Sponsor: Rachel’s Junk in the Trunk & A GoFundMe

rachelblogpicRachel’s blog is a personal blog about life, faith and just about everything! I can really appreciate a single mom that works as hard as Rachel to support her beautiful daughter.


I wanted to share some things that really stuck out when I was reading through her blog.


Her daughter has a GoFundMe for TWO mission trips. One in Mexicali and one in Croatia – She’s 16 and is helping those that are less fortunate. What an amazing girl. You can donate to help support her trip here – every little bit helps!


I can always appreciate a great old book. It’s even better when it’s an old cookbook from 1922!


She takes some really pretty pictures.


I can always appreciate a pretty Christmas tree!

She also has a coffee maker that I covet.


You can follow her on….



and don’t forget to check out her daughter’s GoFundMe and donate if you’d like!


How To Kick That Soda Habit

Before the Holidays, I decided that I really needed to kick my soda habit. It was getting to the point where I just was drinking it out of habit, I didn’t even really like the taste of it anymore. Or I was just drinking it because it was there. I don’t necessarily crave the caffeine, but then again, I am a coffee drinker, so I didn’t get caffeine headaches while I was quitting. I’ve gone through them before, though. I know how much they suck but it’s definitely something that you can kick.  For me, I crave carbonation. I love it. You have to have a little bit of self-control to get through this, but you can do it!

1. Temptations. If you don’t have self-control, get rid of the temptations. This means NO SODA in the house and it also means that you’re going to be eating in. You can’t risk the temptation if you know you’ll just cave and get a soda with your meal. This wasn’t an option for me because I have avid soda drinkers in the house who weren’t interested in give it up. Luckily, they drink the soda that I didn’t like so once my soda was gone, it was easier for me to not think about it.

2. Find a replacement drink. People think they’re just going to quit drinking soda and just drink water. Well, that’s what you SHOULD do but, you’re going to get sick of water. Trust me. You will. You need to have juice on hand or flavored water or mineral water. If you’re like me and just need you fix of carbonation, try club soda. They have bunch of different flavored ones,  just be sure that you’re not getting one with added sugars or sodium. Even plain club soda isn’t bad.

3. Scale back if necessary. Accept that you might have to scale back before you actually quit drinking soda. This means, you’re going to have to use some self-control to limit your intake and probably stick to a soda schedule. Example: I’ll have a soda with lunch and that’s it or no soda after 5 PM… etc.

4. Accountability. Find a way to be held accountable for your soda intake. You can tell your family and friends that you’re quitting and have them help you hold yourself accountable. You friends and family will check up on you and it’s harder to get away with sneaking one. 😉

How have you kicked habits you didn’t like? Tell me in the comments below!


Why I Broke Up With 1&1

Guys, it’s been almost two weeks since I finally got frustrated enough with 1&1 and decided to make the switch. So, why did I do it and how do I feel about 1&1?


If I’m being 100% completely honest here, which I try to be honest with you guys about everything, I went with 1&1 originally because I was broke. I was in the middle of a massive cross-country move and blogging was my way of staying sane. I wanted my own domain and 1&1 was offering it for $0.99. “Hell yeah, I’ll pay a dollar for my domain!” I thought. Don’t do this! DON’T DO IT!!

Between the random charges on my card for things that were supposed to be free and/or things that were canceled and the annoying downtime, I couldn’t take it anymore. I tried to last until my renewal date (Which was in May) but I couldn’t do it anymore. My first issues began with them giving me this “free” service that wasn’t actually free. Now, had they said “money back guarantee” that would be one thing, but they said “free” and it was definitely NOT free. Obviously, I decided not to keep their “free” service, canceled, and expected my money back from a service I never actually used and, I know this is the crazy part, I expected not to get charged for it again. WRONG! Not only did I have to fight to get my money back, I got charged again for it, TWICE! Their excuse was that it was only “partial” canceled. First of all, WTF does that even mean? And Secondly, if I say that I want something canceled, I generally mean I want the entire service canceled. Not part of it and still pay for the entire “package”. I want it canceled. It took me three months to get that figured out. I generally like to give people the benefit of the doubt and assume that it was an honest mistake and mistakes happen. That’s fine. But three months is a little excessive to get something fixed – especially when you’re charging me for a service I’ve canceled!

