Two Goals Accomplished + Our Upcoming Vacay!

May 18, 2016


   
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Happy Wednesday y'all!! I'm in an awesome mood because I'm leaving for vacay soon with the hubby! This week I have been working extra hard around our house trying to get things organized so that we can come home to a shorter to-do list.

I have been working hard the last couple of weeks and I managed to complete one of my 2016 goals- I cleaned out 90% of the garage! The other 10% will be eliminated at our garage sale after we get back from our trip. I can't tell you how excited that I am to be almost finished with it (clutter causes me extreme anxiety!) My husband is really excited that he can now park our car in the garage.

Speaking of cars, we also marked another goal off of the 2016 goal list. We purchased a newer car and had it delivered to our home last Friday! It's a white Nissan Juke and it's only about 2.5 years old. It has a nice sound system with a moonroof and tinted windows- so nice! It will be really nice to ride to Miami in our new car and I'm beyond excited!

This upcoming vacation is so needed because my husband and I have both been working so hard with zero breaks. I am really looking forward to laying on the beach with a book +  tropical drink in hand. It will be nice to just relax and not think about work or house to-do list. We plan on staying overnight in Orlando and visit Disney Springs again and maybe do a little bit of shopping before driving to Miami and boarding the cruise ship.

I'll be back with some fun vacation photos soon!!

What upcoming vacations do you have planned? I'd love to hear all about them!


Purely Elizabeth Review

May 12, 2016



I recently spoke with Caroline at purely elizabeth and she kindly emailed me a couple of coupons to try out some of their products. I chose the Blueberry Hemp Ancient Grain Granola & honestly, it was the best granola that I've eaten! The granola was crunchy with sweet blueberries.  It was sweet but instead of regular cane sugar, they use a coconut sugar which is a low-gylcemic sweetener. I love that it is Gluten-free + vegan as well.

The only downside was that it was so good that I kept wanting to eat it..so maybe tell yourself that you'll just have a small portion so that you don't overdo it! They also offer oatmeal, cereal and muesli; so lots of great breakfast options! 

I'm really looking forward to trying out the Pumpkin Fig and Cranberry Pecan Ancient Granola next! You can order any of their products online or at your local food store (Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Sprouts,EarthFare, Kroger, Ralphs and lots more!) I picked mine up at Whole Foods.

They also have a cookbook that looks amazing!- it has over 100 all natural, organic and gluten-free recipes.It's available on Amazon,Anthropologie & more-here's the link to learn more about the cookbook.

Have you tried any of the purely elizabeth products? I'd love to know!
Disclaimer: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. These opinions are completely my own, based on my personal experience.  

Go Raw Snack Review

May 9, 2016

    

Recently, I connected with Lindsay at Go Raw to collaborate on doing a review on some of their raw snacks. If you've been following me for a while, you know that I like to try to eat healthy 95% of the time. Lately, I've been working on incorporating more raw, whole foods into my diet, so these snacks are perfect!

I also love these snacks because I am able to eat them even with all of my food allergies! They are gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free as well as vegan and no yucky genetically modified ingredients.

 The carrot cake sprouted cookies was one of my favorites! Just a handful was perfect for a pre-workout or even post workout.

 The first bar that I tried was the raisin crunch. I'm a big fan of raisins, so I was excited to try out this one! It was really delicious and I liked how chewy it was. It was not overly sweet like most of the packaged bars in the stores.

 The bars are loaded with lots of healthy sprouted grains like buckwheat groats, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds.This bar had 6 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein.


Seriously, look at how huge this bar is! I put one of my books next to the bar,so that you can see the comparison. I took a few bites for a snack & I plan on saving the rest for later. I'm excited to have these to snack on, especially with summer right around the corner!

 Honestly, the raw chocolate was my favorite- I'm a chocolate lover! It was extremely creamy and rich. Perfect for an after dinner dessert.

 Loved these coconut crisps- light and delicious!

These went perfectly with my hummus. They had a really good flavor!

You can find any of these snacks in the Go Raw Online Store. I love how reasonable their prices are as well; all of their snacks are very affordable. If you're wanting to eat healthier and get in shape for the summer- these are the perfect snacks to get you started.

Disclaimer: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. These opinions are completely my own based on my personal experience.

Hello May!!

May 5, 2016




I honestly cannot believe that it's May already. This year has really flown by quickly! Lately, I have been on a mission, working on decluttering our home & garage. My word for 2016 is Simplify.

I used to love to purchase things all of the time, but the more that I have to go through things, the less stuff that I actually want. The more that I get rid of, the less weighed down that I feel! It's amazing how little you truly need to live a good life. 

I told someone the other day that all I need in life is God, my books, coffee, travel, husband! I would much rather spend my money on travel and good food than materialistic things.

Some of my goals for May include:

>> Pray more, worry less (always on the top of my list!)
>> Finish cleaning out the garage (sell on swap + shop and have a sale/donate)
>> Go on a 1-week vacation!
>> Keep up the healthy eating + daily running (lose 5 lbs)
>> Finish painting our house, put up shutters
>> Sand & Paint interior window trim on all windows
>> Install baseboard trim + putty, sand & paint
>> Possibly purchasing a used vehicle with good gas mileage

I think that's about it. I'm keeping it sweet & simple for this month since we have two Mother's Day parties and also graduation parties this month.

What are your goals for this month?



My Book is Discounted for this week only!

April 26, 2016





See some of the reviews about my book and see for yourself!

 5.0 out of 5 stars
By SharnĂ©_Admin on March 2, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
WHERE DO I START???

