Weight Watchers is a great program because it's not really a diet - you don't limit any specific food intake, you just watch your portions and count points. Doing Weight Watchers for FREE is even better. Free Weight Watchers saves me time (no meetings!) and cash. The old program is called Momentum, while the newer program (2014) is called PointsPlus. Pick one program and stick with it. Do not try to mix the two. If you're not sure where to start, try Weight Watchers Simple Start first. View the official Weight Watchers site for more information on their program. Be sure to PIN THIS POST to your Weight Watchers Board!   Be sure to check out the Ultimate Weight Watchers Recipes Collection - it's a FREE resource with TONS of WW recipes! Weight Watchers for FREE Weight Watchers is very basic. First, find out how many points you get. Second, calculate how many points each food is that you eat. Drink water and exercise. Easy peasy. I'm starting PointsPlus this week just to see how I do with it. Limiting and counting calories can get boring, plus I hit a plateau, so it's time to switch it up a bit. The PointsPlus program's focus is on “Power Foods”. This is basically the same as Filling Foods and the CORE Foods. Think lean proteins, fruits/veggies, healthy whole grains, healthy fats, WHOLE FOODS, not processed, etc. (Source) The biggest (and best) change for me, from Momentum to PointsPlus is: ALL Fruits & vegetables are now 0 points (except starchy vegetables and avocado)! As a vegetarian, that's a HUGE deal to me. That means I get even more food! 🙂 Below are some frequently asked questions, and all the details you'll need to get started on Weight Watchers for free! On regular Weight Watchers, you get 35 EXTRA WEEKLY points.. to use whenever, where ever! Thats right, you get an extra 35 points to spread out through the week. Use it for the business lunch you have to attend, for your birthday, anniversary, or whatever. Be sure you track these so you don't go OVER. If you're doing PointsPlus, you get 49! Activity Tracker Important Tip: Be sure to eat ALL of your points for the day! You have that many points for a reason. Make healthy food choices, get lots of exercise in, and drink your water. How do I know how many PointsPlus I get each day? Simple: Use this PointsPlus Calculator. I get 43 points (245 pounds, 6'2", 28 years old). Note: This number will go down as you lose weight, so recalculate often. How do I know how many PointsPlus a food is? Easy peasy. Use the PointsPlus Food Calculator. Important Tip: Always eat breakfast!   Good Health Guidelines The Cheat Sheet I found says a good guideline is: 5 servings of fruits & veggies 2 servings of milk products 6 glasses of "liquids" 2 tsp healthy oils 1-2 servings of lean protein 1 multivitamin a day Choose Whole Grains when possible At least 30 minutes of activity a day most days of the week Limit sugar and alcoholLimiting alcohol is easy for me (I don't drink), but sugar? Ugh. I always forget to take my multivitamin, too. If you write down the list above, stick it on your refrigerator so you will know what you should do. I also recommend 8 glasses of water, not "6 glasses of liquids".Important Tip: Drink at LEAST 8 glasses of water each day.   How do I calculate PointsPlus on the go? There's an app for that! Just search "Points Calculator" or "Weight Watchers" in iTunes. The newer app is $.99 I believe, but totally worth it! Important Tip: Get off your butt! Exercise for 30 minutes a day. How do I keep track of it all? Get a small notebook and use it as a food journal. Write down everything you eat and drink. Important Tip: Log it all! What about Exercise? Exercise is SO important! If you don't have the time/energy/whatever to get to the gym, simply walking a few miles each day is a great start. The majority of my exercise is simply walking. Check out these must-have apps for walkers/joggers before you hit the pavement! Important Tip: Use the resources you have available to you to make sticking with the plan much easier. You can do Weight Watchers for free in the comfort of your own home, and join ME in losing weight! Helpful Resources 50 Weight Watchers Breakfast Recipes Best Weight Watchers Breakfast Recipes Ultimate Weight Watchers Recipe Guide 50 Fast Food Options -All Under 8 Points Free Guide to Weight Watchers Simple Start 14 Day Weight Watchers Meal Plan (FREE) Generic Food List (with PointsPlus values) #1 Generic Food List (with PointsPlus values) #2 Weight Watchers Restaurant Points List 50 Ways to Make Weight Watchers Work for You Be sure to check out the Ultimate Weight Watchers Recipes Collection - it's a FREE resource with TONS of WW recipes!

When I got started on Poshmark I wasn't sure what all of these terms meant. I would have been so helpful to have a list to refer to but I couldn't find one - so I made one! Add your own in the comments! Poshmark terms and what they mean Comps Comparable value. This is what you should expect to get for an item.  BOLO Be on the lookout. Hot brands that sell quick but sometimes hard to find.  OTL  Offer to likers. When someone likes an item you can send an offer of at least 10% off the listed price plus a shipping discount.  ENL - Edit, Next, List Some think that doing this instead of sharing can boost algorithms and show your item to more people.  Deathpile Items you haven’t listed. Rather, items you are procrastinating about listing.  Bins  Goodwill Outlet. The outlet is called “the bins” because all of the goods are in big blue bins that you need to sift through to find stuff. Plus side is it’s all usually sold by the pound or for very very low prices.  Love Note An optional review. Only reviews that are 5 stars show to the public.  CCO - Closet Clear Out Poshmark has some days where a closet clear out is promoted, sometimes with incentives to random sellers. You lower your listing price by at least 10% to entice buyers.  NWT New With Tags. No flaws and tags attached. EUC Excellent Used Condition. Basically the item needs to look like it did when it was brand new but tags aren't attached. GUC Good Used Condition. Maybe went through a wash or two and has no holes or other visible signs of wear. UA Urban Outfitters (brand) WHBM White House Black Market (brand) Anthro Anthropologie (brand/store) Comment below with more terms to add and any questions you may have! if you are new to Poshmark you can get a credit for shopping by using code CAROLRESELLS 😀

So you want to get started selling on Poshmark? I began selling earlier this year and haven't looked back! Not only is it fun and exciting when you sell something, but the Poshmark community is one of the most supportive around. One of the biggest reasons for this is that there is no major competition because we all have different things to sell and different experiences.  In 6 months I have sold over 200 items and have made nearly $4000 dollars by selling some of my own wardrobe as well as thrifted pieces. I have learned so much in these first 6 months that I wanted to share! You can shop my closet right here! There's so much information going around about what to do and what not to do when you are starting out as well as what to expect. Here are 6 tips for your new Poshmark venture! Get up to $10 CREDIT when you sign up! Use code CAROLRESELLS  6 Tips To Getting Started on Poshmark Expect to invest time in the beginning Building up your closet is a time-consuming process. You will need to photograph, edit, upload, look for comps (what the pieces have sold for in the past to price accordingly) describe, and list your products. Get as many as you can up at once to get that closet stocked because you won't sell it if it's not listed! You don't need fancy equipment for taking pictures All you need is your phone, a clean white wall that gets good light, and a Command Hook to hang your garments and take your pics. Take SQUARE photos of the front, back, any flaws, tags, and measurements (if possible). Measurements are armpit to armpit, shoulder to hem, and waist on most garments. I have some great apps that I use for editing my photos: STORE Camera (Free) PicTapGo ($2.99) Lightroom (Free) All of these apps are available for Android and IOS and are super easy to use! Just make sure your photos are crisp, clear, bright, and the color is as accurate as possible.  Figure out how much your item is worth This is actually easier than you think! Simply go to the app on your phone (or website on laptop/desktop) and search for the designer/brand. Then under filter choose the item type (dress, jeans, shoes, etc), color, and filter by sold items. You can dig deeper using keywords like "silk" or "wrap dress" as well as size. Don't forget to check out condition too . The sold prices are called "comps" which means comparable value. find a good median between the highest and lowest price sold and that should be good! Don't find the exact item? Look for something similar, paying special attention the the brand. Keep in mind Poshmark takes 20% of your sale for items over $15 or $2.95 for items $15 or less. Poshmark will collect funds from the buyer and hold them until the buyer accepts or 3 days has passed since the item was delivered.Then you can get your money either via direct deposit (usually next day but it depends on your bank) or via mailed check. ALSO - set your price a little higher (20%-30% above the lowest offer you will take) so that you have wiggle room with offers. Time to list Listing is really easy. I prefer to do it from my phone but desktop works too. From your phone: Click the camera icon in the bottom bar Upload your edited photos (up to 8) Choose a cover photo - the best one to show off what you are selling Filter - I prefer no filter but that's up to you. Most users will not choose a filter. Choose a descriptive title that includes the brand, color, style, and a descriptive keyword or two if you can fit it. Example: "Free People Boho Asymmetrical Cream Mini Dress" Description should be very descriptive - sleeve style, heel height, measurements if you want to include them, size, and fabric as well as any other keywords that can describe the item as this will be used in searches on both Poshmark and Google: "Cute and flirty mini dress from Free People. 100% cotton with lace edging detail at the handkerchief hem and neckline. Scoop neck and cap sleeves. Measures approximately 18" from armpit to armpit and 28" from shoulder to hem. Cream/ecru. Hippie style looks great with ankle boots! Gently worn with no obvious signs of wear. See photos."   Select size, style, color, brand, and if you know the original price. If not put $0 (you must put a price in that field). Your selling price can be a bit above what the lowest you will take (about 20%-25% higher) to make room for price drops and offers. Then click list and it's for sale! If you start a listing but can't finish it to go live you can hit "cancel" then "save draft". To access drafts later go to list and in the photo upload field you'll see a drafts option.  Sharing is important but prioritize your closet first The two keys to having success on the Poshmark app are listing and sharing. Of course within those two tasks are best practices in how to do them effectively. I outlined above the basics of listing, but now comes sharing.  Sharing your own closet is much more important than sharing other closets and you need to prioritize YOUR closet before anyone else. You should strive for about 1000 shares a day. this sounds like a lot, but it really isn't that much work. Of course this depends on the size of your closet too - try to share small closets 5-10 times a day and large closets (150 or more listings) at least twice a day. I find mid-morning and after dinner works for me.  How to share: Go to your closet.  Under each listing you will see an icon that looks like two arrows in a square. Click and a new window pops up that says "to my followers". Click that. Boom you have shared your listing! Sharing your closet is important for a few reasons. For one, it shares to everyone who follows you. But more importantly it brings your listing to the top of the search feed. So if you share a Free People Dress it will push that listing up to the top in the "Free People" category as well as the "dresses" category. Keep in mind that when you share your closet it will ONLY go to your followers once per hour no matter how many times you share but it will continually push the listing to the top of category feeds. You can also share to parties - there are several per day for specific brands or categories. Every night there is also a general category that you can share everything to. You can only share your listing once per party.  Sharing other closets is essentially a courtesy to other Poshers. It will help them a bit only if you have a larger following, but I have found it doesn't help me too much when I get shares from other closets. I will reciprocate shares when I can but I don't really stress about it. Of course it's always nice to get to know your other Poshers through their closets and sharing when you can is a great way to do this. I have found pieces I ended up purchasing because I shared other closet listings.  Keep in mind - Poshmark is set up more like a search engine and less like a social platform. While getting to know your fellow Poshers is great and very helpful, I find that doing this off of the platform in Facebook groups or Instagram hashtags is a much better way to communicate with other sellers. Get up to $10 CREDIT when you sign up! Use code CAROLRESELLS  A few other things to remember... Offer To Likers is a GREAT tool for clearing out your closet. You will need to offer at least 10% off PLUS a shipping discount. Some sellers send offers daily, some weekly, some not at all. I have done daily and weekly and personally haven't seen a major difference, so I tend to keep with a daily on items that have new likes to them (see your News feed to check those likes). Answer questions in a timely manner. Keeping the communication open will help with your sales! Don't ignore those comments, if you can't answer a question within a few hours respond with a time frame that you will be able to answer.  Don't be rude. I can't believe I have to say this but I have seen and heard horror stories about sellers being rude to buyers or comments. Just don't.  Don't stress about returns. Poshmark does not allow returns for fit but will allow a return for misrepresentation. Buyer found a flaw that you didn't disclose? They may open a case and request a return. You may respond if you disagree, but it's ultimately up to Poshmark to decide. I have always had the mentality of "be nice". Put yourself in your buyer's shoes. Most aren't trying to pull a fast one. If a buyer is rude to you keep calm and professional.  SHIPPING - I will have a whole other post on shipping but the main thing I can tell you is to ship within 2 days and protect the garment in a plastic bag. You can pretty up your packages but that's not necessary. You can get free shipping supplies from USPS. Hopefully these things will help you in your Poshmark journey, or at the very least get you started. I would love to hear your questions and what else you'd like to know o leave those comments below!  

