family

February 2018

February is a short month, but it’s the month where for one day a year you’re supposed to show whoever you are in a relationship with that you love them. I haven’t really celebrated Valentine’s Day since I’ve grown up. Between my husband and I it’s not really that important. When we first started dating there were valentines and flowers. The more time we spent together, we realized that the money we spend on something that is just going to die or that we’re going to throw away is just plain stupid. Now we just look at cards in the store, pick out one for the other and we read them and put them back. LOL.

So what am I getting at?

This month I’m going to try to make sure that I let me husband know that I appreciate him each and every day, and not just one day a year. I want him to know that I’m thinking about him when he’s gone and that I love him.

What are you Valentine’s traditions? Do you celebrate? Do you not? Would love to hear how you spend the day.

Advertisements
General

My Go To Fashion

Anyone that knows me knows the I’m far from a fashion icon. I love looking at all the new trends, but I can’t stand the cost and the fuss. I’d rather spend my time and energy on something else. Anything else.

On any given day I can be found hanging out in PJ pants and a comfy shirt, one of my long skirts, a comfy dress, or leggings and a comfy shirt. Do you see a pattern here?

If it’s not comfortable, it’s not happening.

Since I don’t work outside of the home, there is absolutely no reason for me to get dressed up and be super grouchy all day long for reasons like my pants are too tight, my shirt is itchy, et cetera. There have been times in the past where I have stopped at a store while either on our way, during, or on the way home from an event that required dressing up and purchased something more comfortable to wear. Not ashamed and will probably do it again to be honest.

The shirt above I got at Goodwill for $1.50 a couple days ago and quite frankly I’ll probably wear it so much that my husband will either hide it or beg for something else. Kind of like I did with a pair of his favorite pants when we first met over a decade ago. He really, really loved those pants.

Outside of yoga pants and comfy t-shirts I tend to wear long skirts and tank-tops and flip-flops year round. It’s currently cold in Arizona – colder than usual – so I will throw on a pair of cute boots (kid of like Ugs) or my Nike’s and call it a day.

What are your go to fashion items? Are you someone who likes to dress up all the time or are you like me and could care less what you have on?

Whatever your style, I know that you are rocking it.

Stay Saucy,

Sayre

Health

Using A Pedometer To Get Your Walking In

Setting aside some time to go for a 45 minute walk isn’t always easy. We all live busy lives and between family and work, fitting in a workout isn’t always possible. What if I told you that you didn’t have to dedicate a set block of time for your walking workouts? What if you could get the same health benefits by working in a little more activity here and there throughout your day? And what if there was a fun little gadget that helped you keep track of it and motivated you to move more?

There is, and it’s called a pedometer. You can pick up an inexpensive model at your local super store or order it from Amazon. Or you can go with something a little fancier like a Fitbit or Apple Watch (which is what I use) for example. But before you head out to spend any money, check your smart phone. Many models have a pedometer built in. All you need to do is download a free app and you’re good to go.

The pedometer will track how many steps you take on any given day. It will also track how many minutes you’ve spent being active and how many miles you’ve walked. In other words, it keeps track of how much exercise you get during your day. And the good news is that it doesn’t matter if you head out after work for a 45 minute walk, or if you work out in little spurts here and there throughout the day. Maybe you start your day by parking a little further away from the office and walking a couple of hundred extra steps. Then you take a quick stroll during your lunch break. You wrap up your day by walking around the park while your kids play. And just like that you’ve gotten your exercise in without having to block out any additional time.

Give it a try. Put on a pedometer, or start tracking with that phone you’re always carrying around anyway and see how much you’re walking around any given day. From there, try to get a little more active as time goes by until you hit your stepping goal. For most of us 10,000 steps per day is a good long term goal, but if you’re feeling more ambitious than that, go for it.

