Monday, May 31, 2010

YoYo Lipgloss Gift Certificate Winner

Congrats! Motherofall6 won the $10 YoYo Lipgloss Gift Certificate!
I will be emailing you shortly please respond within 48 hours!

Thank you to everyone who entered!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Good Vibrations Contest Winner......

The Winner of the Good Vibrations I Dare You game is...............................................................

Congrats! Hopefully you sneak away from those crazy kids and play some grown up Truth or DARE lol!
I will be emailing you shortly!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Win a Gorgeous Plus Size Top from!

All of us ladies are not made the same, but go into a department store and all the clothing is made the same. Looking for plus size clothing that is fashionable and not shaped like a muu muu is even worse! Irritability over ill fitting and poorly made clothing drove me to the internet where I discovered alight.  Alight sells plus size clothing for every occasion, jeans, tops, skirts, evening dresses, sportswear and more!

Tropical Purple Top launched in 1999 and since then has grown into one of the leading specialty e-tailers for plus size women! Carrying almost 100 brands with over 900 styles, in sizes ranging from 14W to 30W, you can't not find something to love! Not to mention, also carries the largest selection of contemporary and junior plus designers, including Blue Plate, pink.girl, Angels, Abby Z, Ruby Rox, Fashion Love, ToTo, Mecca Femme, Pink Apple, and Sele!

There are so many adorable tops, that I had to stop restrain myself to showing you two tops and a summer dress I am dying to have!
Dark Arts Dress
Secret Garden Top

Aren't they Great?

                                             Not your style? Head on over to and I can almost promise you will find something you love! 

Now for the totally exciting part! I have an awesome deal that is going to make my plus size ladies very happy! For the next 3 months is going to give one reader a month one of my readers a gorgeous top! (top will be of's choice)

How do you enter? Easy!
The Mandatory entry, which must be completed for those bonus entries to count, requires you to sign up for emails! After you have done that, come back here and leave me a comment telling me you signed up and what size top you would need if you won! 

Bonus Entries!
* Like on Facebook, leave them a post letting them know I sent ya! +1 entry
* Like Carrie's Rambles on Facebook and share this giveaway on your page. 
Leave a link for me +1 to Like +2 for sharing
*Follow on twitter +1 entry
*Follow ME on twitter and tweet this:  
Win a Gorgeous Plus Size Top from @alightcom @yorkiemomma Ends 6/27 #win
may be done as many times as you want but not more than once per hour. +1 each
*Follow Carrie's Rambles on Google Friend Connect +1 entry
*Blog about this and tell me where I can find it +5 entries
*Grab my button and leave me a link to it +3 entries
*Sign up for my emails. Must be verified. +2 entries

Contest ends at 11:59 pm 6/27. Winner will be chosen by, notified by email and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn. If name drawn has not complied with the rules stated a new winner will be chosen. 

disclaimer: I received no compensation to host this giveaway and was under no obligation to do so.

Iris Johansen Book Giveaway Ends 6/5

 Dark Summer
Author Iris Johansen

Devon Brady is a devoted veterinarian working in a makeshift hospital at an island search and rescue site. When Jude Marrok arrives with his wounded black lab Ned, she has no idea that she is about to be plunged into a whirlwind of terror, destruction, and unstoppable passion.

The last thing Devon needs is to be drawn into Marrok's high-stakes game. And while she feels increasingly drawn to him and his extraordinary dog, she doesn't trust him. Then the bullets start flying and she has nowhere else to run. The body counts gets higher while a mortal mystery swirls around a pack of gifted canines called the 'Dogs of Summer.'
Is Jude her salvation or her damnation? Are the secrets he's protecting worth killing.or dying for? With lighting-fast pace, unforgettable characters, gut-wrenching action, and sizzling sensuality, Dark Summer is compelling new terrain for this master storyteller.  
summary taken from book jacket.

I find myself in possession of two brand spanking new hard back copies of this book. I love to read but hardly need two copies so I am going to share with my friends (that would be you). I haven't read my copy yet so I do not have an opinion either way but would be happy to discuss it after I have read it!

