Monday, December 30, 2013

Bright Spots

So for all of you have read my last post (HERE) you know Dan and I are expecting a little bundle of joy in July.
Today marks the 1st day of my 2nd trimester! 
Hopefully this means the queasy stomach and nauseousness is over!

One of the bright spots in my time of queasy stomach and nauseousness was receiving my #violetvoxbox from Influenster!

Here is what I received in my vox box:

I about devoured my Cranberry SOYJOY bar! I have found that I absolutely love these little gems.
I also received Not Your Mother's Clean Freak: Refreshing Dry Shampoo (Great for those morning that I couldn;t quite drag myself out of bed in time to wash my hair.
The Goody Athletique Headband is a great headband that stays in place but doesn't squeeze the ever loving crap out of your head.
I have yet to try my Montagne Jeunesse Clay mask or the Sally Hansen New Triple Shine. I have not obviously felt like inhaling nail polish fumes, but Sally Hansen is one of my favorite brands of nail polish so I am guessing this one will not disapoint!
I have also used Montagne Jeunesse products in the past and have loved them! I plan on using it in the next week or so.... maybe it will help with the Pregnancy Acne.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Sick as a Dog....

 I know I haven't really posted anything meaningful since the 5th of November.
If you are friends with me on Facebook, you will already now why I haven't been posting.
I have been sick.
You know waking up in the morning with nausea and a very upset tummy. I have had major heart burn and also been exhausted.
Any guesses as to what is ailing me?

....
.....

You got it Dan and I are expecting a little bundle of joy towards the beginning of July 2014.


 This is how it went down....
November 3rd.
With the time change I woke up Sunday morning at what should have been 5am but is now 4 am having to pee really badly. 
(I am sorry if this is to much information, but hey)
Oh I have also forgot to mention that I umm haven't yet been visited by Aunt Flow this month? ...
So I grabbed a Red Solo Cup from the kitchen, by the way have you ever tried to pee on a damn stick?
 I would say this is nearly impossible.... So hence the Red Solo Cup. 
Anyways I digress.... 

I took an EPT test and this was the result:
 If you like my in-laws can't see what that black line says... let me clarify it for you: PREGNANT!

We told our Parents and then, we ended up posting the picture on Facebook.

This is our first ultrasound picture.
I had the ultrasound done today, it is one of the Top 10 experiences in my life so far. I got to see the the heart beat (my baby's little heart beat was going at about 184 beats a minute!)  We were officially told that our due date is July 7th!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Ergonomic Pen: It may not be Pretty But... Giveaway


So I received the UGLEE Pen for my honest review. I have had a history of tendonitis in my hands  and thumbs. This all stems from be a crafty and artistic personality.

The Uglee Pen is an ergonomic pen that  is comfortable and allows for a relaxing grip. I have used this pen since receiving it from everything from writing my grocery lists to ALL day long at work. 
This is by far the best pen I have ever used to relieve the cramping and pain in my hand. 

UGLee Pen Home
Besides it being comfortable and relaxing to use, this pen also flows smoothly and without hiccups in the ink. 

This is the description Uglee Pen provides:

The UGLee Pen is good for everyone who writes (even just a grocery list), and is especially helpful to people who experience pain and discomfort when writing, for example those with arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc., and for all children who are learning to write and are developing fine motor skills.
It is also helpful for special-needs children who find holding a pen or pencil properly difficult. And for high-school and college students who have to take copious notes, this pen helps keep hands and fingers from cramping. 
You can follow Uglee Pens on FACEBOOK or TWITTER


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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Spotlight on Virtual Author Book Tours: The Return



Melissa Douthit, On Tour for The Return


 

Publisher: Couronne Press (August 1, 2013
Series: Legend of the Raie’Chaelia, Book Three|
Category: YA Fantasy, Futuristic Fantasy, Fantasy
Tour Date: Mid October-November
Available in: ebook, 300 Pages

Synopsis 
After the fall from the Maaldan cliff, Chalice is reunited with her friends on a journey that takes them to the coastline of Ielieria.  Little do Vlaad and his Fierain know what is in store for them as, bit by bit, their plans are thwarted by this blond-haired, blue-eyed beauty.
The small band of rebels then travels across the Realm, preparing it for war, while Chalice herself is brewing plans of her own that may just land her in the hot seat.  What will happen when she returns her father to the throne?  What will happen when he finds out what she has done?  And … what will happen once Dar’Maalda learns of the rebels’ location?
In the third and final novel of the trilogy, The Legend of the Raie’Chaelia, you find out.  It is a dramatic finish to an epic story of action, adventure, betrayal, forgiveness and love.




