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Friday, October 31, 2008

The go-to place for discount jewelry

Over the past several years I've noticed that my taste in jewelry has changed. Even though I liked quality pieces before the style was thin, dainty items. I love the current trend of large, chunky pieces that are also well-made and high in quality. The problem with a lot of that is it's a little expensive.

That's why I am happy to have found a Discount Jewelry site where the pieces are exclusively designed and made using the highest quality standards. A piece from Holsted Jewelers will be unique and fashionable as well as affordable. This company has put a lot of effort (since 1971) to ensure that their products are well designed and priced for people from a variety of backgrounds with varied budgets.

Whether you’re buying a gift for someone else or a treat for yourself; check out Holsted Jewelers.
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Don't forget the boobies

Since this is the last day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month I will be removing my "I'm going pink for October" button sometime this evening. I am going to take this last opportunity to encourage you to feel your boobies once a month and, if necessary (family history or at that age), remind you to schedule your mammogram. I think one of the things I've learned about breast cancer awareness is the earlier it's caught the higher the chance of survival.

Now, sister, I've reminded you so your duty is to go out and remind someone else. Ask them, "Have you felt your boobies this month?"

Check out the rest of my breast cancer awareness posts by clicking here.
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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Book Round-Up

On the Woman's Bookshelf

Today I'm going to do a little Bookshelf Round-Up. What does that mean? I'm glad you asked. Since I don't always get to read each and every book from cover-to-cover, but I still need/want to share them with you, I'll every so often post a round-up. That way you'll get highlights of books that I think you'll find interesting.

"Cosmo's Sexiest Beauty Secrets: The Ultimate Guide to Looking Gorgeous," by the editors of Cosmopolitan magazine, recently came across my desk and I am itching to try out some of the secrets. This is one of those books that you'll want to keep on your vanity table or your nightstand so you can reference it whenever you get the chance. The book, which is beautifully illustrated, is easy to read and follow. Inside the pages you'll find the secrets to gorgeous skin, mesmerizing eyes, alluring lips, amazing hair... and that's just the tip of the eyeliner, uh, I mean iceberg. This book's publication date -- November 4th -- is just in time for the holiday season when we all will be trying to look our best.

I don't know about you, but when there is someone I admire or like I really want to read about them. That's why I thought you'd be interested in hearing about "The Private John Lennon: The Untold Story from His Sister" by Julia Baird. This book, which was released earlier this year, is written in Julia's words and reportedly puts the true and untrue rumors to rest. Have you ever wondered the truth about Lennon's illegitimate sister or what happened with his first marriage? Are you curious about is marriage to Yoko Ono or interested in the insider's view of his death? You'll learn those things as well as get the treat of 32 photos of one of the greatest rock starts.

On the professional and business side of the bookshelf are "Good Is Not Enough and Other Unwritten Rules for Minority Professionals," by Keith R. Wyche with Sonia Alleyne, and "1,000 Dollars and an Idea: Entrepreneur to Billionaire" by Sam Wyly. Both of these books, which were released this summer, are excellent reference materials. Wyly, who is listed as one of the 1,000 wealthiest people in the world by Forbes magazine, has blazed a path that made him millions by the time he was 30. That's definitely a man you want to get business advice from. And the authors of "Good Is Not Enough" present advice for women, African Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans to assist them in moving beyond the middle management level to senior level positions within corporate America.

I hope you'll come by next Thursday to see what's on my bookshelf. Until then read my last bookshelf pick here.
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Take control of your money

With the Christmas holiday fast approaching a lot of people are thinking about the money they want to spend and not the money they need to save. Well, I think it's a perfect time to consider the economy and try to save money instead of spending it on material items. That's where Bills.com comes in.

Bills.com is your one-stop resource for saving money and getting out of debt. Whether you need help and information with mortgage, insurance, debt consolidation, loans or credit, this site has all the information you need. And, it's easy to get started.

