30
Apr

How to Make and Use a Bullet Journal

by Tiffany in Tidbits

Of all the journaling methods around, the bullet journal is the probably easiest but has the most confusion surrounding it. You may have seen a bullet journal before and loved how they can be customized into your own perfect personalized journal. You may have also seen one of these journal styles and thought “What the heck? It looks like graphing paper.” They do allow you to create a journal perfect for you in every way but the operative word is “create”. They do require you to get the creative juices flowing and make something that works for you. But once you do, you will fall in love.

Once you know how to make your own bullet journal, and how to use it properly, you can create an effective way to organize your life…every detail small and large, if you want to. Here are some simple steps to making and using a bullet journal effectively.

The Set-Up of a Bullet Journal

A bullet journal is different than most types of journals. The initial set-up is to determine what symbols you will use in the journal. A bullet, for example, may simply be to mark something that you need to do. You may then want to use an asterisk to mark something that is a long-term goal. This will go on until you have a symbol for each thing you want to track such as your daily to-do list, long-term goals, short-term goals, fitness goals, and even financial goals. You will need to put these symbols in an index to keep track of what you are doing. What other journal can track as many goals and projects as you can dream up?

Feel free to make your journal a reflection of you by using various colors, fonts, doodles, stickers, stampswashi tape, etc. If you create something you love to use, you will only set your self up for success.

When to Use a Bullet Journal

You should be using your bullet journal on a daily basis just as you would an agenda book or planner. When you make your index and you start the journal, make sure you have a date at the top of the page. Mark off what you have accomplished each day. At the end of the day, start the new day by moving the uncompleted tasks over to the next day. Having to do this keeps you accountable and it serves as a daily reminder of your goals.

How the Bullet Journal Helps You

The bullet journal is primarily there to help you with organizing your tasks and making it fun to do so. It is for the person who procrastinates or who has far too much on their plate to keep up with. It helps you organize your goals, keep them in line, and keep on top of them in order to make sure they reach their goals. You will also find that it helps you declutter your mind and your life as you get used to having the journal that works best for you.

Photo Credits: María Garridoflakyredhead

26
Sep

Shop Online, Save Money, and Give to Charity with Giving Assistant

by Tiffany in Tidbits

giving assistant cashback siteI am sure by now you have seen that there are many web sites out there that offer you cashback from various online retailers when you shop through them. Basically you go the company site, use their link to click through to Amazon or Best Buy, do your shopping, and get a cashback reward. Essentially these sites are affiliates for all these online retailers and when you go through their site to do your shopping they split the affiliate commission with you, usually 50% of the total commission. It is a nice way to earn a little money back on purchases you already planned to make.

I use some of these sites myself when I do my online shopping because every penny that goes back into my pocket furthers my monetary goals. Why not get a rebate of sorts on my Christmas, birthday, and home purchases?? I already comparison shop and look for online coupon codes so earning a commission on my own purchase just makes good “cents”. Plus those coupon codes can be elusive for some stores so getting something back instead of nothing is always good.

A new-to-me site offering this great service is Giving Assistant. It offers some high cashback rates and and they do claim that 100% of the affiliate commission goes to their users. Other comparable sites only offer 50%. It is free to join as well. Another cool aspect, that their name hints at, is the fact that you can donate some or all of your earnings to any charity of your choice. Also a small donation is made to Feeding America to give one meal every time cash back is earned.

So far I find it to be really user friendly. You click on the name of the retailer you want to shop, check their list of coupons codes you may want to use, and then make the final click over to the retailer to do your shopping. Within a day or two you see your cashback earnings in your Giving Assistant account. You get paid direct to your secure debit card in days. No months of
 waiting for a check in the mail like other cash back sites. The minimum payout is just $5.01, not $25 like the other guys.

Some of my favorite places to shop include:

Etsy (2% cashback)

Honest Company (5% cashback)

Tom’s Shoes (7% cashback)

I used Giving Assistant just a couple days ago to buy my daughter some Harry Potter laptop decals and with two days I saw my cashback go into my account. Pretty nifty! I know that this Christmas I will likely make this a regular stop. Try via my referral link and get $5 for signing up!

