Three British Autobiographies to Add to Your Summer Reading List

Summer is a great time to dive into a few new books. For summer reading, you want something that will engage you. It should be light, but still interesting and educational. That is why autobiographies are the best pick for your warm weather reading list. Whether you are lounging by the pool or sitting on your front porch enjoying the warm summer sun, an autobiography provides the perfect balance of entertainment and education. This summer, consider delving into a few autobiographies from British authors. The Brits have a great sense of humor, which is both self-deprecating and deliciously witty. Their ability to make the morbid light makes for great summer reading! Here are three British autobiographies that you will love reading this summer.

Tales from the Dance Floor

Craig Revel Horwood is an Australian-Brit who is most well known as a judge on the popular BBC competition show Strictly Come Dancing. His 2013 memoir Tales from the Dance Floor is a funny behind the scenes look at his life in front of the camera. This autobiography follows his time on the show as well as Strictly Come Dancing associated tours and cruises with fellow show stars. It is an honest, revealing, and hilarious follow-up to his fist memoir released in 2008. For fans of this read, you can also check out the Craig Revel Horwood Twitter account for more laughs and behind the scenes moments.

I Am Ozzy

As you might have guessed from the title, I Am Ozzy is the much-acclaimed memoir of British heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne. This book, which debuted at number two on the New York Time’s bestseller list and won the Literary Achievement Award at the 2010 Guys Choice Awards, chronicles Osbourne’s life from childhood through his years of substance abuse, fame, and fortune. Told in delicious detail, I Am Ozzy both dispels and confirms rumors about his life for a shockingly delightful read.

Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to Be a Pop Star

Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to Be a Pop Star is the memoir of English singer and songwriter Tracey Thorn. With over 30 years in the music industry, Thorn writes about her life from the time she bought her first electric guitar through all of her mega hits and megaflops. She has seen both success and failure and shares it all in this frank, no-holds-barred autobiography, which is sure to both move and amuse.

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A MUST READ ARTICLE – The last words of Steve Jobs

He was so occupied with making money and fame that he forgot to value the relationship with his Grand Creator and the giver of life.

A person will only realize how important it is to have a wonderful relationship with God only when they’re facing near death experience. Listen to what Steve Job had to say as his last statement before he passed away.

BUT why wait when you can serve God while you still have the time and energy, while you’re still alive on this Earth?

STOP storing up for yourselves riches/treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume… RATHER, store up treasures in heaven… Where your heart will also be. ~ Mathew 6 : 19-21


Taken from Nigel Duncan Smith facebook page.

The last words of Steve Jobs -
I have come to the pinnacle of success in business.
In the eyes of others, my life has been the symbol of success.
However, apart from work, I have little joy. Finally, my wealth is simply a fact to which I am accustomed.
At this time, lying on the hospital bed and remembering all my life, I realize that all the accolades and riches of which I was once so proud, have become insignificant with my imminent death.
In the dark, when I look at green lights, of the equipment for artificial respiration and feel the buzz of their mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of my approaching death looming over me.
Only now do I understand that once you accumulate enough money for the rest of your life, you have to pursue objectives that are not related to wealth.
It should be something more important:
For example, stories of love, art, dreams of my childhood.
No, stop pursuing wealth, it can only make a person into a twisted being, just like me.
God has made us one way, we can feel the love in the heart of each of us, and not illusions built by fame or money, like I made in my life, I cannot take them with me.
I can only take with me the memories that were strengthened by love.
This is the true wealth that will follow you; will accompany you, he will give strength and light to go ahead.
Love can travel thousands of miles and so life has no limits. Move to where you want to go. Strive to reach the goals you want to achieve. Everything is in your heart and in your hands.
What is the world’s most expensive bed? The hospital bed.
You, if you have money, you can hire someone to drive your car, but you cannot hire someone to take your illness that is killing you.
Material things lost can be found. But one thing you can never find when you lose: life.
Whatever stage of life where we are right now, at the end we will have to face the day when the curtain falls.
Please treasure your family love, love for your spouse, love for your friends…
Treat everyone well and stay friendly with your neighbours.

