YOU CAN KEEP YOUR KID’S BRAINS FROM TURNING TO MUSH THIS SUMMER!

YES! During the summer it is easier to hand your child a mobile device or send them to summer camps.  But what if you can make summer fun while helping them to learn?  Not only will you be the coolest parent around, but the other parents might be envious of your new talent.  And the family budget will be happy too, because you are not paying for the expensive camps, gas to take them there, and the other little expenses which always seem to show up.

Want to know what I am talking about?

I am talking about Steve Spangler science! His science is so cool that I wish I had been able to have Steve as my science teacher in school.  As a matter of fact when I go to see my grandkids this summer, I am taking some of his experiments with me.

Coolest Grandma ever!

Steve Spangler Science is also a great gift to give, when your kids are attending those summer birthday parties.  You can even host your own summer camp with Steve Spangler Science. Get some of the moms and dads together for a neighborhood science camp which you can do in the morning or at night when everyone is home.  And then end the week with a neighborhood cookout! A great way for people to come together.

If you don’t believe me, check out Steve for yourself at the links below. And I have included a flash sale that you will know about ahead of time!

Click Here to Learn About Stem Camp Summer Camp!

Ignite the spark of science and creativity in your child with a subscription to the Spangler Science Club. Join today and you’ll receive Steve Spangler’s most amazing hands-on science experiments and STEM challenges delivered to your door each month. Choose from 3 levels of membership.

These two items are special flash sales May 27 – May 28.  Now you know ahead of time!

25% Off Bubble Blast at Steve Spangler Science! Explore the science of bubbles as you learn how to make a bubble bounce on your hand. The secret is a bouncing bubble glove. Learn how to make your own  .

ARE YOU READY FOR SUMMER AND A HEALTHY NEW YOU?

Since I have started the site One Retail Therapy and the blog Retail Annie, I decided to begin trying the products to make sure I want them on the site.  For me with chronic acute asthma, exercise can be difficult at times and all I can do is gentle yoga poses.  Well, with my 55th birthday coming up, I am over weight with high blood pressure and cholesterol.  Dropping 20 lbs would be ideal for me.  So I went to my IDEAL SHAPE AFFILIATE, and have started drinking their shakes.  They are yummy!

I have tried some of the other weight loss companies “craving buster” shakes and they literally gag me.  The overload of artificial sweetener taste lingered in my mouth. And, because of the amount of artificial sweetener they use, I ended up with stomach cramps. Which made my ulcerative colitis pretty mad.

Maybe I better back up and explain a few things.  For the past 25 years I have had an auto immune disease called Wegeners or GPA.  I was only diagnosed approximately 15 years ago.  This disease causes other diseases in your body to develop through inflammation.  So, I have chronic acute Asthma, Wegeners, Lupus, Ulcerative Colitis, and Arthritis in my hands and feet.  My nose structure is now one of my rib bones, built because of the deterioration of the tissue and bone, from before I was diagnosed. So I am not so sure about taking a before picture for you, but I will try to find the courage.

After hearing of the treatments for Wegeners, I decided to embark on my own path.  I now combine Western, Eastern, and Homeopathy, and it works for me. As you can imagine, trying anything new for me is always questionable. Which translates into I am even more skeptical than the skeptics!

When Ideal Shape became one of the stores on One Retail Therapy, I started reading and studying them. I like Lindsey and how she approaches weight loss and health.  The more I read from her, the more I am impressed.  So I finally decided to start with her shakes, figuring it would be the true test with just one taste for me.  To my own surprise they were delicious! And my ulcerative colitis even likes them.

I have started Ideal Shape’s program slowly, with one shake at lunch.  No hunger pangs or cravings of any kind.  When it is time for dinner, I have noticed that my portions are smaller and I am satisfied. Oh yes, the most important part, I am losing weight.

So if you are looking for a way to lose weight and start getting healthy again, I whole heartedly recommend Ideal Shape! 

BREAST CANCER, GIVING BACK (IT IS WHAT WE ALL SHOULD DO!)

My own mother passed away over fifteen years ago from breast cancer.  I watched as the mighty woman of 4’11 and 1/2 inches tall, whither away to a minuscule 40 lbs when she died.  The 1/2 inches I added onto to her height, is because she would always add it when asked how tall she was.

Dynamite does come in small packages! But, not even dynamite can beat man’s chemo.

Cancer does not discriminate between gender, race, or even age.  It can ravage the body of a child while the parents stand by watching helplessly.  My own prayer list for healing seems to get longer every day with the word cancer beside each name.  And I am always looking for ways to help or give back whenever I can.

