How to Get Motivated

What are some of the things you do to get motivated to work? I am super A.D.D. and get distracted so easily. Plus, I have been lacking motivation lately. Any advice???

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Meet Gizmo…My Chorkie

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Meet Gizmo. He is my love! He’s a chorkie….for those of you that don’t know what that is….it’s a mixture of yorkie and chihuahua.  He literally cracks me up every day. I’ve always struggled with depression…and he is LITERALLY the reason I get out of bed somedays!…cause you know…. I can’t have him pooping everywhere! 😉

I’ve discovered he is really protective of me, which I suppose is normal. I work from home and sometimes to keep him occupied, I will find a TV show for him to watch. Most recently, I played one for him that was about dogs…and he barked at the TV for the whole hour it played!…Now, with almost any video he sees, he growls for a second. See this cute picture below of him “protecting” me! (he literally growled when I uploaded that picture!! haha)

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If he’s not occupied by the TV, and I’m working… this is him….

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or this……(his modeling pose)

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oh, and I wake up to this….(it’s like he owns the place!!!)

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Anyway, now do you see why I say he is my love?? My sweet little stinker-bell. 🙂 Am I oddly connected to my little doggie or is this normal?? I love my little Gizmo…. and I know he looks like Master Splinter from the Ninja Turtles!!!

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Living in the Music

I’ve always said that music is my boyfriend. I’m not actually sure where I heard that before but it didn’t come from me. (maybe off of a T-shirt?) Either way, I find myself drowning in music around me. For some reason, the music is mostly sad… You can feel the pain in music like that. Well, at least I can. I can listen to a song over and over when I am in a certain mood and just feel so connected to the song. Even if it is about things I have never personally experienced.

I can give you an example…. a song from the band Evanescence called Lithium. Lithium is a medication prescribed to people that are Bi-polar or have manic episodes….I’m sure there are other reasons as well. Anyway, I’m not 100% sure what the exact meaning of the words are but the music….the instruments and her voice….they make me feel something inside. I’m not sure whether it’s a happy or sad feeling. It’s just something.

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What does it make you feel like? Listen to it HERE.

 

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I’m Back!

After a long, long, long time… I am finally back to my blog. I’m actually embarrassed by some of the things I have written so I will be deleting some as well. I guess I never really realized how immature I was until I look back on things I have said. Either way, I am excited to be back. Expect a lot of great posts from me!

Much love <3,

Me

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I Need an Unbiased Opinion…

So I was engaged to be married November of this year to a man I had dated for over 4 years. I’m not sure if you caught it but I said I “was” engaged…as in past tense…as in no more….as in I’m SINGLE! He’s my story. What’s your opinion?

My fiance has always been a little jealous but he’s never been one to admit it. Things are always my fault… For instance…I recently became friends again with a girl I used to be best friends with about 7 years ago. She was a little wild and I got in a relationship so we stopped being friends. Not that she was a bad influence or anything. I just become somewhat of a homebody when I’m in a relationship. My life revolves around whomever I’m with. I know that’s not the best thing, but that’s just how I’ve always been. Anyway… She’s been in a pretty serious relationship for a while now and has changed a good bit…for the better of course. She went on a trip for her birthday to Vegas with her bf and he was playing in a poker tournament and was staying for 2 weeks, while she just stayed for 1 week. I told her I would pick her up at the air port…and I did.

On the way home, after 2 hours in ATL traffic just for driving what would normally be a 30 min drive, we stopped to get some food about an hour from home. Once we got in our hometown, I called my “fiance” and asked him if he wanted to bring one of his friends and join us for drinks at the local Chili’s, and he declined. So my friend and I sat down and had a couple of drinks. Another one of her girl friends came over and bought her a few more drinks so by the time we left there, she was drunk and passed out in my car on the way home. I called my fiance and told him I’m dropping her off and will be home soon. I had to carry my friend inside and put her in the bed, then carry all her luggage in. I sat down for a min because I was really tired and thought that if I just hang out for a min, I’ll wake up and be good…but I fell asleep. The next thing I know It’s 4:30 and I wake up to my fiance beating on the window and it caught me off guard because I didn’t even know I had fallen asleep. I walked to the door all confused and he was furious. He ripped the ring off of my finger then left. I figured it wasn’t the time to talk about it so I just laid down and went back to sleep. The next thing I know, my grandparents show up at the door….yes my grandparents…and told me how mad my fiance is and that he has all my stuff packed up and was kicking me out. Then my grandmother preceded to ask… “Amy, are you gay?”

