16 Sites To Visit When You’re Not Blogging!


I tend to read and see a number of lists online each day, and so I thought I would post one of my own. Here is my list of:

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Great Sites to Visit, When Your Not Blogging:

  1. HabitForge.com – Studies show that it takes at least 21 days to form a habit, and with the help of HabitForge it is easier than ever to succeed. This site allows you to choose something you want to accomplish each day and sends a gentle email asking if you’ve completed your task. By clicking yes or no this site will keep track of the number of days you have succeed. But Beware…When you click ‘No’ the clock starts over. Why? because to form a habit you must complete the action for at least 21 days straight. A great site for those who hope to create a healthier lifestyle, or lose a bad habit.
  2. The Happiness ProjectGretchen Rubin had an epiphany one day on a city bus and made a choice that changed her life. The Happiness Project is a memoir of her year-long journey to happiness. Providing great tips, tricks, advice and outlines to begin your own ‘happiness project’, it is a site that is worth checking out. Now a best-selling book, The happiness project spread like wild-fire with many great links to groups and ideas for living a happier life!
  3. Makezine – This fantastic site provides you with a plethora of DIY projects, complete with photos, video, and detailed instructions. Everything from mixing the perfect drink, to building an Ikea bookshelf at home. Perfect for the handyman of the house, anyone who wants to create, or simply for great ideas on various things. Check it out, there is something there for everyone. The is a magazine, blog, list of projects with instructions and photos, as well as an active forum. One of my favorites is the Mushroom Stool Project, great for the kids to sit on at home!
  4. iVillage – Another great site to get lost in, with tips and articles on Health, Entertainment, Style, Food, Living, Parenting, and so much more, this site provides hours of useful information. There is a newsletter, message boards, videos, horoscopes and more… Check it out and get lost in the knowledge.
  5. eHow – eHow.com is your How-To source on everything. With literally hundreds of  topics to choose from, you can learn the basics of anything you can imagine. Become an expert on ‘grilling the perfect burger’, ‘conserving water’, the perfect bathing suit for your body type, and many more interesting items. I am pretty sure that users can apply to write for the site as well, so buckle down and exercise your brain with the never-ending information this site provides on every imaginable subject.
  6. More Magazine – More.com is Canada’s site for celebrating women over 40. With informative articles, videos, contests and an active newsletter, it is the go-to site for 40+ women. Don’t fear if you’re not yet 40+ this site is a great source of information for anyone and holds a ton of great advice, as well as links to fantastic sites around the web. With a My More” section they make their site completely custom to the reader, allowing you to have an online profile, post reviews and easily keep track of your favorite articles. Check it out today!
  7. Tiny Buddha – Tiny Buddha is about taking the time (even a moment) to reflect of the simple things in life. With great quotes on thousands of topics, tips, advice, and stories from readers, it is the go-to source for peace and reflection. There is also an active Facebook community, and the ability to follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter. The site provides great sources of information, books for purchase, and many great thoughts to consider daily. Take a moment to check it out and find a little peace in this hectic world!
  8. Because I am a girl – This amazing website is dedicated to the enhancement of women throughout the world and the impact that helping girls has on society as a whole. With great links to stories, articles, and charitable sites it is a must see for everyone. The activism of this site is amazing and the difference they are making throughout the world is substantial. Check out their site and help out if you can, they provide ample ways for you to donate or share in their wonderful cause, or simply read all of the interesting stories the site has to offer and learn a thing or two about the power of being a girl!
  9. Craftgawker – This is an amazing website for anyone who loves crafts, or aspires to create beautiful things. With literally thousands of links to DIY craft projects and various websites, you will never run out of inspiration. Check out their ‘Most Favorited’ and create a personalized list of your own. Try out some of the crafts, or revel in others creativity.
  10. MadGab – This great game has been a favorite of mine for years, and is always a guaranteed laugh alone, or with a group of friends. Play Mad Gab online and have a little fun with words in a world where nothing is ever what it seems.
  11. Omegle – This interesting little site allows you to chat with random strangers. There is no sign-up required you simply visit the site and chat away. You have the choice of text chat or video chat, and then they randomly link you up with a stranger somewhere in the world to chat away with. It is great fun, and an interesting way to meet new people and possibly make new friends… Next time you are bored and looking for someone to talk to check them out!
  12. Marc and Angel Hack Life – This is a great site filled with positive information. Providing lists on many positive and life changing subjects, it is a useful tool for everyone. Among the many are: 20 Ways to Make Today Unforgettable, 50 Things Everyone Should Know How To-Do, and 18 Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I Was 18. There is hours worth of reading here, and millions of ideas for bettering your life.
  13. Zen Habits – Another great site for optimal living, with valuable tips to help improve your life and get the best out of each moment. It is about finding simplicity in the midst of daily chaos… Worth checking out!
  14. Instructables – Another; Make, How-To, and DIY site that is worth checking out. With thousands of projects to choose from ranging from food to home, useful to strange, there is something on this site guaranteed to spark your interests and get your construction creativity flowing. They even have user contests, a blog, a forum, and a answers section to help you find everything, and anything, you may need to know, make, or create.
  15. Helium – Of course I had to add a Pay-to-write site here. Helium is a great site for writers who want to earn a bit of cash. With various categories, excellent writing tools, and a great easy-to-use community, Helium makes it easy to put cash in your pocket doing what you love. I have been on Helium for a while and have actually earned real cash!!! Join Here
  16. Pinterest – I am obsessed with pinning! I have gathered a great number of ideas for home, art, my kids, crafts and even my blog through pinterest. If you have not checked out the site yet, you MUST! Trust me, it’s HOURS of entertainment and inspiration!

