Thursday, May 31, 2012

Noxicare All Natural Pain Relief- Review&Giveaway

If you've been around here for any length of time, you've seen the posts, product reviews, and giveaways that are more focused on living naturally and more green. As someone that suffers chronic inflammation when the opportunity to review Noxicare presented itself, I jumped on it.

Noxicare is an all natural pain reliever that quickly and effectively alleviates inflammation, muscle aches and nerve pain with no known side effects. (per Noxicare website). I loved the idea that this special cream was formulated using turmeric, willow bark, ginger, rosemary extract, holy basil, boswellia extract and alpha lipoic acids.

Did you see any words you couldn't pronounce or find naturally in life? Nope! I encourage you to read about Noxicare and their special formulation of these naturally occurring pain relievers. Not only do they work independently but they also work more effectively and efficiently together to treat pain symptoms associated with muscloskeletal issues, arthritis, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, tension headache and those aches and pains common to athletes by enhancing the body's natural ability to heal itself.

I used the Noxicare on my knee, shoulders and wrists. I suffer from tension headaches, have repetitive motion issues with my hands as a result of being a sign language interpreter, and I've previously broken my patella. It constantly aches. This cream contains NO scent so your aches can be secret if you'd like. No going to bed with that geriatric minty smell common to other creams and gels. I was able to fall asleep quickly and most often I have pain at night when I'm finally slowing down.

 In addition to the cream, Noxicare also offers the pain reliever in tablet form for all over pain. One lucky reader will win their own tube of Noxicare! Use the rafflecopter form below to enter.    

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Wonder Triplet Powers ACTIVATE wasn't the apocalypse as surely it was foretold to occur when the three of us finally got together. Each of our respective others were cautioned to maintain the full balance of the "BAIL MONEY" stash we've been procuring as our activation date neared. Sadly, we didn't need it. I blame fully Tropical Storm Beryl as she hit us head on. Talk about raining on our parade.... bah!

Irishman dropped me off at the airport at 5:30am. Passing security without issue, I took seat and gulped down my "won't freak out on the plane" prescription (the Duck doesn't fly...ironic, no?). I was so freaked out about flying I totally forgot I have terrible motion sickness. WTH?! HOW do you forget something like that? I did.
First leg of the flight was fine. From Dallas to Jacksonville, FL was HORRIBLE! I maxed out on my "won't freak out on the plane" prescription and it was only 45 minutes into the 2 hour flight. Landing? I was desperately clutching my barf bag. The plane shook, shimmied and gyrated as thought Shakira were blaring in the cockpit.

Once on the ground we deplaned and found our third power. Best friends for three years now, we've been through birth, death, divorce, and will be finishing it up with marriage in October, yet we had never met in person. I would give either one of these girls by best kidney yet we'd never "seen" each other aside from video chatting. No one would've known. It was as though we'd been hanging out for 15 years.

We hit St. Augustine by storm (literally! ha!). With a weekend filled with fabulous food, at least one day of tons of sun and a plethora of shopping, it was the best of weekends to recharge and laugh til we peed. True story.  And despite Beryl dumping torrential rain on us, the ever creative Duck found the perfect way to make it out of the room and to the car!
Wrapped in the complimentary robes from our Bed & Breakfast, we dashed out and made it! We were seriously hungry.

Back to normal posting this week. Hopefully. I'm still dragging and beyond tired. Those girl just go and go and go! Three cheers to being as full as a tick and crossing over to the duck side with my besties...Kristin and Brandee (of Only Parent Chronicles and Think Tank Momma). Can't wait to see you girls in October!! Muuah!

Thursday, May 24, 2012


It was my last day at my job on-campus, so I decided to say goodbye to all of the counselors I worked with since my freshman year. One of the counselors was also leaving at the end of the semester. She was going with her husband to Australia for a fellowship. I talked to her about her exciting trip and she discussed, with a glimmer in her eyes, her stay in Australia and the logistics of temporarily relocating. Are you planning on relocating temporarily? Here are some storage tips that I learned from my discussion with her.

Think about leasing your home. My counselor told me that if she is going to be gone for a year, someone might as well be living in her house. She ended up leasing her home for more than her monthly payments. Excited, she told me that she was going to use that extra money to help pay her other expenses. By employing this, my counselor is making a bit of money. It may not be a considerable amount, but enough to make this lease worth it. Employing this tip can also be a way to save money with storage. You can leave a few pieces of furniture for your new tenant and possibly raise the rent if you furnish the home.

