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Top 5 Pinterest Products

Ok you guys! I am totally letting eleventhgorgeous rub off on me in my greetings! If you don’t know who that is you should definitely check out their youtube channel because they are two beautiful and awesome sisters who just happen to be hilarious.Anyway, I decided it is time to start with the pinterest side of the blog. You can’t honestly say you didn’t know it was coming. There has been a link to the Pinterest section up for ages (since I started the blog) but it was empty up until now! I’m tired of sharing my opinion on my mundane life (yeah right) so I’m going to share my opinion on the top five products I’ve found on Pinterest that I love! I feel like I should be getting kickbacks for all these free promos but I’ll probably just get in trouble for using these names and brands freely. heh Anyway, top five Pinterest products here we go!

Number 1 – Sundial Wall Clock

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This is possibly the coolest clock I’ve ever seen. No…wait…this is the coolest clock I’ve ever seen. It is only a concept right now and as far as I can tell has been in concept stage since 2011. This is truly unfortunate because this little clock is amazing. Imaging for a second that you are able to tap into daily news, stock market updates, your daily schedule and even your personal computer through your clock! A clock is designed to be able to tell us time and possibly the temperature but this concept clock would be able to do all the things you just imagine and more. I really wish it would vacate concept status and get out on the market already!

Number 2 – Trash Helper

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Up next is a product that is actually mass produced on the market but I didn’t find it until someone pinned it. They are cheap and I will be buying one as soon as I can. These little garbage bag holders just seem ridiculously handy. I don’t know about you guys but the last thing I am wanting to do after taking the trash out is get out the box of bags, pull a never ending bag out, shake it out, shove it into the can and fit it over the top, then put the box back up if I haven’t forgotten about it by that point. This lets you just pull the full bag out, fold the new bag over and be done. It’s awesome. Take my word for it. 😉

 

Number 3 – V-Lock Key Guide

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The V-lock key guide designed by Junjie Zhang is truly innovative. People have struggled with finding the keyhole in the dark for years but someone finally decided to do something about it. Took long enough. Unfortunately I can’t find where or if these are actually sold despite numerous searches but imagine never having to try to find a source of light or feel around for the whole while fumbling with keys. This would definitely be a lifesaver on frigid nights when, instead of having to stand outside fiddling with the door, you could just slide your key right in and get inside to the warmth. 

 

Number 4 – Pizza Scissors Spatula

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Oh…my…God! Who hates rolling those dull little wheelie-ma-bobbers around on the top of a pizza just to drag the toppings along and not even cut through the crust? I know I hate it! I want one of these so bad. These pizza scissor spatulas not only already have the spatula attached to the cutting utensil so you don’t have to pull out a spatula and the pizza cutter but they also use scissors! This is ingenious. No more dragging along pizza toppings and wanting to throw the pizza in the air and shout “Mama Mia!” when you find out it hasn’t even cut through. hehe I could write a pretty mean commercial right? 😉 

Number 5 – Ipsy

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This is a product you will be seeing a lot of in the coming months if you check back with my blog. I officially subscribed to this box because a) it is a fantastic deal and b) I decided that I want to pamper myself every once in a while. Once a month Ipsy sends out a little pink padded envelope with a makeup bag inside. Each month the bag is different. This last month I didn’t really like the bag but I LOVED the products a friend got in her bag which is why I signed up. So every month in the bag they send 4-5 different makeup products. You never really know what you are going to get but they base it off of a quiz you take as well as products you review on their site so whatever you get should be something you will like every time. I’m really excited to get my first bag in April and you can rest assured that I will be sharing it with you guys! 🙂 

Those are my top five pinterest finds. I didn’t link back to the pinterest links because I figured if you guys were interested in the product you would want to know where you could get it. I hope you like these products as much as I do and if you like this type of post let me know. I would love to find more awesome products for you guys to check out! Of course I’m pretty sure as of right now I’m the only one actually reading this but…you know…if you read it let me know. lol Bye!

