Category: Hello.Family

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is right around the corner!

Don’t let yourself wait until the last second to pull something out of your car for Mom. Make her feel special on Mother’s Day! I have compiled a list of my recommendations, plus what’s hot on the market right now!

“I’d Punch Another Mom In The Face” Coffee Mug

“I Love You Mom” Engraved Necklace

Recipe Cutting Board

Bath Bomb Gift Set (6)

I Love You, Grandma book

Family Tree of Life Birthstone Necklace

“Bring Me Some Wine” Socks

Happy First Mothers Day Mommy Onesie

“Best Mimi Ever” Keychain

8″ x 8″ Mini Burlap Pillow “Bushel and a Peck

What I Love About Mom Fill In Journal

Tree of Life Pendant Necklace (Wire Wrapped)

Luxury Gift Sets for Health and Wellness

Essential Oils

I hope this gives you a great place to start!! I am wishing you and everyone out there a Happy Mother’s Day!

P.S. If you are looking for a way to come up with a little extra money each month, check out my post! Or, if you are looking for a way to lose some extra weight, I have a 12 Week program that is still free!

XO,

Bre

 

 

*These are affiliate links. I will make money if you purchase. But, this in no way cheapens the product, or makes it less valuable*

How to Earn a Second Income From Home!

Who doesn’t love having a second income??

Second Income From Home!

Many individuals dream of a second income, yet few manage to put forth the effort and determination in order to produce one. The impact on your personal finances would obviously be substantial, yet so few people actually do it. Why?

The reality is that creating a second income stream is tough. It requires you to, essentially, work outside of work. We all live busy lives, full of work, taking care of the house, spending time with family, and trying to fit in a few moments of recreation. As such, it’s difficult to find time to create a second income stream.

Additionally, a second income stream is basically starting a business, which is difficult. Most new businesses fail to get up and running and the ones that do, can be very slow to develop. Patience and persistence is necessary.

There are so many reasons that you may need that second income
You are a stay at home parent
Bills are piling up
You need extra for savings
You want more money so you can go do fun things

Whatever your reason, you need it! Good news, there are SO MANY ways to earn a second income. Some of them include:
Taking Paid Surveys at Home
Ebay Store
Realtor
Website Design
Graphic Artist
Virtual Assistant
Freelance writer

But my personal favorite?

Get a Home Business Going

The reality is that it’s easier than you think to build a second income stream. I’ve found that most people are either lazy or distracted with other things in life to put forth the effort to make it happen for them. Everybody thinks a second income would be great, yet nobody does it. They get worried, make up excuses, or whatever they have to, to talk themselves out of it.
In order to get started on this journey, first consider your present skill set. This might be the same skills that you have as a result of your job or maybe some skills that you have picked up as a result of hobbies. Either way, consider whether someone would pay for such skills. If so, you’re already on your way.

Start looking at your network of contacts.

This includes your family, your friends, your co-workers, your customers (although be careful soliciting your business contacts), your neighbors, etc. Are any of these people potential partners? Potential customers? Could any of these people help you get to the next step in this process? Consider all options here!!!
That’s the HARD PART!! After that you just need to decide the path you will take. Will you sell handmade goods online with sites like Etsy? How about starting an eBay business? Or, maybe you want to become a brand ambassador?

When I decided to start my own business I no idea how much fun it would be!

I get to meet people I never would have met otherwise. I get to earn that second income to start saving for the big things I dream of, like buying my own house. The best part? I get to help CHANGE other peoples lives through my business. Curious? Let me explain.

I became very unhealthy a few years ago. The technical term: morbidly obese. It was awful. The second I heard those words I cried. But, for some reason, no matter what I tried nothing helped. I would just end up doing these crash diets that lost weight quickly but then gained it all ack again because I binged after the diet.

Then came It Works!

This brand is all-natural health related. I’ve been using the products for 2 months and have lost 38 pounds. Now, I’m a distributor with them and am EARNING THAT SECOND INCOME! I have been building a strong team of people who are so dedicated to not only getting healthy but changing lives! Sound like you? You can sign up here to be on my team, and earn that second income you want and need!

I started off as just a customer. I tried a bunch of their products, found what I loved, and kept working it! After a while, friends started asking about what I was doing to lose the weight. I told them, and they wanted to join me! So i sent them to my friend as well. Then, what happened next, honestly changed my life. She suggest I signed up as a distributor and the girls would MY CUSTOMERS. So I did. Then came the income. It wasn’t a lot at first, not by a long shot! But, it was enough to entice me. To keep me motivated! I noticed the more time I gave to it, the more I got back. Then suddenly I was hitting all the bonus marks!

