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20 Jun 19
Champagne Meets Whiskey

One of my favorite things about being a human is food. While some people use food for fuel and to strengthen their bodies, that life just makes me sad. For me, food is a beautiful, magical, sensational experience that you can have multiple times a day! Each setting is different, the complexities change, the music […]

20 Jun 19
westerlycooks

Our Cookbook Club We had so many new faces this month, it was a great showing for June! Cookbook Rating 4.72 out of 5 stars Feedback In general, there was so many positives shared about this book and it was a clear favorite. We loved the way the book was categorized into alphabetized vegetables, with […]

20 Jun 19
Detox Retreat Scrapbook


Here are my two favorite Chai Tea Recipes: Green Tea Chai and Rosy Chocolate Chai. They are perfect for gift giving, enjoying on cool days and colder nights, and are wonderful teas for health! Make your own tea blends, and package them up for perfect homemade. holiday gifts!

20 Jun 19
Asian Entertament

Actors Kim Min Seok and Choi Woo Sik are steadily building their careers as Korea’s favorite blooming actors. Both come with impressive filmographies, in which they boast their incredible acting skills and their stellar visuals. And these visuals are leading Koreans to believe these two would have thrived as K-Pop idols!   29-year-old Kim Min […]

20 Jun 19
Golfweek

[jwplayer QbhB0oxu-9JtFt04J] Martin Kaymer and Oliver Wilson have a lot of catching up to do. This week’s $2.2 million BMW International Open could be the tournament that makes up for lost time. Kaymer and Wilson are one shot off Andrea Pavan’s first round lead after 5-under-par 67s. Kaymer went bogey free at Golfclub München Eichenried […]

20 Jun 19
lacey life

We got married a little over 1.5 years ago and moved about 6 months after getting married. A lot of the gifts we received for our wedding actually stayed in their boxes, unopened until being unpacked in Texas. During those first few months we were living together in our apartment and starting to receive gifts, […]

20 Jun 19
ABC 4
Red, blues, purples, greens and more! The theme for Millcreek Gardens this summer is lots and lots of color. Larene Bautner showed Nicea why Millcreek is the best place to get a perfect “pop” for your garden. “Vibrant” is the best description of Millcreek right now. Everywhere you turn, there are beautiful plants in every color imaginable! They have gorgeous geraniums — including stunning red ones that are 99 cents right now! They also have bright zinnia’s that come in gorgeous flower mixes that are perfect for your flower beds. Larene also showed thousands of perennials, and a variety of lilies. When you garden, you need the right gear. Larene showed rose-patterned garden gloves, nutrient-rich soil and adorable hats. Nicea’s favorite was the tan one that matched her outfit perfectly. For all your gardening needs this summer, Millcreek is the place to go. Learn more at http://www.millcreekgardens.com/ This story includes sponsored content.
20 Jun 19
The Harlton Empire

We had the opportunity to catch up with Kristen Karma who shared some of her favorite summer things and where we can catch her next.

20 Jun 19
Thrive Global
You wake up with your heart pounding out of your chest. You’re shaky and feel like you’re going to jump out of your skin. Constantly on edge, you can’t settle yourself. You’re a nervous wreck, overwhelmed with all the commitments you’ve made, and the most annoying thing is that the anxiety is preventing you from fulfilling upon your promises. Each day there’s another blast of anxiety. It’s become as much a part of your life as shallow breathing. And the only way you know how to stop the nerve-wracking jumpiness is to take a Xanax. After all, wasn’t that what it was prescribed for? But you really don’t like taking medication and each day you resist until you can no longer function without it. I get it! This was what my anxiety looked like… and it wasn’t pretty. And here’s the important point: my anxiety was a symptom of burnout, and I didn’t know this until it was too late… until I hit full-blown burnout. Burnout is a serious condition which has the potential to wreck your health and well-being. Don’t let this happen to you! The Link Between Anxiety And Burnout Anxiety, if you don’t tend to it, can lead to burnout because it weakens your body’s ability to function as well as its designed to. Burnout can trigger or amplify anxiety. Before burnout, I occasionally felt a low level of anxiety. Very rarely would I have a medium level of anxiety (when I went to the dentist). When I was in burnout, my ability to handle stress was compromised and this triggered high levels of anxiety. How To Identify Serious Anxiety Symptoms Anxiety is a very normal – and usually temporary – response to stressful life events like moving, changing jobs, or having financial troubles. However, sometimes anxiety runs amok and starts to take over your life. Early on, you may experience mild symptoms of tension, worry, and edginess. These symptoms are easy to dismiss as nothing serious. But if you continue to ignore them, you can move closer to burnout and your anxiety may become so serious that it interferes with your ability to get your work done. Anxiety may also cause problems in your personal life. Signs of serious anxiety include: Excessive worry: one of the most common symptoms of prolonged anxiety disorder is excessive worry that’s way out of proportion to the events that trigger it. Feeling agitated: when you feel anxious, part of your sympathetic nervous system goes into overdrive and kicks off a cascade of effects throughout your body. This is when you experience your pulse racing, your palms sweating, and your hands shaking. Your brain believes you’re in danger, and it’s preparing your body to react to the threat. Tense muscles: muscle tension is strongly linked to anxiety, but the exact nature of the relationship is not well understood. However, treating muscle tension has been shown to help reduce symptoms of worry. Panic attacks: panic attacks produce an intense, overwhelming sensation of fear that can debilitate you. Your extreme fear is usually accompanied by a rapid heartbeat, sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, chest tightness, nausea and fear of dying or losing control. Here’s the bottom line: When you’re experiencing anxiety, caring for yourself isn’t an option; it’s a necessity. Particularly if you know you’re close to or in full burnout. So let’s take a look at some ways you can reduce your anxiety. 4 Ways To Reduce Anxiety Naturally Fortunately, there are a variety of natural ways to nurture yourself and help reduce your anxiety. Here are some of my favorites: Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as EFT or tapping: Tapping is a set of techniques that use your body’s energy meridian points. You stimulate these points by tapping on them with your fingertips – literally tapping into your body’s own energy and healing power.Meditation: Mindfulness meditation strengthens your ability to regulate your emotional responses to perceived threats, in direct contrast to anxiety which is when your responses run out of control.Exercise: Exercise produces endorphins, which are chemicals in your brain that act as natural painkillers. It takes only about five minutes of aerobic exercise to start stimulating the anti-anxiety effects.Essential Oils: Essential oils are scented liquids that are derived from plants, flowers, and fruits. Research suggests that aromatherapy using essential oils may help promote relaxation and relieve anxiety. Bergamot orange, chamomile, and lavender are particularly good for anxiety. These are just a few examples of natural ways to reduce your anxiety. You can get more helpful tips about burnout when you sign up for my email list. It’s Time To Show Your Anxiety The Door Serious anxiety and burnout are health conditions to be taken seriously. If your anxiety has progressed far enough that you believe you’re suffering from burnout, or are teetering on the edge of full-blown burnout, it’s time to stop it in its tracks. Fundamentally, anxiety and burnout are injuries to your health. As with most injuries, continuing the same patterns that caused them to occur in the first place will only make them worse, just like an athlete who continues to race through a hairline fracture. So if you’ve been pushing through your symptoms, let’s get you back on the path of well-being. In addition to the techniques I’ve given you in this post, get my complimentary gift “From Burnout To Balance: A Simple 10-Minute Daily Self-Care Practice.” This practice has been shown to: Increase mindfulness, well-being, self-confidence, and personal powerIncrease your ability to concentrateCultivate a greater resilience to stress, a positive mindset, and a sense of hopefulness and calmDecrease stress and stress-related symptoms like frustration, mood swings, feelings of overwhelm or lack of control, anxiety, depression, low energy, headaches, body aches and pains, muscle tension, chest pain and rapid heartbeat, insomnia, and frequent colds and infectionsReduce or even stop worrying This may sound too simple – how can 10 minutes a day change your anxiety? Yet it can…. one daily practice, for a few minutes, could change your life. I’m here to support you in reducing your anxiety and breaking free from burnout. Your next step is to: >> Click here and download my free gift, “From Burnout To Balance: A Simple 10-Minute Daily Self-Care Practice.”
20 Jun 19
kmkat & her kneedles

