Sunday, October 31, 2010

Slapdash Sunday(10/31)


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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If you're a loyal reader, you know that I'm a pole dancer.

Unfortunately, you also know that I'm a Lymie and I relapsed at the beginning of August, so bye bye pole dancing *tear*

I've been ITCHING to go back ever since my last class before my New York trip (end of July)-Well, guess what!?

I was FINALLY able to go back this past Friday and it felt gooooooooooood xD





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Happy Halloween!


~*!*~Happy Halloween Everybody~*!*~

To all my valued readers, fellow blog friends and other passers by, I wish you all a happy, and safe Halloween!

Love and Energies.
Kayla

Friday, October 29, 2010

1-800-FLOWERS.COM Review and Giveaway

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When I was in New York at BlogHer 2010 exploring the two whole floors of different exhibits and exhibitors, there were a ton of remarkable sponsors that I got to learn about and interacted with--One of which was 1-800-FLOWERS.COM.

1-800-FLOWERS.COM is your leading source of everything floral {and more}! Here is a little about the company from their site:

"Making people smile is no small accomplishment. It’s an art and a passion that’s been in our family for decades – it’s what drove Jim McCann to open his first flower shop in 1976. It’s not just in our business plan; it’s actually how we see the world.

When we see a rose or a peony or a Peruvian lily, we don’t just see a gorgeous flower—we see an opportunity to help someone express a feeling: appreciation, adoration, condolences, gratitude, love. It can be hard to express what’s in your heart. But a special bouquet can do the job amazingly well."

I have to say, when I got the Bucket of Birthday Wishes Bouquet delivered to my doorstep two weeks ago, I had a smile plastered on my face from ear to ear! The funny thing is, my 21st birthday is less then a month away, and when I got the gorgeous flowers, my mother thought they were from my aunt who forgot when my birthday was again ^.^

Anywho, I'm excited to be able to tell my readers quite honestly that the bouquet I received was just as beautiful and vibrant as the advertised picture on their website! Seriously, even my mother fawned over it, and it's VERY hard to please her with floral arrangements.

As shown in the pictures, The Bucket of Birthday Wishes Bouquet is a lovely mix of peach roses, carnations, yellow daisies, ferns and more, all presented in an adorable lime green birthday bucket {hence it's name} adorned with festive looking birthday balloons!

Along with the bucket, you receive with your arrangement a multicolor felted 'Happy Birthday' sign nestled right in the arrangement-What better way to say happy birthday, then with a felted sign!? LOL

There is one thing that I wasn't thrilled about and that's watering the flowers-I found it quite hard to get the water INTO the bucket itself.

No worries though-If you have a watering can or something of the sort, you should be just fine to feed your lovelies daily :)

Here are some other pictures I took of my wonderful "birthday" surprise!






{The Giveaway}


1 lucky T.E.E. reader will win a $40 Gift Card to 1-800-FLOWERS.COM!






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Visit 1-800-FLOWERS.COM and tell me what you would want to buy with your gift card!



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Spook-A-Look Halloween Photo Contest Entry


Ever since my sister and I were little, my mother has encouraged us to make our own costumes through her example-To this day, I can't remember ever wearing a store bought costume because it just takes away most of the fun of things in my opinion! A few costumes I remember making for myself when I was old enough were a Renaissance woman, a gypsy, and a goddess, all from articles I found around the house or bought at thrift stores. This year is probably my FAVORITE costume of all of them: A 50's Pin Up Girl. I hate to boast, but I put this costume together in less then 3 hours-In my opinion, it turned out pretty darn good!


This post is a contest entry for Giveaway Blogs and UPrinting.com's Spook-A-Look Halloween Photo Contest-Make sure to head on over HERE and check out the other contest entries!

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pretty, Pink, and Floral

I'm so very lucky to have been blessed with 20/20 vision pretty much my whole life, so I've never really needed or had to use eyeglasses of any sort....

Wait. I lied.

When I was in 1st grade, I went for my annual eye doctor exam and threw the whole big E descending letter test because I thought wearing prescription glasses was cool-I got these cute little pink floral reading glasses and proudly wore them to school the next week!

