Saturday, June 22, 2013

Chilling Out With A Starbucks Iced Coffee and HuffPostLIve

Chilling out with a free Starbucks Iced Coffee and HuffPostLive on Friday. I found the Iced Coffee, not too sweet, with a nice caffeine kick. Thanks Von's Grocery Delivery for the wonderful treat!

Friday, June 21, 2013

June Manicure~ Summer White

Treated myself to a pedicure-manicure today just because it's nice to get some pampering. I saw this white nail polish and decided I would go for it. What do you think?

Nature Box Subscription Box Has Arrived! June 2013

I decided to give Nature Box, a healthy snack subscription box, a try this month after my husband started complaining about being bored with his snacks at work. In case you haven't heard of Nature Box, for $19.95, you receive 5 different full sized healthy snacks each month. (free shipping) You can pause or cancel your deliveries at any time!

I would highly recommend looking at Nature Box Facebook, Twitter or a blogger post for discount codes! I was able to save 50% through a Facebook ad.

June's Box theme is Picnic Snacks: Cherry Ganache Granola, Salsa Spiced Nut Mix, BBQ Kettle Kernels, Guacamole Bites, Peanut Butter Nom Noms

And what did my husband think of this month's snack selection? "I love the variety of snacks. They taste great, crushy. I even shared them with my co-workers. They were blown away that some of these snacks are vegan". "My only suggestions are The BBQ Kettle Kernels and Guacamole Bites need more spice".

Researchers Claim Breakthrough in Fibromyalgia Study ~ National Pain Report

I wanted to breakdown and cry after reading this breaking news! For every doctor that told me it was all in my head~ shame on you!

National Pain Report, June 19th, 2013 by Pat Anson, Editor

Researchers are touting a “breakthrough discovery” in the diagnosis of fibromyalgia – a complex and painful condition that affects millions of people around the world.

. In a new study being published in Pain Medicine, the journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, researchers based at Albany Medical College say they may have finally found the first biological evidence of what causes fibromyalgia.

“Instead of being in the brain, the pathology consists of excessive sensory nerve fibers around specialized blood vessel structures located in the palms of the hands,” said Frank Rice, PhD, President of Integrated Tissue Dynamics LLC (Intidyn) and the senior researcher on the study.

In a small study of fibromyalgia patients, researchers found an “enormous increase” in sensory nerve fibers in the blood vessels of the skin on the patients’ palms. The extra nerve fibers appear to disrupt the normal flow of blood, which may explain why many fibromyalgia patients often complain of tenderness or pain in their hands and feet.

You can read the full article available at National Pain Report

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Self-Publishing Authors Share Their Stories ~ HuffPostLive



Ever consider self-publishing? Today, Nancy Redd featured four self-published authors share incredible success stories, tips and advice.

On the panel were authors: Hugh Howey, Darcie Chan, Bella Andre, and Jasinda Wilder.

Have you self-published a book or e-book? What tips would give for a beginner?

"You're Important to Me"! National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (2855)



I recently received news that a post, sharing the National Suicide Prevention Hotline helped someone. I also had the sad news, from a friend, who lost someone to suicide, tell me that they wished they had seen the phone number sooner.

Sometimes, it helps to hear that You Matter! If you are feeling lonely call us - the Lifeline Crisis Counselors are here for you anytime day or night, every day of the year at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Your life matters!

Target: Price Comparing Wireless Printers

Like many of you, we price compare prior to making that final purchase. So, when my husband and I were at Target recently, we decided to stopped by their electronic department to view what they had to offer in wireless printers.

And since we've never purchased a wireless printer this opportunity would help us create our must-have list of features.

Here's a few of our local Target's available printers.

HP Envy printer features: 2 sided printing, premium photo printing, memory card slot, smartphone/tablet printing $249.99

The Epson XP-200 is the least expensive of the printers, at $54.99. Features include: scan/copy, smartphone/tablet printing

Epson XP-400 is available at $89.99. Features include: scan/copy, memory card slot, smartphone/tablet printing

This Epson Expression Premium XP-600 has 2.5 LCD, touch panel, 2 sided printing, premium photo printing, smartphones/tablet printing, memory card slot for $129.99

This Canon PIXMA MG3320 offers full HD movie print, fun filter effects, CD/DVD print, mobile printing at $79.99
Now we've got a good idea of what we want in a wireless printer and will be making a purchase this weekend.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Socialites Closet Blog Giveaway: Aveeno Positively Nourishing Whipped Souffle

When I returned from a gym workout I was greeted with a FedEX package. Love it when this happens!

The Aveeno Positively Nourishing Whipped Souffle smells so good. (cocoa and shea butter) And just a little keeps my skin moisturized for hours. A must in this summer heat and multiple daily showers! Thank you The Socialites Closet!

