4 Things You Never Knew About Labor Day

labor-dayHappy Labor Day!  When you think of this holiday — what comes to mind?  A three-day weekend? A chance for a brief vacation?  A trip to see family and eat BBQ?  The official end of summer?  I know — me too.  But actually — it’s meant to be a tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of America.

Here are some lesser-known facts about the holiday:

1.  Labor Day was almost on May 1st

Labor Day signifies the end of summer, but it nearly could’ve been the start. In 1884, the American Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions declared that by May 1, 1886, all employers institute an eight-hour workday. However employers didn’t respect this, causing workers to strike, which lead to the Haymarket Riot in Chicago. President Cleveland was worried that the tainted history of the date would lead to more riots, so in 1894 he moved the holiday to the first Monday in September. Read more

Celebrity Bucket List Wishes

English: Ellen DeGeneres in 2009.

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The past few weeks I’ve been doing a contest with SkinnyScoop.com where you can win a chance to have a productivity session with me and a $50 Amazon gift card! All you have to do it share you bucket list on Skinny Scoop before September 5th. To get you motivated to share your bucket list I’ve created a list of celebrities who have talked about their own plans.

 

Jim Belushi, Actor

“I’d love to do Broadway one day. I’ve done Broadway, but I’ve never opened my own show on Broadway.” Read more

Checklist to Overcome the End of Summer Blues

summerAs the summer draws to a close the cooling temperatures and waining sunlight can leave us feeling down. But it’s not over yet, there’s a chance for you to extend your summer experience and keep the good feelings going through into the fall.

Eat Summer Foods – While most summer foods are actually available all year round, they are undoubtably at their peak right now. So indulge in some tomatoes or strawberries while their still in season.   Read more

Are You Addicted to Saying “I’m So Busy?”

busy“I’m so busy?” It’s an excuse, an apology and sometimes a greeting.  Did you know that this “go to” saying might actually be making you less productive? We often attribute our busyness to being as sign of the times, that in this technological age we are all working longer hours and taking on more responsibilities. But were our predecessors really any less busy? Without modern luxuries like a dishwashers and microwaves, previous generations had as many time consuming tasks as we do.

So what can you do to stop yourself saying “I’m so busy” and feeding the frenzy?  Here are 3 ideas: Read more

Cameron Diaz’s Shopping List Tips

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A friend recently informed me that in her new book, “The Body Book“, Cameron Diaz mentions how important shopping lists are to her health.  She even included a few tips for when you sit down to make your own shopping list for the week:

1. How active will you be this week? Cameron believes it is important to design your nutrition around your body’s needs. For example, if you plan on hitting the gym five days that week then you need to plan meals to support that higher level of activity.  Read more