Bigelow Rose Salve

Bigelow’s Hand Salve has been one of my most favorite heavy duty skin products for a long time. I use it pretty much the same way I use the Almond Milk Hand Crème, under rubber gloves, or under my winter gloves. It feels like Vaseline on the skin but it smells better, like roses as the name reads. It works well on hands, elbows, knees, lips, and even your feet. I got mine at Bath an Body Works for $5.50. I’ve had this little tin for a long time too. You don’t need too much of it to see results.

Exciting Times Ahead

Look who's headed to Washington - Mark Sanford. The media must be thrilled. They'll need to hire additional reporters to keep up with all the news coming from this guy. Wow, you have to wonder about the voters of South Carolina. Mark's election could spell trouble for the House GOP leadership. During his campaign the party leaders refused to spend money on his race and kept him at arm's length. He owes them nothing and he goes to Washington looking for a fight. He is vocal, stubborn and a fiscal conservative. House Speaker Boehner has made no secret of being less than thrilled at the return of Sanford to the House. Things may look cordial on the day of his swearing in but do not be deceived. He is expected to be a voice for the opposition. To put it bluntly, he will make Speaker Boehner's life hell. He's already made it clear he is not returning to Washington to make friends. He was a hell raiser in the House in the 1990s and has no plans to change. His goal will be to move from the House to the Senate or back into the governor's office of South Carolina. 

The House position is only a "start somewhere" position. The extremist GOP House members have indicated they are happy to have Sanford's voting record back in the House, but they have refused to discuss if he will be welcomed into their inner circle. Jenny Sanford - Expect to see more reporting on his relationship with ex-wife Jenny. In fact, his swearing-in may have to be postponed until next week as he has to appear in court on Thursday to answer trespassing charges filed against him by ex-wife Jenny. Sanford Family - He once had a family, four sons and a wife who ran all his campaigns. Maria Belen Chapur - Then came the affair and all the lying. Remember his Argentine mistress? She's now his finance he says. Expect a wild ride in the coming months with Mark Sanford in the House. This guy cannot keep his mouth shut or stay out of trouble. One more thing, if he says he's going hiking on the Appalachian Trail, don't believe him.

Organic Surge Eye Gel

This is the best low priced eye gel I have ever tried! I have tried a few such as clinique, elemis, dermalogica, clarins and nothing has compared to this eye gel I really am in love. This eye gel cools and refreshes the eye area. Its lightweight and it absorbs quickly. It contains a lot of skin calming ingredients such as chamomile and green tea which helps to reduce puffiness. What surprised me is that the gel stays cool. I have been using it morning and night for three months and I'm still on my first one and it is still cold when applying... its brilliant! I have really thin skin around my eye area and I love how refreshing this gel is. I recommend this for every single one of you! I know that they sell it in boots for 10$ but if you want to buy directly from Organic Surge and to browse their other products visit Organic Surge.

Help Dogs get to Safety

I eat dinner cold almost every night. Thank goodness I have a wonderful husband who makes dinner for me every night but too bad I eat dinner cold pretty much every night. Why? Well simple, I am a dog rescuer who is always taking care of dogs that someone else throws away like trash. I really wish people weren't so freaking selfish. Why is it that most people never stop to think how their actions are going to affect someone else? Seriously, I could have a less stressful life. The last three weeks have been so crazy at work. I have been slammed plus traveling for work so that is stressing me out. Being away from my computer for a day or days traveling really sets you behind. Then you have the rescue... so many emails from other rescues / shelters / volunteers trying to help dogs get to safety. There are so many dogs in need. Then you have the applications that we get which is a good thing but you have people who don't complete them in total and you have to go back and forth and back and forth. They get upset with you but what they don't understand is we have to process every application the same way and if they don't give us all the information then we can do that.
Thank goodness I have a great person who does the processing of the applications. I really don't know how I did it without her before... I wish there were more people that could help with things.. it is hard to find good people that are trustworthy, organized and motivated. I am lucky in the fact that most of my volunteers are this... I am always so busy, I don't have time to chase people down for answers, get them to do things that need done, ask them over and over again questions. It is just so frustrating when you feel like people don't think your time is valuable... The past two weeks have kind of been like that at work. I work in HR so everything is very process oriented and yet people always try to get around the process which causes more work for me and then those same people get frustrated when they can't get things done in a quick time. Ok, people it is simple... don't be stupid and things will run a lot more smoothly. I can't wait for the month of July to be over.... this month is crazy busy between work and the rescue. Maybe I can eat a hot meal in August.

