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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Just for the Fun of It Phrase Origins

Have you ever given any thought to some of the funny quotes and phrases we use and where they originated from. We were talking about this with some friends last night and it got me to wondering about some of the sayings that we tend to use and may not really know the origin of how they came about. So just for the fun of it I thought I'd look a few of them and share my findings. 

Let's start with a popular one:

"You're pulling my leg"  - means to tease someone or mislead them.  It was rooted in the criminal world when thieves would trip or pull people down by their leg in order to rob them. This is one of the more common story versions that is shared or believed about this quote. 

Never look a gift horse in the mouth - As horses age their gums recede and it makes their teeth appear longer.  Checking a horses mouth before buying it was a common practice, perhaps it still is but this is where the phrase comes from. Although this was considered offensive just like now if you received a gift from someone you wouldn't ask them how much they payed for it. 


                                  Maybe it goes for Zebra's too! 

Mind your P's and Q's -  There are a few different thoughts on this one but the most common seems to be referring to minding your pints and quarts. A British saying that perhaps started in English pubs meaning to chalk up your tally of drinks on the slate. A bar tender may have used this to say to a patron if they were getting loud and considered to be drinking too much. 

Once in a Blue Moon - You may be know that a blue moon is referred to as the second full moon in a single calendar month and it's super rare.  Thus the saying 'once in a blue moon' refers to something that doesn't happen very often. 

Sleep Tight - dates back to the time when mattresses where made with ropes and each night before bed the ropes needed to be pulled tight to ensure a good sleep. 

Crocodile Tears - When someone is crying superficially or falsely they are said to be crying crocodile tears. The myth dates back to the 14th century when it was believed that crocodiles would shed tears when they killed their prey. 


There's some food for thought. Interesting to look into some of the common phrases that we toss around so easily. 


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

You Can Always Do More Than You Think You Can

Have you heard this slogan before? You can always do more than you think. This can apply to many areas of life such as our business or work, learning new skills, reaching diet and fitness goals or perhaps training for something.  

Recently on a little cycling holiday with my husband this became a motto that played on my thoughts as I climbed high hills and rode long, long stretches on my bike. Words from my husband 'you can always do more than you think you can', he was right! ( I know, right!) 

The first two days of riding we spent in Marysville, U.S. biking the Centennial Trail, perhaps you've heard of it?  This was pretty easy riding, mostly flat paved trails that weaved  through lots of trees and greenery, an Art Walk and places to stop for a coffee or lunch break. We rode the trail in two parts, day one we rode 59 km and day two we cycled 69 km. Had lunch at a unique old garage style eatery with the best old fashioned milkshakes ever. We came across a festival at Lake Stevens and stopped for coffee's and a short walk out on the dock. 





On our relax day, we drove about an hour and caught the Whidbey Island ferry to Langley, Whidbey! We arrived at our AirBnB around 2pm and once we got settled we took a stroll into the little town of Langley and bought a few groceries at an organic market for our place. A quaint little studio room. The perfect size with a lovely deck to relax on in comfy Adrirondack chairs. 

Day four was a long bike ride around a section of the Island called the Langley Loop. One in particular hill called French Hill, was pretty long. Many rolling hills and scenic glimpses of the ocean as we rode along. A total of 53 km this day. Harder than the first two days. 

Day five we loaded up our gear and bikes and drove to the other end of Whidbey Island. Oak Harbor, where there is a Naval Base situated. We began cycling around this area going up and down hills and windy roads. We stopped at a beautiful beach area and sat looking out at the ocean as we ate our lunch and refueled for more cycling. The longest hill of our journey came up at Strawberry Point Rd. Repeat 'slogan'! I just kept pedaling and made it to the top without stopping or whining! lol! All together we finished off our ride doing 35 km for a grand total of 220 km for our cycling vacation!  Feeling fit and happy we made it back home! 

So whenever you think you can't do something just keep pedaling so to speak, you can always do more than you think you can! 



Monday, July 3, 2017

Keep it Together

 Cherry Cupcake Birthday Collection
Cherry Cupcake Birthday Party Collection

When online shopping do you ever find it frustrating when you've found an item you want and know that there are other items that match or go with it but have an impossible time trying to locate it. Well that's why Collection pages where introduced at Zazzle. To keep your products organized and easier for customers to find, you can now group them by collection pages.  There are several different ways to do this. 

