Friday, March 22, 2019

Need An Interest Outside Of Work? Try Your Hand At One Of These!

"Do you have any hobbies or interests?"

Whether you’re being asked at an interview, during a team exercise, or even on a date, that awkward pause as you wrack your brain can be painful. Having some interests outside of the workplace, aside from ‘socializing’ and browsing the internet can make you a more rounded person, but it can also be a great way to relax and build up some interests outside of work.

What would you like to do? If there’s something you’ve always been interested in or wanted to learn, then now is the time to go for it. Need some ideas? Here are some great suggestions for hobbies you can start outside of work today!

Learn A New Language

Where to begin with why you should learn a new language? It could improve your career prospects, help you meet some new people and gives you an excellent excuse to go traveling. There are some useful tips that will help you learn any language to get you started. Whether you choose to learn in a class, with a tutor or by yourself, this is a great interest to have that will help enrich your life.

Learn An Instrument

Have you always regretted not learning to play guitar or the piano? Well, the good news is that it’s never too late. You can learn an instrument at any age, and it can be a great stress-reliever while also helping you to keep your brain engaged. Get useful tips on learning the piano at Even if you don’t decide to share your new musical talent with the world, it can be a fantastic personal interest for you.

Learn How To Bake

Sometimes the best hobbies are the ones you can eat! Baking can be a fun and creative interest that can certainly come in handy. But did you know that baking has several benefits for your body and mind too? Baking can relieve stress, while also giving you some focus. Plus, providing baked goods to friends and family is a wonderful way to spread happiness, which will make you happier too.

Get Into Fitness

Fitness is important for your health, but it can also make for a fun way to spend your free time. Try out different fitness classes, give yoga a try or take up running - there are all sorts things you can try to help you find something you enjoy. Nervous about exercising alone? They say that fitness is better with a buddy, so why not rope a friend into working out with you?

Having hobbies and interests outside of work can be a great way to fill up your free time and can help give you the answer to those awkward "tell us about yourself" questions. Finding something that you enjoy, that relaxes or excites you is something worth searching for - all work and no play can make things very dull indeed!

What will your exciting new hobby be?

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Tips For Teaching Leadership Skills To Elementary Students

Today I have a guest post for you from Emily at!  Enjoy!

Children in elementary education today will grow up to be global citizens, living in a world where leadership skills are valued and rewarded over and above many of the other outcomes of formal education. In order for students to grow into happy, productive and successful adults, they must be taught leadership skills from the very beginning of their school journey. But how do we as educators ensure that these skills are nurtured and developed, whilst maintaining a focus on necessary academic achievement? Here are some tips on teaching leadership skills to elementary students. 

Lead By Example

Quite literally, be the leader that you would like your students to be. Show them your process, let them see and hear how you lead them. It is helpful if you vocalize your thoughts and decision making, as this modelling of good practice allows students to see leadership in action. Children will naturally mimic behaviors, and your example will give less confident students a framework on which to hang their own ideas. 

Allow Students (And Yourself) To Make Mistakes

The most effective lessons are learned from failure, so in allowing mistakes to be made, you give children the opportunity to overcome them. This in turn builds resilience, one of the most effective and useful attributes we can teach our students. Resilient children take more risks, are less afraid of failure, and display more effective leadership skills. 

Nurture Self-Esteem And Self-Expression

Successful leaders believe in themselves and in their ability to lead. By building students' self-esteem and self-belief, we give them a sense of what is possible and what they can achieve. All skills are valuable, whether it be in the field of science, mathematics, art, physical or social literacy. Show them how proud you are of all your abilities. 

Expect More From Your Students

No child should be limited by low expectations, either from themselves or others. Give children the opportunity to lead, even if you know they will find it difficult. Support for reluctant leaders can come from their peers, who are often far more understanding than we expect them to be. 

Embrace Democracy In Your Classroom

Give students the opportunity to set up and run their own democracy, to see how democratic values work in real life. Decision making and leadership become much easier once children realize that all voices are important, not just the loud and confident ones. 

