Bon Voyage!

10 steps to prep your home for vacation.

Preparing to leave for vacation can be a lot of work. There’s all the planning, packing, and preparations. And then all of a sudden you realize you’ve not prepared one of your most valuable investments: your home. What if a pipe bursts while you’re gone? Imagine the potential damage when you return a week later. Will your home appear empty and be an easy target for burglars? Returning home to a burglary would ruin the whole vacation. Thankfully, you don’t have to learn these lessons the hard way.

Before heading out of town, whether for two days or two weeks, here are 10 steps you should take to help ensure your home is safe and sound, so you can rest easy on your vacation.

Step 1: Shut Off Water Supply

 

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Make it a Staycation

Not up for traveling to distant lands for vacation? Why not make it a staycation?

With unemployment rates high, the fear of job loss in the back of minds, and the high cost of gas, the prospect of a pricey vacation isn’t an option for many people this summer. But everyone needs a vacation, a time to disconnect from the daily routine and reconnect with the people who matter most.

How can you make fun memories and spend quality time with your loved ones without heading to an exotic destination? An increasingly popular idea is a staycation, or staying close to home for vacation. If you look hard enough, fun activities can be found in your own backyard.

Here are some tips to make your staycation a fun experience for all.

 

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Take Two!

Watch out for these common diet mistakes. Guilty of a few? Try again…the right way.

Everybody makes mistakes, so it’s no surprise that people trying to lose weight will make mistakes along the way. Once you realize the error of your ways, there’s no need to feel like a failure or give up. Instead, learn from your mistakes so you won’t repeat them in the future. You’ll come out stronger on the other side and have a greater chance of meeting your goals.

Diet mistakes can be broken down into three categories: eating healthy foods the unhealthy way, maintaining habits that slow your metabolism, and plain ol’ laziness.

Healthy Foods the Unhealthy Way

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Just Say No!

You may think you can just eat one bite, but once you start you can’t stop.

The advertising slogan for a popular potato chip, “Bet you can’t eat just one” rings true for many. Eat one chip and before you know it, half the bag is gone—even though you weren’t that hungry in the first place.

There’s a phrase to describe this phenomena of overeating just because it tastes good, not because you’re hungry. It’s called hedonic hyperphagia, and it’s the downfall of many a well-intentioned diet. After just one bite, all your good intentions are thrown out the door and you indulge yourself beyond the point of no return.

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More Results, Less Time

Get full-body toning with a few simple exercises.

Whether you’re trying to get ready for swimsuit season or are just wanting to sculpt and tone your body, you want to see the most results possible in the shortest amount of time. After all, nobody wants to waste time doing ineffective exercises that yield small results.

What you need for full-body toning are compound exercises that work multiple muscle groups at once. So don’t spend your time focusing on one single bicep muscle when you could work your upper and lower body muscles at the same time. Get twice as many results in half the time by combining two exercises into one.

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The Best Way to Get Fit

Talk to 10 people and you’ll get 10 different opinions on the best way to get fit.

One will tell you to attend an aerobics class. Another will swear by jogging. Yet another will tell you that dance and biking worked for them.

The truth is that there’s really only one effective way to get fit.

Before I get into the details, it’s important that we agree on the definition of ‘fit’. Too often skinny is mistaken for fit, and that’s not what you should strive for.

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Daily Devotional: All The Strength You Need

TODAY’S VERSES
“If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides.”
I Peter 4:11

“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”
Philippians 4:13

“I love you, O LORD, my strength.”
Psalms 18:1

TODAY’S MESSAGE
Strength is the energy that God gives us to complete a task. It is what helps us endure to the end. Strength is also what helps us resist negative forces. What better place to get strength than from God?

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This week’s daily devotional references ‘Moment in The Word Daily Devotional: Scriptural Inspiration For Your Daily Journey’ retrieved from https://devog.wordpress.com/2007/04/20/all-the-strength-you-need/

Daily Devotional: Be Strong and Courageous

TODAY’S VERSE
“Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Josh 1:9 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We can let fear dominate our life or we can choose to be strong and courageous. I say we can “choose” but have you noticed in today’s verse it is a command? Why would God do that? Why would He command us to be strong and courageous? Because we NEED it and He is WORTHY of it!

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This week’s daily devotional references ‘Moment in The Word Daily Devotional: Scriptural Inspiration For Your Daily Journey’ retrieved from https://devog.wordpress.com/2009/02/23/be-strong-and-courageous-2/

7 Excuses That Prevent Weight Loss

Have you ever wondered how some people are able to maintain amazing bodies while you struggle with your weight?

They make it seem so easy to achieve and maintain results. What do they know that you don’t? When you boil it down, the answer is quite simple.

The missing link between you and your ideal body is your go-to list of excuses.

Start with an excuse and expect to be excused from losing weight. Here are seven excuses that have ensured dieters will fail in their weight-loss attempts before they ever get started.

Excuse #1: I’ve Always Been Overweight

Here’s a little secret: feeling sorry for yourself will not help you lose weight. Quite the contrary. Whining and crying that you’ve never been thin can actually work against you, as you start to see yourself as stuck being overweight. Do that long enough and all you can see in your future is an overweight you. If you’re going to really cut your weight, you’ve got to be able to envision a lighter you.

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7 Sneaky Reasons you’re gaining Weight

Are you plagued with unwanted pounds, despite your best efforts to eat healthy and get fit? You’re not alone. Millions of others across the globe, just like you, are struggling to shed weight in an uphill battle.

Here are 7 Sneaky Reasons You’re Gaining Weight…some of these might surprise you.

Sneaky Weight Gain #1: Sucking on Cigarettes. You may think it’s common knowledge that smoking helps you stay thin. However, you may be surprised that this is actually a common misperception. Recent research has shown that contrary to the long-believed lie that smoking keeps you thin, it actually leads to weight gain. This happens by interrupting your body’s metabolic function and causing it to be insulin-resistant. Interestingly, the same is true for those exposed to second-hand smoke.

Sneaky Weight Gain #2: Working Nights. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and for some, this measure is working the graveyard shift. While it may provide a boost to your pay (third-shift workers often get paid more than others), it wreaks havoc on your body. From messing up your sleep cycles to putting you in a position that requires less movement to eating more out of boredom, working through the night is full of weight-gaining risks.

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