Friday, June 26, 2015

5 Things I've Learned from Josh and Jill Stanton of Screw The Nine To Five

 

"Don't settle! Screw the Nine to Five" Those words have echoed in my ears in one way or another for years, but a real live voice finally came to those words when I stumbled onto this nifty site called Screw the Nine to Five approximately two years ago...or was it 2 and a half. Definitely more than one year. Who knows? I can't math good...but I digress.. The speaker of those words I've muttered in some way, shape or form to myself for as long as I can remember was none other than Josh Stanton. a.k.a. the hunky Aussie married to the stunningly gorgeous Jill Stanton.

Since stumbling onto their website I've read many of their blog posts, I've listened to nearly every podcast they have produced and have even purchased three of their programs. These two have screwed the nine to five in the most awesome way possible and thanks to their teachings I'm learning not only how to avoid ever having to go back to a nine to five again, but also that there is an amazing group of entrepreneurs just as like-minded as me ready and willing to chat and boost each other up. I've learned loads from this amazing couple, but for the sake of your limited attention span (fine! my limited attention span) here are just 5 things I've learned from Josh and Jill Stanton:

1. Sell what you know. The easiest way to make money is to sell what you already know. Even if it's not necessarily your passion you could at least start a business based on what you know so that maybe later you could afford trying to turn your passion into a business or at least have the money to fund your passion as a hobby. Check out their podcast on turning your 9-5 into a service based business.
2. Just focus on one thing. Multitasking does no one any good. You get more done when you just do one thing at a time, cross it off your list and then move on to the next thing on the list. Check out their best productivity hacks!
3. There is more than one way to make money online. Okay, so technically I already knew this one, but they did open my mind up to ways to make money I hadn't thought of. Check out 6 ways to make money online.
4.Communicating about money even when it's tight is crucial for success as a couple. It's not easy to talk about money for a lot of people, but you have to get comfortable with communication for your own sanity and to keep your relationship in a happy place. Check out their post on how to communicate when money is tight.
5. Haters gonna hate, but that's okay. Alright, I know this lesson isn't new to anyone, but for some reason hearing them say it made me believe it's okay to have haters. Not everyone is going to get me or my mission, but that doesn't matter. Only I can shape my destiny and so only my opinion of what I'm doing matters! Check out their podcast on dealing with the haters.

Alright peeps! That's the end of my list of 5 things. You should seriously check out Screw The Nine to Five. By the way- Jill is totally known for SHOWING HER TIPS on her podcast!!!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Happy National Martini Day from Famous Ashley Grant

Anyone who knows me knows I love a good martini. Some of my faves include the chocolate martini, the traditional Cosmo and the Blue Martini from, well, Blue Martini. I personally prefer vodka martinis because I can't stand gin. Blech! The martini I made today in honor of National Martini Day was a Strawberry Citrus Martini. Here's the recipe:

Ingredients:
- 6 oz. Strawberry Citrus Hawaiian Punch  
- 2 oz. Orange Florida Cane Vodka (or just orange vodka, but Florida Cane is the best!

Directions:
1. Pour the vodka and Hawaiian Punch into a cocktail shaker over ice.
2. Shake and strain into a martini glass 

3. DRINK!

Easy right? I love drink recipes that are this quick and painless. Helps get to the drinkin faster! What is your favorite martini? I'd love to know in the comments!


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Reminder- Adopt a Cat this June!


Hey you sexy guys and gals! I'm writing today to remind you there is still time to adopt a cat or kitten and have Scotties Tissues pay the adoption fee! Check out what they sent me below and in the mean time if you need some facial tissues you can get yo Scotties ri'ch'ere!!!!

