Monday, July 30, 2012

Music Moves Me Monday(7/30)


Welcome to Music Moves Me Monday 100th 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, Callie of JAmericanSpice, and of course we can't forget Cathy of Cathy Kennedy's Blog!

Also introducing this months honorary co-conductor,  Larry from CakeBlast!

Here are the rules if you wanted to participate::

First step: Run over to You Tube, (or wherever), and lock and 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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Since the last time was such a big hit, we've decided to bring back funny songs as this week's musical theme.

Back in the day, I use to be a Die. Hard. Weird Al fan. By die hard, I mean I had ALL of his CDs and I knew all the lyrics to his songs. Somewhere along the way, I lost touch with Mr. Weird Al, so this is an ode to him and his hilarious music that brought me so much joy ^.^

Enjoy!


Your Horoscope for Today--Weird Al Yankovic






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As sad as I am to say this, Music Moves Me's 100th Week Celebration has come to an end, but that doesn't mean we won't keep rockin' everyone's socks off for another 100 weeks ;)

Did you have a chance to enter the fabulous giveaways? If so, head over to XmasDolly's place and see if you're a lucky winner!


Have a musical week everyone!









Mailbox Monday(7/30)



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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 This pretty pink pen is one of my instant win prizes that arrived last week-I love office supplies!

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I received not one but two free product coupons for any bag of Food Should Taste Good product!

Of course it's from an instant win game.

I'm actually expecting one more because I won 3!





 






When my good friend Garen asked me to review her newest book in the Galstanberry Girlz series, of course I said yes!

Look for that book review coming soon ^.^









What did you get in the mail this week?






Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Himalayan Salt Lamp Giveaway Ends TONIGHT!


Don't you want a chance to win a 4-5 lb Himalayan sea salt lamp which not only looks beautiful, but helps purify the air you breath and help cut down the EMFs you absorb daily?

It's your last chance if the answer to that question is yes! 




Giveaway ends tonight at 11:01pm CST! 


Good Karmal Caramels *Review*


"Be the change we wish to see in the world." This is probably my all time favorite quote and I try to live by it; even though I'm limited in what I can do right now, I know if I put my mind to it, whether it be big or small, I have the ability to change things.

Good Karmal took Mahatma Gandhi's quote seriously and created quality caramel candies that work to touches people's lives, on caramel at a time!

About Good Karmal:

"From our very first batch, we believed that it was not enough to create delicious, buttery caramels to delight the senses — we wanted to spark imaginations and inspire our customers and ourselves to, as Mahatma Gandhi said, “be the change we wish to see in the world.” So we wrapped each handcrafted caramel with words of wisdom, and sent them out into the world."

This company started their operations in a tiny Hollywood apartment and over the years grew into such a successful entity; now they are creating their caramels which are made fresh from the finest all natural ingredients, without any additives or preservatives, beneath the big sky of Bozeman, Montana. Did I mention these beauties are gluten free, too?

Believing giving back to the Earth is the ultimate good karma, a portion of all sales they make is donated to environmental charities. In addition to their philanthropy, Good Karmal strives for being earth-friendly with their recyclable or reusable containers produced from renewable resources.

Perfect as corporate gifts, wedding or party favors, or just to give to family and friends, you can find a thoughtful, unique, and yummy gift in any price range you might have!  

For this particular review, I was sent two Caramel Flavor Samplers which were beautifully packaged in a neat little cardboard container and wrapped tightly with a pretty green bow.

Not only was I impressed with the packaging, the caramels themselves were so pretty! I remember thinking, "These are just to pretty to eat." I got over that pretty fast, though ;)

I really enjoyed the fact that each caramel was wrapped in their own fortune; it's like eating a fortune cookie, but WAY better!

The caramels themselves are simply To. Die. For! This sampler boasted 6 delicious flavors: Vanilla, Sea Salt, Chocolate Sea Salt, Cafe Caramel, Caramel Apple, and Chipotle. I know what you're thinking; Chipotle!? I thought the same thing until I tried it-it's very mild and leaves a little kick of after taste. I quite enjoyed it's uniqueness!

My favorite though were the Sea Salt and the Chocolate Sea Salt ^.^



Connect with Good Karmal:












Disclaimer: I was provided a sample from Good Karmal to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed in the above post are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated.