Think about a storage unit. Think about getting rid of a few things before you go on your extended leave. For the items that you can’t get rid of, get a storage unit. Do you need a climate controlled unit? Think about the items that you will store and if they are sensitive to certain conditions. Get to know the facility and start moving things in as soon as possible.

Think about car storage. Not many people think about storing their vehicle, but for my counselor, it was necessary due to moving into another country. One of the easiest ways to store your car is by lending it to a friend or family member. If someone can’t keep it for you, look for a storage facility that holds cars. Do this in advanced so you can fill out the paperwork and find out the policies well in advanced. 

Joseph Ver is part of the SpareFoot marketing team. With SpareFoot, you can find the best price for a storage unit near you.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

WTF Wednesday

So I just posted on my Facebook page that its a good thing I don't consciously have to remember to breathe. It has been that kind of day. I would be in serious trouble if breathing required thought. Heck, I can't even poop when I need to. Breathe? Ugh....

So this fabulous lady Drazil does WTF Wednesday.She farts gumdrops so of course I'm gonna love her. AND this great little lady Laurabell, who bleeds beer, says its super therapeutic. Two can't be wrong, right?
WTFrankenstine Wednesday it it!

Dearest Mind: WTF were you thinking when you grabbed the tortilla chips and put them in the refrigerator? Its a damn good thing you haven't pooped today as you're likely to be confused as to which end to wipe. Seriously! WTF?!

Dearest Post Office: YOU SUCK! I picked the USPS option for ONE DOLLAR less when I could've gone with UPS and had my box by now. It was SUPPOSE to have been here LAST Thursday. It is still sitting in the processing center in my city with a projected delivery date of May 21st. of missed that one.  Guess that's what I get for trying to save a buck. OY!

Dear Client This Morning: because of your screw up with meeting location I had to drive an extra 45 minutes out of my way after already driving 35 to get to you. Seriously? How could you screw up meeting at your house as opposed
to the courthouse? Naturally its a job that doesn't pay mileage. UGH. This screw up meant that at 9:45am when I needed to pee I couldn't because I was stuck in my car with nothing but HIGHWAY in front me. Then I worked and drove an hour and half home before ever getting to pee. I literally walked into the house bent over. I knew if I stood up I'd gush. TMI? Yeah wasn't fun for me either.

And because I can not for the life of me remember right now what my other WTF was I will leave you with this....
Source: via Molly on Pinterest

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Traveling Fart Pants

Have you ever been so bloated you couldn't bend over? You just know any moment your distended belly button is going to pop sending you zipping all over the room leaving you in a shriveled heap like a deflated balloon? No? Brat

For some reason that was me Friday. Miserable doesn't even begin to describe it. I've said before boulder butt makes me cranky. This was an "I need a Bitch forehead stamp" kind of day.

I pulled my emergency circus tent pants out of the secret hidden space in my closet and headed out on the road. Its a good thing I had kept the fat pants! On a side note: did you know Siri will tattle on you? Stupid hooker already gets kicks making me LOOK stupid with all that autocorrect stuff. NOW she blows my life wide open. Case in point:
 At this point you gotta just go with it...

So an hour drive to my job and 34oz of water consumed by arrival and I'm praying to the poop gods. They deliver. WHEW Lawdy! It wasn't the assplosion I was hoping for (too much?) but any relief was welcome. I was on the verge of asking strangers to pull my finger. It was bad.

So finally I can bend over, breathe, and smile without growling. Only problem is the fat pants. Desperately improvising, I clip my iPhone holster to both my pants and underroos. Its the ONLY thing keeping my pants up. Thank goodness I wore underroos. I don't make a practice of interpreting full monty.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Counting Memories

Today marks the two year anniversary since time of death was called for my sister. No doubt I am in hiding today. While I do pretty well generally speaking, there are still moments my world tilts and I forget to breathe when I think about how long its been since I was able to call her. At 35 years old, she left us way too early and at the hand of arrogance, ignorance and greed which makes it all the more tragic for both the family and her husband and 5 year old son (at the time).

So in lieu of my normal Monday Listcles hosted by the amazing Stasha at The Good Life, today's list will be 35 memories of her. I thought to maybe save this for her birthday in a few short weeks but it works for today. We'll go with it.

