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Friday, October 3, 2014

Got Swag? Get rewarded on the go ~ @Swagbucks

We're always on our phones when we're out ripping and running…tell me I’m wrong.
I do almost as much on my phone as I do my computer, some days I may do even more, but there are things that I have to wait to do or follow-up later when I can get back to my laptop. One such thing, used to be Swagbucks, but now? Notsomuch. Because if you are a U.S Swag user, Swagbucks now makes it easier to earn and be rewarded on the run with their crazy awesome app for Android phones and iOS! 
Just download the app (at Google Play or the App Store) and just like that, you're earning while waiting in the car rider line.
Both Swagbucks and SBTV (Ms. Ma'am and I watch movie trailers while I brush and braid her hair) make navigating between earning categories (Answer, Discover, Search and Watch via the SBTV app) amazingly easy. My favorite feature is that you can get Swag Code Alerts sent straight to your device. Since you can enter claim codes straight from your phone, you’ll never miss a Swag Code again :0)
You can even redeem rewards (can you say gift cards and Paypal cash?) and check your Swag Bucks balance right from the app.
Ohhh …don't forget that every Friday you can earn extra for Mobile Swag Bucks Day!
If you sign up right now you'd be able to earn gift cards that could pay for the holidays! I've been using Swagbucks for about three years now. At first I wasn't serious, but once I figured out that I could earn goodies for doing things online that I do anyway, I jumped on it. Once I downloaded the Swag app I really took off........Finally! Someone knows my worth! I've turned all those hours of homework, research, term papers, and bargain hunting into cash to use on whatever I want, gift cards for my favorite recipient (ME!) and saved a ton by using them to pay for my textbooks.
Are you Swagging yet? Why not? I mean, unless you like being strapped for cash around the holidays……just saying.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

The winter nasty, Four Thieves Essential Oil Recipe, Hot Tea, and Me Update

Yes, I’m poofing in after a long and blatantly obvious absence. I prefer sabbatical. It hasn’t been because I’m goofing off – okay, well, not 100% anyway.
It’s been with good reason. I will share, promise. Though, not today. I’ve actually got a desktop full of half written posts and post it notes of goodies for y’all, but it’s been a hectic time…becoming Dr. Lucy, isn’t such an easy feat. I’m working hard y’all….like, really, really hard.
Anyway, the reason for tonight dash in and dash out is that I’m gearing up for the winter nasty. Even though fall is just now standing at the door, I am far too aware that old man winter is right behind. Y’all have got to know that I’m feeling slightly depressed at the thought.
Among my many downright dark shades of blue animosity reasons my winter distain is that I can just forget about my bones being chilled…..my soul freezes and doesn’t thaw until well past spring, it’s a joy of southern living that I’m not sure that I will ever get used to. Of course, another reason to cringe at the ever lurking doom of the winter nasty is cold and flu season. Gross.
Which brings me back to why I popped in -- I’m putting together my essential oil to do list and on it is my “prevent people from getting sick, because it’s the one thing that they always share” potion.
Four Thieves -
If you aren’t familiar with four thieves the tale of four thieves is something to the effect that four men created a concoction from essential oils to protect themselves from the black plague. Yeah, okay that’s all fine and good. Whooped dee doo!
So the thieves part comes in because…yes, you guessed it. They were thieves. Thieves, that while remaining healthy, stole, pilfered, and pillaged for those who were afflicted by the plague.
When the thieving bandits were finally brought to justice, they were cut a little slack for sharing their secret plague fighting arsenal.
You can buy Four Thieves in a synergy blend or you can concoct your own. Which there are a number of recipes all over the internet; this is my accumulative version.
Four Thieves Essential Oil Recipe:
  • Dark-colored bottles with droppers or spray bottles - I use both
  • 80 drops Clove Essential Oil
  • 70 drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 40 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil – I will probably use cinnamon leaf, because it has more antiviral, natural antibiotic and antibacterial properties.
  • 30 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 20 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
  • **You can also add another antiviral type oil that suits your smell preference (i.e. lavender, cedarwood, tea tree), but that is completely up to you.
  • *Carrier oil of your choosing – I like primrose or grape seed because of the extra skin benefits for anti-aging and healthy glow :0)
*A carrier oil should be used for dilution if using topically – a few of the oils in this recipe are not recommended for neat application. Meaning, if you’re going to use it on your skin, you need to dilute it with carrier oil or your skin will suffer the consequences…Burns, rashes, over absorption. None of which are ever fun.
Directions:
Mix oils in dark colored bottle with an air tight lid. Store in a cool dark place.
USES:
  • Diffuse a few drops in a warmer or cool mist diffuser. If you’re desperate, you can use your humidifier.
  • Use as a rub – rub to the chest or bottoms of the feet for daily illness protection
  • Distilled water as a room spray
  • Drop a few drops into hot bathwater for a flu fighting soak
Not all essential oils are safe for ingestion. While there is some controversy over brands, I personally use Young Living, Now Food (this is probably my most purchased, due to price, quantity, and quality in comparison to some other brands) and DoTERRA……….so far, I'm not dead. Just for the sake of all things good and holy DO NOT USE oils that are not 100% pure or strictly for aromatherapy. Not only do I imagine they taste like doo-doo, but lawd…you will probably kill over from intestinal explosions.  
Once you've made your batch of Four Thieves, try it in a tea with even more lemon for an even bigger ant-infectious-germicidal-bacterial beating punch.

