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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Random Thoughts

Driving into work this morning, it felt so good to feel the sunshine beat in on me. I was noticing everything around…the geese, trees, the squirrels, the drivers of the other cars, the clouds as I looked out the windows. I started singing to the song playing on the radio.

At the same time I was noticing all these wonders, I started thinking about ‘life’. That led to questioning everything touching my life…my feelings, my goals and especially my friends. Maybe because I am close to reaching a certain age number soon, I am evaluating my life thus far.

I started to ponder why I am finding that some people in my life are disappointing me. Am I expecting too much? Some do not seem real anymore. I mean to say… they are not portraying to me who they are on the inside. Everyone being the actor…telling you what you want to hear, but once your back is turned or you are out of sight....a different story. Maybe they just don't know how to be or is it just human nature to have different personalities on different occasions and with different people? One minute they exhibit morals, commitment, true friendship, love and the next minute, I notice signs that make me question it.

Who do I trust was my next thought. Once thinking I trusted all my friends, today I was examining who I can actually trust in my life.

But, People are so very fascinating, aren’t they? Do you ever people watch? I love to watch people. As I drove along and saw the many faces around, it made me think about the amount of people in the world. Isn't it amazing how we each look different… We each have our own views, opinions, perceptions.

It makes me wonder why certain people take the path they chose. Why they chose to have certain morals and ethics. I find that we aren't completely honest with one another all the time…Why is that? This just drives me nuts...

Life is just amazing and complicated and grand all at the same time.

Well, these were just some of the things that ran thru my mind this morning…thankfully I arrived at my job just in time before a full blown headache emerged !

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Feeling So Honored

Below is an email I received from Sibyl, founder of Sibyl Magazine. What an honor to be asked to contribute to this women's e-magazine! I responded by asking how to submit a post/article and the guidelines for doing so. See her response after her initial email.

I am bringing this to your attention because I want to extend her invitation to you also, as she suggests. I know that some of you have superior blogs that contain many posts that can also be included in this magazine to help women.

Please let me know if you have contributed and what post/article you submitted. Remember: you must submit by March 5th.


SIBYL Magazine"
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2008 20:35:27 -0500

Dear Woman Of the Universe and / or Agent Of Change:
Firstly, we salute you for all the wonderful work you do to uplift and encourage
positive change and transformation in the world.

Our online publication, SIBYL eMagazine focuses on personal and spiritual transformation.
Our readership touches base with a large pool of women (inter) nationally -- over 50,000 bi-monthly in readership, extended mainly to a mature audience, women 30+.

After browsing through your website, we felt compelled to inquire if you or someone withinyour circle of influence has an authentic, informative or soul-inspiring message to share with our readers -- a contributing article of interest.

OUR GOAL - is to touch, heal and change the lives of women, one page at a time.
Through the eyes and lives of another woman, we can all be changed is our slogan for 2008.

Of course, all incoming articles / written-works are reviewed and selected by our editorial staff.
And we prefer all recipients to have a viable website, as we enjoy directing our readers to their site,
after reading her story, article or column for continued enlightenment and learning.

Feel free to send this simple message out to as many women as you know. Send it both far and wide,
for there may be someone, who knows someone else ... who has a soul-story to share with the world.

Download a FREE issue of SIBYL eMagazine, in order to get a feel for the style and
essence of our online periodical. Thank you for your time and interest.
Go to: www.SibylMagazine.com

Love, light and joy always,
Sibyl Lee-English, Founder and Editor-In-Chief
SIBYL Magazine:For the Spirit And Soul Of Woman

Response received:


Sibyl Lee-English"
From:"Sibyl Lee-English"
Subject: Re: Response
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2008 12:23:45 -0500
To:andrea@acassociatesusa.com


Andrea:

Thanks for your inquiry for submission and review in SIBYL eMagazine.
After browsing through all 3 of your blogs, we see that you have a host
of powerful life-lesson articles to pull from.

Our suggestion is that you share one subject that your Spirit
speaks to your heart to share with women in the world right now.

Simple Guidelines:
Please edit as much as possible and keep your word count within 500 -
800 words

Send in to us as soon as possible, no later than March 5th; the
earlier the better.

We look forward to receiving your words of love and enlightenment.