Proudly, that is, until the class bully called me a 'four-eyed freak.'

After that, I conveniently "lost" my pretty pink floral reading glasses and miraculously learned how to read without them! The funny thing about that is I found them YEARS later and I thought how silly I was to have pretended to need glasses just to look cool.

There are people like my mother who really NEED reading glasses, or glasses just to be able to see on a daily basis. Thanks to sites like GlassesUSA.com, you can get all sorts of eye glasses online for whatever eye problem you might have!

Visit them on their Facebook Fanpage to see all the different offers, deals, and current goings-on.

GlassesUSA was kind enough to give T.E.E readers 10% off your next purchase with them! Just use the code mommy10 during your next purchase and enjoy clear vision xD


{Isn't he the cutest?!}



I was compensated for writing this post-All opinions and information found in this post are 100% honest, well researched, and mine

Monday, October 25, 2010

Mailbox Monday(10/25)


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 an incredibly beautiful and vibrant surprise in the mail last Monday-Wait...is it considered a surprise if I knew it was coming?

Well, either way, I maintain I was surprised when it came!!

Can you guess where it was from from the picture!?

**Hint Hint**

Review and Giveaway soon ;)








What did you get in the mail this week?


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Slapdash Sunday(10/24)


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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For the first time, I really have nothing to share!

I can't believe it...

Have a good Sunday? Lol



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Saturday, October 23, 2010

I've Been Featured-Kinda

I've been featured!

However, it's not on another blog or website.

If you remember, I had my friend Emily do a Fashion Wrap Up post for this years Oscar awards {and a mighty fine job she did I might add}. Well, this Fall she went away to college and has been busting her butt in her classes, one of which is a journalism class.

I got a call from her asking me what she should do a write up on and after a few suggestions on my end, she asked if I wouldn't mind being interviewed for her assignment!

I felt so special xD

Here is what the final draft looks like-I think she did a wonderful job!

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Kayla Potega is not the typical 20-year-old. Any type of physical activity she wants to do must be planned out in advance. One day she may be running around with friends, and the next day she could be bedbound, unable to walk. This is all because Kayla has Lyme disease.

Nearly seven years ago, Potega was a carefree young woman. She was attending school, hanging out with friends, and enjoying her teenage years. One day at school, her life changed forever. Potega became very ill and her condition was a mystery for the next five years. “From the time I got sick until the time I found out it was Lyme, it was a whirlwind of over a hundred doctors, nurses, and specialists,” Potega explained. Many painful tests were administrated, along with a collection of different treatments ranging from traditional western medicine to acupuncture to massage therapy.

Potega’s mother, Joanne, spent many hours online searching for something that would help give their family answers to why her daughter was so ill. During this time, Potega explains how she experienced every emotion that could possibly be thought of. Finally after coming across information on Lyme disease, Potega and her family knew this had to be the cause of her illness, despite what the doctors kept telling the family. She was finally officially diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2009.

From late 2008 to 2009, Potega was bedbound for 10 months. During this period, something happened that changed Potega’s life again. “After the first month, I was going a little stir crazy,” Potega explained, “The only thing I did on a daily basis was spend my time on the computer and do my jewelry, so I thought I’d combine the two and see how it went.” This is how Potega’s blog, The Eclectic Element was born.

The Eclectic Element’s motto is “reviews, giveaways, features, and life.” The blog started off small, but a year and a half later, companies are approaching Potega to advertise and review their products on her site. People also write in to Potega for advice on everything from blogging to Lyme.

The Eclectic Element has a Google page rank of 3, with over 500 followers, and 1,140 followers on Twitter. Potega currently has 143 email subscribers and over 1,000 monthly page views. Potega says one of her “bloggy” dreams is that one day, someone will stop her on the street and say “Oh my goodness, you’re Kayla from The Eclectic Element!”