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Posted by on March 26, 2014 in Randomosity

 

Olympics 2014 – Highlights (and headlights) to date

The Olympics are well underway four days in but the third day proved to be one of the most interesting so far starting with the wardrobe malfunction suffered by Russia’s Olga Graf. A look at her embarrassed grin is enough to make one feel sorry for her brief lapse of judgement. She reportedly forgot that she was completely nude under the skin tight suit. She told the Associated Press, “I totally forgot.” It isn’t hard to believe she forgot as she was busy celebrating the first speed skating medal for Russia and the suits are usually worn with something underneath. After nearly flashing the world her headlights she recovered quickly and celebrated her win with more than a shred of dignity left. Perhaps the world is having a little too much fun with this minor slip up, however, as many outfits intentionally worn to awards ceremonies reveal a lot more than that. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yeeq9JEUAWQ

The US cross country skiing Olympian Noah Hoffman wasn’t immune from embarrassment though as he turned the usually mundane sport into a dangerous event. Hoffman did not have a very good day on the Olympic ski track. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it with my own two eyes. He was skiing along just fine until he broke his pole. After the turn his coach got him a brand new pole and he immediately face planted around the next turn. As soon as he got back to his feet the poor guy took a shoulder TO THE FACE! If you watch closely the Italian intentionally threw his shoulder back into Hoffman’s face but in the end it didn’t matter. Left in the…powder the announcers said he lost 30+ seconds. After those three incidents no one from the US even finished in the top 10. 

http://www.nbcolympics.com/wnbc/video/noah-hoffman-falls-gets-shoulder-face

Third, and possibly most embarrassing for the US, were the vote-swapping allegations originated by a French newspaper L’Equipe. Some countries hopped on the bandwagon and joined in the accusations. The judges supposedly agreed to help keep Canadians off the podium in favor of Americans. Apparently the vote-swapping didn’t work as Canada took silver. Anyone who knows anything about figure skating knows of the controversy and poor judging habits in the past though so this rumor would come as no surprise to many.

While the Olympics are an amazing event in which talented athletes get to showcase their abilities it is also a time of embarrassment, mishaps and rumors. They are still human after all no matter how much they may seem like ancient Grecian Gods and Goddesses. 

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2014 in Randomosity

 

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The first 1667 words of my novel!

I wanted to share the first daily quota of my novel. I am considering sharing the first 1667 words of each chapter throughout November but not sure if I’ll keep up with that or not. Even though it is the first few pages of the first chapter I DO NOT RECOMMEND IT FOR CHILDREN. I don’t think it is quite R rated but definitely PG 17 at least.

Chapter 1

Where the Party Is

A dark, reddish brown liquid oozed down over the cool light stone that framed the fireplace in the small living room of the apartment that one Larina Gardner occupied. She stood at the back of the couch watching the oozing liquid fall from the mantle drip, drip, dripping onto the hearth below. It was not what she expected to see when she woke up that morning. As a matter of fact she never looked at her fireplace these days. She was always too busy to pay it any attention. Her furniture had gone unused for several days already. She watched the dripping for a couple of minutes before realizing what it was. Blood was streaming down her wall. It was like a bad acid trip or maybe a high gone wrong. She wondered if she had anything to drink the night before that could have been spiked. Her palms began to sweat as she walked around the couch and approached the wall. She held out her hand and touched the blood with one finger. Lifting her gaze she looked up to find the origin of the blood. On the ceiling, held by something she could not see was a golden wing that looked as if it had come from a very large bird. She stepped back and let out a blood curdling scream. The scream echoed through the room all the way back to her as she opened her eyes and sat up with a start. Her breath came in raspy gasps as she finally managed to stop screaming. Larina looked around her and realized she was in her bed which was soaked with sweat. Wiping a hand across her forehead she pushed the blankets off of her and swung her legs around the bed to rest her feet on the floor. Bowing her head she rubbed the back of her neck. As soon as her feet touch the ground she realizes she is stepping on something soft and feathery. Looking down at the floor she realizes that it is a pair of wings just like the ones she had seen in her dream. She looked closer letting her eyes adjust to the darkness and another scream escaped her lips as she spotted a blonde head lying on the floor eyes wide and dead looking. Larina pulled her feet back on the bed and scrambled backwards across the span of the bed to the other side of the room. She screamed loudly in horror at what she was seeing.