14
Jul

His N Hers: How Couples Choose Which Side of the Bed to Sleep On

by Tiffany in Tidbits

How Couples Choose Which Side of the Bed to Sleep On

Think the side of the bed you sleep on is irrelevant? Think again! It could reveal more about your personality than you first imagined. A 2015 study undertaken by Sealy, a manufacturing firm, looked at the sleeping habits of 1,000 people for insights into how they affect our mood, careers, and life outlook.

The results might surprise you.

The 2015 study results

It was concluded that those who sleep on the right side of the bed were:

– 9% more likely to prefer being by themselves

– 7% more likely to wake up in a bad mood

– 5% more likely to be pessimistic

– 3% more likely to dislike their job

On the other hand, those who sleep on the left side of the bed were:

– 8% more likely to have friends and enjoy their work

– 4% more likely to wake up happy

– 9.5% more likely to have a positive outlook on life

Interestingly, the study also suggested that many people – 36% – prefer sleeping alone rather than next to their partner. In some cases this was because of a snoring other half.

These statistics resoundingly suggest that if you sleep on the left side of the bed, you chose your side well. But what makes couples favour the left or the right? How couples choose which side of the bed to sleep on

A study published in Evolutionary Psychology in 2010 found that people preferred sleeping within full view of their bedroom door and windows, although they also wanted the bed to be as far away from the door as possible, most likely because it made them feel more protected.

When it comes to couples, Paul C. Rosenblatt has stated in his book Two in a Bed: The Social System of Couple Bed Sharing that it’s almost ubiquitous for couples to sleep on the same respective side of the bed every single night. From the interviews he conducted with couples, he managed to identify 8 primary reasons for the right or left preference.

1. Old habits – you developed the preference before you met your partner

2. Claustrophobia – you prefer whatever side is away from the wall

3. Bathroom breaks – this one’s all about convenience!

4. Protectiveness – straight men will often sleep closest to the door to be

protective of their partner

5. Early birds – the person who gets up earliest sleeps away from the wall

6. Parenting – whoever is on child duty sleeps on the outside

7. Pain – you choose the side which is the least painful on the body

8. Temperature – you prefer whichever side is warmer/cooler

What if couples disagree?

Research done by Premier Inn of 2,000 adults has provided some even more interesting data:

● A huge 80% of people have slept on the same side since the start of their relationship

● 22% said they slept on a different side with their ex-partner

● 1 in 20 men were not happy with the side they slept on

● More than 1 in 10 couples argue about which side to sleep on, and women usually win (reasons for arguing including not wanting to sleep next to the radiator)

Claire Haigh from Premier Inn offered some further insights, stating: “Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to their sleeping styles but which side of the bed people sleep on seems to be fundamental to getting a good night’s sleep.

“Interestingly, our research revealed an almost identical split between Brits’ preference to a particular side, with 51% favouring the left and 49% the right, with the vast majority of people maintaining their particular preference for many years.”

Other reasons for choosing a certain side of the bed included noise from the road, crying babies, floor space, comfort, having a better view of the television, and being close to personal belongings.

Which side do you prefer and why? Or are you only interested in sleeping and don’t mind at all where in the bed you do it? We want to know!

About Happy Beds

Happy Beds is the UK’s fastest-growing bed store. They give the best prices on contemporary bed frames and super-comfortable quality mattresses – ensuring you enjoy the night’s sleep you’ve always dreamed of. To find the bed for you, take a look at their website.

15
Jun

Fun Funky Molds for Homemade Popsicles

by Tiffany in Tidbits

lolly ice cream

Why Popsicle Molds?

Do I even have to tell you how fast kids can go through popsicles in warm weather months? I doubt it! Heck, they like popsicles all year long. If you are relying on store bought popsicles then you are wasting money on something that you could easily make yourself. You are also putting the health of your kids in questionable hands because conventional popsicles have loads of refined sugar and synthetic dyes.

Opt to make popsicles yourself with DIY popsicle molds and you can keep your kids in frosty treats all summer with minimal expense. For pennies you can make “healthier-for-you treats that kids and adults will love. You won’t even have to worry about finding your yard littered with wrappers or discovering a gooey popsicle stick stuck to your carpet… homemade popsicles are waste free!

