Monday, July 29, 2013

Rainbows & Stormy Skies

This evening around seven pm, I was out about town and noticed that the temperature had cooled down and the sky was looking unusually dark and stormy.  Normally around this time in the pm where I live, the sun is still shining brightly and it's well over 90 degrees in the shade. 

I suppose I should have checked the weather forecast before I went out. If I had, I might have known they predicted a chance of thunderstorms.

Anyhoo, below are a few photos I took (very quickly I might add:) of a rainbow forming in the sky.

While I was snapping pictures of the unusually dark sky, I noticed this rainbow starting to form to the right of me.  It took me a second to notice but there is a shadow of a second rainbow forming just above the more pronounced rainbow below.

A double rainbow. How cool is that!

About 10 or so minutes later the entire rainbow made an appearance in the stormy sky above me.  I was hoping for better pics but unfortunately, my phone camera doesn't have a zoom or wide angle option (or at least one I know about) so I wasn't able to get as good a picture as I would have liked.

Don't ya just love Rainbows :)

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and a Sweet Pea!

This Sunday afternoon I decided to visit my mother and take her shopping.  While walking up to her apartment, I couldn't help but notice all of the lush tomato plants and their yellow blossoms along the pathway just outside her door.  Excited, I had to stop and take a few pics because I love veggies, especially homegrown.

Taking notice of all of the tomato and cucumber plants getting ready to produce made me wish I'd taken the initiative and planted a garden myself. Oh well, I guess there is always next year...

Instead, I will be forced to head to my local Farmer's Market each Saturday throughout the Summer months for my garden fresh fruit and veggies. I always end up paying a small fortune for the produce there every time I go but it's so worth it!

Yellow blossoms soon to yield Tomatoes

I spy a green Tomato on this plant!

A sea of Cucumber plants

and Sweet Pea (my adorable little Pug:)

So how about you? 

Did you plant a garden this year or will you be visiting your local Farmers Market like me to get your fresh produce?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Win a $50 Visa Gift Card from Momma In Flip Flops!

Would you like a chance to win a $50 Visa Gift Card from MOM. No not your mother silly :)

I meant from Motor Oil Matters.  You can learn more about this important program and enter the awesome giveaway on the equally awesome blog Momma in Flip Flops.  That's right, you read this correctly, you could win a $50 Visa gift card to put towards your next oil change or whatever you choose.  It's up to you!

All you have to do to enter is click on this link: Motor Oil Matters Giveaway

Giveaway ends August 6th so hurry!

Good Luck!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Giveaways to Enter from around the Web!


Maria's Space is one of my favorite blogs to visit. There you can find lots of interesting reviews on Books, Toys, DVD's, Beauty products, and a whole lot more.  She also hosts lots of fun giveaways you won't want to miss!

Below I've listed her open giveaways. Go ahead and enter then look around her blog, read a few of her posts, and I guarantee you'll be hooked!

Open Giveaways on Maria's Space

A Turtles Tale 2 Sammy's Escape from Paradise DVD - Ends 8/4
Martha & Friends Summer Fun DVD - Ends 8/3
Dial Body Wash (2 WINNERS) - Ends 8/4
Chicken Soup for the Soul Inspiration for Writers (2 Winners) - Ends 7/31
Old El Paso Gift Pack - Ends 7/31

Good Luck!

The Dollar Monger is another favorite blog of mine. She always has lots of informative product reviews to read and fun giveaways to enter.

Below I've listed a several of her open giveaway but you can find more by clicking on the 'Giveaways' tab located on the top of her blog.

Open Giveaways from Dollar Monger

Mrs. Renfros Salsa, Nacho Cheese & Jalapeno Peppers - Ends 8/23
PROBAR Meal-Bar - Ends 8/24
Avery Slide & View File from Penny Wise Office Products - Ends 8/1
Buddy Fruits & Smurfs Prize Pack - Ends 8/17

These are just a few of the giveaway featured on her blog right now so don't miss out. There are tons more to enter!

Good Luck!

The Art of Random Willy-Nillyness

The Art of Random Willy-Nillyness is a blog that features lots of interesting posts to read as well as reviews and giveaways to enter.

