Monday, December 31, 2012

13 To-Do's in 2013




1. Practice yoga regularly-I've always been interested in exercising, yoga in particular, but I've never sat down actually created a practice and DONE it. 


2. Go camping-Can you believe I've never been camping before? I've done the cabin thing, but never the dirt-ground-sleeping-in-a-tent-fishing-for-food-peeing-in-the-woods thing.


3. Sit in the sunshine more-Due to my up and down health, it's become a habit to stay inside all day, most days and that's not good! People need their sunshine for vitamin D as well as to elevate their moods.


4. Discover reading again-This past year, I've been so busy (or so my mind wants me to think) with blogs, businesses, health, friends and family, reading and discovering new books has gone by the wayside. I miss it.


5. Try out modeling for fun-I just discovered a local Rockford group called Monster Dolls that specializes in real woman modeling pin up style. Can you say Must. Do!


6. Learn a language-I've tried several times in the past to learn a different language because I truly just love them! That and I'd love to travel one day so it would definitely come in handy. I'm thinking French.

 
7. Visit my sister away at college-Even though she's been at her school for the past two semesters, I have yet to visit her. Every time I have the opportunity, I'm always sick or not up for the 4 hour car ride.


8. Continue working on my health-Pretty self explanatory. I'm halfway decent at eating right and I'm working on my self discipline (I can't do everything at once, or so says my boyfriend), but things could always be better!


9. Do more for other people-I love helping other people and I do my best to help those who need it, but I feel I can do more! Whether it be a simple pay-it-forward action, helping my mom with housework, or even going out and volunteering when my health permits, I'd love to up my helping game.


10. Take a trip with my boyfriend-We've only been on one trip in the almost 2 1/2 years we've been dating and absolutely amazing as that trip was, it was just a day trip. I want to go somewhere at least an hour or two away and spend a minimum of a day or two.


11. Go hunting again-I used to go all the time with my dad and sister when I was younger; all sorts of different game animals, too! I miss it! Not only is that bonding time with my dad, but I'm helping bring back healthy food for my family.


12. Focus more on my business(es)-I did really good in 2012 with my vintage Etsy store, but not so much with my handcrafted store. I want to give both of them my attention equally and hopefully have more time, health permitting, to make my handcrafted jewelry. Who knows, maybe I'll even try to do a local craft fair?

13. Stay positive-You all know me as a very upbeat person, but I do have my struggles with depression, sadness and negative thinking and self talk. In order for me to become healthy again, that needs to stop! Or better yet, I need to work through those feelings better than I have been. 




This list was inspired by Cat of Food, Family & Finds

If you'd like to see her list check it out Here

And if you happen to create a list for yourself, make sure to come back and share ^.^







Music Moves Me Monday(12/31)

Happy New Year's Eve Everyone!

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Welcome to Music Moves Me Monday 122nd 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 month's honorary co-conductor...Father Time himself!

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 today IS New Year's Eve and we're saying goodbye to 2012 and helloooo to 2013, I figure instead of posting about the best songs of 2012 I'd opt to go with a song not necessarily about New Year's, but what it represents.


Enjoy! :)




Turn Turn Turn--The Byrds





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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 One day last week, the doorbell rang and it was a package for me...

Low and behold I open it up and there, amidst a mountain of packing peanuts was a collection of Hershey's holiday themed candy!

Don't know where I won it from, but it was definitely and unexpectedly delicious surprise ;)






 Remember last week I told you I was expecting several things from Shutterfly?

Well I got another item in the mail this week!

A customized 200+ sum piece puzzle I ordered with a picture of my boyfriend and I.

LOVE. IT!







What did YOU get in the mail this week?





Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!





~*!*~Merry Christmas Everyone~*!*~


I sincerely hope that all of my family, friends, fans and loyal readers have a safe, happy and healthy holiday season regardless of what you celebrate surrounded by good food, cherished loved ones and happy memories! 