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Visiting Torrey Pines State Beach

As we most of the time do during our children’s vacation, we make sure to create memories that we will all cherish and remember. A few days ago, well actually it was during the Christmas day when we head to Torrey Pines State Beach and explore. I had seen this place before but we didn’t actually explore, but this time we make it a point to check this gorgeous beach before the sunset. It was magical to see the colorful sandstone and of course the wonderful shiny rocks and we so enjoyed picking. My children we’re stunned to see these rocks as it comes with different sizes, shapes and color. We got to meditate on how our Heavenly Father Jehovah has created all these things for our eyes to see and enjoy. We have come to appreciate more of how our lives were purposely created for. It was a moment of pure joy and happiness seeing my families faces gleaming with joy not materially but from the visible nature created for us.

My babies were cooperative too as their mommy asked them to pose for the camera :D

My babies were cooperative too as their mommy asked them to pose for the camera :D

sandstone clif

sandstone clif

So picturesque

So picturesque

these birds welcomed us

these birds welcomed us

Anyway, there were lots of people wandering around and we found a perfect spot for photo shooting. As most of you know that I love photography and whenever I get the chance I would take as many photos I can and share it to all of you. I hope you enjoyed these photos and I highly recommend this place whenever you visit my hometown San Diego, CA. As always, thank you for visiting my blog and reading my articles. May we all have a pleasant and deserving day a head and once again thank you so much for checking my site out.

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Breathing Shouldn’t Have To Be Difficult

Do you suffer from a respiratory medical condition such as asthma? If you do suffer from asthma, you know what the typical symptoms are: difficulty breathing, chest pain, coughing, and wheezing. If you experience these symptoms regularly, you also know that it can be inconvenient and frankly quite annoying (for yourself).

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image credit to yahoo image search

If you are looking to minimize those symptoms from popping up while you are in your own home, you can start with your filters. Dirty air filters are a major cause for triggering an asthma attack. If your filter is clogged, it most likely has some mold, dust mites, bacteria and some other yucky stuff lurking from within. Your indoor air quality is affected majorly due to dirty air filters. Unrestricted airflow will help your HVAC system more than you can imagine, and it will also help to lessen your asthma symptoms as well.

As mentioned above, dust can really trigger an asthma attack. You may not realize it, but our indoor (and outdoor) pets leave so much pet dust and dander around the home that it isn’t even funny! Animals shed lots of fur and dead skin cells just like us humans shed our hair and skin cells. Let’s try a little experiment: if you have one or more pets and you have hardwood or linoleum (or any other type of flooring other than carpet), try to sweep your floors at least once a day and see just how much pet hair you are able to sweep up! You will not believe it! Also, certain pet toys can ‘shed’ and collect dust as well.

If you have a wood-burning fireplace, that may also be a cause of your asthma flaring up. The smoke from your fireplace contains gases and particles that can be pretty harmful. If you are able to, have an expert come out and make sure your fireplace, as well as your HVAC system, are all in tip-top shape and ready for use. If repairs are needed, try to get them done as soon as possible. Your local HVAC Company can also come in and clean the tight places in your HVAC system and fireplaces that you cannot reach yourself. I can guarantee that if your system is thoroughly cleaned out regularly, you will start to feel better in your own home!

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A routine that will change your life

We all know that routines keep our lives organized. Well, for the most part anyway. Routines can be as simple as a bath and a story before bedtime or they can be as complicated as programming something on a computer every day for work. The routine I want to talk to you about is setting your thermostat to a certain temperature for different times during the day and night.

If your days are mostly the same (schedule-wise) with work or school and afterschool activities or sports, you typically know when your home is occupied and when it is empty. If you know you will be home from 6pm to 7am, you can turn your thermostat to the desired and most comfortable temperature to make sure everyone stays warm enough or cool enough depending on the season. Going along with the hypothetical day mentioned above, if you will be gone from 7am to 6pm, program your thermostat to a temperature warmer than you would have it at home. If you have animals, keep them in mind when doing this

By only using cold or warm air while your home is occupied, you are not wasting money by using it when the house is empty. With a programmable thermostat, you can set these times and temperatures and the thermostat will do the rest for you daily! Doing this can also help with your health, believe it or not! By pairing up the correct temperature with a humidifier in the home, you are less likely to experience cold or flu-like symptoms.  Another example of when a programmable thermostat would come in handy is if you planned on going on a vacation.  Depending on where you live, you may not want to completely cut the air or heat off the whole time you are gone. By programming your thermostat, you can set it to stay off during the day and come on at night, or program it to come on right before you are due back home so your house feels comfortable inside after a long day of traveling.