Below I've listed all of her open giveaways so you can enter too :)

Open Giveaways from The Art of Random Willy-Nillyness

Red's All-Natural Burritos - Ends 8/17
Swiffer Products Prize Pack - Ends 8/15
IAMS So Good Dog Food - Ends 7/27
Peet's Cuisinart Single Cup Brewer- 7/25
10 boxes of Nonni's THINAddictives - Ends 8/3

Good Luck!

Jewelry at Great Prices from!

Tonight I thought I'd browse the jewelry section of and low and behold, found several smashing Jewelry deals.  Being ever so thoughtful, I figured I would share my finds with you. Browsing their site, I couldn't believe how many cute pieces of jewelry I came across at unbelievably low prices.  I really wanted to list all of them on this page but there were just too many!  Honestly, I wouldn't have the time nor room on this page for them all.

Below I've posted a few I really liked.  So go on, check out the awesome deals I found on Jewelry for men, women, and kids below. You know you want too :)

Check out the adorable Owl Pendant I found for only 0.85¢
Reg. Price: $34.99

Buy it here:  Vintage, Retro Colorful Crystal Owl Pendant and Chain with Antiqued Bronze/Brass Finish

I really like this Infinity Pendant for only $2.95. What a deal!

Buy it here:  Ladies Silver Half Iced Out Infinity Pendant with an 18 Inch Adjustable Cable Necklace Chain

How about this Heart Pendant for only 0.01¢. Doesn't get much cheaper than that!!
Reg. Price: $99.99

Buy it here:  925 Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia Cz Crytals Round Heart Pendant Large 15mm Heart Shape Necklace

How pretty is this Adjustable Bangle Bracelet for only $24.99! Ok, so this isn't that cheap but I love it!

Buy it here:  Detailed I Love You to the Moon and Back Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Need a pretty Pink Charm Bead for your bracelet. This one is only 0.01¢!
Reg. Price: $27.99

Buy it here:  Swaroski Pink Crystal Ball Bead Sterling Silver Charm Fits Pandora Chamilia Biagi Trollbeads European Bracelet

Click here to buy the White Swaroski Bead for the same price
Click here to buy the Tanzanite Blue Bead for the same price
Click here to buy the Amethyst Purple Bead for the same price
Click here to buy the Ruby Red Bead for the same price

For the Guys!
How about a Men's Bracelet? You pay only 0.01¢!
Reg. Price: $149.99

Buy it here:  Classy and Elegant Mens 8.5 Inch to 9 Inch Flexible Designer Bracelet. Top Quality Metal Finish Super Flexible

Like Toe Band Rings? This one is only 0.99¢
Reg. Price $20.00

Buy it here:  Sterling Silver Hawaiian Plumeria Flower Adjustable Toe Band Ring

Is Steampunk Jewelry your thing? Purchase this Bronze Octopus Necklace for only $1.00!

Buy it here:  Vintage Steampunk Nautical Style Antiqued Bronze Octopus Necklace 28 inch Long Chain

Check out this pretty Pink Heart Shaped Pendant for only 0.01¢ (Limited Time Only!)
Reg. Price: $130

Buy it here:  Authentic Pink Sapphire Color Heart Shape Pendant Crystals. Now At Our Lowest Price Ever but Only for a Limited Time! (chain Not Included)

For the Kids! 
A Harry Potter Hermione Time Turner 14k Gold Necklace for only $19.18! (Only 15 Left!)

Buy it here:  Harry Potter Hermione Time Turner 14k Gold Necklace

For the Nerd in all of us.
A Lord Of The Rings Arwen Evenstar Pendant Necklace (Love it!) for only $17.95
Reg. Price: $25.00

Buy it here:  Arwen Evenstar Pendant Necklace LOTR/Vintage Lord of the Rings Movie Arwen Evenstar Silver Tone Pendant Necklace with Gift Box

Finally! A place to keep all of your new jewelry. Check out this Bird Cage Jewelry Display Stand I found for only $16.95!

Buy it here:  MyGift® 4 Tiers Bird Cage D├ęcor Rotating Table Top 72 pair Earrings Organizer / Bracelets, Necklace, Jewelry Display Stand

There are tons of great jewelry deals to be found on so look around and be amazed at all the screaming deals they have to offer. All of the jewelry featured above were all located in the  'Under $25' section found on the lower left hand side of the page.

Happy Shopping!!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Allergic to Snuggle Fabric Softener? Yep!

