Life is short, live your life to the fullest

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Life is short and we never know when it will be our last day, so my motto is and has always been to live your life to the fullest. This is why I focus so much on happiness – isn’t that what life should be all about? I believe so. I get a lot of questions about why I write about travel so much and the answer is simple: travel brings me joy and that is what I am constantly in search of.

 

Many people struggle with focusing on happiness and I get it. You go through your busy day that is filled with work, bills, struggles, and negative people and it is easy to get brought down, but I believe that we should work each and everyday to rise above the hard things, the negativity, and the stress in order to see the light at the end of the tunnel and choose to have a great day, no matter what. If you focus on that each and everyday, you will begin to really enjoy life and learn to live it to the fullest. I have a few things that I do each and everyday that brings more happiness into my life and I wanted to share it with you all. Here are my best tips on things you can do to live your life to the fullest:

 

Not Caring About What Others Think

It is so easy to fall into the trap of caring what people think about you, especially with social media being the center of the universe right now. Sometimes I observe people who are actively going through their Instagram or Facebook feed just to talk about others lives. What they are wearing, who they are with, how much weight they gained while they were pregnant, etc. Why do we do this to ourselves? All this does is bring negativity into our lives and opens the book to allow other people in your life to judge, as well. Stop judging others and stop caring about what others think about you. You will be so much happier when the only person you are trying to impress is yourself!

 

Doing What You Love

Life is too short to be stuck in a 9-5 job that you hate. Yes, going out on your own and doing what you love could be risky and stressful, but what happens if it works out? It could change your happiness forever and I believe that (in most circumstances) that is a risk that I would be willing to take. Even if you do not go off on your own, make sure you are in a job that you are really passionate about. Travel, if that makes you happy. Start a family, if that’s what you want. Just focus on your happiness, no matter what.
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Look into WhiteSands Rehab Center

5 Things To Know About Anabolic Steroid Abuse

A very common form of drug addiction is the excessive use of anabolic steroids. The steroids are simply variations of testosterone, the male sex hormone. Steroids can either be injected into the body muscles or they can be taken orally. They are mostly used by athletes and bodybuilders and usually starts as a way to build up the muscles and strength of the body. However, some users tend to go overboard with its use and eventually become addicted to it. Below, we look at five things you should know about anabolic steroid abuse.

  1. Effect on The Brain

Anabolic steroids have a very different effect on the brain when compared to other forms of drugs. While other drugs usually trigger increased dopamine production in the brain that causes the ‘high’, steroids do not directly increase the dopamine in the brain. Instead, the steroids tend to affect the brain chemicals and pathways related to dopamine when it is used for a long period of time. And when using other drugs or medications that directly affect dopamine, the user might feel a ‘high’. As such, steroids create an indirect dopamine-induced ‘high’ in contrast to other types of drugs.

  1. Signs Of Steroid Abuse

People who abuse steroids usually gain lean muscle rapidly, typically within a 10 week period. If your loved one works out very hard on a daily basis and you see numerous syringes in their room, then that can be a sign of steroid abuse. You should check out their arms to see whether it has any holes that look inflamed and reddish. If they are using steroid creams, then you will start smelling a strange odor from them. And if they are taking the steroids in the form of pills, you should see numerous pill packets in the trash. In case the steroid use gets out of control, you must seriously look into WhiteSands drug rehab center and consider admitting your loved one for recovery.
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CloudMover Day Spa Huntington Beach

CloudMover Day Spa Huntington Beach CaliforniaThe Beach and a Spa, What Better Day…

Huntington Beach California is a vacation destination, or if you are lucky might be right outside your backdoor. Sunshine and relaxation are only enhanced by a day at the spa and the one to hit is CloudMover Day Spa. Voted #1 seven years in a row by the OC Hotlist you want to go where the locals go to get the best service in massages, facials, body treatments, and more. My experience was eye opening.

I am going to start with the facial, because I never knew the process could be this good. I have had facials before, but just a few and I never got very excited about them. Often after my skin was irritated and I never felt it looked any better for going through the discomfort and occasionally painful burn of the peels. CloudMover Spa completely changed my mind with their HydroMicrodermabrasion facial. Their staff is amazing.

Basically in the past spas had been using treatments that were too harsh for my skin type and I didn’t know better than to ask for what others recommended, I am not experienced with the beauty treatments out there. So I ended up irritating my skin and not getting good results. The HydroMicrodermabrasion method was amazing because it is gentle enough for all skin types and effective enough to really get results even with the toughest jobs. I went in with my Italian skinned gentleman friend who spends every day in the sun, pool, and slathering on sunscreen, clogged pore city. His skin looked amazing afterwards and the effects have lasted for weeks. My face has never looked so good and all of my skin issues were cleared up without any tenderness.
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Organic Wines from Spain

Yes There are Organic Wines!

You care about what you put in your body and likely to some extent try to buy organic foods and body care products. It is important for our health since we are fueling our lives with what we eat. That being said there are areas I never even thought about going organic, like my wine. It was my time at ShiftCon, an amazing conference run by mommy blogger and social media influencer Leah Segedie of Momavation, that opened my eyes and introduced me to Natural Merchants for family produced organic wines..

Natural Merchants Organic WinesSo I have now been trying two amazing wines that give you a healthy edge while still letting you enjoy a glass or red or white. All wines are vegan-friendly, and Non-GMO Project Verified.

