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Friday, December 28, 2007

Cheap inkjet cartridges

Most of you know that one of my favorite things is saving money and finding a good deal. So, of course I would share with you the site, which is a website that helps you save money on inkjet cartridges and laser toner.

When I went to the site I immediately searched for a cheap Hewlett Packard inkjet cartridge because they can be quite costly in the store and my teenager often goes without printer ink because of that. I came across several coupons that would save me 10 percent or that offered free shipping on certain inkjet cartridges.

Besides the deals you’ll find on the inkjet cartridges and laser toner, there are informative articles that offer information on how to save ink as well as information on the major printer brands.

If you use your printer as much as I use mine then you’ll be interested in saving money on ink – check out

Thursday, December 27, 2007

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Holiday hangovers

I couldn't think of a better word to describe the feeling I get after the holidays - particularly Christmas - are over. I guess it's sort of a coming down off a high. After so many years of feeling like this, this year I started to think about it before it kicked in full swing so I could determine if I can keep that high going until this time next year.

It (the feeling) usually starts shortly after the first of the year (can you believe it's about to be 2008!!) and it's kind of like a disappointed feeling. I used to think it was because I wanted to get more gifts, have more fun or sleep more; now I realize it means getting back to the routine of things and not spending as much time with my children. (Probably the same feeling I get on Sunday nights!)

During Christmas, playing with new toys can be fun for children and adults. There's stuff to put together and investigate. If you have older kids then their Christmas presents are even more interesting... like iPods, laptops, dance pads, etc.

And there's the sweet traditions - rediscovering all the ornaments, making holiday cookies (the teenager made wheat sugar cookies with the younger kids this year), shopping for just the right gift for a loved one and vegging out on the couch at the end of the day, eating popcorn, watching holiday specials and listening to the children play with their noisy toys. :-)

Now that I figured out that it's the feeling and joy of the holiday that I miss, I can focus on the feeling and find that joy in my everyday life. Yippee for me. LOL

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas to all...

Merry Christmas to everyone... I hope and pray that today was a day made of wishes coming true, dreams being realized, love being shared, gifts given and received and the true meaning of Christmas recognized. (And, for busy moms, rest being achieved.)

I didn't get the opportunity to stop by blogs and wish everyone a Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays, but please know that I thought of my blog family today and hope that everyone enjoyed their day. Today my teenager and I decided to do a lot of relaxing and some of the things we'd like to do everyday like yoga and dancing. We've played with the little ones, ate and are about to watch a movie...

So, during the last hours of December 25th, I hope you're as pleased with your day as I am with mine. I will post again soon...

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Easing into meds & more

My health & weight loss journal

I finally got in touch with my doctor regarding how sleepy I get on the medication he prescribed. The first thing he asked was which of the three was making me sleepy. Of course I didn't know because I had been taking all three at once. So, he says, "I want you to stop taking all of them."

"Already did," I say.

"Good good," he says. (You have to read that with an Indian accent. (I hope Indian is appropriate to say... I love this doctor and his accent. He makes me smile!)


He says, "Start with one and then add them until you figure out which one is making you sleepy. Then call me back and I will help you."

"Oh, great!"

Now that makes so much sense! I kind of feel silly for not thinking of that myself. So, we'll see how that goes... maybe I'll get a normal amount of sleep over the weekend while taking the first pill so any drowsiness will be counteracted.

The teenager hipped me to a great site

Have you ever heard of Well, the teenager signed up for and I checked her site out and thought it was very interesting. So, yesterday I went to and I'm really impressed.

You can get meal plans, exercise plans, it tracks your weight loss, tells you your BMI... you can join communities and all kinds of stuff. I think it is really cool. One of the best sites I've seen in awhile for stuff like this. There's a lot of good information... check it out and let me know what you think.

Dancing the night away, eating the day away

Last night the teenager and I did our dance routines... I haven't done anything today, but run around and get errands done. I think I'm doing good but then I enter my food intake for today and see that I went over my calorie limit. I didn't even eat that much because I didn't have time to sit down and eat. And because I didn't eat right I'm hungry now... oh well, there's always tomorrow.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Not good at studying

As you know my teenager had been sick for months and she missed about three months of school. Even once she went back (about a month or so ago) she was going half days. So, over the past two weeks I've been trying to help her catch up with everything so she doesn't have to spend the holiday break doing homework, projects, papers, tests, etc.

I figured since she's had such a hard time medically and she (an honor and AP student) is so behind that she needed the break/rest and would go back to full-time school at the first of the year somewhat refreshed. Well, what I didn't factor in was the extra stuff that would be on my to-do list.

No problem, I thought. I can do this!