My other complaint was how often they were down. It was so constant. There were times when I’d go to check my email and it’d be down for whatever reason and I couldn’t check it because it couldn’t connect to their servers. Yes, this kind of thing happens, I understand that. When it happens weekly, that is an issue. Sometimes it’d be down the entire day. I need my domain email for things and if I am going to have trouble accessing it, I might as well not even bother having a domain email.

My last real complaint is how SLOW they are. Oh you want to delete/edit a subdomain? Guess what? It’s going to take at least 24 hours but probably more like 3 days. Oh you want to edit some setting? Cool, you can try but our servers might just go down in the middle of changing things up! GOOD LUCK! When I was hosting through Blogger, they made it extremely difficult to even get a BLOGGER up and running.

Honestly, I felt like they just wanted to charge you for every little service, or make it a pain to use their basic services, so you’ll upgrade in hopes of getting a better service. I never forked over the money to see if that were true, but if it’s anything like their basic services; it’s not worth my time.

Long story short: I’ve made the switch and have never been so happy about it! I will never work with 1&1 again and will be switching everything I have through them to somewhere else.

Sponsor: Hair Growth Vitamins

Since I cut my hair over the summer, I’m dying to get my hair long again. (I know, I know, I need to stop cutting it off. I can’t help it sometimes. ) When I was offered the chance to try this hair growth formula, I jumped all over it. I wasn’t disappointed.

About the Product:
Zenwise Labs Hair Growth Vitamins formula contains our distinct blend of 27 ingredients, including 5000 mcg of Biotin, that promote hair growth and overall hair health. This formula also provides essential vitamins and antioxidants to address deficiencies that have been shown to cause hair loss.  It is used to promote overall hair health as well as stimulate growth and address any deficiencies that could be hindering hair growth.

Key Ingredients:
MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane)
Grapeseed Extract
Saw Palmetto
Pumpkin (Seed-Curcubita Pepo)(4:1)
Gotu Kola (Herb-Centella Asiatica) (4:1)
Ginkgo Biloba (Leaf)
L-Lysine Hcl
Citrus Bioflavanoids
Nettle (Leaf-Urtica Dioica)


How I used it:
I normally take plain biotin daily. I stopped taking that to test this product out. I took two tablets, once a day, with a meal. (The first day I didn’t take it with a meal and it make my belly hurt. But, any pill on my empty stomach gives me a bellyache. )
Pros: The key ingredients are safe and great for hair growth. The formula is vegetarian. It does promote hair growth.
Cons:  The pill can cause upset stomach if taken on an empty stomach. The pill isn’t exactly small. Other than that, I haven’t had any negative side effects.
Overall Thoughts:  It contains ingredients that are great for hair growth. It helps strengthen hair and promotes overall hair health. I’ve enjoyed my sample of the product and would recommend it to my friends and readers.  It struck me that hair growth can be hindered by deficiencies, something I hadn’t thought of before.  Regardless of how much growth you’re hoping to get from taking a hair growth pill, it’s smart to research products and take vitamins daily. For example, MSM is a natural energy booster as well as it helps produce generous amounts of collagen and keratin which is not only good for your hair but your nails and skin, too! I’m really happy with this product.
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How To Organize Your Pinterest Boards

 Pinterest is such a fun place but sometimes you need to go through and clean everything up. I’ve been neglecting to this to mine for some time but I finally sat down and changed everything around. It looks so much better now!
As you can see, my pinterest was a complete and utter mess. I mean, the cover photos are all over place, the boards I have are just a mixture of everything. I decided that I need to increase the number of boards I have (to make things easier to find later!) and to update my cover photos and move things to the right board.
I started with my food board. I decided what I wanted to keep, what I wanted to move and what I wanted to delete. I made two new board for my food: a sweets/treats one and one for drinks. I moved everything accordingly. I deleted any duplicate pins or things that didn’t have working links.
Moving things on pinterest has gotten a lot easier! You can now select multiple pins and move them.
 All you have to do to create a new board from here is click on the arrow and add a new board. You can then move the pins to this newly created board.

Some things to note: You don’t have to change the cover photo but pinterest defaults it to the first pin in the board. This means that you’ll get whatever random pin and it won’t be centered to your liking. It’s always good to check and scroll through your cover options. The cover is going to draw people in to the board so it’s always a good idea to have an interesting cover that is relevant to the board.