Potega has been given many extraordinary opportunities since starting the blog. She has met many people from all over the world, such as Japan. She has won over $1,000 worth of products from online contests and give-a-ways. Potega also traveled to New York City last August to attend BlogHer 2010. (BlogHer is a blogging conference that is a major event in the blog world.) She also started a line of Lyme disease bracelets, where the proceeds go to other “Lymies” in need of treatment.

Potega says the Lyme disease is what pushed her to start the jewelry business, which led to the blog. She is not thrilled to live the life of a “Lymie”, but she would not want to do things differently. “Once I stumbled into the business and blogging world, it helped me get through those long months, as well as help me be successful in a subject I may not have known anything about if I was healthy and in a different position.”

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Health Update Thursday(10/21)

I know I haven't done a health update Thursday in awhile, but I thought this would be a good time to explain to my readers whats been happening the past week and why I've been so sporadic with postings, emails and everything else...

A little under two weeks ago, I came down with a massive migraine that inhibited me from doing anything except downing medicine, wearing sunglasses, and sleeping my days away. I'm fortunate enough to not experience migraines often and when I do, they only last about a day or two before they leave-Unfortunately, this case was different.

One day went by, then two, then three rolled around with my head getting worse, then better, then worse again. One day I'd be clutching a bucket and trying not to move and the next I'd be without sunglasses doing my laundry.

Truth be told, I'm STILL suffering it's effects.

I talked with my M.I. and she said that It's not a regular migraine-You see, I have pathogens in my body and they are causing me to be sick. I was given stuff to kill said pathogens and it worked. Unfortunately, I have some serious issues detoxing, so those dead pathogens are free -floating all around in my body reeking havoc.

This classifies me as 'toxic.'

So I have a toxic headache caused by the pathogens I killed that won't detox from my brain, and I have no idea HOW to detox them from my brain.

Other then that, the same old same old: pain, fatigue, compromised immune system, blah blah blah.

I just want to be better now.

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Girlz of Galstanberry:: Exclusive Author Interview


I'm very excited to introduce you all to a pretty incredible woman by the name of Garen S. Wolff, author of the newly published book, The Girlz of Galstanberry.

The Girlz of Glastanberry is the first in a series of books about 5 young girls from all different backgrounds coming together in one place-"From the boroughs of New York, to the beaches of San Francisco, girls hail from all walks of life, to sport the violet blazer and pink beret of the Galstanberry Girls Academy."

Learning about the author of this refreshing new series was just as exciting as learning about the series itself! Don't just take my word for it though-check out her exclusive interview below :)


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Q. What made you want to write a book? How long did it take to write from the first idea to publishing?

The diversity of girls around the world--tall, short, blonde, brunette, spunky, shy! In fact, while walking down the street, I see no two girls that look alike! Every girl has a story to tell due to their varied experiences, geographic location, ethnicity, family structure, etc. Therefore, I wanted to create a series that truly reflected the diversity of girls' voices. It took me SEVERAL months from the first idea to publishing.


Q. Is Galstanberry a real place? If so, why did you choose it. If not, how would you describe Galstanberry to a person if it WAS a real place?

Imagine a twenty acre campus that rises up from the horizon like a French chateau with high-spiraling turrets that seem to touch the clouds. It is flanked by a magnificent rose garden and horse stables. Welcome to Galstanberry Girls Academy! Although it is a fictional boarding school in Connecticut, its campus structure resembles that of Yale and Princeton. Carillion Bell tower, which stands regally in Campus Square, fills the air with symphonies of Beethoven and Mozart.


Q. How does attending a private school from Pre-kindergarden to 12th grade help contribute to the overall idea of The Girlz of Galstanberry?

Both Detroit Country Day (pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade) and Wellesley College shaped, The Girlz of Galstanberry. Country Day exposed me to students from all over the country and world. This influenced the representation of different cultures in The Girlz of Galstanberry. The blazer and tie reflect my years of wearing school uniforms.
Wellesley College also influenced the book. The traditions, such as High Tea, pearls and House Mothers, are reflected in the traditions of Galstanberry Girls Academy.


