Those of us who delve into the world of Law and Attraction are fully aware that our thoughts shape our world, and the power of affirmations.  But do you pass this onto your children?

I have come across a beautifully illustrated book that is ideal for encouraging your child to  develop confidence in themselves and to start their journey into the power of positive thinking.

I Create My World by Connie Bowen has a positive affirmation on one page accompanied by whimsical, vivid illustrations on the facing page.

A sample of these positive affirmations are:

  • I hold the keys that create my world
  • I am on the right track,
  • I love helping others to do well and succeed
  • I am a magnet, drawing good into my life

As you can see these are all positive statements that your child can identify with. Children pick up on the sayings and actions of adults very quickly so why not introduce your child to positive vibrations and this book will help you make the first step.

The paintings were drawn by the the author and they are truly delightful.

This is one book that you and your child will want to read over and over. It is available on both Kindle and itunes so it is one that you can take with you.

I Create My World is just as valid for adults as for children. Because the statements are powerful and uplifting, and presented in a simple, uncomplicated way I often find myself flipping through the pages.

Connie’s book “I Believe In Me” was just named by the Huffington Post as one of the “50 Inspiring Children’s Books With a Positive Message.”

Natural Remedy for Dry Chapped Lips

Sea Buckthorn Oil

Sea Buckthorn Oil

I am one of those people that has constantly dry chapped lips. It doesn’t help that I live in a dry environment but nothing I do seems to help. I’ve tried over the counter products but none seem to work and I have to constantly reapply multiple times throughout the day.

My lips were in a terrible condition this winter with constant peeling and cracking. They were so bad that if I smiled my lips would bleed.

So I made it my goal to find a natural treatment that would actually work. I did a bit of research online and I found 3 different remedies that sounded like they may be worth a try:

1. extra virgin coconut oil
2. sea buckthorn oil
3. vitamin E and honey

I made it my plan to test each one for a period of 3 weeks each. I wanted something that I only had to apply at night just before I went to bed and not have to reapply constantly during the day.

Test 1: Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

I started with extra virgin coconut oil. I love coconut oil. It’s amazing stuff and has a multitude of uses so I was hopeful this would work. I had used coconut oil on my face before and sporadically on my lips but not for a full 3 weeks.

I had read that coconut oil absorbs rapidly so to ensure I got a good dose, before I got into bed at night I would apply a layer of the coconut oil on my face and lips and massage it in. I figured I may as well moisturize the whole face at the same time. Then about 15 minutes later I would apply another layer and then another 15 minutes later I would do the same thing. I might even add another layer if I felt my skin or lips needed it.

What I found after the 3 weeks was that the coconut was wonderful for my skin but it didn’t really help the lips. They were still dry and chapped throughout the day.

Test 2: Sea Buckthorn Oil

So my next test was the sea buckthorn oil. I had some in the house as a friend had recommend it. I had found it amazing on my skin but had never thought to put it on my lips. I didn’t need to apply it multiple times like the coconut oil. Just one drop was enough for my lips and I would also apply it to my face just before I went to bed at night.

After about 3 days I started to notice that my lips were healing. It wasn’t anything dramatic but they were feeling a lot better. I wasn’t applying the oil during the day at all or any other type of lip balm. I was just relying on the sea buckthorn oil that I applied each night.

By the end of the first week, my lips were feeling amazing and were pretty much healed and I was no longer picking off bits of flaky skin. This was amazing as my lips had been in a terrible state for months.

I am still in the second week and although my lips still aren’t perfect, they are still nothing like they used to be. And considering I only apply it at night and use nothing during the day I am really happy.

The brand I use is Sibu which is the one recommended by Dr Oz. You only get a small amount but it goes a long way. You only need a few drops to do your whole face.

Test 3: Vitamin E and Honey

As I write this, I doubt I will get to even try this remedy. The sea buckthorn is working so well that I can’t really test this anyway as my lips aren’t really bad enough.

However, if you want to try this then all you need to do is get some honey (Manuka is probably the best) and smear it on your lips. Then break open a vitamin E capsule and spread the contents over the top of the honey and massage in.

You might even want to mix the two ingredients together before applying to make it easier. Let me know if you try it and if it works for you.

exercise-with-weightsThe Tabata method combines anaerobic and aerobic training in a very short period of time. This training causes a lactate threshold effect in the body that benefits body builders, people who train in martial arts and other athletes. One of the best things about the Tabata method is that it can be performed using any cardiovascular exercise or piece of exercise equipment. This method is commonly performed using weights, but they are not required.

How Was the Tabata Method Developed?

The Tabata method was originally tested and designed in Japan at the National Institute of Fitness and Sports. The method is named for Dr. Tabata Izumi, a lead researcher on the project. Dr. Izumi and his team compared the results of two cycling training programs. One of the programs was moderate intensity with a long duration, while the other was short duration and high intensity. The short duration, high intensity workout produced significantly more improvement in their anaerobic capacity than the moderate intensity, long duration workout. The method was tested using other forms of exercise and the results were always the same.

How it Works

The Tabata method benefits the body by increasing the body’s ability to use oxygen using both aerobic and anaerobic exercise. Exercisers who use the Tabata method work out for just four minutes each day, compared to the minimum of 60 minutes that most exercisers work out each day. Exercisers complete as many repetitions of their chosen exercise as they can in 20 seconds and then rest for 10 seconds before starting reps again. This routine is repeated for four minutes. It is important that you work at your highest intensity during every 20 second activity period to get the best results from using the Tabata Method.