Give Honest Feedback

Feedback is a gift, which students can use to inform how they behave or perform in the future. Honest feedback builds resilience and trust between students and educators, allowing children to take real pride in an achievement that they worked hard for. 

Use Local Community Leaders In Your Setting

By involving local leaders from business, social organizations, charities etc., you will be bringing to life the lessons the students are learning. 

Above all, make effective and respectful leadership a part of your students' daily lives, giving them a shining example of what they can achieve!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Doing It Up For Date Night!

As my kids were growing up, my husband and I didn't get to have too many date nights. (Silly us, we were trying to save for the future so other things seemed less important). However, now that they are all grown up, one in college and one working and living with his wife and soon-to-be baby girl, we have been able to get out more than we ever have. Since our move to an entirely new town and state last summer, we have had a great time exploring as well as taking in all of the local culture. All of those sacrifices we made were definitely worth it!

The big news around town is a new restaurant opening and I wanted to check it out. It's just a bar and grill type place but around here where the nearest store is at least 20 minutes away, new businesses opening in town are exciting. That's been the biggest thing I've had to get used to since moving out to the middle of nowhere. When I say I live in rural North Carolina, I'm not kidding! I love it, though and definitely don't miss the city at all. Back home, a new restaurant opening happened just about every week and no one really noticed. Here, new businesses opening is all everyone can talk about. Definitely different for me. 

I've been experiencing all kinds of new stuff lately so I thought I'd continue the trend for date night! 

Kalaia asked me to review their skincare solutions line recently and I thought this would be the perfect time to try it out! A week ago, I started using the products and I love them!

You start with an online beauty consultation, where you tell your online consultant all of your skincare concerns and problems. I resisted wearing daily face moisturizer for far too long through my 20s and 30s because I could not find a moisturizer that didn't make my skin break out. I'm definitely paying for it now in my 40s, but I have found my new PERFECT skincare routine. FINALLY.

For the first step, I start with the Detox and Cleanse Bar. It's made with papaya and ginger extracts with activated charcoal that gently cleanses and detoxifies your skin.  I love that you can use it on your face and body! 

The Fresh Canvas Exfoliating Powder is next. I love this stuff! It is a powder scrub that combines Hibiscus, Neem Leaf Powder, Licorice Root, Kaolin Clay, Gotu Kola, Turmeric and Rose essential oil and....

...then transforms into a paste after adding a few drops of water to remove impurities, excess oil, and dead skin cells revealing soft glowing skin that is ready to absorb all of the good stuff in the next step!

The Keep Smooth - Day and Night Serum is my absolute favorite step in my new Kalaia skincare routine! This stuff is magic in a bottle! It is made from Indian Gentian Leaf extract, peptide molecules, and Kalaia's proprietary Bright & Blur Complex(which is amazing). It comes in a dropper bottle and you apply it all over your face. It *instantly* brightenened and improved the texture of my skin. I saw results after one use, especially under my eyes (my nemesis). My skin even felt firmer and after one week, I am so in love with all of these products. My skin feels so very soft and I have almost conquered those pesky under eye bags (thanks, insomnia)!

The last step is the Hold Tight - Overnight Moisturizer and that is definitely where all of that new firmness I feel is coming from! I was a little nervous at first because it is so thick and creamy, I thought for sure that it would break my skin out...but I was willing to make that sacrifice for beauty. You apply it to your face, neck, and decolletage and keep it on overnight. After a week, no new breakouts! It combines bamboo silica, pea extract and that magical Bright & Blur Complexto help blur fine lines and wrinkles and increase skin hydration for rejuvenated, (definitely) firmer looking and feeling skin.

So, now that I was feeling all glowy, I decided I was going to try something else new, false eyelashes.

I know. 

How did I make it to 42 whole years of age without wearing false eyelashes? 

Because I can't do it to save my life, that's how.

Private Label Mink Eyelashes wanted me to review their (GORGEOUS) mink false eyelashes and I was hesitant at first because of the aforementioned failure, but decided to give it a try!

They sent me their Chloe and Eden lashes to try.

They felt so soft! You can use these up to 20 times as well! My daughter is just about an expert at putting lashes on (how?!) but the ones she used seemed really stiff compared to these. They are ready to apply once you take them out of the package and so, I took a deep breath and began....


