Free Hand Cream from MinuteClinic

Here's a great freebie from CVS MinuteClinic. Free hand lotion! The freebie goes live to the public tomorrow at 9:00 am, but until then, you can access it through this exclusive link: Click here  Just submit your e-mail and they'll send you a coupon to take to CVS for your free hand cream.

It's an app on Facebook, so unfortunately it won't let you use a phone, but use a computer, and the free gift is yours!

Here's some great tips from MinuteClinic on how to use your hand cream this Winter:

Really?! A Book Remake?! Why?!

I think every child has a favorite book. For me, it was The Poky Little Puppy's First Christmas. It didn't matter if it was the middle of Summer, I loved that book. It was a story of a mommy dog and her little puppies. The puppies escape under a fence to go explore the forest, but the littlest one (the Poky Little Puppy,) gets caught going under the fence, and gets left behind. He eventually catches up and just in time to get the Christmas tree decorated with his siblings and the help of some other animals. It is a very sweet book. Unfortunately, I haven't found it anywhere!

Today, I was in Barnes & Nobles, and I saw this:

I picked it up and nearly knocked my daughter over with excitement! Then I started reading it...

Wait a minute! This isn't it! That's the Poky Little Puppy on the cover...and it says "First Christmas" but it's not the same story! This one has people in it! And, there's no tree decorated with berries! What is this?! 

I've heard of remaking movies, but a book?! What was wrong with the original?! Why change it? It was a perfect story. I'm so disappointed. It was like someone gave me a box of chocolate caramels that ended up really being filled with fruit creams! Yuck! What a rip off!

So, the hunt continues for The ORIGINAL Poky Little Puppy's First Christmas!

♪I don't want to have to look very much further♪ (Whitney Houston, yes the lyrics are wrong, that's how they played out in my head)

Music Monday, What Inspires You?

Not only is it Cyber Monday, but it's also Music Monday. Today's theme is inspirational songs.

The great thing about music is that it inspires in so many ways. Music can be your shoulder to cry on, or the boost you need to keep going. No matter what you need you can find it in music. That's why this theme is so hard. There are just so many songs and artists out there that inspire me in so many ways.

We are all beautiful!

"Lose yourself in the music, the moment, you own it, you better never let it go, you only get one shot..."

How can you have inspirational songs without this?! What a reminder that we are all special. And, by the way, if you haven't seen Katy Perry's movie, it is so worth the watch!

Have a musical week.... ♪cause baby you're a firework, go on show 'em what you're worth♪


Instagram what matters to you and enter to win a trip to New York

You know I love a good sweepstakes, and this one definitely looks like a good one! Not only is it a great prize, but if you like taking pictures, you could have fun entering.  Along with a trip to NYC, look at what else you could win.
  • Trip for 2 including airfare to New York City.
  • Two nights accommodations at an Affinia Hotel. The top of the line boutique hotel chain in NYC.
  • One (1) $400 Gift Certificate for SD26, one of New York’s hottest Italian restaurants.
  • One (1) $250 Gift Certificate for Bloomingdale’s.
  • One (1) $150 Gift Certificate for City Lobster, home of New York’s Best Lobster.
  • Two (2) tickets to see The Blue Man Group, one of Broadway’s longest running and most popular shows.
  • Two (2) tickets to see the New Museum of Contemporary Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
All you have to do is take a picture of what matters to you and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #CityBuzzNYC. Watch the video below to find out more.

NY Matters Photo Contest is sponsored by Vidicom and Citybuzz.

disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, all opinions expressed are my own. The post does enter me into a contest.

Music Monday, Something a Little Slower

It's Monday, and time for some music. I haven't been feeling well lately. Between pain, and dizzy spells, I've spent a lot of time in bed so this week's music choices are a little on the down side. I just wasn't feeling any dance hits. the good news is I have an MRI scheduled today, so we should hopefully find out what's wrong, and get it fixed.

Sit back relax, and enjoy the music, or just lay down, that's how I'm listening.

This video is just physically amazing! Absolutely beautiful!

This song is just so pretty. (if it sounds familiar,you may have heard it in a commercial.)

So, I'm not a fan of the Twilight movies, (the books were amazing!) but this song is just beautiful! If you're not a Breaking Dawn fan, just shut your eyes, the song is worth hearing!

Have a great week!


Aloha Friday, What was your most boring job?

Happy Friday! I was recently talking to someone about being bored at work. Which, by the way I'm not. So please don't send extra work! I don't need any! I have had jobs in the past that were just...BORING. Nothing you could do to make it better, it just was the way it was.

