Spotlight For The Book LESSONS FROM A DIFFICULT PERSON By Sarah H. Elliston

Book Description:

Elliston is a highly successful workshop leader and trainer, who offers wisdom learned the hard way—by experience – as well as through rigorous study and certification in many areas of professional training that aid her in her work — Values Realization, Parent Effectiveness Training and Reality Therapy. She is a faculty member of the William Glasser Institute. Glasser is an internationally recognized psychiatrist and developer of Reality Therapy, a method of psychotherapy that teaches people they have a choice in how they choose to behave.

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The methods Elliston offers in her book end the trauma and the drama, and minimize the possibility of confrontation. She gives YOU, the reader, the ability to take a strong, positive, confident—yet compassionate–stance with the “difficult person”—whether that is a relative, coworker, friend, one of your children or anyone else for that matter.

Elliston demonstrates how to:

• Identify the ways to talk to a “difficult” person

• Incorporate true incentives to help people change

• Make real the consequences of the “difficult” person’s action

• Increase success through acceptance and belonging

• Avoid being triggered by the “difficult” person allowing you to neutralize those hot buttons and communicate without judgment

Elliston lays out a proven script for peacefully transforming the difficult person’s behavior and the environment. She gives you the tools for successfully initiating and engaging in a conversation with a difficult person that would lead to change.

Author’s Bio:

Sarah (Sam) Elliston is an expert in the art of Dealing with Difficult People. She is a top workshop leader and a member of the faculty of the William Glasser Institute, which espouses “Reality Therapy” to foster behavioral change.

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But her instructional career began long before she even became aware that she was herself a “difficult person,” traits that began in Lincoln MA, where she grew up. For more than 30 years she has been teaching and training, first as a high school teacher in Ohio and Cincinnati—and then as an administrator in the not-for-profit sector.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook


Why music is good to your heart

When I am down and weary, listening or singing to music is my stress reliever. I can pour my hearts out to a very sad song and it makes me feel better while singing  it to the songs. The guitar center is a beautiful site where you can search the best music instruments or accessories. I love this Website myself though I do not play any musical instruments but my daughter is.

How to enjoy taking care of your loved ones need with Groupon

DISCLOSURE:  This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

I am so thankful that my kids were not little anymore. I have a teen-ager and a pre-teen. I remember those days when I used diapers. They are even expensive but if you want to save money Groupon Coupons will help you that. You can save buying expensive diapers from by using the coupons. I remember those days when my in-laws bring a big box of diapers on my first born. They indeed spoiled our first-born.

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Now that they are bigger our needs are different. There are times that I want to spend time alone with my husband like a date. I missed those times when we have our lunch date. We also seldom watch movie together. He works different shift and working part-time. I need help from to watch my kids for few hours while my husband and I spend alone time together while the kids are being taken care of. Couples need time together for themselves to connect and spend quality time together especially when they are busy working.

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Even if you have babies, you need to spend time for yourself as well, Groupon can help you with that not only saving money but at the same time enjoy time with your husband or by yourself. You can also check out their Facebook page or Twitter if you have not liked or follow their pages. You do not want to miss out deals not only for health but anything else in between.


Sending some medicines to my Mom overseas

My cousin Irene is going to the Philippines in 2 days for a Christmas vacation. I wish I can go but unfortunately I cannot. I am still new at work. Anyway, I asked her if I could send some medicines for my Mom. She said sure, you can send it to me and will give to my Mom. I am so happy and grateful. I sent my Mom four bottles of medicines for her heart and four ointments for her hand. I hope it will help her. I also included a Christmas card with photo inside and some Philippine money that left from my Philippines vacation four years ago. Thank you Irene for everything. I promise I make it up to you next year I hope when I go for a Christmas vacation.

Keeping fit and healthy is easy with Groupon

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

Summer is over for two months. I hope you did not gain any weight from eating those delicious summer foods like the meat on the grill.  They are easy to cook but so unhealthy. I loved the fresh fruits the most. My family was so active as well. We spent our time outside especially swimming in our pool. My kids were so tan during the summer.

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Sometimes my husband and I were both working during the days. We have to make sure that the kids have healthy food ready in the fridge once they get hungry. Luckily my kids were fit during the summer days.

I missed working out since I have worked. I missed my hula hoop the most but walking is my best work out especially during work. I lost count how many steps I made. One thing I wish is to have this watch that I found in Groupon Goods. It will help you track anything from heart rate the most.

Have you have a weight goal this year? I know it is not too late to start, right? Why not search the site for any fitness accessories and saves you money. You can also check their Facebook or Twitter for more social activities.

Where to keep your CDs organize

It is either you are working out or meditating, you need a studio rack like this to keep your work out CDs neat. You can also keep CDs from your favorite singers. I needed this myself. I wish I have a room in the house where I can keep all my stuff. I am sure working out is much easier when you can see the CDs right away to keep your routine smooth. Have you order one for yourself?