*Out of respect for the victims there will be no names in this article.  Early November last year I got something in the mail.. A jury summons. I rolled my eyes and thought of ways to get out of it. That's the natural thing to do right? I had been called before but each time have gotten lucky and wasn't actually called in for selection or my current job didn't pay for me to be away. I figured this time would be the same.  But I was wrong. I, along with close to 300 other citizens were called in on a cold December morning, 7am, bright and early. Well, not bright - it was still dark out as I made my way from the parking structure to the courthouse.  When I got into the jury room I sat there and watched Netflix while I waited for my number to be called. One movie and 4 episodes of Friends later my number was called to head up to a court room and get interviewed. 43 other prospective jurors lined up with me. Prior to being called I filled out a quick questionnaire. I must have done something right in the court's eyes because I was immediately seated in the jurors box and didn't move for 3 days. Other jurors had excuses for not being able to stay - childcare, work, one guy even had to DJ his company Christmas party. I had nothing. My kids were taken care of, my work was done, I had the rest of the week cleared just in case I had to stay. The case was regarding a domestic assault. Actually - 8 counts of assault in first and second degree. They were all sexual in nature but I will spare the details for the sake of the parties involved and the potential trigger warnings this may give my readers. I kept an open mind as I listened to the prosecuting attorney, defense, and witnesses. I have a daughter and I wanted to hear the stories of the witnesses. But I also have a son and would never want him to be wrongfully accused in such a horrific way. I wanted to see that the judicial system was fair to both defendant and plaintiffs. But as the days went on there was more and more evidence against the defendant.  It was very obvious to see that the women that were hurt were telling the truth, that the defendant casually denied allegations and even lied under oath, a fact proven by the prosecutor. Because of that we as jurors can dismiss anything else he says whether it be on the stand or in taped interviews. And it was partially because of this - but mostly due to the testimonies of the witnesses - that he was found guilty. It ended up reminding me that most of the time a woman who is assaulted is telling the truth.  Back in January I decided to go to the sentencing on the urging of the judge after the trial. I wanted to see someone who got away with deplorable behavior for so long get what he deserved. I wanted to see the relief of the women he hurt. I wanted to know that my decision and the decision of the other 11 sitting with me was the right one. In my heart I believe it was.  The prosecuting attorney read an emotional joint statement from the victims. He responded with silence. He had no statement. He just stared straight ahead.   He was sentenced to 50 years in prison with no chance of parole. The satisfaction of finally hearing a predator get what he deserved was felt among most of the room. The anguish of his family and their new normal was also felt. But him? He didn't respond. He didn't show remorse. He sat there with no emotion before the officers brought him back to his cell. Was he in denial or resigned to the fact that his new home had concrete walls? Sex abuse has been going on for way too long and not being acknowledged. Women are assaulted daily by the men who say they love them and apologize afterward. The person who was found guilty was only prosecuted because one victim spoke up. But for every one that speaks up there are at least 5 more that stay silent.   

Los Angeles is not always an expensive city to hang around and take delight in. Some activities and places within the big city are entirely for free. These include live summer performances from very good concert artists, viewing of museums and many physical attractions. When it comes to activities, LA has all it takes to make your day memorable. Take a walk in one of Los Angeles peculiar boardwalk popularly known as Venice Ocean Front Walk. Within the ocean you will find sand sculptures, college artists, performance artist, street hustlers and bodybuilders. They is no doubt this ocean place is one of the best places in LA for people-watching. The east side of the boardwalk is graced with souvenir shops, restaurants and residences. On the other side of the boardwalk you would find people orderly lining up to get a feel of fortune tellers and very good performance artist. Off cause each one of these will have their personal agenda especially that of money hunting and making quick cash. As you stroll along the boardwalk you can come across a chainsaw juggler,  roller skaters with an electric guitar, and a fire juggling performer. This therefore becomes one of the most exciting things to do in Los Angeles. If you feel that what you have saw is not enough try surfing, swimming, basket ball, hand ball and bodybuilding. If you are taking are walk and turn to find out that you really love to watch a hand ball game being played you can easily grab a seat in the bleachers to watch the game, after all the handball courts are located right next to the board walk. You can be part of a television game show, were you play to win cash and prizes on the television. The open castings and auditions are held year round in Los Angeles for some television’s most popular game shows, therefore if you can join and be one of the contestants what you simply need to know are the procedures for the television show and carefully follow the directions to win. The best way to prepare for the auditions is to watch the show. Know how the game is played and what it takes to win. Remember most of the game show producers seek out visitors so you have a bigger chance of performing. If you simply want to be an audience on any of the game shows, they is nothing to worry about tickets are for free but must be obtained in advance. To all who are in love with nature, you can get a chance of meeting with the Tree people, a Los Angeles based non profit organization that has helped spearhead ecotourism industry in the city by planting and caring for trees whilst at the same time educating people about the importance of trees to the environment. If you love Arts and Culture then explore Los Angeles' architectural treasures which date from the late 19th century to early 20th century as well as more recent additions. Take time to view for free LA area murals, these city treasures tell stories of the cultural past, present and future, of the hopes and dreams of the city of Angels. Visitors can find many of Los Angeles murals in Metro Stations. Even without money Los Angeles can be a place to enjoy and have fun.

Imagine my excitement when I opened my email to find a message that Paramount Pictures wanted me to come to New York City to visit the set of Clifford the Big Red Dog coming to theaters November 2020.... Now think about how thrilled I was that the invitation included my husband and kids... Yes, I was jumping up and down with excitement over it! A week later we were on a plane to the Big Apple to experience something not many others can say they've done. This was the second time my family had been to New York together and the first time my twins and husband got to be on a live movie set. Clifford has been a classic in my family since the kids were babies. We loved reading about Emily Elizabeth and her adventures with her gigantic red dog Clifford. To find out that a live action film was coming is thrilling to my family.  The set that we checked out was Emily's New York apartment. I love how in movies and TV apartments in NYC are the size of my house, but in reality most are half that size. The kids were enamored with how it was all so different than how you see it on the big screen. The rooms had open ceilings for camera work, outside of the windows were fake facades of the city. Lights and equipment littered the set. The bathroom didn't have a wall! While we were there we got to watch a scene get filmed with actors Jack Whitehall and Darby Camp (Uncle Casey and Emily Elizabeth). I can't tell you what the scene was just yet but it was fun to watch and gave us a feel for the mood of the film. We also got to meet and talk with Jack & Darby as well as Isaac Wang who plays Emily's best friend Owen in the film. They were absolutely delightful but more on our chats later! We also got to speak with producer Jordan Kerner who offered a lot of great information on how the film came into production and what to expect. Stay tuned for details! All in all the set visit was like a dream. I loved how interested Dylan and Riley were in everything. Dylan had an in-depth conversation with a sound technician who explained every aspect of how sound works. Riley left asking to take acting lessons and telling me she wants to be just like Darby Camp. I know it was an experience they will never forget and when we see the movie next November they will be so excited to know that they were there. Clifford the Big Red Dog is scheduled for theaters November 13 2020 Man's best friend becomes his biggest one too as everyone's favorite 25-foot-tall pup, "Clifford the Big Red Dog," comes to the big screen in an all-new, live-action/animated comedy-adventure. Scholastic Media’s Deborah Forte will produce the film that is based on Scholastic’s best-selling book series by Norman Bridwell that has entertained families for generations.

