March 30, 2016

Harlem Globetrotters: Discount Code and More!

*I was compensated for this post. In exchange for a review and promotion, I was given tickets to the Bangor Maine show. No other compensation was given.

Celebrating 90 years of providing smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions of people worldwide, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters will bring their unrivaled family show to an arena near you during their 90th Anniversary World Tour. On the court, the Globetrotters' 90-year celebration will feature some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet.
With a star-studded roster featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm - plus female stars TNT Maddox and Sweet J Ekworomadu* - the Globetrotters' one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. 
You won't want your family to miss it - use promo code FAMFUN to save 25% off your tickets.

Get your tickets HERE.

Here are a few of the many pictures we took during the game. 

Globie, The Big G

The Harlem Globetrotters Mascot!!!!!!!!!!!!
The little girl won! Here's the secret: The little boy in the blue t-shirt got eliminated, but the big kid in the black t-shirt, intentionally lost so she would win! He was a sweetheart! His parents raised him right.
This sweet older guy, won the dance contest!! He was down and dirty and kicked it! He was a 73 yo widower but I didn't get his name. He was awesome! 

All in all it was a super great time and everyone had a blast! A fun time for all ages!

March 16, 2016

Independent Consultants: Finding Balance

I worked as an AVON Ind. Rep for many years and a few months as a District Manager. Its hard to find the balance, but it can be found. 

Independent Consultants Find It Easier
To Balance Career And Family

Finding the right balance between career and home life continues to be a significant issue for parents of young children.
According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, more than half of American women believe that children are better off when a parent stays home to concentrate on family. But at the same time, 51 percent of women with children younger than 18 have told Pew that being a working parent made it harder to advance in their job or career.
While women may be concerned that temporarily becoming a stay-at-home mother hampers their career aspirations, many professionals are discovering a new way to achieve both professional and personal goals: independent consulting.
“It’s possible to keep a foot in both camps and be very successful,” says Aaron Zwas, an independent consultant and author of “Transition to Independence” (
As an independent consultant for 15 years, Zwas works from home and shifts his hours in a way that lets him actively manage the family and home with his wife. “I help out with the usual school and activity drop-offs,” says Zwas, “but we also have much more quality time with each other, too. And that’s something that everyone wants.
“Independent consultants are becoming a mainstay of the modern workforce, injecting businesses and organizations with fresh ideas. In the last four decades, independent consulting has been one of the biggest growth areas in professional employment.”
That’s because the world is changing as many employers reduce their staffs and contract out for more services.
Zwas says a few tips to keep in mind if you plan to become an independent consultant are:
• Have a conversation. Talk with your spouse, other family members and anyone else who might be affected about what you’re planning to do and explain why it’s important to you. Be patient and listen to any advice and feedback they have.
• Stick with what you know and like. Many independents get sucked into investing too much of their time in activities that are not related to their expertise or are undesirable.
• Consider services you will need. Even as an independent, you may need to rely on the services of others.
Be sure to include in your planning whether you will need to contract out in such areas as accounting, website development and marketing. “I know many women who have made the choice to take a couple of years off from work to focus on family,” Zwas says. “The majority of them absolutely want to get back into the workforce, but feel that it’s like going from zero to 100 immediately. This is one way to get back on your own terms, without having to spend an hour commuting to an office each day and without necessarily committing to a full 40-plus hours a week.”
About Aaron Zwas
Aaron Zwas, the author of “Transition to Independence” (, is a consulting journeyman with 15 years of independent experience as a strategic technology advisor. His T2I Plan (for “Transition to Independence”) provides a step-by-step approach that helps people move from traditional employment to a career as an independent consultant while minimizing the risks associated with career changes.

March 14, 2016

How To Build Authentic Character In Youth Sports

I agree with this article! I think trophy's should not be awarded to everyone. Sure give them participation ribbons, but there is nothing wrong with only a select few getting a trophy. No wonder our children are growing up thinking everyone deserves something. Not winning builds character and strength. It also shows areas that can be improved on and kids can feel great when they see themselves do better. 

