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Book Review: The Little Book Of Hygge

Summary

Hygge is pronounced “hoo-guh”.

“The noun hygge includes something nice, cozy, safe and known, referring to a psychological state.The Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen has studied the positive effect of “hygge” on Danish society.”—- Wikipedia

The author of this book, Meik Wiking, is the CEO of The Happiness Research Institute. In this book, he outlines the meaning of “hygge” and its characteristics. He also gives examples on how to add or transform your own space to be more “hygge-ly”.

Conclusion

I really enjoyed the imagery that appeared when he described a Hygge-ly setting. I love a good book, candlelight, and under a warm blanket. Reading this book really reminds me of the days that we all can gather around at barbecue parties and potlucks.

Interestingly, I know of some people who are actually glad that they can’t have any big family gatherings and demand expensive Christmas gifts. I guess they wouldn’t like hygge-ly ideas then…

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Blogger Recognition Award By Beyond The Front Cover

Thank you Jess from Beyond The Front Cover for the nomination!

The Rules
  • Thank the blogger that nominated you and give a link to their site
  • Do a post to show your award
  • Give a summary of how your blog started
  • Give two pieces of advice for any new bloggers
  • Select at least 15 other bloggers for this award
  • Let each nominee know you’ve nominated them and give a link to your post

How My Blog Started

I now have two blog pages because WordPress only allows 3 GBs of media. I will continue to be active on my first page!

1) http://www.Chocoviv.home.blog (over 3000 subscribers)

2) http://www.Chocoviv.Wordpress.com

Two Piece Of Advice

1) Interact with other bloggers by likes and comments! I like to ask if I could Reblog any articles that interest me too. Then, I like to tag them on all their social media platforms.

2) Do those tags and awards, as much as you can. These really help to promote yourself and others when others tag you or you tag others. Don’t feel offended if some don’t want to do it. Just let them know that it helps to promote their blog too!

Nominees

1) https://chromelove5.wordpress.com

2) http://middleme.net

3) https://brstrickland.com

4) https://eevvee.com/

5) http://from1heart2another.art.blog/2021/03/07/stay-positive-%f0%9f%8c%bb/

6) https://thehomeslogg.com/2021/03/07/how-should-you-style-your-home/

7) https://www.athenadiakos.com/be-kind-to-yourself/

8) https://www.later-means-never.com/

9) http://themindfulgingernut.com

10) http://fitambitiousblonde.com

11) https://drunkenanimeblog.com

12) http://tierneycreates.com

13) http://womanoftheworld.home.blog

14) http://sowmyasspicycorner.com

15) http://daysbeauty.ca

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Art Inspiration: Hear Me Roar

In the great

Sahara Desert

He stands proudly

Guarding

And watching

Never backing

From a threat

To protect

His pride.

—– Chocoviv

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Thought Of The Week: What Is Happiness

Image Courtesy of Jill Conyers

This is definitely something that I have been trying hard to do all my life. Interestingly enough, some people actually laugh at how I am silly and simpleminded to think that way.

As a child, I grew up with all the basics that I needed to be comfortable. Naturally, many of the other children I knew had items that I yearned for like video games. So, one day, I was given a small handheld device with one game that resembled soccer. I was overjoyed! I knew that there was no hope in the world for me to receive a fancy and expensive one. But, it didn’t matter anymore. I had this small slice of heaven in my own little device.

Some may laugh at how low my standards are… it’s not about standards, it’s absolutely about finding and appreciating the smallest things in life.

When I visited Yukon, I was so fascinated at how large and sparkly the icicles that were hanging at the edge of the rooftops. I had wanted to pause and take photos. However, someone laughed that I was being so odd, since it’s a common sighting for the other people in the group, I didn’t take my photo. I barely had time to take another look. Till today, I felt I that I missed one of my tasks in life. Well, at least I did take one good look at how beautiful those icicles!

What small pleasures in life have you encountered lately?

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Art Inspiration: Exeggutor

I have one body

And three minds

We think independently

But move in one way

To understand

And to work

Together

As a team

Is the best formula for

Success.