Follow Carries Rambles on Google Friend Connect

Bonus Entries

1. Like Carrie's Rambles on facebook +1 entry 
   you can claim 2 extra entries if you share with your friends
2. Add me to your blogroll. +2 entries
3. Sign up for my emails. Must be verified +2 entries
4. Grab my button and tell me where I can find it +3 entries
5. Blog about this give away and leave me the link +5 entries
6. Follow ME on twitter and tweet this giveaway. You can tweet as many times
as you like but not more than once per hour. Leave me the link.

You may use this sample tweet if you like:

Win a hardback edition of Dark Summer by Iris Johanson
@ yorkiemomma Ends 6/5

Giveaway ends on 6/5 at 11:59 pm EST. Winner will be chosen by and notified by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is drawn. Open to US and Canada

Soap Nuts Winner.........

Congrats Annie! I will be emailing you in a second! Please respond within 48 hours!

Thanks to for sponsoring this giveaway and to all those of you who entered!

Fawk You Friday!

Okay ladies! It's Fawk You Friday! I missed last week due to pure exhaustion and not having two seconds to post for part of the week! But I'm Baaaaaack, lol!

You know it's Okay to say it, it's not a bad word! Let off some steam! You know you wanna! Head on over to Boners Boobies, Babies and a Blog and link up!

Fawk you to Lupus and Sepsis.
Fawk you to the stupid falling apart hospital my mom was diverted to.
Fawk you to my piece of crap furnace that died as soon as I need to turn on the AC.
Fawk you to the stupid a$$ at the Dr's office that keeps sending me bills. I PAID YOU. I've called 3 times and talked to you and you keep telling me Oh yeah, I'll fix that. The latest bill threatened to send me to collections. Let me repeat. I. PAID. YOU. IN. FULL.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

It's hot out.....

So I wanted to stop and say thank you so much to all of you who were so kind and offered your thoughts and prayers for my mother. It really helps to know there are good people out there!

After another 11 day hospital stay and 2 trips to icu she is being sent home tomorrow. We had a scare on Sunday due to the fact that they were unable to wake her for a little while, then through out the day her sugar levels kept dropping to the point that they were unreadable (she is not diabetic)...after being moved back into ICU and a tube inserted down her throat, constantly pumping glucose into her, they leveled her out and did some tests. Turns out her adrenal gland has quit working, but she will be able to medicate that.

She is happy to be going home, I think she needs to stay in longer. There is still bacteria in her blood and she will be on IV antibiotics at home for awhile, which most likely I will give her. Hopefully we will not be repeating this anytime soon, 4 ICU stays since Novemeber is plenty.....

I was so happy, with Mom starting to mend, my back feeling good enough that I can tie my shoes without groaning in pain, only two more installments on the money I borrowed from work to pay the damn IRS and a longish weekend! YES!!!! Life is not too bad!

Then in typical Ohio fashion we go straight from 60 highs and 30-40 at night to Good Lord is this what Hell feels like 88 degrees. HA! That's fine. I will turn on the central air......or not because after running for an hour it was actually WARMER in the house. Fine. I'll get the freon charged. I know contracters from work and one fit me in yesterday. 7 Freaking pounds of Freon that damn thing took!!!! That's okay though...sweet coolness....until I wake up this morning and the thermostat reads 78. At 6 am. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? Now I have to replace my furnace. I mean I knew it was coming eventually. I live in the house my grandparents built so I pretty much know how old everything is, but the damn thing worked fine a week ago when it was 30 degrees at night!

So anyways. Thanks for listening to me whine again. I'm going to go kick my furnace and take a shower

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Licks and Giggles Review & Giveaway. Ends 6/5

Licks and Giggles Boutique is a great site I came across for pet items. Yes, I know, I am a bit obsessed with my dogs, but since I haven't been able to have kids my clock started barking instead! I love my pets and I look for quality items that will be good for them. The two that enjoy wearing doggy clothes get to wear doggy clothes (and when I say they enjoy it, I mean if I go to the little basket they actually run up, tails wagging and start sniffing the clothes) and the other two love their toys. I love that they love me, so it's a win win!

What initially sparked my interest in Licks and Giggles? Well, I have a habit of looking at pet sites on the web (hard to believe!) and when I find one I always check out the "About Us" page. That tells me alot about what type of quality I am going to find in the products. Licks and Giggles "about us" page told me that they love their pets, love the joy and friendship and a furry little friend sleeping with you at night. It told me that they select quality merchandise, not just any old junk to pawn off on suckers pet lovers! So I contacted them and was lucky enough to be sent items for a review and giveaway!

