Thursday, April 24, 2014

Health Update Thursday(4/24)


I'm not going to sugar coat things for you, my dearest fans and readers.

Things with my health have been downright horrible for the past week and a half to two weeks or so. So much so that a lot of crying has been done because there's really nothing else I can do to make myself feel better. I'm literally doing everything I can think of to help, but to no avail.

I've been reduced to bed due to severe leg weakness and pain. Thankfully I'm still able to (slowly) get around whenever I'm feeling brave enough to endure the pain with the use of ol' rollin' blue (my walker).

Of course I'm expecting the woman's monthly gift ridiculously awful curse so that's sending my body into all sorts of rebellion and not-so fun things. Plus the fear that it strikes into my heart and soul every month causes me to stress out to no end.

Then, as if that all wasn't bad enough, the insomnia has kicked back in and sleeping is a nightmare (no pun intended). Especially that coupled with the severe amounts of pain I'm in; it's a wonder I get any sort of sleep at all!

Speaking of pain, among everything that I'm going through currently, they don't even hold a candle to the crazy amounts of pain my body has to endure day in and day out. It's gotten so bad that I'm living on OTC and prescription pain medicine, both of which don't even work anyway. I'm trying anything and everything natural I can think to try: teas, creams and ointments, vitamins and minerals, diet, herbs, baths and footbaths....

If you guys have any ideas for me, I'm more than open!

I have a doctor's appointment coming up in the beginning of May so we'll see what that brings.

Now it's just a matter of holding in there, continuing my efforts, and trying to keep myself busy until this passes.

And of course watching The Ellen Show cause laughter is, after all, the best medicine!





Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Win It Wednesday(4/23)





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.


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 Win a Gorgeous Transformable Maxi Dress!!


Ends April 30, 2014


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Win a Beautiful Earth Angel Necklace!!


Ends May 11, 2014


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Win a Kombucha Continuous Brewing System Silver Package from GetKombucha.com!!


Ends May 12, 2014



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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Kristi Yamaguchi's 5 Tips to a Balanced Life + Prize Pack Giveaway #LifeIngredients


Disclaimer: I was provided product compensation for the below post on The Eclectic Element. All opinions expressed below are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. Please do your own research before committing to buy a product or service as your opinions may vary.



Some of you might know the name Kristine 'Kristi' Yamaguchi from her figure skating days, winning two World Figure Skating Championships in 1991 and 1992, becoming the 1992 Olympic Champion in the ladies' single category, along with many other impressive milestones in her career including being inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2005 and being a contestant on the wildly popular reality television show, Dancing with the Stars.

I remember being a huge fan of Kristi's skating back when I was younger. One of my fond childhood memories is of when my mom, aunt, sister, and I gathering around the tv to watch the figure skating competitions. Kristi was one of my favorites and watching her glide across the ice on those skates and nailing those impressive tricks was thrilling to me; at times I even caught myself holding my breath through her performance!

After she retired from her skating career, Kristi somewhat disappeared. Until I was lucky enough to be a part of her #LifeIngredients webinar sponsored by Alpine Lace Cheese with some of my fellow bloggers and learned what she's really been doing with her time!


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Not only did Kristi get married and start a family complete with a handsome professional hocky-playing hubby and two beautiful young girls, she's a published children's book author, a philanthropist who founded her own children's literacy charity, Always Dream Foundation, and she's an entrepreneur who started her own stylish activewear line, Tsu.ya (pronounced sue-ya).

How does she do it all and keep herself balanced you ask? That's a very good question because I'd like to learn her secret!