And please do share our link with your circle of influence,
so that they, like you will receive SBIYL eMagazine FREE (on a
bimonthly basis).

www.Sibylmagazine.com

Love, Light and Joy,

SIBYL eMagazine - PUBLIC RELATIONS STAFF

Leaving Comments on Blogs

I'm feeling a bit odd over something that happened this week. Over at myspace, a fellow friend posted on his blog how he sold his home priced at 20% below market value because he was in a rush to sell. He also used a realtor to sell his house, which means he paid commission.That in turn means he not only took a loss of 20%, but even more with the money paid for the realtor's commission. He was stating the best way and the only way to sell a home was through a real estate agency. He ended his post stating he wanted to bring his success to his readers, so they are aware of his method. He said he wanted to make a difference in someones life.

I commented on his post in an attempt to bring about awareness of another sales method to home sellers that is often overlooked (I happen to teach this method to those who call my office and ask for help/support or who buy my e-book). This was my attempt in 'making a difference'. Just informing people of the choices they have. This method would have allowed him to sell at market value and not pay commission. In my eyes, I was thinking in terms of saving someone money and keeping more money in their pocket. I did not use my comment to advertise my e-book or leave a link to my site. I merely mentioned this other sales method.

Times are rough these days and every little bit helps. I am in no way, shape or form against Realtors or using one if that is your choice.In fact, Realtors even use the sales method I mentioned when properties are hard to sell or want to sell them quickly. I have a few friends who are Realtors. That is their job and what pays their bills.

The blog author commented back in a negative way, so I responded with just a simple, honest answer. He then had a realtor comment to me, which felt like an attack and threw me.

I wasn't being negative or attacking him personally. I was just being nice.

To my surprise, he deleted me from his page and his next blog post is titled SCAMS AND CROOKS ALL AROUND US....LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS, OH MY!!!!

Hmmmm...

This world is made up of all different types of people, some with the same views, some not. We are all entitled to our opinions, actions and decisions. I guess I shouldn't have offered my two cents since it was different than his opinion.

I have received comments here and at my other blogs that differ than my thoughts and I have come in contact with people who have different opinions, but I don't judge them based on that nor do I stop viewing them as my friend because they offered another way of thinking or had a different opinion. That is how we learn and grow...

What do you think? Was I wrong?

I welcome all comments here...you can comment without worrying if you criticize or do not agree, I will no longer allow you on my blog...

I have also read other blogs and the comments received. The comments do not always agree with the author. How do you feel if or when someone leaves a comment that differs than your opinion?

Friday, February 22, 2008

Eliminate Scratches with Invisible Shield

I came across this interesting product called Invisible Shield. This is a strong, film like product that prevents scratches on gadgets and electronic devices, plus an array of other equipment.

It was first used in the military to protect helicopter blades, so it must be pretty tough. It's uses now include protecting scratches on iPods, computer screens, watches, cameras, cell phones and any other device/screen you want protected.

It seems easy to apply. Peel off the invisible shield from the backing and then spray the film with shield spray and apply to your device. The instructions say you can remove this shield if you desire and it also comes with a lifetime warranty. For more detailed instructions, click here

This invisibleSHIELD video on YouTube shows the strength of this product.

What do you think? I wonder if it protects eyeglass lenses? Between those and my watch, I'm always scratching them.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Before I Was a Mom

Before I was a Mom~
I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom~
I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom~
I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do tests Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a
baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom~
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put him down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom~
I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.
I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom~
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache,
the wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom.

I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much, before I was a Mom.


I believe this holds true for...Before I Was a Dad also...Isn't it just amazing how a bond is formed immediately with your newborn? How you feel this tremendous amount of love as soon as you look into your babies eyes...it's just an awesome feeling

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Helpful Immigration Law Forum

I like to bring information to others who might find it useful or helpful. I stumbled upon this immigration law forum which allows people to ask questions and have them answered by an licensed immigration law attorney.

This is such a valuable resource for those who cannot afford or have access to attorneys or help from other professionals associated with immigration law. This service is free and Hispanic users who do not speak English can also participate. There is no registration necessary.

VisaAmigo also offers free guides on Citizenship, Fiance and LPR Status. Resources also include where to find Immigration Forms.

