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Friday, June 29, 2018

Summer Means Time for Reading





Whether you have a chance to get away on a vacation, or are sticking close to home, the books you read this summer have the ability to take you on amazing journeys. 

Why not feast your eyes on a book that’s set in a place you’d love to see? Perhaps you'd like to reminisce and let a book carry you back to a destination or time you’ve visited in the past.

This may be a season when commitments at home prevent travel to a distant land. You still can experience a new destination through the pictures painted by a favorite author. 




To stimulate your imagination and help you take flight in book form, look at the quotations that follow to put you in the mood to read more this summer.

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." — Dr. Seuss

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ― Henry James

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...” ― Susan Polis Schutz

“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don't they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.” ― Ray BradburyDandelion Wine

“Come with me,' Mom says. To the library. Books and summertime
go together.” ― 
Lisa SchroederI Heart You, You Haunt Me

“Even so, there were times I saw freshness and beauty. I could smell the air, and I really loved rock 'n' roll. Tears were warm, and girls were beautiful, like dreams. I liked movie theaters, the darkness and intimacy, and I liked the deep, sad summer nights.” 
― 
Haruki MurakamiDance Dance Dance

“They are embossed on every song that was a hit that summer, in every novel I read during and after his stay, on anything from the smell of rosemary on hot days to the frantic rattle of the cicadas in the afternoon—smells and sounds I’d grown up with and known every year of my life until then but that had suddenly turned on me and acquired an inflection forever colored by the events of that summer.” 
― 
André AcimanCall Me by Your Name

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
― 
Stephen KingOn Writing: A Memoir of the Craft


Books introduce you to new ways of thinking, as well as exercise your mind. Studies show that when you make reading a habit, it helps improve memory by giving your brain a work out. 

A book I know well, helps reduce stress, relax you, and improves your outlook. It uses color themed exercises, affirmations, journal writing, and reflection to help you discover new things about yourself.

The book is Colors of Joy: A Woman's Guide for Self-Discovery, Balance, and Bliss.
Order it now to enjoy a woman's self-care journal that makes great summer reading!



What's your favorite type of summer reading? 
Do you make reading a habit throughout the year? Please comment below and happy summer reading.


Updated July 1, 2018 to share that Babs Hightower interviewed me. Read the author interview online

Yahoo! I'll be releasing the 2nd Printing of the self-care journal "Colors of Joy" in October and I would love it if you'd read the Author Interview at Babs BookMark Magazine.

Before you go, I'm giving you a heads up. I'm taking a break from this blog for a few months. I'll continue to blog at Colors 4 Health, and invite you to visit me there. đŸ’—



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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Vacation Crime Prevention Checklist




Are you planning a romantic getaway with your love this summer, vacationing with family or friends, or finally taking a break from daily routine with a camping trip into the country?

Take a peek at my Vacation Crime Prevention Checklist. Tips are similar to ones my local police department recommends. Play it safe rather than sorry. 


Vacation Crime Prevention Checklist


  • A house that looks occupied, even when you're not there, may thwart off potential burglars. 
  • Plug in timers to turn lights, radio, or television on and off at appropriate times. This helps disguise the fact that you are away.
  • Deadbolt strong, quality locks on all doors, windows, basement entrance, patio, storage area, or guesthouse. This applies even if you'll be away no more than a day.
  • Ask a neighbor to watch the house while you're away. Leave your vacation address and telephone number with a neighbor so you can be reached in case of an emergency.
  • Never leave your house key hidden outside your home.
  • Stop all deliveries, or arrange for a neighbor to pick up your mail, newspapers, and packages.
  • Arrange for someone to mow and water your lawn, rake leaves, and maintain the yard to give the home a lived-in look. Cut back scrubs so doors and windows are visible to neighbors and police.
  • Plant cactus or thorny plants close to windows, to keep criminals away.
  • Clearly display house number, both in front and in the rear of your home, so emergency personnel can find you.
  • Turn the bell or ringer on your telephone down low. If a burglar is around, he won't be alerted to your absence by a ringing phone.
  • Don't announce your absence on answering machine messages or social media sites.
  • Leave your blinds, shades, and curtains in a normal position. Don't close them unless that is what you do when you are home.
  • Close and lock garage doors and windows. If you leave your car at home, park it as you normally would. 
  • Tell your local police you plan to be away. Patrol officers may have the opportunity to periodically check your home.
  • Engrave your valuables as recommended in Operation I.D. This simple step will allow your stolen property to be identified and returned to you if recovered by the police.


Your neighbors know your routines. They're the best ones to spot anything out of the ordinary. If your neighborhood doesn't have a neighborhood watch, check with your police department or city hall to find out how you can organize one. 


Why not purchase the woman's self-care journalColors of Joy: A Woman’s Guide for Self-Discovery, Balance, and Bliss to bring along on your trip?

Order it Now 

It offers ideas that help you get into vacation mode, as well as activities that encourage you to unwind and relax.

The quote for today follows: "A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you've been taking." Earl Wilson

Happy Travels You All!