No cavity for this Mama

Though I hate going to the dentist every four months, I have no choice but to go. Having a beautiful teeth is not only important but healthy gums as well. Four days ago, I had my dentist appointment at four in the afternoon. It took them 13 minutes at least before they call my name. I am so thankful that  I brought my Nook with so I can read a book while waiting.

As always, I get scared the moment I sit on that examination chair. My nerves took awhile to calm down. After taking a deep breath which takes at least five minutes, then am fine. I also had an X-Ray done. I hate chewing that thing where they took your X-ray. It is so big and hurt my mouth. I have no choice because it does not take longer.

Overall, I am happy that this Mama has no cavity. I just need to take extra effort to clean my upper left gums. I know it is hard to reach. How about you? Did you went to the dentist recently?

Why I shop at Walmart for my supplements products like Nature Made

“This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.”

We bid good-bye to Summer a month ago. It means Autumn is here. It is time to enjoy the beautiful trees, bundled-up from the crispy air and being cozy in-front of the fireplace. Most of all stay healthy. As much as I want to stay healthy, there are times that you get sick. 

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Working in a nursing home does not prevent me either from some residents that are sick. Prevention will keep me from not catching any virus from work and bring it at home ans shared it with my family. I am so glad that they closed the old Walmart and opened a Super Walmart. The closest Walmart is eight minutes drive from where I live.

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The first time I heard about Nature Made products is from a co-worker. They suggested it to me. I love taking supplements just like my kids. It is easy to find the Vitamins and Supplements in Walmart. It is on the second aisle to your right when you enter the store. You will not miss the Nature Made products because is right there. I bought Multi For Her plus Omega-3s. This is an adult gummies. There are 100 gummies in a bottle. The gummies are natural fruit flavors like lemon, orange and strawberry. You need to take two gummies with a meal. I love that has many vitamins that I needed. I also bought Chewable C. It comes with two bottles. It has 60 tablets in each bottle. It has orange and other natural flavors. You can chew one tablet. It is easy to chew. I also bought the Fish Oil. I love eating fish. It has 100 softgels in a bottle. You take two softgels. You need to take these supplements with a meal. Fish Oil will help you support a healthy heart. Who does not want a healthy heart, right? I bought these supplements so it is very easy for me to chew. 

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Why do I only buy Nature Made products? It is because “Nature Made® is the #1 Pharmacist Recommended brand for many key dietary supplement categories*” You can buy any supplements you want in Walmart. It is because you do not need coupons or wait for sale to save you money. Walmart has everyday low prices especially on Nature Made products. Do you know that Nature Made® has a variety of vitamins, minerals, and supplements (VMS) to help support nutritional gaps with your health goals in mind ranging from Digestive Support, Heart Health & Function, Energy Metabolism, Women’s Health and much more!† You can also buy “Nature Made® Probiotics: Nature Made® Advanced Dual Action Probiotic has been clinically studied and provides dual support to both your small and large intestine for comprehensive coverage to help support digestive balance and healthy gut flora.†” Probiotic is only available Walmart SuperCenters “Nature Made® vitamins and supplements: An easy, convenient way to help your body get the nutritional support it needs every day, whether it be to support bone health, immune health or energy metabolism (helping convert food into energy).†”

Aside from working out and eating healthy food. How do you keep your safe healthy? Do you take supplements as well?

By the way, you can join the Nature Made® Retailer Hub & Sweepstakes giveaway for your chance to win one of 60 Walmart gift cards worth $50 each. There is no purchase necessary. Check it out also Nature Made® Facebook and Nature Made® Twitter. Check out also the Nature Made® Healthy Habit Builder. Make sure to follow Walmart Twitter and Walmart Facebook.

“*Based on the 2016 U.S. News & World Report – Pharmacy Times Survey.”

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A Drop of Water: A Spiritual Journey Book by Yvonne Williams Casaus

Book Description:

In this extraordinary book, Yvonne reflects upon her past experiences, grief, and losses to find her way back to her spirituality and strength. She bares her soul, yet is able to use water as a lighthearted, uninhibited, and fun way to express how we are all connected. It is a spiritually inspired book about healing, grief, and personal growth.

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It becomes a beautiful poetic journey as she discovers her love of water as part of what led her towards her spiritual path. Through her writing she expresses how she found her way through several tremendous losses, including the loss of her husband. In her ability to endure, she found a strength she never knew she had.

This book is for anyone that has ever struggled with depression, grief, or loss of any kind. It is for anyone interested in personal growth and healing. By sharing her personal story she is able to remind us that we are never truly alone. Water connects us all.

Buy the Book: Amazon

Author’s Bio:

Yvonne Williams Casaus is a Mom, Wife, Author, Counselor, and Play Therapist. She is an independently licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC), a Registered Play Therapist (RPT), and is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. She specializes in Depression, Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She has a private practice in New Mexico and has been helping adults, children, adolescents, and families for over eleven years.