My Roxie girl was sent the Pink Polka Dot Diva Tank which couldn't be more perfect for her since she is such a Diva and rules all three of the bigger boys! Since Roxie is such a petite little girl at only 7lbs and only 11 inches long, I often have a hard time finding clothes for her, they end up being all out of proportion. The adorable tank she was sent fit to a T! If you aren't sure what size to buy, simply check out the size charts under every item of clothing! This adorable cotton tank is lightweight enough to breathe easily but the detailed stitching makes it sturdy enough that you know it won't unravel and the pink polka dot bow and pocket are just the right touch of Diva! Seriously, look at the quality stitching in the picture below and the little skull and crossbones!

For the boys I received a plush donut with a squeaker inside. Let me tell ya, my oldest guy reminds me of Linus from Snoopy with the blanket. That's how he is with plush toys, every where he goes he is dragging some poor bedraggled animal with him (seriously, I found a stuffed Frankenstein in my flowers yesterday), so I have plenty of experience with stuffed toys! This Donut is cute as a button, very sturdily made with thick material, no loose seams, hanging strings or "fuzzies". Check out Chester breaking it in below ( Spike may have been stashing Frankenstein at the time)
Momma got a hot pink tote that she takes to the store to buy more dog treats!
Licks and Giggles sells leashes, carriers, beds, tents, collars, clothes, treats, and more! If I started posting items I wanted this post would never end! They even have a sale section and a Kitty Corner!
You can purchase the adorable Pink Polka Dot Diva Tank for $19.99, or check out any of their many many other items!
Licks and Giggles has provided me with a Snack Pack of toys and a Tote for the pet mama (or papa) to give to one of my readers!
Mandatory entry must be completed or the other entries will be buried in the flower bed with Frankenstein.
If your email address is not attached to your profile please leave it in your comment. I'm not Sherlock Holmes, if I can't find you I will re-draw! I also check all entries to make sure you actually did what you said, so don't be sneaky!
Mandatory: Go to Licks and Giggles and tell me what your pet would purchase if he/she had a credit card!
Bonus Entries

  • Follow Carries Rambles on Google Friend Connect +1 entry

  • Like Carries Rambles on FaceBook, share this giveaway with your friends and leave me the link. (1 entry for liking and 2 more for sharing)

  • Sign up for my emails. Must be verified to count +1 entry

  • Blog about this giveaway and link back to me. +5 entries

  • Grab my button and tell me where I can find it +3 entries

  • Add me to your blogroll +2 entries

  •  Follow ME on twitter and tweet this giveaway (up to 3x daily) +1 entry each
You may use this sample tweet if you like

Licks N Giggles Plush Pet toy pack giveaway! #win #pet
Ends 6/5

Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on June 5th. Winner will be drawn by, notified by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is drawn. Contest open to US and CA.

Disclaimer: I received the products above in order to do a review. I was under no obligation to provide a "good' review. All opinions are my own. No other compensation was offered.

Seventh Generation Winner!!!

Congrats Pictures, Images and Photos

Congrats To Carrielarry! Looks like all those tweets paid off!
I will be emailing you shortly, please respond within 48 hours. 

Thank you to Seventh Generation for providing the review and giveaway materials and thank you to all of you who entered!


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Follow Me Back Tuesdays! Week 3

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Hey All! It's week 3 of Follow Me Back Tuesdays! Welcome to new followers and thanks for stopping, to any regulars!
For those of you new to Follow Me Back Tuesdays, it is hosted by Survey Junkie, Little Yaya's, Review Retreat & Boobies,BabiesAndABlog... You can visit anyone of those sites to read the rules and add your name to the linky! So...c'mon! What are you waiting for? Link up!

Before you leave though, I have a couple of giveaways ending soon, low entries!
The Seventh Generation Giveaway ends tonight and it is a huge kit!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Monday Monkey Minute~ *snort* edition!

1 - Do you *snort*? I snorted coke recently.........actually it was diet coke. I blame my mother for saying something outlandish right when I was taking a swig.

2 - Our friend, has a nickname and it's Daffy.  What's your nickname? Unless you count the fact that the lady I work with tends to yell out "hey ho, can you blah blah blah" I don't think I have one.......oh wait, the hubster used to call me pookie all the time........

3 - Do you know sign language? I know the alphabet and learned You are my sunshine in third grade.

