Thursday, December 31, 2009

My Year in Rewind

~*!*~Happy New Year Everyone~*!*~


I can't believe it's been a whole year-365 days-already. It seems like only yesterday that we were ringing in the 2009 new year with family and friends-Of course we can't forget a year ago, I also wasn't walking.

So much has changed since then, and yet, so much hasn't. Some of my 2009 highlights, both good and bad:

  • Hit my 5 year illness anniversary in the middle of January(got sick in January of 2004).
  • Had my first LLMD(Lyme Literate Medical Doctor) appointment and started oral antibiotic treatment
  • I moved from my downstairs room, back upstairs-Not extremely happy at the time, but I've accepted my new(old) room.
  • Opened The Eclectic Element: Handmade Etsy shop in February
  • Started The Eclectic Element blog
  • Sold my first piece of jewelry in March
  • My sister turned the big 1-8 in March
  • Opened The Eclectic Element: Vintage Etsy shop in April
  • Decided to try Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy in June
  • Stopped the HPT for personal reasons and started going to a Naturopath in beginning of August
  • Experienced my first colonic treatment (O.o)
  • Started walking again the end of August
  • Celebrated my 20th birthday in November

Of course there are so many more experiences had throughout the year, but I can't remember them all. Looking back through the year, I feel that the months January through August weren't months at all-Just one big span of time where I existed.

Once I started walking, my life started up again.

Now that 2010 looms, I feel hopeful. It's just a bone deep feeling that I have that this year is my year!

Things I hope to do in 2010:

  • Write my book
  • Have my first blog event
  • Go back to school
  • Eat the best I can and exercise to build back up my strength
  • Visit some of my Lymie friends all over the United States
  • Travel(anywhere and everywhere)

I guess this post is just to let you all know I wish you everything you desire in the New Year, no matter what it is! Health, Wealth, Love, or Happiness-Whatever it is, go get it ^.^

Love and Energies.
Kayla

Health Update Thursday(12/31)

I can honestly say I don't remember the last time I updated you guys on my health status-Of course I could look through my old posts until I find it, but I currently find myself lazy and dead-on-my-feet tired, so I'll just wing it :)

I'm happy to inform that I have been doing quite well overall the past few weeks! Of course there is still pain, fatigue, insomnia and a few other 'regulars,' but I find myself having just a little more energy then the day before which ultimately means I can do more with my days.

Speaking of sleeping, my insomnia is so bad, that I'm up until 4 or 5 am and when I finally go down, I sleep until 1 or 2 in the afternoon, which wastes my whole day and makes me feel horrible both mentally and physically. Well, I'm putting a stop to it! I have requested to be woken up early in the morning, so I can set my internal clock right again-So far, it seems to be going well.

Now that the New Year is upon us, I have decided that I need to start being better with my health and my body-Which means monitoring what I eat and staying away from 'problem' foods such as wheat, gluten, and MSG(of course that's just a few things) and exercising A LOT more then I'm already am! I know there are more things I can be doing, but I'll focus on those two for now.

Hope you are all doing well this Thursday!! Oh, happy New Year's Eve-Any special plans for tonight?

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

{Warning} This is a Ramble Post!

I haven't done an all out rambling post in awhile, so I thought I would do that today since a lot has transpired in the past few weeks that I either:

A. Want to put down on 'paper' (so to speak)
B. Feel you all should know
C. Just want to ramble about for the heck of it

Don't worry-There will be pictures :)

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Anyway, first things first, I'm so FREAKING happy the holidays are over. Something that was created with love and warmth in mind has become something ugly and greed driven. Instead of wanting to give tokens of our appreciation and love to people, it's become something we feel obligated to do.

Don't get me wrong, I understand that people still love the holidays and have wonderful family traditions each year, which I do, too, to some extent, but in my opinion, things just have gone way to far to wear after everything is said and done, we are mentally and physically relieved the holidays are over and that's wrong.

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That scroogy-ness over, I had some good laughs this holiday season. One of which was a great party one of my good friends threw. I hope to have a video up soon so you all can see the awesome time everyone had!! Here are a few pictures to tide you over in the mean time:

It was semi-formal dress, so I had fun picking out an outfit and dressing up(which I hadn't done since prom which was May of 2009).

FYI I won best dressed :)

The whole gang posing for a picture-It's a miracle we all got in this shot!

**Update**
I just realized one of us was missing.
Fail.
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Now that the holidays are over, there are many things that I would like to do-'Real life' wise, business wise, and blog wise. It's just a matter or prioritizing.