1. She always called me on the first day of the school year to see how it went. Our respective jobs overlapped in the education arena. I loved that bond we had over work.

2. Her silent laugh. When she was super tickled about something her mouth hung open, sometimes her eyes clamped shut and she just shook. No sounds came out and sometimes she would nearly pass out from not breathing.

3. As her little sister I always followed her fads. First it was listening to the forbidden rock station, Q104, secretly buying Poison and Guns N Roses CD and then it was sharing her hatred of country music.

4. Then she met her husband and she loved country music. Amazingly so did I. I still listen to it when I want to feel close to her.

5. She was amazing at her job as a recruiter for a large culinary university. She traveled the US presenting and judging culinary competitions.

6. The irony of her job was not lost on me. She couldn't make scrambled eggs until in her late 20's. I'm pretty sure she is the only person I know who could catch the house on fire, literally, while cooking. And she did! At my parents one family get together.

7. When she died I was beyond astonished, although I shouldn't have been, the number of lives she touched in her 35 years and the distances they traveled to pay their respects to her.

8. She never once EVER talked badly about her husband.

9. When I turned 19, she helped me get a fake ID. Pretty sure she can't get in trouble for it now seeing as how she is dead, (<---I really did laugh at that thought) so I can tell you she helped me. I just won't tell you how.

10. When I was 5 she called me a jackass. When I asked my mom what a jackass was I got in trouble for saying it and was sent to my room.

11. When she was in high school, I caught her boyfriend sneaking out of the house one night as the rest of us were walking in from the garage. I never said a word. I'm pretty sure he would remember if I were to ask him about it today.

12. When it stormed she let me sleep in her bed with her. I was terrified of lightening catching our house on fire. My room was two stories above the driveway - no way out. Her's wasn't.

13. Even while sitting in the ER the week she died she was cracking jokes and the entire nursing staff loved her. Everyone was always at ease around Wendy.

14. When I was 18 I spent my spring break in Virginia with her and her husband. They were living there at the time. She took me to get my belly button pierced. My dad nearly skinned me when I returned home.

15. She was VERY allergic to bananas - like face swelling type of allergic. I use to chase her around the house with banana peels and my lips all puffed out when she irritated me.

16. We took a family trip to Hawaii one year. She fell asleep on the beach and forgot sunscreen. The entire plane ride home she could hardly move. She really DID look like a lobster.

17. One plane ride we took together, she had to pee really badly but didn't want to use the lavatory on board. I sang Row Row Row Your Boat for a solid 10 minutes until she hauled off and punched me. I still think she peed a little too.

18. She would call me while out shopping when she came across a pair of what she considered ugly shoes. She always said I wore ugly shoes. If she thought they were ugly she knew I would like them.

19. They were the Griswolds when it came to Christmas decorations. Truly. Their electric bill would triple for the season. They lived on a 2.5 acres with tons of yard to fill!

20. She was late to everything. If she was on time, it was just to her own funeral. We always knew to tell Wendy the arrival time at least 30 minutes prior to when we really wanted her there.

21. She was the best Mom ever. I always thought she over indulged. I was wrong. After having my own I know now and even though her son probably won't ever remember it, I am SO happy she gave him all that extra time those first 5 years.

22. She loved her sweats. If she was home, she was wearing sweats.

23. She was such a lightweight with alcohol. She could just SMELL a margarita and be drunk.

24. She was extremely sentimental. She had a whole book of trinkets collected and cards saved from just the first year she dated her husband.

25. Her nickname was BubbleButt and aptly so even into adulthood. Girl had a JLO booty!

26. She was a news radio junkie

27. She was my go-to ride during my short run a partying hard. Can't tell you now many times she picked me up after too many margaritas.

28. She had back surgery at 15. I only remember her laying face down on the couch for days and trying eat Jello like that. Its nearly impossible by the way...unless you use a straw.

29. She did a lot of driving for work. She loved listening to novels on CD. I entered a ton of giveaways for those type of books. Most all of them arrived after she died though.

30. Peach was her favorite color

31. We used to bribe our younger sister with the choice of TWO shiny pennies or ONE dime to do our chores for us. She always went for the TWO pennies.

32. It rained for the three days prior to her time of death being called. Just as it was called and final prayer given the sun came out.

33. She had been away at college maybe a week and I was moving all my stuff into her room. I WANTED that room!

34. She was a night owl. She would still be up at 3am working or playing or doing something. She always gave me shit about going to bed at 9p even though she knew I got up at 4:30am.

