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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Potty breaks & random observations

In my travels with the elusive part-time temporary job that I keep mentioning I have visited quite a few restrooms that I would not have the pleasure of seeing otherwise. My area of travel is Clayton County and during my travels I drink tons of water. Well, eventually that water manages to need releasing (seems quite frequently) and I must avail myself to the restroom at the local libraries and churches. I, thus far, have not been impressed. One restroom in the most beautiful, peaceful and well-kept Catholic church I've ever been in (well, the only one I've ever been in) had the stinkiest, yuckiest bathroom ever. Go figure. There's a public library (and I'll keep to myself which one it is) that needs a deep cleaning with some bleach, peroxide, Formula 44 or something similar.

I'm sitting on the love seat in my living room while I click away, glance out of the window and watch television (seen two Bruce Willis movies so far). I've seen playful squirrels, a tiny bird with a red patch on its head and a sneaky, lurking cat prancing around in my yard. A few cars and a couple of people walking and enjoying the day. It's the girl on the motorized scooter that keeps capturing my attention. That motorized scooter has reminded me of how lazy and overweight a lot of people in today's world have become. The girl was overweight. I felt sad that her parents and/or guardians had chosen to purchase that for her. She's sharing it with a sister, a friend or someone and they other girl is slender.

That's the last observation... that I didn't have any negative opinions about the slender girl riding the scooter. I may have still thought that this generation is so lazy and different than kids were when I was growing up, but it probably would have stopped there.

I suppose I should get off my lazy butt and get some housework done. Maybe I should get my children dressed and take them to the park or something. (No, I'm not dressed either!) I don't really want to get dressed. Even though the sky is a beautiful blue with scant white clouds floating by, the leaves are shimmering in the Spring breeze and the temperature is inviting, I think I prefer to sit here and not feel good. (The pain today is quite unpleasant.) I'd rather sit here and hope/wish/pray for some mysterious something or someone to come and pick up my children to entertain them and tire them out.

Don't worry, it's the headache talking. A migraine has started to brew, but I'm going to take something to see if it'll subside. Then maybe do something that brings a little joy to my heart (water color or coloring with children) and stuff that I must do... Maybe I'll come back later and tell you about other random observations.

It's time for another party!

I've finally found a little time, and energy, to get some blogging done. I happened over to 5 Minutes for Mom and discovered that the Ultimate Blog Party 2010 has started. Wow, I can't believe it's that time already. If you haven't experienced a 5 Minutes for Mom party then you don't know what you're missing. There are prizes, socializing and everything you find at a regular party (well, minus the prizes, I guess); just in the comfort of your own home. Or wherever you're blogging from at the time.

Ultimate Blog Party 2010I found a link to my post from last year's Ultimate Blog Party and think it's cool to be participating again. It's a fun way to meet new blogging friends and, of course, win something. I keep talking about that, don't I?

If you're new to my blog, please feel free to click around some to get to know me. Let me tell you a little bit about myself, my blog (It's a woman's world!) and why I started. I'm a 40-something writer and mom of four children ages 18, 6, 5 and 2 1/2. I'm a bit overwhelmed with my life right now, but find solace in blogging because it involves a few of the things I like to do: reading, writing and socializing. :-)

It's a woman's world cover a myriad of different topics, but all of which I think are relevant to a woman's life. Well, at least this woman's life. There are book and product reviews, paid posts (gotta make some moolah), creative and random writings, updates on my children and my health and few other things here and there.

I look forward to meeting all of you and hope to see you around after the party is over. Here's to new friendships... party on!

Liquid vitamins do a body good

Individuals today are looking for ways to make their bodies healthier and stronger, but they want quick, easy and proven ways to do that. They may find that in TruWell’s LMV Gold, which is a complete liquid multivitamin and mineral supplement that's touted as containing 29 essential vitamins and minerals such as Coenzyme Q10, Whole Grape Extract, Bioflavinoids, Phytonutrients, Antioxidants, Essential Fatty Acids and 72 Trace Minerals.

Our diets don't always contain the vitamins and minerals we need so taking a multivitamin in the form of liquid vitamins is a way to get all the nutrients needed. Just a little sip once a day; it's as easy as that.