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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Tips to Heal the Planet and You



If you're anything like I am, you want to continue to breathe fresh air, drink pure water, eat uncontaminated food, and live free of toxic chemicals, pollutants, or worry about global warming and the legacy we are leaving for generations to come.

On this Earth Day I am reflecting about simple "green actions" you may not have thought about or tried before, that can help reduce your carbon footprint. Since all people and the planet are interconnected, the choices each of us makes impacts the planet's healing and health as well as our own.

To green the environment and improve our quality of life, please read and consider


Tips to Heal the Planet and You

Walk for health and planetary healing. Run, jog, stroll by foot or bicycle to improve well-being and cut down on fossil fuel consumption.


Green your transportation; board public transportation whenever and wherever it’s available. Bus, subway, tram, or rail is less expensive and better for the environment than running a car. If you must drive to work, car pool. Make your next car a hybrid.


Plant trees, drought resistant vegetation, and a veggie garden. When you grow and eat food for self-sustainability, you contribute to the earth's and your healing.


Replace grass with xeriscape landscaping. Drip irrigation and using water retention containers are water savers. An added benefit is that this type of garden is much easier to maintain than ones with grass and lawns.




Suggest family members cut down on the number of minutes they spend in the shower. Short showers are better for your skin as well.


Refrain from buying water in plastic bottles. Carry a reusable stainless steel or glass water bottle. Instead of reaching for a one-use plastic bottle read this... 

"According to the Container Recycling Institute, 100.7 billion plastic beverage bottles were sold in the U.S. in 2014, or 315 bottles per person. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year.”

If you buy a large supply of water to use at home, take the same half gallon or gallon glass jugs to be refilled again and again.

This year switch over to products that are biodegradable. Carry a reusable water bottle, and use your own washable cloth shopping bag wherever you go. Swap Plastic-



top-ways-to-convert-to-greener-lifestyle


The process used to make, store, dispose of, and just be around plastics can be extremely harmful to living things. Plastic bags, bottles, to-go containers, designer plastic coffee mugs and drink containers, plastic housewares, and fishing nets pollute the planet and the plastic used lasts for thousands of years. 

Plastics are dumped in landfills, oceans, and toxic materials from them winds up in our ground water. The fumes and chemical emissions from plastics contaminate land, sea animals, wildlife, men, women, and children. 

Exposure to plastics has been linked to health concerns affecting people, sea creatures, plankton, and the food chain around the world.




Speak, call, write, and use social media to alert manufacturers, 

politicians, and community, state, and national governments. Express 

your concerns about the direct environmental link between your safety 

and health and the use of plastics.



Advocate for products made from biodegradable materials and ones that 

use minimal packaging. Buy stock and products from companies that 

don't contribute to global warming. Use your buying power to show 

companies you care about reducing the world's carbon footprint by 

supporting those manufacturers, distributors, and stores who care too.



Here is additional reading:

consumer-products-safe and eco-friendly, and what's not from the Environmental Working Group (EWG).


Before you go, please take a moment to comment about your green 

efforts or mine, and share the word about Tips to Heal the Planet and 

You.


Wishing you a Happy Earth Day and best wishes for a year filled with 

daily efforts to conserve, reuse, recycle, and think and act greener!


The quote for today is from Margaret Mead:
"We won't have a society if we destroy the environment."


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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Invite to Colors of the Chakras Workshop



You're Invited to

Restore Balance, Joy, and Vitality with Colors of the Chakras

Where: The Seasoned Woman, the Williams Center, 5460 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson 85711

When: Thurs. April 19 between 5-6 PM.

Why: Have Fun as Nancy Andres Shows You Ways to Use Colors from the Chakras to Heal and Balance Mind/Body/ Spirit.

Nancy Andres’ Workshop is Complimentary, and Seating is on a First Come First Serve Basis. It’s best to call the Seasoned Woman at 520-745-5942 to confirm.

See COLORS OF JOY: A WOMAN’S GUIDE FOR SELF-DISCOVERY, BALANCE, AND BLISS. It helps women explore relationships, nourish secret longings, and find ways to attract more joy into daily living.



Purchase an autographed copy at the workshop for yourself. Make gift-giving easy too. Give Colors of Joy as a happy birthday, graduation, or thinking of you gift to all the women you care about. 

Every Chapter in Colors of Joy starts with a Full Page Color Illustration




See more of Nancy Andres’ work at https://www.nancyandreswriter.com




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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Spring Blooms for Wordless Wednesday

Spring flowers are blooming and it's a great time for outdoor fun. 




What's your favorite springtime flower?



What sport or outdoor activities do you enjoy the most?



Do you spring clean or have any extra household tasks you take care of in the spring?

Want to see more spring flowers? Look here.

Please let me know you stopped by for a visit and what fun things you have planned for the spring. Why not get social with me? Share this post if you enjoyed seeing these beautiful spring flowers.

The quote for today follows: Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'  Robin Williams


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Hope you enjoyed your visit and will return again. Be well. Live well. Lead a colorful life! Warm regards, Nan