Thursday, October 25, 2012

And The Winner Is...

We go old school around here.
First, I assigned a number to each entry and then I wrote each number on a piece of paper.
Like this

See, 1 through 7.
Next I put the numbers in an ice cream bowl.
Like this
See, all there.
Then I called my oh so adorable assistant over and put him to work.
He had to take a little look
Then I told him to pick one.
Seriously, how cute is he?
He's got one.
And the winner is
Number 1!
Congratulations Gina! Email me your contact information please!
A big thanks to every one that came by and entered, and a HUGE thanks to Thearpon Skin Health for the gift!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Skin Is In, Part 2. A Giveaway For You!

So a week or so ago I told you all about my love of all things Therapon Skin Health related and especially the Theraderm Clinical Skin Care, Skin Renewal System.

This Stuff is GOLD

Seriously it's amazing!
So anyways, after I told you all about the company I decided to "man-up" and give you photographic proof of the change.
I showed you my before and after. 
Take a look at my early morning make up free face. (Times 2)

The before is on the left, the after is on the right.
And, that's just two weeks in.

I haven't edited either picture in any way.
If I had, I'd have done something about my unruly eyebrow.

See the difference?
Noticeably less redness on the right.
After my post went live I shared my results with Thearpon Skin Health on twitter.
Christina messaged me and offered to give one of my followers (US Resident Only) a complete Skin Renewal System so that someone else could share in the experience of clear healthy skin with me.
Knowing what it feels like to suffer with/from rosacea, I jumped at the chance to help someone else.
So, how do you win?
If you are a US Resident than leave a comment telling me what issues you have with your skin.
Hey, I shared mine it's only fair you share yours. And, you never know we might be able to get some pending skin questions answered for you.
Also, I think it's only fair to ask that you share some LOVE with a "Like" to the Theraderm ClinicalSkin Health by Therapon  facebook page.
While you're there you can find my Facebook page as well.

I'll be doing this drawing the old fashion way, ya knowing pulling a name/number at random, so please know that only your first comment will count as an entry.
Feel free to share this with your friends and family, maybe you can steal it from them if they win.
The drawing will be in one week on Wednesday October 24, 2012. That gives you time to enter and have your friends and family enter to. Plus, it gives me time to finish mid-terms.
That's it. Let's Recap.
Us Residents Only
 Leave a Comment Telling Me About Your Skin Issues,
 Show Some LOVE on Facebook. 
Drawing Will Be Held on 10/24/12

Monday, October 15, 2012

Bullying, The Truth Behind This Momma Wanting to Kick Some Ass (because that makes sense)

     I shall remember forever and will never forget.

      Monday: my money was taken.

      Tuesday: names called.

      Wednesday: my uniform torn.

     Thursday: my body pouring with blood.

     Friday: it’s ended

     Saturday: freedom”

      That’s the final diary passage of thirteen-year old V. Singh. He was found hanging from the banister rail at home on the following Sunday. It is also a defining portion of the book Bullycide, Death at Playtime by Neil Marr and Tim Field.  October is National Bullying Awareness month. I’d like to talk a little about school bullying.  Bullying by definition in the Merriam-Webster dictionary means 1: to treat abusively 2. to affect by means of force or coercion. That’s so much more than just bad behavior.  

     For bad behavior to be considered bullying, it has to have two ingredients, says Rana Sampson. She wrote a pamphlet called Bullying in Schools for the U.S. Department of Justice. The first ingredient is repeated harmful acts against the same person. The second is an imbalance of power. That means one person (the bully) must have or believe that he or she has more power than the victim has. (Power can be physical strength, or it can be a type of mental control.)

Each bullying act, Sampson says, usually includes
* a victim,

* the ringleader bully

* assistant bullies (they join in),

* reinforcers (they laugh with or encourage the bully)

* bystanders (they don't take a side)

*  and defenders (they step in and stick up for or comfort the victim). (Hunt, P., & Nevins, D)

      According to the National Education Association it is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. I’d feel safe saying that could probably be an understatement.

 I’d like to show you a picture of my son
(Cutie Pie, isn't he?)

Now I'd like to show you what bullying can do.


