Friday, November 30, 2012


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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Photo-A-Day 11/29/12 BIG

What do you think big could be?  Big is this Lego Dinosaur! This was taken a few years ago at the Lego Store in Downtown Disney! I love Legos, and so does Steven. He was recently asking me to buy another Lego set that required a multitude of pieces and time, but I haven't quite found the right set yet at a reasonable price!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Photo-a-day November 28, 2012 Vehicle

Hrrrrmmm, this was going to be an interesting pic! Vehicle... Not identify marks are noted on it, except my breast cancer ribbon magnet! I just took it while my car was in our garage! I'm in my nightshirt and am not going to take a picture of someone else's car outside! I usually have these pictures a little planned out, and with son's help! Okay, I just realized that I still have my Nightmare Before Christmas antenna topper still on, I need to change it sometime this week for a Christmas one! The second picture is of my friend Debbie, who's like another sister to me! She's on one of the cars in the Tomorrowland Speedway! Hey Deb!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

I'm announcing the Purex plus Oxi winner tonight, after hearing back from her! It's Judi B!! Congrats Judi! :O) Awesome!

Photo-a-Day November 27, 2012 Tree

WOW! This month and this year have flown by! We've had four birthdays in my family this month... my sisters Karen and Laura  AND my Aunt Maureen (my Dad's youngest sister!), my ex-stepmom Norma,  and one of my friends.. Connie! She sent me some pictures of her pineapple plant/tree in my texts recently, and she gave me permission to post them, so I'll be sharing them with you all soon! I have never seen a pineapple grow that far from a piece cut from the top of another one before, so to me, it's really cool!

Steve was driving when I took this one!

Out near the Carmike Theaters! 
Today's picture was taken on Sunday when we were out and about, and it's a different view than the sky view that you all saw.  They have quite a few very tall palm trees in The Avenue, and they caught my eye. Fat Mum Slim has inspired many to follow her with the Photo-A-Day each month, and I plan to continue doing so. She wanted us to take a photo of a TREE, and to test our creative bones . We could lie down on the ground and take a photo looking up. You could experiment with angles and filters, I'm still trying to play around with different ones on my iPhone!  I took pictures of the palm trees looking up at them! Gosh, how I love to use exclamation points!!!! The 2nd picture is of a small palm tree, what kind I don't know!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Photo-A-Day November 25 and 26, 2012

Yes, I finally saw "Skyfall" with Steve and Steven yesterday! It was good! I am definitely bummed about Dame Judi Densch's character "M" dying off, though. We had a decent time, we went out to lunch before the movie, at a place called Pizza Gallery. They had a Sunday brunch, which we hadn't tried before now, they usually have a buffet with the pizza and some pasta and salad. The chicken piccata was good, and so were their home style potatoes. We stopped by Coldstone Creamery after the movie, then onto Kohl's. I think that it was last year when Isotoner came out with their version of the smartphone gloves. I wanted a pair so bad, but I didn't get around to getting a pair last year. I finally forgot about them until a Kohl's ad on Sunday. I've had a pair of Isotoners since before Steve and I got married, and they've been showing some wear in the past few years. It was finally time to replace them.
I'm showing a picture of the old pair and the new pair. The smartphone pair is comfortable! I'm anticipating a cold winter this year, due to having cooler weather starting last month. I threw in a picture of my Mickey and Minnie gloves, too!

Sky... a picture of the sky in Melbourne, FL near the Avenue. It was beautiful!

In the cupboard... our coffee mugs! Even Disney is in our kitchen cabinets!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Photo-A-Day November 22-24, 2012

The lovely Photo-A-Days got behind again on my part! I worked the past 3 days and I was pretty much wiped out when I came home from work. Hubby's cooking dinner while I post this. Aiming to see "Skyfall" later! I'm not a big fan of Daniel Craig, but I do love Bond movies!

Grateful... I'm grateful for my family, but I'm also grateful for the little guy who came into our household back in July! Macy!!