Here We Go Again!~ Beef Recall Announced Over E. Coli Fears



The United States Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Tuesday that 22,737 pounds of ground beef will be recalled over fears that they could be infected with E. coli.

The FSIS categorized the recall as "Class I," meaning its a health hazard situation in which is likely that the use of the product will result in serious adverse health consequences or death.

The products to be recalled were packaged in clear, 10 pound chubs by National Beef Packing Co. in Liberal, Kansas and were shipped to several wholesale locations in the region.

Read more: UPI Business News

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Las Vegas Summer Heat + A/C = Equal Payment Plan



This year, summer temperatures have arrived early in Las Vegas. And to make matter worst our temperatures have been over 100 degrees. (sometimes over 110) Our summer electric budget is $220 but we've been exceeding last year's usage. So, for the first time, I've decided to enroll in the Equal Payment Plan at our local electric company website.

This is a free service that takes our average power usage from the last 12 months and divide it into equal monthly payments!

Another plus, we'll know in advance what our bill will be each month!

Our bill will show: Exact meter readings for the month. Exact charges for the amount of utility services you used. Exact costs that would normally be due. The Equal Payment amount due.

Equal Payment Plan isn't for everyone so compare your actual usage with your bills. And continue to conserve energy!

My Shade Of Brown Subscription Box Arrived! June 2013

My Shade of Brown, is a monthly beauty subscription service with products geared towards women of color. The monthly subscription is only $10 so for the opportunity to 'try out' products it's very affordable.

I decide for that price I would give it a try. Here's some photos of my first My Shade of Brown box.



It's always fun to open these boxes. Their usually wrapped so beautifully. Check out the pink tissue paper!

I wonder what's in this month's My Shade Of Brown pillow box?


June's My Shade Of Brown contents: Balanced Beauty skin care samples~ Botanical Facial Toner, Botanical Facial Cleanser, Micodermabrasion Cream, Light Moisture Cream, Replenish Moisture Cream

Monday, June 17, 2013

Menu Plan Monday ~ June 17, 2013

Thanks Organizing Junkie for hosting Menu Plan Monday!











Cooking In 10 Steps Or Less

Chef Seamus Mullen, diagnosed with RA, shares his the importance of eating healthy in connection with his chronic illness. Also, check out a few recipes, get cooking and prep tips.

Couple Time: Hanging Out at The Pool



My husband decided to have a long Father's Day weekend and took Thursday and Friday off. We slept in, watched lots of Netflix and Hulu, ran errands and hung out at the pool.

Today, he told me this was the most relaxing break he's had in years. Now that's a wonderful Father's Day gift!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Jumping Tandem Sunday ~ Fathers, Take Care of Your Sons and Daughters



"One of the things that saddens me the most about my people is fathers that don't take care of their sons and daughters. And you can't blame that on The Man or getting frisked. Take responsibility. Look in the mirror and say, 'What can I do better?' There is opportunity; you can make it. Whatever it is that you choose, be the best at it. You have an African-American president. You can do it. But take responsibility. Put your slippers way under your bed so when you get up in the morning, you have to get on your knees to find them. And while you're down there, start your day with prayer. Ask for wisdom. Ask for understanding. I'm not telling you what religion to be, but work on your spirit. You know, mind, body, and spirit. Imagine—work the brain muscle. Keep the body in tune—it's your temple. All things in moderation. Continue to search. That's the best part of life for me—continue to try to be the best man." - Denzel Washington in GQ

In our society, I feel that we underestimate the importance of a good father in our children's lives. When I hear our son's friends comment how lucky Marcus is for having a dad, my heart does break. These are grown men that still feel a hole that hasn't been filled. I can't count the times when my husband has gone to sports events to cheer on other people's sons, listened to them when they needed someone to or given advice when asked. Many even refer to him as Dad.

So on this Father's Day, I thank all the good men in our lives. Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day ~ "Thanks For Paying For Transportation To School"



Chris Rock ”Nobody appreciates daddy,” he says. ”I’m talking about the real daddy that handles the [expletive] business. Nobody ever says, ‘Hey, Daddy, thanks for knocking out this rent!’ ‘Hey, Daddy, I sure love this hot water!’ ‘Hey, Daddy, it’s easy to read with all this light!”

Let's face it, we hear celebrities, sports athletes, etc thank Mom often. But when is the last time you've heard a thank you for Dad? Last year, in response, our son, Marcus asked me to write this on a chalkboard, which we keep in the living room wall.

For this Father's Day, our son, ordered some Porterhouse steaks and the fixings. When my husband got home from work, he was greeted with a cold beer, a pat on the head and "Thanks Dad for all you do"!