Now don’t get me wrong…I am in no way judging someone who is homosexual, but that, I am not..nor have I ever even considered being with another female. The fact that my grandmother even asked me that made me super upset. I’ve always been really close with her so my fiance must have said something really convincing to make her even ask. When I ended up talking to him, he said he swore he saw me all cuddled up with my friend asleep. I preceded to tell him I didn’t even mean to fall asleep and that it was an accident. I understand him being upset about me not telling him I was staying because I’m sure he was worried sick about it and I would be upset if he did the same to me…but it was an honest mistake. I shouldn’t have been drinking. I shouldn’t have put myself in that situation…but I did…and I fell asleep…but I’m not a lesbian and I think he should know…considering he was my best friend and we had been together so long…

But that’s not where the story ends…

He decided to try to make things work…yeah…I said that. Anyway, he said he was going to have a guys night out and go to Hooters for wings and I planned a girls night out and me and 4 other girls were gonna go eat. His night fell through at the last minute but I still went with my friends. We ate at a taco place and then on the way home, we passed a karaoke bar and they all wanted to go in so we did. We were there maybe 45 minutes and sang 2 songs because it was pretty dead. I had some random person take our picture on stage so I could send the pic to my fiance. I sent the pic to him and he was just mad I was even there. When I got home, he wouldn’t talk to me.

After all of that, we were done. The wedding was for sure called off and he blamed it all of me stating that I was a terrible person.

What do you think?

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Once Upon a Starfish…..

“Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

“I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, 
“It made a difference for that one.” 
― Loren Eiseley

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Five Slow Cooker Freezer Bag Meals (Make 5 Meals in Just One Hour)

This is a wonderful option for all you busy people out there!!! I’ve printed sever of these recipes out myself!

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Are you super busy during the week with little time to make a wholesome dinner every night? Well, what if I told you that you could prep ahead five freezer bag meals for the week in about one hour?!

Yes, it’s true! Try these five simple and delicious make-ahead meals that can be stored in the freezer and then placed in the slow cooker when you’re in a hurry and need an easy family meal. You’ll want to use a gallon sized freezer bag for each meal and store each bag flat in the freezer to take up less space. I recommend removing each meal from the freezer the night before you are planning to serve it so it can defrost overnight in the refrigerator.

** Print Master Grocery List HERE (includes ingredients for all 5 meals below) **

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* Print Teriyaki Chicken Grocery Shopping List HERE *

Fill a freezer bag…

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Anyone want to do a Beauty Box Swap????

Makeup and All That Jazz

Hello Lovelies,

A little while back, I signed up for a Beauty Box swap with Etta and really enjoyed the experience. 

I liked it so much that I wanted to host one myself. 🙂

The rules of the game:

1. Anyone interested in playing along, please email your name and state/country to me at awells0117@gmail.com

2. I will allow signups until April 5th and will assign everyone a partner on April 7th. I will then notify everyone who their partners are and their email address so you can contact each other after that. 

 3. Everyone will need to gather items to send their partner and mail their package by April18th. The package will need to include at least 5 products, and at least 1 needs to be full size. You can communicate with your partner to get ideas of what they like/don’t like and allergies (For instance…

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Cleaning out the barn on the weekend!

As you may, or may not know, I live on a little hobby farm. It started with mini pigs and then moved up to lamb, big pigs, goats, and Great Pyrenees. We no longer have the goat, but we have everything else. 🙂

Since it’s been so cold outside, my fiance and I haven’t had the chance to clean out the barn. It started getting really messy, with poo and tools and such not put back in the right place, that we decided to clean it out yesterday. Boy, was it exhausting. I was shoveling poo out of the stalls with a gas mask on because of all the dirt that was flying…and not to mention, the smell!! 

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What did you do this weekend? Was yours as exciting as mine? 🙂

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Lone Survivor Movie Review

Spoiler alert…do not read if you haven’t watched the movie and plan on watching it!!