Because I love my Instant Pot so much, I am always looking for some great recipes that go beyond the usual chicken or boiled eggs. This easy Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake is no exception.  The flavor of pineapples, cherries, and buttery cake topped with vanilla ice cream is so refreshing and delicious. It's light, super tropical, and you can make it any time of the year - not just for summer months. I like making this on cold winter evenings and serving warm, it just brings me back to laying on the beach and relaxing on a tropical shore... Try it for yourself and see what I mean! Instant Pot Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake Ingredients 1 box butter cake mix 1/2 can cherry pie filling 1/2 can of crushed pineapple 3 tbsp butter 1/2 up toasted coconut Vanilla Ice cream Maraschino cherries 2 cups of water for steaming Directions In a large bowl combine your cherry pie filling, pineapples and stir to combine. Melt your butter and add it to your fruit bowl along with your butter cake mix. Stir until combined. Pour your cake mixture into your baking dish and cover with foil. Pour 2 cups of water into your Instant Pot and lower your cake mix filled dish on to a trivet. Put lid on, close steam valve. Set your Instant Pot to: manual, high pressure, for 25 minutes. Do a natural release. Let stand for 5-10 minutes so it can firm up. Serve topped with ice cream, toasted coconut, and cherries Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake 1 box butter yellow cake mix<br />1/2 can cherry pie filling1/2 can crushed pineapple3 tbsp butter (melted)1/2 cup toasted coconut<br />Vanilla Ice creamMaraschino cherries In a large bowl combine your cherry pie filling, pineapples and stir to combineAdd melted butter it to your fruit bowl along with your butter cake mix.Stir until combined.Pour your cake mixture into your baking dish and cover with foil.Pour 2 cups of water into your Instant Pot and lower your cake mix filled dish on to a trivet.Put lid on, close steam valve.Set your Instant Pot to: manual, high pressure, for 25 minutes.Do a natural release.Let stand for 5-10 minutes so it can firm up.Serve topped with ice cream, toasted coconut, and cherries.    

When you have a baby, sleep becomes a luxury. The 8 to 10 hours you used to enjoy when the baby was not born now they have turned into a measly 3 or 4 hours every night or even none at all. As a new parent, what you ought to know is that this is a rite of passage. During this time, your family members, friends, neighbors and your pediatrician will line up to offer sympathetic advice meant to help your baby sleep. They will probably tell you that it’s normal for baby girls to cry more than baby boys but is this really true? As a parent, it is important to know the baby sleep myths. Here are the popular baby sleep myths every parent should know. Myth #1: Tip toeing around the nursery New parents are cautioned against chatting loudly on the phone or with a family member when sitting or standing close to the baby’s nursery. The reason for this myth is that the baby will be woken up by the background noise. What you ought to know is that babies are actually soothed by a little background noise especially if it’s originating from the parents. You may be wondering how a baby is able to differentiate her parents' voices from that of strangers. Well, when the baby is in the uterus, he or she does become accustomed to his or her parents' voice. It is quite common to find modern parents singing or reading to the baby while he or she is still in the womb.   You may also like: Things To Do Before Your Baby is Born Myth #2: No need to create a nap schedule for your infant At the hospital, you had nurses attending to you. They would bring your baby by your bedside where you had the chance to breastfeed him or her before the baby was whisked back to the nursery. Now that you are home, your hands are full with responsibilities. Sleep is a luxury once you are a new parent. You get to sleep when the baby is asleep and you are awake when he or she is awake. It is a popular myth among certain parents that one should not create a sleep schedule for the baby. What you ought to know is that it’s never too early to do so. Babies do benefit from consistency and scheduling especially during nap and night times. How? It cuts down on crying and crankiness. In addition, it helps to create groundwork for your child when he or she is older. Myth #3: Addition of rice cereal in the baby’s feeding bottles promotes better sleep A vast majority of new parents will probably be surprised by this but yes, this myth is out there. You might come across certain parents who will advise you to add a bit of rice cereal into your baby’s bedtime bottle. There are pediatricians who subscribe to this myth too. The problem is research has shown no evidence that this method works. In addition, many people who subscribe to this myth are yet to explain at what age the baby is supposed to be fed the rice. As you already know, feeding your baby especially one aged 4 months and below with solid food like rice is not safe. This is because his or her gastrointestinal system is not mature. In addition, the cereal may result in food allergies or discomfort. To avoid this, stick to the old bed time bottle. Myth #4: Place the baby in bed once he or she falls asleep As a new parent, it is important to know that there is no right or wrong way for putting your baby to sleep. Despite this, it is quite common to find parents being overly sensitive to every baby arousal. Today, parents can use baby monitors to listen to every whimper or fuss made by the baby. Did you know that the biggest source of sleep problems for babies is overly sensitive and overly attentive parents? When a baby attains 4 months of age and more, parents should allow the baby to learn self soothing techniques. For instance, if the baby cries but the diaper is not wet and he or she is not uncomfortable, as a parent, you need to be assured that the baby is ok. Just make a quick check and leave the room. When your baby is not experiencing any discomfort and the diaper is not wet, he or she will fall asleep within no time. You don’t have to rock the baby at night as this makes it difficult for the baby to learn how to sleep on its own. Myth #5 Keeping your baby up late into the night prevents him from waking up early every morning As an adult, staying up late into the night while binge watching your favorite TV show or movie will leave you fatigued once morning comes. As a result, you will end up sleeping at the office or at home if you are running a home online business. If you take a cup of Joe, the caffeine will give you an energy boost and keep you awake for most of the day. For babies, it’s quite different. Keeping your baby up late into the night will make him or her tired. If your baby is tired, he or she will be wired which means, it will be difficult for the baby to sleep. If he or she wakes up early, it will also be difficult for him or her to sleep. Want your baby to sleep until late in the morning? Put the baby to sleep 30 minutes early. As a new parent, it is important to ensure that your baby sleeps on his or her back. This is vital for babies aged less than 1 year. Avoid placing your baby on her tummy or side. Doing so may result in the baby rolling onto her belly. This was found to be a major cause of SIDs. Thanks to the above recommendation provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the rate of SIDS has fallen by more than 60%.

Getting back into shape is no walk in the park. While it’s something many of us want to do, it’s not always as easy to get started.  Luckily, by making some small, but important changes to your lifestyle you could lay the foundations for a healthier body and improved well being.  From nutrition to fitness, we’ve chosen these five tips because they’re easy to add into your day-to-day and should help you to get back into shape more quickly and easily.  Try implementing these simple changes for around a month and you should see an amazing difference in your body and overall health and well being.      Eat more protein   One of the little-known secrets of getting back in shape is eating more protein. It’s not just for the dudes out there bodybuilding either. A higher protein diet has been shown to help you recover more quickly from a workout, drop fat and promote a leaner body composition [1].  Simply by adding more lean meat to your daily menu, and maybe throwing in a protein shake as a snack, you can improve the results of your workouts and promote weight loss too.    Swap out cardio for HIIT   Despite traditional knowledge, endurance-based cardio is not the best option for fat loss. Instead, HIIT training could be the key to getting back in shape.  Short, sharp training sessions at a high intensity has shown to boost calorie burn for up to 24 hours after you’ve finished training, and target fat specifically.  In fact, 20 minutes of high intensity interval training burns the equivalent of 40 minutes of consistent cycling [2]. It’s also been shown to burn 25-30% more calories than running on a treadmill, cycling or resistance training for the same amount of time [3].  Many people also prefer HIIT because it doesn’t take up as much time as endurance training, but it’s incredibly effective for both weight loss and your fitness levels.    Add two veg to lunch and dinner   Getting back into shape is all about feeling good in your own skin, and one of the best ways to kick start that incredible feeling is to nourish your body with vitamins and minerals.  So many women think that eating less is important, and while being in a calorie deficit is the key to weight loss, a varied diet is fundamental to a healthy body and mind. By adding two different portions of veg to your lunch and evening meal, you can boost your vitamin and mineral intake and give your overall health and well being a lift.   Lift heavy things   One of the best things you can do for your body is lifting weights. By building up a little strength and developing muscle you can expect fat reduction, a more toned body, mental health benefits, increased athleticism and even a stronger skeleton.  Think about swapping out those long cardio sessions for a little weight training to experience all of these health-boosting benefits.  Start off light and speak to a personal trainer about perfecting your technique. Once you have that locked down, make sure you work plenty of compound movements like squats, deadlifts and bench presses into your training. These use more muscles, burn more calories and promote a more balanced physique.    Take control of cravings   You may have the best intentions in the world, but as women, often our hormones can get the better of us and cravings can become impossible to resist. Luckily, you don’t have to deal with this alone!  There are a few things you can do to keep cravings at bay.  The first is to eat more protein. We mentioned it above, but it can also improve satiety – which basically means fullness. By regularly snacking on high protein foods throughout the day you can keep hunger at bay, which reduces the likelihood of giving in to temptation. Our second tip is to plan your snacks. If you know you get hungry between meals, having a healthy snack on hand is so important to make sure you stick to your diet.  The final tip is to check out an appetite suppressant called glucomannan. This is a natural root fiber taken from the konjac tree, which expands slightly when it enters your stomach. This makes you feel fuller and, since it’s such a complex carbohydrate, you don’t absorb it or any of the calories that come with it.  Glucomannan is so effective it’s used in a huge selection of premium weight management aids. For example, if you look at this full Hourglass fat burner review, you can see how it plays a crucial role in helping women stay on track with their diets.  By making these small changes to your lifestyle, along with just generally eating well and moving more, you’ll find it so much easier to get back in shape. Give them a try for at least and month to see how much your progress improves.  

