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Hello January, Goodbye 2018

Happy New Year Everyone!

As 2018 is now over, my wish for you is to have courage, hope and faith to overcome any obsticals that may come your way.

Find joy in the everyday things not just the happy moments.

Have peace with yourself and with life. Without peace there’s no happiness. Without happiness no joy, without joy there is only sadness and hate.

This year in 2019 show love, be happy, love and care about your fellow man.

Resolutions are fine to have; however according to an article I found in Very Well Mind only 9% of people keep their resolutions.

Do you have any resolutions for this new year?

Happy New Year.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

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My Top 10 Favorite Christmas Songs

Music is good for the soul. Bringing joy, sadness, laughter, healing and more.

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I love everything about it. In my article titled My Top 5 Christmas Gifts is even more evidence how gifts bring joy to someone’s life.

There are so many songs to choose from. However these are my all time favorites.

10. White Christmas by Bing Crosby

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas just like the ones I used to know”.

Not everyone has a white Christmas. If you live in an even tempered climate sunshine may be all one experiences. How do you get along without a snowy holiday? There is nothing better than a Colorado confiti holiday.

The movie White Christmas starring Bing Crosby also is a classic.

9. Silent Night by Elvis Presley

The king of rock and roll and his sexy soulful voice makes any women’s heart joyful during the season.

8. I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas

This video, click the link above ☝️☝️☝️☝️☝️☝️ is too cute.
Did you know: Hippos live in loose groups of ten to thirty individuals, that may swell to hundreds depending on the season? Look it up on Animal Facts Encyclopedia along with other animal facts.

7. Little Drummer Boy

This particular version is done by David Bowie and Bing Crosby. The twist is they mention peace on earth which is the biggest wish most people have for the holidays.

6. Hark The Herald Angles Sing

One of the most important praise and worship songs for the holy season.

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new-born King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild;
God and sinners reconciled.”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With angelic hosts proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem

Christ born in the promised city of Bethlehem.

5. Rocking Around The Christmas Tree

One of my most fondest memories growing up was decorating the Christmas tree with my parents and siging this song while we were going around the tree.

4. Hey Moon

Written by one of my favorite Christian music artists Sidewalk Prophets puts a new twist with its version of the star telling it’s story to the moon about birth of Jesus Christ.

3. Baby It’s Cold Outside

I just had to put this as number three. Whenever I hear it I want to light a fire, mix a cocktail and snuggle with my husband.

2. Please Come Home For Christmas

This one has a very special meaning for me. As a mother of a retired United States Army Veteran the words really brought on a new meaning when was in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Please come home for Christmas
Please come home for Christmas
If not for Christmas, by New Year’s night
Friends and relations send salutations
Sure as the stars shine above
But this is Christmas, yes, Christmas my dear
The time of year to be with the ones you love

Words cannot express what it feels like having someone you love fighting in a war so far from home. We are blessed that our son came home without any bodily injuries. On the downside PTSD is real and I watch him son struggle with the symptoms each and every day.

To those parents, siblings, wives, husband’s, children and family and friends of loved ones who were not so fortunate to return home, I send my love and support to you especially this time of year.

Okay, okay enough of the mushy stuff. Now back to my countdown.

My number one favorite song is……………………

Mary Did You Know

Written in 1984 by Mark Lowry. The song asks the questions to the Mary the birth mother of Jesus Christ,

Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect lamb?
That sleeping child you’re holding is the great I am
Mary did you know? Mary did you know? Mary did you know?

As women and a mothers we sense what are children may become when they are grown. We dream of the success we want them to become.

In my eyes Mary knew that her son was special. The promised messiah to the Jewish people who would become the Savior to the world.

Christmas such a special time of year. For most it can bring stress, heartache, depression and for others it brings joy, happiness, love and peace.

From our house to yours Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

A Quaint Bed And Breakfast Inn Located In Broomfield, Colorado

There’s a quaint little bed and breakfast called The Hilltop Inn and Suites located in Broomfield, Colorado.

I stayed there last weekend with my daughter and grandaughter to celebrate my grandaughters thirteenth birthday.

As you approach the Metro Airport, off to the right sits a building with signs pointing the way to the Hilltop Inn and the Burns Pub.

This charming pub will take you back to the days Britan long ago. Serving authentic British food and a nice pal ale makes a great eating place for anyone.

Did you know they’re are over three hundred fifty different whiskeys? I had know idea. They even have a whisky tasting room and whisky bingo.

Another unique feature is

the Wildflowers Tea Room. Authentic English teas and pastries are available.

I believe I broke some of the rules according to this sign.

Of course I did forget to pack a dagger or sword so maybe I’m in the clear.

I hope if you’re ever in Broomfield, Colorado you get a chance to check it out.