Q. Lillian, Brandi, Fei, Tabitha or Nisha-Which character would you say you are and why?

Honestly, I see myself in each of the girls. I definitely have the energy and spunkiness of Lillian, and, as my family and friends can attest, the humor of Brandi. On certain occasions (when I'm annoyed), I can be sassy like Tabitha, with clever comebacks like Nisha. When I need to speak at a book singing in front of tons of people, I muster all the confidence and strength of Fei :-)


Q. What do you hope girls and woman reading your book take away from it?

Great question!! The most important message of The Girlz of Galstanberry, is that girls should embrace and celebrate their unique voices. What do I mean by "voice"? Girls' voices (aka personalities, opinions) are shaped by their cultural background, socio-economic status, friends, family and even geographic location! Therefore, girls shouldn't feel confined to anyone's standard of beauty or "popular status". We are all different and should be celebrated for our uniqueness!


Q. What is your favorite part of the book?

My favorite part is the integration of cultural nuances, like accents, dialects and native languages. For example, Tabitha's chapter is full of Texan phrases and dialect. Mother is pronounced, "mo-thah", and twenty-five is pronounced, "twenny-fav". In Lillian's chapter, Spanish phrases are used and translated in footnotes. The book has extra flair because of each girl's cultural and geographic differences.


Q. What can we look forward to from you in the future?

A sequel!!! The last chapter, "Welcome Home!" is a complete teaser! In the next book, readers will find out the girls' roommates, classes, etc. And of course, there will be some dra-ma! I'm TOTALLY excited for it!


Q. How can girls become "Galstanberry Ambassadors?"

Galstanberry Ambassadors are VERY SPECIAL! Their job is to spread the Galstanberry news in their school, city or state! When we travel around the country for author events, they (and ofcourse their parents) are our main contact person! Galstanberry Ambassadors that successfully get an author event in their school or town, will be featured on the Galstanberry website, and be presented with a limited edition, autographed Galstanberry poster, at the event. Interested, just email: GalstanberryGazette@galstanberrygirlz.com


Q. Will you be offering any holiday specials on the website?

Yes! For a limited time, people can buy 2 books at a time for just 18.50! Just click the Holiday Discount option!

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I want to personally thank Garen for taking the time out of her busy schedule to interact with me and my readers-I had so much fun doing this interview and learning more about her and her book :)

I very much look forward to seeing what else she has in store for us in the future! If you're interested in learning more about Garen, The Girlz of Galstanberry, events or where to purchase the book, check out The Girlz of Galstanberry Website!

Speaking of the future, I'm sure she'll be back on The Element sometime soon *wink wink*

Love and Energies.
Kayla

Mailbox Monday(10/18)


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 was lucky enough to be one of the 'chosen' few {and by few I mean like 50,000 LOL} people who were sent a coupon for a free bottle of Advil.

I mean, free is always good!

I can't seem to find the link, but when I do, I'll add it here so my readers can take advantage of that freebie as well :)






I got yet another credit card application in the mail, this time from Capital One.

I must have me some good credit xD

For those who're curious, I will not be applying because I already have 2 cards and quite frankly, credit cards kind of freak me out. Lol




I actually got some information in the mail from someone running for office in our area.

It surprised me because I've never got anything like that before-I suppose since I'm of voting age, it's going to be happening more often as elections draw near, but it's still weird.





What did you get in the mail this week?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Sunglasses Indoors:: Not A New Fashion Trend


Sportin' a 4 day long migraine that just doesn't seem to want to go away.

{Damn you migraine fairy!}


FYI:: Sunglasses indoors isn't as cool as it may sound.

Hope everyone is having a migraine-free Thursday!

Love and Energies.
Kayla

Monday, October 11, 2010

Mailbox Monday(10/11)


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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How CUTE is this little Kleenex box!?

Kleenex has a program where you can go onto their site {Click Here} and send a little box of Kleenex to someone you care about.

Their motto: "Softness worth Sharing."

Don't miss this opportunity to show someone you care through softness ^.^








I <3 size="4">SUPER sticky notes is just making something that's already great even more awesome :)

Now the questions is-What to do with my samples of super sticky notes!? Lol










What did you get in the mail this week?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Slapdash Sunday(10/10)

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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Awhile ago, I was contacted via blog comment about a site called Giveaway Scout-The kind gentleman informed me that I could register my blog and they would help spread the word about any giveaways I had.