So last night I'm trying to help her study for the science final. She had a study guide so all I had to do was read the questions and the multiple choice answers and wait for her to answer. During the process, I started to get soooo sleepy. I tried to focus on other things and not think about how extra tired I was, but I guess it didn't work.

After more than four pages of handwritten notes, I heard my daughter say something.

"What did you say... I fell asleep!" I know it was mere minutes -- maybe seconds -- from the time I stopped talking and the time she answered, but I couldn't help myself. I don't know if it's old age or what, but I've been falling asleep in the weirdest positions lately. This time I was sitting in my chair, leaning over the desk with my head parallel (is that right?) to the paper. And I was out.

Snap! Just like that!

If she hadn't of said anything I probably would have slept for quite some time...

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Does my light shine?

Quite a few days ago (Monday the 10th) I was reading Our Daily Bread. The devotional for that day was called "Be A Star" by Julie Ackerman Link. I won't go into every single detail of the entry, but the final paragraph read: "By turning others to righteousness, we, like Daniel, can become a star that will shine forever." (The scripture reference is Matthew 2:1-12.)

As I read that I wondered if I am a star. Unfortunately, I remember a time period when I felt like my life and how I carried myself was representative of that star. I thought my light shined. But can I say that now?

Don't get me wrong; I don't act out or do anything outrageous, but I haven't -- as of late -- shared my belief in Jesus, talked to anyone about salvation, encouraged anyone in a godly manner or shared any testimonies. In fact, I was wondering if darkness showed on a day when I inadvertently hurt someone's feelings. (They didn't say, but you know how you get that gut feeling? That discernment?)

I was thinking that I probably need... well, I know I need to work on my relationship with God. It's unfortunate that my current life's circumstances have affected me in such a way that has not turned me away, but has shielded and shadowed my view.

This Christmas season as we give out gifts, eat well at holiday meals and celebrate; I hope that we will also remember to let our light shine for the true meaning of this season. Hmmm, I should take my own advice!

Personal finance information

When you have a family to take care of saving money is always important. Besides cutting costs for groceries and household items, I try to always look for ways to cut costs when it comes to my mortgage, credit, insurance and auto warranty.

It’s been difficult for me to figure out what is the best deal when purchasing an auto warranty because it’s one of those situations where you think: ‘If I purchase it I may not use it and if I don’t something may go wrong.’ Well, with FinanceGenius customers are assisted with financial options with savings in various areas. Along with the areas I mentioned they also help with student loans and budgeting solutions.

FinanceGenius helps take the guess work out of important family spending decisions.

Monday, December 17, 2007

A triumph, a setback

My health and weigh loss journal

I thought I would share this quick nugget before I turn in. (Oh, but before I do, thanks to everyone for the encouragement and support).

If you remember I was trying to wean the baby from breastfeeding at night so I can begin taking medications for the fibromyalgia and stuff! Well, it's been about four nights since she's nursed last so that is DONE! I am so proud of her -- and myself --although I don't want to shout about it too loudly because the anti-sleep gnomes may hear me and decide to cause her to wake up repeatedly tonight.

Although she sometimes whines or cries, she's getting pretty good at putting herself back to sleep! I'd say that's a major accomplishment that happened so much quicker than I expected it.

Since I couldn't take the pain (and the other symptoms) any longer I decided to go ahead and start taking the medication yesterday (Sunday). The setback is that the drowsiness and dizziness that occur is so unbearable I'm going to have to call the doctor to see if there's another alternative.

I would have called him today, but I couldn't even stay awake. I started falling asleep after I dropped three of the children off. I came back home and, after giving the baby her bottled, I was sitting on the couch trying to muster the energy to rise when I started to fall asleep. Now, anyone who knows me well knows that no matter how tired I am I can't just fall asleep at the drop of a hat. Well, the hat dropped!

So I lean back on the couch and within minutes I'm asleep. At least until the baby starts to whine. I put her in her walker. Fall asleep. She whines. I lay her on the floor. Fall asleep. She whines. I lay on the floor with her; fall asleep. More whining. I put her in the swing, but it's one of those that you have to wind up so I'm halfway staying awake ... no, really I was sleep!

When I wake up she's asleep and the swing has stopped (normally stops within about 15 minutes) so I move her to the bassinet so I can get in the bed. She whines. SIGH! I put her in the bed with me. By this time it's about 1:00. We'd gotten home around 11:30... oh, I had also managed to eat lunch within that time frame. So, I don't get up until about 3:15.