Kristi divulged a few of her tips, tricks, and secrets to how she keeps herself motivated and balanced through whatever life has to throw at her and I've picked my top 5 favorites to share with you all:


1. Prioritize 

Let's face it, there's not enough time in the day to get everything done. The prospect of adding a couple more days to the week or a few more hours to the day is an extremely tempting idea, but not physically possible, so we need to take the few things that absolutely need to be done and prioritize those to get done above everything else. Once those are done, we prioritize a few more things and the rest, as they say, is history! And, of course, done ;)


2. Put exercise time on your calendar 

I'll be the first to admit I'm guilty of forgetting to even move when I get involved in my work, let alone remembering to take time out of my schedule to exercise! Unfortunately my health is very temperamental so I sometimes can't get a good workout in, but when my health allows, I LOVE to exercise and I need to take this tip to heart.


3. Stay connected with friends

Just this past year, I've learned how important it is to stay connected with friends. I've met new ones, re-connected with old ones, and have done a lot of fun things like karaoke for the first time, dancing, dinner dates, sex toy bingo (yes, you read that correctly), etc. Kristi even admitted she indulges in many GNOs (Girl's Nights Out) with her girlfriends, which I can totally relate since my fantastic group of girlfriends and I try to set aside one day a month for ours!


4. Take 30 minutes of 'Me Time' 

No matter how busy you are during your day, taking 30 minutes of 'me time' to do something you love and are passionate about is super important. Regardless of whether it's reading a book, taking a walk, soaking in a bath, being creative or whatever it is you love to do, DO IT! It's like a breathe of fresh air for your soul and you'll feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle what ever is on your to-do list next.


5. Have your Go-to Snacks

Having some healthy go-to snacks for you, your significant other, and or your children is definitely a major thing to remember, especially if you're always on the go! Instead of opting for the temptation of a drive through and unhealthy fast food, remember packing some healthy snacks doesn't have to be hard. Even simpler is keeping those healthy snacks stocked in the fridge; it's easy as open, grab, and enjoy gilt free.

One of my favorites is an apple with creamy peanut butter!


Thanks to Tsu.ya and Alpine Lace Cheese, one of my readers is going to win a fantastic healthy living prize package to help YOU maintain a balanced life including a Tsu.ya by Kristi Yamaguchi Julia Jacket in purple and size medium*, a beautiful One Line a Day journal, and Alpine Lace Cheese free product coupon!


Connect: 






{The Giveaway}

 

Win a Healthy Living Prize Package 
courtesy of Alpine Lace and Tsu.ya! 








{The Rules}



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

2. Contest will run from Tuesday, April 22, 2014 through to Monday, April 28, 2014.

3. Open to individuals 18 years or older.

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




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That's 2 mandatory entries + 36 possible extra entries which = 38 entries total!

 
Good Luck!







*Sponsors are offering the same jacket I received including size (medium) and color (purple). You will not be choosing your preferred size and color.

Giveaway Disclaimer: This giveaway is open to US residents only, 18 years or older and will run from Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:00 pm CST until Monday, April 28, 2014 10:59 pm CST. The winner will be chosen through Rafflecopter.com and be contacted within 24 hours of the drawing. You'll then have 48 hours (2 days) 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.



Inspirational Tuesday(4/22)


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"Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.


--Alfred A. Montapert















What inspires YOU today?









Sunday, April 20, 2014

Monroe and Main: Mother Daughter Spotlight & Giveaway #MMBloggerSpotlight


Disclaimer: 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 Elembent. 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. 




Mother's Day is about to sneak up on us once again-do you have anything planned for that special mother figure in your life? Regardless of whether you have a biological mom, a step-mom, a friend you look up to as a mom (shout out to my Cyber Mommy!), a grandmother who is a mom-like figure to you or all of the above, May 11th is designated to be their special day!

Although really, every day should be their special day considering what they contribute to the world day in and day out, but I digress...

The folks at Monroe and Main get that, and that's why they provide some amazing misses and plus sized clothing and accessory options for that special person in your life and beyond. From dress up to dress down, relaxing to business-worthy chic, and everything in between, you can find whatever look you might be going for at Monroe and Main!