If that sounds like something YOU WANT, let’s talk! Already know for sure you want to try the product or sign up as a distributor? Sounds great! If you want to be a distributor keep reading! If you want to lose weight and get healthy, check out this post!

How to Get That Second Income You’ve Always Wanted

First off, you to know why you are doing this and what you want to get from it. Write it down and put it in a place you will see very often. Do a vision board so you know where you are headed. No dream is too big, but there is such thing as dreaming too small. Believe in yourself and know you deserve dreams as big as the Universe to come true. Motivation is key and if you don’t know why you are doing this and if it doesn’t touch your heart and soul, then what’s the point of you doing this?

Signed up? Then you need to follow our Steps to Success. Work this list every month!

1. Be Commission Qualified with your 80bv monthly autoshipment. (My auto ship started off at 160 BV because I LOVED so many of the products already)

2. Get 4 loyal customers.

3. Find 3 Distributors

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat

Following these steps, you will fly through the ranks AND THE BONUSES!

Everyone starts somewhere. You are not going to be to the number 1 money earner in the company your first month. You need to start with realistic expectations and goals. Expectations and goals will get bigger as you accomplish the mini goals along the way. Most people start a business like this to make an extra $500 a month. So That’s a great number to start with and we can increase our goal number every time we accomplish the previous. You should also choose a bigger picture number so you still keep a bigger picture in mind as well. The mini goals will get you toward that bigger picture and when you reach your bigger picture number, then you will be astounded you have to pick an even bigger number.

Here are some of the ways to earn money and bonuses!

1. Wrap Cash – We are wrap girls and guys…we get to sell wraps for cash! How fun is that? So a lot of people want to try it before they make a commitment of any kind. You can let them try one wrap for $25 or a full treatment (4 wraps) for $100.

2. Commissions!

Here are some of the bonuses you can earn:

3. Customer Gathering Bonus – We love to compensate our people for them sharing the products they love! No selling involved here. We just share our favorite products and our own testimonies….that’s enough to get everyone excited about what we do! As you just learned our loyal customers are the backbone of our business and we want as many as possible. By being a strong customer gathering machine…you will earn a $600 cash bonus each month!
The specifics of the bonus:

1. Gather 60 loyal customers

2. The volume from those loyal customers need to be 3000 in bonus volume (That’s 50 in bonus volume each minimum. Some order more some order less.)

This triggers the bonus!

Fast Start Bonuses! – This is one of my favorite bonuses! One reason is that the bonus is $100 in extra cash paid out each week just for doing your job! Our company doesn’t promote winning vacations and prizes…we want to give you cash for doing your own job. That way you can pay off debt and choose your own vacation destinations.

How to get this $100 bonus:

1. Enroll a new distributor through your website.

2. Help get that distributor launched and started in their business. Your distributor needs to get at least 2 loyal customers in their first 30 days and run their 80bv auto-shipment in their first 30 days.

Once they do those 2 things…you get your $100 paid out on the Friday after it was earned depending on when the weekly pay period ends.

This is a great incentive to find distributors and help them get started. We want to pay you for your passion of It Works and the love of sharing your products.

After that, there a TON of leadership/diamond bonuses!!!

Have I enticed you yet? Do you have questions? E-mail me at thehellomamma@gmail.com and we can talk! Get a no pressure consultation either way!

I look forward to your journey!
~Bre

Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt!

Need something fun and exciting to do this Valentine’s Day? Try this romantic scavenger hunt!

Scavenger Hunt for Valentine's Day!

Use your imagination to start the hunt…

“He leads her to a small table in a quiet restaurant. A late hour for dinner, most of the tables are empty. He pulls out her chair. She sits. He sits across from her. The only light is from a few well placed candles. A waiter approaches and, without saying a word, pours them wine and leaves the bottle. No menus. He has ordered for them in advance. There will be no interruptions from wait staff aside from the bringing and clearing of the courses.”

