Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Blogger is Stopping eMail Subscriptions starting July 1

I have been blogging since 2012 and subsequently, I have a LOT of e-mail subscribers (thank you, thank you, thank you!). Any blog post I write gets sent out in an e-mail once a day. It's a service that has been seamless and one that I really appreciated. Recently an e-mail was sent to tell me that Blogger is stopping its e-mail subscription service at the end of this month.

For those who are subscribers, I hope you will still come to visit without the e-mail reminders when that newsletter arrives. I have so many readers who have been so loyal and come to visit regularly. Is it because of the newletter? I suspect it is not, but I don't know. We shall see soon enough. 

If you are someone who relies on the e-mails to alert you of posts you might be interested in reading, I encourage you to just come on over and visit in the future, since those will no longer be going out. Thank you much, I truly appreciate each and every one of you.

Comments for this post are turned off. 

Have a wonderful day!

My Favorite Gaming Website


Today, I'm visiting Plays.org trying to up the ante on my gaming skills, particularly checkers. Why? Because I have a teen who has a lock on all games that require any type of strategic thinking. He can see ten plays ahead, while I struggle with the here and now. We have one board game that no one in the entire family has beat him at (for years!), and we try regularly. One of his brothers did tie him on it, but that still doesn't count. It wasn't a win. Close, but no cigar!

This summer? I just want to win ONE game. Just one. So I'm picking Checkers to help me practice. At Plays.org, I don't have to create an account, I don't have to enter an e-mail, I just pull up the website, pick a game and start to play. This particular game can be played solo, against the computer. I click on the checker I want to move, and it gets highlighted. Then, I click on the spot where I want it to go and it moves. 

Great Ways To Help You Feel Better About Yourself

 This is a collaborative post. Please welcome today's contributor.

Mental health is being talked about more and more these days and that is a good thing, being able to talk about anything you are worried about or thinking about is really important. It is easy to get down especially in the world we are in now and with it increased anxiety levels have led to more and more mental health issues. With mental health a lot of it can stem from just not feeling good about yourself and who you are as a person, you see yourself in a different light to others and that is ok, but you need to try and take steps to make yourself feel better about yourself. It is easier said than done to do this but there are things you can do to try and help you feel better about yourself.

If you struggle with how you feel about yourself and you are unsure what you can do to change that perception or to try and understand it then this guide should help you to understand what you can do to help feel better about yourself and get started on your journey to a healthier state of mind.

Source: Pexels

Monday, June 28, 2021

4 Body Boosts You Can Do Before Your Next Vacation

 This is a collaborative post. Please welcome today's contributor.


Vacations are a wonderful thing, something that we have truly come to learn over the last year or so of lockdown. However, sometimes they can be stressful as well, especially if we aren't feeling that confident about our bodies! The good news is there are some strategies we can use to help us embrace our inner confidence for our next break. Keep reading to find out what they are.

My Perfume Journey Continues... with a few adjustments as needed...

I'm so clever...or not! 

I thought I was so clever... creating Pinterest boards with all of the fragrances I have tried or want to try (and then filling in notes on them as I gave them a whiff). I literally smelled hundreds of fragrances, diligently cataloging them all, capping the samples I hated forever more, and trading them with people in my fragrance groups so I could try more. What I came to find out is that perfume takes more than one whiff to analyze properly. Some perfumes that I thought smelled one way, smelled a completely different way the second or third time I put them on. It takes experimenting with them a few times to truly figure out if you like them or not. Today, for example, I went through my samples and spritzed on some Bond No. 9, I Love New York for Mother's Day. When I first tried it a few weeks ago, I wrote these notes on my Pinterest Board: Bond No. 9: I Love New York for Mother's Day. It smells good. It reminds me a teeny tiny bit of Creed Aventus but with floral overtones. I would be happy to buy this perfume. I heard it was discontinued, so if you like it, grab one now, just in case that's true. Top notes are Tangerine and Freesia; middle notes are Jasmine and Lily; base notes are Musk, Sandalwood and Amber.


Here's the 'not.'

Having already tried it and liked it, I didn't hesitate to spray liberally this morning. I sprayed my wrists, the front of my shirt and then the back of it too because hey, it's the weekend. I'm not going to bother anyone and I enjoy catching whiffs of the perfume I am wearing. Only it wasn't pleasant for me. Right away I knew it was a big mistake. The Ambergris (which I definitely think I smelled but isn't listed in the notes, and is probably what reminded me a bit of Aventus) was overpowering this time and not at all pleasant. And unless I wanted to change clothes and scrub I was stuck with it for the long haul. It wasn't so horrible that I changed, but it wasn't lovely either, and I was really looking for lovely today. The bummer for me was the fact that I have tried so many Bond No. 9's and that was the only one (and there's another I kind of liked) that I've liked. I have come to realize that even though it is a prominent house in the fragrance community, it just isn't the right one for me.


