Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Disappearing Act

As you know, I've been sick for quite some time now. A little over 6 weeks to be exact. Not only have I been stuck in bed the whole time, but I've missed 6 weeks worth of classes as well >.<

This wouldn't normally be bad because I'm always on top of things, but with a combination of my extreme pain, extreme brain fog, and BOTH of my teachers not working with me at ALL, I'm behind and I need to try to catch up.

I've tried calling and emailing my Intro. to Computer teacher multiple times, but I've got no response back at all-For that class, I just have to do my best and wing it. The thing that gets me is I actually TALKED to this teacher when the class started, explained my situation, and he told me that he would most definitely work with me, so not to worry one bit(his words).

For Philosophy, my teacher has given me a LITTLE more to work with; I've got a paper that I need to do and some reading, but other then that, I don't have a clue.

*sigh* I thought all this stress and worry over school work ended in high school(this stress and worry being me sick for weeks on end and my teachers not working with me).

With a little over 2 weeks until finals and classes end, I just don't know what's going to happen.

Wish me luck! I hope to be back by Monday.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Happiness in Wire-NeroliHandmade


Welcome to The Eclectic Element Olga of NeroliHandmade!



Living in Northern California with her husband, Olga enjoys the beautiful sand, the warm sun, and her jewelry designing! She hasn't always lived in California, though; Her and her husband moved there from Russia about 10 years ago, and have been enjoying the Cali life ever since.

Olga is quite an immensely talented jewelry artisan, using many components in her designing-There are a few mediums she likes to work with more then others. These include copper and sterling silver wire, and semiprecious stones.

"I love the look of an oxidized and polished wire wrapped piece of jewelry," she explains to me,"It just makes me very happy."

Looking at her amazing pieces, it's hard to believe she didn't start out with jewelry design!

Growing up, Olga was taught by her mother several different things, some of which include sewing, knitting, and crocheting, skills she has come to find handy throughout her life. It was only three years ago that she stumbled upon wire wrapping; "I've spent countless happy hours practicing and experimenting with the wire since then-It's a wonderful material to work with; it allows you to do so many things and requires only small number of instruments to start creating."

Aside from what she learned in her youth and her wire wrapping, Olga enjoys partaking in other mediums. For instance, she told me she likes to make her own soap, creams and lotions, as well as coming up with new recipes for herself and her family. Also, she recently took up spinning-"I have lots of fun with acid dyes and my new spinning wheel, learning about all these wonderful fibers and driving my husband crazy with all the mess!"

Inspiration for Olga comes in many shapes and forms "I try to stay open to anything that can inspire me, and don't forget to write down my ideas before I forget them."

Things to keep in mind about Olga and her stunning work:

*Olga has her own blog: NeroliHandmade on Blogger! Go check it out :)

*You can also follow her on Twitter @NeroliHandmade.

*If you are so inclined, you can look at some of Olga's fabulous designs on her Flickr page!

*Have a design in mind that you think Olga would make come to life? Just ask her and I'm sure she'd be happy to create it for you.

*For payment, shipping, and other information, check out her Shop Policies Page.

A big thank you to Olga of NeroliHandmade for taking the time out to talk to me about her life and her gorgeous jewelry! Make sure to check out her shop and drool browse a bit :) Who knows, maybe you'll find something you can't live without!




Items in Post:

Full Moon Artisan Sterling Silver Labradorite and Lolite Necklace


Tourmaline and Bali Sterling Silver Artisan Earrings


Woven Copper Vine Cuff with Olive Serpentine Artisan Bracelet

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Monday, April 25, 2011

How is this fair?!?

This is Lady.

A.k.a. Judy.


Without Judy, I would not have graduated high school.

Of course I DID do pretty much all of the work by myself with some help from a few kind souls though out my 4 to 5 years, but Judy was what put it over the top for me; she fought along side me and my mom for 5 incredibly long years, and did her best to see that I was taken care of.

{She was sent to me in 8th grade}

She was my homebound tutor.

