Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tuesday Times

Hi Dee Ho there Peeps!!!

Long time no chat!   So so very much has been going on and I don't really know where to start so I figured I'd start with a Tuesday Times edition and catch everyone up a little bit. 

Reading:  I subscribe to a couple of different email lists that send me daily books that are free or almost free and I started the most wonderful book series: Bellingwood.  Here's the link on Amazon, I've finished 4 of the books and 1 of the novella short stories, ready to start #5.


Listening:  Listening to the dog snore, VERY loudly.

Not actual photo of him snoring but I thought you should be reminded of  Sir Winstons charming face

Watching:  Game of Thrones....does any other show matter??  I think not, especially since Fixer Upper is on hiatus. 

Trying: To make my upstairs craft room/ guest room / office balcony look like a New Orleans Bourbon St. balcony. I may bankrupt us in the process but it'll be awesome!!

Here's where we are so far in the transformation:

From L to R: My travelocity gnome, an orange tree that we started from seed from a tree when we visited Arizona State, garlic in the small blue pot.  Up on the railing basket we have purple and yellow and white trailing flowers ( from Home Depots HGTV collection) and back down to the middle we have a rectangular planter with 2 hibiscus plants.  I'm picking up another planter and 2 more Hibiscus plants this week to balance things out.  Then we have a Sun Parasol Mandevilla in Pretty Pink and over in the far right corner is the lime tree (with limes growing) that we've had for years.  Over in the back right corner that you cannot see is a Gardenia tree that is FINALLY starting to leaf back out, a pineapple plant that I actually started from a pineapple top and a rosemary plant. 

I've found a round lounger and a swing that I'm trying to decide between for this space and I'd like to cover the roof decking with either artificial turf or a large outdoor rug. I think it'll be a great spot for my morning coffee or evening glass of wine.  No one ever wants to sleep up in that room but by the time I'm done up here I'm betting it'll be the most requested guest spot.  

 Cooking:  Tried making a Gluten Free Lemon Blueberry Crumble doughnut yesterday.  I thought it was "chalky", Hubster loved them and the Abogg surprised me this morning and he loved them too.  I twitter chatted with a lovely blogger who gave me some tips on baking with GF flour mixes so I think I'll go find that recipe and maybe give it another try.

Eating: So in this crazy world of messed up change of life events, I was recently diagnosed with a wheat allergy.  Basically this means I cannot have anything made with flour.  In case you wondered, that's almost everything on the face of the earth.  Between the Hummus recall and the Blue Bell Ice cream recall, I may starve. Thank goodness for cheese. 

Drinking:  After I get my water for the day finished, it's Dos Equis time.  (yes, I can have that beer and believe me I've done HOURS of research on the beers I can and can't have). Yes I'm fully aware that I lead an uneventful life. 

Pinning:  I've been researching companion planting for the garden. Hours of time I've spent and we finally have everything in the ground.  We'll see how this goes-hoping for bumper crops and less pests.

Here's our little garden: cherry tomatoes, kale, cucumbers, sunflowers, basil, tomatoes, carrots, zucchini, squash, dill, banana peppers, green beans, black eye peas, cantaloupe, bell peppers, LOTS of marigolds, onions, lavender.  That's all planted and coming up beautifully and when the time is right we'll add eggplant and okra.  

We finally convinced Hubster into another fire pit.  This is our little seating area off the back porch.


Here's another view.  We enjoy sitting out here with the neighbors and plus it's a legal way to burn all the sticks and brush.  Woohoo

Tweeting:  My woes of GF baking and pics of products I review.  I'm @SammaSpot if you're a Tweeter! 

Crafting: I haven't really been crafting. There's too much yard work, gardening and general stuffs to be done.  

Doing: It's that time of year, when the inside of my house is a mess because I'd much rather be outside planting flowers and working in the garden and enjoying the non suffocating temperatures.  It's Sir Winstons favorite weather too!

Going:  We're making a trip to Arkansas this weekend for the girls Uncle Matt's wedding celebrations.  Uncle Matt married a delightful girl from Thailand and they've already married over in Thailand but now they are heading back to the States to celebrate their joyous new marriage. 

Loving:  My acupuncturist!  Seriously, she is DIVINE!   People I was dying, the allergies on top of my thyroid had me feeling so bad and down in the dumps that I knew I was ready to try anything.  My only question is WHY did it take me so long???  I've had 3 sessions and I'm feeling amazing (allergy wise-dang thyroid still misbehaves). I'm allergic to pollen, every flipping tree in Texas and wheat flour.  Seriously, is there any wonder to why I felt so bad?

Hating: Negative judgmental people.  Seriously ain't nobody got time for that!   I'm just leaving this one because the older I get the more this bugs me. 

Discovering:  That it really is time to get some decorating done around here. We've been here for a year now and we've done one tiny little powder room and that's it.  Time to quit pinning and start painting!

Enjoying: My friends, my family and my neighbors. Seriously, we have the best time with these neighbors.  Good people I tell ya, really good people.

Hoping:  For my sweet mama to feel better. She's having a tough time so prayers, good thoughts, positive vibes her way would be much appreciated. 

This photo was a little over two years ago, Winston was a wee tiny pup.

Smelling: Everything because my nose is no longer stopped up. 

Thanking:  Once again I have so much to be grateful/thankful for and I try to never take anything or anyone for granted.  

Considering: Which room I'm going to tackle first in this house.  It's open season, they all need something done.