Remember, the most important thing is that you both have fun with this! You can make it more silly, you can make it romantic, you can make it steamy! Where your romantic treasure hunt begins is not half as important as where it ends! This is a really easy scavenger hunt to do! Just print out the clues that I have included (there is a PDF included!) and you can glue them to a post card, felt heart, balloons, anything really!Then leave each clue leading to the next spot! You can have a surprise at each clue spot, at ever few checkpoints, or it can all lead up to one big one! Here are the clues:

Romantic Scavenger Hunt Clues
Clue #1

Our night of romance has begun
It’s time now to have some fun
So, go to the place
That reflects your face
And there you’ll find clue number one

(Clue leads to a mirror)

Clue #2

Cancel plans and set time apart
I’ll even give you a little head start
In your glove box is placed
A small foretaste
A delicious piece of my heart

(Clue leads to a vehicle glove compartment)

Clue #3

Let’s set first the amorous mood
A dreamy, relaxing prelude
Something scent-filled and nice
Where bubbles entice
And passion and strength is renewed

(Clue leads to a bathtub or jacuzzi)

Clue #4

It’s time now to turn up the heat
Your search is yet still incomplete
Go claim a prize
Where temperatures rise
To continue this steamy retreat

(Clue leads to an oven – not on!)

Clue #5

Remember our song and first dance
If you search, you might find by chance
A sweet serenade
Where music is played
To prepare for a night of romance

(Clue leads to a cd player, mp3 player, or
wherever they love to listen to music)

Clue #6

Tonight, the whole world is ours, it’s true
A dreamland created for just me and you
There will be something sweet
Where you find food to eat
As we savor time long overdue

(Clue leads to a refrigerator or pantry)

Clue #7

With just time and some soft candlelight
I’ll be the maiden and you the brave knight
So, go find the place
With lingerie and lace
And discover a lover’s delight

(Clue leads to a lingerie drawer)

Note: These romantic scavenger hunt clues can mostly be arranged in any order and you can create a love note for the last location that directs your lover to a hotel or a restaurant or a place you are hiding in the house.

 

Here is your FREE printable clues!

Scavenger-Hunt-Clues

 

Let me know how your hunts go! You could even make it into our monthly newsletter!

~Bre

Valentine’s Day Gifts That Will Make Everyone Love You

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Time to shop for gifts!

I know it, you know it, we all know it!

My last recommendations list for gifts were such a hit – I thought i’d double down and do a new one for Valentine’s Day! I will do my best to cover all aspects of relationships and people.

*Disclaimer – some of these are Amazon affiliate ads. I will be paid from Amazon if you purchase!*

Valentine's Day Gifts

If you are like me, you can sometimes go all out for Valentine’s Day. I wish I had your restraint, if you aren’t! If you are struggling with what to get people, here are some great ideas from Amazon! Make sure you get them ordered by Saturday February 11th, if you have Amazon Prime! Sooner if you don’t!

GIFTS FOR THE FAMILY

Gifts for Your Husband:
“The Days We’ll Never Forget”
11 in 1 Beer Opener Survival Card
Handmade Real Wood Love
JustPaperRoses® Toilet Paper
Sex Checks
Copper Cup (Moscow Mules)
Funny Mug
Smart LED Light Bulb Bluetooth Speaker
Android Docking Station
Or…
If you are announcing a pregnancy…

Gifts for Your Wife:
Best Wife Ever Mug
“Venus” Necklace
A True Love Story Never Ends Picture Frame
Our Q&A a Day: 3-Year Journal for 2 People
Go Away Funny Glass Coffee Mug
Smart Assy Funny Wine Glass
Engraved Crystal LED Light Portable Speaker
Best Mom Ever Glass Coffee Mug
Mommy Medicine Funny Wine Glass
The adorable Couples Pillowcases

Gifts for the Kids:
Mermaid Tail Blanket
Hatch Your Own Pets
I Love You Just Like This! (Sesame Street Scribbles Elmo)
Pink and Red Rubber Bracelets 1 Dozen
Webkinz Love Frog
Disney Princess Gift Basket
3D Night Lamp Shark
Pez Candy Dispensers (12)

GIFTS FOR EVERYONE

Gifts for your Students:
Pre-Filled Party Cups
Valentine’s Day Party Supplies
Emoji Inflatable Beach Balls
Party Sunglasses

Gifts for the Teachers:
Musician Coffee Mug
Term Begins/end Teachers Gift Bangles
DOVE Teacher’s Gift 4-Ounce Heart (6)
Teachers Coffee Mug
Valentines Day Teachers Gift Pack

Gifts for your Coworkers or Neighbors:
DOVE 4-Ounce Heart 6-Count Box
For Cat Lovers
Self Inflating Balloons
Spa Gift Basket
Whimsical Gift Bags! (Set of 3)
Magnetic Wine Glass Charms

I hope all of those help! Do you have a gift you want to recommend? Post a link in the comments! Stay tuned for more great Valentine’s Day help and ideas!

