Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Win It Wednesday(3/25)

Win It Wednesday is a day for showcasing, browsing, entering, and linking up contests-Have a contest that needs a little extra exposure? Feel free to link it up!

NOTE:: Linking up your contests on my Win It Wednesday linky below automatically puts them on my Ongoing Contest Linky.

DOUBLE NOTE:: You only have to submit your contest link ONCE because I manage the ongoing list myself, deleting contests as they expire.


Win a Copy of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on DVD!!

Ends March 31, 2015

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Win a Swooper Classic Chair!!

Ends April 7, 2015

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Win a Canon 5D Mark III OR a Nikon D800 SDLR Camera!! 

Ends April 17, 2015


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

5 Benefits of Pole Fitness & Free 30 Days of Yoga Offer

I was compensated to write the post below.
All opinions expressed below are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. Please do your own research on a product or service before purchase as your results may vary.

Pole fitness, or better known in society as pole dancing, is a truly excellent form of exercise that not many people know about or are willing to give a try. It has slowly been growing in popularity as a legitimate form of exercise the past couple of years and pro-polers and advocates of the activity are even fighting for it to be part of the Olympics!

Pole fitness still has a ways to go to be fully accepted into the fitness world but I'm hoping articles like mine will educate people to the wide range of benefits pole fitness offers those people that practice it and maybe, just maybe, get a few people to give it a try.

Here are just 5 benefits you can take away from this fun form of exercise:

1. Weight loss and toning-when it comes to pole fitness, it's an all around kind of exercise. It hits many different things, weight loss and toning being a big part of that! The best part about this physical activity is regardless of how much you weight, if you really want to try it out you can! Actually, because this is a hands on activity where you're lifting your own body weight for a majority of the time, if you have a little more weight to lose, that generally works in your favor and you're more apt to lose weight, gain muscle, and tone down faster.

2. Flexibility-with some of the moves that make up pole fitness, flexibility is required but that doesn't mean it's necessarily a requirement when you initially start the activity. Much like any other exercise, the more you participate and push yourself, the more benefit you'll gain including helping you gain flexibility with each class and/or workout you do.

3. Strength building-with pole, aside from the floor work, you're basically benching what you weigh with every move you do. From the simple starter spins to the climbing to the inversions, every single move you do is the equivalent of lifting your own body weight. Not only that, but you're repeatedly lifting your weight the entire 45 minute to an hour the class or workout runs. Keep exercising like that and those muscles will build themselves in no time.

4. It helps energize and promote blood flow-just like with yoga, the moves where you invert (any moves that require you to go upside down or put your heart over your head) help to energize you, promote good blood flow and circulation, kick starts your lymph system which in turn helps increase immunity, and so much more.

5. Confidence-exercise in general helps promote confidence but pole fitness not only promotes confidence in your physical body, but it helps boost your confidence as a woman (or man) mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I've hear of and actually seen woman with eating disorders that have struggled for years overcome their emotional struggles because of pole fitness. It's an incredibly empowering tool.

Thanks to Stayfree and their line of feminine products, I don't have to wait until that time of the month is over to enjoy staying fit, whether it be pole fitness or another mode of exercise I enjoy participating in such as yoga, hiking, weight lifting, walking, etc!

I understand, even though us women barely want to get out of bed let alone exercise when Mother Nature hits, we have to keep in mind that exercising, regardless of the mode, can help keep some symptoms associated with PMS and periods at bay, so why suffer through it when we can be proactive?

Speaking of, don't forget about Stayfree's partnership with My Yoga Online and Gaiam TV--Have you gotten your 30 days of free yoga yet? The offer only goes through March 12th so you better hurry.

You really can't beat free yoga for buying something you already need, am I right?!

Find Stayfree products near you with the help of!

If given the opportunity, would you try pole fitness? 
What other forms of exercise do you enjoy?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Keep Calm, Connected & Worry-free with Stayfree + 30 Days FREE Yoga Offer

  I was compensated to write the post below. All opinions expressed below are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. Please do your own research on a product or service before purchase as your results may vary.

Exercise and staying fit are things that I find are a necessity in my life and when I can't fulfill those two very important needs daily, I feel kind of lost. This holds true especially when my poor health interferes and I can't exercise, or even walk without a walker for that matter, for days, weeks, or months at a time.