Win It Wednesday(7/25)



Win It Wednesday is a day for showcasing, browsing, entering, and linking up contests-Have a contest that needs a little extra exposure? Feel free to link it up!

NOTE:: Linking up your contests on my Win It Wednesday linky below automatically puts then on my Ongoing Contest Linky.

DOUBLE NOTE:: You only have to submit your contest link ONCE because I manage the ongoing list myself, deleting contests as they expire.

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Win a Pair of Sneakers of your Choice from LovePastery.com!!




July 26, 2012




Enter Here









Win a $50 Gift Certificate to Xperience Days!!


Ends July 30, 2012




Win a Rug of your Choice from Mohawk Home!!




Ends August 6, 2012




Enter Here







Have giveaways you want to advertise?


Link them below!!















Monday, July 23, 2012

The Dirty (and Not So Dirty) Dozen


Apples are #1 on the Dirty Dozen List!
Those who know me can tell you I'm a HUGE vegetable and fruit lover. You probably haven't met anyone who loves fruits and veggies more then myself; I can sit there and eat a bag of apples a day. I polish off cartons of raspberries, blueberries and blackberries like they're candy. I can eat beats like they're going out of style (they're probably my favorite vegetable).

Unfortunately living a mostly organic lifestyle, these things can cost a pretty penny, especially for me who can't seem to get enough of them!

Thanks to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), you can save a little extra money next time you go shopping for produce with their updated 2012 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 List.

For those of you who aren't sure what the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 list is, it's a list compiled every year of the top 12 produce products you should buy organic because of high pesticide saturation to the top 15 products with the lowest saturation that would be safe to buy conventional (which is where saving you some money comes in to play).

Without further adieu, I give you the lists:


2012 Dirty Dozen List: Buy Organic!

1. apples
2. celery
3. sweet bell peppers
4. peaches
5. strawberries
6. nectarines (imported)
7. grapes
8. spinach
9. lettuce
10. cucumbers
11. blueberries (domestic)
12. potatoes


This year, the EWG also mentioned green beans and leafy greens (kale, spinach, arugula, etc) should also be bought organic.

2012 Clean 15 List: Foods Okay to Buy Conventional

1. onions
2. sweet corn
3. pineapples
4. avocado
5. cabbage
6. sweet peas
7. asparagus
8. mangoes
9. eggplant
10. kiwi
11. cantaloupe (domestic)
12. sweet potatoes
13. grapefruit
14. watermelon
15. mushrooms


Next time you head to the grocery store, you might want to take a copy of these two lists along just to be on the safe side! Not only will you be saving yourself some money, you'll be looking out for you and your family's health.



Resources:

Susan Melgren. "The 2012 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 Lists." 7-12-12. 7/21/12. (http://www.naturalhomeandgarden.com/natural-health/2012-dirty-dozen-clean-15-lists.aspx)





Music Moves Me Monday(7/23)


Welcome to Music Moves Me Monday 99th 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, Callie of JAmericanSpice, and of course we can't forget Cathy of Cathy Kennedy's Blog!

Also introducing this months honorary co-conductor,  Larry from CakeBlast!

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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 As with the tradition of every other week, we've got a freebie today folks!

This pick is one from my boyfriend's favorite band that I quite love; it's so pretty and I never get tired of listening to it.

Enjoy :)






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You only have one more week to enter these pretty great giveaways!
Don't miss your chance.

*Grand Prize: $100 promo code to use at clickitticket.com (USA, Canada, & Europe) toward your purchase of concert, theater, or sport tickets along with a bottle of homemade Princess Nager Exotic Fruit White Zinfun 2011 wine!

*$25 Gift Certificate to Eden Fantasies!


*$25 Gift Certificate to FunnyT-shirts.com!


*$25 Gift Certificate to Costume Super Center!

* Designated Riders CD and a Custom Inspirational Bracelet from Moi!

So what are you waiting for? Rock out with us and enter some fabulous giveaways ^.^



Have a musical week everyone!








Mailbox Monday(7/23)


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 love being able to review different companies and products; it gives me a change to explore things I might not have had opportunity to before!

