Sunday, February 28, 2010

Giveaway Ending TONIGHT!

This time, it's for real the ending time!!

I really hope you haven't forgotten about the giveaway going on here at The Element brought to you by none other then Max of Krafty Max Originals!

If you have forgotten, or your new here, let me refresh your memory :)



Win your choice of not one, but TWO pairs of gorgeous earrings from Krafty Max Originals!

If you haven't entered yet, I highly suggest you do-Giveaway ends TONIGHT.

Enter Here

Slapdash Sunday(2/28)


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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So I have been officially dubbed Detective Kayla thanks to my buddy Matty of Matty Thoughts!


May I just say WHOO HOO...I've always thought I was a good observer with some serious deductive skills; Well that, and I try to use my common sense most of the time. Lol


I'm a bonafied Sherlock Holmes of the 21st century ;)









Natural Mommie has written an absolutely AMAZING post about the newest must haves for Spring and traveling-I'm absolutely in love with the strapless dress in her post ^.^

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If you have a moment, check it out HERE!










Okay I need everyone's help!!

I have an Oscar party to go to on the 7th of March and the hostess wants us to dress up as our
favorite movie actresses/actors...

I honestly have NO clue what I want to do >.<





My mother and I just got done with watching the gold metal curling championship and may I just say:

Congratulations Canada for winning the gold, but Norway's infamous argyle pants will live on!

I want a pair.

BADLY
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Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday Follow(2/26)


My friend Lynn of Midday Escapades along with two other bloggers, One 2 Try and Hearts Make Families, have come up with one awesome meme called Friday Follow!

It's a very simple and fun way to connect with other bloggers like yourself and gain readership, as well as like-minded friends :)

If your interested in participating in this meme, just Click Here for more info.

And if your a new reader to The Eclectic Element, welcome!

Love and Energies.
Kayla



MckLinky Blog Hop


Featured Blogger Friday(2/26)-Second Time Around

Welcome to another Featured Blogger Friday where I bring you a new blogger each week!

That being said, since I started blogging, I've come to know many bloggers around the blogosphere and I've featured quite a few of those people, but I LOVE discovering new ones to share with you...Well new to me anyway ;)

Even though today's featured blogger is not new to the blogging world, she is fairly new to me and I'm thrilled to be able to share her with you!

Meet Rachel of Second Time Around.


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

My blog is called Second Time Around and I feature reviews and giveaways as well as ramble about my life.

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

I am starting to go through my "seconds", trying to have our 2nd baby, buying our 2nd house, and eventually go through my 2nd pregnancy, and 2nd child. This is even my 2nd blog! So I feel like I am in my Second phase of life!

Q. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging with a personal blog about my son (right after he was first born) and then I discovered blog giveaways. After awhile, I decided I wanted to start my own blog to do reviews/giveaways...and Second Time Around was born!

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 mostly write family friendly product reviews and giveaways and then I mostly ramble about my son and parenting advice (or asking for parenting advice).

Q. What is one must read post that you have written {Include Link}?

I don't know if it's a must read, but one of the most requested posts by readers was how my husband proposed: http://secondtimearound09.blogspot.com/2010/02/you-asked-for-it-my-proposal-story.html. I also have a bunch of great reviews and giveaways going on right now such as DownEast, Adorable Kinders, Vat19, Seventh Generation, etc.

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

I love being able to connect with so many different and wonderful people all in one place!

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

Not having enough time to do all I want to do! I wish I didn't need sleep!

Q. What’s one random fact about you?

I LOVE going grocery shopping (I know a lot of people who hate it, but I look forward to my grocery shopping trips)

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

My son, husband, and family are my inspirations! They make me who I am today! Other bloggers also inspire me in the blogging world!

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

You can also find me on Twitter: @tobinsmommy08 and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Second-Time-Around/256397876183



Thursday, February 25, 2010

Health Update Thursday(2/25)

I come bearing good news on this Health Update Thursday-Well, okay, maybe not terribly exciting, good news, but it's good news none the less!

I am still finding myself recovering from last weeks bought with the little foreign invaders, which I lovingly (*she says that with considerable sarcasm*) started calling little shitheads-Unfortunately this week has proven how out of shape and deconditioned I am...

I mean, it's pretty bad >.<

I can't do much without getting winded, fatigued, or being in a considerable pain and discomfort-I know that a lot of this must be worked through to see a difference and I'm doing my best; It's just hard...