Keeping track of your steps is very motivating. Looking at your pedometer and realizing you’re 2,000 steps away from your daily goal may be just the motivation you need to head out for that after dinner stroll. For those that choose to use an Apple Watch, the cool activity achievements and notifications will make you smile when you get them and keep you motivated to go further.

holidays

New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again… time to come up with those resolutions and swear that you are going to stick to them this year.

So here are the ones that I plan on starting January 1, 2018.
• Write every day
• Stay on top of laundry
• Baby steps towards minimalism
• Drink more water
• Drink less soda

That’s it folks. Nothing spectacular about losing weight or striking it rich. Just the basics. Something that I can stick to and make sure it’s attainable.

Marketing

Customer Referral

According to current marketing wisdom, one unhappy customer will tell 7 other people about their bad experience with a product or business. A happy customer will only tell 1 other person about their great experience. How can you beat these odds to get more of your satisfied customers to spread the word about your products and services?

The first way is to produce excellent content in a range of formats useful to the prospects in your niche, including:

  • Articles
  • Special reports on hot topics in your niche
  • Videos on YouTube
  • Images/infographics
  • Webinars
  • PowerPoint presentations on Slideshare (now owned by LinkedIn)
  • Emails in your email marketing platform and autoresponder
  • E-courses
  • And more.

Use share buttons for all of these types of content. Many blogs have plugins that allow visitors to share the content at your site on many of the main social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Tumblr. Publish original content on the networks that your followers can also share easily.

To go viral means to spread rapidly from person to person in your niche. We might also term it creating buzz about your products and service. Launch new products regularly can create buzz. Be willing to give away free review copies in exchange for testimonials to pass the word along about how good your products are.

A free webinar or workshop with Questions and Answers (Q & A) can also create buzz if you have a good reputation in your niche that would make people eager to attend so they can interact with you.

Emails can be forwarded easily to friends and family. E-courses are even better for viral marketing purposes if they are on an interesting niche topic. Similarly, special reports designed to get more email sign ups have a high potential of going viral.

YouTube is not just for entertainment. It is one of the largest search engines on the Internet as well. Don’t want to appear in front of the camera? Transform your best PowerPoint presentations into video and upload them in your YouTube account.

Create an affiliate program for your loyal customers so they can earn income by referring your products and services. Form JV partnerships with those in your niche who are not direct competitors so you can all help each other with your viral marketing. Give them a chance to try your product so they will feel happy to use it and recommend it to others. Craft such attractive offers that any customer would be delighted with it and be glad to tell others about the terrific bargain they got.

In reference to your social networks, publish unique content as well in your accounts and within groups you have joined or created yourself, such as Facebook groups. Your connections can share it with all their followers with just a click.

Finally…

Just ask! You would be amazed at how many marketers, even top ones, forget to include a call to action that suggests if the reader liked the content or found it useful, they should feel free to share it with others.

travel

Grand Adventure

If I could take off on a grand adventure I would love to be a travel writer. Spending my days and nights exploring different places around the world and then doing what I love to do; writing about them. Being able to pack up the car and head out to destination unknown would be the greatest. Showing up at the airport with just my laptop, service dog, husband, and a dream.

The first place I would love to travel to is Italy. I would love to write about San Giuseppe Visuviano. My husbands family is from there. I could showcase the town and those who have made it so amazing. The homes, the landscape, the wonderful people. The church.

The church is amazing from the outside. I would love to see the inside. Even though I’m not religious, I would love to be able to attend a mass there with my husband. His religion means a lot and it would mean the world to him to be able to attend a mass in the town his family is from.

I’d also like to spend some time traveling around Australia. I’ve been longing to go back since I spent a month there in high school. That month was amazing! People always ask about what I would relive from high school. That is it. The people I met during that time of my life were absolutely amazing! It’s a slower pace than what I deal with here day in and day out. Slower would be so welcome. Just taking each day as it comes and not stressing about what is going on.

My goal when it comes to a timeline for this grand adventure is loose. We still have kids at home, so I’m thinking when the hubs retires. Hey at least I have time to hone my writing skills. 😉

#StaySaucy and remember #LeggingsArePants