Monthly Archives: March 2012

Growing Culinary Herbs in Containers Review and Giveaway!

 

I have always wanted to grow Herbs but my first attempts were not successful. I have no green thumb and seem to kill all green things in my house. :(  I was super excited to get the opportunity to review this book and learn something about growing herbs.

Book Title: Little Miss Greenfingers Growing Culinary Herbs in Containers

Author: Anja Koch

Subject: Growing Culinary Herbs in containers

ebook available:  On Amazon Kindle

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mmm Cheesecake Anyone?

Cheesecake anyone??  :) I have been wanting cheesecake lately. So I set out online looking for recipes and have come across a site that not only gives simple cheesecake recipes but you can order cheesecake online!

I was looking through at all their cheesecakes and found they have more than just cheesecake. They have brownies and cookies all sorts of yummy things.  I spent a long time on this site just drooling over the pictures, then I realized there was a recipe section.  Oh boy was I excited to see a lot of easy recipes for cheesecake.

I don’t eat cheesecake often but every once in a while I get a hankering for some good cheesecake. Today was one of those days, so I was online torturing myself with Yummy pictures.  I got  a recipe for a chocolate cheesecake so I will be making that as soon as I get some chocolate chips. :)

Hope you are all having a good weekend.

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Skillet Bacon Jam Review

I have received a sample of  Skillet Bacon Jam and been asked to do a review.

What is Skillet Bacon Jam?  It is a combination of cured bacon, Onion, Balsamic Vinegar, Brown Sugar, (sugar, invert sugar, cane molasses) Salt and Black pepper. I know this sounds strange but it is actually a good flavor combination.  These are all cooked down into a spread that you can use to cook with or mix with other toppings and use as a spread.

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Do You Have a Disorganized Mind?

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OK I know This is exaggerating.

Sometimes I feel lost in my disorganized mind, it just swirls and swirls like a top. It’s like I see my thoughts flying by but can’t grab a hold of them or think them through.  There seems to be so many thoughts whirling around I don’t know where to start or how to capture them. It makes me feel lost and overwhelmed.

Obviously I have my hands in too many fires but they are all necessary right now, so the key would be getting organized, I think.  I sit down to make a list and my thoughts all leave me, and I’m sitting with a blank mind. Although I know somewhere in there my thoughts are swirling. Ugh frustration!!

I know part of my issue is that I put things off especially when I feel this way. Then I loose track of time and am under the gun to get stuff done and I sit in my confusion doing nothing.  42 yrs old and here I sit never have learned how to deal with the dysfunction of my mind, well this part of it anyway.

Do any of you feel this way ever?  If so, How do you stop it?  How do you get organized?

I am looking for some help here.. I hate admitting that my mind is this way but it is the truth and I can’t figure out how to deal with it!  If you have any solid ideas please feel free to leave me a comment.

I am truly not whining just looking for ideas..

Thanks Everyone! May you have a life filled with happiness!

Shauna

 

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Our Weekend!

Hello everyone!

I had a great weekend this weekend. Both my girls were with me for the weekend and that was really nice. I don’t get enough time with my youngest she spends a lot of time with her dad.  So when she is with us we have a great time. We feel whole again!

On Saturday we went to the Fishing and Boat show with Carl. It was fun just getting out and wandering through all the stuff.  Not exciting but it was nice, I love to watch people sometimes.  Then we went to lunch and got a great sandwich at this little deli we like down by the beach. They have the best sandwiches. Anyway we ran into Carl’s son and his girlfriend at the sandwich shop so we visited with them for a bit. Did lots of walking today, it was great!

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Good News for Me!!

I have some good news… Finally some good news!

I got a call from my old boss and he tells me he talked to another Agent (State Farm insurance agent) and he is needing a part time person to fill in one day a week or two days a week and would I be interested? Of course my answer is yes!!  So he says OK I talked to him about you a bit and will email him and give him your number.

Well yesterday he called me and he was really nice. I was completely honest with him about why I haven’t worked and that I have to keep my stress down so I cant work a full time job but a part time job would be perfect especially one day a week.  I tried to explain as much as possible about my illness and how controlled it is and he asked what medicine I take and I told him. He asked if I take Lithium and I explained that I have never taken anything that strong.  I am Bipolar II so my symptoms to this date have never required Lithium.  He says his wife was a counselor so she will probably know more about my illness.

So Monday at 11am I have an interview with him and his wife and it seemed promising. Its perfect for me as I can do what I am trained to do and do it part time enough that I should be good to go.  Then I would be able to lighten up on the monetizing the blog a bit.

