11.29.2010

HomeGoods Goodies

I teamed up with BlogHer for a program with HomeGoods. I LOVE HomeGoods. Unfortunately, we don't have one where I live, but we do have TJ Maxx and Marshall's, which are all the same company. When I was in Dallas this week, I was able to do a little shopping at HomeGoods with Lindsey.

HomeGoods, please put a location in Oklahoma :)

At HomeGoods, I found some GREAT deals. A few were on clearance. My gift card was for $25....



I only had to spend a few dollars out of pocket to purchase...

Some of these may gifts and some I may keep. I can't tell you...in case you are the person I'm gifting ;-)

You first may question the "Pick Your Nose" cups.  Basically when you pick your drink up, the glass shows a nose other than yours :) A local boutique has them and I think they are pretty funny. I saw them at HomeGoods and they were about $7 cheaper. Here are the noses...

I think my favorite purchase was this fun yellow piece! It was on clearance for only $10!

I thought this green mercury glass goblet looking dish was fun too. I think it was only about $5! I thought it would be cute around the holidays.

I think the cute polka dotted tin speaks for itself. I love polka dots!

I think these are all great deals and I loved taken part in this!

BlogHer is giving away a $100 gift card and 20, $25 gift cards on the exclusive offers page here.


Speaking of another good deal, GroopDealz has the cutest little deal going on right now...


It's a "Letters to Santa" kit and I think it's a super cute idea. You could save all your kiddos letters to santa each year and show them when they are old one day :)



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TWO new giveaways!!!

This week's giveaway will be from Eme*Kay Creatives! It's a great giveaway for you, your little one or to gift someone!


Katie makes the cutest headbands....


Her etsy shop can be found HERE.

The winner of this giveaway will receive one item of your choice from the Etsy shop OR one custom design of your choice!

In Katie's own words...


Eme*Kay Creatives was inspired by my sweet daughter, Emeline Kay, when she was just 2 months old. I began making fun, fabric headbands for her while she napped. It started to become more then just a hobby when in the first week of creating, through facebook, twitter and my blog (LovesofLife.com) I sold over 50 headbands. I decided to give an Etsy shop a try, where I started doing adult accessories as well, and it's been booming ever since. We've since expanded to also doing embellished hats, some appliqued onesies and have rings, and earrings on the way soon.


You have several chances to enter...

1. Visit Eme*Kay Creatives here and leave me a comment letting me know which item you love! You can even search her custom items that she has already sold!
2. Blog about this giveaway with a link to this post -http://www.inthiswonderfullife.com/2010/11/two-new-giveaways.html
3. Tweet about this giveaway with a link to this post -http://www.inthiswonderfullife.com/2010/11/two-new-giveaways.html
4. Facebook about this giveaway with a link to this post - http://www.inthiswonderfullife.com/2010/11/two-new-giveaways.html

You can enter FOUR TIMES! Leave a comment for EACH entry!

If you do not have a blog or a way for me to contact you on your blog, please leave your email address.

The winner will be announced next Sunday night!!

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NOW - For the SECOND giveaway.... You can win $100 VISA GIFT CARD! I teamed with BlogHer & Olay here to offer you a wonderful giveaway and to review one of Olay's new products. Go here to enter the giveaway and check out my review. Um, I might should mention, I will be giving a week $100 giveaway once per week for the next FOUR weeks with this program :) 

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Stella & Dot Cyber Monday Deal!

My Stella & Dot sponsor, Tahnie, is offering a special deal today for Cyber Monday! I thought I would share it with you all.

From Tahnie...

Here’s a gorgeous Cyber Monday offer! Today only, spend $99 with Stella &
Dot and receive a complimentary ring of your choice (Take your pick
from 1 of 6 gorgeous styles!) See graphic below for details. Get this
offer at my personal website at www.stelladot.com/tahnie AND
now that your shopping engines are revved, check out our big sale!
Markdowns have been taken on this season’s favorites – now up to 50%
off! Quantities are limited. Shop the “Sale” category on my site for
these great deals.