—- Chocoviv

❤️

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Reblog Feature: What are the Signs of Job Burnout and How Do You Overcome It

Is your current job getting too much to handle? Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of work all the time? Does it feel that no matter how many …

What are the Signs of Job Burnout and How Do You Overcome It

Job burnout is not something that many of us want to think about. However, after a long time at a job, a certain amount of resentment from being taken advantage of by others can happen.

When that happens, there can be two things that you can do, leave the job or adjust. As with every relationship, after awhile, people just get used to things and for a lack of a better word, get lazy.

Coworkers and bosses get used to you doing things for them that you are not required to do, but out of the kindness of your heart. They expect you to continue to do it even though it now stresses you out or puts burden to your family life.

This COVID-19 lockdown time really allow me to think and readjust my expectations. For decades, I have gone out of my way to help others and sometimes it seems that I do not get appreciated. But, why do I do it? Often monetary rewards do not exist nor immediate rewards appear after I do those tasks to make life easier for others.

I believe that in life there are pros and cons to everything. I trust that the help I do for others will come back to reward me in some way. It may not be immediate, but the universe understands….. It can be frustrating sometimes with feelings of betrayal brimming to the surface. Hence, I need to vent too. Remember I am a human being after all.

Thank you Middleme for this reminder!

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Art Inspiration: Love For Lilies

Lilies blooming

In the arms of unfurling leaves

Among the love of its branches

Sunlight glistening

Airy clouds

Floating by

As I lay beside

These silky petals

Feeling the love

Pouring from its cup

—-Chocoviv

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Reblog Feature: Vegan Piña Coladas!

Thank you Alatteats for this great idea! Just when I was reminded by my calendar that I was suppose to be on a cruise ship in the Caribbeans, but not due to Covid-19…..

I remember the time I visited the Domican Republic at the Iberostar Resort. I was overjoyed when I discovered that they served a complimentary Pina Colada mocktail! Yes! I preferred not to be drinking during vacations. It was my first vacation as an adult and I needed to be alert all the time.

Then I discovered that Pina Colada had the the highest calories of the cocktails…..

Oh well! C’est la vie!

Piña coladas are delicious for everybody. Simply omit the alcohol for the kiddos and add more or less for yourself depending on your preferences. …

Vegan Piña Coladas!

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Book Review: Black Autumn (Surviving The Crash)

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Summary

After a nuclear bomb went off, it was clear that the apocalypse was at the door step. Jeff was Black ops and he worked with Jason who ran the Homestead. This was a place of sanctuary for those who could afford it. It had all the necessities of life. It was one enormous preparation centre for the apocalypse. Many still didn’t believe the end was near. But for the ones that did, they were determined to be ready.

Conclusion

The entire novel was about the interactions and relationships regarding the impending doom ahead. It actually reminded me a lot of those survival stories that I watch on television. The way they accumulated their supplies, one had to think about those who didn’t prepare at all. What would happen when they ran out of supplies and march towards the Homestead?

If you enjoy stories about survival and special forces, you may find this book interesting.

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Movie Review: The Two Popes

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Summary

It has been over 700 years since a pope ever resigned from the Vatican Office. Pope Benedict XVI did in 2013 after less than 8 years in the office. He was viewed as being on the traditional and conservative side, while the runner-up, Cardinal Bergoglio was on the reform and non conventional side. Both had very different views and perspective about what and how things should be…..After the voting for the new pope, he went back to Buenos Aires and planned his retirement. He wanted to just be a regular priest with a small parish. No more being the Cardinal…..no more attention for him…

However, no matter how many times he wrote to Pope Benedict XVI about getting the approval for his retirement, there was no response! Finally, he was summoned to visit the pope in Rome. He thought that he just needed to get his retirement papers signed and he was done! Or so he thought…..

Conclusion

I watched this like the biographical drama film that it was meant to be. It’s a beautiful story about how two very different man learned to express and respect each others’ differences and become great friends. This was definitely completely beyond what I had expected. (Hearing “Dancing Queen” by ABBA hummed by the Cardinal was very interesting!)