Store owners can set up pages that display Zazzle products by themes that share a common design like a sunflower garden collection or pink cupcake birthday collection. Another way to display products in a collection is to showcase the same product types like, blue tooth speakers, throw pillows or medical appointment cards. Collection pages can also be set up by Occasions like Baby Showers, Mother's Day or Christmas. So there are lots of ways to use Collections to make shopping easier for your customers. 


Sunflower Garden Patch  Home Collection







Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Apps That Motivate You

Apps or applications as they're called can be both fun and practical. An app is a small software program that is downloaded onto a mobile device such as a tablet, iPhone or computer.  These apps can help you perform tasks and motivate you or your team to work harder. Many of them are designed for fun and games too. 

Over the last few years apps have become extremely popular and new ones are being offered all the time. If you can dream it there is probably an app that has been made for it or someone is working on it.  

You may not even be aware of all of the different types of Apps that are available to you. 

Lifestyle Apps are ones that define your lifestyle.  Fitness, music, travel and food fit into this category.  These are designed to make it easy for you to find that restaurant or look up a song, etc. 

Social Media Apps are a huge business. These include apps like FB, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and so forth. These apps have given people the ability to share everything in their day to day lives if they want too and as we know some do share way too much! 

Cool apps that we like to use for short periods of time might be a Weather app, appointment reminders, the calculator app or simply make use of the flashlight app.  The list goes on. 

The gaming industry has a super large base of app users. So many people like to play games on their mobile devices. It's become a pass time for many when waiting at appointments, standing in lines and just feeling the urge to do something to fill their time. Avid game app users come back time and again to use these apps and the developers love this, so more and more games and entertainment apps are created. 

Apps can be used to help companies run their businesses better. Onenote, Docs, Wallet, are just a small sample of apps that a businesses may use. 


One of my favorite apps that I've recently started using over the last month is a fitness app called Strava.  This is a running and cycling app. I use it to keep track of my cycling work outs. 

The app tracks your activities via GPS marking your starting point to the end of your run or bike ride. A map shows you the exact route that you traveled and shows you stats like your time, meters climbed, how many calories you burned.  It also allows you to compare your stats with others in your network. These can be friends or it will also show the stats of people that you don't know but that may have done the same route as you. It also highlights trophies for you when you repeat a route or section of a run or ride and beat your previous time. This gives you incentive and can motivate you to put in that extra effort. You can share your ride with others and see how you ranked on segments marked by other riders.  I think it's a great motivator and can help push you to do your personal best. Great for those with a little competitive edge.  

There are lots of cool cycling apps to choose from but Strava seems to have most tools that one needs or wants, if you haven't tried a biking app yet and you need a little push to get off that couch this could help boost your fitness and give you the motivation you need to keep moving.  

Here is a sample of one of my bike rides using Strava to track it. 




Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Upcycle and Use Your Creativity

Upcycling is a term that means turning your unwanted or unused items into products of better quality. The goal of upcycling is to prevent wasting potentially useful materials by making use of them. This reduces the consumption of new raw materials when creating new products. It's essentially re-purposing an old or unused item into something useful again.  

Developing countries around the world having been doing this for years. They use old wrappings from packaging in new ways. They reuse clothing for other purposes and find interesting uses for many natural resources around them. 

With sites like Etsy and Pinterest we can see that 'upcycling' and 'repurposing' are terms that are used constantly with DIYers and home decorators. After all it is fun to take an old piece or unused item that you may have just sent to a second hand store be turned into a something useful again. 

Onto my little project. Years ago when I was into tole painting, I painted this wooden box that I used to keep loose photographs in. It was an old cutlery box to begin with. The inside is all padded. I had stained it and painted the top with a pretty floral picture.  Recently as I was cleaning out a few things I came across the box and thought I might repaint it and give it a more modern look. I left the stain on it and just taped off some lines and spray painted it with black and then silver stripes, nothing fancy just a little more mod. I can still use it to hold pictures if I like or I could use it to keep some of my  jewelry organized. That sounds like a good idea for it.  Here is the before and after pictures. 




