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Got Goals? How To Walk The Talk In 2011!

In Uncategorized, Your Guest Writers on January 7, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Image Credit Nikola Hartmann

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a million times: “I hate my job, but I’m stuck.” Welcome to the club. Truth is there are hundreds, maybe even thousands of worker bees humming the same tune. In fact, it seems that job dissatisfaction has become the norm. And, well, frankly it’s so ’90s!

Part of the problem is that too many folks are functioning on auto pilot and fail to devise a game plan to get out of their 9 to 5 hell. Perhaps it’s even you. If so, take heed.

You need to get some goal planning going. 

Goals serve like a road map to navigate your path on the road to success.  How can you go the distance if you don’t even know your direction?

With this in mind, here’s how to walk the talk.

  1. Bust a move! Stop dreaming and start doing. Identify the obstacles to career success. Do you need to go back to college? Become more computer literate? Blackmail your boss? Decide and then deliver.
  2. Establish a deadline. To quote a popular expression, “a goal without a deadline is just a dream.” For example, where would you like to see yourself next summer, (besides the beach)?
  3. Write your goals down. Studies show that individuals that commit their goals to paper are much more likely to see them manifest.
  4. Share your goals with a friend, family member, or coach. Ask them to keep you accountable.

And remember my sage words of advice, “He who creates goals creates gold!”

Follow these four tips in 2011 and “resolve” to have the career you’ve always wanted and deserve!  Live well with less stress.

Jennifer Brown Banks is a veteran freelance writer, Columnist, and Pro Blogger.  You can find her work at  Pen and Prosper, Coffeehouse for Writer’s and Technorati.com

Photo:  Please feel free to use the image on your blog or in any commercial use.  The download is available for free here, at stock.xchange . 

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“THIS JUST IN…” Why Marriage Won’t “Become Obsolete” Anytime Soon

In Uncategorized on December 5, 2010 at 9:46 AM

By: Jennifer Brown Banks

Image Credit Claire Cresswell

Commitment-phobic men worldwide were undoubtedly throwing under ground parties everywhere, with the recent Pew  Research/Time Magazine poll that contends 40% of Americans believe that marriage is becoming obsolete.

But, I’d caution cuties with cold feet not to warm up to the idea that they’ll dodge the matrimonial bullet and cling to their freedom forever as a result of these findings.

Don’t believe the hype! (Remember the Y2K scare)?

Certainly during these progressive times, marriage is less popular than it was in June Cleaver’s day. Primarily because being single carries fewer taboos, and also because women are deferring wedded bliss to pursue successful careers. That’s a given.

Still, this time-honored institution will always be more the rule than the exception. Why?

First of all because there are more benefits than drawbacks: financial/tax advantages, regular “whoopee”, stability and other perks.

And perhaps equally important is the “pride in ownership” principle.

Women love the idea of “ownership”–whether it’s designer shoes, a lovely home, or dare I say a spouse! And “having papers” on our significant others, in our minds equates the same thing.

Don’t believe me? The next time you hear a woman introduce her hubby, notice the way she “proclaims him”, as if he’s a prized possession or a prestigious award she’s won! 🙂

Not to mention, we’ve been socialized since we were children to choose this way of life, along with the white picket fence.

With this being the case, like it or not (most) women will opt for it, give ultimatums to enforce it, fight for it, preserve it, and perpetuate it for many, many years to come.

So I’d advise savvy guys who want peace and other privileges to be heart smart and  embrace the sage words of Beyonce: “If you like it than you shoulda’ put a ring on it!”

Jennifer Brown Banks is a veteran freelance writer, Columnist, and Pro Blogger.  You can find her work at  Pen and Prosper, Coffeehouse for Writer’s and Technorati.com

Article first published as “THIS JUST IN” Why Marriage Won’t Become Obsolete Anytime Soon! on Technorati.

Blog Award

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Alicia Hunter of Healthy Living & A Balanced You recently honored Live Well For Less with One Lovely Blog Award!  I’m proud to say this is our third blogging award.  But … the first we made public.   Thanks Alicia!

If you’re looking for a good time, check out Alicia’s blog. It’s all about inspiring and empowering women.

