Water and Workouts Go Hand-in-handΒ 

What do you need after a good workout? 

WATER!

I cut down our waste by using our fridge to bottle freshly filtered water in my tumblers and thermos bottles.

This #purelifefilter has NSF/ANSI 42 certificition and effectively reduces the chlorine taste and odor in tap water while preserving beneficial minerals.

These are a cinch to remove and re-install and are much cheaper to buy online versus in your local home improvement store. 

Check this link for more info –>  Pure Life Filter

 

Doing What I Hate…. Squats

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Squats are my LEAST favorite exercise, but they’re necessary for training my legs and minimizing my bursitis symptoms. 

The #UltimateSquat is a great way to work out during the day.  Especially after a few hours of working on the computer.

 

The Ultimate Squat provides a full body workout with no weights required. You can challenge yourself in the comfort of your home and maintain perfect form by using your doorway as support and the set’s resistance bands for continued interval training. 

One of the best features of this set is that the resistance bands can be adjusted to complement each person’s individual fitness routine!

Head on over to my YouTube channel to see my video review of the set. 

More Beauty Product Reviews Coming Soon!Β 


My skin was a WRECK this past week…. A few days of rest, relaxation, LOTS of PRAYER and quiet time and a return to my at-home, skin care routine have cleared up my breakouts and blemishes and I’m grateful! πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

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It’s Never too Early to Prepare for the Holidays

Confession: Β I’m one of those people who begins planning for the Christmas holiday in June…. with the goal of being done with my Christmas shopping by the end of July.

I don’t always complete my shopping goals, but I do get a good chunk of my shopping done and most of this is accomplished by targeting deals (mainly online deals– I’m not a big fan of going to malls).

I begin my shopping early for two reasons:

  1. To find good deals (I mean, really? I am Frugal Fran πŸ˜‰ )
  2. To find gifts that are personalized

For me, it’s not just about finding a cheap gift. I want to find a reasonably priced gift that is actually something that the intended recipient will value and appreciate.

Too often, we end up buying expensive, last-minute gifts because we are pressure prompted. Β The worst thing about this is– these last minute purchases end up being items that the person doesn’t like.

When you buy something like a gift card, you end up spending $25 or $50 when you could have purchased an item for $10 from the person’s favorite store or given them an item that they had been saying they wanted/needed.

Even better– you can make your loved one something that they can actually use or willΒ admire. Β This type of gift giving requires that we develop relationships and pay attention to those we interact with. Β I enjoy making holiday wreaths and ornaments for many of my friends and family members.

Here are a few shots of a wreath I made for my Grandmother for Mother’s Day, earlier this year.

 

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I’ve been making wreaths since I was 6 years old in Children’s Church so it took me all of 30 minutes to make these. #TrueStory

 

Testing one of the wreaths

 

Round Glass Christmas Tree Baubles Spheres OrnamentsΒ are a great crafting item to have on hand. You can fill these with glitter or feathers or other decorative items.

The metal clip can be easily removed so that the heart can be filled with the item of your choosing.

One of my favorite memories is of my personalized ornament with one my baby photos. My mom had one of her coworkers make one using a baby photo of each of her daughters.

I recently made one for a couple at myΒ church using their daughter’s first christmas photo (Sadly I could not find a copy of my photo of the ornament in time for this blog post 😦 ).

I used the following steps to create my ornament:

  1. I took the Christmas photo and rolled it in half (without damaging the image);
  2. Used tweezers to insert into the bulb;
  3. Allowed the photo to naturally unravel itself;
  4. Clipped several sections of curling ribbons (in complementing colors — red, gold, and green);
  5. Used tweezers to insert (and adjust) the curling ribbons around the photograph (This is a great way to fill in some of the empty space in the bulb without blocking the image).

When I make a gift like a wreath or an ornament for someone, it truly is a labor of love and I think it shows. For me it is both personal and meaningful and it comes straight from the heart.

I hope this inspires you to think a bit differently as the holiday season approaches. You have plenty of time ahead to start working on some personalized gifts. Β Time to start fixing some things! πŸ˜€


Quick Fix: Dimmable LED Bulbs

​Hi Folks! 

Not too much going on over here.  

I’m trying to give myself some weeks of rest before working on a few major projects, so my posts may slow down a bit. In the meantime,  I’m back with another quick fix! 

I have several dimmable light fixtures in my living room and was seeking to replace several bulbs that had blown out.

Finding these in a multi-pack was such a win. They were packed well and survived shipment with no issue. These bulbs produce a much brighter, whiter light than the bulbs they replaced.

I have them all in dimmable light fixtures and they work well, but are not as dimmable as standard bulbs (their switch between “on” and “off” is much longer and the bulb goes from “bright” to “brighter”– not very dim at all).

Here’s a link to my YouTube review if you’d like to see them in action.