Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Blog of the Week: Jewish Special Needs Eduction

This week our blog of the week is Lisa who writes the blog Jewish Special Needs Education.  

Meet Lisa:

Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block is a blog that explores disability and inclusion, predominantly in the Jewish world. Its goal is to be informative, instructive and inspiring to those who wish to make their schools, synagogues and organizations more inclusive.  Based on twenty years of experience in both secular and Jewish education, Lisa Friedman shares stories and offers guidance to enable others to see that each one of us was created in God’s image and has unique gifts to share with the world.

Thanks for sharing a little about your blog with us Lisa!  Be sure to check out her blog this week sometime and say hi!

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

April Google Plus Link Up

It's Tuesday social media link up day and today we're doing something new!  Let's link up our google+ profiles for today's social media hop!  You can link up your personal and your blog google+ accounts if you have both, or just one if you prefer!  After you link up please be sure to go add others in the link up to your circles or follow them!

Do you not have a google plus account set up?  You should and here's why!  And if don't you can also check out this post which is a Beginners Guide to Google Plus!

Did you know Northeast Bloggers had a google plus community group?  Check it out and join here!  The more we have, the better the party can be!

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday Five Link Up & 5 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Weight Loss!

Welcome, welcome to the Friday Five!  Each week you can link up your Friday 5 post with us!  Already write a post of 5 things on Friday such as 5 on a Friday, High 5 for Friday etc?  Perfect!  Just link it up here.  And in you didn't know, Friday 5 post can be any theme, as long as it's a list of 5!

Today's guest Friday Five comes from Kelly, who writes the blog A Lovely Life, Indeed.

5 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Weight

Maintenance is the holy grail of weight loss. 

Having lost and gained hundreds of pounds throughout my life, I am one of those people who can usually lose weight. But keeping it off? Well, that's another story. 

I routinely fall off my own wagon, but it doesn't mean I don't know how to drive. I do know that there are certain habits of success that make maintenance an achievable goal. 

Here are 5.

1. Plan
When you know better, you do better. Knowing your nutritional plan for the day, or even the week, removes the guess work. Your choices are made; make good ones. 

2. Be accountable
Whether you use a paper and pencil or an app like My Fitness Pal or Spark People, track your food. You may not have to do it forever, but knowledge is power. That handful of nuts you grab while cooking may have more of a caloric punch than your anticipated. Know what you're eating. Acknowledge it. Own it.

3. Build community. 
I am so blessed to be part of my local gym community. The instructors, trainers and members of my gym are incredibly knowledgeable and supportive. We are all working toward a common goal. When we miss a class or haven't been seen in a while, we check in on each other. We are connected in person and on social media, like Facebook. We encourage each other and celebrate each other's success. 

Create a community of friends who share your fitness goals. Try a new class. Introduce yourself. If you're not a gym person, see if there's a local fitness club or class offered at a community center or local park. Check out Maybe there people who like the exercise you do and are eager to find others who share that fun.

4. Discern between hunger and appetite.
I often mistake hunger and appetite. Hunger is a physical need to eat. Appetite is an emotional desire to eat...also known as head hunger.

I often eat when I am probably thirsty. 

I eat when I'm bored or watching tv.

Tune in to your body. It's normal to get hungry every 3-4 hours. Grazing all day...not so much.

Looking for alternatives to snacking? Start here. 

5. Get back on the wagon.
We all make mistakes. Eating candy after breakfast or in the middle of the day does not mean you have to start over tomorrow. Acknowledge the bad choice and turn it around. Get back up on the wagon and move forward.Take the emotion and shame out of it. Eat to live. 

 What are your tips for maintaining a healthy weight?

Thanks for the great tips Kelly!  Be sure to check out the original post, which is full of more inspirational pictures and her blog at: A Lovely Life, Indeed.

And now it's your turn!  Do you have a Friday Five post to share?  Link it up below!  And then be sure to check out some others in the link up & leave them a nice Friday comment!!

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

April Photography Challenge!

Welcome to our Photography Challenge!  This is a once a month challenge to take a photo that fits into the theme for that month.  This months theme is: SPRING.  The link up will remain open the rest of the month so everyone has a chance to show off their photos!

Please be sure to visit other blogs on this hop if you link up and leave a comment on their photo!
Remember you can link up to a post with the photo you want to show off, or to your instagram photo that fits the monthly theme.  Please do not link up to your blogs main page, this link up is for the photography challenge only! 

Be sure to join us for the May challenge next month!  May's theme is: FLOWERS!  The link up with take place on May 22nd.

