Friday, March 29, 2013

Crossroads & A Vacation


I know I've been a little sporadic in postings and social media interaction...okay, I've pretty much been MIA for the last few weeks to a month or so. I feel like I should apologize to my friends, fans and readers, however I won't.

Apologizing would mean I did something wrong and while I do feel guilty (I still need to work on that wasted emotion), I can't help what I've been going through. All I can say is before I'm ready to divulge anything specific, these unbearable past few weeks had to happen.

Variously throughout a persons' life they come to crossroads where you either take the branch to the left or the branch to the right and regardless of how much you think about it, map it out, or run through different scenarios in your head, there is no telling what lies down each path; you just have to follow your intuition and know change is inevitable.

I've come to a crossroads in my life recently and it has shifted my whole line of conscious thinking, for the better in my opinion. I can honestly say I've never felt so ALIVE in a very long time. Things still hurt, emotionally and physically, but as with anything else I'm taking it one day at a time.

And this girl has decided she's going to take it one day at a time on a much needed vacation! I will have my computer so I won't totally be unreachable, but I'm taking some ME time-Hopefully I'll be able to share a little bit of the peace and calm of the Northwoods with you all while I'm up there.


My Destination: Peace & Calm


In the mean time to all my friends, readers, and their families, I wish you a happy, healthy, and safe Easter holiday and (hopefully) some warm weather of Spring soon!






Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Campbell's Go Soup *Review*



Nobody knows as much as I do how hectic life can get! On those go-go-go days you will inevitably have sooner or later, it's always nice to have an easy and simple meal planned whether it's a true sit down meal, scarfed down on your way out the door or even taken with you to your destination.

The Campbell's Soup brand has come up with an easy alternative for all three of those scenarios; Campbell's GO Soup!

A little about the GO line of soups: "Grab Campbell’s Go™ soup the next time you’re on the go! With 6 different flavors you can choose from, you will always have a flavor that will take you on an adventure. Each flavor has its own bold personality to match your mood."

The 6 varieties you're able to choose from are definitely something that caught my attention right away; you'll find Moroccan Style Chicken with Chickpeas, Golden Lentil with Madras Curry, Creamy Red Pepper with Smoked Gouda, Coconut Curry with Chicken and Shitake Mushrooms, Chicken & Quinoa with Poblano Chilies, and finally Spicy Chorizo and Pulled Chicken with Black Beans.

I really like that Campbell's embraced such bold and unique flavors!

Unfortunately, I got sick and couldn't really review these soups because of some eating problems. Dad to the rescue! He jumped in like a champ and said he'd take it upon himself to try out some of the soups for me; what a selfless guy *winkwink*


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According to the dad, he quite enjoyed the soups he tried. "They were flavorful and had a little kick to them," was what he reported back to me. So score one for flavor!

I do, however, have some issues with the GO brand of soups from Cambell's...

*While I understand this is meant 'to go', I was not a fan of microwaving the plastic container which is why you see it being prepared in a glass bowl. There was also no sort of warning or wording to let you know whether the plastic is toxic or not when microwaved.

*Being Campbell's, the ingredients weren't the best for you, however that being said they weren't completely horrible like so many other things out there; I was so so on that front.

*I was not a fan of the fact that there was no allergy warning label on the product itself. Usually they have to put near or below the ingredient list 'made in a facility that also produces wheat, dairy, blahblahblah,' but there was absolutely nothing.




While I unfortunately had mixed emotions about this Campbell's GO soup, the nice thing that I really DID like is if you or your family are on a limited budget, you can make these puppies streeeetch! I had my mom's help with this one; We used the Chicken & Quinoa with Poblano Chilies and put it over a bed of brown rice and steamed up some broccoli to go with it.

All in all, we fed a family of 3 (4 servings in all) for about $0.80 cents a serving!

Not too shabby ^.^


If you'd like to receive a coupon for $1.00 off to try Campbell's GO soup for yourself, you can participate in a really fun Mad Libs type game entitled Random Text About Last Night! It's pretty neat how it actually comes up in the form of a text message!


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Disclaimer: I received the line of Campbell's GO Soups courtesy of Smiley360.com in order to facilitate this honest review. All opinions expressed above are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. Please do your own research before committing to purchase a product or service as your opinions may vary.

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Blu-ray Combo Pack *Giveaway*


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is available on Blu-ray and DVD March 19th!


J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic adventure follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an amazing quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Sorcerers. 

"From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first of a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien."







{Giveaway}





1 lucky winner will receive a copy of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Blu-ray Combo Pack!






{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, March 18, 2013 until Monday, April 1, 2013.

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

4. No P.O. boxes please.






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That's 2 mandatory entries + 46 possible extra entries which = 48 entries total!
 