In the media and in books, most popes appeared to be all solemn and for lack of a better word, boring and lifeless. They seemed out of touch with the modern world. However, this film really highlighted the most feisty and humorous sides of both men. The arguments and conversations between the two made me chuckle and laugh. The conversations about scandal and mistakes were very raw and open.

The fact that I visited Rome and saw Pope Francis, was why I wanted to watch this movie. Plus Anthony Hopkins was in it!

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Art Inspiration: Be Fierce

Be fierce

And fight

For what you believe in

No matter how other

Put you down

Laugh at your thoughts

And

Toss you aside

For being unique

And different

Remember always

Be yourself.

—-Chocoviv

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Reblog Feature: 5 Things that every blogger appreciates

As bloggers, we are constantly writing content to benefit our readers. We search for the most asked questions and try to provide answers. We censor …

5 Things that every blogger appreciates

I definitely agree with Shelly from Growing With Spawn! Read about how you can support your favourite bloggers and help each other grow!

Leave a link to your own blog below so we can check it out too.

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Art Inspiration: Monday Mood

It’s another Monday

Another week

Another month

Another year

What is there to

Look forward to?

To hear the sounds of

Laughter

To feel the slightest of

Breezes

To smell the freshest of

Bread

To taste the sweetest of

Berries

And

To see the majestic parts of

Our land.

—– Chocoviv

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Ready For Spring

Image Courtesy of Random Vibes

It’s March! Time for spring! Are you ready for it?

Last March was the beginning of a year of lockdown and turmoil due to Covid-19. No one ever expected it still be around after a year. Hopefully, this spring is the beginning of something new and joyous. How are you holding up?

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Movie Review: I Care A Lot

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Summary

Marla Grayson’s legal job was to be the court appointed guardian to vulnerable elderly seniors without caring family or friends. She would “help” take care of all their finances by rummaging through the possessions, bank deposit boxes and even sell off their houses for them. This was all meant to help pay for the elaborate and professional care homes that Marla placed them in. Ultimately, she would use the money to pay herself, handsomely.

Marla had a special skill. She connected with doctors to find those vulnerable elderly to write up a legal recommendation that they weren’t sound of mind. That way the court would place them in Marla’s care as her ward. Everything was working in Marla’s way.

One day, her doctor friend showed her a “cherry”. A “cherry” was someone who was rather healthy, no family, no friends, clean tax records and sitting on a nest egg. Jackpot! Or so they thought……Ironically, this “cherry” was more of a mob bomb….

Conclusion

Initially, I thought that this movie was just about how she would simply scam elderly people out of their money. Then, I saw how her skill of connecting people and will to live really impressed me. The twists in this movie definitely surprised me.

(This actually reminded me of all the folks living in care homes right now during Covid-19. So many outbreaks and fatalities…. The lack of visitors definitely could take a toll on the mental health of the residents. Hopefully, things will get better.)

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Reblog Feature: Sweet Potato Bread {Easy and Healthy Recipe}

Sweet potato bread is so easy to make, absolutely delicious and the best part is, this recipe doesn’t use any refined sugar! This quick bread is …

Sweet Potato Bread {Easy and Healthy Recipe}

This is the first time that I have ever heard of sweet potato bread! But looking at the photos, I am sure it tastes as good as it looks!

Do you like bread?

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https://www.aspenonmain.com

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Happy Pokemon Day!

“February 27, 1995
Pokemon meets the world.

The first Pokemon media, Pokemon Red and Green, a pair of video games for the original Game Boy, are released.”—-National Today

As a teenager, I loved the cartoon and all the cute Pokémon characters.
As a parent, I was so happy to visit the Pokemon cafe.
Do you like Pokémon?

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The Pokemon Cafe At Osaka

After months of waiting, I finally got to visit The Pokemon Cafe! As a huge fan of the original Pokemon series since the 90s, I have wanted to visit …

The Pokemon Cafe At Osaka

Celebrating Pokémon Day!

Recalling my time at the Pokemon Cafe in Osaka! 😀

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Art Inspiration: Fly Away

When the chrysalis

Cracks open

And the Ray of Light

Appears

The wings of the butterfly

Shall unfold

And flutter gently

Against the cool breeze

Until finally

It can fly away

To freedom.