Wow…that’s all I could really say after watching this movie. I’ve always been a softy when it comes to love stories and people dying. I’m not sure what I was thinking when I went to watch this movie with my fiance’. I don’t think the title really clicked in my head. I cried for about 30 minutes total of the 2 hour movie!!!

There are 4 Navy Seals that are sent to do a mission of killing “Shaw” in Afghanistan. They are dropped off by a helicopter and then inch their way to the city where the Taliban and Shaw are at. They reach their final point and decide to lay down for a while to rest. Just as they start to relax, 3 people start going through the area they are resting herding their goats and they discover the Seals. There is 1 really young boy, a teenage boy, and an order man. They are unarmed. The 4 Seals debate for a few minutes on whether to let them go, tie them up, or kill them. They chose to let them go and abandon the mission since the attack has been compromised and plan to make their way to the top of a mountain to catch a flight back out. When they get to the top of the mountain, their phone won’t pick up a signal so they are stuck there. A group of men from the city, including Shaw, hear from the teenager that the Seals are up there so they go after them to kill them….and that’s when all hell breaks loose.

The fight was vicious. The Seals ended up tumbling down several mountains and getting shot several times but still toughed it through it. One guy even got shot in the head but was somehow still going.

As the title says…and you probably knew already…but all the guys die but one. Mark Wahlberg. He was actually pulled into safety from a local village that found him in a river drinking water (Which, by the way, he got to after walking miles on a broken leg). They looked to be the same religion but weren’t the Taliban. They took him back to their little town and the Taliban found him there and attacked the town. The villagers had sent out a messenger to tell the Americans Mark was there and they eventually came to get him when the Taliban were attacking there. (The town has some belief that they will help people in need so that’s why they took him in).

This whole movie blew my mind because it really happened. It’s not just a movie. It was actually based on a true story. Those Seals endeared so much over the course of a couple of days that no one should have to go through. It’s movies like that, that make me really appreciate everything the military people do for us.
Thank you to all the Vets and current people enlisted!

All in all, the movie was awesome! Sad…but Awesome!

XOXO
Amy

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Am I Depressed?

How do you know that what you feel is really depression?

I don’t feel like committing suicide and I don’t hate my life.

I could just care less about everything.

I can barely get out of bed in the morning. 

I’m just too tired and can’t get motivated.

I barely get anything done at work even though my job is easy and I could get it done fast.

I use to be just the opposite. Couldn’t get enough work. 

When I get off work, I just wade up on the couch and watch TV.

If my fiance tells me we have company coming over, I get aggravated.

Everyone is a hassle to me.

I cry kinda easy but then again I’ve always been a soft hearted person.

Is that depression or am I just going crazy??

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Anyone know where to find these AMAZING goodies???

Hello Hello!

The office building I work in has a cafeteria on the main floor that serves lunch daily. They occasionally have these wonderful, amazing, delicious things they call Apple Sticks. (can you tell I love them?) They look like fish sticks but have diced apples and cinnamon inside of them. I have looked in my local grocery stores but can’t find them anywhere. Do you know where I can find them?

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The Voice Season 5 Live Rounds

Oh my gosh! Did you watch The Voice last night? Were they all amazing, or what? 

After almost every person last night, I was like…”They are my favorite..”

After watching it all, I would say my favs are Caroline, Ray, James, Will, Cole, Austin, Preston, Nic, Shelbie …. wow…so practically everyone. Don’t get me wrong, Tessanne is AMAZING, but she’s already going to be famous and knows all these famous people. Nic, Nic, Nic..you can’t help but love him. He’s just so happy and positive. Cole = ❤ He’s my secret crush that’s officially not a secrete anymore. Ray is HOT. And I love Will. He doesn’t seem to know how good he really is. Preston just sounds so full of Soul. Austin has the prettiest smile. Jason reminds me of Michael Buble’ mixed with Chris Daughtery. 🙂 Shelbie reminds me of one of my girlfriends already. Attitude and all. Love it. Now I know I haven’t really mentioned much on the singing part for all of them but that doesn’t mean I don’t love it.

It’s going to be a tough season with everyone being so awesome. 

