Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Get Set for Summer Fun With the West Kelowna Recreation Guide


From the Get Outside program and added evening Parks Play Days to the very popular, free, Friday night Music in the Park concert series, the latest West Kelowna Recreation Guide is packed with programs designed to make the most of the spectacular Okanagan summer.

The Summer 2016 guide offers 72 pages of drop-in and registration-based programs at facilities and parks throughout West Kelowna including hockey skills and skate camps at the arenas, swimming lessons at Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre and day camps at Webber Road Community Centre. These are just a few examples—because whatever age, whatever ability, the guide has something for everyone.

View the guide online atwww.westkelownacity.ca/recguide or pick up a copy at:

  • Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre, 3737 Old Okanagan Highway
  • Mount Boucherie Community Centre, 2760 Cameron Road
  • Webber Road Community Centre, 2829 Inverness Road
  • Westbank Library Branch, Westridge Mall, 31 – 2484 Main Street (Highway 97)
  • West Kelowna Visitors’ Centre, 2376 Dobbin Road (Highway 97)
  • Westside Seniors’ Centre, 3661 Old Okanagan Highway
  • Westside Weekly’s Friday, May 29 edition
  • Westside Youth Centre, Westbank Lions Hall, 2466 Main Street (Highway 97)

Monday, 30 May 2016

Palmer's Face Perfecting Oils Giveaway








Palmer’s Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil FACE is a one-step facial cleansing oil that deep cleans, brightens complexion and balances skins pH. 

 It’s time to learn more about the cleansing oil phenomenon.  Palmer’s Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil FACE is an exclusive blend of key ingredients that removes make-up & impurities, is non-stripping, non-drying and won’t clog pores. This product is for all skin types – oily, sensitive, dry and aging.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Skin Therapy Oil FACE is an age-defying, multipurpose skin perfecting oil.  

Want to to deliver targeted anti-aging skin care benefits directly to your face and rejuvenate skin, while restoring and brightening skin tone and texture? Then you must try this fantastic duo – you won’t be disappointed!

 ‘Face’ The Day Right!

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• Anyone desiring an improvement in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles,
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Tell me more…
• Formula contains a host of skin loving ingredients:
- Contains Pure Cocoa Butter for extreme moisturization
- Cetesomate-E™ Complex helps improve skin penetration so the formula
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- Includes Retinol, one of the most powerful anti-aging ingredients and the
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- Enriched with ten essential nourishing oils – Sweet Almond Oil, Sesame Oil,
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• Contains Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect skin and slow
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• Has a light rose scent
• 30ml bottle retails for $9.99 and is available at Walmart
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• Visibly rejuvenates skin for a youthful complexion
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Introducing Palmer’s Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil FACE
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Want to move on a budget? Here's how!


If you’ve ever moved home, you will already know how stressful it can be. And most of that stress is because it’s just so expensive! However, it is very easy to keep all your costs down during the big move. Saving money on the move can also help you stay very organized. Want to know how to move on a budget? Here’s how to do it.

Find A Good Moving Company

There are lots of moving companies up and down the country, such as Copper Palm Moving. To find one that is right for you, make sure you call a few different ones so that you can get a range of quotes. This will help you see which companies can do the job within your budget. There are a few things you need to consider while looking for movers. If you are moving quite far, or across state lines, you might need to find a firm who specializes in long-distance moves.

Don’t Buy Boxes

You will need plenty of cardboard boxes for your move, and they need to be big enough to pack up all your things into. Most people buy specialist moving boxes from local supermarkets. However, this can be a big waste of money. It is much more cost-effective to try and find second-hand boxes. If a friend or relative has recently moved home, ask them if they have any spares. You should also begin to save any boxes you get from online purchases.


Batch Cooking

Many people forget to think about how they will cook in the days running up to the move. If you are well-organized, you will have packed all your things up at least a week before you move. That will make cooking very difficult! So to make sure you don’t rely on expensive ready meals and take outs, you should do some batch cooking before you pack everything up. This way, you will have meals that you can heat up for your next few dinners!

Pack Fragile Items Well

If fragile or important items are broken during transit, you may spend a lot of money replacing them. If they have sentimental value, you may not be able to replace them at all! So be sure to wrap delicate items in lots of soft materials to provide them with some padding. If there are any large spaces in your cardboard boxes, fill them with soft materials so that items don’t move around too much. If something is super fragile, keep hold of it during the journey.