"Trying" takes a few applications!

So back to the discovery... the thing is, I have been realizing this for a short while now. That the second or third time I try a perfume I have feelings that are different than the previous times. Kilian's Love Don't be Shy is another example. The first couple of times I wore it, I liked it okay. No big deal. Yesterday, I sprayed it on my wrists to see how I felt about it, and I absolutely loved it. LOVED it. I'll be trying it a few more times to make sure before going any further than the sample.

Truthfully though, that wasn't even the first time I thought about and then forgot about the importance of trying a scent a few times before making a final decision, but now I get it. The lesson has soaked in and I will be less in a hurry to catalog and more careful to really give the scents a valid trial before making a conclusive determination.


My Son is Allergic to What?!??!?! 

But he wears cologne!!

Some scents I know I love beyond any shadow of a doubt. Out of all my fragrances that I have now, there are a few that leave me 100% confindent in how I feel about them...and those have been worn several times (and the Parfums de Marly Safanad several THOUSAND times only a slight exaggeration because man, I love that perfume). But there were some that I bought too fast, before I tried them out thoroughly enough and along with the blind buys (I don't do those any more) I bought and didn't like, those have all been sold now. I also sold the strong ones that I do love, but my son's nose did not. 

My kiddo hasn't had an allergy problem since he was little, and even then the pediatrician labeled them 'winter allergies' and they didn't stick around long. But when I started my perfume collection, they flared back up and I took him to the doctor and then the allergy doctor (referral) who told me to get him on an OTC pill (and if it didn't help we'd have a discussion about shots). I was racking my brain trying to figure out what the difference was...what might be triggering him, and then I realized with HORROR that it was my perfume (if you knew how much I love this new hobby, you'd have felt my pain) but, family first. Easy decision (after the first few seconds of being frozen in 'realization terror'). I got rid of the strong ones I loved, took the perfumed body washes out of the shower (they were strong too) and have kept only the mild fragrances around that still smell so good. Guess what? The allergies cleared up instantly. So, to those of you I have loved but you are too strong for my son, sayonara, it's been real. Thank you for the good times, but we just can't be together anymore.


Here to Stay (hurrah!)

It's all good though. There are so many fragrances to try, and so many I can keep around, the softer, more subtle ones that are not in your face. And that's fine by me. I'm not adverse to tweaking my habit. Samples though, have become important more than ever to me now. I try before I buy, and now it'll be for a few wears. If I hear one sniffle, it'll be out of here (though I've been doing a great job of being able to detect what won't ill affect him by just reading the notes). And even if I think I love or hate it after one spray, I'll still be trying it a few different times just to make sure. You just can't tell the fist time you try it, and you CERTAINLY cannot tell by spraying it on a paper strip alone. And with that being said, I won't even fill you in on me thinking I was so clever (yet again) and spraying 8 or 9 (not kidding) strips at a time to bring home and test/catalog. I am laughing just thinking about it. 

I'm still enjoying my hobby, it's just shifting for me in ways I didn't expect, and that I don't mind. The good news is, I can languish in my new sample purchases now and be happy to make a careful decision on where I will or won't be spending my money when it comes time to buy full-sized bottles. Yes, the honeymoon phase is over and I can get a shipment of samples in the mail and not want to try all of them on the same day (previously, I would sit around searching for places I hadn't sprayed on my skin, just so I could try them all as quickly as possible).  I can now be happy that they have arrived and enjoy the longer amounts of time it takes to experiment with them, one-at-a-time.

That being said, I do have my memories of 'the good old days' where I was frantically trying to smell every perfume ever made in the quickest amount of time possible (not really, but you get the idea). I couldn't pass a place that sold perfume without wanting to go in and see what they had to test. And oh! to the Palm Beach mall that had soooooo many good stores!! There was one time I did spray at least ten testers, and I was very careful not to let them touch one another. I got home, was unloading the car and a neighbor said, 'can you please tell me what you are wearing? That is the most delightful smell I have ever smelled in my life." I told him it was a concoction of about ten different testers on paper and he laughed and said I should wear that every day!! Indeed, I should not... can you imagine the amount of Kleenex I'd have to invest in for my son??? 

Sunday, June 27, 2021

$20 Off and Free Shipping for your First Mixbook!


I just made a photo book and an acrylic print. At the end they gave me this code to share. If you were going to make a photo book, canvas print, etc., anyway, feel free to use it. If you do, I get a $20 credit and you get $20 off (and free shipping!) too. https://mixbook.extole.com/s/Rosey3 It looks like it is for first time customers only. Thanks!


Fragrance Samples from The Perfumed Court

Disclosure: I have received a sample(s) or discount code to use on a purchase. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.


Our latest fragrance order is from The Perfumed Court!