{If you knew the struggle the 3 of us went through, you'd be doing a fist pump too}

Now let me tell you a story regarding my senior year::

I didn't think I was going to graduate with my class because at the beginning of 08,' I was down at least 15 to 20 credits, and we were scheduled to graduate in May.

By the grace of God, or the grace of the Universe, or whoever I can attribute the grace to, I worked my A$ off and was only 3 credits shy (Algebra 2) by the time graduation rolled around!

Even being that close, I unfortunately couldn't walk with my class unless I got permission, so we thought that permission was granted by the principle of the of my school. One day after school, my mom and I saw the principle walking into the school, so we decided it was as good a time as any, and wheeled up to him (I was in a wheelchair at the time).

Here is the extent of the conversation:

Mom: "Hi, Mr. H., my name is Joanne P. and this is my daughter Kayla. She's been in your high school's homebound program since Freshman year, and she's worked very hard to get to where she is due to being sick with Lyme Disease. She's only 3 credits shy of actually being able to graduate with her class, and we were wondering if you would allow her to walk with them despite those 3 credits. She has no problem staying into the summer to complete them either, so that will be no issue."

Mr. H: (looking confused for a minute) "I'm sorry ma'am, but we don't have a homebound program."


Seriously?

SERIOUSLY?!



Um, yeah, I'm pretty sure you do since I've been it in since Freshman year! You all know me guys, and you know that I'm a very patient, understanding person that doesn't really like to say anything bad about anyone, but this guy is an idiot.

A big, bald-headed idiot.

Thankfully, everything turned out good, so you may be asking why I'm writing a post about this nearly 3 years after the fact? Well, my mother ran into Lady (Judy) at the grocery store Saturday, and Lady went ahead and told her that she got a letter in the mail from Mr. H., a.k.a the big bald headed idiot, informing her that she was no longer welcome in the high school.

Judy, the lady who gave that school everything she had and took care of her kids like they were her very own, was told not to bother coming back because she wasn't welcome.

Oh, and the topper:: The principle discontinued the homebound program.

So all those students, like me, who really NEED the help passing high school because they are sick, and those kids who can't do school for whatever reason are S.O.L. They HAVE to go to school, otherwise they fail. Period.

That's Not. Right. It makes me SO angry to think about these poor kids are all alone aside from the occasional good teacher that really cares. And don't even get me started on my Lady...

I want to do something, I just have no clue what to do :(


Music Moves Me Monday(4/25)

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::

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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.


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Freeeeeebie!!

This pick is inspired by my favorite movie Jeux d'enfants, or Love Me If You Dare in English.

Enjoy!


Edith Piaf--La Vie En Rose




Have a musical week everyone!

Mailbox Monday(4/25)


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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Thanks again to Amanda of The Nutritionist Reviews (definitely go visit her site-She has a ton of great reviews and giveaways!) for holding such wonderful giveaways :)

I won yet again from her site-This time it was a great tea sampler from Two Leaves and a Bud.

I can't wait to try them all!




Another of my wins-Two coupons for any one Sarah Lee product :)

This is courtesy of Kailani of An Island Life, and I must take a moment to thank her again for working with me and being so patient!

Now, what to BUY!?




No, this particular item was not something I won-In fact, it was a freebie I had applied for and forgot.

Surprise Surprise

I must say, when it comes to freebies, Walmart has some kick butt ones!

Now I only need my boyfriend to come over and we're all set for movie night xD






I got another Self magazine in the mail this week as well :)

I enjoy magazines.

Although don't ask me where I got it because I have no idea! It just started showing up one day.







What did you get in the mail this week?





Sunday, April 24, 2011

Hippity Hoppity, Easter's on it's....HERE!



I would love to time to wish my nearest and dearest readers and their families a happy, wonderful, and safe Easter holiday :)

Honestly, I can't believe it's Easter already! This year is going by too fast-Can someone find me the pause button!? Lol

Anyway, you all go enjoy your family time, Easter egg hunts, present opening, church going, and anything else you all have planned!