Black... The grey photo app that I use just wouldn't do justice for pictures I was trying to take, so I took a picture of our black U-Verse remote.

Sound you heard... Okay, so I was watching Thursday's episode of "Glee", and took a picture of Finn!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Purex plus Oxi (Review and Giveaway)

As you might know, except for not having the Purex Button on the sidebar, I'm a Purex Insider!! I recently was given the opportunity to review their newest product in their lineup, Purex plus Oxi!
I'm talking about Purex plus Oxi, a new-stain-fighting liquid detergent from Purex!! I do all of laundry on a daily basis in my household, and I was thrilled to try their latest product. I pride myself on doing a great job keeping my uniforms and my husband's and son's clothes clean.

I need to give you some information about this new product from Purex. Purex plus Oxi is the most powerful Purex detergent available. It works against over 101 different stains! The 3 stain-fighting enzymes in Purex plus Oxi  each work against different types of stains for the most Purex stain-fighting power you can get. Purex plus Oxi, like all liquid Purex products has been specially formulated to work in both high efficiency washers and traditional washing machines. This is definitely important to me, because we bought a high efficiency front loading washing machine two years ago. And with Purex, you won't break the bank! Purex plus Oxi leaves your clothes bright, white, and clean! It costs half the price of the leading detergent! It comes in a hypoallergenic formula with a light fresh scent. It's perfect for everyday laundry or heavily soiled clothes.  AND, it is so powerful, it can even be used to pretreat stains, too! To use as a pretreater: Pour a little Purex plus Oxi onto the stain, rub the stained fabric together and let sit for five minutes before putting in the washer. Then, add Purex plus Oxi detergent to your wash load as you normally would.

It's the best laundry detergent that I've tried so far, and we have used many kinds in our household in the past few years since I've been married and had a son and birds! It worked quite well on the birds' sheets that we cover them with every night. I did have one issue with one of Steven's t-shirts, but it was because I missed pretreating the stain before washing it. It was a spaghetti sauce stain. I do highly recommend their new Purex plus Oxi! It has made my husband's dress shirts and t-shirts cleaner! I'm always getting stains of some kind or another on my work uniforms, and it really kept the blue and the white ones clean!

For more information: stop by and check out Purex's site:  Purex plus Oxi
Follow them on Twitter at @Purex

Disclosure: Purex provided me with a sample of Purex plus Oxi so I could review them. However, all of the opinions expressed here are my own!

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

PHOTO-A-DAY November 14-21, 2012

Working and running to doctors' appointments tied up quite a bit of my time in the past week! I had a lumbar nerve block on Monday afternoon, and I was numb in my waist/hips for a few hours---but I was able to walk and drive! Wild, eh?  I'm feeling much better, from the bronchitis, hoping that I don't end up the diagnosis of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). I think that I've had at least 10+ bouts of bronchitis since the 1st one in 1979, when I was in high school in my junior year. I was diagnosed with allergy-inducecd asthma back in 1996 as an adult. Well, on with the Photo-A-Day!

14th... Man-made... My Vera Bradley purse is man-made, obviously!

15th... in your bag... I took the contents out of my Vera Bradley purse, and laid them out on the kittchen counter. I can't believe I carry that much stuff it in!

16th... The view from your window... I was driving in Melbourne, and decided to take a picture out of the car window, when I was at a traffic light.

17th... The last thing that you bought... my Michael's trip for Christmas card supplies! I'm stamping them by hand this coming weekend! I haven't done this in years!

18th... Happened this weekend... slept! I had to work Saturday and Sunday night! Unmade bed!

19th... Something awesome... I got the Brave Blu-ray set in the mail from Amazon!

20th ... Work/Play...I can't take pictures of work due to HIPPA regulations and I don't want to get fired, so I'm posting a picture of me in my uniform playing the Hasbro Football with son, you've seen this picture before. Hanging at Disney, it's another old picture, I didn't play yesterday!

21st... What you wore... another old pic!!