I hate to say it, but I was a little wary, so I did a little checking around.

It's a really cool sight!! Once you submit your blog and are accepted, any giveaways you have are automatically scanned through your RSS feed and added to their site-They have over 1,000 giveaways added DAILY!

For those of you who do giveaways on your site, I'd definitely consider adding your blog :)







Today October 10th, 2010

10-10-10

Whose ever favorite or lucky number is 10 is probably going to have a good day today!



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Saturday, October 9, 2010

English Paper #3: A Little Bit Of Everything

I know this is WAY overdue, but I just remembered that I shared the first and second installment of Kayla's college adventure with everyone, but not the third which I promised to do ALL three.

I can't welch on a promise now can I?!

For those of you who read the first two papers I wrote, this one is a little different-It was a research paper, so it may be a little 'boring' for those who haven't read the book The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy.

{Great story in my opinion by the way-Depressing, but I have a personal connection to Ivan so that's probably why I enjoyed it so much}

Anyway, for those of you who want to read, I hope you enjoy!

P.s. This was a BITCH of a paper to write-Seriously, towards the end, I just gave up and turned it in. I thought I was totally going to bomb it, but when I got it back, I marveled at what I saw...

It was a B!

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A Little Bit of Everything





"The syllogism he had learnt from Kiesewetter's logic: 'Caius is a man, men are mortal, therefore Caius is mortal,' had always seemed to him correct as applied to Caius, but certainly not as applied to himself"(Tolstoy: The Death of Ivan Ilych). This is a phrase uttered in a state of disbelief by Ivan Ilych, a dying man in Leo Tolstoy's story, The Death of Ivan Ilych. Look closely at that phrase; if you take just a moment to ponder it's meaning, you will see that most living things would think the exact same thing when put in a similar situation. Death is automatically a feared happening since it is shrouded in such mystery, so people cope with that fear by projecting outwards the illusion that death cannot touch them. However, when a person falls ill, or has a near death experience, that illusion is shattered, and they eventually have to come to the realization that "Caius is mortal," something that Ivan Ilych struggled to comprehend throughout the whole story. Leo Tolstoy included a great deal of his own life into many of his literary works, so it is not unreasonable to think that he, too, had an immense fear of death similar to that of Ivan. "It was impossible to stop, impossible to go back, and impossible to close my eyes or avoid seeing that there was nothing ahead but suffering and real death--complete annihilation"(Tolstoy" A Confession 4). According to Tolstoy, life did not matter if you did not know its meaning, so why even bother living at all? This train of thought went on well through middle age until something changed for him, and he began seeking out life's truth in certain religions. It is my belief from reading some of his works and learning more about him, that instead of one specific religion, a person could argue Tolstoy took certain aspects of each religion he explored while looking for truth, and applied them to his life and his work, such as in The Death of Ivan Ilych.


Ever since the early age of eighteen when he abandoned his religious views and upbringing in the Christian Orthodox faith, it has been written Tolstoy took on the belief system of an agnostic, a person who believes that the existence of a higher power, whether it is God, or another deity, can be proven nor disproven. For those who consider themselves agnostic, it is most common for them to go through life looked upon as individuals on the "religious fence." In A Confession, Tolstoy goes on to explain his beliefs through what can only be described as agnosticism: "What it was I believed in, I could not have said. I believed in a God, or rather did not deny a God, but I could not have said what sort of God" (Tolstoy 1). You can see by the absence of religious connections excluding the funeral in the beginning of the story, that Ivan and Tolstoy both really couldn't be bothered with religious affiliations. A line that particularly stands out, that I feel makes my point quite well, is written when Ivan has somewhat of a meltdown closer to the end of his life: "He wept on account of his helplessness, his terrible loneliness, the cruelty of man, the cruelty of God, and the absence of God"(Tolstoy: The Death of Ivan Ilych 143).