35. Whenever she was at a loss for words, when something slipped her mind, if she tripped over nothing (which we girls are  prone to do), got lost driving somewhere, or generally screwed something up she would always blame it on her "brain tumor" and laugh. Little did we know, she actually had one. While sitting in the hospital waiting for surgery this became the running joke.

Sunday, May 20, 2012 - review

Oh THIS is the mother load! Is April Fools Day akin to a major HOLIDAY in your house? Do you have 11 and 13 year old boys that live for playing practical jokes on people? Do you hate your boss? is the place for you!
 I was sold as soon as I hit the web page for this site but quickly became overwhelmed with all the awesomeness! Not to worry though. On the side bar there is a very convenient list suggesting the top 10 Prank gifts, Gag Gifts and even Obama gifts.

What should the first thing I notice be? Liquid Ass. Yes...that's right! It promises to be a highly concentrated liquid ass spray that smells like a mixture of green poo, bad smelling moist butt crack, fart, and dead animals. I DIE! This is the PERFECT revenge tool! And its on sale for $4.88! I am having visions of awesome torture when Thing1 and Thing2 are having one of their sleepovers. Just because I have boobs does not mean I can't blend in with those boys!

Aside from that awesomeness, the product I DID review for is just as stellar. I give you the Drinking Helmet in Red! Currently on sale for $11.89 this will be an envy creating addition to your summer BBQ's and driveway parties. Just think of the possibilities! Hands-free drinking while working your magic on the grill or beating your buddies at poker in the garage. Could be that you'd just like to sit without the can sweating in your hand.  Maybe you are deaf and need your hands free to sign! Even the kids found a great reasons to slap this hat on! Thing2 said it was perfect while gaming. He wouldn't even have to pause the XBox while killing Zombies. Thing1 thought it would be perfect during a game of ping pong.

Irishman and I tried it out and found that it doesn't work so well with bottles but that's just because the tubing is a bit short to reach down into the neck of a bottle. HOWEVER! A quick trip to the hardware store and problem is solved. So it really is the perfect addition to your summer party garb!

You can keep up on current promotions and deals or new additions to categories by following on TWITTER or liking their Facebook Page. With 100% satisfaction guaranteed and secure check out procedures, you are going to LOVE everything about shopping and purchasing from this site. And when you do, please email me pictures of what you got! My wish list is already uber long!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

#EclosBeauty Skin Care System Review & Giveaway

This post brought to you by éclos Skin Care. All opinions are 100% mine.


Product information provided by manufacturer:

Eclos products feature Apple Stem Cells which have been extracted from a rare Swiss apple. These have shown tremendous ability to stimulate the growth of new skin stem cells, encouraging the skin to behave like younger skin. Plant extracts vitamins and anti oxidants combine with Apple Stem cell technology to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and tired skin.

Similar products used to only be available at specialty department stores and had that special price tag to match. Now éclos Skin Care has brought the same type of high quality product to mainstream stores at an affordable price.

I am always on the hunt for afforadable awesome skin care products. I've been through a LOT of them and I have high standards on a limited budget. This fits the bill for both! I haveing  been using my kit for about 10 days and am still grabbing it as my first choice each night.

Here are the products I have been using:

Facial Cleanser Skin Prep: Super happy with this. It isn't so watery that it runs right out of your hands before you can get it to your face. It's a medium thickness opaque gel, lathers really well and doesn't dry my face out. I find that nickel size drop does the trick to get my skin really clean and prepped for the other steps.

Instant Radience Facial Scrub: Small sand like granules that remove the dead skin cells and leave your skin feeling fresh. As far as face scrubs go this one left my face feeling soft and exfoliated without the extra dry feeling. This product also enhances cell turnover.

Cellular Activator Face Serum: Meant to rehabilitate aging skin and to regnerate cells. Goes on super smooth and actually feels sort of silky. A little goes a long way with this one and won't leave you feeling greasy.

Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream: Works best used over the Cellular Activator Face Serum, is suppose to reduce lines and wrinkles. This cream smells great, goes on smoothly and absorbs well, In addtion to reducing fine lines I think performs well by keeping the areas needing moisture supple and those that don't are not overly moisturized.