Skis all packed? Sun block, warm clothing, and long underwear all inside your suitcase? Good, good. Of course that only applies if you're visiting Lake Tahoe in the winter months. Believe it or not, you can also visit during the summer and spring months. Gasp, you didn't know that? Well then, prepare yourself for some excitement. A little backstory about my love of Tahoe.. My husband and I were married there 20 years ago! We had an unconventionally snowy April wedding overlooking the lake on the North Shore. It was magic and I highly recommend Lake Tahoe as a destination for your nuptials.  If you're visiting North Lake Tahoe, and you communing with nature then you have to add the Tahoe National Forest to your list of things to see and do. This is one of the largest National Forests in the country, and summits range in elevation from 1,500 feet to well over 9,000 feet. The Park also offers campgrounds, hiking trails, backpacking, white water rafting, horseback riding and that's just during the summer! During the winter you can take advantage of their cross country skiing, alpine skiing and alpine snowboarding. This is definitely for those with more talent, so if you can barely tie your shoe without tipping over, leave the alpine experiences for someone else. The last thing we want is to have you disappear in the middle of the backcountry...unless of course you really need a few extra fays off work. Love golf? Then prepare to love North Lake Tahoe. There are ten different golf courses located in the area, and most have their own website. Here you can reserve a tee time to guarantee yourself some play time, or simply get a feel for what they offer. These courses range from full service 18 hole courses, to smaller putting greens. Work on your skills while working on your tan. Beaches are another great attraction for nature lovers. The beaches here can be as calm and relaxing as you want, or as wild and crazy as you want. Hey, there is a reason why spring breaking college students are starting to head here every year. Some beaches offer live concerts and other entertainment, while others are perfect for family friendly trips. There are also a few beaches in the area where you can try rock climbing for more of an adventure, and those quiet beaches perfect for a sunset stroll with your sweetie. Bike tours are another way you can add a little nature into your Tahoe trip. Some may prefer a guided tour of the area with a trained local, while others may want to go out exploring on their own. There are also hiking trails, camping, and fishing to maximize your nature filled vacation. Plus don't forget that you can go swimming, parasailing, and even boating on the lake. All of that in North Lake Tahoe! What are you waiting for?

I absolutely LOVE rice bowls. They are so flavorful and super healthy as an added bonus. Plus with an Instant Pot they are super easy to make! When I was a teenager I used to frequent this really good Thai spot near my high school. They had the best rice bowls... My best friend Michelle and I used to head over there during our lunch break (which at that time was open campus) and sit and talk about life... We'd make plans for the weekend, chat about our favorite shows, and enjoy life over some Thai chicken and rice.  This recipe reminds me so much of those good times. Times when things were simpler. Before social media, before assuming a text meant something, before there was even such a thing as text messages...  Then it was just some chicken and rice with good conversation and laughter. I'm bringing those moments to the present with my Instant Pot Thai Chicken Rice Bowls. Instant Pot Thai Chicken Rice Bowls Ingredients 2 Tbsp. olive oil 4 chicken breasts cut in half to be thin  1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice 2 cups chicken broth 1/2 cup sweet chili Thai sauce 3 Tbsp. soy sauce 1/2 Tbsp. fish sauce 1 Tbsp. ginger minced 1 Tbsp. garlic minced 1 lime juiced 1 tsp. Sriracha Cilantro garnish Shredded carrots garnish Peanuts garnish Instant Pot Thai Chicken Rice Bowls 2 tbsp olive oil4 chicken breasts cut in half to be thin 1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice2 cups chicken broth1/2 cup sweet chili Thai sauce3 tbsp soy sauce1/2 tbsp fish sauce1 tbsp ginger (minced)1 tbsp garlic (minced)1 lime (juiced)1 tsp srirachacilantro (garnish)carrots (shredded garnish)peanuts (garnish) Select the saute setting on your instant pot and add the olive oil. Sear the chicken breasts for 2-3 minutes.Place to the side. In a bowl add the sweet chili Thai sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, ginger, garlic, lime juice, Sriracha, and stir to combine.Place the rice in your Instant Pot and add the chicken on top of the rice.Pour sauce over the top.Add the broth into the pot and secure the lid.Select the manual pressure setting on HIGH and set the timer to 10 minutes.Once it is cooked allow it to natural release.Remove the chicken and shred it with two forks.Place the chicken back in the pot and stir to combine with the rice.Garnish with cilantro, shredded carrots, and peanuts. 

Astoria is a quaint little Oregon city boasting historical significance and being a great place for visitors to stop by and explore. The city of nearly 10,000 is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies and concluding point of the Lewis and Clark Trail. Located near the mouth of the mighty Columbia River, Astoria was a major deep water port for over 100 years with commercial shipping and fishing/canning as major industries. Railroads, trucking and air transport diminished the business of shipping by water. Fishing was reduced and canneries closed. Astoria faced some down years until reinventing itself as a tourist destination. The rich history, Victorian homes, Astoria Column and spruced up riverfront have pushed tourism to number one local industry. Today, Astoria is a stop for cruise ships heading toward Alaska, recreational and resort area and commands an excellent coast position. The Clatsop County seat is situated on Highway 101 along the Pacific Coast. Portland is almost 100 miles away with US 26 connecting the 101 and I-5. Travelers coming south from Washington State will cross over the Columbia River on the 4.2 mile Astoria-Megler Bridge which was built in the 1960s. Prior, auto traffic had to use ferries. The area was first visited by white men in 1792 by Captain Robert Gray. Lewis and Clark arrived in 1805. The American Fur Company founded Fort Astoria in 1811 and named after company owner John Jacob Astor. Astoria was incorporated as a city in 1876. The waterfront and downtown areas have been made tourist friendly with shops, eateries and museums. The main drag, Commercial Street, is like stepping back in time 50 years. A stroll along the riverwalk can be pleasant on a sunny day or perhaps a ride on the 1913 trolley traveling one end to the other. There are several points of interest. The 6th Street Viewing Dock is a fine vantage point to observe river traffic. Around 14th Street Riverpark are display panels explaining local history. The canneries are long gone but the pilings are still in the water. The shoreline has been altered as land was filled in because of the numerous fires over the years. The threat of fire was distanced from Victorian residences and this explains why the visual perspective from those house appears odd. On the riverfront at 17th Street and Marine drive is the Columbia River Maritime Museum. This superb museum was founded in 1962 and its extensive collections are now housed in a new and large glass building. Following introductory films in the auditorium, visitors are free to explore six galleries and the Great Hall which opens up to a magnificent view of the river. On display are actual boats including a Coast Guard rescue boat posed in dramatic fashion. The museum is a terrific place to bring children to as they will enjoy interactive exhibits like climbing aboard a tug boat and manning a destroyer bridge. The museum covers all historical aspects of the river from early exploration to contemporary times. Commerce, fishing and other industries are covered as well as a Naval history gallery. The variety and number of memorabilia is vast and includes donated objects found washed ashore including old cannon. Visitors should allow plenty of time to take in all the information that provides a thorough understanding of the importance of the Columbia and beyond into the Pacific. Admission to the museum also gains access to the Lightship Columbia moored outside in the water. The sea meeting the river plus rough weather made the area legendarily dangerous for sea craft and there was no practical spot to construct a permanent lighthouse. From 1892 to 1979, a lightship or floating lighthouse was anchored five miles offshore guarding the river mouth. The Columbia was the last ship (1951-79) employed and visitors can now board and explore the cramped quarters 17 men once occupied for weeks at a time. Stairs and passages can be tight and narrow below decks and visitors can see where crews lived, ate, worked and slept. Standing on a hill and looming over the city is the Astoria Column and visiting the landmark and city symbol is a must. Dedicated in 1926, the column rises 125 feet from Coxcomb Hill in a 30-acre park and was the last of 12 historical markers constructed between St. Paul, MN and Astoria. The exterior is a unique artwork of 22 murals depicting events in local history and paying tribute to pioneers and explorers. Going to the top of the column is not for everyone because it means 164 steps up a winding and narrow stairway. The effort is worth it since the views are spectacular. Astoria has long been a favorite movie location and the Oregon Film Museum is housed in the former Clatsop County jail (1914-76). Among the many movies filmed in the area are "Free Willy," "Kindergarten Cop," "Come See the Paradise" and most famously, "The Goonies." In fact, "The Goonies" had scenes filmed at the jail and the town made a major event of its 25th anniversary. There really is not much to see in the museum but the building itself is a fascinating old structure. Located across the street from the jail is Flavel House Museum. Astoria retains many of its vintage houses and Flavel House is a beautifully preserved Victorian home. The 1886 Queen Anne structure was built by a sea captain and once commanded a great river view when the shoreline was closer. After admiring the outside architecture, visitors can tour the interior in all its restored grandeur. Exhibits and displays concerning Clatsop County history can be found in the Heritage Museum which is inside the former city hall built in 1904. A very kid friendly destination is the Uppertown Firefighters Museum with Astoria Children's Museum on the second floor. The museum is filled with fire fighting memorabilia including horse drawn and mechanized fire engines. Travelling west on Marine Drive (Highway 101), visitors leave Astoria by crossing over the Youngs Bay Bridge to the adjacent communities of Warrenton and Hammond. There are more hotels, eateries, shopping and water excursions available. Astoria Regional Airport is located in Warrenton. Fort Clatsop National Memorial and Lewis and Clark National Historic Park mark the conclusion of the explorers' famed 2000-mile expedition. They arrived Christmas Eve 1805 and built a stockade. Over in Hammond is Fort Stevens State Park Historical Site and Military Museum located at the mouth of the Columbia and extends down the Pacific shoreline. Visitors can take advantage of the bike and pedestrian trail. The northern tip of the park thrusts into the clash of ocean meeting river and the South Jetty viewing platform provides excellent scenic views. There are gun batteries and the Peter Irondale shipwreck to look at. The Oregon coast is renown for its rugged beauty and attractions from Washington to California borders. Astoria serves as ideal starting or exit points.