This forum is one that I personally would have found useful a few years ago. My sister in law is Brazilian and I am her sponsor. There were high attorney fees and we all had to travel a distance to receive answers to questions and obtain forms.

Maybe this information can help others facing the same issues. To visit the forum, go HERE.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Mandy from Texas Medical Freak has so graciously included me in her list of favorites and presented me the Excellant Blogger Award.




This is what she wrote about this blog:

A Circle of Women: Another really well written blog, this has been on my daily read list since discovering Entrecard. A Circle Of Women has a great variety of topics, I am never disappointed.


I am still surprised when I receive such awards, thank you's and compliments. Thank you to all who have been the wind beneath my wings.

Check out Mandy's Texas Medical Freak blog. She provides much information on a variety of topics and one may be a help to you.

Actions Do Speak Louder Than Words

It's funny how things can change in an instant.
I was forced to open my eyes to a situation and accept it, even though it hurts like hell.

Acceptance...sometimes can be a hard thing for someone to do. I believe I did not want to accept what someone was telling me because at the same time, I was being told something else. I was also refusing to accept because I wanted something different. I suddenly realized that the old saying...Actions speak louder than words, came into play.

Sometimes acceptance is looked upon as weak or passive. Accepting a situation may make you feel like you condone a situation, but it is quite the opposite. Accepting a situation can allow you to have a lighter heart, allow you to move forward. Acceptance can allow you to see the truth.

Even if your aceptance involves someone that may have hurt you. In reality, they are hurting themselves. With acceptance comes forgiveness. When you forgive someone that may have hurt you, you free up your awareness. You become free of others. You take back your power from them. If you do not forgive, you hold on to the memory and carry the baggage.

Why can't you forgive? Ego comes into play. Our ego doesn't like to be hurt or humiliated, so you may hold onto the memory. Forgiveness shifts the memory from the past to the present and makes it easier to deal with.

I guess all our experiences helps our growth because we have to find the lessons. If we can find the lesson, we can let go of the experience or hurt.

If we can see those you may have caused hurt through the eyes of truth, we can understand how much of the hurt came from our own misconception about who they really are or what they would or could do for you.

I'm still hurting, so I guess I haven't found my lesson in this situation yet. But, I am working on it....

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

For H3

I recently learned that the man in my life ocassionaly visits here and reads through my posts. He is aware that I have mentioned him from time to time.

So, with today being Valentine's Day, I wanted to surprise him with a post dedicated to him.

This song is one of my favorites. We met by chance while at a Marshall Tucker show just about one year ago. As we get to know one another, we are learning that we have been around eachothers lives begining years ago, but our paths never crossed. We have many, many friends in common, attended the same parties and concerts. He played on a softball team sponsored by the firm I am employed at. He even lived in a house down the street from my mom's, but still we never met...until that is... the time was right.

Happy Valentine's Day H3, this song is for you...

God Bless This Broken Road
By Rascal Flatts

I set out on a narrow way,

Many years ago,

Hoping I would find true love,

Along the broken road,

But I got lost a time or two,

What my brow kept pushing through,

I couldn’t see how every sign,

Pointed straight to you…

That every long lost dream

Led me to where you are,

Others who broke my heart,

They were like northern stars,

Pointing me on my way,

Into your loving arms

This much I know is true…

That God blessed the broken road that led me straight to you…

One For The Girls...

Today I received this in an email and it was so funny, I had to share. Whether it truly is real or not, I'm sure it will bring a smile or even make you laugh outloud.

The email states:
This is an actual letter from an Austin woman sent to American company
Proctor and Gamble regarding their feminine products. She really gets rolling
after the first paragraph. It's PC Magazine's 2007 editors' choice for best
webmail-award-winning letter.

Dear Mr. Thatcher,

I have been a loyal user of your 'Always' maxi pads for over 20 years and
I appreciate many of their features. Why, without the LeakGuard Core or Dri-Weave
absorbency, I'd probably never go horseback riding or salsa dancing,
and I'd certainly steer clear of running up and down the beach in tight,
white shorts. But my favorite feature has to be your revolutionary Flexi-Wings.
Kudos on being the only company smart enough to realize how crucial it
is that maxi pads be aerodynamic. I can't tell you how safe and secure I
feel each month knowing there's a little F-16 in my pants.

