Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Nutrition Now Multivites Hair, Skin & Nails Review

Ever have family members recommend a product, and you're thinking that they're crazy? Especially when the person recommending is your sister and your mother? Yeah, my sister and mom have been telling me to take hair, nail and skin supplements for the longest time and I wasn't sure what the big deal was.

My experience

I just recently had the chance, Nutrition Now™ MultiVites Hair, Skin & Nails, a dye-free and gluten free gummy vitamin, just for my hair, nails, and my skin (why does it feel like I'm going to be attacked by zombies?)For the, most part it was great. The vitamins tasted great, my nails look a lot better than they did. These were great quality, easy to chew and very easy to swallow. I really should have updated about the nails, but I forgot about it, I'll probably get to that in a week from now so people can see differences

Since then these are my first nail, hair and skin vitamins, so I don't have anything to compare them to, but as for gummy vitamins, they're going to be one of my favorites. Why? The taste! I really like the taste, wild berries are so yummy, and there's no chalky taste like some chewable vitamins have! 

My Recommendations

While my results may be different from others results I have really seen a difference in my nails. Before starting a vitamin regimen I believe it helps to talk to a doctor if anyone has any questions. I do feel that I would recommend it to others.

I just recently had the chance to try Nutrition Now's Multivites, Hair, Skin & Nails for the very first time!

My nails as of right now

My final thought

While my results will not be the same as everyone else's, my nails have looked better, and my hair hasn't been breaking as much! So I would in no doubt keep these vitamins in my medicine cabinet and maybe next time I should listen to my sister and mom a bit more!


It's currently Tuesday, December 4, 2018: I never usually update about these things, but in this case I will. I really liked the gummies to begin with I thought they'd really help my nails, but they didn't. There's really no change in my nails and they've actually started to break and tear more than I would have wanted my nails to do. Instead of changing my review, I'd like to state that these may or may not work for you. There's only one way to find out, but I do suggest to approach with caution. 

Monday, November 26, 2018

7 Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments to Make With Your Kids

I usually suck at coming up with ideas when it comes to holiday crafts. All my choices when it comes to crafts are the same ones that my mom and grandma taught me how to make. Homemade flour ornaments and candy cane reindeer! If you're a lot like I am, these 7 DIY crafts might help you come up with new ideas of Christmas. 

1. Pipecleaner Candy Canes
These are probably easy as crafts come. All you need is pipe cleaners and pony beads. And you don't even have to use the colors they mentioned on the site if you didn't want to when it comes to pony beads. Not all candy canes are red and white!

2. Popsicle Stick Ornaments
When it comes to popsicle stick ornaments, you can give your kid an option, when it comes to making their ornaments, giving them a sense of independence.
3. Peppermint Ornaments
Want a craft that's easy and tastes good? Peppermint ornaments are really easy to make, they taste great, and they're pretty inexpensive to make! 
4. Melted Snowman 
Frosty melted away when the sun was hot, didn't he?  One of my favorite Christmas songs are Frosty the Snowman, but if your child is new to the song, or loves it as much as I do, this craft will be fun! 
5. Reindeer Frames
I was kind of wishing that there were instructions on how to make this craft. If you're crafty enough and want to attempt this one with your children, let me know! I'd love to hear how it's done.
6. Melted Crayon Ornaments
One of my favorite things about Christmas, when I was a kid, happened to be getting a new box of crayons and markers and coloring. Instead of tossing out your old crayons, these Crayon ornaments are a great idea! 
7.  Button Christmas Tree
Do you have a box of leftover buttons at your house? I remember having one for the longest time growing up. If only I knew this craft existed. I would have been really excited to try something like this.
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Sunday, November 25, 2018

5 Questions about about Migraines that you're afraid to ask

With my head held high, I went to the store today and ended up with a migraine. A day before, I was fine and was a migraine free, but my hopes of being migraine free were shattered. Migraine pain is one of the worst pains I wouldn't wish a migraine on my own worst enemy. They're really that bad. But one thing I can't stand are people who pass judgment on someone with a migraine (or any illness), especially if they haven't been there.

1. How often do your migraines happen?
I really don't mind answering the question, it's better than someone giving the common response, "You always have a headache." In my case, my migraines happen maybe once or twice a week. Other's have migraines almost constantly, while some people have one out of the blue. There are medications that can help to minimize the occurrence of migraines, but as of right now I can't find one that actually works for me.

2. What does a migraine feel like?
Explaining a migraine to someone who doesn't get one is tough. But if I had to give an analogy, I'd compare it to the feeling of falling off a bed and bumping your head really hard on a dresser. But it's not the pain that bothers me the most. The symptoms that I have are very debilitating,  I can get dizzy, light headed, vomit, my speech can become slurred and it can even cause me to have problems with my hearing.