I have mentioned before that I love to order sample-sized scents so I can try before I buy. The price of perfume is not inexpensive, so it's important to me not to blind buy (ever ever ever again). I've been doing really good with that self-promise. And I've sold the fragrances I DID blind buy (when I first began this fragrance journey) for great prices, so I'm not beating myself up so much anymore about past mistakes because most of them I didn't like, and I did learn my lesson (I think). My latest two samples are from a company that is new to me, The Perfumed Court. The two samples I have are for men. I found that I like one for my oldest son, and the other for my second-oldest son. Both of my grown boys (what do you call them after they're grown??) have expressed an interest in niche fragrances, so these are good choices for them to try.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

2020 Changed Housing Affordability

Are you looking to move? Buying and renting have both recently seen some pretty big changes. Will you be affected? In my county, the answer is an unequivocable, yes! This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

                                                                                                Source: Creative Commons

It has been a full year now since the coronavirus pandemic arrived and many changes have resulted including vast inequalities surfacing that have not gone unnoticed. One such area has been housing. For those people at the bottom of the income distribution, unemployment as well as infections have run rampant, while rental prices and/or home prices have skyrocketed, leaving them in quite the predicament.

According to the 2019 US Census Bureau Report, the median household income for those living in Palm Beach County, Florida was $63, 299, with per capita income being listed as $39, 933. In 2021, Palm Beach County’s median income has gone up to $66,623. Rents, even in West Palm Beach where it is so busy, have seemingly remained the same with a 0% jump for a 1-bedroom apartment, averaging in at around $1400 per month. Home sales in the same county, however, have seen a huge jump in price, continuing to rise with no end in sight, from the time the pandemic first began to present day mid-2021. Those statistics leave many struggling to pay rent that is too high for their income and little to no chance of being able to purchase a home.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Decorate in an Instant! $150 Wall Decal Giveaway


Win $150 To Spend On Wall Decals From EvgieNev!

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. 

I am helping a blog friend to promote EvgieNev and bring you an awesome giveaway.

Now that summer is here - it's time to think about how you can redecorate a room! Or maybe you are expecting a baby and it's time to put together the perfect nursery!  EvgieNev helps make decorating a breeze with their wall decals that can help you change things up in an instant.

About EvgieNev

  • Their decals always get great feedback from their customers. And their customers come back and buy again!
  • It is easy to remove the wall decals and redecorate them anytime you get that itch to change it up. 
  • You can find hundreds of animals, themes, landscapes, and more coming from books, historical facts, and well-recognized charters. If you can dream it, they probably have it.
  • They are completely customizable! They have many themes and you can change out the colors to any color they have. 
  • The removable Sticker is made using Top-Quality Matte Vinyl. Safe for your walls, bright, and colorful. 
 

Here are a few of my personal favorite wall decals from EvgieNev:

Teddy Bears LOVE Wall Decals Boys & Girls Room Decals

This wall decal is inspired by Valentine's Day and one of the most popular wall decals from EvgieNev. These bears look like Winnie-the-Pooh Teddy Bears. It features four cute teddy bears that are sitting on the tree and flying on a balloon with a color combination of pinks for baby girls and blues for baby boys. You can pick any other colors from our color chart.

How To Boost Your Body Confidence

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post. Please welcome today's contributor. 

Having a poor body image isn’t something that should take lightly. The effects can have a serious emotional and physical effect on you. People with low self-esteem often become so caught up in the idea of having the perfect body that they forget what’s actually healthy, and set unrealistic goals for themselves. When they can’t reach these goals, this can lead to further upset. Much time and money is wasted on poor body confidence. Luckily, there are some things that you can do to boost your self-confidence.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

How To Make The Most Of A Family Staycation

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post. Please welcome today's contributor. 

If there are charities nearby asking for volunteers, consider those that can involve your family. It might be a local litter pick, for example, or any other type of activity that is headed by a local conservation group. Or there could be charities looking for local fundraisers, so consider what your family could do to raise money. You could set up a lemonade stand or have a bake sale, as just two examples. By taking part in such activities, you will have more time to bond with your family. You will also teach your children the importance of giving back, and how they can do much to support the needs of the local community.


After months of lockdown restrictions, many people will be traveling across the country or abroad this summer, ready to embark on their first vacation in a long time. Chances are, you might be too! We have lots of ideas on our travel page if you're looking for somewhere to go, so take a look.

How Can You Protect Yourself While On Vacation?

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post. Please welcome today's contributor. 

When you’re going on holiday, you need to make sure that you are taking all possible measures to look after yourself. The last thing that you need is to find yourself in a situation that you had not planned for, and therefore have no way of getting out of or sorting. This will turn your holiday from a relaxing trip, to a nightmare in 2 seconds flat. In this article, we are going to be taking a look at how you can protect yourself while you are on holiday, so keep reading down below to find out more.

