Friday, December 28, 2012

What a tangled web

I bet you think this is going to be a blog about deception and you would be wrong.  Actually it's about hair, my hair.  You see it's the time of year when the heater gets turned on in the house. Yes, I know I live in Arizona, but it does get chilly here.  Granted not as chilly as most other parts, but chilly none the less.  Now, Arizona is already a pretty dry state, not a lot of humidity, so when the heater runs it dries the air out in the house even more.  Have you noticed how when the heater runs in your car you tend to get shocked more?  Because it causes more static electricity being so dry, more friction.  Something like that, I just know in the winter with the heater I tend to get shocked more.

I have long, THICK hair that can tangle if you look at if funny.  Usually those tangles are "manageable", but when you add in the dryness from the heater and the static electricity those tangles tend to get a mind of their own, usually at the base of my neck and especially when I take a day off from brushing my hair.  What?  You've never done that??  Well, it was the holidays and there was noone to see, noone to come over, and nowhere to go.  Jammies all day long, I don't think I even brushed my teeth(don't tell my dentist), but that's a whole different blog.

Anyway! So this morning I realized I hadn't brushed/combed my hair in a couple of days.  DON'T JUDGE ME!!!  I got out my brush and began the strokes.  It started out well, the right side was done in a matter of seconds, then I started on the other side.  That was a whole different story.  Immediately I ran into resistance.  20 minutes later I finally had smooth hair, albeit a little bit less of it.   Mind you this was not the worst it's been.  While visiting back in Colorado at the beginning of the month, I got one that spanned the whole back of my head.....just by the end of the day.  I had to have my husband brush it out for me, because I just couldn't do it.

So, the lesson I've taken from this, one I hope to heed, is that I need to brush my hair EVERYDAY in the winter and I need to find a better for daily use to keep those tangles at bay. Anyone know a good one??   I'm not usually a tender headed sort of person, but those "rat's nests" as I call them sure do hurt.

FYI, I've already finger-combed several tangles out my hair that happened just while typing this out.  I told you it tangled easily!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

I never knew they were so good!

I was fortunate to qualify for another Influenster VoxBox, this time it was called the Holiday Treat VoxBox.   With a name like that you just know it has to be good, right?!   The box got delivered while I was on vacation in Colorado, so I didn't get to find out what was in it until after I got back.

Needless to say, after being gone for 2 weeks and it being the holiday season I had a lot of packages/mail to go through:

But which one held my treat, my delicious surprise??  That white box in the center of the picture, that's the one I was looking for!  I saved opening it for last as I wanted nothing to distract from my prize.  What could it be????  To my surprise inside that non-descript, plain white box was a beautifully packaged box of, are you ready, Ferrero Rocher Chocolates......18 to be exact!

Isn't that a pretty box!

Now, I have to be honest.  I've NEVER tried Ferrero Rocher before....ever!  They are my mom's absolute favorite fact she got three 12pc containers for Christmas this year.  I am not a fan of coconut and for some reason I had it in my head that these had coconut in them, so I never really had a desire to try them.  But I was willing to "take one for the team" for this VoxBox review. 

So, I opened the box and peered inside.

Lined up all the pretty containers for a pretty shot. 

Yes, I am stalling!

I could stall no longer, the time had come.  So I unwrapped it and gave myself a pep talk.  I can do this. 

It's just one bite! It won't kill me right?

*drumroll please*

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!  What on earth was I afraid of??  These things, these little balls of chocolate are absolutely DIVINE!!  There isn't one speck of coconut to be found in the these balls of deliciousness.  I was completely wrong and had been depriving myself of these for far too long. 

 As it turns out those specs on the outside of the chocolate ball are hazelnut pieces and inside each decadent ball is a hazelnut surrounded by creamy milk chocolate wrapped in a crisp wafer shell.


Ferrero Rocher, and my mother, I owe you an apology.  We really should listen to our mothers.  Needless to say I have found myself another treat that I will savor for years to come.  Thank you Influenster and Ferrero Rocher for helping me to discover these wonderful chocolates.
My eyes have been opened.  

Friday, December 21, 2012

A Garden For Daily Living

I received the following poem in a Christmas card this year and wanted to share it with you.  
I hope you enjoy it as I did.

A Garden For Daily Living
 by Imel Timberlake and Mary Helen Looney

 Plant three rows of peas

Peace of mind
Peace of heart 
Peace of soul

 Plant four rows of squash

Squash gossip
Squash indifference
Squash grumbling
Squash selfishness

 Plant four rows of lettuce

Lettuce be faithful
Lettuce be kind
Lettuce be happy
Lettuce really love one another

 No garden should be without turnips

Turnip for service when needed
Turnip to help one another
Turnip the music and dance


To conclude our garden we must have thyme

Thyme for fun
Thyme for rest
Thyme for ourselves


Water freely with patience and cultivate with love.

There is much fruit in your garden because you reap what you sow.

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

It's really not about blame, about who's right and who's wrong.

It's really not about blame, about who's right and who's wrong....

