Friday, October 16, 2015

Reader's Favorite Gold Medal Children's Picture Book Award Winner - Isabella Babysits Baxter

Children's Picture Book Award Winner
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 "Isabella Babysits Baxter" is a 2015 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal Winner in the Children - Picture/Pop up category! 

Reader's Favorite Children's Picture Book Gold Medal WinnerReaders’ Favorite is proud to announce that "Isabella Babysits Baxter" by Melissa Perry Moraja is a Gold Medal Winner in the Children - Picture/Pop up category in our 2015 International Book Award Contest.

"Funny, entertaining and educational!"

Monday, July 06, 2015

Psychological Affects of Color and Cultural Differences

The psychological and behavioral affect of color has been studied for centuries by color theorists. Color theorists believe, and set out to prove, that color does have a direct psychological and behavioral affect on us. 

Today there are no standards on this subject. This is primarily due to the symbolic and psychological use of each color within various cultures. Critics claim that if color has the same psychological and behavioral affect on everyone, then why does it have different symbolic and psychological association within different cultures? 

Colors by Culture

Simply put, colors do have several meanings and personalities allowing for various countries to utilize it in different ways. This difference exists for several reasons. First, there is a positive and negative side to each color. For instance, the positive side of green is that it’s a healing color. It’s a great color to wear to ground someone. Its also a color that creates calmness. It’s the color of balance. The entertainment industry has guests sit in a green room prior to coming on their show. They do this because the color green has been found to relax and calm people. Green is an excellent color to incorporate in your home color scheme.

However, there is a negative side to the color green. Green also represents wealth. Quite often when one thinks of wealth they think of financial wealth. If that is the only goal of the individual, they may begin to experience the more negative side of green which is greed and envy. People can achieve a wealthy life in many other ways such as having family around and just being happy with what they have at that moment in time. It’s the greed of green that can consume a person and throw them into an energy vibration that isn’t healthy.

The personalities of each color also change when you begin mixing the colors together, or adding black and white to a color. For instance, red is a color that represents passion because of its intense energizing nature. When you deepen the color of red by adding black to it, it changes the feel of the color bringing to it a sense of mystery and depth. As such, it takes on characteristics of passionate love on a physical level. Pure red, especially bright red, creates a totally different feeling and sensation. It is a color that you notice. It stands out. This is why Americans use it as the color for stop signs and the fire department. You want to be able to recognize danger and take action. The color red does just that.

Every culture uses color in different ways. For instance, in China, white is used to represent mourning such as death. (Color Me Confused: Colors and Meaning in Chinese Culture) White is a color that comprises all colors. It’s a color of rebirth. It’s a color that brings truth and clarity. It is a color that can effectively represent mourning and death because with death comes a new beginning. It actually is a much more suitable color for death because it represents the vibration of truth and clarity. American’s use black to represent death and mourning. Black represents the unknown. When Americans wear black, it says to others that we are hiding ourselves from the truth. Essentially, we’re communicating to the outside world that we are afraid of seeing what lies beyond death. With tradition, many cultures will continue wearing certain colors to represent certain emotions and events even though perhaps they aren’t the best color in the overall spectrum. 

Colors do affect us on a psychological, emotional, and behavioral level. The colors you paint your home are going to trigger a certain feeling and therefore attitude. The colors you surround yourself at work again will produce a certain feeling within you which will eventually play out in some manner in your life let it be in your attitude and productivity.

Take a moment to think about the colors you surround yourself with. When at home, does one room feel more comfortable than another? Do you feel more motivated when wearing a certain color over another? When you are at work, have you found that you are more productive versus working at home?  

Discover how to use color, music and positive thinking in

Get the Vibe: Achieve Your Goals, Increase Your Productitivity and Improve Your Relationships

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Monday, June 29, 2015

How to Use Visualization Strategies for School, Sports and Creating Your Dreams

Visualization is the ability to use your imagination to picture images of what you would like to manifest. This is a powerful tool when you add to it feelings, intention, and action. Visualization can bring changes into your life sometimes immediately! And kids can use it when studying and playing sports! (Reading Strategies Using Visualization)

This great mind power has been used for centuries because of its success in altering thought processes, causing events to happen, attracting money, and changing habits to improve one’s health and life. In fact, visualization and meditation are techniques used often by elite athletes. For example, a major league baseball pitcher uses visualization exercises before a game by seeing himself on the pitchers mound throwing the ball, where it goes over the plate resulting in a perfect strike. The pitcher practices visualizing this scene in his minds eye over and over again. The day of the game, the pitcher throws a perfect pitch one after the other.

The medical community also has had great success with using visualization techniques. For instance, people who were told they would never walk have walked. Why? Because they believed! They visualized themselves walking, and after months and sometimes years of physical therapy they accomplished their vision. Cancer victims such as Lance Armstrong and Louise Hay used positive visualization during cancer treatment and have successfully become cancer free. But it wasn’t only visualization that led to them becoming cancer free. As Lance’s coach, Chris Carmichael said in a letter, “Lance beat cancer because he had great doctors, a positive attitude, and a lot of luck.” Visualization techniques combined with other healing modalities are a powerful tool. (Visualization Techniques for Athletes)

What do you do if you can’t visualize? Easy all you have to do is use your other senses–feel, touch, smell and sense. For instance, if you are looking to take a vacation to Hawaii feel yourself relaxed with sand touching your toes and the wind blowing across your face. If you still are having trouble using your other senses, there is another way to accomplish the same objective–use affirmations and create visuals!