Aside from a distinct agnostic feel to the book, you can also see references to the religion of Buddhism if you happen to be familiar with their customs and beliefs. According to The Everything World's Religion Book by Robert Pollock, Buddhism is a branch of Hinduism, but unlike in the belief system of Hindus, Buddhists reject the Vedic (a variety of Sanskrit language) literature and refuse to accept the cast system as authoritative. This may not mean much to a person who's not familiar with Tolstoy and his writings, but from what I have read, Tolstoy lets you know in no uncertain terms that he despises his upper class system (a distinct Buddhist characteristic), and sometimes even himself along with it. "As soon as the period began which had produced the present Ivan Ilych, all that had seemed joys now melted before his sight and turned into something trivial and often nasty" (Tolstoy: The Death of Ivan Ilych 144). All the things Ivan strived for at the beginning of the story, including his class stature, were meaningless in the face of death. Another instance of Buddhist thinking is when Tolstoy directly quoted Buddha, along with other revered thinkers in A Confession: "To life in the consciousness of the inevitability of suffering, of becoming enfeebled, of old age and of death, is impossible--we must free ourselves from life, from all possible life."


Unlike the other two religions that seem to be masterfully disguised in this example of Tolstoy's writing, the religion that can be most easily found and identified is that of Christianity. Christianity is the religion of God and of Jesus Christ, which started more then two thousand years ago in the land of Judea, or, as it is better known now as present day Israel (History of Christianity). In The Death of Ivan Ilych, the story first opens with a Christian funeral: candles, incense, and mourners. Ivan's longtime friend, Peter, even makes the sign of the cross (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) when witnessing Ivan's body in his casket. These are all tell tale signifier of the Christian faith. Even though that was the only reference to Tolstoy and Ivan's initial religious practice at the beginning of the book, as the story slowly progresses, you start to see other mentioned Christian-esque happenings, such as the fact that Tolstoy called upon "Him," "Thou," and "God" a great deal, which is indicative of not only Ivan's spiritual revelation, but of Tolstoy's as well. Once such instance is as follows: "Why hast Thou done all this? Why has Thou brought me here? Why, why dost Thou torment me so terribly?" (Tolstoy: The Death of Ivan Ilych 143). You can see as Ivan lay dying, he addresses someone he feels did this to him, someone who has the power to put him to death. Another example of Christianity in the story is when Ivan invites a priest into his home, and takes communion because he feels it will help his situation.


Leo Tolstoy put a great deal of his own life into The Death of Ivan Ilych and many of this other great works, so it comes as no surprise that he thought to include his religious affiliations. Even though Tolstoy was said to be a born again Christian toward the end of his life, and there were numerous related events and references throughout the book itself, I have to think otherwise. Yes, he may have taken aspects of Christianity and incorporated them into his belief system, but as I stated and explained in the above paragraphs, a person could argue Tolstoy took certain aspects of each religion he explored while looking for truth, and applied them to his everyday life and work, such as in The Death of Ivan Ilych. Agnosticism, Buddhism, Christianity, and maybe even a few others can he found within Tolstoy's work if you just look close enough.





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Friday, October 8, 2010

Featured Blogger Friday:: The Lingerie Addict

As if being in a magnificent city and learning more about blogging wasn't enough, I met a TON of incredible woman when I was in New York-One of my regrets is that I didn't have time to meet more of the 2,200+ people there.

The people I did get the immense privilege to meet just blew my mind. They are successful, strong-willed, and admirable human beings and I want to share them with everyone!

So, let me introduce to you the beautiful
Treacle of The Lingerie Addict-I absolutely love her site and I hope this interview shows you exactly why :)

Enjoy!



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

My name is Treacle, and I write the blog, The Lingerie Addict. I started blogging as a casual hobby in April 2008, and I haven't been able to stop!

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

The Lingerie Addict actually isn't the first name my blog has had. I started writing as "Stockings Addict" because I was obsessed with tights and hosiery, and couldn't find any other blogs focusing on that subject. When my interests grew bigger, I renamed the blog to "Stockings and Lingerie Blog," but that was unwieldy and awkward. After playing around with names, I stumbled upon The Lingerie Addict, and it just "fit."

