Friday, 24 February 2017

Birthday Swago


Swagbucks is celebrating their birthday all day on February 27th, but they want to give YOU presents. You can play Swago (their version of bingo) all day long, filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. 

For each square you fill in, you get a spin on their big birthday prize wheel, where you can earn up to 2500 points with each spin! 

The best part is that the points you get can be used to get free gift cards to places like Amazon, or PayPal cash! 

Fill up your board and then submit your patterns to get even more spins and more chances to win big points! 

Click here to sign up and get started! If you sign up through my link and earn 300 SB before March 1st, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

You Snooze, You Lose!

Becoming a morning person might seem like an impossible task, but it’s actually not as hard as you might think. If you envy your friends or family members that seem to wake up at impossible times and always seem to get more work done than you, then you might be motivated enough to try and change your morning routine. Sadly, it’s hard to do so without a guide or some help to teach you the basics of being a morning person—a guide such as this one!


No more snoozing

Get rid of those snooze alarms right now! Disable them completely or get an alarm clock that actually helps to wake you up, not tease you into sleeping a couple of extra minutes. Think of what you could do in five minutes. You could brush your teeth, wash your face, go toilet, brew a fresh cup of coffee or even get changed. Now think about how many times you hit that snooze button. Once, twice, three times the charm? That’s roughly 15 minutes of extra snoozing—but you still feel tired, right? So what was the point of snoozing anyway? Get out of bed, use those 15 minutes productively and you’ll feel much better about yourself and less groggy.

Treat yourself in the morning

No, this doesn’t mean stuff your face with chocolates and ice cream as a reward for waking up on time. There are simple pleasures in the morning that you can indulge in, such as a freshly brewed cup of coffee that you ground yourself. Not sure on how to make the perfect coffee? You can learn more by searching up guides, looking up appliances and practising. The best thing about most coffee machines is that they can continue running even if you’re in the shower or getting ready for work, meaning as soon as you’re finished with your morning routine you’ll have a fresh cup of coffee waiting for you!

Morning fitness

If you want to get into a fitness routine then nothing’s better than going out for a run in the morning when the roads are clear and there’s no one to eye you in your spandex clothes. It’s even better if you can convince a friend or family member to run with you run with you in the mornings so that you can reach your fitness goals together. Going for a run in the morning is also an excellent way to wake yourself up and get your blood flowing and mind awake. End your morning workout with a healthy energy-filled breakfast such as oatmeal and you’re ready to start your day.

Find a reason to get up early

If you don’t have to wake up early then why should you? There has to be a reason why you would want to wake up earlier. Perhaps you want to get more hours out of the day, maybe your partner or friends are concerned you’re sleeping too much, or perhaps you want to cut midnight cravings by sleeping earlier and thus, waking up earlier as well. Whatever your reasons are, stick to them and find motivation in changing your sleeping routine.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

You Look Great! 5 Ways to Lighten Up on Physical Appearance


Go on your Facebook or Instagram feed and you’ll be hard pressed not to find selfies of people flexing at the gym or sunbathing in a bikini. Sprinkled in are ads for skin creams, weight management shakes, hair restoration, cosmetic procedures and butt lifting yoga pants. Thanks to smartphones and selfie culture we are all online being bombarded and obsessing over physical appearance, especially our own. 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, says it is time to lighten up. Below are some common obsessive thoughts and actions on physical appearance and what to do about them.

1. “It takes me an hour and 5 outfit changes before I can leave the house.”
“When you find it difficult to commit to an outfit choice and rapidly change outfits only to look in the mirror thinking everything looks terrible, there is certainly heightened anxiety taking place,” explains Dr. Hafeez. She adds, the problem isn’t the clothes. The problem is self-perception and mindset. “The better you feel about yourself from the inside and the more positive things you have in your life to be appreciative of, the less time you will spend on clothing choices. You’ll know exactly what you want to wear and you’ll be more than satisfied with your choice,” offers Hafeez.
The solution? She suggests training your mind to decide and stick to the style decision by setting an alarm for 5 minutes to brainstorm 2 options. Dr. Hafeez also encourages focusing on where you are going and the positive aspects of the anticipated experience to shift the mind off your physical appearance.

2. “I can’t pass a reflective surface without checking myself in it.”
If you’re checking yourself out thinking, you look fantastic and swiftly continue to walk on that’s normal, fine, and even healthy. However, if you are thinking, you need to lose weight, that you have a double chin, that you look old, that your hair is terrible, then you’re beating yourself up and are focused on unattainable perfection. “Our bodies will change and we will age. This is a fact of life. Exercising for as little as 20 minutes per day, eating healthily, walking, reading and meditation are all things that are beneficial to us. When we make how we feel top priority, we start to look good. We’re more radiant, smiling, and have higher, more positive energy,” explains Dr. Hafeez.