Sell Your Stuff

If you need some extra cash, think about selling some of your stuff. This will raise money for the move and also reduce the amount of things you need to pack up. Furniture should sell very well, and it makes sense to sell your old stuff if your new home is coming furnished. Take a look through your books as well, as they can often sell for quite a bit of money.

And that’s all there is to move on a budget!

Saturday, 28 May 2016

HOW THE CRAYONS SAVED THE RAINBOW

    


The Sun and the Clouds are best friends. Together they keep the world warm, the gardens growing, and the sky full of beautiful rainbows. But one day they get into a fight and refuse to be in the sky together. And that means there are no longer any rainbows. Without rainbows, the colors start disappearing until Earth was left with no color … except for one little forgotten box of crayons in one little school desk.

Determined to save the rainbows and fix the Sun and Clouds’ friendship, the crayons draw rainbows all over town. Their attempts go unnoticed. Soon they realize that they’re going to have to do something big to get the attention of the former friends. So, the crayons create the biggest rainbow they can and hope it’s enough to bring color back to the world.

How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow teaches the importance of teamwork and perseverance through seven crayons with unique personalities and their desire to see the world in color.

Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers—picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Ways to Encourage Your Kid to Make Friends


For children there is nothing better than playing, except playing with friends in a group of their peers. Kids love spending time with other kids their age. Although not all children are as open or sociable, for some kids it is very hard to make friends because they are either shy or nervous. Kids that act different than others can easily end up being the unpopular ones, without even doing anything wrong. It is up to the parents to help them through childhood, which is hard on its own. So what can parents do to help their child when it comes to making friends?


Sit down with your children
Everybody knows that it is really important to take the time to talk to you children. This should be done even from an early age. Kids who are seen as introverts are not keen on talking and sharing thoughts. Being genuinely interested into what they have to say might make them open up to their parents more. This should not be forced in any way, if they are not open to the idea of talking with their parents don’t rush things, wait for another opportunity. Try pointing out that the way they act is not wrong in any way, but it would be really good to become more active and social.


Party time
Kids love parties, it can be a great way to meet new friends, get together with old ones and become a more social person. Throwing a party as a teenager can gain you a lot of popularity and skyrocket you on the social ladder. The same goes for kids of young age, they will be seen by their peers as popular. And what could be more popular than having your kids’ favorite Superheroes coming to the party. A well-organized party should make others forget that your kid isn’t very social and doesn’t like to talk. This could make other kids include your into their activities and new friendships for your loved one.


Dealing with crises
Children learn how to behave through situations that they encounter. Of course it will happen that the kids will sometimes act badly. It is important to see your kid’s reaction in certain situations and correct its behavior if needed. Praising and scolding shouldn’t be overdone. If the children sometimes don’t get what they want they should cry and scream in public. On the other hand they should brag and boast in front of other children. Simply use positive reinforcement when they act appropriately, and in a normal voice explain if their behavior isn’t acceptable.


Group activities
Motivate your kids to become more active through some extracurricular activities. If your kid has an affinity for a certain sport, encourage them to try it out. Kids who play sports are always popular with their peers. This can be a great idea since they will have a common interest with other kids, they spend a lot of time together and eventually become friends. Same goes for other activities besides sport. Encourage them to try an instrument, learn a craft, and take up dancing if they are into it. This only gives your children more chance to become social.

It is not possible to implement all of this overnight. Have patience with your child and give them time to grow into a more sociable person. Simply give them support and be there for them and don’t try to force them into something they don’t like.

