Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Want a Grape Way to Start the day? Join in the Fun at Google+ #GrowingCirclesHop!

 Whether you are just curious, just confused or just savvy about Google+ this is a fun way to meet a diverse group of Google+ users. Truthfully I am still a little confused and started out just posting pictures and found some fun groups with themes like #SignSunday and #stairsthursday. I have seen seasoned social media friends fumbling about on Google+ still - I am thinking of one in particular who published a book on social media. So don't be afraid ; just click, copy the hashtag (#GrowingCirclesHop) and post a little something. I always find it interesting who I find  I have some family members that rarely frequent most other social media sites yet they love Google+! I use a Google blog so my blog posts go straight there which is a " Google + " too :D

Sometimes I jump in with both feet and volunteered to co-host this "morning" event but no worries - you can join in the fun anytime!

They even gave me this fancy html :D

Welcome to the Google Plus Growing Circles Hop, where we network and share content.

Interested in Co-Hosting?
Send an email to 2justByou(AT)gmail(DOT)com with "G+ Hop Co-Host" in the subject line and include your blog and G+ links for consideration. We'd love to have you!


To make the most of this link party, please follow the rules below.
1. You MUST add your hosts and co-hosts to one of your circles before linking up. 
2. Link up your personal Google+ profile, blog or business G+ pages but NOT your blog URL. 
3. Share ONE post ONLY - (new or old) on G+ and use the hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop
4. Connect with others by clicking on your #growingcircleshop hashtag. Engage with at least 2-3 others by a Share, +1 or Comment. 
5. Add new friends to your circles. 
6. Grab a button for your blog, if you'd like. Help us spread the word so we can keep trending on Google Plus each week! (You can edit size to fit your blog in the code).
Mommy Mentionables

Throughout the next 12 hours, check back on G+ and +1 posts with the hashtag #growingcircleshop.

Google+ Tips

The real participation comes with sharing a blog post to G+ using the party's hashtag and engaging with others who are also sharing posts from this party. Interaction and engaging with others on G+ will bring you the most success! You will notice some posts have a very large picture associated with their post and others have a tiny picture. To increase your chances of being shared, post a photo along with your post link and NOT the tiny one that gets posted automatically with the link. The bigger and more clear your photo, the better chance of it being shared because those are the posts that G+ users want to share with their followers.

If you want to be notified the next time the Hop starts, give us your email below and we will send you a quick notification the next time it goes live.

*The email reminder list goes to the creator of the G+ #growingcircleshop ~ not to me*

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Get Old Fashioned Comfort with New Pine Bros Softish Throat Drops

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


Need a little nurturing for a sore throat? Check out Pine Bros Softish Throat Drops!

Original Pine Bros were first manufactured in 1870 and had a strong following until the 1970's when their parent company sold the rights and dropped the ball. Now the original formula has been painstakingly researched, revived and  repackaged! I remember these from when I was a child and wondered where they had gone. They were part of the nurturing ritual my Mom gave us when we were sick.

Available in three great flavors Natural Honey, Wild Cherry and Licorice and two styles of packaging : Bags containing 32 drops and my new favorite- pucks, which contain 26 drops. The pucks have a screw on lid which keeps the lozenges fresh and secure for travel. A Lemon ~ Citrus formula is planned for release in the next year or so also.

These delectable and effective little drops are available at Kroger, Walgreen's, CVS, Safeway, Rite Aid or check your local supermarket or drugstore. Merchants like to stock what you want to buy so if you do not see them ask them to stock them. You can also order them from the site here: *Pine Brothers* .

