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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Photos of the Day: Best Views of Los Angeles

Another amazing view near the top of the Griffith Observatory at Griffith Park in LA, California. I can just stay here forever. It's one of my favorite place to be. Just a warning that the location is super busy with traffic as it is a popular destination. We found parking going downhill and hiked up for about 20 minutes. If you are driving uphill (around late afternoon), you'll be most likely get stuck in traffic.

Sunset over Los Angeles







Another place to see the view of downtown LA is at Elysian Park near Angels Point (Angels Point Rd, 90012). It is NW of the Dodgers Stadium. From top of the park, you may be able to see the Dodgers Stadium in front of the DTLA high-rises. Since our flight was delayed that day, we didn't have time to go there. But here's the buildings I was talking about (zoomed view from Griffith Park):




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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Vancouver International Autoshow 2017 + New Cars Unveiled

The 97th annual Vancouver International Auto Show kicked off Tuesday morning, March 28th at the Vancouver Convention Centre (West) near the Jacke Poole Plaza. I have just wrapped up on day 1 of the Press Conference that featured vehicle unveils and debuts ranging from regional to national and international.

Congratulatons to Toyota Canada for winning both 2017 Canadian Green Car of the Year (Toyota Prius) and the 2017 Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year (Toyota RAV4 Hybrid) AJAC award.


Kia Canada unveils the 2018 Stinger, presented by Ted Lancaster, Vice President and COO. Kia is also the proud sponsor for the Special Olympics Canada.


Unveiling of the 2017 BMW 540i and M550i
Unveiling of the 2017 BMW 540i and M550i

Unveiling of the 2018 Lexus LS 500h
Presented by Jennifer Barron (Director, Lexus Canada)
Unveiling of the 2018 Lexus LS 500h Unveiling of the 2018 Lexus LS 500h

Unveiling of the 2018 Range Rover Velar
Presented by Wolfgang Hoffmann (President for Jaguar Land Rover Canada)
Unveiling of the 2018 Range Rover Velar Unveiling of the 2018 Range Rover Velar

Unveiling of the first-ever MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid
Presented by Debra Tovell (Product Manager of Mini Canada)
Unveiling of the first-ever MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid Unveiling of the first-ever MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid


For more features (Other makes, models, SUVs, supercars, classics and more), see the Facebook Gallery.




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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!
  
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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!
  
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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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