Monday, August 6, 2018

Things. They Are A Changin'.

I was talking with a friend and we were commiserating over the difficulty in finding time to write. I talked specifically about this blog while she mentioned writing in general. I related that it seems easier to write for Omaha Moms Blog where I have a deadline and certain expectations. With my personal blog, I get to make up the rules and can be as relax or as strict as I desire. It's also a bit more difficult to write about my children, which were the catalyst for the blog.




In this time of life, where my children are teens and ever aware of being written about, it's tough to put on paper the "normal" anecdotal types of posts like when they were little. And, to be honest, there are fewer types of those kinds of things happening because their everyday struggles and triumphs are more grown up in nature. I sure don't want to have them feel like their lives are on display or only good for blog fodder. So, to maintain the bond of trust, I write less and less about them. In fact, I can't remember the last time I wrote about them on this blog. It's a little sad. But only in the same way that they are growing up in general and not little kids anymore kind of sad.

They are so fun. Funny. Talented. Caring. Thoughtful. I want to preserve their desire to remain somewhat anonymous as they navigate the beginning years of their adulthood. While it seems a bit silly to be too overly cautious when I see some of the things they are willing to post on social media about themselves . . . still it's their choice, not mine when it comes right down to it. All this to say, the blog has been changing in nature for quite some time. And while it's hard for me personally to come to terms with that, it's necessary.


I still plan on doing reviews, including some sponsored material, sharing my stories of writing fiction and personal victories and struggles. I hope you will continue to join me, if for no other reason than to be reminded that we're all in this together, God is in control and we are loved with an Everlasting Love.


Joyfully,

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Options for Acne Sufferers

For many people, acne was a horrible experience they endured all through high school. Many were encouraged with the reassurance that acne would be a thing of the past. Yet, millions of adults deal with acne and it plagues their life in so many ways. If you are one of those adults, you've probably tried every over-the-counter drug available, perhaps even some prescriptions that just didn't work the way you'd hoped. Thankfully, there are a few things you can start doing that can make a huge difference.

Contact

If you spend a lot of time touching your face in any way, you can easily develop acne because of that contact. This goes beyond popping pimples, though popping certainly is a huge culprit. Many of us sit at our laptops or scroll through our phones while resting our chin in our left hand. Sound familiar? We wipe away tears with fingers instead of a tissue (::guilty::). Even though you can't see them, your hands collect tons of germs throughout any given day. When you transfer the germs to your face, this can easily cause irritation. As a result, your skin may break out. Train yourself to be aware of when you touch your face and then eliminate those habits.

Diet

Oftentimes, people are allergic to certain foods and they aren't even aware of it. It's a good idea to visit an allergist to find out if you have any allergies or food sensitivities. This might point to the reason why you're breaking out so much. While this is a recommended route, there are many who might not want to do that. You may be able to ascertain allergies on your own by taking a look at the foods you eat the most. Start to taper certain foods out of your diet and see if that makes a difference in your skin. Do a Google search to find out which foods are considered inflammatory. Acne is a result of inflammation so start with eliminating dairy or sugar. Experiment for a few weeks and test out different options.

Professional Assistance

Don't underestimate the power of putting your skincare into the hands of a professional. Too often, people try to fight acne on their own and become discouraged in the process. There are ways to deal with it on a professional level and get rid of it. If you've struggled with consistent acne over the years, consider visiting the denver skin clinic. You can start with a consultation and get further treatments. Understand that not everything will be cleared up within one treatment. If you remain consistent with your efforts, you can experience a dramatic difference in your skin.

Joyfully,

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Rewrites and Rewatches

Hello Dear Reader!


Summer has found me knee deep in rewrites of my children's chapter book and YA fiction and rewatches of two of my favorite series: LOST and Downton Abbey. I also have been reading rather voraciously. Summer is the only time I can read for fun, so I indulge. While the kids are away, mama will play (and nap). Oh if only I could figure out a way to use my laptop while in the hammock! Ha!



