Stand Up Desk from Brixton Banks

Stand up desks are a new trend right now that benefits our health and wellness. It’s been proven that sitting all day at our desks is contributing to many health problems. The new Stand Up desk from Brixton Banks is a wonderful solution to that problem.

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When I saw this cool new desk, I knew I had to start using one! Sitting at the desk creates so many problems with our health: namely, back problems. To alleviate lower back pain, standing at your desk instead of sitting forces your muscles to be working while you are working.’

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On the Brixton Banks website we learn the health benefits of standing and working:

Scientific studies claim that sitting all day is bad for your health. While that seems to be common sense you may not realize exactly how bad sitting behind a computer all day truly is.

There is more going on than just fatigue and back or neck pain or simply being uncomfortable. A sedentary lifestyle deactivates the hormone lipase which slows down your metabolism and causes you to gain weight.

This can happen within 20 minutes of being inactive. Meanwhile your red blood cells clump and thicken inside of your blood vessels slowing down circulation, insulin production slows down, energy that has not been expended from food, also known as fat, begins to deposit on your internal organs and LPP1 – a gene that suppresses inflammation and clotting shuts off.

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I LOVE this desk! It’s beautiful, first of all. And it’s very lightweight, so it can be easily moved from room to room or even outside if you are using your laptop. It worked perfect on our kitchen table for my son to use it, and  it works great for people of multiple heights sharing it. It’s perfect for active families that are looking to decrease their time sitting, and trying to incorporate more healthy options like standing.

You can get your standing desk at Brixtonbanks.com and be sure to follow them on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram! 🙂

 

(*Disclosure – Post Sponsored by Brixton Banks, product given. All reviews are my own opinion. I only review products that I use, and that my readers will benefit from.)
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Calling all Dreamers: Your Must-Read Book Has Arrived

Calling all Dreamers: Your Must-Read Book Has Arrived

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Dreamers, unite! I am beyond thrilled to announce that I am one of the 100 to be selected for the @JunkGypsyBook Launch Team!!!

I got to read an advance copy of this amazing book, and I couldn’t. put. it. down.

So good.

This book starts with such a  beautiful story that any female entrepreneur who has set out to blaze her own trail will connect deeply with. You’ll love these ladies even more after you read their story.

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This book is full of heart, soul, grit, adventure, DIYs, glitter, road trips, trailblazers, family, and free-spirited wisdom.

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This is the anthem for those who –  in the words of Robert Frost – choose instead the The Road Less Traveled, to go ahead and blaze their own trail.

The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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If you haven’t already pre-ordered the book – you should.{You will even be entered to win all sorts of Junk Gypsy prizes too!}

>>—> http://www.junkgypsybook.com

And, don’t forget to mark your calendars for the first Book Signing during the Antique Show on Sept. 24th! There will be butter + biscuits, live music, and books! Come meet the Gypsies and get your book signed!

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Question of the Day:

What is it that is calling to you? What sets your soul on fire? What is your purpose? What is your dream?

Leave your answer in the comments below. Tell me one thing you can do today to bring yourself closer to your dream.

 

#JunkGYpsyBook #JGBLT #junkgypsies #dreamBIG #thecrossroadsofwonderandwander #dowhatyoulove #inspirationalquotes #inspiration #girlboss

 

an ode to gardening – Bella Grace Magazine – published

An-Ode-to-Gardening

words by Amber Bartek / photo by Brooke Cagle

Imagine a lush garden in your backyard teeming with growth and abundance — full of life. You grow your own fresh ear of corn you can pick right off the stalk, your children can climb up your apple trees and pick juicy, sweet apples right off the tree, and you can pull crisp cucumbers and squash right off the vine for your supper.

There is something about growing my own food and working in the garden, getting my hands deep into the earth — that makes my spirit come alive. My soul awakens when I grow the very food that will nourish me and my family.

> Read the rest of the article over at Bella Grace magazine. {Please share and comment!}

I’m so excited to be a Contributing Writer, Artist, and Photographer at Bella Grace Magazine! It’s a dream-come-true.

I adore this soulful magazine that speaks to the heart and soul about embracing the slow, savoring the simple, and celebrating everyday magic.

P.S. – If you LOVE Bella Grace Magazine – stay tuned. There are some giveaways in the works. More details to follow on my instagram >> @cloud9photographer / @simplelivingwriter and on facebook >> @photosbycloud9 .

the august break – a photographic journey of capturing beauty

the august break - a photographic journey of capturing beauty

I’m participating in: The August Break – a series of photo prompts created by photographer and author, Susannah Conway.

Looking forward to these photo prompts.

Join in.

You don’t need a fancy camera. An iphone will work just fine.

Let your eyes see a little deeper this month.

And if you want to join me in my next creative photography class — where we will explore photo prompts, composition, color, and much more —

Then, sign up to the mailing list be notified about registration.

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You’ll also hear about the newest online classes offered, as well as receive members-only discounts and coupons! 🙂

{loving rebecca rebouche art at anthropologie}

 

I first heard of New Orleans artist, Rebecca Rebouche, on the Anthropologie blog, “Two Artists, One City.”

Rebecca Rebouche’s metaphorical artwork is both beautiful and  figurative. Her artwork and method of creating resonates with me…The pithy prose as seen in the poetry all around, beckoning the imagination, the beauty of nature and the delight to the senses…

I love Anthropologie’s unconventional approach to retail — how artists are chosen to create beauty, and how those artists then encourage other artists to believe in themselves, and their vision, by seeing them making a living by making art.

The Anthropologie catalog is always a soulful voyage into the depths of an artist’s heart.Vintage pieces — because they have a story to tell. Unique layers to speak of each family member’s depth and meaning. Color and texture. Handmade with heart.

How she selects beauty and splendor to surround, enchant, and inspire her and her family and to create a luxurious sanctuary and haven in her home for her and her loved ones.

 

 

 

{if you have faith the size of a mustard seed…}

“You didn’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them.

“I assure you, even if you had faith as small as a mustard seed you could say to this mountain, `Move from here to there,’ and it would move.

Nothing would be impossible.

Matthew 17:20

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{courageous: the movie}

Sherwood Pictures has just announced that their much anticipated 4th movie will be named “Courageous”. The plot is about 4 officers who are all fathers, that encourage each other to be biblical heads of the household and strong father figures to their children –  as Proverbs 27:17 says:

As iron sharpens iron,
so one man sharpens another.

The Kendrick Brothers also brought us: Facing The Giants, Flywheel & Fireproof from this powerful ministry. I can’t wait to see this movie – I know it will be great, and this  is an inspirational and uplifting message that needs to be addressed in the world we are living in! May God bless this movie & ministry and may these strong positive messages speak loud and clear!

{Yes Frills Wall Jewelry Holder}

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UrbanOutfitters.com > Yes Frills Wall Jewelry Holder. $24.00

I love this idea. I wish i could find some intricate vintage trellis wirework like this to create a handmade jewelry holder of my own. I love repurposing vintage finds.

{think on these things}

He is a shining Star…….., originally uploaded by “†OnlyByGrace” on Flickr.

“8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” PHILIPIANS 4:8