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Friday, February 6, 2009

Did you win?

On the Woman's Bookshelf

I am excited to announce that everyone who entered the giveaway to win a copy of Money Games: 85 Fun Ways to Save Money and Attract Abundance by Randy Petrick, is getting a copy.

Can't remember if you entered? Click here to find out.

We do have one request of the winners: Once you receive a copy of your book, please write a post on your blog about the book. It can be a review or a mention. If you don't maintain a blog, leave me a comment or send me an email with your feedback of the book and I'll feature you here at It's a woman's world!

Interested in knowing how this happened? Keep reading...
After I wrote one of my Bookshelf Round-Ups where I mentioned Money Games, Randy contacted me to express his thanks. We corresponded back and forth about his desire to help people when things are so tough financially. I asked him if he would be interested in contributing a couple of books for the Bloggy Giveaway Carnival. He agreed.

We decided on giving away two books, but then he had the idea of giving everyone who entered a book because he really wants to help people.
"I'm more concerned with getting the book out to people who can really profit from its wisdom than I am in generating personal profit," Randy said. "Right from the start I just asked God to help get it to those who could really use it."

Click below to purchase a copy of Money Games.


Cleanse for your health

More than 14 years ago, one of my cousins was a strict vegetarian who only ate whole grains and made everything from scratch. When I saw her about five years after that she confessed that she had fell off the wagon and had been eating hamburgers, processed foods and refined sugars. The result, she said, was serious backup and distress in the gastrointestinal area.

She convinced me to do a cleanse with her. By that time I was consuming healthy foods and had eliminated pork and beef from my diet. I told her I didn't need to cleanse (since I felt great), but I would do it anyway to support her.

I'll spare you the results because it wasn't pretty. However, the theory behind colon cleansing is to eliminate the toxins that have built up in the digestive system. Many doctors believe that a colon cleanse treatment like Dual Action Cleanse is the key to personal wellness and maintaining a healthy balance in the body.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Before and after (before the entire after)

My health and weight loss journal

"To resist the frigidity of old age one must combine the body, the mind and the heart - and to keep them in parallel vigor one must exercise, study and love."
Karl von Bonstetten

Too much of anything is not good and so I will use that as my excuse for not having lost anymore weight. However, I am happy to say that my weight has remained about the same - fluctuating between 163.5 and 165. Although I haven't been consistent with sprinkling Sensa on my food, I think the times I have remembered have contributed to my maintaining this weight. (Go to for more information about the weight-loss system.)

I have been working out more by riding my exercise bike and I began using hand weights a little to tone up. (My arms are nice and sore as proof.) I'd like to lose about 15 more pounds, but I would settle for another five to 10. The most important thing is I am way healthier than I was about 13 months ago when I started my weight-loss journey, and I've lost 35 pounds in that time.

If you've been using Sensa you can enter their contest to win a six-month supply of Sensa as well as Intelligent Beauty products. All you have to do is post your before and after pictures before tomorrow and email a link to (Contest rules.)

Let's take a look at my before and after pictures... Here I am early last year:

Here I am the day I started using Sensa:

And this is me today:

I don't see much difference in the second and third pictures (as I try not to pay attention to how much I dislike the pictures. LOL), but I do think I lost a few pounds since the first one was taken. No, I haven't been keeping track. Well, honestly, I forgot what the weight loss has been since then.

How's your weight-loss journey going?

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Lusting after cell phones

There will always be a new one. I know you know what I mean: When you get a computer a new model comes out the next month. When you get a new television, one with better features shows up at your favorite electronics store. And, as soon as you learn all the functions of the cell phone you just had to have, there's a newer and better one calling your name from the store.

I didn't just get my cell phone, but I sure wouldn't mind getting a new one right now. If I can find a free one that'll make it even better. Have you seen those at&t cell phones? I'm going to search for free cell phones as soon as I get a chance because there are free deals out there. In these economic times free is oftentimes the best choice.

Wordless Wednesday - Shiver, shiver

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Dig me out!

If you don't see me around much today it's because I am buried under tax forms. I normally use an accountant, but in an effort to save the mullah I am doing them myself for the first time in more than 10 years.

Wish me luck... I'm going to need it what with earned income credit, child tax credits, business income and whatnot it's going to be a long night.

Let's celebrate!

Shaunalynn, the brilliant lady behind The Art and Science of Parenting and two other blogs (see below), is celebrating her 35th birthday today. Being the terrible blogging friend that I am I almost missed it, but lucky for me I able to offer her well wishes.

