Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!


The Halloweens of yesteryear...




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


I hope my friends and readers have a wonderful, fun, and safe Halloween today! I can't wait to hear and see everyone's posts in the days to come :)

Oh, and don't eat too much candy....

Who are we kidding?! Go ahead and GORGE! hehe ^.^








Music Moves Me Monday(10/31)


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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Seeing as today is Halloween, can you guess what the theme is this week?!

If the 'H' word didn't tip you off, then let me give you a hint-Anything Halloween related :)

The song I chose is from one of my favorite classic Halloween movies.
It involves the great Bette Midler.

Enjoy!


Bette Midler from the movie Hocus Pocus--I Put A Spell On You






Have a musical week everyone!






Mailbox Monday(10/31)


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'm in complete adoration!

I got my custom made pendant I traded for from KimCreative on Etsy this week, and I couldn't be happier :D

I'm just ITCHING to add it to a beaded necklace for myself!



 



 There's nothing like a fresh P&G coupon booklet to get those couponing juices flowin'!







What did you get in the mail this week?




Sunday, October 30, 2011

Slapdash Sunday(10/30)


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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Ah, behold the power of the Internet!

Thank you to everyone who gave me advice for my boyfriend and his new belt-I found one that was perfect for him, ordered it as an early Christmas present, and he now has secure pants xD





 Hiccups suck.

Especially when they're the kind that hurts and you have them at 2 in the morning.

Ugh >.<

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Health Update Thursday(10/27)


Picking up from last week, there haven't been any changes to report, big or small, which is a little disheartening.

I've calculated that I've been in bed for around 2 weeks now (4 to 5 days before Tom came which was about the 16th of October). Some days when I wake up in the morning, I can move and crawl easily enough, but some days, my pain level is quite high and it's a challenge to even get to the bathroom which is only 5 to 10 feet away from my room.

I've realized that I haven't been doing everything I could be to try to get better, so I'm starting on a diet soon (to be determined), my mom has brought up Johnny the walker so I can keep moving around, and I've taken up to doing the foot bath again a few times a day-Hopefully--HOPEFULLY--these things will work together to get me up and moving again!

I also realized just how deconditioned I really am, so I'm considering on my good days that I'm not in pain, to start doing a little light floor exercising and work my way up. Oh, how I do miss my exercising!

I'm actually quite surprised at how well this post is going because I'm running on 2 hours of sleep since....Tuesday? Yeah, Tuesday I think. My body unwillingly pulled an all-nighter Wednesday night, so needless to say, I'm crashing after this is posted!

I must say, you get A LOT done when you don't sleep.

We are also trying to get me into the doctor sooner then November 11th, which is our next scheduled appointment. They're always booked, so we'll see how that turns out.

I will definitely keep you all updated on everything! Right now however, I'm going to bed O.O







Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Giveaway Ending TONIGHT!


Don't forget people-The Dog Who Saved Halloween DVD giveaway here on The Eclectic Element is ending TONIGHT at 11:59 CST!

You don't want to miss out on adding this great family-friendly movie to your collection do you?!









PMD Personal Microderm *Review*



Girly-girl, I am not. Go ahead and ask my whole family-they'll tell you that I have no fashion sense, my definition of doing my hair is running a brush through it (sometimes), I still have nail polish left over on my toes from July, and once in a blue moon will I wear makeup.

Of course when it comes to beauty regiments, I'm pretty much done for:

-"I'm supposed to tweeze WHERE!?"
-"Is that gunk in the purple bottle is supposed to go in my hair before or after it's dry?"
-"Am I supposed to cleanse or exfoliate first and when the heck does moisturizing come in?!"

One thing I DO know is that I have some major issues with dead skin-every time I get out of the shower and towel off, it looks like I'm molting!

(I know, that was probably TMI, but it's true)

Having this issue, I have looked into how to help it and microdermabrasion was the first thing that came up-Of course, paying upwards of $50, $60, to $70 for a single treatment at a spa is definitely not in this poor college student's budget, so all that was left was to just read about it.

That is until I was contacted to do a review on the patented PMD Personal Microderm device courtesy of personalmicroderm.com!

Here's a little about the company from their About US page:

"PMD Personal Microderm was organized and established in order to introduce the patented PMD device to the world. It is their mission and objective to bring new and innovative products to the market that are synergistic with and complimentary to anti aging. PMD will find the best and most effective products that have the potential to make us look and feel younger and more vibrant."


