The Relaxing Way of Life
As we all know life is for better lack of words, crazy. It has its cheesy ups and downs along with its hardships. In today’s society it is all about getting ahead while racing to the finish line of success. But, why doesn’t anybody ever stop to smell the roses. Why not kick your feet up for a bit and detox the day? What’s so bad about pausing to take a few deep breaths? You know you deserve it, so just give yourself a well-earned moment. Here are a few simple ways I use to catch a quick breath:
1. Stop at a local coffee house or Starbucks. While ordering your 12oz of your favorite coffee take in the delicious aroma. Then just sit in the comfy chair and people watch.
2. I’ve been known to zip my way through town with my gold car while singing my heart out. Now I’m not condoning you create the same amusing image, but I do hope you use your own style. So while rushing to your next stop roll up your window, turn the volume nozzle a little louder, and belt it.
3. Instead of ripping your hair out and creating the greys you got rid of last week, just step away from the aggravating activity, sit up straight, and take that recommended deep breath. Roll your head around a little and smile. I know sounds cheesy right? But it works.
4. Why not go get a little exercise. I don’t mean go run a triathlon. Just go for an enjoyable walk outdoors. Maybe literally stop and smell the roses. Plus it will just check off that box that’s been on our New Year’s Resolution list since sixteen.
5. Lastly, do something you love. Take just a little time out of the whirl wind to create a memory. That could be going to the park for a bit with the family, cuddling to watch a movie with the person or fuzzy blanket you love, or just simply go to lunch with an old friend.
Life is crazy. It is one huge mountain that we try to climb every day, but never forget to enjoy it. There are beautiful things surrounding us on a daily basis you just got to look around and take it in. Relax with the life you’ve been given.
Hi Guys! My name is Edith Ochoa, I am a Mass Communication and Journalism Student at Fresno State on my last semester. I am interning at the Ronald McDonald House Charities, and today is my first blog post. Not only am I an intern, I am also a mom that enjoys getting creative during the holidays. Now that pink and red hearts are out of my way, I’m ready to go green with St Patrick’s Day. There are a lot of DIY fun crafts to prepare ourselves for this holiday. Here are some of my favorites to get you started.
You need a round wreath, different green fabric cut into small piece’s, scissor and a glue gun. Start on one side tying strips of fabric, and with each piece of fabric you tie add enough glue to hold it in place. Make your way all around until the entire wreath is covered in green fabric. You can add any additional piece on the wreath. My favorite is a leprechaun Hat and a pot full of gold!
Just about everyone loves chocolate. Gold chocolate coins for St Patrick make great filler for goodie bags that your family, co-workers, and friends will love. You will need clear plastic treat bags, gold chocolate coins and green construction paper. Before cutting the construction paper, make sure you write your message. It’s a lot easier to write the message before, and it looks better too.
What better way to catch the rainbow then in a drink? Grab your ice-cube tray, your food colors and your water. Fill your ice-cube tray with water, two drops of food coloring in each square and stir. Place the tray in your freezer and three hours later you’ll have rainbow color ice-cubes to add to your favorite drink! Your kids will love you for brightening their drinks.
Pizza is a dinner favorite for most kids and adults. Making a four-leaf clover pizza is just an added bonus for fun eats. You will need pizza dough (Pillsbury pre-made pizza dough will work perfectly,) Marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and fresh Arugula. Spread the dough to form a circle, add your favorite Marinara sauce evenly, sprinkle on mozzarella cheese, and last add the arugula to show the four-leafs clover resemblance. Bake it at 375 and enjoy!
I love this dish, not only is it pretty to look at but it is healthy to eat. You will need strawberries, mandarin’s, a pineapple, green and purple grapes, mini marshmallows, and a bag full of rolo chocolates. Organize the fruit into a rainbow starting with the strawberries and finishing it with the purple grapes. This is a great dish for a St Patrick Day party!
Did you and your family enjoy the Elf on the Shelf this holiday past season? I found the cutest way to keep the magic alive with the little leprechaun who visits when no one is home. The only thing you need is green paint and your hand. Make a tight fist with your hand, brush green paint on it, stamp any counter where the leprechaun has been. With your finger add the leprechaun’s toes. This fun game will keep kids searching for the Leprechaun all month-long.
Enjoy this holiday, make it fun and take time to enjoy these crafts. The entire family will love helping make this holiday more green! If you have more tips I can use find me on twitter @yes8a.
~ Edith Ochoa
Did you know the peak of flu season is over, but we still have several weeks before the virus is gone for good. This years flu threat is the H1N1. We know because of schools and the way our kids go go go, they get hit the hardest. In an effort to keep our moms sane, we have done some flu preventing research. Hope this tips help.
Wash or Sanitize your hands
Washing your hands with warm water and soap will protect you from germs. In case you feel soap and water isn’t enough or you don’t have access to soap and water you can use hand sanitizer. Make sure the hand sanitizer alcohol concentration is above 60 percent. Hand sanitizers are available in small bottles which make it easy to carry in our pockets, our bags, or as a key chain .