Make a reservation today.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

My Top 5 Unique Gifts To Give For Christmas

I love Christmas and all the season represents. From the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ to the family time spent together.

With that said most others dread gift giving. What do you get someone who seems to have everything? I’ve put together my top 10 favorite unique gift ideas for this Christmas season.

1. Fruit Infused Ice Balls This comes in a set of 4 for just $10.00. Not only is it a fun gift for adults but kids will love them too.

2. Black Board Coasters

Comes in a set of 4. It’s a great for entertaining. Just $8.99. Write your guests name on their coaster so much fun.

3. Odd Measuring Cups And Measuring Spoons

The baker in you’re life will love these, they’re just $9.76. Who wants to count and measure when they need an odd amount of ingredients? Heck I need some for myself.

4. Salsa Grow Kit

For those you know that love salsa why not help them grow their own ingredients for just $12.00.

5. Personal Family Belonging Mugs

I love these mugs for Grandparents. Have them personalized with all the grandkids names. Just $16.99 each.

I know, I know it’s only mid October. However if you start shopping now you just might find yourself done before Christmas Eve.

Wishing you all a Happy Holiday Season and a very Merry Christmas this year.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

A Tribute To Blinky’s Fun Club

Back when I was a child we had a show on our local KWGN TV station called Blinky’s Fun Club.  Blinky was played by the beloved  Russell Glenn Scott.

Russell Glenn Scott  passed away on August 27, 2012.  Known to most of us Denver and Colorado kids as Blinky The Clown, and according to Wikipedia he was an American clown and television personality and presenter.

When I was just three years old my mother took me to be on Blinky’s show.  I was featured in the “Birthday” section where he would sing the “Happy Birthday” song to the children on the set.  I have fond memories of being on the set and how happy he made all the children when they were there.

After we returned home my mother had received a phone call that the studio had connections and they were in search of the next Shirley Temple.  For those of you too young to remember her, she was Hollywood’s number one box office draw as a child actress  from 1935 – 1938.  I was angry with my mother for many years when I got older for not letting me purse the “acting” career.

When my boys Chris and Kevin Osmera were four and three I took them to the Blinky’s Fun Club show so they could have the same childhood experience that I did being on the show.  I did have the privilege of being pulled from the audience and getting to sing with a few other mom’s “Hit The Road Jack” on television.  I had a blast performing in front of the television and will never forget that experience.

I was upset with my mother for the longest time.  I now realize she did what she did to protect me from a sometimes cruel and vial industry.  Granted there are good things that do come out of the entertainment industry; however as of lately more of the ugliness has been shown to surface than the glitz and glamore.

Many things from my childhood are now fading away or leaving this earth for a better place but I will always remember getting up in the mornings, getting ready for school and eating breakfast watching the late great Blinky The Clown!

RIP Russell Glenn Scott –  AKA Blinky The Clown

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

Welcome to the Gutenberg Editor

Of Mountains & Printing Presses

The goal of this new editor is to make adding rich content to WordPress simple and enjoyable. This whole post is composed of pieces of content—somewhat similar to LEGO bricks—that you can move around and interact with. Move your cursor around and you’ll notice the different blocks light up with outlines and arrows. Press the arrows to reposition blocks quickly, without fearing about losing things in the process of copying and pasting. What you are reading now is a text block the most basic block of all. The text block has its own controls to be moved freely around the post…

… like this one, which is right aligned.

Headings are separate blocks as well, which helps with the outline and organization of your content.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Handling images and media with the utmost care is a primary focus of the new editor. Hopefully, you’ll find aspects of adding captions or going full-width with your pictures much easier and robust than before.
Beautiful landscape
If your theme supports it, you’ll see the “wide” button on the image toolbar. Give it a try.
Try selecting and removing or editing the caption, now you don’t have to be careful about selecting the image or other text by mistake and ruining the presentation.

The Inserter Tool

Imagine everything that WordPress can do is available to you quickly and in the same place on the interface. No need to figure out HTML tags, classes, or remember complicated shortcode syntax. That’s the spirit behind the inserter—the (+) button you’ll see around the editor—which allows you to browse all available content blocks and add them into your post. Plugins and themes are able to register their own, opening up all sort of possibilities for rich editing and publishing. Go give it a try, you may discover things WordPress can already add into your posts that you didn’t know about. Here’s a short list of what you can currently find there:
  • Text & Headings
  • Images & Videos
  • Galleries
  • Embeds, like YouTube, Tweets, or other WordPress posts.
  • Layout blocks, like Buttons, Hero Images, Separators, etc.
  • And Lists like this one of course 🙂

