I’ve Been Outlandered!

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My new guilty pleasure is a series of books that has been turned into a tv series: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Here’s a quick synopsis:  An English nurse, Claire, from 1945 visits Scotland with her husband, Frank. She visits some ancient standing stones and is transported back to 1743 Scotland where she meets Jamie Fraser. It was a very rough time historically there (look up the Jacobite rebellion) so things get interesting for Claire.

There are 8 books in the series and I’ve made it through the first one and currently reading the 2nd (Dragonfly In Amber).  I remember seeing ads for the show(It airs on Starz) before it aired and not really being interested.  Boy, was I an idiot!  After seeing a preview for it one day, I decided to check it out. I’m so glad I did!  It is hands down one of the best shows ever to have graced the tv world. That got me interested in reading the books. Jamie and Claire quickly became my favorite book characters in the history of ever. Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe really bring the characters to life on screen.  I mean have you seen these people?  Sam is awesomely handsome and Caitriona is beautiful and elegant.

I do have just a slight crush on Sam/Jamie.  I belong to several Outlander Facebook groups and try to keep up with news about the show/cast.  I follow Sam and Cait on twitter. And I’m always hoping that one day, Sam will tweet me back (Hey, a girl can dream, right?). Rhiannon says I need a “Samtervention” LOL. Ok, I’m not that bad. It’s not like I stalk him and stand outside his window or anything.  I mean that would just be ridiculous and besides, I’m all the way in Mississippi. So it’s also impossible. Not that I would do it if I knew where he lived.  I’ve met a few famous rock stars and I was always so star struck and afraid of bothering them. So if I ever did see him out, I may or may not say anything. Maybe I’d just try sneak a pic of him or something (because that doesn’t sound creepy at all LOL). So I will just stick to reading his witty tweets and admiring the photos of him that are posted in various Outlander groups.  No, but seriously, he is a wonderful actor and I’m looking forward to watching the rest of season 1.  I have no doubt he’s gonna pull off the difficult scenes, even though they are not going to be easy to watch.

No other show has drawn me in like Outlander. It not only has romance, but also adventure and a little bit of sci fi (the time travel part).  My husband even watches it with me and loves it. And yes, he knows about my little crush on Sam, he thinks Cait is gorgeous…afterall..fair is fair, right? ;)

 

So, what’s your guilty pleasure?

 

By the way, I was not compensated for this post, just wanted to share my love of all things Outlander!

 

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If you’re like most of us, you can’t wait to get your hands on the brand new MacBook, which will finally be released on April 10th. This enviable piece of machinery is engineered to be the lightest and most compact notebook ever. At only two pounds, you may not realized that you’ve even picked it up!

A few other notable features are: a 12-inch retina display; nine hour battery; no fan for a silent operation; and it comes in silver or gold.

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Advice for “people pleasers”

Stop being a people pleaser. Seriously. Just stop. You will never make everyone happy.  There will always be people out there who won’t like you, no matter what you do. I’ve found this out time and time again. It seems people only like you when they can walk all over you. Then guess what? You are the one who is stressed out and miserable. Yes, when you finally say “enough!” and stop allowing people to take advantage of you they will more than likely get angry with you. They may even spread rumors about you to who ever will listen. But in the long run, you will be happier.

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There are some people who will use you and act like your friend. They will act that way until you no longer do exactly what they want, then they will turn on you like a snake. That’s ok though. Think about it, is that the kind of person you really want in your life? Most of the time, those kinds of people never do anything for you anyway. They are “takers” and that’s all they know how to do.  And if you’re a “giver” like me, you seem to attract those kinds of people from miles away. I’m not exactly sure what kind of vibe that “givers” exude, but it believe me, the “takers” can usually see it right away. They know who they can take advantage of and who can see right through them.

And I know, when you’re a “people pleaser” it’s so difficult to say “no”. You don’t want people to dislike you. But if you even think a situation might bring stress to you, just politely decline. You don’t even have to give a reason. Just be nice and let them down easy. You may feel bad for a little while, but it will save you a lot of headache later on down the line.
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Want extra cash? Why Mums should become a private tutors?

Having a specific set of skills and being able to teach others is a special and valuable quality.

In recent years, there has been a demand for specialist subject teachers, personal tutors and private tutors that are able to extend their teaching hours, in order to offer their expertise to those who could benefit from one-to-one tuition in certain educational areas.

Particularly popular with children and teenagers who are about to undertake core exams such as their year 6 SATS, GCSEs and A-levels, offering your skills is a great way to earn extra cash, particularly if you are a retired teacher or are a current teacher with some spare time on your hands (if that is at all possible!).

With the average private tutor charging around £25 per hour, becoming a private tutor can be a great way of finding those extra funds for a summer holiday, home improvements, or simply extra cash for life’s luxuries.

But how can you become a tutor

Anyone can become a personal tutor. If you have the necessary skill sets and expertise, solid communication skills, and the ability to adapt your teaching skills to meet the learning needs of a wide range of abilities, then this could be a great cash earner for you.