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Grab Some Comfort ~"Secrets To A Pain Free Life" by Reza Ghorbani MD Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Managing pain is a complex and confusing journey and "Secrets To A Pain Free Life" is giving me a lot of tools to navigate with. The author , Dr..Reza Ghorbani MD , ABIPP, FIPP is a Harvard trained pain management specialist. So I looked up his practice *click here if you want to check him out*
  I was curious about the fancy letters in his title too
 ABIPP- American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians
  FIPP-  Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice

 The book "Secrets To A Pain Free Life" packs a lot of information and compassion into its relatively small size. Even some humor as there are quite a few cartoon panels. I was especially pleased to find recipes containing pain fighting herbs ~ especially turmeric! I knew turmeric was good for pain and  look for it in prepared mustard and recently noticed it as an ingredient in Mahatma brand yellow rice. I was telling Mike  (the owner of the gym I go to) about the rice and joked about not having any other recipes having turmeric in them - you never hear about Turmeric Chicken! Lo and behold there is a whole chapter devoted to turmeric in the book. There are several chapters containing natural pain fighting herbs starting with their histories .

 I also like how he includes references to his sources at the end of every chapter - you can use them for future references if you want to delve deeper into a particular subject.

 He also throws in little facts - such as aspirin has never been approved by the FDA (it was grandfathered in) and that Lucille Ball had rheumatoid arthritis and raised awareness about the disease.

  Dr.Ghorbani is also an inventor and created Noxicare, a natural pain relief cream which I reviewed in an earlier blog post. His father was a pharmacologist "whose tools were state-of the art medicines" and he states in his book that in their home medicine cabinet "I saw something very different: herbs and plant extracts that have been used for centuries to treat everything from constipation to cancer." My opinion is he saw a need for this product so he created it! Clever man :D
 The reader who won the product said this about Noxicare
 "I received the Noxicare and am happy to say I am loving it! The best part is not having to take pills when I get home from work with back pain. Thanks again for introducing me to this natural product through your giveaway! 

WIN a signed copy of "Secrets To A Pain Free Life" by Dr. Reza Ghorbani! (Giveaway over)

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Turn over a new leaf with KissMe Organics Organic Matcha

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Ready to start 2014 with a healthy new kick? Try Organic Matcha from KissMe Organics. What is Matcha? I would describe it as green tea with a turbo boost . It is born in Japan and undergoes a painstaking cultivation process including being grown in the shade the last four weeks. This helps the Matcha to retain high chlorophyll levels which result in elevated levels of antioxidant properties- 137x the antioxidants in brewed green tea because the quality of the tea is the finest and you use the whole leaf when preparing instead of just steeping. It gives you a metabolism boost, 4-6 hours of increased focus and increased energy and it is even good for your skin!

  The traditional method for preparing is to use 1/2 to 1 tsp Matcha powder and a bamboo whisk. Not having a bamboo whisk handy I just used a regular one ;D.

The flavor is really intense and I played around with drinking it straight as I drink all my tea that way however I really enjoyed it better when I added some honey.

 KissMe Organics goes one step further and has its Matcha lab tested so it is USDA guaranteed to be 100% organic. Not many products have that stamp of approval. They also created a recipe guide for me to share!

Visit KissMeOrganics!

 Recipe Guide

Exclusively available on Amazon ~ Order Matcha

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Knightman - Love and Gaming and a Marriage Proposal

 This was so sweet I could not resist putting it on my blog.
  Evidently Robert Fink wanted to propose to his princess Angel White. Since Robert is a 3-D artist in the gaming industry what better way than spend months developing a game and enlisting the aid of his friends Ryan and Jack to do the programming and score.

knight man : a quest for love click to play

Angel said Yes :D
They taped her reaction ~
I almost cried!
Turns out Angel is a web developer so she developed a website to share their story and allow us to play the game too! Just click the link above.

Not sponsored - here is a link to the game art studio involved :

Friday, December 13, 2013

Noxicare Natural Pain Relief Cream GIVEAWAY

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertori

Noxicare Natural Pain Relief Cream uses phytonutrients (phyto = plant) to synergistically (combined together to produce greater results)provide effective pain relief.
 I'll make it easier - this stuff works and I have been using it everyday since I got it.
 I can understand the names of the active ingredients featured on the label - things like ginger extract and turmeric extract. The website has a more in depth description *clickhere* .
 I have arthritis which is the worst in my right hand and I like being able to grab something when it hurts that works when it hurts.
 This product was formulated by a Harvard trained doctor ~ Reza Ghorbani MD,ABIPP,FIPP.
 Really great stuff! Not greasy and odorless too.
Now for the fun stuff ~ the giveaway! USA only.
Contest has ended - Congrats to Samantha L. !!