Have you ever had a menstrual period, Mr. Thatcher? Ever suffered from
the 'curse'? I'm guessing you haven't. Well, my time of the month is starting
right now. As I type, I can already feel hormonal forces violently surging
through my body. Just a few minutes from now, my body will adjust and I'll
be transformed into what my husband likes to call 'an inbred hillbilly with
knife skills.' Isn't the human body amazing?

As Brand Manager in the Feminine-Hygiene Division, you've no doubt seen
quite a bit of research on what exactly happens during your customers monthly
visits from 'Aunt Flo'. Therefore, you must know about the bloating,
puffiness, and cramping we endure, and about our intense mood swings, crying jags,
and out-of-control behavior. You surely realize it's a tough time for most women.
In fact, only last week, my friend Jennifer fought the violent urge to shove her
boyfriend's testicles into a George Foreman Grill just because he told her he
thought Grey's Anatomy was written by a bunch of drunken chimps, Crazy!

The point is, sir, you of all people must realize that America is just crawling with
homicidal maniacs in Capri pants... Which brings me to the reason for my letter.
Last month, while in the throes of cramping so painful I wanted to reach inside my
body and yank out my uterus, I opened an Always maxi-pad, and there, printed
on the adhesive backing, were these words: 'Have a Happy Period.'

Are you f**king kidding me? What I mean is, does any part of your tiny middle-manager
brain really think happiness - actual smiling, laughing happiness is possible during
a menstrual period? Did anything mentioned above sound the least bit pleasurable?
Well, did it, James? FYI, unless you're some kind of sick S&M freak girl, there
will never be anything 'happy' about a day in which you have to jack yourself up on
Motrin and Kahlua and lock yourself in your house just so you don't march down to the
local Walgreen's armed with a hunting rifle and a sketchy plan to end your life in a blaze of
glory.

For the love of God, pull your head out, man! If you just have to slap a
moronic message on a maxi pad, wouldn't it make more sense to say something
that's actually pertinent, like 'Put down the Hammer' or 'Vehicular Manslaughter is Wrong',
or are you just picking on us?

Sir, please inform your Accounting Department that, effective immediately, there
will be an $8 drop in monthly profits, for I have chosen to take my maxi-pad
business elsewhere. And though I will certainly miss your Flex-Wings, I will not
for one minute miss your brand of condescending bullsh*t. And that's a promise I will keep. Always.

Best,
Wendi Aarons
Austin , TX

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Women's Intuition

Do you believe in women's intuition ? I know I have experienced these gut feelings for as long as I can remember. I have also experienced dreams which later came true, knew when the phone is about to ring, talk about someone or think about someone and later they appear at some point during that same day, experienced spiritual angel visits...among other happenings.

At the same time Women's intuition is believed and admired, it is also laughed at and discredited. Some say this intuition is not soley a women's, but even men have and can develop intuition. Take Edgar Cayce...one of the most famed intuitives. He believed in insights, guidance and wisdom. Spoke about our spiritual awareness, karmic patterns, heath connections, and intuition. He encouraged everyone to believe in and develop their connection to their own source of intuition.

Do you trust your intuition enough to make decisions? Most times I have listened and proved to be correct in my decision. Other times I am only confused. Probably because I don't want to listen or accept what my inner voice is telling me. I have been experiencing that a little bit lately. Nagging gut feelings that won't go away, but I am sure I will work out this situation.

I think our inner voice can guide us to make the right choices. Whether it's related to career, relationships, friends, money etc...Most of the time we rely on 'common sense', but I believe our inner voice does and should play a part in decision making.

What do you do when you hear your inner voice whispering to you? Do you dismiss your gut feeling or act upon it?

Wall Clocks Need Feeding?

When I'm feeling out of sorts, I find to absorb my negative energy, I am either cleaning the house or redecorating. Today was one of those days and I wanted to spruce up the house on this dreary, snowy day. Since I have been in the market for a wall clock for my living room, I took today to find one that will fit in perfectly with my "tuscan" home decor. I never realized the huge assortment of wall clocks available to me, but I believe I finally found one at an affordable price.



