House State Dinner.

By Barb Schmidt
HCI Books; May 2014
$12.95; 176 pages
ISBN: 9780757317989

Also read on for an Interview with Barb Schmidt.

Monday, October 13, 2014

ApparelnBags Review

I recently was asked to do a review. It is for the website called ApparelnBags. This is a website where you can find a lot of named brand merchandise. They provide great customer service and ship everywhere in the US. You can find a great selection of apparel all at really reasonable prices too.

I was able to pick something from the site to review and I asked my daughter if she wanted to choose something. She wanted one of these beanie hats for awhile anyway so she found some on the site. The have these in a lot of different colors. She wanted this one pictured below which is charcoal heather:

These are very popular right now and looks cute on her. It also can be found on this site for a great price it only costs $6.11!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Blog Tour: "Sleep In Peace Tonight" { #Review & #Giveaway }

It’s 1941 and a madman named Adolf Hitler is on a mission to invade Great Britain. The constant sound of bomb blasts followed by the stench of flaming homes and buildings are a part of everyday life in London during the Blitz. The threat that the Nazi’s next stop will be on American soil hangs in the sooty air.

SLEEP IN PEACE TONIGHT (Thomas Dunne Books; October 7, 2014; $26.99) is author James MacManus’ newest historic novel set in war-torn London. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dispatches his most trusted advisor, a tall, gaunt man named Harry Hopkins, to London to meet with Winston Churchill. There, Hopkins must assess the growing crisis in Britain. The White House is conflicted and many of FDR’s advisors oppose America joining forces with Britain. During his many meetings with the Prime Minister, Hopkins is bombarded by Churchill’s dramatic rhetoric and constant drinking. Churchill knows the only way to save Britain is with help from the United States. During a dinner in Glasgow, Scotland Churchill implores Hopkins to tell FDR to “give us the tools and we will finish the job.”

In his latest novel, MacManus paints a stunning portrait of a battered London with larger-than-life personalities from history and a mysterious love interest that work together to change the course of history. During his travels in Great Britain, Hopkins is assigned a beautiful young driver named Leonora Finch. The two find consolation in each other’s arms from the threat of war. Hopkins falls deeply in love and the couple’s passion artfully unfolds on the pages. While in London, Harry and Leonora befriend veteran CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow who frequents a secret nightclub named the Black Cat Club that features an unusual mix of colorful characters.

As Harry and Lenora grow closer, she confides that she’s a member of a secret British spy agency. Leonora craves wartime action and will stop at nothing to prove she should be on the front lines, even if it means risking her life. 

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