3. Is it true that your senses can go into overdrive before a migraine?
Unfortunately, yes they can. Before a migraine people sometimes lights can be stronger than they were before, we smell things they normally don't smell (and can even have phantom smells),  and sounds can be magnified. I know that might sound like the complete opposite than what I just answered about having problems with my hearing. In my case particular, right before a migraine during the 'aura' phase I can hear almost everything, but once a migraine hits, then I have trouble hearing.

4. What exactly does the hospital do for a migraine?
It depends on your hospital. The one I have close will first tell you that you're wasting their time for a migraine and make you feel bad about even coming in. They'll assume you're a drug addict and ignore you and will refuse to treat you even if you prove yourself differently. But if you're lucky enough to be given anything they usually give you what they call a migraine cocktail, it's usually a Benadryl, a Triptan, Something for pain (Toradol or if you're lucky a Tramadol), and an antinausea medication. Most of the time the same thing that someone who has chronic migraines usually has.

5. Why haven't you gotten rid of your migraine?
This isn't one of those questions you actually ask someone. If you're thinking about asking it don't. But in case you're wanting to ask, not all medications work, sometimes it's because its the wrong combinations of medications, other times it's because nothing works.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Why these 5 items are hotter than a fireplace in the winter

It started with a bit of fear, that I was going to have to write my top 5 things this week. I thought of the photo on Facebook, the Dawn of The Dead vs. Black Friday photo. I don't even know why it came to my mind like that. Like I was talking abo Hut something that amazing. I don't have the hottest toys or the hottest gadgets, I have a blog. That's it a blog. Nothing magical to see here. 

1. Nutrition Now's Hair, Skin, & Nails Gummy Vitamins: They're both dye free, gluten free and they taste great. While it's only been two weeks since I've started the gummies, I have noticed a few slight differences like well-nourished skin, and my nails appear to be stronger I'll be talking about them Tuesday, this stuff is amazing. I just didn't think I'd be excited about vitamins before. 
2. Tofurky: I know this is going to sound like one of those silly vegetarian posts where I'm excited to eat tofurky. But that's because that's what it is. I tried tofurky long ago, when it first came out, and it was awful. So when the hubby suggested that we try it for Thanksgiving, I told him that there'd be no way that I'd try it. But since then, Tofurky has evolved, it's not as dry and it tastes pretty good! Too bad they only have it for holiday time. I would think about getting it again.
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3. Daily Break: Daily Break is another way to earn gift cards. There's no survey  's, no criteria to meet, you're just having fun doing puzzles, playing fun quizzes or reading a news article. There's nothing to it. It takes no more than 10-15 minutes a day to earn 150 points or more. 
4. Happy Hannukah! by Linda Glaser: I believe that learning about different cultures and different holiday's make us more tolerant of others. This book does a great job of explaining Hannukah in a way that children can understand and they won't get overwhelmed with the facts. Even as an adult I like reading children's books when it comes to subjects and religions because they can write in a way that kids understand, which makes it easier for adults to grasp.
5. Doug's Secret Christmas: I love classic cartoons. While I wasn't a fan of the newer Doug episodes, Doug's Secret Christmas actually put me in the Christmas spirit a bit. It made me step back and really think about the true meaning of Christmas. The family togetherness made me feel a little warm and cheery.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

10 Quick Facts about Thanksgiving that Will make you hungry

Are you ready for Thanksgiving yet? Better yet have you even started cooking? It's hard to believe it's Tuesday already and Thanksgiving is only two days away. But what do you really know about Thanksgiving? Here are 10 facts about Thanksgiving that will make you hungry.

1. TV Dinners were an after product of Thanksgiving. In 1953, Swanson had extra turkey and was suggested that they'd be sold with other sides in a tray.  The first TV dinner had turkey, cornbread stuffing, peas, and sweet potatoes./
2. There were no balloons at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, but instead animals from the Central Park Zoo.
3. America's second most popular holiday is Thanksgiving.
4. Female turkeys do not gobble. Only male turkeys gobble
5. The story about Benjamin Franklin wanting the national bird to be a turkey is false to some extentWhile he did want the national bird to be a turkey. He never publically stated that he wanted it to be a turkey.
6. Every year the president pardons a turkey from being killed. In 1947 President Truman pardoned a turkey which a few presidents ended up doing, but it was George H.W. Bush who made it a yearly tradition.
7. Thomas Jefferson refused to declare Thanksgiving a holiday. He firmly believed in church and state and since there's prayer during Thanksgiving, he wanted nothing to do with it.
8. Green bean casserole was created by Campbell's soup. It was in an annual Campbell's soup cookbook. The recipe caught on like wildfire and is now a Thanksgiving tradition.
9. Jingle Bells was not originally written as a Christmas song. It was meant to be a Thanksgiving song.
10. Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day.

Friday, November 16, 2018

What You Ought to Know About Thankfulness & 5 Thing's I'm Thankful For

There are only three things in life that truly matter: A roof over my head, an amazing family and food in my belly. But you know what I realized? Thanksgiving is in 6 days and I have yet to talk about what I'm Thankful for. So instead of talking about my top 5 things that I did, or that are my favorite things of the week. I decided that it's time to talk turkey, I mean talk Thanksgiving and what I'm thankful for! 

