Sunday, August 30, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
As many of you know I am trying really hard to change my eating habits and move towards a more healthy lifestyle, however I cannot seem to embrace exercise! So I am going to make myself accountable to the tips below and to you!
1. I should be aware of why I should exercise. There needs to be a good reason to do it!
2. I am going to make a personal "reasons list." A couple of my reasons-more energy, not to be breathless climbing stairs, and look good in my clothing.
3. Exercise with a friend, so I be accountable.
4. I am going to try to exercise first thing in the morning. (I'm not sure about this one, but I am going to try to do at least half in the morning and work towards each morning. People who exercise 6 to 7 days per week first thing in the morning are much more successful at exercising!
7. Make my exercise enjoyable! For example, listen to great music on my Ipod.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
In the retail world, I realize that packaging sells, unfortunately kids' lunch options may look great, but are not always nutritious. Solve this problem by packing your children's lunches in fun containers, with fun party napkins and stickers for the plastic bags. Make a healthy lunch fun to eat and a nice loving surprise each day!
A Few Easy Health Children's Lunch Ideas:
Pinwheel Sandwiches: Put your child's favorite sandwich filling (for example-ham & cream cheese or PB & J), roll it up, slice it into smaller pieces. I like to roll it up and put it in the frig overnight for easiler slicing.
Fun Chips: Use large cookie cutters to cut flour torillas or wraps into fun spaces. Place on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 7 to 8 minutes. Send them with their favorite dip. Another hint is to brush a small amount of olive oil or Pam spray and sprinkle with parmesan cheese or cinnamon sugar.
Cookie Dippers: Vanilla wafer cookies are great to dip in your children's yogurt. Animal crackers are great too!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
We just received this complete display of bows, at both Elkin and N. Wilkesboro locations, which allows you to mix and match the center of each bow. This is one of my favorite new items! I have seen lot of different products as I shop for the shops and this one stopped me in my tracks! You purchase a bow and then can buy several different designs to add to it by simply removing the center bow knot and snapping in ballet shoes (in this case)!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Another Quick Lunch Idea:
Quick Barbecue Chicken Sandwich in 10 Minutes
1/2 cup shredded cooked chicken
1/4 cup shredded carrots
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
2 teaspoons light ranch dressing
1 small whole-wheat sandwich bun
1 leaf romaine lettuce
Combine chicken, carrots and barbecue sauce in a bowl. Spread ranch dressing on the bun. Top with the chicken mixture and lettuce. Also change this around with different sauces other than BBQ. Enjoy! Around 320 calories; 8 g fat
For our Elkin customers: Yes, we are listening to you and we now have a huge display of all types of readers in our Elkin shop!
Now a Note for Everyone: Yes, we have restocked our readers and have added a great selection of sunreaders also. If you like bright colors or bling on your readers (not the boring drug store kind) then stop by-because we have bling and lots of great color patterns from mild to wild!
One of our best new items ever: When you discover you need to wear readers, then you realize that you need them all the time! So we have a great new magnetic hook, so you never lost them again and keep them close at hand. This trendy little magnet also holds your pen or id and is available different designs including a silver heart, butterfly, cross, leopard and a pink crown. We even have one for men!
Monday, August 10, 2009
First-Jellybean Indoor/Outdoor Rugs
Jellybean accent rugs are machine-washable 3'x2' rugs that are perfect as a welcome mat at the front door, in front of a kitchen or bathroom sink and in a sunroom. We have designs in florals, leopard, zebra, bears, veggies, rooster, and many more.
No! It's not real food, rather these little desserts are ERASERS (each sold individually)! These environmentally friendly, recyclable erasers from Japan are taking the world by storm! We just received our shipment in N. Wilkesboro and they are on their way to Elkin. You can even take apart most of these Japanese erasers and put them back together again and again, just like a little puzzle. Don't like cake, then we have hamburgers, ice cream, panda bears, birds, and sports stuff! Kids are going crazy over these and they are small and easy to carry around. Collect them all!
Friday, August 7, 2009
What can I buy tax-free at Ivy Ridge:
book bags, totes, and pencil cases, Rainbow Sandals, Vera Bradley stationery, Hello Kitty school supplies, Melissa and Doug art supplies, and lunch bags. Hope I have not forgotten anything!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
1. Advertise your yard sale with a small newspaper ad and road signs. People have to find you to buy your stuff.
2. Price every thing because people will not ask.
3. Display like items together just like a supermarket.
4. Hang all the clothes on hangers.
5. Don’t price to high. Go about 10% more than you think it is worth, so you can offer a discount.
6. Be friendly. Offer grocery bags for shoppers to take their purchases. You could also make a little extra money selling drinks and snacks. Many yard sale shoppers are spending their whole day going from sale to sale and would appreciate a snack and a smile!
Monday, August 3, 2009
A Quick Lunch Recipe: Greek Salad Hero
*1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh mushrooms
*1 small tomato, sliced
* 1/4 cup sliced cucumbers
*1 tablespoon each of ripe olives and crumbled feta cheese
*1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
*1/8 teaspoon dried oregano and 1 clove of garlic, minced
*1 (2 1/2 oz.) submarine roll and 1 romaine lettuce leaf
*3 slices each Healthy Choice Baked Ham and Honey Roasted Smoked Turkey
Combine first 8 ingredients (mushrooms through garlic) in a small bowl; toss gently. Let stand 30 minutes, tossing occasionally. (Note: I go ahead and put this into a separate bowl to marinate on the way to work & then add it to my subroll at lunch and eat the leftovers as a salad). Cut a thin slice off top of the roll and set aside. Cut a 2-inch wide, V-shaped wedge down length out of the roll. Drain vegetable mixture. Line the roll with a lettuce leaf; arrange ham and turkey evenly over lettuce. Spoon vegetable mixture evenly over meat and cover with roll top and this makes a favorful take-to-work lunch!