I'll be returning shortly with some giveaways!


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11.28.2010

giveaway winner......

Random.org picked a winner to win this giveaway! Thanks to you all who entered! The winner is....


Lea from Keeping Up with the Winstons!



Congrats, Lea! Email me and I will give you the details.


**I will be announcing TWO new giveaways tomorrow!


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11.26.2010

Thankful now?

I hope you all are having a good Thanksgiving week.

We had a pretty good Thanksgiving day. Along with watching some football, I managed to watch some of Elf and some of Pretty Woman. Two of my favorites. We have had a nice time with our family. We did lots of chatting and eating too much. The day went pretty good though the evening had it's ups and downs. Brent and  I have certainly been missing Cohen. I've been snuggling with BT.

Holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year, but I know they can be pretty sad as well. I know it's not just for us either. I know it's easy to think about the missing piece of your puzzle during the holidays. I've talked to lots of people this holiday season and I know everyone has their own issues. I'm just trying to stay focused on the things we do have to be grateful for. I can't say those things overshadow my sadness for Cohen not being here, but I'm trying to not dwell....like I know I could.

Brent and I are clearly missing a large part of our heart. We are thankful for this year though. We are thankful for the twelve days we got to spend with Cohen. We are thankful I was pregnant with him. We are thankful for the thought and hope we may get to see him again one day. We are thankful that our life is and will go on. We really aren't thankful Cohen isn't here with us, though we are thankful he is all healed.

I'm starting to think it is possible to have the worst year of your life and the best year of your life. I certainly hope I don't have another year as awful as this year. However, I do I hope I have another year as good as this one.


{two days old, the afternoon before his first heart surgery - 6.9.10}

I've gotten so many emails and comments from people telling me about what Cohen and our situation has taught them or made them realize. With that, brings the nervousness of how quick your life, or the life of someone you love, could end. I am so grateful that the people who have spoken to us may count their blessings more. They cherish each day with their kiddos. They may hold them tighter. I do know having witnessed what our family has gone through may bring fear too. I think people may be more paranoid about their pregnancies, they may think more often about their kids possibly dying in some form or fashion. Well, the truth is, we can, and will, all die. I'm not wanting to get a lecture on death whatsoever. I sometimes feel bad though that people live with the paranoia of "what if". I think with the blog world, it's a public journal to read the good, the bad and the ugly. If you read blogs you may be more likely to read a sad story. You may be more likely to come across a blog that deals with sick children, death, divorce, etc. You will probably also find many blogs that pertain to all things happy. While, both are realistic, I hate to think people compare situations or lives. Don't get me wrong, I think blogging it a great resource and I do think people do go through lots of similar situations.

I know we can all try to prepare for the future as best as possible, but I just want us to cherish each day. Live day-to-day and be thankful for what we have that very day and the days before.

I'm guilty too. I live in fear that I won't be able to get pregnant again. I worry that when I do,  baby #2 will also have a broken heart. I really just try not to let myself go there. Honestly, there is nothing I can really do to control either of those things. We do know how babies are made and we can only do our part in that aspect. I constantly worry about my family's health as well, but I know that's not in my control either.

I'm thankful for my marriage so much this year. Brent and I click. We have grown as a couple. We were great before but now, we are different people...and we still click...thankfully. We are able to talk about everything. We are able to make decisions. I'm thankful for my sanity. I do have good days and think to myself....how did I ever survive these 10 months? I think to myself I'm doing better than I thought I would. Then, I have days and I think that I'm doing awful. From February 11th until now, until day-to-day, our life is not what we thought it would be. I just want to vow to be thankful even through though there has been something bad. There has been the worst. I want to be thankful for all the days that I've had and not worry about the ones to come. I am already thankful for the days that will come. However, I know some of those days will be sad days because Cohen isn't here with us.