Get Great Summer Looks For A Lot Less

In Uncategorized on April 8, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Don’t spend a lot of dough updating your wardrobe.  Dress for less with these budget diva finds.  

For You  

Top, $15, sandals, $25, earrings, $12, bangles, $15, Apostrophe. Pants, $40, bag, $25, Covington. All at Sears.com and Sears stores.  

Revitalize Your Color  

Give your hair a shiny fresh start with these hue enhancers  

Got brown locks?  Try Pantene Pro V Brunette Expressions.  Around $6 at most retailers.  

Redheads, give John Frieda’s Radiant Red Luminous Color Glaze  a try.  $10 at Walmart  

If your hair is Blond and now has a brassy hue, Ken Paves Healthy Hair Boost Up Color drops in platinum, will set it straight $40 at Beauty.com  

   

   

   

   

For Babies and Big Girls  

 

Sewcial Charm Personalized Bloomers $9.99

  

Personalized Pink/Chocolate Diaper Bag $28.97 by Sewcial Charm

 

Cotton Candy Pink Bandana Pillowcase Dress $9.99 by Bumblebees & Bonnets

 

Get a free Potty Training Kit from Pampers.  The kit includes: A free sample of easy up trainers, coupons, a sticker and coloring kit, a Potty Progress chart with step-by-step training instructions, a Dora or Diego trophy (select girl or boy on order form)  

   

   

For the Family  

Get the hottest deals and freebies at Freeminded .  Freeminded is a new site that pre-screens offers they post to make sure they are spam and scam free.  Check out their free sample offers, coupons and deals and just plain free stuff like t-shirts, pens and promotional items.  

SmartPak™ Dog Food Product Review

In Uncategorized on April 6, 2010 at 12:54 PM

LW was NOT compensated for this product review.  We share this review for two reasons:    

  • We feel SmartPak is a company that provides useful products that our readers will find interesting and beneficial.

and    

  • SmartPak has a strong commitment to treading lightly on Planet Earth.

The Who    

SmartPak™ Dog Food Product Review    

Skip the Wonder Beagle

 

Taking charge of my dog’s diet has become a monumental task. If you’re like me, you’re constantly wondering if the brand-of-the-month food you buy is helping or hurting him.  In my never-ending quest to find the perfect dog food, I stumbled across SmartPak.    

Several weeks ago, while scouring the web for the latest freebies, I came across a free sample offer for SmarkPak dog food.  I submitted my info online and resigned myself to waiting the standard 6 to 12 weeks to receive a sample.  Boy was I wrong!  I sent my request in on a Saturday afternoon and received an email from Laura, one of their product specialists, that evening.  She wanted to know more about my dog so that she could customize my SmarkPak to meet Skip’s needs.  I was a bit skeptical at first and not sure I wanted to give intimate details about my dog to a total stranger, especially to someone online!  Well, after a few indecisive moments, I decided to go for it and fired off an email giving the requested information: my dog’s name, his breed, weight, his daily feeding schedule, any health concerns, his age and the product I wished to receive. I poured over their website a good 20- 25 minutes before finally selecting LiveSmart™ Chicken and Brown Rice Senior Dog Formula, and because Skip has allergies, the SmartCanine Allergy supplement.  The free offer was just for dog food, but I asked for the allergy supplement as well.  The next day I received another email from Laura stating that my order was being processed and they were sending a 3 day supply of each.  Wow!  I didn’t expect to receive such a generous supply, especially considering I asked for both products.  I don’t receive this level of customer service from my dry cleaner, and I’ve been doing business with him for over 8 years.    

The Trial    

What’s a SmartPak™?    

A mere three days later, a UPS truck pulled into my driveway and delivered my SmartPak samples to my front door!    

Free Sample Package

 

  Inside the box were 3 PortionPaks  and 3 Daily Dose SmartPak™ SmartCanine Allergy supplements, each personalized with our names – nice touch!    