Q. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because I noticed there weren't many websites dedicated to talking about lingerie from a consumer's perspective. I don't really care about press reviews (which, unfortunately, is what many fashion bloggers cover). What I care about is how things fit and how they look and how much they cost and if they're worth the money. So I started blogging to fill that gap.

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?

My blog's focus is lingerie. I offer tips, tricks, advice, reviews, and really pretty photographs for people who love lingerie or just want to know more about it. Lingerie is still a very taboo subject in American culture, and one of the things I'm trying to do is show how lingerie just like any other type of fashion.

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

Oh gosh...is it okay if I include two? 10 Pieces of Lingerie Every Woman Must Own and The 7 Deadly Lingerie Sins. Between them, they sum up almost everything you need to know about the subject.

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

The thing I love most of all is helping people find the lingerie that's right for them. So many women believe that lingerie has to be ugly or uncomfortable or that they'll never be able to find nice things in their size. And it is such a good feeling when someone writes me to say that I've not only helped them discover the perfect lingerie, I've also helped them feel better about themselves.

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

Hmmm...one of things that's started happening as I get more popular is that I get more nasty messages from people. I know that's just part of the deal,but it still doesn't feel too hot. Still...it's a good sign, right? When people hate you for no good reason, you know that you've arrived. ;)

Q. What’s one random fact about you?

I'm a former Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champion.

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

My readers inspire me. I get so many great ideas from them, and I always try to make sure that whatever I write about positively impacts them in some way.

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

You can find me on my blog, The Lingerie Addict, on Twitter @stockingsaddict, on Facebook at The Lingerie Addict, and on YouTube at The Lingerie Addict. If you're interested in a personal shopping (i.e. "Lingerie Therapy") session, you can find the info for that here.



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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Lyme Life

I know I'm supposed to bring you a bunch of great posts for today on my New York trip and whatnot, but my health is slipping again and my intuitive has come up with a very ridged treatment plan that is going to take most of my undivided attention.

So unfortunately for my lovely readers I am going to have to take the next two days off to focus on health related issues and if all goes well, I'll be back bright and early Friday with some nice treats for you all :)

In the mean time, enjoy the next two Fall days with family and friends, or if you prefer, alone in a nice hot bath with a good book. Whatever you do, please do me a favor and just enjoy every little thing about it.

You never know when life is going to change, so you have to make the most of every moment, sight, smell, feeling, emotion, and opportunity you're given.

Love and Energies.
Kayla

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

New York and BlogHer:: Whirlwind Tour

When I realized I was going to New York, not only was I thrilled at attending BlogHer and everything that came with it, I realized I was going to be really close to a few members of my Lymie family!

So you best believe I Facebooked them asap and let them know what was going on. It was amazing because my one friend Katie was at work at the time and she texted me letting me know as soon as she got my message, she went to her boss and requested that day off :)

Gotta love my Big Sis!

Anyway we planned to meet up when I got to the hotel around 1:00 pm, so when I arrived, I checked in my bags {check in for my room wasn't until 3:00} and waited.

The moment we first saw one another, it was like we had known each other our whole lives-Like she seriously was my long lost big sister ^.^

{Me and Katie a.k.a Big Sis}


She brought her brother along, so the three of us set off into the city-Here are some of the pictures I took for your viewing enjoyment ^.^


{Right outside the hotel-Me in front of Radio City Music Hall}



{Broadway!}



{Notice those three people by the large woman's nose...}



{Times Square-It was just down the street from my hotel!}



{The only "shopping" I did-M&M world! That's me and Big Sis with Big Red. LOL}



{The Empire State Building}



{Me in front of the pretty wall directly inside the building}



{Ryan (Katie's brother) was kind enough to let me be a tourist. LOL}



{One of the many pictures of New York City I took from atop the Empire State Building-Pretty huh?}


Tomorrow you get to see my room and hear all about my dinner with JVC and the other sweepstakes winners!