Weight Watchers is a great program because it's not really a diet - you don't limit any specific food intake, you just watch your portions and count points. Doing Weight Watchers for FREE is even better. Free Weight Watchers saves me time (no meetings!) and cash. The old program is called Momentum, while the newer program (2014) is called PointsPlus. Pick one program and stick with it. Do not try to mix the two. If you're not sure where to start, try Weight Watchers Simple Start first. View the official Weight Watchers site for more information on their program. Be sure to PIN THIS POST to your Weight Watchers Board!   Be sure to check out the Ultimate Weight Watchers Recipes Collection - it's a FREE resource with TONS of WW recipes! Weight Watchers for FREE Weight Watchers is very basic. First, find out how many points you get. Second, calculate how many points each food is that you eat. Drink water and exercise. Easy peasy. I'm starting PointsPlus this week just to see how I do with it. Limiting and counting calories can get boring, plus I hit a plateau, so it's time to switch it up a bit. The PointsPlus program's focus is on “Power Foods”. This is basically the same as Filling Foods and the CORE Foods. Think lean proteins, fruits/veggies, healthy whole grains, healthy fats, WHOLE FOODS, not processed, etc. (Source) The biggest (and best) change for me, from Momentum to PointsPlus is: ALL Fruits & vegetables are now 0 points (except starchy vegetables and avocado)! As a vegetarian, that's a HUGE deal to me. That means I get even more food! 🙂 Below are some frequently asked questions, and all the details you'll need to get started on Weight Watchers for free! On regular Weight Watchers, you get 35 EXTRA WEEKLY points.. to use whenever, where ever! Thats right, you get an extra 35 points to spread out through the week. Use it for the business lunch you have to attend, for your birthday, anniversary, or whatever. Be sure you track these so you don't go OVER. If you're doing PointsPlus, you get 49! Activity Tracker Important Tip: Be sure to eat ALL of your points for the day! You have that many points for a reason. Make healthy food choices, get lots of exercise in, and drink your water. How do I know how many PointsPlus I get each day? Simple: Use this PointsPlus Calculator. I get 43 points (245 pounds, 6'2", 28 years old). Note: This number will go down as you lose weight, so recalculate often. How do I know how many PointsPlus a food is? Easy peasy. Use the PointsPlus Food Calculator. Important Tip: Always eat breakfast!   Good Health Guidelines The Cheat Sheet I found says a good guideline is: 5 servings of fruits & veggies 2 servings of milk products 6 glasses of "liquids" 2 tsp healthy oils 1-2 servings of lean protein 1 multivitamin a day Choose Whole Grains when possible At least 30 minutes of activity a day most days of the week Limit sugar and alcoholLimiting alcohol is easy for me (I don't drink), but sugar? Ugh. I always forget to take my multivitamin, too. If you write down the list above, stick it on your refrigerator so you will know what you should do. I also recommend 8 glasses of water, not "6 glasses of liquids".Important Tip: Drink at LEAST 8 glasses of water each day.   How do I calculate PointsPlus on the go? There's an app for that! Just search "Points Calculator" or "Weight Watchers" in iTunes. The newer app is $.99 I believe, but totally worth it! Important Tip: Get off your butt! Exercise for 30 minutes a day. How do I keep track of it all? Get a small notebook and use it as a food journal. Write down everything you eat and drink. Important Tip: Log it all! What about Exercise? Exercise is SO important! If you don't have the time/energy/whatever to get to the gym, simply walking a few miles each day is a great start. The majority of my exercise is simply walking. Check out these must-have apps for walkers/joggers before you hit the pavement! Important Tip: Use the resources you have available to you to make sticking with the plan much easier. You can do Weight Watchers for free in the comfort of your own home, and join ME in losing weight! Helpful Resources 50 Weight Watchers Breakfast Recipes Best Weight Watchers Breakfast Recipes Ultimate Weight Watchers Recipe Guide 50 Fast Food Options -All Under 8 Points Free Guide to Weight Watchers Simple Start 14 Day Weight Watchers Meal Plan (FREE) Generic Food List (with PointsPlus values) #1 Generic Food List (with PointsPlus values) #2 Weight Watchers Restaurant Points List 50 Ways to Make Weight Watchers Work for You Be sure to check out the Ultimate Weight Watchers Recipes Collection - it's a FREE resource with TONS of WW recipes!

When I got started on Poshmark I wasn't sure what all of these terms meant. I would have been so helpful to have a list to refer to but I couldn't find one - so I made one! Add your own in the comments! Poshmark terms and what they mean Comps Comparable value. This is what you should expect to get for an item.  BOLO Be on the lookout. Hot brands that sell quick but sometimes hard to find.  OTL  Offer to likers. When someone likes an item you can send an offer of at least 10% off the listed price plus a shipping discount.  ENL - Edit, Next, List Some think that doing this instead of sharing can boost algorithms and show your item to more people.  Deathpile Items you haven’t listed. Rather, items you are procrastinating about listing.  Bins  Goodwill Outlet. The outlet is called “the bins” because all of the goods are in big blue bins that you need to sift through to find stuff. Plus side is it’s all usually sold by the pound or for very very low prices.  Love Note An optional review. Only reviews that are 5 stars show to the public.  CCO - Closet Clear Out Poshmark has some days where a closet clear out is promoted, sometimes with incentives to random sellers. You lower your listing price by at least 10% to entice buyers.  NWT New With Tags. No flaws and tags attached. EUC Excellent Used Condition. Basically the item needs to look like it did when it was brand new but tags aren't attached. GUC Good Used Condition. Maybe went through a wash or two and has no holes or other visible signs of wear. UA Urban Outfitters (brand) WHBM White House Black Market (brand) Anthro Anthropologie (brand/store) Comment below with more terms to add and any questions you may have! if you are new to Poshmark you can get a credit for shopping by using code CAROLRESELLS 😀

So you want to get started selling on Poshmark? I began selling earlier this year and haven't looked back! Not only is it fun and exciting when you sell something, but the Poshmark community is one of the most supportive around. One of the biggest reasons for this is that there is no major competition because we all have different things to sell and different experiences.  In 6 months I have sold over 200 items and have made nearly $4000 dollars by selling some of my own wardrobe as well as thrifted pieces. I have learned so much in these first 6 months that I wanted to share! You can shop my closet right here! There's so much information going around about what to do and what not to do when you are starting out as well as what to expect. Here are 6 tips for your new Poshmark venture! Get up to $10 CREDIT when you sign up! Use code CAROLRESELLS  6 Tips To Getting Started on Poshmark Expect to invest time in the beginning Building up your closet is a time-consuming process. You will need to photograph, edit, upload, look for comps (what the pieces have sold for in the past to price accordingly) describe, and list your products. Get as many as you can up at once to get that closet stocked because you won't sell it if it's not listed! You don't need fancy equipment for taking pictures All you need is your phone, a clean white wall that gets good light, and a Command Hook to hang your garments and take your pics. Take SQUARE photos of the front, back, any flaws, tags, and measurements (if possible). Measurements are armpit to armpit, shoulder to hem, and waist on most garments. I have some great apps that I use for editing my photos: STORE Camera (Free) PicTapGo ($2.99) Lightroom (Free) All of these apps are available for Android and IOS and are super easy to use! Just make sure your photos are crisp, clear, bright, and the color is as accurate as possible.  Figure out how much your item is worth This is actually easier than you think! Simply go to the app on your phone (or website on laptop/desktop) and search for the designer/brand. Then under filter choose the item type (dress, jeans, shoes, etc), color, and filter by sold items. You can dig deeper using keywords like "silk" or "wrap dress" as well as size. Don't forget to check out condition too . The sold prices are called "comps" which means comparable value. find a good median between the highest and lowest price sold and that should be good! Don't find the exact item? Look for something similar, paying special attention the the brand. Keep in mind Poshmark takes 20% of your sale for items over $15 or $2.95 for items $15 or less. Poshmark will collect funds from the buyer and hold them until the buyer accepts or 3 days has passed since the item was delivered.Then you can get your money either via direct deposit (usually next day but it depends on your bank) or via mailed check. ALSO - set your price a little higher (20%-30% above the lowest offer you will take) so that you have wiggle room with offers. Time to list Listing is really easy. I prefer to do it from my phone but desktop works too. From your phone: Click the camera icon in the bottom bar Upload your edited photos (up to 8) Choose a cover photo - the best one to show off what you are selling Filter - I prefer no filter but that's up to you. Most users will not choose a filter. Choose a descriptive title that includes the brand, color, style, and a descriptive keyword or two if you can fit it. Example: "Free People Boho Asymmetrical Cream Mini Dress" Description should be very descriptive - sleeve style, heel height, measurements if you want to include them, size, and fabric as well as any other keywords that can describe the item as this will be used in searches on both Poshmark and Google: "Cute and flirty mini dress from Free People. 100% cotton with lace edging detail at the handkerchief hem and neckline. Scoop neck and cap sleeves. Measures approximately 18" from armpit to armpit and 28" from shoulder to hem. Cream/ecru. Hippie style looks great with ankle boots! Gently worn with no obvious signs of wear. See photos."   Select size, style, color, brand, and if you know the original price. If not put $0 (you must put a price in that field). Your selling price can be a bit above what the lowest you will take (about 20%-25% higher) to make room for price drops and offers. Then click list and it's for sale! If you start a listing but can't finish it to go live you can hit "cancel" then "save draft". To access drafts later go to list and in the photo upload field you'll see a drafts option.  Sharing is important but prioritize your closet first The two keys to having success on the Poshmark app are listing and sharing. Of course within those two tasks are best practices in how to do them effectively. I outlined above the basics of listing, but now comes sharing.  Sharing your own closet is much more important than sharing other closets and you need to prioritize YOUR closet before anyone else. You should strive for about 1000 shares a day. this sounds like a lot, but it really isn't that much work. Of course this depends on the size of your closet too - try to share small closets 5-10 times a day and large closets (150 or more listings) at least twice a day. I find mid-morning and after dinner works for me.  How to share: Go to your closet.  Under each listing you will see an icon that looks like two arrows in a square. Click and a new window pops up that says "to my followers". Click that. Boom you have shared your listing! Sharing your closet is important for a few reasons. For one, it shares to everyone who follows you. But more importantly it brings your listing to the top of the search feed. So if you share a Free People Dress it will push that listing up to the top in the "Free People" category as well as the "dresses" category. Keep in mind that when you share your closet it will ONLY go to your followers once per hour no matter how many times you share but it will continually push the listing to the top of category feeds. You can also share to parties - there are several per day for specific brands or categories. Every night there is also a general category that you can share everything to. You can only share your listing once per party.  Sharing other closets is essentially a courtesy to other Poshers. It will help them a bit only if you have a larger following, but I have found it doesn't help me too much when I get shares from other closets. I will reciprocate shares when I can but I don't really stress about it. Of course it's always nice to get to know your other Poshers through their closets and sharing when you can is a great way to do this. I have found pieces I ended up purchasing because I shared other closet listings.  Keep in mind - Poshmark is set up more like a search engine and less like a social platform. While getting to know your fellow Poshers is great and very helpful, I find that doing this off of the platform in Facebook groups or Instagram hashtags is a much better way to communicate with other sellers. Get up to $10 CREDIT when you sign up! Use code CAROLRESELLS  A few other things to remember... Offer To Likers is a GREAT tool for clearing out your closet. You will need to offer at least 10% off PLUS a shipping discount. Some sellers send offers daily, some weekly, some not at all. I have done daily and weekly and personally haven't seen a major difference, so I tend to keep with a daily on items that have new likes to them (see your News feed to check those likes). Answer questions in a timely manner. Keeping the communication open will help with your sales! Don't ignore those comments, if you can't answer a question within a few hours respond with a time frame that you will be able to answer.  Don't be rude. I can't believe I have to say this but I have seen and heard horror stories about sellers being rude to buyers or comments. Just don't.  Don't stress about returns. Poshmark does not allow returns for fit but will allow a return for misrepresentation. Buyer found a flaw that you didn't disclose? They may open a case and request a return. You may respond if you disagree, but it's ultimately up to Poshmark to decide. I have always had the mentality of "be nice". Put yourself in your buyer's shoes. Most aren't trying to pull a fast one. If a buyer is rude to you keep calm and professional.  SHIPPING - I will have a whole other post on shipping but the main thing I can tell you is to ship within 2 days and protect the garment in a plastic bag. You can pretty up your packages but that's not necessary. You can get free shipping supplies from USPS. Hopefully these things will help you in your Poshmark journey, or at the very least get you started. I would love to hear your questions and what else you'd like to know o leave those comments below!  