I love each and every one of you and this Christmas I am thankful to you all for making The Eclectic Element something that's so much fun to run :)

Here's to 2013 being a good year for us all!








Monday, December 24, 2012

Countertop Water Distiller Giveaway ends TONIGHT!




Wouldn't it be an amazing Christmas gift if you won yourself a countertop water distiller from H2o Labs, especially if it's something you've needed or wanted?! 

If so, don't miss out on your chance to check something off your Christmas list this year! 

Did I mention it's WINNER'S choice?






Giveaway ends TONIGHT at 11:01pm CST!







Eight Wearable Styles, One Rag: Hoo-rag *Review*


I'm not sure many of you know this about me, but back in the day before a lot of my health issues struck I was very much into being outdoors, especially doing things revolving around hunting and fishing.

My mom and dad only had two girls (my sister and I), so I suppose my father just made due with what he was given and turned us into his 'makeshift' sons. LOL

We loved hunting and fishing in any season whether it be warm or cold, but the best hunting is usually in the Winter. The biggest thing to remember when going hunting in below degree weather is make sure to be covered up completely!

Especially your face; if that's not covered up or at least safe from the wind, you won't be out for long.

Boy oh boy, do I wish I would have known about the Hoo-rag back then!

Regardless of whether your male or female, love fashion or have no sense of style, or have a head of hair or are as bald as a cue ball, the Hoo-rag is an invention from some pretty darn creative minds that is made to fit all! 

With several different ways to wear a single rag, this innovative, stylish and practical accessory comes in numerous different colors and patterns, so there really IS something for everybody.  

When first contacted, I was pretty curious at what the heck a Hoo-rag was!

Getting to do a review was the best way to get a better handle on the product's potential, so I was quite anxious for it to arrive.

On their website you can choose from a TON of different colors, graphics and styles, so I was pleasantly surprised when I opened up the package and fell head-over-heels for the style they sent me, appropriately named Groovy-Hoo

After watching the how-to video on the website, I was thoroughly impressed by the variety of different ways you can wear your Hoo-rag, so I had a quite a bit of fun trying to awkwardly configure figuring them out and doing a little modeling.

Here's what I came up with and please excuse the red face; my room has two outside walls and it's always freezing in there...




The product itself is made of a very lightweight and moveable material so it forms to fit and isn't uncomfortable. That being said, if you're a hunter or you want to wear this out during colder weather to stay warm, this breathable, lightweight material will keep your face toasty! I know this because spending time trying to configure the balaclava and face rag style, I ended up getting pretty darn warm by the time I figured them out.

My personal favorite style to wear my Hoo-rag is the beanie; it's so neat once you figure out how to transform your seemingly flat, tubular rag into a hat! Then again, simple things amuse me ;)

Second favorite would have to be the headband, a.k.a the Alice rag, because I'm always trying to keep my hair back from my face, so that is being put to good use!

If you'd like to see more styles I didn't happen to cover or read descriptions on the styles I did, you can do so HERE.

The only issue I could see after playing with this for a little while was the edges became a little frayed, which has me a wee bit worried about future wear and tear. However there wasn't TOO much fraying, so I'm not entirely sure if it was wear and tear or if it was just breaking in.

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Disclaimer: I was randomly sent a product from Hoo-rag at no cost to facilitate this honest review. All opinions expressed above are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. 






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Music Moves Me Monday(12/24)

~*!*~Happy Christmas Eve Everyone~*!*~

Welcome to Music Moves Me Monday 121st 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 month's honorary co-conductor...SANTA!

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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 I haven't seen Glee in awhile, but I really do enjoy the music they create on the show; I thought this was a very appropriate song since today is Christmas Eve.

Enjoy! :)




Christmas Eve with You--Glee





Surprise, surprise, I have two choices this week!
I came across this song and it was just so powerful, I had to share.


Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)--Savatage


Have a musical week and a happy, healthy holiday everyone! 