One of my favorite ways to give back to various organizations is to buy from those companies who give a portion of their profits back to communities, and different disease/cure funds.  I recently bought a red  iPhone from Apple because part of my purchase price goes to help fight AIDS. Would I have bought the phone without the charity? No.  I would have waited until my other phone disintegrated first.

One word of warning…Do not give your money to just any organization that comes along.  Sadly a lot of them use the non-profit status and charity to pay themselves six figure salaries.  With only 10% of the money going to their named charity.  You can google the web and find out who gives what and how much before sending your money!

My affiliate WPEngine sent out a recent email concerning giving to Avon’s Walk for Breast Cancer.  Here is the email with the links should you care to give.


Hi Joni,

One of WP Engine’s core values is “Aspiring to Lead, Committed to Give Back.” Today we are taking a step back from our normal promotional email and give back to a charity within our community. Our friends at Affiliate Summit are leading a team in the Avon39, raising money to power breast cancer research and fund programs that support those with breast cancer.

The WP Engine team is donating to the cause and we are hoping you will join in as well. To donate, go to affiliatemarketersgiveback.com and help Missy Ward & Shawn Collins reach their team donation goals. You can also help out by spreading the good word through your social media channels.

Suggested tweet:
Help @affiliatesummit raise money for @avon39walk. Donations power breast cancer research & treatment goo.gl/bNqHsy Please donate!

Thanks for your support!
The WP Engine Affiliate Team


 

I pray you will find time to check out their links and give to a worthy cause.

God Bless You!

LAS VEGAS GIVEAWAY (AND IT IS HEALTHY)

Who would not love a free trip to Las Vegas?  My affiliate partner Love With Food is giving away a trip for four plus $8,000.00 in prizes and you have to enter by May 15.  They are calling it, Besties’ Las Vegas Giveaway.  If you want to enter with out reading the rest of the story, here is the link.

Copy and paste link in your browser.

<a target=”_blank” href=”http://shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=410820&m=53869&u=1324097&afftrack=“>Enter the Besties’ Las Vegas Getaway Sweepstakes!</a>

Love With Food is an amazing company, who donates a portion of their proceeds to fight hunger in America and the world.  Two organizations they support are Feeding America and Global Food Banking Network.  And a company who gives back is my kind of company!

The company is a monthly box subscription business, but they have subscriptions as low as $7.99 a month.  And their products are snacks! Healthy, all natural, organic, and gluten free varieties of snacks! To me this is a dream come true.

When you are grocery shopping and you come to the part of snacks for your family, what aisle do you head to first.  Chips, cookies, or maybe even the frozen ice cream section?  We want to feed our family good healthy snacks for fuel, but if we have never tried them, we are unsure what to pick out.  With Love With Food, we get to find out what they like without having to venture into the grocery store!  I like the idea!

So after you enter the Las Vegas Giveaway, check out their products for your family’s healthier lifestyle.

<a target=”_blank” href=”http://shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=410820&m=53869&u=1324097&afftrack=“>Enter the Besties’ Las Vegas Getaway Sweepstakes!</a>

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRI SPORTS!

One Retail Therapy’s store Tri Sports is celebrating its first birthday.  If you are a business and you are able to hit the one year marker, you deserve to celebrate! And give the gift of savings to your customers too.

Tri Sports sells everything a triathlete needs.  Since I am not a triathlete unless you consider shopping three stores in one day, I will have to give you a summary of what they sell without the comments.  They sell bikes, wet suits, trainers, Aero Bar systems, Aero Hydration, nutrition, and tri-clothing.  Tri Sports also offers you a loyalty reward program.

Until April 10, Tri Sports is offering a discount of 20% off the all of the allowable brands. You know what I mean don’t you?  Have you ever gone to a sale at a department store and everything is on sale except the designer clothes? Same thing.  Click on our Tri Sports link on this page and use code, BDAY20.

And if you are not a triathlete, but have always wanted to give it a try, Tri Sports will gladly help you get started.

Here is to a healthy you! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRI SPORTS

One Woman Show!

If you are like me, you are a “one woman show” for your business.  Which means you have to cover all the bases like advertising, web site design and promotions; along with managing and writing for  Face Book pages, Blogs, and Websites. Some days it can be over whelming but when you are on a shoe string budget, you have no choice.  And because promoting on the internet is ever-changing; i.e. Google, I have to stay up to date on what is happening.   

I received an email about a webinar which I will be attending and thought I should pass the information to those of you, one man and one woman shows out there.