I'm not really sure where I was going with all this besides I definitely think being thankful each and every moment that you have would be ideal...though probably not always possible. Even if you don't feel like you have much to be thankful for, you do. You have something. You have your life and a lot of it is up to you how you will live it!

Thanks for letting me get that out :)



We have been debating on  doing some shopping for black Friday. We did just a little bit last year, but didn't go into the city (DFW)...just some small shops around town. My dad has gone out SUPER early in the past, but I don't think he is this year. Are you all going out shopping? Is their a good, specific deal you are going after??

A few other things -
~ I'm not sure what happened to my links in the previous post but I think I fixed them and made them bright blue.
~ Don't forget to check out a great opportunity to win great prizes from one of the NFL’s sponsors, Procter & Gamble and maybe a trip to Hawaii HERE.
~ Don't forget about this weeks giveaway!
 
 
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11.24.2010

This week.....

If you were reading my blog last year, you may remember some of my thanksgiving. It was a wonderful Thanksgiving. I was 12 weeks pregnant and felt great. I was in Dallas and then the town my mom grew up in. I met some girls whose blogs I read. You can see more about that here. I also stayed in Dallas for a night one of of my best friends (also seen in that post). This week, the travel is very similar to that.

On Monday, my week started out getting together with some girlfriends and new friends, most met from blogging. Monday, me, Jessica, Lindsey, Ashley, Sarah, Jane, Lynn & Meredith got together for wine & cheese. It was my first time to meet Ashley, Lynn, Sarah & Jane. We had so much fun chatting away. I didn't leave until 10:30PM and I was supposed to be at the airport at 7:30 the following morning. No, I hadn't packed either : /  Lindsey was also planning to come to Dallas. So, instead of flying, we made a little rode trip together. We kept each other company and did some shopping! I was gifted a HomeGoods gift card for a BlogHer program so we did a little shopping too! I will post more on that soon.

For dinner last night, Lindsey & I joined Erin from Blue Eyed Bride, Slynnro, Mojito Maven and Kate from elefantitas alegres. I had such a nice time time visiting with all the girls! I had met Erin before (last Thanksgiving), but none of the others. I've SO enjoyed meeting and getting to know bloggers.

I planned on taking some pictures both Monday and Tuesday night, but I failed. I just completely forgot to tell you the truth. I hate that I did because I clearly like documenting most events on here. What a slacker I was :(

I will take pictures of my HomeGoods purchases and post soon!

Today, I'm heading here and I'm pretty excited :)

 Hubs will be getting off work sometime today and coming to join me. We try to spend Thanksgiving with my side of the family that we don't get to see as often. We hadn't actually planned to come this year, as we would have had a pretty new baby, but plans change :(

So honestly, I'm having a very thankful week so far. Brent and I have an extremely rough 10 months, but we are still thankful to have each other, our families, our friends, our health, and a roof over our head. We are also so thankful to have all of you who are reading. You have been an amazing support to us and we GREATLY appreciate you! I never thought this blog would turn into what it is as such a blessing. Thanks for listening, supporting.....and putting up with all my grammatical errors :)

Also, I do read a LOT of blogs, though a lot of the time I don't comment. With my job, I do lots of waiting. I wait in waiting areas, in my car, etc. So, I do a lot of blog reading on my phone. Unfortunately, my iphone and my fingers aren't always the perfect match, so leaving comments isn't easy at all when I'm on my phone. I do want to make better a better effort to leave comments more. I know they always brighten my day, so hopefully they do yours as well.

I've also been thinking about and quite thankful this week to have my friends, Kristens & Kristin. Yes, that is two girls named Kristen with an 'e' and one that is 'in'. I know that both Kristens had pretty stressful weeks with their pregnancies, but I'm praying all continues to be good! Also, my other friend, Kristin,  who is Luke's mom, found out she is expecting another baby :) Luke and Cohen are buddies in heaven...with perfect little hearts. They have several other buddies whose mommas I also love.

I'll return soon as I should be close to the internet to update you on my yummy Thanksgiving eating adventures.

