Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Do you have alot of cabinet space in your kitchen? Well, I sure as heck don't. In fact my kitchen is the original 1955 kitchen. The cabinets were even custom made to fit inside the kitchen. The kitchen itself is actually a good size, but not alot of cabinet space. Ever since we moved in here over 5 years ago I have longed to have a new kitchen, but other things just needed to be done first. So, I still await a new kitchen....and a dishwasher!

This Original SpiceStack Organizer would be great to make a bit of extra room in my cupboards. The funny part about this is that I just asked my hubby over the weekend if he could make something to put all my spices in. This would really help me to also get the cabinets organized! I don't know if some of you have noticed, but they are making a lot of veggie & soup cans, so that you cannot stack them anymore! I just love when I try and stack them and they end up falling on my toe! I actually swore at the dang stores for doing this. Anyway you can check out how you could win this Original SpiceStack Organizer over at Trying to Stay Calm!

Friday, September 24, 2010

AJ's Bow-tique

Aren't these the cutest little leggings that you have ever seen! My daughter Joclyn would just love these as a Christmas present! Do you know a little girl that would also love to have a pair?  If you do head on over to AJ's Bow-tique and try and win a pair!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

My Pillow Pets

Hurry on over to the giveaway at The King's Court IV for a Pillow Pet!
Ends at 10:00 p.m. CST on Saturday September 18, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


And finally the Winner of the book All I Ever Wanted By Kristan Higgins is....


Congratulations Julie!

~Running Around (and Such) By Linda Byler~ Review

Running Around (and Such)
Lizzie Searches for Love, Book 1
By Linda Byler
Published by Good Books
May 2010;$13.99US; 978-1-56148-688-5
"Lizzie Glick longs to fit into her quiet Amish community. Her sisters, Emma and Mandy, are ready to get married and settle into the traditional rhythm of having children and keeping house. But Lizzie isn't sure that's what she wants for her future. It isn't that Lizzie doesn't want to stay Amish. It's just that there's so much to figure out!

Stephen, her quiet, gentle friend, hints that he might be interested in a relationship deeper than friendship, but Lizzie is also drawn to the charming Amos who seems to have eyes for everyone but her.

She has certainly attracted the attention of the egg-truck driver. A thrill runs through her every time the worldly man comes to pick up an order, each time extending his stay a little longer. How long will she keep this a secret from Emma -- and Mam and Datt?

What will become of Lizzie? She has too hot a temper. She hates housework and dislikes babies. She loves driving fast horses but is petrified of going away from home for a week to work as a maud (maid). Is she too spirited, too innocent, and almost too uninhibited for a young Amish woman? "

Lizzie is a spirited young Amish girl, that thinks she quite doesn't fit in. She hates to do chores and thinks that no one likes her. Lizzie is also quite the drama queen in that she likes to make a big fuss over things. Lizzie is somewhat over weight and is a very emotional eater. I sometimes felt I used to feel the same way she did, back also in my teenage years. It can be hard being a teenager and not thinking that people do love you for who you are. Lizzie just has this wonderful innocence about her, but yet when it comes to a situation that may be dangerous she really seems to come to her scenes.

This book really reminded me of a friend that I had growing up. She was the middle child and so totally different than her older and younger sister and she sometimes felt like Lizzie felt, the outcast of the family. If you don't know a lot about the Amish, being a teenager can be a very difficult time in life. At the age of 16 they are allowed to "Run Around" meaning they can go with fellow youths their age and just hang out together. It is also a time where they can start dating.

I have to say I could not put this book down! All of the chapters are fairly short, so I would just keep on reading. The flow of the book is wonderful. I was also thrilled that in the back of the book there are a few recipes that are talked about through out the book. At some points in the book my mouth was just watering at all the wonderful food that was described.

This is a wonderful book that will be staying on my book shelf for many years to come. I do believe that I will have my daughters both read this book as they enter into their teenage years. It is a great book for a teenager to read and really relate to.

Author Bio

Linda Byler grew up Amish and is an active member of the Amish church today. Growing up, Linda loved to read and write. In fact, she still does. She is well known within the Amish community as a columnist for a weekly Amish newspaper. Linda and her husband, their children, and grandchildren live in central Pennsylvania.
Disclosure: I was not compensated in any way for this post. These are my own and honest opinions and thoughts

Friday, September 10, 2010

Burn those Pantie Liners Ladies! Stride Everyday Review & Giveaway

I bet you never thought that you would have an occasional accident after having a baby. That was probably one of the last things on your mind. Ok, so maybe some of you very lucky ladies don't have the issue when you sneeze, cough, laugh, or run. So, to all of us unlucky ladies this is wear Stride Everyday Panties comes to the rescue for those of us that have that little leakage. You know what this means? Burn those pantie liners ladies because this new
"OQUOS™ technology wicks away moisture 8 times more effectively than cotton for superior dryness. It is designed to maintain its shape to improve body contact during normal activity (such as walking, running or sneezing) and will continue to provide comfort and protection for up to 100 washes. Plus, it’s so discreet no one will know you’re wearing it!"
During and after my two pregnancies I really could have used these. Even during pregnancy my bladder seemed to shrink as many other women also experience. Especially after my second child I experienced even more occasional leakage.