My son, at the age of 4, was a victim of school bullying. After the bullying became physical we had no choice but to withdraw him from the program. Luckily for us, the damage has been fairly minimal. He isn’t dealing with any real emotional issues and everything but one scar has healed and disappeared.
Bullying is real. It’s not something that just happens to everyone else. It can happen anywhere.

     If you check out the website Make Beats Not Beat Downs, you can find information about the different types of bullying.
     “Bullying can take many forms but it usually includes the following types of behavior:
• Physical – hitting, kicking, pinching, punching, scratching, spitting or any other form of physical attack. Damage to or taking someone else’s belongings may also constitute as physical bullying.
• Verbal – name calling, insulting, making racist, sexist or homophobic jokes, remarks or teasing, using sexually suggestive or abusive language, offensive remarks
• Indirect – spreading nasty stories about someone, exclusion from social groups, being made the subject of malicious rumors, sending abusive mail, and email and text messages (cyber bullying).
• Cyber Bullying - any type of bullying that is carried out by electronic medium.” (
     Knowing what bullying is, the different ways it can occur and the seriousness of the issue; how do we prevent it? Can we prevent? Most people say the key to bullying prevention is awareness. You know that old saying “knowledge is power”, bullying prevention is a great example of that at work.  Be aware of your surroundings. No, not the physical surroundings, the people you are surround with. Familiarize yourself with their behaviors their moods. Be aware of those things so you can and will notice any changes. Read the clues. Are they having any frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness? Have there been any changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating? Are they having difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares? Are there grades declining? Is there a loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school? Maybe there is a sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations or feelings of helplessness or decreased self-esteem. These are all clues that something like bullying is going on.

     If you determine bullying is occurring, a resolution lies within your reaction. React the right way.  Stay calm, and have an orderly plan. Start by assessing the level of bullying. All types of bullying should be taken seriously, but how you handle it will depend on the nature, severity and duration. Once you have gathered all of the facts try emailing or meeting with the teacher. Here is where staying calm really comes in to play. Try to remember you’re on the same team. If the teacher can’t resolve the problem, involve the principal. Put it in writing, explaining the steps you’ve taken, and ask that they intervene. Find out what they plan to do to keep the child safe. Then monitor the situation, and if you’re not satisfied, meet with the superintendent or, if necessary, the school board. If it’s cyber bullying report the harassment to your Internet Service Provider. If it’s physical, report it to the police.
     Finally, no matter how tempted you are, don’t confront the bully or his parents. Tempers are likely to flare, which will just make the situation worse. Leave it to the school or legal authorities.
William Shakespeare wrote,

    “All the world’s a stage,
     And all the men and women merely players.
     They have their exits and their entrances,
     And one man in his time plays many parts, …”  (As You Like It, Act 2, Scn. 7)
     “The bully, the bullied, and the bystander are three characters in a tragic play performed daily in our homes, schools, playgrounds, and streets.” (Colorose, B.) And, just like the characters in Shakespeare’s play, the roles we have as characters in life are real and the consequences of some actions can be deadly.
Which characters are you?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Skin Is In!

And healthy skin is even better!

Remember last month when I told you I was headed to Pucker Up with the lovely lady bloggers of NWA for the Therapon Skin Health Perfect Lip launch party?

Well when I was there I met Christina. She is amazing and she works for Therapon Skin Health.

Did you know TSH (Therapon Skin Health) was a local company?

Really local.

NWArkansas local.


Seriously! We have had this company in our backyard and I am just now learning about them.


So anyways, a week or so after the party I sent Christina a tweet and I asked if they had a product or a combination of products that would be good for people, like me, that suffer with/from rosacea.

And, then I asked about something for teen acne.

Tweet was answered and product was shipped.

Such Pretty Packaging.

The Goodies Inside The Box

I'm in love with this product. I've been using it for 2 weeks and the difference in my skin is great!

Let me clarify, I was NOT paid to write this.

I was NOT asked to.

I just WANTED to because it really is THAT GOOD!

Proof is in the pudding right? Well here goes.

Take a look at my early morning make up free face. (Times 2)
The before is on the left, the after is on the right. And, that's just two weeks in.
I haven't edited either picture in any way.
If I had, I'd have done something about my unruly eyebrow.
See the difference?
Noticeably less redness on the right.
I'm looking forward to even further reduction in the bright red coloring from my rosacea as I continue to use the products. I'll keep you posted.