—–Chocoviv

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Thought Of The Week: Care For Our Earth

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“Let’s affirm:

I appreciate the beautiful world I live in.”— Louise Hay

This is a very important affirmation for all of us. Even though most of us are not able to completely become waste-free and eco friendly, every little bit helps. Every little bit that each of us are doing will make a difference to the earth.

Trying to look for reusable alternatives or reuse as much as we can helps.

Fixing things that are broken as much as we can helps.

Sorting our trash helps. Not everything is meant to thrown into the landfill or burned.

I believe that having a hundred people do one percent beats one person doing one hundred percent in our path towards success.

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Art Inspiration: Float Away

To be able

To step into

The little basket

And float away

Following the wind

And the breeze

To get away

From all the worries

And pain

Beneath our feet

Is a beautiful feeling.

—–Chocoviv

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Movie Review: Unhinged

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Summary

A recently divorced mother was driving her son to school encountered a burly man driving a large truck, slammed onto her horn when he didn’t move at the green light. Initially, he told her calmly that she only needed to give a courtesy tap and not a full-on slam on the horn. She was not interested in hearing anything that he was saying.

He was not pleased and he made sure she felt his anger……

Conclusion

Although it might seem a bit blown out of proportion for some, the man’s sudden onslaught of terror because of some honking from a mom was enough to trigger his blow up. Road rage was definitely something I would not like to encounter or be in the middle of at anytime. In the past, I have witnessed many accounts of road rage by just sitting in the passenger seat. It was horrifying to see how mad and lose control some drivers are when something didn’t go there way. It’s the worst when there were children in the car. So, watching this movie really felt real to me. Scary!

Note: It’s Russell Crowe! Wow…..just wow….

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Art Inspiration: Monarch Caterpillar

Quietly creeping

Crawling

Across

The milkweed leaves

Staying alert

As I slowly

Chewed and

Chewed

Worrying

About any shadows

Appearing

Above me.

—–Chocoviv

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Photo Of The Day: Bearded Dragon Relaxation Time

So after I finished using my heated shoulder massager, he crawled up and cuddled to the warmth of the machine. He looked so comfortable so I held my phone up to take a photo. The instant I had my camera on, he immediately looked right at me, ready for his photo.

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Positive Income Affirmations

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During this time of uncertainty, many of us are feeling lost and down. It’s simpler to just dwell in the fact that we lost our jobs, or got laid off. It hurts the most when I read about many working folks despite working at their job for decades, are let go because of the pandemic.

Many of the small businesses start to appear online as time pass. As a way to adapt and support these small businesses, I start to use my social media platforms to promote them. As I also lost my job of 20 years myself also, I know how it feels. There are times that I worry about the future too. I remember the sadness that flood my mind at that point. However, deep down inside, I believe that I can trust in a higher power. I am a pragmatic person, so I always save for a rainy day as per my mother’s instructions as a child. Then, the government announces that they are giving subsidies to help us.

I am very grateful for all of this. So, despite that fact I am not able to increase my income substantially in monetary ways, I am able to increase my income of “positivity” during this time. By helping out as a volunteer and as a blogger, I am able to make a positive influence online and offline.

Not everything can be bought by money….as per Louise Hay…..Her book reminds me to continue to believe in my positive affirmations, no matter how others criticize me.

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Movie Review: Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

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After the Spanish war, the Francoist (Francisco Franco, a dictator) army was fighting against the Spanish Maquis (Spanish Guerilla). Ofelia and her very pregnant mother was going to meet up with her cruel Francoist captain stepfather in the countryside. He was fighting the guerilla there. So, despite the doctor’s recommendations against his wife travelling, he demanded that she gave birth where he was!

This was the place where Ofelia “discovered” the secret that she was actually a lost princess of a magical world. She was given three difficult tasks to do before she could return to her magical kingdom and leave this cruel world behind. Ofelia had to fulfill them at all cost….