Why in the world would a doctor prescribe three medicines that all cause drowsiness and/or sleepiness when one of my major complaints is exhaustion!? Oh well. So I didn't take the second dose of medicine today because I'm still drowsy from the first dose that I took around 9 a.m. this morning.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Perfect gift for her

Artemis Woman Shea Butter Paraffin Spa

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Just a little people watching

This morning I was just doing my thing... driving, talking to Amber, listening to music, glancing in the mirror when what do my eyes spy: The man driving behind me was holding up a newspaper to block the sun. I say to Amber, "His visor must be broken." And tell her about the guy behind us. She was looking in the vanity mirror so she glanced back and kind of chuckles.

"He must be really bothered by the sun." I say... still glancing.

We get to a stoplight and I proceed to make jokes about the guy (you know, just being silly) when my voyeurism catches him DIGGING up his nose. It wasn't a little scratch or a slight touch. He dug for the gold and then... you're not going to believe this... stuck his finger in his mouth and picked off whatever came out of his nose!

"Amber!" I said loudly, while laughing, slightly scaring her and gasping at the same time. "That man is digging up his nose.... Oh my gosh!! He just put it in his mouth!"

Well you can imagine the laughs and jokes we had about that.

Amber's response: If you gonna do it; everyone knows not to do it in public! LOL.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The diagnosis

My health and weight loss journal

If I remember correctly I told you that my primary care doctor referred me to a rheumatologist. I went to him on Friday (wonderful doctor, by the way, very thorough) and he said I have two things going on that are making me feel so terrible all the time.

1) Fibromyalgia
2) Weak immune system

He says there's a very fine line between the two in regards to my symptoms, but the good news is both are treatable with meds. But, here's the dilemma, I have to wean the baby.

You probably know that I only nurse her during the night and I was doing that until she started sleeping all night, but I am so anxious to start the medication that I've been trying to wean her now (and get her to sleep all night). The doctor asked me if I wanted to wean her to start the process and I said yes. Then he made me promise to not start taking the meds he prescribed until she was weaned. No problem. So, he said he would see me in two months and that should be enough time to wean the baby and get the meds in my system to see if/how they work.

The bigger dilemma is actually weaning her. I've tried a few nights. We've only had one night of successfully sleeping from about 10:30 or so until about 6. No problem that night. Even though I didn't go to bed until about 1 a.m.; it wasn't so bad getting up at 6 to heat up a bottle and start my day.

The night after that she went to sleep too early -- around 9 and got up around 3:30. She fussed and cried. My breasts were so sore from not nursing her the night before and she wouldn't be still, had no interest in being soothed so I broke down after about an hour and nursed her. I didn't get back to sleep until about 5 a.m.

Last night was a bust. She woke up around 3 even though she went to bed at 10. I didn't get her out of the bassinet right away and she fell back to sleep after a little while so I thought I was home free. I dozed back off and was surprised to hear a little yell and crying. I get her out of the bassinet and I break down again and nurse her after about 30 minutes of wrestling. Even after nursing her she still didn't go back to sleep. She cried for the longest time. So at about 5 I get up and heat up a bottle (while I put in a load of laundry). She drank the bottle and is still awake... it's 6:17 (and she's back to wrestling!).

So... I don't know how I'm going to get her weaned -- and sleeping all night -- by myself. When my husband and I were together, and I wanted to wean, he would do the nighttime duty. She is nothing like the other children so none of the tricks are working with her. Not getting sleep just exasperates how I feel...

Any advice?

Oh, and as far as weight loss goes, I haven't been doing well with exercising and moving, but I've been eating pretty good. About six small meals a day -- fruits and veggies included. I guess it would do me some good to cut out the daily dessert, but - hey - I think I deserve it! :-)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

My choices for "best gifts ever"

I originally planned on posting a gift idea every day from December 1st until the 24th. Well, that didn't work out, but I've compiled all this information and ideas that I wanted to share with you so I'm just going to do one gigantic list. It shouldn't be too long and you should be able to find an absolutely perfect gift for someone on your list.

Here we go...

1. This idea is a great stocking stuffer if you get the small version and a good gift for an avid reader if you get a larger one: The book light. My teenager and I found the perfect one to use as stocking stuffers at Wal-Mart for ONLY $1.47. It's a Clip-On Book Light that comes in a variety of different colors. We each bought one and are really loving them. No more rolling over or getting up to turn off lights! I couldn't find this one on the site, but there's one at for just $14.96. Check the store the $1.47 one. (BTW: Barnes and Noble has great book lights too!)

2. When you give a baby a gift you should give a gift that is helpful to the parents. (That's just my opinion.) That's why I suggest a bebePOD plus for children ages 3 to 14 months. Not only will the babies love sitting in this thing, but the parents will thank you for giving them something useful and helpful. This little seat includes a removable pommel, adjustable tray, reusable placemats and an attachable toy! It's also pediatrician recommended (well, that's what they say!) Check the bebePOD plus out. (Okay, I want one of these!! HINT HINT!) I think Babies R Us carries something similar.