While I'd like to thank my cellphone for being able to take photos, so that I can express myself more, it's not what's important. There's bigger things that I'm actually Thankful for. So here are some of the things that I'm thankful for, that aren't food, family and a roof over my head.

5. The advancement in medicine: You never really think that the advancement in medicine is a big deal until you take a step back and look at it. I read an article from UCLA that said the life expectancy 50 years ago was 68! Now people are living to 80! I don't have to think about being 32, and having the fear that I only have 36 more years left to live! From the medicines that we have to a better understanding of why our body does what it does, we're not dying as often as we used to.

4. Technology: Technology is nothing more than a tool. We can use a tool to fix things, but we can also use a tool to destroy things. While I look around the internet at people who are doing some really awful things, there are also things that aren't bad at all. YouTube has actually had some good educational and beneficial videos to make your day better. For instance, I wouldn't have learned how to fix my broken toilet, if it weren't for YouTube!

I don't know where  I would be without some of the people I've met on Facebook, Instagram, or even older social media sites. Big lessons or small lessons they've all taught me something valuable. 

3. Free Online Courses: I'm a fan of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) because I'm able to learn at home, at my own pace and not have to spend money on a course (unless I want to get a certificate of completion). I'm planning on taking a course that starts the 19th about Chronic Pain, just to get a better understanding of what's going on with myself, and how to help myself.

2.  Music: I've always loved music, all music. I'll always be thankful for music. But now that we have new neighbors below us who like to play their music until 1 or 2 in the morning. I don't mind that they listen to their music, but the music gets so loud that I can hear their music word for word. So that I can drown out some of their music I turn on my music, to drown their music out a little bit, it's not that loud at all. As I'm writing this I'm listening to  Leo Moracchioli to so somewhat drown out some of the music below. Thanks Leo for counteracting and drowning out some of my neighbor's music.

1. Indoor toilets: I couldn't imagine going outside everytime I had to go to the bathroom, especially the fact that I have a walnut-sized bladder and IBS. To imagine going out into the cold just to go to the bathroom sounds awful. 

What you should know 

You'd think it'd be easy to name 5 things that you're thankful for that isn't food, shelter and family, but it isn't. I think when we get down the bare necessities, Baloo said it best the simple things in life are what really matter. We all have things to be thankful for, it's what makes us human. But it's what you have that really matters. So what are you thankful for this year?

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

How my superpowers helped me reach my full potential

I tried to collect my emotions before posting this blog post. It's kind of crazy that a video could hit home for me. A video that kind summed up the way I've been feeling all along. I actually cried watching this video and almost contemplated even posting this, but in all honesty, this needs to be posted. 

Growing Up "Different"

The school was a nightmare for me as a child. I remember going and the lights would be too bright, people talking would get me emotional, I had an IEP and me was given special "think time" to answer questions. I knew I was different. Everyone around me was chatty and I was the loner. I was the girl would prefer to read a book, enjoy music, and would immerse my self with some of my favorite topics, Ancient Egyptian Mummies, UFO's, and electronic games (which I never needed an instructional book for).

People would make friends, and hang out at friend's houses. I would be alone, and had no clue that people actually still had sleepovers and stayed at friend's houses. Part of me wanted to participate in stuff like they did, while the other part of me didn't care and didn't know how to socialize. You think schools would have taught me things like that.

Some day's I'd cry at school or I'd come home and cry or come home and get angry. It was draining, both physically and emotionally.

It's kind of funny knowing you're different, the teachers, other students, and people know you're different. But they too didn't have a name for what made me different. I just knew I was different. They all tried really they did. But because I couldn't focus and because I became overwhelmed, I dropped out of high school at 17, so I wasn't as stressed or depressed.

My Partial Diagnosis

Since I've always been an emotional loner, my family pushed me to go seek help. It's not like I would have gone to get help on my own. I would have preferred to be alone, being alone writing and imagining life without people was I good at. I wasn't broken I knew that. So what if I had moments where I'd yell at someone, or cried because noises got to be too much, and don't even get me started on my surroundings being different?
It wasn't until the therapist I was seeing mentioned about Aspergers and asked me what I knew about it and how she thought I might have it. I had a lot of the qualities that someone with Aspergers had, I was socially awkward, I couldn't read people's emotions, and I certainly had my own interests. I fit the qualities. Even the physiatrist that took my case thought that Asperger's may have been a diagnosis. 

Before I could get a diagnosis, my therapist left. I was suggested to see another therapist, some guy, and I was already suggested not to have one. They were worried that I wouldn't open up to him. So that ended both my path of diagnosis and getting any help I needed.

Because I had nobody to turn to, I wanted to know what Asperger's was, I didn't have the internet at the time, but I did have a medical book. Never read a medical book about something like Asperger's by the way, it confused me. The book description was literally two lines, "High functioning autism" "aloof" and "interested in schedules." I understood being aloof, but they didn't explain what high functioning autism was and I didn't have anyone to ask. What was I going to do now?

I was suggested to go to a vocational rehabilitation therapist, someone who could help me get a job. To get a basis on where to go next she sent me to the psychiatrist who was going to test my IQ and my other skills. I was told that I had no social skills, had a very low IQ (supposedly in the 80's somewhere) and that Asperger's could be an actual issue.

Keeping my partial diagnosis a secret 

For a few years, I kept the whole Asperger's partial diagnosis a secret. I was ashamed, scared, and I made up reasons why I was cold, aloof, standoffish, and unable to connect with people. Why bring up something that you're ashamed of? I was ashamed of myself.  Being ashamed of myself caused anger, it caused frustration, and it even caused depression.

Hiding the secret really put a damper on my dating life. I had men tell me that I was cold, unemotional, unable to laugh, and so many other things that again, I felt like a failure. I felt like someone that was broken, even though I knew I wasn't. I wanted to be fixed, if I could run away from my body and never look back, I would have. I wanted to be normal. 

It wasn't until my son was almost two when we noticed he wasn't talking much, he'd get lost in his 'own little world' and he'd flap his hands by his ears everytime he got excited. That he was going to be evaluated to find out what was going on with my son. Again

I felt shame, I felt regret. I hadn't even told my husband the secret that I was hiding. 

Our suspicions were confirmed and my son was diagnosed with autism. I knew he had no clue what was going on. But both as a mother and someone who was 'partially diagnosed,' I knew he wouldn't have to go through this alone. I know what it's like walking through the store when the lights are so loud, and the people are moving to talk.
After his diagnosis I actually looked at the symptoms, rather than reading them in a book, I took the autism tests that were online, just to be told the same thing I was told by the therapist and the doctors. But because the town I live in is so small and there really aren't many resources to get diagnosed fully, I've grown to accept that Asperger's is not a death sentence, and many people get the diagnosis every day. Not every one of them is depressed or hiding the fact that they got the diagnosis.

My Superpowers

I've heard people use the skills that come easy and the knowledge that I have for certain things, super superpowers. I even used the term around my son (who's nonverbal), when he shows that he has a special interest or something he's good at, so he doesn't feel weird or different. But when I heard Dan use the phrase and explained his 'powers' it hit home. I have powers and mine aren't the same as my son's or Dan's mine is my own.

Writing is my superpower, and I'm happy to have the ability to write and express myself. I'm really happy and grateful to be able to share my story about my partial diagnosis, and how I feel so that people know they're not alone. Writing is my escape, it's a way to make me step back and say, "Hey there's something that I can do. There's something that I'm good at".

So what if I'm a loner and I'm not good around people? The people I come in contact now, other writers. People who have different abilities that make us all unique. My superpowers some days aren't as strong. We all have our moments. But I have these powers and I'm aware of that now. I'm not afraid to be myself. I'm not afraid to express myself. I get it that some people won't like my talent or abilities, that's fine. I'm sure even superheroes aren't liked by everyone.

My Message to others

To anyone who reads this blog post. Either it'd be a friend, a family member, a stranger or someone who's not sure what's going on in your life. Be yourself, love who you are and enjoy your superpowers. You don't have to have a special diagnosis to be a superhero or have superpowers. Batman is an average everyday man, he doesn't need superpowers to be a hero. Remember that you're not broken, you're awesome, don't let anyone tell you different.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Some Oprah Like Advice: That I really needed to hear

From Writer's Workshop:
"Oprah says we all have a story. If you were on her show, what would your story be? What would you be talking about? What advice would she give you? Write about it and provide a snippet of your interview together."

Normally I wouldn't have even thought about doing a writing prompt. But I read this question and it really got me to thinking about Oprah, and about my story. I pretend that I don't have one and that I'm just a nobody floating through the universe. I have no stories to tell, I have nothing that makes me different from anyone else. I both thought about writing prompts and what I would be talking to Oprah about. My mind was indeed spinning.

Maybe stepping out of my comfort zone is something I need to do more often.

It wasn't until I realized what tomorrow is. Tomorrow would be my grandma's birthday. This woman has taught me so much, that my story wouldn't be anything without her. Better yet, she's my story. This woman taught me things that I didn't even realize I'd understand until now.

So Oprah this is my story:

This is a story about how a strong woman taught me to be strong, a story about someone who was selfless, a story about my grandma. The woman I wish could be like.

My grandma was such a strong woman, both physically and emotionally. She could be in the worst pain ever and not flinch or say much about it. I still don't know if that's a gift or a curse that I've learned to handle plain so well. Unlike her I can be a bit more verbal about it, I'm a worrier. She didn't seem to worry much. If she did, I never noticed.

The only times I am verbal about my pain is when my fibromyalgia gets bad, or I have a kidney stone. But for some reason being in labor with my now four year old didn't phase me one bit. I wasn't in pain and the doctor was puzzled how I wasn't in pain. I can't be sure either. Even after my c-section that time, I was up walking around as soon as I was able to get up and walk around. I'm sure my grandma would be happy to know that I take after her in that aspect.