Conclusion

The creatures in this story were quite frightening to me, including the fawn that revealed Ofelia’s magical identity. The infamous Pale Man was creepy and frightening. However, the true evil of the movie was the Francoist captain. The way he mistreated everyone around him was horrendous. That was the real monster of the real world.

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Art Inspiration: Inner Child

Sitting alone

Pondering

Deeply on

The meaning

Of life and death.

Feeling lost

For a long

While,

Not knowing

When

Where

How

The future

Will be…..

——Chocoviv

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Reblog Feature: Easy no-bake coconut and chocolate balls (Mother’s Day gift idea)

These easy no-bake coconut and chocolate balls are crunchy and full of flavour. They make an indulgent dessert and a great homemade gift.

Easy no-bake coconut and chocolate balls (Mother’s Day gift idea)

The idea of no-bake definitely appeals to very little chefs out there. I can imagine that parents can do this with their little ones!

Check out the link below for more recipe ideas:

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MDNA Facial At Aqua Beauty

This was the first time ever that I heard of this type of facial.

What Is The MDNA Facial?

“The ultimate skin care produced by Madonna.

Carefully selected blend of ingredients, achieves flawless translucent skin.

The unique volcanic clay mask captures the dirt and impurities while leaving behind a veil of moisturizing beauty serum, keeping the skin smooth and forever hydrated. Great for any skin types and concerns“—Aqua Beauty

This facial mask is so interesting as the magnetic clay mask was removed with a magnetic wand! Interesting!

The best part of the facial for me was the head, neck and shoulder massage. I preferred a heavier pressure, so it worked out for me. Of course, you could request for a lighter pressure when she would check in with you.

Other treatments that were available are:

Manicure / pedicure

IPL hair removal

Body massage

Lash extensions

Check them out online:

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Art Inspiration: Raphael

With my twin sai

I defend and fight

To protect my family

And my city

Fiery is my temper

And rebellious

Is my nature

No matter

How many obstacles

I face

I will defeat

Them all!

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Vendor Feature: Zuri And Emma

These look like desserts! Thank you Zuri & Emma for this lovely box of beauty products!

Who Is Zuri & Emma?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

Zuri & Emma was born seven years ago out of the love for our girls, and the beauty and joy of creating beautiful baby accessories. Blessed to call Metro Vancouver our home, we shared many memorable moments creating and sharing our custom pieces with families who also enjoyed seeing their little ones decked out in cute patterns, lace, florals, and even bow ties!

As our season of life changes with the beauty of motherhood, so has Zuri & Emma. With the same passion for creativity and fun, in late 2020, we started handcrafting our artisanal line of bath and body products with love in small batches using premium ingredients. As mothers with children who have eczema, we understand the challenges that come with bath time and finding products that support healthy skin. We strive to make bath time and self-care a calming and renewing experience for all!

2) We are two mommies: Gigi – Zuri’s Mom & Jenny – Emma’s Mom, sharing the same passion for creativity and fun. We started our soap-making journey in late 2020 when we first attempted to make our first soaps, knowing the benefits of having known and natural ingredients in our skincare products. Particularly, as we all wash our hands a lot more during the unprecedented time, keeping our skins moisturizing all time is extremely important. As we shared some of the soap designs on personal social media, we felt overwhelmed with the compliments we received from friends wanting to buy the soaps from us. We then sold over 70+ soaps (plus lipblams) during Christmas and donated all the proceeds for the first 50 sets to BC Children’s Hospital and Canadian Cancer Society. Soap making is addictive and fun, we could not stop us from creating and designing more soaps, in many cases, turning them into art pieces. Grateful, we immediately transformed our soap making hobby into a ‘small business’ and our page Zuri & Emma.

4) Is there anything else you would like to share:)

We share what we love. We all have a busy life, and it is important to find time to enjoy ourselves. Outside of our fulltime jobs (as well as doing mommies’ duties), we find our “me time” through creating as well as testing these lovely, glamming and cute products! We hope that you find your ME time as well through the use of our products at bath time.