3. Before I give you this gift idea I have to include a WARNING LABEL specifically for the guys! To the men: WARNING! Do not buy a gift like this for your wife or significant other unless you know for a fact that they don't mind receiving appliances for the holidays!!! The reason I chose this one is because I want one: The Bissell® Lightweight Bagless Vacuum. Wal-mart had them on sale for $25 awhile back so you may have to do some shopping around. What I like best about this is it's bagless, it has a HEPA filter and it's lightweight. Nuff said. I did a little search and found them at for $39.88.

4. I don't remember what magazine I saw this in, but it's the perfect gift for someone who travels a lot. It's a cashmere travel-pillow-and-eye-mask set by Armand Diradourian Cashmere. Okay, they're $150 for the set, which maybe a little high, but it's the perfect holiday indulgence that can be used and enjoyed for years to come. They come in some delicious colors and although I couldn't find a picture to share with you when I did a search; I did find Armand Diradourian's Cashmere Travel Slippers. These cashmere gifts are absolutely divine! Check out, Neiman Marcus or do a search and see if you can find them at your favorite store.

5. For some people, shopping for grandparents and older family members can be difficult. I think the best choices for this group of loved ones is something useful or something that they'll hold dear. Two gifts I think they'll love -- one on the semi high end and one on the low end: Pandigital 7" Digital Photo Frame or a Jumbo Remote Control. Both are sold at Bed Bath & Beyond. The frame has 128MB of memory, a remote control and the AC adapter, and you can find it in the store for $79.99 (after rebate). On the site the frames start at $29.99 and go up to $299.99. The remote is universal and the buttons are easy to see and push. It's $9.99 in stores and on the site.

6. Some great stocking stuffers:
**Filigree candle with base -- proceeds from this purchase go to Unicef. Check them out at (According to All You magazine this is a green gift!)
**HoMedics Quad massager -- They're only $10 and you can find them at Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl's, Linens N' Things and Walgreens. (HoMedics is a great brand!)
**Digital key chain frame -- This is a great stocking stuffer for dads. It's his pictures on the go and it's a gadget. Look for one at Amazon.
**iKaraoki -- Talk about the perfect gift for your teen or tween. This little gadget is plugged into an iPod and the lead vocals will fade out so your aspiring star can shine through. It's Griffin Technology that you can find at stores like Best Buy and Target.

Final on the list are the standards: Don't forget clothes, jewelry, perfume and home decorative items. Keep these thoughts in mind when shopping for gifts:

1. The person's favorite color.
2. Their likes and dislikes.
3. Their style and body type.
4. Interests and hobbies.
5. And any hints they've dropped. :-)

Like Dr. Phil says, "Don't give them what you want them to have, give them what they want."

Sleep Number Beds

About four years ago we purchased a king-sized, pillow top mattress that was guaranteed to provide the ultimate in sleep comfort, but I’ve been checking out the Sleep Number Bed at and I think it may be the best choice. The Sleep Number beds allow you to adjust the overall firmness or softness of the mattress from 0-99 so you can find the ideal combination of comfort and support.

It has a Digital Numeric Inflation System (available with all the beds) that allows you to make your adjustments with the push of a button. Single? You can adjust the entire bed. Married? There are mattresses that allow you to adjust each side separately.

What could be better than an air mattress that allows you to set it to your specifications whenever you want?

Other features include air chambers that use a cross baffled design (both horizontal and vertical) to create square pockets of air that provide consistent comfort and support from head to toe. The foundation of the bed, although similar to a box spring, provides a complete firm and flat support layer that contours to the body. And if any of this doesn’t work out, provides up to a 20-year warranty: They warrant that your mattress and/or foundation will be free from defects in material and workmanship for up to 20 years from the original purchase date. They will also repair or replace your mattress – for free! – for up to five years after the purchase.

Get some sleep!


No more promises

It's obvious that I can't keep my promises when it comes to what I'm going to post on this blog and when so I'm enacting a "no promises disclosure clause." The clause is as follows: "There will not be any promises made about when I will post something, how often I will post it or what it will be."

Why am I doing this? Because I can't stand making a promise and not being able to keep it. Case in point: I said I would post a daily gift guide between December 1st and December 24th. Well, I posted one and then for the next few days I had computer problems. Then I wasn't feeling well. Then life got in the way. The teenager had homework due. Etc., etc., etc. So, to avoid that I'm not going to make any promises. (Well, I'm going to try my darnedest.)

What I will do is try to catch up on what I want to post and hope that it is well received and well read. In the meantime, please keep coming back -- I'm enjoy your company, your support, your comments and your friendship.