About Melissa Douhit:
Melissa Douthit grew up in North County of San Diego, California. After graduating with a Computer Science degree in Southern California, and working for a summer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in New Mexico, she moved to the Bay Area to work at NASA Ames Research Center for a year and then at Lawrence Livermore National Lab for another four years. From there, she moved to Monterey, California, to work at the Naval Postgraduate School on a government project for two years.
She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, working as a software engineer. Since high school, she has been a voracious reader of books of all genres, with an emphasis in fantasy and science fiction. Her literary work is strongly influenced by her professional experience and includes many elements of her scientific background. You can find out more about Melissa on her website: http://melissadouthit.com
Melissa on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Melissa-Douthit/164124433645392
Melissa on Twitter: https://twitter.com/melissadouthit


Follow the Tour:
So Many Precious Books Oct 14 Spotlight & Giveaway
Peeking Through The Pages Oct 16 Interview & Giveaway
Peeking Through The Pages Oct 17 Review
DWED Oct 18 Review
Joy Story Oct 21 Review
BK Walker Books Oct 22 Interview
Hywela Lyn Oct 24 Review
Hywela Lyn Oct 25 Interview
Everything To Do With Books Oct 28 Review
MY Book Boyfriend Oct 30 Interview
Wormhole Oct 31 Review
Wormhole  Nov 1 Interview & Giveaway
My Devotional Thoughts Nov 1 Review (postponed)
Paperback Writer Nov 5 Spotlight
Ordinary Girlz Nov 5 Review
Paperback Writer Nov 7 Guest Post
Giveaways & Glitter Nov 8 Review & Giveaway
Butterfly-o-Meter Books Nov 13 Interview
Two Kids & a Migraine Nov 14 Review
Tracy Riva Books & Reviews Nov 14 Guest Post
Tracy Riva Books & Reviews Nov 15 Review
Serendipity Nov 15 Review
Roses & Beps Blog Nov 19 Spotlight & Giveaway
Green Mountain Couple Nov 20 Spotlight
No Wasted Ink Nov 20 Interview
Ashley’s Bookshelf Nov 21 Review
Diane ‘s Book Blog Nov 22 Review
Diane ‘s Book Blog Nov 25 Guest Post & Giveaway
Books, Books & More Books Nov 26 Review
Up In the Bibliosphere Nov 26 Review
Rhythempoets Nov 27 Review
Rhythempoets Nov 27 Interview
MY Book Boyfriend Nov 27 Review


Monday, November 18, 2013

Cara Box Reveal




Cara Box


I participated in the Cara Box exchange hosted by Kaitlyn over at Wifessionals (Thank you for hosting this SWAP!).
 This swap is a round robin type exchange. 
What that means is the person you are sending to, is not the person who will be sending to you. 
This exchange is now on a quarterly  basis, so you get a LONGER amount of time to get to know your partners! 

I was paired with Jessie from Keeping Up with the Jones, check out what I sent her.
And my bloggy buddy Kelsey from Running with My Tiara On sent to me. Here is the really great thing about this, Kelsey is currently living over in Germany with her Husband D. I don't believe I have ever personally received any mail form another country!

Let me show you what she got me!

 This is what I saw when I first opened the box!
 All my goodies!
 Handmade Pumpkin Vanilla Soap and Lip-balm (Made in Germany)
 Pudding and Cake mix to Make Kelsey's Cinnamon Coffee Cake (A fall tradition in their household)
Dan should absolutely LOVE this!
My pretty new infinity scarf! 
I also got a small box of chocolates!

Thank you for hosting this great swap and for Kelsey and Jessie for being such great partners!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Squared Away Customs IWB Holster Reviewed

I very recently bought a new firearm, a Gen 3 Glock 19 to be exact. The Glock 19 is my replacement for my SCCY CPX 2 that I used to conceal carry. Now that you know there very short back story, I will talk about the holster.

What Squared Away Customs does.