3. “I never can leave the house without make-up.”
This is a tough one and common for a lot of women. We all want that fresh faced, gorgeous without trying look. Very few women past puberty can achieve it. “There’s a difference between the level of self-consciousness between a woman who takes 10 minutes to put on some moisturizing foundation, mascara and lip gloss and someone who must spend an hour a full face of make-up perfectly applied,” says Dr. Hafeez.
Getting monthly facials and educating yourself on different make up formulations can help you cut down on the amount of make-up needed. This could shorten the time it takes getting glammed up!

4. “I constantly compare myself to others on social media, in magazines, in public.”
Dr. Kirk Brandow, founder and director of the Brandow Clinic for Cosmetic Surgery who has appeared on national programs such as Good Morning America and 20/20, commenting on physical appearance says comparison mindset is incredibly common. “Ten years ago people would come to me with pictures of celebrities, and now they’re showing me random people on their social media feeds.  It is unreasonable to compare yourself to a celebrity as they have a team of trainers and stylists that help them achieve and maintain a certain desired look. Today people see their high school friend on social media with the perfect breasts and they want that same look. People are really comparing themselves to everyone now,” he candidly explains.

Dr. Hafeez advises taking breaks from social media and doing body strengthening and range of motion exercises that also weave in breathing and mindfulness such as yoga or tai chi. “When you are aware of your body’s strength and your general well-being, you’re not going to compare yourself to others. When you’re too busy enjoying a happy, healthy, you won’t care if your thighs are less toned than someone else’s.

5. “I have a list of cosmetic procedures I want to do and am planning to do this year!”
This is when we must be mindful of body dysmorphia. When we have a distorted perception of our appearance it can lead to an addiction to cosmetic procedures. Dr. Brandow adds that it is very important for cosmetic surgeons to screen people to see if they have signs of body dysmorphia. “Ethically when someone comes in with a list of flaws they want to fix it is up to us professionals to advise them appropriately. When someone is addicted to surgeries and tries to “fix” the same body part repeatedly, that’s a red flag.
Dr. Sanam Hafeez suggests keeping an “appreciation journal” and write down 10 things you appreciate about yourself and your life. This will lessen harsh self-criticism and the need to measure up to any physical ideal.

About the doctors:
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 

Dr. Kirk Brandow, founder and director of Brandow Clinic for Cosmetic Surgery is a plastic surgeon with practices in the Philadelphia metro area. Named a “Top Doc” in Plastic Surgery by Philadelphia Magazine as well as nationally recognized for one of America’s “Best Plastic Surgeons” of this decade, Dr. Brandow is a trusted expert who has developed many innovative, minimally invasive procedures for the face, body and skin. He has been featured on local, national and international television programs including 20/20, CNN’s Headline News, Good Morning America.
Connect with Dr. Brandow via www.brandowclinic.com

Beloved Kid-Folk Duo Hullabaloo - "Best of Hullabaloo: Volume Two"



Best of Hullabaloo: Volume Two 
Hullabaloo Music 
24 February 2017

CELEBRATING 13 YEARS, 13 ALBUMS, AND 3,000 SHOWS!

BELOVED KID-FOLK DUO HULLABALOO


IS SET TO RELEASE

BEST OF HULLABALOO: VOLUME TWO

 
"Taylor Swift can wait.  Start your little ones on this country-pop album brimming with clever wordplay."
-- People magazine

"As good as it gets when it comes to children's music."
-- Parents Magazine

"Hullabaloo is like the Pixar of kid-folk bands, treating its all-ages audience with dignity and taking nothing for granted."
-- Chuck Campbell, Knoxville News-Sentinel

SAN DIEGO -- As a prelude to their 3,000th show and to celebrate thirteen years of glowing critical acclaim, the beloved "free-range, organic kid-folk" duo Hullabaloo has compiled a sparkling new collection ofHullabaloo favorites for kids and families.  Their 13th album, Best of Hullabaloo: Volume Two, is set for release on February 24, 2017.

Over the past thirteen years, Hullabaloo has created a foot-stomping, wing-flapping career performing their trademark blend of American folk and roots music with a kid-friendly angle.  For their "lucky 13" release,Hullabaloo's Steve Denyes and Brendan Kremer decided to feature three favorite songs from each of the past five Hullabaloo albums.

Explains Steve Denyes, "We released Best of Hullabaloo: Volume Onein 2009, followed by five new albums.  To establish a milepost for our 3,000th live show, we wanted to bring out another 'Best of' album.  Of course, the hardest part was choosing the songs, an impossible task, really.  In the end, we chose a balance that reflected 'fan favorites' as well as our own favorite songs that we play live on a daily basis."