Quite a few years ago I took advantage of a debt consolidation program and it was the best thing I ever did. I paid off everything except for my student loan and I was able to buy the house we live in now. I'm not going to tell you what happened after I got married; you can just fill in the blanks. However, if you're like me and need help getting back on track financially then Bills.com could be just the service for you. Check them out and get started with your debt consolidation plan today.

Good luck.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Do you have to smush 'em like that?

My health and weight loss journal

I delayed posting my
health and weight loss journal for a day because I wanted to tell you about my first mammogram, which I had today. Don't let my title fool you; it really wasn't that bad HOWEVER I didn't think my boobs could be manipulated in the way they were today.

My appointment was at the St. Joseph's Hospital's Women's Breast Health Center, which is a very nice facility. The environment was comfortable and inviting. This helped to somewhat alleviate my nerves.

My appointment was at 10:30 and I arrived early. That allowed me time to fill out the registration paperwork then sit, relax and read my magazine. Once called I was escorted to a changing area where I removed all of my clothes from the waist up. I put on a gown, with the opening in the front, like I was instructed.

Seems easy, right? Well, I didn't take the gown from the top of the pile because it didn't have a tie attached. I pulled one from the bottom so I could tie it securely.

I won't bore you with all the details, but I will say this (for those who haven't had one yet): Regardless of the level of discomfort, I felt empowered for doing something proactive and necessary for my health.


The following picture is the part of the machine where they place your boob. You stand up and lay your boob on the bottom tray (they put the nice white cushion on the bottom for comfort) then they press some pedals to get the top clear part to come down and compress your boob. I had two images taken of each breast ... so, yes, I had both breasts smushed and squished twice. Oh, that pole you see on the left is what you hold onto when they're doing it. There is also one on the right, that you can't see, to hold onto when the right side is being done.

This (below) is what the bottom of the machine looks like. The computer and contraption on the left is what the technician looks at and she stands behind a little thingy to protect herself.
The technician told me that the results would be sent to the Veteran's Hospital this week and they would send me a letter. The first mammogram will be used to make sure both breasts are the same... if there is a drastic difference then I will be called back for more imaging. If everything looks fine then today's images will be used for a baseline of future mammograms.

And there you have it... the day my boobs were squished.

If you have a history of breast cancer in your family or if you're 40 or older, be sure to schedule your mammogram. And, remember, always do monthly breast self exams.

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Give BookSwim for Christmas

I am sure I don't have to tell you again how much I love to read. I have a stack of unread magazines on my desk right now, and there are at least 40 in the pile. No, I don't spend all of my money on them... I am blessed to be able to get and find a lot of free subscription offers. Then there are the shelves of books and the books under my bed that are all begging and waiting to be read. So, it's no surprise that when I learned about BookSwim I had to tell you about it.

It's like Netflix for books!

It's easy to do: You request your books online, receive them and keep them as long as you want (no late fees, no due dates, free shipping both ways and unlimited monthly rentals), read them and return them. And the best part? BookSwim has plans starting at just $9.95 per month.

Another cool thing about BookSwim is that you can purchase gift cards for those on your Christmas list, and you get something out of it too. If you give a gift card worth at least $50, BookSwim will give you a $5 BookSwim credit. Or if you give a $100 gift card , you will receive $20 BookSwim credit! And there's also the chance to win a Sony Blu Ray Player.

After I read all of my books and magazines I think I'm going to check them out for myself. What about you?




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Wordless Wednesday - hair stylin'

Then...

Now... (Sorry it's blurry!)

Click here for my last week's Wordless Wednesday and check out others' at 5 Minutes for Mom.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Redecorating does not have to break the bank

I think one of the best things about owning a home is being able to decorate it in a way that suits your tastes and lifestyle. However, decorating can get pretty expensive so to avoid additional financial stress it's imperative to find quality furnishings for reasonable prices especially when it comes to Couches and Sofas.



Although I've never owned one I was thinking that Leather Couches would look good in my plain living room. Leather couches -- a love seat and a full-sized couch -- in a rich dark color with light-colored walls and wooden floors would be stylish and modern. Or even a light-colored set with mid to dark walls would be eye catching. I also thought they would probably be too expensive until I checked out the prices on BuyCouchesOnline. This site has some great deals and wonderful furniture collections.