This week, I'm mostly thankful for this little guy....

and all these moments.
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11.22.2010

New Giveaway!

Giveaway closed! Thanks for playing!

I have another giveaway for you all this week!

If you or someone you know needs maternity clothing, this is the giveaway for you (or them)!
Kiki's Maternity Fashions has a lot of inexpensive, cute maternity clothes! The owner, Rachel, contacted me and wants to give one of my readers a $25.00 gift card!!




You have FIVE CHANCES TO WIN!!

Each entry will need to be left in it's own comment. If you don't have a blog, please include your email address so I can contact you if you win!

1.) Leave me a comment telling me you want to win!
2.) Leave me a comment letting me know your favorite piece of clothing you see on Kiki's site
3.) Tweet about the giveaway (including the link to this post -
4.) Blog about the giveaway (including the link to this post -
5.) Facebook about the giveaway (including a link to this post -


GOOD LUCK! Winner will be announced next Monday.

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11.21.2010

Winner!

Thanks to all who entered this giveaway! It was surely fun hosting! Random.org picked the winner and it is....



Miranda from The Collier Family! Congrats, Miranda! Shoot me an email and I'll get you set up.



I have another wonderful giveaway coming up shortly!!


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11.19.2010

About me.... 155 things.

I started this list long ago when I had a Myspace page. Well, I hadn't been on Myspace in years so I recently deleted my page. I saved this list and added some to it. 

The blue links are posts I've elaborated more on the subject. I started linking and then realized I probably had talked about a lot of this stuff before, so I stopped. 

In case you wanted to know a few things you might not know about me....

