Thursday, July 23, 2015

A New Way to Store & Share Family Memories with RealTimes + $300 Giveaway #RealTimes

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. All opinions expressed below are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise specified. Please do your own research before you commit to buying a particular good or service as your results may vary.

When my sister and I were much younger my mom loved capturing our every moment on film, and by every moment I do mean EVERY moment; I'm pretty sure there's a blurry close up picture of my dad and I eating ice cream on the couch....Anyway since we didn't have a digital camera back then, she lived on disposable cameras and the shelves filled with numerous photo boxes of picture after picture of memories in the basement proves that!

That love of capturing memories was passed along. To ME! Of course I continued the tradition of disposable cameras up until my family gifted me my very first digital camera when I was 17 back in 2007. Not counting the handful of scanned printed pictures from my childhood that are on my laptop, I have numerous pictures and photo albums dating all the way back to 2007.

On a somewhat unrelated note I think I was destined to be a blogger even before it became a blip on my radar because even back then my camera and I were inseparable!

As a blogger, jewelry designer, and amateur photographer I take pictures of all kinds of things but my favorite pictures are the ones of my family. As it is both my parents aren't too fond of having their pictures taken and my sister essentially lives up in Wisconsin and we don't get to see her very often so family photos are very far and few in between and very, very precious.

You don't think about it in real time but it's amazing, in picture format, seeing how myself and my family have changed since 2007.

What if, Universe forbid, something happened to all my pictures I've been storing up since 2007, not just on my computer but on my smartphone as well? A careless tip of a glass of water (true story unfortunately) or a accidental slip of the hand into a waiting toilet (again, another true story) can wipe out your pictures entirely if nothing is backed up, at the very least on social media.

I was lucky enough to keep my old computer running after that water incident but the phone that got dumped in the toilet...lost ALL those pictures. It was a hit but thankfully that was just small scale; it would be beyond devastating if something happened on a larger scale to all those priceless family memories.

I can tell you as a blogger and an avid lover of photography my camera goes where I go whether it be digital or phone (or both most of the time) and I snap sporadically; nothing is safe from the lens and if they're with me my family knows to duck and cover when I'm on a photo kick! Thanks to digital and video cameras, it's easier than ever to take countless pictures and short films of my family and friends and share them across every social media platform you can imagine which I've done numerous times over.

What if things got even easier than that? Imagine those numerous pictures and videos you take on a daily basis all seamlessly and easily organized into one simple slideshow to keep and share with family and friends near and far away.

With RealTimes you can spend less time organizing, editing, and posting each individual picture and video and, instead, instantly and automatically create montages that are perfectly organized by location and date just from your media, thus enabling you to spend less time on the computer and more time capturing countless more priceless memories!

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{The Giveaway}

$300 Target Gift Card!! 

{The Rules}

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

 2. NEW RULE--You MUST leave a 1 to 3 sentence comment on my post in order to be eligible for the giveaway. Short, one to two word answers will be deleted from the post and entries associated will be deleted from the giveaway.

3. Contest will run from Thursday, July 23, 2015 through to Friday, July 31, 2015.

4. Open to individuals 18 years or older.

5. Open to US residents only--Sorry everyone else!

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Good luck!

Giveaway Disclaimer: Still Blonde after all these Years, Modly Chic, and Fashionista Events bloggers are not responsible if prize is not delivered.  We will make every attempt to help you claim your prize. This giveaway is open to US residents only, 18 years or older and will run from Thursday, July 23, 2015 12:00pm EST until Friday, July 31, 2015 10:59 pm EST. The winner will be chosen through and be contacted within 24 hours of the drawing.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Stopain Migraine: Quick, Easy & Natural Migraine Relief + Stopain Giveaway #Migrainerelief

As if several chronic illnesses and conditions weren't enough, I also have to deal with sporadic migraines once or twice a month that can last from a day to several days. Just recently I had a migraine that lasted all of 2 whole weeks. Granted it fluctuated in severity from day to day but at the time it seemed like the migraine would NEVER go away!

