Monday, December 31, 2012

Oh, Man! It's Monday!

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Recipe: Peppermint Mud Pie

Here is another blog hopping find. Just looking at this picture makes me hungry.

Best of all, its only three ingredients!!

Peppermint Mud Pie

Oreo Crust
Peppermint Ice Cream

Check out Diana Rambles Blog for step by step directions with pictures!!

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Soapbox Sunday: Batteries and (Not so) Wordless Wednesday: Jared's Computer

First, I need to explain something before I launch into my rant.

This past Black Friday at Wal-Mart, they had a digital SLR camera bundle that I wanted so bad.  I mean, so bad I was trying to think of every way possible to squeeze the cash out of the budgt to buy this thing.  Yes, the idea of selling my kidney did enter my brain. I mean, I only need one, right? Why have two?

Anyway, I finally gave up because there was just no way to justify the expense.

Fast forward to Christmas and I open a gift from my husband and it's this really nice camera bag:

I have both my paternal and maternal grandfather's old SLR cameras (they are among my most prized processions as how many people can say they own something from both of their grandfathers?), so I thought my husband bought me this nice camera bag to put those SLR's in.  It didn't even occur to me to open the camera bag until my husband says, "Um, open it."

So, I did.

And snuggled inside was the camera.  I mean the camera. The very camera I contemplated selling my kidney to obtain.  I was totally surprised.  He totally got me this year.  I had no idea what so ever.  He had put it on layaway and been making payments on it all this time. 

Ain't it pretty?!?

So, I take the camera out of the package and start to put it together so I can use it to take pictures of Jared getting his computer (I'll explain more about that later).

Here is where my rant starts.  The camera has a rechargeable battery which I love.  However, the battery was dead.

Really??  I mean, you pay a ton for these pretty new gadgets and of course you want to use it immediately but you can't because you have to charge the battery. Would it be so much trouble to include a charged battery? I was so disappointed that I had to wait to be able to use it and had to use my (now turdish) digital camera to snap pictures of Jared opening his computer.

Before I explain Jared's computer, I want to show everyone one of the things I got Steven.  It is a tad bit silly (and after the surprise camera makes me look like a total cheap stake).  Steven loves panda bears and Eeyore.  So, I went on Build a Bear and made him this:

When he opened it, he said, "Oh, its an Eeyore!"  To which I replied, "No, its not!"  He took it out of the little Build a Bear house and responded, "Its a panda. Dressed as Eeyore."

Now, to explain Jared and his computer.  Jared's current computer was one that my husband build like five years ago (way before we met me) and when he got his new one, he let Jared have the old one.  While still a good computer, being five years old, it did have its limitations.  It tended to overheat when Jared wanted to play Minecraft or World of Warcraft.

Jared so wanted a new computer (or upgrade the one he had) so that he would be able to play Minecraft and WoW.

Steven and I had already had planned and budgeted to get him a new one, but we didn't tell Jared.  In fact, we told him there was no way we could afford one and he accepted it.

Steven and I decided that if we are going to get a new computer, we were going to get a good computer so we custom built an Alienware game computer.

So, we put the big box in front of Jared and he starts to open:

"This big box is mine?"

So, he has the wrapping paper off and I thought for sure when he saw the word "Alienware" he would know what it was.

By the look on his face, I could tell he was confused.

"Do you know what it is?" I asked him.

"No," He answers.

"Open the box."

(I know these pictures are all kinds of goofy, but I've been fighting with them for like ten minutes to get them to line up right and I give up.  They will just have to be wonky.)

He pulls the computer out and look at it.  Now, keep in mind the computer is one of the smaller more compact desktops so it is about half the size of a normal desktop tower.

He is looking at this thing and I can tell he is still confused.

"Do you know what it is?" I asked him.

"Um... is it an Xbox?"   He replies.

I start rolling laughing.

"No, silly. Its a brand new computer!"

"Oh! Really?"  And he look at it for a minute, pondering. He finally asks, "But will it play Minecraft?"

"Yes, son, your brand new custom made computer that makes mine and Steven's laptop looks like something Santa pooped out, will indeed, play Minecraft."

I guess we did too good of a job convincing him that he was not getting a new computer this year.

I told this story to my co-workers and "But will it play Minecraft?" has become the office joke.
Whenever someone asks a question, it is immediately followed by this question.

"Is the copier working?"

"I dunno, but will it play Minecraft?"

"Is the website up?"

"I dunno, but will it play Minecraft?"

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Friday, December 28, 2012

FANtastic Friday: Mishka the Talking Husky

I love this dog.  I even named one of my World of Warcraft toons after her.  In fact, I love it when I am playing that character and I get a random whisper from someone telling me to say, "I love you!"  Cracks me up.

So, if you've never heard of Mishka, allow me to introduce you.  
This is the video that started it all:

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Sharin' the Love: LOLShirts End-of-Year Clearance!

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Tunes on Tuesday: Karma Chameleon by Culture Club

Ok, I admit it. This is my guilty pleasure song. I can't help it. Its so catchy.
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Sharin' the Love (and Review):

If you are an eyeglass wearer (like me) then your glasses ARE your eyes. 