*Out of respect for the victims there will be no names in this article.  Early November last year I got something in the mail.. A jury summons. I rolled my eyes and thought of ways to get out of it. That's the natural thing to do right? I had been called before but each time have gotten lucky and wasn't actually called in for selection or my current job didn't pay for me to be away. I figured this time would be the same.  But I was wrong. I, along with close to 300 other citizens were called in on a cold December morning, 7am, bright and early. Well, not bright - it was still dark out as I made my way from the parking structure to the courthouse.  When I got into the jury room I sat there and watched Netflix while I waited for my number to be called. One movie and 4 episodes of Friends later my number was called to head up to a court room and get interviewed. 43 other prospective jurors lined up with me. Prior to being called I filled out a quick questionnaire. I must have done something right in the court's eyes because I was immediately seated in the jurors box and didn't move for 3 days. Other jurors had excuses for not being able to stay - childcare, work, one guy even had to DJ his company Christmas party. I had nothing. My kids were taken care of, my work was done, I had the rest of the week cleared just in case I had to stay. The case was regarding a domestic assault. Actually - 8 counts of assault in first and second degree. They were all sexual in nature but I will spare the details for the sake of the parties involved and the potential trigger warnings this may give my readers. I kept an open mind as I listened to the prosecuting attorney, defense, and witnesses. I have a daughter and I wanted to hear the stories of the witnesses. But I also have a son and would never want him to be wrongfully accused in such a horrific way. I wanted to see that the judicial system was fair to both defendant and plaintiffs. But as the days went on there was more and more evidence against the defendant.  It was very obvious to see that the women that were hurt were telling the truth, that the defendant casually denied allegations and even lied under oath, a fact proven by the prosecutor. Because of that we as jurors can dismiss anything else he says whether it be on the stand or in taped interviews. And it was partially because of this - but mostly due to the testimonies of the witnesses - that he was found guilty. It ended up reminding me that most of the time a woman who is assaulted is telling the truth.  Back in January I decided to go to the sentencing on the urging of the judge after the trial. I wanted to see someone who got away with deplorable behavior for so long get what he deserved. I wanted to see the relief of the women he hurt. I wanted to know that my decision and the decision of the other 11 sitting with me was the right one. In my heart I believe it was.  The prosecuting attorney read an emotional joint statement from the victims. He responded with silence. He had no statement. He just stared straight ahead.   He was sentenced to 50 years in prison with no chance of parole. The satisfaction of finally hearing a predator get what he deserved was felt among most of the room. The anguish of his family and their new normal was also felt. But him? He didn't respond. He didn't show remorse. He sat there with no emotion before the officers brought him back to his cell. Was he in denial or resigned to the fact that his new home had concrete walls? Sex abuse has been going on for way too long and not being acknowledged. Women are assaulted daily by the men who say they love them and apologize afterward. The person who was found guilty was only prosecuted because one victim spoke up. But for every one that speaks up there are at least 5 more that stay silent.   

Los Angeles is not always an expensive city to hang around and take delight in. Some activities and places within the big city are entirely for free. These include live summer performances from very good concert artists, viewing of museums and many physical attractions. When it comes to activities, LA has all it takes to make your day memorable. Take a walk in one of Los Angeles peculiar boardwalk popularly known as Venice Ocean Front Walk. Within the ocean you will find sand sculptures, college artists, performance artist, street hustlers and bodybuilders. They is no doubt this ocean place is one of the best places in LA for people-watching. The east side of the boardwalk is graced with souvenir shops, restaurants and residences. On the other side of the boardwalk you would find people orderly lining up to get a feel of fortune tellers and very good performance artist. Off cause each one of these will have their personal agenda especially that of money hunting and making quick cash. As you stroll along the boardwalk you can come across a chainsaw juggler,  roller skaters with an electric guitar, and a fire juggling performer. This therefore becomes one of the most exciting things to do in Los Angeles. If you feel that what you have saw is not enough try surfing, swimming, basket ball, hand ball and bodybuilding. If you are taking are walk and turn to find out that you really love to watch a hand ball game being played you can easily grab a seat in the bleachers to watch the game, after all the handball courts are located right next to the board walk. You can be part of a television game show, were you play to win cash and prizes on the television. The open castings and auditions are held year round in Los Angeles for some television’s most popular game shows, therefore if you can join and be one of the contestants what you simply need to know are the procedures for the television show and carefully follow the directions to win. The best way to prepare for the auditions is to watch the show. Know how the game is played and what it takes to win. Remember most of the game show producers seek out visitors so you have a bigger chance of performing. If you simply want to be an audience on any of the game shows, they is nothing to worry about tickets are for free but must be obtained in advance. To all who are in love with nature, you can get a chance of meeting with the Tree people, a Los Angeles based non profit organization that has helped spearhead ecotourism industry in the city by planting and caring for trees whilst at the same time educating people about the importance of trees to the environment. If you love Arts and Culture then explore Los Angeles' architectural treasures which date from the late 19th century to early 20th century as well as more recent additions. Take time to view for free LA area murals, these city treasures tell stories of the cultural past, present and future, of the hopes and dreams of the city of Angels. Visitors can find many of Los Angeles murals in Metro Stations. Even without money Los Angeles can be a place to enjoy and have fun.

Imagine my excitement when I opened my email to find a message that Paramount Pictures wanted me to come to New York City to visit the set of Clifford the Big Red Dog coming to theaters November 2020.... Now think about how thrilled I was that the invitation included my husband and kids... Yes, I was jumping up and down with excitement over it! A week later we were on a plane to the Big Apple to experience something not many others can say they've done. This was the second time my family had been to New York together and the first time my twins and husband got to be on a live movie set. Clifford has been a classic in my family since the kids were babies. We loved reading about Emily Elizabeth and her adventures with her gigantic red dog Clifford. To find out that a live action film was coming is thrilling to my family.  The set that we checked out was Emily's New York apartment. I love how in movies and TV apartments in NYC are the size of my house, but in reality most are half that size. The kids were enamored with how it was all so different than how you see it on the big screen. The rooms had open ceilings for camera work, outside of the windows were fake facades of the city. Lights and equipment littered the set. The bathroom didn't have a wall! While we were there we got to watch a scene get filmed with actors Jack Whitehall and Darby Camp (Uncle Casey and Emily Elizabeth). I can't tell you what the scene was just yet but it was fun to watch and gave us a feel for the mood of the film. We also got to meet and talk with Jack & Darby as well as Isaac Wang who plays Emily's best friend Owen in the film. They were absolutely delightful but more on our chats later! We also got to speak with producer Jordan Kerner who offered a lot of great information on how the film came into production and what to expect. Stay tuned for details! All in all the set visit was like a dream. I loved how interested Dylan and Riley were in everything. Dylan had an in-depth conversation with a sound technician who explained every aspect of how sound works. Riley left asking to take acting lessons and telling me she wants to be just like Darby Camp. I know it was an experience they will never forget and when we see the movie next November they will be so excited to know that they were there. Clifford the Big Red Dog is scheduled for theaters November 13 2020 Man's best friend becomes his biggest one too as everyone's favorite 25-foot-tall pup, "Clifford the Big Red Dog," comes to the big screen in an all-new, live-action/animated comedy-adventure. Scholastic Media’s Deborah Forte will produce the film that is based on Scholastic’s best-selling book series by Norman Bridwell that has entertained families for generations.