Migraines affect 36 million men, woman, and children in the United States; that's nearly 1 in every 4 people in any given household. Migraines and headaches might be regarded as similar but migraines can and are more severe and sometimes debilitating lasting on average between 4 and 72 hours.

Each person who suffers from this medical condition has their own unique triggers but there are several common triggers that seem to consistently affect a large number of people. I know I have several more triggers that aren't covered below but here are five of my common triggers that end up with me sleeping it off in a dark room for several days:

As if food allergies and sensitivities weren't devastating enough to deal with on a daily basis, I have to watch what I eat and be very careful because in the past, certain foods in my diet have triggered day-long migraines. Even if I know which food(s) triggered me and do my best to actively stay away from them, sometimes something I inadvertently eat can trigger a surprise migraine.

Insomnia is very prevalent in my life and the lives of fellow chronically ill people so it's not uncommon to go days without a wink of sleep. I have tried many different treatments, therapies, supplements, and other things to help combat the insomnia but nothing seems to do the trick; it ultimately comes back, especially when it's least wanted! Of course my body seems to do better on little or no sleep but there comes a point where it's too much and my head is the one that suffers for it.

I can predict a storm coming in faster than the local weather casters just by my aching joints and or throbbing head. Each storm is different of course, but it's almost always guaranteed that I have some sort of ailment alongside Mother Nature's fury. I've learned early on I must do something about my barometric pressure headache as soon as I can because if I don't, left alone it can quickly morph from a nagging headache into a several day migraine before I realize it happened.

I, along with the 50 million other Americans who suffer from seasonal and perennial allergies can probably relate to this trigger. It's inevitable. What's the worst about this trigger is there are no options-I'm gonna get a migraine along with all the other symptoms of seasonal and year long allergies whether I like it or not, especially the first time of the season when we take that step to turn on our air conditioning on in the Spring or our heat on in the Fall. Never. Fails.

It goes without saying that society this day and age has a go-go-go-keep-going mentality and with that lifestyle and line of thinking comes a lot of negative side effects on our fragile bodies. Stress may not seem like a big deal since it's become almost normal and natural in our everyday lives but it has been proven to bring down the immune system, promote anxiety, give a person chest palpitations and shortness of breath, weight gain and or weight loss, and many more so it's not a far reach that stress could bring on a nasty migraine.

Stopain Migraine is unlike any oral migraine medication on the market. It's a fast-acting topical relief gel that is applied to the back of your neck and ears up to 4 times a day to help alleviate migraines. The best part about this product is it does not contain aspirin, caffeine, or acetaminophen-it's all homeopathic! Not only that but aside from the natural main ingredient, Stopain Migraine is also fragrance free, free of dyes and free of preservatives.

Applying Stopain Migraine is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Pump Stopain Migraine gel onto your fingers; the pump uses airless pump technology so you can use it at virtually any angle and one pump delivers the exact dose of gel you need for application. No more, no less!

2. Apply and rub gel on one half of the back of the neck and behind your ear. Repeat for other side of neck.

3. If after 30 minutes you haven't noticed a change in your migraine reapply Stopain Migraine. You can reapply up to 4 times a day!

If you're more of a visual learner you can always check out their video on how to apply Stopain HERE.

I found the application process to be very straightforward and easy, the gel itself refreshing with an intense cooling and tingling sensation and it only took a few minutes after application to activate. The gel did have a strong menthol odor to it but it was very pleasant and didn't interfere with my sensitivities at all. I've not had much luck with Western medications so the fact that Stopain is homeopathic made me extremely happy and very eager to give it a try!

I actively applied Stopain Migraine to help with my two-week-long migraine and, while I can't say it took it completely away, I did notice a decrease in the level of my pain and discomfort which I greatly appreciate. I did have to reapply it several times throughout the day but it was very easy to do and didn't disrupt my routine.

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This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received a package of Stopain Migraine for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

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