The Great Todoodlist Experiment

Have you noticed I’m a to-do list affiliate? Seen that white and blue square box below? Some weeks ago I bought the ebook. My first impression? Well isn’t this nice?

Todoodlist = To-do list + Mindmap

 

That’s the to-do list in a nutshell, and what captivated me in the first place. I knew mind mapping since my seminary years. Then I used the technique to help me understand Philosophy, Theology and prepare essays. Later as a high school teacher, I used it to prepare classes, and even for presentations. At both tasks the mindmaps were successful.

So I liked it enough to choose it to be one of the firsts products I’d promote in my newbie blog.

Tips How To Sleep Better

Ease Stress & Relax So You Can Fall Asleep

  • Fall asleep on time, and stay asleep until morning
  • Ease worries and racing thoughts that keep you awake
  • Restore your normal sleep cycle
  • Pain relief begins in just one to two weeks
  • Wake up refreshed and ready for the new day

A good night’s sleep is priceless. Without it, your whole day is ruined. You’re probably unable to think or talk straight without a night of quality sleep.

The 1000 Calorie Diet: Can You Survive?

One of the best ways to lose weight is to count calories.  However, is this something you can continue doing safely?  Obviously, the answer depends largely on the person, their body type, and personal weight loss goal.

It is believed that a 1000 calorie diet is only suitable for someone who has a minimal amount of weight to lose and does not engage in strenuous physical activity on a regular basis.  On the other hand, if a person is very active, trying to survive on a 1000 calorie diet could end up doing damage to their bodies instead of helping them become healthy, fit and trim.

This being a measuring element, the first step to take is to gauge how active you are.  To begin with, you don’t have to be a work-out freak to need more than 1000 calories a day.  For example, if you ride your bike to work, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or do any kind of physical labor, the 1000 calorie diet won’t be right for you.  However, if you’re more housebound, or tied to a computer in your cubicle at work, then it may be something that would work for you.

And Here I Am, Talking About Basil!

Can you believe it?  I’m worried about a stupid basil plant when THE WORLD IS ABOUT TO END?!  Where are my priorities!!

You know what?  If the world is about to end, I’d rather not know about it.  Like, if the End is a surprise party maybe there will be cupcakes or something.  And if there aren’t any cupcakes, I’d rather not waste time fretting about it.  Indeed, I’d rather spend that time finding and eating cupcakes.  Which is ironic, because I really shouldn’t be eating cupcakes at all, because I’m trying to lose weight and all.

Nate, Laura and I are planning to attend our friend’s 1st birthday party on Saturday.  The party is at her mom and dad’s (duh) and is a pool party.  So I’ll be squeezing into the new bathing suit I bought myself last night at Marshalls.  Which means I really, really shouldn’t have cupcakes that might be lying around.  Or that coffee cake from Starbucks this morning.  Or the venti latte (that was at least a skinny!).

Coupon Legend

Blinkie?  Peelie?  Are you scratching your head wondering what they mean?

It can all be a little overwhelming when you are just getting started using coupons.  The coupon match-ups on The Centsational Saver use abbreviations that assume you already know what they mean.

Thankfully a few readers brought this to my attention and asked me to provide a little more detail on what those abbreviations mean so I’ve created a coupon legend to help you. Following is a list of coupon lingo that you might see used on my site and others. For future reference, it will be permanently located on my Couponing 101page.

You Have 995 Days Left

On December 4, I began the “101 things in 1001 days” challenge – so far so good although I just remember I skipped breakfast and that’s one of my things not to do… I’m just gonna pick a few out and say why I’m doing them, and hopefully, you can share some of your “things”.

Do more volunteer work Right now I am involved in helping people prepare for the GED test, I do chat with them and answer emails once a week when they have questions about their educational challenges. But I want to do more, I would like to increase my work with BestGEDClasses.org and be active at least 3-4 times a week.

Spend 3 hours a day with my mom for 365 days (0/365) – I live with my parents so seeing my mom isn’t a problem, spending time with her is. Sometimes I forget that my dad works nights and isn’t downstairs keeping her company, so while I sit up here procrastinating to the best of my ability, she’s downstairs on her own.

Chronic Morning Headaches and Sleep Posture

A headache is not the most ideal sensation to experience, but if a sufficient ruckus is somewhere nearby you are almost guaranteed to feel a slight pulsating in your head. Headache remedies can range from taking some over the counter medications to applying a cold compress to your head.

Even a discounted Hitachi magic wand massager or similar oscillating massager can provide for effective relief. In most cases, these are more than sufficient to quell the discomfort. However, someone who suffers from chronic headache might not be fully satisfied with these suggestions.

Waking up every morning to a headache can be incredibly frustrating, for the sole reason that you can’t recall anything you may have done to trigger the symptoms. As far as you’re concerned, you may have had a very low key day without any particular irregularities.

Learn to Crawl Before You Learn to Fly

Trying to write in advance about my first half marathon this Sunday is kind difficult to do. On one hand, the good old fashioned rail trail turkey trot isn’t going to end in me getting electrocuted and face planting in a pile of mud, or even scaling 16.5 miles of mountains for four hours.

On the other hand I am nowhere near being one of those dedicated inspiring runners who train hard for half marathons, no matter what their current skill level is.

I kind of fall into that category of, I know I can cover the distance, I have a rough idea of how I’m probably going to fare time wise, now let’s go outside and do something fun with a big group of people who share that love. No matter how it ends, I get a t-shirt, and my long run for the week is done.

Work/Life Balance

I have been taking a course on entrepreneurship via Coursera over the past couple days (side note, really cool website with hundreds of online classes for free in a wide range of topics) and it has mostly served as a support group for the things I already feel as a business owner. I find myself saying “amen!” and waving my arms around saying “this! this!” at a majority of the lectures.

Something that has resonated greatly to me is this over all theme that when you take on your own business endeavor, work/life balance is just a cute concept that nobody really cares about.

I squeezed in a nice ten miler on my birthday for my monthly virtual race goal, I had a quiet birthday dinner with my in laws as I ducked out of work for a few hours…

Stupid Book Titles


I was innocently browsing along Amazon.com today when it struck me how many dumb book titles there are. Here I’ll share with you a handful of the bizarre books I found:

1. Book #1: Cheese Problems Solved

This book Cheese Problems Solved is a must-have for anyone who faces chronic problems with cheese. For $249 (no, that’s not a typo) it better solve a heck of a lot more problems than just ones caused by cheese…

2. Book #2: How to Read a Book
At 426 pages, How To Read a Book may not be for beginners or people who have never read before.