Thursday, September 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Mommy!

My favorite picture ^.^

My parent's birthdays' are about a month apart, hence my last happy birthday message, but instead of my dad, this time it's my mommy's day to shine xD

She has requested we go up and spend the weekend (or at least a day) with my sister at college, so we've been researching things to do when we go up-And of course I get to see the campus, so I'm pretty excited!

Happy, happy birthday to my wonderful mommy :)

I love you!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Crazy Stupid Love *Movie Review*

Movie Synopsis:

Cal (Steve Carell) thought everything in his life was going good-good job, great kids, a wonderful wife, Emily (Julianne Moore). That is until after dinner one night at a local restaurant, Emily unexpectedly admits she wants a divorce over dessert.

Broken-hearted and alone, Cal hits up the local bar where he meets sharply dressed, smooth talker, Jacob (Ryan Gosling). Jacob takes Cal under his wing and teaches him everything he knows about woman; how to look, what to do and what to say to get one to go home with you.

Amidst that learning curve (that takes awhile to stick I might add), we take a peak into the love lives of Cal's son Robbie (Jonah Bobo), the kids' babysitter Jessica (Analeigh Tipton), and even Jacob's budding romance with 'the life changer' girl he just met, Hannah (Emma Stone).

Things start to get out of hand when each love story overlaps and lines are crossed in this romantic comedy that leaves no heart untouched by that little trickster cupid.

My Thoughts:

Separate lives intertwine in this modern love story and age is nothing but a number where cupid is concerned.

My wonderful boyfriend took me to see this because he know I had been wanting to see it since it came out, and I must say it was quite a fun 'date night' movie for the both of us! Afterword, he admitted that he really DID like the movie a lot. Hehe.

I personally did, too, but it wasn't WOW worthy like I had initially thought by the trailer-I hate it when all the good parts are included in the trailer O.o

Anyway, regardless, it was a really good movie, if not a little slow going. It was quite funny in a dry humor sort of way-I found myself laughing so hard at some of the parts that my stomach hurt! The actors included in this movie are some pretty well known one's, too-I really enjoy Emma Stone as an actress and Ryan Gosling....whew ;)

Truth be told, I think that was my favorite storyline.

Girls, grab your guys and make them watch this with you!! It's really cute and you'll both enjoy it :)

**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 courtesy**

Music Moves Me Monday(9/19)

Welcome to Music Moves Me Monday!

This meme is hosted by a group of seriously great people-Dolly of XmasDolly, Lorie of The Shewbridges of Central Florida, Larrie of CakeBlast, and last but certainly not least, Callie of JAmericanSpice!

Here are the rules if you wanted to participate::

First step: Run over to You Tube, (or wherever), and lock & load! Get your pick for the theme of the week.

Second Step: Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" button::


Third step: SIGN THE LINKY - Dance (follow) your host/hostesses, and grab their buttons.

Final step: Start lookin' for a partner and boogie on down to her blog, and say hello, and tag (follow) her/him, and leave a nice comment. If you've been tagged (followed) be hip, and get on over there, and tag (follow) her back and leave a comment.

I really like today's theme-pick a song from the year you were born!
In my case, that's good ol' 1989-Let's see what I can find :)


Guns N' Roses--Welcome to the Jungle

Have a musical week everyone!

Mailbox Monday(9/19)

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...


 I cashed in my points on and got me a $20 check, which (after patiently waiting a week or so) came this week :)

It's much needed, too!
What did you get in the mail this week?

Friday, September 16, 2011

Say WHAT!?

As my regular readers know (or may not know depending on how long you've been gone or how many posts you have missed), I am taking 2 online courses through my local community college.

Introduction to Psychology and Introduction to Business.

While reading about global markets and different kinds of cultural differences in my intro. to business textbook the other day, I came across a little blurp at the bottom of one page about big-name companies taking their business global and a few cultural language oopsies that have occured-I must say, I was doubled over laughing at all of these!

So, of course, I HAD to share :)

  • PepsiCo attempted a Chinese translation of "Come Alive, You're in the Pepsi Generation" that read to Chinese customers as "Pepsi Brings Your Ancestors Back from the Dead."
  • Coors Brewing Company put its slogan "Turn It Loose" into Spanish and found it translated as "Suffer from Diarrhea."
  • KFC's patented slogan "Finger-Lickin' Good" was understood in Japanese as "Bite Your Fingers Off."
And my personal favorite...
  • Perdue Chicken used the slogan "It Takes a Strong Man to Make a Chicken Tender," which was interpreted in Spanish as "It takes an Aroused Man to Make a Chicken Affectionate."
{Text courtesy of Understanding Business 9th Edition by Nickels, McHugh, and McHugh}

Can you imagine being one of those citizens and translating these advertisements!? Oh man...I'm torn between whether I would be too creeped out to attempt to buy the products, or whether I just think it's so funny that I would HAVE to have bought the products!