Mailbox Monday(12/24)




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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I'm absolutely in LOVE with my new duffel bag, courtesy of a fabulous giveaway offered by my friend Terra of Heck of a Bunch!

I also have to give a shout out to The Pink Monogram who offered the prize and customized my beautiful bag ^.^














 I received a tube of Ateevia Botanica, a natural pain relieving cream, to review and let me just say, it couldn't have come at a better time!













I've been lusting over this beautiful and quirky beadwoven bracelet for quite some time from my friend Max of Krafty Max Originals and I finally took the plunge and bought it!

Isn't it darling!?









Recently I was given a credit to Shutterfly.com for a campaign I took part in and nearly forgot about it until the day it expired!

Thankfully I was able to use it all and received some fun goodies which will be arriving separately over the next week or so.

These are lovely custom stickers :)







I won a giveaway thanks to That's. It. on Facebook for a holiday prize package.

Who knew it was an adorable stocking with some That's. It. bars in it!

Delicious.









I love being able to review things that help advertise my small business :)

Thanks to Signazon.com, I get to review and giveaway *winkwink* a lovely custom car magnet.

Can't wait for this one!








What did YOU get in the mail this week?





Monday, December 17, 2012

I'll Be Right Back--Where's My Wine?!

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As some of you may have noticed, things at The Eclectic Element and my various social media circles such as Facebook, Google+, and Twitter have been a bit quiet since about Friday. The unfortunate part of that disappearing act is, rather then it being something good that I can apologize for and excitedly share with my loyal fans and readers, it's definitely not a good thing.

For those of you who know me, you probably know this has something to do with my ever changing health. I found my health did somewhat of a wee crash and burn the past week and it seems to have gotten worse the last couple of days.

All of these different ailments have made it very difficult to get out of bed and even be on the computer for long periods of time, that part thanks to a particularly nasty migraine that comes and goes in severity.

I can't take any sort of pain relieving medicine because none of it does anything, so I'm on my own with the constant enhanced pain(s) I deal with on a daily basis. Although I did find out a nice glass of red wine is quite lovely regardless of whether it helps or not!

If you have been trying to reach me or have been wondering about where I've been, I do apologize and promise I will get back to you as soon as I can. Plus I have some awesome reviews planned for you guys, so I definitely have to get better soon.

If you really need to reach me go ahead and send an email to TheEclecticElement AT yahoo DOT com or send a message to me on Facebook.

Now, where did I put my wine...





Friday, December 14, 2012

Warner Bros. Happy Holidays App & Giveaway


One of the things I really look forward to every year when the holidays hit are those Christmas specials-Ruldolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Merry Christmas Charlie Brown...

There's nothing that says holidays like the classics!

Which is why the classics would make a perfect gift for those loved ones in your life who enjoy everything about the holidays! It might even make a great gift for those hard-to-buy-fors in your life as well ;)

Thanks to Warner Brother's newest Happy Holidays App, which helps make gift giving easier by featuring some classic and new movies out on Blu-ray which are bound to please anyone from young to old alike!




Some things you are going to love about the Warner Bros. Happy Holidays App
  
  •   Holiday Movie Challenge! Are you a true cinephile? Then take the WB Holiday Movie Challenge! Keep your movie skills sharp with this awesome quiz! Ready. Set. Go! 
  •   Decode-A-Scene Game! Time is running out! Can you figure out what movie scene is slowly being decoded in front of your eyes? The sooner you figure it out the more points you earn! 
  •   Holiday Survival Guide! Throw an epic holiday party this season! We have some awesome tips to make you look like a total holiday master!




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1 winner will receive a Peanuts Deluxe Holiday Collection, Classic Christmas Favorites or Dr. Seuss’s Deluxe Holiday Collection on Blu-ray(Prize will be chosen randomly from the above Blu-ray titles)!