About author:
Tracey Clayton
Author, HighStyleLife

Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids, and offers helpful advice in hers parenting articles. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”

Thursday, 26 May 2016

CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS BENEFIT FROM OUTDOOR PLAY


The Episcopal Center for Children, A Nonprofit Organization in DC, Offers Tips for Getting Kids Outside
 
WASHINGTON – Getting children with special needs outside is important for their development and growth, says the staff at the Episcopal Center for Children, a nonprofit organization that assists elementary and middle school aged children with special needs.
It improves coordination and motor skills. Many children with special needs have developmental delays. Playing outside can improve flexibility, muscle strength, and coordination. It can also help them improve body awareness, motor skills and balance. 
Outdoor play builds self-esteem and improves behavior. As children overcome obstacles and improve physical skills, their feelings of self-confidence and self-esteem go up. They experience personal satisfaction and accomplishment, which builds their confidence in other areas.
They improve their social skills. Playing outside gives children with special needs opportunities to share, deal with conflict and work together – but in a low-stress and fun environment.
They advocate for themselves. When these children learn and explore, they often overcome challenges and acquire new skills. This promotes self-advocacy, resiliency, and self-confidence.
Their health improves. Playing outside makes children fitter and leaner. It also boosts their immune systems and raises Vitamin D levels, which many children today are deficient in.
It increases their attention span and problem-solving skills. Children who play outside can increase their attention spans and problem-solving skills. They also tend to have more creative imaginations.
Playing outside lowers stress. Outdoor play reduced stress and lowers a child’s risk for anxiety and depression. It can also ease some symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Getting your child outside may be easier than you think. “Make sure your child gets at least 15-30 minutes of outdoor play each day,” said Dodd White, president and CEO of ECC. “If you live in an apartment building or don’t have a yard, try to get to a neighborhood park a few times a week, and leave your technology at home or turned off.”
Other suggestions are:
- Pack up a “healthy picnic” and enjoy family time outside at an area park.
- Paint a rock garden and put it outside. Visit the garden and play with it.
- Join a recreational sports team or community activity that gets your child outside and playing.
- Encourage your child to act out stories or make up their own. Maybe they can put on a play outside for you to watch.
If you have a limited amount of time available for outdoor play, use a visual cue like a timer, to ease the transition when it’s time to go home.
“A child with special needs may need structure and supervision but you don’t want to excessively hover over them while they are playing,” said White. “Part of the benefit of outdoor play is getting to explore and be creative. So be observant and keep your child safe, but try to give your child some breathing room and keep it fun.”
The Center needs a new playground and is currently raising $30,000 as part of its “Let Them Play!” campaign, which kicks off on June 2, 2016 during DoMore24, a 24-hour day of giving in the Washington, DC metro area for nonprofits organized by the United Way of the National Capital Area. A YouTube video is available.
“We have a beautiful and historic Northwest D.C. campus, but the playground structures we inherited are old and need replacing,” said White. “The children enjoy time outside now in our school garden and play games in the field, but we are eager to get a play structure built for our students, so they can reap more of the benefits of playing outdoors.”

About the Episcopal Center for Children
The Episcopal Center for Children is a private nonprofit, nondenominational day treatment facility for emotionally troubled children and their families from the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  Accredited by the Joint Commission, the Center offers a day treatment program for children who are 5-14 years old, and focuses on enabling children to return to the public school and the community, while being able to re-engage with their families and build a positive future for themselves.  More information is available at www.eccofdc.org.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

TTPM Announces Results of First Diaper Challenge

Parent panel puts 10 leading brands to the test comparing on six critical criteria.


Parents and caregivers confronted with the choice of more than 30 leading diaper brands in the 
U.S. may find themselves confused about which one is the best for their babies and toddlers.   
With diaper costs from birth to potty training hovering around $2000 per child, this represents 
one of the biggest baby expenses for which parents find very little guidance. 

Leading product review site TTPM® set out to make that process a little easier for consumers this
 spring as they fielded their first-ever TTPM Diaper Challenge. A panel of parents put 10 of the most 
popular brands head-to-head (or bum-to-bum) in a 30-day challenge to see which was best for their 
kids. More than 5,000 diapers were used over the course of a month. TTPM provided the diapers to
 the participants who rated the diapers on absorbency, odor control, fit/flexibility, comfort and overall 
quality, without respect to the price of diapers. 

Huggies Snugglers were the undisputed overall winner, capturing the top spot in four of the five 
categories tested. 

All diapers were rated by real families on a scale of 1-to-5 in each performance category . Brands 
sampled were: Bambo Nature, Babies “R” Us, Earth’s Best, Huggies Little Snugglers, Kirkland, Luvs, 
Pampers Cruisers, Parent’s Choice (Walmart), Seventh Generation, Up & Up (Target).  

“Parents research virtually every purchase they make for their children. That’s why they come to TTPM,” says Jim Silver CEO/Editor-in-Chief. “We realized that consumers are looking for direct comparisons among products, but 
there was no current comparison of diapers done with real families, so we married our expertise 
with product reviews to the practical experience of families to help consumers find the information 
they were lacking.” 

BEST OVERALL
The best overall performance with a 4.3 was from Huggies Little Snugglers that received high marks
on absorbency (4.8), odor (4.3), fit/flexibility (3.8), and comfort (4.8).  In fit/flexibility category, 
Kirkland, Costco’s brand, was rated highest at 4.6.  At $0.37 each, Huggies fell between the least 
expensive and most expensive diaper brand.   One reviewer said, “I have actually purchased these 
and have used them since the challenge.” Another commented, “We really like these diapers and 
actually switched to them.  The stripe indicator and overall quality were big selling points for us.”

BEST IN CATEGORIES
· Absorbency: Huggies Little Snugglers, Seventh Generation (4.6), Kirkland (4.2)
· Fit/Flexibility: Kirkland/Costco (4.6), Seventh Generation & Target’s Up & Up tied at 4.2
· Odor: Huggies Little Snugglers (4.3), Up & Up (4.2), Seventh Generation (4.0)
· Comfort: Huggies Little Snugglers (4.8), Up & Up (4.5), Kirkland (4.2)
· Quality: Huggies Little Snugglers (4.5), Up & Up (4.2), Kirkland (4.2)

A LOOK AT ECO- FRIENDLY

Although a selection of reviewers commented that eco-friendly was not an important criterion, 
eco-brand Seventh Generation was among the top three in absorbency, fit/flexibility and odor.  
The other two brands TTPM included in the comparative review were  Bambo Nature and  Earth’s 
Best.


To see a detailed comparison of all participating brands, as well as responses of panelists to the 
individual diapers, visit ttpm.com/diaper-challenge.

# # # 

About TTPM
TTPM® is a leading product review site and retail portal for toys, tots, pets and more. With more 
than 10 million monthly views of its comprehensive video reviews, TTPM is the number one 
resource for consumers seeking to find and easily buy the best toys, baby gear, pet toys, kids 
electronics, and sporting goods for their families. The site’s expert team creates more than 5,000 
independent reviews annually, each featuring the TTPM Price Check, which lists live price 
comparisons and one click purchasing from major retailers.

Stack Your Cash!

It’s time for another round to Stack Your Cash at Swagbucks! Now obviously, you can’t stack your cash unless you have a lot of it and you can’t have a lot of cash unless you’re a savvy shopper. If you’re here, you’re undoubtedly a savvy shopper so don’t miss out on this deal. Get a 500 SB Swag Up Rebate on your next online purchase through Swagbucks!
Here’s how to get your 500 SB Swag Up Rebate:
  • Make a purchase between May 5th and May 31st.
  • Spend at least $25 in the following stores:
    • Indigo
    • Hudson’s Bay
    • HP.ca
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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

How to Create a Tropical Getaway at Home With O.co


Summer is nearly here and it is calling for a taste of tropical charm. If you aren't able to escape on an island getaway this year then why not endulge yourself in some stylish tropical decor to give you that dreamy vacation feel?

O.co has everything you need to make this summer look and feel lush and luxurious.
Give your bed a tropical makeover with these Poppy & Fritz Cotton Percale Sheet Sets. These sheets are perfect for the summer because the high quality cotton keeps your body fresh and cool in the heat. 


Create a beautiful bed ensemble with this Tommy Bahama Tropical Orchid 3-piece Quilt Set!


Get your little one in on the tropical mood with this adorable set.


Relax in style when you take your next ciesta in this 'Tropical Passion' Hammock!
Greet your gets casually with this cool Tropical View Coir Doormat!

For more amazing products check out O.co to create a summer look you will love!

Friday, 20 May 2016

JOIN THE CANADIAN GARDEN CELEBRATION


Garden Days is Canada’s fun-filled coast to coast to coast, three-day celebration of our National Garden Day which is held annually on the Friday before Father’s Day.  This year’s dates are June 17, 18 & 19.

The Garden Days program of activities and events is an opportunity for all Canadians to get outside to enjoy their own garden, visit or take part in their favourite garden experience, get inspired at their local garden centre or travel to a nearby destination to enjoy their favourite public garden.

