5 Daily Exercises That Will Work Wonders

For the past six months I've been faithfully hitting the gym three times a week and power-walking daily for upwards of thirty minutes.  My persistence has definitely paid off, but now I think I've plateaued and need to switch up my routine for even better results.

While searching for that ultimate new routine, I literally fell upon this MSN Fitness article that struck a chord with me and wanted to share.  I've been faithfully doing their exercises pictured below for five days and REALLY pleased with the results.  I can only imagine what my body will look like after four weeks.

So ladies, try it out for yourself, see what happens, and share your results.  For instructions on how to perform each exercise individually, just click on the photo.







How To Beautify Your Backyard Inexpensively

Homeowner’s nowadays are taking particular care in making their backyards an area they can appreciate and take great pleasure in enjoying.  Let’s not forget the resale value it can offer as a homeowner when thinking about selling.   

Real estate mogul and TODAY contributor, Barbara Corcoran, writes people are investing more in the back of their property and according to a study by the University of Michigan, consumers value a landscaped home 11.3% higher than one without it.

Ideas on how to beautify your backyard abound out there and are priced from the most meager to thousands of dollars.  Once you know what your “price point” is, there are a multitude of sources to aide in creating a look that suits your personal style, do-it-yourself capabilities (if you can’t hire an expert) and pocketbook.

Fire Pits – Building your own can be fun and easy.  Thanks to social media, there are a host of DIY projects to scan that will provide you the inspiration you’re looking for whether rustic, elegant or plain old simple.  Check out the multitude of ideas I found on Pinterest, offering fire pits even as low as $50.00.

Fountains – There is nothing more peaceful, soothing and stress reducing than the sound of water bubbling, flowing, waving against a shoreline or cascading over rocks. Fountains are a way to bring that peaceful zen to your living space without needing to be in that natural environment all the time.  They have become such a popular item added to landscapes and believe it or not, you can install one yourself pretty easily.  Want something creative and uniqueHometalk.com has taken that to the next level.

Privacy Fencing – We all have that desire to shut out the rest of the world and privacy fencing can be expensive.  Not to worry though.  If you’re looking to cover a small area without fencing in an entire backyard, check out some of these 13 awesome ideas on how to create a little privacy for your yard.

Patios – Just the word can make one shutter because ultimately, they think   No one wants their outdoor living area to look cheap and tacky.  You can have the best of both worlds and create an attractive, inviting and impressive area for less than $100.00.  Here’s how Ashleigh at Live Gorgeously designed her patio, and you can do the same. 


Swimsuit for Your Body Shape

Summertime is here and the first thing we worry about is how we'll look in a bathing suit.  Did you know that the average American woman wears a size 14 or 16. That's the size at which "plus" begins.

If you're a plus size woman, you already know that if you want something to wear, most likely you've got to shop online. The Huffington Post reports that online retailer ModCloth conducted a survey — polling over 5,000 women — and found that there were more "wearing a size 16 dress than those who wear a size 2 and size 0 combined." And yet! Some of the most popular stores in the country — Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, H&M, J.Crew, American Apparel, Abercrombie & Fitch — do not carry sizes above 12 or 14 in stores. As seen in the chart here, even though some retailers make sizes above 12 or 16, they don't stock them in stores; shoppers have to order them online. 

We all have imperfections (no waist, thick waist, small chest, large hips).  Knowing the style that will flatter your own body type is key.  MSN's Lifestyle put together 20 of the most flattering styles I've seen, and there is definitely something there for you to help camouflage that problem area.


Signs of a Stroke Victim

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. The trick is getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

Recognizing A Stroke

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.  Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S *Ask the individual to SMILE.
T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)
      (i.e. Chicken Soup)
R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue.  Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.  A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this post shares it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.


Yummylicious Strawberry Recipes

Summertime is here and those fruits we love this time of the year are ripe and ready for those scrumptious recipes we love so much.

One of my favorites is strawberries, and not just for their taste.  Did you know that the ancient Romans used them for a variety of medicinal purposes such as alleviating inflammation, fever, kidney stones, bad breath and gout?  Today, we’ve learned their powerful value in lowering your risk for stroke, cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes. 

During those upcoming lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, here are some mouth-watering recipes that are sure to delight your palette this season including breads, puddings, jams, daiquiris, cakes, homemade ice cream and so many more!  Click HERE to discover everything strawberry and ENJOY.

Thanks Amy at The Idea Room for putting these fab collection of recipes together.


Cute Sand Crafts For Kids

Now that the weather is getting warmer and you'll be venturing out to the beaches, think about bringing home some of that sand. We've got some really cute sand crafts for kids they'll love to make.

Not near a beach?  Not to worry.  You can buy a 50 lb. bag at Home Depot  or Lowes for under  $5.00 online, if you don't have a store nearby.  Kids love crafts; and moms love it when their little ones have projects to occupy their time that are cool to make.

Think of the fun they'll have making any one of these items.  For individual directions go to Design Dazzle, who did an awesome job putting these all together.


Spicing Up Your Relationship

Did you ever consider challenging your relationship?  I don't mean in a bad way but simply, stimulating yourself to make it better. We all get in a slump, start taking each other for granted, and forgetting how important the little things are when you have someone in your life you really care about. 

I found this really cute 30-Day Relationship Challenge on Pinterest created by Hilary White on PopSugar I think is pretty unique and cool.  Take a looksy and see what you think.  It just might add that pizazz back into your sex life that you've been feeling lately has lost its luster.  Chances are these little tidbits might just do the trick and rather quickly.

Keep in touch and let us know.


Yo Yo Weight Loss

For years, yo-yo diets have proven nothing but bothersome.  They teasingly take pounds away one month and add the little buggers back on the next.

It's haunting, even when you diligently count calories, follow portion control, cut back on carbs, and eat boring rabbit food.  The pounds still attract to us like nails to a magnet. It's even harder when you're petite, in the midst of menopause, and over 50.

We all read those dang advertisements that promise loosing up to 11 pounds in 14 days while still munch your favorite treats. Tempting? Oh yah! And then, there are those commercials claiming to remove unsightly deposits from the butt, hips and thigh area with a painless and seemingly inexpensive laser treatment. I won’t be taking them up on that offer any time too soon, thank you very much.

Like the Energizer Bunny, companies continually target women who lack the will power and self-esteem to fight those demons alone. Women are targeted because sales figures taint us as vain, gullible or weak. Women falter for soulful reasons because they are beaten down caring for aged parents or a sick loved one, recuperating from a broken heart or contending with domestic violence, dealing with daily stress on the job or being over worked and under paid. PMS is a culprit in of itself as were also pulled like taffy in all directions tending to a household, husband and children. That is the truth plain and simple. We appease ourselves by consuming what’s not good because of the satisfying quick fix it offers.

How do we stop the torture and truly become healthy? Let’s be honest. Yes, counting calories, portion control and cutting back carbs will help but, it is a simple eight letter word that will get us there even faster and that is called e x e r c i s e. It does not matter if you jump rope for 20 minutes; go on a power walk in the morning before your day begins or in the evening after dinner. It does not matter if you peddle a bicycle around the neighborhood a minimum of three times a week or go for a swim at your local “Y”. Over time with patience and persistence you will extricate that yo-yo from your lives forever.

 Making a commitment to free up just 20 minutes three times a week will go a long way. You will not only burn off calories and tone your body in the process but, immediately detox the stress from your life which can cause even greater harm in the long run. So ladies, no excuse … start today and stop the torture by taking back the control in your lives.