Most programmable thermostats have a “vacation” button you can press and it will automatically set your temperature to a cost-efficient and energy-efficient setting if you prefer that. If you use this to its fullest advantage and set it properly, these programmable thermostats can save you up to 20% on your bill without sacrificing any comfort.

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My home remedies for cold season.

I live in a place where great weather is pretty much anticipated all year long. Many people get sick during this time of the year and majority of them prefer to get their flu shots done to prevent themselves from getting sick. Well, here’s what I believe, if a person has a weak immune system regardless of the flu shots they may have, they will still get sick no matter what. The best way to avoid ourselves from getting sick is that we make sure to have plenty of rest, enough sleep and have a proper intake habits. But I’m sure many people have hard time achieving these habits because of the busy schedule, which ruins everything and we’ll be more likely to be under the weather easily. I am no exception to that. I don’t like flu shots and I prefer not to take over the counter medicines whenever I feel like I’m getting the common cold symptoms. What I usually do to fight these diseases is to take some home remedies.

photo credit to juicewithdrew on facebook

photo credit to juicewithdrew on facebook

When my families are sick I turned to my kitchen for help. 100 % raw honey, cinnamon powder and organic turmeric are the basic recipe that cures our sicknesses. I don’t use measurements at all. I just guesstimate and I mixed all the ingredients and give a tablespoon full of it to them morning and night. In no time their coughs and congestions were gone without having to take any medicines. When it comes to sinus congestions and sore throats, I use salt and baking soda and mix it to lukewarm water then gurgle it or use it as my saline drops. I must say, it is very effective. I hope this will help you as well. Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read my articles.

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Water Quality Matters Beyond The Kitchen Sink

Have you ever noticed a weird smell or a dark color in your water coming out of your faucet? Does your water have a bad taste to it? If so, you may have a water quality problem. These issues are common in older homes or homes that get their water supplies from wells and/or ponds.

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Image credit to gilmanheatingandcooling dot com

With these types of issues, you may want to contact a professional to inspect your water quality. Some reasons behind these issues may be the following: hard water, iron and manganese, hydrogen sulfide, the bad taste and smell, sediment, lead and bacteria (shudder).

If you have hard water, you will want to use a water softener. Hard water can cause damage to your pipes as well as slow-running water. That can be so frustrating! If your water has a metallic taste or has a brown color to it, you may have an iron and manganese problem. This may also cause cloudy water or rust stains. We all know how bad rotten eggs smell. You may experience that smell if you have a hydrogen sulfide problem. If you are experiencing those issues, I recommend calling a professional.

In the meantime, water filters for your faucets are a great idea! Most people put them on their kitchen sink faucets, but you can also put them on bathroom faucets if you drink a glass of water before bed. Do not only focus on the main level of your home! If you have an upstairs level, determine which faucets you would like a filter on. Also, if you have a basement you will want to be extra cautious with the water down there as well if you have access to water there. Having a water filter on a faucet down in the basement is very convenient. If you spend a lot of time in your basement, it is probably very frustrating to have to go to a higher level in the home to get purified water for any reason. Having a filter there will make things a lot easier!

Water issues are common and usually an easy fix. If you are concerned about your water quality, call your local plumbing company and schedule a home visit. They can point you in the right direction!

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A Breath Of Fresh (Indoor) Air!

Don’t you like stepping outside and getting a nice big breath of fresh air? I think we all do! Wouldn’t it be nice to have that same fresh air inside of your home as well? We may not realize it, but many of us have indoor air pollution. Yes, that is a real thing, and a real problem! Keeping a healthy lifestyle does not stop outdoors or at the gym; you want to stay healthy indoors as well.

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(Image credit to yahoo image search engine)

Indoor air pollution can damage your lungs and the overall quality of your health. These pesky pollutants can include mold, pet dander which is very common, dust, pollen, smoke, household chemicals and more. One thing you should try to do, if the weather is permitting, is open your windows at least three times a week to get the dust out and bring some fresh air in.