How To Build Authentic Character In Youth Sports
Not everyone deserves a trophy.
In fact, unearned rewards can be harmful, because artificially inflating a child’s self-esteem merely for participation in sport sends the wrong message, warns psychologist Jason Richardson.
“There are plenty of incarcerated felons with an inflated self-view and there are extremely successful people grappling with a more moderate self-concept, so self-esteem alone is not the measure by which we should prepare our children for greatness,” says Richardson, a Pan-Am Games gold medalist who is also known as “Dr. JRich” among colleagues. 
Richardson isn’t alone. Last year, Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison returned two participation trophiesgiven to his two sons, awarded not for a specific victory that they’d earned, but simply for being student-athletes.
Anyone can give and get a trophy, but the true value of youth sports is in the occasional tough lessons – and successes – children experience through hard work and merit, says Richardson, author of “It’s All BS! We’re All Wrong, And You’re All Right!” (
He offers practical tips parents can share with their kids.
• Stop saying “the problem is …” Fill in the blank. Too many people say the problem is with the coach, the school, the other kids, the equipment, the schedule – and so on. This kind of thinking implies failure because it immediately rules out your child’s goals. Instead, say things that rule in positive outcomes, such as, “I/We/You can do this!”
• Make failure a teachable moment. Sports can test a kid’s emotional fragility. They may want to give up with failure, but that’s a terrible lesson. If your child missed a free throw that would’ve won the team the game, encourage free-throw practice the next day. Better yet, ask them what they are going to do differently next time! Use a coach’s staple: remind your child that Michael Jordan was cut by his high school basketball team during his sophomore year. Parents can always reward persistence and effort.
• Don’t let your child’s ego run wild. The flipside of low self-esteem due to failure can be cockiness with success. Children have far less experience keeping the ego in check, so if he/she is the best athlete in school, they may become arrogant. Try to catch this early; people evolve at different rates. Temper their ego by showing examples of humility, respect and gratitude. Use examples of great athletes who have overcome slumps or adversity.
• Show them how to be a better student. It may seem odd that a star quarterback can memorize every detail of a complex playbook, but has trouble with class studies. If he’s having trouble with chemistry, for example, place the playbook next to the textbook and show him the parallels of complexity. Don’t let him believe he’s “just a jock.”
About Jason Richardson, Psy.D., MBA
Dr. Jason Richardson ( is a psychologist who earned his principles for self-improvement as a world-traveling athlete, doctoral student and student of life. He maintained top-10 status on the professional BMX circuit for most of his 15-year career, retiring with a gold medal at the 2007 Pan American Games.

March 3, 2016

Renuzit® Sensitive Scents: A review and giveaway of the long-lasting air freshener.

Disclosure: I was sent a set of 3 of the Renuzit® Sensitive Scents in exchange for my fair and honest review. 
My opinions are my own. 


The kit I was sent included the following: 

1 Renuzit® Sensitive Scents Water Blossom & Cucumber

1 Renuzit® Sensitive Scents Pure Ocean Breeze

1 Renuzit® Sensitive Scents White Pear & Lavender
3 coupons for free Renuzit® Pearls Scents

My husband has a sensitive nose. He can walk in the door and and start to sneeze if I have had a candle burning or sprayed air freshener. So needless to say, I only burn or spray when he isn't home. So, when I got this kit, I got all giddy! Finally I can have air freshener when hes home, considering hes a major cause of bathroom smells and the "what died in here" smells that waif through the living room at tv time! 

I have had the Pure Ocean Breeze plugged into the living room outlet since this morning. My living room smells great! Even the kids like it! My daughter said the living room has never smelled better! The odor neutralizer has been working over time with 2 teen boys playing video games all day! 

I sprayed my bedroom with the White Pear and Lavender Room Spray and 3 hours later I can still get a whiff of it. Now that's a long lasting air freshener!
The Water Blossom & Cucumber is in the upstairs bathroom. Thats the bathroom we all use the most and it needs it! With 8 people using that bathroom, it can get smelly. So far so good. And the cone is adjustable so it can be adjusted as needed. 

Now comes the fun part! 2 People are going to each win 1 coupon for a 
FREE product of Renuzit® Sensitive Scents!
Each winner will also get a $5 Gift Certificate to!

Good Luck!!!!