IT Certification Vs. Master’s Degree…which holds more value?

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it certAs an IT professional who has worked in the field for over 13 years, I’ve found myself in the past couple of years thinking more about what I can do to take my career to the next level.  What can I do to compliment the experience I have, which spans from programming to project management?  How can I use to my advantage the experience I’ve gained from working in different industries including retail, financial, and biotechnology?  And most of all, how can I make my MBA work better for me in the IT field to get to the next level in my career?  I used to think that my MBA could help me with this but now not so much.  From talking to a number of recruiters, peers, managers, and conducting my research I’m now thinking that an IT certification would be more valuable (maybe even MUCH more valuable) than my MBA.  But depending on your career path in IT one may definitely hold more weight than the other. Continue reading

Cauliflower crust hummus pizza

My Easy, Tasty, Cauliflower Crust Hummus Pizza

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I know that the title of this post is a mouthful to say!  But I wanted to make sure that from reading you can see that this is not your typical pizza….very tasty and GUILT-FREE!  I’m talking about nutrients from lots of veggies, fiber and healthy fats from hummus, and a small amount of cheese to give it the classic pizza taste without an overload of too much fat and too many calories.  And then comes the best part…the crust is made from chopped cauliflower so it is GLUTEN-FREE!  So this is a GLUTEN-FREE, low fat, low calorie, nutrient-rich, tasty pizza (WINNING)!  Ok let’s get on to the easy recipe I have for this.  It doesn’t require too many ingredients or parchment paper as I’ve seen with some other cauliflower crust recipes.  So I hope you enjoy it! Continue reading

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Easy Ways to Stay Fit During the Cold, Winter Months Without Leaving Home

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Many of us, including me, have realized that staying fit during the colder months of the year can be a challenge.  I mean think about it….it’s cold outside so you don’t want to go for your routine jog and possibly catch a cold.  The days are shorter so you may be less inspired to wake up early in the morning to work out (when it’s still dark!) or hit the gym after work (when it gets dark!).  And colder weather just seems to make many of us want to spend more time in the house…and you know what that can equate to….lots of bad eating and laziness!  Then you have the “comfort food” factor to think about. These hearty dishes that are faves during the winter can get you in trouble if you’re not careful.  Enjoying too much of these dishes such as pot pies, cobblers, fried chicken, and a big hunk of cornbread to go along with that huge bowl of stew or chili you’re eating isn’t a good idea if you want to stay summertime-fine.

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6 Fun Valentine’s Day Ideas for the Valentine-less

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Every year, I hear people complain about Valentines Day & how much they hate or dread it.  But just because you don’t have a boo to share this day with doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it.  Based on my experience as someone who knows how it is to not have that special someone to share this day with I’ve come up with a few ideas to share.  Since it seems like women are typically the ones who dread V-Day I’m targeting these ideas toward the ladies.  Please read on and hopefully you can find something you like! :) Continue reading

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Spring Break Destination: Destin, Florida

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 Ok I’ve been meaning to write a post about this AWESOME place since I traveled there with the family back in November for our Thanksgiving trip.  Destin, Florida, in the far northern part of the state, is definitely a place you should add to your list of destinations to visit.  Miles of beautiful, white sand beaches, things to do that the entire family will enjoy, and great food are just a few reasons why you should consider Destin as your destination.

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Meal (and Dessert!) Ideas for the Vegan & Vegetarian…in Pictures!

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So maybe you’ve decided to take the route of becoming a vegan (a person who does not eat anything that comes from animals….no meat, no dairy, no seafood…none of that) or a vegetarian (a person who doesn’t eat meat but will eat some products that come from animals such as dairy).  Or maybe you’d just like to mix up your diet more with vegan and vegetarian dishes for health/fitness reasons.  Whatever your reasoning is it can definitely be a challenge to find meals that fall into these categories you will enjoy…especially if you’re used to eating tasty foods like barbecue chicken, juicy cheeseburgers, and tender steaks.  But we all know that eating these foods on a regular basis is not ideal for someone who is trying to follow a healthier diet.  No worries….there are PLENTY of tasty and healthier vegan and vegetarian alternatives out there that will have you wondering why you ever thought you’d actually miss eating these foods.  Let me help you out with a few meal ideas….I even threw in a couple of desserts!   Continue reading

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Blog Name Change!

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Some of you may have noticed that the blog’s name has changed in a few places.  This is not a mistake and the name change is still in progress!  I’m currently in the process of getting the name changed on all of my social media sites, which may take at least a few days.  In the meantime, there is no need to change your subscription to this site or how you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.  I decided on the new name, A Fitness Tech Diva, because it reflects more of what my blog topics are mainly based on….my passion for fitness/health and technology as well as a few other things I enjoy doing and talking about.

I want to thank you all for following my blog and I really hope you are enjoying the topics.  I’m excited about my plans for 2015 with this blog and related efforts I have in the works….the best is yet to come!!!

 

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kid blogging

5 Reasons You Should Let Your Kid Blog

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I recently hit my one year anniversary as a blogger.  So I’m still very much a newcomer :)  As I have done more research on blogging I have found that not only many adults find success and fulfillment with it but kids, too. Since I was looking for something else to get my daughter into other than watching TV shows and playing games on her tablet I decided to tell her about blogging. Thankfully, she took a great deal of interest in it :)  I think blogging can be great for kids to do.  It not only gives them something productive to do but it can also benefit them in ways such as helping to improve their writing skills.  Now my daughter has grown to love blogging so much that she looks forward to coming home from school everyday and writing a new post or making updates to her site!  She also constantly asks me for blogging lessons so she can learn more :)  Below are a few reasons why I allowed my kid to blog and think you should consider allowing yours to blog, too.

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How To Save Time and Money While Traveling

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Let’s face it…traveling can be expensive.  Even the shortest trips may have you surpassing your planned budget.  Between eating out, nightlife, and shopping you may find yourself easily spending much more money on a trip than you intended.  But if you’re willing to do a little more planning with some research then you can also just as easily SAVE yourself lots of money.  Now who doesn’t like to save money??  Wanna know how you can do this?  Then read on.

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7 Stocking Stuffers for the Fitness Freak

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Having the right gear and accessories is a must when maintaining a workout regimen.  Pedometers, for example, can help one to stay on track during a workout by providing essential information such as calories burned and heart rate.  How about items such as wrist weights that can help intensify your normal workout and allow for extra calorie burn?  And let’s not forget about gear such as the right socks (did you know that they actually have padded socks that provide additional comfort?) or a good sports bra that provides the support a woman needs when working out.  Here are a few ideas on what you can get for that fitness freak you know (or a wish list you can use for yourself).

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