Have a great weekend,
~Bre

Conspiracy Theories

Alright, we are going to take a little bit of a left turn here and talk about an obsession of mine, conspiracy theories.

Celebrity. Conspiracy. Theories.

Celebrity Conspiracy Theories

You read that right. Celebrity Conspiracy Theories. They are out there, and boy do people believe them!

Britney Spears, the George Bush Operative

The theory: Britney was on the White House payroll. Every time the Bush administration screwed up, they distracted the sheeple with another Brit scandal.

The proof: On November 6, 2007, Britney Spears and Kevin Federline announce their split the day before a key midterm election.

Who believes it:
The part of the venn diagram where Michael Moore, Britney Spears, and Us Weekly fans overlap.

Keanu Reeves’s Is Immortal

The theory: Keanu Reeves is an immortal soul who has lived thousands of years through a number of (famous!) identities.

The proof:
Celebrity Conspiracy Theories

Who believes it?: Anyone who believes in time travel.

Is This Murder?

The theory: The CIA murdered Bob Marley because he and other Reggae musicians were working to alert the public of the CIA’s attempt to bring down Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley.

The proof: An exhaustive High Times article which notes that Carl Colby, son of the late CIA director William Colby, visited Marley in 1976.

Who believes it: Anyone who is friends with Mary, Jane, and Anna.

Beyoncé is Not a Sister

The theory: Beyoncé (born 1981) is actually Solange Knowles’s (born 1986) mother. The Knowles family covered up Beyoncé’s early pregnancy by claiming they were sisters.

The proof: Beyoncé was actually born in 1974 because her family also faked her birth certificate.

Who believes it: The writers of Lifetime original movies.

Beyoncé Part 2 – She is Not Blue Ivy’s Mother

The theory: Beyoncé was never actually pregnant with Blue Ivy Carter. She and Jay Z used a surrogate.

The Proof: A clip of a pregnant Beyonce sitting down, showing her stomach flattening as she maneuvers.

Who believes it: That man who did the obnoxious voice overs for TMZ.

Cuba Love

The theory: Tupac’s death was an elaborate hoax so the artist could escape to Cuba from his increasingly dangerous celebrity status.

The proof: The shooters were never found. Suge Knight was never hit. Pac always wore a bulletproof vest. The man who cremated Tupac retired immediately afterward.

Who believes it: Anyone who was freaked out by the final track on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly.

Katy “JonBenet” Perry

The theory: JonBenet Ramsey was not murdered in 1996, and actually grew up to be multi-platinum recording artist Katy Perry.

The proof: Overlapping photos of Katy Perry and JonBenet Ramsey. Overlapping photos of Katy Perry’s parents and JonBenet Ramsey’s parents.

Who believes it: One guy.

Paul Is Dead

The theory: Paul McCartney was killed in a car crash in 1967 and replaced by a lookalike.

The proof: Playing “Revolution 9” backwards. Various song lyrics. Various album covers. Hundreds of other clues found by fans over the decades.

Who believes it: At this point, probably Paul McCartney.

Illuminatigateghazi

The theory: Basically all celebrities are members of the Illuminati, which, according to its own website, “is an elite organization of world leaders, business authorities, innovators, artists, and other influential members of this planet” who are tasked with ensuring the survival of every human on the planet.

The proof: Literally everywhere.

Who believes it: …..

There are some of the craziest celebrity conspiracy theories! There are plenty more than we didn’t even talk about! One even involves a certain King of Rock…

Have a Happy Monday!
~Bre

Creating a Family Command Center

Our lives are busy, this is why a command center can be just what you need.

We all know that! Sometimes, especially with multiple kids, we can get stuck in a pattern of rushing from one place to the next. This can lead to forgetting appointments, over scheduling, being late, etc. Making a family command center can help with this! You are making one spot that everyone can use to track their days. This can lead to their happiness, and your piece of mind.

Disclosure: Clicking some of the links I have provided, may bring you to an affiliated product or site.