It's a Seth Thomas Naples wall clock. What an appropriate name, right? Brown rattan and black wire with decorative scrollwork. It actually matches a large painting of a Tuscan scene I have hanging on the wall. This small purchase will make me feel so much better and at the same time, have my living room finally pulled together.

I found this piece at 1-800-4clocks.com. I was impressed with the inventory presented, which included Howard Miller Clocks.

While on their site, I clicked over to their blog. I am addicted to blogs! I found many interesting and informative posts related to clocks. One post especially caught my eye, which is why I named this post... Wall Clocks Need Feeding. The post was titled 'Grandfather Clock Care and Feeding: Wall Clocks and Mantel Clocks too!'
I was not aware that grandfather clocks or even wall clocks need regular maintenance and oiling (feeding). This was an informative post which listed the time intervals for maintenance and explained how feeding will help your clock keep accurate time.

Want to learn more about clocks? Click HERE to visit 1-800-4clocks.com

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Three Things~

Three things in life that, once gone, never come back
1. Time
2. Words
3. Opportunity

Three things in life that can destroy a person
1. Anger
2. Pride
3. Unforgiveness

Three things in life that you should never lose
1. Hope
2. Peace
3. Honesty

Three things in life that are most valuable
1. Love
2. Family
3. Kindness

Three things in life that are never certain
1. Fortune
2. Success
3. Dreams

Three things that make a person
1. Commitment
2. Sincerity
3. Hard work

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Do You Know Your Homes Value?

Because of the recent hit on our economy and the decline in real estate, I wanted to find out, for curiosity sake, what my house is worth these days.
I had a free market analysis done today and much to my surprise, the value of my house didn't fall as much as I originally thought. Good news I guess. You also can get a free market value evaluation if you are curious, by asking a realtor in your area if they provide this free service.

I've been watching the interest rates fall and I want to take advantage if the rates fall below what I am currently paying. If the rates do drop lower, I want to Remortgage or refinance, as we're used to calling it. Over the course of 20-30 years, you can save a lot of money by doing so.

Over in the UK, the Bank of England passed a law which will cut all the interest rates down to 5.25% to help alleviate the credit crunch they are experiencing. Because this law has passed, the mortgage lenders have agreed to pass on savings to their customers by cutting their home loan rates, which lowers their monthly payment. Wow...we should be so lucky here in the States.

If a homeowner there receives a reduction of $30 each month on their current mortgage, but continues to pay the same amount, they could actually payoff their mortgage 2 years early.

This is a tip we should be using for ourselves. By paying just a bit more each month, you can pay the mortgage off earlier and save yourself a lot of money on the interest.

This is a good idea no matter how old a homeowner is. I know for myself, I don't want to be in my 60's -70's and still have a mortgage to pay off. The way things are going in this world, how would I even afford it?

Something to think about

True Love

I found this in my email in box and wanted to share it with others.
Author unknown...

It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80's,
arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry
as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.

I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an
hour before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch
and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his
wound.

On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the
needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor's
appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me
no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife.

I inquired as to her health. He told me that she had been there for a while
and that she was a victim of Alzheimer's Disease. As we talked, I asked if
she would be upset if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew
who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now.

I was surprised, and asked him, 'And you still go every morning, even though
she doesn't know who you are?'

He smiled as he patted my hand and said, 'She doesn't know me, but I still
know who she is.'

I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and
thought, 'That is the kind of love I want in my life.'

True love is neither physical, nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of
all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.

Show Love Everyday

February seems to be the month of 'love'. There is so much hype over Valentines Day. All the card creators and candy manufactures making a bundle. But,...

Why do we need one day to feel we are loved or show our love? I think we should be showing love to all the people in our lives on a day to day basis.

If you happen to be in a relationship, there are so many ways to be romantic. Writing a love letter, a poem, creating a romantic dinner, setting aside one night as 'date night'. If you find you can't be creative and need some help, you can take a peek at Romanceforeveryone.com for additional romantic ideas and lessons on how to be romantic. From love letters to creating a romantic scene using rose petals. For the men, there are tips on romancing your woman and how to write a love note. Believe me, she will love receiving a love letter.