Love and Energies.
Kayla

Monday, October 4, 2010

New York and BlogHer:: The Trip



The night before I was scheduled to leave for New York, I had figured out everything: When I needed to leave in the morning, what bus stop I had to be at, my flight time, etc.

Of course, if you know me, you know I'm not good with time management >.< style="font-style: italic;">before the 5:45am one which ended up being...

3:30 am

Oh yes, I didn't go to sleep until about 12:00 am and I had to get up at 2, but that was okay! I was already wired for sound ^.^

Thankfully my dad is a seasoned traveler, so he told me what to expect when in the airport and on the plane-What to do, where to go, etc. So by the time I'd gotten my bus ticket and was on the bus, it was like a piece of cake.

I got to the airport fine, got my ticket, found my gate and after some waiting, boarded my plane without incident.

{I had to document EVERYTHING}


The plane ride actually went by really fast and thankfully, the universe was looking out for me because I was placed right next to Kristi of Blogger Black Book. We had a great chat and she filled me in on what to expect since this was her second BlogHer conference.

Oh, and of course I can't forget the ROYALTY on board!!

Seated in front of us were a group of woman on their way to the big apple to celebrate turning 40-They came onto the plane all decked out in their large flashy plastic jewels, birthday hats and plenty of bags with fun wrapped presents they were instructed to open at different intervals.

The stewardess surprised them with their choice of alcoholic beverage and they even got a shout out from the captain himself!

I hope they had a wonderful time ^.^

Anyway, we landed, I deplaned, and set off to find Ann of Ann's Rants because we had connected earlier about sharing a cab to the hotel. After a little trouble, we finally found each other and hailed our cab!

We had a great conversation on our ride there-She's such a wonderful woman ^.^

I was awestruck at all the sights and sounds that were passing by-Seriously, you could TELL I was a tourist because my face was full of wonderment.

We finally made it to our hotel in one piece and boy, was it beautiful!

{The New York Hilton}

Tomorrow, you get to meet my friend Katie (as do I) and see all about my whirlwind trip around the city of New York :)

Love and Energies.
Kayla

Mailbox Monday(10/4)


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 a fun pen in the mail last Wednesday from Amsterdam Printing-Honestly, I don't even REMEMBER ordering it...

I must have though right?

Anyway, it's adorable xD

My only two issues with it:: It's blue ink {I prefer black} and apparently to them I'm known as Kayla Potega from The Eclectic Elementary.

Don't believe me? Says so on my complimentary pen. LOL






What did you get in the mail this week?

Sunday, October 3, 2010

1-800-Flowers.com Delivers Smiles-Seriously!


Did you know that America's most common birthday is celebrated October 5th?

{Tuesday!}

For those of you who did, kudos to you!

For those of you who didn't know, neither did I until I was kindly informed by 1-800-Flowers.com-I mean, if anyone would know this particular interesting fact, it WOULD be them since they've been supplying America and beyond with lovely floral arrangements and gifts for all occasions for nearly 30 years!

"With more newborns arriving during the late summer and early fall then any other time of year, October is the perfect time to celebrate birthdays!"

Do you know of someone who has a birthday coming up in the month of October? If so and you want to give the perfect gift, I suggest meandering on over to 1-800-Flowers.com and checking out their new Deliver Birthday Smiles Campaign!


For more information on this campaign or to find out how 1-800-Flowers.com is celebrating birthdays in your area, visit www.facebook.com/1800flowers or www.twitter.com/1800flowers!!

While you're over there, if you happen to "Like" them on Facebook, you could have a chance at a year of flowers!! The sweepstakes ends October 14th so hurry before you miss out on all those bright and fragrant flowers!

Speaking of winning, thanks to 1-800-Flowers.com, one lucky Element reader is going to win a little somethin' somethin' for that special someone who's celebrating an October birthday xD

Or November...

Or December..

Or January.


Stay reading for your chance to win!

Love and Energies.
Kayla


I received the Bucket of Birthday Wishes floral arrangement so that I could accurately and honestly write a review of 1-800-Flowers.com and it‘s products and services-All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are mine and mine alone.