Hope these made you laugh as much as they did me xD

Featured Blogger Friday(9/16)

Recently, I was contacted by a very sweet guy named Andrew wondering if I would feature him in one of my Featured Blogger Friday segment-"Well, of COURSE," I thought!

It's been awhile since I've done a FBF post and I was quite thrilled to be given the opportunity again, especially with a relatively new blogger (to me at least).

So, everyone, meet Andrew of Something Undone!

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

My blog is named "Something Undone."

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

I'm a single Father of four, and think that in general the
stuff I have to do on a day to day basis might be a bit routine, but there's hardly anything routine about raising kids on your own... as a guy I had to learn a lot of stuff I hadn't planned on needing to know.

Q. Why did you start blogging?

I first started writing as a creative outlet, I had stories in my head and I wanted them out.  I found that
as I was taking more and more of the role of primary care provider for the children that I just wanted to share some of what I experienced with other people who were less dependent on me for their diapers and daily care.

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 write a lot about my life, it's a creative outlet for my philosophies and lectures that I often share with the children... but in general the sky is the limit, some days I'll write stories, others I'll post health advice and diet plans (I'm big into working out and being healthy) and others I'll simply post pics of the last big birthday party.

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

I wrote a post once about a job interview I was preparing for, it seems to get a lot of hits, probably because it also talks about how to prepare to fight a dragon.

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

I love to share my perspective; I think that so many people see the world 'as it is' and often it's nice to share the world ... just how I see it.

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

I don't love it when I miss the mark, it's not often, but sometimes there's something that's written so specifically in my own private perspective that people miss the point entirely.  I've gotten better at that over time.

Q. What’s one random fact about you?

I love to see people become more than they are.  I like to leave people better than I found them... if I have to leave at all.

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

The voices in my head inspire me ;) lol my daily experiences, my children, people I talk to, I get a lot of inspiration from dreams.  I have extremely good dream recall.

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


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Voda Swim Bathing Suit *Review*

I know, I know, it's late into September and I'm reviewing bathing suites?! "Seriously, what is she thinking," you might ask yourself, or 'doesn't she know it's nearly Fall?" To answer your clearly personal thought of thoughts, yes I DO know Fall is around the corner and I will tell you what I'm thinking: I had won a bathing suit courtesy of one of my favorite people, Jana a.k.a Boobies over at Boobies, Babies, and Blog for my choice of bathing suit from Voda Swim, and had such a wonderful experience with the company, that I wanted to do a review!

Unfortunately, circumstances have gotten in the way of this darn review and I just haven't been able to get it done O.o For that, I would like to apologize to Voda Swim and the ever-patient Kelly and Nicole for making you wait!

Now, onto the good stuff!

A little about Voda Swim and their products directly from their site:

"The Envy Push Up line by Voda Swim, the first swim suit line designed especially to flatter small-breasted women or to shape breasts by providing lift and support, has the kind of cutting edge style that satisfies the most demanding fashionista. Beyond their good looks, Voda Swim suits are designed to take on any beachside activity from sunbathing to surfing to volleyball."

What is an Envy push up? As demonstrated in the picture above, the Envy push up bikini top is made to maximize what the good Lord gave you! It works with a woman's natural shape no matter what her  size to create a natural looking cleavage-No padding or underwire necessary :)

With several different styles, colors, and designs to choose from, their Shop by Style Guide will point you in the right direction of the ultimate bathing suit experience. If your more of an 'In-Store' kinda person, though, definitely head over to their Retail Location Page and see if there is a store near you!

My Thoughts:

At the time, I had been trying to win one of these bathing suits for over a year! I cannot tell you how happy I was when I was actually informed that I WON :D

After a couple hour of deciding on which one I wanted, I finally settled on the simple and elegant  Midnight Envy Push Up Turquoise Stone Bikini (pictured to the left).

Absolutely stunning, no?!

I waited ever so patiently for my lovely suit to arrive once I submitted my information, and after a week, it did! Eeeeeeek! You KNOW within minutes of opening that package, I was in that suit and struttin' my stuff :)

Thankfully I did try it on right away because I noticed a small snafoo-while the Envy push up bikini is made for less 'endowed' woman, we'll  just say I am not one of those woman; the medium bottoms fit like a glove, but the large top that I had ordered, was too SMALL (I think that would be my only complaint with Voda Swim and their bikinis-Not many of the designs come in extra larges).

I wasn't exactly sure what to do because I HAD won it and I didn't really know the return and exchange policy, but I worried for no good reason! I was immediately put in contact with someone who helped me with the return process and who also helped me choose a new bikini...

Say hello to the Lavender Envy Push Up String Bikini (pictured to the right)! When this suit arrived, I tried it on to make sure everything was good, and it fit perfectly-Seriously, I couldn't have asked for a better swimsuit if I went to the store and tried on one! Which, ironically I can never do because they all never fit right. Go figure.