Home popsicle molds also allow for some unique frosty creations. Get creative and make striped lollies or blend up some spinach and fruit for a healthy and tasty “green” treat. The possibilities are endless, you just need to invest in an affordable popsicle mold or two and enjoy!

Top Reasons to Make Your Own Popsicles:

  • Making them is fun
  • Control over ingredients
  • Healthier summer snacking
  • Cheaper than store bought
  • Waste free popsicles
  • Kids love them

** BPA or Bisphenol A is a hormone mimicking chemical found in many types of plastic. Make sure to look for molds that have no BPA in it!

Tovolo Rocket Ice Popsicle Molds
Blast off!!! These popsicle molds are out of this world! The set comes with six popsicle molds that create frozen rockets and a base for easy setting in the freezer.

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Boat Shaped Popsicles

These will put some wind in your sails come spring and summer! Unique snap system not only saves space in the freezer but enables you to remove one mold at a time. Create delicious recipes made with fruit juice, yogurt or ice cream. The reusable molds are easy to release and can make up to 6-frozen pops at a time.

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Tovolo Twin Pops

Want to make pops that look like the classic version? These molds are awesome!

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Tovolo Star Pops

Encourage children to aim for the stars while serving them healthy popsicles made with Tovolo’s green shooting star molds. Simply fill the six stars with favorite beverages, attach the handles, and set them upright on their custom tray in the freezer. Built-in drip guards also keep kiddie clothing and hands clean. Crafted of durable plastic with a cheerful lime hue, the molds offer a fresh, summertime look.

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They also come in pink!
Mastrad Popsicle Molds

  • Set of four silicone molds
  • Tabs for easy removal
  • Attached cup for catching drips
  • Dishwasher safe
  • 5 year warranty
  • Colorful!

orka-pops

Also available with a brown base.

Zoku Quick Pop Maker

This amazing popsicle maker can help you turn homemade popsicles into edible works of art! Plus it makes them fast! Make your favorite pops right at home or park in as little as seven minutes without electricity. you simply store the compact base in your freezer and then you could make your Pop at a moment’s notice and enjoy in in 7 minutes This unit can make up to 9 pops before refreezing the unit again. BPA and phthalate free.

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If you want fancy pops check out the companion book for this pop maker: Zoku Quick Pops Recipe Book.

Umbrella Shaped Popsicles

Lolly Makers With Stand Kitchen Craft set of six umbrella shaped lolly moulds for making delicious 3D shaped juice or smoothie ice pops. Easy to use and clean, each mould sits on the stable stand in the freezer to set. Dishwasher safe.

umbrella-pops

Ice Cream Pop Molds

How cute and clever are these?!?! You can avoid having to take your kids to get ice cream cones on a hit summer day with these soft-serve style cones that catch sticky spills. The base features a hard “cone” that looks just like of a real cone, except of course that it can be reused over and over again. Fill the top sleeve with your favorite ice cream, juice, smoothie, yogurt, or other beverage, twist the cone on, set into the base and freeze. Voila!

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NorPro Squeezable Silicone Popsicle Molds

Create frozen popsicle treats similar to otter pops or push pops at home with Norpro’s set of 4 Ice Pop Makers. Easily create frozen treats using juices, purees, yogurt, soda, ice cream, pudding, applesauce, gelatin, fruit, berries, candies, chocolate, caramel, whipped cream, and more. Ice Pop Makers are easy to use: simply fill, seal, freeze and enjoy. Flexible silicone makes it easy to squeeze and push up frozen treats. A handy lid holds in ingredients before they freeze and keeps pops secure in an ice chest for picnics and BBQs.

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Monster Popsicle Molds

  • Monster Design
  • Cute colors
  • Fun for kids
  • Can stand on their own to help with spilling.

monster-ice-pops

There are also monster push up pops too…

push up pops maker

8
May

Mother Day Package from the Rainforest Alliance

by Tiffany in Tidbits

rainforest alliance mothers day

My mother’s day was quite nice and I wanted to give a shout out to the Rainforest Alliance for sending me a special Mother’s Day care package. So thoughtful! I loved everything.

And of course it came in a reusable bag which I will now use during my weekly grocery shopping. This is the second year I have received this care package and they are always a hit with me!

I love to spend Mother’s Day eating dark chocolate! Thanks!