 When I received my STRIDE Everyday™ Sport Bikini, they were so soft and silky! I just love the fit of the Sport Bikini in that they move with you. Never once did I get a wedgie while wearing them, in fact I hardly felt that they were there at all. I do have to say that these are by far the most comfortable panties that I have ever had! The liner that is inside of the panties is about as thick as one of the thinnest liners that you would buy at the store, so you don't really even notice that you do have that extra protection.
Stride Everyday has five different styles that you can choose from if the Sport Bikini isn't for you like it is for me. Psst...they even have thongs!! Now I used to wear thongs all the time before I had my girls, but with the fear of them constantly coming into the bathroom when I am in there and seeing my butt hanging out of my underwear just doesn't set right with me. It also doesn't help that my six year old asked me if she could get a bra the other day, because her friend at school said that she was getting one! I just about died when she asked me that! I mean she is only six years old! So all my old thongs are in the very back of my drawer, only to be taken out on special occasions if you know what I mean....

Wendy Spencer is the woman behind these wonderful godsend panties. After her pregnancy she experienced just like all of us a few leaks. She found that pantie liners were just such an inconvenience in her busy life style that she decided to embark on something that would be stylish and a washable Eco-friendly solution to her leakage. That is when she developed OQUOS™ patented fabric technology to put inside panties!
I wore my panties a few times and they have great protection as well as odor control! After use I did wash them according to the care instructions and they turned out fresh and clean!
1. For stains: soak overnight, using a mild laundry detergent.
2. Machine wash warm, in a separate mesh laundry bag. For Lacy Thongs, hand washing is strongly recommended over machine washing.
3. Tumble dry (normal cycle) or hang to dry (minimum 36 hours).
DO NOT use bleach with your STRIDE™ underwear, as bleach may damage the microfibers in the OQUOS™ gusset.

DO NOT use any fabric softener (neither liquid in the wash cycle, nor sheets in the dryer), as this creates a buildup that affects the performance of absorption. With proper laundry care, your STRIDE™ panties and briefs will return to their original, absorbent, comfortable state for up to 100 washes!

Buy Them:
You can purchase a pair of your own Stride Everyday Panties on their site. Oh, and here is a special prom code that you can also use with your purchase and Save 20% off!

Mandatory Entry:
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 Please use separate comments for each entry. Include an email in the comments if it is not available in your Blogger profile. Winner will be chosen via Ends September 25, 2010 at 11:59 est.

I would like to thank Stride Everyday for giving me a chance to review these wonderful panties!

*Disclosure: I received a pair of panties and was not compensated in any way to write this post. This is my true, Simple & honest review of these great panties.

CSN Preview

I'm sure by now lots of you have heard of CSN stores and all the diverse products that they offer, from a beautiful wardrobes to fitness equipment. Very soon I will be reviewing some of their products! Stay tuned and see just what it might be....

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Yoga Event Preview.....

Here is just a preview of some of the wonderful companies that I will be working with for the Yoga Event!!
I hope you are just as excited as I am!!





Saturday, September 4, 2010

~Yoga Event~

Starting October 4 I am going to be doing a Yoga Event!! I am so excited about this and I hope you are too!! There will be reviews and giveaways as well as important information about yoga. I will be running this event on both of my blogs, The Simple Jocabell Life and Simply Fitting Into Life...and my old jeans so that will give you more chances to win!

Yoga has become a new found passion of mine. I hope that you also will develop a passion for yoga as well!

Feel free to grab the button!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Have you ever heard of the company Terracycle? If you have not then you are missing an amazing company that has some wonderful and green friendly products! Terracycle was founded in 2001 by Tom Szaky. He started out making organic fertilizer or should I say that the worms helped him along! Tom used worm poo as part of the organic fertilizer and then packaged it in already used plastic bottles.

Terrracycle has just blossomed from there as a totally eco friendly company that now makes very stylish and everyday products.

Check out the video!

You can enter to win one of Terracycle's products at The Baby Loving Mama