Have a happy Tuesday.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Sleepy Eyes

I feel like I'm just sitting at my desk spinning my wheels. I am so tired and sleepy. I don't feel well so it's hard to concentrate and be productive. On Tuesday night I got a few hours sleep, but on Monday night I kept being awakened by one kid or another. Last night, I was awakened several times by the baby and once by the 2-year-old who had to get up and tell me her nose was running. She went on her own, got a tissue, blew her nose and went back to bed. I didn't discover until this morning that she'd actually had a nose bleed. She's often nonchalant about stuff like that, but in my not-feeling-good-too-sleepy mode, I missed it.

I have 10 minutes left before I have to leave and pick up the two middle children. So, I'm torn about what to do in 10 minutes. I haven't got anything completed today. By the time the kids were picked up for daycare, I had to leave straightaway to get the teenager from school for a doctor's appointment. Afterward we stopped at Toys R Us to pick up a Christmas gift for one of the younger kids. (I'm trying to shop gradually when I have a little bit of change -- that's a phrase my mother uses...)

We get lunch and by the time we're finished it's 3:30. The baby is tired so it takes me 30 minutes to get her situated. Now, about an hour and a half later, I have nothing to show for my day. Not even a good post because I feel like I'm rambling! :-)

Well, I guess I got something out of it: Took a child to the doctor, picked up a gift, ate lunch... uh, ate breakfast, fed the baby and got everyone dressed without yelling at anyone... checked my email (that's never done!) and... uh, oh well! At least I don't have to cook. Leftovers for everyone!

Hopefully I'll get to PPP, Smorty, memes and such before the end of the day. Or maybe I'll get another cup of tea and nurse my cold, flu, sinuses (don't know I just feel awful!) and call it a day!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007 Recognized as Hot 100 Retail Website

Internet Retailer Ranks Website Among Best in Nation for 2008

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE), the premiere Internet Gift Retailer and America’s #1 Gift Basket Website, today announced it has been named one of The Hot 100 Retail Websites for 2008 by leading industry magazine, Internet Retailer. The Hot 100 list represents the best of what retailers are doing online, highlighting innovation and setting the standards in online for what the rest of the industry should be doing., a privately-held company, with one of the largest and most unique selections of gourmet gifts, ranked alongside larger sites such as Dell, Nike and, by building its award-winning site on selection, functionality, speed and the complete customer experience. A recent re-design has improved the customer’s shopping experience to make holiday gift-giving easy and enjoyable, including rating and reviews, behavioral recommendations and free shipping offers.

“We are extremely honored to be recognized as a pacesetter in online retailing,” said Eric Lituchy, Founder and CEO of “We pride ourselves on using the latest technology to make gift-giving fun and easy. Being named among the best in the nation validates we are succeeding in our efforts to deliver the best possible customer experience.”

In addition to making Internet Retailer’s The Hot 100 list for 2008, was recently recognized by Inc. Magazine as part of its Inc. 5000, which highlights the fastest growing private companies. offers over 2000 unique and delicious gifts from America’s best brands to the finest boutique shops. Consumers can easily shop the site by gift or food category, occasion, type and best-seller. Corporate gift-givers can choose from hundreds of customized gourmet treats.

For additional information, and to see a complete selection of gifts available, visit

About Delightful Deliveries is an award-winning website that began in 1998 and quickly established itself as one of the premier Internet gift retailers. Its mission is to bring great products to gift-givers, while providing world-class service. The company selects its offerings from a broad variety of fine food gift products for consumers and for corporate gifts, and gathers them in one place to make the selection process quick and simple.

(This blogger checked out and was pleased at the selection and prices that are available. Of course, I have a favorite chocolate treat that I've found and want to try. The Chocolate Pretzel Basket. Mmmmm, is all that's left to say.)

Google Image Meme

Carrie at Rantings of a Woman tagged me with this meme. It seems pretty easy so here goes...

Age at my next birthday

Places I'd like to visit = Bermuda

Favorite place = Jamaica

Favorite object = Dolphin memorabilia and figurines

Favorite food = Chocolate

Favorite color = Purple & Red (My favorite color used to be black!)

Nickname (At least none I'm willing to reveal! :-])

Where I was born = Wilmington, Delaware

Monday, December 3, 2007

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The two-hour dinner cruise features a dinner buffet, live entertainment and a spectacular view of the city. The sightseeing cruise, which last about an hour to an hour and a half, is on a replica paddle wheeler boat where you can enjoy the view from inside the cabin or out on the deck.

