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Lynn Smythe
Delray Beach, FL
I'm a freelance writer and amateur athlete.
Interests: Gardening, running, sewing, cooking, weight lifting, cycling, freelance writing, racing in duathlons, fused glass.
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Are you trying to survive on a limited income? Being on a budget doesn't mean completely doing without the finer things in life. Yet to save money priorities will most likely need to be restructured. Naysayers preach you can't have it all. You can, but most likely not all at the same time. If money's tight and the biggest desire is to take control of one's finances, some of the nonessential expenses should understandably take a backseat. Still, good times can be had with less, particularly once you master the tips for eating well on a budget. Staying in to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Cuisine Diva
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. Above: silicone muffin pan by OvenArt. Silicone bakeware has been on my wish list for a while. I recently got to test out a silicone muffin pan by OvenArt. I had a box of red velvet cake and a can of cream cheese frosting in my pantry - YUM! The silicone muffin pan makes 12 cupcakes, which is half of the cake mix. I used my traditional, metal cupcake pan to cook the remaining batter. I coated both pans with a bit of non-stick cooking spray. The silicone pan is... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Cuisine Diva
Above: my former craft space when I was living in a house. Do you have a separate area in your home or apartment where you like to work on arts and craft projects? I've gone from a 10' x 20' space in a home to a dinning room table in my apartment. Not the idea set up, but it's what I have to work with for now. I like to leave my projects on display until I'm finished working with them. It's kind of inconvenient to have to pick everything up at the end of the day. Luckily I have... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Craft Diva
CLIF BUILDER’S® PARTNERS WITH 2014 REEBOK SPARTAN RACE AS OFFICIAL PROTEIN BAR Great Tasting, High Protein Bar Provides Competitors with Another Reason to Finish Strong EMERYVILLE, CA (April 14, 2014) – Clif Bar & Company, a leading maker of nutritious... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Run Diva
Today's sponsored guest post was written by Matthew Hall. Bike riding is one of the most popular methods of transportation in the world today. Bicycles are used for an array of things ranging from getting to work, riding for pleasure or riding competitively. Although people use bicycles for different purposes, there should be one thing kept in common between all of them, safety. Nothing is more important than staying safe while riding your bike, and the good part is that it’s not hard to stay safe on your bike as long as you follow the tips I will be going... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bike Diva
Do you live in a climate that's not conducive to year round training on your bike? Although I live in Florida, there are many days when I just can't get outside during daylight hours to train. Rainy days, short daylight hours during the winter, HOT days, hurricane watch - you get the idea. I've wanted to get a bike trainer so I could enjoy indoor workouts anytime of day, night or during adverse weather conditions. CycleTEK was kind enough to send me one of their high-tech cycle trainers, the Momentum 1 Pro. Quiet and Smooth Bike Trainer The Cycletek Momentum... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Bike Diva
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. Bike Diva Tries Dead Sea Mud Mask I'm not usually a fan of product reviews written in exchange for free product. But when it's for a product I already use I am open to testing out other brands. I recently had a chance to try out a facial mask by Adovia. The problem I've had with other brands of mud masks is they have a tendency to dry out the skin around my eyes and cheeks. Adovia's mask contains ingredients including dead sea mud, aloe vera and vitamin C and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Bike Diva
Are you into cross training to get in shape for cycling season? Do you follow a certain workout routine to strengthen your upper body and core? Today's sponsored guest post talks about the benefits of boxing. Above: Bike Diva thinks she has guns - fail!?! Creating and maintaining the right training program is a concern that no boxer can afford to ignore. Limiting yourself to only the exercises and workout opportunities found in the gym could end up costing you far more than you might realize. Strength training, exercises that will improve your stamina as well training opportunities that can... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Bike Diva
