Monday, June 25, 2012

Why is it?

Why is it with over 3 billion people in the world you can still feel like the only person in the world?

Why is it the people drive down the road with their blinker on when they have no intention of making a turn?

Why is it we know we shouldn't eat that candy bar so we get two?

Why is it we complain about our circumstances, but do nothing to try and change them?

Why is it we can put a man on the moon but we can't get decent cell service?

Why is it we keep making the same choices and expecting a different outcome?

Why is it that ice cold water tastes better than room temperature water?

Why is it with a wonderful marriage, great kids and everything you could possibly want yet still feel like you are missing something?

Why is it that commercials for anti-aging commercials use women that aren't old?

Why is it that with all this modern technology we still use paper to wipe our behinds?

Why is it that blondes are the "butt" of all the jokes, yet they are ones having all the fun?

Why is it that I no idea why I started this? 

What's your "Why is it?"

Saturday, June 23, 2012

I love getting perks!

Look what I just got from being an influencer at Klout



 First up I got the first two episodes for the new season of Falling Skies on TNT.  It also came with a little booklet recapping the show with bios of the characters and interviews with three of the "behind the scenes" crew.  This is a show I got into watching last season so I was looking forward to this perk and I wasn't disappointed.  I think this one is my favorite.....so far!


Then a couple days after getting the DVD I got this cute little piece of equipment:

This device, as you can see, is called the Stirmate.  It apparently stirs your food in the microwave for you.  You have to attach a couple of stick hooks to the sides of the inside of the microwave and then you take that long piece and attach it to the hooks, putting the little slit it has on the top of the device.  Then as your microwave turntable rotates, it stirs your food.  It came with three different sizes to accommodate different size bowls so that is nice.  It will be interesting to see how this works.  I might need to make some queso just so I can try it out! LOL

If you have a Facebook and Twitter account you should look into joining Klout and see what "perks" you can get.  Who doesn't like getting free stuff!


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Diamond Candles

Recently I was introduced to this site, www.diamondcandles.com.  The sell candles with rings in them!  Candles and rings!  What girl doesn't like that?!  LOL   The rings are worth anywhere from $10 all the way up to $5,000.

I was lucky enough to catch a sale, so I was able to get it and shipped for $19.95.  So even if the ring was only a $10 ring, I figured I still got a decent deal as the candle is fairly large.  I got the Cinnamon Roll scented one:
 

Of course I lit it as soon as it arrived and it smelled divine!  Definitely made me wish I had some cinnamon rolls on hand.  Even the kids kept asking where they were.  It took a couple of days to melt the candle down enough that I could get the ring out.  It might have taken another day or two, but I did help it along.....I wanted to see what ring I got.  The ring was double-wrapped in foil and in a little baggie to avoid getting any wax on it and viola this is what I got:


I don't think it's a $5000 ring, but it's pretty.  Of course this means I'll probably have to buy another one as my other fingers are looking empty now.  I'm not normally a jewelry wearer, but these candles make it much more tempting and fun to become one.  Not only are they great for yourself and make your house smell good, they would make excellent gifts and I know a few people that will be getting one come Christmas......so if you are reading this, act surprised when you get one! 

Monday, June 18, 2012

A single serving cake

How many times have you wanted a piece of cake, but didn't want to buy the whole cake to do it or even go to the store and buy the single slices they now sell....at OUTRAGEOUS prices!  So, I found this recipe and pinned it on my pinterest for future use( http://pinterest.com/pin/86412886570496941/).  I figured some day I would try it.

Well that day came last week.  I planned ahead and had the supplies on hand, two cake mixes. 

You have to have 1 Angel Food Cake mix for it to work


So I mixed them together in a baggie, per instructions:

before mixing well.
after mixing 


You then take 3 Tbsp of the mix and 2 Tbsp of water and combine them in a cup or small bowl(not too small though).  I used a coffee cup for the first one:


Then you cook it in the microwave for 1 minute and let it stand for 15 minutes(very important) and then this is what it looks like:


The next one I tried in one in a small bowl, it was too small. The mixture filled the bowl:


And then proceeded to bubble over in the microwave:


This is what the final product looks like, with some frosting dolloped on top:


It didn't taste bad and definitely would fill that need for a single serving cake, when you needed one.  It's not as good as a regularly baked cake, but I do plan on doing it more often.  I think next time I'm going to try using a strawberry sauce over the top, with maybe a dab of chocolate sauce.  And I'm going to see if I can find something better sized for the size as well.



Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Klout....are you an influencer?

So I joined this site called Klout.com.  It's a place that rates your social media influence between all the different sites, like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and more.    I've been doing it about a month, month and a half I guess.  I've been trying to build up my twitter following for one of my money-making sites(Calyp...from a previous blog....whole 'nother story! LOL) so I figured I would give this Klout site a shot.

Basically you pick some topics you think you are influential in...ie Homeschool, Social Media, Moms, etc....the sky really is the limit.  You can have has many as 20 topics at a time and sometimes they will even list a topic for you out the blue.   Then every once in awhile they have what are called "perks", basically prizes for being influential in certain topics.  So far I've gotten a sneak peak at the new season of Falling Skies, some business cards, a box of eBoost powder to add to your bottled water and some other internet site stuff.

Most recently however I've gotten the best perks, I think, so far.  I got some Roc Multi Correxion Stress Repair Night Cream:


Mind you I haven't tried it yet, but I plan on it.  I know I have some "smile lines" that could use some shrinking and I'm sure my skin could use a little youthful lift!  LOL

The latest perk I got was for some Trident Gum and Trident Layers Gum.  Now, I thought they might send a pack or two and that's what I was expecting, but I was wrong........They sent 12 packs of each kind..12!! That was a VERY nice surprise.  12 packs of Tropical Twist and 12 packs of Juicy Berry/Tangy Tangerine.

             

I tried the Berry/Tangerine last night.....it's different.  That first taste is a little tart and different, but the I kind of like it!  I have another perk coming in a couple of weeks called a StirMate for the microwave.  Have no idea what it is/does except stir things in the microwave for you.  So when I get that I'll post some pictures of that too.

So, if you've got a decent following on Facebook, Twitter, etc....check out Klout and see if you can get yourself some perks as well!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

It's so much easier to put on!

I'm always full of good intentions.  I intend to start eating healthier. I intend to start riding my stationary bike.  I intend to eat less sweets.  I intend to do more exercising.  But intentions can only get you so far.  There needs to be actions with the intentions and that is where I have been struggling.

Three years ago I lost 50 pounds with just watching what I ate and walking 4-5 days a week for an hour/hour and a half.  It didn't happen overnight, it took the whole year.  Then my thyroid started to fail and I gained back 8 pounds in a month.  I upped my exercise routine, was still watching what I ate, yet I continued to gain.....so frustrating, so I gave up.  It took two years to get the medicine to the correct dosage and by then I had fallen into a lazy routine, gaining back a total of 20-25 pounds.   All that hard work sabotaged by my own body!

And now it's summertime, bathing suit season........time to get those pounds and the additional "hibernation" fat off.  The only problem is it's not as easy to take off as it is to put on and if you haven't already started, it's probably too late.   It's just doesn't seem fair that the mini snickers bar I ate will take me two weeks to work off.  So instead of not eating the snickers, I have two.  Instead of getting on my stationary bike, I'm sitting on my couch.  It's so hard to get back into the routine.  Once I get back into it, it's easy to stay there, but just step off that path for a day or two and it gets lost in the muck.

So how do we get back on the path, find the path again?   Well, we just have to take it one day at a time and look at the small achievements we've made and build on those.  Instead of two snickers, only have one.  Instead of sitting on the couch all night long, get up on commercials and just walk around, do squats, walk in place, do jumping jacks, do situps....do SOMETHING!!!  So, that is what I'm doing.  Instead of sitting while playing Halo with my boys(yes, I play....no, I'm not any good!) I get up between matches and jog on my mini trampoline or jumprope.  Instead of sitting and watching tv all night long, I get up on the commercials and move around.  I know I won't be a size 2 anytime soon, heck I won't be a size 8 anytime soon, but I won't put the rest of those 50 pounds back on and it's something!

So put down that snickers bar and get moving!