I’m so excited please wish me luck!!

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LeanOnUs.co Has a New Mobile App..

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Visit Our Website!! Click the photo!

Hope your day is treating you right! I am just advising you all that our website, LeanOnUs.co,  has a new mobile app. You can see our feeds and information on this application so go here to get it now!  

Sonya is the creator of the application, so thank you to our dear Sonya! She was  thinking it would be nice to have a way to see our face book and twitter feeds, not to speak of the Community Blog and Bipolar2happiness.com (Shauna’s blog) while we are out and about. This way you don’t miss anything!   You can contact us there as well so give it a try and leave me a comment as to what you think. 

Constructive criticism is welcomed at all times, just be gentle with us.. LOL   

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Trip to the Lab with my Teen.

I have to share this experience with you for several reasons. First it was kind of funny, second I want to help others understand anxiety and the power it has over your mind and body.

Here it is more than a month after the doctor ordered blood work for my 16 year old.  Keep in mind she has a terrible panic/anxiety issue where doctors, hospitals, labs or any kind of x-ray or test are concerned. Her experiences with hospitals and people who could not put in an IV started when she was 3 yrs old.  She was hospitalized for a urinary tract infection. Long story!  Needless to say I took her to the hospital the doctor told me to take her to when I should have taken her to Children’s Hospital.  Anyway, at that time it was discovered that she has a kidney re-flux problem. The tests were invasive and traumatizing and were done annually for several years, until we couldn’t get her through it any longer. She has never been able to get her blood drawn without a full panic attack.

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The Quick and Easy Guide to Branding Your Business and Creating Massive Sales with Pinterest

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Mom Blog SocietyRegardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readersThe Quick and Easy Guide to Branding Your Business and Creating Massive Sales with Pinterest

I have just read The Quick and Easy Guide to Branding Your Business and Creating Massive Sales with Pinterest by Kim Garst.  What a great book!! In this book you will see that everyone can use Pinterest for  business and reap the benefits.  Social media is one of the best ways to get traffic to your site as we all know and having a book to completely outline how to do it is awesome! 

I enjoyed reading this book as it is written so well. It outlines exactly how to use Pinterest for your business to drive traffic to your site and even sell products and all in easy to understand format.  She outlines steps and shows examples of what to do and how to do it! I personally just started with Pinterest a few weeks ago and really had no idea how to use it to promote my site and blog but now I have a new understanding of Pinterest, Marketing and Social media!

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to drive more traffic to their site or any business selling online!

Kim is more than happy for you to contact her with any questions, here is her contact information:

KimGarst.com

@Kimgarst

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Kim has also offered a copy of this E book to 1 of my readers so we are having a giveaway, be sure to enter below!

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The Birthday Chronicles Review & Giveaway

This was re-blogged from a friends blog.. this is her rafflecopter form so she will get all the info on the entries!

 

I was recently given  the opportunity to review a great product from BecauseITriedIt.com 

… The Birthday Chronicles…

I decided to use my oldest son for my review because he can read and fully understand what is written.  I have to say that I’m pretty impressed with both the layout and the information about my sons date of birth.  I plan on framing his and giving it to him for his birthday in July!! I have no doubt he will absolutely LOVE it !!

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Adaptive Learning in Math..

I have recently been introduced to a website called DreamBox learning, explaining a new way of teaching math to students in grades K-5 .  I have read through this site and tried the demo for the adaptive learning section.  I actually enjoyed it so I guess that means I’m an over grown child on some level.

It is very nice that this program uses the adaptive learning process.  I was never good in Math, actually never got out of Basic math as I just didn’t understand more than the basics. I could add, subtract, divide and struggled with multiplication.  How I could divide without knowing my times tables I really couldn’t tell you but I could.  I think I used a lot of counting on my fingers. English and spelling were more my speed.

I think you would all like the concept of adaptive learning you will see on this site so I suggest you all check it out.  One of the nice things is it uses voice instructions, picture examples and allows your child to absorb the information in whatever way they need to learn.  You can replay the voice by hitting the button above the problem also. This program is teaching math vocabulary that is essential to understanding concepts.  It integrates a platform for assessment and instruction so the teachers know exactly how the children are doing.

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Lugz Men’s Shoes…

I have been invited to be part of a giveaway by another very nice blogger. Her blog name is Couponfreestuff and this is her rafflecopter form to enter to win these men’s shoes!

You can click the link above to see her review on these shoes and to visit her blog.

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These are the shoes for the giveaway!!