Now that you know about the company, some of you might still think, 'what the heck is microdermabrasion anyway?'

Microdermabrasion is the process of resurfacing the top layer of the skin to a precise depth by the combination exfoliation/vacuum process. By removing these dead skin cells and stimulating blood flow, the deeper dermal level is stimulated to produce collagen and fibroblasts, giving the skin a more supple elastic appearance. Those living cells deep within the skin tissue are stimulated to produce and compensate for the loss of part of the protective layer of the skin. The result is fresher, healthier, rejuvenated skin with enhanced surface quality.

With the help of the PMD Personal Mircoderm tool, you can not only see reduction in dead skin, but also it:

-Promotes collagen production.
- Eliminates fine lines and wrinkles.
- Reduces acne marks and scarring.
- Fades hyperpigmentation, including age spots and sun damage.
- Smooths dullness and uneven skin texture.

My Review:

I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I opened the box and took out the at home microdermabrasion system, mainly because this is my first run in with an at home beauty treatment system like this.

Never had a beauty treatment at a spa, never experimented them at home-I know, I know, what kind of self-respecting girl AM I?!

But I digress...


 The kit includes:

-1 personal microderm
-6 exfoliating discs (2 green, 4 blue)
-1 electric cord
-2 cups (1 body, 1 facial)
-1 reusable filter
-Instructions (CD & information sheet)

The first thing that catches your attention when you open the box is a neatly packaged CD highlighting what the PMD does, and how to use it {thank GOODNESS for that}. After watching the CD and prepping myself, I was ready to try this bad boy out!

The CD was well informative and provided easy step-by-step instructions on what to do before, during, and after the treatment.

 {My Before}


Unfortunately, I was not told beforehand that we needed a cleanser, toner, and revitalizing moisturizer
throughout the treatment(s), so I had to make due with what I could find in the closet.

All in all, taking into account that this was brand new to me, I think I did well for my first treatment! I learned quickly that my skin is extremely sensitive (flared red the moment I put the PMD to it) and the first treatment hurts a bit (again, that may just be my sensitive skin or inexperience at work). Going through the treatment, however, it's so interesting to feel all the sensations, hear the noises, and see what unfolds step by step!

The best part about it this device is I didn't realize that it wasn't restricted to just your face; you can use it all over your body if you choose!


{My During}


After all is said and done, my skin, still a little raw from the treatment, feels much tighter and lighter if that makes any sense-It's a really refreshing feeling :)

It's also extremely soft to the touch.


 {My After}

 If you look really hard between my before and my after pictures, you'll see the red, splotchy areas along my face.
Depending on how you look at it, you're going to have to purchase replacement disks when yours wear out, which run about $14.99 for a set of 6, and according to the instructional CD, it all depends on the individual person to predict how long each disk lasts. It IS an added expense, but in my opinion, it's better then spending all that money at the spa for just a single treatment!

You're also most likely going to have to purchase the (or a) cleanser, toner, and revitalizing moisturizer if you really want to see results from your personal microderm, as well.

I am quite excited to continue to use this product and see where it takes me and my skin! I have to give a huge thank you to the people of personalmicroderm.com for allowing me this awesome opportunity!

Now the biggest challenge of all...

Keeping it out of the hands of my sister O.O



**Disclaimer: I was provided with a PMD Personal Microderm devise free of charge from PersonalMicroderm.com to facilitate this honest review. All thoughts, opinions, and words expressed in the above post are mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated**





Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Fun Way to Exercise!


All I can say is if exercise was as fun as THIS, I'd make a point to do it at least a couple times a day!

Enjoy ;)















Monday, October 24, 2011

Music Moves Me Monday(10/24)


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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Last week was animals and animal breeds, but this week...

FREEBIE!

 I'm choosing my favorite artist this Monday because she's been working on her second album this past year and it's going to be released at the end of October, and this is one of the songs on her newest album.

Squeeeeee!

Enjoy :)



Florence + The Machine--What The Water Gave Me





Have a musical week everyone!





Mailbox Monday(10/24)



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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 R.L. Stine was one of my absolute favorite authors growing up, so when I stumbled across a giveaway over on my friend Terra's blog, Heck of a Bunch, for 2 Goosebump DVDs, I HAD enter!