When I met my guy (just so happens it was on February 24), we met a few days later for our first date. As it came time to say goodnight, we each walked out, hand and hand and said our goodbyes. I found myself missing him already as I was driving home. Time just went by too quickly and it was a great date!
I couldn't just say I miss you. He'd think I was crazy, but I decided on writing a text to say how much I enjoyed the date and how much I looked forward to seeing him again. As I hit the send button, I received a text from him. He was saying almost the exact same thing! I still have his text and read it from time to time as a reminder of our first date. It brings a warm smile to my face. We still use texting to this day, just to let the other know we're thinking of each other or set the stage for a romantic night. I find it makes me smile and I carry it throughout the day.

Sometimes it's the little things that mean the most. Romance is for everyone and can easily be brought into a relationship with just a little effort to make that certain someone feel special. It doesn't matter if you're newly dating, in a serious relationship or married. I think it's important to keep up with the little touches to make someone feel they matter and are cared about.

How do you show that special someone in your life they are loved? Share some romantic ideas.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Thank you Fellow Entrecard Droppers

I admit I haven't been my usual 'dropper' lately. Life has a way of keeping us busy and after doing everything on my to-do list, Entrecard didn't get much attention.

I wanted to say that thanks to Entrecard, I have been receiving more traffic, quality comments and been introduced to some mighty fine people. Who by the way, author some great blogs.

Thank you to the below for being my top droppers and providing my 'card' with the most clicks from their site. I truly appreciate it.

Dark is Easy
Labor Liberator
Yimto Affiliate Marketing Blog
The Big Bald Blog
Hulag
John Is Fit
Momma Muse
Survive High School
What Have You-Nursing Research & More
My sense and sensibility, including my non-senses
Malinsky
Dandelions and daydreams
Brain Foggles
extremes
Rice for Poor
Dream~Act~Plan~Believe
The Tall Poppy
Discovering Your Intunique
Mind, Body & Soul

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

For The Men: A Valentine's Gift Hint

It seems Valentine’s Day is on everyone’s mind right now. At work I’ve over heard the men asking each other…what are you buying your wife? and the women saying, I wonder what my husband/boyfriend is giving me.

If I can stick my two cents in….I loved receiving the strand of pearls my (former) husband had bought me. Pearls are classic and timeless. I still get compliments when I wear them.

Over at Amazing Pearl you can receive a deep discount and they are now running a 10% off special just for Valentine's Day.

There are many types of pearls: freshwater, cultured and akoya.

Akoya Cultured pearls are the most sought after because of their luster and nearly perfect round shape. This makes it easy to match if buying a necklace and want bracelets and earrings to go with it. Usually white or cream colored, but you can find them with a hue of rose or silver.
They are cultured in the Pinctada fucata martensii, also known as the akoya oyster.
Amazing Pearl buys directly from the most reliable pearl farm in China.



Freshwater pearls seem to be more affordable and range in color: white, black, pink and lavender. A necklace can cost from $65 - $96. Amazing Pearl offers matching bracelets and earrings as well.

If you make a purchase at Amazing Pearl, you will receive free US priority shipping, the best value, high AAA and AA+ quality, free appraisal that comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and an elegant gift box for presentation.

Whether you may consider a gift of pearls for Valentine's Day or another special occasion, be sure the woman in your life will appreciate it.

You can learn more pearl facts here.

What was the best Valentine's Day Gift you received?

Monday, February 4, 2008

NASA Celebrates

Zubli from A Total Blog tagged me with this interesting idea from NASA, which originated from MadTomatoE.com

Today, February 4, 2008, at 00:00 GMT (7:00 p.m. New York /EST), NASA will beam the Beatles’ “Across The Universe” to the star Polaris, 431 light years away (that’s 431 years travel at the speed of light before our all-time favorite Beatles song reaches the 2.5 quadrillion miles away star). This is being done to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the song, the 45th anniversary of NASA’s Deep Space Network, an international network of antennas that supports missions to explore the universe, and the 50th anniversary of NASA.

NASA has invited people around the world to play “Across the Universe” on their audio systems at the same time NASA beams its mp3 version into outer space.

It seems I got this tag a bit late, but decided to post anyway. I happen to like this song...

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Spreading the Love ~

Mariuca~Wishing on a Falling a Star was generous enough to include me while she spread her love to many bloggers when handing out awards.

While I learn, obtain inspiration and support each day from fellow bloggers, I want to spread the love by presenting all of the below with the following awards: We are all winners...