I definitely am going to do the How to Win Series, however I'm still debating on whether I want to make it into my first fledged blog event or just keep it to a 'how to' thing.

Any suggestions?

Then there is the book that I want to start, but I will explain that in a different post.

Definitely need to focus on my jewelry and Etsy stores when I can get down the stairs!!

So much to do, so little time.


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Isn't he adorable!?
I love this picture :)


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Happy Wednesday Everyone!
Love and Energies.
Kayla

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Love You To Death {Book Review}



Synopsis from the back of the book:

"It's been days since reporter Elise McBride has heard from her sister, Ashley. She's convinced Ashley has met with some kind of foul play, especially when she learns that bodies of other missing women have surfaced in and around Chicago--all victims of a brutal serial killer. Convinced her sister is still alive, Elise vows to risk everything to save her...

The last thing ex-cop Trent Brady needs is more blood on his hands. Yet when he catches Elise breaking into her sister's house, full of reckless determination and fear, he knows she needs his help. But just as desire ignites between them, a twisted madman sets his sights on Elise. Hell-bent on possessing her for himself, this psychopath won't rest until he has his perfect woman."

To read an excerpt from the book, just Click Here.
To view the author's website, Click Here.


My Thoughts:

Alongside authors such as Nora Roberts and Carla Neggers, Shannon K. Butcher has definitely found her way into my heart, as well as, my bookshelf with her romantically raunchy, suspenseful, adventure-laden writing style!

I seriously couldn't put this book down-I found myself sneaking away from Christmas dinner(shame shame) to read just a few more pages to find out what had transpired between the characters. Not only did the book have my complete attention, the characters were like-able and the story line was deliciously sinister just the way I like it.

If you don't know me or my book tastes, I'm not much of a floofy romantic book type like the one's you find in a Walgreens with the almost pornographic pictures on the front-I'm a down'n'dirty thrill seeker when it comes to my romance books. Give me a good serial killer and two characters with enough chemistry to blow up a 3 story building and I'm good to go, which is exactly what I found in Love You To Death.

I did have one complaint, though, and that was the fact that the author was a little repetitive throughout the book. The events in her book were amazingly thought up, but the way she kept repeating them throughout the book just got a little tired in my opinion.

Other then that small detail, I very much enjoyed my first reading experience with Ms. Shannon K. Butcher! I have a feeling this is the beginning of something great :)


To buy a copy of Love You To Death, just Click Here!


I received a copy of the book Love You To Death by Shannon K. Butcher from a blog giveaway through Frugal Plus so that I could accurately write an honest review of this book-All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are mine and mine alone.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Mailbox Monday(12/28)


Mailbox Monday divulges into the inner workings of my mailbox throughout the week. From books to jewelry to free samples to random magazines and letters-You never know what will be in the mail this week...

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We Love Colors is an awesome company that offers woman of all colors, shapes and sizes an opportunity to feel beautiful while wearing their products, and they were so kind enough to send me a product of theirs to review-So needless to say, I'm ecstatic to be able to do a review for them!!

I hope to have it up really soon, so be sure to keep checking back :)



Imagine my pure pee-your-pants excitement when I got an email from Aki over at Family and Friends saying I had won REAL Egyptian souvenirs!

Seriously!?!?!?

Eeeeek!!!!

I got my package and was bouncing off the walls: It insisted of bookmarks, a beautiful postcard of the pyramids, a fun Egyptian inspired notepad, information about the author and her books, and an amazing mini pyramid with hieroglyphics all over it.







Thanks to Ellen over at Thrifty and Chic, I got my first live giveaway prize in the mail this week: A beautiful gold bangle set from the company Alex and Ani.













Of course we can't forget Sarah over at The OmniCouple-I was able to win a giveaway from there for a Jonny Diaz CD!







Valerie of Sweeps4Bloggers has been especially good to me over the past years since I started blogging and doing contests. This win was actually another book titled A Note from an Old Acquaintance by Bill Walker.

I was thrilled when I got it, but that thrill turned to pure excitement when I realized it was autographed to me, personally!!

Hopefully I will be able to do a review when I'm done reading it :D








6. My Ciocia (Aunt in Polish) who I haven't seen in a very long time surprised my sister and I with two, stunning Christmas tree ornaments that came on Christmas Eve-Talk about timing!!

They are hanging on the tree as we speak!









And Finally....
More Christmas Cards!





What did you get in the mail this week?


Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas Everyone!!



I just wanted to take this time to say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family--Hopefully you all are warm and together for the holidays and even if your not, that you are warm and safe.

I understand that this year has been a rough one for everyone in many different ways, but we need to look towards 2010 with positive attitudes and smiles on our faces!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and I will be back to my daily rounds in a few days :)

Love and Energies.
Kayla

Monday, December 21, 2009

Mailbox Monday(12/21)



Mailbox Monday divulges into the inner workings of my mailbox throughout the week. From books to jewelry to free samples to random magazines and letters-You never know what will be in the mail this week...

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Can you say new material to read!?

I knew you could ;-)

I was lucky enough to win a copy of Love You to Death by Shannon K. Butcher a few weeks ago thanks to those lovely ladies over at Frugal Plus-Which is very wonderful for me because I was beginning to inch my way back into reading!

I can tell this is going to be a book that I like just by reading the first few pages.

Hopefully I'll be able to review it when I'm done!







I got that Coleman Gift Card via UPS the other day-Thank GOODNESS I got it before my dad...

Shhhhhhhhhh.

It's a Christmas present that's going to make its way into his stocking :D







More Christmas Cards!

I got a particularly worrisome one, however hopefully I can get together with this particular person and talk further on the situation.







What did you get in the mail this week?



Sunday, December 20, 2009

Slapdash Sunday(12/20)


Slapdash Sunday is a day for your proverbial week 'leftovers.' Is there something you wanted to say, but just forgot? Is there something you want to write about, but isn't worth a whole page? Do you have a random thought, funny or otherwise that needs to be written down?

That is what Slapdash Sunday is for!

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1. I found THE MOST amazingly fantastic wrapping paper ever:

"Have a satisfactory non-denominational capitalist wintertime gift-giving season."

It's purchasable on ThinkGeek.com which is an equally as amazing website for the geek in all of us :)





Speedy over at Eighty MPH Mom brought up a really good point in one of her posts the other day that got me thinking: Does anyone else seem to lose the scissors and tape when wrapping any sort of presents?

I mean seriously, you sit down and you don't move the whole time, but somehow, the scissors and tape ALWAYS disappear!







Is it me, or are these Singing M&Ms with Light Up Eyes uber creepy?

I mean, I would feel like their eyes would be following me wherever I move....

*Shiver*
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Friday, December 18, 2009

Blogger Santa Swap: The Package

After Friday, I'm taking that break(I swear!)-I needed to put this post up so that my swap partner knows that I got her package and L.O.V.E.D it :)

I recently participated in the Blogger's Santa Swap over at Shannon's place, The Mommy-Files. This is actually the second time I have participated in an event like this, so I knew what to expect when I signed up. You may ask WHY I signed up if I'm so overwhelmed with the impending holidays and my numerous projects, but to tell you the truth, it's something that is just fun.

Plain and simple.

Anyway, I was paired with a lovely Canadian blogger who goes by the name Tammi of My Organized Chaos. If you haven't visited her, I suggest you do so!

She was so sweet-Here is what I opened the package up to:


How pretty is that? I was so taken with the packaging, I almost didn't want to open it....Almost. LOL Here is what that lovely arrangement held for me:



  • A fun Santa plate
  • A package of gift tags(much needed)
  • A package of holiday-themed sticky notes(I <3>
  • A cute reindeer door hanger
  • A pair of holiday fuzzy socks(wearing)
  • A beautiful holiday candle with accessories
  • A box of holiday-themed ziplock bags(cookie time!)
  • A light up Santa shot glass(SUPER FUN)
  • A Candy Cane badge
  • A Santa themed box(too cute)
  • A beautiful angel ornament
  • A holiday bag filled with goodies: 2 Coffee Crisp Bars and 2 boxes of Smarties

I've already put some of the decorations to good use:



And I would show you a picture of the yummies, but I don't think that's a picture I can obtain right about know ;-)

I just wanted to take a moment to thank both Shannon for holding and organizing this swap and Tammi who send me this beautiful package!! You both are amazing-In fact, so is everyone who participated!

Love and Energies.
Kayla

Featured Blogger Friday(12/18)-Jolly Mom

I know that I said I was taking a break, and I will, just after I bring you another wonderful featured blogger this Friday!

I totally forgot that I promised I would have a blogger for you this Friday and I can't break a promise-Today, I bring you a newly discovered (by me at least) blogger that I enjoy reading very much.