4 - What's a sample convo from your hoodI get such a kick out of Daffy's convo's from the hood.
Here is a sample of me answering the phone at work....
Me: ****** Supply
Customer.....Yo, getch yo big ass over here n help me...HULLO...dis ******* Supply?
Me: Yes (while rolling eyes)
Customer: Yeh, I be needin pricin on shingles
Me: What kind of shingles?
Customer: Roof Shingles
Me: I know that. What kind of roof shingles. 25 yr, 30 yr, lifetime? Tamko, Gaf, OC?
Customer: ROOF SHINGLES. Ain't yo listen?
ME: Sigh. Hold please. cue intercom: SALES LINE ONE

I have to include one more:
Me: ****** Supply
Customer: We got our shingles (blah blah blah me banging head on desk cuz I will never get that 15 minutes back) and just wondered how long the warranty is good for?
Me: What were the shingles?
HER: Duration Lifetime
Me: That's a lifetime warranty
Her: No, I need to know how many years.
Me: Lifetime
Her: (getting Pissed at me now) 30 years, 40 years? How many years.
Me: I'm not sure how else explain LIFETIME ma'am......

5-  Do you sleep with electronic devices - i.e. laptop, Blackberry, iPhone, etc? I panic if my Iphone is not near me at all times. I have a plug at work, a plug in the living room, a plug on the home pc and at night it is nestled snuggly next to my evil alarm clock. (of course in  my defense I do not have a home phone and I do have a sick mother. You're buying that right?)

I'm so sorry for your loss Daffy!

Princesa Livia's Summer Giveaway!


3 Rules of the giveaway:
1. You must be a follower of
2. Comment on the contest blog post saying 'I want in!' with your e-mail address (where Livia can contact you in-case you win).
3. Blog about this giveaway, including the picture above and rules of the giveaway, and link back to the contest blog post together with the comment from #2! You can enter as many times as you like, as long as you blog about this giveaway!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

YoYo Lipgloss Gift Certificate Giveaway Ends 5/30

"Company Mission Statement - It is our mission to provide safe, high quality, innovative, trend setting products that reinvent traditional beauty practices and ideas."

I have previously done a review of YoYo Lipgloss products so when they contacted me to ask if I would be willing to offer my readers a little something I was all over that! If you haven't read my previous review you can do so HERE.

YoYo Lipgloss makes very nice, high quality lipglosses that target tweens and is going to be introducing some new products later this year. Products like eyeshadow and blush.
The lipgloss, while targeted towards tweens/teens is also a hit with many adult women due in part to the fact that
a)it can clip directly onto whatever you want so no more lost lipgloss!
 b) they are smooth and super shiny and
c) they smell good enough to eat!

Check out the new commercial that will be airing on MTV and Nick:

YoYo Lipglosses are also a CEW Finalist and the Minis won the Best Lip Gloss award for Shecky's .

The Giveaway!
YoYo Lipgloss is offering one of my lucky readers a $10 gift certificate! Since the mini's are so reasonably priced this is a good way to give your fave flave a try!

Rules and Regs!
You Must enter the Mandatory entry else all the other will be chucked!
You have to leave a way for me to contact you if you win, if your email isn't in your profile or you have it set to private, well then someone else will be chosen. I'm not a detective folks!
If you say did something for an entry, please do it. I check.
Contest open WORLDWIDE!!!!

Mandatory entry
Follow Carrie's Rambles on Google Friend Connect

Bonus entries:
1. Sign up for YoYo Lipgloss emails (bottom right side) +1 entry

2. "Like" Carrie's Rambles on Facebook. 1 entry.
Share this giveaway on your page and leave me a link +2 entries
3. Like YoYo Lipgloss on Face book and leave them a comment letting them know
Carries Rambles sent ya! +1 entry

4. Follow YoYoLipgloss on twitter +1 entry
5. Follow ME on twitter and tweet this giveaway.
 Can be done up to 3x daily for 1 entry each.

You may use this sample tweet if you like:
Win a YoYo Lipgloss Gift Certificate. Open Worldwide! #win
Ends 5/30 @yoyolipgloss @yorkiemomma

6. Grab my button and leave the link to where it's posted. 2 entries

7. Blog about this giveaway and leave me a link to the post. 5 entries

8. Enter any of my other active giveaways. 1 entry each

9. Sign up for my emails. (must be validated)

Contest ends on 5/30 at 11:59 pm. Winner will chosen via Open worldwide.

disclaimer: I received no compensation for hosting this giveaway.

