Getting A New Puppy? Tips To Make You Both Happy…

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Bringing Your New Puppy Home

I love puppies and when I get a new one I can’t wait to bring them home to snuggle, explore their cuteness, and show them their new home. But wait…

When you pick up your new puppy, don’t rush directly home with the little guy. Let the little one explore the outside (weather permitting). Let him smell all the smells in your yard. Walk the perimeter of your property with the dog, that way, they will get a sense of their territory.

Bonus if they happen to pee or poo when on this little stroll…make sure you have little treats handy for rewards. Remember rewarding your dog with treats or praise will help to train a lot easier than with negativity.

I’ve created a New Puppy Project for you!

Below are 5 tips to care for your new puppy that will make you and your puppy forever happy!

Hope you enjoy these tips! Let me know…plus I would love to see a picture of your puppy in their new bed!❤️

Brenda Lee 🙏

Mindset And Success

Mindset breeds success!
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Mindset And Success

Ever wonder why some people are more successful in life than others?

Have you ever gone as far as duplicating their theories in business only to become unsuccessful?

Well, let me share with you a few suggestions to help you understand why.

Mindset can create success!

Hope you enjoyed this article! Give me a like if you received tips that you can apply to your situation in life!❤️ More articles coming your way…

Brenda Lee

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How To Create Your Perfect Home Gym


Start the New Year off on the right foot with expert tips on designing a home fitness space you’ll stick with.

Hey everyone! My top priority this year is to get in shape and I’m sure thousands are wanting the same resolution. I came across this article offering important information concerning what to look for when you want to make an inviting Gym at home.

This article was written by Houzz Editorial Staff, Gwendolyn Purdom.
I’ve prettied it up a bit for my site, but it’s a definite read to make your home-gym the best it can be!

Year after year, getting more exercise tops the New Year’s resolution lists. Sad to say the number of people committed to this necessary goal often plummets by February, experts say having a dedicated space right at home that inspires you to stay active can help.

What are the design elements that will keep you honest and your home gym enticing throughout this year and beyond? We spoke with three home design pros to find out.Walker Home Design 

Resolve to Embrace the Home Gym

Between the rising popularity of more flexible free-weight workouts and the slew of apps and smart devices designed to bring the boutique gym experience home, more people seem to be finding it easier (and more enjoyable) to burn calories without leaving the house or blowing their budget.

“I’m seeing a lot more space with less equipment,” Chicago-based residential gym designer and fitness consultant Darin Daniels says.

He and other experts say homeowners are smartly opting for dedicated home fitness spaces that balance style and function. By prioritizing the look and feel of a home gym and choosing only those features that make sense for them, homeowners may be more likely to want to fit in a workout, Daniels says.

A room full of bulky equipment is no longer a must. A select few anchor pieces and room for stretching, yoga or functional training may be a better use of space, the pros say. Some buzzy new fitness gadgets, like the interactive Mirror home training system, even double as home decor. (The device acts as a sleek full-length mirror when it’s not live-streaming fitness classes.)

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Choose the Right Spot

Before you decide which machines or activity you want to emphasize, focus on choosing the right place in your home to set up your gym, which can affect how regularly you use it. Basements are often a logical choice as they’re usually tucked away and quieter. If they have concrete floors, they can also handle the weight of heavy equipment and weights better than other rooms. Garages offer similar advantages, Daniels says.

But if the idea of heading down to a dark basement might make you less inclined to get up and get moving, a spare bedroom or designated gym space on a house’s main or upper floors (or anywhere where there’s more natural light) can be a good alternative, though interior designer Chris Powell of Studio 133 in Colorado says designating a space for just working out can make a big mental difference. Choosing a location that’s a little more isolated might also help you focus, Daniels says. 

“If it’s off of the living room or kitchen, you’re just asking to be interrupted,” he says.

Consider the Setup

Setting realistic goals for your workout space and designing it around those goals starts with asking yourself a few key questions, Daniels says. 

Think about:

  • What are you trying to accomplish with the gym?
  • How much space will you need?
  • What equipment do you like?
  • How many people will be using the space?
  • What type of training will you be doing?
  • What’s your budget?

The answers to these questions can help drive the direction of your design, provided you’re honest with yourself and any professional you’re working with. 

“Oftentimes people buy equipment that they’ve heard about but never used,” Daniels says. “They often will buy solely off of the health benefits as well — ‘I want a rower because I heard you burn more calories than on other machines.’ These are big mistakes. If the equipment doesn’t leave enough room to move around easily you won’t use it. If you don’t like the exercise or movement, it doesn’t matter how beneficial it is because you won’t use it.”