I moved on to my Nerdgasm board. This one was the WORST. It was just a mess of all my fandoms and geekery in one place. It needed some serious help.  I made a board for each of my fandoms that I know I regularly pin to. Then I started moving pins over to their new boards.
***Tip: Do you have some pins that you’re like, “Oh, this is a crossover and I don’t know where I should pin it?!”?? I suggest going with the main theme of the pin. For example, I have a pin of a Pichu dressed as Link from Zelda. I pinned these to my Pokemon boards because it’s a Pokemon dressed as Link.  Make sense?

This is also an important thing to note: You don’t have to have a creative name for every single board. Sometimes you just need a Star Wars board. It can be called Star Wars and you can pin awesome things to it. 😉

Once you’re done moving all your pins around, you’re going to go to your newly created boards and edit their description, categorize them, and change their cover photo.

You’re almost done! All that is let to do is organize your board order. I moved the most popular ones up towards the top and kept all the fandoms together.

Now that you’re nice and organized, you can go back to pinning!

Happy Pinning!
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The Must-Have Gifts Of The Past 25 Years

Remember when Furbies were the must-have toy of the 90s? Did you think they’d rise to popularity again in 2012? Take a walk down memory lane with this illustration of the past 25 years of must-have Christmas toys. Created by Personal Creations, it includes tons of childhood favorites—from Easy Bake Oven, Tickle Me Elmo and Transformers. Were any of these on your wish list over the years?

25 Years of Must-Have Toysvia

I know that I had a bunch of these – the NES, a Tamagotchi, a furby, Pokemon games, a razor scooter …. Let me know which ones you wanted/had as a kid! 

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Important Life Lessons From Elf On The Shelf

We just started Elf on the Shelf this year. I thought it’d be a fun tradition and that the kids would enjoy it. Well, they kind of enjoy it. Maybe. I can’t really tell. I think it freaks them out more than anything. I mean, there is an elf that is making mischief in their house, so it makes sense that they’d be a little wary about it. They named him Hans Mario Snowball.

I wanted to share some life lessons I’ve learned from Hans.

1- The things you think are funny as an adult aren’t as funny when you’re a child and vice versa.

2 – Always… ALWAYS check the date on the milk before you put green food coloring in it.


If you don’t… the milk will probably be bad. And it will ruin the fun of green milk. Also, if you have picky eaters, green milk will probably just ruin milk for them altogether.

3 – If you think your kid is going to love Elf on the Shelf, chances are, he won’t. He’ll tell you daily that he’s getting sick of that naughty elf and his shenanigans.

4 – YOU will probably enjoy Elf on the Shelf more than your child.You’ll spend all the time planning and laughing about how funny it’ll be and you littles will wake up and be mad that the elf has made yet another mess.

and lastly,

5 – If your elf makes a snow angel in flour, he’ll get gross and dirty and he’ll look smug about it. This will either make you laugh really hard in the morning or make you really mad, depending on the amount of coffee you’ve had and how early it is. Basically, coffee is the key to happiness. 😉

Bonus Wednesday Outfit:


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Geeky Confessions

I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now and after the crazy weekend I had, I think it’s time for some geeky confessions.

I hate supernatural. I don’t understand the fandom. I don’t think any of them are cute.
I. do. not. like. supernatural. – It makes me really, really mad when I’m on pinterest and BAM! Supernatural fandom is taking over.

I didn’t see Star Wars until I was 25 …. And that’s because my brother liked star wars and  I didn’t want to be like him. True freaking story. Sometimes, just sometimes, your brother might know what is up. (But most of the time, brothers are lame and don’t know things. bahaha. )

I’ve talked about this one before, but I have an abnormal obsession with The Lord of the Rings. I used to go into a chat room (REMEMBER THOSE?!) … Called The Barrow Downs (we called it “BD”) that was just a bunch of LotR nerds and spend hours and hours talking them. I’ve actually still stayed in contact with some of them and have met them IRL and they’re just as cool as I thought they’d be.

The day this came out, my dog died. I spent the entire movie crying and my friends thought it was because of Heath Ledger… and teased me about it… which made me MORE upset and made me cry MORE. While that was sad, I was definitely more upset about my dog dying. I still cannot watch this movie because it reminds me of that day.

