Saturday, October 15, 2011

Solve It Saturday!


For Months now I have been utterly baffled as to why Blogger wouldn't let me comment on many blogs.  If it had the url/name option or anonymous option, I could comment, if it just had google,  open Id, Live Journal, etc options, I couldn't comment.  It was sooooooooooooooo frustrating, and I couldn't figure it out.

I did research and found out if I lowered the security settings on my cookies and cleared them, then I would be able to comment, but alas, this didn't work.  So, I trudged along, being unable to comment people back, wondering what in the world I was doing wrong.

I decided two days ago to do deeper research, and after about an hour of reading, I was still holding bubkahs.   So, I decided to do what I do best:  Play with the computer.  Worst that could happen  is that I would have to roll the computer back to it's original settings.
After five minutes, I found an option to type in safe sites that the computer was allowed to go to.  I decided to add blogger, my blog's url and blog to my accepted sites.  VIOLA!  Everything is fixed.  My blog now says I stay signed in (which apparently is important) and now I can comment on any blog.  I have read other people's frustrating comments about the same problem so I decided to share this with you!

Update 8/1/2012:  Since I have begun always clicking done after joining someone's GFC I have had no more issues whatsoever.  Once I have joined, it never kicks me off, and I show up even a year later!  Go me!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Lil Miss Creations efforts and Domestic Violence Month!

Domestic Violence Month

I was very honored this week when my friend Holly from Lil Miss Creations who sponsored the giveaway a few weeks back. She asked if I would help her promote Domestic Violence Awareness and I was immediately on board!

Statistics show that all over the world, 1 in 3 women have either been beaten, coerced into sex, or abused in another way at some point during her life, and unfortunately it is usually by a family member. As a matter of fact, domestic violence is the number one cause of body injury in women which is more than car accidents, muggings & rapes combined!

Every year in the United States, 3.3 million children witness domestic violence in their home and 63% of boys age 11-20 who have committed murder, killed the man who was abusing their mother! Each and every one of us have at least one face come to mind as we read this article and it is sad. Many of women feel helpless, and some of us even offer help, but abusers are excellent at having a psychological hold on those they are hurting, and usually it isn't just as simple as telling someone to leave.

Warning signs of Domestic Violence


1.  Have a bad/unpredictable temper?
2.  Hurt you or threaten to hurt or kill you?
3.  Threaten to take your children away or harm them?
4.  Threaten to commit suicide if you leave?
5.  Force you to have sex?
6.  Destroy your belongings?
7.  Act excessively jealous and possessive?
8.  Control where you go or what you do?
9.  Keep you from seeing your friends and family?
10. Limit your access to phone, money or the car?
11. Constantly check up on you?

If you answered yes to these questions, then there is help!  You don't have to live in fear and pain.  Call the National abuse Hotline for both men and women of domestic abuse 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)


Holly has designed some Domestic Violence Gift Bags containing  a 4 oz. tin container of body scrub, a small creme wax candle, a 3 oz. (approx.) bar of shea butter soap, a 4oz. bottle of organic lotion, and an informational pamphlet and 25% OF THE PURCHASE PRICE WILL BE DONATED TO SHELTERED HOPES.   Also, once again Holly is offering a 15% discount off of anything at her Etsy shop for anyone who mentions my name or this blog, so go ahead, you know you want to...BUY BUY BUY!!!

Disclaimer:  This is a non-sponsored post.  I didn't receive any monetary compensation, nor did I receive product to review.  All opinions expressed are unique, my own, and honest.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thirsty Thursday

Allyson's Sparkling Blueberry Pomegranate Cocktail

I am completely, 100% hooked on Ocean Spray's Sparkling Diet Blueberry Pomegranate drinks.  They are perfect because they hold one serving, don't have a bunch of added sugar, do have the carbonation I seem to crave, and are so tasty I have to hide them from the children if I want to actually drink one!

Today I decided to use this as my base for a more "adult" drink and grabbed a bottle of  vodka and an orange.  I'll be honest with you, if it were supper hour and not brunch time, I would definitely want more than one!

6 oz Ocean Spray's Sparkling, Diet Blueberry Pomegranate
1 oz Vodka
Fresh Squeezed orange juice
Ice Cubes

Put everything in a shaker and shake well.  You can either serve strained or as I did with the ice included.

Channing & Co Jewelry Giveaway-

Don't forget to get your entries in here for this wonderful piece of Jewelry!!  It will look wonderful on your own wrist or make a great Christmas present for your mother, daughter, loved one, or again, for yourself!!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Gorgeous jewelry? Yes, please! Channing & Co.

Jewelry has never really been something I have been much interested in.  Give me a simple wedding band or a diamond and I am good to go.  I am allergic to most metals including all silver and golds, so that may have a bit to do with why I am so uninterested.  However, as I have gotten older, jewelry styles have changed up a bit, and I am loving some of the new, bold styles!

My daughters being 'Tween ages also spurs my interest in jewelry and together we own a TON of awesome pieces, both gold for the girls and costume for all of us.  In  my search for an awesome bracelet for Suzannah's Christmas Gift I stumbled across Channing & Co.

Channing Chernoff, owner of Channing and Co has loved jewelry pretty much her whole life.  She grew up as one of five girls, and now holds multiple roles from mother, artist, friend, family member and was inspired to become an artist and create jewelry.   Channing & Co offers everything from casual beaded jewelry to high end fashion jewelry, and I just love her work!

You can view her wonderful pieces at and  One of my personal favorites is this ring! 

It can be worn everyday, or saved for a special occasion like that great night out with your special someone!

This is an amazing bracelet that I know my daughter will just love!  She loves anything with skulls so this is right up her alley.  And with all the great bling on it, it is also up my alley so I know I will be wearing it lots!

Disclaimer:  I received one or more products shown in the post to facilitate my review.  I didn't receive any monetary compensation and I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions expressed are my own, unique, and honest!