Someone patted her on the shoulder and she opened her eyes again. This time she was screaming into the face of a handsome looking man. She didn’t remember this man. Larina rubbed her eyes and felt the first pangs of a massive headache shoot through her head. Pushing the man backwards she managed to stop screaming in his face. He sat down in the chair across from her with a smirk on his face. She didn’t know what he had to be smirking about but it pissed her off none the less. Here she was terrified by her dreams and still trying to get her bearings on where she was even waking up at and he was laughing at her. Larina ignored him and looked around the room. Many other people were sitting and staring at her. Apparently the entire place had been watching her having a nightmare. When a woman handsed her a coffee mug with a steamy black liquid inside she realized she was at The Celtic House Pub. It was known as one of the best pubs in that part of Colorado and it was where she loved to hang out on a Saturday night. Memories of what had happened were slowly worming their way back into her thoughts. She had been partying with the people around her and drinking shots until she passed out drunk. The memory of how drunk she was made her head swim again. Larina realized it wasn’t that she had been drunk before but that she was still drunk. This thought made her want to wretch. Instead she took a sip of the warm drink she had been handed. Strong, black coffee the one drink that would sober any drunk ass up at least slightly. Larina looked up at the woman who had handed her the mug and was still standing behind her with a smile. “Thanks Lanya,” she slurred out. Taking another sip of the drink she blinked a couple of times and looked around her. There were two women as well as the man who had woke her. One of the women was all over the other one trying to get her to make out or so it appeared to Larina. Shaking her head she looked at the man. Try as she might she couldn’t remember him from anywhere.

“Who are you?” she asked bluntly.

“The name’s Dameon,” he responded with a slight inclination of his head, “I might say you acted like you knew me well enough before you passed out.”

“What is that supposed to mean,” she asked confused.

“Obviously babe it means you were all over him before you passed out,” one of the women said. Larina recognized her as the woman who had invited her over to hang out with them.

“I was not. I would never do that,” Larina tried to defend herself.

Akuma, the other woman, laughed wickedly, “Oh but you did. That doesn’t matter though. What the hell were you screaming like that for?”

Larina explained the dream to her not holding back a single detail. It had truly freaked her out but the look on their faces showed the true extent of creepiness. It was a little eerie looking at their dropped jaws and thinking back on the dream she had just woke up from. Taking another drink she tried to put the thought out of her head. Beginning to feel the sobering effects of the black coffee she looked around for another shot glass. Motioning to Lanya she said, “Can I get another shot over here please?”

Lanya gave her a look that blatantly said no way without her actually speaking a word. Not worrying about Lanya’s party pooping ways Larina poured a shot from the bottle of Everclear that was sitting on the table in front of her. She downed it without need of a chaser and threw back another swallow straight from the bottle. A warmth spread from her mouth down her throat and throughout her body. The coffee’s progress was reversed. She began to feel at the very least a little tipsy again. Standing she sidled over to Dameon barely missing tripping over the corner of the table that was in front of her.

“Want to get to know each other again?” she asked him. Her words were slurred with alcohol. She bent over in front of him and the low cut blue satiny shirt she was wearing left very little to the imagination.

“Aren’t you supposed to be some kind of role model? What if your kids saw you now,” he asked in a low drawling voice.

“Oh kids shmids I do have a day off you know,” she retorted. Tossing her hair over her shoulder she straightened and walked back to the couch. Flopping down on it she crossed her ankles and placed her stiletto clad feet on the table. The only thing that saved any shred of modesty for her to hold onto the next day was that she was wearing black slacks with the outfit. Dameon walked over to sit on the couch beside her. He wrapped his arm around her shoulders and whispered in her ear, “I may be a demon but I know my limitations.” Sitting back he leaned casually against the arm of the couch and watched her to see if she had any reaction to his words. As he figured the only word she responded to of the whole sentence was limitations.

“I know mine as well,” she said in a haughty tone, “I just don’t have as many as some.”

The other woman who hadn’t spoke before laughed a high pitched tinkling laugh. “I dare say you don’t have any idea,” she said in a guarded voice. “We can show you what it means to lack limitations if you wish.” As she spoke she stood and walked to the other side of the couch. Bending over the couch behind Larina she spoke in a low voice that edge on a whisper right next to Larina’s neck, “I can show you many things.” Larina sat up straight as quick as she could.