Where have I been?

Hey all! It's been a rough week and hasn't been getting much better. Many of you might hae read about my mom being very ill with sepsis, she is still in the hospital and we are considering moving her to The Cleveland Clinic tomorrow. We do not feel she is getting the care she needs in the local hospital. As if that hasn't been bad enough, I somehow managed to mess up my back, turns out I have a fracture at L2 (whatever that means, I just know it hurts!). I haven't been able to sit, so since I don't have a laptop I have not been able to sit at my desktop PC  and post. Trust me, I tried. The winners post? It has taken me several hours of doing about a minute of work, walking around the house, doing another minute of work, etc.

I have a couple of great reviews and giveaways coming up, but I don't like to do  anything half assed, so they are going to wait a bit until I am not at the hospital with mom all the time AND able to sit at the computer!

Thanks everyone for reading, entering and commenting!

WInners and more winners!

This is going to be short and sweet!

The winners of the Cream Perfume Co giveaway are:

The Winner of the Joy of Soap Giveaway:

Congrats to all of you and Thank you again for reading my blog and entering the giveaways! I will be contacting you soon!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Joy of Soap Discount Coupon

The wonderful folks at The Joy of Soap have been kind enough to offer my readers a discount coupon good in their online store until May 31st for a 15% discount!
If you read my review and entered my giveaway you know how highly I think of the Natural Handmade Soaps they sell so this is a great deal! If you haven't read it you can check it out here: The Joy of Soap Review & Giveaway

All you need to do is enter this code: 1272728087 in the Coupon Code box in the checkout screen.

Welcome to Twitter Hop Thursday, hosted by Simply StacieThe King’s Court IV, Little Yaya’sReview Retreat and Moms Wear Your Tees!
Would you like more Twitter followers and be introduced to more neat blogs and businesses out there? Come and join us!!
1. Add your Twitter to the MckLinky (you only have to add it to one and it will appear on all).

2. Click on the Twitter for the six hostesses and follow each of them on Twitter. We will follow you back.

3. Follow as many people on Twitter as you like, but make sure to leave comments with links so they’ll know where to follow you!

Spread the word and add this MckLinky to your blog! Write your own post or copy and paste this one. Below the MckLinky box, you’ll see “Want to be a part of this Blog Hop? Click here for instructions and code….” Have fun Twitter-Hopping along!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Where I talk about my mother

I'm not sure where to start, where is the beginning of the story? I guess  it's my blog and I can start where ever I want, be as disjointed as I want and if you don't want to read, you really don't have too, this is something I need to talk about right now for me.

My Mom is 55 years old and been through so much. A complete hysterectomy at 28, 2 strokes in her early 30's from blood clots, finally being diagnosed with antiphospholipid syndrome., rheumatoid arthritis, nerve damage and fused disks in her back and a Lupus diagnosis in her early 40's and a fractured hip a year ago.You would think that would be enough burdens for anyone wouldn't you? Especially a woman who never did any drugs, never touched a cigarette and at most has a margarita or glass of wine maybe twice a year.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Just a quick text from my phone. I'm sitting outside the MICU waiting for a port to be put in my mothers neck. I had to call ambulance for the third time since November and this will be her fourth hospitalization. She has has Lupus and has been septic 3 times. It looks like she is again. The Dr just came out and told me she may need to be put on a ventilator. I will be around when I can. Thanks. Carrie

Win a blog makeover

I found this sweet contest because I followed the link on the Follow Me Back Tuesday that was giving thanks for the awesome button.
After cruising around her website for a couple minutes I was all but salivating on my keyboard! I'm telling you, I want to win this so bad that I can't believe I am blogging about it so that you can enter too!
WAHMaholic’s Blog Makeover Giveaway

What does it include? gahhh, I can't believe I'm gonna tell you! Up to $100 worth of Wordpress or Blogger makeover including:
  • custom header and footer
  • custom background
  • custom favicon
  • custom navigation bar
  • custom post footer (for Blogger)
  • fancy post title font
  • 125×125 button/badge
  • personalized signature
  • fancy comment section
  • layout style of winner’s choice
It's like Christmas for Bloggers! (Especially bloggers like me that go HUH? html what?)
You can visit WAHMoholic to read all the rules and different ways you can enter and you can visit to see some of her designs!