Shaunalynn, or Mom as she's fondly known, is a sweet, creative person who I am so blessed to know. She's often busy, but takes time to be loving and helpful to her friends. Be sure to visit her to tell her Happy Birthday!

Visit her other blogs here: The Trivia Cafe and Meandering Through the Forest.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Whatever I can do to help

I believe I "met" Carrie (of Little Miss Hannah) through some one's blog (please forgive me that I don't remember who). Every since I read about Carrie's daughter Hannah, who was recently diagnosed with Gaucher's Disease, I think about them quite often. In fact, I featured her for Meet Your Friends Monday, which is hosted by Toni at It Is Nap Time.

I try to stop by as much as I can to check up on them and to offer what little encouragement I can. So when I clicked over recently and saw that Carrie was asking for help I didn't think twice about contributing a small amount of time to write this post. This is what she wrote on her post about a project she's working on:

"I’m on a mission to find and compile all blogs and up-to-date websites of children with rare diseases (or adults who were diagnosed as children). There are over 6000 rare diseases affecting children in the world, and I can’t do this by myself. I’ve been looking, and I’ve only found less than a dozen blogs (see my special kids links on my sidebar), and I know there are more parents like me out there. Basically, I want to create a directory/blogroll (or whatever you want to call it) that links all these special children together to be unveiled on February 28th, the 2nd annual World Rare Disease Day. You can either leave them in the comments below or send me an email."

If you think you can help or know someone who can then just follow the links above.

And the winners are...

Through the sophisticated technology of "guess two numbers from 1 to 39," we have arrived at the winners of the book Money Games: 85 Fun Ways to Save Money and Attract Abundance.

# 14 - Pat who said, "Fun ways to save money? Now that sounds really interesting!"


# 22 - Audra Marie said, "This looks like a good read. :)"

I will be contacting both of these ladies soon to obtain their mailing addresses. Congratulations!

Check back sometime next week for a possible surprise from the author of Money Games, Randy Petrick. He has something up his sleeve that I think some of you will really like.

Monday's Muse - An original

"What do you think about your creativity? How does it feel. What does it do?
Think about what your creativity would be like as a person. What attributes does that person have?"

Those are the questions that Heather - over at Maternal Spark (the home of Monday's Muse) - posed today. My brain has been churning around my Monday's Muse post all day and I was a little uncertain concerning what I was going to write today, but when she asked these questions I thought I would use them to fuel me.

I looked up creativity in the thesaurus... (Okay, technically, I went to and this is a part of what it said:

"cleverness, genius, imagination, imaginativeness, ingenuity, inspiration, inventiveness, originality, resourcefulness, talent, vision"

Hmm? ... What do I think about my creativity? Firstly, I thought about previous Monday's Muse posts that I've written, but that didn't give me an idea of what I think about my creativity. So that meant I had to think. (Oh drat! LOL)

I think my creativity is varied and vast. I have ideas for inventions, books, companies and crafts. I can come up with a magnificent poem, draw an interesting picture or fumble through a craft, but I'm smart enough to know where my talent/gifts are and that marks the true nature of my creativity.

When I'm creating it pulls from me, drains out of me, flows through me and when it is complete then I am free. It's a release that often leaves me satisfied and proud. If it were a person, say my alter ego, her name would be Renee. She's brash, sophisticated, confident, beautiful, rich (in spirit and thought), sensitive and sexy. There's a quickness about her and an internal editor who keeps her on track. With all of that, she's still humble and hard on herself behind closed doors because realistically creativity can never, ever always be the same. So that makes her ever changing... evolving... into the exact person she needs to be at the time.

Turn on your creativity today!

Purring like a cat

The feelings that often overcome me when I see my children sleeping are normally amazement and love. I touch their little sleeping faces and relish at the sweet expressions that they have while I try not to remember the last naughty thing that they did.

Then there are times when I see my children sleeping and I get a good laugh. One of those times happened this past weekend.

My three youngest children share a room and they often get in trouble at bedtime for talking, playing or getting out of bed. They had got into trouble and, as is custom, I put my 4-year-old daughter Amareah on the couch.

She hummed and tried to fight sleep for a bit, but eventually gave into the call for slumber. When I came out of the office and glanced her on the couch this is what I saw:

I don't think I've ever seen her spread out like that and I found it really funny. She's one of those children who likes to curl up when they sleep - either on her side or face down with her knees drawn into her tummy.

This time she was totally relaxed and didn't even wince when the camera flash went off. What made this even funnier was the fact that she was snoring... actually it was more like a purr. Almost exactly like a purring kitten. I wish I could have recorded it because it was the sweetest little sound coming from a little person who had just been reprimanded for being naughty.

Who can be mad at her now?
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