But the one thing that I wish I had was her selflessness. I admit I like to make sure people are happy first, then forget about my own happiness, but I don't call that selflessness, I do it because it's what feels right. My grandma would give her shirt off her back if someone needed it or wanted it. Hopefully one day I'll be as selfless as she was. I'm sure it takes time, and it takes learning how to be selfless. Grandma, I hope to be like you were.

Oprah's advice (I really suck at imagining Oprah's advice but anyway): 

First and foremost don't become your grandma. Your ownself. It's great to see that you want to embody who she was and keep your memory of her alive, but don't become your grandma. Become Jennifer, someone who's like your grandma.

Secondly, if you want to be selfless and want to practice being selfless practice some kindness, give to a charity, but don't give more than you can give. Just because you treat people as you want to be treated doesn't mean that you should be walked all over. You wouldn't want someone else to be walked all over so don't settle for that yourself.

Last but not least, don't worry so much. Worrying doesn't do you any good. It's not easy to let go of worry. Worry causes more problems than you realize. Just let it go.

What I learned from this Prompt

While I was writing the prompt when it got to the point of Oprah's advice/my own advice to myself. I was able to give myself advice, and find answers to my problems and really see how my story has changed me. To step out of my shoes and not be Jennifer for a second was a bit strange to do, but I think I need to do it more often. I'll learn from this, I'll grow from this, and I'll be happier. 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Illuminate Your Story with Faith and Lettering

I'm probably the least artistic person alive. I can't draw a stick figure without it looking like the stick figure died. So when I saw the cover of the Illimunate your Story Journal along with the Faith & Lettering Journal, my blood ran cold. I imagined the artwork I would make. Letters that didn't look like letters and leaves that looked like a bug was massacred on the paper. Just great! 

Little did I know once I grabbed some paper because I'm one of those weirdos that don't really like marking in books like this if I don't have to. I sat down and started drawing, little did I know, it was the most exciting thing I've done in a long time. I was able to express myself in ways I wouldn't have ever expected to express myself. 

It's kind of funny that in the end, the journals were by far the coolest thing I've seen in a long time. I guess in a roundabout way I was able to tell my story, with a bit of help. I was able to create something that looked reasonably normal. "Trust and Faith" was my first piece of artwork that didn't look like a complete and utter wreck. 

About These Journals

Wait wait, let me back up a bit. I didn't even mention what these books are. The three books are, Faith and Lettering, Illuminate Your Story Journal and Illustrated World Coloring Book. A trio of books that I mentioned in my Bookish Thanksgiving blog post. The stuffing that made me sleep because it was so relaxing.

The pages were all beautiful. They showed how to write letters, draw little doodles and everything in between for whatever you might want to do with your artwork. One suggestion was to use for other journals. But I really liked just using the books for art related projects. The only downfall about the suggestions was that there wasn't enough journal space in any of the books to really practice lettering, so even if I wanted to use the books, my choice was to use paper instead.


If you're looking for a way to unwind. These journals are great! The recommendation has nothing to do with religion at all, but because the journals are a way that I can express myself and become artistically absorbed into a piece of artwork that I created. I'm still getting used to doing anything artistic. When I become absorbed in something like this, it becomes a great way to unwind. We all need to find that little niche to keep us sane. If you're looking for a way to relax. These might be a great choice. I haven't seen journals like this ever! They're that unique to me. 

Friday, November 9, 2018

Why this week's top 5 will make you question everything


Question things in life, question everything! But if you want you're at all curious, what my top 5 things are this week. These are it, they actually changed the way I thought about certian companies and how much my view on life in general changed. The biggest lesson I learned? Don't have your mind set on anything. It's stupid.

5. ASUS's customer support team: I got my new netbook today. The ASUS Vivobook. The price was a steal. I'm only paying $89 a month for a pretty nice laptop from QVC. I was excited to get it, but wasn't too happy when my Vivobook turned off and wouldn't turn back on. I pressed the button 20 million times, held the button down, took the cord out of the machine. I did almost everything. I really thought I broke my machine.

I contacted ASUS's customer service mad. I even contacted QVC to tell them to take their machine back because it wasn't working. The guy from customer support was so chill. He told me to unplug my notebook, press the power button for 40 seconds to 60 seconds then press the power button again. I was sure he was just acting crazy, and it was the typical tech support response for them to do something that I already did. What he told me to do actually worked! I the not to tech-savvy chick had no clue that the notebook could go into sleep mode and have trouble waking up. Now I know and ASUS was so helpful.

4. Calico Critter's Baby Band blind bags: I bought me two Calico Critter Baby Band blind bags. I wasn't excited to buy them but was a bit hesitant because I didn't know how good the quality of the animals really was. I got them because even as an adult, I love blind bag toys. It's fun to see what I'll get.

