Friday, August 28, 2015

Each Day Too Short...


I can't believe how fast summer has gone by. I know I had many more things I wanted to do and time has just escaped me. I love to experience my life and everything it has to offer. I have been trying to really reflect this summer on doing things that will result in some happiness and letting go of the things that take time away from pursuing. It is relationships and devoting time to those relationships that make me happy.

As you have probably have noticed, this summer my posts on this blog have been fewer and I have done a very limited number of reviews. I have decided I need to be very selective and evaluate whether I really need something or it will be something that will enhance my happiness through experiences within relationships. I don't want to own things just to collect them and so I have learned to do some letting go of this aspect of my blog. There still may be some, but I am being very selective. I have also decided to get back to more of why I started this blog,which is to empower and teach people. I blog because it makes me feel good to share with others, but it had become a chore and caused distress that I was putting upon myself. I don't need to see certain number in stats, I am releasing myself from that as well.

I am making time for the things that matter to me by releasing myself from those things that really do not and it is a journey to recognize which is which.

This is a picture I took on my last anniversary weekend with my husband when we went to the cabin and went on a guided muskie fishing trip in Northern Minnesota.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Opportunity for Moms to Earn Extra Money from Focus Pointe Global

Disclosure:This is a promotional post for which I have will be given a gift certificate for posting. All content was provided to me.




For moms, it can be tough to make extra money, especially when balancing work, kids, pets, and whatever else life throws your way on a daily basis. There are bills and school supplies and school clothes to buy plus all the money it costs for after school activities and don't even get me started on the cost to take a family vacation. Some moms turn to selling used items on eBay or having a garage sale, but have you ever thought of participating in focus groups or other market research opportunities?

Did you know the products and services you and your family use every day come to market as a result of marketing research? How would you like to influence what products you are purchasing and learn about new products that may be coming on the market, Companies rely on the opinions of consumers like you to test their products, evaluate TV programming, weigh in on social issues, conduct mystery shops, and participate in mock juries, to name a few.



In the U.S., there are 75 million mothers, all of whom influence 85 percent of their household purchases. With all that buying power, it stands to reason that companies turn to marketing researchers to make sure that their products are meeting your needs and expectations. They want to know what you think, what your family thinks and hear about what your needs and wants are. Our needs and wants is what drives purchases and companies want to know what they are.

Registering to participate in focus groups is a painless process. One of the top companies conducting opinion research is Focus Pointe Global, a national company with a location in Atlanta. They have an interactive website for their panel members at http://bit.ly/fpgmom, where you can register and fill out your profile. Once that is done, you will almost immediately receive an email invitation to take a screener survey to see if you qualify for a particular research study. The studies are on a wide variety of topics, including baby products, social issues, taste tests, appliances, beverages, cell phones...just about anything you can think of. Participating in a focus group or product tests is a fun and easy way to earn some extra spending money - from $75 to $100 for only a couple of hours of your time.



Another way you can participate in marketing research is online or by phone. Focus Pointe Global conducts webcam focus groups, telephone interviews, online surveys, online communities, and a lot of other methods as well. They even have an online product review program, where you are sent a product to use (and keep!) and you write an objective review on the company's website. Whether you are able to participate in marketing research in person at the Atlanta research facility or by going online, there are a lot of opportunities to make some extra money and have fun while doing so! Go to http://bit.ly/fpgmom to register.

This could be just what you have been looking for to help supplement your family's income and get bills paid for or help you save up for a trip or a special purchase or perhaps make it possible to afford after school activities for your children,

Wordless Wednesday: Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay, Wisconsin








Monday, August 24, 2015

Tex-Mex Corn and Quinoa Salad


 I just love that I can use spinach and cilantro from my garden in this salad. We had a ton of cilantro this year because it was a hardy re-seeder.

Tex-Mex Corn and Quinoa Salad
1 1/2 C Quinoa
1 11 oz. can Jalapeno Corn (it's just corn with jalapeno & green peppers in it, look in the Mexican food section of the grocery store)
1 15.5 oz. can Mild Chili Beans
1/2
C Cilantro, chopped
2 C Greens, chopped (I used spinach)
1/2 C cheddar cheese, shredded


Directions:

  • Cook quinoa according to instructions
  • Allow quinoa to cool before mixing
  • Mix together remaining ingredients
  • Enjoy!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Those Who Inspire....


This is a photo I took from our balcony at the Vero Beach Hotel and Spa in Florida. We had a wonderful time that that resort and would highly recommend it. Vero Beach is absolutely gorgeous!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Clean Eating Strawberry-Watermelon Sorbet



Summer is upon us and I have been making efforts the last 2 weeks of school to have snacks and treats on hand that my kids will enjoy but contain no added sugars and are not fried. I have continued this through out the summer ( know summer is almost over by the time I am sharing this.) I have made potato chips (just potatoes & salt) and my dehydrator has been working non stop making fruit leathers, banana chips, pineapple "candy" and \jerky. I do plan to make some apple chips soon too, as well as granola bars and chocolate almond date protein balls. Of course we do have packaged snacks around, but I am trying to depend upon them less and less. My family does seem to gravitate towards anything homemade. When I made this sorbet recipe (I used to make this all the time when I ran a bed and breakfast and people LOVED it!!) I doubled the recipe so that I have a lot of this frozen treat in the freezer for us, plus I had half a watermelon to use up.


Clean Eating Strawberry-Watermelon Sorbet
6 C fresh watermelon
2 C fresh  (or thawed) strawberries
1/2 C water
1 tsp. stevia
2 T lemon juice

Directions:
Puree all ingredients in a food processor and place in an airtight container. Allow 24 hours to freezer before serving. Scoop out of container and enjoy. Or if you want to "fluff" it you can break it up with a fork, or "smooth" it by placing the frozen mixture in a food processor before serving.