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Saturday, June 5, 2010

You tell me…

You’ve probably noticed I’m doing another giveaway to What you may not have noticed is that the entries are very low. Can you tell me why? I don’t mean advice like submitting it to sites that do linky love or something like that; I really want to know why you (Yes, you!) didn’t enter.

Is there some preconceived notion about what type of message you’ll send to the man in your life if you give him a little something for Father’s Day from Are you embarrassed to enter?

Let me tell you about some of the goodies MyPleasure has: You don’t have to indulge in a vibrator or personal massager, you can get a Ancient Secrets Of Sexual Ecstasy DVD, massage creams or lotions or a romantic package of A Bed of Roses, which you can use to shower the one you love with scented silk rose petals, mood-setting candles and an sexy invitation. It’s perfect for a romantic evening at home.

I know a lot of families celebrate Father’s Day as a family event, but there’s nothing that says you can’t spend some quiet time together celebrating how great your man is … with a little help from MyPleasure, of course.

An-t-way, I didn’t write this to convince you to enter – well, I hope I did anyway – I wrote it so you’d tell why this giveaway is falling flat. Thanks for your input. Oh, and if you’re feeling a little adventurous then enter the MyPleasure giveaway. :-)


Friday, June 4, 2010

From 3,000 to 1,300

This is not the first time, but I hope it will be the last. What am I talking about? The number of messages in my email inbox. Over the past two days I have whittled it down to just under 1,300 (total). By this time Sunday morning (yes, 2:28 a.m.). I hope to have it down to less than 50, follow up and close out all of the flagged ones, file any I need to keep in the appropriate folders and respond to those that are pending. Whew, sounds like an ambitious goal, huh? Wish me luck.



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How many email messages are in your inbox?


Thursday, June 3, 2010

Oxidative Stress Technology

OXIS is a company that is working on the development and plans to sell Nutraceutical and Cosmecutical products that feature natural ingredients (free radical) that are purported to have positive benefits on our health. One product is known as an antioxidant. The consumer products they’re developing will address health concerns including aging and age-related disorders in brain health, immunity, skin health, inflammation and blood sugar regulation.

In addition to the nutraceutical and cosmeceutical products; they’re also believed to be therapeutic. The focus is on utilizing the substances in their natural state to assist in anti-aging. Advancing Oxidative Stress Technology Oxis International, Inc. (OTCBB: OXIS = check them out they have penny stocks) is the premiere provider for the potent antioxidant, Ergothioneine and through the patented synthetic manufacturing process reportedly remains the only significant commercial source of pure l-ergothioneine worldwide.Some of the expected benefits of ERGO include its ability to maintain the levels of other antioxidants such as Vitamin E, Vitamin C and glutathione.

You can find out more about what’s going on with the company and the products by going to, Oxis on Twitter or Oxis on facebook.

Take a moment to view the video to get a little more information on OXIS and its products.



Random Thursday

money, machine, manic, menaces…

I got up today with my only desire being to drink some coffee and goof off, but that wasn’t in the cards. Well, of course I had my coffee, but goofing off has been put off. And so has relaxing, napping, playing, watching television… For one, the children are still home sick (and I’m not going to mention the money needed for them to go to daycare/camp) and, for two, as I was cleaning off my desk last night I found all the papers and notes that reminded me of things that I’m behind on or that I need to take care of.

Let’s just say it’s a good thing I found the electric bill last night. Nothing like the threat of an off switch to make one take money from another obligation and put it somewhere else. That’s neither here nor there.

Or is it?

Obviously my brain has been tuned to the money channel. Or is that the lack of money channel?

Oh, did I tell you the washing machine is broken? Yup. Again. Remember it hasn’t been that long since I replaced it. … Ask me how many loads of laundry need to be done and what I’m going to do about it.

Uh, did I tell you I’m thinking about money?








So far I like the Mohawk haircut just fine. We’ll see how it looks as it grows out. Andre is quite pleased. In case you’re wondering what happened to his forehead: A little devil boy pushed him during the last week of school.

Andre, who is feeling a lot better today and still running a slight fever, went on a little outing with his father to get his hair cut into a Mohawk. Does mom like Mohawks? No, not really. But he’s a boy and it’ll grow or can be cut so no biggie.