Restorative Eye Cream: Meant to be used on the soft, delicate skin around the eyes and reduce fine lines and increase moisture content. My eyes have always been a sore spot with me, I hate my dark circles and have recently started to notice a little bit of a papery look. The Restorative cream seems to be helping my skin look firmer and it doesn't make my eyes burn, if it gets rid of my dark circles I would buy it in vats.

Skin Renewal Clay Mask: The mask is designed to absorb dirt and oils that get stuck in your pores. Use twice weekly for maximum benefits. I've used a lot of clay masks, and this one ranks up with some of my favorites. It didn't get super hard for me and I didn't really feel it pulling out oil and dirt like some I have used, but it still gets high marks as my face felt soft and smooth after removing it. There was no excessive drying.

The super fun surprise is the Terry Cloth headband, keeps your hair back so you don't end up with clay mask or anything else gunked in it and its super comfy. AND tons of fun to play with. Works great as a sling shot.

I have been provided an extra complete éclos Skin Care.   system to give away to one reader. Just leave me a comment below letting me know you'd like to win this. Please be sure your email is enabled on your profile or that you leave your email address in the comment. I will need to contact you for shipping purposes.

(before shot) Please ignore the booger behind me making faces. Out of the 3 photos I snapped, this was the only usable one :O)


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The Day Was a Fairytale

If ever there was a song that describes perfectly the first actual date Irishman and I had, this one is it. I know a LOT of people bag on Taylor Swift and Irishman is among them. He detests her music however he makes this exception for me. The lyrics couldn't fit any more perfectly.

I love talking about when we first met and how today is just as magical and amazing as it was that first day nearly two years ago. While we met (which is a fabulous story in itself) several weeks before we ever actually went on a date, both moments were history making in our story.  When MamaKat's Writer Workshop writing prompts came in this week and 2.) Describe where you were when you met a boy and 5.) List the songs that tell your life story (so far) made the list, I couldn't pass them up.

Truly he was wearing the grey tshirt and I the dress when he arrived to pick me up. My sister had died just two months earlier and I was going through a turbulent divorce. Pretty sure that qualifies as distress. When we first met I had no intention of ever dating or talking to anything with a "fishing rod" again. I was perfectly content with being on my own with Lil Duck.  A few weeks later we went for drinks. Never in my life had I ever felt so comfortable and at ease with a virtual stranger. He has never felt like a stranger though. I laughed too loud, I laughed a lot and I probably sat a little too close and casually touched him a tad too much. I couldn't help it. I wanted to climb inside his smile and languish in the glowing warmth of his eyes and it surprised the hell out of me. And still today the world is not right if his hand is not in mine and I can not relax until I am in his airspace.

There is a reason fairytales are written. One because someone has imagined how they wished the story would play out or two because they have experienced it. They've been there when time slows down and the magic surrounds you in the most common of settings, an ale house, when one look and your heart starts healing and you've felt safe in a way that's never been there before and when that first kiss happens and life falls away so that the only thing left to catch you is his heart. 

"Today Was A Fairytale"

Today was a fairytale
You were the prince
I used to be a damsel in distress
You took me by the hand and you picked me up at six
Today was a fairytale

Today was a fairytale

Today was a fairytale
I wore a dress
You wore a dark grey t-shirt
You told me I was pretty
When I looked like a mess
Today was a fairytale

Time slows down
Whenever you're around

Can you feel this magic in the air?
It must have been the way you kissed me
Fell in love when I saw you standing there
It must have been the way
Today was a fairytale

It must have been the way
Today was a fairytale

Today was a fairytale
You've got a smile that takes me to another planet
Every move you make everything you say is right
Today was a fairytale

Today was a fairytale
All that I can say
Is now it's getting so much clearer
Nothing made sense until the time I saw your face
Today was a fairytale

Time slows down
Whenever you're around

But can you feel this magic in the air?
It must have been the way you kissed me
Fell in love when I saw you standing there
It must have been the way
Today was a fairytale
It must have been the way
Today was a fairytale

Time slows down
Whenever you're around
I can feel my heart
It's beating in my chest
Did you feel it?
I can't put this down

But can you feel this magic in the air?
It must have been the way you kissed me
Fell in love when I saw you standing there
It must have been the way

But can you feel this magic in the air?
It must have been the way you kissed me
Fell in love when I saw you standing there
It must have been the way
Today was a fairytale
It must have been the way
Today was a fairytale

Today was a fairytale

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Fingerprints and Photographs

I have painted the walls in the stairwell a couple of times. Lately, I just can't bring myself to do it again. As Lil Duck soars past milestones, and wakes up every morning looking just that much older I find I have to leave the reminders of where she was just a little bit longer. It settles my heart.