The only person I wasn’t in awe over last night was Grey, and I normally really like her. Last night just wasn’t her best. I think it’t because she spent too much effort trying to “play” the crowd like Adam wanted, and let her vocals go some. She has a heck of some vocals…just not much last night in comparison to the others.

What do you think? Who is your favorite from The Voice?

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Random and Bored on a Monday

Is it me, or do Monday’s completely stink? 

I have been dragging all day. I drank a Mt. Dew, ate a good lunch, walked a little outside on my lunch break at work, but just can’t get motivated to do anything.

Luckily my work isn’t monitored on a daily basis because if it was, I would be fired. Just got to make sure I get everything done before the end of the month…and believe me, that last week of the month is always terrible because I’ve become a SLACKER!

This weekend I didn’t really do anything to become so tired. I got my nails done Saturday and went hunting with the boyfriend Sunday morning…but rested the rest of the day. I stayed up watching The Walking Dead last night but it went off at 10. Do you watch The Walking Dead? I can’t believe what happened with Carol….but then again, I don’t know if I could let her do what she did if it were my family, ya know?? 

I think I’m going to start doing Youtube videos…Well, I already do them a little, but they are just the unboxing stuff…recording myself opening my beauty subscription boxes…Cheesy I know. I need something else..Something different and exciting. Any suggestions? I just need to not be so boring. Plain and simple. 

What do you do on Mondays to get motivated?? 

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Captain Phillips Movie Review

This past Saturday night, my boyfriend and I went to go watch this movie. He’s been wanting to see it since the first time we saw previews on it months ago. We loaded up on soda and had our “value popcorn bucket” filled…you can refill it for $3.50 every time you go to the theaters, and settled into our seats for the long awaited movie. It started a little slow…and continued to be slow the whole movie. The movie had a really good story behind it but some scenes were just drawn out. Not to spoil anything, but there is a scene in the movie where Tom is screaming for like 5 minutes. Nothing changes…just him screaming. The movie would have been just as good if that scene was only like 10 seconds…you get the point after that long. There were several other scenes in the movie that I thought the same thing….they just drew it out way too long. In all, the movie was pretty good though. Just be prepared with a bucket of popcorn to keep you occupied in the slow times.

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Not so funday, Monday

Well, today is Monday.

Nothing special about it. Never is special for a Monday…unless it’s my birthday and it just happened to be a Monday! Ha

I don’t know what it is, but Mondays are always so flippin hard! I mean, HARD. I can’t even motivate myself to get out of bed….but then again I can’t do that the rest of the week either…but Mondays are definitely the worst.

See, what you don’t know about me is that I do sales…Not the fun sales when you get to visit with customers and take them to eat and junk like that…but Telephone sales. Yes, I said it. Telephone sales. How I got to this job, I’m not quite sure..considering I have a B.S. in Biology. Biology = sales??? Nope.

With it being the end of the month, I have to have my call list cleared…and because I just love my job so much… I slack a ton during the month so the last week is hell. Well, slacking plus being off a week for vacation this month doesn’t make things easy.

I’ve always been a hands on person. Any job that I have had usually deals with interacting with people face to face or doing some sort of manual work, and time goes by pretty fast. Being stuck in my little cubicle for 8 hours a day…with full access to the internet, i might add, is not the best situation for me. I end up spending the majority of my time at work glued to Youtube, Pinterest. WordPress, or some other internet junk and barely get my day to day calls in.

I’ve decided to make a change though. Change. Ew. That sure isn’t a pretty word. Change in my pocket is ok. Change the channel is ok. But change something about myself…so not cool. Anyways, this change is going to happen one way or another. I must become motivated. I must do my work on a day to day basis like I should. It’s not like making 15 calls a day is hard. 15 calls…no big deal, right? I guess it’s just hard faking a conversation with someone I don’t even know…and trying to sell something I don’t even care about. But change…it’s going to happen. After this month is over, things will change…because changing them now doesn’t help. I have to kick ass to finish this month like I am suppose to. But next month…I’m making my 15 calls a day. I’ll be that pushy sales girl that everyone hates…(but not really because I just sell to people that already purchase from the company I work for)…I’m going to get things done! I’m going to make that money!

Monday is not so funday…

How was your Monday? Did you put on a fake smile like I did?