The prospect of a personal trainer came up in a conversation yesterday and I think it's a fantastic idea-I would love to be able to have a personal trainer to tell me what I need to do to start working my way back to health, but at the same time letting me know where that very thin line between overdoing it and excelling is.

I'm going to have to do some research, but I hope this can happen soon!

That's about all I have to report this week though-Like I said, nothing too terribly exciting in the way of health-Just taking it one day at a time :)

Have a fabulous Thursday everyone!

Love and Energies.
Kayla

P.s. Today is going to be light on postings-I'm SERIOUSLY far behind on a few reviews and emails so that is going to be my focus today!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief *Movie Review*

Movie Synopsis

Percy Jackson(Logan Lerman) is, by all accounts, a normal teenage boy-He has a best friend, Grover(Brandon T. Jackson), an adoring mother and complete ass of a stepfather. He is enrolled at his local high school and has an abnormal love for being in the water. As for his biological father, all Percy knows of him is that he left when Percy was real young, so there isn't much memory of him.

On a field trip to the local museum, Percy runs into something that he can't quite explain, and just as one life dissipates, another is reborn-That, and he realizes that things are NOT as they appear. Percy learns his life is something beyond his wildest dreams: He's descended from the Greek Gods(Poseidon to be more specific)!

Of course, what is good news without the bad? This other world he's just discovered is under the assumption (don't assume cause it makes an ass out of u and me LOL) that he has stolen something very valuable and will stop at nothing to get it back (for both good and not so good purposes).

Thrown into a camp for 'special' people like himself, Percy, Grover and their new friend Annabeth, daughter of Athena(Alexandra Daddario) make plans to sneak off and find whomever is responsible for the stolen object and the framing of Percy Jackson-Oh, and of course an impending war between all of the Greek Gods!

My Thoughts:

I had very high hopes for this movie when I first saw the trailer-From some people's accounts, I had heard the movie being referring to as 'the new Harry Potter,' so of course I'm going to have some high hopes for this film!

However upon seeing the movie, those high hopes pretty much jumped from their tall pedestal and did a swan dive right smack dab to the floor...

The only thing good about this movie is the casting; They had some pretty strong actors and actresses throughout this movie. However, that's where the good and decent ends.

The plot is decent, but DEFINITELY not thought out as good as it could have been-This movie could have been amazing with a big, fat capitol A, but it completely lacked any sort of depth and demention. They could have put SO much more into it, which is what angers me the most!

All in all, the whole movie went by way too fast and lacked in details that could have made it great. If you have kids between the ages of 7 to about 12, I think they would enjoy this movie, but other then that, I don't suggest spending the money for a ticket.


**This is an opinion solely based on my thoughts and opinions of the movie in question and no one elses. I was not influenced one way or another to write the subject matter in this review, so if you don't like it or don't agree with it, that is your choice and I fully respect it so please extend me the same curtsy**

You're All Too Kind!

Can you imagine!?

MORE awards, a feature, and a vlog shout out :)

As the title states, you guys are all too kind to little, ol' me! I'm seriously feelin' the love this week!


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My oh-so-sweet and incredibly kind friend Melissa over at Outnumbered 3 to 1 featured me and my Etsy jewelry shop on her site!

I'm so honored to be featured yet again-Let me tell you, it's kind of surreal to see yourself on another person's site. LOL

Please head on over to her site and have a look around and if you happen to catch My Feature, well, hopefully you'll spend a minute or two to read it!

Thanks so much Mel for having me ^.^


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If your a Monday Mingler, you know it's all about questions and vlogging-What I personally love about the videos is each person put's their own special flair on their own mingle.

Well, imagine my TOTAL surprise when I was mentioned in Jenine of Badger Mom's Monday Mingle vlog for her weekly handmade shout outs!

I just have to thank her again-She's such an amazing (not to mention quite funny) individual! I had no idea how much we both had in common :D

If your interested, you can view the video HERE.


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Thanks for this lovely Sunshine Award goes to NAME of Coupon Clippin' Mommy-NAME is such a wonderful person and has some great information on her blog! You can find everything you could possibly be looking for: giveaways(located on her right-hand sidebar), freebies, coupons, and deals, reviews and features, and of course daily life posts :)

Go ahead and check her out!

Since I've already been given this award in the past, I'm going to skip on passing it out.


