I Fear For My Husband’s Health – Trump’s Muslim Ban

This post was originally written and posted on my other blog, DeDivahDeals on June 4, 2015.  However, in light of what’s been happening in the world and Trump’s #MuslimBan, I thought it would be appropriate to repost it here on my new blog.

I fear for my husband’s health…

…not from the back pain that keeps him from grooming his feet

I fear for my husband’s health…

…not from the x-rays and stitches caused by students that he was there to educate

I fear for my husband’s health…

…not from the cancerous cells that have invaded his body and has made him lose so much weight.

Sunrise over a Mosque

I fear for my husband’s health…

…because yesterday as I sat nervously in the car as he parked to pray…laying his Prayer Rug beside the car

Praying to Allah for the 3rd time of the day…praying for guidance, love, safety and good health not only for himself but for his family, friends and all mankind.

I fear for my husband’s health…

…as I watched an elderly woman peer across the lot, grab her purse a little tighter and begin to walk a little quicker

I fear for my husband’s health because we live in a country that many have died to protect their religious freedoms, yet find it easy to bear arms and spew hatred against another’s religious beliefs.

I fear for my husband’s health and my son’s future….

So help us, God!

The Power of Social Media and the Protests

The Power of Social Media and the Protests
In light of recent events, more specifically the Women’s March that occurred not only in Washington, DC but all around the world we discussed the power of social media.  How women groups are using that power to forge bonds and relationships to make changes for the betterment of all.

For this Podcast, the special guest was Whitney ‘Nic’ James, a blogger, but also the creator of Fearless Woman, I AM, a Facebook support group who’s purpose is to encourage women to BE FEARLESS while living unapologetically with intention, purpose & audacious faith.  

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The mission is to become the go-to source for women seeking entrepreneurial, every-day life and/or faith-based inspiration & encouragement.

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Social Media Sunday with the Delaware Blogger Podcast

Time Enough At Last – Time to Unwind and Relax

Time Enough At Last – Time to Unwind and Relax

Most of you know that “Time Enough at Last” is my favorite Twilight Zone episode and every year I start it by watching hours of this Syfy marathon.

2017…it’s a new year… it’s time to take care of ourselves…it’s time to take the time to unwind and relax.

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Take time to unwind and relax

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We all need to take the time to unwind…we need to take the time to make time for “me time”.   It is so important to do so in order to stay healthy and happy going forward.

Taking time for ourselves is even more important today than it ever was.  We are all running a mile per minute and are always plugged into some sort of device…a Smartphone, a Tablet or a Computer.

Last year, I made a conscious decision to regularly carve out time in my busy schedule to relax and treat myself to some “me time”  As fate would have it, I was chosen as one of the winners to receive an hour massage from Relax Delaware during a visit at the Small Business Expo at the Chase Center.

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Relax Delaware Spa

Terri Dalton, LMT is the massage therapist at Relax Delaware and when she contacted me regarding the award, needless to say, I was overly excited. Scheduling an appointment for the beginning of the year was a perfect way to kick off 2017.

Upon arriving at Relax Delaware which is located on the campus of the University of Delaware at 62 North Chapel Street I was warmly greeted by Terri.  I had completed the initial Health/Lifestyle History form prior to arriving for my 4:00 appointment, therefore, Terri and I spent the first few minutes reviewing it.

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Massages are very personal experiences therefore, it is important to start each session talking about what specific areas need to be addressed.

My major area of concern was upper neck tightness due to the long hours of commuting, I decided to use my hour session with a concentration in that area only, next time I will schedule a total body massage.

The reception area at Relax Delaware is one of quiet comfort, dimmed lights and soothing music playing in the background.

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Reception area at Relax Delaware

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I must admit that it took about 15 minutes on the table to totally relax, but once I did, I was in another world.  Terri is an excellent massage therapist and I felt great as she was able to work out those kinks with gentle pressure where I needed it the most.

After the full hour, which begins when Terri places her hand on your body, not the time spent talking, I was advised to rise slowly and drink some water before getting re-dressed.

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Upon rising from the table I did feel a bit lightheaded which Terri explained could be due to several factors.  It could be from laying face down during the massage, or it could be due to how the blood was now circulating throughout my body, or it could be from the release of toxins from my body.  Whatever, the cause it only lasted few minutes before I was able to get my bearings.

Relax Delaware Massage services include: Deep Tissues, Oncology, Touch of Health, Cranio Sacral, Raindrop Therapy, Relaxation, Hot Bamboo, Reiki and Hot Stone massages.

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Relax Delaware also provides on-site massage services which is perfect for Employee/Customer Appreciation, Trade Shows, Health Fair and more. 

Refresh, stimulate and rejuvenate your employees, in 15 minutes Relax Delaware can increase productivity, boost morale, reduce stress and create a relaxed state of alertness, which is better than a coffee break!