Family Command Center

Where to put it:

Find the Right Spot:
A zone that everyone passes through is the most effective: a corner in the kitchen, a nook in a hallway, or a centrally located home office. Shelves are key; if you don’t have built-ins, just use a bookcase.

Make Some Rules:
To keep this area from becoming an unloading zone, determine what belongs here and what doesn’t. What does belong? Items like bills, sports schedules, medical records, school papers with short-term relevance. These are important and critical to running your house. What doesn’t belong? Things like backpacks, 3-D art projects, magazines, newspapers. These are all extras and will just clutter your command center.

Take Care of the junk:
If there’s no plan for all of your junk and miscellaneous items, this will not work. Find other homes for all the bulky, random items that threaten your bliss.

Organizing is not for the weak:

Leave the hunk of metal in the past:
Most home filing cabinets are stuffed with documents that people no longer need. Have trouble purging? Get something like this Scanner Bin to organize receipts and anything you may not want to toss.

Color-Code Your Life:
In a portable acrylic file box, set up folders for different categories or family members. Label them in the way that makes the most sense to you: perhaps bills, work, play, keepsakes. For kids, school, sports, social. This Desktop Organizer is your go-to for floating papers—and the first place to look for that misplaced permission slip.

Befriend the Shredder:
A slim, shelf-size model Paper and Credit Card Shredder makes it easy to part with sensitive items you don’t need anymore.

Think Outside the Box:
We all love the look of neat, uniform boxes, but the truth is, they work best for long-term storage. 3″ Binders are a better choice for those ever evolving collections of paper, like decorating ideas or recipes, and they can hide in a magazine holder.

Analyze and Customize:
What’s cluttering up your paper life? Maybe your preschooler produces 10 drawings a day. Perhaps your teen gets a torrent of college mail. Stash excess papers in a deep, open bin on an easily accessible shelf.

Stash High and Low:
Stow critical items, like passports, birth certificates, and deeds, in a box marked personal documents and keep it on a high shelf. (You might want to use a metal firebox.) File office-supply staples, like computer paper, folders, and envelopes in something like a Letter Tray .

It’s all about aesthetic:

Decorate to Motivate:
What works for you? Flowers, a thoughtful quotation, pictures of faraway destinations? Accessorizing your command center is essential. If it’s not pleasant, you’ll avoid it, and chaos will ensue.

Think Grid, Not Collage:
The “bulletin board” part of your brain might be programmed to layer and fill, but a neat display will keep your mind calm. Hang items straight, with space around them. Edit regularly. Use an actual Bulletin Board Pretty invitations are worth saving, but after the party is over, transfer them to your keepsakes folder. Toss expired schedules or school notices ASAP.

Take Charge of Charging:
New rule: Instead of putting devices to bed in bedrooms (where they can disturb slumber), the kids need to dock their electronics in a communal caddy. A well-designed model can hold a laptop and three phones and keep their charging cords under wraps. With such a small footprint (10 by 5 inches), it leaves room for a second caddy if needed.

Make Cords Disappear:
Not to make it all about looks, but an uncluttered command center is an inviting, high-functioning space. Hide lengths of cord (from the lamp or a laptop, say) on the floor in a Mini Cable Management that plugs into the wall.

Ride the Wireless Wave:
Another way to tame cords is to remove them completely. A wireless keyboard, mouse, and printer (which lets you stream info even from your iPhone) is like a Xanax for your work zone.

Avoiding disaster:

Improve In-Box Etiquette:
Allow only the most current items to take up precious space in your in-box. And ensure that anything that hits that spot has a destiny—folder, box, binder, shredder—or back to the kids to return to school.

Set Up Desk Dates:
The hard truth is that it takes time to deal with paperwork. Want an in-box that’s delightfully uncluttered? Set aside an hour a week to sort and file, either in four 15-minute chunks or one 60-minute sit down. Add it to your calendar.

After all of that, you should have a great family command center! Got yours all set up? Send me a picture of it so I can put it in our newsletter or on a pinterest board!

~Bre

Legend: Honoring Dr. King

We all know why we celebrate Dr. King’s birthday.

Did you know that we don’t even celebrate Dr. King’s holiday on his actual birthday every year? The holiday we have is always held on the third Monday in January. Enabling people to have a day off every year for it (if their company allows it.)