“No, I don’t want you to show me anything,” she spat angrily.

Akuma cleared her throat, “You two need to cut it out now. She is obviously not quite herself tonight. Why don’t we just have fun and stop picking on the poor child.”

Dameon looked at her and shrugged. “She started it,” he said in a mock childish voice with a pout on his face.

Larina made a shocked face and looked at him. “You big tattle tale,” she said. Akuma stood and smoothed out her short black skirt. She walked over to Dameon and pulled him up by the collar of his silk black shirt. Barely above a whisper she said, “You stop pestering her or you will have to face me.” Her voice sounded as if she were joking and the smile on her face would have onlookers believe the same but there was a look in her eyes that said otherwise. Larina’s eyes were starting to go fuzzy again so she stood up from the couch barely catching herself by grabbing onto Dameon’s shoulder. This slip broke the tension for a moment. He turned to face her and grasp her hand. Pulling her into his side he wrapped his arm around her waist. A smirk placed itself firmly on Dameon’s lips. “I promise I’ll be good,” he said with more than a hint of double entendre in his voice.

 

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2011 in Writings & NaNo

 

Nov 1st ~ Word count and Braggarts

Originally my goal for day one was to top 5k words but I didn’t quite make that. By the time I went to bed at 12:30 I had managed to reach 4,021 at which point I started seeing everything through gauze. My eyes were so clouded over with the imminent threat of sleep. Perhaps the reason that I was so amped about the first day, unlike other years, was because I have my outline before me this year and I started out on the chapter I was most looking forward to writing. It happens to be chapter 8. I used to believe the number 8 was my luck number. Maybe this means something significant? Maybe a publication is on the horizon for this particular novel? Oh how I hope so.Then again it might mean that chapter 8 is the only one I will end up finishing and I will fail miserably as soon as I start back on chapter 1 today.

I have decided that I will write my novel while my son is sleeping and any other random stuff, like this blog, while he is playing. This will give me at least four hours a day where I am completely awake to write. Two hours where I’m barely hanging on if I stay up until midnight every night. Since I have discovered I can write 100 words every two minutes on a good idea that means about 6000 words an hour if I write all the way through. If I were to write all the way through for the whole four hours I would have 24k words in one day. Ok, that’s not going to happen in a million years but wouldn’t it be awesome?

That being said what is with these people who are already posting 50k word shout outs in the forums? Its not inspiring but is a little demeaning. Its like they are bragging that they have a whole day with nothing to do but write. We get it and good for you but unfortunately the rest of us mere mortals have lives to take care of. It is aggravating to me to see people, posting everywhere, talking about their 50k words wordcount on day one. Honestly it is truly bragging when you go through the other shout out threads saying “Oh yeah! I hit 50k today! Woohoo!” I mean really? The rest of us who are just now posting in the 4k word threads don’t want to see that as soon as we open the thread. I for one feel like I might as well just give up when I see these posts. Please, for the sake of everyone else’s novels, only post this info in the appropriate threads. I’m begging you all here now to keep demeaning what the rest of us are doing.

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2011 in Writings & NaNo

 

NaNo Forums

I just read the OLL blog interview of our beloved dragonchilde from the NaNoWriMo forums and wanted to point something about. She says the mods receive a lot of complaints, lord knows I’m at fault here too, and the thank you thread is the bright spot in all of it. I just wanted to draw everyone’s attention to something here. If you right click and click on view page source of the NaNoWriMo, once you are able to make sense of all of that mess then you can complain. Seriously have you ever looked at the page source of a page? I took a javascript/HTML class and dropped out the first week because it made my head spin. It is actually, almost rocket science. I say kudos to those that have made the website what it is because they are the brain surgeons and the astro physicists of the bunch. My hats off to them!