Above: Bike Diva circa 2006 at the Cocoa Beach Century Ride on a Cannondale road bike. How long have you been a cyclist? I've been riding since around 2006. I started out as a mountain biker, but when hurricanes destroyed my favorite mtn bike trail, I purchased my first road bike. It was an aluminum frame by Cannondale. It was pretty slick compared to the mountain bike. Since then I've owned a variety of bikes including a good old Hawaiian theme beach cruiser which I ended up giving to one of my neighbors. I think I had 3 or 4... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Bike Diva
Above: turn an unused file drawer into a unique way to store fabric. Many years ago I was a manager for a So-Fro Fabric store in Connecticut. I grew up seeing my grandmother and mother sew a variety of clothing and craft projects. In Middle School I took Home Economics and made a skirt - I think it was an A-line style with a zipper made of a light pink canvas-type material. Too bad I don't have a picture to share, it would be a pretty interesting blast-from-the-past. I still sew craft and clothing projects every so often. Since moving... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Craft Diva
No one wants to think about being involved in an accident. But it is better to be aware of what to do next than to panic further. It is also worth knowing just in case you are ever witness to a bike accident. Step one The first step is to remove yourself from the danger. If you have fallen in the road then it is important that, if you can, you get to a safe place as quickly as possible. If this is not possible then you will want to make yourself as visible as you can. The traffic around... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Bike Diva
I used to rely on links to my writing samples when applying for jobs. But a couple of the recruiting firms I've worked with mentioned I should bring a portfolio to the interview with hard copies of some of my writing samples. So here's the cover letter for a portfolio... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at lynnsmythecreations
Lynn Smythe LinkedIn: 803 S Chippewa Circle Facebook: Boynton Beach, FL 33436 Twitter: (561)-951-8194 Google+: [email protected] Pinterest: EDUCATION Creating Web Pages Adult & Community Education Forest Hill CHS Creating WordPress Websites Adult & Community Education Forest Hill CHS Bachelor of Arts, Geology University of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at lynnsmythecreations
Footloose and Car Free! How Biking Can Improve Your Health and the Environment An infographic from the team at Quicken Loans. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at Bike Diva
Getting Back to Freelance Writing Although I’ve been an online content writer for 7+ years, I got my freelance start writing for print publications. Writing for magazines and yearly anthologies is a long and drawn out process. It might be a few months to over a year from the time... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at lynnsmythecreations
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Posted Dec 16, 2013 at Backyard Diva
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Posted Dec 16, 2013 at Cuisine Diva
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Posted Dec 16, 2013 at Craft Diva
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Posted Dec 16, 2013 at Bike Diva
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Posted Dec 16, 2013 at Run Diva
Hurricane Sandy was one of the most destructive hurricane in 2012 causing damage worth roughly $68 billion. It affected thousands of home owners as well as businesses and took hundreds of lives. If your home was damaged in the storm as well, Helical Foundation is here to offer help to flood zone home owners like you. CHANCE Helical Pile is a deep foundation support system that helps safely secure your home above the flood stage. Invented in 1912 it has been used by many home owners in New York, Jersey Shore and New England, and it continues to provide a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2013 at Backyard Diva
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at Run Diva
Hey there, I'm training for the Dopey Challenge at the 2014 Disney Marathon with the Palm Beach chapter of Team in Training to help raise $ for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I'm hosting a fundraiser on Monday, October 21st... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2013 at Run Diva
Hey there, I'm training for the Dopey Challenge at the Disney Marathon to help raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I'll be running 48.6 miles over 4 days, just 6 weeks after my 50th birthday! WIN detergent is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2013 at Run Diva
Betty Crocker has just partnered with Hershey Company to launch a sweet for every style. The fans for the two will now be able to experience the very new line of cupcake mixes, cookie mixes as well as frostings that have all been made with the iconic flavors that include Hershey’s, Reese’s and Almond Joy. All together they launched a dozen new baking products that your family can enjoy. The new mixes and frostings have a retail price of $2.59 to $2.79 and come in sizes 15.4 oz (cupcake mixes), 12.5 oz (cookie mixes) and 16 oz (frostings). Jared Pippin,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2013 at Cuisine Diva