Strengthen a young woman's resolve with Revolve 2010

One of our jobs as parents is to lead our children in the right direction. That includes all kinds of topics including when it comes to your religious and moral beliefs. That's why I introduced my 18-year-old daughter to Revolve 2010, NCV REVOLVE NEW TESTAMENT BIBLEZINE 2010.

Through my daughter I've learned that teenagers enjoy magazines and books that are colorful, engaging, artistic and full of design savvy articles, information and photographs. They also like quick reads that give them complete details in as little words as possible with the option to read more if they like. That's what Revolve 2010 offers.

This is the 6th edition and includes new sidebars and features while continuing to make the New Testament relevant to a teenage girl's life today. Here's a list of some of the current features:

* The truth about guys from Chad Eastham (featured speaker on Revolve Tour and author of The Truth About Guys)
* Behind the scenes of The Word of Promise: The Next Generation, with stars Jordin Sparks, Cody Linley, and Corbin Bleu
* Celeb Drama-Trauma
* Q&A with Jenna Lucado
* Quizzes aimed to increase self-awareness and point readers to Scripture
* Free music downloads from Group1Crew, Stellar Kart, and Britt Nicole

Revolve 2010 is a book that teenage girls can read a few pages at a time each day or spend extended time studying. My daughter, who is somewhat picky about what she absorbs, has added this item to her current reading selections.

Disclosure: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <>: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." Click here to review my entire disclaimer policy.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Tasty changes

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Hormel Foods. All opinions are 100% mine.

I remember the days of pulling out a can of hormel Chili from the pantry, heating it in a saucepan, filling a bowl, sprinkling it with cheese and settling down for a hearty, tasty, filling and warm meal. It was simple, easy and yummy. That used to be my favorite way to eat it, but there are more varieties and ideas nowadays that I must try. The all-time favorite also has Hormel® Chili Master® Chili. It's a bowl of chili, and way more, housed inside a jar.

Here are the varieties available:
  • Chili Master Chipotle Chicken no Beans
  • Chili Master Chipotle Chicken with Beans
  • Chili Master Roasted Tomato no Bean
  • Chili Master Roasted Tomato with Bean
  • Chili Master White Chicken with Bean

You can gobble them "plain" or get a little creative by wrapping your favorite one in a pita, spoon it over rice, have it with noodles or make a dip for your corn chips. The options are endless for this new premium style chili. If you need ideas then check out the Hormel Foods Recipes pages to find something to tempt your taste buds or share an idea you've already tried.

And for even more spice in the kitchen, the simple Dinty Moore® cans have also advanced and improved to the new Dinty Moore® HeartyMeals™ varieties such as chicken pot pie and noodles and beef. Sounds tasty, right?

The changes in the products have grown with the changes in advertising and marketing. Do you remember any of the previous years' advertisements? In the 1930s, there were two characters Jiggs and Maggie, from "Bringing Up Father," who were used in Dinty Moore® advertisements. There was another ad using a lumber jack guy who said, "First name's Dinty, last name's Moore." What about the pro football player, Fran Tarkenton, in the 1980s who promoted the Hormel® chili. That's just the beginning.

As the brands evolve so does the product with the end result still being a family favorite. That's what I like about the changes. And, there you have it, another instance where change is good.

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Let's catch up...

There are about three more weeks of my part-time temporary job and I must admit that I can't wait until it's over. You may be thinking, "Girl, I know you aren't complaining about having money?" But it's definitely not what you think. In fact, working part time has taken away from my Internet/blogging income. I'm so busy and exhausted that I've made less money. The "extra" income that I'd planned has partly replaced what I do here so - in essence - getting the job has defeated the purpose.

I need something that is in addition to what I am already doing. So, these last few weeks of the job I am going to try and push myself to make up the income as well as obtain another client or assignment so I'm not struggling and fretting in three weeks. Make sense? I think so.

In about a month or so I'll probably have some other things to share with you. Things are not so good, but - like the old saying goes - "change is good." (Or is that a slogan from a commercial? LOL)

Getting behind with blogging means I'm behind on posting commitments like book reviews, etc.
(BTW: Look out for a review and giveaway of the book "Forget Me Not" by Vicki Hinze on or about the 11th, k?)