Anna also wants a Mohawk. Although I made a deal with her that I would braid it into a Mohawk.

Then Amareah said she wants a Mohawk. Mind you that was after she said she didn’t. So now I have to braid two heads. Sigh… I’ll have to remember to post pictures.

Where was I?

Oh the kids. …

DSCF4582DSCF4584 DSCF4585DSCF4586They keep interrupting my thoughts, my phone calls, my writing and everything else in between so I feel very unaccomplished today. Except for the mastered skill of balancing a basket on my head while dressed in my self-made wrap dress that I later wrapped into a halter top and wore with shorts.

When RP came in from work this morning we had a few moments where I had him laughing about my attire and my desire to remain cool throughout these muggy days. If I’m going to be trapped with the kids then I might as well be comfortable, right?











Please excuse the dark circles under my eyes and the disheveled hair…

How’s your Thursday going?


European holiday destination: Costa del Sol

There are a lot of times when you want to go on holiday and feel comfortable while enjoying the experience as if the destination is home sweet home. That’s why choosing the apartment rentals in Marbella (in the Costa del Sol on the southern coast of Spain) is the ideal luxury location. It’s a spot that is home to Alanda Club Marbella, which is a luxury hotel and resort offering self-catering accommodations.

All of the apartments are fully equipped with every detail to make visitors feel right at home on the Costa del Sol. The apartments are available in one, two or three bedrooms and can hold up to eight guests. They also offer duplex apartments.

Costa del Sol is a fabulous holiday destination for Europeans and is a destination that has an abundance of activities: There’s golfing (16 courses within the city limits), beaches within walking distance, shopping centers, a hot nightlife and skiing inland during the winter. And there’s fantastic weather all year round.

Marbella is a well-known tourist destination that hasn’t lost any of its Andalusian flavor or history. It’s a cozy spot between the coastline and the mountain ranges that’s traditional yet modern; multicultural and cosmopolitan all while offering something for everyone.


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Chocolate surprise

Today has been This week has been a little emotionally and mentally taxing so I’m not feeling too positive about much right now. I saw the mail carrier stop at the mailbox, but I was sure there wasn’t anything coming that I really wanted. It would be junk mail or… something else that wouldn’t make the week any better.

DSCF4573But… I was wrong…

I found a bag of milk chocolate M&Ms from Kelly McCausey from Moms Talk Network and her fabulous new site Mom Deal of the Day. I was one of the lucky few that received the deal.

Isn’t that cool?

Now I prefer peanut M&Ms, but I’ll never bite the hand that feeds me chocolate!DSCF4574

They were yummy! It’s a good thing I went to the mailbox or they would have melted. I saved them. LOL

Have you had a surprise or treat today?


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Meet Abby

Do you remember when I told you about my desire to make jewelry and possibly sell it on Etsy? (Click the word jewelry to visit that post.) Well, I haven’t forgotten that dream. I recently bought a few supplies and made a new piece. I think I’ve gotten better, in a way, compared to the first piece I made (a red and white bracelet), but I also think I need quite a few more beads and whatnot to fuel my creative juices. Not too many that it will be overwhelming, but just enough that it doesn’t look like something you can buy in the store.

Know what I mean?

Without further ado; here’s Abby:

DSCF4570 What do you think? My main dilemma is whether I want to keep it or sell it. Wouldn’t be much of a business if I only wore the pieces I made. Well, I have to advertise. (Ah-hem!)

My beautiful daughter Amber modeled it for me… wait a minute, I think she still has it on and she’s on her way out the door!DSCF4569


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Snack attack

Although I know I should just sit here and get my work and paperwork finished, I am having a sneak snake attack. I want some peanuts and chocolate or a muffin to go with the cup of tea I’m about to have. I just moseyed into the kitchen to get a handful of cereal and found it to be STALE! Yuck!

I’ll try a different cereal, but I really should just let it go and not have a snack because it’s not like I’m hungry. I think it’s just PMS. LOL… Don’t you hate blaming it on that, but sometimes it’s true. :-)



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Work, home & sick children

Even though this past weekend was a long weekend I still looked forward to spending a day at home working and whatnot without my three younger children who spent the weekend with their father. We had discussed him taking them right to daycare today, which would give me an entire workday.