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2011 in Writings & NaNo

 

Military Wives

I have been wondering recently why it is that people will sponsor care packages to soldiers but their family is typically forgotten. It is hard on the family (husbands or wives, sons and daughters) as well as the one who is deployed. I understand that the soldiers don’t have access to anything that the military doesn’t directly provide them with but in some cases neither do the families. In my experience I have seen women suffering trying to raise their family on their own while they feel forgotten in an unfamiliar place. I have also heard of women who are in their own country but are stranded on a base that they were stationed at before their spouse was deployed. I believe this is ridiculous. I know it is unlikely that anyone will contact me but I want to put this out there for anyone in need. If you are a military husband or wife please let me know so I can send you a care package, so that maybe you won’t feel so alone. There are people out there thinking about you, and thanking you, as well. I am going to try to start a movement for military spouses to receive packages as well.

 

Side Note: If there is already a program out there like this please let me know so I can try to help them out and if you know of any military spouses let me know as well.

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2011 in Shower Musings

 

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If Snowflakes were Milkshakes (Outlining)

The most asked question in preparing to write a novel is probably: to outline or not to outline. Throughout the NaNo forums one will find this question repeated in many different place and in many different ways. The problem is no one can tell you whether you should outline or not because it is probably one of the most personal things about preparing to write a novel. Others can only give you their opinion and share with you what they choose to do but ultimately, like everything in life, it is up to you. I’ve decided to try to help with answering the question of whether to outline or not though. I’ll give you options and my first hand experience with both outlining and not and you can choose what’s best for you.

First of all there are many different types of outlines you can use if you choose to. They range from the snowflake method, to the storyboard method to a method that I made up from different types of outlines. Following is a brief summary of each of these methods.

Snowflake Method:

Start by summarizing your novel in one sentence. It is best to keep it short and not to use any character names in this sentence. This sentence will eventually become your hook for your sales pitch for the book, if you choose to try to get it published. For example a good sentence for my novel might be: Armageddon hinges on a small time teacher who gets abducted by angels and demons.

Next you will create a full paragraph around that sentence that explains your novel. Again you will want to elaborate on your novel’s premise. A typical paragraph for this style of outline is five sentences long.

After getting the general idea of your novel down you will do the first two steps again for each of your characters.

You will then expand on each of the sentences in your story paragraph. You will turn those sentences into another paragraph. Then you will do the same for your character paragraphs. After that you will make each of those story paragraphs into a full page and the character paragraphs into a full character chart. Essentially this method has you simply expanding on these items repeatedly. It is best for something like NaNoWriMo to just do the first paragraphs and follow through with the rest of the method during November.

If you want a full explanation of this method check out this website: http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/art/snowflake.php

Storyboard Method:

This is a simple method of outlining. Many authors use different methods of keeping track of the boards ranging from post it notes to excel spreadsheets. All one has to do to use this method is break down the novel by scene. You write a one line explanation of each scene on whichever medium you choose then you expand on these sentences when you begin the process of writing your novel. This can be slightly difficult to keep track of but it is recommended that you use this method when editing so you can focus on each piece of the novel. Some will use colored pencils for these notes to differentiate between the beginning, climax and resolution as well as the protagonist and antagonist.

My Method:

The method I use for outlining is, as I said before, a combination of different methods. I like to call it The Lucky 13 method. First you break down your novel into thirteen chapters. You write a title for each chapter that gives a general idea of what the chapter will be about. Once you have your chapter titles you start with each title and break the chapter into thirteen scenes that you want to be sure to include. I usually write a few sentences about each scene just depending on how much information I will need to remind myself of while writing. Now you have thirteen chapters with thirteen scenes for each chapter. When you start to write your novel you will simply expand on each scene.

Obviously I would recommend my method because it is the easiest way for me to write but some might like the other methods better. What you have to do is choose which one you think will give you the most creative outlet. Many people worry about stifling their creativity if they use an outline but you can make your outline however detailed you want and if necessary you can narrow all of the methods down to bare minimum which will allow you to stay on track but to have as much creative freedom as you want throughout the story. I have used an outline once before while doing NaNo and that once is the only time out of five tries that I actually finished my novel and liked what I wrote.

Side note: If it seems I have ripped off another method in what I believe to be an original creation please let me know because this is the first time I’m sharing this method and I don’t want to rip anyone off. Good luck with your novels whether or not you decide to outline.

Ciao! Bella Gente.

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2011 in Writings & NaNo

 

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