Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Win It Wednesday(8/20)





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 YumEarth Organic Candy Prize Package!!


Ends August 29, 2014


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Win a Pair of Lavender Alexandrite Stud Earrings!! 


Ends August 30, 2014


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Win 1 of 2 Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Players!!


Ends August 31, 2014


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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Health Update Thursday(8/14)


To say the past few months have been hard would be the understatement of the century. Since I last left you, several things have happened, all of which I can't quite consider to be the greatest.

My health has been yo-yoing and doesn't seem to stand still enough for me to enjoy a reprieve. Of course I still have my good days, my goodish days, and my not-so-good days, but I'd like a few weeks of good and goodish days instead of two good days, a bad day, a goodish day, several bad days, and so on.

It's quite exhausting these days trying to keep up with my own body!

With Fall drawing near, I can't help but wonder if my continual ups and downs are just an early relapse, especially now that we're getting closer and closer to it hitting Fall and the days seem to be more bad than good.

Lately the worst has been my draining fatigue, insomnia, and pain. Oh dear, how much pain I'm in on a constant basis! The unfortunate part of that is pain medications don't work for me so I have to suffer through it. A lot of crying and swearing has been involved. In fact, I just tried Percocet the doctor prescribed me this past Sunday and I'm JUST now getting over the migraine it caused, four days later. Needless to say we will not be doing that again.

I've been dealing with applying for social security for the past two years and early this year I sought out a lawyer when I received my third denial. They've been doing their best to help me and after a year of waiting I was out to lunch with my mom when I got the call: a date was finally set! For August 5th which, then, two weeks away.

Fast forward to a week before the court date and I received another phone call, this time letting me know there was a scheduling conflict and my hearing had been pushed back. To October 28th. I thought I'd be more frustrated than I was but I realized there's no point in getting my knickers in a knot, upsetting myself, and ultimately putting myself into more pain; I've waited nearly 2 years, I can wait 3 more months.

I've been going to myofascial therapy twice a week for the past several months but I haven't seen much of a difference, good or bad. I'm going to finish up the appointments that I've booked through August and hopefully by then we can find an acupuncturist that is in network, which I've been wanting to do for at least a year or two. 

Essentially you know things are bad when you end up stopping blogging and working because of said things. I have several things backed up and am crazily adding more to the list but I'm hoping things will look up and if not, that I can push through at least some of this.

In the mean time, I'm still plugging away. One day at a time and all that jazz.






Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Win It Wednesday(8/13)





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 $100 Walgreen's Gift Card!!


Ends August 15, 2014


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 Win a GoPro HERO3 + Black Edition Camera!!


 Ends August 17, 2014


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 Win Your Choice of VIPARO Leather Jacket!!

 
Ends August 29, 2014


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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Save Time & Money by Planning Meals with Relish! (+Giveaway)




Since my sister graduated and moved back from college, my mom has gone from making dinner for three people to making dinner for four (often five if my boyfriend comes over for the day) and despite contrary belief, it's not an easy task!

One person wants one thing, another person has a taste for something completely different, and now with one more person thrown in the mix, deciding what to eat for dinner can get a little out of hand. Needless to say she finds it tough coming up with meals on a daily basis and often finds herself scrambling at the last minute for ideas.

We've tried the pre-preparation thing many times; we'll make a list of dinners we enjoy, stick with it for a couple days but then completely forget or deviate from the list and there goes the whole darn premise.

Cue Relish, the complete meal planning service that helps the chef of the household save time, stress, and ultimately money planning you or your family's meals by week. Their motto: "Meal planning made simple."

A little about Relish:

"Created by two Colorado moms who found themselves stuck in the what's-for-dinner trap, Relish is a weekly menu planner aimed to help busy families put wonderful meals on the table every night. No sloppy casseroles or expensive kitchen blunders. Instead look for everyday food...with a gourmet twist. With family dinners becoming a thing of the past, they vowed to develop quick and easy dinner ideas. Whether you're an empty-nester or a hectic family...a healthy, good-tasting dinner shouldn't be out of reach!"


Baked Barbeque Chicken
 

Each week YOU choose what recipes inspire you and what meal options are best for you and your family--kid-friendly, quick, simple-gourmet, vegetarian, brunch and lunch options, etc. Not only are the meal recipes taken care of for you, Relish takes it one step further and streamlines your shopping for you as well, complete with tips and tricks to help bring down your grocery bill each week.

Relish offers 3, 6, or 12 month subscription options-3 months will set you back a whopping $21 ($7.00 a month), 6 months at only $35.70 ($5.95 a month), and 12 months for $58.80 ($4.90 a month). Imagine coupling those numbers with the time and money you'll ultimately save on your grocery bill, too!


Slow Cooker Chunky Minestrone


If you're one of the people that find yourself in the what's-for-dinner rut, don't have time to flip through numerous cookbooks or spend hours looking up new recipes on Pinterest (guilty of that last one), you might want to look into a Relish subscription!

In the meantime, I leave you with a preview recipe you can try for yourself, or you can view any of the other numerous preview recipes on their Preview Recipes tab.





Asian Salmon Bowl with Spinach





(Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes)












Ingredients: 

1  cup jasmine rice
1  tablespoon butter
1  garlic clove(s), minced
1/4  teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
3  tablespoons maple syrup
2  tablespoons lime juice
3  tablespoons soy sauce (low sodium)
1  teaspoon water
1  teaspoon cornstarch
4  salmon fillet(s) (6 ounces each), skin removed
1  teaspoon vegetable oil
6  cups fresh spinach
2  teaspoons black sesame seeds


Heat oven to 425 degrees.

[1] Cook rice according to package instructions.

[2] In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and pepper flakes and saute until garlic is lightly golden, 1 minute. Add syrup, lime juice and soy sauce; cook until bubbling, 3 minutes.

[3] In a bowl, combine cornstarch and water; stir into garlic glaze. Cook until slightly thick, 1 minute. Arrange fillets on a foil-lined baking sheet. Spread a little glaze over each fillet. Roast until just cooked through, 12 minutes. In a medium skillet, warm oil over medium heat. Add spinach; saute until just wilted. Remove from pan; set aside.

[4] Divide rice among individual bowls; top each with spinach and a salmon fillet, broken into large pieces. Drizzle with remaining sauce; sprinkle each with black sesame seeds.

 

per serving: 479 calories; 34 grams protein; 14 grams total fat; 2 grams fiber; 4 grams saturated fat; 52 grams carbohydrates; 85 mgs cholesterol; 797 mgs sodium; 12 WW points plus




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{The Giveaway}



1 lucky winner will receive a 12-month Relish meal planning subscription! 




{The Rules}



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

 2. NEW RULE--You MUST leave a 1 to 3 sentence comment on my post in order to be eligible for the giveaway. Short, one to two word answers will be deleted from the post and entries associated will be deleted from the giveaway.

3. Contest will run from Wednesday, July 30th through Wednesday, August 20th.

4. Open to individuals 18 years or older.

5. Open worldwide!




a Rafflecopter giveaway





That's 3 mandatory entries + 42 possible extra entries which = 45 entries total!

 
 
Good Luck!








This giveaway is open worldwide to individuals 18 years or older and will run from Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 12:00 pm CST until Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 11:59 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.

Win It Wednesday(7/30)





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 Your Choice of Interchangeable Sunglasses from Kameleonz!!


Ends August 3, 2014


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Win a Goodie Box of Natural Aromatherapy Products from ReLive on Etsy!!


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Win a $125 GC Towards Your Choice of Comforter from Midnight Velvet (10 chances to win)!! 


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