Finishing:  The garden planting.  Our pepper seeds didn't come up so I need to get a few bell pepper plants.  However every stinking cucumber seed did burst forth so I've got to thin those out. If you need cucumber plants, come see me.

Starting: Finally going to get started educating myself and selling my Young Living oils.  A little extra cash to help out the flower funds around here.  Plus I'm out of about 4 oils so I need to get an order out.  Message me if you need something.

Reviewing:  I took out a couple of categories and am adding this one. Currently I'm reviewing YSL mascara for Influenster. 

Arrival day and unboxing.
The goodies!

Creepy after photo.  Can you believe that is only one coat?!

Pros:  Lengthens wonderfully without clumping
Doesn't flake off in my contacts
Stays on most of the day
Easy to remove

Cons:  I wish it thickened a bit more like my regular mascara
Does tend to smudge
Because it's easy to remove it isn't as long lasting as my other mascara

All in all it's a great mascara if you are looking for a lengthening mascara that's easy to remove.  Head over to the YSL page to see the product information and find out where you can pick up your tube.

"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."

I just threw this in for fun because these guys melt my heart!  When you wish things for your children you always hope that their lives are steeped in deep, wonderful friendships.  The kind of friends that you can go for months without seeing but the minute you do it's like no time has passed, friends that are there for you no matter what is going on in their life...that's these boys.  Another thing I'm ever so grateful for, my "other" sons as I call them.  I can tell you too that all the other moms feel the same way...blessed indeed!

Peace, Love & Spring

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Smiley360: Sleep Number® SleepIQ® mission

Hey Peeps!!!

I was selected to participate in an exciting new Smiley 360 mission that required me to head out to my local Sleep Number® store to check out the new SleepIQ®  technology.  In exchange for my time and honest opinions Smiley360 and Sleep Number® will send me a Sleep Number® CoolFit™ Foam Contour Pillow.....  SCORE!!!  Yes, I know it's a sweet sweet deal!!

I had tried a couple of times to head over to our local mall to get this mission going but the weather was kind of holding me back so I took a break in between winter storms and headed over after lunch.  I got over to the mall and checked the directory, as I've never been in this particular mall before, and found the Sleep Number® store.
Easy to find- now let's go on in

I was greeted by two wonderful associates as I entered the store.  I showed them my Smiley 360 card and asked if they'd had any other visitors on the mission.  They said they had a couple and we chatted about the awesomeness that is Smiley360!!!  Really it is an awesome program and if you are interested then you just click this link for Smiley360  and get yourself started in this cool program too!  We share the love around here on SammaSpot you know!!!

I think they should offer that screen as a TV option on the beds!
They input a little bit of information into their system and I was asked about the type of pillow that I currently sleep on and Craig grabbed a suitable pillow for me and a protective towel to cover it and we headed over to the Sleep Number® SleepIQ®  bed to get started.  I laid down on the bed and he immediately put the mattress on the firmest 100 setting.  We then cycled through the settings and found what I felt was the most comfortable setting for me, a 35.  We then took a look at the pressure points on my body when the bed was at the firmest setting and then we dropped the setting back down until we saw the pressure points disappear and lo and behold I was in fact a 35.  Next we moved on to talk about the SleepIQ®  technology and how the mattress can actually learn my sleep patterns and provide me information to help improve my sleep.  The SleepIQ®  technology measures your heart rate,  breathing rate and movement and keeps track of it for 2 years so you can see your patterns and it will even help you decide if you need to be firmer or softer with your setting.  Our sleeping requirements and habits change as we get older and it's great to know that the Sleep Number® bed with SleepIQ®  can adjust as my body does over time.  It's also nice to know I can access that information on my phone, a tablet or even my laptop and my information is securely stored in the cloud.
See on the right? I'm a 35!

I'm sure many of you, like me, have jumped on the fitness wristband bandwagon and I really really do love mine.  I get information from it regarding my sleep but the information from this bed is so much more and a big plus I don't have to remember to put it to sleep.    Let's say one night I go out with friends and we have some good greasy mexican food and a few (or more) cold adult beverages and I get to bed later than normal and then get up a few more times in the middle of the night to visit the "facilities".  The activity tracker just knows that I was restless and active but the SleepIQ®  allows me to go into the app and add those those unusual factors of alcohol, food, caffeine, exercise, tv, etc. into that particular nights sleep so that it calculates it as an abnormal night and not count it as an average night.

  My favorite quote from the materials I was given was this one: "And SleepIQ®  technology couldn't be easier to use. Nothing to wear, nothing to turn on. All you have to do is sleep."   How cool is that?  I mean one less thing for me to remember to turn off/on before heading off to dreamland!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip into the store and was honestly quite sad that we aren't looking to purchase a new mattress at this time.  If we were we would certainly be in the Sleep Number® store looking at these beds.  I'm very impressed with the technology. I was also very pleased that the store sales staff did not in any way try to pressure me into a purchase, they were aware of the Smiley360 mission and we quite happy to assist me in completing my mission requirements and answering any questions I had.  That's great customer service and that makes a big difference to me and something that will be remembered when it is time to replace our mattress!

Peace, Love & Zzzzzzzz's

Disclaimer: I visited the Sleep Number® store in Ft. Worth, Texas at the Hulen Mall as part of a mission by smiley360.com. I will receive in exchange for the visit and my honest review of the Sleep Number® SleepIQ® technology a Sleep Number® CoolFit™ Foam Contour Pillow.   The opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own and have not been influenced by any third party.


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