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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Dr. Scholl's Massaging Gel Insoles for Women

Look what came in the mail today from Buzz...Dr. Scholl's Massaging Gel Insoles for Women! They are sized from 6-10 (women sizes). If you are size 10 then you're all set, just stick them in your shoes and go. I take a smaller size so I had to trim it to my size. It is real easy to do, just follow the line. I live in my slippers and although it says for shoes, sneakers, etc. I put them in my slippers which are like a pair of moccasins. Now there are the shoes we women get that are like ballet slippers and so I didn't think my slippers are any different....I mean, the gel insole won't know the difference.

The first thing I noticed is the squishy feel that after a few hours I didn't even notice any longer. I guess it is like trying on shoes for the first time, you 'feel' the different soles and padding until your feet get used to it. Then I noticed it seemed like my heels were higher than before which made me stand straighter and I don't have that pain in the small of my back like I always do when standing any length of time.

Then I was thinking, if my foot is higher in my slipper, what would happen with something more rigid like my sneakers? Would my foot be squished against the top of the sneaker and I get blisters from it rubbing? Would I be able to even get my foot in my sneaker? Would it make my sneaker too tight? Well, only one way to find out.

They were gracious enough to send coupons and so I took one and went off to the store and bought another pair. I put them in my sneakers (went in just as easy as the slippers) and after the long weekend out and about I am happy to say that not only do my sneakers fit as they did before (no tightness) but I also don't have that pain in my lower back and I feel like I am standing up taller and straighter.

Now I don't know if my heel is really higher vs. the toes or it has to do with the arch or what it is, I am no Dr. but I thank goodness for Dr. Scholl's. I will be using these in my shoes, slippers, and anything else I put on my feet.

So if you want happy feet too,  I do have a few coupons left so if you'd like one just let me know.


It has been weeks now using my Dr. Scholl's and I am still loving them. I have to be honest with you, I was a little worried because they are in my sneakers which I wore doing yard work. There are a lot of woody things growing out in the back yard which I cut down. I tried cutting them close to the ground but still when you walk you can feel them as you step. I was thinking it was going to pop that gel insole and what a mess that would be. Can you imagine! It was all for nothing because they did not pop even after hours and hours of walking on them. They are just as comfortable as ever and don't show any type of damage.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

My Life Box - Configuration Box

April 19th and 20th I went to two workshops in Westbrook, CT ( brought about by Beautiful Impressions) of Tim Holtz's called Journeys of the past and Configuration of the Imagination.

This is my Configuration of the Imagination (Configuration Box) project. It is a box of my life.

Note the dangling charms hanging from the top spin of the book, those are of my favorite books (I love to read) The Hunger Games. It is of a Mockingjay, white rose, berry,etc.

Here is a look at the tag book hanging on the left.
(Sorry about the shadows, I took these pictures on my porch).

The bottom tag with the blue/purple is part of the tag I wore during the workshop. 

That ticket is my lucky ticket I won a stamp set with. 
The top is a picture of Beautiful Impressions and the bottom are of the place we had the workshops.

We all had numbers for purchasing reasons and I was #11.

The flier I saw from Beautiful Impressions about Tim Holtz coming. 

April 19th was the book signing and that is just a picture of what he put in my book.

The 20th was the workshops.

The top shows the kit (for class 1) and the bottom is what it should look like when done.
(I call it class, they call it workshop....same thing to me.) 

The top is the configuration box before and the bottom is suppose to be after.

Top is picture of us in class and Tim Holtz on the bottom.
(They may have had "Tool Tim" on TV but I had "Tim Time!")

It looks sick in this photo but that is a tattered flower on top. 
It also says, "Tim has a great..."
On the bottom it says tag it says, "Sense of humor"

Pictures with Tim and Mario (bottom is them with me). 

Now on to the box....

Note the little reddish book in the bottom left. It is the 'key' to this box. 

What is written in it, I'll explain...

Here is a closer look at the top half.

Starting from the top left to right. 10/15/59 is my birthdate. Do you remember View Masters? A childhood treat we had when we were young. This one is of Disney again, signifying youth. It is hard to tell in the photo but there is a bear right after the date and one sitting in the corner by the light. That is because right before I was born my Mother told my brother she would buy him a bear when she went into town. She ended up in labor and had me so when she brought me home my brother thought she brought home his bear and he called me "Bear" for quite some time. The light (which does work) is so you can see, just as when I was born, a new person was seen. The butterfly, just as it was in a cocoon (womb) it emerges able to live on the outside (birth).

Next to it is the word "Memories" and has a cage hanging with a lot of white pearls but a couple black. I have mostly fond memories of my childhood but like most people there are some dark times (like when my parents split).

Next to that is a charm that says "Sweet 16" with a car under it. Yep, I got my licence then. Also the wing on the outside is because that is also when I thought it was time (timepiece) to spread my wings and fly. It is when I moved out on my own, when I had to be creative and start my own journey.

