Monday, August 08, 2016

I was skeptical..but I caught some ZZZ's

**Disclaimer - I was provided this product free of charge through Influenster, for testing/review purposes, but as always my opinions are my own**

As you've seen from some of my previous posts, I've occasionally received product from Influnester (if you're curious about their program, send me a message and I'm happy to send you an invitation link), for review purposes, it's been about 6 months since my last VOXBox and after a few months of 'pre-qualifying' surveys, I finally received a notice that I was in for another box...and it was the ZZZquil box. Yes..ZzZquil..by the makers of Nyquil.  Evidently a lot of times it gets confused with some of the other sleeping aids on the market like Tylenol PM that contain acetaminophen, but as this is for sleep and not for pain it does not contain any. This was HUGE for me..i used to love both Nyquil and Dayquil whenever I got a cold, but as they contain acetaminophen and my sensitivity and liver reactions have grown from  it, i can no longer take them.

So I've had the product for a couple of weeks, and even though it clearly says that you wake up refreshed, I was worried about taking it on a work night, and kept saying i was going to wait until the weekend, and then the weekend would come, inevitably I'd be out late and come home and forget or fall asleep watching tv and forget again.

Finally this weekend, after getting hit suddenly with a sinus infection and waking up several times during the night, I decided Saturday night was the night. I really wanted to sleep, so I didnt monkey around and took both capsules at 9pm. By midnight I was still wide awake, and as falling asleep has never been an issue, I was a little concerned. If i couldnt even fall asleep, how was I going to stay asleep. Well finally I put myself to bed, turned on some beach waves..and next thing I knew, my 7:30 church alarm was going off..I did it..I fell asleep..and stayed asleep. I did turn off the alarm and try and fall asleep as I didnt need to get up..but I didnt really feel I needed to.  I definitely would try this again. I think during the week, I would maybe just try one capsule just to make sure, as well as to test the issue with not falling asleep right away. I might also try taking a little earlier, if possible, I get up at 530 during the week, so not being able to fall asleep to midnight would only render me five hours of sleep.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Wow! Cricut is 10 years old! And they're having a sale!


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here's a quick little banner i made for my CFO's wedding shower (we actually ended up pushing it out to the week after his wedding..so it was a quick change from Racing to the Altar to Just Married..he's a classic Ford Mustang Fanatic, hence the racing theme).



I plan on using my sister's cricut next week to whip up the favors for my nieces First Communion on Saturday,the Table Scapes Spring/Summer cartridge from the Best of Cartridges, will be perfect for the little boxes we'll use for the Candy Bar.

I've had a crazy week this week until the moment i leave on the red-eye next Wednesday, so i wont have time for any personal crafty time other than design obligations, so I dont think I will get any mother's day cards done..Cricut Designs to the rescue...already have my eye on two, that will be perfect for both my Mom and Grandma who will be travelling with me!

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Sometimes you just need a break, winter, the work week , life and biscoff cookies are perfect for that, the delicious caramel taste from the  caramelization of the sugars in the baking process make them perfect on their own, dipped into something delicious or for an impromptu winter s'more.

This is so easy and can be done right in your (attended) toaster oven. Simple take two biscoff cookies and turn them upside down so the smooth side is facing up.

Then take four rectangles of a Hershey chocolate bar (I used the original plain without almonds, but you can use any kind you like) and two large marshmallows that I cut in half. Place the chocolate on one side and the marshmallows on the other.  Then you just pop them into your toaster oven or regular oven on broil and watch them broil for 2-3 minutes. As soon as the marshmallows get a little golden you are good. The chocolate won't look melted but as soon as you flip over the other cookie the chocolate will be a delicious gooey pool of chocolate! These take so little time, do not call for any special tools, just be sure to watch them as they can turn into a charred mess within seconds (or so I've heard)

These Biscoff  cookies were provided complimentary
 to me by influenster as part of their VoxBox program for testing purposes . All opinions and trials are my own and I will be sure to pick up more!

Monday, December 07, 2015

Or Maybe there's Hope after all

I could swear i heard the R2 unit saying Nicodemus you're our only hope..


Friday, December 04, 2015

It could be hopeless!

I was really hopeful that the Elf would be a little less naught this year....so far he doesnt seem to be off to a good start...he stowed away in my work bag, and yesterday we had a little snack...he seemed to be eyeing my cupcake.


I told him...no way it's mine.....and then went to a meeting and came back and found him like this!

What am i going to do about this elf!

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Naughty Elf if Back

Looks like somebody snuck some Pizza into the Movies!!








Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Sriracha, Sriracha, Sriracha..it's everywhere!

Sriracha burgers at Fast Food, Sriracha  in Vodka. This peppery condiment is awesome (unless you live in the neighborhood where it's manufactured), it's no wonder it is everywhere. I confess if there's a bottle handy, i pretty much put it on anything and I'm not skimpy about using it.  When I heard about the Sriracha Almonds from blue Diamond Almonds, i was so excited about them, i was on the hunt for them everywhere. For a while, it was like looking for the pot of gold on the end of the rainbow, empty spaces on shelves, or just not finding it anywhere.