Well isn't that the very question every person asks themselves when they want to pursue something new 
and out of their comfort zone. However, Melinda Pollard has been very kind to lend a hand to all "starting-up" VAs 
in this amazing, honest and insightful manual on how to take your first step or steps...

When I came across this book, even at first glance, I was impressed and couldn't wait to get my teeth sunk into it 
(like a delicious cupcake). When I finally sat down and started reading it, it felt like Melinda was right there on the 
couch, holding a cup of tea and just handing over all of this wisdom and knowledge that she had discovered. 
That is how easy it was... She has a way of explaining intricate details, in the simplest words so that everyone
can understand and implement it into their lives. The honesty in this book truly represents the person who 
wrote it and that she only wants to help and develop others in their pursuit of a career as a VA.

I would seriously recommend this book as a starting point for any person considering becoming a VA. I can 
guarantee you now, it will save you time, help you start "doing" instead procrastinating and coming up with 
excuses. Go ahead, TAKE THAT FIRST STEP...

Format: Kindle Edition
As I was reading through Melinda's guide I kept finding myself feeling as if this guide was written specifically 
for me. I was able to fully relate to her personal story and she hit on every pressure point I am currently finding 
myself experiencing and even used some of the same phrases I have been finding myself using more and more
during the day. It was so refreshing having my feelings validated and a little whisper in my ear saying "There is a 
better way to live."

I have been doing a lot of research, and have joined several groups, to learn more about virtual assisting and 
how/where to even begin. In the depths of my digging I was finding myself very overwhelmed - to say the least. 
Melinda's guide laid it all out so logically and informatively that you end feeling empowered, not left with the feeling
that you were just attacked by a fire hose.

She touches not only on the top questions people have such as; where do I find clients?! but also questions you 
don't think of right away such as the legalities of beginning your own business.

Hands down, best guide I have read thus far on this topic. Thank you, Melinda, for putting this together and 
helping shine the light for the rest of us who are trying to find the right path forward.

Raw Revolution Glo Bars Review

April 25, 2016






 Recently, Dorathea from Raw Revolution sent me some raw food bars to review. I mentioned in my last couple of blog posts about working on eating healthier. I love that these bars are vegan, low sugar, gluten free and dairy free! I honestly loved every one of the bars that Raw Revolution sent to me. My top two favorite bars were the mixed nuts caramel and sea salt as well as the dark chocolate and sea salt.

These bars are perfect for when you are on the go and don't have time to stop and grab something to eat! From 10-15 grams of protein in each bar, you will be sure to feel more energized and full enough to hold you over for a while. These are also perfect for pre and post workout to give you that extra protein boost that your body needs!

You can purchase any of their products on their online store Raw Revolution. Use promo code RRSM at Raw Revolution to get 20% off your entire purchase! I also plan on picking up some more of these bars at my local whole foods on my next food shopping trip.

Keep up with Raw Revolution on FaceBook, Twitter or Instagram to stay tuned to their Freebie Fridays where they give away free bars!!

Disclaimer: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. These opinions are completely my own based on my personal experience.

There's No Rest for Those Who dream of Success

April 24, 2016

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I always say that I am going to slow down in life, but there's no rest for those who dream of success. I'm going to keep hustling until I get to where I want to be!

Here are a few things that I was able to accomplish this week:

>> Cruise dining seating set up (table for two is a  must)
>> Hotel purchased
>> Taxes submitted & paid!
>> Designed Opt-in for Blog Email List
>> Emailed companies RE: collaboration opportunities
>> Finished eBook on Money Saving Tips
>> Lined up 20+ Reviewers for new eBook
>> Added my new eBook to both websites
>> Cleaned couch cover, shower curtain + liner
>> Hubby installed hood vent above stove
>> Hubby installed 5 new window trim
>> Hubby caulked cabinets
>> Cleaned yards
>> Sold a couple of items on Swap & Shop (working on my decluttering goals!)
>> Merged cell phones to save money
>> Ordered 2 extra iPhone cables, computer speakers, and vitamins
>> Joined more business Facebook Groups (Entrepreneur, Author Groups, etc.)
>> Joined all of the free Kindle Book sites (let's just say I have a TON of new books to read!) If you haven't already, sign up here to get access to my free kindle book list!
>> Started a new Book Club online (see below) & created graphics for blog and social media
>> Submitted & set up my book promotion starting next week + created graphics for marketing (My VA Business book will be discounted, so be sure to look out for it starting Monday!)
>> Mended several pieces of clothing
>> Added new book link to email signature
>> Cleaned garage (threw out quite a bit!)
>> Daily running + healthy diet
>> 2 outside tanning sessions (read a book that I've had forever!)

Goals in the next 4 weeks:
>> Move remaining house items from Albany
>> Finish cleaning out Garage & have a sale
>> Finish painting exterior house
>> Successful Book Promotion
>> Weight Loss
>> Schedule hair appointment
>> Finish a couple of product reviews

For me, life's all about what you make of it. It's not up to anyone else to make your life better; you get to choose how your life plays out every day. I choose to work hard and become the person that I dream of being and believe me, it's not easy! It means working 10-14 hour days on my business and my books, social media marketing, personal house updates, exercising, etc. If I've learned anything in the past year, it's that I write my own story and I can sit around and choose to focus on the negative or the things that I don't have in life or I can choose the positive things and look forward to all of the wonderful things that God has planned for my life!

Speaking of being positive and inspired, if you love to read, come join my new book club on Facebook where I post quality free & bargain books during the week. "The Book Clique"- I sort through free & bargain kindle books to find the quality ones to save you on time! I post lots of great books on self-help, spirituality, business, etc.