Pro tip: “Never put a treadmill where it will throw you into a wall if you fall while running,” Powell says. “A few minutes on YouTube looking at ‘treadmill fails’ will tell you why.”

Focus on the Floor

Flooring is one feature that came up again and again in our conversations with pros. It’s not only a safety consideration but an aesthetic one that sets the tone for the rest of the space. “The floor is your fifth wall,” interior designer Ginger Curtis of Urbanology Designs in Texas says. “It’s absolutely foundational, so I would say rip out the carpet and make that your one splurge if you’re on a tight budget.” 

For the Denver-area home gym shown here (one of the most-saved new home gym photos on Houzz in 2018), Powell and his team at Studio 133 paired a commercial rubber gym floor with serene bamboo veneer panels and an accordion window wall.

“The exterior wall folds completely out of the way so you can work out or do yoga either indoors or out,” Powell says.

Other popular home gym flooring materials include vinyl, cork, foam and hardwood.

Look for vinyl flooring in the Houzz ShopUrbanology Designs 

Shape an Encouraging Space

Curtis emphasizes the importance of a home gym’s mood and atmosphere, which she says can play a major role in how much use it will get. When she’s designing a home fitness space, like the one in the frequently saved Dallas-area yoga room photo shown here, elements such as lighting, view and a sense of organic calm are essential. The homeowners on this project were a yoga teacher and an NFL player, so Curtis incorporated equipment for each of them, along with soothing white walls, large windows and a warm wood door to tie in with the view of the outdoors. 

“When you’re working out, your body is tired and it’s strained and it’s being pushed. So to have a workout environment that feels inspiring and bright and invigorating, it only helps produce the result that you’re trying to get at,” Curtis says. “Health isn’t just about physical, it’s also mental.” 

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Don’t Skimp on Details

To truly compete with a fully stocked commercial gym, you might consider finishing off the space by adding thoughtful amenities such as water and shoe storage, potted plants, a music or TV system, artwork or other decorative details, the pros say.

“Keep things organized so that functional items are out but in a way that is curated and still beautiful,” Curtis says. “So a beautiful wood pegboard to put water bottles in and to hang jump ropes and stretch bands on rather than things just being collected in a pile on the floor and not really being thought through.”

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Stick to It

Ultimately, a home gym is an investment that can save you a pricey gym membership and make your everyday routine more convenient. “You can use your own shower, you don’t have to wipe other people’s sweat off of the bench and you don’t have to wait for equipment,” Daniels says. But reaping such benefits requires a space that feels energizing and inspiring enough to keep you coming back, long after the shine of your New Year’s resolution has worn off.

“Sticking to an exercise program can be hard enough,” Daniels says. “The last thing you want is to wake up at 5 a.m. and walk into a cold, dark and uninviting fitness space.”

Share… What you love about your home gym?
Tell us in the Comments.

5 Tips To Building Trust Using Thank You Emails

5 Tips To Build Trust 
 Using Thank You Emails
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Brenda Lee Happily Retired  

Here Are 5 Trust Building Tips To Use With Your Online Audience Using Thank You Emails That Work! 

Include the following tips in your emails to build trust with your audience:

Who you are and Why you are a credible person to listen to and follow. 

What they can expect from you in the future.


*Are you going to send them tips via email?
*Are you going to send them tutorial videos?
*Are you going to send them special discounts and coupons codes? 

Tell them about the goodies to expect from you!

●  Where else can they find you?

Ask them…

* to like your Facebook page,
* join your Facebook group,
* follow you on Twitter, Instagram, etc.

The more social channels they follow you on, the more likely they will see your messages when you first put them out. Plus the more often they see your name the chances are higher they will warm up to your articles and want to read them!


Tease on what’s coming in your next email.

This is called an open loop, and will dramatically increase the chances that they will open your next email.

quick reply!

● Ask for a quick reply to say “Got It”.

This trick is a guarantee that will instantly safe-mark your emails in Gmail, Yahoo, and other email clients!

If you do all of this right, your customers will have warmed up to you.  Why?

… because they read your freebie and got value from it,

… they read your thank you email and received value from it,

So now they are much more willing to read anything else you send them, including…


TIP: Try incorporating keywords that are applicable to your topics but don’t overdo it.

I hope you get value from my tips? Let me know how you make out by dropping me a message on my site.

Love to hear about your progress!❤️

Brenda Lee

Brenda Lee