Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Finding Your Passion and A Winner!

Congratulations to the lovely Aleta, winner of my giveaway!!  and thank you to all who entered.

Last week I spent some time in NYC/NJ. I hadn't been back to my homestate, the Garden State in close to 15 years - so it was a sentimental return and a chance to show VC the places where I spent my childhood. Unfortunately my childhood home was razed and has been replaced by a two-story colonial-- and it's not like the place was a dive or anything like that. Such is how things go in one of the most coveted areas of the state to reside in.

Ohhhhhh....first - lookey here what we saw along the way - with the Honda Element mirror glistening in the foreground!!

We stopped at the roller rink where MB and I met back when we were teenagers doing the 80's shuffle every weekend and caught up with some of our skating buddies for a skating night in south Jersey. Other highlights included a visit to the Jersey shore. We did not see Snooki or any of the other GTL peeps but we did enjoy strolling along the boardwalk after paying to access the beach. What???? That felt odd since the beaches where we live have free public access.

MB and VC visited Great Adventure so VC could go on the Kingda Ka rollercoaster that he first read about in elementary school. The crazies went on it at least 6 times.

The highlight of my visit was a "cousins party" at my cousin's house where I met up with the cousins on my father's side that I had not seen in all those years. I was a special time - and an opportunity for our kids to meet each other too.

During the visit we stayed with one of my cousins who has been a great sounding board and source of lots of laughs over the years. He is convinced that although I just got another degree, I will not be happy until I am pursuing my creative pursuits in earnest and I believe he is right.

Coincidentally, when I returned home I came across an article that I had seen once before - The Top 5 Regrets of Dying. It is a quick read - and worth it - if you are also searching for your "place" in life.

Another great resource is this article by Martha Beck about revisiting our childhood pleasures in search of "radical fun." Looking back, what I was often doing was drawing in my sketchbook and writing corny poems that rhymed while we traveled out west on vacation.

I was recently hired on a per diem basis to do some of the healthcare procedures I trained for - but the days will be very sparse - so in between I fully intend to explore my creative side.

This time I won't be so quick to judge myself and throw in the towel or spend wasted time comparing my work to others which is part of the reason I quit all together 5+  years ago. (then there was the Mr. Chow portrait incident but that's a whole 'nother story)

I realize that I am much more of a visual person than I am a writer. Evidence: This blog!

We'll see if I can drag myself away from the computer and become productive....

Have you found your passion? What led you to it? Enquiring minds want to know....

Thursday, August 9, 2012

mia mariu: A Giveaway!!!!

Many of you may be familiar with mia mariu's makeup and skincare lines. If not, allow me to introduce you to a few of their remarkable products. I love that an emphasis is placed first and foremost on healthy products.

I recently tried mira marius's RestauraCel-C Microdermabrasion Thermal Activator and Refinisher Cream and let me say I have never used a product like this - literally. Once the products are combined they heat up in your hands. After using circular motions around my face I could feel the results immediately once I rinsed my face. It was a smoothness that I haven't noticed before despite using all sorts of skincare products over the years.

If you, like me, had given up on wearing lipstick since it was difficult to find a neutral flattering color, take a peek at this:

it is mia mariu's "hydrating stick gloss" - the gloss is lightweight, smells great and is designed to keep lips hydrated. The color pictured above, Capricho, is a universally flattering color (in my opinion). I'm just tickled to be able to wear some color again.

If you would like to explore the product line further, check out mia mariu.  To win a $25 (retail value) shopping spree at mia mariu, leave a comment below telling me your favorite product from their line. It's that easy!!

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"Enter to win a $25 shopping spree (cosmetics/skincare) at mia mariu"

Giveaway Ends:  August 22nd at 8:00 p.m. EST

Full disclosure: I was provided with sample products for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was provided. 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Heelys - Better than Ever!

When VC was in the second grade, he had a pair of Heelys (you know, the shoes with the pop-in wheel on the back" that he absolutely loved. He loved them so much that when it came time for the "morning muralists" to paint a picture of a shoe as a border on the bathroom wall, he chose to paint his Heelys. He was so proud of that picture he asked me to take a photo. Yes, he was rockin' the long hair and tie dyed shirts at age 8.

Here's the photo I took:

How darn cute is it???? Awesome soap dispensers too I might add....

Yesterday I heard the screeching of brakes and honking of horn as the UPS truck drove through the neighborhood (why do they do that honking??) - after my bell rang I peeked out on the doorstep to see a box sealed with Heelys tape.

It was a brand new pair of Heelys for VC.

Soon he was spinning again just like old times.

...and before long juggling 5 balls on Heelys

. I love how this picture makes it look like he is eating the ball!

You may want to surprise your kids with a pair of these for Back to School (although they will probably want to reserve the wheel for to and from school instead of getting busted for cruising the halls in style).

Interested in learning more about the entire line of new styles - (this is one of my favorite color schemes - Lime Green/Grey in the Chrome style) - visit Heelys on Facebook, Youtube or Twitter 

Full disclosure: I was provided with a pair of Heelys for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was provided.
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