5 Link Friday: Helpful YouTube Videos

  •  Is your busy lifestyle hindering you from preparing healthy meals?  Then subscribe to the Domestic Geek.  Here you will find recipes and meal prep tips on everything from smoothies, to salad in a jar and decadent deserts.  The host’s upbeat attitude and fun way of preparing meals make this one of my favorite YouTube videos.
  • Brendon.com is the YouTube channel for Brendon Burchard. Brendon is a life coach and self help guru with an amazing amount of energy and wisdom.  With several New York Times bestsellers including, The Motivation Manifesto and The Charge, as well as over 4 million Facebook likes, well if you are not curious — what’s wrong with you?  Just kidding. Check it out.
  • “Spend less than you earn”.  I heard this advice for the first time over a decade ago while listening to Anthony Robbins ‘ self help CD set “Get the Edge”.   In the YouTube video Tony reviews how to end financial self-sabotage.  If you are serious about financial security this video should probably be in your self help library.
  • In this video, Dr. Mercola interviews Andrew Saul a.k.a. The Megavitamin Man.  Saul is a big believer in large doses of vitamins instead of or in conjunction with destructive medications, to treat certain diseases and he has over 30 years of research to support his claim.  He has several videos from which you can gather information about vitamins.
  • Dave Ramsey’s Life, Money, Hope is a series of bible based teachings on handling money and having financial peace.  Again if you are seeking financial freedom, you are missing a key piece from your arsenal if you do not watch this entire series.  If you are not a believer in the bible, don’t let that deter you from listening.  That will definitely be like throwing out the baby with the bath water.

I hope you enjoy this installment of 5 Link Friday. Let me know what you think about this installment, the videos you watch and about this series itself.  I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment or question below.  Thanks. JRF

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Where I Live: Brooklyn is for the Birds

[wpvideo HDRi9Zhr]I was doing my early morning walk this past Thursday and heard a loud tapping noise above my head, way up in these tall oak trees.  Despite my inclination to hurry on my merry way, I stopped to listen. “Woodpecker”, I thought. Who would have thought. In the middle of East Flatbush.  Unfortunately, I did not have the presence of mind to capture the sound on my phone but didn’t make that mistake when I went for my Saturday morning walk trough Prospect Park.  There are a couple of videos in this post where I tried to capture the melodious sounds from some happy natives.

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Unexpectedly, multiple species of birds dwell among us in this urban oasis.  I have been awaken many a spring morning by the melodious chirping of maybe a blue jay or a northern cardinal coming from outside my window. And numerous times I have passed a robin redbreast hopping around the nearby school yard.  Even seagulls seem quite comfortable cohabiting with the natives.  Why, even when I don’t see them, these neighborhood birds often leave a messy message on my car parked beneath the lamp-post.  My son even tried to capture a photo of a little green beauty right outside his bedroom window.  Too bad it wasn’t quite visible in the photo.  Also  The photo on my blog header was taken on the lake in Prospect Park.

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As a matter of fact, according to Examiner.com, Brooklyn is along the Atlantic Primary Migration Route which makes the city a haven for some multiple species of birds they say.   While there are untold number of species of birds in Prospect Park and other park like settings, in this borough, there are literally hundreds, if not thousands flying freely over head pecking away in the middle of the street or just lounging around on an overhead hydro wire.

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I just started to really notice these magnificent creatures and will definitely be watching and listening to them more closely going forward. Of course with a real camera in hand.

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6 Books That Have Influenced My Life

2014-03-31 23.22.15I started reading while I was very young.  In fact, my grandfather who raised me by himself started reading the Bible to me from ever since I can remember.  Growing up as an only child in the home, I often became lost in the adventures of Alice in Wonderland or a mysterious plot from a Nancy Drew book.  I trembled with excitement at the opportunity to acquire a new read and I must have been the only nine year old who was excited to go to the library.  Despite rules to the contrary, the librarian would allow me to borrow as many books as I could carry.  I loved and read all types of books but I abhorred romance — not sure why. I should look into that. (more…)