Monday, May 2, 2016

Mailbox Monday - May 2



Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

It's been a while. How is everyone? Life is one crazy mess right now. Simply overwhelmed with work, family, and trying to fit in a bit of me time.

Two clients closed on their homes this past week, which is always sweet. Four more between now and the end of May, so not sure how much I will be around but I'll do my best.


I picked up a copy of this one after reviewing another of the author's books. It was a freebie when I grabbed it. I've been reading it here and there between other things. It's interesting. 

What was in your mailbox last week?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Napping 101 Infographic from Casper

For busy moms, tired and stressed are two words that follow us around forever. Especially now– April is Stress Awareness Month. It seems like just a part of life, but stress can have some pretty serious effects on our health. The good news is, there are some simple ways to help reduce stress one day at a time. One of the best is to take a healthy, long overdue nap. It might seem straightforward, but there's a lot that goes into taking the PERFECT nap. The sleep experts at Casper have spent years figuring out ways to help people sleep better– that's why they created their latex mattress, but they've also put together this Napping 101 guide with tips how to take a refreshingly healthy nap. Check it out, and be sure to find time in your busy life to catch some well-deserved Zs!




Thursday, April 21, 2016

Vacation Week Antics

School is out! The Lil' Diva and the Lil' Princess have happily been on vacation this week. With Dad in London on business, that means the girls and I are hanging out and getting into all kinds of trouble.


We started the week off at church. It was lovely outside, so we had our Sunday school lesson in the yard. 

Then the Lil' Diva attempted to show me how to take a proper selfie. Most of her shots are with half a face, but I don't see why anyone would want to see half of me. 


The great thing about school vacation is we treat ourselves to eating out. This usually leads to more picture taking.



The Lil' Princess decided to buy herself a new toy. Check out her trampoline! The girls and their friends worked hard to put it together. I had to help with the safety net and tying the net down, but everything else they handled. Notice the Lil' Diva acting as the supervisor.


We had plenty of sleepovers. This afternoon we met up with family and my sister-in-law took the Lil' Princess home with her. She'll have fun at their place until Saturday entertaining the Lil' Nephew.

It's also been a work week for me. I kept my schedule light so I could concentrate on the girls, but I'm still out showing houses. Tomorrow will be my busiest day. 

Thankfully, Dad will be home from London tomorrow night. We've missed him. 

What are some of the fun things you do on vacation?

Friday, April 8, 2016

Book Review: The Productivity Book by Michael Brecht

Busy moms know the key to getting it all done is putting systems and schedules in place. Oh, and getting enough rest is a big help too.

The Productivity Book by Michael Brecht is a helpful resource for those who wish to become more productive by learning how to work smarter, not harder. Brecht is the CEO of Doodle, an online scheduling tool.

After a brief introduction by the author, numerous interviews appear with a variety of productivity and time management experts. The book is rounded out with an engaging Afterword and Conclusion.

It's definitely interesting to learn how experts plans their days, what Apps they use, and what their predictions are for the future. As someone who hasn't always used a ton of Apps, I am glad to have a list of new ones to consider to increase my productivity. My slight criticism is that the interviews coming one after the other makes for some monotonous--though easy--reading. I would have liked to have seen more of the author's thoughts interspersed between the interviews. As CEO of an online scheduling tool he must have a wealth of his own information to share.

The Productivity Book is loaded with great information, so it's definitely worth reading. The low cost of the book makes purchasing it a no-brainer. Pick it up and see what a difference it can make for you.



File Size: 5800 KB
Print Length: 206 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Doodle AG (November 16, 2015)
Publication Date: November 16, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B01844YLP8


I received a free digital copy of this book from the author through Goddess Fish Promotions. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.



Monday, April 4, 2016

Mailbox Monday - April 4



Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

Well, it's been a few weeks. Totally tied up with selling real estate lately. Sold two condos, three of my four listings went under agreement, and two tenants were placed into rental properties. Not much blogging going on as a result.

I hope life is treating you well and that you have had some nice spring weather. It has been cold and snowing in Massachusetts.



These books were scooped up at the ongoing library book sales. I think I paid 50 cents each for them. 



This one came to me unsolicited from the publisher:


In the war-ravaged England of 1940, Charlotte Bromley is sure of only one thing: Kitty McLaughlin is her best friend in the whole world. But when Charlotte's scientist father makes an astonishing discovery that the Germans will covet for themselves, Charlotte is faced with an impossible choice between danger and safety. Should she remain with her friend or journey to another time and place? Her split-second decision has huge consequences, and when she finds herself alone in the world, unsure of Kitty's fate, she knows that somehow, some way, she must find her way back to her friend. Written in the spirit of classic time-travel tales, this book is an imaginative and heartfelt tribute to the unbreakable ties of friendship.

What was in your mailbox?

Blogging From A to Z April (2016) Challenge



For the first time in a while I am not participating in the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge. As I was checking my stats for this blog, one of my  most recent popular posts was from when I participated in this challenge in 2013.

It's a shame sign ups are closed for this year because I would have joined up....even though I would be hard-pressed to commit to it. To be successful, you need to have time to comment as well as post. Time is something that is in short supply right now. I'll just be a cheerleader this year.

Are you participating in the Blogging From A to Z April (2016) Challenge? If yes, what is your topic? 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Results of the 21 Day Fix



My 21 Day Fix ended yesterday. I'm sure you'll all dying to learn the results. What? Only me?

Here's the scoop: I lost 7 pounds and even lost 1 inch. Since the first week of January, I have been eating better and exercising, so that has led me to lose a total of 14 pounds and 2 inches. Not bad.

My biggest challenge: making time to exercise.

The easiest part of the whole thing: getting more sleep. Between working, family life, and exercising I was pretty tired by the end of the day so I slept more and slept better.

What did I do right: Used my containers every morning to start my day off right.

Where did I flounder: Still can't seem to give up my one Pepsi a day and only once made time to exercise in the evening if I didn't get a chance to work out in the morning.

Am I happy? You bet. I am definitely on the road to where I want to be. Now that I have my DVDs and my containers--which really do help you think about what you're eating--I can keep on moving forward. Having met my weight loss goal of 110 pounds, I am going to focus on toning up.

Thanks to all those who have supported me along the way. I couldn't do it without you!