I decided to try my hand at turning my Biblical fiction picture book ("David's Little Donkey") into a chapter book. It means losing big beautiful pictures like we've come to know and love when we think of picture books, but with picture books trending toward short and cutesy . . . I just couldn't cut enough to deliver the appropriate word count. It's not the first time (or last) that I've chosen to be wordy instead of concise. A-hem. So expanding it into a chapter book is now the order of the day. It is currently in the hands of a trusted author. I am hoping for an abundance of feedback so as to get better with my writing.


I've also pulled out a YA fiction manuscript that I'd put away for over a year. Maybe two. I am rewriting and incorporating what I've learned over the last couple of years or so. I am having fun going through and making it better. We'll see where the Lord has that going, if anywhere.


I just know that it's all in His hands and I'm trying to be obedient in using the gifts he's given me. I'll let Him take it from there.


As far as rewatches of my two faves . . . I am well into the second season of LOST and loving every minute of it. I tried watching LOST and Downton Abbey in tandem, but gave up and finished Downton before I could move forward with The Other (yes, that was a LOST reference - LOL). I have tried several other British series to feed the historical fanatic in me, and while entertaining, nothing has quite come close to Downton. I heard a rumor that there is going to be a movie. My heart is full.



That's the update, Dear Reader. I would love to hear how you are keeping yourself busy these dog days of summer.


Joyfully,

God Friended Me - Premier Date Sept 30th 2018



Dear Reader, if GOD asks you to be his FB friend, would you…A) Confirm or B) Ignore His Friend Request?


This September, a new and uplifting television series premieres on CBS. GOD FRIENDED ME is about an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he receives a friend request on social media from God, and unwittingly becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him.




This is an inspirational show about hope, faith, and a question we’ve all asked ourselves – what’s my purpose in this world - how can I be of service to others and be an agent of good? I am looking forward to seeing how this series answers some very basic questions we have about faith and purpose.


GOD FRIENDED ME is created by Bryant Wynbrandt and Steven Lilien, the producing team behind some of tv’s biggest hits including, GOTHAM, HAWAII FIVE-O, and ALCATRAZ. It stars Joe Morton (Justice League, The Good Wife), Violet Beane (The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow), Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi, Homeland) and newcomer Brandon Micheal Hall. The series premieres on Sunday, September 30 on CBS Television.

God Friended Me first look, click here!



Saturday, July 14, 2018

Why A Food Cart May Be Your Answer to Starting Your Own Business

Photo by Fancycrave on Unsplash


If you are starting a business, you may want to invest in a food or beverage cart. A food cart helps you to save money on start-up costs and monthly rent, so you have more money to order goods and supplies. Are you wondering if a food cart is a good choice for you? Here are several benefits of investing in a food cart for your business.

Offers Mobility


There are many carts that offer handles and wheels for relocating to another spot. This is great if the weather, construction or a special event forces you to change your routine. If your current location is not providing much business, you can easily move to a location that offers a lot of foot traffic.

Provides Advertising


You can order your food cart with a custom graphic, signage and digital menus, which gives you the opportunity to advertise. Your customers are going to see your business name and logo every day, and they may even recommend your food cart to their co-workers or peers. Think of this as your way of creating a brand identity for your food business.

Protects Your Goods


There is more to running a food business than pushing a cart with your logo on it. You need to make sure you are offering delicious, healthy food to your customers. This is why the carts include refrigeration or steam tables to keep your food fresh. Your cart also includes a sneeze guard, umbrella and canopy for protecting your food.

Meets The Requirements


You do not want an unsafe or unhealthy cart to put a damper on your business. Luckily, there are many carts that meet the requirements for safety, sanitation and fire-spread ratings. The carts are certified for stadiums, malls, hospitals, airports and convention centers, which means you have your pick of the bunch when it comes to gaining customers.

When you are ready to start your business, you can find a variety of food carts for sale. The inventory ranges from ice cream and hot dog carts to soft drink and coffee carts.