DOGS!!

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DOGS!!

Hi everyone and happy weekend! I realize that it’s been a long time since I’ve blessed all of you with some precious pics of my pooches so I figured that now would be a great time to do so! Our darling Golden Retriever, Gem, and Terrier mix, Ollie, are doing just swell and are as cute as ever. We are all currently itching to give both of them a new little brother or sister and by we I mean everyone but my dad – but we’re working on him! But, of course, we are perfectly happy with our two pups because two is company and three is a crowd. 😉

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^^^ I LOVE THEM!!

Pic #1: Gem and I just chilling and watching My 600 Lb. Life. *insert cool emoji with sunglasses here*

Pic #2: So my mom taught Gem this trick where she’ll “clean up” her toys and put them all into one spot, which is usually her doggie bed. Of course we reward her for this sweet ass trick so now Gem will just sit there with a toy in her mouth until we give her a treat and it’s basically the most ridiculous and adorable thing ever.

Pic #3: Ollie just snuggling up to Patrick Starfish! A weird fact about my family is that we’ve legitimately had that stuffed animal for well over thirteen years and, I kid you not, it has been sitting on that freaking chair THE ENTIRE TIME. Lol, Patrick has become a signature staple of our living room, like our Christmas tree that we still have yet to take down. I like to think that it just adds to our quirky charm! 😉

You guys already know how much I love my DOGS and now I want to learn about yours. What kind of dog do you have? What is his or her name? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

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Major Body Shop Haul

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Major Body Shop Haul

Hello everyone and happy Thursday! So The Body Shop recently had a forty percent off sale online that I took full advantage of on Valentine’s Day. I decided a while ago that the next time TBS had a good percentage off sale, that I would order a year’s supply of all of my must have products so that I wouldn’t have to spend the year chasing the best deals. Not only did I get all of my necessities for a fraction of the cost, but I also got two body butters for FREE! Take a look at my haul and let’s discuss:

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The Haul:

  • 4 Vitamin C Skin Boosts
  • 1 Nutriganics Eye Cream
  • 2 Vitamin E Moisturizers
  • 2 Brush On Radiances
  • 2 British Rose Body Butters (free!)
  • 2 sample products (also free!)

The Total: $110

So normally I don’t like to post about how much I spend on myself BUT this was such a great deal that I really felt the need to talk about it in its full extent. For about twelve dollars a pop, I was able to get everything that I needed (for the most part) for an entire year. That’s huge. Not only was I completely thrilled with the amount that I spent, but I was also so happy to get two free body butters out if it! For Valentine’s Day, TBS was offering a free British Rose body butter, lotion, shower gel, or bubble bath with a fifty dollar purchase so of course I went with the body butter as it was the best value. I can’t say that I totally love the British Rose scent but beggars can’t be choosers and they will still be a nice addition to my lotion hoard!

You guys already know that I love to shop and I rarely have a problem with spending money BUT I always look for the best deal when I’m making a purchase. I really felt like I was getting the best value for my money with this online haul. I mean, 110 bucks for a year’s supply of your skin care necessities? Hello! Of course the moisturizers will need restocked but that’s what Target and TJMaxx is for as well as my June birthday!

I am so SO happy with my Major Body Shop Haul and am looking forward to a year of barely having to make any skin care purchases. That in itself made this order money well spent! What are some of your favorites from TBS? What skin care item can you not live without? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

4 Ingredients Of A Comfy Home

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4 Ingredients Of A Comfy Home

No matter what kind of home you live in or where, one of the essentials that everyone can agree on is that being comfortable is one of the most important things of all. The home, after all, should be a place where you can relax and unwind and you can only properly do that if it is comfortable for everyone who lives there. Achieving this kind of comfort, however, can often be surprisingly difficult to do – but with a little focus and some understanding of what is important, it is probably easier than you think. In this article, we are going to look at four of the main ingredients that you need for a comfier home:

Furniture: The furniture that you choose to have, particularly in any family or communal areas, is hugely important in keeping the home as comfortable as possible. It is definitely worth spending a good amount of time trying to find the best furniture possible. You might be surprised at how many considerations there are when it comes to choosing furniture. In general, you need to find items which are comfortable enough for everyone to rest in, but not so soft that they swallow you up. You also need to think carefully about their placement around the home. Placement affects the overall feeling of the home greatly, so take care on this front.

Temperature: There is nothing worse than not being able to control the temperature in your home. It goes without saying that you want the ability to ensure that you are warm in the winter and cool in the summer – but even today, surprisingly few homes offer this ability. If you are keen to introduce this into your home in a big way, then using something like fujitsu heat pumps might be the best solution for you. With heat pumps, you can ensure that your home is just the right temperature at all times – something which is very important in keeping cozy at any time of year.

Light: Although it is not often considered in this respect, light does have a part to play in keeping you comfortable in your own home. If the light levels are too much or too little, it can lead to a feeling of restlessness – and that is not what you want when you are trying to relax in your home in the evening. Make sure that you are able to control the lighting in your home as much as possible. The best solution here is probably to use dimmer switches, as these give you the fullest possible control out of anything else on the market.