I heard that line in the Christmas movie, "An Accidental Christmas", last night while trying to think of what I was going to write.  The movie isn't anything special, but that line jumped out at me.  In this day and age we are always so quick to find blame, rather than take responsibility.  We are quick to point a finger, quick to tell someone they are wrong or it's all their fault.  But do we ever stop and think about what our part was?  It's so much easier to cast the blame on someone or something else than to take any responsibility upon ourselves.  Because lets face it, if we admit any responsibility then that means we would have to do something about it and it's so much easier to let someone else fix it and then complain when they don't.

After the devastating tragedy of Sandy Hook Elementary the immediate reaction was to find a cause, a reason, someone, something....anything to blame so we could fix it and keep it from happening again.  We are saddened and outraged that it happened and demanding change.  It doesn't matter if the change will really help, we just know we need to change something, anything so that we can feel like our outrage has accomplished something, so we can feel better.

When we can blame someone or something else we don't have to personally do anything about fixing it.  It no longer becomes our problem, our responsibility.  It sure makes things easier doesn't it....or does it?  The problem is that when you think you aren't responsible then you don't think you need to do anything, change anything.  It becomes someone else's job to do that.

We've become a society that no longer takes responsibility for anything: "It's not in my job description".  A society that doesn't care about the unborn: "It's a fetus not a human being".  A society concerned about "what's in it for me" or "what do I get in return".  We've become a society that calls evil good and good evil. A society that idolizes people that have done nothing (Kardashian, Hilton, etc). A society that pays more attention to the bad things/people than to the good things/people.   A society that talks about tolerance, but that is it, just talks.  We no longer have discussions, we have arguments.  We no longer have love, we have hate.  We no longer have differences of opinion, we have name calling.  We no longer have "turn the other cheek", we have "how much can I win in a lawsuit?".  Gone are the days of helping your fellow man, because now if you do you might get sued.

So what am I trying to say in all this rambling?  Simply this: What if what needs to be changed is ourselves?  It's not about assigning blame, about who's right or who's wrong.  It's about taking responsibility, ownership, of ourselves, our lives and our decisions.  Remember when you are pointing that finger at someone else, there are 3 more that at pointing at yourself.  Rather than looking for someone else to blame, let's start looking at ourselves and how we can change.  It won't be easy, but then things worth having never are.

Matthew 7:3-5  
Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Romans 12:2
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect

Thursday, December 6, 2012

I had a lucky week!

If you have me as a friend on Facebook you know I enter quite a few of giveaways because that's the majority of what my posts are about.  Most are super easy to enter and a couple require more work.  My favorites are of course the easy entry ones that you just like and share on Facebook, followed by the ones that maybe just want your email or are Facebook only entry, the rest are ones you have to like a bunch of pages on Facebook and follow on Twitter.  I've done a couple of those ones, but have never been lucky enough to win any of those, so I only enter those ones when it's something I really chocolate(lots of chocolate) or Keurig.

Two weeks ago or so I had a lucky week as I won a "like and share" giveaway AND an email entry giveaway.   First I found out that I won one of Miliani Cosmetics 10th Anniversary giveaways they were doing called 10 10 10 which stood for 10 products, 10 winners, 10 days.  Like most giveaways, I see something free and don't pay attention to what all is included.  I knew it was cosmetics, but never really paid attention to what was included.  I just heard from friends that it was a good giveaway and I should at least try.  So try I did and a winner I became!  I was totally shocked when I got the email saying I had won, but totally excited too.  About a week later I got a box delivered and when I opened it this is what I found inside:

Look at all that beautiful makeup!  Two eyeliners, an eyeshadow pencil, mascara, shimmery eyeshadow, blush, illuminating face powder, nail treatment lacquer,  nail polish, "Runway Eyes" eye shadow and lip gloss.

I think I hit the jackpot on that one and I can't wait to try all of it out.  I don't think I've ever used liquid eyeliner, so that will be fun to play with along with the eyeshadows.  I may have to bring back my false eyelashes!

About two days after finding out I won the Milani giveaway, I entered a "like/share/comment" contest on Facebook from one of the pages I follow (Lucky's Bingo Corner).  They do nightly giveaways of all kinds of little goodies, you never know what you might win until after you win.  All you have to do is, well to start with "Like" their page so you can see when they do the giveaways.   Then when you see the special picture post for the day(November was a giant turkey, December is Santa and his sleigh, and non-holiday months are the "Lucky Bus") you have to like and share the picture and comment whatever the phrase for the picture is(Gobbley Goo for the turkey, Ho Ho Ho for Santa and Beep Beep for the bus).  You have an hour to do this and then the announce the winner.  Well, one time it was me!  Just like the email for the other giveaway, I was surprised to see my name had been chosen.  So, what did I win you ask.....this:

A beautiful eyeshadow pallette and mascara from 29 cosmetics.  Both came in beautiful metallic containers.  From what I hear this is "the good stuff", so don't be fooled by the quantity on this one.  This was NOT a cheap giveaway.  Plus, I really do love the colors in this pallette.

Since I really know nothing about either company I went online to check both brands out and they both seem like they have some really nice stuff, with the latter being much more pricier.  I'm looking forward to trying out all the makeup I got.

So, if you are my friend on Facebook and see me post a link for the giveaway, let this be a reminder as to why you want to enter.  Will you always win?  No, but you definitely will never win if you don't enter.