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Sunday, May 31, 2009
I think only once before, I heard that certain Etsians do listings called PIFs or Pass It Forwards and I had completely forgot about this certain 'phenomenon' if you will up until a few days ago when I featured one lovely lady. Carole from Reduxredux on Etsy(Read the feature and enter the giveaway Here) kindly explained to me what a PIF was when she did one to promote The Eclectic Element, her feature and her ongoing giveaway.
"PIF stands for Pay It Forward. It's basically a listing that you post for free or nearly free in order to extend a kindness to someone else. Usually, after you purchase a PIF you post your own in your shop or do something else nice for someone. It's really fun - an addictive!"
After she explained what it was, I was curious so I went on Etsy and searched under the keyword 'PIF.'
I was flabbergasted!! There are over 85 pages of kind hearted Etsians who offer their goods and or services for free! Or a very deep discount where you only pay the listing price and shipping.
It amazes me how much the crafting and artist community can come together and help each other out. I swear, if the whole world were crafters and artists, I think this recession would be a lot easier.
This all makes me want to do more! I enjoy featuring artists and crafters, but I wish there was more that I could do. If you have a chance, go on over to Etsy and look through all the PIFs they have listed. If your really feeling in the mood, list a PIF of your own and join the movement!
When I get better and have the time, I'm definitely going to jump in the Pass it Forward undertaking =]
Love and Energies.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
My friend Victoria who also suffers from Lyme Disease made this video when we first became friends. In the video, she sums up the life of a Lymie very perfectly while featuring a few such as myself and another friend of ours.
Please watch this and learn from what is shows you; This is preventable!
I just want to thank all of you for coming back each Thursday in the Month of May. It means very much to me and the other people who suffer from Lyme Disease.
If you all have any comments, questions, or concerns, make sure to let me know! I'm happy to talk with you about this =]
Love and Energies.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Here are just some of the vendors that set up for the weekend. It was easily a 150 to 200 vendor market that wrapped around the whole building's parking lot it was held in!
Of course one of the vendor's merchandise. I was particularly taken with the turquoise Foo Dog to the right :D Although it wasn't breath-taking, I love anything oriental(Plus I already have a cast iron one).
I had to take a picture of this little guy when I came upon him because he reminded me so much of my friend. It was the little look on his face between creepy and mischievous that reminded me of him -Lol-
And of course my best bargain of the day:
It was amazing! The guy had multiple jars and bags of junk and usable jewelry for sale. After viewing most of them and picking and choosing what was worth the price, I came up with the pickle jar above. And Guess what? It was HALF OFF O.o I got it for a mere $7.50!
I think I will keep you all guessing on whats in it until another post ;-)
I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend!
Love and Energies.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Welcome to another Mailbox Monday here at The Eclectic Element!! I hope you all enjoyed last weeks The Making of a Good Cause and the ending result =]
I hope to do more series as time goes on because frankly, I love doing them! They are just so darn fun and they keep me pretty occupied.
Anyway, here is everything I got in the mail for this past week(and I know, I kept a list to remember everything):
Oh yes. In the mail one day last week, I got me my federal tax return!! *Cha ching*
The funny thing was, we didn't realize that I could file for a tax return until the very last day-April 14th.
But I did it all by myself(federal and state), sent them babies in, and then waited, which rewarded me with a nice $167.00!
Happy day! I'm still waiting for my state one =]
I got my $2.00 off coupon from Free Sample Freak(TOTALLY go over and check her site out. So may freebies, so little time)!
It was so awesome because I love dove products. Unfortunately, I haven't been up and 'out' for myself in awhile so I decided to play nice and gave the coupon to my sister who is also a big dove product fan =]
Finally, my friend Suzy(who was the one who introduced me to E.A.R.S) also is a fellow Lymie. Her current treatment consists of going to Switzerland to a special clinic and doctor. I was very interested in who and what she was doing treatment wise, so when I asked, she said she would send me a pamphlet. Well, little did I know she meant book! She was so sweet to order me a book on Amazon about what she was doing!