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I got the Beautiful Blogger Award from my beautiful friends over at Live for Life (which, by the way, is an amazingly-fabulous blog chocked FULL of useful information). To accept this award, a few things must be done in return:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award
2. Pass this award onto 15 bloggers you've recently discovered and think are fantastic
3. Contact bloggers and let them know
4. State 7 things about yourself

Okay, so here are the 7 things, and I'm going to try to state things I haven't revealed yet:

1. The only type of pain reliever that works with me is Excedrin PM-No matter what I take, I build up an intolerance to it and it will quite working within a day or so >.<

2. I have a few different key sayings, but the most frequent quote out of my mouth is 'Oh, Mother of God.'


3. I'm a list maker-I'll make lists for pretty much anything just because it helps me remember what I need to do. LOL


4. I'm prone to serious klutziness and moments of blondness.


5. I'm turning 21 this year and I'm debating on whether I want to do anything for the milestone occasion, or just let it pass without a big 'who-ha'


6. I'm a right handed gal, although sometimes I wish I was a south paw just to go against the crowd.


7. I've had my drivers license since I was 17, but I don't drive(the sporadic loss of feeling in my legs has us a little skeptical in that department LOL).


Seeing as it's late and I should be getting to sleep, I think I'm going to be a wee bit lazy for this one award-Well that, and the fact that all my blogging friends are beautiful, so they all deserve this special award!

Please take it and display it proudly on your site as a token of appreciation from me :)


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Thanks everyone for your continual support.
I definitely feel the bloggy love each and every day!

Love and Energies.
Kayla

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

It Always Pays to Double Check...

I have to applaud State Farm Insurance for coming up with these seemingly simple, yet TOTALLY flippin' true and hilarious commercials...

Give them both a watch-I guarantee you get a good chuckle ;)





Monday, February 22, 2010

Monday Mingle(2/22)


Welcome to February 1st's Monday Mingle sponsored by Jennifer 'Speedy' over at Eighty MPH Mom!!

What is Monday Mingle?

If your interested in participating, Monday Mingle is basically where a bunch of fellow bloggers get together and answer a few pre-specified questions through video blog, then post their video on their blog and link it up so other people can see your video!

If your interested for more info, check out This Post-Happy Vlogging Everyone!

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Our questions for this week:

1. Name your 5 favorite movies

2. What is the most requested/favorite meal in your house?

3. Is your husband/partner/significant other into sports? If so, does it irritate you when he/she watches, or do you join in?






I'm sorry about the editing-I was indeed up until about 4 am this morning editing and publishing this video, so I was probably just in a hurry to finish and go to bed. LOL Along the line of apologies, I'm sorry for the stupid shaking camera; I don't have a place to put the camera while recording so I have to hold it the whole time and my room is really cold, so I was shivering as I recorded >.<
Until next week!!

Love and Energies.
Kayla

Car Adventures

So last week before I got sick(I believe it was the day before Valentine's Day), we had to take a trip to Walmart so my sister could pick up a few stray things she needed for the present she was going to give her boyfriend the very next day.

I wanted to get out of the house, so I got dressed and went with them. However, after standing for about 5 minutes in the candy isle in Walmart, I knew BAD idea-I finally asked for the keys to the car and sat in there until they were finished.

Of course Walmart wasn't the only stop they had to make, so again, we stopped for a few odd and end groceries and I stayed in the car-It's quite interesting what you can do and hear when your alone in a tinted window car. I got bored and was lucky enough to find my camera in my purse!! Here are a few random shots I took for your guys entertainment...


This picture was from a particularly delicious organic apple bought via the grocery store.



My fingers!
(please excuse my chewed cuticles Lol)



My dad loves Cabela's.



This was the pattern from my sister's jacket; I thought it was really pretty.



My mother's favorite memory from childhood is Snoopy and the Peanuts gang-She even collects Snoopy paraphernalia!



My sister absolutely LOVES after dinner mints, so I wasn't surprised when she came out of the store with a package of them :)


Hope you enjoyed these very random pictures!

Love and Energies.
Kayla

Mailbox Monday(2/22)



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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You know me and my school supplies-That is exactly why I HAD to order this freebie pen.

Ah, I love the look of ink on a freshly new notebook ^.^





I was absolutely thrilled the other day when I got an email telling me I had won a book!

(Ya'll know how much I love books)

Thanks to Vera over at Luxury Reading, I scored my own copy of The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg :)

Hopefully I'll be able to get to this book soon-I'm STILL working on those books I got in January.

They W.I.L.L be done!!









I'm one of those people who would love to learn one, two or even three languages and if given the chance would TOTALLY take it-That being said, I was absolutely thrilled when I stumbled upon this freebie a week or so ago!

