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Monday, March 27, 2017

Photo Collage with Canva Design Templates

When I want a simple design just basically for banners, infographics, posters and collages, I use Canva. I've been using their design software for some time now and I really enjoy using it. It's quick and easy and can be accessed online. Canvas also has a wide selection of collage templates to use for free as well.


How it works:

Sign up for an account. It's free! To get started after you've created your account, click on the "Create a design" button and it will bring up a list of templates for different a categories (postcard, banner, invitation, certificate, etc.).




I like to use my own images to promote my photographs. This sunset photo is from my recent travel to Los Angeles, California. It was an amazing view up there at the top of Griffith Park near the Griffith Conservatory.

Here's my finished design using Canva's "Facebook Post" premade template.

California Sunset


If you enjoy sunsets as much as I do, check out my sunset/sunrise photo album in my Facebook gallery.



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SPRING INTO SPRING!! 7 Ways to Be More Optimistic

We set the clocks ahead for daylight savings and many of us woke up to a darker sky feeling sluggish thanks to a one hour loss of sleep. If you hit the snooze, pulled the covers up over your head still feeling bummed out about your waistline, bank account, career or love life, you’re not alone. Despite more daylight our worries will still be there. So how do we spring into spring, a season that’s all about new beginnings and rebirth? For practical ways, to cultivate optimism in our lives we turned to Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services who shares these tips and tools.

Spring into Spring!

1. Focus on the good.

“A daily exercise I often have my patients do is keep an appreciation or gratitude journal. When you focus on all the things to be happy for in your life then more great things come. Think generally and use your senses. What do you appreciate seeing, smelling, touching, tasting, listening to? Write it down. Within a few weeks you'll train the mind to pivot to an appreciate thought when a negative thought comes,” explains Dr. Hafeez.

2. Make plans.

Making plans to see relatives, to see a new exhibit a movie or to travel gets our mind moving forward towards something positive that we can be hopeful and optimistic about. Dr. Hafeez suggests making plans to do 3 things per month for the next 3 months. “Choose things that you know will bring you joy and then go do them! Feeling excited about what is coming and talking about how fun it will be keeps us optimistic and forward moving,” says Dr. Hafeez.

3. Control what you can, delegate the rest!

We get pessimistic and worry about the worst possible outcomes when we realize that we cannot control every detail. This leads to anxiety and an even stronger feeling of having to control conditions, and even others. According to Dr. Hafeez, this is a trap. “Figure out what needs to get done. What actions you can take. Then let go of anything else that is beyond your control with faith that everything will turn out fine. Envision the desired outcome,” advises Dr. Hafeez.

4. Limit your news watching and avoid it before bed.

“There is a very common pattern I see people falling into,” says Hafeez. “People awaken and immediately reach for their smartphone for news headlines. They then turn on the TV news as background noise. They listen to news in their cars, have news alerts going off on their phones all day, catch the evening news and then the 11pm news before bed. No wonder they're less optimistic! What you choose to look at will impact your mood. Remember, good news doesn’t get ratings,” she adds.

5. Don’t snooze. Instead just breathe.

When the alarm goes off give yourself a few minutes to just lie there, eyes closed focused on your breathing. Breathe in counting to 4 and then breathe out. Do a mental scan of your entire body from head to toe thanking your cells for restoring you as you slept. “Deep breathing is a form of meditation and in the morning, you have a small window of opportunity to decide what kind of day you want it to be,” says Dr. Hafeez.

6. Distract yourself with something that requires focus.

The key here is to pick something you truly enjoy doing and do it daily. It can be painting, coloring, yoga, a 20-minute walk or jog, listening to music and dancing around your living room. “When you are fully engaged in something, you can’t ruminate which leads to pessimism,” explains Dr. Hafeez.

7. Make feeling good top priority.

When you commit to feeling good you instantly start to think more optimistically. According to Dr. Hafeez, when you’re mindful of your own negativity and shift to a better feeling positive thought you feel powerful. You’ll feel like you can conquer anything when you can master your own mindset.




Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens.

Dr. Hafeez masterfully applies her years of experience connecting psychological implications to address some of today’s common issues such as body image, social media addiction, relationships, workplace stress, parenting and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc…). In addition, Dr. Hafeez works with individuals who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, attention and memory problems, and abuse. Dr. Hafeez often shares her credible expertise to various news outlets in New York City and frequently appears on CNN and Dr.Oz.

Connect with her via twitter @comprehendMind or www.comprehendthemind.com


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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Dropprice $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway

Target Gift Card Giveaway

Welcome to the Dropprice $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

Dropprice is an innovative startup that rewards moms for being social. Essentially, they empower moms to drop prices of kids & baby products with a click. The price continues dropping as more moms click “Drop the price”. Every week new promotions are launched and moms drop prices by sharing them on social media. See the chart below to understand the power moms have and how important it is to share with other moms.

Target Gift Card Giveaway

In today’s promotion for the Baby Banana Brushes, it started out at $28.00 and for each mom that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each mom that participates.

Dropprice $100 Target Gift Card

You can choose to share on social media to get more moms to click “Drop the price”, or you can “Buy Now” at the current price. Keep in mind that when the price gets low, they usually sell out and you will no longer have the chance to buy that item. As an added bonus every item on Dropprice ships for free!

Do you want to give it a try? This is such a fun and exciting way for moms to save lots of money by collaborating with each other. If you would like to have a chance to win a $100 Target gift card, you can experience dropping the price by following the instructions below.