I tried.

Although I will say that after all of my attempts to get them just right, the glue stayed like the first application so that was good. Once I felt they were just right, we were on our way out the door!

I had a gloriously delicious burger and we sat and talked for awhile before hopping back into the truck and riding around. It was a lovely night and I had fun trying a bunch of new things!

What are you doing on your next date night? 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Unique Tips That Will Help You Start Your Very Own Business

Starting a business is not easy to say the least, but with a bit of work and a lot of dedication, you can be sure to make the most out of your venture.


So many people dream of becoming an entrepreneur. They never do though because they are so burdened with the fear of failure. They feel as though they don’t have enough money, enough time or even too many responsibilities. You really can make a million excuses for not starting your own business because let’s face the facts, being your own boss is quite a scary thought. You also have a lot to lose as well, but at some point, you need to start working towards your dreams. Those fears are never going to go away, and the only way for you to deal with them would be for you to just go for it.

Absorb As Much As You Can

It’s so important that you listen to what other people have to say. This could include your friends, family or even other experts. When it comes to entrepreneurial goals, you have to be a sponge, and take in as much as you can. As you start to learn more and more, you can then begin to work out the idea in your head and you can also write things down as well. This will really help you when the time does come for you to start your own business plan. When you do make the decision to tell people about your plan, read any body language that they have. Do they like your idea? Or are they just being nice? Encourage those who are listening to you to be honest. When you do this, you can then feel confident knowing that they are being genuine, and it could even help you to smooth out any issues that you might face in the future.

Always Be A Solution

It’s way easier for you to gain a solid customer base when you try and solve a problem. Your start-up should try and fill a hole in the market, and it should also be a solution as well. If you are able to do this then you can easily gain a foothold in the industry and this can work wonders for your level of success.

Starting Your Company

Before you start your company you also need to think about the reason why you are doing it. What is your motivation? If your motivation is to earn a lot of money, then this isn’t good enough and it won’t keep you going if things start going downhill. Think about what you are passionate about, and use that as your drive. This will get you through those difficult times and it will also help you to really come to terms with any decisions you have to make.

Keep Things Simple

A lot of entrepreneurs get an idea and they run with it. This is great, but you don’t want to over complicate matters. You could end up with an elaborate product that people just don’t have an interest in, and this is the last thing that you need. As a new business owner, you need to narrow your focus as much as possible. You also need to learn how to test your idea on the market. A simple but high-quality service should help you to do this. For example, if you want to open up your very own cupcake store then don’t start out by offering endless flavors. Instead, keep it simple and start by offering 3 or less. This will make it easier for your customers to connect with you and it will also make it easier for them to make a purchase. Believe it or not, there is such a thing as having too much choice.


When you start to develop your very own business idea, you then need to try and add up how much it is going to cost you. You need to take into account every single business expense and you also need to think about how much it is going to cost you to operate in general. Some costs will include marketing, supplies, rent and even registration fees. When you think you have a solid number, you then need to add 50% on top of it. Most business expenses are unexpected, and there will be hidden costs behind every single corner. It is far better to be over prepared than under, and the sooner you understand this, the better business owner you will become. If you want to hire a team to work with your business then this is great, and there are ways that you can save money here. For example, instead of giving them an office device or phone so that they can stay in touch, encourage them to use their own. You can look into this link if you want to find out more about that:

Imagine Yourself Bankrupt

You need to imagine yourself having absolutely nothing. There is a chance that this will happen, and there is also a chance that you will become close to bankruptcy as well. Launching an idea that does not end up being successful is a reality, and over half of new businesses fail within their first five years. Think about it, how would you handle having absolutely no money? It is a good idea for you to come up with some kind of plan in case this does happen. You may end up needing to find a job quickly, and you may also need to move back in with your parents as well. The comforts that you are used to right now may end up going out the window, and if this happens, you need to be ready to accept it.

So, there are many ways that you can prepare yourself for starting a business, and by following the above tips, you can be sure to make the most out of your experience and your finances in general.

Do you have any tips to add?