Sorry, y'all. I know I found this on Google, but for my life I cannot find the source to give credit to. If you see it, PLEASE save my sanity and let me know where in Google Earth did you find it!

Four Thieves Tea
  • Big mug of hot water
  • Favorite tea blend. I prefer a chai or a black tea, because they cover some of the bitter flavors better.
  • 1 drop of Four Thieves
  • 2-3 drops of Lemon essential oil (this Four Thieves recipe has a lot of lemon, so do this to taste) orange might also be a nice addition and also has nome anti-antiseptic properties.
  • Sweeten with honey to taste (preferably raw or at least organic, I mean why chemical up your all natural concoction?).
Directions 
Brew you tea, however dark or light you like it, drop in your essential oils, sweeten (or not) kick your feet up, curl up with a book, a blanket, your honey, or your cat and enjoy ;0)
VERY SUPER IMPORTANT

Okay…so while I shouldn't have to tell you, I also don’t want peeps getting sick, suing me, or hating me. This information is not intended to treat, diagnose, replace the advice of your physician, or keep you from ever getting sick. I’m not a doctor. Yes, I will be one day, but not that kind. Use essential oils with caution, good judgment, and responsibly. While they are natural, they can be harmful if not used with care. Those little bottles are crazy powerful, so keep in mind that a little goes and extremely long way. If in doubt, consult your primary care or an essential oil professional. 

Stay healthy peeps…and I promise, I've got gobs to share and will be popping in and out with bit of random.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Science of Sleeping Skin: Night Creams for Fresh Faces


This post was written by Laura Gavin for closertolucy.com and fits within the regulations of my site.
There comes a point in a woman's life when a 'skincare routine' becomes an important part of the day. With a range of day creams, night creams, toners, cleansers and moisturizers available it can sometimes be difficult to navigate the world of healthy skin. While some women might think skin care is for more mature faces, many professionals suggest that women can begin using night creams as early as aged 25 to slow the effects of aging.
According to several dermatologists, regenerative creams work best at night as cellular activity is heightened between the hours of 2:00am and 4:00am. During this time skin actively attempts to recuperate from any damage it may have suffered and night creams work to enhance this activity. Products like Olay's Regenerist Night Cream blend function and branding by clearly stating the benefits right in the name. Night creams can range dramatically in price but many brands found at the local pharmacy are effective and affordable. When shopping for the perfect night cream, there are a few important things to consider.
Be sure the product specifies night time use
Some women might think that day and night creams are interchangeable, but this is simply not the case. Day creams offer things like SPF protection and moisturizing properties which are not particularly useful at night unless you have incredibly dry skin. Be sure to select a night-specific product that focuses on regeneration and repair as skin is much more receptive to these functions at night.
Select the right cream for your skin type
For dry skin, rich creamy textures offer moisturizing and restorative properties. Women with oily skin also require some degree of moisture to keep skin looking its best, but not nearly as much as dry skin. Be sure to source products that are specifically intended for oily skin; these are typically lighter creams that are intended for use a bit later on as oily skin naturally ages at a slower rate than other skin types.
Look at the Ingredients 
Some creams might boast restorative properties but before you drop any money on pricey products, be sure to check the ingredients. Antioxidants like vitamin C Selenium, AHA fruit acids and glycolic acids are all popular ingredients in anti-ageing night creams and should ideally be used in small doses as larger quantities have the potential to irritate skin.
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Sunday, March 9, 2014