Case in point, It's been a year and a half since I got to enjoy my passion that is pole fitness and just as long since I was able to enjoy a nice relaxing, yet challenging, yoga practice.

March of 2013

Another obstacle that coincides with my poor health is that infamous lady's "special" time of the month. I'm sure many of you can agree that, not only is it NOT so special, but when it hits all you want to do is eat anything and everything in sight and sleep like a bear during hibernation.

No? Just me?

Well regardless, we can all agree on one thing: exercise is one of the last things on our minds during that time! Did you know, however, that exercising during our periods can actually help alleviate many of the signs and symptoms that are associated with that time of the month like cramps, bloating, mood swings, and even depression?

Thankfully Stayfree is here to help us ladies get a jump on feeling better during those dreadful days with their line of feminine products that will aid in keeping us feeling fresh and worry-free, especially if we so choose to start exercising.

To help YOU stay calm, cool, & connected while you're working on betting yourself inside and out, even during those dreadful I-don't-want-to-move days, Stayfree, My Yoga, & Gaiam TV have all partnered together to bring you a fantastic opportunity!

Between January 8th and March 12th of this years all you need to do is buy any Stayfree product online or at participating stores, scan your store receipt, and upload an image of it to

Do that and you'll receive a FREE 30-day membership to My Yoga on Gaiam TV which is choked full of all kinds of informative yoga videos from beginning yoga to yoga for relaxation all the way to restorative yoga, yoga for the chakras, toning your body yoga, and so much more!

Getting free yoga for buying something we pretty much already need on a monthly basis? Yes PLEASE!

I had a chance to look through many of the videos offered and I can't choose just one favorite! There is literally something for everyone and I will definitely admit that I want to try them all for different reasons; I need to work on my flexibility since being in bed and inactive diminished most of mine. If health would permit I'd love to start working on toning certain parts of my body because I have gained 20 to 30 lbs over the past year or so. I could also stand to learn how to relax a little more so some restorative and slow flow yoga would be nice, too!

Find Stayfree products near you with the help of!


Have YOU tried yoga before? 
If not what's your exercise of choice? 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Win It Wednesday(2/18)

Win It Wednesday is a day for showcasing, browsing, entering, and linking up contests-Have a contest that needs a little extra exposure? Feel free to link it up!

NOTE:: Linking up your contests on my Win It Wednesday linky below automatically puts them on my Ongoing Contest Linky.

DOUBLE NOTE:: You only have to submit your contest link ONCE because I manage the ongoing list myself, deleting contests as they expire.


Win a BBQ Summer Prize Package from Pig of the Month!!

Ends February 24, 2015

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Win a Bottle of La Lune Naturals Peppermint Essential Oil!! 

Ends February 25, 2015

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Win Your Choice of Fit & Fresh Go Insulated Food Carrier!!

Ends February 27, 2015

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Monroe & Main: Spring Fashion, Palazzo Pants, & $110 Giveaway #MMSpring

This is a Fashionista Event Opportunity and is hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS and Modly Chic.  I was provided product courtesy of Monroe and Main in order to facilitate this honest review on The Eclectic Element. All opinions expressed below are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. Please do your own research on a product or service before purchase as your results may vary. Giveaway details are located at the bottom of this post. 
When it comes to fashion, I'm a girl that appreciates value and versatility. Even when I was younger and through my teenage years I never understood the importance of throwing down your hard earned money on a several-hundred dollar designer bag or $1,000 or more on a single pair of designer shoes. A good majority of the time they only go with a certain amount of items in a wardrobe anyway and, if you're anything like me, it would be hard to wear them out for fear of ruining them or having them snatched! 
Yes, I'm somewhat paranoid but that's besides the point ;)
Why spend that much money on a single item that you'll only be wearing every now and again when you can be more thrifty and make that hard earned money of yours last longer, all the while filing up your closet, jewelry box, and or shoe rack? 

