Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Mother Earth News Fair is Coming to West Bend, Wisconsin + Weekend Passes Giveaway

Disclaimer: I was provided weekend passes and a media pass in exchange for coverage of the Mother Earth News Fair event in West Bend, Wisconsin. Weekend passes were also provided free of charge for this giveaway. All opinions expressed below are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. Please do your own research on a product or service as your results may vary. 




My parents recently within the last several years have become very interested in homesteading and have slowly instilled that interest in my sister and I throughout those years as well. There's just something about being self sufficient that gives you a sense of pride and purpose.

We've been apart of organic food co-ops, I've helped can things like chicken and venison, carrots, and green beans, my family and I have become very good friends with several local farmers and have volunteered and worked on several farms helping them with things they need to get done like when we helped build a hoop house. We've even run around with some cute and furry kids and watched them grow.

So when the Mother Earth News Fair, known for it's organic and healthy, sustainable, homesteading and family-friendly sponsors, classes, and speakers, comes to town you can safely bet we'll be there soaking it all up!






Win It Wednesday Giveaway Link Up 6/22 #giveawaylinkup

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DOUBLE NOTE:: You only have to submit your contest link ONCE on a Win It Wednesday weekly post or my ongoing contest linky because I manage the ongoing list myself, deleting contests as they expire.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo: My Top 5 Favorites + Giveaway #2 #GFAFExpo

Disclaimer: I was provided admittance to the Gluten Free Allergen Friendly Expo in Schaumburg, Illinois at no cost to me to facilitate this post on The Eclectic Element and the giveaway prize was provided free of charge from several different companies. All opinions and expressions below are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated.



If you read my recap of this year's Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo in Schaumburg, Illinois you know there were quite a lot of companies and vendors there offering their gluten free and allergen friendly wares.

From (a LOT of) savory foods to sweet treats, healthy living magazines, essential oils, and healthier makeup and skincare options to chiropractors and therapists ready to help ease your pain or discomfort, there was quite a lot to see!





Only being there for the day on Saturday I wasn't able to visit all the sponsors and vendors on the list which is always sad but I did the best I could with the time I was given!

While I met quite a lot of fantastic companies, sampled some delicious gluten free and allergen friendly foods, and talked to some amazing people throughout this year's expo I have to say there were a handful of companies and or products that stood out the most to me.

Here is my top 5 list of favorites from this year's Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo counting down to my number one:


Win It Wednesday Giveaway Link Up 6/15 #giveawaylinkup

Come browse, enter, and link up #contests & #giveaways on this week's Win It Wednseday linky! via @theeclecticelement #contestlinky #giveawaylinky



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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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Monday, June 13, 2016

My Historic & Gorgeous Stay at The InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile

Disclaimer: A ticket to ShareASale 2016 Think Tank was kindly purchased for me from a friend. I was in no way provided compensation or product for the below post. All opinions expressed below are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. Please do your own research on a product or service before committing to purchase as your results may vary.



Due to financial issues (or more specifically the considerable thereof) and sporadic health issues that pop up when and where my body so chooses, it's probably easily explained why I rarely get to stay in a hotel overnight, let alone for several consecutive days.

It also goes without saying that when I am actually able to partake in a hotel stay, it's a magical experience.

Magical I tell you.

So you can imagine my sheer kid-in-a-candy-store excitement when my completely awesome longtime bloggy friend Jennifer of Sweep Tight was generous enough to pay my way to this year's ShareASale's Think Tank conference in Chicago which was held back in the middle of May!

Just like staying in hotels, I rarely get to go into Chicago even though I'm only a 2 hour train ride away so this whole trip was nothing but thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.

Not only did the ticket include the 2-day Think Tank conference and everything it entailed (post to come later) but it also included 2 days and 2 nights in the absolutely beautiful InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel!


Friday, June 10, 2016

Sometimes I Need Help Walking & That's Okay #NMAM16

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. All opinions are 100% mine.



When faced with the choice of being unable to walk or even move without the aid of something or someone, you very quickly suck up your pride, check your ego at the door, and graciously accept that help regardless of what form it might come in, especially when it comes down to being stuck inside for days, weeks, or even months at a time otherwise.

For those of you who understand exactly what I'm talking about, that concept is easier said than done; I know all too well.

Truth be told, even after being sick for so long, it's hard for me every time I have to go out in public with my walker or wheelchair. I'm a very independent person and not being able to BE independent, go where I want when I want just myself and my own two legs, is continually hard for me.


 



Of course it's not all about me! I may be the one having to use my walker and sit in the wheelchair to go certain places or do certain things but it falls on my family and friends to lug that oftentimes heavy equipment around. When you don't have a handicap accessible vehicle to help the process along things can quickly become tiresome, difficult, and frustrating.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Win It Wednesday Giveaway Link Up 6/8 #giveawaylinkup

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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! Your contest may even be featured in next week's post.

NOTE:: Linking up your contests on my Win It Wednesday linky below automatically puts them on my Ongoing Contest Linky so no need to link up twice.

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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Monday, June 6, 2016

I Wore My Shoes to Death: A Fond Farewell to My KangaRoos


Shopping makes me cringe.

There. I said it.

Of course there are those days where I'm in what I call a "shopping mood," but believe me when I say those days are far and few in between, much to my shopaholic sister's dismay. Plus it doesn't help the shopping process that I'm pretty much always broke and having to watch my spending.

I've been known to get so frustrated with shopping that it actually nearly makes me cry...

  • I have chunky thighs, a big butt, wide hips, but a small waist so jeans never fit right. 
  • The girls tend to fluctuate throughout the month to several different sizes, all of which are along the busty side, so bra shopping always sucks. 
  • I can't wear cute skirts unless they're maxi because, as stated above, my butt is big and what would be mid-thigh on some women is XXX rated on me. 
  • I have my mother's feet; smaller in length but wide and not many places carry wide shoes for women. I've always had issues finding shoes that are my style and actually fit so when I do, I wear them to death. 

Literally.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Win It Wednesday Giveaway Link Up 6/1 #giveawaylinkup

Come browse, enter, and link up #contests & #giveaways on this week's Win It Wednseday linky! via @theeclecticelement #contestlinky #giveawaylinky



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! Your contest may even be featured in next week's post.

NOTE:: Linking up your contests on my Win It Wednesday linky below automatically puts them on my Ongoing Contest Linky so no need to link up twice.

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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