"High quality custom made Kydex holsters, mag pouches and sheaths for all types of carry. 100% made in the USA." 

What is Kydex?

KYDEX is a line of thermoplastic acrylic-polyvinyl chloride materials. It has a wide variety of applications, including for firearm holsters and sheaths for knives.

Everything Squared Away Customs does is completely custom made, much like there name implies. You can choose from many colors of Kydex, and rivet colors. I chose black Kydex, with Blood Red Rivets for some flair. 

My holster came gift wrapped.

This is what is under the pretty paper, minus the Glock 19.

Now for the pros and cons.

Pros:
Concealability is very good. It is basically not visible on my body, I am wearing a very thin Old Navy shirt.


The holster is extremely comfortable, so comfortable I have taken a few naps wearing it. Drawing from holster feels good, and the angle is very natural too grab my Glock 19. 

Cons:
The first and most noticeable con for me is removing the holster from my person at the end of the day. The clip design on my holster is very hard to slide over my waist band and belt. There is no real good way to grab it to remove it, it is still do able but it is difficult. It is also impossible to pull the clip over my belt with the gun in the holster. You can slide the belt out of the loop but I find that to be inconvenient. It seems like just a week after I received my holster Squared Away Customs Solved this problem by changing the design of the belt clip.

My Holster

New Squared Away Customs Clip.
The new clip appears too have 2 nice reliefs in it that probably takes a lot of the stiffness out of it. There also appears to be a nice place to put your fingers to pull up on the clip.

I wish there was more definition on the kydex around the trigger guard. Like the picture below. 


I find there would be more retention in the holster, if all the holsters they produced held onto the gun around the trigger guard. The holster above looks like the perfect holster to me, with the new clip and the retention around the trigger guard, sadly it is not mine. 

Now for the finish of the holster, initially it appears to have a really good finish but I have a eye for detail verging on extremely nit-picky. 

There is 2 spots on the whole holster that I noticed a tool markings. 
Paint has been removed on the rivets.
Marked from sanding or a dremel.

I would have preferred the trigger guard more defined like I said above and also more material covering it.

I find the muzzle of my Glock 19 protrudes longer than I would have normally liked.

My final thoughts on the holster.

The Squared Away Customs IWB holster is very comfortable and functions as it should. The holster could be better in my opinion, and it looks like mine just missed some improvements in design by just one week. I paid $60.95 including shipping for my custom holster. I am satisfied with the holster, and it does its job. My words may be a little blunt, but I found the holster a little lacking in the finest details. If I had to give it a rating out of 10, I would give this holster a 7. I do highly recommend Squared Away Customs, for all your retention needs.

You can contact Squared Away Custom through there facebook page Squared Away Customs

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Lets Catch Up on Life

Okay okay so I know I have been a little MIA the past few weeks with very few posts happening. 
But you want to know what? this is okay. 

Lets Catch Up
Hmm ... this last week I had to work Monday through Saturday after having a weekend off. 
 Thursday was Halloween so here was my costume:
 At work we had a Halloween Potluck for lunch. 
Everything was A-O-K, until Friday morning, where after going to work I left a few hours later, due to feeling green around my gills.

I came home and crashed on the couch and took about a 4 hour nap. I as STARVING but when ever I went to eat food it just didn't look appealing.... Have you ever experienced that?
Anyways I felt better Saturday morning and went to work and stayed for the entire day! Yay!
Dan went and picked up these to cuties while I was at work:
Meet Figaro and Ursala! They are Bantam Cochin Chickens.

CHAD ROARS!


 This is one of the New England's Children Hospitals performing a rendition of Katy Perry's ROAR!
This is such a great heartwarming video where the WHOLE staff of CHAD seems to have gotten involved!
For some of these kid's they are going through the worst part of their lives, they are fighting to stay alive. These children are amazing people already and will hopefully continue to touch others through out their lives!