I guess the Rosetta Stone Company was providing free demo CDs to whichever language you choose, so I just had to take advantage of the opportunity!!

If your curious, I selected Japanese :)









FINALLY-My tickets to Summerfest have arrived.

God, I love the internet-It's the only place where you can take a quick survey and be rewarded for it....

In my case, two tickets to Summerfest 2010 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Now all I need to know is what bands are going to be there and I'll be one happy music-lovin' camper!





I don't know if any of You Remember, but way back a few weeks ago I won an Instant Win Game for Nature's Valley Dark Chocolate and Peanut Granola Bars-Well they came in the mail Saturday!!

I handed them over to my sister's boyfriend cause unfortunately I couldn't eat them, but it's all good :)







Thanks to Bekki of Pinkbird.net (or I should say PinkBird on Etsy to be more exact), I got some charms I've been tirelessly searching for for quite some time!!

I can't wait to finally finish the custom bracelet I've been working on for a few months now >.<>









Last but most certainly not least, I received my COMPLETELY awesome package of PIF beads I won over at Forbes Farm Gifts curtsy of Sandy-Seriously, I didn't really realize what I had won until it arrived at my door!!

I just can't stop riffling through the beautiful packages, taking out the numerous shaped and sized beads and just letting my imagination wander to what I'm going to create...

It's going to be fabulous.






What did you get in the mail this week?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Giveaway!


Make sure to check out my giveaway over at my bloggy buddy's site, Midday Escapades!!

I don't know what made me want to do a giveaway, but I just got inspired and I'm glad that my friend could offer her every growing knowledge and services :)

(Don't worry-I'm still trying to think of a good thing to do for hitting the big 4-0-0)


For details on the giveaway and to enter, Go Here.

Good luck!

Slapdash Sunday(2/21)

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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Have any of you seen this add on Yahoo when you check your mail.....?




The reason I ask is because this ad just Tweaks. Me. Out the way it the baby just POPS up all of a sudden and stairs at you O.o

Anyone else feel the same way?!











Don't forget later this Sunday afternoon is a new feature on The Eclectic Element!

I suppose you could call it a thank you to all my loyal friends, readers and commenters.

Here's a little hint: It involves a Linky....













I hit 400 followers this week!!

I need to do something really special.....But what!?

Any ideas?!
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Friday, February 19, 2010

Feature Blogger Friday(2/19)-Keeping up with the Schultz Family

Happy Friday everyone! For those of you who actually do something during the duration of the week, I'm sure the promise of a weekend is a refreshing one!

Today I bring you a blogger that I just recently met, but who has made quite an impression on me-She is now a frequent reader and commenter of my blog and I'm more then happy to be able to feature her ^.^

Meet Amy of Keeping up with the Schultz Family!


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


Hi, My name is Amy and you can find me at Keeping Up With The Schultz Family. My blog is filled with many different things. It is mostly a way for me to keep a little journal on myself and my family..

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

This may sound silly but I really like the show "Keeping Up With The Kardashians." I thought since that is a show about a family why not use it (my family is nothing like their family at all, though).

Q. Why did you start blogging?

I had a few friends who blogged. It looked like they were having fun. I decided it would be a great way to write about my life, and family. Plus meet some new people.

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?

On my blog you can find what happens in my family. I also like to craft, bake, and sometimes cook. I will also join in on a few tags, Memes or blog carnivals that may be going on.
I also host two events on my blog. One is called the Round Robin.
This is what you do for the Round Robin:
It is time to post something fun on your blog that you would like to share with other bloggers. Like a craft idea, fashion tips, a recipe, a poem, a "Meme" you may have on your page, a giveaway, if you have a business(ESTY Shop) show off what you have, or anything your little heart desires. It can even be an old post you may have that you want to share. After you have your idea ready you come back to my blog and link up.Then you keep coming back to see more ideas, learn something new and even meet some new blogging friends.

My next Round Robin is Friday March 12th. I hope to see some of you there..


My Second one is called "Family Fridays"

I just started hosting this new event on my blog. I am co-hosting this event with another blogger Lori@The Peterson Family. She is the one who came up with this idea and ask me to help her out. This is hosted every Friday on our blogs. Of course I do not host this event when I have my Round Robin.

Here is what you do for Family Fridays:

All you have to do is write about your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles or cousins.
You can share a favorite memory from growing up.
Or you can even tell a story that was told you to by your great-grandparents moving
to the USA from another country.
You can even talk about your own family and your children.
This is a time for you to share your family memories.

