Tuesday, April 28, 2015

What's New at Life After 5

I love to stay connected through my blog and through social media. As I grow this little project of mine I have been adding a lot more to the pages and have made a few executive decisions on important aspects of my site. 

So what's new?

Social Media 
-I have a Pinterest page and a new board for collaboration. Email me if you would like to join.  

-I have a YouTube channel and am still working on my first video. 

-I have updated my LinkedIn (and would love to connect with you!). Button is being installed today!
-I will be switching how often I post, only posting once or twice a week. In return I am hoping to post longer and higher quality posts. 

- I will be switching over to Square Space. It is taking me a bit of time to get the hang of setting it up, but I like the look of the posts and layout. 

- I will not be offering sponsorship and the author sidebar. I don't like the overall feeling of cluttering my sidebar. I will still be taking on guest posts and welcome anyone who would like to contribute to Life After 5. You will get your own special signature at the end of each post rather than, a sidebar button. 

- I will be offering a button swap page instead of the side bars! I still want to support other bloggers of all types, so if you would like to be featured on the page, or just want to swap buttons, shoot me an email. (For those who have already sent stuff through Passionfruit, I will be reaching out.) 

- My very own Domain. With SquareSpace, I will be getting my very own URL.

It will all be a slow transition over, but I know that it will only make Life After 5 a better, prettier little blog.

Now, on to another cup of coffee!

What would you like to see come out of this blog?  

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Irish Coffee Milkshakes

I am all about milkshakes, minus the whip cream, and what better way to make one then by adding a little booze to it? I am particular to Baileys and Kahlua myself, because they are the best and they work well with coffee. And I love coffee.  

1-2 scoops of Vanilla 
1-2 Scoops of Coffee (I used Ben & Jerry's because it had Heath Candy in it.)
1/4 cup Bailey's 
1/4 cup Kahlua 

Now if you want to cut down the alcohol, then subtract some of the booze and add milk or some iced coffee. I'll be honest, this one is pretty strong. *Takes Drink* Yep pretty strong. 

How to make: 
Add all ingredients to blender, take picture, blend, and pour. I added a bit more ice cream after the initial blend because it was a little runny for me. So blend and add as you please. 

I mean with a drink this simple, this is going to make week nights the easiest!

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Monday, April 6, 2015

How I Get Over Stress!

I will be the first to tell you that I have some stress filled days! They typically start with an M and are hated by everyone. But it has taken me quite a while to figure out how to deal with stress. Normally I would let it boil and then every once in a while it broke me down. On rare occasion I will still do that, but I have found some ways to calm myself down when I am worked up. 

Walk away. 
Sounds far too simple right? But walking away can actually be harder when you are worked up about something. You need to do it though! Take a minute to stop and go get a drink or take a walk. Either way, getting a moments break away will help you to stop and reevaluate what's going on. 

Take a nap.
I mean when doesn't a nap fix something? Even a really crappy nap can be effective, because you are not focusing on the stress, more like how much you want to go back to bed. So shut out the lights, grab a pillow, spray some Bath and Body Works lavender pillow spray, and zonk out for a nap. 
Work on something else. 
I find that if I can't figure something out, I will get to a stopping point and work on something I know I can do. Once I am done, I go back to my original project. If I don't do this then it consumes my entire day and I get nothing but that done. Sometimes it also helps get those light bulb moments to click. 

Ask someone for help or for their opinion.
Sometimes you just need a helping hand, and there is no shame in that! I like to ask my boss for help or go to a friend. It all depends on the situation. But sometimes you just need to talk it out with someone because two minds are always greater than one. 
Make a F*ck It playlist and jam out! 
If you ever catch me in my cubical or house dancing around, more than likely it's because I am trying to take myself out of a stressful situation. I just act goofy and have a mini dance party to some Nsync or Saving Ferris. It's like putting yourself in an instant happy mood. 

What do you do to get over stress? 

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