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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Designer platform beds

Although I've never purchased one, there's a style of bed that I've always liked and that's Platform Beds. These types of beds have a classic, clean and modern design that's functional and ascetically pleasing the eye. You can find them with no under the bed area or with shorts legs that makes the bed hug close to the ground.

Spacify sells designer platform beds in various styles and shades of wood. These beds put me in mind of Asian-style furniture and I wonder if the style was birthed from that.

If I were going to change my bedroom furniture I would consider buying a platform bed. It can give you a wide range of positioning and design options.

I need GPS

After my three younger children were off for the weekend with their dad, I gathered up my things to head to Warner Robins. It's where Amber's godfather - and my best friend - lives. Today, we're going to Amber's college to celebrate her 18th birthday, which was Tuesday.

Between where I live and Warner Robins there's normally a quite a bit of traffic especially on a Friday night. So being the adventurist person that I am I decided to get directions avoiding the highway. No problem. The travel time wasn't much different especially if you account for the possibility of getting caught in traffic.

As I'm riding I feel pretty pleased with my choice. There are restaurants, lots of cars and bunches to look at it. A much more interesting route than the normal one.

This is what I ended up in on my way back during my last trip down here.

I felt that way until my four-lane highway narrowed into the two lanes of country road. SIGH... and all of a sudden I was in Maryland. (That's what I say every time I travel on a country road that reminds me of home and I start to see livestock and corn stalks.)

I was making pretty good time until I got caught behind a slow-moving pickup truck. I tapped into my zen and decided not to make a big deal about it. Unfortunately, I was so zen-like that I lost track of time, location and everything. I glanced at my directions, misread them and called my MD BFF (what was the right acronym again?) Frankie and he mapped me out.

Before he could get my location confirmed, we had to disconnect 'cause the trees were blocking my signal. When I finally talked to him again - after I had already turned around and wasted more time - he told me that I hadn't gone far enough. Extra big SIGH.

Oh well, onward and downward. Heading south, ya know?

Now had I had a GPS thingy this wouldn't have happened. I could have popped back from my zen state, consulted the high-tech screen and nary a moment would have been wasted.

An-t-way, I arrived safely, watched a movie with my feet propped up and tossed and turned through a night of foggy sleep and weird dreams. Now all we have to do is pick up Amber's cake (ssshhh... don't tell her.) and boogie on over to her campus in the early evening to take her to dinner.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Practical gift

When I want to give someone a gift I like it to be something that's practical. Although flowers are beautiful (and I like to receive them as well!), Fruit Baskets are the perfect gift for just about any holiday. They're beautiful, useful and affordable. Fruit Basket Review gives you up-to-date information on the fruit basket industry as well as top providers of the products as well as discount codes to use when ordering.

If you're in the market for getting someone a gift then check out Fruit Basket Review before you buy. Not only will you get great information, but you'll be able to find a discount code to help you with your purchase.

Wordless Wednesday: My son's plant blooms

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Relastin review, Revitalift update

Do you remember when I began testing the Revitalift® Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair from L'Oreal Paris®? The cream system helps to repair deep set wrinkles and I was curious to see if it would work on the frown lines on my forehead and the fine lines at the corners of my eyes. (You may not be able to see them, but I know they're there. LOL) When I began using it I could see the difference in my skin after a little more than two weeks. That last update was on April 30th (and the picture to the right was taken on April 13th) and much to my surprise and delight, I see even more improvements in the fine wrinkles on my face.

It's been almost two months and my skin looks and feels fabulous. (Yup, I raised my eyebrows in this picture too and the creases have definitely decreased.) I am so impressed with this product, which I was able to test thanks to BzzAgent, that I think I'm going to continue to use it as part of my regular skin care routine.

Now that's what I call results. What do you think? Have you tried this product yet? If not and you want to try it, I have three small samples left. All you have to do is be one of the first three people to leave a comment telling me that you want the sample and I'll mail it to you. (I'll contact you for your address.)

Now, I don't know if you noticed this or not. Pretend like you didn't if you did, okay? But I have dark circles under my eyes, which have gotten worse over the past two years. So, when I received information from Trent & Company, Inc., a public relations firm, about Relastin Eye Silk I couldn't resist testing and reviewing the product.

Relastin is reportedly the "first product proven to increase elasticity and decrease the signs of aging around the eye," and according to participants in a September 2006 study the eye silk also decreases dark circles under the eyes after about four weeks.

I don't know if you can tell or not, but my dark circles seem to be diminished somewhat. At this point, that's the main perk for me. When I first applied the eye silk, which should be done twice a day - morning and evening, the first thing I noticed was how extremely soft, creamy and smooth it is. I love that feeling. It's light with a very faint, pleasant scent.

