November 25, 2014

10 Easy Ways to be Merry


My name is Nerina and I am a list maker.

As a compulsive A type personality, there have been times when my lists have simply consisted of wake-up, shower, dry hair, all for the satisfaction of crossing items off and helping me feel immediately fulfilled.



This time of year gives me legitimate reason to make several lists and in turn bringing me copious amounts of happiness.  I thought that I would share with you my list of 10 ways to help your holiday season be filled with less stress and more merry.


1. Projects. Make a list of household pick me ups that would make you happy if they were done before the holidays. I know that I would love to paint my powder room, now would be a great time to do so and not on December 22nd when I will have a ton of other things to fill my day.  Will I be fine that it is not done, will this cause me grief and unhappiness, hence the list, do it now and save the headache.

2. Outdoor. Check the outdoor decorations, sometimes in our haste to put away the season, we just throw everything in a box, now would be the time to check the lights, broken decorations, old weather beaten and tired décor could be sending you to the 50% off racks before the rush.



3. Events. Make a list of all holiday functions and the logistics/items that require your attention for each. If for example you are attending a company function, will you require child care, are you to bring a gift, what will you be wearing, do you need accessories.  Are you fortunate enough that you have conflicting events, what are your contingency plans. I love to have all of these things brought to my attention in advance. Preparation is the thief of grief.

4. Gift Giving. Decide upon your holiday gift giving recipients, whether it be gifts for friends and family or donations that you are generously providing to those in need. List the name and the already purchased or anticipated gift for each.  Cross off (lucky you) those that you have taken care of and highlight those that remain. Carry this with you always, you never know when you will have a spare moment to pick up something.



5. Mail Greetings. Make a list of all greeting card recipients and purchase cards. Take the time to write a couple each night while you enjoy your favorite show. Maybe during the commercial so you do not miss all the action, Poof, done before you know it and ready to mail, taken care of long before the postal cut-off.

6. Tidy Up. Declutter your home and sprinkle with holiday goodness.  We all love the special feeling that comes when our homes are decked out in festive finery.  Pull out the boxes, decide on this year’s theme and where all of the special treasures will be displayed. Play around with placement and enjoy the experience of sharing the holiday merriment with those you love.

7.  Baking. What are your plans Martha, are you a big box treat shopper, do you wait until the last minute or are you the baker?  Baker it is, decide what will be your show stoppers this year.  What ingredients are needed, what time will be required and put aside to bake this cornucopia of sugar laden goodness and get to it. Package, freeze, deliver, enjoy.



8.  Caring for Others.  Make sure that you schedule time to visit those that are not able to leave their homes, older relatives or friends of the family that will be spending this time of year alone.  Take them a bit of holiday cheer and make this time special for them.

9. Involve your kids.  Make sure the kids have taken part in the baking, decorating as well as creating special handmade gifts for teachers, friends and family.  The greatest gift that we can impart to our children is the gift of generosity without expectation.  They will carry this with them for life and hopefully be more fulfilled from the experience.


10. Invite Friends. Now that you have taken care of all of the holiday fussiness ahead of the game, you will have excess time to entertain those that mean the most to you.  Make arrangements to have friends and family over and enjoy the season, all decked out and serving your hand baked goodies in total serenity.


Do you have any special do ahead tips that you would like to share with me?


Peace Love
and
Hugs

Nerina
xOxO

November 10, 2014

Lest We Forget



Remembrance Day 

commemorates

the sacrifices that Canadians

made in armed conflicts

including World Wars I and II



The use of the poppy

as a symbol of remembrance

comes from a poem written by John McCrae

a Canadian doctor serving in the military

The poem is called

In Flanders Fields

and describes the poppies

growing in the Flemish graveyards

where soldiers were buried



Where will you be at 11:00am today?


We will observe two minutes of silence

at my workplace


Lest We Forget

Big Hugs
Nerina
xOxO

September 1, 2014

Happy September

Hi there

I hope you and your loved ones 
have enjoyed a fabulous Summer

I have been busy and am ready for Fall

Just a few of the wonderful experiences 
that I enjoyed since we last met

  

 Spent 8 days away on a GO team 
to assist getting one of our new malls open



Grand VIP Opening of 
our new outlet mall at Niagara-on-the-Lake



Purchased flowers for the garden



Work function ~ with me not wearing black



Beautiful views of the city from a work function



Bid farewell to work colleagues



Constantly refreshed myself



A shower for the happy couple
(they have since delivered 
a wonderful boy named Carter) 



Spent time with those that make me smile



Celebrated special events with friends



Enjoyed delicious food



Played ball every week and had a blast



Loved spending time 
with my Brother and his lovely wife



 Ate Cake



Went to the cottage to soak up the sun
 for the long weekend....glorious 

and so much more
 I am a bit tired, but energized

I cannot wait to see what Fall has in store for me....

~~

What have you been up to... 

What are your plans for Fall...

~~

Peace Love and Hugs

Nerina
xOxO


March 23, 2014

Tosca Reno Live


You know when someone has inspired you 
from a far
and then you meet them 
and they burst your bubble

When all that you believed 
about them was so spectacular
and motivational that they could not possibly 
live up to your expectations

~~

Well, that is so not case with the 

Fabulous Tosca Reno

 via {Instagram}

Pumping up before this event, in her hotel room
‘when your energy is up, 
you are primed for learning’


The first time that I actually heard her speak live,
 was at the
International Fitness and Club Business Conference 
and Trade Show
held in Toronto in August of 2012.  

