The proper way to ask someone to be your reference.

Do you have an important job interview and you are not sure how to ask you boss to be your professional reference? Below is a sample reference request email you can use that will guarantee a glowing reference from anyone you ask.

Sample Reference Email Template That Never Fails

Good afternoon Your Highness, 

Hope everything is going well with your summer! My name is Bob Smith. I’m a mere peasant at your service. I’ve been serving the Kingdom for almost two years.

I am currently seeking a position as an Office Assistant for the ABC Company and would greatly appreciate it if you would allow me to list you as a reference. In fact, it would an honor!

I believe that a reference from you would provide a potential employer with information about me that may be beneficial. 

If you need any additional information, please contact me via email.

Thank you for your consideration and support.

Sincerely,

A mere mortal -Bob Smith

P.S- You are the fairest, simplest, smartest Ruler!

This template was tested over hundred time and each time, we are blown away with positive feedback. If you use our template, you are guaranteed a “Yes!” every time. The beginning of your successful career will begin with this template. Below is a real life response a readers received from their boss:

Good afternoon mortal Bob,

As a leader of this locale, it try my best to get to know the locals but fail at times, thus my apologies if I don’t recall who you are. My kingdom is as wide as my butt thus I hope you understand my dilemma and the difficulty that is caused for me to remember all the individuals. 

Since a reference from me, at such high stature, is considered the highest valued amongst the community including the peasantry and may bring many future success and golden coins (riches), I am willing to sacrifice my good faith and name in order to assistant someone desperately in need. Since I am truly and magnificently the fairest, simplest and smartest ruler and you have identified so well you have softened my heart and a reference is something I am willing to approve and will be made available. 

Other than the great work that you offer to the kingdom according to kingdom individual scrolls in our basement, anything else I should be aware of when I get called upon? 


The wisest,

Manager of ABC Company

To end this post, I will leave you with a few words once spoken by the wise Meghan Trainor “give some credit Where it’s due, give props to you know who..” This article was inspired by a smart, professional lady, with sweaty hand and feet, who we call Alina.

How to Quit Refined Sugar & Benefits of Sugar Free Diet

Let’s face it, sugar is addicting.I didn’t realize how much I craved it until I decide to give up my habit of eating sugar daily. I was sugar free August to December and was shocked to find how much better I felt during those five months. Unfortunately, with the holiday parties and our vacation in December, I enjoyed multiple sugary treats throughout the last two month. Now were in February, and I ready to eliminate sugar from my diet once again.I would like to share a few tips that helped me back in August and that I am using again right now to help me eliminate sugar from my diet.

Tip #1: Clean out the pantry. The first thing i did was go through my kitchen and toss out anything that I did not want to consume. For the items I was not willing to throw out (a few chocolate bars we brought back from our Iceland trip), I put inside of a box and taped it up and shoved in the back of the kitchen cabinet. They were safe, out of sight and out of easy reach.

Tip #2: Stock up the fridge. My second tip is to stock your fridge with fruit. Every time you have a sugar craving, you have fruit at your fingertips. Its quick, easy and satisfying. You can also freeze fruit for times when you want a cold treat. Grapes are one of my favorites, but berries freeze great as well.

Tip #3:Find healthy alternative.There are so many different fruit and herb teas that you can drink when sugar craving come up. One of my favorites for when I want something sweet is rooibos vanilla blend or ginger lemon tea. Chai tea, with a splash of almond milk can also be very satisfying. Another option is dried fruit and nuts. This is my weakness! I discovered the most delicious combination, dates and pecans! 

Tip #4: It’s all in your head. Most of our craving are all mental. If you take time to listen to your body and focus on what your body is really craving, it is not sugar. This is especially important when you are around company, having the mental strength to resist that cake and instead enjoy a bowl of fruit.

Benefits of living sugar free:

  • You feel healthier
  • Your craving for sugar will decrease
  • More stable energy through out the day
  • Better skin
  • Mental clarity

 

Amazon STEM Club Part 2

We were excited to receive our second shipment from Amazon’s Stem Club. Well, maybe I was more excited than my kiddo but still we were excited! The box came in the mail and, of course, as with any other package, my daughter asked, “Is that for me?”

She got more and more excited as she opened the box because she realized it was a toy! She was very excited to find Educational Insights Design & Drill Activity Center. This particle toy costs $32.99 on amazon, which getting for $19.99 as a STEM Club member is a deal! My daughter has gotten a good amount of hours playing with the drill set. She is not very into using the provided sheets of pattern, more of a freestyle kind of girl for now! The tools are easy to use and so are the screws. All the pieces can be stored in the original box, which is a great plus.