I chose not to post about Mother's Day at the beginning of the week, not because I don't love and appreciate my mother, I do, it was just odd this year. Sometimes I am of a mood where I want to just spend time alone with my nuclear family, nothing fancy, extravagant or to be fussed over. Just some time listening to giggles, creating giggles, sharing lots of hugs, hearing incessant chatter about an xbox game and zombie spiders that I can't begin to comprehend and discovering little things like Thing 2 has been carrying a photo of Lil Duck and myself in his backpack daily.

It is the "little" everyday moments that makes motherhood and Life so special!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

That Moment When Your Stupid Falls Out

We all have them, some of us more frequently than others, and some of us take it one step further and write about them. dumbass that I am

You want to know that someone has taken stupid one step further than you, dontcha? I seem to have been on quite the streak lately having stepped out of the shower only to realize while drying off I only shaved one leg. Yeaaaahhhh.... that same morning while walking to the living room to hand Lil Duck her allergy medicine, I popped it out of the foil and took it myself. {sigh} That day only got worse.

That Moment When...

~The always complaining about weight coworker starts crunching carrot sticks so loudly you want to fork her eyeballs. Instead you out-crunch her with your bag of yummy Cheese-Its.

~You catch the dog licking the air vent and you both stare at each other awkwardly.
~ You plop the grilled cheese into the pan, cheese side down.

~You realize you have a really amazing relationship because you've just been talking extensively about anal sex while dining on Subway for dinner.

~You remember you left your note about adding the anal sex conversation to your post out on the kitchen table which the sitter is currently occupying.

~You realize your face is transmitting your thoughts despite engaging your ninja brain-to-mouth filtering skillz

Your turn to finish the sentence....That moment when......

Monday, May 14, 2012

10 Things Deleted

Grab your lipstick and mirror, paper and pencil, iPhone Notes app or poopy diaper and a wall....It is Monday. Listicle time with The Good Life! Whoot!

This week's topic feeding my listing obsession is 10 Things You Wish You Could Delete. Hmmm...

1. Cellulite -right?! Although I've found something that works better than anything I have ever come across, I'd still like to NOT need to use it.

2. A short list of people - there are a select few I would like to delete from Earth. They are wasting precious resources for the rest of us.

3. Bills - wouldn't we all?!

4. Bad Drivers - PERIOD!

5. Having seen this photo:
6. Voices - there are time I would like to delete a voice. Sometimes its the voices in my head, and sometimes they belong to actual people.

7. My need for budgeting -
8. Certain photos - I will say no more on that one.

9. Constipation - MERCY! Boulder Butt is MISERABLE!

10. The ability to have multiple orgasms -  PSYCHE! Seriously, I may LOOK stupid but I am not! I just didn't have a #10 because I believe all the moments leading up to today makes me who I am. To change even one thing might have sent my life in a totally different direction.

Waaaayyyy to deep for a Monday, but there ya have it. Anything you would like to delete?! Hmmm?!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Wedding Bells Are Going To Vibrate

We are fast approaching wedding season! Love is and has been and will be in the air for many in the coming months. EdenFantasys has you covered whether you are attending a bachelorette party, are the Bride or the Groom or even a bridesmaid!

Of course the amazing array of sex toys would be make the perfect gift for any bachelorette party. We all know that the premier retailer is EdenFantasys. But did you also know they can be your source for lingerie?  Their newly promoted Wedding Shoppe makes it supper easy to shop, even providing the option of a gift registry. Shop their preselected items for categories including Bride, Groom, Newlyweds and Sexy Lingerie.

Or put together a fabulous wedding night basket using products from their amazing Bath and Body lines. The Flirty Little Favorites would be a perfect choice.
 This set includes a body scrub, lotion and perfume oil. Priced at $35.99 it fits just about any budget while providing luxury pampering.

If lingerie is more your style, or the Brides style, shop with confidence at EdenFantasys. All their pieces are high quality and I have yet to try something that I wasn't 100% satisfied with. Affordable, comfortable and beautiful. The Bride will have no trouble finding something to wear, however momentarily it is, on her wedding night.