Avoid Touching 3 areas: your eyes, nose and mouth.
Our hands touch everything and many of the things we touch have tons of germs. Our eyes, nose and mouth are all areas that are open for the germs to enter our body. It’s inevitable for us to touch these areas throughout the day, but we have to remember that before and after, we need to sanitize!
Avoid contact with sick people
As much as you love your best friend or your boyfriend/husband, for your sake stay away from them when they are sick. Being in contact with people caring the flu virus is hard, but you really need to make sure to wash or sanitize your hands when you are done and always make sure to keep your distance. You wont be any help to anyone if you’re down with the bug!
Disinfect your surfaces
Disinfecting your surfaces kills germs. Our kitchen, door nobs, and restroom are full of germs and bacteria. Keeping surfaces that have been touched by more than one person disinfected will reduce the chances of getting sick.
Taking an extra minute a day will benefit you and your family. These easy steps will reduce your doctor visits, help you enjoy the rest of winter, and give you more time to focus on the important things!
Tips found on http://www.flu.gov/prevention-vaccination/prevention/ & http://www.cdc.gov/
Register today! AM spots are filling up fast! Make sure to book your rooms at Chukchansi and attend our special auction in Nativos Restaurant. Enjoy appetizers, drinks, and a gun auction.
Visit Spencer’s Firearms starting Monday, February 10th to purchase your $25 gun raffle tickets or (5) for $100 to get your chance at winning 6 different CZ – USA guns!
Whelp folks it’s that time of year again!
We’re mapping out our calendars and giving you information about our upcoming events so you’ll join us.
We’re going to kick things off in February with a few surprises (we can’t wait to show you) and wrap up the year with our Annual Family Holiday Party in December.
Open House – Tuesday, February 12th | 10a – 2p
Join us and other community members for a BIG announcement about an expansion of ours services, a tour of the house, and lunch on us!
If you’ve ever stayed with us, you’re invited! Bring your family, photos, memories, and prepare to share and enjoy games and a BBQ lunch. Thank you to the Madera Kiwanis Club for sponsoring this event.
Did you get Rad for us last year? If so, we’re bringing something new to the Valley that you’ll want to be a part of. In March you can run a 5k in the dark while you’re glowing!
Sign up now! We sell out every year. Shoot 16 stations of sporting clays for our worthy cause. Participants travel from across the country to be a part of one of the largest charity shoots in the US! Click on the photo for pictures from last year.
Join us at Fort Washington Country Club in Fresno, California for the premier golf tournament in the Valley. Enjoy on course vendors, great give a ways, incredible auction items, and a great day of golf at a beautiful location. Buy your foursome today!
The only “Masquerade” in town is back! Buy your tickets today for a black tie evening. Dinner, dancing, cigar lounge, and more at the Fresno Convention Center. Plus, we’ll be auctioning off our famous Classic Car that night! You could be the winner!
Everyone has bad habits that they don’t like. But breaking them can be tricky because you often do them without realizing. It is a common misconception that it takes 21 days to break a habit. The amount of time it takes to break a habit varies depending on the severity of the addiction to the habit. This can range from several weeks to the better part of a year. Here are some expert strategies for stopping some of the most popular bad habits we tend to have.
Biting your nails
If you hide your hand because you have turned your nails to nubs, it’s time to change that. One way to get rid of this habit is by clenching your fists for a couple minutes until the urge is gone. You can also put adhesive bandages over your nails to hide them. The most effective way would probably be to find a habit to take place of nail biting. Some people like to drum their fingers, twiddle their thumbs, and clasp their hands. Just make sure you it’s not a bad habit.
This is my biggest pet peeve. Conquering this habit can be a tough one and requires you to realize how precious time is. You don’t want to be perceived as rude or unprofessional by arriving late to every meeting. To help you, set your watch 10 minutes ahead and write down appointments 15 minutes before the scheduled time to ensure your promptness. Most importantly, organize your life for better flow and fit. If you have a hard time with punctuality, don’t cram too many appointments into the day.
Unfortunately, best intentions are not an excuse for lateness, especially when the other person hasn’t been kept informed as to your inability to be on time. It’s far easier to rearrange your daily schedule to minimize the likelihood of times running into each other, so that you stop spreading yourself too thin and have breaks between meetings.
Sleeping in your makeup
You’re just so tired by the time you go to bed, you can’t even think about scrubbing your face. An easy way is to keep makeup-remover right next to your nightstand, so you can wipe your face before you hit the sack. Sleeping in your makeup can cause acne and wrinkles, because it dries out skin around your eyes.
Being addicted to your phone
Most of us have this bad habit. Nowadays we have everything in our phones! From email, to bank accounts, to period trackers, to social media, its simply endless. As amazing as it is, we tend to become so consumed with them that we fear not having them. Most people can’t fathom the thought of leaving their phone at home for a day; I mean how would you get there without your GPS?! On your day off, pick up a Starbucks and take a walk around the mall without your cell phone. You will enjoy it so much more and probably find some great findings in the clearance rack that you would’ve most likely missed while checking your Facebook.