Do you have any geeky confessions??

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Social Anxiety & MMOs

I don’t know if you guys knew this about me, but I have some serious social anxiety. It’s something so major in my life that I thought I’d share my experiences with it because I’ve very recently realized that a lot of people don’t understand it.


It’s really hard for me to make friends. I hate small talk and I hate having to learn about a person, I’d much rather skip ahead to the part where we already know each other and they realize that I am awkward a hell and can’t handle social situations. I can’t handle situations where there are like more than 2 people… Especially if there are going to be new people there. I get so nervous that I will be sick – literally. Over the summer, I decided to help with my daughter’s cheer team and ended up being the coach. Something that I am terrified of – not because of children (I LOVE working with children. They’re great and real. I love authentic people and children just ooze authenticity) but because of the moms. After the first meeting, I came home and I cried.  It was so scary. I sat there and listened to everyone talk while we were waiting for people to show up and I realized that it is going to be really hard to make friends in Alabama – because I don’t have a lot in common with most of these women… and because I’m not good at social situations. Now, I do have to say that I’ve made some friends because of that cheer leading experience and I did have a lot of fun doing it — after I got to know some of the people.

The other thing I have a really hard time with, it phone calls. I panic. PANIC. If I have to call someone, it generally takes me at least 15 minutes to an hour to work up the courage to call them. (Just enough time to imagine all the ways that the phone call will go) If someone calls me … you know that feeling you get when you’re on a roller coaster and you’re at the top of a very steep drop? That’s the feeling I get when someone calls me. It’s not fun. It’s unexpected. It makes me want to cry and throw up at the same time. It really kills me. Once I’m on the phone, I’m absolutely fine… it’s just the getting me on the phone part that is terrible. Pretty much it is just better for me if you text me. It’s easier for me to handle. It’s not nearly as scary.

Now, I’m telling you this because I have a kind of amusing story about how this social anxiety of mine gets in the way of my gaming life.

I play FFXIV and over the summer I took a little break… you know, moving and stuff. Well, I recently resubbed and got back into it.

I main as a White Mage (WHM) which is a healer for those of you who aren’t big on FF/MMOs … (a basic raid group is 2 tanks, 2 healers, and 4 damage dealers or DPS and a basic dungeon party is 1 tank, 1 healer, 2 DPS) Anyway, I was in this raid group that I already didn’t want to be in because I’m not big on douchey players, but it was still in the beginning stages of being put together… Which means that my anxiety was through the roof. On top of my normal anxiety I also get Healer Anxiety. I feel like that’s pretty normal … you get nervous when you have new content or whatever. Well, I get it for new content, new people – especially new people I have to continue to play with.  Soooooo… I am dealing with the social aspect of my anxiety, the new people I have to deal with, and the healer anxiety, new content, and a douchey raid leader who pretty much didn’t want me there in the first place.  I felt so sick to my stomach that I couldn’t handle it. Also, on top of all that stuff, I had to be in Teamspeak … Let’s just add some voip to the mix, you’ll be fine! I was not fine. I had to focus on new content, new players, not tunnel vision-ing, keeping players up, mechanics AND talk in TS. It was terrible.  Long, boring story short, I quit the raid group and no longer have to deal with a douchey raid leader.

((When I put a raid group together, I don’t feel like I have nearly as much anxiety about it. I think it’s because, generally, I have played with the people before, know their play style and I know that they’re not jerks. ))

It was also interesting to read on the FFXIV subreddit that there are other healers that get healer anxiety… and there are the douchey players that get on there and tell you that if you’re anxious over healing that you need to reevaluate your life. Newsflash, some of us are just anxious. It has nothing to do with our life choices… it’s just how our brain works.

Anyway, the point of this story is, that when you talk about social anxiety it can seem almost comical that someone would get so stressed out about such a silly thing but it is really a big deal for some of us. I can tell you that sometimes it’s the most frustrating thing in the entire world… but sometimes, when you have a friend that understands your anxiety, it isn’t so bad. So, if you have a friend that has it… take the time to nurture their anxiety because it’ll mean a lot more to them than you realize. Chances are that they want to see you but might need a little push or a little nurturing to come out of their shell.

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