Wordless Wednesday! The Boy and a Lego Dragon!(Circa '06)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Boots No. 7 Beautiful Skin

With my Beauty Bloggers voxbox, I was given the opportunity to review the Boots No. 7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream and the Cleansing Balm! I was happy with the fragrance of both of them, and how gentle they were with my skin. The Cleansing balm was gentle, and I had received the Dry/ Very Dry skin one. My skin felt comfortable after using it. The Night Cream wasn't too heavy and it left my skin feeling moisturizing and not greasy. And, at my age, I've got dry skin! I was able to wear the Night Cream to bed AND to work without feeling greasy skin! I;m quite happy with their products and would highly recommend them!

For further information on Boot's products, check out Boots ! You can buy it from Boots site, Target, , and Ulta, among several other retail locations!

Disclosure: I was given Boots No.7 products in my Beauty Bloggers VoxBox in order to facilitate a review, and the opinions expressed are my own!

Influenster Beauty Bloggers VoxBox 2012 Review

I love, love getting the chance to review a VoxBox for Influenster, and this time it was a beauty box! I've been dibbling and dabbling in different cosmetics and beauty products more so since I turned 45 a few years ago. There will be pictures (tons!) in this review!

NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact: $4.99.  I was sent the "Dark Shadows" compact! I love the name of it since I'm a big fan of the original "Dark Shadows". It had varying shades of grey in it. It came with a primer, and I was really impressed with it! I have another brand of shadow primer here at home, and I love it, but I really liked the way that NYC NewYork Color included one in the set. Also included in the set was  an applicator, an illuminator (nice!), highlighter, an all over the lid, and not one but two crease/contour colors.  I really liked the colors in this set! When I wore it to work one night, my friends were telling me that it looked like it was blue, not grey, on my eyes. Maybe I didn't put enough on, but I could tell that it was grey! Thumbs up from me!

Kiss Ever Pro Lashes Starter Kit: $5.99   This eyelash starter kit included eyelashes, adhesive, and an applicator! The latex-free glue has a 24-hour hold. I've never worn eyelashes prior to receiving the beauty box, and this was definitely a learning experience for me, trying to put them on, without wearing them on a different part of my face! HA! They are made of human hair, which was neat. It took me two different days to finally get them on semi-correctly---the pictures show the second day's attempt! I haven't decided if they're me or not yet. Curious what you all think about the pics!

Bath and Body Works Mini Candles: $3.50   Mini-but mighty!! Their mini candles provide an amazing fragrance experience exclusively developed and tested by a team of Home Fragrance experts, including the world's best master perfumers. I received the Pumpkin Cupcake mini candle, and it smelled so delicious that I wanted to eat it. Seriously, though, it had an awesome smell to it! We aren't big on candles here in my household, due to our birds, but I plan to burn it on occasion when I take a bath in the master bathroom.

EBOOST: $28 for box of 20 effervescent powders, $39 for box of 30 effervescent powders, $39 for box of 12 shots. EBOOST will boost your mood, focus, and immunity with natural ingredients and no crash. As a shot of easy-to-mix powder and in four flavors, you'll feel great whether you choose Orange, Pink Lemonade, Acai Pomegranate, or Super Berry.  I received the Orange Flavor, and it tasted great. I wasn't feeling well when I drank it, and it definitely boosted my mood!! I forgot to take a picture of the drink, it was when I was sick. :O(   The Super Berry sounds like it would be yummy, too!

Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin: $7.29   Never have the time for a great updo? Not anymore! The Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin allows you to easily achieve three chic updo styles, Simply twirl your hair up and spin the two Spin Pins in for a perfect undone bun, side bun or double bun! I thought that my hair was long enough to use the spin pins, but when it came down to using them, I didn't have enough hair to use them on. :O(  I was truly bummed, because I know that it would be super easy to use them! I will be attempting to use them again, when my hair gets a bit longer! Thumbs up!

