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. 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

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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 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!