Unfortunately, when indoor air pollution hits you it may feel like the common cold. For example, pet dander can cause sneezing, coughing, a runny nose, chest tightness, itching eyes, rashes, etc. Your symptoms will be worse if you already have respiratory issues such as asthma.

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(Image credit to yahoo image search)

In addition to opening your windows often, you can also schedule a visit from your local heating, ventilation and air conditioning company. They can come check out your HVAC system and make sure that it has been well maintained and has all of the devices and add-ons that are needed in order to filter your air and improve your indoor air quality.

You should also keep in mind that dry air can also be a problem. Especially during the winter season, the air will be extremely dry which can cause sinus issues. If you experience dry air in your home, consider getting a humidifier. One benefit to using a humidifier is that it keeps the air moist, causing the air to be a bit warmer so you do not have to turn up your heat as high. That means you are saving money and saving yourself from experiencing some nasty cold and flu-like symptoms!

Do you have your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system checked and maintained as needed? Can you feel a difference after a “tune-up” is completed? A lot of companies will offer a free on-site evaluation of your air quality and they will let you know what they find. I recommend you take advantage of that service!

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Our trip to Long Beach California

As much as we can we take our children somewhere during their vacation. We make sure that their vacation is something memorable. We love to make good memories by visiting places. Two days before our children going back to school from their 2 weeks vacation, my husband and I decided to take a day off together to spend a day in Long Beach California. It is 2 hours drive from San Diego and we heard so many good things about this place plus the Queen Marry Ship is also found in this city is something that we’ve been looking forward to visiting. Unfortunately the tickets were sold out at the time, so we weren’t able to tour inside the ship. Instead we wandered downtown and searched for those tourist spots the City is bragging about.

Walter Pyramid

Walter Pyramid

Naples Island

Naples Island



Queen Mary

Queen Mary Ship

It was a fun day for our family; we even took a boat ride to see the city from the ocean. We checked out the walter pyramid, La Bella Fontana di Napoli or Naples fountain, Naples Island and of course the popular tourist spot the Shoreline Village where lighthouse can be found and the Queen Marry Ship. We planned on going somewhere else within the State still and of course I will share it here too.

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Sully Series Cherry and Maple JORD Wood Watch Review

Wood Watch

Hey! How was everyone been doing lately? As for my family and me, we are enjoying every bit of our summer especially now that our two adorable children are on their 5 weeks vacation from school. We visited theme parks such us LEGOLAND and water parks. Kids love water and who wouldn’t anyway? LOL! We love to create memories. Despite my busy schedule offline from juggling between work and taking care of my family, I still managed to update my blog and write some product reviews occasionally.

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Just recently I was contacted by JORD Wood Watches Company for a possible collaboration. They offered me one of their spring/summer watch collections for product review, I checked on their website and I was stunned at how unique their products were. I have never seen wood watches like theirs that is very trendy and well designed timepiece. With that in mind, I undoubtedly accepted their offer. I ordered the Sully Series Cherry and Maple ($139) Wooden Wristwatch. The PR representative was so nice enough to offer me to adjust the wrist size of the watch that way I can readily wear it as soon as I received it. Seeing the product on hand was beyond amazing. I love how sophisticated my wood watch is and I wouldn’t have thought that this watch is much lighter in weight had I not seen it in person. The detail/pattern and colors of the wood make it look classier, which adds uniqueness to the wristwatch. It looked like a big watch for my wrist but I was fooled by how light it was. By the way, big watch has becoming popular these days; I see a lot of females wearing it. One of the best craftsmanship I have ever owned.

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I love my new watch and I think this would be a wonderful gift that anyone can have from his or her loved ones and suitable for all occasions too. I posted it on my Facebook and I received a lot of compliments from it. My sister wants one; she said she loves everything about it. It’s perfect for everyday activities.


Deployment Buckle with Push Button
Stratch Resistant Mineral
Citizen Miyota Quartz Movement (2035)
Case Width: 49mm
Case Thickness: 12mm
Lug Ends: 56mm
Band Length: 214mm
Band Thickness: 25mm

Disclaimer – Product(s) received for FREE, contents are 100% mine and I am not paid to give my honest opinion…

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