It is easy to lose count when you are practicing the Tabata method because you are working out at your maximum. Using an online calculator is helpful because it will keep you on track for both activity periods and rest periods. You can do the same exercise the entire four minutes or change exercises to work both the upper body and lower body. This method can be used to target specific muscles or as a great workout for the entire body. The best part is that it only takes four minutes per day, but you will be sweating and burning calories much longer than your total workout time.

Benefits of the Tabata Method

The Tabata method burns fat quickly by increasing the body’s metabolic rate. Intense exercise raises the basal metabolic rate of the body by about 15 times the normal rate. When this stress is put on the body regularly it increases the normal metabolic rate to account for the increased demand. The basal metabolic rate is the amount of energy the body burns while it is resting, so the body burns more calories when you are not working out when you use the Tabata method regularly. Another Benefit is retention of muscle tissue. Dieting can cause the body to lose muscle tissue along with fat. The Tabata method stresses the muscle tissue, telling the body that it needs to increase muscle tissue production rather than decrease it.

The Tabata method also saves time. It is easy for anyone to work out for just four minutes per day, meaning that people are more likely to stick to the workout because it doesn’t require a large time commitment. The exercises can be varied as you see fit as long as you keep the basic principle of working out at your max for 20 seconds at a time.

Does the Tabata Method Work?

Studies have shown that the Tabata method is very effective if it is performed properly. The Tabata method works for people who give it their all. At the end of the four minutes you should be sweating, gasping for air and feeling like you can’t move another muscle. People who are training for a sport that is very physically demanding usually get great results from using the Tabata method, particularly sports that require the body to be in excellent condition both aerobically and anaerobically. These sports include wrestling, football, martial arts, soccer, basketball and boxing.

Is the Tabata Method Safe?

The Tabata method is safe for most exercisers and athletes, but should not be performed by people who are out-of-shape. Even people who exercise often may need to ease into doing the full Tabata method. Exercise experts suggest starting with 20 seconds of intense activity followed by 90 seconds of rest. The rest time should be shortened during each workout by about 10 seconds until you have reached the standard of 20 seconds of intense activity followed by 10 seconds of rest. It is important for you to listen to your own body and stop if you feel intense pain. There is a difference between the pain you feel from working out at your maximum level and the pain caused by an injury.

About the Author are the creators of online fitness countdowns and other great, free time tools that you use right in your web browser. These tools are loved by many because they’re great for timing your fitness workouts.




Bored at work? Do something about it

bored-at-workYou know what? There’s nothing worse than constantly hearing one of your colleagues whine and moan about how much they hate their job. I mean, surely if they want to get out that much they’d do something about it, right?

The trouble is that this incessant negativity has a tendency to bring those around them down too and before pretty soon the whole office has a dark cloud hanging over it refusing to let the sunshine in.

So, if you happen to know, sit near or can hear someone who isn’t happy with their lot, then the five ideas below may give them a helpful nudge in the right direction of the exit door. Who knows, once they finally bite the bullet they may take those gloomy black clouds with them?


That’s right, just tell the boss that you’re not keen on what you’re doing and you want out, NOW! Who cares if you don’t have another job to go to or you’ve got bills to pay, the main thing is that you’re out and free to do whatever you want. The chances are that you’ll have a notice period so there’s plenty of time to look for a new job but the initial breaking of your employment umbilical cord requires a written notice and a whole lot of guts.

Start a vocational course

Ok, so perhaps just kicking your job into touch without a back-up plan isn’t the safest option, especially if you haven’t got a stack of cash in your bank account. If you do intend to leave your job but feel that you could stick it for another 6 months or even a year then evening classes and online courses offer the chance to learn a new trade that you can fall back on once you decide to jump ship. TEFL courses, massage classes, gardening and sports coaching are all great examples of how you can earn after you learn.

Look for something else

If you don’t feel that you can wait to give your job the flick then perhaps you should start looking for something else but, whatever you do, don’t do it in work time. Seriously, if you want to find another job there’s nothing to make you paranoid quicker than thinking that your boss knows that you’re looking for another job. Use your lunch breaks, evenings and weekends to trawl the job sites, newspapers and employment agencies and then you can rest easy that you’re not about to get the boot before you’re ready to do the booting.

Take a sabbatical

Most companies these days have an HR department that will be able to tell you about their sabbatical policy however, in a nutshell, a sabbatical gets you a few months off work so you can do something different before returning to your job. Who knows, after a few months of voluntary work abroad or writing that novel that you’ve always been meaning to get around to, you might actually be happy to return to your old role? Of course, you’ll need to support yourself financially whilst on a sabbatical but with the safety net of returning to work at the end of your time off, this is a pretty sensible option.

Have children

Now, before you start thinking that this is a completely sexist comment, think again. Having kids gets you maternity leave if you’re a mum and paternity leave if you’re a dad and these days being a stay at home dad is a perfectly genuine option if you a. earn less than your partner and b. dislike your job so much that you’d rather change nappies. However, for all of those fathers-in-waiting out there who think that looking after babies all day is just a walk in the park then stroll on because believe you me, after a couple of weeks, you’ll be begging to get back to the sanctity of that oh so boring office.

Author Bio:
Chris is currently very happy in his job however, if the time ever comes when he’s not then he’ll be off on a sabbatical quicker than a rat up a drain pipe.

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