P.s. Did I say already today that I can now eat chocolate (again)?!?!!? LOL

Slapdash Sunday(4/24)

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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If a company offered to pay up to one full year of your monthly house mortgage payments in exchange to have your house painted like a billboard advertising their services, would you?

To make it even better, they would come in and paint the ad themselves, and after the year was up, they'd come back and restore it to the way it used to be.


Must it be said...

If you read my post a few weeks ago, you know I Gave Up Chocolate for Lent.

Today marks Easter which means...
I CAN EAT CHOCOLATE!!!!!





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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Health Update Thursday(4/21)

Since there's not much to report health and progress wise, I thought I would show you what I mean when I refer to 'wrapping and zapping' or 'wrap and zap' in my updates.

Despite what the name implies, the treatment is NOT painful during-It is afterwords, however that's because it's stirred up everything icky in my body so I can get rid of it.

{which I don't because my body doesn't like detoxing apparently}

Anywho...


This is how we have to set up my bed


These are the 'blankets' that I have to wrap myself up in, which are kind of like those thermal ones you buy for your car in the Winter-We always wrap with 3 blankets on bottom, and depending on how bad the stuff in my body is, we wrap and zap with 1, 2, 3, or 4 of these blankets on top of me.


In between the blankets go a regular sheet that I fold over my body so I'm cocooned in.


This is the 'zapper.' The technical term for it is a harmonic quad-I'm sad to say I really don't know what it does, but what I DO know is it kills at frequency. Those two rods attached to the machine are supposed to be held in your hands while you zap to get the most benefit.


When all is said an done, the word 'burrito' comes to mind. I have to be cocooned in here anywhere from 25 minutes to 2 1/2 hours-I'm sure you could go longer if the little buggers in the body don't want to die.


So, there you have it folks-Hopefully now you have somewhat of an idea about what I'm referring to when I say I wrapped and zapped.

Interesting, huh?


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Shutterfly Offer-Free Mother's Day Card!



Shutterfly.com is offering a FREE-ish Mother’s Day Card valued at $2.09! You will be responsible for shipping which is $.99 cents plus tax and you can have the card sent to you or someone else!

Personally, I think the dollar sum you have to pay for shipping is worth it seeing as the regular store bought greeting cards are $3+ dollars these days.


1.) Log in or Sign up to Shutterfly and click “My Account.”

**Note:: If you're a new member, you also qualify to get 50 FREE Photo Prints!**


2.) Enter your “Special Offer Code” at the bottom of the page: MOMCARD

3.) Click “My Special Offers” and you should see the FREE Card listed in your account!

4.) Go to “Store”, “Cards”, etc. and select the card you wish to personalize.

5.) Make your 5×7 personalized Folded Greeting Card.

6.) Checkout and pay the $0.99 (plus tax) shipping and you’re done!


I already collaborated with my sister and we made one for our mom this afternoon which you can see below-I'm SO excited to give it to her-Let's see if I can actually wait until Mother's Day! LOL

This offer expires April 28th, so don't miss out!


Thanks Brandie of Free Sample Freak





Happy Day Mint Mother's Day 5x7 folded card
To view Shutterfly's popular Mother's Day designs, click here.
View the entire collection of cards.

Monday, April 18, 2011

1st Garage Sale of the Season...

...And I did GOOD!

Actually, I didn't do just good-I did fanfreakingtastic!

So much jewelry, so little time-Thankfully I was able to make it to the garage sale before they closed up shop for the day. You see, our neighborhood garage sale was last weekend, but the weather the whole 2 or 3 days it was going on was completely S%^@#!

It was freezing cold with rain and snow mixed together and even 50 mph winds one day-Talk about a bad weekend for a neighborhood garage sale >.<

But all that aside, I got to hit one down the street Saturday that I know from years past has premium jewelry pickin's and I had at it. My hands where so full 5 minutes into browsing that the lady came and gave me a basket. LOL

By the time I was done, I had a whole bag full of lovely, lovely goodies and the best part of it all? I got an incredible deal!

