Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Alexa...what...

Do you have an Amazon echo, dot, tap, etc?  I do..both the echo and the dot. I joke that Alexa is my roommate, she tells me the time (especially in the middle of the night when I've woken for the 10th time and don't want to look at a screen), turns the lights on/off for me, tells me the news..plays my Amazon/Pandora/SiriusXM Music..tells me jokes and what deals she has.

If you have prime..and have an Alexa enabled device..you are seriously missing out...and are crazy. The good thing is...I'm telling you, you can save money. Prime Day is only 6 days away (July 11th) and the prime day deals are amazing..and Alexa will probably have her own deals.  Save $20 by signing up for Prime with your Alexa device between now and Tuesday. Just say "Alexa, sign me up for Amazon Prime".  You must sign up via voice on Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, and Echo Show, to earn the savings.


Don't have an Alexa and want your own prime membership...well here's the link for you.
The following services are also launching today:
  • Amazon Home Services - From July 5 to 9, 2017, Prime Members can save 20% on select home installation, replacement, or assembly services. Click on the 'Learn More" link to learn about this deal as well as see top-selling products on Amazon that are also tied to a home service. You could earn advertising fees and bounties on both the product and the related service.
  • Amazon Baby Registry - Starting July 5, 2017, Prime Baby Registrants who add a participating CYBEX Aton-2 infant car seat to their registry between July 5 and July 19, 2017 and purchase it by March 31, 2018 receive $120 credit back to their Amazon account (equivalent to 40% off). Use this promotion to encourage expecting moms to create an Amazon Baby Registry now and earn a bounty for each registry created.
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Monday, July 03, 2017

$10 Amazon Credit Just by watching Amazon Prime Video

Have you used Amazon Prime Video yet? What? Why not? It's Amazon's video streaming service, and they have their own series..my favorite, Just Add Magic! The dad is a hottie...kidding..he's like a brother..seriously..he's my friend's brother..but he is a cutie..and so is his wife & baby (personalities too!) for that matter.  Digressing sorry... 

If you have Amazon Prime..and have not yet watched Amazon Prime Video between now and July 7th..stream for the first time and you can get a $10 credit. I can stream on my iPhone/iPad..as well as my blu-ray DVD player..my parents have a smart TV so can stream from there. Try it..just to get yourself the credit...we can always use a credit..especially with Prime Day coming up next week!!

And from July 7-July 10th..you can save up to 83%  on select video rentals and purchases on popular titles such as Office Christmas Party, The Lord of the Rings, and The Great Gatsby


Check back throughout the week about other days where you can earn a bounty on Prime Reading, and EveryDay Essentials!


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Sunday, January 01, 2017

Good Health and Wellness in 2017

A new year, tends to bring new resolutions, new diets, new gym memberships etc. I tend to not make resolutions, because let's face it...they get broken, and as I'm the type who puts enough guilt on myself, in general, I dont need to add broken resolutions to it.  I do however like to continue to make good life choices. Do i fall off the wagon with those life choices, sure, but I always pick them back up after a time...Hello Diet soda in 2016!..or rather good bye. do i occasionally allow myself a diet something on a super hot day when out at a restaurant, sure..but in the meantime, I like a nice carbonated water with a drop of essential oil, or fruit/herb infused still water. So much more refreshing really!

Other choices I'm making are for a more serene home. This of course is staying on top of the vacuuming and dusting. But also for making my home some place i enjoy hanging out in, having friends in etc.  How do I do this? Maybe picking up that bunch of flowers from Trader Joe's or our year round Farmers Market, maybe a cute seasonal update to my burlap wreath on the door, perhaps following in Just A Girl's footsteps and sparking my home with a cute seasonal 'scape', or maybe just coming home from a long day and diffusing some goodness (or coming home to a nice smelling home from diffusing as I left, instead of the smell of the previous nights cooked dinner). I have two diffusers in my 800 sq foot apartment, and could probably get away with one more.  In my bed room, i have one that I find is directional so that I'm targeting my personal needs, whether when i have a cold, or need a full nights sleep, or just some grounding after a long day or week!
The one I like is called the Radha Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser from Amazon.

In my living room, I use a diffuser from doTerra, the company that I purchase my essential oils from. It is called the Petal Diffuser, and is their most economical of their diffusers. It also has a night light, I diffuse this one for about 4 hours. I feel like to get rid of the smells from the night before, or after a big vaccumming, or coming back from a walk after work, this diffuser gets the job done, and my little abode smells quite lovely.



What are you doing for the new year, for you?

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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.
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