Best of Hullabaloo: Volume Two kicks off with "Sleep Well Tonight," featuring Hullabaloo's signature updated country/bluegrass sound, this time floating on a cushion of hambone, Bo Diddley rhythm.  With country charm and irrepressible silliness, "Dog Song," a loping ode to man's best friend written by the late, great Steve White, has a visceral appeal that reflects a combination of Woody Guthrie, Jimmie Rodgers, and re-runs ofHee Haw.

"I Wear Pink" is based on Steve Denyes' real-life experience as a boy who mostly learned about life playing with his older sisters and other kids in his neighborhood who happened to be of the girl variety.  Predictably, he wound up wearing a lot of pink and playing with dolls, that is, when he wasn't surfing, skateboarding, and playing soccer and basketball with one of his best friends, Eileen, the neighborhood tomboy.  Guest artists heard on "I Wear Pink" include kindie music luminaries Peter AlsopJim CosgrovePapa CrowLaura DohertyDean JonesThe Singing LizardRed YarnRandy KaplanPointed Man Band, and Mista Cookie Jar.

"Raise a Ruckus" --in the old days, a real "get down and boogie" staple on Louisiana Hayride and The Grand Ole Opry -- has been given new, kid-friendly lyrics and updated energy.  The evocatively colorful "Favorite Day" calls upon Lunch Money's Molly Ledford to blend her vocal and xylophone talents with those of Dennis Caplinger on ukulele and dobro, supported by the great sound of Gunnar Biggs' slap bass.

Steve Denyes and Brendan Kremer met in kindergarten and have been friends ever since.  Together they started playing music in the 5th grade band, where they vigorously exhibited their burgeoning talents on "Old MacDonald" and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."  Little did they suspect that, decades later, these songs would still be among their biggest hits!

Best of Hullabaloo: Volume Two will be available athullabalooband.comcdbaby.com, and iTunes.

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CD Details:  Best of Hullabaloo: Volume Two
Release Date:  February 24, 2017
For ages 6 months - 6 years
Label:  Hullabaloo Music
SRP:   $12.00 for CD.  $9.99 for digital download.
Running time:  35 minutes
 
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Hullabaloo Performance Highlights - February - March 2017

Feb. 3 - Vine Theatre, Bernardo Winery - San Diego, CA

Feb. 12 - Contemporary Jewish Museum - San Francisco, CA

Feb 26 - North Coast Repertory Theatre - Solana Beach, CA
Hullabaloo's 3,000th show!

March 4 - Phoenix Children's Museum - Phoenix, AZ

March 5 - McCabe's Guitar Shop - Santa Monica, CA

March 25/26 - San Diego Zoo - San Diego, CA


 
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The Best in Budget Technology


When it comes to making things better technology-wise around your home, it leaves no room to budget for it effectively. People are always striving for bigger and better, when actually we can make do with the basics or cheaper version of a gadget, or realistically we can survive without it at all - our ancestors certainly did, and they turned out alright.

However, if you truly need technology around your home - if it helps with childcare, your business or line or work or helps you upkeep your lifestyle, it can be a disadvantage to yourself to try and limit your use or the discovery of new additions. But as long as it’s as frugal as possible, what’s the problem…?

Fast Internet

The majority of us are operating from WiFi nowadays, using it to help us move remotely around the home. It’s certainly a  For the most part this is fine, but you may notice that you aren’t benefitting from the best download speeds available to you; for that you need to be connected to something rather than rely on it to travel through the air. Wiring your house efficiently enough to get everything done can be an absolute chore; the ideal situation would actually be to get a powerline adaptor, which can save on the costs of getting a professional out to get you all wired back up again and is an easy enough option to get you linked up to other networks in the house. Remember that wired connections are a lot more secure than WiFi, so it has more than just the one use of providing a faster speed for you.

Sonic Toothbrushes

Of course there were going to be advancements in other things that are useful around the house. Dentists recommend electric toothbrushes as they provide a more thorough clean, but it is the sonic power (so the higher concentration of sound vibrations - don’t worry, it’s impossible to hear fully with the human ear) which can help to fully dislodge plaque which is otherwise a dentist’s job to get rid of. Interchangeable heads bought in bulk could save a small fortune in the long run, and keep you from making as many regular dentist visits - basically because you won’t need to if your teeth are looking healthier. So it’s a bit of a long shot, but definitely worth the initial investment to save on future tooth-related spends.

Solar Energy Kits

You can now invest in portable solar energy kits that you can use on the move to charge things like your phone or your laptop. This is probably the most frugal option out there in terms of gadgets and energy - no longer will you be reliant upon charging from a home-based station, or even charging up your portable charger and using your paid-for electricity to do so  … let the sun do its natural and, most importantly, free work and provide you all the charge that you will need to keep you going when times start to get tough.