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Friday, September 11, 2009

Looking at the Sky on Friday

I'm glad I have a shot from earlier this week because today's sky is dark, dreary and cloudy, and I just posted a sky like that not too long ago.

I really like this shot. I'm standing in the driveway of a home on my street and when you look straight up you normally just see trees. I was at the perfect angle to catch a few rays of the sun.



Thursday, September 10, 2009

They're here! They're here!

The Ecostore products that I won at Valerie's place, the Frugal Family Fun Blog. I actually won a $25 gift card to the Ecostore and I chose:

Manuka Honey & Kelp Soap
Lemongrass Soap
Citrus Spray Cleaner (naturally antibacterial!)
Aloe Vera Shampoo

If I don't forget, I'll come back and tell you how I liked the products. I am already impressed with them because everything (even the environmentally friendly packing products) smell so clean and natural. Oh, and you have to love their tagline: "No nasty* chemicals."

Thanks again Valerie and Ecostore USA team member Kathleen.

Tweet, register domain, win

Not only have I not seen such a quick way to register for a domain name, but there's a chance to win something at the same time. Keep reading because you can't pass up the Netfirms contest. There are a couple of ways to enter for a chance to win one of the new iPod Touches or a Macbook:
(I wouldn't mind a Macbook.)
1. You can tweet this statement: "Win a #free iPod Touch or Macbook from the @Netfirms #contest. Domain registration services via Twitter"
2. Register a domain name via the Netfirms Twitter Domain Registration service for just $7.99.

You can do one retweet per day, which equals one entry and one domain registered equals one entry.

This is how it works: When you send a direct message to @Netfirms on Twitter asking them to register a domain name for you they will check its availability. If it's available then they'll register it and automatically add it to your existing Netfirms Control Panel. All you have to do is add your Twitter username to your Netfirms Control Panel.

Here are the details:
1. Log into your Twitter account.
2. Send a direct message to @netfirms that says "reg"
3. Netfirms will confirm by replying via DM and then it's ready to use.

How simple is that?

Now, what are you waiting for?


Love my lashes!

I decided to do a final update on my neuLash® active eyelash technology because I am so pleased with the results and I know you're itching to know if it really worked. I know this because of all the interested comments on my previous post. (Yes, that was sarcastic. I couldn't resist.)

I began using neuLash® on July 1st and revealed my initial impressions on July 21st. Now, a month and a half later I really see a difference. My lashes appear thicker and I've noticed that if I apply mascara I don't need as much to get the effect I'm looking for.

The top photo is from July 1st and the one below is today. The top one is slightly closer so I think it's pretty clear that the bottom lashes look thicker. What do you think?

Although I see a difference, I'm going to keep using it as long as I have some. It doesn't take but a minute right before bed to stroke it on right above my top lashes. It's a soothing gel, which is sort of an added perk.

Here's a little recap about the neuLash®: It offers maximum protection for lashes by delivering proteins, vitamins, peptides as well as moisturizing and rejuvenating ingredients that replenish and strengthen. All of which are supposed to extend the life of your lashes while allowing them to appear fuller and thicker. You can read more of my July 21st post here.

Interested in trying it out? Check out or visit Saks Fifth Avenue.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

It's hot out there

Even with the change of weather it has still been quite toasty outside lately. The daytime temperature in Atlanta and most of the surrounding areas is still reaching the 80s (possibly the 90s when I haven't noticed) and I know that states like Arizona are probably still in the high 90s.

Living in Phoenix, and the surrounding area, one wouldn't want to have to go without air conditioning. That is why you want to make sure you have the contact information of a good Phoenix AC repair saved in your cell phone or posted on your refrigerator. Air Conditioning by Jay, a Phoenix AC company, offers emergency service and has a satisfaction guarantee.

If you live in that area, you never know when you'll need air conditioning repair Phoenix so don't hesitate to contact them today and pass the information on to your neighbors. Not sure you want to get the work done right away? No problem because you can contact them for a free quote. And if you want to find out some more information about the company, its services and about your particular problem then you can check their website, which has a lot of information for customers and consumers.

Stay cool.

30 Things...

30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know

It's been quite a long time since I've participated in a meme, but this one is in honor of National Invisible Illness Week, which is from September 14-18. There's a FREE five-day virtual conference with 20 speakers next week. Check out more about it at

Now, learn a little more about me and what "they" say I have. (Some of you know exactly what I mean!) Note: This is a little long so please hang in there. I even learned a few things about myself.