1. My name is Megan.
2. My initials are MNM.
3. My initials use to be MNS.
4. I love God.
5. I have been blessed.
6. I have gave birth to an angel.
7. I'm lucky to be married to my husband.
8. I don't know if I believe in luck.
9. I have a wonderful family that I love very much.
10. I have many best friends who are amazing.
11. I have very sensitive skin.
12. My eyes are hazel.
13. Music is one of my favorite things.
14. I usually prefer darker nail polishes.
15. My son lives in heaven.
16. The first time I made this list I was 23.
17. I've never had braces, but it looks like I have.
18. I'll be 27 in 2 months.
19. My homepage is Google.
20. I am short (5'2 1/2").
21. My dad is my hero.
22. I'm done with all the school I ever want to experience.
23. I bought scrapbook stuff for years, but never did anything with it. I recently gave it all away.
24. For the most part (minus a few months here and there), I've been working since I was 16 and I grateful for that.
25. I love my husband's family and glad they are now part of my family.
26. I think of blogging as a journal and scrapbook.
27. I could eat sushi everyday.
28. I get anxiety when I ride in cars...mostly in weather conditions.
29. Kate Hudson is my favorite actress.
30. I'm a Texan.
31. I'm a Razorback.
32. I wear flats now more than I ever thought I would.
33. I have a tattoo.
34. I'm a people person, but I like to be alone sometimes.
35. I experienced tragedies at a young age.
36. My favorite movie is Almost Famous.
37. I want to learn to be a good cook.
38. New York City is our favorite city.
39. Flowers make me smile.
40. I had 21 hours of college before I graduated high school.
41. Stars make me think.
42. I'm a morning person and a night person.
43. Blue has been my favorite color for a long time.
44. Over time, I've grown to love the color red.
45. I know a lot about computers.
46. I do believe Led Zeppelin is the greatest band ever.
47. My mom is so sincere.
48. I got the car I wanted when I turned 16...and we still have it.
49. We got our dream car and sold it a year later when we found out our sweet babe was sick.
50. I am horrible at math.
51. I played the piano for many years.
52. I love Christmas, but I think this Christmas will feel funny.
53. I cherish my memories.
54. I'm not very competitive.
55. I made good grades for never studying.
56. I'm fascinated that a baby develops inside the human body.
57. I get sick at my stomach when I'm upset.
58. I fell in love with music at a young age.
59. I loved college and high school.
60. I enjoy poetry and quotes.
61. I'm a magazine junkie.
62. I'm scared of insects and rodents.
63. I love all bodies of water; oceans, rivers, pools, bath tubs, etc.
64. I like looking at and being at the ocean, but I don't really like being in it.
65. I will still burn a a CD to listen to in my car.
66. My hair is ringlets.
67. I'm so thankful to have found the blogging world.
68. I wish I enjoyed planting flowers.
69. I don't care about the things I use to.
70. I don't drink beer.
71. I will forever cry when watching stuff about 9/11.
72. My dad gave me his love handles.
73. I do believe people will always think about their first love.
74. I love celebrations and parties that celebrate anything or nothing.
75. I have a lot of freckles for having dark hair.
76. I miss the house I grew up in.
77. I'm somewhat spoiled when it comes to good food.
78. I cant see very well at night.
79. When I do print pictures for an album, I make sure they're in chronological order.
80. I like to bargain shop.
81. My ring bearers names were John Wayne and Jesse James.
82. I love polka dots.
83. I don't like people who only think of themselves.
84. I use to have bad allergies.
85. My husband is a good singer and loves singing karaoke.
86. My honeymoon was to St.Lucia.
87. I can laugh at myself.
88. I really like coffee.
89. I know hitting snooze makes me more tired and I still do it.
90. I love dishes and all things kitchen.
91. Target is my favorite store.
92. I love giving gifts.
93. I type really fast
94. I'm a Client Care Coordinator.
95. I will probably need surgery on my feet because they are damaged from heels.
96. I can go on little sleep.
97. I've been a bridesmaid four times.
98. I like my hair dark.
99. In 2008, I became allergic to dark hair color.
100. I love Cohen's slideshows.
101. Brent and I always said if we got another Boston Terrier it would be a female named Anna Belle.
102. I spend too much money on food.
103. I love re-runs of 90210, designing women, The O.C., 90210, Friends, etc.
104. My dog has an enlarged heart.
105. I am grateful to have a wonderful photographer in the family.
106. I own a home.
107. I have glasses, but don't wear them often.
108. I work to benefit senior citizens.
109. I had AOL instant messenger for years, starting in junior high.
110. Sometimes I drive though stop lights and don't remember what color they were.
111. I enjoy reading, but I don't take much time to do it lately.
112. I had a xanga blog in college. I wish I could find/pull it up.
113. I read these tweets a lot...even though they make me happy and sad.
114. I broke my finger and had to have my first wedding ring cut off.
115. I have skinny dipped...at my parents....when they were home.
116. It doesn't take much to make me happy.
117. My cousin does graphic design for the Today Show.
118. I wonder if I will ever consider myself an "Okie"
119. I went through menopause at 25 years old (medically induced).
120. I'm 1/4 Lebanese.
121. I'm thankful for health insurance but sad about the healthcare system.
122. I had to start a "low-carb lifestyle".
123. I think DVRs are the bomb.
124. Yes, I still use the word bomb sometimes.
125. I'm addicted to watching Lifetime movies.
126. I want to use coupons more.
127. My husband really is the coolest.
128. I love stationery and paper goodies.
129. I like gmail for my email & chat.
130. I think the iPhone is the greatest invention this decade.
131. I decorate for most holidays.
132. I love being an aunt.
133. I would rather do anything besides laundry.
134. My dog pretends to be scary.
135. Now that use a Mac, I'll never go back.
136. I've been using nothing but a Mac for about 8 years.
137. I almost got engaged on top of the Empire State Building.
138. I got engaged in the Terrace Room at Tavern on the Green.
139. I want to learn to take better pictures.
140. I wish it was healthier to take REALLY hot showers.
141. I want to be more green.
142. I've gotten more emails in the past 9 months than I have since I started an email account.
143. I wish everyone would recycle.
144. I pray every day.
145. I love my job.
146. I know a winner of American Idol.
147. I'm real.
148. I love getting mail...as long as it's not a bill.
149. Bigelow's Mentha Lip is my favorite.
150. I can never find red clothing when I'm looking for it.
151. I stay up too late.
152. I can tell when I'm irritable and I try to tell myself to stop.
153. I have a hard time writing thank you notes lately.
154. My husband is obsessed with 80's music and movies.
155. People amaze me. (if I could link to all of your comments, I would)

Thanks for the sweet comments in my previous post.