DSCF4566When he called and texted on Monday to tell me how two of the children were feeling (Anna got hers from Amareah who was sick last week) and Andre has an entirely different illness. A nice viral one that’s making him feverish, headachy and reject anything that is in his stomach (know what I mean?).

So here I still at my desk trying to concentrate on where the heck I’m going to get about $500, which I need today; begin finishing up a client’s project, which I’m already late with; write a few paid posts, client posts, work on projects, do some paperwork, make phone calls; and take care of the sick children.

DSCF4568 Speaking of the sick children: Anna is on the mend ‘cause she’s being as … uh, annoying busy as usual. Andre, on the other hand, is most likely a few minutes from being taken to the emergency room. Although I write this fairly calmly, I have my eyes on the clock. Five minutes ago I took his temperature and it was 104 degrees! Now, if that were Anna I would have already rushed out of the door. For an almost 7 year old, he has about 15 minutes ‘til I see if the medicine is going to make a difference. If not or if it shoots back up to 104 then we’ll be on our way.

DSCF4567Most frustrating about this is the fact that they went to the doctor this morning. I asked their dad what the doctor said about Andre. He said that she said he has some sort of viral infection. What else did he say? Nothing, he says. No instructions? (Insert raised eyebrow and frown here.)

So I called him to get more info on what the doctor said about him (Anna has been referred to an ENT ‘cause this is like the sixth time she’s had an ear infection this year) and let him know what’s going on.

You can imagine how my heart is racing, but I’m not a panicky type mom. I think rationally and do what’s necessary.

Okay, temp is down to 103.7… I’ll check it again in 15 minutes and call the pediatrician’s office when the open again from lunch at 2 p.m. Whew! This has been a rough week. Oh, it’s only Tuesday, isn’t it?

Well, how’s the week going for you?

I’m off to take his temperature again…


American Residential Law Group

There are quite a few homeowners that are struggling to make ends meet financially and that, unfortunately, includes their mortgage. There’s an article about a law group that may offer some solutions for those individuals. A portion of the article, which is about the American Residential Law Group, reads

“There are many errors and violations made by lenders with regard to mortgage documents. In fact, it is extremely common to find violations that lenders have made in connection with TILA, RESPA and HOEPA laws. Most loans have some violations.  If you are behind in your mortgage payments, you may be able to use your lender’s practices of committing violations in mortgage laws as leverage to resolve your delinquent mortgage situation and obtain a loan modification.”

Those interested can find the loan modification law firm at


Sunday, May 30, 2010

Inside my mind

Sometimes when I sit and let my mind wander I end up in places I don’t want to be. I’ll remember the phone calls that I need to make or the paperwork that has went undone. A deadline I am avoiding suddenly pops by as soon as the drowsiness touches me. A conversation I want to have bugs me and the reasons I haven’t had it irks me. Not getting my point across and still wanting to do it. Wanting to be there for everyone’s event, birthday; wanting to plan every party and cookout; wanting to be apart of a larger circle of true friends… Wanting more.

It’s the random thoughts that sometimes bring on a frown as I try to figure out a solution. Do I feel like crying? Exercising? Laughing? Staying up late? Asking someone for help? What in the world is the solution?

What about the things I’ve worked so hard at that make the work I’ve done seem irrelevant? The official court documents that don’t make a difference. The disregard others have for anyone but themselves.

image Then there’s a corner of my brain that wants the runaway plan. An entire day at the movies. A vacation I can’t plan or afford. A weekend trip that I want to take. Children to share with my long-distance relatives.

More thoughts lurk as I try to anticipate what people are thinking, what people are needing, what they are wanting… It’s those that are important to me that worry me. Concern me. Make me think and wish I could do something for them.

It’s all of that and more. It’s not being able to articulate to you exactly what I’m thinking. It’s not wanting to reveal, to complain, to vent… I guess I just need to release. Maybe the release will come in a journal entry, the necklace I’m making, spending time with BF and my children, the book I’m reading… maybe it’ll come in something bigger: writing a book, taking a vacation, making a difference in life and in this world…

Maybe my brain is so caught up in everything that I have to do that it’s feeling the stress of the jumble. The lack of time to complete everything and find a solution. Maybe I’ve lost confidence in myself to do anything, but stay within my mind.

What’s on your mind?

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