 

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Motivation for the unmotivated

Well it’s officially my first week at work for the month of September. Boy, has this year been flying by. I’ve made a few goals I want to achieve this month but I don’t know if some are possible. It’s hard for me to stay motivated sometimes. You have to help me push through. 

1. My job is so boring at times. I have to make calls all day long to customers to “check” in on them and have my call list cleared by the end of the month. It is so repetitive. I get bored with it after a few days and really slack. Then, when the end of the month comes around, I’m stressing to have my call list cleared. This month I want to stay motivated and push my way through without slacking. I want to have my calls done ahead of time so I’m not stressing at the last minute.

2. I want to start eating healthier. Since I have braces now, I am really limited on what I can eat. I’ve always loved sweets, so it’s been pretty tough going without taffy and gummies. I need to find some sort of replacement for the sweets in my life. Something healthy. Nothing just says “eat me” like a candy bar but I have to stay strong. Maybe unsweetened apple sauce?? Yes, I know it’s sweet, but at least it’s not CANDY!!

3. I want to be more responsible with my money. When I was young, I had way too many credit cards. I went through a consolidating company and had all my bills put together so I would only have one payment…Responsible, Right??? Well, the company I used ended up being fake and I didn’t find out until I had made my payments to them for almost a year. Needless to say, nothing could be done about it and I had to pay the cards off 1 by 1. I finally had them all paid off about 2 years ago. I’m doing pretty good with my money, but it never hurts to be more responsible. I never want to have to use a credit card again and I’d like to actually start setting money aside in my savings account. 

4. This may sound cheesy, but I’d like to pay it forward. Over the years, people have done sweet things for me and I want to do the same for others. Just this past month, while waiting on my boyfriend in the waiting room of a walk in clinic, an older lady was being hassled about her past due balance, I felt really sorry for her and wanted to help her with out embarrassing her. When she was taken back to see the doctor, I paid her account balance. It was only $15, so it’s not like I put myself in a bind. I just know if made her life easier and being able to do that for her, really made me feel good. This month, I want to help others out as well. I just have to keep my eyes open for the next opportunity.

5. I want to post a few more videos on my youtube page. Yeah, cheesy too, but how am I ever gonna get used to it and get famous if I don’t continually post them!!??! Just joking. 🙂 I would like to post more videos though. Not just “unboxing” like I have been doing. 

6. I would like to plan my future and really start working towards it. I want to figure out what makes me happy and go for it. 

Some of these things may sound silly or easy to you, but not necessarily to me. I just got to get motivated and do it! 

What helps you get motivated? 

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Influenster Subscription

Well, I got an email today stating that I now can invite 5 people to join Influenster. What is Influenster? Well, Its a social network where you do reviews and such on products and actually get a chance to win FREE STUFF! I have copied and pasted info from the website to explain a little. If you would like for me to send you an invite, let me know by commenting below with your email address and I will send you one. I only get 5 so it’s first come first serve. 🙂

WHAT IS INFLUENSTER

Influenster is a free -to-join community of invited trendsetters who live to give opinions of products and experiences. Influenster creates links between brands and members to reward participation and influence future products.

So…what exactly is Influenster? So glad you asked. Here’s a handy definition that would make Merriam-Webster proud:

INFLUENSTER [IN-FLOO-UHN-STER]

noun

An exclusive online community where tastemakers and trendsetters (such as yourself) come to share the latest and greatest news, places, products, and reviews with each other. 2. The hotspot you just bookmarked on your web browser that turns your social influence into sweet rewards.

Basically, Influenster is a place for culture junkies to come together and share their unique opinions of products and experiences. Active members of Influenster get exclusive access to deals, promotions, and swag from brands that thrive off the input (the good, the bad, and the ugly — they just want to know what’s up).

DO I HAVE THE CHOPS TO BE A MEMBER?

Probably. Members have an active social life — both online and offline — and are always the first to tell friends about the latest discoveries. They want to be the first to know about the products other cool people are loving and hating. Is that you? Awesome, we want you as a member.

WHAT’S INVOLVED IN A MEMBERSHIP?

As a member, you prove your influence by gaining Expert Badges and show how you live by earning LifeStage Badges…both of which are won in a variety of ways, such as: completing surveys, writing reviews, creating videos, and engaging in other social media.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?