Hope you all have a good weekend :)

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11.18.2010

5 Months

Five months ago our sweet little baby went to Heaven. I can't believe it's been five months. I probably say that every month, but I still can't believe it. It's still a roller coaster. I'm starting to believe it always will be. Some days have been a lot better. Some days have been a lot worse. Unfortunately, I expect the holidays to be a bit harder. So, that probably has something to do with it. Just the thought of Christmas without my baby who would be 6 1/2 months isn't fun. He will have an amazing Thanksgiving and Christmas, we know.

Since he is experiencing wonderful lullabies in heaven, I thought I'd post this sweet song today. Several bloggers have passed it along to me over the past few months. Thanks, ladies.

Glory Baby
by: Watermark

Glory baby you slipped away as fast as we could say baby…baby..
You were growing, what happened dear?
You disappeared on us baby…baby..
Heaven will hold you before we do
Heaven will keep you safe until we’re home with you…
Until we’re home with you…

Miss you everyday
Miss you in every way
But we know there’s a
day when we will hold you
We will hold you
You’ll kiss our tears away
When we’re home to stay
Can’t wait for the day when we will see you
We will see you
But baby let sweet Jesus hold you
‘till mom and dad can hold you…
You’ll just have heaven before we do
You’ll just have heaven before we do

Sweet little babies, it’s hard to
understand it ‘cause we’re hurting
We are hurting
But there is healing
And we know we’re stronger people through the growing
And in knowing-
That all things work together for our good
And God works His purposes just like He said He would…
Just like He said He would…

BRIDGE:
I can’t imagine heaven’s lullabies
and what they must sound like
But I will rest in knowing, heaven is your home
And it’s all you’ll ever know…all you’ll ever know…


Jessica was so kind to put most everything together for Cohen's Memorial Service. She has now started a little design business, which is smart (because she is good). She created these pretty programs for the service...

 The picture and paragraph are the ones that were used in Cohen's obituaries. No, I still don't like the word. I'm still not sure I've said it aloud. Speaking of, I need to get those laminated.


I'm working on Cohen's Christmas tree, and I will post pics when I'm done :)

"let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful." Hebrews 10:23


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11.17.2010

Dr. Oz's Fruit Facts!

I received an email a few days ago with tons of fruit information. From what the email said it's bits and pieces that Dr.Oz has mentioned about fruit. I love learning new things like this. Just thought I would share with you all!

disclaimer: I have NO idea how much of this is true or is not. Maybe I can find a doctor or nutritionist to ask about this? I'd love to know more details as well. 


From Dr. Oz.............

"We all think eating fruit means just buying fruit, cutting it up and popping it into our mouths. It's not that easy. It's important to know how and when to eat fruit.

What's the correct way to eat fruit?

DO NO NOT EAT FRUIT AFTER A MEAL! FRUIT SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH.

Eating fruit like that plays a major role in detoxifying your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.

FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD.
Let's say you eat two slices of bread, then a slice of fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it's prevented from doing so.

In the meantime, the whole meal rots and ferments, and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach, and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil.

Eat your fruit on an empty stomach, or before your meal! You've heard people complain: Every time I eat watermelon I burp, when I eat durian my stomach bloats, when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet, etc. This will not happen if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. Fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas. Hence, you bloat!

There's no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruit becomes alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter. If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruit, you have the Secret of Beauty, Longevity, Health, Energy, Happiness and normal weight.

When you need to drink fruit juice drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT the concentrated juice from the cans. Don't drink juice that has been heated. Don't eat cooked fruit; you don't get the nutrients at all. You get only the taste. Cooking destroys all of the vitamins.

Eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it. You can go on a 3-day fruit-fast to cleanse your body. Eat fruit and drink fruit juice for just 3 days, and you will be surprised when your friends say how radiant you look!

KIWI: Tiny but mighty, and a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E and fibre. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange!

AN APPLE a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants and flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C, thereby helping to lower the risk of colon cancer, heart attack and stroke.

STRAWBERRY: Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits and protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.

EATING 2 - 4 ORANGES a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent and dissolve kidney stones, and reduce the risk of colon cancer.

WATERMELON: Coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. Also a key source of lycopene, the cancer-fighting oxidant. Also found in watermelon: Vitamin C and Potassium.

GUAVA & PAPAYA: Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene, good for your eyes.

Drinking Cold water after a meal = Cancer!
Can you believe this? For those who like to drink cold water, this applies to you. It's nice to have a cold drink after a meal, however, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you've just consumed, which slows digestion. Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

A serious note about heart attacks.
HEART ATTACK PROCEDURE
Women should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting. Be aware of intense pain in the jaw. You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms. Sixty percent of people who have a heart attack while they're asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Be careful, and be aware. The more we know, the better our chance to survive.

A cardiologist said if everyone who gets this mail sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that we'll save at least one life

It can even be your life"

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11.16.2010

Updates & Recaps...

First of all, thank you all for the comments trying to help my nausea. It is GONE! My doctor switched to me the extended release Metformin and I feel 100% better. I don't feel sick at all. Major blessing! I go back to the doctor the Monday after Thanksgiving. Praying the big cyst is gone. If it's not, I'll be having a procedure to remove it. Ick.  #PCOSSTINKS

 So you may remember my post a few Friday ago about girls weekend. Yes? Here we are...
 {I can thank birth control for that fluffy face, ugh.}

We can be pretty silly....
 Katie (and baby M), Me, Amy (& baby Zoe), Allison & Whitney

No, Allison and I didn't really plan out outfits to be so similar. We call it team spirit though.. The razorbacks were playing :P

We had late nights with long talks.  We ate yummy food. We got manis and pedis. Actually, I just got my nails painted, but I loved every second of it. We went and saw Life as We Know It. It was a really good movie. However, it was way too sad. It wasn't just said in a part or two. It was sad in about 20 parts. It's probably one I should have waited a bit to see. Which, tells me I should trust my gut more often, haha. Nonetheless, I think you should watch it....when you aren't hormonal or haven't recently had a child go to heaven.

Whitney also had a birthday over the weekend. I order this cake especially for her. However, we went to dinner Saturday night and ate one of my most favorite desserts. It is AMAZING. So, the cake went home with Whitney on Sunday :) We still did the candles & gifts.

Some randoms....

The chocolate gateau is my favorite. Thanks to my mom for making the breakfast casserole and banana bread! I made the fruit ; )

That was the weekend before last. Hopefully we can get together again soon! I miss us all living in the same town.

Now for this past weekend....

Brent's brother-in-law called and was gifted concert tickets to Elton John & Leon Russell. They invited us along. We had a great view from a suite at the arena. Unfortunately, I failed miserably at taking many pictures :( I'll post the few below. I was pretty proud of myself for remembering my phone had video! So, I took two videos of Elton singing. I thought it was a great concert! I'll post one video. They are taking a while to upload..so maybe I'll do Tiny Dance another time.


B-B-B Bennie & The Jets....(fyi, you may hear an older man singing in the background my ear. He was sitting behind me).


We also worked on getting some of our Christmas decorations up this weekend. I can't wait to get them all finished. I like cozy time with Christmas decorations!

Speaking of cozy, had you tried this white chocolate latte? YUM.

Hope you all are having a good week.

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11.15.2010

Another giveaway :)

Giveaway closed! Thanks for entering :)

I have another giveaway for you all this week :) I hope that you like giveaways! I like hosting them. I like to enter them. Too bad I can't enter my own.