Well, I discovered a few days ago that I just might be allergic to Snuggle Fabric Softener.  It only took a costly 150 mile trip to see a Uveitis specialist one state away in Salt Lake City, Utah and another costly trip to the hospital on Sunday to make that conclusion.

So here's how it all began.  On July 17th, my family and I were celebrating my son's 25th birthday so I decided to go all out and put on makeup for the first time in months.  See during the Summer it's quite rare to catch me with makeup on and there are a few reasons for that. Firstly, I can't see well enough to apply it without wearing my reading glasses due to an eye condition I have called Uveitis and secondly, it's also way too hot to wear it. But being a special occasion, I wanted to put in the effort to look nice.

To celebrate, I'd planned on taking my son out to eat so we started out on the 50 mile drive to Idaho Falls.  Along the drive, I noticed that both of my eyes had begun to itch and tear up, but at the time I didn't think much of it.  I just figured it was my Uveitis disorder causing the itchiness and watering so I ignored it.

Twenty or so minutes later we arrive at The Outback restaurant hungry and ready to chow down but by now, my eyes were itching and tearing up like crazy!  Not wanting to upset my son on his special day, I kept it to myself and we ordered our meal.

About half way through the meal the itching was becoming unbearable and my eyes were very noticeably watering.  By this time I was blaming it on the eye makeup I was wearing.  Miserable, I was very tempted to dash into the bathroom, grab a few hand towels, and scrub all of the makeup off my face with a vengeance, but not wanting to embarrass myself or my son, I sucked it up and focused on finishing my Chicken Caesar Salad.

Besides, it was very hot out that day and knowing makeup and heat don't mix well. I figured that was the cause of my eye irritation.  After a couple of hours of itchy, watery eyes we headed back home and as soon as we arrived, I raced to the bathroom to remove the makeup and flush my eyes out with water. It felt good to get the makeup off but at the same time something didn't feel quite right.

Later on that night a rash had developed on the side of my face and around both eyes, particularly around my left eye and lower cheek. This got me thinking about what I'd done differently besides applying makeup since the rash seemed to be worse on the left side of face.

It was then I realized that I'd used Snuggle Fabric Softener for the first time the day before while washing clothes. It started to make sense too as the side of my face most affected was the side I slept on. It then hit me that the four loads of laundry including all of my bedding I'd just washed needed to be rewashed. Crap!

Skip on ahead to Sunday, June 21st. The clothes, bedding, and anything else Snuggle touched are rewashed, but the rash, which I soon discovered was hives, had now spread to the inside of my left ear, down my neck, and onto my chest and parts of my arms.

Worried, I decided it would be best to see the doctor, who that evening,  informed me of what I already suspected.  It was indeed an allergic reaction. He recommended Benadryl for itching and Prednisone to stop the swelling.  Thank goodness for that because I woke up this Monday morning feeling a lot better and not itching as much as before. Yay!

So Snuggle Fabric Softener, you are now officially banned from my home and especially my laundry! As the suspected culprit, you cost me a lot of time and money in the past 5 days. It is a shame though, because you made my clothing smell oh so nice and made my bedding so very soft.

Oh well, I will miss your lovely vanilla orchid scented fragrance and snuggly softness but from here on out, it's only hypoallergenic, unscented fabric softener for me.  Tata!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Sunsets and Silver Linings in Eastern Idaho

Yesterday my son, my mother, and I went out for a nice dinner in celebration of my oldest son's 25th birthday (ughh do I feel old!).  On the fifty plus mile drive back home, my son managed to take these amazing images with his Android phone from the passenger side window of my car (aren't the camera's on these phones amazing!).

The pictures you see below were taken in eastern Idaho just outside the town of Idaho Falls. This is where we first noticed a large cloud with a silver lining and bright orange glow peeking out from the very bottom.  It looked like bright orange lava covering the sky! On the top of the cloud were several bright white rays of light shooting up into the sky.  Hey, I made that rhyme! 

Now try saying bright white rays of light 10 times in a row as fast as you can.  Not so easy huh  :)

Anyhoo, we knew it was only the sun setting behind the cloud creating this stunning imagery but it was still incredible to see.  The pictures below really don't do it justice. The scene itself truly was a beautiful sight to behold!

My son must have snapped at least 20 pictures and my mother, who was sat in the backseat, could not stop oohing and aahing about how beautiful it was and went on to state something or another I can't remember about how amazing mother nature could be. 