Here is the email…

Hi Joni,

Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) is fundamentally changing the way in which site owners deliver experiences on mobile and the landscape of mobile SEO. If you’re a site owner, marketer, developer, or SEO expert, join us for a must see webinar presented by Yoast SEO’s Joost de Valk and WP Engine’s David Vogelpohl.

The AMP landscape is drastically changing, so don’t miss this opportunity to get the inside scoop and stay ahead of the curve as you think about your future SEO and mobile strategy.

You’ll learn:

  • What is AMP and why it matters
  • The controversy behind AMP
  • Considerations for implementing AMP in WordPress
  • Details on deploying AMP in your WordPress environments

Webinar details:

  • When: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 at 1:00 pm CDT (2:00 pm EDT/11:00 am PDT / 18:00 UTC/GMT)
  • Who: Site owners, Marketers, SEOs, Developers
  • Experience level: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Duration: 1 hour (includes Q&A)

There it is one more thing I need to learn and learn well to keep my websites, blogs, and Facebook pages current in the promotion game of the internet.

Here is the link to sign up.  I always set the alarm on my phone to remind me of important webinars. Hope you will join me!

AMP for WordPress – WP Engine Webinar with Yoast SEO

My Matcha Arrived!

UPS delivered my Matcha tea today from Art of Tea.  You can find their link on this page.  I am thrilled to start this journey of hopefully better health.  And I will document for you along the way.

For those of you who do not know, I have an auto immune disease called Wegener’s Granulomatosis or GPA.  It creates other inflammatory diseases to kill off the body.  So, I have GPA, Lupus, Chronic Acute Asthma, Chronic Acute Upper Respiratory Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and Osteoarthritis in my feet, ankles, wrist and hands.  To look at me you would never know unless it is a wheezy day, or you further inspect my nose which is one of my rib bones.

My nose is like a vacant lot, I have nothing left resembling the anatomy of a normal nose.  As-a-matter-of-fact, they want to put a “button” inside to help me breath better. Which is the closing up of the huge crater left in your nose, when everything is gone. Another surgery, yuk!

When first diagnosed, the only traditional medicine I would endure was large doses of steroids.  Try 60 mg a day for months. I had to stop the steroids because angry crazy is not the way I want to live.  As for the chemo drugs…no way! I do not believe in killing the whole body to heal it.  And guess what? I have been doing immune therapy ten years prior to the medical community grasping this new treatment. Funny, Chinese medicine has been doing it for thousands of years. They believe you heal the body by making it strong to fight for itself!

So my friends, I use Eastern medicine, Western medicine, and Homeopathy to keep the disease in what is considered remission.  When I first was diagnosed with Wegeners, I had a tumor growing behind my left eye.  Chemo? Radiation? NO! Cassie’s tea.  A tea used by a nurse starting in the 1920s for her cancer patients. The recipe was given to her by the Native American Indians in her region. (Google Rene Cassie, and Essaic Tea for more information.)

Within 6 weeks the tumor was gone.  My surgeon even wrote down the tea because he was amazed at the results.  And any time I am out of remission, I go back to the Cassie’s tea.  In the mean time I work on getting my body as healthy as possible.

Do not think this stage of healthy was a snap of the finger’s results.  Years and surgeries passed before I was even diagnosed properly.  Once the Cassie’s tea worked for remission, then it took years to find what would actually help build my immune system.   Finding doctors who would stand by what I was doing was difficult.  And not poisoning myself along the way was a strong consideration in every thing I did.  I am still on the journey, because your body changes with age, and our environment changes over the years.

Mixing Western, Eastern, and Homeopathic methods is not something to do without a physician’s supervision or a pharmacist. Always seek professional input and try any thing slowly, in small quantities.  Because in case you did not know, some vitamins that you take to boost your immune system end up in your urine.  Your body knows what it needs and how much, and will vacate the rest.  This is also a waste of your money, because you are literally peeing it away.

When I read about Matcha, I was impressed with the results.  Also, years ago I read a homeopathic physician’s article concerning keeping a green environment in the body.  Because he believed cancer could not grow in a green environment. And since Wegeners and cancer are all about inflammation; inflammation control is my main focus.  Matcha, also has proven results of inflammation control.

Teas have long been a part of Asian and European cultures.  Some are ceremonial, some are for enjoyment and others are specifically for health benefits.  I mean our American forefathers turned Boston harbor into one of the biggest tea parties known.  Tea is an important part of human life and living. In the south if you don’t serve and/or drink sweet tea well you will get a “bless your heart” statement.  Meaning poor, uneducated you or yep that is a Yankee’s pitiful way.