Check out their sites:

https://m.facebook.com/ZuriAndEmma/

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Thoughts On Receiving Gifts

According to Louise Hay in “The Power Is Within Me”, we need to learn to give and receive gifts graciously. She reminds us that if we criticize the gifts that were given to us (wrong size, scent, colour etc), sooner or later people will seize to give us anything.

“You can give the gift to someone else instead.”

Most of us are generous when we give gifts. However, when it comes to receiving gifts, it can be a bit difficult to hide the disappointment when we do not get what we really want. We need to learn to be grateful and thank you other person graciously. Be grateful!

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Netflix Series: The Sinner (Season 2)

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Summary

A 13 year old boy, Julian was discovered in a motel room with a couple of dead bodies. The man and woman was thought to be the child’s parents. The family was supposedly heading to visit the Niagara Falls. Immediately, he became the prime suspect in the murders. The police in charge, Heather felt that there was something odd about this case. She couldn’t let the boy be charged so quickly, so she called up Harry to help with the case. Harry used to live in her town and knew her father well. So she believed that he could help the boy.

After some investigation, Julian admitted that he had poisoned the couple. But why?

Conclusion

This season centred about the topic of parenting and growing up. As a child began to grow up, the child would begin to question and challenge their upbringing and the rules of the parent. The parent would often feel that this behaviour was wrong, rebellious and unacceptable. However, when the parent actually had an open conversation with the child, they might discover that the child actually had a good reason for their behaviour.

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Netflix Series: Crime Scene (The Vanishing At The Cecil Hotel)

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Summary

This case was attracted a lot of publicity back then as it was the vanishing of a young Asian woman from Canada. The way she was acting and all the video footages were all very odd. Tons of conspiracy theorists and television shows talked about it. One of the main reasons was the location.

The Cecil Hotel was infamous for being the centre of supernatural events. It was a low-cost hotel where assorted interesting characters would stay at …. Could these suspicious characters have anything to do with her disappearance?

Conclusion

This series really emphasizes how powerful the internet can be… both in a good and bad way. It reminds us that even though the internet can connect, it can also isolate certain individuals. It is still important to reach out and connect to other human beings in the traditional sense. Remember that when we are feeling low and isolated, that we are not alone.

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Book Review: The Power Is Within You

Summary

Louise Hay talks about how the power to change comes from within ourselves. Self love and the ability to accept all of our positive and negative sides is key. No matter how weird and odd it seems, positive affirmations and getting to know our inner child is important.

Louise Hay suggests different exercises to try by ourselves to really get to know ourselves. Being self-critical often forces our inner child to hide.

Conclusion

After you read the book, I suggest that you can also listen to the audiobook. Everyday, I like to play a bit of it at the end of the day. It helps remind myself that no matter how difficult life maybe at times and how I may feel helpless, the power is within me! I can do this!

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Netflix Series: The Sinner (Season One)

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Summary

A young mother, Cora, suddenly jumped onto a young man and stabbed him to death. In front of dozens of onlookers on the beach and her family, it seemed a simple case. She confessed and was willing to go to jail. She wouldn’t talk to anyone, until Detective Harry spent the time to observe and talk with her. When everyone and everything pointed to Cora, he felt something was off. The more he investigated, the more he discovered…

Conclusion

What is guilt?

Guilt is an emotional experience that occurs when a person believes or realizes—accurately or not—that they have compromised their own standards of conduct or have violated universal moral standards and bear significant responsibility for that violation. Guilt is closely related to the concept of remorse as well as shame.— Wikipedia

Guilt was holding Cora back. Naturally, she did kill the young man. Taking someone’s life was definitely something that went against the standard of conduct. She wouldn’t open up as she truly believed that she deserved to be punished.

Sadly, sometimes, like in this story, so much emphasis was placed on following the parents’ strict rules, the children could feel imprisoned in their own homes. So much fear could be imbedded into their minds that it could dramatically affect their development.

Note: There are a few reoccurring mature scenes in this season.

Now I am off to watch Season 2…..

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Reblog Feature: Spicy Bean Soup for a Cold Winter’s Night

In Maine, notorious for its long stretches of cool and sometimes downright cold weather, we can eat soup eight months out of the year. (If June is …

Spicy Bean Soup for a Cold Winter’s Night

I saw this post by Laurie of Hinterlands and it reminded me of the quick meals I had as a child. A hot bowl of soup and a slice of garlic bread was my favourite.