If you have a passion for teaching and a limited amount of experience, or at least able to demonstrate a passion for teaching (a student teacher perhaps), becoming a private tutor like those on First Tutors is definitely worth considering.

But before you start advertising your services, it’s important to create a checklist of things you must do first, and make sure you do them all. These include:

Register for tax – You don’t want to have Mr Taxman on your back. Personal tutoring is classed as being self-employed, even if you also have a full-time job. If you decide that becoming a tutor is something you would like to explore further, it’s important to register with the HMRC – this is nothing to be scared of, it’s purely for tax purposes.

CRB Checks – If you are working with young adults and children who are under the age of 18, investing in a CRB check is a compulsory requirement. This is the first thing that many parents and schools will ask for.

What are the benefits?

As well as being a fail-safe cash earner, becoming a private tutor will also allow you to develop your teaching skills and your ability to interact and engage with students effectively on a one-to-one basis.

You can also work hours that suit you and your lifestyle. Whether that’s during the evenings, in the school holidays, or even at weekends, you can pick the hours that fit around your lifestyle.

Are you a student and want to earn extra cash?

You don’t even have to be officially qualified to become a private tutor. Many students who are studying to become teachers, set themselves up as private tutors as a means of funding their studies.

If you’re a student teacher looking to gain practical, hands on experience, becoming a personal tutor can also be a great way to put into practise what you have learnt on your course – it looks great on your CV and highlights your passion and desire to teach. Of course, it also gives you something to talk about when you start going to those dreaded interviews. And you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your own home!

How much should I charge?

That’s entirely up to you. Charges vary massively within the industry depending on the market and the subjects you are able to provide services for.

The value of your services tends to depend how much experience you have. If you already work in a school, it’s also important that you make them aware that you are also offering your services as a personal tutor. It’s often not a problem but if you are working with a student who you teach in mainstream education, a contract between you, the school and the parent needs to be drawn up.

Want to Make a Little Extra Money?

Ok, so I’ve been using Opinion Outpost for awhile, and yes I have actually made money filling out surveys. And it’s not one of those surveys that goes on forever and has tons of “offers” you have to accept or decline. You won’t get rich but it will give you a little extra spending money. Here’s how it works, you take surveys and you get points (varies). When you accumulate a certain amount of points, you can cash them out for amazon gift cards or get the money sent to your paypal account.
The surveys aren’t usually that long. I think the longest one I’ve ever taken took around 30 minutes. There are a lot of 5 minute surveys also though. It doesn’t take that long to build up points so that you can cash out. It’s definitely a survey site I recommend.

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The Snow Day That Wasn’t

So, like a little kid, I spent all day Wednesday waiting on snow. The weather man said it was going to rain for half the day, they some cold air would move through and it would change over to snow. The schools here canceled classes which didn’t really affect my younger two kids because they are homeschooled. But I still wanted snow. Just enough to make a small snowman or maybe a few snowballs to bean my kids with. However, that didn’t happen. It rained and rained and rained. My yard is a muddy mess because it has rained nearly 2 or 3 days for the past few weeks. The temps never got below freezing so I’m guessing our cold air decided to take a trip to north Mississippi because that’s who got all the snow. February is usually the latest we get snow. Around 8 pm, I looked outside and there were some big wet snowflakes falling. But since it wasn’t below freezing and it had rained all day, they melted pretty fast. I mean it’s possible in March, but not likely. The weather here is so crazy that we never know what to wear in the spring. One day, it could be 55 and the next it might be 80.

So anyway, I wanted this

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but instead got this:

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Now I know all you northern folks are tired of snow but to us here in the south, it’s a novelty. It’s almost like a reward for the long hot summers we often have. However, there are a few people here who absolutely hate the snow and hate to even hear the word mentioned. I’m sure it’s because they probably have to go to work whether it snows or not so I can see why they would have an intense dislike for it. But that still doesn’t change the fact that I love snow even though I can only handle being out in it for about 20 minutes before I start freezing. That’s when I decide I’ve had enough snow for the year :) .

Things to Realize When Dealing with a Narcissist

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I’m not a psychologist, but I have had my own dealings with people who I believe to be sociopaths and at the very least, narcissists.  I’ve done plenty of research and the people I believe to have this particular personality disorder meets nearly every one of the things on the check list. So here’s my own list of sorts

Sociopaths/Narcissists:

  • Will never feel guilty for anything they do…ever. Even if they are clearly in the wrong, don’t expect an apology. You won’t get one.
  • Know how to play the victim very well. And yes, they will have plenty of people who don’t know them that well feeling sorry for them
  • Project their faults and flaws on to you. They will act like you are the one with the problem.
  • Lie, frequently.  Most of them are so comfortable with lying that unless you know how they are, you will believe them too.
  • Try to say and do things that will make you feel badly about yourself.
  • Often brag about things they have accomplished, those accomplishments are often exaggerated.