Now on to the good stuff:
I've been wanting to share some of the freebies, goodies and wins I've gotten in the mail. ...

One of my most favorite wins is the Sapphire Crystal Heart Charm Bracelet from Charm Factory that I won from the Growing a Baby in Seattle Reviews blog. Imagine my surprise when Carrie told me I won. Talk about thrilled! I've been trying to win something from Charm Factory for eons; every time I see a blog hosting a giveaway I enter and my persistence has paid off. Thanks, Carrie, for hosting the giveaway - I've been rocking the bracelet on a regular basis and getting tons of complements on it.

I was one of the 200 winners of the Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner. I received that from Mom Central Consulting. I enjoyed that as much as the bracelet (uh, you know what I mean) because it made cleaning my old tub easy and quick. There's nothing like using a cleaning product to perk up a busy mom. :D

Just the other day I received a sample of the Purex Complete 3-in-1 laundry sheets and I can't wait to use it. The commercial makes it seem like the best thing since sliced bread. So, I'm going to find out. I don't recall who's blog I clicked on for the freebie.

Another good win was the Sade Soldier of Love album. Listening to her new CD made me flashback to when I used to jam to her music "back in the day." Her voice is just a sultry and mysterious, and I really like it. My one critique is it's a little serious and way too short, but a true product of the Sade I remember. I got that from an online promotion and, unfortunately and not surprisingly, I don't remember who, where or what. Sorry.

One of the most interesting giveaways (hosted by One Savvy Mommy) that I won, which I didn't think I would, was the SKOY Earth-friendly cloth. I was a bit skeptical at first when I received the cloths, but I am pleasantly surprised at their usefulness. The cloths replace paper towels and sponges, they're 100 percent biodegradable and natural, they're machine washable or you can sanitize them in the microwave, and they're sturdy. They have reduced my paper towel usage, but have upped my laundry levels with the amount of dish towels the kids are using to wipe their hands. The SKOY doesn't work well for that, in my opinion. One minor downfall is the way they dry; they don't drape well over faucets or sinks. Anyone have a creative, neat way to store them? Other than that I love love love them.

I vaguely remember ordering a sample of a Scentsy Wickless Authentic Product and I received it (an air freshener) along with a catalog not too long ago. Love the products featured in the catalog and enjoyed the scents in my car.

Today I received a Glade plugIns scented oil fragrance refill and warmer courtesy of SC Johnson and Right@Home. The scent they sent (tahee!) is Hawaiian Breeze and it's not too bad. It isn't a "flavor" I would choose for myself, but I think it's something I'll get used to. I plugged it into the kitchen 'cause it just seems to make sense there. I like the way it "puffs" out a scent that lingers, almost fades then puffs again. Keeps a constant, clean scent. With this one it seems as if I entered a Right@Home giveaway or something, but - once again and not surprisingly - I don't remember.

I think that's about it. There are books that I'd like to share and a few other things, but I think this is enough for now. Now that you're mostly caught up on what's going on over here let me know what you've been up to. Okay?

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Sneak Peek at "Date Night"

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of 20th Century Fox. All opinions are 100% mine.

Have you heard about Date Night? No, not the "to do" that couples put on their calendars, but the Date Night Movie, which opens this weekend on April 9th.

The movie Date Night tells the story of a couple (played by Steve Carell and Tina Fey) who venture out on their weekly dinner date. What is normally a pretty boring affair turns into an intriguing night that involves breaking and entering, a car chase, a shootout and an interesting encounter with a not-so-legal strip club boss. Despite the scratches, scrapes and scares, the husband and wife get out of the adventure with their love renewed.

Some guys may deem it a chick flick, but if it's a film that both sexes will enjoy. Funny, interesting and fast moving, maybe you'll leave the theater with your loved re-enforced.

Get a little peek at the movie trailer to tempt yourself a little more. Then make sure you mark your calendar for April 9th (that's this weekend!) and check out the movie on opening night.