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One single bulb is not the best bet, though!

Space: Just as important, of course, is how the space is set out in your home. You need enough space to be able to have personal space around everybody, but you don’t want so much that the home no longer feels inviting or cozy. Achieving this balance is difficult and takes some time, but it is well worth it once you find it.

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Love that staircase!

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Change These 3 Things For A New Kitchen Today

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Change These 3 Things For A New Kitchen Today

Of all the rooms in the house, the kitchen is often the one which people care about the most. Even when you are selling a property, you will find that people tend to go straight to the kitchen to see what it is like. For this reason, it also adds a lot of value to a home, particularly if it has been renovated. If you are looking to improve your kitchen, then there are a great number of things that you can do towards that end. Fortunately, many of them are not too expensive, so you can easily give yourself a brand new kitchen even if you are on a tight budget. Let’s take a look at three things that you can change to give yourself the look and feel of a fresh and new kitchen today:

Appliances: Although they might be strictly practical, it must be said that the appliances in any kitchen do also add to the overall look and feel of the room. There are many great styles which you can choose from these days and it is worth bearing that in mind when you are thinking about changing around your kitchen. Changing the appliances is especially worthwhile if you have had the current ones for a long time. Doing so will also mean that you have a more effective kitchen in practical terms. There is nothing better than a brand new oven for baking, after all. Change your appliances, and you should find that the whole room looks much different in no time at all.

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Very nice!

Flooring: There is practically no limit to what you can do with your kitchen floor. If you are looking for a change, then your only real problem will be that you are spoiled for choice. However, that being said, there are some particular favorites which do seem to come around time and again, so it might be worth keeping them in mind. For example, you might want to think about getting some laminate flooring installed, which looks especially nice in kitchen areas. When you update your flooring in this way, the whole room can seem to take on a new life altogether. This is definitely worthwhile if you are looking for a change which is inexpensive and fast.

Counters: The counter tops, where you do most of your cooking, are an important part of the overall look of the kitchen. If you are a fan of the old and rustic feel, then going for some dark, deep mahogany or oak might be a fun way to add fresh life to your kitchen. Or more practically, and no less attractively, you could consider using marble or granite for those counter tops. Whatever you go for, you have that brand new feeling to look forward to. It doesn’t come around that often, so make the most of it and enjoy it! With any luck, your kitchen will be looking like a whole different space in no time at all.

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Treat yourself to new tools, too!

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Warning Signs It’s Time To Leave Your Job

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Warning Signs It’s Time To Leave Your Job

It’s important to remember sometimes why it is that you work. You work so that you can live and enjoy your life. But for too many people, their job is the reason that they hate their life, and it seeps into everything else that they do. It ends up ruining their evenings, weekends, and holidays.

According to Ryan Kahn, the star of the MTV show Hired, people generally fall into two categories. For some people, the reasons why they should leave their job are completely visible. They get to the point where they recognize the need for change and that the time has come to move on and send resumes with cover letters to new employers. But for other people, the reasons aren’t so obvious. Many people, it turns out, sleepwalk through their lives, not taking account about how they really feel about their work and not recognizing that it is making them deeply unhappy.

These people suffer from what is known as a thinking rut. They compartmentalize their lives, thinking that they cannot grow beyond the walls that they have erected for themselves. The good news is that there are some common warning signs that are a clear indication that it’s time to leave your job, some of which are shared below:

You’re Not Passionate About What You Do: It’s pretty hard to get up day after day and go do a job that you don’t care about. In fact, it’s soul destroying. When you’re not enjoying work, you suddenly become aware that time is passing. This creates resentment because you’d much rather be doing something else that is fulfilling.

Lynn Taylor, an author who writes about office politics, says that people should think back to how they felt the day that they were given their current position. Usually, they feel utterly elated for having secured the position and they are really excited about the possibilities that the new job will bring for their professional careers and their lives in general. When this passion is gone, she says, people are rarely able to tap into their true potential.

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You Wake Up Miserable Every Morning: In simple terms, this means that you hate work. You’d rather be doing anything other than the job and you only haul yourself out of the house because you know you’ve got to pay the bills. This is no way to live one’s life, especially when there are countless other career options that you could look in to.

You’re Consistently Negative: Another warning sign is that you feel negative or anxious all the time, especially on Sunday evenings, before you have to head back out on a Monday morning. This feeling is an unconscious warning from your mind that all is not well with your job. Often, job stress leads to family stress which can harm your relationships in the long term.

Your Performance At Work Is Suffering: Another way you know that the time has come for you to leave your job is when your performance starts to tank. People who get worse at what they do over time are usually suffering from an extreme case of apathy. Often, you’ll know that you’re completely capable of carrying out the tasks that have been asked of you, but you don’t bother to do it to the best of your ability because you’re no longer willing or able to put your energies into projects for the company.

Your Work/Life Balance Has Disappeared: Different people have different tolerances when it comes to work. Some people like to work every hour that God gives, while others would prefer to work as short a time as possible. Many companies, however, don’t see things from the worker’s perspective. Instead, they demand lots of their time. If you find yourself not able to commit to the hours that are being asked of you, it might be time to consider taking another job. If you’re finding that you’re unable to spend the time with your family that you’d like – again, it might be time to find another job.