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At the time of the post, the pricing is as follows:

Pricing     30 min       1 hour           90 minute

Massage   $45            $75                $105

Reiki          $45           $75                 $105

Hot Bamboo              $85

Hot Stone                   $120

Raindrop Therapy  $115

Gift Certificates are available and I am going to purchase one for hubby as he could definitely use one.

You can call Terri for an appointment at 302-753-2022

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Let’s Chat: are you committed to taking time for yourself in the new year?

Me and a Mazda CX-3

Disclosure:  I was provided with this vehicle from Drive Shop USA to review for a week.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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New Year, New You is the theme for 2017 and giving back is going to be a big part of it which is why I was proud to review the all new 2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD.

In addition to Mazda’s innovative approach to safety with milliwave radars and cameras to keep you in tune with your surroundings. The Mazda Drive for a Good charitable program launched in 2013 is a commitment to charitable services with a pledge to its customers and the communities in which it does business.

During the last week of the year, I and the Mazda CX-3 headed to Valley Forge Historical Park in Wayne, PA to take in a relaxed view above the city where shoppers below were hustling and bustling with their last minute holiday shopping.  The Mazda CX-3 is a compact vehicle that has seating for 5 and would be a  great starter vehicle for a new driver or a couple with small kids.

This exterior color of this model was Dynamic Blue and inside are Black and White Leather and Suede Sports Seats with Burgundy accents.  With its many standard features and optional equipment, the MSRP for this vehicle was $28,510.  The fuel economy of 34 MPG made it great for zipping around town and long drives on the highway with few stops at the gas station.

I really enjoyed driving the Madza CX-3 with it’s Blind Spot Monitoring and Active Driving Display both of which were my favorite features as well as the heated seats which are a necessity in the cold Mid-Atlantic area.

It’s hard to see the Active Driving Display in action in the video, but it was great for determining the stopping distance between the cars as well as the change in the number of lanes which comes in handy while driving in unfamiliar areas.

Hubby and I made a trip to the grocery store and the rear was roomy enough to fit all of our bags, however, if we had more the 60/40 split fold-down rear seat would have accommodated them with ease.

There’s a lot of standard equipment included in this vehicle and below are my 5 favorite picks:

Toni’s 5 Favorite Features

  1. Heated Front Seats
  2. Blind Spot Monitoring
  3. Active Driving Display
  4. 7” Color Touch Screen Display
  5. Multifunction Commander Control

Another great safety and the convenient feature was the Multifunction Commander Controls which are on the console which allows you to control the Infotainment Center from the right side, eliminating the need to reach up to change the channels or operate the Navigation System from the dashboard.

The awesome Bose® Surround Sound system with 7-speakers was great for listening to holiday tunes as I traveled back and forth to work which you know is a 3 hour round trip commute.

The Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD received the Government’s 5-Star Safety Ratings in Frontal and Side Crash testing and the 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick.



Features:

  • 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels
  • LED headlights with auto leveling
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • LED fog lights
  • EPA-estimated mileage city/highway (mpg): 29/352
  • LED combination taillights
  • Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS)
  • Power sliding glass moonroof with tilt feature
  • Leather-trimmed seats with Lux Suede® insert
  • Steering wheel paddle shifters
  • Bose® Surround Sound system with 7-speakers
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 4-month trial subscription8
  • Mazda Navigation System
  • Active driving display
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Tonneau cover
  • Body-colored power side mirrors with integrated turn signal lamps
  • Leatherette-trimmed seats with cloth insert
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Overhead console with sunglass holder
  • Driver’s armrest
  • Mazda advanced keyless entry system
  • Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) System7
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert7
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Rear roofline spoiler
  • Air conditioning with pollen filter
  • Push button start
  • Power windows with driver’s one-touch down/up feature
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio, phone and cruise controls
  • Power door locks
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback
  • MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system3
  • 7-inch full-color touch screen display
  • Multifunction Commander control
  • Infotainment system voice command
  • HD Radio™
  • Aha™ internet radio integration
  • Pandora® internet radio integration
  • Stitcher™ internet radio integration
  • Radio Broadcast Data System program information
  • SMS text message audio delivery and reply
  • E911 automatic emergency notification
  • Rearview Camera4
  • Bluetooth®5 hands-free phone and audio capability
  • Auxiliary input jack and USB port
  • 12-volt power outlet
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Trip computer
  • Carpet floor mats
  • Advanced front airbags, front seat mounted side-impact air bags and side-impact air curtains
Which of these features would make your driving more pleasurable?

Passion to Profit with a Blog Podcast

Can you really turn your passion of blogging into a profit by doing product reviews?  Yes, you can!

 

Social Media Sunday with the Delaware Blogger

Brands have finally accepted the fact that social media is here to stay and that influencers and bloggers are making a significant impact on the buying decisions of the everyday consumer.  Blogging and publishing content across social media platforms can be a hobby for some, but for many others, it has become a full-time career.

Tune in to listen as I talk to Louida Martin, content creator of the Product Review Mom Blog on how she was able to monetize her passion and turn it into a profession making six figures annually.

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