Follow Me Back Tuesdays--Week 2

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Hey All! It's week #2 for the Follow Me Back Tuesday, hosted by
This is an awesome way to find some great new blogs and make some new friends!

1. Add your blog to the list ( only have to add once )
2. Grab the NEW button & the link code to post on your blog.
3. Follow all 4 hostesses above & then as many other blogs as you would like.
4. After you follow a new blog make sure you leave them a comment letting them know that you are now a follower so that they can follow you back. Don't forget to return follows!
WELL! What are you waiting for? You can pick up the code for the button at any of the hosting blogs!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Good Vibrations Club Vibe Review

Caution! This is an Adult post. It contains content that is not suitable for those under 18. So if you are not at least 18 or have moral objections mosey on along please!
If you are of legal age and feeling a little bit naughty, feel free to read on!

Good Vibrations Giveaway Ends 5/28

As an affiliate with Good Vibrations I am able to do occasional giveaways. They are generously providing one of my lucky readers with a I Dare You: 30 Sealed Seductions game!
"Sweet, sexy and oh so seductive, here's a playful way to add a little more dare to date night. The I Dare You: 30 Sealed Seductions card game, by well-known author Suzie Bright, offers up 30 Secret Seductive prompts and dares for couples to inspire passionate and lustful encounters. Just tear open an envelope to find out what sizzling surprise awaits you and your partner. The sensual suggestions makes Dare You: 30 Sealed Seductions ideal for couples of any orientation, and the beautiful decorative box makes it a great gift that’s both sweet and sexy."

I Dare You: 30 Sealed Seductions
5 5/16" x 3 3/4" x 3 1/8"
Hinged box & ribbon.


Good Vibrations Sex Toys is allowing me to give to one of my lucky readers an

*Mandatory Entry* must be completed or all other entries will be voided.

Follow Carrie's Rambles on GFC

I do check all entries, do not say you did something if you didn't, it won't fly ladies (or gentlemen)!

Bonus Entries

1. Sign up for Good Vibrations emails
top left side of homepage +1 entry

2. Like Carrie's Rambles on Facebook +1 entry
Share this contest on your wall and leave me the link +2 entries

3. Sign up to receive my emails. Must be verified to count +2 entries

4. Follow Good Vibrations on Twitter +1 entry

5. Follow ME on twitter and tweet this giveaway. Leave the status link
Can be done up to 3x daily for +1 entry each
You may use this sample tweet if you like:

Good Vibes I Dare You Giveaway
Ends 5/28 @yorkiemomma #win
6. Blog about this giveaway and leave a link for me +5 entries

7. Grab my button and tell me where I can find it +3 entries

8. Visit Good Vibrations and tell me what you would like to get most +1 entry

Contest will end at 11:59 pm EST on 5/28. Winner will be drawn by, notified by email and have 48 hours to respond before another winner is drawn. Contest open to US only.

Disclaimer: I received no compensation for doing this giveaway.

I'm slow! LOL

Last week, I got another Blog award from the fabulous J at Boobies, Babies and a Blog
and I'm am just posting it now. I'm sorry I'm slow J~ please forgive me? 

She gave me the Honest Scrap award and says the reason is"because she keeps it real and is super sweet while doing so!"
Aww! Thanks J! You got me blushing.

The Rules:
Share 10 honest things about myself & pay it forward passing this award on to your choice of deserving blogger(s).
  1.  I am a procrastinator. I always have been. 
  2. I can't swim, actually I can but I am petrified of water when I can't see the bottom and start to hyperventilate.
  3. My husband is 17 years older than me. It balances well, most days he only acts a couple of years younger
  4. I think centipedes are an abomination. NOTHING should have that many legs, it's CREEPY
  5. I sleepwalk. Not as much now, but when I was young it used to freak out my mother. When I was about 4 I walked into her closet and peed in her shoe, thinking it was the bathroom. :P
  6. I HATE getting up in the morning. If I had my druthers I would stay up til 6am rather than get up at 6. Since I work at 7am that sucks.
  7. I would like to have a love affair with Jon Bon Jovi. I have been going to his concerts since Highschool with my BFF. Last time we scored 4th row.
  8. I still don't know what I will be when I grow up
  9. I prefer winter over summer (weird huh? but you see alot fewer centipedes in winter!)
  10. As long as I have Internet, a credit card and a UPS man, I could cheerfully be a hermit. I'm not kidding.
I am passing on this award to all the bloggers who linked up to Fawk You Friday. Cuz, it takes guts to say what you really think, stand up for yourself and others and put your name to it.