This is what CHAD'd website has said:




Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Betting on Losing Week 4

So we have hit Week 3 of Betting on Losing.... 
(Previous posts: Announcement, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3)

Here is my plan for this dietbet:

LOSE IT! 
I am planning on starting using Lose It! again to help me in this adventure. CHECK

FOOD / DRINK
Eating Low Calorie snacks and meals. Drink WATER! CHECK

WALKING / HIKING
Forcing myself to go for walks and get out an exercise. Maybe spending half of my lunch break out walking the block. Going for a weekly hike to burn off calories. FAIL 
I have no excuse besides it has been to FREAKIN' COLD!
(I get about 6,000ish steps at work but haven't gone for a lot of walks besides)

YOGA
I will use this to loosen up my muscles and keep me flexible.  FAIL


My own personal CHALLENGE  is to lose 33 pounds (this will put me at 205 lbs) by my BIRTHDAY in March! or around my birthday. So my deadline will be March 31st. I will be using the #33by331 in all my social media posts (if I remember). This means I have to behave myself through the up coming holiday season...

We made Orange Chicken for dinner last night.
All you will need is:
2 - 3 Chicken
3/4 Cup Barbecue Sauce
1 Cup Orange Marmalade
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce

For a whopping 275 Calories!

I made this CROCKPOT ORANGE CHICKEN into a stove top version.
Very VERY tasty! 




Weigh In Wedneday

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Catch Up

So this weekend, and when I say weekend I mean Saturday and Sunday 
(yes my first FULL weekend off in FOREVER)

Saturday:
 Dan and I cleaned our apartment. From the tippy top to the bottom.
We also assembled the lower on my AR-15. YAY! 

We went to Quizno's for lunch. I ordered a Little Italy Flat-bread. 
This is what i recieved:
Looks more like a burrito or wrap to me.

Later that night we had 3 of our friends over for dinner were we made Buffalo Ranch Chicken, Parmesan Romano Rice, Sweet Potato Mash and Beets. 

Sunday:
Sunday we drove over to Dan's parents house. On the way there i captured these photos from the car on the interstate!







Friday, October 25, 2013

Literary Friday: Wolfsangel


                                      
 So not many people know this but I love Holocaust Fiction and Non-Fiction. I believe that by reading these stories we can hopefully stop history from ever repeating itself like that. I am fascinated by the whole time period. Maybe I will do a list of some of my favorite holocaust books.

                                      Synopsis
Seven decades after German troops march into her village, Céleste Roussel is still unable to assuage her guilt.
1943. German soldiers occupy provincial Lucie-sur-Vionne, and as the villagers pursue treacherous schemes to deceive and swindle the enemy, Céleste embarks on her own perilous mission as her passion for a Reich officer flourishes.
When her loved ones are deported to concentration camps, Céleste is drawn into the vortex of this monumental conflict, and the adventure and danger of French Resistance collaboration.
As she confronts the harrowing truths of the Second World War’s darkest years, Céleste is forced to choose: pursue her love for the German officer, or answer General de Gaulle’s call to fight for France.
Her fate suspended on the fraying thread of her will, Celeste gains strength from the angel talisman bequeathed to her through her lineage of healer kinswomen. But the decision she makes will shadow the remainder of her days.
A woman’s unforgettable journey to help liberate Occupied France, Wolfsangel is a stirring portrayal of the courage and resilience of the human mind, body and spirit.

   Review
 This book is heart wrenching and heart warming. I know that is a contradiction, but that is the truth. You come to care for Celeste and feel her pain, happiness and determination. Celeste is a 19 year old girl in war torn Europe, she lives in the small town of Lucie, which is now occupied by the Germans. She lives at L'Auberge des Anges which sits on a hill above Lucie. Celeste's family is made up of a father whom "volunteered" to work at the German's labor camps in Germany, a mother who is an Angel Maker and Celeste believes doesn't like/understand her. She also has a sister who is a nun/resistor (who ultimately gives her own life for the less fortunate) and a younger brother who is a resistor. Celeste meets the dashing German solider Martin Diehl, she is given the resistance mission of using him to gather information from the Germans, but makes the heart-wrenching mistake of falling head over heals in love with him. Follow Celeste's journey through war torn France during the German occupation in World War II. The author did an amazing job of making you feel Celeste's pain, heartache and happiness. You can delve into the resistance world of World War II France and feel like you are actually living it through Celeste's eyes. i would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Holocaust Fiction or Non-Fiction, or anyone who enjoys read a wonderfully detailed and thrilling novel that touches the heart.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Betting on Losing Week 3

So we have hit Week 3 of Betting on Losing.... 
(Previous posts: Announcement, Week 1, Week 2, )