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Pollen clouds & showers

I was waiting in my car one morning (I don't even feel like explaining why) when I saw puffs of smoke floating across the road. I kept craning my neck trying to see where the smoke was coming from. It whipped around then soared across the road in huge, round clusters. It amazed me. I stared intently then realized it was pollen. There were - and still are - clouds of pollen blowing from the trees and grass.

As far as I remember this year has been the worse pollen wise. I've never seen this much pollen so early in the Spring. Today, I was about to get out of my car and paused. I was surrounded by trees and pollen filled the air. I couldn't avoid getting out of the car so I stepped out into the storm. I felt pollen on my face, arms and legs. It blew behind my eyes and my glasses got a yellow tint. Even as I sit indoors now I feel like I can still feel it swishing around me.

There's no way to avoid it. It's been swirling and blowing for a few days now. Seemingly increasing in count - 1600 last time I heard.

Tomorrow it is supposed to rain and although rainy weather is my least favorite; I can't wait. I hope it washes away the yellow that clings to my van, my driveway, the mailbox and any and everything including my skin.

I was too lazy to get up close to the van so I zoomed in from my front door. 
Can you see the yellow haze on top?

See the yellow dirt on the tire treads? There are some pollen filled 
thingamagingies on the ground too.

A yellow tinted trash can. Great. Don't you love the trash next to the fence? 
That's thanks to my neighbors... They're the best. Uh...not.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Puff, fluff, straighten, braid and twist

About a decade ago (give or take a month or two) I asked Shelley of Naturi Beauty if I could sample her Naturi hair products and do a review. I explained to her the battle I've been having with getting my hair to do what I want it to do. I think I've even told you about my hair dilemmas and the different styles I've had over the years. I wrote a post about the hairstyles quite awhile ago and then I found one that had some more pics of me in a meme that revealed even more hairstyles. I've worn everything from braids and cornrows to two-strand twists and locks that grew pass my waist.

Photo taken by Alex Jones

Shelley agreed to let me try her products and I was more than excited when they arrived. I began using them on my middle daughter's thick, long hair and was pleased to see how the Naturi Quench Intense Moisturizer worked in her hair. It leaves her hair, and that of her younger sister's, shiny and healthy looking. The other product, the Naturi Curli Define/Hold Curl Cream product is made to help the natural curl of your hair burst through... at least that's the way I understand it. :) Here's how it's described on Shelley's site: "A holding cream that defines natural curls and waves and eliminates frizz. Combines the nourishing and moisturizing properties of coconut oil and aloe to produce healthy, bouncy, glowing curls and waves. Apply to freshly washed, wet hair for optimal hair definition. Air or hood dry and style!"

This is the last time Amareah's hair was straightened for the Black History Program
at her school. It had never been this shiny before when straightened. 
Thanks to Shelley's product, the style and moisturize really lasted.

Here's Amareah the next day. Fabulous hair, right?

When I first tried the curl cream I was excited and couldn't wait to see the results. Well, imagine my surprise when my hair was filled with flakes after it dried. I tried it again another day. Same results. I tried it on Amareah who has the most beautiful natural curls in the world. Same results.

Oh dear, I thought. I gave in and sent Shelley an email asking what I was doing wrong. I was using de-tangler and moisturizer (another brand) on my hair before I used the Naturi Curli. I wasn't supposed to do that. Oops.

After I take the current braids out of Amareah's hair I'm going to try it on her again. I, on the other hand, gave up and got kinky twists. (I really like them. I've had them almost four weeks and I need to get the ends re-curled. In another three to four weeks, give or take, I'll go back and get another style.) I'll probably wear braided styles throughout the summer and try the curli product again when I'm "done" with that. I would show you a few pictures of my hair freshly washed, un-dried but I am a bit embarrassed by them. It's not a very attractive look so I'll spare you.

The intense moisturizer is now my favorite hair product and I use it on myself and the three youngest children. It's almost gone so I'm going to have to order some. It should be here just in time for when I'm going to try coaxing my natural curl. Maybe by then my hair will have grown.

Stay tuned for future entries to my hair journal, a new addition to It's a woman's world.

Disclaimer: I received Shelley's Naturi Beauty products in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. Click to review my entire disclaimer policy.
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