Good Luck!






Disclaimer: I received nothing in exchange 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, March 18, 2013 12:00 pm central standard time until Monday, April 1, 2013 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. No P.O. boxes allowed for claiming the prize. The Eclectic Element is in no way responsible for unsent, damaged, lost or stolen prizes.




Music Moves Me Monday(3/18)


Welcome to Music Moves Me Monday 133rd week!

This meme is hosted by a group of seriously great people-Dolly of XmasDolly, 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 volunteer co-conductor, Naila Moon from Just The Stuff You Know!

 
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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FREEBIE!

I've been having an extremely rough go of things lately both mentally and physically and, despite my 'sad and mopey' exterior (that's what the boyfriend calls it), he does his absolute best to be there and try to make me smile.

This week's song is dedicated to him!

Enjoy ^.^ 



Have I Told You Lately That I Love You--Rod Stewart


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Have a musical week everyone! 










Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Win It Wednesday(3/13)



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 Bob’s Red Mill Prize Pack inluding Organic Quinoa, Cane Sugar and Premium Quality Garbanzo Beans!!


Ends March 15, 2013


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Win a Seagate Backup Plus Portable Drive!!


Ends March 15, 2013


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Win a Pair of Customizable Guppi Shoes!!


Ends March 18, 2013


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Monday, March 11, 2013

Meet Me Halfway: A Hamptonability Moment



My first relationship (we'll classify it a relationship for post purposes) was a long distance relationship and even though it was back when I was 18, it was definitely difficult.

While the relationship only lasted 3 or so months, I can honestly say part of the reason it ended was because of the long distance factor. Regardless, that really wasn't the greatest relationship to begin with--Chalk it up to being young, living and learning, we'll move on...

I give MAJOR kudos to those who can keep up a healthy relationship while being miles away from one another. Not only does it take two strong, like-minded people, but there are other factors to think about; gas prices, scheduling conflicts, work and of course places to stay.

In their latest Hamptonability Moments video, Hampton Hotel shares the story of Sarah and Justin who have been in a long distance relationship due to promotions at different jobs. "Meet Me Halfway" is all about seeing the couple meeting at a halfway location and staying at a Hamton Hotem in Scranton, PA, sharing their experiences with the hotel, and enjoying a few great surprises together.




With over 1,800 locations in North America, no matter your destination the Hampton experience is nearby.

Keep watching for more Hamptonability Moments featuring real life guests and the moments that made their stay especially wonderful!

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



Mailbox Monday(3/11)



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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Coming in the mail this week was a gorgeous pair of black Onyx and Czech fire bead threader earrings from the lovely handcrafted jewelry designer Jacqueline of Jacqueline's Gems!












I received a set of number stamps in the mail from Artbeads.com which I'm super excited about!

I also splurged and bought the wooden stand to hold the other ones I had ^.^













Yet another magazine I have NO idea where it came from. 

On the positive side, it's actually a pretty decent read! 
















What did YOU receive in the mail last week? 





Friday, March 8, 2013

Happy Birthday Sis!



Happy 22nd Birthday Sis!



Today, March 8th, is my beautiful little sister's birthday, so of course this calls for a very public blog post with picture included-from her 21st birthday last year as a matter of fact! 

Even though we can't be with her on her special day, we'll definitely see her soon (she's away at school and can't make it home for the weekend); then we shall celebrate.

I even have her present all ready to go *winkwink*

So, happy, happy birthday my dear little sister! 

Don't celebrate TOO hard. Hehe ^.^






Wednesday, March 6, 2013

St. Dalfour Gourmet on the Go Gluten Free Entrees *Review*


I've been unfortunately having a lot of issues eating as of late, so finding something that's healthy, organic, gluten free and something that doesn't give me a reaction when I eat it is becoming increasingly hard. 

So, as many of you know I'm always on the lookout for new and unique products to introduce into my diet that I can actually eat without issues.

This was exactly the case when I came across St. Dalfour and their healthy, organic and gluten free line of products--I knew as soon as I saw 'gluten free' I had to try them!

A little about St. Dalfour: 

"St. Dalfour is a privately owned family company under the same ownership since its founding in 1984. The St. Dalfour production facility is located in the Aquitaine region of Southwest France, an area known for centuries of culinary excellence as well as the famous wines of Bordeaux. St. Dalfour produces only under its own brand, so commitment to quality, healthy eating, and superior taste is unwavering and never subject to compromise."

From their famous fruit preserves, honey and dried fruit to their green and black teas to their newest addition, Gourmet on the Go gluten free entrees, St. Dalfour specializes in keeping their products healthy, natural and simple!


For this particular review, I was sent 2 of their 4 Gourmet on the Go line of Gluten-free ready to eat entrees.