She was receiving the Life Time Achievement Award 
on behalf of  the recently deceased 
love of her life Robert Kennedy, 
the Publisher of such fabulous magazines as 
Muscle and Fitness, Oxygen 
and Eat Clean, to name a few.



Tosca has endured and thrived through 
a crazy roller coaster journey the past few years, 
with the passing of her stepson, 
husband and then 
most recently the bankruptcy of the business, 
which was such a huge element in their lives.

Throughout all of this, 
she has remained the consummate professional 
and dove into her clean eating lifestyle 
and fitness sensibility to cope 
with the huge burden of stress 
that was upon her, 
this would have crippled most ordinary people. 

She decided to use this time 
to get back in fighting shape
(what better way to combat stress, work it out)
 and participate in a physique competition 
and WIN that sucker 
(with Robert cheering from above) 

first place in the Bikini Grand Masters division 

via {Victorious}

she blew it out of the water

~~

On Saturday, I was fortunate to be able to attend 
an intimate event
with the Eat Clean Lady herself.

Inspiration personified as I am in my 51st year,
 so without a doubt this was a huge thrill for me

I was a volunteer at this one day event 
sponsored by CanFitPro
Canada’s authority 
on the 
Business of Fitness Education and Certification

An inspiring
(and information packed)
talk on how 
Eating Clean
will guarantee 
you get more out of life

~

As a volunteer this found me there much
 earlier than the sun rising
The hoards of fans were still in bed, 
some were probably making their way
to the venue at that time.   
I was stationed at a post to direct vendors 
and delegates
to the event location 
within the large convention centre

Fortunately for me, 
I just happened to be there when she was arriving
to check out the staging for the big moment.
I briefly spoke with her 
and mentioned that I had just tweeted a comment
about her, she was with her daughter, 
she is lovely and gracious
and works just as hard
if not more behind the scenes
of this bold brand

AND when I got home, I was informed that.....

 I won an autographed copy of her new book



'The Start Here Diet'
I am super excited, 
all I had to do was tweet with her #hashtag 
throughout the event 
and my name was thrown in the hat

I will get into more detail of all
 of the fabulous Nutritional content
 from this event in my next post

I lapped up all of her knowledge 
that she delivered with passion
 and eloquence, like a well used sponge.

Look out, my renewed enthusiasm
 to get back to my fitness roots 
has been kicked up a notch.

I will take all of this advice, 
and then, 
look out,
 anything is possible.

~~

Tell me what steps you are taking 
to shift your life into the next gear today!

I hope you had fun this weekend!

~~

Peace Love
and
Hugs
Friends

Nerina
xOxO






March 21, 2014

Time to Eat Clean


Super excited to be attending

an intimate event with


Tosca Reno

inspiring us 
with a talk about how
Clean Eating
will guarantee you get
more out of life

presented by 
CanFitPro
(Canadian Fitness 
Professionals Inc.)

at the 
Metro Toronto Convention Centre

It is going to be a good day!!

Whatever you are going
 whomever you spend it with

Enjoy your weekend everyone!!

Peace Love 
and
Hugs

Nerina
xOxO





March 9, 2014

Happy Monday


We set our clocks ahead on Saturday night

The days will be longer

The warmer weather is around the corner

The possibilities are endless


 


It's up to you

You are only limited by 

your own imagination


What JOY will Spring 

bring into your life...

~~


Let's create something beautiful

~~

Big Hugs to you my friends

Nerina
xOxO




February 27, 2014

Have you been hooked by Scandal yet...



I don’t know how it happened 
I cannot remember the exact moment
 I just know that I have never been happier

Have you discovered the hottest show 
on the small screen right now….yes

 I am talking about ABC’s Scandal

Brought to you by Shonda Rhimes, creator, 
executive producer 
and head writer of Grey’s Anatomy 
and Private Practice fame

Who would think that you would 
be cheering for the mistress 
and the most powerful married man in the world
 to leave everything behind them
 and live happily ever after...
together




 Kerry Washington is spectacular 
as the Chief of the Gladiators, 
the fixer, the one to call in Washington 
when you think there is no way out…


inspired by real life Washington fixer
who serves as Co- Executive Producer of the project 
and provides insight and technical expertise 
on crisis management issues


Kerry and her group of misfit wounded warriors
that she at one time or another
rescued or 
they owe her their life
for some challenge
 find they will do anything for her


 The perfect employees to
offer crisis management services
to the rich and powerful
like ninja under the cover of darkness


 Tony Goldwyn – grandson of the infamous
 MGM Studios founder
a prolific director and actor 
portrays POTUS


This show is action packed
do not miss a moment
plot twists
 hand to mouth 
intensity
tears
laughter
shock

so many stories packed into this hour
you don't even want to leave the screen
to go to the bathroom 


Catch any episode 
and you will be instantly hooked 
and find yourself scrounging 
to watch the previous episodes 
to see just where 
all of the love and scandal evolved from

It is Thursday and the Twitter world is abuzz with @Scandal...join the conversation @ScandalABC #Gladiators…

Tonight is the night 10:00pm….check it out

Enjoy !!

~~
Peace Love and Hugs

Nerina
xOxO

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