I got both Hazelnut Chipmunk with the tambourine and Cuddle Bear Baby with the cymbals. They're so adorable. I need to get the whole band! I don't care if I get twin animals! A bigger band is cool!

It was one of those nostalgia things. I had Mapletown when I was younger. Mapletown and Calico Critters were fuzzy frocked animals that lived in towns. Maple Town was a little more cartoon-like because they were based upon a TV show! Calico Critters, on the other hand, looked more like animals otters looked like otters, mice looked like mice.

Hazelnut and Cuddle Bear are ready to rock. Cute wittle guys are't they?
The other difference according to the site was the jobs the animals had. In Calico Critters the animals had jobs related to the animals they were. For instance, beavers would be home builders because they build dams. But in Maple Town Master Monkey is a train conductor. I loved Master Monkey (Along with Bobby Bear, Miss Dear, and Patti Rabbit). But they all had their own roles to play in the world of Maple Town

3. Watch Back: I was in a group on Facebook when someone was talking about winning $2 in the last two days for watching a couple of videos. I immediately thought I smelt a scam. There's no way that someone could make a dollar a day for watching videos. If people made money they would stop watching YouTube right?

Why did I humor myself and watch a few videos? But I did it anyway to prove people wrong. Two days later and I'm $2 richer. Ha! They weren't lying. Sure I need to make $5 to cash out and the cashouts are for Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, eBay, and a few other stores, but it's so easy and Christmas is coming up! I suggest that people check it out.

2. After Halloween Shopping: If you read my blog post about my after Halloween Haul. My makeup, the stuff I thought was cheap Halloween makeup and was proven wrong. This stuff was why I love after Halloween shopping and only wished I went back to get more because when I went back it was all gone! But when makeup is 90% off, it's well worth it, even if the makeup isn't quality.

This is Miss Divalicous, My Freya girl
1. Freya: Freya's one of my best friend's she never has anything bad to say. In fact she doesn't say anything at all. She's a cat. But she's more than a cat and a best friend, she's there when I don't feel good, she's always cuddling next to me, and she really hates to be alone. Freya came into our live's 2 years ago on Halloween. Cold, skinny and hungry. We tried to find her orignal family, but they never came forward. Now she's part of our family, happy, warm and well fed (she may beg to differ. Freya believe's that if she sees the bottom of either one of the two bowls she's out of food and starving.).

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Tag Thursday: Bookish Thanksgiving Tag

Can you believe it's already November and Thanksgiving is weeks away? The best thing about it getting cold out, is being able to stay inside cuddle with a nice warm blanket, drink hot cocoa and read! I love reading and there's so many books I've read this year alone! That's why I picked another one of Mama Kat's YouTube tags from her 100+ YouTube Tags page, but originally created by Erin and Becca.

I never once compared by books to food, ever. I'm pretty sure most people don't compare food and books together. I was hoping with this tag, I'd learn to compare things to other things differently, and to suggest new books for people to read.

Bread- What book is purely fluff, and has no real plot line?

Fluffy books, yum. The thought of bread hurts my stomach, so I try to stay clear of bread and books without plots. Plots are what makes books exciting to me. But I do have one book that I love to death that's actually nothing more than an educational reference book and it really does have no plot line. I love The Everything Reading Music Book by Mark Schonburg. This books is beautifully written, and in my opinion a fantastic book for anyone who loves music and wants to learn to read music or people who want a good refresher course. 

Turkey- What book made you want to fall asleep?

Wanting to fall asleep reading books? I hate that, and it doesn't really sound like a good book series if you're falling asleep, right? Wrong! I just recently got a trio of books that actually make me sleepy, but in a good way. The books are  Faith & Lettering Journal by Krystal Whitten, Illuminate Your Story Journal  and The Illustrated Word: An Illuminated Coloring Bible (all of which I'll have a review about on Sunday). Why I love these books and why they put me to sleep has nothing to do with religion at all, it has to do with the fact art relaxes me. Doodling to get rid of tension before bed makes me want to fall asleep. 

Gravy- What book makes the whole series worth reading?

I can't call it reading, but a book that I felt that made a whole series worth it, and worth buying is the Ebook Coloring Therapists books. I saw the art work in two of the books, and had to get the other books in the series. The artwork is so beautiful and so intricate that I had no doubt that the other books were as beautiful. They are worth every penny (even though the time I got them they were all free). But if you need a new coloring therapy book series. These are it! 

Stuffing- What book is stuffed full of action scenes?

Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain. I still have no reason to why this book hasn't been posted about. I just haven't done it. This book had action, it had pain and it carried me until the end. It was one of those books I couldn't help but fall in love with. I can't say that it's packed with tons of action scenes but, I can say the scenes that were action felt, were ones that had my heart pounding, and had me waiting to read more of the book. 

Mashed Potatoes- What book looked good, and then wasn’t?

Ihave to say My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum, was the book that looked good, and I had high hopes for, and then it lost me. It was a sad let down, that I wished I would have known that the book wasn't as good as I hoped it would be and would have spent my time reading something better.