Our button...


Q. What is one must read post that you have written {Include Link}?

Since we are just barely into 2010 this is easy..
I really like this post "I just want to be a Mermaid"

Q. Name one thing you love about your blogging job.
I enjoy all of the people I have met. I have been doing this now for two years. I really did not know what I was doing when I started. I like that it is a time for me to express myself. Then I get a chance to read others stories they share. It is amazing..

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

I do not like seeing others being rude in comments. It is your blog and you should be able to write what you want. If you do not like that post then do not leave a comment. Just move on.

Q. What’s one random fact about you?

I have said this before so some bloggers already know this but Judy Garland is my Great Aunt.
I am left handed...

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

I will say there is a lot of different things that inspires me.. My Mom is such a kind and caring person. She has shown me how to be the kind of person I want to be. I am so happy I get to be her daughter. My husband is so kind and so easy going. He is someone who has inspired me to relax more in life. My little daughter is one who inspires me everyday. Of course all of my family members and family do this. Thanks to my parents for everything because they always inspire me.


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Health Update Thursday(2/18)

Yay me!

I got my sister's stomach flu...

**sigh**

Yes folks, as if Tom wasn't enough, my stupid immune system had to dip down when Tom came into town and unfortunately when it did, my sister was back from college with a whole body full of foreign invaders lookin' for trouble >.<

So, on top of bad cramps and backaches, I'm dealing with stomach cramps and nausea.

Ugh. At least I got a shower in before I crashed.

Hope everyone is having a better Thursday then I am!

Love and Energies.
Kayla

Monday, February 15, 2010

Blah

I've just spend about 8 hours on the bathroom floor due to an expected, but most definitely unwanted visit from Tom-I tried doing some work on the blog and responding to some emails, but I'm just too out of it to do anything.

I may be back tomorrow, but we'll see what happens.

Love and Energies.
Kayla

Monday Mingle(2/15)


Welcome to February 1st's Monday Mingle sponsored by Jennifer 'Speedy' over at Eighty MPH Mom!!

What is Monday Mingle?

If your interested in participating, Monday Mingle is basically where a bunch of fellow bloggers get together and answer a few pre-specified questions through video blog, then post their video on their blog and link it up so other people can see your video!

If your interested for more info, check out This Post-Happy Vlogging Everyone!

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Our questions for this week:

1. Do you have brothers and/or sisters? Growing up did you wish you had more or less siblings?

2. Did you have a wedding/first dance song? If so, what was it?

3. What did you do for Valentine's Day? Any special gifts given or received?

4. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, tell us something special about your spouse/partner?



**Okay, TOM finally made an appearance and I'm trying to reign him in before he does some serious damage. SO I'm going to try to record this video when I feel a bit better**



Until next week!!

Love and Energies.
Kayla

Mailbox Monday(2/15)


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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I got the sweetest gift from my friend in California(and I know she's reading this right now!)-She sent me a beautiful letter/card with her photography skills displayed.

Not only did I get her lovely card, she sent me a cute and fun little magnet set (unfortunately you can't read the left side) with the phrase 'Share Faith. Offer Prayer. Gather Hope.' on the left side and a place to put a picture on the right.

Thank you Makayla Bear!



I received this in the mail in the middle of the week and of course, you know me, I forgot I even applied for the thing! LOL

Flipping through it, they have some extremely useful information.

So if your interested in this Freebie and you are in fact a woman, you can order your 2010 Woman's Health Calender HERE.












I got a WONDERFUL 'Make A Difference: Bring your own bag' static cling for your car-This is absolutely perfect for myself and my mother because we are always forgetting our reusable bags!!

It really is annoying when your trying to help save the planet and you forget your darn bag >.<










Again, NO. IDEA. how I got this book by Timothy Carter-It just showed up on Friday afternoon with a bookmark in it and the name Fluxnow.com on the label.

{I just checked out the site and it's very impressive!}

And who says mail doesn't carry it's surprises!? LOL

Oh, hey! I'll be able to do a review on it when I'm done reading it!





I got THE best surprise in the mail on Friday-Seriously, when I opened the package, my jaw dropped!!

As you can tell from the picture, I got a package which contained the most amazing looking (and tasting) cookies from a place called The Lazy G Ranch curtsy of my friend Stacie, whom I met when she bought one of my 'healing' bracelets.

Thank you so much Stacie for the fantastic package :D





What did you get in the mail this week?