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Spooky! 

It’s another Friday the 13th!  Crank up the rock music and horror movies tonight or tapas and chilled wine – whatever works best for you.  🍷 

I’m just glad the weather has been nice!  Stay sweet! ✌️ 



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Topical Tuesdays – You Are A Brand

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Whether we like it or not, in our modern digital age, we are individual brands.  Many companies monitor our online and real life lives in order to market even more specifically and appeal to our likes, and also our dislikes.  You may not appreciate it or like it, may feel it infringes on your rights, but you can get ahead of this curve.  Most social media platforms offer a form of privacy, and you can do the ultimate in privacy and simply not post anything.  We see countless news articles of people losing their jobs, or can’t find a job due to their opinions expressed over social media.  Also, we see big names in the media losing money, fame,  and power due to their negative opinions; whether sexist, racist, or homophobic.

We can post our resume and network connections online, we can share family photos, share personal information, but have to remember the over-sharing can either make or break your chances at advancement.  A lot of employers have added a Facebook clause to their employee contracts, meaning you are giving them the right to monitor and use whatever you do and say against you.  It makes you wonder if you can even have a private life anymore along with a professional life?

Absolutely!

Learn to keep your life private.  Take time to learn about privacy measures on each social network.  Stop tagging yourself, especially tagging your locations, utilize common sense – it’s a lot easier than we realize.  For any online daters out there, stop putting your kids pictures on your profiles too.  It’s just creepy.  The more steps we take in taking control of our online presence enhances our private lives.  Utilize having a professional email for work and other professional correspondence, have a personal email for family and friends, and a junk email for all those giveaways or stores that ask to send you endless bulk email.  There are plenty of email servers that can link these emails together so you only have to check one inbox.

Isn’t technology amazing?

Start taking the time and steps to get your life back – You will be successful!

Tasty Tuesday – Sheppard’s Pie

With Spring just around the corner, I wanted to focus on a more hearty meal this week.  Sheppard’s Pie is a classic dish that is incredibly easy to throw together with items you already have in your pantry, fridge, and freezer.  It’s a layer of mashed potatoes on top of a beef mixture baked together for a very yummy meal.

Potatoes mixture:  I know everyone has a favorite way to make mashed potatoes.  Some use cream cheese, extra butter, sour cream, and so on.  This time I used red potatoes with a pack of onion mix, butter, and milk mashed together.  I have found that using instant potatoes doesn’t taste as good in a Sheppard’s Pie.  It also doesn’t bake as well either.  I have found it burns a lot faster than real potatoes.  Taste the final product before you spoon it on to the beef mixture so it’s to your liking.

Beef mixture:  I don’t eat pork, so I don’t mix it with the ground beef.  I know traditional Sheppard’s Pie uses pork and sometimes lamb as well.  If you do, make sure all the meat is cooked properly and seasoned well.  With just ground beef, I season it with salt, pepper, basil, garlic, oregano, with chopped white onions and green peppers.  It will smell amazing.  You can add mixed vegetables as well if you prefer.  My family prefers the vegetables on the side instead.

Once both parts are made, spoon the beef mixture first into a deep pan, then spread the potatoes on top.  Stick in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes uncovered.  I let it sit on the stove covered for about 10 minutes afterward before serving it.

This is a great dish for all the “meat & potato” lovers out there, and just in time for St. Patty’s Day.

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Tasty Tuesday – Mom-A-Rita’s

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This week we take a yummy adventure  into the world of drinks!  We recently passed National Margarita day and I wanted to share my favorite way to make this drink.   I know there are various mixes out there that you can grab along with a bottle of tequila, but I have found those mixes don’t keep very long, even when you store them in the fridge.

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Read Across Your Home & America

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You can and will move mountains!  Parents (or loving family members of children), please read to your kids starting at a young age, and encourage them to love reading as they grow.  Too many kids are falling behind in school and in life due to illiteracy.  

You can always start your own book swap in your family, community, or partnering with your local library.  Take charge in your children’s education!