Friday, April 28, 2017

Success with Stress Book Review

Success with Stress book cover
I work hard at keeping as much harmful stress out of my life as possible because not only does it affect my health, I know that Carmine and Lita can pick up on my stress level and become stressed out themselves.  That's why I was excited when I was presented with the opportunity to review, Success with Stress by Jae Ellard.

About the Book: Believe it or not, stress isn't all bad; in fact, it's an important part of the natural world. Stress helps us survive as a species - because of that we want the ability to be stressed. That said, being able to manage stress with greater success is the difference between surviving and THRIVING. Success with Stress explores five simple ideas to spark your personal power to change the level, duration, and frequency of the stress in your life. With workplace stress being linked to quality of life, health, and workplace morale, this is a must-read for any team looking to improve morale and individuals looking to improve their quality of life.

My Thoughts: Stress management is a very broad subject.  There's so many techniques the author could have explored in this book.  I was disappointed that she did not explore each of her techniques in more depth.  As someone who has worked in the field of mental health, I find that the more information someone has, the more choices someone has.  Everyone is an individual, and what stress management techniques work for one person may not work as effectively for another.

That being said, I still feel this book holds value.  The book touches on some very good techniques for managing stress.  Even if you've had a lot of training in stress management, this book is a great reminder of basic stress management techniques.  

I like how the author poses a couple of questions for readers to reflect upon after discussing each stress management technique.  The short length of the book makes it easy to read in a few short sessions as well.  
Author Jae Ellard

About the Author: Jae Ellard is an author, speaker, and expert on developing the skill of awareness in the workplace. After years in senior communication roles crafting content for executives, Jae collapsed from stress-related adrenal fatigue. This life-altering experience propelled her to research human behavior, neuroscience, mindfulness, and organizational relationship systems. In 2008, Jae founded Simple Intentions and developed the Mindful Life™ Program to generate intentional conversations to disrupt patterns and create awareness, accountability and action at team and individual levels. Jae has taught the skill of awareness in more than 50 countries to thousands of employees at multinational corporations such as Microsoft, Amazon and Expedia.

Jae is a columnist on workplace awareness for Mindful Magazine, as well as the author of 7 books on the topic. She contributes to the Healthy Living section on Huffington Post as well as the Simple Intentions blog. In 2013, she founded Seattle Wisdom, a community organization working to create and support conscious conversations in professional spaces in the Pacific Northwest. Jae has a master’s degree in Communication Management from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communication from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She holds certificates in co-active coaching and organizational relationship systems coaching.

Connect with Jae Ellard on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

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FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of, "Success with Stress," by Jae Ellard for a fair and honest review.  Receiving the book did not influence my opinions in any way.  All opinions expressed on Fur Everywhere are my own.  

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Today is the Mom's birthday!  

Wes hopes yous has a wonderful birthday, Mom!

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Wes loves yous!

Milita, Carmine, and Angel Jewel

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Milita's Monday

Milita in her heated bed.
Hi everyone, it's Milita today.

I know it has been a long time since I posted on here, hasn't it?  I thought it was about time I posted an update about me. 

After I wrote this post, I started taking Tramadol for my leg.  Being pilled twice a day was really upsetting me, though.  To the point where I would hide under the Mom's bed for hours and hours afterward.  The Mom didn't think it was helping any more than the gabapentin, so she talked to the vet, and they decided to put me back on the gabapentin.  While I hate the taste of that liquid, I don't hide afterward.  Since the 0.8ml twice a day wasn't doing a whole lot for my leg, the Mom and the vet decided to try me at 1ml twice a day instead.  

I also won an Assisi Loop from our friends over at The Conscious Cat.  The Mom is trying to get me used to it slowly.  She hopes it will help my leg pain.  

So what have you all been up to lately?  Please share with me in the comments!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Chicken Tasty Toppers Review #ChewyInfluencer

When you have a cat with chronic pancreatitis, mealtime can become quite a challenge!  Sometimes I put what I call, "incentive," on Carmine's food to entice him to eat more.  These, "incentives," include baby food, appetizers, and pouches of cat food toppers.  So when I saw that Chewy was offering Blue Buffalo Wilderness Tasty Toppers as an option for review this month, I was excited to see if Carmine would find this, "incentive," a tasty one!

FTC Disclosure: We received a case of 24 Blue Buffalo Wilderness Tasty Toppers Wild Cuts Tasty Chicken Morsels in Savory Gravy Grain-Free Cat Food Toppers as part of Chewy's Blogger Outreach Program for a fair and honest review.  Receiving the case of Blue Buffalo Wilderness Tasty Toppers did not influence my (or my cats') opinions in any way.  All opinions expressed on Fur Everywhere are our own.

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Chicken Tasty Toppers

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Tasty Toppers make a great cat food topper for dry or wet food.  You can also feed the topper as a treat.  The chicken tasty toppers contain no chicken or poultry by-product meals, wheat, corn, soy, artificial colors, preservatives, or flavors.  I really like that chicken is the first ingredient in the chicken tasty toppers.

Lita with Blue Buffalo Wilderness Chicken Tasty Topper.

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Tasty Toppers are also available in duck and salmon.

I was a little nervous about whether Carmine and Lita would like the tasty toppers because it's been really hit-or-miss with grain-free food and treats with them.

Carmine eats Blue Buffalo Wilderness Chicken Tasty Topper.

It turns out that Carmine and Lita really like these tasty toppers!  Carmine even ate most of the meat, not just the gravy, I gave him!

I will definitely be putting these in the, "incentives," rotation for Carmine.

You can purchase a case of Blue Buffalo Wilderness Tasty Toppers Wild Cuts Tasty Chicken Morsels in Savory Gravy Grain-Free Cat Food Toppers on  You'll receive free shipping for orders of $49 or more.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Twelve Angry Librarians Book Review

I absolutely adore the Cat in the Stacks mystery series, and I had been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Twelve Angry Librarians: Cat in the Stacks Mystery.  It did not disappoint!

Charlie is stressed out because as the interim library director at Athena College, he's going to have to give the welcome speech for the Southern Academic Libraries Association conference, which is being hosted in Athena this year.  As if this weren't stressful enough for him, the keynote speaker is Charlie's nemesis from library school.

It's been 30 years since Charlie has seen his nemesis, Gavin Fong, but he is still the same know-it-all arrogant man Charlie remembers, and he still manages to get under everyone's skin.

In his keynote speech, Gavin shares an unpopular opinion - that librarians will be obsolete in the academic libraries of the future.  When Gavin dies, nobody seems too upset about it.

Charlie was seen having an argument with Gavin the day before he dies, and, as a result, makes the suspect list.  Now Charlie has to figure out who really killed Gavin...

My Thoughts: As I stated at the beginning of the post, I absolutely love the Cat in the Stacks Mystery series.

With most cozy mysteries, you hear about the murder towards the very beginning of the book.  In Twelve Angry Librarians, however, the murder occurs later on in the book.  I enjoyed reading the backstory quite a bit.  I felt this made the book unique.  In this book, we also get to "see" the murder - don't worry, it's nothing gruesome - and I enjoyed this as well.

I love that the Cat in the Stacks Mystery series is from a male's perspective - it makes the series a very unique one, indeed.  As always, Diesel is charming with his cat antics as well.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves cozy mysteries and cats!

I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of, "Twelve Angry Librarians: Cat in the Stacks Mystery," by Miranda James for a fair and honest review.  Receiving the book did not influence my opinions in any way.  All opinions expressed on Fur Everywhere are my own.