The next morning I started Skip on his new routine. Right off, I ‘m  impressed with the convenience and freshness of PortionPaks.  I simply zipped opened his Pak and poured its contents into his Odie (think Garfield) bowl.  On busy mornings when time was at a premium this feature made feeding Skip a breeze. It also took the guess-work out of figuring out how much food to give him. PortionPaks come in 11 different options; the size your dog needs is customized based on age, breed, activity level and overall health.  During our trial period we had to travel out-of-town and having PortionPaks made feeding Skip an easy and mess free event.  I can also see where this feature would be really handy when boarding your dog or leaving feeding instructions for your pet sitter or neighbor, and if you have multiple dogs with different feeding needs.    

What I like best about SmartPak dog food is that it’s made from fresh, quality ingredients.  The first ingredient in all their formulas is always a high quality protein like whitefish, lamb or chicken.  Other ingredients include healthy wholesome grains, fruits and veggies and natural preservatives. This insures that your pet is eating quality food and not filling up on nutrient deficient by-products. Skip seems to really like it; though he is a beagle and beagles are notorious for eating pretty much anything.  I like SmartPak dog food because I know he’s eating a healthy diet that is good for him and will help him live a longer healthier life.    

     

 

   

Allergy Supplement

 

    

SmartCanine Allergy Supplements    

Skip greedily consumed his allergy supplement; this was a good thing for me.  In the past, I’ve had to hide supplements in cheese or meat before he would eat them.  He was only on the supplements three days, and I really can’t say if they helped with his allergies or not.  They certainly didn’t make them worse. I believe SmarkPak is  offering a free 3-day trial of their supplements; call for details: 1-800-326-0282.    

The Verdict    

After our trial period ended, I ordered a month’s supply of PortionPaks in the LiveSmart™ Chicken and Brown Rice Weight Management Dog Formula  for $13.95 (Yes, I have a slightly tubby lemon beagle).  Again, my order arrived    

Skip's PortionPaks

 

 within a few days of placing it.  Shipping is normally $7.95, regardless of what you order, but I received free shipping because I found a coupon code at Retail Me Not.  It was for their SmartPak Equine line, but they willingly allowed me to use it.   If you choose to enroll in their automatic delivery program, you’ll receive a shipment every 28 days; this prevents your dog from running short on food.  I’ve decided to go this route with my next order.    

The 3-day trial is expired; instead they’re offering a free 5-Day Taste Trial, you only pay the regular $7.95 shipping fee.  Again, try searching for a free shipping code at Retail Me Not.   

Awesome

 

LW gives SmartPak  Five Bags.  Their customer service is unparalleled.  The staff is friendly, very knowledgeable and eager to help you make the best product choices for your dog.  Ordering is simple, quick and convenient, online and over the phone.  And their prices are on par with buying a premium brand dog food.  For Skip, buying SmarkPaks is cheaper.  Your cost depends on the products you buy and the size, breed, age, and health of your dog. They also have a large selection of other products: flea and tick care, pharmaceuticals, toys, training aides, collars and leashes, lawn care products, crates and shampoos; everything you need and want from your pet store.     

I can’t say SmartPak is the perfect dog food, but they’re pretty darn close. Give them a try, their dog food is vastly superior to any brand I’ve tried.  Their LiveSmart brand received a 2009 Editor’s Choice award from The Whole Dog Journal.  This publication is well-respected for providing well researched and in-depth articles on natural canine health and wellness.   

Regardless of the brand you choose, remember that your dog is really counting on you to make good nutrition choices for him.Rating System   

LW Rating Bags

 

 Alright – 1 bag    

A OK – 2 bags    

Admirable – 3 bags    

Amazing – 4 bags    

Awesome – 5 bags  

Inexpensively.Com

In Uncategorized on March 10, 2010 at 9:18 AM

LW is very pleased to announce that we were recently featured as guest writers at Inexpensively.com .  Inexpensively.com provides budgeting advice, lists coupons,  hot deals, and weekly grocery lists.

Our article, Internet Freebies and Giveaways – Stop and Think Before You Click Send – 5 Tips To Help Keep Your Personal Information Safe is found on their website.  Please click here to read the full article.

  Excerpt

Most of us moms are pretty savvy when it comes to scoring a 6 pack of Lysol for $1.99.  But, at times we forget to apply this same savoir faire when it comes to giving out our personal information on-line. 

Follow these 5 simple steps to shield your privacy from prying eyes.

 

Free Green Genius Trash Bag and $2 Off Coupon

 

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