Sunday, January 15, 2012
I just signed up for this new service called about.me. I am still learning all of the ins and outs of it, but from what i understand it's pretty popular and amazing. As a blogger I find the need to keep all of the links to the various sites that I am attached to (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc...)in one place and with about.me, it seems that I will be able to just that. I won't post a link to my page just yet because it is still under construction, but I will as soon as it's finished. Interested in it for yourself? Check them out!! Sign up and you can receive a free pack of about.me business cards from MOO.
**No monetary exchange took place for this review. I provided this information as a BzzAgent and all opinions 100% my own. I received an invitation to join About.me as a part of a BzzAgent Campaign.**
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Let me begin by saying Scentsy Wickless Candles have changed my life for the better!! I had heard about Scentsy a while back but didn't really think twice about them. Ever the skeptic when it comes to new products, I was thinking that it was just one more company trying to push another useless product on me. Well, when my sister told me she was going to become a Scentsy Consultant, my interest was piqued. You see, my sister is not one to just jump on the bandwagon when it comes to new products, so I knew there had to be something about Scentsy. Back in November, I attended my very first Scentsy party and I am so glad I did. There is something to be said about being part of a live presentation that makes the product come alive. The display was amazing and the products pretty much sold themselves, although I must say my sister was on point with her selling game that night!! One of the best parts of the presentation was when she allowed the hostess to select the scent for the display warmer. The hostess, my aunt, chose the scent "Be Still". After about 10 minutes, the entire first floor of her house was filled with this deliciously calming scent. If I had to describe "Be Still", I would say that it was a clean scent that invoked images of spa destinations and ocean waves. At that moment, I was sold and so were the other attendees. Sadly, due to the holidays my budget would not allow for the purchase of warmer at that time, but I vowed that I would get one or two or seven. I did purchase a couple of other items that fit my budget just fine though. The two products were the Scentsy Fragrance Foam and Travel Tin. I chose to get both items in the Camu Camu scent, a delightfully tropical scent that smells like peaches and pineapples to me. I also won a travel tin during a party game in the Sweet Pea and Vanilla scent which to me smells a bit like baby lotion. The travel tins are fantastic!! Working in a nursing home, I come across a variety of odious smells and my travel tins aid in the rescue of my senses. When I open them and wave them around the room, the raunchy smells are replaced by heavenly scents that I am eternally grateful for!! As for the Scentsy Fragrance Foam, I have to say I am a fan and will continue to be a loyal customer!! This Scentsy Fragrance Foam is not only an antibacterial, non-alcohol based alternative to hand washing, it also moisturizes and leaves a wonderful scent. I wash my hands A LOT and typically use an alcohol based hand sanitizer when I am not near a sink. I also have eczema on my hands which just adds to the dryness. I have found that using the Scentsy Fragrance Foam allows me to use less lotion on my hands in between washes. That is amazing!!! I heart Scentsy in a BIG way!!
Color me happy!! I got a Scentsy warmer from my Mom on Christmas!!! Woohoo!! She gave me the "Malta" warmer and I absolutely love it!! I also got a a Scentsy Bar from sister in the "Pumpkin Marshmallow" scent. I love this bar in a major way. When I warm it, my ENTIRE apartment smells like I'm baking pies and cookies!! YUM!!! Both my Mom and my sister gave me a few scent samples to try: "Linger"=smells kinda rosy, thumbs up!!; "Autumn Stroll"=smells like spicy apple cider!! thumbs up!!; "Comfort & Joy"=smells clean, kinda like Vicks, not a big fan, but still a thumbs up!! Scentsy rocks my socks off!!
Now please don't ake my word for it. Check out Scentsy and learn all about it for yourself so that you too can QUIT candles!! Visit my sister's website at https://smellvibes.scentsy.us, check her out on Facebook and Twitter as well: www.facebook.com/smellviibes & @Smell_Vibes. Her blog is also up and running with an awesome giveaway, so don't delay!!! (hey that rhymed!!) (http://smellvibes.blogspot.com/2012/01/fragrance-on-go-giveaway.html) Good luck and happy smelling!!!
**Disclaimer** All products were either purchased by me or were gifts from family. No monetary exchange took place for this review. All opinions are 100% my own and not directly connected to Scentsy.
Thoughts?? Okay..so those that don't know, I work in a nursing home as a C.N.A. The other day I overheard a few coworkers questioning and discussing my "happy". It was referred to as fake. I thought to myself how funny. Honestly, I truly don't care how they view me. I simply find it funny that I was a topic of conversation for them. If you know me, then you know I am the same person all day long. I have never felt the need to adjust my personality, nor my thought processes for the next man. Lately, I have come to the realization that there are a plethora of unhappy people in this world; unhappy with themselves, their surroundings, job choices, etc... It is my sincere hope for these people that they learn to view the world as I do. I am far from the being all-knowing, but I do know that WE make our "happy". If it doesn't fulfill you in some way, why do it? I may gripe and complain about the WORK, but I chose this job. Why? Simply because I feel good when I take care of people. Those people can be my family, my friends, or my residents. It took some time to realize who I am as an individual. I am a nurturer. The traits of a nurturer can be many, but what I most readily identify with is "doing things with love". No matter the task, I always put my heart into what I am doing and most often it shows either by my actions or my smile. My "giggly" nature allows me to be happy even in the most depressing surroundings and believe me, a nursing home can be downright depressing. So to those ladies who felt the need to "hate" by expressing their opinion of me in hushed tones, rest assured that I will never be fake for you or any one else. Keep on "hating", I need 5 more to meet my quota. For my residents, don't worry, your "happy" girl will be back to brighten your days on Monday!! To all the rest, be yourselves and be blessed!!!
Friday, January 13, 2012
I don't know about you, but I am on a first name basis with my local pharmacist. Not because I have to be, but because it just makes sense. My pharmacist is an integral part of my family's health care maintenance and management. I honestly don't know what I'd do if for some unforeseen circumstance I'd have to switch pharmacies and start fresh. For some folks across the country this has become an awful reality. As of December 31, 2011, Express Scripts Inc. decided that their contract with Walgreens Pharmacy would be no more. I personally do not use Walgreens Pharmacy, but I certainly feel for those that do. My own prescription plan is managed through Express Scripts Inc. which means to me, if I were a Walgreens customer I would be faced with the nightmare of finding a new pharmacy to deal with my families medications. Saying that I would not be a happy camper would be the understatement of the year.
After reading the reasons for which the agreement between Walgreens and Express Scripts were terminated, I have come to the conclusion that Express Scripts Inc. was simply being unreasonable. It seems as though Walgreens tried everything that they could to keep the contract as beneficial as possible for both Express Scripts and the customers. Unfortunately their attempts at forging a solid agreement were shot down. Now those customers affected by this decision must shop around for different pharmacies or be forced to use Express Scripts mail order service. In my opinion, I just don't think mail order prescriptions are a good for my family. Who would answer your questions? How would you know you have the right thing? The list of questions could go on and on. Another thing that really bugs me is that Express Scripts manages Tricare, the health insurance plan for the military. Why should our military personnel that use Walgreens have to shop around for a new pharmacy? Haven't they done enough?
In order to continue to offer their customers affected by this ordeal, Walgreens has decided to offer a substantial discount on the annual membership for their Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens. What does this mean to their customers? They can continue to use Walgreens Pharmacy while still enjoying the low cost prescriptions. This sounds to me like Walgreens is trying to keep their customers happy; a commendable effort.
To learn more about this please be sure to check out Walgreens on Facebook and Walgreens on Twitter. If this affects you, contact them. Don't let your voices go unheard.