Keep an eye out for a pretty incredible caramel (or should I say Karmel) review, coming soon :)













I recently won a giveaway over at a fellow jewelry designer's blog, Saturday's Sequins for Nicole's BeadBacking for crafting projects.

I've never done embroidery before, but I think I'll give it a try now that I have this backing to experiment with!












My boyfriend is very thankful for this particular win since it's going directly to him-a $25 Quiznos gift card thanks to Cat of Family Food Finds!








What did you get in the mail this week?





Saturday, July 21, 2012

eShakti Special Promo Code

High Neck Print Dress
I'm still planning on doing a review of the eShakti dress I won, but in the meantime, I have a great offer from the folks at eShakti.com for my readers!

Get 10% off with the code TH28EGA

Not only that, but can also use the 10% off on TOP of the 40% off sale they're running, too.

That means if you wanted to buy the High Neck Print Dress pictured to the left, here's how it would play out:

Original Price: $69.96
Sale Price: $41.95
Extra 10% off: $37.75!

You better hurry though; the code expires July 31, 2012.

A few side notes: The discount code is not case sensitive. The code can be used any number of times until the validity period. This discount code is not applicable on their Overstock category.

If you're looking for a Summer or even Fall dress, this would be your lucky day!





Disclaimer: I have a chance to receive 10% on each sale generated from this post. All opinions expressed above are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. I was provided the code for the benefit of my readers.





Friday, July 20, 2012

Spoon of Hope


For those of you who, like me, are battling what society views as an 'invisible illness,' you know how hard-emotionally, mentally, and physically-it can be to just wake up day after day; you're tired, in pain, depressed, and so many other things.

But you still do it regardless.

Then, as if that wasn't enough to deal with, you have to deal with the people that just don't understand.

"Well, WHY can't you hang out today?"

"You can't be THAT tired; you didn't really do anything!"

"You just need to get out more. That'll fix you right up."

How do you explain to those type of people what you go through on a day to day basis? The sacrifices you make because you're too tired or in pain to brush your teeth or take a shower, let alone venture into the outside world?

Thanks to Christine Miserandino of ButYouDontLookSick.com, those of us who have trouble explaining these things now have a secret weapon-The Spoon Theory.

**I recommend for this post to make sense you read through Christine's The Spoon Theory post**

I love The Spoon Theory and the story behind it. Recently, I used it to explain to my boyfriend a little about how I live my life and the decisions I have to make on a daily basis. He picked it up quite quickly, too! Now when I'm not feeling good or having to make a tough decision, he'll ask, "How many spoons do you have left?"

As you all know I spent a few days over at his house at the beginning of the week; I was unfortunately not doing good at all. One night he saw how much pain I was in and told me he would be right back. He came back, grabbed a sharpie from his dresser top and turned his back to me. I could tell he was writing something, but I had no idea what! He told me to close my eyes and hold out my hand; I felt him lower something into my open palm and when he told me to open my eyes, this is what I found:



Note that the clear tape was added after the fact; I didn't want that wonderful writing to wipe away!

Just one more reason to add to the ever growing list why I'm madly, head-over-heels in love with my boyfriend ^.^








Thursday, July 19, 2012

Health Update Thursday(7/19)


This is quite the eventful H.U.T., so let's see if I can cram it all in!

I ended up spending a few days at my boyfriend's house at the beginning of the week because both my mom and I thought there might be something in the house making me sick, so we really had nothing to lose.

Of course Jake took very good care of me; he even carried me everywhere since it was too painful to walk or crawl. If that ain't love, I couldn't tell you what was!

Even though being with Jake and having a change of scenery was definitely needed, unfortunately the pain grew worse and I ended up calling my medical intuitive to see if she had any suggestions. The moment after I explained what was going on, she told me I needed to get into somewhere ASAP. Whether it be a OBGYN, a MD, or immediate care, it needed to be within the next day or two.

We decided not to wait and in the morning that next day (Tuesday), I ended up in a walk-in clinic close by. They could see I was in considerable pain and after explaining what was going on, they did a topical ultrasound and a transvaginal ultrasound, both of which the ultrasound tech just kept apologizing through the whole thing because I was bawling and screaming out in pain.

One of the things I learned from this excursion was that I have a tipped uterus. Good to know.