And if you're the bridesmaid, consider finding something beautiful, sexy, and fun for yourself! Weddings always stir the air and some great connections have been made while attending those types of events. Be ready to slip into your own sexy!

*this is a sponsored post but all opinions are mine

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Newman's Own Organics -Giveaway & Review

My tastebuds are in love! And I am not the only one. The kids at school gobbled up cookies faster than I could get them out of the container. Thing 1 and Thing 2 devoured the sour licorice (I saved the regular for me. They have black licorice....I die!). Lil Duck has eaten her way through the fig cookies. I might have helped with that a little. ...okay...I ate one whole package myself. I also hoarded the pretzels for myself. Newman's Own Organics went ALL OUT in sending products for review and after tasting the goodness, I have NO DOUBT they put just as much generosity and care into all the products they make.

Newman's Own Organics is an incredible find! Toss out whatever preconceived ideas you have about organic foods and replace them with these products. Full bodied in flavor, smooth, salty, sweet, crunchy all around goodness that just plain tastes better! Here at the pond we have been on a quest for not only greener living but healthier living and everything that encompasses. Newman's Own Organics is going to become a staple in our pantry.

The family owned company can be very proud that all ingredients have been grown on farms that have not used artificial fertilizers or pesticides for three years or more. The farms and processors have been certified by an independent third party. As well as maintaining a Kosher certification by Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America. You will find this information on their website.

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Obviously I am very impressed with not only the presentation of products but the taste and quality as well as what happens behind the scenes. You may also be interested in knowing that Newman's Own Organics has a whole line of dog food and dog treats as well!

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Bullets Make Me Happy - Tshirt Review

If you're in the market for awesome gun t-shirts, I have found the source for you! If you've followed me on twitter or you have liked my facebook page (both to the right if you haven't yet partookith of the koolaid) you know my adventures with the squirrels.

I have had the best time pelting them in back side with Thing 1's pellet gun. Now, before you get all PETA on me, these vile furry rats have eaten my deck furniture, my DECK, the ate all my strawberries and the entire plant, they have ruined hundreds of dollars worth of plants and hissed and snarled when we run onto the deck to shoo them away. It was time to whip out the gear. And now, I have the best gun t-shirt to wear on my endeavors. I just feel mean! (and Thing 2 thinks I'm super cool).

Made of heavy, sturdy cotton, these tshirts are comfortable and durable. They have a wide selection besides this one. Be sure to check them out!

 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Me vs The Man

A week ago today was my final drive into the hood and out of the hood; a trek I've made Monday through Friday for the last 11 years. Change is good. Good things are continuing to happen which lead me to believe I more than for sure made the right choice. I am now a contract sign language interpreter. I work for myself.

There are some great benefits to working for ME vs. The Man. No one is watching me, stalking me, or if they are they have very limited knowledge of my days now. I set my schedule, I answer only to my checking account. I am thrilled!

I compiled a list of what I no longer will be experiencing on a daily basis...

NO Staff Food days - but I never participated in those anyway. I have SEEN the habits of those bringing food.!, you LOOK at what you just blew into the Kleenex!

NO Crotch rot - I don't like public bathrooms anyway but getting slapped in the face with the lunch lady's cave funk and the toilets looking like something that will never happen in my house!

NO Paid Vacation - me there

NO Job tasks outside my description and training - no seizing children I am not trained to care for.
No feeding tubes I am not trained to care for
No chasing "runners" around the outside of the building sans coat in 20 degree weather

NO company Christmas Parties - never had those in the 11 years I was there anyway...unless they just didn't invite me. Which is very possible.

NO dead things - I won't have to walk past dead birds to get into the building. No dead mice that lay sprawled at the bottom of the INSIDE staircase for 3+ days and no grabbing a door knob to enter the classroom and having roaches scurry up and across my hand {shiver}

NO maintaining decorum: I don't have to hold back that awesome belch after the first sip of that sanity saving can of Diet Coke.

I am really diggin workin' for myself. (at least right now....) What a difference a week can make!

Happy Hump Day

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A B C, Yes Those Are Letters

Sooooooooooo....I sat down to write something and all I keep looping through my mush is "something funny. Think of something funny. Sarcastic, funny, sickening.....oh gawd what am I doing to do with out the boogerlickers that lick my toes and ooze slime?"

Aaaaaand of course I also have Irishman sitting next to me with his laptop blaring obscure 80's hairband ballads asking me "Surely you know this one, right?!"