For instance, if you’d like to purchase a vacation home in Florida, find images of scenes from Florida in magazines, newspapers, and brochures. Cut the images out and paste them onto a calendar or a goal notebook. If you don’t have the time to create your dream collage, you can also write-out affirmations that state exactly what you desire—“It is the year 2010, and I am sitting by my pool in West Palm Beach, Florida sipping on a nice cold Pina Colada.” By doing these simple exercises, within a matter of days to weeks, you will find that you are a magnet for attracting friends and even strangers who are planning a trip to Florida, have just recently visited Florida, or are living in Florida. The more positive and focused you are the closer you will be to purchasing your vacation home. The key in fulfilling your dream is to not give up! Believe that you have the ability to manifest everything and anything you want. 

You may want to check out Jack Canfield Visualize and Affirm Your Desired Outcomes: A Step-by-Step Guide too!

Like everything in life, it takes time. The more you practice the better you’ll become with creating the life you desire with fewer trials and error.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Wake Up Wednesday Blog Hop Linky Party

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" Party
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I was looking for something different to do for this Memorial Weekend, but it seemed like I was just going to do some mundane chores around the house. My husband was going to be working at the softball park, Lauren wasn’t coming home and Haley just wanted to watch her videos. Boring!!! Then as my husband was watching a local baseball game on tv, there was an advertisement for ‘Junk Days’ in a nearby town. Bingo! Something fun and different to do!

“God’s Blessings” – A Summer Snack with a special message!
Christianity Cove

Serve one ice-cold summer snack to each child in honor of the weeks to come. Then send four more home with a note of hope for lots of growth during summer warm weather. Moms will appreciate it, and kids will think of God’s blessing of summer each time they reach for their ice-cold refreshment!

Dollar Store DIY: Flower Flip Flops
 This Mama Loves

Are your feet ready for flip flops? If so, head over to the dollar store and snag a pair (or 10). You will be amazed at with a few supplies what exactly you can do to it! Take a peek below at these fun spring flip flops you can make yourself, just in time for the spring season.

5 Delicious Dips
Mama's High Strung

And what does everyone like to dip? Everything.

I’ve come up with 5 Delicious Dips that take minutes to prepare and are perfect for anything you want to submerge in deliciousness. Most are healthy. One is particularly decadent, but c’mon… it’s a dip… not a meal.

Frosted Mason Jar Patriotic Luminaries
Intelligent Domestications

Celebrate America all summer long with your DIY Frosted Mason Jar Patriotic Luminaries.

Double-Sided Fabric Headbands
Crafty Allie

I've had a few things on my crafting wish/to do list, and this was at the top of it!
My daughter, while she can be very prissy, can also be a bit of a TOM BOY.
She is pretty much fine with just a pony tail every single day.

Chili Cheese Macaroni Bake with HORMEL
Logan Can

I love quick and simple recipes that I can throw together when I am pressed for time or just don't feel like cooking an extravagant meal. Let's be honest, since I had Sophie, I haven't had near as much time to cook.

A Mitten Full Of Savings

Here’s a perfect summer salad recipe. Well, this recipe is good for any time of the year, but great if you’re looking to cook light and eat light during Summer.

Homemade Nonstick Spray! Replace Your Pam Frugally!
Penny Pincher Jenny

Homemade Nonstick Spray?? Sounds to good to be true right! I saw the pin on Pintrest you have probably seen it to!  Olive Oil and water equals nonstick? I finally remembered to grab a spray bottle (I just got one at Dollar Tree to try this out!!) and will be upgrading to an official Misto!!

20+ mind blowing bacon recipes
Dreaming of Leaving

we all know that everything in life is better with bacon, am i right? breakfast is probably the first subject that comes to mind when thinking of bacon but there are so many other possibilities that are out there today.  everyone loves bacon, everyone…

5 Simple Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipes
Midwest Modern Momma

If you have dry summer skin, or just want to give your dull skin a refreshing pick me up, a sugar scrub can fit the bill. Take a look at how simple it is to make your own homemade sugar scrubs so you can have smooth and fresh skin all year long!

Homemade Handsoap
Sheena Anderson

Today I am going to share with you some handsoap that we have actually been using for about a year now.  I found the original recipe on doTERRA blog.  The first few times I made it I did follow the recipe exactly, but I didn’t really love how it felt on my hands.  So I changed the recipe up some and now I totally LOVE it!!!!

Lotus Flower Ring Holder
The Pin Junkie

I saw a neat idea for making a lotus flower ring holder on Pinterest and couldn't wait to make one.
 When I updated my laundry room, I bought a set of lotus flowers to make it pretty. . .

Wordless Wednesday
Helen Fern Original Photography

Herbed Sweet Potatoes
Five Little Chefs

Whenever I BBQ I always think to myself, what can I cook as a side dish that requires the grill? Why leave a big open space on the grill when you can fill it with something else that smells delicious! Cooking in foil is one of my favorite ways to make easy recipes. All those delicious juices are trapped inside the foil marinating whatever is inside.

Banana Split Parfait Jars
A Mitten Full Of Savings

Banana Split Parfait Jars are a Summer Treat

Marshmallow Jello Pinwheels
Life of a Southern Mom

I am always looking for fun recipes that I can make with my son. These Marshmallow Jello Pinwheels are perfect! With only 3 ingredients they are also SO easy to make.

Baby Loving Mama

I’m jealous of those who can bring in homemade treats for the kids at school. Lucky for Kari Stroschein, she can! She recently brought in a special snack for her daughter’s preschool class. Kari considered dirt cups because her daughter loves them so much.

Just 2 Sisters

Cinnamon Sugar Dessert Crepes are the perfect light ending to any meal. Speaking of meals, you know we don’t always play by the rules. We have been known to eat frozen custard for dinner. Why not eat Dessert Crepes for breakfast or lunch?

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