With their newest Spring clothing and accessories hitting the shelves, Monroe and Main wants to help bring out YOUR inner fashionista while offering you some fantastic value and versatility. Take for example the pants I received-Monroe and Main's new Stargazing Palazzo Pant
 These gorgeous eye-catching pants are available in misses and plus size and are definitely quite elegant when you first look at them. Featuring a black background with a reoccurring petite white colored floral design, the fit of the pants can only be described as breezy with their wide flowing pant legs and lightweight silky-soft rayon material. The best part about these pants is they can be both dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion. 
Created to make the wearer look trim in the waste and long in the legs, these pants are the perfect addition to any fashionista's collection.
Plus they have pockets and you all know how much I love pockets! *squee* 
  Jean Jacket: Old Navy
Shirt: Target (clearance)
Pants: Monroe & Main
Necklace & Earrings: Thrifting
Sandals: Goodwill
Vintage Purse: Goodwill

I know when I received these pants I wanted to create several different looks to showcase the versatility of them. The ideas just flowed through my brain as I raided my closet looking for choices! It was deceptively easy to come up with them, too; with the help of my mom of course, we came up with 3 different outfits (accessories and all) in the span of 5 to 7 minutes. 

How's that for record breaking?

In look #1 I wanted to dress these pants down. At first glance and by themselves, the pants definitely take on a more sophisticated quality that scream "fancy" but being the versatile girl I am, I want to be able to wear these often regardless of whether I'm going out to the mall to shop with friends or going to a fancy dinner with my boyfriend or fellow blogging associates.

Sweater: Old Navy
Pants: Monroe & Main
Boots: JC Penny
Jewelry Set: The Eclectic Element: Handcrafted

Look #2 is another leisurely comfy outfit that can be worn anywhere, from doing errands to going out to lunch with friends. Since Spring in Illinois is still pretty cold, a nice warmer sweater paired with the pants is just perfect!

Standing at nearly 5' 6" I'm somewhat shorter in appearance so I will admit one of the drawbacks of the pants for me is they were a little bit longer on me than, say, a taller person such as my sister who stands at 5' 9". While I still love, love, LOVE them, I think a taller person would definitely reap the many benefits of this particular fashion option.

For me, this just gives me a valid excuse to buy more heels ;)

Aside from us shorter people problems, I've always wanted a pair of pants like these. The material is a little stretchy and super soft so they're extremely comfortable to wear and fit my body perfectly! Plus the black and white color scheme goes with so much it's hard to narrow your many, many choices down.

Sweater: Kohl's
Pants: Monroe & Main
Heels: Charlotte Russe
Belt: Kohl's
Necklace: Thrifting
Earrings: Burlington Coat Factory

Look #3 is my dress up outfit. Note the black heels, fancy charcoal sweater, and chunky stretch belt that all three match the pants with a splash of color from the green in my necklace and earrings. While I love look #1 for its fun and flirty flair, #3 has such a sophistication about it.

Did I mention there were pockets?!
Speaking of the pants, while they may be a wee bit pricey by some people's standards, in my mind you really can't put a price on quality. I'd rather pay a little bit more for one quality pair of pants that are versatile enough to go with many different things and last a long time than spend money on many poorly made pairs of pants that may go with a lot but are uncomfortable to wear and don't last that long. 
You're really saving yourself money in the long run if you think about it! 

Monroe and Main was, yet again, the biggest pleasure to work with. While I didn't place my own order my items came extremely fast, were of high quality, and perfectly as described. Not only that, the ordering process itself was a pleasure to go through; complete with very accurate measurement charts, I never had to guess the size of an item I needed to get.

Monroe and Main delivers quality clothing and happiness once more!


{The Giveaway}


Win a Monroe and Main Stylish Prize Package!!
ARV $110

{The Rules}

1. You MUST use the name and email you want to be contacted with in the Rafflecopter.

2. Contest will run from Monday, February 16, 2015 through to Monday, March 2, 2015.

3. Open to individuals 18 years or older.

4. Open to US residents only--Sorry everyone else!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

That's 2 mandatory entries + 82 possible extra entries which = 84 entries total!

Good Luck!


Don't forget to check out the 25 other Monroe and Main bloggers and enter their giveaways-the more you enter the better your chances of winning ;)

Giveaway Disclaimer: This giveaway is open to US residents only, 18 years or older and will run from Monday, February 16, 2015 11:01pm CST until Monday, March 2, 2015 10:59 pm central standard time. The winner will be chosen through and be contacted within 24 hours of the drawing. You'll then have 24 hours (1 day) to claim your prize and send me all applicable information-If I haven't heard from you within that time frame, I will be forced to choose another winner. The Eclectic Element and all related parties are in no way liable or responsible for unfulfilled or damaged prizes.

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