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The great baby escape

My baby girl has a Bright Star bouncy seat (just like the one pictured here) that I bought from Wal-Mart. Well she was sitting in it the other day and playing with the toys when I saw she kept pulling herself up and past the toys that are hanging on the bar.

A few minutes later she sat back and noticed some magazines on the floor next to her chair. She sat up and leaned over in her chair trying to reach the magazines. I watched (with my various limbs positioned so she wouldn't hurt herself if she fell) as she kicked and wiggled her way out of the seat and onto the floor until she could touch the magazines.

When she was out she stretched her neck to look up at me and she smiled! She couldn't turn over because the seat was blocking her. I was so amazed! Are you wondering why? Well, my 6-month-old cutie pie can not sit up by herself or crawl!!!!!

Needless to say, I have since tightened the seatbelt as far as it will go and will never ever leave her unattended when she's in that seat.

This is my little escape artist - in the seat - a few months ago when she was content to just sit and smile at the toys!

Holiday Gift Guide - 22 days 'til Christmas

The chocolates have it!

Most of you know how I feel about chocolate. Well, I recently became privy to the best holiday chocolate EVER! (Don’t worry I haven’t had any since I found out that my cholesterol is high.) It is from Harry & David™, a company that is offering some excellent 2007 Holiday Exclusive Gifts!

The sample I had was their new Mint Chocolates Collection, which is made of pure mint oils and the richest mint chocolate. When I tasted one for the first time I was absolutely blown away and I’ve been melting to tell you about it ever since!

I’m sure the other exclusive gift offers are just as delectable: there’s the chocolate pumpkin cheesecake, caramels & nut clusters, a fondue set and dark chocolate hazelnut crepe cake. And that's not all. If you want something a little more in the holiday spirit, try the gingerbread cookie tree, eight nights of Hanukkah or the snowman cake. All that is just a few of the items offered.

To order, for yourself or that special someone in your life, check out When your product arrives, let me know what you think – I’m sure you’ll be blown away.

Zero Gravity Massage Chair

Human Touch recently introduced its HT 7450 Zero Gravity Massage Chair. Imagine a chair that reverses the effects of gravity by incorporating Human Touch's unique massage technology: the Quad Roller System, which imitates the four techniques used by massage professionals.

Imagine having your own Human Touch HT 7450 Zero Gravity Massage Chair at your disposal every single day. It's a chair that you can adjust to your specifications (focusing on the areas you want to target) to relieve tension and pressure in your neck, back and legs.

Besides the Zero Gravity Chair, Human Touch offers chairs, calf massagers, massage ottomans and accessories that are ideal gifts for the favorite people on your holiday list.

Weighing in

My weight loss journal - Days 3 & 4

I don't have too much to report. It's been a little hectic with the computer stuff going on. I think I've done well in minimizing my portion sizes and eating frequently; I guess only the scale will tell the truth.

I actually don't have a scale at home because it died. So, I'll have to get another one. For now, I'll just look for the tell-tell signs of the loose pants or slimmer neck. I'll do that until I get a scale or get to the doctor at the end of the month.

For my next entry you'll see one change: I'm going to start calling these updates "My weight loss & healthy life journal." Why? Because I'll be talking about the healthy life changes I'm making as well including my continued quest to lower my cholesterol.

True Blue Award

Many of you may not know that I'm absolutely wild about dolphins! My family and close friends often give me dolphin mementos because they know I'll flip over them. I even got a chance to get in the water with dolphins about five years ago at the Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach, Florida.

An-t-way, that's why I'm especially excited about the True Blue Award that Carrie was so kind as to bless me with. Not only did it cheer me up, but it brought an extra grin because of the dolphin.

Thanks Carrie, you're an inspiration and a true blogging friend!

Trouble with Yahoo!!

Has anyone else been having trouble with the Yahoo email account? I've been having problems since early Friday. I thought it was because of the spyware problem, but that has been resolved. Yahoo won't load the beta version so it suggests going back to the classic version until the problem is resolved. I guess that isn't such a big problem (even though I've become extremely used to that beta version and really like it!), but it's so much more convenient and faster...

I'd be interested to know if anyone else is having problems so I know whether something is still going on with my computer. Thanks!

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Let's regroup

My computer geek best friend, Michael, and I spent hours on the phone yesterday getting my laptop cleaned up and back in safe working order. Thank God for computer geeks!

Michael, who lives about two hours south of me, couldn't visit so when he realized he really needed to be sitting in front on my computer he activated (signed into, tapped into?) a program (site?) where he could work on my computer remotely! How cool is that?! (You can see from my lack of knowledge of the terminology that I have no clue about this stuff.)

It was amazing to see my cursor move around and know that someone was working on it remotely. Luckily, I have voice over Internet so for most of the time I was on the phone with him.