{The Rules}


1. You MUST use the name and email you want to be contacted with in the Rafflecopter.

2. Contest will run from Friday, December 14th, 2012 to Tuesday, December 18th, 2012.

3. Open to US residents only, 18 years or older--Sorry everyone else!

4. No P.O. Boxes




a Rafflecopter giveaway




That's 2 mandatory entries + 29 possible extra entries which = 31 entries total!
 
Good Luck!







Disclaimer: I was not compensated for the above post. All opinions expressed in the above post are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. This giveaway is open to US residents only, 18 years or older and will run from Friday, December 14th, 2012 6:00 pm central standard time until Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 11:01 pm central standard time. The winner will be chosen through Rafflecopter.com and be contacted within 24 hours of the drawing. No P.O. Boxes please.   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.

Decorating for the Holidays


Christmas and the holidays are upon us and as I spend some time hopping from blog to blog reading different people's seasonal inspired posts, I notice a trend: Decoration Posts. 

Everyone is proud to show off their seasonal decorations and what they've done to bring the holiday spirit into their home and quite honestly, I don't blame them! 

The holidays are about spending time with family and friends, eating and baking delicious foods and treats, celebrating annual traditions and, of course, decorating. 

So in the spirit of the the season, I've jumped on the decorating bandwagon and thought I'd share a few decorations my mom and I have put up so far...

Enjoy! 


Poinsettias-beautiful but poisonous to animals so beware!



Some of my mom's Santa Claus collection



Christmas Tree ^.^




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Sparkly ornaments to add a little bling



Some of my favorite ornaments on the tree!



Who can forget the mantle where the stockings are held with care?!



If you've created a post or have pictures of your decorations to share, leave me a comment below! 

I'd love to see them ^.^










Thursday, December 13, 2012

Special Interview with Alana Fairchild


If you caught My Review of the newly released (and gorgeous) Kuan Yin oracle from Blue Angel Publishing yesterday, you know today its author has graciously taken the time to give Eclectic Element readers an exclusive interview!

Give a warm welcome to Alana Fairchild!

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1. Please share a little background about yourself and your gifts.

As a little girl, I always loved Lucy from the cartoon "Peanuts". She had a stall set up where she dispensed advice to her friends. There was something about her boldness in setting up her little counseling corner and her forthright truth-speaking that really appealed to me! I imagine I am far gentler than she in delivery of guidance, but she certainly made an impact on my childhood mind! Apart from that I grew up in love with Gaia, with trees, the earth, and Higher Guidance. I have always had a strong conscious connection to the invisible worlds, which are very real to me.  A lot of my work is about helping others to trust in their own connection to the many spiritual worlds that love and assist us on a daily basis.



2. How did you get involved with Blue Angel Publishing?

It was a funny set of circumstances actually. An unofficial mentor of mine, who runs a successful metaphysical bookstore in Sydney, was stocking some meditation CDs that I recorded and self-published back in 2002. I was in the store one day and mentioned casually that I thought it was time I found myself a publisher. Unknown to me, she sent my work off to two different publishing and distribution houses. The distributors approached me and said they wanted to sign but there were delays with the paperwork being signed, in which time Blue Angel approached me, signed me up straight away and virtually the moment after I had 'signed the dotted line' with them, the distribution house finally got back to me, but it was too late at that stage. I believe this was divine synchronicity and I was meant to work with Blue Angel, as they have been absolutely amazing to work with. I feel incredibly blessed to be able to do so. And the distribution house now works with me through them too. So it all worked out perfectly in the end (as it always does!).


3. What inspired you to want to create your first oracle deck?

Another funny set of circumstances actually. I had loved Kuan Yin and the work of the artist that was used in the Oracle deck, but I didn't know who he was. I had been passionate about producing oracle decks for years but the situation just hadn't come together yet. Then one day I sent an email newsletter, as I do once a month or so, and I used one of the artworks of Kuan Yin in it. My publisher read the newsletter and noticed the art. He said it was then that it really clicked for him that he wanted me to write this oracle deck on Kuan Yin. He emailed me and asked me if I wanted to do it and I leapt at the chance.  When he sent me the artwork that we would be using, I just laughed. It was the artwork that I had all over my healing room and had used in my newsletter without even knowing it was all from the same artist. Finally my dream to write an oracle deck had come AND I got to use this beautiful art that I loved. I felt like the Universe had finally let me in on a nice joke it had been planning for years.