Ummmm no dear. I was 4 when that came out.

Okay, so I was a little older and some of them I DO remember (but only from the oldies station....Ha! I kid!) So what does any good Ducky do when in a corner on music? Grab a bottle and pretend to sing, or lick the bottle opening...or sing...or both.

I'm digressing...I needed a topic for today and since I don't have boogerlicker stories today I decided to incorporate the ABC's. Plus I promise not to string out words again like I did up there. Kind of annoying, yes?

I give you the ABC's of me. Stolen from Donna. Um, just the context not the content. This IS all about me. Like it would be anything else {eyeroll}

Age: newly 33 and very comfortable in this age.

Bedsize: (can you ASK a girl that? seriously?) King (like it would be anything but) I love the space and pillows

Chores that you hate: dusting, cleaning the tub and paying bills.

Dogs: have had 3. One is left with me and I love my step-furbaby Zena (yes, of course she has a super hero name)

Essential start to your day: Greens and coffee

Favorite Color: I love color period. Purple, orange, reds, blue, yellow, pink, get the idea.

Gold or Silver: silver or white gold. I do wear some gold but not much. I also like diamonds (hint hint)

Height: 5'4.75 specific enough?

Instruments you play: Kazoo and Recorder. I'm also an expert hummer. {insert joke here} As a child I studied the piano and guitar and took voice lessons.

Job Title: Wonder Woman!, sign language interpreter, freelance writer, mother extraordinare, Supreme Goddess Of Irishman's Free World and Independent Distributor for ItWorks! Global

Kids: one 3 year old sassifrass diva from my womb and 2 Things that grew in my heart

Live: in the moment with my face turned to the light

Mother's Name: "Smiley"....that's what my dad has called her for 42 years.

Nicknames: Ducky. In high school I was Hambone and/or Moe

Overnight Hospitals Stays: just when I gave birth. I'm sure curled up in the Neuroscience ER Ward waiting room probably doesn't count here

Pet Peeves: whining, liars, listening to other masticate

Quote from movie or TV Show: "My lips hurt real bad" - Napoleon Dynamite

Righty or Lefty: Right

Siblings: 2 sisters.... one older one younger

Time You Wake Up - 4:30-5:30 (If I've actually slept through the night) during the week. 7am on Saturdays. Hoping to reset my clock soon

Underwear: rarely

Vegetable you hate: Brussels sprouts? I really love every veggie

What makes you run late: a 3 year old poor planning

XRays you've had: chest, knee when I broke it. Do CAT scans and MRI's count? Those were to rule out brain tumors as  source of migraines. They should count.

Yummy food you make: I have yet to get anything but stellar reviews from Lil Duck, Irishman and the Things. I tend to stick to what I am good at.

Zoo animal: Giraffe, chimpanzees and hippos!

Monday, May 7, 2012

10 Things That Happen In An Hour

It's Monday which means its time to start listing. Re-listing what didn't get finished over the weekend, listing meals and what is needed on the grocery trip (or if you're like me, what you forgot to pick up on Sunday), the To Do for the week and listing all the corners you're going to have to work to make the mortgage payment this month. Oh? Just me? Meh...

It ALSO means its time for the Listicles with The Good Life. This week the topic comes compliments of Stacey's Mothering Moments.

10 Things That Happen In An Hour

Join me on

Had I done this last week, no doubt there would a list of brushing off boogerlickers as their tongues take swipes at my toes, or attempt to nurse despite being 7 years old. However this is a brand new Monday and here is Ten things that typically happen in an hour's time on any given day...

1. I growl at the alarm clock and text Irishman

2. Stumble to the bathroom and pop my eyeballs in

3. Check Facebook, Twitter, Blog Emails and personal emails, anything pressing? meh...

4. Walk into the kitchen and forget why I am in there.

5. Head back to the bathroom and shower

6. Walk back to the kitchen and stand at the sink pondering once again what it is I am suppose to be doing in the kitchen

7. Grab my phone and check texts, reply to some emails and post something on Facebook about needing coffee or I may embark on a homicidal rage

8. Put on my warpaint and get dressed

9. Remember finally what it was I needed in the take my meds, make coffee and make Lil Duck's lunch. Can't make lunch without allowing her to help though so I just get everything out.

10. Take a deep breath and think of a creative way to wake up Lil Duck