I am just thankful that it's all better and I can get back to work. Now, where was I?... I'll spend most of the day trying to catch up on blogging, emails, etc. Hopefully I'll get everything complete and still have time for phone calls and paperwork. Oh, and let's not forget the busy little baby who hangs out with me all day. :-)

Big thanks to Michael for saving the day!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Spyware on computer

Unfortunately, I have contracted a spyware-type virus. I'm currently working with my "computer person" (read: best friend who's a computer nerd) to resolve the problem over the phone. This means I can't get into my Yahoo email and I'm scared to access accounts with passwords. So, if you don't hear from me, please know that I am working on the problem and hope to have it resolved posthaste!

This is making me very angry... like I have time for this!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

I'm hungry!

My weight loss journal - Day 3

I was supposed to start my healthy eating plan in a couple of weeks when it's time for the big grocery day. You know the one where you purchase everything you've run out of and restock the freezer! But, when the doctor told me that my cholesterol is a little high I decided to start early.

Why in the world did I do that?

It's almost like there's nothing in the house I can eat and if I can eat it, I don't want it. I can't figure out why I'm so hungry. I'm eating full modest meals and trying to eat six small frequent ones, but I'm still hungry. I don't know if it's because I still nurse the baby two to three times a night. (Breastfeeding mothers are normally advised not to cut calories while nursing, but I figured since I only breastfeed a couple of times a night it wouldn't make difference.)

I don't know if it's all in my head... Basically, I don't know anything. What I do know is I hope my weight -- and my cholesterol -- have lowered by the time I go back for my appointment at the end of this month.

On the exercise end of things: I didn't do well yesterday with the dance routine. I've had a headache that's been trying to brew into a migraine for the past three days and all the dancing just made it worse. And, I'm sad to report, I haven't done anything today, but carry the baby back and forth to the card as I unloaded some bags.

Oh well, tomorrow is a new day.

Wide awake!

It's 5:14 a.m. on a Saturday morning and I'm at my computer. Something is wrong with that. Well, the problem started when the baby woke up about an hour ago. I got her out of the bassinet and was just settling back into bed with her when I remembered I hadn't paid my mortgage online!

Oh drat!

So, as the baby is nursing, I lay there thinking about the unpaid mortgage and decide to get up as soon as she's finished. My eyes are burning for sleep, but the knowledge of that is just keeping me awake. After about 20 minutes or so I'm able to ease out of the bed and into my cold office. While I'm here (and after I've made the payment) I decide I should get a jump on my post for today since I said I would start giving gift ideas.

That's not the only thing I forgot: there's a going away party on Sunday that I was supposed to RSVP for by 9 p.m. last night. Unfortunately, Yahoo is crashing and won't let me access my in box so I can't get the lady's email address or the Evite link to kindly say I won't be able to make.

Ho hum... I guess I've done enough. Well, truth be told, I did open up PPP before I started writing this just to see if there was an opportunity worth losing more sleep over! :-)

10 minutes later... I guess PPP is out since the baby is now wide awake and wiggling around in my arms. Should of went right back to bed after I made the payment. :-(

Holiday Gift Guide - 24 days 'til Christmas

I don't know why, but for some reason I'm really excited about sharing what I think are some of the best gifts this year! They're probably not remarkable or anything like that, but they're just good ideas to help you complete your Christmas shopping.

Each day, between now and Christmas Eve, I'll give you one (maybe two!) gift suggestions! Now... I couldn't help starting with something that most women like: Diamonds!

Diamonds may not be a very practical gift, but they sure are beautiful and will bring a smile to the deserving woman in your life. Check out what has to offer -- they have free shipping! (Or check your favorite jewelry store.)

My favorite pieces this year are the diamond pendents like the ones in Helzberg's Journey Collection or a right-hand ring (my absolute favorite). Whatever your selection; I'm sure she'll be ecstatic. (Ladies, don't forget that jewelry stores also carry superb selections for the man in your life!)

For some women, diamond jewelry is one of the best gifts they can receive. So, if you want to make her feel like a queen (or him like a king) then diamond jewelry is the way to go.

Hey... that's just one woman's opinion!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Visit to the doctor

My weight loss journal - Day 2

I had my follow-up appointment yesterday and I guess it went well - for lack of a better word. First of all, let me say that I've changed my weight-loss goal. I now what to lose 50 pounds. Why? You're probably asking. Because I gained three pounds in a week. Now I don't care about it being the holiday season and all of that. That's just ridiculous. What if I gained three pounds a week through January. That could possibly be more than 20 pounds by the end of January!

The madness has to stop now!

So, 50 pounds it is.