1. The illness I live with is: Actually, illnesses. Lupus and fibromyalgia
2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: 2009 and 2008
3. But I had symptoms since: Around 1995
4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: Is realize how easy it is to hurt myself.
5. Most people assume: I assume most assume that I am making it up.
6. The hardest part about mornings are: Waking up to pain, tingling, stiffness, headaches and exhaustion.
7. My favorite medical TV show is: Grey's Anatomy
8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: My laptop... no, my cell phone! Neither.
9. The hardest part about nights are: The tingling in my lower legs and my wrists and hands; hardly getting a complete night's sleep and doing all the nighttime tasks that are required of a parent: homework, baths, dinner, bedtime, etc., in addition to trying to get some more working in.
10. Each day I take __ pills & vitamins. (No comments, please) About 10 total.
11. Regarding alternative treatments I: hope that I can afford to get herbs and some other natural alternatives as well as incorporate more yoga and some water aerobics to make the symptoms more bearable.
12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: Now, what in the world do you say to that. I would say neither!
13. Regarding working and career: It's tough to work when you're in pain, lose focus 'cause of meds and symptoms and deal with the emotions of it all. Working from home is flexible, but stressful when relying on providing for yourself and your children. Although I love what I do, the pain and discomfort from sitting for more than 20 minutes or so is discouraging.
14. People would be surprised to know: I often have severe "attacks" where my body is weak, in more pain, sometimes my hands are swollen, my limbs are tingling and it sometimes takes days to recuperate.
15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: that when I do try to do something active that I've always loved to do I am most likely in pain for the rest of the day.
16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was: Hmmm??
17. The commercials about my illness: The only commercial I've seen is for fibromyalgia and it's pretty accurate.
18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is: I miss NOT going to the doctor.
19. It was really hard to have to give up: So far I haven't given up too much, but I am going to have to change my food intake and whatnot soon.
20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: Nothing new yet.
21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would:
22. My illness has taught me: to try to live one day at a time.
23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is: Let me know if you need anything.
24. But I love it when people: Just show up to help. (Hasn't happened though.)
25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is: Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined. - Henry David Thoreau
26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them: Surround yourself with uplifting and helpful people.
27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: Let me add something to that... Something that has surprised me about living with an INVISIBLE illness is that it doesn't change how other people live their lives unless they live with you. Everyone will move on whether you need help or not.
28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was: This is a tough one... my oldest daughter has done so much for me when I wasn't feeling well and when hubby and I were together he was pretty good when I wasn't feeling well... since then probably the nicest thing anyone has done is call me.
29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because: it's one of the few things that I've found that's supportive and maybe it'll get the word out to non-illness sufferers that there could be someone in their life that doesn't look sick, but really needs more emotional, physical and spiritual support. Just because I smile doesn't mean that things are going well.
30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: like you really care about me.

Embrace someone who has an invisible illness.

Do you swag? Swagbucks, that is.

Search & Win
If not, you better get started. I've already redeemed three gift cards: One from Barnes and Noble and two from Amazon. It's a nice way to "supplement" household needs and some wants. Swagbucks has a new toolbar, too, that makes participating easier than ever.

Wordless Wednesday: Last signs of summer

5 Minutes for Mom WW participants

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

I really did it!

My health and weight loss journal

Yesterday I was thinking about my weight and, for some reason, it dawned on me that I am the same weight now (minus a pound) that I was when I was about 20 years old. That's about 21 years ago! And, for some reason, I couldn't believe it.

I was stationed in Rome, New York, and I remember there being weight requirements. At that time the maximum weight that was considered acceptable for my height and gender was 155 pounds (I'm 156 now. Yes, I've gained five pounds!) and you weren't supposed to be within 10 pounds of that weight. When I was out-processing from one squadron to the next my "true" weight was discovered. Sometimes individuals were randomly targeted for weighing in because they looked over weight, I - on the other hand - carried my weight well.

It was suggested that I lose a few pounds before someone found out that I needed to be on the "fat boy program," which is what it was unofficially called. I began going to the gym everyday and I quickly loss 20 pounds in about seven months. The Upstate NY winter began setting in and I traded my daily trek to the gym for some other activities. A month or two later I found out I was pregnant with my first child.

Wait, I just re-read that... LOL... no not those activities. Well, at least not all the time. I belonged to a drama club, spent time going out on the weekends and hanging out with friends.

As I think about the weight, I am proud of myself for getting back to a my somewhat pre-pregnancy weight. And I acknowledge that getting down to 135 would not be a realistic goal for me unless I was 5'2" tall. At 5'7" I think I am a healthy weight.

Now if I can just get off my booty to get a little toning and stretching done then I'd really be rockin' and workin' it.

If you aren't up to date with my health updates then you may want to check out my last health and weight loss post.


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Monday, September 7, 2009

Monday's Muse: Least traveled road

Today, at Maternal Spark, we're reminded to take the road less traveled. And, for some reason, that thought/plan really intrigues me.

I am at a juncture in my life with several changes and decisions that need to be made. I'm coming to the end of a marriage (my divorce should be finalized very soon), my oldest daughter has started college and I'm hoping to go back to school to get another degree. There are a couple of other things that are on the table including my not having transportation right now (hopefully it'll be no more than a week).

Along similar lines of the road less traveled, my mother told me a couple of weeks ago to do what I think is best for me and, for once, don't worry about anything or anyone else or what they'll think. That intrigued me as well.

With those thoughts in mind, I am considering what - for me - is the road less traveled. In the past, I would make decisions based on what's best for everyone else with minimal thought of myself. This is the first time, in as long as I can remember, that I'm considering what I really want. I wish I could reveal it all here, but it isn't time yet.

I want to make decisions that will lead me on a different path than I've followed before. I want to improve who I am, be myself and have something that truly makes me happy. I understand that life can be tough, but it doesn't mean that I should always choose the easy road. I've learned that particular road doesn't always end in what makes me happy.

The road I need to take may be longer and bumpier than the previous one. It may cause discord and unrest in others. And, it may cause more stress for me in the beginning, but I see my happiness at the end of it.

I wish I could jump up right now and do what I think will make me the happiest. I wish it was a short road. It can be bumpy, but can the distance be reduced? Deciding on that road causes me a little apprehension because I don't necessarily like change or resistance. Change is supposedly good and, I guess, I am strong enough to fight resistance.
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