Because I love my Instant Pot so much, I am always looking for some great recipes that go beyond the usual chicken or boiled eggs. This easy Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake is no exception.  The flavor of pineapples, cherries, and buttery cake topped with vanilla ice cream is so refreshing and delicious. It's light, super tropical, and you can make it any time of the year - not just for summer months. I like making this on cold winter evenings and serving warm, it just brings me back to laying on the beach and relaxing on a tropical shore... Try it for yourself and see what I mean! Instant Pot Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake Ingredients 1 box butter cake mix 1/2 can cherry pie filling 1/2 can of crushed pineapple 3 tbsp butter 1/2 up toasted coconut Vanilla Ice cream Maraschino cherries 2 cups of water for steaming Directions In a large bowl combine your cherry pie filling, pineapples and stir to combine. Melt your butter and add it to your fruit bowl along with your butter cake mix. Stir until combined. Pour your cake mixture into your baking dish and cover with foil. Pour 2 cups of water into your Instant Pot and lower your cake mix filled dish on to a trivet. Put lid on, close steam valve. Set your Instant Pot to: manual, high pressure, for 25 minutes. Do a natural release. Let stand for 5-10 minutes so it can firm up. Serve topped with ice cream, toasted coconut, and cherries Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake 1 box butter yellow cake mix<br />1/2 can cherry pie filling1/2 can crushed pineapple3 tbsp butter (melted)1/2 cup toasted coconut<br />Vanilla Ice creamMaraschino cherries In a large bowl combine your cherry pie filling, pineapples and stir to combineAdd melted butter it to your fruit bowl along with your butter cake mix.Stir until combined.Pour your cake mixture into your baking dish and cover with foil.Pour 2 cups of water into your Instant Pot and lower your cake mix filled dish on to a trivet.Put lid on, close steam valve.Set your Instant Pot to: manual, high pressure, for 25 minutes.Do a natural release.Let stand for 5-10 minutes so it can firm up.Serve topped with ice cream, toasted coconut, and cherries.    

When you have a baby, sleep becomes a luxury. The 8 to 10 hours you used to enjoy when the baby was not born now they have turned into a measly 3 or 4 hours every night or even none at all. As a new parent, what you ought to know is that this is a rite of passage. During this time, your family members, friends, neighbors and your pediatrician will line up to offer sympathetic advice meant to help your baby sleep. They will probably tell you that it’s normal for baby girls to cry more than baby boys but is this really true? As a parent, it is important to know the baby sleep myths. Here are the popular baby sleep myths every parent should know. Myth #1: Tip toeing around the nursery New parents are cautioned against chatting loudly on the phone or with a family member when sitting or standing close to the baby’s nursery. The reason for this myth is that the baby will be woken up by the background noise. What you ought to know is that babies are actually soothed by a little background noise especially if it’s originating from the parents. You may be wondering how a baby is able to differentiate her parents' voices from that of strangers. Well, when the baby is in the uterus, he or she does become accustomed to his or her parents' voice. It is quite common to find modern parents singing or reading to the baby while he or she is still in the womb.   You may also like: Things To Do Before Your Baby is Born Myth #2: No need to create a nap schedule for your infant At the hospital, you had nurses attending to you. They would bring your baby by your bedside where you had the chance to breastfeed him or her before the baby was whisked back to the nursery. Now that you are home, your hands are full with responsibilities. Sleep is a luxury once you are a new parent. You get to sleep when the baby is asleep and you are awake when he or she is awake. It is a popular myth among certain parents that one should not create a sleep schedule for the baby. What you ought to know is that it’s never too early to do so. Babies do benefit from consistency and scheduling especially during nap and night times. How? It cuts down on crying and crankiness. In addition, it helps to create groundwork for your child when he or she is older. Myth #3: Addition of rice cereal in the baby’s feeding bottles promotes better sleep A vast majority of new parents will probably be surprised by this but yes, this myth is out there. You might come across certain parents who will advise you to add a bit of rice cereal into your baby’s bedtime bottle. There are pediatricians who subscribe to this myth too. The problem is research has shown no evidence that this method works. In addition, many people who subscribe to this myth are yet to explain at what age the baby is supposed to be fed the rice. As you already know, feeding your baby especially one aged 4 months and below with solid food like rice is not safe. This is because his or her gastrointestinal system is not mature. In addition, the cereal may result in food allergies or discomfort. To avoid this, stick to the old bed time bottle. Myth #4: Place the baby in bed once he or she falls asleep As a new parent, it is important to know that there is no right or wrong way for putting your baby to sleep. Despite this, it is quite common to find parents being overly sensitive to every baby arousal. Today, parents can use baby monitors to listen to every whimper or fuss made by the baby. Did you know that the biggest source of sleep problems for babies is overly sensitive and overly attentive parents? When a baby attains 4 months of age and more, parents should allow the baby to learn self soothing techniques. For instance, if the baby cries but the diaper is not wet and he or she is not uncomfortable, as a parent, you need to be assured that the baby is ok. Just make a quick check and leave the room. When your baby is not experiencing any discomfort and the diaper is not wet, he or she will fall asleep within no time. You don’t have to rock the baby at night as this makes it difficult for the baby to learn how to sleep on its own. Myth #5 Keeping your baby up late into the night prevents him from waking up early every morning As an adult, staying up late into the night while binge watching your favorite TV show or movie will leave you fatigued once morning comes. As a result, you will end up sleeping at the office or at home if you are running a home online business. If you take a cup of Joe, the caffeine will give you an energy boost and keep you awake for most of the day. For babies, it’s quite different. Keeping your baby up late into the night will make him or her tired. If your baby is tired, he or she will be wired which means, it will be difficult for the baby to sleep. If he or she wakes up early, it will also be difficult for him or her to sleep. Want your baby to sleep until late in the morning? Put the baby to sleep 30 minutes early. As a new parent, it is important to ensure that your baby sleeps on his or her back. This is vital for babies aged less than 1 year. Avoid placing your baby on her tummy or side. Doing so may result in the baby rolling onto her belly. This was found to be a major cause of SIDs. Thanks to the above recommendation provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the rate of SIDS has fallen by more than 60%.

Getting back into shape is no walk in the park. While it’s something many of us want to do, it’s not always as easy to get started.  Luckily, by making some small, but important changes to your lifestyle you could lay the foundations for a healthier body and improved well being.  From nutrition to fitness, we’ve chosen these five tips because they’re easy to add into your day-to-day and should help you to get back into shape more quickly and easily.  Try implementing these simple changes for around a month and you should see an amazing difference in your body and overall health and well being.      Eat more protein   One of the little-known secrets of getting back in shape is eating more protein. It’s not just for the dudes out there bodybuilding either. A higher protein diet has been shown to help you recover more quickly from a workout, drop fat and promote a leaner body composition [1].  Simply by adding more lean meat to your daily menu, and maybe throwing in a protein shake as a snack, you can improve the results of your workouts and promote weight loss too.    Swap out cardio for HIIT   Despite traditional knowledge, endurance-based cardio is not the best option for fat loss. Instead, HIIT training could be the key to getting back in shape.  Short, sharp training sessions at a high intensity has shown to boost calorie burn for up to 24 hours after you’ve finished training, and target fat specifically.  In fact, 20 minutes of high intensity interval training burns the equivalent of 40 minutes of consistent cycling [2]. It’s also been shown to burn 25-30% more calories than running on a treadmill, cycling or resistance training for the same amount of time [3].  Many people also prefer HIIT because it doesn’t take up as much time as endurance training, but it’s incredibly effective for both weight loss and your fitness levels.    Add two veg to lunch and dinner   Getting back into shape is all about feeling good in your own skin, and one of the best ways to kick start that incredible feeling is to nourish your body with vitamins and minerals.  So many women think that eating less is important, and while being in a calorie deficit is the key to weight loss, a varied diet is fundamental to a healthy body and mind. By adding two different portions of veg to your lunch and evening meal, you can boost your vitamin and mineral intake and give your overall health and well being a lift.   Lift heavy things   One of the best things you can do for your body is lifting weights. By building up a little strength and developing muscle you can expect fat reduction, a more toned body, mental health benefits, increased athleticism and even a stronger skeleton.  Think about swapping out those long cardio sessions for a little weight training to experience all of these health-boosting benefits.  Start off light and speak to a personal trainer about perfecting your technique. Once you have that locked down, make sure you work plenty of compound movements like squats, deadlifts and bench presses into your training. These use more muscles, burn more calories and promote a more balanced physique.    Take control of cravings   You may have the best intentions in the world, but as women, often our hormones can get the better of us and cravings can become impossible to resist. Luckily, you don’t have to deal with this alone!  There are a few things you can do to keep cravings at bay.  The first is to eat more protein. We mentioned it above, but it can also improve satiety – which basically means fullness. By regularly snacking on high protein foods throughout the day you can keep hunger at bay, which reduces the likelihood of giving in to temptation. Our second tip is to plan your snacks. If you know you get hungry between meals, having a healthy snack on hand is so important to make sure you stick to your diet.  The final tip is to check out an appetite suppressant called glucomannan. This is a natural root fiber taken from the konjac tree, which expands slightly when it enters your stomach. This makes you feel fuller and, since it’s such a complex carbohydrate, you don’t absorb it or any of the calories that come with it.  Glucomannan is so effective it’s used in a huge selection of premium weight management aids. For example, if you look at this full Hourglass fat burner review, you can see how it plays a crucial role in helping women stay on track with their diets.  By making these small changes to your lifestyle, along with just generally eating well and moving more, you’ll find it so much easier to get back in shape. Give them a try for at least and month to see how much your progress improves.  