We even have two separate days every year to honor Dr. King. The first is his birthday holiday. The second is slightly lesser known. We have The National Martin Luther King Day of Service. It was started by former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Harris Wafford and Atlanta Congressman John Lewis, who co-authored the King Holiday and Service Act. The federal legislation challenges Americans to transform the King Holiday into a day of citizen action volunteer service in honor of King. The federal legislation was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on August 23, 1994.

Here are some other great facts you may not have known about Dr.King:

1) His name was originally Michael, not Martin.

His father was also Michael King, hence why Martin Luther King Jr. was originally named Michael King Jr. However, after a trip to Germany in 1931, Michael King Sr. changed his own name in homage to historic German theologian Martin Luther. Michael King Jr. was two years old at the time and King Sr. made the decision to change his son’s name to Martin Luther as well.

2) At the age of 12, he seems to have tried to commit suicide.

It was May of 1941 when Dr. King’s grandmother passed away after a heart attack. At the time of this event, King Jr. was off disobeying his parents by going to watch a parade when they told him not to. When he came home and learned his grandmother had died, he went upstairs and jumped from the second story window of his house.

3) King wasn’t the only one to die at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis on April 4, 1968.

After Dr. King was killed, one of the hotel workers, Lorraine Bailey (who was also the wife of the motel owner and who it was named after), upon seeing King get shot, had a heart attack and later died from this. This was partially why there was such a delay in getting an ambulance as Lorraine was also the switchboard operator and so when Reverend Samuel Kyles attempted to call an ambulance using the phone in the motel room, nobody was at the switchboard to make that happen.

4) Also on the day King was killed, he was out on the balcony for a smoke.

While you’ll be hard pressed to find a picture of him smoking, he smoked regularly, though had a habit of hiding this partially due to the stigma, particularly within the church at the time, but also because he didn’t want his kids to take up smoking, and so didn’t like pictures of himself doing it, nor did he like to smoke when they were around. According to Rev. Kyles, after King was shot but before he was taken away by the ambulance, Kyles removed the package of cigarettes from King’s pocket and got rid of the cigarette butt, partially to attempt to hide the fact that King was smoking at the time he was shot.

5) Martin Luther King Jr. was nearly assassinated a decade earlier than his ultimate death.

While on a book tour, signing copies of his book Stride Toward Freedom, on September 20, 1958, King was approached by Izola Ware Curry who asked him if he was Martin Luther King Jr., which he of course replied affirmatively. When he said he was, she said “I’ve been looking for you for five years.” She then pulled out a letter opener and stabbed him in the chest.

6) King Jr. skipped two grades in high school

9th and 11th, and entered college (Moorehouse College) at the tender age of 15 in 1944. By 19, he received a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

7) He almost didn’t become a minister.

After graduating from college, he still had serious doubts about Christianity and the Bible and told his father (who was a Baptist minister, as his grandfather had also been) that he didn’t want to be a minister and instead was considering becoming a doctor or a lawyer. He later decided that the Bible had “many profound truths which one cannot escape” and chose to become a minister, entering seminary at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. He graduated with his PhD at the age of 25.

8) Although King today is often remembered as being an amazing public speaker, he got a C in public speaking during his first year at seminary.

This likely isn’t because he was actually bad at public speaking at this point. His father noted that even before going to seminary King Jr. was one of the best public speakers he’d seen. Whatever caused his professor to give him a C, by his final year King had straight A’s, was the valedictorian of his class, and the student body president.

9) His honeymoon was spent at a funeral parlor.

Not because someone died, simply because a friend owned the parlor and offered to let him use it for his honeymoon.

10) King convinced “Uhura” on Star Trek, Nichelle Nichols (who incidentally later went on to work for NASA), to continue on with the role after the first season.

Nichols stated he told her not to leave the show because she was not only playing a black person as a main character on TV, but she was also playing a character that didn’t conform to the stereotypical black person of the day, usually portrayed. Rather, Uhura was portrayed as an intelligent member of the crew and an equal to those around her.

11) King is to date the youngest male to win a Nobel Peace Prize,

winning it in 1964 at the age of 35 (at the time he was the youngest overall for the Peace Prize). The youngest ever to win the Peace prize today is Malala Yousafzai who won it in 2014 at the age of 17.

12) King donated all of the $54,123 (about $400,000 today) he received for his Nobel Peace Prize to the Civil Rights movement.

During his acceptance speech, he stated “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.”

13) King won a Grammy and was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal and a Medal of Freedom.