What was your favourite type of soup?

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Blogger Recognition Award By Beyond The Front Cover

This is the first award nomination on my second blog page! Thank you Jess of beyondthefrontcover! I look forward to more tags and nominations!

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The Rules
  • Thank the blogger that nominated you and give a link to their site
  • Do a post to show your award
  • Give a summary of how your blog started
  • Give two pieces of advice for any new bloggers
  • Select at least 15 other bloggers for this award
  • Let each nominee know you’ve nominated them and give a link to your post

How Chocoviv‘s Lifestyle Blog Began

As you may have noticed, this is my second blog page now. I began blogging as one of my big social media coordinator contracts ended and I was taking a break. I needed to keep connected with all the amazing small businesses that I met, so a blog was the perfect outlet!

Two Pieces Advice For New Bloggers

1) Try to participate and interact with other bloggers on award nominations. Don’t feel overwhelmed if you suddenly get a few nominations. Just take a note and work on them one by one. I suggest one a week if you do receive many. This is the best way to get your name out there and to meet new bloggers!

2) Try to cross-promote across different platforms and network with other bloggers the same way to grow.

My Nominees

https://emergingfromthedarknight.wordpress.com

http://wcr281.com

http://dawnkinster.com

http://lookingforthelight.blog

http://candidkay.com

https://beautybeyondbones.com

https://stevenhumphreyswriter.wordpress.com

http://aroused.blog

https://apotterheadsworld.wordpress.com

http://robinleeann.com

http://therapybits.com

https://carlalovestoread.wordpress.com

https://dellartista.wordpress.com

https://bikecolleenbrown.wordpress.com

http://middleme.net

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Thoughts On Family Day

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What Is Family Day? Besides being a holiday for schools, it’s a good reminder to focus on the family. The truth is there are those of us out there who do not want to be reminded of their family. Some families do not have a happy history. So, why think about them? Cutting off toxic relationships especially with family is the most difficult and painful. However, as Louise Hay says….

“We are all family, and the planet is our home.”

Day by day, no matter how difficult it may be, I try to use the positive affirmation—

“I attract only healthy relationships. I am always treated well.”

Life isn’t always easy and the very same people who are causing grieve in your lives are often the hurt ones in the past. It is not a simple task to forgive or forget. On the contrary, I understand that even taking baby steps towards forgiving those sad individuals can help myself to release a little bit of the burden off of my heart.

Remember that every experience, good or bad, I need to accept and appreciate the learning that comes with it. I also value the caring relationships that help me stay grounded and loved.

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Reblog Feature: Health benefits of positive thinking and optimism | Power of positive thinking

For the mind and for the body, positive thinking is essential. It doesn’t not only make positive thinkers healthier and less stressed but also helps …

Health benefits of positive thinking and optimism | Power of positive thinking

These are definitely excellent benefits from positive thinking. Just remember that it is also important to accept that everyone can make mistakes too. Learn to love yourself no matter what!

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Valentine’s Day Is A Day For Self Love

Positive self affirmations can help us to work towards more self-love for ourselves. It’s not about only having a positive attitude and mentality all the time. That is unrealistic and actually hide the genuine pain that is part of life.

On the contrary, it’s about really accepting yourself during all the ups and downs. To accept that sometimes we make mistakes and not to blame anyone, especially ourselves, is difficult. It’s like learning to walk as a toddler. We fall, but we get up and keep going.

Remember to celebrate even the littlest of successes. There are a lot of people out there who only focus on huge successes in life. Too many children grow up to search for only huge successes in life end up giving up on themselves as adults. This is due to the feeling of constant failure, criticism by others and guilt.

When we are able to guide our inner child to focus on all the little successes in life, we can begin to also see the little successes in others. I consider this a type of self-love too!

What do you think?

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DIY Lunar New Year Decorations

Every year, we have a lot of used red packets lying around. So, this year, I decided to make some decorations!

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