It’s time to revamp your spring sound! #AudioFest is live at @BestBuy! @BestBuyWOLF


This post was written in partnership with the brand. I will receive the specific product as compensation for sharing the event message. All opinions are mine and mine alone, your experience with the brand or product may differ.

In love, mending a broken heart, exercising the “I am woman” mantra, or musing about the meaning of existence… music speaks to me in just about every aspect of life. I have been known to break out with a song for many occasions.  Old school, new school, in school…..I love it all.
Since I also am having a torrid affair with my Best Buy birthed android phone, it’s not surprising that a huge portion of my “get me through this moment” music collection has been downloaded onto my humanoid friend. As much as I am in love with the constant connection and immediate download capabilities of my pint sized digital babe, the speaker sound for tune playback is slightly lacking.
Headphones are great for my own personal jam, but when hanging out with my peeps and company or entertaining, passing my wireless ear buds is not exactly trend setting.  At home I don’t mind hooking up to the theater surround system at all, but on the go…phft, forget it.  
With spring creeping up, outside is where my media-droid and I will be, but the little digital dude cannot compete with the wind in my hair or breeze on my back….and I’m not giving him up anytime soon. So to remedy the sound deficiency of course I turn to the digital prowess of Best Buy.
Best Buy’s March Audio Fest makes my timing even better! Did y’all know that starting March 2nd through April 4th that Best Buy is featuring a month of sweet sounding deal, audio specials, events & more in all stores? Well now you do!
And I’ve got the deal deets by the week~
Best offers for the week of March 9th:

  • 2x points on Sonos Home Theater
  • All AVRs on Sale
  • All iPod touch on sale
  • Save $80 on Samsung Blu-ray/Soundbar Bundle

Best offers for the week of March 16th:

  • 2x points on all speakers
  • BDi Furniture (3/7 – 3/23) Save $200 on any Home Theater Cabinet
  • All-on-sale Car Audio Speakers + 50% off speaker installation
  • $50 Savings on Sony MDR10 Headphones

Best offers for the week of March 23rd:

  • $30 savings on BEATS SOLO™ HD ON EAR HEADPHONE - DRENCHED COLORS
  • Save 25% on all Sennheiser HD 500 Series Headphones
  • All Logitech Computer Headsets on Sale
  • Save $50 - $150 on Select Energy audio products (3/9-4/5)

Best offers for the week of March 30th:

  • All Insignia Computer Speakers on Sale
  • Save $100-$200 on select Definitive Technology Floor Speakers (3/23-4/5)
  • Save $50 - $150 on Select Energy audio products (3/9-4/5)
  • Save $150 - $300 on Select Jamo Speakers

You’re welcome. Now you’re free to head on over to your favorite Best Buy location and check there Audio line up and then let one of those Best Buy tech smart gurus teach you how to upgrade your sound so you’ll be able to hear the difference (aka. Bring the noise).
Take a looksee at the JBL Flip Portable Stereo Speaker that my mail carrier will be bring to my sound deprived hominoid….I’m pretty excited that this week we are expecting warmer temps and my JBL should be here just in time! 

The JBL streams sound wirelessly from most bluetooth-enabled phone/tablet/laptop, so my music-oid shouldn’t have any problem connecting. But most importantly its portable! Though I’m lovin that it has a speaker-phone, with a built-in microphone and call-answer button so that I can play it loud without missing any calls. I love the design and how it’s engineered, it just looks great! 
 
The horizontal or vertical capability without disrupting the room filling sound takes up very little space, so I don’t have to worry about lugging around a bunch of bulk. Like I said, I’m still waiting for mine to be delivered, but some of the reviews promise good sound and a sleek look, especially for the money.  I’m pretty excited.
Honestly, online or in store, when it comes to my music I ALWAYS head for the home entertainment system, car audio, portable speakers, headphones and overall Best Buy Audio greatness!  If they would rent me a space (with a shower and room service), I might not ever leave ;0)


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Monday, February 24, 2014

Jammies, Jeans, or Dress? What to wear on a night out at the casino!