Welcome all the way from her part of the Blogosphere, Piera of Jolly Mom!


Q. What’s your name and blog? What other information would you like to share?

Hi everyone! My name is Piera--blogger at JollyMom.com. I am a first time mom of a 2 year old little boy named Lucas. I am a wife, blogger, and wannabe crafter, chef, and interior designer. I am so happy and honored to be featured here!


Q. Why did you choose that name for your blog?

Well, it's not very original. My full {married} name is Piera Jolly soooooo from that came "Jolly Mom". Told you. Not very original. LOL


Q. Why did you start blogging?


I started blogging solely to have a place for family to come see pictures of my son, Lucas. Literally within days, I was hooked.


Q. What kind of stuff do you cover with your blog? Is there a specific genre you write about or is the sky the limit?


I feature product recommendations, giveaways, parenting information, and more. My real love is crafts, home decor, cooking, and just about anything that has to do with creating so I love to bring that to my readers as well.


Q. Name one thing you love about your blogging job.


The friendships.


Q. Name one thing you’re not quite fond of about your blogging job.

The time it takes. I work many, many hours on my blog. It is truly a full time job! Most of all, I don't like the drama that seems to permeate the online world. I stay far away.

Q. What’s one random fact about you?


hmmm...I love chocolate ice cream with corn flakes. I could eat it anytime and would skip any meal just to have a bowl of ice cream.


Q. Inspiration comes in many forms for different people. What inspires you?

Lots of things inspire me. First and foremost, Lucas, my 2 year old son and my husband inspire me. The love I have for them is indescribable and that inspires me to be a better person. For my boys.

Also, I love finding beauty in the simple, every day items that surround us. I love history and objects with history or a story. Antiques, old beat up furniture, a hand knit shawl, quilts, a recipe passed down generations---those things make my heart skip a beat!


Q. Where else can we find you(Personal Website, Etsy Shop, Twitter, Facebook, Etc.)?


You can find me at www.jollymom.com and @jollymom {Twitter}. I wish I had an Etsy shop, but alas...I do not. Maybe one day!



Jolly Mom

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Parties, Cleaning and Relatives Oh My!

I feel like complete and utter crap.

Of course I started something new from my M.I. and I started zapping again, so that's probably part, if not all the reason I feel like complete and utter crap.

Things are dying in my body and as a result, I suffer.

Ugh.

Anyway, with me not feeling well and being behind on all my holiday shtuff, I think I may just take this weekend off to get caught up and help around the house. Parties to prep for, houses to clean, people to put up...Oh my!

Hopefully the holidays haven't come and caught you off guard as it has me--Freakin' 10 days!

Where did the time go?

Love and Energies.
Kayla

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I Wanna Move In-What a Beauty!

Yesterday, my friend and I headed over to Walmart and picked up some pre-assembled gingerbread houses with all the fixings included with one goal in mind:

To make us some gingerbread houses!

Man, I can't remember the last time I actually put together and decorated a gingerbread house...It has to be at least 8+ years.

Anyway, I took some pictures for your enjoyment, so.....Enjoy! Lol

Guess which one is mine?!


My lovely house made of gingerbread--It looks so good, I wish I could live in it! he he


This frosting was so damn hard to work with--Next time I'm just getting me a can of the real stuff and wingin' it.


My candy infested roof


How adorable is this walkway? Seriously, I'm so proud of it :D


Like the candy bushes? That was a last minute touch.


The back window overlooking the scenic soda pop lake and licorice forest ;-)
Gotta make it sell-able!


Close up of the back-The window just turned out okay(I could have done better)


I highly recommend making a gingerbread house just for the sheer enjoyment it brings--I felt like a little kid again :)

Love and Energies.
Kayla

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

My First Live Giveaway Experience

The past few months that I've been blogging and entering giveaways, I have seen many of my fellow bloggers and Twitter friends do live giveaways, but have never had the chance to enter one myself--Whether it be I was busy at that particular moment or I just completely forgot(mostly the latter reason), I just go about my regular givaway, contest, sweepstakes entering.

Well I got an email feed from Eileen over at Thrifty and Chic Mom with a whole bunch of live giveaways and thought I would check it out.

To my utter surprise, I was in luck! It was 8:06 pm and the giveaways started at 8!!

So I started commenting and refreshing and commenting some more and BAM-I was the winning comment number O.O

What did I win? A gorgeous Crystal Channel Expandable Wire Bangle Set in jet black from Alex and Ani.com


Thank you Eileen and the folks over at Alex and Ali for this wonderful opportunity!!