Scotties Facial Tissues announced that in honor of National Cat Adoption Month (June) they will be sponsoring cat and kitten adoptions. In partnership with the Humane Society of Tampa during the month of June all adoption fees for select felines at that location will be waived up to $5,000 in order to place them in loving homes.
“There is so much good that we hope to do in 2015 for cats and kittens in need of a good home,” said John Robertson, Scotties Marketing Director. “Whether it’s inviting a new kitten into a forever home or bringing home a box of tissues to a sick child – these are the moments of softness and compassion that should be praised and supported.”
This non-profit partnership is a key focus for Scotties in 2015 and in addition to their efforts in Florida they are also making $5,000 donations to animal protection organizations in Boston, MA and Raleigh, NC.
What:            Scotties Cat & Kitten Sponsored Adoption With The Humane Society of Tampa
Where:             Humane Society of Tampa
3607 N. Armenia Avenue
Tampa, FL 33607
Phone: (813) 876-7138
When:           The entire month of June
“When a cat or kitten is ‘boxed up’ to be taken home to a loving family, there is no better feeling in the world,” said Sherry Silk, CEO of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. “We know the compassion and love that these bundles of softness receive will be reciprocated 10 fold to their owners. We hope that more potential adoptive parents will open their home to a cat or kitten.” 
The need still remains strong to help find cats and kittens alike loving homes. Each year, approximately 8-12 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide and on average 5-9 million are euthanized.
Scotties hopes to rally support for this cause and to put approximately 100 – 150 cats and kittens into their forever homes.
Social Media:
Support the Scotties “Bring Home A Box of Softness” campaign by sharing photos of your rescue pet or other pets available for adoption in your area using the hashtag #bringhomeabox
Twitter:
·         https://twitter.com/humanetampabay  
Facebook:
About Scotties Facial Tissues:
Considered one of the top facial tissue manufacturers in the United States, Scotties Facial Tissues is owned by Irving Tissue, Inc. a Canadian-based and family owned company committed to managing its operations in an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner.  For more information about Scotties Facial Tissues please visit www.scottiesfacial.com.
About The Humane Society of Tampa Bay:
For more than 100 years, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay has been dedicated to ending animal homelessness and providing care and comfort for companion animals in need. Named a Four-Star Charity by Charity Navigator for six years running, and accredited by AAHA, the standard in veterinary excellence, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is dedicated to the highest standards in animal sheltering and veterinary care. Our adoption programs, Animal Health Center services, community outreach efforts and volunteer opportunities are essential to the health and well being of animals across Tampa Bay. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is leading the way because every life counts. http://www.humanesocietytampa.org/ 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Scotties Tissues Says Adopt a Cat and Give it a Better Life


Hey guys! Scotties Tissues reached out to me because of something awesome they've got brewing with kitty and cat aadoptions. Of course, because I love me some kitties they got my attention. Check out what they sent me below and get your adoptions on this June! I would totes adopt one if my apartment complex didn't charge rent for it. Oh and if I didn't have this pesky kitty allergy! Why God WHY?!? 

Scotties Facial Tissues announced today that in honor of National Cat Adoption Month (June) they will be sponsoring cat and kitten adoptions. In partnership with the Humane Society of Tampa during the month of June all adoption fees for select felines at that location will be waived up to $5,000 in order to place them in loving homes.

“There is so much good that we hope to do in 2015 for cats and kittens in need of a good home,” said John Robertson, Scotties Marketing Director. “Whether it’s inviting a new kitten into a forever home or bringing home a box of tissues to a sick child – these are the moments of softness and compassion that should be praised and supported.”

This non-profit partnership is a key focus for Scotties in 2015 and in addition to their efforts in Florida they are also making $5,000 donations to animal protection organizations in Boston, MA and Raleigh, NC.

What:            Scotties Cat & Kitten Sponsored Adoption With The Humane Society of Tampa

Where:             Humane Society of Tampa
3607 N. Armenia Avenue
Tampa, FL 33607
Phone: (813) 876-7138

When:           The entire month of June

“When a cat or kitten is ‘boxed up’ to be taken home to a loving family, there is no better feeling in the world,” said Sherry Silk, CEO of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. “We know the compassion and love that these bundles of softness receive will be reciprocated 10 fold to their owners. We hope that more potential adoptive parents will open their home to a cat or kitten.” 

The need still remains strong to help find cats and kittens alike loving homes. Each year, approximately 8-12 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide and on average 5-9 million are euthanized.

Scotties hopes to rally support for this cause and to put approximately 100 – 150 cats and kittens into their forever homes.

Social Media:
Support the Scotties “Bring Home A Box of Softness” campaign by sharing photos of your rescue pet or other pets available for adoption in your area using the hashtag #bringhomeabox

Twitter:
·         https://twitter.com/humanetampabay  

Facebook:

About Scotties Facial Tissues:
Considered one of the top facial tissue manufacturers in the United States, Scotties Facial Tissues is owned by Irving Tissue, Inc. a Canadian-based and family owned company committed to managing its operations in an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner.  For more information about Scotties Facial Tissues please visit www.scottiesfacial.com.