I noticed my blog link on some other pages as well, so link love to everyone on the growing lists. I appreciate you thinking of me and including me among these fine bloggers.

hulag
Debbie Dolphin
My Sassy Mind
Telling it like it is
elf patrol
New England Lighthouse Treasures
Inspirations
The Spirit Knows Best
A Week In The Life of a Redhead
My Life is Murphys Law
Feel Happy
Revellian.com
Acquire Wisdom & Live With Passion
Texas Medical Freak
Elle Eatist
My Chic Things
Toast & Egg & Me
Hydropathy
Dreams Are Yours To Share
Zero RC
Prince of Wall Street
Barbara's Journey Toward Justice
Jude's Blog
Poetry Through The Years
Your Caring Angels
Tips, Observations & More
For Koloured Grrls Only
Life on a Southern Farm
Magic & Moments at Dragonfly Cottage
Olga, The Traveling Bra
My Big Fat Losing Blog
Dog Lover
Nature Shows & Dreams
A Moment to Remember
Daily Adventures in a Semi-Boring Life
Keeping The Dream
Thai Massage
Positive Communication
Stop Apathy Now
Purple Wren
Just a Thought
Confessions of a Shopaholic
Amusingly Random
Paula's Poetry
Mommy Loves Diamonds
Mental Stimulation
The Big Bald Blog
VisionWiz
The Views of the All Seeing Eye
Mind Body & Soul
Peopleized Revellian Book Project My Life Starts at fortytwo and to think Interesting Observations
Feel Happy The Thinking Blog Egotastic Money from Scratch The Wrong Advices Wonderland or Not
Santa's Community Blog Jackal Outfit Inspirations Virtual Entrepreneur My Life is Murphy's LawBloggers Blog Your Wisdom of Total Happiness Climate of Our Future Acquire Wisdom and Live with Passion A Week in the Life of a Redhead Looking Beyond the Cracked Window...Who is Zubli Zainordin Blog Cave Make Money With Kassper ProBlogger Midlife Perspective FreshBlogger Jeanine's Bits and Pieces Million Dollar Challenge She Walks in Beauty Reflections of Time Blog Elf Simon's Money Notes Blog Dune Visionwiz
The MyBlogLog Blog A Blog About Money Online Personal Development Personal Touch Health & Fitness Angie's Organic Reviews Self HypnosisProgram.com NAFASG Laketrees PayPerPost Blogging Den
The Painted Veil Strategic Internet Marketing Language Trainers UK Blog Full Plate The Spirit Knows Best Photos from Northern Norway Daily Blessings MichiganFSBOhomes.com A Parent's Blog mickiberthelot.com Doing it the Tiny Bellows Way MariucaLife to Success What is going on, blog
Journey with Water Learner Sharmini's harmony everyday should be Christmas Adsense Tracker
15 Minute Dating Blog Just a girl in short shorts Life is Just around the corner My escape
Spirituality and Religion Feeling Flirty Winehiker Witiculture Footsteps Awesome Blog Listing
The Radula in cinq Mommy loves diamonds The Views of the all seeing eye TexasRealtyBlog
John Cow Steven Wilson Marketing MyWayOnNow Potpourri Yahoo Develper Network
Mommy's Make money News you need Cell Tech Hub She's got so much to say Abhishek Tiwari
This is a Miracle Local Mortgage Ad Resources A worn out woman's journey Lifehacker Voice of Bragg
New England Lighthouse blog Chessnoid Internet Safety-Keeping our children safer online
Music, Movies and TV shows Skittle's Place woman: Gods Masterpiece Polliwog's Pond
Emma Alvarz Blog Justin Stanley's Web Blog Z money Birds Guide Hot girls 4 you FatBoy Slimming
Nothing to see here, move along Feline Warrior Stormdrane's Blog Your Caring Angels
Speedcat Hollydale Page Sharmini's harmony Rainbow after the storm Survival Wytch
Home Improvement Tips CornerstoneContracting This is a Miracle She's got so much to say
Abhishek Tiwani Stuck in Customs:Photography Blog SiteLogic Web Development
feel happy
jackal
Wonderland or Not
Your Wisdom of Total Happiness
My Life is Murphys Law
Revellian.com
A Week in the Life of a Redhead
Jeanine's Bits and Pieces
NAFASG-United and Dedicated Behind You
The Painted Veil
visionwiz
Mariuca
A worn out woman's journey
Outta the Coop: A day in the life of The Chick
Heavenly Inclinations
The Spirit Knows
Feeling Flirty
My Chic Things
Bet shop boy
A Circle of Women
Mind Body and Soul
Prince of Wall Street
Swany Website Blog
I Love My Heart
How To Gamble
Adjustable bed Center
The Sauna Center
Grand Alliance
Addicated 2 Decor
Intexblogger
Scholarpreneur
Appying to US Universities
RaaSaa
Ayayyo
One Quart Low
Hot Roast
MoMoneyTv
Expand my Wealth
After Died
Eddyt7878
I Home Security Info
Nicole B Photgraphy
cari duit internet jutawan
Lagu video
Flexi blog
Webmash
you betta recognize
Faith 2 lift u
Fibro fatiga
adullamite
Sicarii
meu cantinho minha paz
poderdoamor
renato doxaguia
everything everywhere
hulag
Alexis marrero
ozzo maru
asian bikini girl
Asian hot beauty
Korea hot actress
Natural health articles
Totally pissed off
as the cracker head crumbles
singing to the Lord
Pinoy skull
Humor vice
Pretty Patrol
Beautiful World
dhamma delights
Impermanent world
Bikinis world
Veerasundar
My Only Photo
story blob
fish hawk droppings
hollywood jokes
online tips
Blog online tips
Travel Pangs
Personal Paranoia
Strange Corridor
Coffee sister
Ciao 9 to 5
brix picks
Ruan MT'Blog
Rhyan dot Net
Life With Roxxymetal
Dog Lover
Make Money Online with EJ Cooksey
Losing It-Get Fit
Texas Medical Freak
Steve Wilson Marketing
Your Caring Angels
Hello Singapore
Products & Medicines providing natural, alternative care and herbal Remedies
Cool Steals and Deals
Life To Success
Doing it the Tiny Bellows Way
The Kerala Articles
More Than a Living
Gather Success-The Internet Marketing Blog
Virtual Entrepreneur
Resource Economics
Feel Happy
My Internet Marketing Adventures
Speedcat Hollydale Page
Voice of Bragg
Gadgets Directory
The Bootstrapper's Club
Wright Hand Blogger
When Least Expected
Joseph Park
The Panther