The doctor on call came in after that to consult with me and this was part of our conversation:

Doc: "Do you work?"

Me: "No. I've tried, but I haven't been able to."

Doc: "Do you go to school?"

Me: "Unfortunately, no."

Doc: "This seems to have incapacitated you."

....Thank you Captain Obvious. 

The results from both ultrasounds came in shortly thereafter and the doctor came in again and said, "You seem to have a cyst in your left ovary, but we couldn't find your right ovary. Have you had it removed?"

Seriously? For the record, that ovary has not been removed. Figure THAT one out.

The diagnosis was a cyst in the left ovary, but it was recommended that I try to get in to a OBGYN as soon as possible because they are the ones who can legitimately diagnose me further if need be. We've been looking and the earliest appointment that can be found so far was mid August o.O

Anyway, they gave me a shot in my tushy for the pain and sent me on my way. I must say (and call me a weirdo if you must) I was really excited about getting a shot in my tush. LOL In the past 8+ years of getting blood drawn, acupuncture, shots and other various things involving a needle, I've never had someone give me a shot in the butt!

All in all, even though we weren't told exactly what would help, I was very impressed with the walk-in facility, nurses and even the doctor. They were all very kind and courteous and did what they could to make sure I was comfortable. I would definitely go back if need be.

As of right now, my primary's diagnosis of PCOS seems the most likely so we're sticking with his treatment plan, but the bad part is he told us it would take 3 cycles to correct and there's nothing I can do about the pain.

So just sucking it up and dealing with it is the best thing I can do right now. Oy.







Tuesday, July 17, 2012

We Have a Right to Know! #CARighttoKnow


Just a forewarning: This post is not meant to cause a stir, make people angry and or upset. I'm backing something that I firmly believe in and these are my personal opinions and information from the research that I have done. 

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The title of this post is so simple and straightforward, or so one would think. When dealing with GM (Genetically Modified) and GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), it get's complicated very fast!

Don't we, as consumers and United States citizens have a right to know what we are buying with our hard earned money, putting into our bodies and putting into the bodies of our families? According to the FDA, it's really not that important that we know anything in regards to our foods and what can potentially be harming us with each bite we take.

You wouldn't believe how many people I've come across who have no idea what GMOs are, so before I go any further, I wanted to give a short definition of what being GMO constitutes:

Genetically modified foods are, in this particular case, foods that are derived from genetically modified organisms; this means a particular organism had to have their DNA structure altered in a laboratory setting in order to create a hybrid. Some of these hybrids produce bigger, more ripe looking foods that are more appealing to the eye. Some make it possible to withstand disease and heavy duty pesticides and herbicides. Others try to play God in regards to what, when and how a plant is grown; more yield, maturation date, size, etc.

The two most common altered foods in the United States are soybeans and corn. Data from the USDA back in 2010 showed that 93% of soybeans grown in the US were genetically modified soybeans, as well as 86% of that year's corn crop.

I don't know about you, but MY definition of food doesn't involve being genetically altered in a laboratory setting. Natural foods have been around for millions of years and were made that way for a reason! Rich in natural vitamins, minerals and other health benefits, foods that have not been altered just make sense.

That being said, we have a right to know if our foods are genetically modified or not and we have the right to CHOOSE whether we eat those foods or not. Unfortunately as of right now, we don't have that right but we are fighting tooth and nail for it with California leading the way!

This long-winded post is my way of introducing CArighttoknow.org and their strives in the battle to label our food. I've joined up with them to spread the word about GMO and get people involved; just call me Kayla, an Evangelist for the cause ^.^

I know I'm not located in California (far from it actually) so why do I care? The domino effect my friends; once California passes The Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, then other states will follow in their footsteps and before you know it, we'll ALL gain our sense of independence and knowledge back!

Care to help the cause? Become a Right to Know Evangelist by signing up HERE! If you want to know a little more about GMOs, the California initiative, or what being an Evangelist entails, just head over to CArighttoknow.org!











Resources:

Healthy Eating Politics. "Genetically Modified Crops" 7-16-12. (http://www.healthy-eating-politics.com/genetically-modified-crops.html)




Oz: The Great and Powerful Trailer


I recently brought to your attention the modern day prequel to the Wizard of Oz coming out in the Spring of next year, Oz: The Great and Powerful.