And of course the ample blogs here on WordPress always provide exciting information and make for really great reading!

Cheers!

What are your favourite sites to visit?

Seriously Gangsta


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I heard this comment today and I had to share it with you, “Playing kickball on your cul-de-sac does not count as growing up on the streets.” 

I found this statement amusing because I am constantly complaining about people who think they are “gangsta” when CLEARLY they are not. I am no expert on the subject mind you, I grew up in a family home, with both parents, we moved to a small city, into a suburban area. We always had food to eat, the bills paid, and warm beds to sleep in. I am NOT “gangsta.” I don’t try to be “gangsta,” I have no desire to live the life of a “gangsta.” 

But for a moment let’s have a look at what makes a “gangsta.” I am not talking about “GANGSTER” there is an unmistakable difference between the two. John Gotti was a “gangster.” Tupac was a “gangsta.” A gangster is the head of an organized crime ring; a “gangsta” is a young, male, who grows up in a less than desirable area. This individual will usually take to selling drugs to survive. They are usually involved in criminal activity, carry weapons, and often have spent some time in prison. A “gangsta” is usually known for his ability to rap, and creating a name for himself in the music industry is often his main goal in life. 

Now that we have distinguished what makes a “gangsta” we can get back to the real topic. Why do people feel the need to pretend they are gangsta? It seems that everyone wants to suffer and live the hard life. Every other well-off suburban white kid wants to be the next Eminem, and every young middle class black kid wants to be 50 cent. But why?

The fame? Probably. The money? Of course. The fact that rappers now a days make the tough life sound cool? Definitely. See back when Tupac (2 Pac) was “gangsta,” rappers used their lyrics to make lower-class kids in housing projects choose a different path than they had taken. They spoke of the hardships. They did not sugar coat their lifestyle and make it look cool. They did not sing about how it was cool to sling dope on the streets, or how many “Bitches” they hooked up with while doing it. They spoke of the pain of watching their friends die, the shoot outs, and the fear. They did not want the same life for their children or fans their words touched, they wanted to make a difference. TuPac was a poet at heart. 