Cranberries- What book has the sweetest romance?

I dislike romance series. They always seem far fetched and I can't relate to characters. It's the same feeling I have about cranberries believe it or not. I've never really liked cranberries, they're too tart and I can't love them like other people love them. But because I needed to think about a book that had a sweet romance I'd again pick Dream Daughter. The love Carley had for her husband was insanely beautiful same goes for Hunter and his wife. 

Corn- What’s the corniest book you’ve read?

It's a children's book called Do onto Otters. A book about manners. It's both puny and corny. It teaches kids about manners by a play on words and funny little lines and poems. It's both a great book, even I as an adult loved it! 
The Tommyknockers

Green beans- What book is too long and needs to be shortened?

The Tommyknockers by Stephen King. Don't get me wrong, it was a great book, but a lot like Stephen King's books, it felt long and wordy. It felt like I was reading the book forever! I don't think I can ever pick up the book and read it again if my life depended on it.

Pumpkin Pie- What book do you read to get out of a reading slump?

I love reading books with short stories like Nelson Double Days The Pocket University. It has beautifully written stories and poems, and it gives me a chance to read classic literature and search classical authors. Classic stories and books are exciting to me. 

Dog/Cat- What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food that you would steal from the table?

Now that I get to actually talk about food. My favorite foods from Thanksgiving are both, hash brown casserole and green bean casserole. Both of which can be vegetarian and taste great. I've never been a main dish person ever. I loved side dishes and appetizers, and would seriously only eat appetizers. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

What was my opinion of Aloe Gloe?

After talking about aloe water on Thursday and one of my Friday favorites was Aloe Gloe Water,  I was so excited to write about this! But when when I was writing this review out, I heard Dale Gribble in the back of my head saying, "aloe water," instead of "Global, Warming," needless to say, it's hard to drink anything when those thoughts pop up! It's harder to think about writing about the aloe water.

About Aloe Gloe and it's claims

Could you even imagine a drink like this being made because the co-founder cut his head while surfing and the ER doctor told him to put aloe on his cut and to drink aloe juice? Yeah really, in all honesty. It's the reason why I was reluctant to drink any of the aloe juice around here! It all seemed undersweetened or over sweetened with stuff that's not good for you. You know what I'm talking about, the health food drink that's aren't really health food, they're just junk. Aloe Gloe on the other hand isn't junk, it's made with organic cane sugar and organic stevia extract! 

First impressions of Aloe Gloe

I won't lie at first I was a bit hesitant, I'm always that way when I hear of something new, as I'm sure most people are. Hesitant but excited at the same time. But as soon as I tried it my mind went from, "I can't do it, I can't drink it" to "Wow this tastes great." Then followed by the thought of, "I'm living a very sheltered life. Why haven't heard of Aloe Gloe before?!" Just to realize I passed it half a dozen times at Walmart in the produce section that it was one of the drinks that looked cool, but I kept talking myself out of in the past. 

My internal dialogue is so strange sometimes? Is yours? Please say yes. I don't want to be looked at like a weirdo when I mention my internal dialogue to people! It's you know one of those weird deep seeded fears. Anyway, I'll talk more about my drink rather than how I have all this internal dialogue. 
It stacks really well by my window sill, doesn't it?

How Aloe Gloe Stacks Up

Because it isn't like the aloe water's in the past, it's still filled with all the vitamins, antioxidants, enzymes, that a lot of the other drinks don't have. Giving it a real leg up against it's competitors. The ingredient list itself is so simple I didn't have to look up any ingredients or worry about anything in the bottle. 

As a drink it's right up there on the list with some of my favorite drinks. But that's not what really set it apart from drinks. What set it apart was when I put it in my oatmeal, and really enjoyed it! I don't think I could have even dared to think about putting anything in my oatmeal that wasn't vanilla almond milk or regular water! If it made my oatmeal even more enjoying than it ever was, then I knew it was different from other aloe water or any other aloe juice period.

My recommendations

If you're a newbie to aloe water and need something that tastes great, I really suggest Aloe water being your best bet. I'm more partial to the lemon and the grape, but if you like coconut or regular, then more power to you. It can quench your thirst, it hydrates you and it gives you antioxidants and vitamins.Oh and it's available at a lot of places or even on Amazon, at only $1.90 per bottle on Amazon, it's a lot cheaper than a bottle of pop in the checkout lane at the store!

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

My Hauloween Haul

I love after Halloween clearance items now that Halloween, has come and gone. You never know what you'll find when you go to the clearance section of the store. My hope when I went was some Halloween makeup, you know the almost goth style makeup that can fit almost anyone's budget. I wasn't going to get my hopes up, I was sure that everyone had went through all of the Halloween stuff and took everything good.
My set of makeup!
I won't lie, I nearly sprinted to the Halloween stuff, I was let down when all I saw was, "Baby's first Halloween" clothes, and costumes that I can put my cat in. Yeah, like that's a great idea, dress my cat up to look like a hot dog. They even had 25% off on candles. Boring!