I'm HAPPY to announce I have lost 5.1 pounds in the past 2 weeks!
Here is my plan for this dietbet:

LOSE IT! 
I am planning on starting using Lose It! again to help me in this adventure. CHECK

FOOD / DRINK
Eating Low Calorie snacks and meals. Drink WATER! CHECK

WALKING / HIKING
Forcing myself to go for walks and get out an exercise. Maybe spending half of my lunch break out walking the block. Going for a weekly hike to burn off calories. CHECK!
(I get about 6,000ish steps at work but haven't gone for a lot of walks besides)

YOGA
I will use this to loosen up my muscles and keep me flexible.  FAIL

Ash also threw down the gauntlet AGAIN! (She is big on challenges... if you couldn't tell...)
Can YOU log 150 Miles in 15 Weeks?



My own personal CHALLENGE  is to lose 33 pounds (this will put me at 205 lbs) by my BIRTHDAY in March! or around my birthday. So my deadline will be March 31st. I will be using the #33by331 in all my social media posts (if I remember). This means I have to behave myself through the up coming holiday season...

Weigh In Wedneday

Monday, October 21, 2013

Moons, Chickens and Fall

Weekend
Our weekend started by me breaking out my DSLR to try and capture the beauty of the MOON! 
I am sad to admit I have owned this camera for almost a year and just figured out how to change the f-stops..... :( This was only after fighting with the camera... 
Full Moon
The Next Morning
Saturday: 
I had to work

Sunday: 
Dan and I awoke and went about our normal routine we brought Alice out o go to the bathroom and we let the chickens out.  Unfortunately that is were our normal ended. I opened the chicken door and discovered that our Owly girl was what first appeared to be dead... Unfortunately she was not, it sorta looked like she may have suffered a stroke and couldn't walk or stand.
Dan and I made the decision to put her out of her misery... 

RIP Owly


Later in the day we went grocery shopping and bought 20 Packets of Knorr Rice and Noodle Packets..
.
They were ONLY $1 per packet! 

We then continued on to my parents house were Dan changed the oil in my mothers car for her. Then all four of us; Dan, My mother, Alice and I went for a walk down the road. This was a great thing, I didn't talk much about this or  at all on hear but my mother went through with gastric bypass surgery on August and after many complications and a month long stay in the hospital, she is doing
AMAZING!
  
My Fall Attire 

 Dan and I then spent the rest of the day around home, working on the chicken coop and taking another walk around Bristol with Alice.

Monday:
Yes this week Monday is apart of my weekend. When I have a Sunday off I get Monday off too.
This morning Stewy  our rooster crowed for the first time!

oh... and we recieved this egg from one of the chickens:

That is what you call and OUCH! egg. I could barely close the carton. 

What are the plans for the rest of my day? Not much... Writing some blog posts maybe and then I have a Girl Scout meeting today! Oh yea thats right I am now an assistant Girl Scout leader!

How was your weekend? 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Betting on Losing Week 2

So we have hit Week 2 of Betting on Losing.... 
(Previous posts: Announcement, Week 1)
Here are some pictures of  last week from Lose It!





 Okay Okay... You were probably expecting to see pictures of me walking or exercising in some form not graphs and numbers.... Sorry but those are the pictures I have....

Here is my plan for this dietbet:

LOSE IT! 
I am planning on starting using Lose It! again to help me in this adventure. CHECK

FOOD / DRINK
Eating Low Calorie snacks and meals. Drink WATER! CHECK

WALKING / HIKING
Forcing myself to go for walks and get out an exercise. Maybe spending half of my lunch break out walking the block. Going for a weekly hike to burn off calories. DRAW  I have not been exercising on lunch :(
(I get about 6,000ish steps at work but haven't gone for a lot of walks besides)

YOGA
I will use this to loosen up my muscles and keep me flexible.  FAIL

Ash also threw down the gauntlet AGAIN! (She is big on challenges... if you couldn't tell...)
Can YOU log 150 Miles in 15 Weeks?


My own personal CHALLENGE  is to lose 33 pounds (this will put me at 205 lbs) by my BIRTHDAY in March! or around my birthday. So my deadline will be March 31st. I will be using the #33by331 in all my social media posts (if I remember). This means I have to behave myself through the up coming holiday season...

Weigh In Wedneday