I've been using my sample since June 15th and I'm really impressed so far. Therefore, it goes without saying that I would recommend you trying it as well. The only possible negative is the cost. I found it at for $69; however, the way it's working I'd say it's well worth the investment.

One last thing I must tell you, although I am extremely fortunate to be able to review these products I do not get paid to do so and the opinions and experiences expressed are truly my own. It just so happens that I'm addicted to skin care products and have yet to find one that I totally dislike. When (or if) I do, you'll be the first to know. :)

Happy birthday Munchkin!

My baby is celebrating her 18th birthday today, and as you know she's already away at college. I called her this morning to wish her a happy birthday and sent her some things that she's already received.

You may not believe this, but this is only the second time she has been away from me on her birthday. Her godfather and I are going to visit her this Saturday to commemorate this special occasion. I am looking forward to seeing her and making up for not being there on this big day.

Happy Birthday Miss Amber... I am so proud of you. Your sisters and brother send their love and birthday wishes. They were also saying how much they wanted to see you and share birthday cake with you. We love you!

Coupons for car rental

When I have to spend money, regardless of what it's on, I always want to use a coupon. In fact, if I can't find a coupon I get a little aggravated that I won't have the opportunity to save a little money.

That's why when I learned about, a leading coupon and cash back platform for over a 1,000 online merchants, I knew it was a site I needed to make note of and remember. You can even save up to 20 percent cash back on favorites stores like and They even have Enterprise Coupons, and that will definitely come in handy for inexpensive summer travel options.

Saving money is the best part, but the next best thing is that is free and easy to use. Test it out today and let me know what you think.

Ups, downs of weight & health

My health and weight loss journal

Don't deny it. You've been wondering what's going on with my weight loss and how's my health doing. Right? I'll just assume you said yes. :)

Let me start with the easiest and most exciting of all. I am at 160 pounds. Now, I can't take credit for the last four or five pounds because I was sick. (More on that in a minute.) But I am going to maintain it.

I've still been counting calories and trying to eat healthy. One thing I need to do is incorporate more vegetables into my daily meals. Don't get me wrong, I eat my veggies but I am not consuming nearly enough. If I had a juicer I think I would consume more - at least that's my excuse/reason.

On the health front:

Last week I had (brace yourself) a few really nasty canker sores in my mouth. Besides feeling like I was a walking germ, they hurt so bad that I could hardly eat anything. Some foods scraped my tongue causing intense pain and others burned. I finally found two things that worked: boiled eggs and oatmeal. Quite a variety, huh?

A friend of mine told me to use hydrogen peroxide and it worked really quickly. I have never been so thankful in my life for an illness to pass.

On top of that, my forearms - from my fingertips to my elbows - were so weak and painful. I'm not sure if that I was the fibromyalgia flaring up or if it was something else. I had trouble picking up my youngest child, opening jars and bottles, carrying grocers... the weakness and pain were almost worse than I've ever experienced. Not to mention the extreme exhaustion I had. Let's just things kind of fell apart in the house.

Speaking of fibromyalgia, the number of meds I take has reduced some, but a problem has arisen that they aren't sure if I really have fibro. So I've had to get more blood work and another bone survey. ( I told you about that in my last update.) I think I've had three or four of those over the years. The rheumatologist says that something else is up with my blood work that has a indication of lupus and one other thing. (She told me this over the phone and didn't give me complete information.) I guess an indication of lupus could mean something else as well. And, the bone survey showed something she didn't like in my pelvic region so I have to get an MRI of that area.


I won't find out complete details until my appointment on July 20th. I am assuming that I am not at a point to need an immediate appointment since she said that she'll see me at my next appointment. But it is rather aggravating.

It would be nice to know why I always feel so bad. It's either pain, weakness, exhaustion and everything in between. Today I am exhausted and probably should take a nap, but I am trying not to nap everyday. Maybe every other day.

I am learning that I need to rest more and not push myself so much. That said: Since I'm not going to take a nap I've decided not to be on the computer that long today. The simple act of sitting here and typing causes me additional pain. It's so frustrating.

Overall, my mental state right now in regards to "sickness" is high right now. It can really be a downer to always feel bad/sick or something.

Thanks for hanging in there and reading about what's going on with me. It's a relief to get it off of my chest and share.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Searching for summer camps

When my oldest daughter was young there was always one thing I dreaded as the school year was coming to an end: Finding information about Summer Camps. There was always some guide or magazine that included a list of the top camps, but it is extensive and overwhelming.