When I first wake up in the morning, my glasses go on my face before I even get out of the bed.  My glasses are the last thing that comes off my face when crawling into the bed.  

I would be lost if something happened to my glasses.

I have one pair and I really need a backup in case something happens to these, but glasses can be expensive! I also would like to have several pairs so I can have them to change with my clothes. 

Unfortunately, this too, has been too expensive.

Until now.

 I would like to introduce you to GlassesUSA.   

Not only do they a very large selection of name brand, trendy glasses, they are totally affordable.  

GlassesUSA makes everything glasses easy peesy.  The website makes browsing for eyeglass frames simple, with full color pictures and the ability to compare frames.

Nervous about ordering glasses online

Don't be. Each pair of eyeglasses comes with a 110% lowest price guarantee and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. You can also use the virtual mirror to try on any pair! has been generous enough to offer all of my readers a special discount! Now is the perfect time to purchase that back up pair, new pair, or more pairs to go with outfits!


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I have fallen in love with frames:

I used the virtual mirror to try on some glasses. (I used the option to get the picture by my webcam.  Pretty sure its the first time I've used my webcam!!)

Now, have some fun and try on some glasses!!

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Review: Diet Doc Pre-Packaged Weight Loss Food

I was given the opportunity to review three different flavors of Diet Doc's Pre-Packaged Weight Loss Food. 

I was able to chose which flavors I wanted to try, so I selected Steak, Thai Chicken, and Hot and Sour Soup.

I will note, they have very strong smell.  When the package arrived with the soups, you could smell the mix from inside the package.  I took the soups out and set them down on my coffee table on top of some mail and now the mail smells like the soup.

They also have a very strong smell when you are preparing them.  If you are sensitive to strong smell, it might bother you.

Hot and Sour Soup

The first step is too mix the soup with some water to hydrate the soup.

Ready to eat.

Thai Chicken



For diet HCG food, I think it was more favorable than most HCG food.  With the HCG diet, you are very limited to how much and what you can eat.  (I've tried the HCG diet in the past.)  These soups allow you to have a lot for little of your daily caloric intake.  

You can view all of their products here.

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.
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Holiday Vox Box 2012 Reveal and Review

This is my very first Vox Box since becoming an Influester.  

I think I was way more excited than I should have been when I got my email that said I was getting one.

What I love about getting these boxes, is that I had no idea what was going to be in.

I felt like a kid in an candy store when it arrived in the mail and I tore it open to reveal what was inside.

Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal


I have to be honest and confess that I do not like walnuts. So, I heated this up and fed it to my husband (who is sick with the flu).  He nom'ed it down and said it was yummy.  He said it felt really good to his sore throat and it hit the spot.

NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine


I like it.  It provides just enough shine to be noticeable but doesn't give that "Hey look at me!" look.  I love the subtle color.  It does not feel thick, heavy, or cakey on my lips. I love that it contains vitamin E to moisture my lips while I am wearing it.  You can purchase this product in 10 shades.

Kiss Nail Dress


I really like the idea of these things and they were so easy to use.  I will admit though, that this particular design is not one I would have picked out.  They have many different styles (you can see them on their website).  You can put these on your fingernails or toenails. 

They are really just as easy as pull and stick.  You select the correct size for the nail you want, peel if off the plastic insert, stick on the nail, and trim.  Too easy.  The package came with enough nail stickers for both fingernails and toenails and a nail file. 


$28.00 for a box of 20 effervescent powders, $39.00 for box of 30 effervescent powders, $39.00 for box of 12 shots

"EBOOST will boost your mood, focus, and immunity with natural ingredients and no crash. As a shot or an easy-to-mix powder and in four flavors, you'll feel great whether you choose Orange, Pink, Lemonade, Acai Pomegranate, or Super Berry.  And with all the hustle and bustle of your holidays, you'll certainly needs a boost!"-Vox Box insert.

I got the Acai Pomegranate. You simply open the package and pour it into a glass of water and let is fizz until dissolved.  

It did not have an overbearing taste. I could tell the flavoring was in the water, but it wasn't a strong taste.  To be honest, I think its a tad expensive.  Of course, most "healthy" products tend to be expensive.  A plus side is that if you spend at $30.00, you get free shipping. You can read all about the product on their website. Jillian Michals is their celebrity face.

Montagne Jeunesse Face Mask

under $2.00
 I have super uber sensitive skin and just about anything causes it to break out like a pepperoni pizza, so I was too afraid to try it.  I gave it to the bestie to try. You can read all about it on their website.

Goody QuickStyle Brush 


When I first pulled this brush out of the box, my first thought was, "What the crap is that?"  Well, it only happens to be the best hair brush I have ever used.  

I LOVE it.  

Here is what their website says: 

Absorbent microfiber bristles remove 30% of water for faster styling
Antimicrobial microfiber keeps the brush fresh
Side Vents for maximum air flow
Lightweight design to reduce hand fatigue while drying
Ergonomic handle is textured for extra grip

I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.
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