Saturday, March 21, 2015

Favorite Spring Things: Day Light Savings Time, Influenster & Perspective

Well helloooooo everyone! It's been a minute since my last post. Life took over and just wouldn't let go. Only recently have I felt like I could breathe, let my hair down a little, and do some of the "just for fun things" I enjoy. IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK! For this post, I decided to share some of my recent favorite things.

First's Spring! I'm not going to lie. Being a teacher, I fully enjoyed the extra days off I had during February and March as a result of the snow and ice we had here in the mid-south. It was just enough time to rest and reenergize before crunch time hits in just a few weeks. I'm one who looks forward to the beginning of Day Light Savings Time every year and hates when the days grow shorter as we approach its end. Longer and warmer days along with the blossoms of my cherry tree and the return of flip flops always breathe new life into me.

Next is something new I've just recently started. I became an Influenster. "What's that?" ask.  Influenster is an online trendsetter community. You sign up, link up your social media accounts, and unlock badges by taking surveys about your life style. Then based on your badges and how active you are on social media, you qualify for free product shipments called VoxBoxes. In return, you are expected to test and review the products to let others know what you think about them. It is 100% free, including product shipments. If you're interested in more information, click on the Influenster button in my sidebar to the left and down a little or leave your question(s) in the comments below. I'll be happy to answer them. I was lucky to qualify for a VoxBox campaign within just a couple of weeks of signing up. It was the #JadoreDessange campaign. I received full-size products from the California Blonde Collection of a new hair care line recently introduced in the U.S. from Paris called Dessange Paris. Below are pictures of my VoxBox unboxing.


 *These products were received free from Influenster for testing and review.*

I had my hair highlighted last week. So, I received these products just at the right time! I haven't yet had the chance to use them because they had to be photographed first for the purpose of posts here as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I'll be testing them out tomorrow and will post a follow-up to let you know what I think. You can also search #JadoreDessange for other unboxings and reviews on these particular products.

Last, but not least, is the realization of a new philosophy. Along with the lifting of the winter doldrums and the rejuvenation that comes with Spring, my spirits are always lifted making it much easier for me to view things with a different, more positive perspective. Who knows...maybe it'll strike a chord with some of you too.

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Big Things Come in Small Packages: Kid President

Are you familiar with "Kid President"? If not, you don't know what you're missing. Kid President, 10 year old Robby Novak, is a Tennessee homegrown bonafide celebrity. So much so that he'll be hosting and reporting at the Google-Netflix pre-party for the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on May 2.
Robby is an accidental superstar from Henderson, Tennessee who has recorded a series of pep talks ranging from "An Open Letter to Moms" to "Twenty Things We Should Say More Often" which have garnered interest from Barack Obama himself.
Here's the video that was played during one of our teacher in-services which introduced me to the "Kid President" phenomenon.

What is even more amazing is that Robby has a genetic disorder, osteogenesis imperfect, which is characterized by brittle bones that break. He has suffered more than 70 broken bones and 13 surgeries. Robby has steel rods in both of his legs.
However, Robby rather not focus on his personal dilemma but instead be a motivator and cheerleader to anyone he thinks he might be able to reach. In his words, "I don't want to be IN a party. I want to be THE party."
For more information on Robby click here, and for more "Kid President" videos visit SoulPancake on YouTube.
I adore Robby and his "Kid President" videos! What about you?
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter GIFs After a Long Week

My name is Wendy, and it has been too many days since my last post. It's that time of the year when public school teachers start feeling just a weeeee bit worn thin. Reviewing and preparing for high-stakes state testing, awaiting year-end unannounced performance evaluations, completing lengthy professionalism rubrics...and so on and so forth. All that along with allergies and an upper respiratory infection has not given me any motivation to delve into a new post.

However after the below freezing temperatures earlier in the week, could it be that Old Man Winter is throwing in the towel and resigning to the inevitability of Spring. I believe so because the last few days here in southwest Tennessee have been fabulous!

Here on Easter's Eve, I've decided to comprise my own little springtime tribute through GIFs. As you're sitting there thinking..."Uhmm really?", let me explain. I'd just logged in to Photobucket to upload some pics for future posts and I saw several cute and relevant GIFs, so I decided to roll with it.

I really have no idea why, but for whatever reasons, I really like these little graphic image files. I hope you do too, or this post isn't going to go over very well.
Happy Easter everyone!




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