Improving Quality of Life in the Workplace

As a mom that works outside of the home, it is so important for me to enjoy where I work…and I do! Think about it…those of us that work outside of the home are at our place of employment for at least 8 hours a day (for a full-time schedule). That’s a lot of time to be away from our families and home and our comfortable slippers! Sure, I know it’s “work” but it doesn’t have to be a miserable experience (and if it is, perhaps you should consider a change).

Employers that recognize that they need to cultivate their employees’ well-being create a healthy work environment and happy employees. Happy employees are more productive and typically stay with their employers longer…it’s a win-win for everyone.

Quality of Life, which refers to the general wellbeing of individuals, is a central and evolving issue in many environments, from the workplace, to schools, to hospitals, to life in general. Sodexo, a worldwide leader in Quality of Life Services, has identified 6 key dimensions that contribute to a person’s well-being.


When considering these 6 dimensions, I was able to think of ways my employer focuses on each one to enhance our work-life balance.

  • Social Interaction – We have a yearly Employee Appreciation event, offering several opportunities for us to gather with our coworkers for fun and interaction. We also have plenty of meals to enjoy together throughout the year.
  • Ease & Efficiency – The Blood Mobile comes to our building often for those that want to conveniently donate blood.
  • Physical Environment – Our building and inside doors require the use of a badge, and we also have someone monitoring the doors at all times. Our building is kept clean and we are provided with the supplies we need to carry out our responsibilities.
  • Personal Growth – We are encouraged to seek additional designations and are offered numerous training opportunities throughout the year.
  • Recognition – We have a quarterly Employee Recognition ceremony where an Employee of the Quarter is named, as well as teamwork and leadership awards are distributed.
  • Health & Well-Being – Once a year, we have an Health Fair, where we can get free back massages, get a flue shot, and have our blood pressure and cholesterol tested.


Those are just some ways that my employer helps improve my quality of life at work. I am so grateful to have found a place that makes it fun and interesting! What ways does your employer help improve your quality of life?

You can also work on creating the best environment for yourself to improve your quality of life at work. Perhaps you could pick one of the dimensions above to improve for yourself…here are some suggestions:

  • Physical Environment: Keep your office clean; bring in a plant (and yes, there are indoor plants for you cubicle-dwellers!); ask for a new chair if yours in uncomfortable.
  • Personal Growth: If you’ve been wanting to obtain additional training, ask your supervisor if your employer will provide it for you, or if you could at least study for a little bit at your desk.
  • Health & Well-Being: In Florida, we are granted a 15-minute break for every 4 hours of work time. If you get something similar, use that break and go for a walk around your building, or go up and down the stairs a few times. Or take some time to get up and stretch and maybe go say hi to a coworker…which is also great for social interaction!
  • Recognition: Aside from patting yourself on the back for a job well-done, if you have the opportunity, make someone else’s day by recognizing their hard work with a shout out at your next meeting. Happy coworkers also make for a happy work environment.

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This post is part of International Quality of Life BlogIt Day, sponsored by Sodexo. It was written by me; all opinions are my own and honest. Thanks for reading!

3 Super Bowl Bacon Recipe Ideas

While looking through the Hormel Recipe website for Super Bowl appetizer ideas to share with you guys, I couldn’t decide which one to make….then I came across their page that has nothing but BACON recipes and decided it was more fun to share a few to give you ideas!


BLT Pizzas


⅓ cup mayonnaise
4 (6-inch) prebaked Italian pizza shells
2 Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
12 slices HORMEL® BLACK LABEL® Fully Cooked Bacon
1 cup shredded lettuce
1. Heat oven to 450°F.
2. Spread mayonnaise on each pizza shell. Top with tomatoes and bacon. Place on baking sheet.
3. Bake pizzas 8 to 10 minutes or until hot. Sprinkle with lettuce. Cut into 4 wedges each.


Bacon Bowl with Mac n Cheese
-No words can describe this awesomeness


1½ (1-pound) packages HORMEL® BLACK LABEL® bacon
Mac and cheese of your choice, cooked according to package directions
Heat oven to 400°F. Grease outside of 6-inch diameter ovenproof bowl. Place bowl on baking sheet.
Arrange bacon slices side-by-side on work surface. Weave bacon slices in opposite direction. Very carefully lift bacon lattice over bowl. Press to shape onto bowl. Cook 40 to 45 minutes or until bacon is cooked and brown. Remove from oven and let stand 15 minutes to cool. Invert bacon bowl and fill with hot mac and cheese. Serves 4.