4. Why Kuan Yin? Is this deity particularly special to you? 

I absolutely love that her first blessing was towards her father, even though he been a source of some considerable suffering in her life. It shows that her love is unconditional and not attached to ego at all. To feel her energy in my healing work has always been an extraordinary grace, it is like a silvery liquid divine light pouring through me into the space. The power in her gentleness has always appealed to me too. I think I personally relate to her mixture of gentleness and rebelliousness and her compassionate desire that all beings be spiritually enlightened. Her dedication to the freedom of all is something that I relate to and respect. I also feel that she has guided me, and many others (those who are really drawn to the deck are her beloveds) for years on my path, if not lifetimes.

There is a bit of a story about how the Divine Lotus Mother Meditation CD (also dedicated to Kuan Yin and published by Blue Angel) came into being as well. It was not long after I agreed to do the oracle deck and I was walking around my local shopping precinct and there was this beautiful Chinese music played by a busker in the outdoor mall area. It just filtered through me and I felt inspired about a meditation CD to accompany the oracle. My publisher liked the idea and contacted the busker to see if he was interested in writing the music for the CD. Turns out he was playing music that he didn't own the rights to and he couldn't help! So my publisher said to me, "well, why don't you write the music?". I had written the music for the last three meditation CDs he had published by me, so I agreed to give it a go. Then I remembered a piece of music that I had channeled rather than written, nearly ten years ago. It was just sitting on a piece of paper in my den, near the piano. I fished it out and played it. It seemed perfect! That is what we ended up using for the CD. Whenever I hear it, I feel her flow through me and my voice when I sing in it. That is why I have just two meditations on that CD and one piece of music just on its own, because to me, it calls in her spirit and brings people comfort. I have had clients just burst into tears when that music plays. It is like they feel Her in their hearts.


5. How long was the process of creating the deck as a whole from imagining to publication?

I actually create things very quickly. I can percolate for a long time, but when something comes together, it's fast. My publisher has joked many times that he suspects I must be on some sort of creative steroids! I wrote it in about a month, which is actually pretty fast for a forty-four card guidebook. Channelling for me tends to happen quickly though. It's not always easy as it takes me into high altered states and I do have to rest afterwards at times, and at other times I am so high and filled with energy. It's certainly an intriguing process! In terms of the first idea all the way through to publication, it was probably about six to nine months or thereabouts.


6. Did you work closely with the artist of the set, Zeng Hao?

The publisher worked with Zeng Hao, I was just blessed to work with his art, which I think shows a genuine devotional connection to Kuan Yin. I felt like we both loved her right from the start.


7. Are you currently working on any projects? Anything in the works for the future?

Yes! Lots!  We have just finished filming something quite special. It's a Kuan Yin Visual Meditation DVD. It features music from the meditation CD and is shot in the gorgeous Chinese Gardens in Sydney at Darling Harbour. It features healing ritual and guided meditation to connect with Kuan Yin. You can learn more about Kuan Yin and her history and spirituality, and then rest as you watch the meditation. It's like visual zen! Perfect when you need to feel calm and centred, if you have something stressful coming up in your life or are recovering from a difficult challenge. It will be released by Blue Angel soon. 

Also the next oracle deck is the Isis Oracle which will be released this month! It involved a whole other story and completely different energy, but just as divine to create. It's all about coming into your power. I loved creating it!

I am also working on new meditation CDs, and pulling together artwork for some exciting and unusual new oracle decks, as well as some more goddess-themed oracle decks and a new book series based on crystals! All of this is through Blue Angel. It will be a very abundantly creative year ahead. 