Let’s get dirty, Canada!
Frankie Flowers, national Garden Days spokesperson, says, “From growing your own food to cutting a fresh flower bouquet to improving a private or community space –  gardening is the best way to be active and studies prove it makes you feel better too.  So, let’s get dirty, Canada!  While the physical activity of gardening makes for better living, the mere presence of gardens enhances Canadian lives everywhere.  Our public and private gardens are among the country’s great assets and now, finally, they are being celebrated in a meaningful and purposeful way duringGarden Days.”

Register your activities, at no cost, and join the celebration
All Canadian gardens, garden and horticultural organizations and garden-related businesses (eg. garden centres) are invited to organize activities or events to celebrate public gardens and home gardening and register them, at no cost, on theGarden Days website.  It’s as simple as visitingwww.gardendays.ca and clicking on the ‘Register Your Activity’ button.

Find a Garden Days activity and enter the Contest
To find Garden Days activities near you, visitwww.gardendays.ca and click on the ‘Activities’ button, or search by city on this easy to navigate site. 

While on the site, be sure to enter the Garden Days contest for a chance to win terrific prizes thanks to sponsors: VIA Rail Canada, Scotts Canada Ltd., Garant and Garden Decor . 

Above all, have some great outdoor fun and celebrate the role of gardens and gardening in our communities and our lives.
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Garden Days is organized by the Canadian Garden Council with the support of Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, Landscape Ontario, Communities in Bloom, Qu├ębec Gardens Association, Gardens BC, Ontario Garden Tourism Coalition and the Ontario Horticultural Association. 

The program’s objective is to draw attention to Canada’s garden culture, history and innovations and to underscore the importance of public and private gardens, the values of home gardening and the promotion of environmental stewardship. 



Follow Garden Days on Twitter @CanadasGardensand join in the conversation at #GardenDaysCanada.
Like Garden Days on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/CanadianGardenCouncil and post your photos on Instagram @canadiangardencouncil

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Building a Women’s Business That Feeds Your Soul - Find Your Tribe


Every one of us has a purpose and a mission. Building a business requires you to walk your soulful path and manifest your vision.

With over 40 years of experience, Kaya Singer, business owner, entrepreneur, mentor and author of the book Wiser & Wilder, says that success comes to those who focus on being authentic, in the right circle of people, in a balanced and actualized way, with a strong voice. It also means being willing to face the unhealed parts of yourself that hold you back.

Her new book is for is designed to help people who not only know their purpose and mission, but are ready to walk a soulful path and that manifests their vision with the right people.

“Finding your tribe is perhaps one of the most important steps to focus on in business,” she says.

Your tribe is made up of all the people who love your business, products, services, and you. It's your fans, current and potential customers and clients, and your colleagues. They enjoy hearing what you're up to, and they spread the word to others about your business. it's just as true now as it has been down through the ages: women thrive in circles with other women (Think quilting bees, knitting circles, etc., and now through businesses.)

To grow your tribe, increase your fan base, and continue to build your business, you need to connect with others. This may seem obvious, but not everyone does this strategically.

Here are seven important key ways to grow your tribe: 

Search for Women’s Networking Groups and Business Clubs in your Local Area. You can do a Google search by typing in "women's networking groups" along with the name of your city or town, and see what comes up. Providing you get some results, scroll through them and see what and who might be appropriate for you to reach out to. Then plan to attend their next networking meeting, which is often free for first timers. When you attend, remember to be a good networker. This means be curious and learn about others and their businesses before you share all about yours. When you're a good listener, others want to learn about you.

Do online searches through the social media channels. For example, open up Facebook and inside the search bar at the top, type in the same words as in the example above. "Women's networking groups" and the name of your city or town. Notice what comes up here? Then, to get even more specific responses, look at the top of that page and click on the link that says "groups". The results should be good opportunities for you. If you don't get any responses, try changing the key words in your search until the information you want comes up.

Tap in and take advantage of your own networks. Who can you ask for suggestions or referrals? Make a list of people you think could be helpful, and then ask them if there are there any groups they know of that you should be a part of? Or do they know any individuals that they think you should get to know. Not only are you tapping into the wisdom of your own networks, but you are also allowing others to help you, and they will feel good about that. Ask them if they'd be willing to introduce you so that it is a "warm" connection. Be sure and return the favor when you find someone or an event that they would likely benefit from. This is called building social capital and it's networking at its best.