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ONE (1) lucky winner will receive a $100 Target Gift Card!

All you have to do is help moms drop the price of the Brushes and you will be entered to win a $100 Target gift card. Just click “Drop the price” on the entry form below for a chance to win. For even more entries, share it on your social media networks via the entry form — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries!
Contest is open to US only, 18+ (ends April 4th, 2017 at 11:59pm EST). All entries unless otherwise noted are optional.  Please enter the giveaway form below. The winner will be emailed and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!
  
Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook!  If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them!

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CLICK HERE TO ENTER ANOTHER GIVEAWAY: $100 AMAZON GIFT CARD and/or $100 WALMART GIFT CARD


Disclosure: Bloggers in this giveaway were not compensated and are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. You are not eligible if you have won a prize from any of the sponsors in the last 12 month. This post may contain affiliate links and I may be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.


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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Giveaway: Enter to Win a $150 Visa Gift Card



Welcome to the $150 Visa Gift Card giveaway event!


This great group of bloggers have come together to bring one awesome giveaway prize, to one lucky winner! We are very happy to have a $150 Visa gift card up for grabs!

What would you do with the extra $150 if you've won? Would it be buying a gift for someone or for yourself, paying bills, or use it for vacation? Feel free to tell me in the comments. I'd love to hear your thoughts.


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One (1) lucky winner will receive a $150 Visa Gift Card!


Contest is open worldwide, 18+ (ends April 21st, 2017 at 11:59pm EST). All entries unless otherwise noted are optional.  Please enter the giveaway form below. The winner will be emailed and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!
  
Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook!  If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them!

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Visit to the Petersen Automotive Museum

While in Los Angeles, California during our Spring Break vacation, we had a chance to experience the Petersen Automotive Museum located at 6060 Wilshire Blvd, LA. Since all of us (Hubby, our son, and I) are car enthusiasts, it was worth checking out. We were planning to find free parking along 6th St, but wasn't able to. We decided to park in the museum parking structure which costed $12 (for all day parking). The architecture of the building was fascinating and just learned that it was newly renovated in 2015.


The on-display collection features Hollywood cars, race cars, vintage cars, bikes and more.











Check out the full gallery with descriptions through my Facebook Page below.




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Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Break Vacation: Vancouver to Los Angeles

It's Spring Break for the kids and Hubby and I took some vacation days so we could go to Los Angeles, California. Yes, we went there last year also during Spring Break to visit Disneyland, but this time, I wanted to explore the city a bit more and take in the amazing scenic views. Another reason we went to Los Angeles is because I was the grand prize winner for the California trip from Caliburger Vancouver's grand opening social media contest back in June 2016. We're excited that this was happening.

After booking everything, we realized and remembered the time change for daylight savings so we lost an hour of sleep. Funny thing was that the same thing happened last year as well.


Finally on the plane to LAX! Got some sunshine all week as per the weather forecast. It was 30 degrees C in LA and loving it!





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Winter Skin Rescue

Happy Spring! Even though it's Spring, Vancouver's weather has been really unpredictable lately, but your skin doesn't have to be! Winter weather has a tendency to dry out our skin, causing chronic problems such as Rosacea, Psoriasis and Eczema to worsen. The good news is, you don’t have to wait for summer to feel the relief!

pHisoderm, Psoriasin, and Procacea Products

pH levels: the key to perfect skin

Have you ever read “pH balanced” on a product and wondered what it meant? From inflammation, dryness, to acne, here’s how pH levels can either fix or cause further discomfort to your skin. pH stands for "potential hydrogen" and is used to describe the acidity or alkalinity of a substance, which is measured on a scale from 0 (the most acidic) to 14 (the most alkaline). Your body’s overall pH level is about 7, which means that the body is basic. However, your skin’s ideal pH should b e lower at a level of 5.5, a slightly acidic value.

pHisoderm’s unique formulas contains pH balancing ingredients that restores the skin’s pH balance for beautiful, healthy looking skin. All of pHisoderm’s formulas are soap free, fragrance free and dermatologist tested.

Types of Skin Problems Explained:

Rosacea: a chronic skin condition that affects mainly the face, causing redness on cheeks, nose, chin and forehead.

Solution: Fight symptoms with Prosacea, a water based gel that calms redness, and reduces bumps and dryness. With active ingredients such as sulphur, known to diminish inflammation, and Chrysarobinus, an agent that helps fight skin irritants, your skin will be smooth and hydrated in no time.

Procacea Procacea

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Psoriasis: uncontrolled cell division, causing skin cells to multiply 10x faster than normal, accumulating on the skin’s surface.

Solution: Psoriasin Gel and Psoriasin Ointment relieve itching, flaking, redness, and scaling of psoriasis and helps to prevent recurrence. Both the ointment and gel contain Coal Tar, which is highly effective in interrupting the uncontrolled cell division that result in psoriasis.

Psoriasin Gel Psoriasin Gel
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Eczema: condition that causes skin to become inflamed or irritated, resulting in an itchy rash.

Solution: pHisoderm pH Clinical for blemish-prone skin restores pH levels in skin through an exfoliating complex, BHA, which reduces oil and bacteria for an improved complexion. When your skin has a low pH level, your skin tends to be dry; pHisoderm pH Clinical increases pH levels reducing dryness that causes eczema.

pHisoderm Clinical pHisoderm pH Balancer




Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products at no charge in exchange for my honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers. No other compensation was given.



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