Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Five Hop and 5 Tips for Taking Care of Yourself During the Holidays

Welcome to the Friday Five!  Each Friday we invite you to link up your Friday Five post with us!  No questions, rules or theme here- just a post of 5 things!  Be sure to check out our guest Friday Five post here before you link up!
Hi Northeast bloggers!  It's Danielle Kempe taking over the blog today. I'm your MA state rep and a blogger at Getting Fit in MA.

Five Tips for Taking Care of Yourself During the Holiday Season

1) Make a schedule
Get out your calendar and write down what needs to get done.

2) Make plans that are fun for you
Make sure your schedule includes tasks that re-energize you. For me, that's making sure I get fun fitness activities and gel manicures. (No, not at the same time.)

2) Give yourself permission to say "No" to requests on your time that don't energize you.
This seems to be the time of year when everyone decides to throw a party.
While well meaning, it can be a drag on your already packed "To do" list, and saying "no thanks" is OK!
And for things that you can't say "no" to but don't want to attend, plan ahead how much time you will spend there and stick to it.

3) Breathe
If stress is getting to you, take a moment to have a deep breath, and focus on reminding yourself why you're doing this particular task.
Is the parking at the mall insane but you need a last minute gift? See if you can figure out a less stressful way to complete the task. Would a less crowded store have an equal gift? (My go to is a small fruit basket from a local store.)

4) Make sure to eat
It's easy to get so busy checking tasks off the "to do" list this time of year that things we don't normally even think about go out the window. I make sure to carry snacks in my purse when I go out. (Almonds are a good one because they won't melt on you.)

5) Find humor where you can
I take a break to read a comic from "The Oatmeal" but figure out what works for you!

I wish you a joyous holiday season & a happy new year!
And now it's your turn!  Do you have a Friday Five post to share?  Link up here and be sure to visit and comment on a few others in the hop!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

20 Days of Chill Writing Challenge: The themes

It seems like only yesterday that I posted about the 20 Days of Chill Writing Challenge.

Now, we are just a few weeks away from the start of it!

As promised, here is the theme list. This will, hopefully, allow each of you to maybe get a start on things. I hope we have a bunch of people who participate.

Remember, have some fun with this. Interpret as you see fit. These posts can be fact, fiction, true or fake -- all up to you. Test your writing chops.

The themes below came from many submissions I received. I randomly drew from those and a few I submitted and here's what we have. Some of these themes are quite interesting. Others a pretty simple and forward.

Remember how this works -- the day the theme is supposed to be posted, write a blog post, make it go live on your blog and go to my blog (A 'lil HooHaa) and link up! The hope is everybody will go and visit/comment on the other blogs. Without that, a challenge isn't successful.

Without further adieu, the themes are below:
  • January 5: Spilled milk
  • January 6: Favorite winter comfort food
  • January 7: Willy Wonka's greatest candy making secret
  • January 8: Travel
  • January 9: Invisible
  • January 12: What is "chill" and how do I do it?
  • January 13: Ten hotdogs
  • January 14: Favorite article of clothing for the winter
  • January 15: Dishing the dirt
  • January 16: The morning after
  • January 19: Word for the year
  • January 20: Newbies
  • January 21: Organizing
  • January 22: Bears, beans and beer
  • January 23: Frosty
  • January 26: 10 years ago, I was probably ___________
  • January 27: The awkward dinner party
  • January 28: Imagine that...
  • January 29: Steamed
  • January 30: And then there was one
As I noted when I first started this challenge, I have participate in several writing challenges, most recently the one done by We Work For Cheese. Alas, that one ended after last year, so I opted to do this with the idea that I love a good writing challenge. I wanted to change it up a bit, though, so this is what I came up with it.

I will also be launching a t-shirt campaign on TeeSpring for this challenge. We'll need to sell 10 for it to go through, so hopefully we can get to that level. I'll start it in late December, or right around the time the challenge starts as if I did it now... it ends in three weeks, thus meaning two days after the challenge starts. I want people to have the chance to buy the shirt as we go along, so I'll start it about the time we start.

I hope to see some familiar faces, as well as some new ones, when this gets going.

Remember, this will run 20 days in January, Monday-Friday.

And always remember this -- have fun!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Blog of the Week: Stephs Cheers and Jeers

This week's blog of the week is Stephs Cheers and Jeers, written by Stephy!  Stephy lives in Vermont, loves owls and motorcycles!  We chatted with Stephy about blogging and living in the Northeast!  Meet Stephy:

Tell us a little about you:
My Name is Stephy Sumner and I reside in Southern VT with my future husband(Engaged since 2010) Scott, My Wonderful(Step) Daughter Justine, and Our Dog Loki and Cat Fuzzy Bear. Iv grown up in Vermont most of my life and I think its a beautiful state.I am what I like to call a Domestic Goddess(Meaning I stay home and hold down the fort) While my Husband works as a mechanic for Harley Davidson. I began looking for a hobby to the pass the time after I became injured and unable to work and share some of the wonderful things I have to offer with the world and BAM! Two Years ago I started my blog. I am OBSESSED with owls and Sons of Anarchy is my favorite show!  

What is your blog about?
My blog is mostly product reviews with some recipes and other goodies thrown in! 

What is your favorite spot to visit in the Northeast?
I ADORE Mount Washington in New Hampshire, I just love the White Mountains in general and they are BEAUTIFUL on a motorcycle 

What do you love most about blogging?
I love connecting with other bloggers!

What is your favorite form of social media?
Facebook because I find it has the most interaction. 

Where do you live and what do you love about it?
I live in Ascutney, VT. Its a TINY village inside of Weathersfield, VT. I love how cozy it is, everyone knows each other and looks out for each other.

Share some blog posts with us that you'd love everyone to check out!
Thanks Stephy!  Be sure to hop over to her blog this week to check it out and follow her on social media!

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