This post was kindly written for closertolucy.com by Dexter Johnson and fits in the with regulations of my site.
What would you wear on a night out to a casino?
If you are going for a night out at a casino, it is important to dress the part, especially if you want to let your hair down and have a little fun, after all that is what going to a casino is all about. These girls are certainly having a ball, and so should you (Girl's night out is calling). Though, Girl's night in isn't suck a bad idea.... You can always play the classic casino games at home on Lucky Nugget, but there is nothing better than getting your finest clothes on and having a great night out. 
Fundamentally you can wear just about anything that doesn’t look cheap (think tasteful). The official dress code of the vast majority of casinos in the UK and indeed throughout most of Europe, as well as, here in the U.S. is stated as being smart casual, but that doesn’t mean very much at all. Smart casual can be interpreted in a multitude of ways (just do the classy side of you).
If you want to feel at ease in some of the high end casinos, particularly the Mayfair casinos such as Aspinalls and the Crockford Club, you can get in if accompanied by a member, but if you don’t want to look and feel a little out of place you do need to wear something smart. A designer cocktail dress would be perfect, though failing that a stylish suit or smart skirt and top is fine as long as it looks expensive. An evening dress might be just a little bit over the top though, unless it is an official black tie dinner in which case an evening dress is more or less de rigueur.
If you are visiting a more casual casino then you can get by with just about anything you like as long as it is reasonably decent and clean (just leave the bunny slippers at home). You can even wear jeans as long as they are smart and look reasonably fashionable. It is important that you feel comfortable especially if you are going to be spending some hours on the gaming tables. Comfortable shoes or boots are a must. If you must wear a T-shirt, then avoid one with any text or images, generally they are not permitted attire.


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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Bridal, Prom, homecoming, and special occassion, shop @jenjen_house dresses galore

This post was written on behalf of JenJenHouse, I did receive a thank you gift for my participation however all opinions are my own.

Just when I thought I had beat the prom buying rush, my daughter tells me that she’s been invited to yet another one! She’s got enough prom dresses to stock her own online store, but apparently wearing the same dress twice and in the same year would be a fashion faux pas that she would never live down.
Though since she has agreed to clean out her closet and donate all her homecoming and prom wear to the special needs prom dress collection, I’ve been browsing dresses again….I’m a sucker for a good cause and if it doesn’t come with a huge price tag I don’t mind sparing my girl from what is sure to be drama filled social humiliation.
That said, my spoiled little princess may not pay much attention to price, but this mama is on a prom budget (your brother still needs a tux and shoes)! So internet browsing for a good deal is how I’ll be spending my day. One stop on my prom of the cheap crusade is JenJenHouse.
 
JenJenHouse has a very large selection of beautiful prom and homecoming dresses and even a special selection of gowns that are under a $100 that could easily impress Ms. Ma’am’s fashion furious diva friends. Though, it’s the collection of short designed dresses that have caught my eye. 
 
Ms. Ma’am often has to pass up the dress she really wants because the cut it too long to make it wheelchair friendly, JenJenhouse has a wide variety of short style dresses that are just as fabulous as their longer gown counterparts. 
 While they are all about prom glitz and glam is that JenJennhouse is also a bridal store and an interesting find was that JenJen also caters to the mom to be bridesmaid. I love that an expecting mom can participate in bridal party rituals and still look and feel glamorous…Have y’all seen this type of design before? I have no idea why it had never occurred to me before that there would be such as thing. I mean of course maternity bridesmaid dresses would be necessary.
JenJenhouse is wall-to-wall bridal gowns, mother of the bride, wedding guests, prom, homecoming, special occasion, accessories, flower girl, wedding party favors and shoes galore.
Everything is so elegant, but most of all affordable. Definitely adding it to the arsenal, but seriously, after I get done with all this halter style, tea-length, A-line, strapless, sheath, princess prom stuff, my next venture will be a lil something special occasion for myself.


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