Skis all packed? Sun block, warm clothing, and long underwear all inside your suitcase? Good, good. Of course that only applies if you're visiting Lake Tahoe in the winter months. Believe it or not, you can also visit during the summer and spring months. Gasp, you didn't know that? Well then, prepare yourself for some excitement. A little backstory about my love of Tahoe.. My husband and I were married there 20 years ago! We had an unconventionally snowy April wedding overlooking the lake on the North Shore. It was magic and I highly recommend Lake Tahoe as a destination for your nuptials.  If you're visiting North Lake Tahoe, and you communing with nature then you have to add the Tahoe National Forest to your list of things to see and do. This is one of the largest National Forests in the country, and summits range in elevation from 1,500 feet to well over 9,000 feet. The Park also offers campgrounds, hiking trails, backpacking, white water rafting, horseback riding and that's just during the summer! During the winter you can take advantage of their cross country skiing, alpine skiing and alpine snowboarding. This is definitely for those with more talent, so if you can barely tie your shoe without tipping over, leave the alpine experiences for someone else. The last thing we want is to have you disappear in the middle of the backcountry...unless of course you really need a few extra fays off work. Love golf? Then prepare to love North Lake Tahoe. There are ten different golf courses located in the area, and most have their own website. Here you can reserve a tee time to guarantee yourself some play time, or simply get a feel for what they offer. These courses range from full service 18 hole courses, to smaller putting greens. Work on your skills while working on your tan. Beaches are another great attraction for nature lovers. The beaches here can be as calm and relaxing as you want, or as wild and crazy as you want. Hey, there is a reason why spring breaking college students are starting to head here every year. Some beaches offer live concerts and other entertainment, while others are perfect for family friendly trips. There are also a few beaches in the area where you can try rock climbing for more of an adventure, and those quiet beaches perfect for a sunset stroll with your sweetie. Bike tours are another way you can add a little nature into your Tahoe trip. Some may prefer a guided tour of the area with a trained local, while others may want to go out exploring on their own. There are also hiking trails, camping, and fishing to maximize your nature filled vacation. Plus don't forget that you can go swimming, parasailing, and even boating on the lake. All of that in North Lake Tahoe! What are you waiting for?

I absolutely LOVE rice bowls. They are so flavorful and super healthy as an added bonus. Plus with an Instant Pot they are super easy to make! When I was a teenager I used to frequent this really good Thai spot near my high school. They had the best rice bowls... My best friend Michelle and I used to head over there during our lunch break (which at that time was open campus) and sit and talk about life... We'd make plans for the weekend, chat about our favorite shows, and enjoy life over some Thai chicken and rice.  This recipe reminds me so much of those good times. Times when things were simpler. Before social media, before assuming a text meant something, before there was even such a thing as text messages...  Then it was just some chicken and rice with good conversation and laughter. I'm bringing those moments to the present with my Instant Pot Thai Chicken Rice Bowls. Instant Pot Thai Chicken Rice Bowls Ingredients 2 Tbsp. olive oil 4 chicken breasts cut in half to be thin  1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice 2 cups chicken broth 1/2 cup sweet chili Thai sauce 3 Tbsp. soy sauce 1/2 Tbsp. fish sauce 1 Tbsp. ginger minced 1 Tbsp. garlic minced 1 lime juiced 1 tsp. Sriracha Cilantro garnish Shredded carrots garnish Peanuts garnish Instant Pot Thai Chicken Rice Bowls 2 tbsp olive oil4 chicken breasts cut in half to be thin 1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice2 cups chicken broth1/2 cup sweet chili Thai sauce3 tbsp soy sauce1/2 tbsp fish sauce1 tbsp ginger (minced)1 tbsp garlic (minced)1 lime (juiced)1 tsp srirachacilantro (garnish)carrots (shredded garnish)peanuts (garnish) Select the saute setting on your instant pot and add the olive oil. Sear the chicken breasts for 2-3 minutes.Place to the side. In a bowl add the sweet chili Thai sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, ginger, garlic, lime juice, Sriracha, and stir to combine.Place the rice in your Instant Pot and add the chicken on top of the rice.Pour sauce over the top.Add the broth into the pot and secure the lid.Select the manual pressure setting on HIGH and set the timer to 10 minutes.Once it is cooked allow it to natural release.Remove the chicken and shred it with two forks.Place the chicken back in the pot and stir to combine with the rice.Garnish with cilantro, shredded carrots, and peanuts. 

Astoria is a quaint little Oregon city boasting historical significance and being a great place for visitors to stop by and explore. The city of nearly 10,000 is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies and concluding point of the Lewis and Clark Trail. Located near the mouth of the mighty Columbia River, Astoria was a major deep water port for over 100 years with commercial shipping and fishing/canning as major industries. Railroads, trucking and air transport diminished the business of shipping by water. Fishing was reduced and canneries closed. Astoria faced some down years until reinventing itself as a tourist destination. The rich history, Victorian homes, Astoria Column and spruced up riverfront have pushed tourism to number one local industry. Today, Astoria is a stop for cruise ships heading toward Alaska, recreational and resort area and commands an excellent coast position. The Clatsop County seat is situated on Highway 101 along the Pacific Coast. Portland is almost 100 miles away with US 26 connecting the 101 and I-5. Travelers coming south from Washington State will cross over the Columbia River on the 4.2 mile Astoria-Megler Bridge which was built in the 1960s. Prior, auto traffic had to use ferries. The area was first visited by white men in 1792 by Captain Robert Gray. Lewis and Clark arrived in 1805. The American Fur Company founded Fort Astoria in 1811 and named after company owner John Jacob Astor. Astoria was incorporated as a city in 1876. The waterfront and downtown areas have been made tourist friendly with shops, eateries and museums. The main drag, Commercial Street, is like stepping back in time 50 years. A stroll along the riverwalk can be pleasant on a sunny day or perhaps a ride on the 1913 trolley traveling one end to the other. There are several points of interest. The 6th Street Viewing Dock is a fine vantage point to observe river traffic. Around 14th Street Riverpark are display panels explaining local history. The canneries are long gone but the pilings are still in the water. The shoreline has been altered as land was filled in because of the numerous fires over the years. The threat of fire was distanced from Victorian residences and this explains why the visual perspective from those house appears odd. On the riverfront at 17th Street and Marine drive is the Columbia River Maritime Museum. This superb museum was founded in 1962 and its extensive collections are now housed in a new and large glass building. Following introductory films in the auditorium, visitors are free to explore six galleries and the Great Hall which opens up to a magnificent view of the river. On display are actual boats including a Coast Guard rescue boat posed in dramatic fashion. The museum is a terrific place to bring children to as they will enjoy interactive exhibits like climbing aboard a tug boat and manning a destroyer bridge. The museum covers all historical aspects of the river from early exploration to contemporary times. Commerce, fishing and other industries are covered as well as a Naval history gallery. The variety and number of memorabilia is vast and includes donated objects found washed ashore including old cannon. Visitors should allow plenty of time to take in all the information that provides a thorough understanding of the importance of the Columbia and beyond into the Pacific. Admission to the museum also gains access to the Lightship Columbia moored outside in the water. The sea meeting the river plus rough weather made the area legendarily dangerous for sea craft and there was no practical spot to construct a permanent lighthouse. From 1892 to 1979, a lightship or floating lighthouse was anchored five miles offshore guarding the river mouth. The Columbia was the last ship (1951-79) employed and visitors can now board and explore the cramped quarters 17 men once occupied for weeks at a time. Stairs and passages can be tight and narrow below decks and visitors can see where crews lived, ate, worked and slept. Standing on a hill and looming over the city is the Astoria Column and visiting the landmark and city symbol is a must. Dedicated in 1926, the column rises 125 feet from Coxcomb Hill in a 30-acre park and was the last of 12 historical markers constructed between St. Paul, MN and Astoria. The exterior is a unique artwork of 22 murals depicting events in local history and paying tribute to pioneers and explorers. Going to the top of the column is not for everyone because it means 164 steps up a winding and narrow stairway. The effort is worth it since the views are spectacular. Astoria has long been a favorite movie location and the Oregon Film Museum is housed in the former Clatsop County jail (1914-76). Among the many movies filmed in the area are "Free Willy," "Kindergarten Cop," "Come See the Paradise" and most famously, "The Goonies." In fact, "The Goonies" had scenes filmed at the jail and the town made a major event of its 25th anniversary. There really is not much to see in the museum but the building itself is a fascinating old structure. Located across the street from the jail is Flavel House Museum. Astoria retains many of its vintage houses and Flavel House is a beautifully preserved Victorian home. The 1886 Queen Anne structure was built by a sea captain and once commanded a great river view when the shoreline was closer. After admiring the outside architecture, visitors can tour the interior in all its restored grandeur. Exhibits and displays concerning Clatsop County history can be found in the Heritage Museum which is inside the former city hall built in 1904. A very kid friendly destination is the Uppertown Firefighters Museum with Astoria Children's Museum on the second floor. The museum is filled with fire fighting memorabilia including horse drawn and mechanized fire engines. Travelling west on Marine Drive (Highway 101), visitors leave Astoria by crossing over the Youngs Bay Bridge to the adjacent communities of Warrenton and Hammond. There are more hotels, eateries, shopping and water excursions available. Astoria Regional Airport is located in Warrenton. Fort Clatsop National Memorial and Lewis and Clark National Historic Park mark the conclusion of the explorers' famed 2000-mile expedition. They arrived Christmas Eve 1805 and built a stockade. Over in Hammond is Fort Stevens State Park Historical Site and Military Museum located at the mouth of the Columbia and extends down the Pacific shoreline. Visitors can take advantage of the bike and pedestrian trail. The northern tip of the park thrusts into the clash of ocean meeting river and the South Jetty viewing platform provides excellent scenic views. There are gun batteries and the Peter Irondale shipwreck to look at. The Oregon coast is renown for its rugged beauty and attractions from Washington to California borders. Astoria serves as ideal starting or exit points.