Being chosen to be a Monroe and Main blogger for this particular Mother's Day mother/daughter spotlight campaign was not only an extraordinary opportunity (I've been a fan of theirs since I became a Fashionista a year or so ago), but it also has a very special meaning and provided me an opportunity I might not have been able to achieve on my own; not only did I get a dress to review, but I was also extended a second dress for my mom and we were able to spend some quality time together at our local state park bonding over a mother/daughter photo shoot.

See, the thing is my mom rarely shops for herself, let alone takes the time for herself to get all dressed up. 9 out of 10 times she uses her money to buy things for my sister and I whether we need them or just happen to want them. As far back as I can remember she's always been like that and to be given the opportunity to give HER something back meant the world to me, as did the fact that we found her a dress she actually likes!  











Dress: Paisley Flutter Dress from Monroe and Main
Shoes: Thrifted ()
Earrings: Target Clearance
Bracelet: Thrifted


From the moment I first laid eyes on this dress it was love at first sight! When I initially saw the stock photo on the Monroe and Main website, everything about this dress drew me in; the femininity of it, the pop of color the pattern of the skirt adds, the flattering silhouette... 

Then the dress actually arrived at my door and I fell in love all over again! I immediately went to try it on, you know, to make sure if fit properly (the fact that I ended up twirling around the house for the next 15 minutes is completely irrelevant) and aside from being slightly big, something that's incredibly simple to fix, it literally felt like the dress was made for me. 

Like the pictures on the website, the physical dress itself was very feminine and the fit was extremely flattering! The material the dress is made out of is so silky soft and flowy that wearing the dress was such a pleasurable experience. And last but not least, the fact that the top actually fit (I have a lot of issues when it comes to being somewhat endowed up top) was a miracle in and of itself. All in all the dress and the way it made me feel left me one extremely happy and satisfied customer!








Dress: Hand-Crocheted Jacket & Dress from Monroe and Main
Shoes: Burlington Coat Factory
Necklace: Thrifted 
Bracelet: Thrifted



My mom will be the first to admit she hates dresses. I can count on one hand the number of times I've seen her (or at least remember her) wear a dress for whatever special occasion called for it at the time, but other than that she's more of a dress slacks kinda gal. She admitted that because she's a bigger girl (more to love in my opinion), dresses never really fit her right; "I'm always tugging things down and adjusting myself because they never fit right and they're just very uncomfortable," she told me. 

However, when it came to Monroe and Main's hand-crocheted jacket and dress, she had nothing but positive things to say! The dress itself is made of a very comfortable material that's both soft and stretchy which makes for a non-binding, breathable, not to mention enjoyable fit. The days of worrying over what's riding up or going awry are over! In fact, the only thing she had issues with was the dress might have been a wee bit big and she thinks she could have opted for a smaller size. If that even counts as an issue ;)

Aside from the comfort and fit, my mom thinks the best thing about this dress is its versatility. You can dress it up fancy if you chose or you could dress it down for a casual get together. You can adorn it with splashes of a variety of different colors in all sorts of accessories including jewelry, purses, scarves, shoes...It really is a dress for the imaginative fashionista!

Regarding Monroe and Main, I was extremely satisfied with not only their products, but with the company itself. You can tell they pride themselves on delivering quality products at reasonable prices as well as giving their customers a simple, easy, and enjoyable ordering experience. 

I haven't dealt with their customer service this time around but I have no doubt that's top-notch, too! 








{The Giveaway}

 

Win a Monroe and Main Mother's Day 
Gift Basket ($108 Value)!!






{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, April 21, 2014 through to Sunday, May 4, 2014.

3. Open to individuals 18 years or older.

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





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That's 2 mandatory entries + 65 possible extra entries which = 67 entries total!

 
Good Luck!


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Don't forget to check out my fellow Monroe and Main Spotlight 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 Sunday, April 20, 2014 11:01pm CST until Sunday, May 4, 2014 10:59 pm central standard time. The winner will be chosen through Rafflecopter.com and be contacted within 24 hours of the drawing. You'll then have 48 hours (2 days) 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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