Overall, I have enjoyed my subscription to STEM Club but I have decided to cancel (easy to do so, thanks Amazon). I love all the educational toys but that will mean 12 toys that I did not pick out sent to my house that I need to organize, donate and deal with. At this time, I would rather have my child pick out a toy or steer my child towards a toy that I believe my child should have! Isn’t that wonderful parenting?! Regarding STEM Club, I am sure that in some years, I’m thinking school age, we will revisit this subject. Until then.

Winter Ideas

Cold air, and lights are around. Big coats, scarfs and hats. The sound of Christmas songs on the radio and in stores. Winter is here, and so are their activities. Here are some ideas for the winter season.

Ice Skating

Ice Skating is a great way to get some winter exercise in for the holidays. Put on some skates and skate your heart out. This is also a great winter date idea. You can always use your partner as balance, and just hold their hand. 

Snowboarding

Snowboarding is also another great winter activity to get some exercise in. Strap on your boots and side! Bring some friends along and make a weekend out it.

Skiing

Skiing, just like snowboarding and ice skating gets the exercise in. Put on your skis and have fun. This also another fun winter activity to do with friends.

Caroling

With the holidays coming up, going caroling is a great way to get in that holiday cheer. Cheering up people, young and old in the cold winter air. Winter is not the same without it.

Trips to the snow

Just a trip to the snow is nice to relax and enjoy your time away. On this getaway you can even participate in some old school winter activities like snowball fights, sledging, building snowman’s and creating snow angels.

Rent a winter home

If you want the snow and cold, but stay cozy rent a winter home. Enjoy all these activities in a cozy home.

Amazon STEM Club Part 1

While browsing toys on Amazon(in preparation for the upcoming Christmas), I came across Stem Club.  I am all for educational toys so of course I clicked on the thumbnail to find out what exactly Stem Club is!

It turned out to be monthly subscription of $19.99 where you get one STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math) toy each month in the age range that you choose.

I decided to give STEM Club a go after reading many positive reviews. Once the item was preparing for shipping, I could see what toy would soon arrive at our house.

Our first toy that came was Kids First Automobile Engineer Kit, which retails at $40+. The age group that I selected was 3-4 years.

Regarding our first shipment, I have been pleasantly surprised! My daughter has spent hours playing with this toy! She still has a hard time building according to the guide booklet but that does not stop her from building structures/cars to her liking. I love that it all fits in the box it came in for easy storage and clean up. I have decided to keep the subscription for another month!

Midterms:Tips for Exams and Tests

Midterms, the horror of students. No wonder they are around this time of year considering today is Halloween. To pass or to not pass, to study or wing it. Mid-terms and their exams put a panic in all of us and reminds us that the semester is almost over. Here are some tips for midterms and future exams and tests:

Stay on top of things:

Throughout the whole semester it’s a good idea to stay on top of your classes and material that is being covered. A way to do this is after the lecture ends try to review your notes as soon as possible. The more time the material is not reviewed the less likely you are to absorb and understand as much information as possible. This will give a higher possibility of passing the exam.

Don’t wait till the last moment:

This is similar to the point above. Studying the night before an exam is not the most efficient way to study for an exam. If you combine these two points together then only a small portion of time will be needed to be spent studying for a test and the material will be learned and later on applied. With less time required to study for the exam, the time can be used for other classes that may also have an exam.

Sleep:

I know how midterms and finals delay our sleep. It may be because of nerves or staying up to studying, but a fresh mind is a more functional mind. Try to get sleep throughout the semester, not just the night before the exam. For me personally, I am more tired if I change my sleeping pattern. If I got 6 hours of sleep on the daily, then I would not change 6 to 8 hours of sleep for the next day. My body does not adapt that quickly, therefore I would be more tired. Try to keep the same schedule, food and sleep wise.

Triphala

Triphala is one of India’s greatest herbs. It is made up of three plants: Amla, Haritaki,and Vibhitaki. Triphala contains five of six taste senses– sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, astringent. So as you can imagine the taste is strong and not very pleasant.

Benefits of Triphala:

Supports/ improves digestion

Helps with regular bowel movements

Natural laxative

Natural colon cleanser

Cleanses all the channels of the body

How to use:

Add ½  teaspoon of powder to 1 cup of  hot water, wait for water to cool and Triphala to settle. Drink.  You can also, add ½ teaspoon of powder to 1 tablespoon of honey. You can take drink first thing in the morning , 30 – 45 minutes after a meal.