I skimmed it(before my mum hijacked it from me) and it's so interesting!! I can't wait to implement some of the things they talk about.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
The crowds when I arrived at the second band
The stage and crowd. I was waaaaaaaaay up in front!
Me and some of my friends. Thats a bad picture of me because by that time, I was filthy with dust and dirt(It was held at a speedway)
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
She was kind enough to send me a bar of her amazing smelling Azurite Malachite Crystal Soap(seen to the right).
When I received the soap in the cute little red box, I was absolutely thrilled! I could smell the soap even before I opened the package.
I passed it around because naturally, my family was there to horn in on my 'moment' Lol but it was okay! They all loved the smell and color as much as I did =]
It's amazing how something so simple like the kindness of a stranger and the gift of a little handmade soap can do for a person! As many of you know, I don't have all that much energy these days and bathing is a very hard chore for me. But with this soap, I was able to look forward to my shower instead of dreading it and feel good and clean when I got out! Not to mention smell great! Lol
Some information you might want to know about Blaire:
*She accepts paypal, checks and money order
*Her soaps are available for wholesale! Just check Here for more information about wholesale prices and discounts.
*Soaps are made fresh to order and will take three days after initial purchase to ship.
*She uses U.S Postal Service but if you need expedited shipping, please let her know and it will be priced right away.
If you take a look at her store, you can find ANYTHING! And I do mean anything(soap wise that is). She has some of the cutest soaps from little legos for your little boy to absolutely gorgeous gemstone soaps. That woman can create anything when it comes to soap!
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Good Luck Everyone!
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and for those of you who aren't aware, I am trying to do my part in raising awareness! There are so many people out there with Lyme, it's downright scary. But on my journey, I have met some amazing people and these posts are devoted to them and what they are doing to raise awareness.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
So as you can tell, Heath Advice has moved from it’s Monday slot to Thursday slot on The Eclectic Element if you didn’t get the memo on last Thursday’s post.
And if you did get the memo, this was the new feature I was talking about!
I figured, “Hey, I love getting things in the mail and I know a lot of other people do too(Except bills; No one likes bills), so why not share my mail with everyone!?” So here it is! Mailbox Mondays =]
This will be held each Monday and I will share what I got in the mail for the whole previous week. Of course if it’s just a random piece of junk mail, I won’t waist your time and mine with sharing it with you. Unless of course it’s too funny not to share like the planned pregnancy packet I got back in my Freshman year of high school. Lol
So what did I get in the mail this week you ask?! Well, last Monday when I had come home from my doctor’s appointment, I was feeling quite bad emotionally and physically. But then the mail came and boy was it a surprise! It was like Christmas had come early and the mailbox was the underside of the tree ^.^ It cheered me right up!
All the packages in the mailbox that day were what I had won in previous weeks contests. They ALL came on the same day! What a coincidence is that?!
*A pair of stunning earrings from LoChristine along with a very heartfelt message that was included in the package.
*My funky charcoal beret from CaitiJo
*Of course the amazing owl pocket mirror from Iszle with it’s beautifully presented black drawstring bag.
I plan to do product reviews and features for all of these items so make sure to keep checking back too see what I’m up to next =]
Love and Energies.
But as May turnes to June and June to July, the temperatures are going to continue to rise outside and if the heat bothers you, how do you think your little furry coated pet feels? They lug around a fur coat every day no matter what the weather is like.
So how do you think they feel when they are left in a car in the middle of that swealtering summer day with a perminate fur coat attached? Not very good I can assume.
Every year, countless dogs die after being locked in cars while their guardians work, visit, shop, or run other errands. These tragic deaths are entirely preventable.
My Dog Is Cool is a website to help prevent these deaths by informing people of this danger to our canine friends.
Some cool things you can find on My Dog Is Cool website:
*A very usefull weather forecasting tool that allows pet owners to enter their zip code to see if it is too hot to take their dog in the car.
*"It's Hot" fliers to pass around to raise awareness. I plan on getting some because I see dog's unattended all the time in cars during the summer days. Here is the information on how to recieve your free fliers.