One of these jobs was a temp position at a middle school in Maine. I was filling in for the receptionist that was on maternity leave. My job consisted of marking attendance in the system, and then just sitting waiting for someone to come to the front desk with a question. There was no surfing the internet. No projects, nothing. I stared at the front door, hoping that I could use the power of thought to will someone to walk in with a question. My brain must not be strong enough because this rarely worked.

It was BORING!!
So todays question:  What was your most boring job?

An Island Life

Starbucks, Get One Free Deal

Starbucks holiday drinks are here! I love so many of these flavors, I may just be using this BOGO deal to keep myself from having to decide! Starting Thursday and running through the weekend, it's buy one get one free at your local Starbucks.

There's many lattes to choose from, and if you don't like coffee, you can get a hot chocolate, or one of my faves, an iced salted caramel hot chocolate. YUM!

Is it too early to start singing? ♪it's beginning to look a lot like ...♪

Music Monday, Not just for Kids

Happy Music Monday! This week we're celebrating Kids' Show Theme Songs. For this one, I called in help from my "little" girl, my 18 year old Rose to remind me of some her favorite shows from her childhood. We talked about quite a few, and here's some that made the cut.

This was a huge fave of my girls!

This one's for me. I just loved this show on Saturday mornings.

This show had a better end song than opening song. and, with that I say good bye. Have a great week!


Friends Prize Pack Giveaway

Warner Bros. is pleased to announce the release of Friends, the Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set on 11/15/12. To celebrate, one reader will win a Limited Edition Friends Prize Pack!!

Friends is just one of those shows that I can sit down anytime and watch, and I laugh just as much now, as a I did the first time around. And, I still can't help but dance to that catchy theme song ♪I'll be there for you♪

The prize pack includes 2 over sized cappuccino mugs, and a cool frame just like the one on Monica's door!

So, here's the deal: check out all the cool activities to celebrate Friends including a new clip released every week. Enter to win in the form below, and come back each day for more fun and chances to win!

A Rare discussion of Politics because Women's Issues are Important!

I don't usually discuss politics outside of my home. I don't engage in political discussion on someone else's Facebook page, and in fact I try not to write about it on my own page because it's too easy for people to say things on Facebook that they wouldn't say in person.

Politics, like religion, are just too controversial. No one will change their viewpoints until life forces them to do so. We all have different life experiences that guide us towards what we feel is right, and it's just not worth trying to change someone's values. And, with some people, it's just not worth the argument, so I usually just let it go and avoid the controversy.

But, sometimes, our very worth can be lost by not standing up for what we believe.

Wordless Wednesday, Flowers in the Sun

It's Wednesday, and time to be wordless. I've been so busy with work and school that there's not much story to tell, so just some pretty flowers still blooming in the Florida sun. Have a great day!

♪Cellophane flowers of yellow and green towering over your head. Look for the girl with the sun in her eyes...♪ (Beatles)

Free Bracelet at Starbucks, today!

Everyone knows it's election day, but did you know Starbucks is celebrating the day by giving away free bracelets?

Last year on Election Day, Starbucks kicked off it's partnership with and this year they're thanking you with a free red white and blue Indivisible bracelet.

If you go to Starbucks today and they don't offer you a bracelet, just ask, they may have forgotten about it like mine did.

Have a great day, and remember to vote!

Music Monday, Fight for your Rights

It's Music Monday, and thanks to hubby, I've got this song stuck in my head!!

With election day tomorrow, make sure you get out and vote to protect your rights. Remember there's more than just the president to decide. Before you go make sure to check out the amendments and local politicians for your area.

I don't care how you vote, just vote! Because you have to fight for your rights!


No More Little Notes on My Door!

A couple weeks ago, my computer gave me a dreaded error; the failure of my hard drive is imminent. What?! No! I can't live without my computer!! I have online classes to take, homework to do, and of course, blogging and sweeping! I'd be lost without it!

So, I decided to order a new computer, (with the monthly payment option of QVC, this worked out better than fixing my old one, right now, and I needed a second one.) I should have had the computer a week ago, but it was shipped late. So, of course, after waiting an extra week, we returned home on Friday to a nice note from UPS. We had just missed them, and would now have to wait until Monday for delivery.

I could have avoided this if I had signed up for UPS My Choice, months ago when my friends did. Well, I'm signed up now. UPS will now alert me when a package will be delivered, and if I'm not going to be home, I can arrange another delivery time. And, it's FREE!

No more little notes for me!

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