Mondays Little Miracles

Mondays Little Miracles is being hosted by some awesome, caring ladies, Belly Charms, Boobies, Babies and a Blog and My Life as Mom. Mondays Little Miracles is a different kind of blog hop, it's not all about getting new followers. It is about giving hope, prayers, support or donations to those most in need of it.
The top spots every week will go to those who most need our support. The first Monday Miracle slot goes to Mission Monkey.

If you happen to know someone that needs prayers or support, let one of the wonderful ladies above know!

Here is how to be part of this and make a difference in someones life:

  • Open your heart and link your blog up in the Linky 
  • Follow the Blog in the Top Spot - This is the Miracle Slot each week
  • Donate, Pray, Comment... anything you can do to support the ones who need help
  • Copy the Miracle Monday Button  and place it on your sidebar 

Monkey Minute!


This will be my second week participating in the Monday Monkey Minute and I am so happy to be a part of such a good cause! Little Monkey needs all the thoughts and prayers we can send her way!

Now to humiliate myself by answering Ian's questions.....

Have you ever peed in the shower/bath/pool?
 Um, yes. What kid hasn't at sometime or another peed in the pool? 

What is your biggest pet peeve?
I have many and most are tied directly to something my husband does. 

What's the story behind your blog title?
It's not really a story. I'm not a creative person when it comes to thinking up titles, screen names, email addresses, etc. Since I figured Carrie's Blog was a bit too mundane and I do tend to Ramble, viola.

What is your definition of success?
To me success isn't about money or fame. If you are happy with how you have lead your life. If you are loved by your family and friends. If you support yourself and your loved ones to the best of your ability. Then I feel you are successful.

If you were famous, what would you want to be famous for?
Wow, this is a tough one. Especially since I really have no desire to be famous. None. If I had to be, I'd like it to be for something good like wiping out cancer or making ALL insurance companies cover infertility treatments.

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Hi All!

This is really super duper rotten of me to tell you this..........but hey sometimes I'm just rotten!
I was just getting ready to post a new Good Vibes review and giveaway and the hubster texted me. Seems that I forgot the Survivor Finale is on tonight and while I'm not much of a TV fan, let's just say that if the cable went out you might find me on the roof with rabbit ears (not that kind of rabbit you dirty girls!) trying to get a signal so I could watch! So I have to hurry and shower and you have to wait another day for a new naughty review and giveaway!

Is there anyone one else out there in blog-o-land that is addicted to Survivor?

Soap Nuts Review & Giveaway Ends 5/27

Laundry Detergent. It's one of the banes of my existence. A) It's expensive and I have a husband who can't seem to figure out that it's concentrated and you don't need to use that much. B) Many of them are bad for the environment and your skin.

So after cruising the internet I discovered ...I thought "Soap Nuts? What?" and started doing some reading. Turns out that Soap Nuts are not actually nuts at all, they are berries that grow on trees in India and Nepal.

How can a berry be a detergent you ask? Well, the contain large amounts of saponin in there shells, which acts as a natural detergent when you combine it with water. They are gentle enough to use on your delicates but strong enough to get out nasty oders like those mildewed towels the kids left in a pile or those stinky cloth diapers!

When I contacted and asked them to participate in a review and giveaway on my blog, they were kind enough to agree and sent me right out a 500kg bag of Soap Nuts and a Coconut Coir Fiber Scrub pad.

I got my package in the mail and popped it open. My husband happened to be beside me when I was opening it and I have to be truthful here, we both looked at each other and thought no way. These nuts are ugly and kinda smell weird, although to be truthful, it could have been because they sat on the porch in the sun for a bit before we noticed them.
This weekend I geared myself up and used them on my laundry (no way was hubster gonna try them first, wimp). They are easy to use, you put 4 or 5 in one of the little muslin bags provided and toss in the washer with your clothes. That's it.
I had my doubts and am pleased to say here that I was wrong. My clothes came out clean, no odor, no stains (I hate when my clothes get stains from the darn detergent I put in there to clean them in the first place!) and fairly soft. You do have to remember to remove the muslin bag before you toss the clothing in the dryer and you can keep using the Soap Nuts inside of it for about 4 washes, they turn gray and mushy when you need to replace them. The 500kg bag I received sells for $22 and does 150-200 loads of laundry, which is a pretty good deal. If you prefer a liquid detergent these berries can be boiled with water and boom! Detergent! I have also read that many people with eczema have seen a noticeable improvement upon using Soap Nuts. I hope to see this happen after several washings, since the hubster does suffer with eczema.

