Monday, August 22, 2016

Like to color?

Remember coloring when you were a kid? Now it's popular to do it as an adult. I love that! It's such a great way to spend some time unwinding. It's very relaxing for me. But now you can color some great covers!  Introducing the I Heart Coloring book.

My cover for "Under Wraps" is included in this book.

Order yours today at:

Amazon

or

CreateSpace




Monday, July 04, 2016

Monday, April 25, 2016

Motivational Monday

Wow, I'd been doing so good, then my RL job really took off and got in the way. So sorry. So let's start this week off with a motivational quote for writers. :D
 
 
 

Monday, February 29, 2016

Happy Leap Year

One more day this month...and one more day I have to wait for my birthday this week. LOL  Have a great Monday!



Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wacky Wednesday

We are half way through the week!





Monday, February 08, 2016

Thursday, February 04, 2016

A Journey Back in Time

Brave knights. Horses. Kings. Princesses. Jousting. Squires. Tournaments. A lack of eating utensils.

What do all these words have in common? You'll experience them all at Medieval Times. Yes, the time period, but I'm also talking about the Dinner Show. They have multiple Castles - yes, real castles - around the country, but I visited the one in Orlando, FL.  Get there early and you can visit the museum and torture chamber. *evil laugh* Seriously, those things really gave me the hebbi jibbies. *shudder* The pieces around the museum are authentic. People were a lot shorter back then if you look at the bed they have on display.  As you wander the museum, you'll see how kitchens were situated around the main cooking area, where and how they made soap, garments, and candles. Walk through the armory and see the various weapons used in that time. Oh, and let's not forget the stables. It was very educational.

Then on to the show.

Upon entering you are assigned a Knight by color. We happened to be the black & white knight. We sat in the center of the entire arena, giving us a great view (perfect spot in my opinion). When your knight comes out or does a challenge you are to cheer for him and boo for his opponents. Each knight is trying to win the favor of the Princess, all of the tournament overseen by the King, of course.  Then of course there's the bad guy, wanting to have the Princess & kingdom all to himself. So, as the knights battle it out with jousting and showing off their skills, the best knight wins. Unfortunately, it was the Red Knight that night. Still, once he starts battling with the bad guy, everyone cheers for him & his squire. Oh, and did I mention that all the Knights were quite handsome with fit bodies and long hair? :P

Like most stories, this one has a happy ending. The good knight wins and the kingdom is safe. And I do believe he gets the girl as well. :)

And then there's food. All during the tournaments you have a server coming by putting your various dishes in front of you. You start off with a delicious soup & garlic bread. Tomato bisque that night. Very good. Nope, no spoons to slurp it. It's served in a bowl that you drink from.  Next comes the chicken. Not just a small thigh. This was a huge quarter, nicely roasted. Then some juicy corn on the cob. And a half of a baked potato. Then came an apple turnover for dessert. All of this food was eaten without a single utensil.

I left with spirits uplifted and a full stomach. It was a great entertaining evening. Well worth the visit if  you are near one of the castles.

Have you visited a Medieval Times? Good experience? Have you done something similar?

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Happy Groundhog Day

More Winter or early Spring? Only Phil can tell....


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Adult coloring craze


Coloring isn't just for kids anymore. I am one of those people that never outgrew coloring. I ignored the looks of adults when I sat and grew my own doodle just to color (I am not an artist at all, so I would just draw lines & circles all over a piece of paper and create my own mosaic masterpiece). Having kids allowed me an excuse to sit and color, even long after they were done. My anatomy teacher even thought I wasn't listening to his lectures when I was coloring my anatomy coloring book during Massage school (yes, there's such a thing & part of our course).

But did you know it also has some great health benefits? Let's list the many ways it can benefit us…

  1.  According to clinical psychologist Ben Michaelis it relaxes the fear center of our brain (the amygdala) and allows the brain to rest.
  2. Coloring parties! It gives you a chance to be social and share a common interest.
  3. It reduces stress and anxiety. It goes back to #1 relaxing the amygdala. It can help retrain it to respond less harshly to stress.
  4. It helps you focus your brain. You are in the moment. You are only thinking about staying in the lines or getting the color just right. You forget your worries and just turn your thoughts to your current actions.
  5. You can be you. Want a pink unicorn with a rainbow horn? Or maybe a bright purple frog? Color it the way you want. It's your creation, no one else's.
  6.  Can help improve sleep. If you tend to use electronics before bed (like I do) it can disrupt your sleep. The blue light emitted from electronics disrupts your circadian rhythm and may increase insomnia. It also reduces melatonin that your body produces. So maybe coloring before bed might be more beneficial to your sleep.
  7. Enhance fine motor skill and vision. Coloring requires the use of both sides of the brain, including the area that involves fine motor skill & vision.
  8. Has been prescribed by psychologists for 100 years. Psychologist Carl Jung had his patients coloring mandalas for relaxation and self-discovery.
  9. Free decorations. Frame them. Put them on your fridge/corkboard. Make cards out of them. Decorate your space with your work.

I finally bought an adult coloring book and love to just sit and color between my clients or when I'm waiting for my dinner to cook. Sometimes when I don't want to watch what my husband is watching on tv, I put in earbuds to some soothing piano music and get to coloring. Talk about a good night of sleep. :D

So what do you think? Do you color? How has it helped you?


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Wacky Wednesday

Mid-week laugh! Have a wonderful day.






Monday, January 18, 2016

Motivational Monday


Good things require time.
~ Dutch Proverb
Be patient. It will be worth the wait and commitment.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Wacky Wednesday

We all need a little Minion in our life.
















Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New addiction...

Coffee or Tea?  Which is your vice?

Or maybe you are like me and go for both?

Coffee really gets me going in the morning better than anything else, the caffeine undulling my sleepy mind. However, drank too late in the day makes for nights of insomnia, which aren't bad if they are productive but not usually unless hooked into the pages of a book (reading that is). So I reach for some hot tea in the evenings or cooler afternoons. The last couple of years I've indulged in my Bigelow Mint Medley to soothe me (non-caffeine). But then along comes a friend to introduce me to Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea. *sigh* Yes, it's caffeinated, however it doesn't keep me up like coffee does. It smells like a fireball and full of cinnamon flavor, but also a hint of citrus. It's the perfect mix for my taste buds. It's sold loose, in sachets, tea bags, & pods, but I like the sachets best as you can actually see the pieces of cinnamon sticks & spices used rather than ground up like in the tea bags/pods. Also, there's no guessing how much with the loose. 

I highly recommend it.

Any you would recommend?


Sold on makers site - https://www.harney.com/hot-cinnamon-spice-tea.html
or Amazon. (but right now, better deal is through Harney site)


Monday, January 11, 2016

Motivational Monday


"The secret of getting ahead is getting started." 
~ Mark Twain

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Sensual Saturday

Something to heat up a cool day.
Have a great weekend!