I thought those days were behind me until I had another generation of children. Now, I have begun the same process again for my three youngest children. When school ended this year I called around, checked out advertisements and looked in some magazines for summer camp recommendations.


But with Yovia all I have to do is type in my zip code and all the information I need pops up almost instantly. The local summer camp finder came up with lots of activities like Flow with the Four Seasons offered by Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta and a variety of camps around the area.

So far this summer my children have been swimming at the local pool, visited indoor play yards, outdoor playgrounds, enjoyed pizza and burgers out on the town and they'll go to our man-made beach this week. The important thing is that they have a full, memorable summer.

Although I'm sure I'll miss them, I'll be glad when they're old enough to go away to camp. When it's time, I'll check out Yovia to see what's available.


Smooth as silk

Most women I know like their legs to be smoothly shaved especially when it's time for cool, revealing summer fashions. And I feel the same way.

That's why I was excited to sign up for the BzzCampaign through BzzAgent to try out and review the four-blade BIC® Soleil® Bella razor. This disposable razor has four flexible blades, a moisturizing strip with coconut milk and a pivoting head so it moves smoothly along the contour of your legs or whatever you're trying to shave.

My legs are so smooth that even I love touching them. :) You can learn more about the razor at Hint: Visit the site and you can download a coupon.

The only thing that I did not like about the razor is this: I tried it about a week ago, put the plastic cover back on, left it sitting on a shelf in my shower (out of range of the water) and when I picked it up to use it yesterday there was a little rust already forming on a couple of the blades. For test purposes, I used it anyway to just to see if it would still shave well and I was pleasantly surprised that it did.

Wanna help me see how Bic Soleil Bella word of mouth is going and have the chance to win an gift certificate? Visit and enter the conversation ID 101-242-098950. Answer some easy questions. You can then choose to donate to charity or enter to win gift certificates worth $100 to $1,000.

You should try out the razor too and let me know how it works for you. Oh, by the way, I found that it shaves smoothly everywhere I tried it.

Scholarship for mobility challenged students

Getting Amber into college and working on ensuring she has everything financed is a job in and of itself. There are so many scholarships and grants available that it's a little overwhelming. That's why when I find out information about a scholarship that I think can benefit someone else then I normally try to share it with them. And people share information with me as well.

I recently became aware of a merit-based scholarship, AmeriGlide Achiever Scholarship, that is offered to full-time students who use a wheelchair. The deadline to apply for the scholarship for the Fall semester is July 31st so if you know someone who may qualify then let them know.

Recipients should meet these qualifications:

-Must be enrolled at an accredited two or four year college
-Must use a manual or electric wheelchair
-Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
-Must complete application and submit response to essay question by the deadline
-Must be a legal resident of the United States or hold a valid student visa

AmeriGlide is a company that provides stair lifts and other equipment, and they're a company that gives back. Their goal is to offer financial assistance for books or other school related supplies to deserving mobility challenged students.

Monday's Muse: Re-creating, finding my energy

Stress and sickness can be a real killer of motivation, creativity and energy. I should know 'cause it attacks me on a regular basis. I think this is probably the longest I've ever been uninterested in blogging, life and just down all around.


I think I'm back. Yippee for me!

Life had gotten really busy with Amber graduating from high school and going on to college in the Summer instead of the Fall like we'd planned. I kept saying I was going to take a break to sleep, relax and get things together, but my body and mind started to shut down before I got the chance.

Now the key seems to be not to reach that point again. I'm excited that I cleaned up the house over the weekend. Not perfect, but really good. I caught up on laundry, which is like a major task. And I've begun the paperwork process, cleaned off my desk, made a dent in my magazine pile and updated my calendar and to-do list.

One step at a time and I think I can get everything together. Most importantly, I am determined to rest and sleep when I'm tired or when I get a chance, whichever is first.

That said, the two middle children just laid down for their afternoon naps so I am going to take this opportunity to rest myself. If I don't fall asleep, although I think I will, I'll just lay there with my eyes closed and relax.

Here's to a week of renewed energy and creativity: Cheers!

I'm a sucker for Barnes & Noble

I learned about Frugal Freebies and Deals in a magazine I was reading this weekend. (Don't ask me which one 'cause I can't remember and you know how large my reading pile is.) I clicked over there today and saw that they're giving away and $50 Barnes and Noble online gift card. Of course, I had to enter the giveaway.

One way to enter, as you probably know, is to post about it. So here I am telling you all about it. Go on over and check it out. Enter while you're there. Good luck! (I hope I win. LOL)
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