i tried marc jacobs eyeshadow palette #thedressedeye for free

this is the @marcjacobs The Dressed Eye eyeshadow palette in #smartorial i was allowed to test and review via @influenster. i have never had such a nice eyeshadow palette, so this was a great opportunity for me.IMG_20170814_130344_669

I’ve never thought i was very good at applying eye makeup, even tho i am a talented artist on paper or canvas.IMG_20170815_175400_915

this was the look i ended up with. what do ya think? #contest


i tried Niagara spray starch for free

20170807_155340I was very excited to receive my free sample of Niagara spray starch from influenster and I enjoyed using it and continue to use it every week for my outfits to wear to work  I like the way that it helps me make ironing easier and my clothes look fresher and smell fresher and stay looking crisp longer  #contest #pressonniagaraScreenshot_20170807-151338.png

keep it fresh

I know as a woman that most of us struggle in our busy lives to stay fresh on the go, am I right? Always thought I was just really picky about deodorant or maybe I was just extra aromatic, shall we say? That’s how I felt until I found Secret deodorant and I especially love their travel destination line. I heard that recently they changed 20170807_185533.jpgtheir formula and I can’t wait to try it because change is good right? I’m sure it’s only an improvement on an already quality deodorant line. Just for the record my favorite is the Parisian Rose.


i literally do not care

i feel like i’ve been alive for too long.
someone kill me? jk
but srsly, life is a struggle for everyone and if it’s not a struggle for you, then i hope you are out there helping other people because i don’t know anyone for whom it isn’t a struggle. it’s called ‘impermanence’… sickness, old age and death come to us all. YAY! right? but nobody wants to talk about that. we all want to be POSITIVE and HAPPY-GO-LUCKY at ALL TIMES!


guess what, tho!? actually, if you were happy all the time, you wouldn’t really be growing.

you know that, right?

who needs to grow?

humanity needs to grow. we have far too much misery and injustice on this planet. it’s not right.


anyway, i’ve never been a very joyful, exuberant person and that’s okay.

i have had the opportunity to work with many differently-abled humans and i love them! i am also differently-abled and that is fine. we aren’t all the same. it’s biology and DNA.

what matters to you matters to you and what matters to someone else may not be the same thing. really that doesn’t even have to show up on your radar.


i’ve had an unpaid vacation because i am a substitute teacher and there’s no school for almost three weeks over Christmas and New Year.  Lame for me. I’ve been looking for a part-time job to cover these unpaid vacations because even though i consider this seasonal employment, the state disagrees with me.  that’s fine.  i don’t mind looking for supplemental work. it’s interesting, actually.  i’ve been putting in my applications and submitting my resumes.  it gets old just hanging around in my apartment and it’s been raining constantly. dark, grey days for days.


my nails are so ratchet. gold star! rawr!


not sure if you know this about me but i am pretty antisocial. i have often wondered if i am on the autism spectrum because i just really don’t care to have social interactions much, it just seems awkward, forced and uncomf for me, always.  frequently i have little interest in what other people are talking about and my mind just starts wandering to observing the things around me and thinking my own thoughts.  it’s exhausting for me to stay focused on other people they just seem so boring! for the most part. occasionally i do find a person who interests me… but we are talking about there are less than ten EVER that i’ve known.


here is some kind of snack i had last week.


anyway, by this time in my life, i am starting to not even care that i don’t like other people and socializing and all that crap! WHO CARES?! sick of trying to be like everyone else. they can tell that i am not. may as well just go with it.


jalapeno cheddar bagel with an egg.

anyway, it’s gonna be back to work for me soon. that’s good. it’s good for me. i am grateful.


so, do i have a new year resolution?

Practice Good Self Care!

Tasty Vox Box on Influenster

a year ago, i signed up to influenster probably because i saw someone post on instagram that they got some free samples and i thought, hey, why not.
then i basically went an entire year without paying one bit of attention to the site or the app or anything having to do with influenster.


then i noticed a few emails saying, “you’re on the short list for an upcoming voxbox” but since i rarely checked my email and didn’t have it synced to my phone, i was already too late. finally, this November, after I got a new phone, i decided i should probably go ahead and sync up my email and i actually received the notification in time to receive my very first voxbox!

The Tasty Vox Box is for foodies. Usually, Influenster voxboxes are makeup and stuff, but hey, free food is my favorite! Look at all this awesomeness! Just in time for Turkey Day. Yeah! and free!  Country Crock, Yogi Tea, Weight Watchers Smart Made Meals, Splenda, French’s Crispy Jalapenos and my favorite Frank’s Red Hot sauce!

i’ve been blogging for a long time, basically since 2003… and along the way i’ve seen many bloggers take advantage of the opportunity to try out free products in exchange for promoting them via their online presence. i never thought i’d have such an opportunity but it seems as though WOM (word-of-mouth marketing) has become more common now that pretty much everyone has an online presence.


My mom and I shared these Yogi tasty tea samples Thanksgiving morning.  Quite enjoyable.  I love how they have little tea fortunes on each bag.



This Kashi GOLean Dark Cocoa Power protein shake was really delicious. Not too sweet, I thoroughly enjoyed the smoothie I made with it, to which I added a frozen banana and some forzen blueberries plus some quinoa milk. Healthy!



I have to say, I’m not really a Splenda fan, but my mom really was glad to take these off my hands!  She is a Splenda enthusiast!



just me playing around on snapchat. i digress. (seasnail73 add me!)


influenster has lots of contests which are fun to participate in.  i even won one!! yeehaw!

still waiting for that, tho!


here is a video i made about my free country crock sample.


i must say, i’ve had way more fun than anyone probably should promoting all of these brands, but hey! if it’s fun, it’s fun!

i have become obsessed with reviewing products on the influenster app! you should try it, too and get free products to sample and review yourself! follow my link and add yourself!





Dude. blogging is not fun.

i’m sorry, but if  you don’t have a desktop computer in your home, then forget about it!

my tablet doesn’t make it easy.  it’s not easy to transfer photos from my phone to the blog and it’s not easy to type on phones.  someone needs to invent something better.

if you’re not in a happy mood you can’t blog correctly. neither can you blog correctly whilst sitting in a library and feeling like you just want to leave.

and why can’t i embed instagram photos here? it won’t let me. doesn’t work properly.

so anyway, yay! complaining! everyone loves to hear complaints, right?

but yeah, if you are so inclined, you are welcomed to peruse my archives. there’s lots of history therein.

other than that, it’s all on instagram and twitter and ello.