Not Your Mother's Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream: $6 for full sized 4-oz bottle. Kinky Moves is infused with natural grape seed & jasmine to encourage natural curls and eliminate frizz and fly-aways. I loved the fragrance to it!  I love how my hair turn out after blow drying! These pictures were taken this morning, after a night at work, two pictures ---one from the front and one of the back of my head ! It definitely encouraged my natural curves. Thumbs up!

 Boots No. 7 Beautiful Skin: Keep your skin looking and feeling beautiful with Boots No. 7 Beautiful Skin hypo-allergenic system. Try this new and easy to use two-step range of everyday skincare cleansers and moisturizers , tailored to your specific skin type eliminating the need for toners. I received the Cleansing Balm for Dry/Very Dry skin and the Night Cream for Dry/Very Dry. Honest opinion: Fragrance to both was nice, and that's a plus for me! (I will admit to being a Cetaphil cleansing bar or cleansing liquid user.) With the Cleansing Balm, you use just a small amount over your skin and you can either wipe it off or wash it away with warm water. Me--- well, I washed it away with cool water, and it didn't make my skin feel tight or yucky afterwards. My skin felt soft and clean!  I tend use Simple  light lotion on my face before going to work at night, since I've got that 50 year old skin which needs moisture these days! (I seriously thought that I'd never have dry skin, but I guess that it's that way from now on!) The Night Cream was great, I've worn it to bed and a few times to work, it didn't feel heavy on my skin at all! I was impressed that my skin didn't feel greasy with it! I will be definitely looking for it on the market or on their website!

Disclosure: I'm a member of Influenster, and I received the voxbox of goodies in order to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed are my own!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Green Mountain Coffee Fair Trade Bzz Campaign (Review)

In this day and age, do you think about where your coffee came from and under what conditions it was grown? And, do you wonder what type of impact your coffee being grown will have on the farmer and his local community? I used to not be concerned about things like that,  and even much less about it being labeled "Fair Trade Certified"! I used to think, "what's the big deal about it? Now, you and I have a good reason to become more informed about fair trade certified  coffee, and I will tell you why!

You get the benefit of great tasting coffee, and the farmers get a better quality of life!!!When you buy that flavorful Fair Trade Certified Green Mountain Coffee, you're ensuring a better cup of coffee for yourself and a better quality of life for farmers. The purchase doesn't just benefit or impact the farmers, it benefits the surrounding communities, too!! How so???

Fair trade:
* Helps the farmers get a fair price for their beans
* Improves working conditions
* Assists in protecting the environment
* Supports community development  with projects resulting in new schools, roads, health clinics, and safer drinking water.

Green Mountain Coffee:
* provides a great cup of coffee packed with good vibes!

* Has a delightful, quality selection of fair Trade Certified coffees available for everyone's taste and enjoyment, including Colombian Fair Trade Select and Sumatran Reserve.

* Offers a delicious assortment of seasonal Fair Trade Certified flavored coffees (Such as Pumpkin Spice and Spicy Eggnog), to perfectly balance your coffee with the weather!

* Is the leading brand in k-cup packs for Keurig brewers.

 * is readily available in most grocery stores, at stores like Target and Wal-Mart and online at and

* includes one of the largest selections of Fair Trade Certified coffees in the US.

I really enjoyed it, and If you don't know me by know, I tend to brew my coffee with my Keurig, and then ice my coffee, and drink it black. I get the great taste of the coffee that way. I have been mixing Bailey's creamer with it lately, and it tastes delicious!! I have a few pictures to show you above!! I really liked the Wild Blueberry flavor!!

 I have some Links to share with you for further information on the Green Mountain Fair Trade Certified Coffee!!!
Green Mountain Fair Trade Campaign
Green Mountain Fair Trade Facebook page

Green Mountain Coffee on twitter

I talked with my co-workers about  the fair trade certified coffee at work, and shared the coupons with them.

Disclosure: I was given free product and coupons in which to facilitate my review by BzzAgent, of which I am a member. The opinions expressed were my own!