About The Humane Society of Tampa Bay:
For more than 100 years, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay has been dedicated to ending animal homelessness and providing care and comfort for companion animals in need. Named a Four-Star Charity by Charity Navigator for six years running, and accredited by AAHA, the standard in veterinary excellence, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is dedicated to the highest standards in animal sheltering and veterinary care. Our adoption programs, Animal Health Center services, community outreach efforts and volunteer opportunities are essential to the health and well being of animals across Tampa Bay. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is leading the way because every life counts. http://www.humanesocietytampa.org/  

Friday, May 8, 2015

10 WEEKS to the 2015 Food and Wine Conference!!!!!!!!!!


#FWCon ‏@foodandwineconf
 
Holy cow people! 10 weeks from today is the 2015 Food and Wine Conference!!!!!!!!!! Next week we'll be in the single digits, then it will be less than a handful of days and then it will be here and if you didn't get your tickets you won't get to hang out with all the cool kids that are going!!! What are you waiting for? Buy your tickets now! You can still get $50 off your admission with code FWC15grana!!!! Get your tickets to the conference at foodandwineconference.com.

Seriously, this is going to be THEE event of the summer and if you are a blogger, a foodie, wineo or just a frikkin fan of cool people that like to get together and chat about any of the above you seriously need to get on down to this event guys and gals.


In honor of this week being 10 weeks til the conference I made the Honey Almond Salmon from the Family Foodie Blog! Get the recipe HERE! This stuff was amazingly yummy!!! We paired it with a Ramen Noodle dish that proved we didn't know how gourmet Ramen could taste. Check out how to make Ramen Cacio e Pepe HERE!

By the way, for those following this blog I totally missed week 11's post about the conference, I'm sorry. I'll do some kind of two-fer post before the conference to make up for it. I promise. In the meantime, go get your tickets for the conference now!

Today marks exactly 10 weeks until the 2015 Food and Wine Conference!!!! 
Get $50 off your admission with code FWC15grana foodandwineconference.com.

Alrighty. I'm off for another fun-filled weekend. I'm leaving to go camping tonight and tomorrow and there are definitely some exciting things planned for the camping trip. Then, Sunday I'm going to spend the evening doing summer ready crafts with my mom for Mother's Day. I'll post about those awesome camping activities and Sunday crafts later. Are you doing anything fun this weekend? Leave a comment and tell me about it :) See you cool cats later!

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Life Lessons from a Little ASS


One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

MORAL :
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred - Forgive.

2. Free your mind from worries - Most never happens.

3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less from people but more from yourself.

You have two choices... smile and close this page, or pass this along to someone else to share the lesson.

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I'm not sure of the origin of the above story as I've seen it shared so many times via social media. If you wrote this story I would love to credit you. If however, you wrote it and want it removed from this page let me know and I'll pull it down immediately.

Friday, April 24, 2015

12 Weeks to the 2015 Food and Wine Conference!


#FWCon

I'm super excited about this week's recipe because of how dang tasty it was! This week I'm featuring the Good Morning Smoothies from the Family Foodie Blog. Strawberries for fiber, yogurt for protein, sugar for sweetness- what more could you ask for to have a quick and yummy breakfast on the go! Head HERE for the recipe!

Alrighty, now that I've told you about my uber yummy recipe I've got to point out something big!!! There are just 12 weeks until the 2015 Food and Wine Conference! People that's just a dozen weeks. Like, eggs dozen, like doughnuts dozen!!! Like what are you waiting on your tickets for dozen?!? This conference is totally, probably, I'm pretty sure going to sell out and you're gonna feel really lame if you don't get a doughnut, er I mean ticket!!! AND I'm still offering you lovely, sexy readers of this blog and my facebook peeps $50 off your admission with code FWC15grana!!!! Get your tickets to the conference
at foodandwineconference.com.! Do it now! I'll wait...


waiting...
waiting...
did you get them yet? If yes- awesome and I hope you used the discount code to save some green! Can't wait to see you at the conference. If no....Ugh! Why not?!? Seriously peeps, go get your tickets right meow or you'll totally be missing out on all kinds of yummy foods, wines, and who knows- maybe even doughnuts!!!

Today marks exactly 12 weeks until the 2015 Food and Wine Conference!!!! 
Get $50 off your admission with code FWC15grana foodandwineconference.com.
  
Welp, I'm off to get ready for my weekend. I'm planning on some serious quality time with my hubby, lunch out at Urban Cantina, hopefully some fun times at the pool and if I get my way a trip to a park for a sunset picnic. Are you doing anything fun this weekend? Leave a comment and tell me about it :) See you cool cats later! Now, I really want a doughnut...

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