Noxicare has lots of great deals on their facebook page

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Holiday Freebie! Catch Santa in your Own Pictures! Chance to win an iPad and gift cards too!

*FREE* until 12/10/2013 !!!

Make your own picture with Santa!! There are 20 Santa or Rudolph poses to choose from at   which is part of the website. You get to size and flip Santa and there are lots of neat borders to choose from. We have a new madison pine artificial tree which is nearly black and I found the perfect border. This would make a great Facebook cover photo ...hmm.
Just go to the site and follow the easy directions then use PROMO CODE: #SantaShare or SantaShare. It rings up at $9.99 which disappears once you enter the code .
This is really fun and I will try not to go too wild because you can use this code as many times as you like until December 10th, 2013!!
There is also a Rafflecopter contest in the bottom right corner of the website for an iPad and gift cards too.

I knew I could not resist - this will be easier if I finish writing my blog post. This picture above was when it was trying to snow one Christmas Day. Now it LOOKS  Christmassy. Share this offer with your friends and family and have fun! Happy Holidays!  :D Kimberly S.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Upgrading to Windows 8.1 Work in Progress

Ready to take the plunge and upgrade to 8.1?  I will share what I have found and done since taking the plunge a few days ago. I am not an IT pro ~ just your average home user who really likes social media, takes a LOT of pictures, loves music, plays games and likes to explore the web.

1) Do a backup before you start - some programs may not be compatible. I did not have any non windows programs I had paid for however if you do please take precautions. My brother claims to have lost access to a beloved graphics program.

2) Just the initial push of the upgrade button took a lot longer than I expected - It revamps your whole system. I have a fairly new computer and it took over 2 hours. You can still use your system while it does it. I made sure I did not upload or download anything and pretty quickly quit using the system as I kept checking the status of the upgrade.

3) SkyDrive gives you a free 7GB of cloud space - I have 5GB of pictures . I am still exploring this option. As I understand it the uploads to the cloud will be automatic. I take lots of pictures then delete a good percentage so if all my pictures go to SkyDrive will I have to delete them twice?  I could see a few movies , videos, music or office files eating this space up quickly too. This is definitely a work in progress part and one practical usage will have to be applied to before I know how it plays out.


4) When I turned on the computer today I noticed little "x'es" on some of the tiles and upon further exploration determined that these needed repaired. Surprise! I was surprised as these are Windows programs and that is what prompted me to write this. I clicked and "repaired" Weather, Video and Games and as you can sort of see above Travel still has the "x" in the bottom right hand corner. This is important because from my understanding programs that are not updated leave your system vulnerable and even though I have never used the "Travel" tile before I will go fix it.

5)Here is a link to Windows 8.1 tutorials *HELP*   There are ten subtopics - I see myself visiting this often.

6) There are many new features and new ways to get around. This is going to be a lot of fun and a lot of learning. I have a touchscreen yet I have found right click on my mouse to be really handy. There is a secondary main screen below the main screen that also requires my attention. You can get here by clicking on a modern arrow in the lower left corner or sliding up with your finger. Some of the Apps are *New* and a few say "Error" such as Sports. Lets go fix that . I had removed the tile when I first got my system but not removed the app.  Same thing as in number 4) needed "repairing" . Side note: Upon completing the repairing it flashes in the upper right that your app was installed. My take on this is this app came preinstalled and needed upgrading. Also once you repair a tile it opens the app so you have to go close the live tile (Right click and choose close live tile on the bottom options). See how the Travel tile above looks different? An open live tile means the app is running in the background.

There is a lot more to see and explore. My repairs have worked for all users however this may be different for you.  I hope my little post helps you stay safe on the web. All comments - especially if I provided bad information- or tips & tricks you have discovered are greatly appreciated! :D