Blog silence has reigned for… ::consults list of published posts:: …a long time. Life got in the way. Nothing bad, no one has died, but I seem to have a plethora (one of my favorite words!) of URGENT! MUST DO NOW! OR SOONER! things on my to-do list. Blog posting has fallen by the wayside. […]

20 Jun 19
An Adventure Abroad

The end of the year was rather challenging, and it sped up to high speed right before spring break. It turns out that it’s rather difficult to succeed in astrophysics in Spanish, and takes quite a lot of work, especially if you’re planning on spending all of spring break backpacking through Italy with no access […]

20 Jun 19
9to5Mac
watchOS 6 introduces several new watch faces for the Apple Watch Series 4 including the new California option. Much like the recent Infograph face, California can be customized in a range of ways to fit your style. Apple’s new California face takes inspiration from the watch-making world, mixing Roman and Arabic numerals on a single watch face like a California dial on analog watches: …a California dial refers to a clock face that consists of half Roman (usually 10 o’clock to 2 o’clock) and half Arabic numerals (usually 4 o’clock to 8 o’clock). Sometimes the hours of 3, 6, and 9 are replaced with a dash instead of a numeral and an inverted triangle in place of the 12. The use of this dial style dates back to the 1930s, for example in early Rolexes, Panerai, Glycine watch and Kampfschwimmer diver’s watches. A number of Rolexes were refurbished by a company based in California using this style of dial, resulting in the name “California dial”. By Piero7 – Own work, Public Domain The default style of Apple’s California face borrows from those traditional characteristics: dashes for three, six, and nine; an inverted triangle for twelve; Roman numbers for one, two, ten, and eleven; and Arabic numerals for four, five, seven, and eight. The beauty of Apple’s California watch face is just how customizable it is — even if you think the standard look is ugly. Apple lets you customize the face color with blue, black, off white, or white; typeface with California, pills, Roman, numerals, Arabic, or Hindi; and the style with full screen or circular. The default full screen design supports sub-dial top and sub-dial bottom complications. Switching to circular expands complication slots from two to five, including a text dial option called top middle. California offers six different styles, each with two distinctive different design options, with between two and six complication slots with countless opportunities for personalization. Similar to the recently introduced Infograph face, California can use the information-dense corner complication slots. California can’t top the eight complication slots on the Infograph face, but it’s very legible and supports the dial text complication slot while showing numerals around the dial. My favorite aspect of the new California face for Apple Watch is how it can look more like a modern version of the original Utility face than a California dial. Utility, California, California Using the California circular style with numerals in black, you get five complications versus Utility’s three complications and an optional sub-dial date slot. Complications are also monotone and designed for corners versus colorful with weirdly tilted text. Apple’s new California face will be available on Apple Watch Series 4 this fall when the watchOS 6 software update is released. Read More:  Customizing the Infograph face on Apple Watch Series 4 Review: Apple Watch Series 4 — beautiful design, invisible features Apple officially announces watchOS 6 for Apple Watch with App Store, new watch faces and apps, more