In the second row: My name with a bottle of dreams in the corner and the words "in dreams we catch glimpses of life larger than our own". Which really sums up my teen years since I was married and had 3 children. I was full of dreams for not only my future but my children's....and my dreams for them were certainly 'larger' than my own.

Next to that I have a blue star with a domino (3 on one side and 2 on the other) in front that says, "You're in the Army". That is because I come from a long line of military (men mostly). The 3 is because I have 2 brothers and all 3 of us went into the Army. The 2 is because I have 2 sons and they both also joined the Army.

Next to that is a charm of $5 with the three wishbones and the 40 on the ruler in front. When I was 40, all my wishes didn't come true and all I had were them, my 3 kids (3 wishbones) and about $5 in my pocket.

Next to that is RIP Mom and George (my step-father). I don't think it needs explaining nor the "Not all of Life is a Joy". In the filmstrip is the earrings I (and my oldest son) bought my mother when we went to the Grand Canyon. She loved them earrings and never took them off....they were taken off after she passed.

Here is a closer look at the bottom half.

It is hard to see because of the angle but there is a 50 behind the head of the statue. When I turned 50 I felt old and things I liked to do didn't seem important any longer. I kept my dreams, wishes, wants, all locked away (keyhole). What good were they, they never came to reality. I guess to sum it up, mid-life crisis. The metal sign across it says, "Reality has limits, Imagination is boundless". I was feeling the reality part but then a light went off (the bulb on its side) and everything came together and I was able to move on. 

The family tree has 13 leaves. I have 12 grandchildren (1 not born yet) but I put 13 because I know Danny and Christina will have another (even though they said Damien was all they were having). The key is to unlock my dreams so I can have them again. I also have a wedding ring and "Jerry" which is my husband. All the dogs and cats are because we have been adopted by many of them. Currently we have 3 dogs and 2 inside cats and 7 outdoor cats. Feeding all the outdoor cats is fun because I also have every raccoon, possum, and skunk coming over too. (My dog cornered one skunk and needless to say we smelt like a skunk for weeks). You can't see it good but there is also an owl in there on the left for Jerry's and my first real date. We were waiting for a flea market to open and sitting in the car talking, listening to the owls hoot. The bed headboard has "You made your bed, now sleep in it." We say it meaning, make sure you know what you're doing because you (and you alone) are responsible for the outcome of it. The tag on the back wall says, "No journey is too great if you find what you seek". How true it is! My journey is proof of that. (This is actually part of the tag we wore with our names the day of the workshop but I thought it was so fitting I included it here because I couldn't have said it better myself!)

On the bottom is the book that explains all that I have just explained and next to that is NC with "future" and a farm scene. This is because Jerry and I bought some land (farm) in NC and we plan on moving when he retires (in the future). Jerry loves pigs and he wants to get a pig.

Next to that....Time Ends (for me). 

So there you have it, My Life Box. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 - May

Yes, the tag is that way for a reason. It is a cover for a tag book that will be hanging inside the cover of my Configuration Box. It is the May tag of Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2013

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Amdro Powerflex Pest and Weed System

I got the Amdro Powerflex Pest and Weed System the other day. I guess I should explain that I am a BuzzAgent and I get invited by companies to test their products and write a review so I did get this for free. Anyways, it came but it isn't something I am willing to do with a baby in my arms so it had to wait until the weekend which by that time I have a nice case of poison ivy. So of course this weekend it is suppose to rain. I can't complain because we really need it but I have a feeling the weeds will flourish (and the poison ivy) so this is really going to put this Weed System to the test.

I love how simple it is to use. It has cartridges for the different jobs it does and it is a whole lot easier than them messy guns with the concentrated formulas you need to put in first.

Here are the before pictures of my yard but these were taken a couple of weeks ago. It is worse now and  I will be updating the pictures soon.

This is the good side but notice all that crabgrass mixed in? This was treated last year but not with Amdro.

This is the partial view of the back yard. The grass isn't full and more like weeds and crabgrass.

Here is a closer look at the grass or lack of. (Ignore the bucket). 

And this is my garden. Yeah, it takes a lot of imagination to see it but it is really. And this is after I pulled up all the vines and the poison ivy. Ignore the wood, my son (at top) is working on the driveway and pulled them rotting wooden boards or whatever they are called out and threw them down here so we don't have to look at them in front of the house until we go to the dump. 

So here are my before photos, check back to see the progress.


Seems everyday I could work outside it was either raining or too hot but I did manage to snap a couple of photos between storms. I am slowly but surely getting rid of the poison ivy and other weeds.

Here is a picture of some weeds just 24 hours after spraying them.

...and this is what the backyard looks like now. I still have lots of work to do but I do see progress!

As far as pests go, they are no match! Here is the before spraying photo...

These hang out by the light which is by the door and every time I let the dogs in or out, I get a house full of them but no more! Here is the photo after...
(I forgot to change my camera setting so that is why the house looks a different color.)