First up, Ready to Eat Wild Salmon with Vegetables.

I'm a big fan of fish in general so I think I was excited about this entree the most! I also have to say after I tried both the entrees I was sent, I do believe this one was my favorite.

I really enjoyed this mixture of potatoes, carrots, legumes alongside the salmon and the whole thing in general had such a great flavor.

The only complaint I'd have is the salmon does leave a little fishy aftertaste, but thankfully it's not too overwhelming!





 Second on the list, Ready to Eat Three Beans with Sweetcorn!

While I do quite enjoy different kinds of beans on occasion, they're not my favorite things to eat, so this entree was a little hard to get through.

That being said however, the flavor and consistency of everything else were wonderful!

I just ended up pairing this with some gluten free crackers for that added crunch I needed because I felt the beans were a little too mushy on their own for my tastes.

Regardless how you like your beans, this is definitely a winner!



In regards to both of the entrees I received, I was very impressed with...well, pretty much everything! Not only are the packages compact and perfect for on-the-go traveling (hence the name), the folks at St. Dalfour thought about everything; each entree came with it's own spork and condiments specific to the dish itself.

The biggest thing that impressed me about these entrees are their versatility; you can eat them as they are or pair them with several different things! I enjoyed the salmon meal on it's own but with the 3 beans meal, I chose to pair it with some crackers. If you wanted to, you could probably top rice with both of these meals, or, if you're not a vegan, you could even pair them with meat of some kind.

The possibilities are pretty endless!


I had a close observer as I ate my meal...



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Disclaimer: I was provided 2 of the 4 Gourmet on the Go gluten free meals from St. Dalfour in order to facilitate this honest review. All opinions expressed above are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. Please do your own research before committing to purchase a product or service as your opinions may vary.





Nature's Sleep March Madness Sale!



Believe you me folks, if I could afford a comfy new bed, I'd be ALL over that indulgence! My current bed that I've been sleeping on was bought at least 10+ years ago and if it's possible for beds to lose their comfy-ness, then I think I'm self diagnosing my bed with old age!

Plus it started coming apart at the seams 4 to 5 years ago, so one side of my queen size mattress is being held together by a row of safety pins...

Sad, I know.

Being part of the Nature's Sleep crew, I get the inside scoop on all the newest happenings including some pretty amazing sales. Since we've hit the month of March not too long ago, it's only appropriate to have a March Madness Sale!


Springtime is here and Nature's Sleep is celebrating with a March Madness Sale! Everything in their  site is 65% off, for your entire purchase.

The sale starts at 00:01 EST March 6, 2013 and ends at March 6 at 23:59 EST. That is a whole 24 hours to get 65% OFF memory foam mattresses, memory foam pillows, memory foam toppers, memory foam slippers and even dog beds!

Just use the code: MARCHMADDNESS



Note that this sale only lasts today, March 6th. We don't want to miss this dozy of a sale do we?!






Disclaimer: I was not provided any compensation for the above post. All opinions expressed above are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. I'm apart of the Nature's Sleep Blogger Program and receive event and sale information to share with my fans and readers.





Win It Wednesday(3/6)



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 3 32oz Mrs. Meyers All Purpose Cleaner in Different Scents!!


Ends March 9, 2013


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Win a Nivea #ShareTheSensation Prize Package (valued at over $225)!!


Ends March 14, 2013


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Win a Vitamix 5200 Blender!!


Ends March 20, 2013

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Music Moves Me Monday(3/4)


Welcome to Music Moves Me Monday 131st week!

This meme is hosted by a group of seriously great people-Dolly of XmasDolly, 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 volunteer co-conductor, Naila Moon from Just The Stuff You Know!

 
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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Yet another freebie week!

While surfing the interwebs for a song for today, I came across the Matt & Kim video below and couldn't help but share; it's so COOL!

Enjoy ^.^ 


Note: While there's no language, there's a half-naked couple dancing in bed so just a little heads up in case you're not comfortable watching in front of wee little eyes.



It's Alright--Matt & Kim


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Have a musical week everyone! 










Mailbox Monday(3/4)



Mailbox Monday divulges into the inner workings of my mailbox throughout the week. From books to jewelry to free samples to random magazines and letters-You never know what will be in the mail this week...

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Thanks to Smiley360.com, I've been given the opportunity to review the whole line of Campbell's newest Campbell's Go soups!

I'm all about exotic flavors and these 6 different flavors scream exotic.

Be sure to stick around to see what I think!








 I did a review for Alana Fairchild's Kuan Yin Oracle awhile ago and was contacted to see if I was interested in receiving her newly released Isis Oracle to review.

You know I was all over that ^.^

The company also sent me a little extra goodie, too.

I'm like a kid in a metaphysical candy store!








What did YOU get in the mail this week?





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