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Enter below:  Giveaway from 03/18/12 midnight to 03/30/12 midnight

1 pair of Lugz  Strider’s Canvas Men’s shoes in your choice of color and size .   Lugz will mail this out personally to the winner. You must be a U.S. resident over 18 to be eligible.  Enter on the rafflecopter and make sure you check out Lugz.com.  


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Friday Update…

Wow! Happy Friday everyone!! 

This week went really fast and I didn’t get as much accomplished as I would have liked.  I started the week happy and getting things accomplished until I got news of another death in my extended family.  I don’t know about you guys but that is one thing that makes me hit rock bottom with my depression and I can’t say my mood has been pleasant either.  Sorry to my kids who take the brunt of it. I try so hard to think before I speak but there was a day this week that I really felt bad chewing my daughter out for her attitude! 

So since Tuesday evening  I have been feeling down and my mind has been very cloudy, energy level is low, I’m not sleeping well, I am napping during the day, I’m very emotional, accomplishing little, and well I am happy it’s the weekend because I usually take time on the weekend from the blogs and the website to recoup and I am hoping I can start next week on a different note.  Well lets say that is the plan, no more moping!!  It is also St. Patrick’s day so Ladies I have put in a pic of a sexy St. Patrick’s Day Man, really I thought it was a funny picture… LOL  ♣

I have had to adjust my medicine again to see if it will help me pull out of this before I get too depressed. My life is good and you all help me see that every day.  Your support has been amazing and I do my best to show that support back. 

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Another Loss…

I received a call yesterday that a family friend had passed away unexpectedly. Unfortunately, this is the husband of the woman I spoke of in an earlier post Losing Someone.  She passed away just a few short weeks ago of cancer and now her husband has passed away suddenly.

This family was extended family for me, I have known them since I was 3 yrs old and have been friends with their daughter, Bonnie, since then.  Bonnie and I haven’t talked in a couple years because she lives in another state and we have lost touch.  I am so worried about her and her sister!! The loss of both parents in such a short time has to be over overwhelmingly devastating!  

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Gustafer Yellowgold’s Year In The Day!

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Review:

I found these to be the most adorable music videos. I have watched and listened to 11 different days of Gustafer’s celebration of Earth Holidays, Gustafer is a former Sun resident.  He lives with an eel and they go every where together having all kinds of fun adventures.  “Pancake Smackdown” is a very funny little video where they eat pancakes then have a pancake smack down, much like a pillow fight with Pancakes.  Pancakes are flying every where.  In “Werewolves Rock” he scares himself with his Halloween costume. These are all very cute videos but those are a couple of my favorites.

The music is both calming and energetic, soft sounds with upbeat energy!  The music videos are humorous and entertaining and the music will keep your kids occupied.  They say the music ranges from the Sublime alt-pop to gentle acoustic and I must agree.

Image of Gus and his creator Morgan Taylor

Gus and his creator Morgan Taylor

These are  hand drawn videos!  These videos are intended for children ages 4 and above.  They play in Normal or Karaoke style, you can play one video at a time or play them all one after another or even set it on infinity play.  the CD’s run time is 2 Hours, total content.  In “Year in The Day” there are Bonus Features: “Making of Year in The Day”, where Morgan Taylor takes you through the process of how “A Year in The Day” was made  and “Gustafer Guitar Lessons” where Morgan Taylor is teaching you how to play the songs on your guitar so you can play along.

I loved these videos and would recommend them to anyone with kids of the appropriate age! Go to their website by clicking here.

The company was kind enough to offer a DVD/CD set for a giveaway so below you will find the Rafflecopter form to enter to win this 1 copy of Gustafer Yellowgold’s DVD/CD set.

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GIVEAWAY:

Dates to enter: 03/16/2012 12:01 AM EST through 03/23/2012 12:01 AM EST

Winner will be picked by Random.org and will be notified via Email and must respond with in 48 hours or another winner will be chosen.

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Want to Save on Grocery and Household Items??

Coupon.com offers…  Free printable coupons for all your needs, click the link below and print off some coupons for your area!

I love coupon.com it is so nice to pick through the ones I want and print them out myself. Click the ad below and proceed with printing coupons.  Happy Shopping everyone!!

 

 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog… keep an eye out for future giveaways!!

Shauna

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My New Community

Hey everyone!! I have joined The Blog Frog and now have a community of my own and I have embedded it on my site under the tab My Community in the navigation!  There is a forum and such that we can all communicate on!

I have put a link in this to it but I would love for you to join us at The Blog Frog and participate in our community!  I would love to get to know you all better and interact more!

Leave me a comment as to what you think of this idea and the community!

Thank you

Shauna 

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