Love and Energies.
Kayla

Monday, December 14, 2009

Mailbox Monday(12/14)


Mailbox Monday divulges into the inner workings of my mailbox throughout the week. From books to jewelry to free samples to random magazines and letters-You never know what will be in the mail this week...

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1. After months of entering and trying to win an apron from Carolyn's Kitchen, I finally did it thanks to Kathleen over at Kaydid and Kid! And may I just say, I'm SO in love with my new Yellow Dorthy Apron that I have worn it around the house even when I'm NOT baking or cooking! Lol

It's UBER adorable!! Now I'm ready for Cookie Throwdown 09'....

**BRINGITONAUNTJERI**







2. I got the two most adorable pair of earrings from my friend Ruthie over at Rose Works Jewelry in the mail this week.

Honestly, I was really surprised when she contacted me telling me I had won a gift certificate to her shop-I really wasn't trying! Lol

Thank you Ruthie :)

P.s. Please excuse my dry ears-This house is so damn dry, I need to apply moisturizer everywhere!





3. Funny story: I had been getting like 3 to 4 applications a month for a Capital One credit card. After like the 10th one, I figured what the hell? They would see I don't have any money and deny me and that would be that.

So I filled it out and sent it in.

To my utter and complete shock, I got a credit card in the mail.
Seriously!?

So now I'm the proud owner of a Capital One credit card...








4. Of course the Christmas Cards have started coming in-It makes me feel excited and loved to know that I am on other people's Christmas Card List :D

Now I just have to get mine out!









What did you get in the mail this week?

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Slapdash Sunday(12/13)


Slapdash Sunday is a day for your proverbial week 'leftovers.' Is there something you wanted to say, but just forgot? Is there something you want to write about, but isn't worth a whole page? Do you have a random thought, funny or otherwise that needs to be written down?

That is what Slapdash Sunday is for!

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1. As some of my loyal commentors may have noticed the past few days, I have made commenting a little more tough with the word verification. You can thank Mr. and Mrs. Spammer for that who have been coming back every day and posting pornographic messages in different languages on a few of my posts.

Kayla don't play that game.

BLOCKED!








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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Death by Pumping Gas{Sad Story}

Let me spin you a little story:

A man wakes up early in the morning, late for work again. He doesn't want to get out of the warm bed where his wife is still sleeping at his side, but he has no choice-He needs to bring home the bacon so she can sleep in like this every day.

He quickly and quietly gets out of bed and tip toes to the bathroom where he takes a shower and gets ready for work. As he goes down the hall to gather his things, he peaks in on his baby sleeping soundly in the early morning hours.

Boy is he lucky.

As he locks up the house making sure his family is safe and sound, he makes way to his truck (he is a trucker) and looks back one more time to remember if he forgot anything.

Satisfied with his conclusion, he climbs in his truck and readies himself for the long drive ahead. Thankfully it's only a day drive unlike the 7 day hauls he's done in the past.

Two hours pass and he is already from Indiana into Illinois when his stomach growls-How could he have forgotten to grab something for breakfast! This is going to put a damper on is time crunch, but he has to do it.

Signaling to turn onto the ramp, he has a McDonald's in his sights. After he is done eating, he figures he might as well get gas for Old Bessy so he heads to the adjoining gas station and starts pumping gas.

All of a sudden, the ground shakes and he hears a huge explosion. Overwhelmed with a sudden and fierce heat wave, he turns just in time to see something coming at him and it goes black.

Our friend, Mr. Trucker, is dead.

I wish I could tell you this was purely a fictitious story(for the most part it's pure speculation on my part) but unfortunately an Indiana trucker did die this past week while pumping gas at a highway oasis.

Apparently there was a gas leak at a plant beside the highway that manufactures computer parts and the building exploded-It wasn't a little explosion either, it was a shake-the-ground-spew-shrapnel-everywhere-heat-wave-felt-from-two-miles-away explosion. It's a miracle no one else was hurt or killed, especially since the explosion was right a major highway and about a stones throw away from a high school.

Can you imagine waking up and going to your job not knowing that day was your last? I guess I'm just thrown by the fact that it wasn't a car accident or a murder like is common these days(I know that's so horrible to say, but it's true), but it was a freak accident like a building exploding and fly by debris killing you instantly while innocently pumping gas in the wrong place at the wrong time.

It really makes you look at everything in a new light.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this sad time. If you want to read any more about the story, you can go Here.

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