 

My experience:

I prepared my Triphala at night and drank it first thing in the morning. I did this for four days straight and when I skipped the fifth day, I definitely noticed a difference. I felt a heaviness, full feeling after eating that I did not experience on the days I took TriphalaIa. I have also read that if taken at night before bed, Triphala helps improve sleep. I might try that next. I will continue taking and look forward to the results.

 

Mushroom Coffee with Lion’s Mane & Chaga

Would you like to enhance your brain functionality with your morning coffee? Guess what? Now you can—with mushroom coffee.

I came across countless studies about benefits of mushrooms on the brain, specifically Lion’s mane.

Health Benefits of Lion’s Mane:

  • enhances brain function
  • helps improve digestive health
  • reduces bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol
  • supports heart and circulatory system health

I did not want to take any Lion’s Mane supplements however I still wanted to experience the benefits. I found the perfect solution, mushroom coffee! I purchased a box of Four Sigmatic Lion’s mane and Chaga coffee. I am not a big coffee drinker, I personally prefer tea. However, on days that I stay up past my bedtime and have hard time concentrating and focusing on my daily tasks the next day—this coffee gives me the energy I need to get through the day. I drink my coffee black, without any creamer or sweetener. It does not have the strong coffee taste, it’s a much smoother, milder taste. I drink about half of a cup and only on days when I need an extra energy boost. I am happy with the results so far. I do not drink conventional coffee (including decaf) because of the jittery feeling I get after I take a few sips. I did not experience that with this mushroom coffee.  I also enjoy the packaging, very convenient to keep at your desk at work.

Fall Ideas

With fall here, it’s a new season with new adventures, new experiences, a new wardrobe, and a new attitude. With cozy weather, it’s nice to stay inside and cuddle up with some blankets. People say that the hardest part of getting up and out there is convincing yourself to get up and get out there. For me personally, it’s finding something to do. Here are some ideas for fall hangouts and dates:

Apple Orchards

Apple orchards are a great place to visit during fall. The apples are ripe, the leaves change colors and nothing says fall like a caramelized apple. A farmers market is open and always a good way to try new treats and buy produce straight from the gardens. Fall is here so an orchid/ farmers market is the place to go.

Corn Mazes

Corn mazes, are a fun way to spend your fall time. Typically, corn mazes give you a map of the maze, but if you are feeling spontaneous ditch the map and have fun! One of my favorite things to is to pack a light lunch and have a little picnic on one of the lookout spots.  Not only is it a nice break, but food is always a good idea.

Fairs

Not all fairs are open, but the ones that are, are a good way to spend quality time with family and friends. With lots of games and rides, fall makes the fair fun without the heat.

Hikes

It might as well be called the hiking season. With summer ending and cooler winds coming in, hikes are a great way to get some exercise and distress. Great views and beautiful fall golden sunsets. Just make sure it’s not supposed to rain.

Spa Treatment

Another way to distress is to do a spa night. Nights are getting colder and hot bathes just hit the spot. Fall smelling candles, some Epsom salts or bath bombs/ bubbles, dimmed lights and some sort of entertainment. A book, a movie, music, or my favorite, my thoughts. Pamper yourself- put on a mask and paint your nails. Something we rarely get to do.

 

Upgrade Your Sleep: the Mattress

Do you wake up tired, sore, and almost falling off your bed? Is there a migration of the kids, the dog, and maybe even the cat into your bed? Maybe not the case for you, but it is the unaltered reality of our life!

Our kids, who both have their own beds, fall asleep in their own beds. Of course, at times the kids just have a way of ending up in our bed.

Therefore, we have been talking about upgrading our queen mattress to a KING! Below is a short list of pros and cons to justify getting a new mattress!

PROS

  • More ROOM on the bed!
  • Probably with get better sleep, contingent upon what mattress we get
  • Can redesign the bedroom

Photo by Vladislav Muslakov on Unsplash

CONS

  • Need to buy a new mattress: mattress shopping can be exhausting!
  • Need to buy a king size bed, sheets, bed covers
  • Will take up more room in the bedroom
  • What will we do the current furniture/mattress!?

After considering the pros and cons, we are still going with our impulse to purchase a new KING mattress. We are pursuing the thought of a good night sleep!!! Now, on to dealing with the cons…

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