They just released the trailer for viewing eyes, so take a quick gander at this!








Looks good, huh?  ^.^








Monday, July 16, 2012

Nature's Sleep Slipper Giveaway ends TONIGHT!





Don't rob your tired little piggies of the chance to bask in luxurious memory foam with your opportunity to win a pair of Nature's Sleep memory foam slippers in your choice of size, color and style.

Ends TONIGHT at 11:01pm CST!





If you haven't entered yet, do so HERE!





Music Moves Me Monday(7/16)


Welcome to Music Moves Me Monday 98th 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, Callie of JAmericanSpice, and of course we can't forget Cathy of Cathy Kennedy's Blog!

Also introducing this months honorary co-conductor,  Larry from CakeBlast!

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 all about the talented artists we've lost over the years; Lost but not Forgotten!

Bea Arthur (Dorthy of The Golden Girls and Maude of All in the Family) was a Broadway singer and I personally did not know this until I started watching The Girls.


What'll I Do--Beatrice Arthur









I just fell in love with Edith Piaf and her singing when I first caught her rendition of La Vie En Rose.


Edith Piaf--C'est L'Amour







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In case you're interested, here are the running contests for this Grand Gala Giveaway and where you can find them (Just click on the name of the blog to take you to the rafflecopter widget)!

*Grand Prize: $100 promo code to use at clickitticket.com (USA, Canada, & Europe) toward your purchase of concert, theater, or sport tickets along with a bottle of homemade Princess Nager Exotic Fruit White Zinfun 2011 wine!

*$25 Gift Certificate to Eden Fantasies!


*$25 Gift Certificate to FunnyT-shirts.com!


*$25 Gift Certificate to Costume Super Center!

* Designated Riders CD and a Custom Inspirational Bracelet from Moi!

So what are you waiting for? Rock out with us and enter some fabulous giveaways ^.^



Have a musical week everyone!








Mailbox Monday(7/16)



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 received the most amazing necklace and earring set made by the incredibly talented Max of Krafty Max Originals.

This was the prize of a recent giveaway she held on her website and might I say, I am so thankful I won!

I've been wanting to own a beadwoven piece of hers for a long time ^.^











Don't you just love free product coupons?

Especially high-end free product coupons-this one is good for a package of Oscar Mayor hot dogs, cold cuts, or bacon...

And it's going directly to the BF!










My Aunt Susie is so sweet.

She knows I haven't been feeling very well lately, so what do I find in the mail?

A beautiful get well card which totally put a smile on my face :)












I was accepted into a review program for Always Infinity, so I got those samples in the mail and I need to review them next month.

I'm sure you can understand why ;)

After I submit my review, they'll send me a whole package!











What did you get in the mail this week?





Sunday, July 15, 2012

$200 Amazon Blast Giveaway!





A brand new giveaway is now open for all our valued readers! Get a chance to win $200 Amazon Gift Card. Only one lucky winner will be chosen on August 15, 2012.

This event would not become possible without the participation of these amazing co-hosts, so let's give them the recognition they all deserve:



Just a note, this giveaway is open worldwide and there are daily entries, so keep coming back until August 15th to earn the bonuses for more chances to win! 



a Rafflecopter giveaway



Good luck! 







Friday, July 13, 2012

Care for Some Bead Soup Anyone?


I know, I know, I've been sitting on this beautiful stash of bead soup from Lori of Lori's Glassworks for the upcoming Bead Soup Blog Party for a little while now, but I haven't been able to photograph it due to my health....

Pure. Torture!

Thankfully I had a somewhat good day yesterday and was able to capture the beautiful items she sent me in all their gorgeous, sparkly, bits-and-bobble glory. Just take a gander:


Hungry for some bead soup!


I can honestly say I don't think I've worked with anything so nice! My supplies are usually vintage or  scavenged from thrift shops, Salvation Army and the occasional garage sale. On top of that, I've NEVER worked with lampwork beads, so this shall definitely be a challenge, which is what BSBP is all about.

Here are some closer looks at my treasures:





Alas, you all have to wait until August 11th to see what I create with all these colorful and magical components. Worry not though, you can check out what I sent Lori HERE and see what she makes with all of it on July 28th!

You can also visit her:









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