Do you have a SPRING photo from this month to link up?  Share below!

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Blog of the Week: suheiry, etc.

This week our blog of the week is suheiry, etc. written by Suheiry!  Meet Suheiry:

First of all, my name is pronounced [sue-hay-dee]. The Spanish "r" sounds like a soft "d". 

I am the wife of the most wonderful man in the world. If you met him you'd think so, too. I have a crazy family that drives me nuts, but whom I love dearly. I am a writer, a blogger and a student of life. 

I adore pretty things. I am a master of the high-end look on a low-end budget. I am a total foodie. I looove to eat, and I can cook my butt off. I love cooking with my husband. I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen by altering recipes and making up new ones. We also love to go out to eat and try new things. I'm a sci-fi geek. I'm not ashamed to say, I love watching TV, and love Netflix because it enables binge watching. My current favorites are I'm obsessed with Doctor Who. Once Upon A Sherlock, Top Gear, and The Walking Dead. I was once a voracious reader and have been making more time for it again. My favorite season is summer. My favorite beverages are coffee and wine, but if I had to choose, coffee wins, hands down. My favorite color is pink, and my favorite animal print is leopard. I love being a feminine woman. I like wearing pretty outfits. I love makeup and am addicted to nail polish. I am also a proud feminist. 

The most important thing you should know about me is that I am a Christian, a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and believer in salvation through grace. 

Thanks for sharing with us Suheiry!  Be sure to hop over to her blog this week and say hi!
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Instagram Hop!

Welcome to our Tuesday social media link up!  This week's link up is for Instagram!  Link up below to your instagram account and then go follow some other Northeast bloggers on instagram!  Be sure to like some of their photos and leave a few comments around!

Don't forget- our April Photography Challenge link up is this Thursday!  This months theme is: spring!  You can link up to a photo on your instagram or to a blog post with your photo, it's up to you!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Northeast Travel: Portland, ME

Have you ever thought about traveling to Portland, Maine?  If not todays guest post will definitely make you want to go!  Today Jess of Styled by Jess shares her Weekend in Portland post with us!

A Weekend in Portland, Maine

My husband and I were lucky enough to escape to Portland, Maine over the weekend for a little second babymoon before our little one arrives soon (our first babymoon when I was pregnant with Z was in Southampton). We decided there were really 2 main priorities for this weekend away – to eat and rest. I know that sounds gluttonous and lazy, but at least there was lots of walking in between meals AND we are parents to a wild toddler so we really just needed a rest.

Portland is known for their restaurant scene and we were excited to try it out (I had been to Portland a few times years ago, but my husband had never been). We did a little research and found out that if you love food you must try Fore Street. We called a few weeks in advance and could only get a reservation for Friday night so we hustled up there Friday evening and boy was it worth it. And by the way, I happened to see a photo on Instagram from a friend who was also in Portland for a bachelorette party and she posted a photo from Fore Street the very next night – it’s THE place to go!

Want to find out more?  Wondering where she got this yummy looking whoopie pie?  Head over to Jess' blog to read the rest of the post here!!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Five Link Up & 5 Easy Easter Projects!

Welcome to the Friday Five link up!  Friday five has no theme, just as long as it's a list of five!  You can do five places you like, five photos or even just five random thoughts.  Be creative!  Today's guest Friday Five post comes to us from Meg of Borrowed Heaven!

Happy Good Friday! Meg from Borrowed Heaven here!  I hope many of you are enjoying the start of a beautiful and springy three-day weekend.  

Since Easter is almost here, I'm sharing five fun and easy Easter projects that all take a half hour or less:

1. Paint Chip Easter Egg Garland - All you need is some thick twine and some paint chips from your local hardware store.  Check out the full "How To" here.

2. Coconut Easter Egg Nests - The combination of coconut and chocolate together is my absolute favorite!  Check out this recipe here for a fun dessert that only takes a half hour from start to finish. 

3. Peter Cottontail Garland - Here's another fun craft that uses cotton balls, any small scraps of paper, and twine.

4. Spring Speckled Nails - I love nail polish and this fun way to combine tons of my favorite colors together!

5. Peeps S'mores - Looking for something to do with all of those Peeps you'll get for Easter?  Replace the marshmallows in a s'more with Peeps for a colorful treat!  Full post here.

For even more ideas, check out my Easter Fun Round Up post!

Thanks for the great ideas Meg!
And now it's your turn! Link up your Friday Five post below! Be sure to hop around and read a few other Friday Fivers!
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