Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Trips to the Edge: Tales of the Unexpected by Diane Wing *Book Review*

Author: Diane Wing
ISBNN-13: 9781615992621
Page Count: 46 pages
Publisher: Modern History Press
Release Date: January 10, 2015


The great and imaginative Diane Wing is at it again, this time creating a read that's comprised of 4 spine-chilling short stories that will bring you face-to-face with the long lasting consequences of a person's actions, through a seemingly-perfect different dimension, dining on sumptuous new cuisine in a mysterious new restaurant, and exploring the dark side of jealousy and revenge. Through her words Wing brings to life these impossible realities and makes the reader almost believe the impossible can be possible as they make their way through each short story. Add in an ominous, dark twist to each plot line and you've got Trips to the Edge.

My Thoughts:

I'm always so very excited when Diane contacts me with another opportunity, especially when it involves her books. She has such a unique writing voice and always adds a little bit of darkness to her tales which never fails to capture my attention from the get go. Whether it be my sense of whimsy she captures with her imaginative writings of mythical creatures and other realms or my love of being creeped out with her ominous plot twists, I can't seem to get enough! Plus, if you've read any of her work, she tends to include in her stories something....more; a lesson that needs to be learned perhaps or possibly just a deeper meaning hidden behind seemingly simple things like a walk in the park, a winding road that dead ends, or a new restaurant. Either way the reader comes away not only entertained by the story itself but also with their own personal line of thinking somewhat transformed. 

Trips to the Edge can be purchased through or Barnes & Noble.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Come Join Me: Gluten Free Allergen Free Expo Coming to Chicago + Giveaway #GFAFExpo

Disclaimer: I received a complementary expo ticket to facilitate this post and giveaway on The Eclectic Element. Some affiliate links can also be found in the post below. All opinions and expressions above are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. Please do your own research on a product or service before purchasing as your results may vary.

It seems these days I'm running in to more and more people that have to watch and really be cognizant of what they eat. Whether it be gluten and wheat, dairy, nuts, processed sugars, GMOs or something else, people are starting to slowly, one by one, wake up and realize what we've been putting into our bodies most definitely is NOT treating them like the temples they should be!

We, society as a whole, are probably the sickest we've ever been and the "food" that is suppose to be fueling our bodies is just working to make us sicker. The good news that comes out of that tragic situation is, like mentioned above, people are starting to realize this and where there is a need and demand for something, new and improved healthier companies and products will follow.

This is exactly why I'm so excited to announce the return of the 2015 Chicago Gluten Free Allergen Free Expo!

I was super lucky to be able to go to last year's 2014 GFAF Expo as an expo blogger with one of my good friends Hannah of The Wholey Trinity. As a first timer, it was incredibly amazing to see what this event had to offer...

Now that I know what to expect this year, I'm ready and raring to go get my gluten-and-allergen-free on! This really could not have come at a better time either; I've been so very sick from the end of Fall, beginning of Winter last year until now and I know I'm going to have to bite the bullet and not only go gluten-free again but watch everything I put into my mouth.

I'm hoping that attending this year's expo will give me a new lease on this whole "diet" thing (if you can really call it that). Learn all about new companies and what they have to offer while giving new products a try and learning about how I can better myself without starving and or depriving myself of the enjoyment I SO love getting from my BFF food.

Not only will you find at least 100+ sponsors and vendors of all different shapes and sizes offering their gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and other allergen-free wares from all different kinds of foods and many, many different desserts to makeup, skincare, and more, depending on which day you go, you can also sit in on several different informative classes.

Just a few classes you might be interested in this year: Nutrition and Gluten-Free Baking, Get Rid of Toxins- in your Diet and your Life, or even Traveling the World Gluten Free and Allergen Free. For a complete list of classes and their days Click Here.

Between now and May 1st if you purchase your ticket(s) through the link below you'll receive 20% off with the code ADVANCE as well as a FREE 1-year subscription to Delight Gluten Free Magazine! Just click on the picture to take you to the purchase page.

{The Giveaway}

Win 1 of 5 FREE one-day tickets to the Chicago Gluten Free Allergen Free Expo*!!

{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 Monday, April 6, 2015 through to Thursday, April 16, 2015.

4. Open to individuals 18 years or older.

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

a Rafflecopter giveaway

That's 2 mandatory entries + 41 possible
extra entries which = 43 entries total!

Good luck!

*Ticket good for 1 of the 2 days, either Saturday, May 2nd or Sunday, May 3rd.

Giveaway Disclaimer: This giveaway is open to US residents only, 18 years or older and will run from Monday, April 6, 2015 12:00pm CST until Thursday, April 16, 2015 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be chosen through and be contacted within 24 hours of the drawing. You'll then have 24 hours (1 full day from when the winning email was sent) 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.

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

Enter Here

Win a Swooper Classic Chair!!

Ends April 7, 2015

Enter Here

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? 

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