And to my luck, I won :D

So guess my boyfriend and I will be reconnecting with our childhoods the next time he comes over! Hehe.








I got another free panty coupon at Victoria's Secret!

Yay for me ^.^



 

I forgot about this freebie, and yes, it IS a freebie believe it or not!

Thanks to Target, I was provided with a beautiful makeup bag chocked full of free samples from makeup wipes, to shampoo and conditioners, to even lotions.

GREAT freebie :)








I got me a package of 3 Hanes lay flat t-shirts!

Courtesy of their instant win game on Facebook :)

Now who to give it to?













What did you get in the mail this week?





Sunday, October 23, 2011

Slapdash Sunday(10/23)


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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 Does anyone know where I can get a men's black and white or black and red checked studded belt or maybe just a plain plaid one?

The boyfriend goes through belts like nobody's business and he's in need of a new one-BADLY! Duck tape is definitely a wonderful thing, but it can only go so far in this case O.o

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The Kingdom of Childhood book review and author interview I just did Friday was so much fun-not only did I really, REALLY enjoy the book, but afterword, I signed onto Twitter and found that Rebecca Coleman, author personally thanked me xD

It's definitely a big thing for me!


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Saturday, October 22, 2011

I'm Guilty of Weird Sleep Texting!


My boyfriend has a hard time sleeping at night.

With working 3rd shift at Wal-Mart, he goes in and gets off around midnight or one 1:00, and even though he's probably dead from the day's work (he unloads the trucks), he's too energized to sleep so he's up until all hours of the morning unfortunately.

I'm sometimes asleep by the time he gets off, but most of the time I talk to him after he's gotten off work on his way home and shortly thereafter, fall asleep. He texts me even though I've fallen asleep and I usually get them when I wake up in the morning.

The other night however, I guess he caught me in between one of my wake-up-half-dead-flip-over-fall-asleep-again cycles-Just a note before I share our spirited and extremely weird conversation with you: It's timestamped at 5:00 am to 5:30 am and I don't remember a thing.


Boyfriend: "I can't sleep :("

Me: "I'm sorry :("

Boyfriend: "What are you still doing up?"

Me: "You caught me flipping over."

Boyfriend: "Oh, well you should go back to sleep baby."

Me: "Maybe. I had a neat dream about ladybugs and moving but I couldn't remember my own name."

Boyfriend: "Lmfao. wow. That's interesting."


Me: "And there was a bus but it turned down the street and some homeless guy had my blue shoe."


Boyfriend: "You are the weirdest girl, I swear."

Me: "Yoou love me even if I don't have a name. Lol"

Boyfriend: "Lmao you can't prove it."

Me: "The ladybugs know so lol"


Boyfriend: "I'm saving these messages. This is the greatest thing I've ever heard lol"

Me: "Kaaaaay lok"

Boyfriend: "Lol were writing a book out of this"

Me: "And the ladybygs can aught it*"

Boyfriend: "Huh?"

Me: "They can sign it?"

{we believe the last text message from me was supposed to say sign instead of aught with a question mark}

Boyfriend: "Sure? Go to bed baby. You're out of it."

Me: "Not until I remember my name."

Boyfriend: "It's Jefferson. Now go to bed lol"

Me: "Grrr I'm breathing on myself. Kay bab gnite. I love you."


So. Yes. Interesting is the understatement of the year.

I am surprised and a little proud at how awesome my grammar is half-dead though :)







Friday, October 21, 2011

The Kingdom of Childhood *Book Review & Interview*


Author: Rebecca Coleman
ISBN: 077831278X
Page Count: 338 Pages
Publisher: Harlequin
Grade from Me: 5 out of 5



Synopsis:

Two lives intertwine in this somewhat dark and passionate tale of a kindergarten teacher and a 16 year old student...

Judy, a middle-aged teacher who grew up an army brat on a base in Germany with her mentally unstable mother and loving father, lives the seemingly normal, suburban life: two kids who are growing up and succeeding in school, a husband who is aiming to get his P.h. D, a job that she (mostly) loves. All that, however, doesn't erase the terrible secrets of her past and this ever growing loneliness inside her.

Zach, uprooted from his childhood home in Virginia and plopped down into a new life with his father and very-pregnant yoga instructor mother, is just trying to make new friends and deal the best he can with his new situation and surroundings. A "typical" teenage boy on the outside, but not many know the true Zach on the inside; the one who, amidst dealing with moving, new friends, and a new school has to deal with the knowledge of his mother's affair.