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I am sure there are many more things to add to this list. But these are just some things that I have researched and seen personally.  The best thing to do with these kinds of people is to cut them out of your life.  Sometimes that can be difficult though because it could be a parent or a sibling.  But you have to realize that they have no ability to put themselves in your shoes or even care how they make you feel. It’s just not something they are capable of.  And often, they will not seek help because they don’t think anything is wrong with their behavior.

 

How Parents Can Stay Connected to Their Adult Children

How Parents Can Stay Connected to Their Adult Ch

The bond between parent and child is something that is not replicated anywhere else in life. Many parents spend the first years of their children’s lives creating a deep and loving relationship that they hope will continue throughout the child’s life. However, often times when children grow up and leave the home, they often lose the relationship that they used to have with their parents.
It is important in any stage of life for parents and kids to maintain a close relationship, especially if there are grandkids in the equation. There are many things that parents and kids can do to maintain their relationship as they grow up. Any family can use these ideas to strengthen their relationship and build a better relationship than ever before. These are simple ideas that can help even families who are miles away stay close. Here are some ways parents can stay connected to their adult children.
Share a common interest
Most parents and kids will have similar interests. Parents can use these similar interests to continue to bond with their kids. Parents can even try out something new that their kids now like to see if it is also something they might be interested in. one good idea is bonding over a TV show from Texas TV companies.
Continue to support their ambitions
As kids grow up, they will have different ideas and plans for their life on their own. Parents need to understand that their children are now old enough to make their own decisions and should support the lifestyle that they choose if it of no harm to themselves and is making them happy. A parent might not agree with every aspect of their child’s new life, but they need to do what is best for their child’s happiness.
Do not force a certain lifestyle on them
Just as parents need to support their children’s life choices, they also cannot try to push a certain lifestyle on them once they are out of the house. Parents need to understand that their job as the decision maker is done and now their job is to support and nurture the relationship they have with their kids. Their children may take a different path than they did or would choose for them, but that is still OK.
Invest time in the grandkids
Grandkids often come into play soon after adult children leave the house. Parents are often excited to become grandparents and are ready to start spoiling them as much as they can. Parents should try to be as invested in making a connection with their grandchildren as they were with their own children. This will show their children how much they care and give everyone a stronger bond to rely on.
Set up a weekly call
Especially for parents who live far away from their children, this is a must. Parents who go from talking to their children every day to only seeing them a few times a year can feel very lonely and distant. A weekly phone conversation or video call can help parents and kids stay connected.
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Dynapro Exercise Ball giveaway

This is a Guest Post Review written by Everything Home Life

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DISCLAIMER: I received this product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

As I’m entering my third trimester of my pregnancy journey, I can’t stress enough how important it is to stay healthy and to be physically active. This pregnancy, I’ve struggled since my first trimester with Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD). Most have never heard of this and some may experience it late in their third trimester. I’ve been going through extensive physical therapy as well as chiropractic treatment since I was 7 weeks pregnant to strengthen my core and pelvic muscles. Among the many exercises I do daily, having an exercise ball has helped a lot. In this review, I will outline the following points:

  • Choosing the right exercise ball and alternative uses
  • Product overview of the DynaPro Direct Exercise Ball
  • Advantages, disadvantages & my personal experience with this product

The right size exercise ball depends on your height. The shorter you are, the smaller the ball diameter size. Generally an exercise ball is the right fit for you if you can sit on the ball with your feet flat on the ground and have your pelvis, shoulders, and ears in a vertical line (not leaning in any direction). There are so many exercises and benefits to using an exercise ball while pregnant. These are fantastic for strengthening your core and pelvic muscles to get you ready for labor and delivery. Not only are these exercise balls great for prenatal daily use, but they’re also used in yoga, pilates, and home gyms as well as an aid in pregnancy labor and delivery.

DynaPro Direct Exercise Ball Product Overview

  • Made from durable, professional grade PVC Construction
  • Anti-Burst Capacity of up to 2000 lbs
  • Beginner to Expert skill levels
  • Perfect for Physical Therapy, Yoga, Pilates & more
  • Comes in two attractive colors: Pink & Silver
  • Comes with pump and two plugs

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Advantages, Disadvantages & my personal experience with DynaPro Exercise Ball

When I got my DynaPro exercise ball I was initially disappointed with the packaging. The package itself was beat up and the contents were falling out. Obviously not the greatest first impression. However, once I put together everything and pumped up the exercise ball, I was very pleased.

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I love the way this ball feels grippy as its made with a durable, professional grade PVC so I’m not afraid of it slipping from underneath me whether I’m on hardwood flooring or carpet. I liked the fact that this ball came with its own pump and an extra plug making it convenient for me as I did not have a pump and would have to go purchase one. This exercise ball comes in one size, which means it was a little big for me as I’m barely 5’2. Although this didn’t stop me from being able to do all the exercises I needed, plus my husband could use it as well. This product comes with instructions on how to blow up the ball with the given pump but there are no other instructions or other information about this particular exercise ball. Overall, I had a great experience with the DynaPro exercise ball and would recommend it to anyone looking for a durable, professional, multi-use exercise ball.

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