I also had my doubts about the scrub pad, which is made with coconut fibers and bound with a non toxic adhesive and again, I was wrong. It seemed very stiff and I was afraid it would scratch my dishes but I gave it shot anyways and it cleaned them like a charm, not even scratching my good pot! This Scrub pad is nice because unlike your normal scrubby it isn't going to get the mildew smell from sitting on your sink or in your drainboard, because it doesn't retain water or nasty food residue!

All in all, I am pleased with my Soap Nuts and looking forward to trying them in different ways. The bag they came in lists ways to use them as All Purpose Cleaners, Steam Cleaning Spot treatment, window and glass cleaners and even in the dishwasher!!

You can purchase Certified Organic Soap Nuts in a $1 trial size all the way up to a 1kg bag HERE

BuySoapNuts has graciously agreed to give one of my lucky readers the same items I received. A 500kg (1.1lbs) bag of soap nuts, good for up to 200 loads of laundry and a Coconut Fiber Scrub pad.

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

It's not like you have kids or anything.

Do you have any idea how many times I have heard that? "It's not like you have kids or anything"
I don't even know which part of it ticks me off more....the sheer unfeelingness of saying that to someone who has been trying to have kids for four freaking years? Okay, so maybe you don't know that we have been trying and trying and trying, I'll give you a pass if you don't know. Did you perchance stop and think that just because I don't have kids, my life is not all strippers, booze and trips to Jamaica? Was yours before you had kids???

Cuz let me tell ya, I work. Alot. I work from 7am to 5pm Monday thru Friday, half days on Saturdays and sometimes on Saturday nights I will pick up a bartending shift. You know why I work so much? Well, because I have bills. Oh, yeah, and I am still trying to pay for those fertility treatments that insurance does not and is not required (in the state of Ohio) to pay for. What's that? Your kid got braces? It cost you 3 grand? No dental insurance? That stinks. I know, I had to pay for my stepdaughters. Did you know I also spent over 10 grand on one IVF treatment to try and have a kid? And it didn't work. So I spent more money on IUI's. That didn't work. Not that I regret spending everything and then some. I'd do it again. As a matter of a fact if I could find a nice RE that said, sure you can make payments! I'd be there before he hung up the phone.

It's not like you have kids or anything. Right. So that means that I don't have to go grocery shopping, run to Walmart, pay bills, mow the lawn, weed the garden, clean the house, do laundry, run the car in for an oil change or cook. I wish someone had told me this before, cuz I have been wasting a hell of alot of time doing all those things. Especially since anytime there is a sick or elderly person in need of help, I'm expected to do know, since I don't have kids. Do you have any idea how much extra time it takes to shop for someone else? Or take a handicapped person shopping? Double your normal shopping time, easy.
God forbid I'm tired, have a headache or am just plain in a hurry, cuz you can't just drop off the bags and run. Nope, you do that and you hurt someones feelings and now you're the freaking bad guy! You have to visit too, ya know!
Not that I mind helping people, I really don't. Most of the time it's someone I love and I would do it no matter what and I'm not upset about how long it takes me.
I mind that others think I have all this free time, that I sit around a sip cocktails all weekend so naturally I should take time out of my free wheeling lifestyle.

 I could keep ranting, I really know, like how some folks think I should be thrilled to watch their rotten kids on a Saturday so they can go out and get hammered....but I think I will save that for a post titled "It will be good practice for you"

If you do have kids, I am not trying to say you don't work your ass off, or that it isn't more work with kids. I'm not trying to tick anyone off. I'm just ranting from my side of the coin. K?

The thing that started off my whole ranting, rambling post is that I am considering saying my phone broke and selfishly doing nothing for anyone except myself this weekend. You know, soon as get the grocery shopping and laundry done. I mean it's not like I have kids or anything.