The Medal of Freedom and the Gold Medal make sense, but how on Earth did he win a Grammy, you say? He won it in 1971 for Best Spoken Word Album for “Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam”.

14) His house was once bombed.

This was during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which lasted a total of 385 days (more interesting facts on this boycott here)

15) His mother, Alberta Williams King, was also murdered.

She was killed while attending church in Atlanta in 1974 by a 23 year old man, Marcus Wayne Chenault, who believed “all Christians are my enemies”. He shot and killed her while she was playing organ at the church.

16) King Jr.’s autopsy revealed that stress had taken a major toll on his body.

Despite being just 39 at the time of his death, one of the doctors noted that he had “the heart of a 60 year old”.

17) It wasn’t until the year 2000 that all 50 states officially observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The last states to join up where Arizona in 1992, New Hampshire in 1999, and Utah in 2000. The holiday itself was originally signed into federal law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, with the first MLK holiday on January 20, 1986.

18) His “I Have a Dream” speech painted an even bigger target before on his back

Not just with certain people in the general public, but with the FBI. Memos about him circled their offices for quite a while.

19) There are only two other people in American history that have a national holiday in their honor.

George Washington and Christopher Columbus. As such, Martin Luther King Jr. is the only native born United States citizen to have a national holiday in his honor. (*note: While Washington was born in Virginia, obviously the United States did not yet exist. For reference, the first President to be born in the country of the United States was Martin Van Buren. He was also the first President not of Irish or British ancestry- his ancestors were Dutch.)

20) Today over 700 streets in the United States are named after Martin Luther King Jr.,

With one such street in almost every major city. This is not even counting the amazing number of buildings, schools, and the like named after him.

I urge all of you to take a note from Dr. King’s book, and do something today that services your community. Plant a tree, donate socks to a local shelter, read to the children’s ward at the hospital. Honor Dr. King in the best way we know how, with love.

~Bre

Monthly Healthy Habits

Did you know that around 90% of New Year’s resolutions are about healthier habits/self improvement?

If you are included in this statistic – you know as well as anyone that sometimes they can be hard to stick to. But it doesn’t have to be! Getting a healthier lifestyle is just around the corner!

Healthier Lifestyle

The biggest tip I can give you for wanting to be healthier, is to not dive in all at once. Gradually improve yourself. Make yourself 1% better today than you were yesterday. Here is a 12 month outline of little steps to take each month. Then by the end of the year – it’s a newer(and healthier) you!

January:

Drink More Water. Water is the healthiest thing for you! The benefits of drinking a good amount of water daily are astronomical. Do yourself, and your body, a favor – and make this a habit first.

February:

Make Breakfast a Priority. You’ve all heard the saying “it’s the most important meal of the day.” That’s because it’s true! What you eat for breakfast (or that you eat it at all) sets the tone for the rest of your day.

March:

Get More Sleep During the Week. This is another thing that our bodies function at 100% with. Getting enough sleep a night leads to a great day. Best to get around 7 or 8 hours.

April:

Start a Food Journal (bullet journals work great for this!) This helps in a lot of ways as well. You can track what you eat and how it makes you feel. You’ll start to notice that the healthier foods make you feel, well, healthier! A journal can also help with calorie counting, if that’s a method you use.

May:

Go For A Walk 3 Times a Week. Do I really need to explain the benefits to this one? Walking is healthy! Get out there and do it. Need motivation? Download the Pokemon Go app!

June:

Eat More Fruits/ Veggies. This will help with both being healthier and losing weight!

July:

Downsize Your Plates. Same as above!

August:

Go Meatless for 1 Month. This doesn’t mean committing to being a vegetarian. Although, I would imagine some may consider that route if you go meatless for an entire month.

September:

Find a Workout Buddy. It’s easier (and more fun) to work out if you have someone to do it with. Be accountability buddies and keep each other on track!

October:

Eat Slowly. Slower eating leads to faster metabolism, less risk of choking, and you feel more full with less bites because your giving your stomach a chance to catch up.

November:

Unplug an Hour Before Bedtime. Bright lights are BAD for you in the dark. But, that’s not the most important reason why. This gives your brain a chance to connect to your surroundings and it can register “hey, it’s getting darker, bedtime!”

December:

Reflect on the Year. Make notes on the things you were proud of, things you improved, what you think needs more improvement. Etc.

Monthly Healthy Habits

What steps are you taking for a better year? Comment below with some of your ideas!