Well maybe this will inspire you to think of another use for something before you decide to get rid of it. Why not, little projects are fun to do.  Stay creative! :-)


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Travel Moment Treasures

If you are blessed to be able to travel a few times a year or more for pleasure I'm sure that you have taken plenty of pictures to capture those special travel moments. With so many of us having mobile phones with the camera at our fingertips along with endless storage to take and save hundreds of pictures it's the easiest thing to do these days. However, most people just let those pictures sit on there phone or eventually dump them onto their computer and hardly ever view or share them with others. This is kind of sad. 




There are some great ways to display or share those great travel pictures that you've taken and I'll tell you a few right here. 

When my husband and I go on a big trip which we have been doing for the last six or so years, once I am home, I sort through our trip pictures and create a book of each trip online. I choose pictures from those that I have taken as well as my husbands pictures. It's a lot of fun placing and arranging the photos and coming up with captions for them. Once I am happy with how each page looks I then have the book printed as a hard copy. It's great because you can choose the pictures that you love and use the one's that represent things you really want to share or remember from your trip. These make fabulous coffee table books and are easy to show your friends and family without over whelming them with your hundreds of pictures. There are lots of online sites where you can create these travel books. You can choose from a variety of book sizes too. I believe I used Photobook for these ones. 






Another way to display your photos are to have one or two of your favorites printed and framed. You can choose the size you want for a picture frame, canvas print, posters or calendars or even have them put on coffee mugs. I think they make great gifts too! So many fun ideas and you'll love to be reminded of your trips this way.  

Well I hope this inspires you to do something fun with your travel pictures, make memories to share and remember often. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Top Five Things To Do in Kona Hawaii

Well I just got home from a wonderful holiday in Kona, Hawaii! If you need relaxation, love exploring and awesome adventures then this is a place you'll want to visit. This was the first time my husband and I traveled and stayed in an AirBNB with friends. We all got along great, shared some fun experiences together and created memories that will last a lifetime.  

Here are my top 5 things you should plan on doing if you visit the Island of Kona, Hawaii.

1) Bike tour through the lava fields. In our group there was about 12 of us. We were shuttled in a van to the starting point to get fitted on our bikes and test them out by our driver named 'Pretty' and our tour guide Mikey! We rode in total 15 miles. We rode up and down hills and stopped at a scenic spot high above the ocean where we ate lunch that was provided by the tour. We got to walk through a lava tube and take some great pictures along the way.  If you enjoy biking and the outdoors and want to see the lava craters this is a fun way to do it. 




2) Kayaking with a guide. We did a 2 hour kayaking tour on the ocean with our guide named Happy. He told us his Hawaiian name too but it was a little harder to say. A beautiful way to see some interesting sites along the ocean shore. Caves to explore if the ocean swells are cooperating if not you will just stop in front of them and the guide will tell you some interesting stories. It was a bit of a workout as we encountered white caps and big waves that we had to work our way through. Our guide just let us take it easy and go at whatever pace worked for us. All in all it was a fun experience. 




3) Coffee Roasting Tour at Ueshima Coffee Company. If you love coffee you've got to do this. We learned how coffee is roasted to make the various strengths and types. My husband and I made French Roast and Italian Roast. Our friends made 'Full City and French Roast. This was a hands on experience and we each received 2 packages of coffee with our own personalized label and photo on it. Makes a great gift or just something special for yourself.  I definitely recommend this for a fun experience. The roast master was a very sweet lady and explained everything very well. 



4) Snorkeling, body boarding and wave jumping are all a lot of fun if you love to play in the warm ocean. Body boarding wasn't quite for me as the first time I tried I got thrown off rather violently by the waves, my friend and I decided we would just jump and play in the waves and it was just as much fun.  We saw all kinds of fish and even sea turtles. The beach and sun were very hot so we were in the ocean a lot.  





5) Botanical Gardens are amazing to visit. A great landscape of tropical plants, trees and flowers. A unique variety that you don't see everyday. Lots of walking and picturing taking.  





Well that's my list of 5 great things to do in Kona, Hawaii! We also
spent lots of time eating delicious food and visiting some great outdoor markets as well as unique shops and galleries. No lack of things to do here. 

Aloha!