The premier leather furniture is to die for. Wouldn't it be nice to redecorate your living room with an awesome furniture collection at a great price? If you're in the market to furnish a home or redecorate then look into BuyCouchesOnline. They have all kinds of couches – reclining, sectional, fabric, leather – to fit whatever personal style you have. Check them out then come back here to tell me what our favorite item is. Or, if you’ve redecorated recently I’d love to hear about what you changed.
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The tours begin

As you know my oldest daughter is in her last year of high school. With this comes preparation for college and in order to decide where she wants to go we have begun taking college tours. A couple of weekends ago we visited one of her choices (Georgia College and State University), which is about two hours away. We had a fun time listening to music, following directions through the country, get a little turned around, joking through the tour, eating on campus and visiting her godfather.

Here are a few pictures to share and remember it by: The day started off pretty clear, but before we could blink it started to rain. We joked that it felt like we had entered a different state because we were in the country. Since we were following MapQuest directions the site failed to put landmarks like pass the cows or something relevant when you're driving in the country.
Amber snapped the above picture after we hadn't passed an establishment in more than 20 minutes or so.

By this time she was trying to pretend as if I wasn't snapping pictures left and right. I had gotten a little bored with the history part of the tour (loved the college, by the way) and was looking for blog material. (Of course!) She also started to pretend that she didn't know me. I thought it was funny because she never acts like that. I guess she had to act the part of an almost college freshman. LOL
My daughter is one of the most beautiful people I know. I love this shot because it shows her personality... when she crinkles her nose she is being really genuine.
I had to get this shot of her in front of the college's sign. The landscape was great and I think Amber already looks like a mature college student.

Amber took a few shots of the clouds when we drove an hour from the college to her Daddy Michael's (the godfather's) home. By this time we had lost the signal on the radio station she wanted to listen to so she was taking sky shots.
This weekend we will tour another college and visit her godfather again. This is such a fun time and a little bittersweet; I can't believe that this time next year my baby will be in college.
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Monday, October 27, 2008

Let's hear it for Bloggy Giveaways

Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival Button


For the first time ever I am participating in Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Giveaway Carnival and giving away the cutest blogging t-shirt ever from CafePress.com. My BFF actually bought one for me and they sent it in the wrong size so I have one to giveaway. (Yes, I did get the one in the correct size too and I love it!)

What I'm giving away: A "Don't Bug Me or I'll Blog About It" women's capped sleeve t-shirt (like the one pictured) in small.

How you can win:
1. Blog about this giveaway and leave me the link in a comment.
2. Leave a separate comment letting me know if you're a regular reader or a first-time visitor.
(Yup, that's two entries!)

Who is eligible:
Bloggers and nonbloggers as long as you have a US mailing address. Just provide a valid e-mail address.

When the giveaway ends:
Friday, October 31, which is the last day of the Bloggy Carnival. On Saturday, November 1, the winner will be chosen in a random drawing. I'll e-mail the winner and their name will be posted here on my blog. If the winner doesn't respond within five business days, a new winner will be drawn.

This giveaway is part of the Bloggy Giveaway Carnival Oct 27 - 31
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Paint for piggy toes

A Wrestling Addicted Mommy is hosting the cutest little giveaway... Do you have a little girl who enjoys getting her nails painted? If so, then you'll want to enter this giveaway for Piggy Paint, a non-toxic fingernail polish. My 3-year-old daughter is always asking her older sister to paint her nails and although I thought it would keep her from sucking her fingers, I was wrong. With Piggy Paint I can feel comfortable because it's non-toxic, odorless, water based and hypoallergenic.

Although I hope I win, I guess you can try too. Hop on over and find out how you can enter.

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Meeting Mr. Right

I must admit that I have been curious about online dating. Now that I am single again (well, almost!) these types of things cross my mind, but I don't think I'd have the nerve to sign up for an online dating service like True.com. Even though I may not have the nerve I am really impressed with the features and benefits of the site.