~Bre

What’s a Bullet Journal, and How Can It Help You Stick To Your Goals?

Bullet Journals: The Newest Craze in Organization

What are they? A bullet journal is an analog system designated to track the past, organize the present, and plan for the future.

Bullet Journals

Materials You Will Need:
Spiral Notebook
Pens
Highlighters
Understanding a Bullet Journal

1) Indexes-
Give your entries a topic, and update the index with topics, and pages that include that topic.

2) Collections
Future Log:write down future events
Monthly: Organize your month with calendars and tasks
Daily: Used on day to day basis.
Others: notes, goals, shopping, workouts, etc.

3) Rapid Logging-
Short form notations (bullets!)

4) Migration-
Updating constantly. Your bullet journal is ever evolving like you!

Now that you know what a bullet journal is, let’s talk about why it’s so important to your success!

1) It’s Easy to Set-up And Customize

With a bullet journal, you won’t need to buy an expensive planning system or download a fancy app to your smartphone. Instead, all you need is a notebook and a pen or pencil. Because it is such a simple system, you can customize it for your needs and preferences.

2) It’s a Great Way to Stay Organized

Bullet journaling helps you stay in the habit of recording and checking off important tasks and goals, your bullet journal will keep all areas of your life organized. Remember, it’s a simple notebook and pen, you can take it with you everywhere you go!

3) It Reduces the Stress and Give You a Place to Put Your Thoughts

You may find the biggest benefit of using a bullet journal is that it frees up your memory and allows you to focus on important tasks. You’ll be surprised how much difference this will make in your productivity.

Now that we have talked about everything you need to know, let’s get you some great ideas!

GOALS

Yearly Resolutions
Monthly Goals
Goal Tracker
1 Year Goals
5 Year Goals
101 Goals in 1,001 Days
Daily Goals/Top 3
Weekly Focus – Goals

THINGS TO DO

Daily “To-Do” List
Bucket List
Movies to See
Favorite Movies to Watch
Restaurants to Try
Books to Read
Vocabulary to Learn
Places to Visit/Travel
Wishlist
Weekly To-Do list
Priorities list

PLANNING

Yearly Calendar
Monthly Calendar
Weekly Calendar
Daily Planner
Family Schedule
Challenge Tracker (21-Day Challenge, 7-Day goal)
Brainstorming Page
Home Renovation Projects
Morning/Evening Routines
Important Dates
Birthdays
Holidays
Special Dates
Deadlines
Vacation Planner
Places to Go/Places to Visit

BLOGGING

Editorial Calendar
Blog Post Ideas
Income/Expenses
Social Media Tracking
Blog Deadlines/Schedule
Courses to Take/Complete
Products to Create
Post Ideas

HEALTH

Meal Planning
Master Meal List
Favorite Recipes
Recipes to Try
Things That Make You Happy
Migraine Tracker
Sleep Tracker
Food Tracker
Ideas for Self-Care
Healthy Habits
Stress Relief
Exercise Plan/Routines
Water Tracker
Favorite hobbies
Ways to Relax

EDUCATION

Class Schedule
Class Assignments
Classes to Take
Projects
Completion plan

Etc…

Ideas Page
Inspiring Quotes/Favorite quotes
Thought for the Day
Life milestones/accomplishments
Write Your Favorite Bible Verses
List of Favorite Bible Verses
Scriptures to Memorize
Things to Learn
Gratitude Page
Favorite Things
Wishes/Things You Love
Things to try/Things to do
Favorite Song/Music
Favorite Musicians
Plans for Your Dream Home
Ideas for Your Garden

Have a bullet journal that you’ve been working on? I’d love to see pictures! Comment below with your stuff!

~Bre

New Year, New You: Day 2 – Family HQ Binders

Welcome to our second New You!

Yesterday we talked about a 31 day house de-clutter program. Today we are going to tackle the next thing in being organized for a great 2017!

Having a “family headquarters” binder is extrememly healthful in being organized.

Here are some items you will need to make your binder:
Binder, 1-1/2″
Dividers
Paper
Ballpoint Pens
Highlighters

Once you’ve got all your materials, you can put together your binder!!

Here are some things you will want to include:
Emergency Info
Medical Info
Insurance
For the Sitter
Grocery List
and more!

Here is a set of Family Binder Printables to get you started!

Family HQ Binder

Let me know how your binder goes, and what tabs you may have put in it by commenting below!!

Good luck with your binder!
~Bre