However she said it, I couldn't have agreed more.


They say every cloud has a silver lining!

The sun finally peeking out from behind it's hiding place before it set on the West

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Madison Wood Gym Set Blogger Opportunity

Bloggers, are you interested in joining the Madison Wood Gym Set group giveaway?  If so, all you need to do is promote this giveaway on your blog then fill out the form to participate.  Easy peasy!

Below, you will find the sign-up form and more detailed information regarding this event. 

One lucky winner will win


Madison Wood Gym Set

Value $329.98 + Insurance for 2 years $52.99

(if is not available, winner can pick any Gym set up to $390.00 with insurance include)


-Dates September 16 to October 7

-Free Twitter or Pinterest with promotional announcement 

-Co-host $20
2 Host pages
10 Links on the RC (no google links, if you have G+ on GFC on your blog, we can direct fans to go there and follow you from your blog)

-Extra links $4.00

Please send payment to as gift

Friday, July 12, 2013

Giveaways to Enter from Two Classy Chics!

Two Classy Chics Blog

Two Classy Chics has lots of great giveaways happening right now on their blog you won't want to miss. I know cause I've entered several myself :)

I've listed the giveaways I've entered below but there are many more fun giveaways listed on their blog so enter away :)


Miami Dolphins Beach Towel from Johnny Lew Sports: (3 Winners) - Ends 7/29

Visit the Sponsor - Johnny Lew Sports

Old El Paso Stand N Stuff Taco Night Prize Pack - Ends 7/28

Visit the Sponsor - Betty Crocker

Women's Comfort Sandals from Therafit Shoes $65 Value - Ends 7/25

Visit the Sponsor - Therafit Shoe

Folding Sport Wagon + Cooler Bag by The Wagon Store $165 Value - Ends 7/23

Visit the Sponsor - The Wagon Store

Choice of Beautiful Throw Pillow from $60 Value - Ends 7/16

Visit the Sponsor -

Geritol MultiVitamins, Pedometer and $50 Gift Card - Ends 7/15

Visit the Sponsor - Geritol

Asst SmartFood Snacks, Cooking Tools & more - Ends 7/14

Visit the Sponsor - Smartfood

Good Luck!!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

More Giveaways from Maria's Space!


Want to win something cool from Maria's Space? Of course you do!! Well then just head over there and enter these giveaways listed below.

 There are several open giveaways listed right now and more or being added all the time so be sure to subscribe to her emails and visit her blog often so you don't miss any of the great deals, reviews, and fun giveaways.

For you convenience, I've listed the open giveaways on Maria's Space below with links. Just click and enter. Easy peasy :) And as always, let me know if you win anything cool!

Open Giveaways from Maria's Space:

Old El Paso Gift Pack - Ends 7/30
Advil PM Gift Pack - Ends 7/23
Help my Toddler Came Without Instructions - Ends 7/22
The Garfield Show: Pizza Dreams DVD - Ends 7/21
Cracker Jacks 6 Bag - Ends 7/13
Sony Cyber Shot Giveaway - Ends 7/12

Good Luck!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Win Tutoring for your Teen and an Aspire One Acer Laptop!!

Reading Challenge Addict

 Win A Laptop!!

The Night Owl Mama & Xmas Dolly have an amazing giveaway happening right now on their blogs sponsored by 1 to 1 Tutor.

The Prize:
16 hours of tutoring for teens in grades 9-12 from 1 to 1 Tutor   
AND an Aspire One Acer Laptop!!

This is a wonderful opportunity at the chance to win a laptop and if you have teenagers or know someone that has teens that can benefit from tutoring, you won't want to miss out. School is just a month or so away!

Here's an excerpt taken from The Night Owl Mama.
Do you know someone struggling with grades, classes or homework. Whether it be a child of your own or a niece, nephew or neighbors child offer them the tools for better grades and share  They’ll be happy you guided them to find the right help and you’ll be amazed at how much better things will be for them in class and in grade scores.  

You can read more about the tutoring service sponsoring this giveaway at either blog mentioned above.

Entering this amazing giveaway is easy. All you have to do is follow the easy instructions on the Rafflecopter form and your entered.

To learn more about 1 to 1 Tutor and to enter this giveaway visit either The Night Owl Mama blog or Xmas Dolly.