8. What advice can you give to people who wish to cultivate their intuitive selves?

It's already there within you. It's often about creating new habits to trust yourself. We are all learning to surrender into our divine genius more deeply every day. We have more power and ability than we have any conscious notion of, and it's worth the effort to develop it. Classes can help. I run a school where I teach and support others who teach as well. It's called The Shakti Temple (you can find it on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Shakti-Temple/233879783321452, where you can find my professional page with regular guidance too https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alana-Fairchild/292612175829) and finding a group that you resonate with is a great way to boost your journey. Group consciousness can pull us down sometimes but it also has the capacity to lift us up if we find the right group vibration. More than anything however, it all starts with trust.




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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Kuan Yin Oracle by Alana Fairchild *Review*



Back around July of 2010, I had won an oracle reading at a local health and wellness open house which I went to and was quite impressed by what I learned about myself and my life's journey. Ironically, at that same reading is when I fell head-over-heels with the specific oracle deck the woman used to read me.

I crazily hunted down the artist and origin of those cards, which is where I learned about Blue Angel Publications, a place dedicated to bringing individuals THE most incredible inspirational, metaphysical and healthy living books, artwork, CDs and of course oracle decks.

A little about Blue Angel Publications:

"Blue Angel Publishing started as a specialist bookstore and art gallery in 1997 and in 2001 evolved into a publishing company. The first Blue Angel Publishing publication was Toni Carmine Salerno's 'Universal Love: Healing Oracle' cards.

We are now a small boutique and independent publishing house with a strong network of distribution outlets around the globe and many of our publications are now published in various languages, including Japanese, German, French, Dutch, Spanish and Czech.
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They have an extensive (and impressive) artist and author list where you can learn about the people behind Blue Angel Publication products. Each artist has a little bio on the person as well as what they've contributed, and any links to where they're located.


When asked to do a review for this incredible publishing company, I honestly admit I really didn't expect an email back agreeing!

I will also freely admit I did a wee bit of a happy dance and let out a squeal of delight when I realized what I was getting to review: the Kaun Yin Oracle.

"May your heart be opened and touched by her grace.


May you realize her beauty is a mirror of your own divine Soul.

Blessings to you beloved one."

I had been following this particular oracle and its author since it was published and to say smitten would be a gross understatement!

The thing that I really love about Blue Angel Publishing is they offer the most amazing products by some incredibly talented people.

Alana Fairchild and her Kuan Yin Oracle are no exception!

The oracle deck boasts 44 incredibly beautiful, intricately detailed and soul capturing cards and comes with a 144 page guide book that explains a little about each card in the deck. Each page also provides meditations, prayers and exercises you can do to help connect with your inner peace, beauty, and awareness.

Kuan Yin IS after all the goddess of compassion guiding us to love ourselves and reach the Divine Feminine.

Aside from the breathtaking artwork, the thing I really liked about this deck is it's size; the cards are larger, which is what I prefer when reading myself or others. 



I'm so excited to break this deck in and see what advice and insight Kuan Yin and the Divine Feminine have for me :)


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Don't miss out on tomorrow's exclusive interview with the author of this special Kuan Yin oracle deck, Alana Fairchild!







Disclaimer: I received the Kuan Yin Oracle by Alana Fairchild from Blue Angel Publishing at no cost to me in order to facilitate this honest review. All opinions expressed above are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated.





Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Hollywood's Gone UN-Junked: UNREAL Candy


Do you remember when I introduced you to UNREAL candy? You can view my feature and review HERE if you need a little memory jog.

This UN-junked candy is quite spectacular and you shouldn't take just my word for it! This just in: UNREAL candy has quite the celebrity following and endorsement.