Set up coffee or tea dates with women you meet and feel a connection toward. When you're together, look for ways you can collaborate with one another through your businesses. You may come up with some great ideas, and if not, you've at least made a new friend. Magic happens when you show up, but first you have to ask. Make a list: Who would you like to get to know better? And then reach out and ask.

Start your own Meet Up group and invite people to come. Think about the kind of group you would like to be a part of, and the kind of women you want to attract. What are your interests? What are you values? Make a list and imagine the kinds of people you like to know. Go to meetups in your local area. Experiment with the best key words to use, and when others search using those words, your event will come up. Don't stop there though. Invite people on your email list, or in your address book, and be sure and post it on your favorite social media channels too. Creating a group is one of the best ways to be seen as a leader and an expert in your field.

Go to a local tea shop or cafe with your lap top and work from there. You may not know anyone personally, but just being out with other people can make it feel like you're a part of a larger community. Eventually you will see the same faces and you'll start to get to know others. Be open to others; You never know who you're meeting until you talk to them and get to know them. You just may find your next partner or best friend. 

Build a community on social media. Your tribe members are not limited by geography. Through the Internet, your tribe can be anywhere in the world! It's important to do a little research and find out the platform that your clients and tribe are more likely to be on. Simply ask them through an email, or as you're meeting people, find out which platform they are on the most. Track the top places where your tribe likes to hang out. Then, you'll need to make some decision. You will likely not have the time or energy to focus on every platform your tribe mentions. It's better to pick one or two social media channels, and do a deeper dive with them. You can have a presence on more, but really get to know and understand just one or two of the channels, preferably the top two where most of your tribe hangs out.

Join groups on social media. This is so you can meet more people and they can also get to know you. A good place to begin is Facebook groups because so many people are using the platform. In the Facebook search bar at the top, type in the topic or focus that interests you. Join a group and get involved by making comments, posting and liking other people's comments. Notice who stands out to you and why and then reach out to them. You can comment on their posts, or send an invitation to connect outside the group. This is another good way to get to know others. You can also start your own FB group and invite others to join you. It is easy to do. Simply go to what looks like an upside down triangle at the top, right side of your screen, and click on "help". Type in, "How do I start my own Facebook group?" and you will get a step-by-step guide. Once you set up your group you can invite all your FB friends or select certain individuals. Beyond being seen as a leader and expert in your topic area, a side-benefit of Facebook groups is that it's very easy to build real relationships without reading tons of posts you don’t enjoy.

Start Your own small Mastermind Group.  A Mastermind Group is a fabulous way to offer and receive support from others. Many women want this, but they wait for a group to drop in their lap rather than initiating one themselves. Don't fall into that trap. If there isn't a group for you to join, create the kind of group you want. Be selective and choose 3-4 people who are at a similar level as you are and are also looking for support. These might be colleagues you have met a local groups or even met online. A group can be local or you can meet on phone or Skype. Begin by writing out an intention with your own culture and values and then you will attract women who want something similar.

Look for ways you can promote others. This key is huge and may be the most important one of all. Building good relationships means being there for other people and sharing help and resources when you can. Refer people to an awesome massage therapist or tell people about a web designer who is good.  Promoting is giving in the highest way for entrepreneurs as it helps them to build their tribe.  Gifting to others builds positive energy and expands your community too, so It is a win-win.

Connecting with supportive people not only helps build your business, but it builds real community, plus it helps you to grow personally as an individual; this is particularly helpful if you tend to be more introverted. 

Kaya Singer’s book, Wiser & Wilder, goes beyond the usual how-to business advice and instead places its focus on HOW TO BE. It contains over 150 pages of heart-centered personal stories, purposeful activities, and inspiring wisdom to encourage women entrepreneurs to invest in themselves so they can become who they are meant to be in this world. Included are  illustrative  drawings that are creative and engaging. The book encourages readers to access guidance from their soul level in order to come out of hiding and overcome obstacles that are holding them back. With over 40 years of experience, Kaya has seen again and again how creating clarity and confidence around life purpose empowers women to manifest the prosperity they need to carry their visions far and wide.