Well, as far as my blood tests are concerned I'm being referred to rheumatology. AARGH! And... [insert dramatic, scary music here!] my cholesterol is a little high. Total cholesterol is 214 (should be no higher than 199) and LDL is 135 (shouldn't be any higher than 99).

I was really surprised by this. It was the last thing I suspected because out of everyone I know, in general, I eat fairly well. Wheat, soy, no beef or pork, etc. Well, I guess it could be the daily chocolate I've had over the past couple of months! An-t-way, so that not only means trying to eat healthier to lose weight, but eliminating certain things to reduce my cholesterol. Please tell me why chocolate and cheese are on the list!

I can deal with no dairy -- for the most part -- but cheese? CHEESE?!?! And, let me not even get to talking about chocolate! Especially since I discovered the pleasures of dark chocolate.

Oh, about the blood test, my alkaline Phosphatase is also high, but I have no idea what that is. She may have said, but I've forgotten and now must look it up.

The plan is healthy eating and increased activity. You'll be proud to know that I did about 30 minutes of flexibility and strength training yesterday as well as dancing with the teenager to Beyonce's song. I listened to her entire CD yesterday for the first time and I have officially ended by hate Beyonce stance. (It wasn't her music that I was hating on!) Her CD will be my daily dance out routine.

Well, that's the update! Wish me luck!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Revenge at its best

Slim had absolutely had enough after being abused and humiliated by her overbearing and controlling husband, Mitch, so she takes her daughter and runs. When Mitch keeps tracking her down she decides to fight back. Slim, played by Jennifer Lopez in the 2002 movie Enough, plots her revenge.

After training to learn to physically defend herself and hatching her plan; she ambushes Mitch on his own turf. She took him by surprise and gets the ultimate freedom and revenge: his death! Slim’s revenge was the central theme of Enough just like Sweeney Todd’s revenge in Tim Burton’s latest film, Sweeney Todd, is the central theme.

In the movie, which opens in theaters on December 21, a man is unjustly sent to prison and vows revenge not only for his cruel treatment but also for the devastating consequences of what happened to his wife and daughter. Sweeney returns and reopens his barber shop becoming the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

You don’t want to miss this movie when it comes out! But in the meantime, you can stay connected with Sweeney and visit Sweeney Todd on MySpace or visit the official Sweeney Todd movie site to view the trailer and learn more about the movie.


Weight loss journey

My weight loss journal - Day 1

It's no secret that I have to lose some weight. Well, maybe it's a secret from you because I only post strategically taken photos and never reveal my true weight. As a matter of fact, I'm not going to reveal it today either. I was going to but I have chickened out.

Today begins my new lease on life. At least I hope it does. Last night, with my daughter's support, I signed up for Oprah & Bob's Million Viewer Challenge. I signed a contract with myself to live my Best Life and participate in a program of regular exercise. That's the part I'm worried about because I often start exercising (at the gym, at home, in the park) and I end up getting bored so I stop.

SIDEBAR: That's why I need to be a rich diva and have a personal trainer at my beck and call. One that will keep my butt in gear. You remember my rich diva thing from the seven things about me post, right?

An-t-way, I want and need to lose 45 pounds. I had some blood work done last week and will find out the results today (in about an hour and a half). I will also be getting a complete physical. Kind of scary, but necessary and a little empowering.

SO! now that I've revealed to you that I'm on a weight loss journey you can check in with me and see how I'm doing: give me tips, encouragement, motivation or just a swift kick when I start making excuses! (You know I'm good at that because I won't even stop to take a break and will make an excuse as to why I didn't.)

Wish me luck! I've never had this much weight to loss before and it's a little daunting and depressing, but I want to look like the person who I see inside my head. (Some of you know what I mean.)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Personalized holiday gifts

There are only three more days until I start my favorite gifts list, which will be a gift guide that everyone can use. I’ve combed the globe far and wide to find these great finds for you! No, just kidding. I’ve just come across some great stuff that I think you’ll enjoy hearing about and possibly giving as a gift this holiday season. BUT I couldn’t wait until Saturday to start because I came across the perfect personalized holiday gift.

Personalized flash drives!

In today’s supper technological world this is the perfect gift. This USB flash drive is portable storage in an ultra-small, personalized, durable thumb drive, which comes in 14 colors with free custom laser engraving and security software.

The Store-It Thumb drive allows you to take your important information as well as your personal data with you wherever you ago and that alone makes it a great gift for anyone on your list. Make it personal with one of 32 themes including snowflakes, happy holidays, thank you and more to engrave on the front. And, you can include two lines of custom text on the back.

Consider the possibilities: Store pictures of the grandkids for your mom, give one to your new college student to keep them organized or give it to your loved one and fill it with love notes.
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