Tarantas Sparkling White

This sparkling white wine is definitely crisp and dry, which I enjoyed. It is not a sweet wine also something that works well with a nice meal. There are definitely fruit undertones, but I confess to not being refined enough in the palate to differentiate. The official description says “dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, crisp green apple and lemon finish with no oak.” I paired it with lemon chicken and it was a huge hit.
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Visit Antlers at Vail Colorado

The Perfect Hotel for Your Trip to Vail

Whether you are planning a ski trip or a visit in summer to beautiful Colorado you could not pick a better destination than Vail and you could not find a better place to stay than Antlers Hotel.

sculpture at antlers at vail coloradoThe list of benefits for staying at Antlers at Vail is long. The rooms/condos are equipped with full stocked kitchens, lovely decor, and balcony views of Gore Creek, which runs behind the hotel and the picturesque Lionshead section of town. In winter they offer on-site ski rentals and  ski valet complimentary. Located just a short walk from Vail’s Lionshead Gondola it is easy to hit the slopes and get right up on the mountain.

Iceskating rink near Antlers at VailYear round there is plenty to do right outside Antlers at Vail. I honestly loved Lionshead more than Vail town center, with its cute shops and quaint ice skating rink. When you do want to travel around town there is a free shuttle that leaves from directly across from the hotel. This can take you anywhere you want to go in town and saves you from paying for parking! Check out the galleries or grab something to eat nearby at any of the restaurants. We chose to cook so hit the nearby grocery store then loaded up the full size fridge.
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Copper Mountain, Ski Colorado

Hit the Slopes Here on Your Next Vacation

Whether you slip your boots into skis or a snowboard the important part is where you get to ride. When in Colorado and the Rockies a top choice is Copper Mountain Resort for lodging, entertainment, dining, and of course the trails. The views from the top of Copper Mountain are absolutely stunning. I could have spent all day at the top if it wasn’t so fun going back down!

View from the Top of Copper Mountain skiing in ColoradoCopper Mountain is just 75 miles from Denver and a great balance of size, navigability, and easy travel. With three central locations or villages there are plenty of options to approach the mountain. They have more than 140 marked trails to keep everyone in your family occupied.

East Village Lodge at Copper Mountain ColoradoThe trails breakdown as 21% beginner, 25% intermediate, 36% advanced, 18% expert. Keep in mind certain levels leave from one village or another so be prepared to keep track of everyone, but there are buses to take you anywhere you need to get on the ski resort. If you are looking for multiple days of skiing and snowboarding fun this is the place. The shear size of the resort and number of trails means there is always a new path to master.

Copper Mountain Tubing Hill ColoradoThere are so many more activities than just skiing to offer during your visit to Copper Mountain Resort. Some are snow going like the tubing hill, or the outdoor Rocky Mountain Coaster, and the iceskating pond. When you are ready to get out of the cold, but still want some thrills it is time to hit Woodward Copper. Their Woodward Barn is designed as an action sports training ground! Indoor ski and snowboard training, trampolines and foam pits, skateboards, scooters, and bikes are all options for private lessons with their amazing instructors or just take the intro, then sign up for free time. You can find out all about it in our post HERE.
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Woodward Copper at Copper Mountain

For Those Looking to Take Adventure to the Next Level

Snowboarding Woodward Copper LogoCopper Mountain Resort in Colorado, just over an hour from Denver, is already known for great skiing and snowboarding and now they have even more to offer. They are home to one of the Woodward centers that specializes in pushing the limits of what you thought you were capable of. Woodward Copper is a year-round skiing and snowboarding facility with an nearly 20,000 ft indoor space for physical activity. All levels of experience are welcome, and by the time you are done even just with the introduction you will have tried things you might not believe.

Woodward Copper at Copper Mountain ColoradoYou maybe familiar with Woodward as a company, they offer classes and camps in action sports (skateboarding, bikes, parkour), gymnastics and cheer, snow (skiing, snowboarding), and the digital arts. There are locations across the US and one in particular for those embracing winter sports, Woodward Copper and the Woodward Barn at Copper Mountain.

With classes and camps both outside on the mountain and inside at their training facility Woodward Copper has options for all adventure lovers. It starts with their introduction at the Barn. When you enter the building the first startling thing you might notice is all the bodies ten feet up in the air either flying off ramps with skateboards into foam pits or bouncing on Olympic-grade trampolines. Scooter riders cruise around while kids and grownups of all ages take part in supervised activities. My first thought was, huh, I am going to be doing some of that…
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Toast & Co. at Copper Mountain

A Must Stop when Skiing Copper Mountain Colorado

Toast & Co logo at Copper Mountain ColoradoWhen every item on the menu looks so good you can’t chose, you know you are in the right spot. Toast & Co. at the Copper Mountain Resort in Colorado is the dining destination not to be missed. Located just outside the main square in picturesque Center Village you can walk right over from the slopes then hop right back on a lift and keep riding. They only serve breakfast and lunch so don’t wait too long or you might miss out for that day.

All of the options we tried at Toast & Co were amazing and trust me we were repeat visitors. French toast, pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, steak and eggs… how can you pick between pumpkin ginger cakes and caramelized pineapple pancakes? Or between the BBA sandwich, thick cut bacon cherry wood smoked, fried egg, bacon aioli, greens, roasted tomatoes, avocado on a telera roll, or the Chuck’s sandwich, a toasted pretzel roll, crispy prosciutto, scrambled eggs, Swiss cheese and a Beemster Gouda sauce? Come on!

French Toast at Toast & Co at Copper Mountain ColoradoI know you are dying to hear what we did finally pick. (PS. we took both of the above mentioned sandwiches to go and thoroughly enjoyed each, but since I am partial to avocado I would say the BBA was my top pick.) Alright enough suspense. I sat down to the Amaretto French Toast which sounds amazing right off the bat and just gets better. Made from slices of moist fresh banana bread this french toast is then dipped in an Amaretto custard to deepen the flavors. A soft mountain of Chai spiced whipped mascarpone is a decadent addition. Perhaps my favorite detail is the candied pecans for that final sweet crunch.
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