Sunday, August 28, 2016

Ukraine Beauty Tips from Estheticians To The Stars

Written By: Deanna

 So, recently I've been reading this book that I'm kinda in love with. That book is: Babushka's Beauty Secrets: Old World Tips for a Glamorous New You.

Have you ever read it? If not, you're probably missing out, if beauty on a budget is your kinda thing. The whole idea behind it is, well... let me just insert this blurb:

"Esthetician to the stars Raisa Ruder learned her time-tested beauty techniques from her Ukrainian grandmother (or babushka, as they say in the old country). Now everyone can discover the all-natural, better-than-botox secrets the Hollywood stars use to shine on the red carpet! Ruder reveals her sought-after beauty recipes that can fight wrinkles, plump lips, and eliminate crow's feet and acne, using inexpensive, everyday grocery items like eggs, honey, vegetable oil and strawberries (and a splash of vodka for freshness!). At last, by popular demand, Raisa Ruder opens up her babushka's secret pantry and shares her most amazing and effective beauty advice."

Saturday, August 27, 2016

How Deanna Stays Motivated



Motivation is a big deal these days. Working from home and doing everything that I do (I often juggle 4-6 jobs), I get asked a lot about motivation. But the truth is, there is another guest blogger here at On Your Mark who is a much better expert on motivation. Shout out to Tami, because I've read some of her articles and they rock!

Friday, August 26, 2016

What Fuels My Motivation?

For the last two days, you've read about what motivates my fellow writer's Tami and Shannon. Tomorrow, you will read about Deanna's motivation.



My motivation is channeled into two different areas. Everyone has different things that motivate them. I'm an inspirational quote junkie; my personal Facebook page is filled with them. I post hem mainly for me. While I may be in a good place this year or the year after, I may be down in the dumps and need some uplifting words that I posted today, for example.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

How Do I Stay Motivated?

Written By: Shannon Boyce

We all have dreams. Goals. Ambitions. Things we want to do and achieve. The only downside? When those dreams, goals, and ambitions seems to be far off and impossible. Maybe you want to drop a dress size. Get a promotion at work. Start a new career. Find out who you truly are. These are all sorts of dreams! The things about making them happen? Some days are better than others. You might feel like everything is within your grasp at the start of the week, but by the time the weekend rolls around, you are less than optimistic. Motivation is the key. It will push you forward - even when you feel like giving up completely.


There are many things I want to achieve in my own life. I have fitness goals, career goals, and personal goals. Each one requires a daily commitment. Oh and plenty of motivation. Here are some of the ways that I stay motivated day in and day out.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

48, 49 & 50 ~ Fall Off & Jump Back On

So, after attending Mark's friend's birthday party Sunday and devouring three slices of cheese pizza, skittles and soda...I knew I was headed for falling off the wagon. I had a nice healthy dinner of steak and zucchini noodles, but it didn't feel like it was enough. I also didn't feel the side effects yet.

Monday I really felt it. Major side effects. Ugh. Do you know what happens to your body after being off of carbs, yeast, soda, massive amounts of sugar for several months? I know I didn't cover every food group that I've stayed away from...

What Motivates Me?

Written By: Tami Walker


When people ask me what motivates me, I usually draw a blank because I can draw motivation from so many different sources - motivational quotes, books that I read, my role models... It all sort of depends on what I'm being motivated to do and what-not.

But generally, in the biggest things that I do, my motivation usually comes from one (or all) of three main sources, which I'm sharing with you today!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

6 Ways To Reduce Negativity

Written By: Deanna

On a scale of 1-10, how negative are you? And most importantly, are you happy with the answer you just gave?


Recently, I read that a human beings natural state is to be happy and healthy. Maybe you don't believe that (I'm not sure if I do, honestly) and that's okay, but I think it's pretty safe to say that most of us are alright with the idea of being a little more positive.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Hello Job! ~ Goodbye Job :(


Friday, August 12th, I was contacted around 5pm by a local employment agency letting me know I was chosen for a position I applied for on Thursday. My start date was Tuesday, August 15th! As I mentioned in a few of my other daily posts, I was beyond excited for the changes ahead... but, it wasn't all as it seemed to be...

My first official day back to work and also my last official day of work. Smh. I went through a local employment agency to find a job. Many people have referred me to them, so it wasn't a complete shot in the dark. However, the job when I applied for it last Thursday was an administrative position who would assist with inbound and outbound calls. It was within the healthcare field and assisting with calls for appointments for the elderly. None of which were ever an issue. I assumed it would be an assistant helping within a call center. Nothing was in the description about pay being different in any way, so it would have been a steady pay with no surprises like commissions. I was qualified for it. The pay was okay; it was a three month temp position, so no benefits were available. And a BIG bonus for me was that there were four daycare's within walking distance...if I ever needed to walk.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Day 47 ~ It's Not A Weekend Without A Party!

After two amazing nights with my fellow mom's who needed a much needed break... I need to get back on my Paleo/It Works Cycle...

I picked a few magazines that talk about clean eating and paleo and I'm hoping to find some yummy recipes in there that I can share with everyone. Who doesn't love recipes that help fuel your body?

Today is a big day for Mark. He'll be attending one of his friend's birthday parties. Why is it big for him? He hasn't really grasped to the fact that birthday parties aren't just for him. So, when he see's presents... he assumes they are for him.

Speaking of presents... I was going through some bins yesterday... in search for my long lost baseball glove so I can work with Mark... and in one of the bins, I found a birthday present I hid away already wrapped for Mark's 2nd birthday (that I apparently hid from myself really well) that I even started second guessing myself if I actually bought for him or not. Well, sure enough... it was a win and he immediately wanted to open it and set it up. It's the race car connection for his V-tech track. 


Books For The Middle Grade Reader In Your Life

Written By: Deanna

I remember growing up that I always loved books, really I did. But I hated reading. I couldn't read (at what I thought was a good enough level) for quite a while. I think a big part of that, looking back, was that there weren't a lot of books I wanted to read. One of the big reasons I became a writer was because there weren't books that I knew about at my reading level that I wanted to read. So, today I wanted to share a post with some of the books I did love, and others I found later on that I've grown to love, in hopes that if you have a little one who isn't enjoying reading, you can help inspire them.

Note: Shootout to my husband who helped with this post! You have no idea how lucky I am to have you.

Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery
It all starts when Harold's human family, the Monroe's, goes to see the movie Dracula, and young Toby accidentally sits on a baby rabbit wrapped in a bundle on his seat. How could the family help but take the rabbit home and name it Bunnicula? Chester, the literate, sensitive, and keenly observant family cat, soon decides there is something weird about this rabbit. Pointy fangs, the appearance of a cape, black-and-white coloring, nocturnal habits: it sure seemed like he was a vampire bunny. When the family finds a white tomato in the kitchen, sucked dry and colorless, well, Chester becomes distraught and fears for the safety of the family. "Today, vegetables. Tomorrow, the world!" he warns Harold. Goodreads.