Your Duties Have Increased, But The Pay Hasn’t: Some unscrupulous employers will try to give you extra responsibilities but not increase your pay. Taylor says that this is a common tactic used by companies to try to keep their wage bills down. Of course, you have to be careful when it comes to things like pay. Sometimes the company can’t afford to pay more, simply because it isn’t doing enough business. But more often than not, the company is doing fine, it’s just not willing to increase your salary. This is a sign that the company doesn’t respect you and that you should take your talents elsewhere.

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Make Immediate Savings On Those Home Bills

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Make Immediate Savings On Those Home Bills

For a lot of us, we only truly see how much we’re spending when we decide to put together a budget. We might think that we’re doing well and then suddenly realize just how much we’re spending on standard household bills. If you want to free up a little cash, there’s a good chance that those bills are the place where you could do just that. Spending less per month isn’t too difficult, either. A few changes and an investment or two could result in you keeping more money per month:

Things Are Heating Up: It should be no surprise that among the biggest bills for most people are those pesky heating bills. Especially in the winter, they can be gigantic. The same goes for keeping the home cool in the summer. But while you do need to control those temperatures, you don’t necessarily need to spend quite as much on it. For one, you should look at how well airflow travels through the home. Air vents in the home clogged by dust can stop the heat from traveling through the home, just as it can stop the cool from dispersing when you’ve got the AC on. Thoroughly insulating the home is important, too. Make sure that you caulk any sources of drafts in the home and pay particular attention to the roof. A missing tile or two won’t only get in the way of your attempts to control your environment but are a major risk of damp and mold, too.

Get Appliance Savvy: Heating and cooling aren’t all that can impact the energy bill. All the different appliances and electronics have a big effect, as well. If you need any new appliances or fixtures, then you should do your research. Things that you can look into include spotting a more efficient fridge thanks to Energywise rating labels to giving traditional bulbs the boot for LED lighting, instead. You also need to know when it’s a good idea to replace an old appliance. Things begin to work less than their best over time and that goes for their ability to stay energy efficient, too. It’s an investment, but one that will save you more money in the long-term.

Give Your Service Providers A Call: Besides the resources that you use to keep the home livable, you have to think about all of those other little services and subscriptions that you have, too. Take a look over your bank statements for the past month. It’s easy to forget that you might have subscribed to that video service or this audio book library. If you’re not using them, it might be time to call up and cut them off. Then, there are those deals like your TV packages and internet providers. With a bit of research, you should figure out if there are any better deals on the market. If there are, you don’t necessarily have to make the switch. You can use that as your bargaining chip to call up and negotiate yourself a better deal (it works like a charm!).

A closer look at just where you’re spending your household money can show you the upgrades, purchases, and even phone calls that can result in you keeping a lot more cash. Let those expenses go unchecked, and you could find them swallowing up most of your budget and spending money.

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Finding Your Fit As An International On The Job Market

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Finding Your Fit As An International On The Job Market

Moving to a new country always comes with its fair share of challenges. One of those is making sure that you’re contributing to society through employment, particularly by getting work in the field that you’re best qualified and suited to. It may be difficult, but it’s not impossible. A little research and re-aligning your skills can get you in a job in no time at all:

What You Need To Have And Know: It’s important to get a grasp of the rights and requirements of working in any country. If you’re a temporary international, you are likely to need a specific kind of visa, which you can inquire about before making your move. You also need to look into acquiring anything like a tax number when you do start working, which is also important for making use of the benefits that you can be entitled to. A local employment center can help ensure that you’re not missing anything vital.

Master The Language: Whether you have a job waiting for you or you’re new on the market, there is no better skill to get under your belt than a proper grasp of the language that is used where you live. There are plenty of English language course options and options for other languages that help you no matter what your current competency level is. Not only will it allow you the kind of professional mastery over your speech that can make you a more appealing hire, but it’s important to be able to be thoroughly understood when communicating with colleagues. Language barriers can get in the way of work and personal work relationships.

Get Help With The Resume: Your resume, CV, or however else you might consider it, will change not only from place to place but position to position. You need to do your research on what employers in the country look for in a resume. Employment centers can be a big help in giving your skills the kind of presentation that they need.

Know The Etiquette: Every country has its cultural differences and some of them are going to take time and experience to thoroughly understand. What you should research in advance, however, is professional etiquette. From how to dress professionally to how to address superiors as well as simple interpersonal etiquette. You can make your first day go a lot smoother if you take the time to learn, which will (hopefully!) prevent major blunders or etiquette no nos.

Getting Your Match: If you have specific skills or experience in a specific industry, then it might be easier to get you a match that fits your expertise, rather than having to start by scanning the market. There are a lot of programs that help internationals work in the field that they know, so have a look to see if any of these can help you find your match.

Getting a job isn’t only going to keep you sustained, but it’s one of the easiest ways to find yourself getting used to the culture and the people of a new location. The friends that you make at work, in particular, can help you do away with those newcomer blues in no time.

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