*Free downloadable “Hot Temperature Warning” posters that can be hung in store windows so you can let customers know that it's too hot to leave a dog in a car. You can find these Here
Looking around their website, I learned many interesting facts. It saddens me that animals have to die like this when it's completely preventable; All by the view of a placed flier or logging onto the My Dog Is Cool website and seeing if the weather is good enough to bring out your pet.
If you want to learn more about what you can do to help, you can check out their Spread The Word section on the site.
**Note: This just doesn't pertain to dogs. All animals can and will be left unattended in cars throughout the summer and our goal is to prevent that!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Now, this is MY crowd; My 'scene' if you will so right when I read the description, I wanted to go more then anything.
Unfortunately, my mum had to take my sister everywhere today, my only friend was going out of town with her mum, and my dad was hunting. I pretty much lost hope until my tutor said she could do it because some kids of hers cancelled. And wouldn't ya know it, but my dad comes home early to take me =]
So I made it! But of course, that isn't the end of the obstacles. We pulled up to the place and it has stairs. Nothing was going to stop us though, so dad pulled out the wheelchair and lifted me all the way up those stairs into the house!
It was so wonderful! Right when I arrived, I felt a calm peace and knew this was a place that I wanted to spend my time in; To devote my time to.
The people where so nice and accommodating. I was able to get a 15 minute massage, consult with natural healers, view the wonderful artwork that was on display by the members there, walk(or more accurately wheel) part of the labyrinth on their property, talk with the founders of the place, and get a reflexology massage.
The thing about the last one is we were just about to leave when the lady came up and started talking to us about reflexology and what it deals with. Then she offered to give me one and I was thinking why not? 15 minutes won't hurt and I really do love the reflexology practice. But this lady gave me the royal treatment! One whole hour of massaging and working on my feet; She even brought in a second person to work on my other foot so I had two people working on me at once. It was truly amazing.
The best part of all of this is it was suggested donation so you could give whatever you wanted. Of course I gave very nice tips because it was well worth it and they all deserved it.
I love this place so much. It only costs $50.00 a year to become a member and for all that you get, it's well worth it. I plan on taking classes and volunteering and everything I can do to be apart of that wonderful community of woman.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
P.s. Just so you know everyone, from now on I am going to move health advice to Thursdays because for one, I have something new planned for monday, and for two, I think it's better suited for a Thursday.
So today I wanted to go to some garage sales with my mum since I haven't been out of the house for myself in awhile. First of all, I didn't sleep a wink and I'm going on about 30 hours of no sleep AND the fact that when I don't sleep, my pain gets 10x worse just adds to the misery, but I wanted to go out anyway.
So mum brings home the Thursday paper when she came back from dropping my sister off at school and I highlight some promising sales that I want to look into and one is close to the house. We realize when we pull up to the closest one that this was the same sale we went to about a few months ago and it was A GOOD SALE! A rummagers dream =]
There are a lot of tools because it was an old guys estate so there are quite a few men around. My mum pops the trunk and gets out the wheelchair and we proceed to go and look around. Well, she wheels me into the garage and while looking around a big biker guy in his 40's hits on me WHILE my mother is pushing me around in the WHEELCHAIR!
At first I didn't realize what was going on because he asked about me and why I was in the chair and we matter of factly told him it's Lyme, how I got it, when etc etc. Of course he's going to be a total GUY and question everything we say and look at us like were a little crazy, but all of a sudden he says to me 'Oh all you need is a man to get you outta that chair!'
Oh yes he did.
That wasn't even the first time either. He phrased it many times in many ways, such as 'You don't have a fella?' and 'Oh I bet once you meet a nice guy, you'll perk right up.' Of course my mother was counting and the count ran up to about a dozen 'you need a man' varieties. Lol
Then he proceeded to tell me all about Florida and how he has a house down there and a Harley and whatnot putting great emphasis on 'Harley' and 'Florida House.'
When he finally left, my mother leaned down to me and said in my ear, 'You know he was hitting on you right?' Of course, my answer was 'Yup.'
So my day consisted of garaging and getting hit on by a long haired biker dude in his 40's while being pushed around by my mother in a wheelchair.
If I wasn't so amused by the fact that he hit on me, I would be pissed off at some of the things that came out of his mouth.