Quote Monday #16

A man who stops advertising to save money is like a man who stops the clock to save time - Henry Ford #quotes #henryford #henryfordquotes #stoptheclock #time #advertising #advertisingquotes

Unfortunately, I think a lot of advertising comes from word of mouth these days, especially if you offer a service rather than a product. Products are easy enough to advertise that they practically sell themselves (granted you have a great product or are advertising a special). Services on the other hand; I think you can only toot your own horn so much & after a while it starts to lose its effectiveness. That’s when the advertising plug gets pulled, or scaled back. If only you could pay for word of mouth advertising!!

YouTube Limelight: Lauren Curtis

Each month I feature one of my favourite YouTube channels, sharing the little things I like about them and of course, the video I like best. This month is Lauren Curtis.

From memory, I came across Lauren on Tumblr. I kept seeing pictures of a beautiful blonde and managed to trace it back to the name laurenbeautyy, which I then googled & arrived at her YouTube channel. That was all about a year ago. Since then I have watched every single video, checking for new ones each day.

If you ever need a little pick me up, this video will do the trick. The video aims to empower people (not just women!) & remind them that everyone is different. While one thing might work for someone, it might not work for everyone else because each person is different & it takes all kinds to make the world go round.

While I don’t think Lauren and I would be friends in real life, I do think that if we had gone to high school together we’d be polite Facebook friends, liking each other’s photos without needing to actually communicate. I like watching Lauren’s videos because she comes across as very genuine and her giggle is just adorable.

You can see more of Lauren Curtis on YouTube.

Quote Monday #15

Live in such a way that if someone spoke badly about you, no one would believe it - Unknown #quotes #anonymous #unknown

Sadly, I know very few people that fall into this category. I can probably count them all on one hand. I think very highly of these people & I am shocked when someone says something negative about them. But there is always (at least) 2 sides to every story & I like to make sure I hear both.

Quote Monday #14

When I first saw this floating around it really struck a chord with me. I like to re-read it every now & then just to remind me to make the most of today.


2014 Resolution Update

Here is the 2014 resolution update of the original list that was my first ever blog post. I think I’m safe to say I’m on track with about half of them.


  • Wear jeans less often – I’m not doing so well with this now the weather is colder now. Maybe I need to get some more pairs of other pants.
  • Read 100 books – I am a little behind on this but still on track enough to read all 100 books.
  • Create a blog & possibly a youtube channel – The blog has moved from blogger to a .com
  • Seriously consider further study – I have been thinking about this but I don’t think the timing is right just yet.
  • Run 2km in 10 minutes – Again, the weather has been hindering this but I have been taking Harley for a walk as often as I can.
  • Run/jog 5km without having to slow to a walk – See above
  • Write a letter to my nan at the end of every month – I have only done this once, at the beginning of February to describe the month of January. I have been to see her a few times though & call her about once a month.


  • Start saving – This is not a priority at the moment as we are focusing on paying down debt as that is a priority.
  • Garden more – Again, with the weather it’s hard to get outside, let alone get wet & muddy.
  • Move the office into a bedroom – Done back in April. It certainly is a lot more private in here now!
  • Continue to experiment in the kitchen with both sweet & savory foods – You need only look at my ‘recipe‘ category to see the progress on this.
  • Meal plan – I started off really well with this but have become quite slack lately. It’s hard to make sure we decide what we want in advance & take it out of the freezer. We have a few go to meals that are freezer to oven to table in about half an hour.
  • Stop using credit cards to pay for things – I am doing fantastic with this! The last actual purchase made on my credit card was on December 24 2013. The account has had $0 owing since February 11 2014.
  • Clean out the spare bedrooms – That junk room got tidied very quickly when we had house guests from interstate & the other side of the city stay with us. Unfortunately both the wardrobes are piled high with the stuff we had to hide. I’m confident we can clean them out by the end of the year.

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Quote Monday #13

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent - Eleanor Roosevelt #quotes #quote #roosevelt #eleanorroosevelt #consent #feelings #inferiorI think a lot of this also comes down to how you feel within yourself. If you feel inferior about some part of your life or body of course it will get you down when someone else brings it up.
Be confident in yourself & let the negativity be like water off a duck’s back.

Quote Monday #12

The best way to predict your future is to create it - Abraham Lincoln #lincoln #quotes #abrahamlincoln #future #create #createyourfuture #predictThere is no other way to get there than to do it. Do it right. And do it for yourself. There isn’t much point in wishing, hoping & waiting. You have to go out there & create the life you want.

Quote Monday #11

Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful - Sophia Loren #sophialoren #quotes #beauty #beautiful
I see beauty in confidence. When a person is confident, I believe they are beautiful. You could be having a horrid day & feeling worthless, but in showing a bit of confidence you radiate magnificence.

Protein Pancakes

A friend of my husband introduced this recipe to us. And while my husband has only tried it once, I make these quite often for breakfast, even making them to take to work for lunch.

Quote Monday #10

A persons true wealth is the good he or she does in the world - Mohammed #quotes #quote #wealth #wealthquote #mohammed
I always admire those that strive to do the right thing & like to consider myself one of them.