True has made a commitment to safer dating, which sets them apart from other dating sites; they have chat rooms where you can have real-time conversations; you can take their compatibility test; identify your sex type through Sexploration™ (I think the name is self explanatory :D); get tips on composing that first introductory email; personalize your search options; and many more tools. True.com is also easy to use so you don't have to worry about trying to figure out a new site. You can sign up for free, establish your profile and begin your search.

If I decide to utilize an online dating service this is definitely the one I'd turn to. So, what about you? Have you already found your Prince Charming or Cinderella? If not then you can search for free to find them now. You never know, you may find true love.

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Monday's Muse - Something old, something new


At the Maternal Spark the question was posed: "Can you use something in a new way for a different result?" I don't make crafts or sew and I may occasionally attempt a homemade greeting card and a scrapbook so I couldn't think of anything in that regard. But I did think about the lead crystal lamp (it belonged to my grandmother) that my youngest darling knocked off of a table and broke. I saved two pieces that look like they can be made into a chandelier or a candy dish. You be the judge:



It's a beautiful piece and although its original purpose was destroyed it still reminds me of my grandmother. When I get a chance I'll take it from the top of my desk and make it into a memorable item with a place of honor in my home.

This is what has inspired me today, what has inspired you?
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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Baby your skin

I am a little obsessed with ensuring that my skin is well moisturized and taken care of. When I was pregnant with each of my children I really needed to moisturize so I used products like Mustela 9 Months®. I think that's probably my favorite product of the line because it's specifically formulated to work with the pregnancy skin as it's going through all of its changes. From month one all the way through month nine.

I have discovered that my children need skincare products that are especially formulated for them because three out of four of them have sensitive skin. That's why I still like to use baby products on my youngest child so that her skin is well taken care of. I like the Mustela Bébé products because they are a complete line of daily hygiene, bath time, diaper change and skin protection items that take you from day to evening and back again when caring for your baby's sensitive skin.

Besides the products, Mustela has thought so much about mothers and their babies that they have a Parent's Corner on their website that offers tips and advice, frequently asked questions, recommendations, product advice and testimonials from other parents. It's useful baby and mommy skincare information.

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I want more

Random weekend thought

Are you familiar with More magazine? It's a publication that celebrates women who are 40 years old and older. I was reading the 10th anniversary special issue today and I was only a few pages in when I realized that More really encompasses how I feel about who I am as a 40-year-old woman.

I also realized that I want more out of life. More from my life. Lately, there have been so many things going wrong or coming up that have made living life even more difficult. Although it brings me down and makes me wonder why I even try to get ahead, I know that I want more.

I've been trying to clean off my desk tonight and process some paperwork (where does it all come from?) and I came across a note I had written about a year ago. I'd written the question: What do I really want to do with my life? --> Follow my heart. That was my answer. Then I had written a list of the things I want to do:

1. Profit from my blog and my writing.
2. Publish my books.
3. Do what's necessary to see my invention ideas turned into products.
4. See my non-profit venture succeed.
5. Earn another degree.
6. Teach college course(s) part time.

As I review that list there doesn't seem to be anything on there that isn't possible. I've been doing a little bit better with number one and it's even more rewarding because it's something I love to do. Concerning number two, I recently sent my children's book manuscript to another agent and if that one isn't interested I won't give up. And I hope to complete one of my novels sometime in the near future (a year or so is realistic, I guess).

Numbers three through six are a little hazier. I need to get my oldest daughter situated as far as college is concerned so my higher education aspirations may have to wait another year. Although I have the non-profit idea; it is a lot of work to bring to fruition. And getting another degree will open up more doors as far as teaching college is concerned.

Even as I belly ache to my BFF about giving up and giving in there is still a desire deep down within for more. Forty years old is still young (I keep trying to convince myself of that) so I have a lot of time to accomplish some of my dreams. As long as I continue to desire more.

So, tell me, what are your dreams? What do you want?
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