I am just beginning to realize how vital tea can be concerning health and culture. None the less, tea can be an important part of everyone’s life.  Maybe even life changing for some of us!

Please join me on this journey as I document my own personal results!

God Bless You!

God Bless America!

 

Charity PanHandlers (A Phone Call Away)

My family and myself had a Sunday reminiscent of Sunday’s past.  We went to church, had a lunchtime supper, and came home to rest.  Not to mow the yard or other chores waiting for us, we just wanted to rest.  So, my husband and myself decided we should take a nap.

Around 30 minutes into the nap, our house phone rang.  I jumped up quickly to answer the phone and not disturb my husband. The authoritative male voice (on the other side) told me he represented a law enforcement charity and wanted to know if I would help the officers and their families out.  I politely explained to him that I would have to research his charity to find out how much of the donations actually went to officers and their families, before I could give him my decision.

He readily gave me the information of 10 % of all donations went to officers and their families. I shook my head and asked him didn’t he think that was not much money and was it because they had large salaries being paid to those head of the charity.  Maybe next time I would want to give, was his response.  End of conversation.

So many people are proud to say they run a non-profit or charity, because it is the new career where you can earn big bucks!  Just like the highway panhandlers, who do it because they make $500 to $700 dollars a day by only looking ragged and holding their hand out.  I understand some of these panhandlers do this because they mentally or physically can not hold down a job.  And they have my empathy and money. But the rest of these scam artists and scam charities make my blood boil!

The next thing  I did was to pull my American Heritage Dictionary out and look up the word charity.

3.  An institution, organization, or fund established to help the needy.

I don’t see the words to help yourself to the money listed or pay yourself a salary from the charity either!  Maybe if a looked up selfish or charity selfish, I might find those instructions listed.

Charity from the Christian perspective means love.  Jesus did address the type of charity, where you take care of the needy in Matthew 25:34-36, 40.

“Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me . . . I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me”

So whatever action a charity takes concerning the division of funds, they also do it against Jesus Christ.  While a charity CEO makes $100,000, $150,000, or even $ 250,000 a year; the trickle down of the donation may result in Jesus Christ receiving a nickel or even a penny.  They are giving Jesus Christ, the one who saved them from death,  a penny.  Jesus Christ, who gives life everlasting, mercy, grace, and love to each person equally.  These upper class panhandlers, pull a paltry penny from their pockets for their Savior.

Do you see it from my perspective?  The next time you are asked to give to a charity, find out how much goes to salaries and how much goes to the people/Jesus.  You may even find out these charities have been reported for not dispersing the funds.

You can go to http://www.charitynavigator.org and find out the best charities and the scammer charities.

God Bless You!

God Bless America!

HAPPY 25th ANNIVERSARY DISNEY LAND PARIS!

I love the travel page on my site One Retail Therapy (oneretailtherapy.com)! We have some of the best travel companies with amazing offers, on the internet! If you are single and don’t want to do bars and dating sites, we have a travel company just for singles. Some of the companies are specific to one area like Disney World, Orlando, or even Israel.

There is one company which has adventures going on around the world almost 24/7. The company is called ISANGO. They keep me updated with what is trending in the world of travel each week.  And that is how I found out Disneyland Paris is having its’ 25th Anniversary.  Wow, if Walt Disney could see his dream now!

You know I read somewhere, Walt bankrupted 7 times and he would not sell his mouse design.  Even when his future outlook was pretty bleak. I guess you know which design I am talking about. Yep, Mickey Mouse himself.

When I think about Walt Disney, I think about a dreamer and his perseverance. To all of us dreamers, he is an inspiration in never giving up on a dream! I wonder if Walt envisioned his company becoming the mega media outlet it is today?  Maybe that is why I love Disney World so much, because it is full of magic and dreams which just keep on blossoming.  Dreams that were and are achieved.

I believe God gives us dreams and buries them within our hearts.  Some people live out their dreams as teachers, doctors, pastors, and artists.  While others forget their dreams and buy into the world’s declared dreams they should do instead.  And don’t fool yourself into thinking that if a dream is from God, it will be achieved over night.  Sometimes God gives us dreams to teach us things like perseverance, patience, kindness, and respect along the way.

What is your dream?  Maybe a trip to Disneyland Paris for their 25th anniversary? Or maybe a life changing adventure to a third world country to assist them with their every day difficulties and share your knowledge with them.

Whatever your dream is, keep pursuing it! Maybe you will be the next Walt Disney, Mother Teresa, or Steve Jobs.

God Bless You!