Wiser and Wilder
Kaya Singer

List $19.99
188 pages, trade paperback, also available in Kindle
ISBN-10: 0982641222  ISBN-13: 978-0982641224
Published by Awakening Business Press (May 1, 2016)

For more information, visit www.awakeningbusiness.com

About Kaya Singer



Kaya Singer is a Wise Woman entrepreneur, mentor, artist, and writer. Having never fit into a traditional business box, Kaya’s been self-employed for over 40 years, beginning with her first business selling pottery on orange crates.

Her wisdom touches thousands of women through mentoring, women’s gatherings and personal growth retreats, in both the United States and New Zealand, where she lived for 12 years. She has a BFA in Fine Arts from Ohio State University and an MS in counseling from the University of Oregon. Kaya’s mission is to support visionary women to wake up, stop hiding and invest in themselves so they can reach their true potential and make a bigger difference in the world. She knows that it’s time for women to show up!

Now growing into her Crone wisdom years, she’s come full circle and is has integrated her art and coaching business into one. When not working with clients, she paints in the studio she shares with her husband Wayne, plays with clay, dances to 60s music or spends time out in the forest or at the ocean in Oregon. She loves pure nature and this is where her Wild Woman thrives and reconnects to Mother Earth. 

She lives in Portland, Oregon.

What People Are Saying

“If I had only had this book when I left corporate America in pursuit of creating a fulfilling business, my path would have been so much easier and faster towards the success I enjoy today. Wiser and Wilder guides you from inspiration through effective business know-how to nurture your highest vision into reality—in a way that feeds your woman’s soul!”

-- Sonia Miller, Author of The Attraction Distraction: Why the Law of Attraction Isn’t Working for You and How to Get Results

“It was beyond refreshing to read and experience the charm, simplicity, and powerful wisdom offered in Kaya Singer’s soulful book Wiser and Wilder. The twenty-first century has arrived just in time to help us reframe the way we do business, protect earth resource, and honor age. Kaya’s visionary expertise is more than timely, highlighting a joyful approach toward personal abundance and illustrated with her whimsical art. The book urges the reader to shift their consciousness toward a new paradigm; one that combines joy, business, and health as a triad for success.”

-- Isha Lerner, Author of Inner Child Cards: A Fairy Tale Tarot and The Triple Goddess Tarot

“Kaya’s journey along with information not far from being Shamanic enriched is very empowering. Wiser and Wilder takes us back to our roots as women, back to who we truly are before we felt disempowered. A great book to grow from.”

-- Mia Saenz, Editor-in-Chief, BellaMia Magazine

“Wiser and Wilder is a book that will tap you on the shoulder, inviting you to go deep into your heart and soul. Being a woman in business is a very different experience from what many of us expect. Kaya Singer shares a vision of doing business, and life, in a round, whole, integrated, and uniquely feminine way. The information on the three stages of life and business should be required reading for every woman who wants to make a difference and a living.”

-- Lynne Klippel, Best-selling Author of Overcomers, Inc.

“Kaya Singer’s soul opens on every page of Wise and Wilder. Though I’ve been on my spiritual and emotional growth journey many years, I recognized places within me where I’m still, growing and need to release past hurts that’s impacted my creativity and my business. I see myself as fairly confident and her empowerment rituals are helping me embrace my greatness and believe in my brilliance on an even higher level. A must-read for creative women entrepreneurs.”

-- Denise Michaels, Founder, International Book Writing Guild

“Kaya Singer’s Wiser & Wilder: A Soulful Path for Visionary Women Entrepreneurs is a godsend. At last, a wise elderwoman, coach and therapist, tells us we are not crazy because we can’t fit ourselves into the male-dominated world of business. Singer’s astute counsel encourages women to reinvent entrepreneurship in their own image. She suggests trusting intuition and following bliss as well as doing the hard work of marketing. She advises, ‘put your health, wellness, spirit and family first…. Just because you put your kids first doesn’t mean you aren’t powerfully committed to your business success. It just means that the way you operate will look different.’ In addition to thoughtful coaching, Wiser & Wilder offers exercises to help readers address their own unique challenges and gifts. Above all, Singer emphasizes the importance of deep psychological and emotional work in creating a path to success, an approach that taps the courage in the heart of every wise, wild woman.