Happy or Sad Tag

Angelbaby over at Your Caring Angels Tagged me with the Happy or Sad meme...

I was curious to see what this Happy Sad Test would reveal about me. I think it came out pretty accurate.




You Are 96% Happy



It's unlikely that you know anyone happier than you.

You know how to be happy, no matter what life throws at you.



I'm tagging:

Robin
Bobby
Sam
Robin
Ellen
Zubli
Hye
Speedcat
Beth
John
Mariuca
Louise

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Let Go and Be Happy

One of my posts on Mind, Body & Soul is titled... Are You Happy? I spoke about your happiness set point. Are you aware that everyone has this set point which they return to regardless to what experience you have in life?

Research shows that approximately 50 percent of our happiness is acquired through genetics and the other 50 percent is learned. However, everyone has the ability to change your set point. You can catch the happiness wave by utilizing the secret The Sedona Method has mastered. They are presenting an opportunity to receive a FREE CD or DVD on this self help tool which will teach you how easy it can be for you to melt away unnecessary negative feelings.

When learning this method you can overcome your need to hold on to negative thoughts, feelings and even actions. When holding on too tightly, you force yourself to believe in these powerful emotions. You literally talk yourself into it. Our mind is a powerful tool and unfortunately, we don't always use it enough for the positive emotions to create happiness. We can be happy for no reason once we learn to 'let go'.

Ever find yourself thinking you are unhappy about something or have an issue you want to change? You may find yourself then only repeating either to yourself or outloud that you are unhappy. What happens next? You ARE unhappy. Why not twist that around to thinking positive thoughts. Letting go of the negatives. Can you let go? Are you willing to try?

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Get your free cd and learn The Sedona Method. Feel how easy it is to be happy and watch how this will raise your happiness set point and overflow into all areas of your life.



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