Why Rent a Car?

The transfer services from or to the Bucharest airport transfer are also included in the offer of the rent-a-car companies in Europe, providing transportation with maximum seriousness at any time you needed it. If you organize an event and you need cars with more than 4 to 5 seats to give a ride to the guests, the same companies will help you by offering you cars for rent of up to 8 seats. The renting period for any type of car is only fixed by you, as well as the car model and facilities. Some of the companies handling car renting provide a particularly generous offer, buying your old car and replacing it by a newer one. Also depending on the loyalty and car renting period, you can benefit from more and more advantageous offers and various bonuses meant to satisfy the clients. 

Me + Hula Hoops = Happy

As you may have guessed, I've got a thing for hula hoops. Several years ago, when we bought a Wii fit, I tried its hooping game. As I swiveled my imaginary hoop, I remembered how much I loved hooping as a kid, and I got the itch to try again with a real hoop. However, when I experimented with some hoops owned by friends' kids, it was way more difficult than I remembered. Like almost impossible. Had I gotten sooo out of shape? Well, yeah, but it turns out that wasn't my only problem. Shortly thereafter, I ran into a professional hooper busking downtown. He was amazing and let me in on a secret: adult-sized hoops! Now, you can buy some gorgeous adult hoops on line, but if you're impatient and/or thrifty, you can make them yourself. Off I went to a hardware store with my husband to buy some PVC tubing. Add a wooden peg stolen from one of our kids toys to connect one end to the other, and some duct tape to hold it all together, and voila! I rushed outside to practice. After a few weeks and many bruises, I could do the basics-neck to waist, waist to knees, and reverse.

Hola Hoops girl

Then I got greedy. I wanted to learn more tricks. But short of traveling to a Burning Man festival to hoop with the hipsters, where could I go to learn? YouTube to the rescue! The hooper tribe is well represented. By the following summer, I'd taught myself to lasso the hoop from my waist to overhead and bring it back down again. I've got a long way to go before I'd call myself a good hooper. My husband keeps asking when I'm going to learn some brand new tricks-you can only applaud your spouse's lassos so many times. Fortunately, after years of looking, I've found a class. Someday, someday, I hope to add shoulder hooping and maybe even a dance routine to my repertoire. Like all fanatics, I can't end my spiel without a little proselytizing. If you're looking for a super fun way to exercise, meditate, get your groove back or simply find some happy, maybe these videos will inspire you. Here's what an amazing hooper looks like. And here's the first step toward getting there. Hoping you find your happy!

Trying to Quit Smoking

What I've been doing in the paste few weeks: Trying to quit smoking again 3 times... I have no words for how hard this is... Starting a new support group - anxiety support this time... I hate it... small, warm room with no windows and 10 people inside... awesome for 10 people who suffer from anxiety, don't you think?  Reading the latest news on and making graphics to keep myself amused when I should be doing more important things... I am the queen of procrastination... Cleaning the house... Left it way too long, again... Washing clothes... Discovering new music... In particular "Until We Bleed" by  Kleerup, "Undisclosed Desires" by Muse, "O Death" by Jen Titus and "Rock Of Ages" by Def Leppard (All inspired by Supernatural, of course, or Supernatural fanvids... "Rock Of Ages" was what was playing on the Impala stereo in the finale when Dean rocked up to face Michael and Lucifer - awesome song, and "O Death" was the song they played to introduce Death, the Horseman - haunting!). Re-watching Supernatural from the first season... again... you're surprised? To name a few. Nothing majorly unusual! That's it for now. Take care all!