Source Image - CC0 Licence

Making Good Use Of Those Gorgeous Eyes

 Disclosure: This is a collaborative post. Please welcome today's contributor. 

One of the best beauty tips you can follow is to make good use of the assets that you already have. For many of you, that might include a lovely pair of eyes. As expressive and emotive as they can be, they can do a lot of charming for you. But how, exactly, do you make good use of them and highlight them? Here, we’re going to look at a few examples

Credit - Pixabay License

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Simple Beauty Tips For Your Skin, Smile And Sight

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post. Please welcome today's contributor. 

The sun is shining, it's nice and warm outside and it's time to enjoy a night out on the town. Some countries are opening up again and our cities and parks are almost back to normal. Now is the best time to celebrate life and the joy of simple things. Go for a walk in the park, sunbathe at the beach, go to a restaurant and dine al fresco. And while you do, have the confidence to be yourself. Don’t wear a big hat to hide your face. Don’t wear sunglasses indoors and don’t be afraid to smile and laugh. Here are some simple beauty tips for you to enjoy life again and be proud of you.


Sunday, June 13, 2021

Teenagers Birthday Gifts Made Easy!

 Disclosure: This is a collaborative post. Please welcome today's contributor.

Buying gifts for teenagers is not as complex a task as many might think. The world of youth focuses mainly on technological innovations, exciting experiences and spectacular useful gifts. So, the offerings are wide and varied. In order to purchase the perfect gift for them, we have prepared a comprehensive guide for you with a variety of ideas and suggestions.

Photo: Unsplash

Friday, June 11, 2021

Are You Cooking Up A Recipe For Complication In Your Kitchen?

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post. Please welcome today's contributor.

 

Unsplash Image: CC0 License

Even keen amateur chefs hate spending hours in the kitchen after a long day. After all, it’s hot and sweaty in there, and we can’t very well sit down and rest our aching feet in the middle of an in-depth recipe. When you add cleaning into the equation, the chances are that you won’t even get a chance to sit down until past 9 in the evening.

This sees many of us turning to takeouts or ready meals in place of these convoluted cooking excursions. Luckily, there are some well-known and reliable ways to simplify the cooking process, and even save yourself a few hours. Here, we’re going to consider some of those with the following:

The Amazing Benefits Of High Oxygenation

 Disclosure: This is a collaborative post. Please welcome today's contributor. 

 

How and why you should care about your oxygen levels is a little difficult to explain. You’re breathing in and out just fine, you’re not passing out, you're not breathless, so why should you at all care? Bear with this topic for a second. Having good oxygenated levels will improve your life in so many ways. You’ll be able to focus for longer, you’ll have better skin, you will feel less stressed and you’ll also sleep better. Let’s explore the amazing benefits of having good oxygen levels in your bloodstream.

How to Have a Zen and Peaceful Home

  Disclosure: This is a collaborative post. Please welcome today's contributor. 

Your home is more than just a place to rest your head and store your belongings. It’s a place where you recover from the mania of the world and restore your energy. Or at least it should be. If you haven’t taken proactive steps to ensure that your home is zen and peaceful, then it’s highly unlikely to be so. After all, there’s very little that’s naturally relaxing about life in the 21st century! You have to make it happen. Fortunately, this isn’t an impossible task. There are plenty of things you can do to nudge your home’s relaxation levels in the right direction. In this blog, we’re going to look at a few of the most effective methods.

Pexels - CC0 Licence

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

New Release: 2021 Mini Hess Toy Truck Collection

 Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.


Today is the day! Hess Truck's 2021 Mini Truck Line is released today, June 9th, just in time for summer fun! This set features highly detailed, small-scale versions of classic holiday Hess Toy Trucks from the past. The 2021 little legends are on sale exclusively at HessToyTruck.com 

Friday, June 4, 2021

Playmobil Celebrates the New Movie Release of Spirit Untamed!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received a complimentary product(s) or a discount code to purchase my own. 
One thing a grandaughter of mine really loves to do is go to the movies. Today, June 4th, DreamWorks' newest animated feature, Spirit Untamed is being released by Universal and you can bet we'll be seeing that one together. As some of you already know, she also LOVES Playmobil building sets, as has every single one of my children (and now my grandchildren) so I know for sure that she is going to be very excited to see that they have released 6 new sets that coincide with the movie we are going to see.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Summer is Almost Here! Enter to Win a Toy of Choice.

 Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.


It's almost summer here and that for sure means more play time outside with the kids and the grandkids too. My grandchildren are at that age where toys are everything and it's so much fun to spend time with them and watch them just enjoy being kids. In fact, I was just watching a home video of one of my grandlittles where I was stacking blocks and she was knocking them down, laughing uproariously, like it was the funniest thing in the whole wide world. They're so easy to make happy when they're little, and I love that video. :)