Visual Editing

A huge benefit of blocks is that you can edit them in place and manipulate your content directly. Instead of having fields for editing things like the source of a quote, or the text of a button, you can directly change the content. Try editing the following quote:
The editor will endeavor to create a new page and post building experience that makes writing rich posts effortless, and has “blocks” to make it easy what today might take shortcodes, custom HTML, or “mystery meat” embed discovery. Matt Mullenweg, 2017
The information corresponding to the source of the quote is a separate text field, similar to captions under images, so the structure of the quote is protected even if you select, modify, or remove the source. It’s always easy to add it back. Blocks can be anything you need. For instance, you may want to add a subdued quote as part of the composition of your text, or you may prefer to display a giant stylized one. All of these options are available in the inserter. You can change the amount of columns in your galleries by dragging a slider in the block inspector in the sidebar.

Media Rich

If you combine the new wide and full-wide alignments with galleries, you can create a very media rich layout, very quickly:
Accessibility is important — don’t forget image alt attribute
Sure, the full-wide image can be pretty big. But sometimes the image is worth it. The above is a gallery with just two images. It’s an easier way to create visually appealing layouts, without having to deal with floats. You can also easily convert the gallery back to individual images again, by using the block switcher. Any block can opt into these alignments. The embed block has them also, and is responsive out of the box:
You can build any block you like, static or dynamic, decorative or plain. Here’s a pullquote block:
Code is Poetry The WordPress community

If you want to learn more about how to build additional blocks, or if you are interested in helping with the project, head over to the GitHub repository.


Thanks for testing Gutenberg!

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I Just Finished The Self Made Women 10 Day Challenge

I just finished the Self Made Women 10 Day Challenge.

What an incredible ten days.

Self Made Women was started by it’s founder Cynthia Delaney. She has a passion and a heart full of love to help others succeed in life.

I met both Cynthia and her husband Bill Delaney about three years ago while I was involved with a network marketing company. They were active and one of the top leaders in this company.

After talking with her she said something to me that made the ” lightbulb” flash inside my head. She said; “Alicia I’ve watched you struggle with network marketing, mlm and daily money issues for awhile now. Take the SMW 10 Day Challenge and ignite your destiny”!

At first I was apprehensive about it because my excuse to be honest had always been “my husband does not support me and holds me back”.

During this journey I have discovered it’s not him, it’s me. What have I been afraid of? I’ve been afraid of being uncomfortable, letting go of the life we know right now for a better one.

Well No More!

It stops today!

I have found a tribe of women that will encourage and help hold me accountable for making the necessary changes to gain the advantages and success I seek.

Yes I have written articles about mlm and gaining success, however if I am not practicing what I want to help others achieve then what good are my words?

To be an example, one must pay forward abundance, success and blessings to others.

The time is here and now!

I am a Self Made Women and I challenge you to ignite your destiny.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

Remembering

Six years ago on July 20, 2012 an unthinkable and violent act by an animal of a puke human took the lives of twelve people and an unborn child.

The Aurora Theater Shooting was the worst shooting of it’s kind at the time. My daughter lost one of her best friends Micayla Medek.

Many others we injured that night .

Today is not about that night. Today is about honoring those lives taken too soon. The 7/20 Foundation now has the Memorial Garden in place across from the Aurora Munciple Center.

Yes tragedy struck all of us here in Aurora, Colorado that horrible night. Aurora came out stronger than ever.

We will never forget and we will be forever strong!

Happy Anniversary To My Blog

I can’t believe it’s been three years since I started getting more serious with my blog.

As I look back to some previous articles I think “What was I thinking”?

Example my third post titled, Why Do I Work From Home I wrote because I was hoping to start up in an MLM company and be able to stay working at home.

I loved the freedom to do what I wanted when I wanted. However a greater being had other plans for me.

I believe now that not everyone is meant to be in a network marketing company and be a top performer. Okay I hear the doubters and the I told you so’s screaming and laughing at me.

It takes alot to get people involved in your home business. To buy the product your selling and trying to recruit others below you to actually make decent money.

Yes I still believe in network marketing. However it just hasn’t been working out for me. Oh I can hear it all now.. Did you do this and that? Yes and yes!!!

Three year doesn’t seem like that long ago. I thought I just started yesterday ha ha ha.

Happy reading!

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

I Must Apologize

I feel that I owe my blog readers an apology.

I’ve been so busy with helping my husband through the death of his brother and redoing the house so we could move in, that I just haven’t been able to write anything.

The worst thing through this whole nightmare has been the packing of both houses and now unpacking 1 into 2. Going through another person’s belongings isn’t any fun.

For sure it feels like an invasion of his privacy. Death never leaves anything private!

Unpacking God I hate it. Figuring out where to put things, all while working and trying to maintain life in general.

I promise to do better.

Please accept my sincere apology.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera