Friday, June 29, 2012

An Inspiration To All



It doesn't really have to be said that this past week or so has taken its toll on me emotionally, physically and mentally. Even the happiest person in the entire world would start to feel the dark clouds rolling in with day after day of excruciating pain and bed rest.

Certain things happen, however, that pull you out of your dulldrums, if only for a little while, and put a big ol' smile on your face, which happened to me late the other night thanks to a very kind email sent by a very kind person.

He gave me permission to share with my readers, so you can read his sweet words for yourself!

"Hi Kayla:

To properly introduce myself, my name is Edward, recently I opened an email to a blog that I subscribe to called Boobies, Babies, and A Blog (which I also enter Giveaways on), and I saw you there and noticed that you also have a blog.  I did visit it and was reading what you have been going through.  I also have a medical condition that prevents me from doing all the things that I use to love doing, which is a very big list, also, which includes working.  I am a Disabled Veteran, but to top it off, I have been placed on permanent disability due to my condition, so I guess you could say that I feel what you are going through.  Anyway, I thought I would write to you, and say that you are a very strong, encouraging and courageous person considering all that you have been through and are still going through.  An Inspiration to All.  I'm not sure what else to say, I'm kinda drawing a blank right now as I'm typing this, which it's also kinda late in the evening, close to 2:30am.  In conclusion, I would also like to say, keep smiling as in your picture, for some odd reason it gives me some kinda positive energy.  Thanks!!!

Edward

P.S. I hope this email made some kind of sense considering the time that I wrote it was very late."


I get these emails every so often and it puts reality back into focus for me; I'm doing something right with my life. I might be in the deepest, darkest depression, but the knowledge that people read my blog and find inspiration from my situation, my words, and my (mostly) positive attitude pulls me out again.

That means so much to be because it's partly why I put myself out there on the internet to begin with. Yes, my situation is hard; harder at times then I lead on and would care to admit. But if what I've done for myself in the past 3 years is inspirational to others, then I've done something right! 





Use Your Body to Heal Your Mind *Book Review*


Author: Henry Grayson, Ph.D.
ISBN-10: 781452545011
ISBNN-13: 978-1-4525-4501-1
Page Count: 320 pages
Publisher: Balboa Press
Publish Date: 3/27/12

Synopsis:

Use Your Body to Heal Your Mind is a book like none other in which the author, Henry Grayson, shares his personal experiences and the knowledge he's learned along the span of his Psychology career regarding revolutionary healing methods being used today to cure people of their ailments, some of which include the mind-body connection, metaphysics, quantum physics, and other things.

Grayson truly believes that each and every person has the complete capability to lead happy, healthy and productive lives, however in experiments derived from an accident early on when he was lecturing around the country, most, if not all people subconsciously believe they're not worthy of all the great and beautiful things life has to offer.

This book is all about helping the patient clear the belief that they are unworthy by educating, explaining, and teaching specific tools such as muscle testing, the EFTA (Emotional Freedom Technique Adaption), and the Thymus rub that help dispel the negative beliefs, thoughts and identities so people can truly live the best lives they can; as the book's cover states, "release all barriers to health, healing and happiness."

My Thoughts:

Firstly, I must say talking to Dr. Grayson before I started reading this book courtesy of the recent BookTribe chat was a very inspirational experience and one that I quite enjoyed! The stories he shared about his childhood and about how he was put on this path to help people gain their health back were very interesting; I always love to hear how people got started into what they're truly passionate about.

In regards to this book, as I read it, I put it into two main categories: self-help and how-to. There were a lot of explanations on how people end up trapped in their negative states whether they be emotional or physical, conscious or subconscious, intentional or unintentional. Then, leading from the self evaluations contained in the book that help you explore what type of negativity is impacting you and your life, Dr. Grayson goes on to explain how to help yourself break the pattern of the negative to the positive in several different ways depending on the individual.

I truly believe that, as he concludes, what you think DOES affect your health and the way your body works. I'm also a proponent of muscle testing and EFT (or EFTA as he referred to it in his book), so I was quite excited when he went more in depth with those helpful tools. Speaking of which, you can find helpful step-by-step videos explaining what these techniques are and how to use them HERE.

There were some things that made this book hard to get through at times unfortunately. I really had issues, firstly, getting into it due to the very technical language of quantum physics; not necessarily because I didn't understand, but because I was having a hard time grasping the meaning behind the written words due to my brain fog on occasion.

Second, I found the book to be redundant when explaining about certain things, mainly how negative emotions affect the human body and how we have the capability to fix it without any third-party help. I felt the book could have been cut in half in its length and been more direct and straight to the point.

Regardless of those two personal opinions on my part, I do believe in and support what Dr. Grayson is trying to get across in his latest book; we aren't all separate from the universe as we feel. We have the ability to tap into its greatness and heal ourselves without heavily relying upon drugs, doctors and different therapies.

We ARE powerful if we just believe!

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Henry Grayson's Bio from his website:


"Dr. Henry Grayson is a scientific, spiritual, mindbody psychologist who founded and directed the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York City. He is the author of Mindful Loving (in it’s twentieth printing), the best selling Sounds True Audio Series, The New Physics of Love, as well as co-author of three professional books. Dr. Grayson integrates diverse psychotherapies with neuroscience, quantum physics, subtle energies with Eastern and Western spiritual mindfulness. He practices in New York City and Connecticut."











Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of Use Your Body to Heal Your Mind by Dr. Henry Grayson to facilitate this honest review. All opinions expressed in the above post are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated.





Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Lore of the Willow Wisps


I'm such a sucker for fairytales and folklore, especially if it deals with other countries and cultures. Disney and Pixar's newest animated movie, Brave, features a wonderful addition to their storyline: the folklore of the Willow Wisps....

Travelers—particularly those who venture out after sunset on unfamiliar pathways—beware of the will o’ the wisps.
 
It is said—though by whom is a bit of a mystery—that on certain days for certain travelers in certain parts of the world, little lights dance on the horizon, whispering tempting invitations… pledging the answers to lifelong questions, the realization of dreams, a key to secret treasures—a change of fate.
 
Charmed and curious, unsuspecting travelers follow the floating lights, mesmerized by their whispers, their promises. Yet no matter how long or how fervently they follow, they never quite touch the beautiful beacons whose flickering lights eventually fade and disappear… leaving the inquisitors, the dreamers and the treasure seekers lost… and alone. 




“The will o’ the wisps are in a lot of Scottish folktales,” says “Brave” director Mark Andrews. “They were said to lead you to treasure or doom—to change your fate—but they’re an actual phenomenon of swamp and bog gas seeping up through the earth and interacting with the natural resources to create the blue flames. People would follow these lights thinking they were little fairies, and basically drown or get sucked down into the bogs.
 
“We made the wisps like actual little spirits,” Andrews continues. “They’re almost like Marley’s ghost in a way, because Marley’s ghost isn’t an evil spirit—even though he’s frightening, he’s trying to warn Ebenezer to change his ways. That’s what the wisps are doing. There’s a duality to them, because they’re either good or evil—they lead Merida into more and more trouble, but in the end, they’ve led her exactly where she needs to go.”





Disclaimer: I was in no way compensated for the above post. All opinions expressed above are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. This post was written strictly for the enjoyment and benefit of my readers. 




Health Update Thursday(6/28)


I wish there was good news to share with you all, but again, not much new to report this week from the past few. Still spending most of my days in bed only to relocate for the detox baths I now take daily or the footbath I'm supposed to do 2 to 3 times daily.

I was able to sit on the couch in the front room of our house yesterday for two whole hours while the fam caught up with our So You Think You Can Dance, but needed to quickly lay down and take some aspirin because the ovary pain got pretty bad.

This has been a particularly bad month for the left-hand side ovary pain and the only things I've found that help, if only a little bit, are chewable baby aspirin and heat.

I still have a week or so to go until Tom is expected, so I suppose we'll see how things hold up; I have a nagging feeling this is going to be a doozy, but I'm trying to maintain a positive outlook.

Unfortunately, the family has planned a trip up north to my aunt's cabin in Northern Wisconsin four or so hours away and I still don't know If I'm going to be able to go. One, because my period is expected when we plan on being up there and I don't know how that's going to go and two, that car trip is rough even when I'm doing good.

When I'm in excruciating pain, I just can't do it.

So that's still up in the air right now.

Global body pain. Exhaustion. Trouble sleeping. Depression. Feeling sick all the time...

Oh, and on top of all that, we potentially have a mold situation in our house. Currently, we are waiting to have my sister's window replaced because that's where it is originating from (or so we believe). We've always wondered if the house was part of my problem so I suppose we will find that out when the time comes.

In the mean time, I'm hanging in there. Thankfully I have my online world to keep me busy and my friends to keep a smile on my face!





Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Meet Lori of Lori's Glassworks!


As some of you know, I've recently joined Lori of Pretty Things in her 6th Bead Soup Blog Party! I've been wanting to for awhile and I finally just went for it; good thing I did, too because this party grossed nearly 400 participants (399 was the last count)!

I was recently sent my partner and reveal date and of course I wanted to introduce her to all my friends and readers; Welcome to Lori of Lori's Glassworks on Etsy!

Lori is currently located in Atlanta, Georgia and this isn't her first go around with the BSBP. Can you believe this is her 4th time?

Butterfly Wing Pendant Necklace

As soon as I caught word of who I was being partnered with, I was off checking Facebooks, blogs, and Etsy accounts. I'm quite impressed with her stunning work and couldn't help but share a necklace that caught my eye from the beginning, which can be seen above.

Here are some of the links you can find my partner at:

Lori's Glassworks on Etsy
Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land Blog
Lori's Glassworks on Pinterest





P.s. The Bead Soup Blog Party will be the last beading related post I incorporate into this blog-I'm in the process of splitting up my two blogging focuses, so if you still want to be kept up to date on Tuesday Featured Artists, Saturday's Picks, my personal beading, etc, you can follow my other blog, The Eclectic Element: Handcrafted & Vintage Jewelry!

(It's still a work in progress)

I will be posting more about this in depth a little later so keep those eye peeled!





Tuesday, June 26, 2012

$200 Amazon Blast FREE Blog Opportunity



For those of you who are interested in being a part of a FREE blog opportunity, you might want to pay attention to this post ;)

Be a part of the upcoming $200 Amazon Blast Group Giveaway going live July 15th and lasting through August 15th!

The first Facebook fanpage link is free, but after that, if you want to include more links, it will be an addition $3 per link and payment can be sent to chicalgene@gmail.com via Paypal. 

If you're just interested in the free link however, you must create a short blog post advertising this opportunity (like I'm doing right now) and fill out This Form when you're done. Yes, it's that simple!

Are you interested in being a co-host? You can find that information HERE as well.

This is a fabulous way of gaining more fans and exposure, so don't wait until the last minute if you want to sign up :)






Monday, June 25, 2012

Saran Wrap Anyone?


Picture this if you will...

It's 3:30am and you're laying in bed trying to get to sleep when all of a sudden, you hear someone ring your doorbell and give three quick knocks on the door.

What would YOU do?

That happened to us this morning and I completely froze. Of course a big part of my brain thought I was imagining things but regardless, a million things ran through my mind. Of course my curiosity got the better of me and I snuck out to see who it was.

I peered around the corner and what do I see standing at our front door: A cop.

Say WHAT?

Apparently the nice police man caught a bunch of kids (9 total) trying to saran wrap my dad's whole car among other things to the neighbors; stealing lawn ornaments, breaking car windows, etc. As I was standing and peering out the window, I saw one of the kids being made to clean up what little saran wrap they had actually gotten on the car.

First of all, I'm shocked they caught all 9 of these kids! You'd think if cops were spotted, the natural reaction would be to flea. Second of all, saran wrap? Seriously guys?

What happened to the sense of kid's these days?

Needless to say, aside from the momentary shock of seeing a police officer at our front door, the whole experience was pretty comical!





Monster University Coming Summer 2013


Everyone knows by now that I'm a very big fan of Pixar. Past, present, or future, their movies never disappoint!

So imagine my excitement when I learned the 2001 movie Monsters Inc. is coming out with a sequel, in Summer of 2013; don't believe me?

Here's the teaser trailer::





If you're a fan of the original Monsters Inc. become a fan of Monster University on Facebook to receive exclusive fan-only content!













Music Moves Me Monday(6/25)


Welcome to Music Moves Me Monday 95th week!

This meme is hosted by a group of seriously great people-Dolly of XmasDolly, Lorie of The Shewbridges of Central Florida, Stacie of Stacie Uncorked, 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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Spotlight Dancers


I am honored, touched, tickled pink and just plain ecstatic to be chosen as this week's SOLO spotlight dancer-I've been a part of the 4 M's since it's beginning (more ore less) and it's definitely one of my favorite memes :)

I love these fun ladies and gentleman and am so excited to be a part of this Grand Gala Giveaway!

So here's my freebie choice for the week-I hope you enjoy ^.^


Breath of Life--Florence + the Machine






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This week starts the 95th week and the week the Grand Gala Giveaway officially kicks off!

Unlike the last line on the button above, rules have been changed; EVERYONE can participate in this musical meme and all around fun time. Just listen up to what you've got to do...

1. Grab one or both of the buttons
2. Post an applicable video from you or Youtube that goes along with that week's theme (every other week is a freebie!)
3. Link up your blog post on the communal linky so everyone can enjoy your choice!
4. Visit others and comment, share, or follow. 
Of course my favorite part: just enjoing each others eclectic musical tastes ^.^

For those of you who haven't heard of the 4 M's or have wanted to play along, now's your opportunity! It's easy, it's fun, and you meet some incredible friends along the way. The only snafoo if you want to enter the giveaways, you MUST participate in weeks 95-100!

Have a song in mind? It's not too late to join in ;)



Have a musical week everyone!






Mailbox Monday(6/25)

 
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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Not all Mailbox Monday finds are fun ones; well, un-fun for other people.
 
Me? I LOVE office supplies ^.^
 
I was running out of envelopes for my two Etsy businesses, so I bought in bulk-best decision!

I'm set for awhile.







 
 
 
 
This was a freebie I registered for that I completely forgot about until it came. 

Hey, I heart freebies!

And it smells lovely :)









 
 
 
 
 
Apothica.com has done it again! 

I was able to order from their website again and I got some fun things-I'm hoping to do a review of them all over the next couple of weeks or months, so keep an eye out ;)









 
 
 
 
 
Thanks to Laura of (Un)paint, I won The Complete Idiot's Guide to Couponing by Rachel Singer Gordon! 

This will definitely help me get started in my couponing career.












What did you get in the mail this week?





Friday, June 22, 2012

Libre Tea Glass Original *Review & Giveaway*



I've not been much of a tea drinker in the past. It's not that I don't like tea per se, it has just never been convenient for me to drink and honestly, I forget it's even an option!

I know tea has some amazing healing properties which is why I've always wanted to become a tea drinker and believe me, I've tried. It just never really stuck.

Until I ran into the Libre and my whole tea-drinking world changed for the better!

Before we get into the awesome specks of this tea chalice, here is a little bit behind the company itself:

"Our company started in 1999 and began enjoying tea moments with Libre in 2008. We are proud to be a 100% wholly owned Canadian company, and we are committed to sustainable people and planet practices, excellent customer service and engaging tea moments for all to enjoy and relax with. 

Tea, for me, is symbolic of an ancient ritual celebrating the secular as sacred. It is a space to take a breath, reconnect with oneself and the world. It is a time to stop — to enjoy life, people and the planet and remember the joys that life has to offer.

Inspiring tea moments - anytime, anywhere - is my mission."


There are a few different tea glasses you can choose from, but for this review I was sent the Libre glass'n poly Original, which holds about 9 oz.

Each Libre product has a glass interior and a polycarbonate exterior, making them perfect for keeping hot liquids hot and cold liquids cold longer. You're also able to take these puppies wherever you go without any worry of spillage or burn danger!

Worried about BPH in your plastic? No need with this glass; the stainless steel tea filter is surrounded by BPH free plastic so you can enjoy your tea moment without feeling guilty.

Aside from all these specs, the glass is sleek and very lovely, especially the top with gold tone decorative characters and a unique looking lid which is what first caught my eye when I took my glass out.


You can enjoy your tea one of two ways, viewable in the above graphic or below in their how-to video which can also be found on their website with several other useful tid bits of information::





Personally, in my opinion, this is the best product I've come across yet and I'm not just saying that! Once I got it, I went a little tea crazy and I actually enjoyed drinking the tea rather then forgetting it was there. And it's so EASY!

My only problem is finding more tea to enjoy ^.^


Make sure you connect with Libre! You can like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @libretea, as well as, sign up for their Libre Love Newsletter for the latest news and promotions (located on the left-hand side of their website).


{Giveaway} 
 
1 winner will receive a 9 oz. Libre Original Tea Glass!
 
 
{The Rules}

1. You MUST include a way to reach you whether it be an email or blogger URL.
2. US and Canadian residents only-sorry everyone else!
 
 


a Rafflecopter giveaway



  That's 1 mandatory entry + 32 possible extra entries which = 33 entries total!

Good Luck!





Disclaimer: I was provided the Libre Original Tea Glass from Libre at no cost to me in order to facilitate this review and giveaway. All opinions expressed in the above post are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents only and will run from Friday, June 28th, 2012 4:00pm central standard time until Friday, July 6th, 2012 11:01 pm central standard time. The winner will be chosen through Rafflecopter.com and be contacted within 24 hours of the drawing. You'll then have 48 hours (2 days) to claim your prize and send me all applicable information-If I haven't heard from you within that time frame, I will be forced to choose another winner.





Brave *Movie Review*




Movie Synopsis:

Stubborn and independent by nature, young Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald) is the daughter of Lord Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson) and not too happy about the royal role she is destined to play. She'd much rather ride her horse across the beautiful rugged hills and lush forests of Scotland shooting her precious bow and arrow along the way!

Of course she views her mother as an adversary like any normal teenage girl would, but especially when her mother announces one day at the dinner table they are to have a competition for the Princes of the 3 other kingdoms in their peace tready. One for Merida's hand in marriage.

This is NOT what she wants and she takes matter into her own hands, endangering the longstanding tready between the 4 kingdoms and embarrassing her family and the Queen, whom was not happy with her rebellion.

Things take a dramatic turn between mother and daughter and Merida ends up making a decision involving a Witch (Julie Walters) that will change her fate and the fate of her family and of the 4 kingdoms forever.


My Thoughts: 

Pixar is just an amazing film company. Seriously.

I'm so happy that I had a chance to see this movie before it hit theaters!

I'm such a sucker for foreign countries and accents and I have to give some major kudos to Pixar when I saw this film (in 3D no less); they captured the essence of Scotland breathtakingly.

Although all the animation in this film is breathtaking to be honest.

I will admit I'm a little surprised at the plot line of the story-I've been doing media coverage for this movie for a couple months now, but didn't really know the plot at all and when I watched the movie, it was kind of a, "Seriously?" moment.

Not a bad seriously. Just a surprised seriously.

It wouldn't be a Pixar film if not for the moral at the end. I will admit, I cried. But what else is new?

All in all a must see!



P.s. I want Merida's untamable red hair. Just saying.


Disclaimer:: I was in no way compensated for the above post. 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.





Thursday, June 21, 2012

What Would You do to Get to Tales?


What would YOU do to "Get to Tales?"

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Tales of the Cocktail® - the world’s premier international cocktail festival –iSi North America and Purity Vodka are joining forces to give you a chance to win a trip to “Tales” in New Orleans, happening this summer, July 25-29, 2012 in New Orleans!

You have a chance to win the following:

-Round-trip airfare tickets
-Hotel accomidations
-The Founders’ Day Package {ARV $625} which includes:
     *12 Tickets to Spirited Seminar (3 on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
     *1 ticket to Happy Hour presented by Diageo on Thursday
     *1 ticket to Tales of the Cocktail® Hand-Shaken Daiquiri Competition presented by Bacardi Rums OR Bar Room Brawl presented by Mo√ęt Hennessey on Friday
     *1 ticket to Taste the World’s Best Spirits presented by Ultimate Spirits Challenge
     *1 invitation to the Native Spirits Brunch at the Hotel Monteleone on Sunday
     *Trade Paperback Version of Tales of the Cocktail® from A to Z – 10th Anniversary Book
     *Vintage Herbsaint Poster

All you have to do is creatively answer this question: What’s the craziest thing you would do to make it down to New Orleans for “Tales?”

Make sure to enter HERE!

And of course feel free to tell me what YOU would do ;)



Disclaimer: I was in no way compensated for the above post. I was provided the above information strictly for the enjoyment and benefit of myself and my readers. All opinions expressed above are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated





Health Update Thursday(6/21)


I was doing so good for a little while there! I was hanging out with friends daily, going out and about to lunch, antiquing and garage saling, and I even went on a small road trip with my boyfriend for a premier of the newest Pixar movie, Brave.

Something between last Friday and now hit and I'm down again; what exactly happened, we can only guess...

1. I've been eating well lately, so I don't think there is any clue there.
2. Wednesday marked the halfway point between my cycles, so that would make sense with the symptoms I've been having
3. The warm weather front possibly?
4. Toxic overload?

Whether it be one or multiple things, I haven't been able to move very well the past couple of days with 'Lady Junk' issues. Bed has been my dwelling as well aside from the few times I crawl out to the living room for my footbaths (I still need to show you guys my footbaths, I haven't forgot!).

Exhaustion is definitely an ongoing issue with me, especially in the mornings-The mornings are the worst! I swear I wake up feeling like I have a hangover Every. Single. Day now.

The other night I was in tears due to severe pain; laying in bed was excruciating. Not moving or shifting positions but actually just laying

I saw this happening sooner or later and I'm thankful I got to experience as much as I did for that week. I have no doubt I'll have another good run when I figure things out, but in the mean time, I'm occupying myself with the computer.

So no worries, I'm keeping busy!




Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Mompreneurs, This one's for YOU!


I've posted about my lovely friend Vanita of After Bedtime Blog a few times in the past and I'm back, yet again, with another one of her recent (completely awesome) ventures, fueled by an insult.

From a fellow blogger none-the-less!

Vanita is one of those bloggers that thrives off helping others, especially in the field of independence, social media, and entrepreneurship. That's probably what drew me to her in the first place; her totally independently-driven, successful nature.

Not to mention her pretty incredible personality :)

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Due to her recent run in with a fellow mommy blogger which you can read all about HERE, Vanita ended up writing an e-book in a matter of 6.5 hours entitled Why Mom Bloggers Kick Ass As Mom Entrepreneurs And How To Get Started, Mom Blogger Style.

Independence as an individual is a very important thing to me, especially when it comes to being a woman; I've seen so many woman my age and mothers like my mom completely lose themselves in relationships and children that they don't know what to do for themselves or worse yet, how to survive on their own! 

This is why I have to fully endorse this beautiful e-book about being a entrepreneur and how to get started, straight from a full-fledged mompreneur herself ^.^

If you're interested in learning more about Vanita's e-book or want to check out her website where you can sign up for her newsletter chocked full of advice, tips, giveaways and more, head over HERE!



P.s. If anyone ever told me to change my blogging voice, I'd tell them where to go and how to get there. Just saying.


Disclaimer: I was not provided any compensation for the above post. All opinions expressed above are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. 

Five Finger Tees *Review*


Admission: Sometimes, just for kicks, I spend an hour or two just browsing funny t-shirt websites to pass the time and get a good chuckle.

After all, they say laughter IS the best medicine right?

So you must imagine my excitement when I was actually able to work with and do a review for Five Finger Tees, the mother of funny t-shirt websites!

Some information about the company directly from their website:

"FiveFingerTees.com opened in July, 2009 and is completely family owned and operated. We offer a wide variety of movie/TV, pop-culture inspired and down right funny t-shirts for only $9.99! Our philosophy is simple, we do all the work! From customer service, designing, printing, photography, shipping, web site design, and trying to watch our kids at the same time! By doing this, we keep our overhead really low which gives you the customer a great deal, without having to sacrifice on quality."

Not only can you find hundreds of humorous t-shirts (if that isn't variety, I don't know what is!) to choose from on their website, all of which are perfectly categorized and organized under specific themes on their left-hand sidebar, once you've decided, you can customize your t-shirt by choosing your size, style and color.

You can also Meet the Thieves-people like you who submitted their photos wearing their t-shirts (note to self:: Take awesome picture in tee and submit). 

Some other good things to keep in mind about the company and products:
  • T-shirts are professionally screen printed in the U.S.A.
  • They use soft preshrunk 100% cotton shirts with double-needle stitching throughout and a seamless rib at the neck.
  • Orders usually ship from their store within 1 to 2 business days (please allow 5-7 days delivery for hoodies).
I spent quite awhile deciding on which t-shirt I wanted; it was a hard decision with the variety they provide! After I finally settled on a shirt, I had to choose my style, size, and color, but thankfully that didn't take too long.

I chose the Haters Gonna Hate t-shirt starting Oscar the Grouch. I have a good reason for choosing this specific one; I'm suseptable to negative energy and being around negative, judgmental people really takes a toll on me! Now I have a t-shirt to remind me that they are who they are and I can rise above all the negative :)

When my highly anticipated t-shirt arrived, I was very impressed! It looked a little big at first glance, but when I put it on it fit perfectly. The material of the shirt is nice as well-sometimes you'll find inexpensive shirts to be scratchy, but for the price you're paying, you're definitely getting quality. 


I also fell in LOVE with the color I choose (Carolina Blue); it's so pretty!


Aside from their actual products, I was thoroughly impressed with the service they provided. Friendly people, easy navigation, and fast shipping. All equals wonderful company in my opinion ^.^


If you want to learn more, sign up for their Newsletter (located on the left-hand sidebar)like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter!






 
 

 P.s. Make sure you head over to their Half-Shirts Selection; I guarantee you'll find something that'll make you laugh ;) 
 

 
**Disclaimer: I was provided my choice of t-shirt from Five Finger Tees in exchange for the above review. All opinions expressed above are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated**





Surprise!


Before you freak out and think you're not in the right place, STOP. You are indeed in the correct place; the blog The Eclectic Element, owned and run by Kayla from Illinois. Lymie, jewelry designer, entrepreneur, blogger, social media guru...

Have I calmed you down a bit? Good. Now, can I ask you all a favor?

CALM. ME. DOWN!

I've heard horror stories of bloggers doing a little tinkering with their websites and completely losing everything and that has always been a fear of mine. Of course, that fear became a reality just a few hours ago.

Which, I still don't understand how it happened; I made sure to back up my template beforehand. However when I went to restore it, I got an error message from Blogger and it wouldn't upload. The only thing I can assume is I altered too much over the past 3 years I've been blogging and it completely didn't recognize things.

Regardless of how it happened, thankfully I didn't lose EVERYTHING and I'm realizing that it isn't as bad as I initially thought. I just lost most of my template.

Now that I think about it, this is a good thing. Yes, I said GOOD.

I've been meaning to redesign my website for a long time now and I was not-so-gently pushed to do it.

I'll admit something though; I cried. A little. Okay, I just generally cried when I realized it was gone. Now that I can actually breath, and my heart isn't pounding out of my chest, I'm accepting things.

*deep breath*

So, any advice for the reno? Do you-my friends, fans, and readers-want to see something special on The Element? Colors? Textures? Graphics?

What do you guys think so far?





Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Dino Races!


I was recently invited to a premier party for the Pixar movie Brave last week. Thankfully I was feeling good enough to go and my wonderful boyfriend was willing to drive me nearly 2 hours towards Chicago for the grand affair :)

We arrived quite earlier then planned, so we decided to walk around the little strip mall the movie theater was located in--I must say, I think I know where I was meant to live; once we pulled into this place, I saw a sign advertising not only the movie theater, but a yoga studio, a sushi bar, AND a Whole Foods, the holy grail of grocery stores!

Jake had never been to Whole Foods, so you best believed I coerced dragged him in. This is a boy who is used to shopping at Walmart for everything, so it was extremely funny to see the dumbfounded look on his face at the prices (I will admit, they are pricey but you're buying quality here).

As my mom always says, "You either pay now in quality food or later in health care bills!"

While cruising through the isles, we came across a display with tiny, plastic wind up toys and you would have thought the two of us had won the lottery! Of course we had to pick up a souvenir from our fun day out and these were it ^.^




I'MGONNAEATYOU



FYI, he wanted me to let everyone know that he tried SO. HARD. to balance that little bugger on his nose ^.^

And for your enjoyment, I put together this little video that just goes to show you give us something small and random and we can make our own damn fun!












What's Beautiful & a Sweepstakes


Fitness is a hard thing to keep up with when you're chronically ill; especially when chronic joint, muscle and nerve pain are a big issue in your day to day life.

I still haven't managed to find the balance between illness and fitness quite yet, but when I'm well, I indeed HAVE found my motivation to keep healthy and fit! Those who feel that working out is a chore, listen up...

The secret really isn't much of a secret at all. All you need to do is find something that you're passionate about and love doing, which is motivation enough in my opinion. If you're doing something you love that just happens to be physically active, you won't notice you're actually working out, the time will go much quicker, and you'll reach your goals before you know it. 

I'm by nature an exercise lover, but once I came across pole dancing, I had found my true passion! The classes went by so fast that I started going two to three times a week just because I loved it so much and it was a challenging workout. I didn't view it as just a workout though; it was pure FUN.



What motivates you to keep your personal fitness goals?

Why not head over and share for a chance to win a $500 Under Armour gift card?






**Disclaimer: I received one sweepstakes entry into the giveaway for the $500 gift card to Under Armour in exchange for writing the above post. All opinions expressed above are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated**




Monday, June 18, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party & an Intro

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Welcome to the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party!

Or I should say the pre-BSBP since this is an introductory post before all the festivities kick-up a notch when we're assigned our partners on June 22nd.

Lori of Pretty Things, who is our party hostess for this event, asked us to introduce ourselves and write about our jewelry journey; I'm pretty sure I have it somewhere in the beginning postings of this blog, but I'll re-tell the tale of one girl's journey into the great beading unknown...

I have been making jewelry for several years thanks to a former teacher, also chronically ill (for those just new to my blog, I have chronic Lyme Disease), who took me under her wing and brought me to a support group she belonged to where the craft of the month was making jewelry.

Needless to say, I was hooked from my first stretchy bracelet!

Going a little deeper into things, the story of the founding of both my shops is quite an interesting one. I've been sick with chronic Lyme Disease for the past 8+ years and have tried my hand at 'real world' work, but due to my unpredictable health and not knowing if I will be walking one day or bedbound the next, working was impossible. I needed to find something I could do when I was well enough, but also something that I could do when I was down and out that would help bring in a little money.

Those of you who know me or those of you who get to know me know I don't do idle very well ^.^
That was nearly 3 years ago and even though I'm still on and off health-wise, my two businesses and jewelry making have been a constant in my life and both have been a big part of what helps keep me going!

I would have to say that aside from my jewelry making being one of the things that keeps me sane and going day in and day out, scouring thrift stores, garage sales, and flea markets to find OOAK and unique supplies would be my favorite thing about my designs. There's just something about upcycling truly unique components and breathing new life into them that gives you such a sense of accomplishment :)

If you're here from the BSBP, please, please, please leave a link to your introduction blog post or your blog in general; I'd love to be able to stop by and "meet" you!







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