Doe a Dear Colors
It wasn't until I went to the other side of the display when my wish came true. On the shelf, I saw exactly what I was looking for. Makeup, a half dozen 10 piece makeup sets by Cai Beauty NYC for only $0.79 per set! Score! I was tempted to buy all of the makeup sets that I found, I was just leery about the quality and the ingredients in the makeup. Instead I bought the 4 I thought looked cool and figured if I liked the other one's I'd go back and get them another time (if they still have them).
The makeup sets I got were:
  • Doe a Dear
  • Skull Girl
  • Devil Darling
  • Spidey Babe
Inside of the Devil Darling Pack
As soon as I got home, I went right to seeing how my makeup held up. Unfortunately two of the white eye shadow ended up being cracked, getting white powder all over the tray that held the makeup. I'm not upset as the makeup was already under a dollar, when the makeup itself was $7.99 per set.

In each set there's eye shadow, cream face paint, eyeliner, mascara (or lip gloss) a brush, and eye lashes. It wasn't until I put it on that I was stunned. The makeup it self was beautiful, for the price and the quality, the colors were vibrant, and looked as they did on the photos on the box. I was even more surprised when I tried to wash the makeup off my hand with some of my Micellar Water (the pink bottle) to find out that my makeup was indeed water resistant! It was totally worth the price I paid for the makeup. 

All in all, I'm really happy with my find, it wasn't exactly what I wanted at first, but in the end, I'm happy I didn't find what I originally set out to find! I'm not too sure if I want to go back and get the other sets, but if I do, I know they'll be well worth the price I paid for them

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Book Review: Sometimes I lie

If I had to sum Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney up in one word I'd call the book interesting. Not a bad interesting or a good interesting, it's just interesting. I wanted to love this book, really I did, but in the end, I'm conflicted. Very conflicted.

Sometimes I Lie, is about a girl who's a pathological liar, who's in the hospital in a paralyzed state. While she's in her paralyzed state, she's trying to piece together what happened to her and why she's in the predicament that she's in.

My Opinion

The one thing that interested me to the story was the courosity about what it might feel like to be in a paralyzed state or what it's like to be in a coma. The way you're aware of what's going on around you, but you have no way to interact or even to react to what's going on. That to me was extremely interesting.

The book it self was a bit confusing, and the character's weren't characters that I could grasp on to. As a reader, I want to grasp on to a character, I want to be able to live through the thought patterns of an author. In this case, I couldn't do it. From both the twists in the story along with weak characters. The only thing I could cling on to was the story line. But that too was a bit shaky.

My Recommendation

This book left me with one of those dizzy nauseated feelings when I read it. Not like the kind of dizzy you get the carnival when you're having fun, one of those dizzy feelings you get when you're sick with some kind of stomach bug. If you're anyway interested in the book or if your book club has this book as one of their book club books, I suggest borrowing it from a friend or picking it up at your local library.  Well, unless you're a pathological liar as well and you can understand the characters and the story line, and in that case, more power to you!

Friday, November 2, 2018

My Friday Five

It's finally Friday! It's been a beautiful week hasn't it? The fall is so beautiful, the trees are colorful, and the leaves are falling to the ground. It's just sad that Halloween has come and gone. I didn't expect it to come and go so quickly! At least the stores have the Halloween decorations and makeup on clearance!

What were some of your favorite things this from this week? It was hard to pick my 5 favorite things for this week. A lot harder than I thought. It's not that I couldn't find 5 items, I needed to pick 5 items an my list was more like 20 items.

5. Hybrid Animals--Hybrid Animals is a lot like the steam game Hybrid Animals, but in app form. You pick a "mother" animal, from a list of animals and a "father" animal from a list, and they make a hybid animal. Your hybrid animal is forging for healing berries, mining rocks and gold, and attacking other animals. Unfortunately, there has yet to be an update for multiplayer play, but I still like the game.
4. Benadryl Allergy+Congestion--Without my Benadryl this week, I would be in a corner in fetal position. Benadryl is a secret weapon when it comes to migraine sufferers and people with sinus trouble. I have both problems right now and Benadryl is my life saver!

3.Aloe Gloe, Aloe Water--This stuff is awesome! It comes in 4 amazing flavors, Grape, Lemon, Coconut, and Regular! It's dye free, gluten free and pulp free! I'll have a review on this this stuff on Wednesday, but if you want to learn about aloe water and it's benefits, check out yesterday's blog post!

2. Cromimi: Yet another game site Cromimi is a "rodent breeding game". You own your own pet mouse, rabbit, hamster or ferret, there's a chance to breed your mice and make a whole new color variety. It's a great game for adults and kids alike. It's great for people who don't want to own their own pets. I love it because I can 'breed' two animals and see what their offspring look like. If you're interested in playing.

My Cromimi's Dex, Jen and Norbie. The white Jen mouse is named after me.
Dex and Norbie are "Black Mouse," Jen a "white mouse" 
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