Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Short and Sweet

"The more you are motivated by Love, the more Fearless & Free your action will become."
-Dalai Lama

Every week, usually on Wednesdays, I post an inspirational picture or quote that I found floating around the internet.  It's just something short & something sweet.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Weekend Notes

The end of summer brings so many wonderful things. It's like we rush to complete those last few things on our summer bucket list.  I can always tell when summer is almost gone.  The nights get just a little bit longer.  The morning weather gets just a little bit cooler.  My shoes are always wet with dew after walking the dogs in the morning.

And it is wonderful. 

I love every second of fall.

Here's so links from around the internet that you might enjoy reading this weekend.

Have a wonderful weekend and we'll see you Monday for Monday Mocktail.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Top Ways to Prevent Back Pain as You Get Older

The bones and discs in your spine will degenerate, shrink, and get worn down as you age, and this could lead to soreness, aches, and stiffness throughout your back. However, back pain doesn’t have to be an inevitable symptom of getting older. Instead, you can take control and take steps to prevent back pain before it starts.

Use a Product That Helps Heal the Back
There are several high quality back pain relieving products on the market, such as those that are found on The BackRack, in particular, is a very popular product because it can help relieve spine related pain that could be caused by a variety of conditions, including sciatica. It can even help to reduce numbness that’s the result of bulging discs in the spine. When used appropriately, the BackRack will reduce stiffness and pain and increase mobility and flexibility without any side effects.

Stay Active
Another one of the top ways to prevent back pain as you get older is to make it a point to stay active. While resting may be necessary at certain times, it actually turns out that exercise could be the best way to treat back pain, particularly if it’s in your lower back. The key is to strengthen your entire core region, as well as the muscles that support the spine, and to also maintain a good range of motion by stretching regularly. Just stick with low-impact workouts that are gentle if you’re experiencing a lot of stiffness and pain, and slowly work your way to more advanced workouts like cardio and strength training.

Maintain Good Posture
To prevent back pain as you age, you need to be mindful of your posture at all times. Bear in mind
that your spine features a natural curve, but that curve could become warped if you are always sitting in a chair and exhibiting poor posture. In fact, sitting in a chair, such as your office chair, could put as much as 40 per cent more weight upon your spine. It can even start to adversely affect your
vertebrae in just 20 minutes, particularly if you slouch.

Follow these guidelines to achieve the right posture while sitting at a desk:

  •  Elbows should bend at 90 degrees
  •  Your gaze should land on the middle of your computer screen
  •  Your buttocks should be against the back of the chair
  •  Add a pillow, if necessary, to support your lower back and maintain its natural slight arch
  •  Avoid slouching forward or slumping

Consider Alternative, Natural Therapies
Keep your spine healthy and your back flexible by opting for some of the many natural alternative therapies that are available. You can, for example, see a chiropractor for regular adjustments, you
can see an acupuncturist, and you can get regular massages.

If you are worried that you are going to have to deal with back pain when you get older, fear not, as
there are many things that you can do to prevent the pain before it occurs.

Three Reasons to Choose Your Own Engagement Ring

Weddings and engagements probably have more traditions surrounding them than anything else we still generally do, but traditions change over time (which is why brides no longer have to endure Game of Thrones style 'bedding ceremonies'), and also carry less importance for some people than others. One of the traditions around marriage that seems to be becoming less commonly observed is the way a man proposes to a woman. A lot of people find the whole 'down on one knee' thing corny and embarrassing, and also, no longer hold with the tradition that the man should already have a ring to give his bride to be when he proposes.

More and more couples are choosing the engagement ring together, or in some cases the woman is choosing it for herself without much input from her husband to be at all. Here are three reasons why it can be a good thing to choose your own engagement ring Dallas:

You Have to Wear It Forever
If your partner buys you a pair of earrings you don't really love, you can just put them on occasionally so as not to hurt his feelings. An engagement ring is a different matter – you have to wear it all the time, for the rest of your life. This means that it shouldn't be something you think is 'OK', it needs to be something you love so much you are happy for it to literally become part of how you look from now on. You may trust your partner with almost everything but he still isn't inside your head and your eyes knowing what you think looks good, what will go with the things you usually wear, and what feels comfortable on your hand.

You'll Probably Choose Your Own Wedding Ring
It is normal for couples to choose wedding bands together, so you'll be having a lot of input into that ring. The wedding band is of course worn next to the engagement ring, and so you want rings that look nice together and don't fit together oddly on your finger. Choosing both rings at the same time can make sure this works out. Even if you don't choose the rings at the same time, you can pick a style of engagement ring with the kind of wedding band you like in mind too.

It Takes the Pressure Off of Him
Choosing a ring can be really stressful for a man, for all the reasons already discussed. Saying you want to pick it together can actually be a big relief for him, because he doesn't have to worry that he might get it wrong. It can also be more fun and exciting to go ring shopping together than for him to have to make a nervous trip to the jewelers by himself!

These are just three reasons why it is not only acceptable, but in some ways better, to choose your
engagement ring yourself when the time comes to announce your engagement to the man you love.