Saturday

An introduction to Plantalicious.com

My cousin has turned his life around with his eating habits, and what started out as a blog, has now become a way of life and a new business.

 

Thursday

Blog Changes

I am making changes to my blog. I no longer write for other companies but am writing for individuals who wish to advertise their work/blogs/websites, etc.. Hence the tidier sidebars. I also hope to keep sharing my personal poetry and craft snippets here.

My writing life has become busier, and my personal life has also changed and become extremely busy. I have spent time adding blogs to Feedly.com so I can read more and write less posts. The posts I will write, I hope you will find interesting. For a short time I will be uploading posts from blogs I have shutdown, and roll everything into one. Bear with me while I sort myself out.

New with regards to my novel, Maggie's Child. It made it into the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, and hit #1 spots on Amazon paid best-seller lists. It didn't make it to the quarter finals of the award but I am extremely proud of a book I thought was my weakest. My readers had other ideas!




Motorhome Freedom

My best friend has family in New Zealand and we have been discussing a 'once in a lifetime' visit. Her family are getting older and she would like to visit her siblings. The problem is, they live miles apart and one is too frail to make the journey. Our option will be to hire a motor home but one member of the family has expressed a desire to purchase one and lend it to us for the event.

Researching online brought up, Smartmotorhomes, and their website is packed with luxurious homes on wheels.
A wonderful way to travel and see the countryside without giving up comfort. Freedom in a motorhome! I downloaded their catalogue for my friend and we are going to drool over the many comforts and technological assets the homes have.

Just take a look at the interior of one in the Elegance range.

 How luxurious is that? Imagine driving and then stopping to eat at a beauty spot, driving more and sleeping in comfort, the same comfort as home or a hotel. There is even storage much like a shed, for bikes etc,. Definitely the way to travel across New Zealand.

Relax With Sapphire Spas

How I would love a spa! On a hot day to cool down and on a cold day to warm up, either way a spa at home would be a wonderful treat.
My daughter has been diagnosed with a back problem, my husband and I are not getting any younger and have aches and pains, and my mother suffers from osteoporosis ... a good enough reason for the family to pool their funds and purchase one. Hydrotherapy is ideal for aches and pains.

Sapphire Spas have a website that showcases a wide variety of spas for the home. Their gallery houses ones where you can seat up to ten people ... a great way to spend a family BBQ event!

All measurements are laid out on the site for easy viewing and purchase.
Take a look at their video. Aromatherapy and oxygen detox bubbles to de-stress your mind and body is just what the doctor ordered!


The company offer full support from order date. They pride themselves on a professional service, and want their customers to enjoy the benefits of a relaxing home spa, therefore they have contact details and support systems in place as shown in the video below.

Tuesday

Cheap eBook for Your Kindle

Image Today I am selling my novel, Maggie's Child, at a reduced rate. What I thought was my weakest book has become my strongest seller and readers email me on a regular basis with wonderful compliments about the story-line. It thrills me to hear folk love Maggie. My idea of creating a saga from her life story is still on the cards, and I am jotting notes on a regular basis.

Recently, a title came to me for the second book, and then a very basic plan raised its hand and shouted, 'pick me, pick me'.

 To purchase a copy of, Maggie's Child, at its lowest price, act swiftly. I am using the sliding price system of Amazon, Countdown deals, so the price will be low, to mid-price and then back to normal, 17th FEBRUARY to 24TH FEBRUARY. AMAZON UK AMAZON . COM

Weight loss Progress

Sadly, going to a slimming plan class is not working out for me. I find it doesn't fit in with my DH's plans in the kitchen. He does 99% of the cooking and there is no room in his life for low calorie foods. I weighed in with a 1lb loss the first week, the second saw a 1/2lb gain. The same happened again. And again. This was me following the plan 100% and wrote everything down for the group leader. I have never felt so full or uncomfortable, the food volume for me to eat was vast. I eat a good size plate never fear but this was bordering HUGE just to stay within the guidelines of the club. I love fruit but am aware of the sugars involved, this plan encouraged me to snack continuously on fruit. I enjoy high-fibred foods but the amount I ate simply bloated me out. One night, around 2am, I needed to walk, just get up and move around or EXPLODE! Why was it working for others and not me? Every teaspoon of cornflour was recorded, each item that went into my mouth was accounted for and allowed on the plan.

Bearing in mind I do 2 intensive workouts during the week, I found myself feeling enormous, so popped onto the home scales one day and found I had put on 2lb ... I now weighted 1/2 lb MORE than when I started, so decided to stop going. In one month I had gained weight and paid for the privilege!

That was last Monday (3rd Feb). I confided in my daughter how I felt, and she said she found the same thing. She then told me of My FitnessPal and I joined. I have very vague recollections of trying it a few years back but never got to grips with it but was willing to look at it again. I now have it on my laptop, tablet and phone. It is brilliant. I can see my food values and now realise my body doesn't enjoy too many fruit sugars and a massive fibred diet. In one week I have lost ... 3lb ( and saved money). I am not creating foods out of baked beans to represent other foods, nor designing desserts to taste like those I have seen. I am eating the real deal, recording it, and ensuring I am within my daily calorie intake. I am enjoying my wine evening again, and even had a chocolate coated ice-cream on Sunday. I can also see how many calories I have burned during my workouts, and if need be ... Valentine's meal out ... I can use all I have burned to add more foods, or I can ignore them. I opt to ignore them but will use them for my meal out with DH on Friday. I am relaxed, no longer bloated, I feel fit and healthy. I am loving having my seeds back in my life (Pumpkin, Sunflower and Flax), and now know where I need to increase for vitamins and cut down for sugars. So far it is working for me, and I feel in control. I keep my diary private and do not join in the forum as I do not want to feel I am on a 'diet' any longer. I simply want to gain control of my weight-loss programme and lifestyle.

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