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Yvonne’s areas of expertise include Depression, Anxiety, Divorce, Panic Attacks, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), Sexual Abuse, Rape, Physical Abuse, Grief, ADHD and other issues. She also specializes in treating traumatized children with issues such as PTSD, Sexual abuse, Physical Abuse, Neglect, Adoption, and Reactive Attachment Disorder.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram

Interview with the author:

  1. do you balance your time between being a mom and being a writer?

I believe in quality time vs. quantity time. So when I am with my children I try to be truly present with them. I write and edit when they are busy at school or while waiting in the car during gymnastics practice. I take an hour in between volunteering in a kindergarten classroom and seeing a client at work. Prioritizing is important. I get up early to write before the weekend gets busy with practices and birthday parties.  Sometimes I have to make a choice. Do I finish my book or do the dishes? It’s not always easy.

  1. Do you have another profession besides writing?

Yes, I love working as a Counselor and Play Therapist. I have a private practice and I have been working with adults, adolescents, children, and families for over eleven years. I am certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which I use to treat Depression, Anxiety, and Trauma.  I also specialize in treating traumatized children. I have a bumper sticker that says “MY WORK IS CHILD’S PLAY”, which I absolutely love.

  1. What are some interesting and/or quirky things you like to do?

I love music. Going to Rock Concerts is one of my most favorite things to do. I play the guitar and love to paint. Lately, I have really enjoyed making Kumihimo jewelry. I have always been crazy about anything with leopard print. It must be the wild side in me. I have so many things with leopard print; from clothes, to purses, to phone cases and shoes. Finally, I have always loved the water. I swear I was a mermaid before.

  1. What is your next project?

My next project is a fictional fantasy dealing with spirituality. It is a young adult book. I work with many adolescents so I was drawn to this genre. I have really enjoyed fiction and creating my own fantasy world. I sense some vampires coming.

  1. There are many books out there about healing from loss and personal growth, what makes yours different?

I was spiritually inspired to share from my knowledge as a therapist and suicide loss survivor. I lost my husband, the father of my children to suicide. While I was sharing my heartbreaking story I had a nice surprise. I found a connection between my healing journey, my grief, my tears and water. I started rhyming, laughing, and having fun. The messages I received while writing weren’t just for me, they were for everyone. We can all overcome profound tragedy and learn to heal each other because we are all connected.

  1. Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?

There have been times I felt stuck in my writing. I have found that it helps to do a short meditation before every writing session. It helps clear out my mind. If I am still stuck and a blank page is staring at me I pick a topic and start doing circle drawings. I write about what is keeping me stuck. It usually has to do with anger or some form of self sabotage. Sometimes we need the power of curse words to move past our blocks.

  1. What is the scariest thing you have ever done?

I have gone sky diving and I have snorkeled with sharks. I have to say putting my personal story out there for the world to read has been the most terrifying thing I have ever done. I am pretty adventurous, I don’t mind heights and I love big scary roller coasters.  However, I tend to be a very private person, so sharing the loss of my husband to suicide was not easy for me.


Finally my Summer Babe is milk allergy free

I am so happy and so excited for my Summer Babe. Finally after ten years, she is now milk allergy free. She passed her milk challenge without having hives and feel itchy yesterday as her allergy appointment. She has come along way. It is about time for my Summer Babe to enjoy eating food without having milk allergy.

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I took her out from school yesterday at noon since her appointment is at 1:15. We went back to the house and had lunch. We left the house at 12:30. It takes me at least 30 minutes drive to get there at the doctors. Yesterday was so traffic. The town workers are fixing a road which leads to a traffic. Great thing is, we leave early. We got there at the doctor’s at 1:05. We still have ten minutes waiting for her actual appointment. She was called after few minutes.

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The wait is long after they took her weight, height and blood pressure. We waited at least 20 minutes inside before the milk challenge started after some of the questions. I loved that her doctor is so excited as much as we do. She really wants my Summer Babe to pass this milk challenge. We brought this  strawberry milk with us as my Summer Babe loves the strawberry flavor.

She started drinking half a teaspoon. The doctor checked on her after ten minutes. She then gave her one teaspoon and checked on her 15 minutes later. She then took one tablespoon and checked her after 20 minutes. She gave her two tablespoons and checked her after 30 minutes. The waiting is really long. I also checked her if she has hives on her face, so far, so good, her face is cleared.

What did we do while waiting? We already know that the waiting takes forever. She brought her Math homework with her, her Kindle and earphones. She  even took many selfies while waiting for the result. We had a girl talk. I let her used my cellphone. I also have a Nook with me so  I can read but feel so sleepy.

After two 2/12 hours, her doctor told us that finally she is now milk allergy free. The three of us were so happy and so exited for her. The doctor said it is about time. Thank you God for answering our prayers. One allergy down and one to go. She is now has the peanut allergy left. I hope and pray that the result with be amazing like her milk challenge test. She has a peanut skin test next month. She also needs a blood work done.

We also had a note that she is now milk allergy free for the school to give it to the nurse. She said she wants pizza for dinner. Pizza it is then.

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