This week, Kari, from Say it Simply, is giving away some of her photography artwork! 






Kari's words...

For your readers I would offer a maximum of 10 (4x6) prints ($40 value) to one lucky winner. They can visit my site and pick out the letters of their choice, e-mail me the desired prints, and I will ship the prints to them. I would also offer a $1 off per letter for your blog readers if they mention your name to me when they order (so a 4X6 would be $3, and a 5X7 would be $4). Also, you could mention that these make great Christmas presents (as well as housewarming, wedding, birthday ...) and to guarantee delivery by Christmas they need to place their order by December 3rd.


You have a few chances to enter:
1.) Visit Kari's site and let me know what prints you would pick! Leave me a comment letting me know.
2.) Blog, Tweet OR Facebook about this giveaway including the link to this post (http://www.inthiswonderfullife.com/2010/11/another-giveaway.html). Leave me an additional comment letting me know if you did so!

*If you don't have a blog that I can comment on, please include your email address in your comment so that I can get a hold of you if you win!*

Winner will be announced next Monday!

***Check out my NFL game day preparation here for an opportunity to win great prizes from one of the NFL's sponsors, Proctor & Gamble***

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we have a winner!

Thanks to you all who entered or spread the word for the The Design Girl's giveaway I hosted last week!

I let random.org pick a winner..

and...

Morgan Paige is the winner! Congrats, pretty lady :)


Stay tuned, I'll be announcing another giveaway in just a bit! It involves fun artwork!

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11.12.2010

Getting out of bed for Elton

No, not Elton as in my sweet doggie. Elton as in Elton John! I love me some Elton John songs. Brent texted me a bit ago and said his brother-in-law called and asked us if we wanted to join he and Brent's sister. A client gave them four tickets. The funny thing is, my mom called yesterday and said her and my dad had won tickets from a local TV station. I was a bit jealous.

Now, the getting out of bed part.  I've been pretty under the weather this week. Actually, since last Wednesday. Last night, I was in bed and sleeping by 8:30. Why? I feel like I'm going to throw up 24/7. I've not blogged much about it, but I'm back on Metformin and birth control (as of last week) for my PCOS.  I have mentioned that my cysts came back pretty hard core after delivery/pumping. In the past two months, I've had probably eight ultrasounds. My doctor is trying to help me get things under control. My last one showed a much larger cyst. So, that's why I'm on birth control (it's supposed to help that). I also started it and Metformin about a week ago. I've been unbearably nauseous since I started them. Not only am I nauseous, I have food aversions. It's awful. This past week, sickness wise, was far worse by about 100% than my entire pregnancy with Cohen. I feel awful for those of you that feel sick during your pregnancies, as I know (or I've heard) it's a lot like what I'm going through now. It's been debilitating at times.  I'm waiting to hear back from my doctor on my dosage. I was on the extended release Metformin last summer. I was also on birth control. Neither of which bothered me. Anyways, I've gotten a few emails asking so I thought I'd fill ya in. If the Metformin continues to make me so sick, I will get off of it. There are some vitamins/minerals/herbs I will try instead. Why am I doing all this? PCOS causes infertility and we do want more children.

I will chug pepto soon and probably be fine for a few hours! Or, take something else? What do you take for nausea? I asked the pharmacist and Target. He said even though Dramamine is marketed towards motion sickness, it's one of the best for nausea. 

Anyways, back to Elton...

 {1975}

I'm pretty excited :)

I think I might have tweeted this before, but even though Bennie and the Jets is a pretty old song, it still makes me think of 27 Dresses, haha.

I love Bennie and the Jets, Tiny Dancer, Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Blessed...okay, there is a lot. The man has a lot of songs. I wonder what he will sing....


2 things real quick-

I fixed it to where both the fall decor mister linky AND the pumpkins mister linky will display. I didn't realize only one would show at a time so I paid the 5 bucks and upgraded! You can add your links now if you would like.

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