Good Luck!!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Win a $100 eGift Card from Educational Toys Planet!

Win a $100 eGift Card!!

If you like or prefer educational toys for your child rather than traditional you won't want to miss this giveaway from Educational Toys Planet. Just fill out the easy peasy to use Rafflecopter entry form and your in to win!

But hurry! The contest ends in two days and the prize is a $100 eGift Card which can be used on educational toys, puzzles, science kits, games, & more!

Get your entries in before it's too late!! 

Click here to enter  ----->  Educational Toys Planet Giveaway

Good Luck!!

Disclaimer: This post was written as a means to gain extra entries into the Educational Toys Planet giveaway listed above. I am in no way associated or affiliated with Educational Toys Planet or this giveaway.

Giveaways Galore at Two Classy Chics!

Two Classy Chics Blog

If you love giveaways as much as I do then you will be happy to learn there are lots of giveaways to enter at Two Classy Chics. This blog always has lots of informative reviews to read and giveaways to enter.

All giveaways use the easy to fill out form Giveaway Tools. Below I've posted a few giveaways I've personally entered along with the links but there are many more to enter so have fun :)

Giveaways I've entered:

Enter the Giveaway - Folding Sport Wagon + Cooler Bag by The Wagon Store ($165 Value) - Ends 7/23

Visit the Sponsor - The Wagon Store

Enter the Giveaway - Choice of Beautiful Throw Pillow from ($60 Value) - Ends 7/16

Visit the Sponsor -

Enter the Giveaway - Geritol MultiVitamins, Pedometer & $50 Gift Card - Ends 7/15

Visit the Sponsor - Geritol

Enter the Giveaway - Asst SmartFood Snacks & Cooking Tools ect... Ends - 7/14

Visit the SponsorSmartfood

Enter the Giveaway - 3-Pack of LED Camping Lanterns from Dorcy Direct - Ends 7/11

Visit the Sponsor - Dorcy Direct 

Good Luck!!


Saturday, July 6, 2013

Don't Miss these Giveaways from Maria's Space!


Maria's Space has several fun giveaways too enter so don't miss out!!

I've listed all open giveaways below with links to take you there so get your entries in before it's too late! And if you win something awesome or cool, leave me a comment below telling me so :)

Giveaways from Maria's Space:

Advil PM Gift Pack - Ends 7/23
Help my Toddler Came Without Instructions Giveaway - Ends 7/22
The Garfield Show: Pizza Dreams DVD - Ends 7/21
Cracker Jacks 6 Bag Giveaway - Ends 7/13
Crafting Calm - Ends 7/9 
Olay Regenerist Gift Pack - Ends 7/8
Sony Cyber Shot Giveaway - Ends 7/12

Good Luck!!


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July Everyone!!

Hope you all have a safe and fun holiday filled with food, fireworks, family, and friends. Stay safe and most of all, stay home if your drinking or designate a driver. Drink responsibly. 

Happy 4th of July!!!


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

July Giveaways from The Art of Random Willynillyness!

The Art of Random Willy-Nillyness

There are lots of awesome giveaways going on right now at The Art of Random Willynillyness (don't you just love that name!) you won't want to miss.

If your not familiar with this blog but love reading informative reviews and entering fun giveaways, then head over there and take a gander. I promise you won't be disappointed. There are lots of fun prizes to win so without further ado, head over there right now and get your entries in before it's too late!

Or better yet, why don't I just list the giveaways here for you with links and you can decide what and how may you would like to enter.

Or, you can do what I did and enter them all :)

Current Giveaways from The Art of Random Willynillyness:

P&G Outdoor Kit that includes Home Depot card - Ends 7/4

Giveaways to Enter on Maria's Space!

For those of you who aren't familiar with Maria's Space, it is a fun blog featuring a wide range of product reviews, giveaways to enter, and personal posts to read among other things. There is always something fun and interesting happening on this blog and I highly suggest you visit. You won't be disappointed :)

Today on Maria's Space, you can find multiple active giveaways happening right now that you will want to enter. For your convenience, I'm going to list them below with links to make it easy for you to get there and get started. 

To visit these giveaways, just click on the giveaway listed below to be taken there.

Open Giveaways on Maria's Space:

Sony Cyber Shot - Ends 7/12

Group Giveaways on Maria's Space:

 Good Luck!!