Very important. As a contributing member of Influenster, you get the chance to share your knowledge and know-how with other like-minded people.

You also get exclusive discounts on products and services based on the Expert Badges you unlock. You’ll have access to content and sales based on your influence and area of expertise.

As an active influencer, you’ll have the chance to get invites to Influenster programs so you can try the latest and coolest products catered towards your lifestyle before anyone else.

Members who participate actively on Influenster and engage in programs increase their opportunities to receive rewards.

If you participate in online challenges, play interactive games, spread the word to your friends, and gain currency within our system, you’ll earn serious street cred.

SO WAIT, IS THIS ABOUT GETTING FREE STUFF?

Nope. If you’re here to mooch, this isn’t the place for you. Nobody, no matter how high his or her Influenster Score, is guaranteed rewards. Even if you are offered a reward, you can always opt out. The real benefit of membership is access to exclusive content, product reviews, and discussion within a community of tastemakers. Perks are just the icing on the proverbial cake.

WHY IS THIS SO FUN?

There are many reasons. First and foremost, it’s a forum for you and your peers to share your interests and discover what other trendsetters are doing and saying. It’s like-minded people coming together to inspire one another and offer advice. Secondly, you’re competing with other members for the highest Influenster Score and Expert Badge scores. Just like a game that you can win, and winning is never not fun.

WHAT’S A VOXBOX?

It’s a reward you might get for being a great Influenster. Too vague? OK fine, it’s a box filled to the brim with the hottest products that interest you. Paying attention now?

Here’s how it works: Influensters are selected for FREE themed product shipments based on the Expert Badges they have unlocked and based on individual demographics. This ensures members receive products that match their interests.

Members with high scores — within the specific badge we are targeting at the time — are prioritized, which is all the more reason to get your Influenster and Expert Badge scores high.

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My life with Braces

Well yesterday was the first “tightening” on my braces. I’ve always considered myself to having a high pain tolerance so I wasn’t too scared about the “aftermath” feeling. Well, what I discovered is that braces are in a whole new ball park. I may have a high pain tolerance when it comes to filings and root canals and all that jazz, but my teeth being moved my pressure seems completely different.  

Yesterday evening, my two bottom teeth became extremely sensitive. I couldn’t chew a single thing… now that’s hard coming from this girl. I love food! The rest of my teeth don’t seem to bother me though. I guess the high pain tolerance helps out at least a little. 

So this morning…with my bottom 2 front teeth still sensitive….brushing my teeth was an epic fail! The back side of the tooth brush some how got rammed into…guess what?…one of my bottom front teeth. At that moment, the world ended. I can’t believe how much pain it caused. Dang it! And I was just brushing normal. Geez Louise!

Do you have braces or have you had them before? Let me know a bad experience you had. 🙂

Say Cheese!!! 

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Can You See the Excitement in My Face?

Well, Wednesday was a bad day for me. I got braces…Yes, I said BRACES! I just turned 28 this year and now officially look like I am in high school again…speaking of high school, my 10 year reunion is in a couple of months…and I have BRACES…Can’t you tell I am highly upset about it? Anyway, it started with an issue with my gums. One of my “canine” teeth sticks out more than my other teeth and because my lips are always rubbing against it, my gums have receded a little on it. I went to the orthodontist to have a consultation done for invisaline, and they told me that wasn’t an option because I have TMJ and a couple of my back teeth were pulled when I was younger and didn’t have the money or insurance to get fillings. They originally gave me something called a splint, which was suppose to help me hold my jaw in the position it is suppose to be in. I hated that thing. I couldn’t wear it. It just made it super hard to talk and even after wearing it for a few months, I never could get use to it. Now I have braces…It will supposedly help position my teeth right and pull my wisdom teeth forward to fill in the wholes where molars were, and help my hold my jaw where it should be to help “heal” the TMJ….only thing is, I have a TINY mouth and the braces look ridiculous on me! Everyone looks at me like I am so ugly with them. They hurt and I am miserable. Hopefully I can get use to them and my teeth move to the right place super fast…and my TMJ gets better and I get these things off ASAP. Oh, and to make things even better, I got poison oak on my face the day before I got the braces, so when I was having them put on, I looked like I had a nasty rash all over my face and mouth. Can’t you see how happy I am??

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