"In the few short months since UNREAL’s launch this past summer, the revolutionary new candy line has developed an A-list following with endorsements from some of the most well-know and influential superstars. UNREAL made its debut down the catwalk with a ringing endorsement from the biggest supermodel in the fashion industry: Gisele Bundchen. It wasn’t long before the supermodel’s husband, football player Tom Brady, declared his proclamation for UNREAL as it entered the sports arena. Superstar Matt Damon quickly jumped on proclaiming hi s support. Musician John Legend caught on to UNREAL and crooned his support. At Kiss 108’s concert, UNREAL will be among music industry royalty with Justin Bieber headlining the show alongside The Wanted, Bridgit Mendler, Cher Lloyd, Ed Sheeran, Alex Clare, Timeflies and hometown favorites Karmin."


Those are just naming a few of the big names that are totally smitten with this new candied phenomenon!

Recently At Z100’s annual soiree, UNREAL will make its second appearance alongside headliner Justin Bieber , B.o.B., Olly Murs, Taylor Swift , Jason Mraz , The Wanted, Ed Sheeran , Ne-Yo and One Direction. Special guest hosts include Elvis Duran of the "Elvis Duran and The Z100 Morning Show.".



If you have 5 extra minutes, you should definitely spend it watching this short video on UNREAL candy. It puts America's addiction to candy into perspective and brings to light what the creators of this incredible new candy are trying to accomplish! 


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




 

Monday, December 10, 2012

H2o Labs Countertop Water Distiller *Giveaway*



I have a thing when it comes to my everyday drinking water since I drink at least 4 to 5 glasses a day. It's not a BIG thing. More like...a common sense thing.

I like my drinking water to be CLEAN!

I.E. Nothing floating around that's visible to the naked eye. Firstly, random things floating in my water, more importantly, random things floating in my water that I can't identify just creeps and grosses me out!

Exhibit #1:

Ewwwww!

This is a glass of tap water from our kitchen sink. Thankfully we learned early on that Rockford city water is probably some of the nastiest water you can put into your body. The unfortunate thing with city water is it's pretty much all alike wherever you go; things like fluoride, lead and copper, bacteria, and sometimes even prescription medications, among many other things depending on where you're located, can be found floating in YOUR city water.

My family and I have taken to getting our water at the local home environment center where it's treated, but unfortunately that can definitely get a wee bit pricey. If that's something not in the budget, a good water distiller can work wonders for your home and family's health! If you're not familiar with what these machines can do for you, learn more about water distillers from H2o Labs.

As some of you may or may not know, the daily recommendation of water is around 6 to 8 8oz glasses a day. Some even go as far as to say you need to drink half your body weight in water daily!  That's quite a bit of liquid to put into your body; wouldn't you rather those multiple glasses of water be bacteria and containment free?

Having your own water distiller is not only healthy for you, it's cost affective and environmentally friendly.

If you think about it, you're not spending so much $$$ buying bottled water every week, which still isn't that great for you to begin with, and you're not throwing away all those bottles that come in a case when you get done with them!

All you need to do with a good water distiller is plug in and watch the magic happen! It truly pays for itself in the end.


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1 winner will receive a countertop water distiller of their choice!




{The Rules}


1. You MUST use the name and email you want to be contacted with in the Rafflecopter.

2. Contest will run from Monday, December 10th, 2012 to Monday, December 24th, 2012.

3. Open to US residents only, 18 years or older--Sorry everyone else!

4. Giveaway excludes Models 700, 1000 and 1500




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That's 2 mandatory entries + 45 possible extra entries which = 47 entries total!
 
Good Luck!







Disclaimer: I was not compensated for the above post. All opinions expressed in the above post are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. This giveaway is open to US residents only, 18 years or older and will run from Monday, December 10th, 2012 12:00 pm central standard time until Monday, December 24th, 2012 11:01 pm central standard time. The winner will be chosen through Rafflecopter.com and be contacted within 24 hours of the drawing. Giveaway excludes Models 700, 1000 and 1500.  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.





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