Here are some of my finds::



My favorite of the lot-An incredibly unique men's lion head ring complete with ruby-like eyes and diamond-like mouth!



A strand of gorgeous multicolored stone beads that I'm going to upcycle.


A very large, very ornate Limoges J Fragonard necklace and pendant (the back is a mirror!)



More odds and ends I picked up to incorporate into my jewelry!


My big score in it's entirety! All for $14 :)




Oh man, I think the bug is coming back...

The garage salin' bug!


Music Moves Me Monday(4/18)

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::

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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.


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This week's theme is friends-Of course, I had NO clue what song to pick because none immediately came to mind.

But then I remembered.

I remembered a little show called The Golden Girls and their theme song ^.^ I've never heard the whole song in it's entirety, but here it is for your {and my} listening pleasure!


Andrew Gold-Thank You For Being A Friend



Have a musical week everyone!

Mailbox Monday(4/18)


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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Thanks to the wonderful and lovely Treacle of The Lingerie Addict, I got to experience the seriously amazing vintage sexy and fun of Glimpse Magazine: Stockings, Fun, and Frolics!

Let's just say if you are a lingerie, vintage, or pin up aficionado, you NEED to invest in this magazine! Not only does it have some great photo shoot pictures of modern day retro pin ups, you can find some great articles and fun old school things like how to jive xD

And this issue is 3D!!




I recently won a really awesome lunchbox, or personal cooler as it's referred to, from Packit.com thanks to Ellen of Thrifty and Chic Mom.

I even got to pick which one I wanted!

I went for the one with the robots on it-I don't even know why though. LOL I think my boyfriend's tastes may be rubbing off on me ^.^



Awhile ago, I had submitted to get a free pair of flip flops from Orbit Gum and quite honestly, I thought they forgot about little ol' me.

Until I got a letter in the mail saying my shoes were on their way and to enjoy a free pack of Orbit gum!

Cool :D





What did you get in the mail this week?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

We're already over halfway through April-Can you believe that?! This year is going by so fast let me tell you....well, I'm sure I don't HAVE to tell you cause you already know! O.o

Since we're already halfway through April, that means May comes next, and May is a very special month for me. May is Lyme Disease Awareness month.

By now, all of you know that I've been battling Lyme Disease for 7+ years, and it's probably the hardest thing I have and will ever have to face in my lifetime. It's been a constant struggle to just live my day to day life for 7 long years-Whether I'll be too sick or in pain to do anything, too weak to walk, too tired to go to school or hang out with my friends is a minute, hour, and daily worry.

I can't even plan to do anything a few days in advance because I just don't know if I'll take a turn for the worse and get sick before I can make it to my plan!

The first few years were concentrated around doctors, treatments and tests. I've been to over 100 doctors, done some of the most painful, intrusive and degrading tests a person can go through, and some not-so-pleasant and uncomfortable treatments.

The bottom line I'm trying to get at here is Lyme destroys lives if you let it. Thankfully I haven't let it, but like I said, it's a daily struggle. Sadly, there are many who let it claim them, and May is for them, along with all of the other wonderful, amazing, and strong 'Lymies' out there.

I'm attempting to put together an event for Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and we'll see how that goes, but regardless, would you be kind enough to grab this button and display it on your page for the duration of May to show support to me, to other Lyme Disease sufferers, to their families, and to those lives lost battling this disease?

It would mean a lot to me.

Mommy's Idea

Thank you all for your continued support!

I really hope this event turns out :)

Slapdash Sunday(4/17)


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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Believe it or not, I don't really have anything leftover from this week!

So I suppose everyone have a relaxing Sunday :)



Ahhhh, if only right?!?


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Saturday, April 16, 2011

April 16th is Eggs Benedict Day!


I was contacted about a week ago on behalf of The Motherboard regarding April 16th-'Yeah, it's a Saturday,' I thought after looking at the calendar, but what I didn't realize was, not only is April 16th a Saturday {today to be precise}, but it's also Eggs Benedict Day!