That is until he meets Judy.

Thrown together to work jointly on a fundraiser, these two seemingly different people grow dangerously and seductively close through their shared loneliness and turbulent pasts. Lines are blurred and then completely erased as roles of teacher and student simply become man and woman when they start an affair that will change both of their entire lives and everyone around them.

My Thoughts:

One word: INCREDIBLE!

From the moment I opened the package containing The Kingdom of Childhood and flipped open to the first page until the very last word, I was enthralled. Enthralled isn't even the right word; obsessed is more like it!

The book is 338 pages and I finished it within 2 days (it would have been 1 but I had important things like bathing and eating to do)! We'll say sleeping wasn't high on my priority list. LOL

Coleman's portrayal of a middle-aged suburban housewife slowly driven mad over her obsession of her son's school friend through the course of six or so months was absolutely perfect, and the little snippets of background from Judy's youth was an added bonus to the already winning story line.

What really struck me about the story was how believable and relateable the characters were! You found yourself loathing Russ and his P.h.D, crying with Judy over her long-lost childhood friend, confused and scared with Zach as the affair started getting dangerous...

This book is a mix of everything that I look for in a story PLUS some-of course it's not for everybody, but if you're interested in reading something somewhat dark, dangerous, and a little bit twisted, look no further :)


Rebecca received her B.A. in English literature from the University of Maryland at College Park and speaks to writers’ groups on the subjects of creative writing and publishing. Her manuscript for The Kingdom of Childhood was a semifinalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Competition.

A New Yorker by birth, Rebecca grew up in the close suburbs of Washington, D.C. in an academic family. A year spent in Germany at age eight would later provide the basis for the protagonist’s background in The Kingdom of Childhood. Rebecca first learned about the Waldorf School movement at age 14 and quickly developed a fascination with its culture and philosophies. After studying elementary education for several years, she graduated with a degree in English, awarded with honors.


 A little Q & A with Rebecca about The Kingdom of Childhood:

When did you first get the idea for THE KINGDOM OF CHILDHOOD (TKOC)?
 
I was folding laundry in front of the TV, watching the news, and they began broadcasting a report about some new teacher-student sex scandal. I can't remember who the players were, but it was another of these cases where the teacher was attractive and well-respected and had a family, and she had risked all of that-- and lost-- so she could have sex with some young teenage boy. And I thought, why on earth would she do that? What could a kid that age possibly have going for him that would be worth using your entire life as collateral? I thought about the fact that people usually do things for reasons that make sense to them, even if they don't make sense to you. And then it struck me that if I could answer that question-- why a woman like that would consider this a worthwhile risk, a reasonable thing to do-- it would make a great story. Because obviously her thinking departs drastically from the norm, and that can make for a very interesting character.
 
What do you enjoy most about writing?
 
The most magical part of it, to me, is when you develop such a firm grasp on a character that the book begins to sort of write itself. You know exactly how they would react to a circumstance, what they would say, what they perceive and how they feel. Writing dialogue becomes effortless. I loved writing Zach in The Kingdom of Childhood because I had that sense of him. My favorite characters to write are ones that struggle between their higher and lower impulses-- who have a well-defined sense of right and wrong, but for some reason have run off the rails.
 
You’ve been in a teaching capacity on many occasions – how does teaching inform your writing?
 
Yes-- among other things, I did school service seminars as an Elementary Ed major in college, and I'm a Sunday school teacher now. In addition to that, I have four young kids. It makes me acutely aware of the amount of trust we give to teachers, and most teachers are well-deserving of that. That makes it all the more egregious when one violates that trust, because it's such a given and children are taught to anticipate and respect it. In The Kingdom of Childhood, Zach's mother is unquestioning of the amount of time he spends with Judy because she's a teacher, and a Waldorf School teacher, at that-- one whose principles are supposed to define her all the more. Because I've been in both roles-- a teacher of little kids and a Waldorf School parent-- Judy's violation of that trust is a suck-in-your-breath type of crime to me.



**Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of The Kingdom of Childhood by Rebecca Coleman in order to facilitate an honest review. The opinions and words in the above post are mine and mine alone and are not influenced by any other person or third party. Any other questions, you can review my disclaimer HERE**



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