I would like to apologize again, this time for the lack of picture-As you may or may not know, my camera died before I could take a picture of myself in my new bikini :(

Regardless, all in all, the product and the customer service were beyond what I could have imagined, and would definitely recommend Voda Swim to any woman who is in need of a new suit!

Speaking of, it's not too late! Well, if you're going on vacation to a tropical island that is ;)

You can still be bikini ready for next year with 10% off your next purchase using the code: ECLECTIC!!

Thanks again goes to Voda Swim for such a wonderful experience!

**Disclaimer: The bathing suit that was reviewed was won in a blog giveaway on Boobies, Babies, and a Blog. I was in no other way compensated for this review. All thoughts, opinions, and words contained and expressed in the above blog post are mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated** 

Health Update Thursday(9/15)

Yes, it is coming up to be that time yet again, and yet again, I find myself unable to walk and in bed due to the impending visitation of one TOM.

Why do I have to be a woman?


That's pretty much all I've got for you guys today-I have to get started on my homework now, so hopefully everyone has a better Thursday then me!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Alas, I'm Pictureless...

I write these words with a tear in my eye and a heavy heart-my beloved digital camera took it's last picture and is no more...

*hangs head in grief*

Granted, it did have an unfortunate face-to-face meeting with the wooden back deck when I was taking pictures of my jewelry the other day, but aside from that, I sensed it was on it's last leg awhile ago.

My parents got me my wonderful silver colored point-and-shoot Sony Cybershot DSC-W50 right before I turned 17 years old (my golden birthday to be exact)-It was my FIRST digital camera, and I remember it like it was yesterday! That being my golden birthday and all, I had a big party planned and the night before my parents took me aside and said that they figured I could use my present early for the party the next day.

I was so excited!

This camera has lasted me through quite a lot of experiences in the past 4 years (seriously, 4 years is like 100 in technology speak!). It had a good, long life and as a tribute, I would like to share some of the pictures it took along the way.

The mourning process can't last forever-Any advice or recommendations for a new camera!?

R.I.P Sony Cybershot DSC-W50

November 2007-September 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Health Update Thursday(9/8)

The verdict is in!

After my appointment in Madison yesterday, I STILL have Lyme. However, according to the doctor and his neat little machine, it's lessened since the last time he examined me.

And you know what? I SEE a difference!

That's all that really matters right? I still have the normal fatigue and pain, but I'm able to DO things (when forcing myself past all the fatigue and pain), and that's all that really matters to me :) And in all honesty, the daily pain has even gone down a couple numbers; where it was a 7 or 8 daily, it's not a 5 or 6!

Anyway, the doctor gave me another month of antibiotics (so no more sun for me for awhile), and a couple different types of homeopathic drops--I'm supposed to do everything I did before and go back to see him in two months.

That will be started today :)

Unfortunately, I am starting to get a little overwhelmed with everything that's on my plate lately, and I think when I get this way, my brain just shuts down O.o

I'm taking a couple days to see if I can catch up with school work and focus on starting this new stuff, but I will be trying to keep up with blogging and my business, too!

Wishing everyone a wonderful Thursday!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Mailbox Monday(9/5)

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...


Walmart freebie ahoy!
This freebie came with the cutest little sample sizes of 3 different Suave products:

-Suave Sweet Pea & Violet Lotion
-Suave Dry Shampoo
-Suave Men's Bodywash

Plus some Suave coupons :)

Unfortunately, for my Introduction to Business class, since it's online and I have to submit my assignments online, I had to bite the bullet and purchase Microsoft Office.

Thankfully though, I got Microsoft Office Professional Academic, a version of Microsoft strictly for students-with student budgets :)

Another Walmart freebie!

John Freida Root Awakening shampoo and conditioner.

I think I'm going to have to start using all these samples soon! LOL

What did you get in the mail this week?


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Health Update Thursday(9/1)

I have good news all! I have been hanging in there nicely with no major mishaps *quickly knocks wood*

Of course there are the normal everyday signs and symptoms letting me know I'm mostly alive; exhaustion even when I got a full nights sleep, global body muscle, joint, and nerve (not necessarily in that order) pain on any given day, brain fog leaving me standing in the bathroom looking into the mirror wondering did I have to pee, cause I certainly don't remember!

Don't ask me how one forgets to pee. I do it quite frequently, actually.

I do have to admit that when we went on our northwoods adventure, I cheated on my diet a little bit  (wheaty goodness and smores with chocolate frosting...nuff said), and didn't completely take all my homeopathic drops on time O.o


Anyway, I AM back doing what I'm supposed to be doing. Drops. Doxy. Footbath. Repeat.

Thankfully my check up doctors appointment is Wednesday of next week, so I'm going to go and see what layers have been pealed away and what the next step in my treatment plan is. In the meantime, as long as I push past the fatigue and pain, I'm doing pretty decent *knocks wood again for good measure*

Fingers crossed it continues!