Pardon?!

You heard read me correctly, the dish Eggs Benedict has it's own day ^.^

Normally I don't really do much that involves mom sites because, well, first off I'm not a mom, and second, I feel guilty participating in anything 'mommy' deemed because...I'm not a mom. Lol This particular email and it's contents though is everybody friendly, mom and non-mom alike, so I'm happy to share it with all of my readers.

Before I go into Egg-citing detail {had to put at least one cheesy pun in this post ;) }, I figure I'd do a little snooping and see where the name 'Eggs benedict' originated from-Don't tell me your not curious!

Courtesy of Wikipedia.com::

"Lemuel Benedict, a retired Wall Street stock broker, claimed that he had wandered into the Waldorf Hotel in 1894 and, hoping to find a cure for his morning hangover, ordered "buttered toast, poached eggs, crisp bacon and a hooker of hollandaise."

{Who else wants a hooker......of hollandaise sauce?!}

There are several conflicting stories on who exactly invented eggs Benedict, but I chose that as my favorite to share! If you want to see the other stories, head HERE.

Now onto the good stuff!

Guilt-Free Eggs Benny

  • Ingredients: 2 eggs; 1 light whole wheat English Muffin; 2 slices Canadian bacon; 1/4 cup fat-free plain yogurt; 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard; Kosher salt and cayenne pepper, to taste; 1 tablespoon lemon zest, for garnish; 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, for garnish; 1 tablespoon white vinegar, Non-fat cooking spray

  • Instructions: 1. In a large pan coated with non- stick cooking spray, brown the Canadian bacon over medium heat. Remove from the pan and keep warm.
  • 2. In a small saucepan, over very low heat, combine yogurt, dry mustard, and season with the salt and cayenne pepper, whisking continually until warm. Be careful: if you overheat, your yogurt will curdle. 3. In a pot of boiling water, add the vinegar and reduce heat to a low simmer. Crack one egg into a small bowl and very gently add it to the simmering water. Repeat this for the second egg. Simmer for 3-5 minutes until the egg is completely coagulated and the yolk looks slightly opaque. 4. In the meantime, toast the whole wheat English muffin. Assemble by placing the toasted muffin on a plate. Top with a piece of the Canadian bacon, a poached egg, and then top with the yogurt sauce. Sprinkle lemon zest and chopped parsley over each egg. Enjoy.

Seafood Frenzy Eggs Benedict

  • Ingredients: 12 eggs; 1 to 2 tablespoons white vinegar; 6 English Muffins; unsalted butter, for spreading; 6 tablespoons Philadelphia Cream Cheese; 12 spears of asparagus, cut in half and steamed; 1 package of Knorr Hollandaise Sauce; 1/2 lemon, zested and juiced; 1 can lump crabmeat, divided into 12 portions; 12 large slices of smoked salmon; 12 cooked and completely peeled large shrimp; sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste; 12 dill sprigs, about 2 inches long
  • Instructions: 1. In a small bowl, prepare the hollandaise according to the package instructions. Add the fresh lemon juice. Reserve. 2. In a large pot of boiling water add the vinegar. Turn the heat down to a low simmer. Crack the eggs one at a time, into a small bowl and add them one at a time very gently into the simmering water. Cook for 3-5 minutes until the egg is completely coagulated and the yolk looks slightly opaque. Remove from the water. 3. Meanwhile, toast the English Muffins and butter when warm. Top the butter with a smear of cream cheese. Top each with two pieces of asparagus. Top the asparagus with a scoop of crabmeat and a piece of smoked salmon. Place the poached egg on top. 4. Top each with a shrimp and drizzle with the hollandaise. Season with the salt and pepper. Garnish with the dill and the lemon zest. (Serves 6)

Now that you have two Egg-cellent {I'm done now, I swear!} recipes to try, have at it and celebrate Eggs Benedict day in style! Don't just limit your eggs benedict to Eggs Benedict day either-Easter is coming up and this would make a great Easter brunch dish!