When I received my #sunshinevoxbox from Influenster, i was super excited to  try them. The 1.5oz pack is just perfect for a 2 oclock treat at work. I finally broke in them one day after carrying them around in my purse..on a trip up and back to Yosemite...and i have to say...they werent as good as I hyped them up in my head.  There definitely was a taste of sriracha, as well as some lingering heat in my mouth...but there wasn't the overall 'flavor pop' like some of the other Blue Diamond Almond flavors (my absolute faves are wasabi ginger). It seemed like it was just a light flavor taste..and then it was gone, I even shared with some coworkers, and they had the same reaction.

Overall, if someone put them down in front of me..of course I'd eat them, however these wont be a flavor i'll be searchign otu regularly..or salivating for when i've got the 4pm cravings!


I was provided these almonds from Influenster at now charge for testing purposes and my review. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by the receipt of this package.


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Friday, July 24, 2015

#SunshineVoxBox

Did you see my first Periscope? I unveiled the contents of my #SunshinevoxBox from Influenster.
If you missed it you can catch it on my youTube channel here

I was super excited to try out all of the contents from this VoxBox after seeing Influenster unveil the contents on their youtbue channel.

The contents included

a 1.5 oz pack of Blue Diamond Sriracha Almonds


a full size Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer with Aloe

Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Southern Bell

an Infusium 23 Moisture Replenisher Leave In Treatment


Dickinsons Original Witch Hazel Refreshingly Clean Cleansing Cloths

A coupon for a Free package of BarkThins

If you would like to find out more about Influenster just click my link here, for an invite to try it on your own.

This is a review post, all products were gifted for the purposes of discussion to readers of my honest thoughts and opinions.
This post contains amazon affiliate links, if you purchase the products off Amazon from my links, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

New #VoxBox


I'll be having my first ever Periscope  Broadcast tomorrow, July 23rd at 12pm PDT.  In this periscope i'll be opening for the first time my new #sunshineVoxbox from Influenster. I ahvent received a #voxbox for almost two years now from Influenster so i'm really excited to see all the contest and try them out. I hope you'll join me, my periscope user name is betseylou.




Influenster provided the items to me in this box at no charge to test them out. If you would like an invite to Influenster, leave me a comment.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

CAS vs CASE?

Do you know the difference? No..i'm not talking CASES , as my 2 1/2 year old nephew calls suitcase..he's obsessed with them, if he meets you he'll ask you where your cases are...or ask him what's at the airport....CASES...., but I digress...I'm talking CASE - Copy and Steal Everything.

As opposed to CAS.. - Clean and Simple

Now..you can have a card or a project that is a CASE, as well as a CAS...but it doesnt necessarily mean that a CAS project is a CASE. Are you confused?

let's say you CASE a project...it's a one layer card...maybe two...has stamping..maybe a ribbon...done..no excess glitter or sequins etc....that my friends is pretty Clean and Simple.

Now...on the ohter hand..you create your own project your own design..papers, maybe those new stamps that havent been released yet..again one layer card...maybe two...has stamping..maybe a ribbon...done..no excess glitter or sequins etc....it's Clean and Simple...but Not a CASE...get it?

disclaimer/word to the wise/warning - if you are going to CASE..you need to always, always, always give credit where credit is due. And you should not enter that CASE'd project for publication, contests or sale.


if any of this is clear as mud...call me out on it..or ask a question..i love questions!


Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Listers Gotta List Challenge

So I've joined (re-joined) the planner nation.  since i've had a smart phone, ive soley used my phone and outlook calendar for all my appointments, and i still do (seriously love the travel time feature in my iPhone, especially for Notary appointments).
Back in the day i had two daytimers, my medium binder one for my desktop and my little notebook one that was in my purse..it was perfect for travelling at a moments notice, I had my passport and my needle detector card in the pocket, that if i had to visit a factory, i was ready.

Then came the smart phone...the medium planner got put in the closet, then a box when i moved, and unless i get lucky when purging my storage unit in my garage this weekend, donated a while back.  My pocket daytimer, locked in a filing cabinet with my passport, which probably sadly hasnt been used since.

And then the planner craze started....and it just appealed to every hoarding part of me, the stamps, the stickers, paper...the to do lists...i could go on and on. I debated the Erin Condren Life planner...debated and debated...and decided to jump in slowly with Lilly Pulitzer instead. I love my Lilly..i am a Lilly girl..but she doesnt really fulfill my planner needs...after 2015..the Lilly planner is dead to me (i think the Jumbo size , would probably better suit my purpose..but i need to be able to at least carry this in my purse, and that would be too large.

I did print out some planner pages, mostly for meeting details, and punch them with my zutter bind it all and put them in the week they occurred...i just did them on the black/white laser printer at work and decorated with washi, but I'd truly like a planner with regular note taking areas. I realize that it could get bulky, but with a binder system, i know i can take them out as well.

Sometimes I feel (like some of my foray's into direct sales), I dont have the super busy life for the planners of today, I don't have kids, I use it to note down meetings at work (sometimes), life appointments (most) and notary appointments (almost always..but again mainly using the iPhone for the travel time feature too). My menu planning consists of making freezer meals into one person lunch/dinner portions. I think maybe when my work load balances a bit, and i can get back to regular posting of crafty stuff, i would utilize a bit more for scheduling blog posts etc.

So, long story, long...why I am  taking this challenge..that whole work life balance thing, I havent been scrapping that much (for my regular customers, or more importantly myself). While there's not a lot of pictures per se...at least this will give a snapshot of my life this month...and actually it's already destined to be a great one on a lot of fronts, so I'm super excited.  Keep checking back to see my daily prompts and posts!