Monday, May 27, 2013

Virgin Sangria Recipe

I've said it before and will say it again- Just because I've decided to live a sober lifestyle doesn't mean I'm giving up mixed drinks! I found an awesome mocktail recipe for Virgin Sangria (below) that I'm dying to try. As soon as I make another coupon list I'll be heading to the store to buy the materials to make this yummy looking drink. According to reviews it's a hit. Looking forward to trying it :)

What's your favorite mocktail recipe?

Virgin Sangria (Source for Recipe)


- 3 cups unsweetened grape juice
- 3/4 cup apple juice concentrate
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 small unpeeled lemon, sliced and seeded
- 1 small unpeeled orange, sliced and seeded
- 1 small unpeeled apple, cored, cut into eights
- 1 3/4 cups club soda or 1 3/4 cups sparkling water


1 Combine all the ingredients except the soda/sparkling water in a large pitcher.
2 Stir well, and chill.
3 Add soda/sparkling water just before serving.
4 Serve over ice in wineglasses.

Source for Recipe

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Wake Up Without Caffeine?

So, I just  watched the video on Yahoo! entitled Mansome 182: STAY AWAKE FOR DAYS WITHOUT CAFFEINE. Upon watching this video, I became excited at the prospect of being able to stay up to complete a deadline sans coffee or soda, but at the same time I am hesitant to accept everything in the video.

For example, it says that your body can acclimate to being awake 6-8 hours taking a 20 minute cat nap and then being awake 6-8 hours taking a 20 minute cat nap and continuing this process until you are ready for a full night's rest. Personally, 20 minute cat naps induce mini-comas for me when I'm super tired.

I did agree with drinking more water to wake yourself up as I site here with 3 bottles in front of me even though I am dog tired from a rough night.

For me, the best thing to stay awake while I work on deadline is music.

Watch the video, see what you think and then comment below with what you do to stay awake sans caffeine...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri? Yum-O!!!

Who says you need alcohol to have a yummy drink? Not too many people I'm guessing, but it became standard practice for me for a while there to just order a fruity cocktail to get my fruity fix. The other night I went out with a girlfriend and because I've decided to live a sober lifestyle I ordered a virgin strawberry daiquiri to get my fruity fix. Ya know what? It was actually better than the strawberry daiquiris I've had with alcohol. I suspect it's because there wasn't anything taking away from the delicious strawberry flavor. There's your "well duh!" moment for the day. 

As of today I'm  9 days sober and with every passing day I feel more and more confident that I'll be just fine living a sober lifestyle. With every passing day I'm feeling less and less that I desire alcohol. I'm starting to get over the habit of just ordering a cocktail because I'm out. 

The funny thing is I swore I'd never get addicted to alcohol, but I could definitely feel myself getting to addicted for comfort. The words "Man, I need a drink" were starting to come out of my mouth way to frequently. I'm replacing those words with "Man, I need to meditate" and "Man, I need to take a walk." Just 9 days later I'm amazed how empowered and how much happier I feel! So, with sweet tea in hand-> Cheers!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

My Deepest Regret....

My biggest regret is how often I have neglected to live in the present moment. Rather than enjoy every single day to it's fullest, I was always thinking about upcoming things. I can't wait until I get to high school became I can't wait until graduation became I can't wait until college became I can't wait to get get the idea....

Too often I have looked forward to something rather than being happy with my current state of, well, being. I keep saying things like I can't wait to go to Europe, I can't wait to get a place of my own, I can't wait to be blah blah blah.... If I died today would they put on my tombstone "she couldn't wait for this"? That's a scary thought. Am I just going to keep fast forwarding my life until that final day of my life comes? I don't want to live like a person rushing to die!

I realize that I have taken many things for granted. So, I'm planning to do something I've never REALLY done before and that's stop looking forward. Yes, I've said this in the past, but I've got to commit to living in the current moment and being 100% content with where I am right now.

I've got a lot of things I want to do, but planning to do them should not be all I think about. This way of thinking has kept me in a deep depression that I hide from the world. I constantly think about the things I haven't done, haven't achieved, haven't received, and it keeps me feeling a sense of lack that makes me so sad.

I should instead be looking at what I HAVE done, what I HAVE achieved, what I HAVE received and be grateful for the abundance of things in my life I overlook and take for granted daily.

I saw this awesome photo on facebook and plan to really commit to this:

No more regrets! I forgive myself for always trying to fast forward my life and am excited to be here today and be here every day from now on. I will keep working towards my goals and dreams but I will not center my life on the future anymore. I will be grateful for all that I have right now and be grateful for all that I receive in each moment for the rest of my days. Tomorrow CAN wait, let's enjoy today while today is still here!

Source for image above.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

What Do You Want to Promote the Most?

you can have it all 

Lately a question I've been asked WAY too much is "What do you want to promote the most?" When I reply asking what folks mean by that they imply I have to choose between promoting ONE of my websites, my photography business OR writing eBooks for a living. To that I say- why can't I do it all?!?

Yes, I understand the thought process most folks have. Do one thing and do it well and have the other things be hobbies, but if the common goal among all the projects I'm working on is to be a traveling writer and photographer- why can't I promote EVERYTHING I'm doing? Why should I have to choose. All of my sites including Tampa Bay Freebies, The Famous Ashley Grant, Living the Secret, and We Are Full of Bull are all set up on Google AdSense and are all technically linked together via my Blogger profile. So, to me this means that when I promote one, I'm kind of promoting all of them. Right? Besides, even if it doesn't promote ALL of them, does that REALLY matter?

What do you think blogger pals, writers, readers, etc? Can I have it all or is it REALLY best to choose one thing and promote it the most and leave the rest as hobbies when I have "spare time"? Chime in with a comment! Would LOVE to hear your thoughts!!!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Added Published eBook Author to the Resume Today!!


I'm so frikkin' ecstatic to report that I have published my first eBook with Amazon!!!! 50 Ways to Keep Me From G*mbling was officially published early this morning for Kindle!!! It's only $3.99 and even if you don't have a Kindle you can still buy and read the book! There are Kindle Reading Apps you can download from free for Mac, PC, Blackberry, iPhone and more! Check out the free Kindle Reading Apps HERE

I'm already working on my next eBook as well :) I can't wait to share the next one and the next one and the next one and get the idea! I'm so thrilled that I finally finished something I started and hope you will enjoy this book and many more to come. Today, I'm one step closer to actually BEING The Famous Ashley Grant!!!!

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