Enough about that, yes clearly I have respect for the man himself, Back to my point…. 

I am so sick of typical little boys from hardworking middle-class families pretending they have a hard life. I hate to break it to you sunshine but just because the paint is peeling on your 3 bedroom condo does not mean you live in the ghetto. It is my opinion that for the most part if you live in Canada, you are not a gangsta. I say this for a few reasons; we are lucky here in Canada we have a reasonable minimum wage, and an even more reasonable welfare system. Although many people struggle to get by, Canada has endless resources available if you seek them out. We have an excellent public housing system, and great health care. In comparison to what I have heard about some areas in the U.S. Canada is a kingdom. Not to say people here do not suffer, as a single mother I am aware of how tough it can be to make ends meet. I have had the times of hardship and the fear of how to feed my family. I have been at my lowest and climbed back up, but I am not a “gangsta.” I did not resort to robbing stores, selling drugs, or drive by shootings. I had other choices available to me in life and I took them. 

I think for a true “gangsta,” which is what I am talking about here, there are not other options, it’s a shark tank, eat or be eaten. I don’t think many of us truly know that kind of lifestyle, nor will we ever. This is the reason I am sick of kids pretending they suffer. The fact is there are people out there that truly are suffering, that truly do have no choice but to steal to eat, to kill to survive. There truly are kids out there that will grow up with no better or safer option than to join a gang, until they find other options. There are children who will be shot in the street, senselessly. There are families who will have to grieve the loss of a child, family member, or friend because the lifestyle of violence made it so. THIS SHOULD NOT BE BY CHOICE. This should not be for show; this should not be the creation of some middle class punk who just wants to be cool. For many this is reality, and I am sure they would be the first to tell these little “wannabe gangsta’s” to find another path, to make a different choice, that this life is not cool. 

This turned out a lot more serious then I intended, the more I got to thinking, the angrier it made me. To think that someone would choose to put, not only themselves, but their families through such pain just because they feel like acting like 50 cent makes me sick. Ask 50 cent, I am sure he will tell you it is not the lifestyle of choice.

You Twitt


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Twitter: to talk lightly and rapidly, esp. of trivial matters; chatter. – Dictionary.com   

I have to be honest with you. This is not something I am proud of, not something I like to admit to people, but I feel that if you are going to be following my blog there is a certain level of honesty I owe you. I don’t understand twitter! There I said it. Sure I get the basics, it is simple status updates. That is it for me though; I don’t fully understand the concept.    

I use twitter and I enjoy the thrill involved with sharing what I am doing with the world, I get excited when I have new followers, and I enjoy reading other users thoughts, or ideas in the 140 words you are allotted to write. The one major thing that gets to me is the replies, when I see @whoever on a tweet, I don’t understand the concept of this, I don’t know if it is some inside joke that is just going over my head, or if I am just a twit myself for not seeing what others clearly see. I have tried to reply to other users tweets on numerous occasions, but I never seem to get any responses myself, and so I am unsure if I am doing what I am supposed to??? 

It is shameful, I know. I generally consider myself technologically advanced. I know how to use my computer, cell phone, and even my cell phone as a computer. I am an avid Facebook junkie, and I have no issues finding interesting sites on-line to make use of on a daily basis. I have created simple websites in the past using HTML, and I have a number of popular electronics that I know how to hook-up and even use. But put me on twitter, and tell me to do something other than a basic post, and I am LOST!   I have followers on twitter, I update regularly, I even follow a number of very interesting people myself, but I just don’t get it! It seems to be the exact same concept as a Facebook status, but in a different place. It is one of the most talked about social networking sites in the world, yet it is so basic but complex all at once.  Maybe that is the issue; maybe I am just trying to make it more complicated than it needs to be. I tend to do that you know. Perhaps it is just that simple! I guess it doesn’t matter really, I just feel like I am the only person in the world who “just doesn’t comprehend” why this site is SO amazing.   Just a thought!