Bacon wrapped asparagus
-Because after that Bacon Bowl, you’re gonna need something a little “healthier”


4 slices HORMEL® BLACK LABEL® Bacon
16 spears fresh asparagus, trimmed
1. Heat oven to 400ºF.
2. Line microwave-safe plate with several pieces paper towel. Place bacon on plate; top with paper towel. Microwave 2 minutes.
3. Coat asparagus with cooking spray. Wrap partially cooked bacon around middle of each bundle of 4 asparagus spears. Place on baking pan.
4. Bake appetizers 10 minutes or until asparagus is hot and bacon is browned.


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This post was written by me as part of my involvement in the Hormel Family Blogger Program. Thanks for reading!

Influenster #FrostyVoxBox

I recently received another Vox Box from Influenster!

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This one is the Frosty VoxBox and to be honest, it’s kind of random.

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But random is fun too! It had food, makeup, tea, seasonings, skin care…

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-Ecotools Sleek + Shine Finisher Brush

This was a large paddle brush with synthetic bristles.

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They claim the brush helps reduce your drying time by 20%. I didn’t keep track of whether that was true, but the bristles felt nice.

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-Strawberry Fruit Vines

These were pretty good! Kinda like a Twizzler, but chewier.

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And the bite sized pieces are convenient for snacking.

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-NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum

Goes on smooth, lasted a few hours, and is available in a variety of colors.

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-Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Eye Liner

This is my favorite eye liner. I first received it in an Influenster box last year and have been using it ever since. It goes on smooth and is dark enough to only need one stroke.

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-Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

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-No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum

A small sample of their anti-aging serum, along with a coupon.

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-Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Green Tea

I’m not really a hot tea drinker, so I haven’t tried this yet, but it sounds like it would be a good flavor variety for green tea.

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-McCormick Gourmet All Natural Thyme

This definitely wins the award for the most random item in a VoxBox. But, it will definitely get used!

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I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. If you are interested in joining Influenster for free so you can possibly get VoxBoxes like this in the future, contact me and I’ll send you an invite!


Walmart Beauty Box – Winter 2014

I recently received my quarterly Walmart Beauty Box!

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Ahh I love opening a box full of surprises. I didn’t think I would like spending money and not knowing what I would get, but the surprise has been really fun! Plus, it’s only $5, so what have I got to lose, right?

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I kinda felt like my last box had a little more “meat” to it with more value. This one had 1 full size item, some travel sizes, and some single use samples.

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-Loreal OleoTherapy Shampoo & Conditioner (travel sizes)

There was enough in these bottles for at least a week or two of uses. While I used the entire bottles, I wouldn’t purchase this for normal use. The shampoo is really thick and almost sticky, while the conditioner is not as thick as I would like…it’s like the shampoo and conditioner switched consistencies. I also wasn’t too fond of the smell…sort of chemical-ish.

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-Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream (travel size – enough for a few uses)

This lotion is tinted and it’s supposed to improve your skin tone over time. While there isn’t enough in this container to achieve that, I still liked it. It had a nice, light scent and left my skin soft and smooth.

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-Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lipstick in Maple Kiss (Full size)

Honestly, I haven’t used this yet. It’s just not really a color I would choose, so this was kind of a fail. :(

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-Olay Fresh Effects Make-Up Removal Wet Cloths (7 towelettes)

Confession: I just use my face wash to remove makeup. I’m too lazy for the extra step. Regardless, I tried these and liked them, but I’m not sure I would continue to use them just because I don’t have a need for them.

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Do they work? Just check out this after photo!

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-Nivea Cocoa Butter lotion (super small sample – not even one full use) and a coupon

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-Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder (Super small sample – probably one use)

I haven’t used this yet, it’s kind of a weird way to have a sample in my opinion, but I was happy about the $1 off coupon on the back because my current powder is almost empty!

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I’m looking forward to my next box!

This is not a paid or sponsored post. I signed up on my own and paid the $5. If you are interested, you can visit the Walmart Beauty Box site here. They also have a Baby Box, with specific boxes tailored to your pregnancy trimester or age of your baby (you can see that box here).