Tuesday, October 26, 2010

My Devil Dog

My dog was thrilled to be the proud recipient of this fun costume that we won from GWLittle.com!
The red glitter horns and pitchfork tail were especially cute details. Stop by and take a look at their pet products, they have some great deals going on right now!

My Current Obsession

I've been drooling over this CC Skye Lizzie Hobo Bag ever since it came out, I just think it's gorgeous! Are there any new fall items you're currently lusting over?

Shopping Haul

Recently bought a few things that I thought I'd share! If you have any cool stuff you've found lately, give me a shout or post below!

Me in my Aldo boots

White PacSun camisole

Black Strapless Tart dress from Ideeli

Super cozy gray knit pants from Forever 21

Forever 21 Sleep Set

Laguna Boot Jeans from PacSun

Tart Hot Pink Burnout Tee-Ideeli

Gray Hooded Fleece Jacket from YMI Jeans

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Law of the Garbage Truck by David J. Pollay Book Review

The Law of the Garbage Truck by David J. Pollay

 “Twenty years ago, while riding in the back of a New York City taxicab, David J. Pollay narrowly escaped a life-threatening car crash. The driver who almost caused the major accident started yelling at David’s taxi driver, who remarkably just smiled, waved and wished the other driver well before he and David drove away. David asked how the cabbie could remain so calm. His reply spawned the defining principle of The Law of the Garbage Truck and left author, David J. Pollay awestruck.
His driver said: 
“Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment…And if you let them, they’ll dump it on you. So when someone wants to dump on you, don’t take it personally…move on.”

 This book struck a chord with me right away. All too often I tend to internalize a snappy coworker or a rude sales clerk. We have all experienced trying to be there for a friend emotionally only to get "dumped on" in their process of venting their frustration. The author gives many examples of how to handle everyday interactions with others that can impact your day in a negative way. By reflecting the insecurities, bad moods, anger, and frustrations of others, we can avoid absorbing the negative emotions into our own lives.

Packed with sage advice, stories, and questionnaires, Pollay helps you to develop a heightened sense of awareness of how much garbage you are picking up as well as how much you are putting out onto others.
At the end of each chapter is a "call to action" where the author gives you a task to help you gain insight into your life and enact positive change.

From David J. Pollay's Blog:
"In our lives we often focus only on where we stand in the stream. We act concerned only with what’s in front of us. We forget that there is always an upstream and a downstream. We are affected by those who come before us, and we affect those who come after us. Someone is always impacted by our thoughts, feelings, and actions. If you feel lucky, be grateful. Say thank you to anyone who might have helped you. Say thank you to God if that is your belief, or act grateful in this powerful world of ours. Don’t leave luck unaccounted for—show your gratitude. Focus on what’s good.
The Law of the Garbage Truck reminds us to be grateful for the good that comes to us from upstream, and thoughtful of what we send downstream."

We all hold within us the power the reverse the cycle of garbage:
Smile, wave, wish them well, move on and let the garbage trucks PASS YOU BY

James 1:19 “..be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.”

You can find more about “The Law of the Garbage Truck” here-
Barnes & Noble

A huge THANK YOU to Sterling Publishing for sending me this incredibly insightful book

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Chloraseptic Sore Throat Lozenges and Spray Review

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, but it often comes with a host of fall allergy symptoms. Having to deal with a sore, scratchy throat is definitely not a lot of fun which is why I was pretty excited for the opportunity to try out the new Chloraseptic line of throat lozenges and sprays. The lozenges come in a great variety of flavors like Green Tea, Citrus, and Wild Berries and now have a soothing liquid center that coats your throat for long lasting relief. I love that there's no medicinal taste at all. I can easily see these becoming a staple for my fellow allergy sufferers, and perfect  to have on hand for cold and flu season. The throat spray instantly soothes raw throats and is great for day or night. These are absolutely new favorites for me and I'll be picking more up when I run out.

Visit your local grocery store, drug store, or supermarket to find Chloraseptic products or check out their website for more info~ Chloraseptic's website

Disclosure: I received the mentioned Chloraseptic products in order to provide an honest review, no compensation was given, all opinions stated are completely my own 

Hiking Hawk Mountain

The fall scenery is incredible this time of year! Hawk Mt. has so many beautiful lookout points

Thursday, October 7, 2010

A Day in Jim Thorpe Part Three-Dinner at Flow

Flow is a cozy restaurant located in a beautiful restored building which is part of the Carbon County Cultural Project. The name Flow comes from the creek that visibly flows underneath the floor-be sure to ask for one of the tables situated beside the glass cut-out so you can watch the Mauch Chunk Creek flowing while you eat. It was really fun to check out the owner's interesting art next door in the adjoined gallery while waiting for our meals to be ready. The menu changes frequently depending on what's available and seasonal. The presentation of the food was beautiful but he standout for me was the homemade cream soda-very frothy and creamy. The vintage oak bar was beautiful and lent a wonderful retro feel to the atmosphere. It's a fun place to stop for a quick lunch during a casual stroll through town, or make reservations to stop by for dinner.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Day in Jim Thorpe Part Two-The Haunted Jail

The Old Jail stands as a fortress looking down on the rest of Jim Thorpe. It was built in 1871 and was used as a working jail all the way up until the 1970's. The jail is best known as the hanging site of seven Irish coal miners accused of being Molly Maguires, a secret organization that started one of the first labor unions in the country. Back then coal miners worked for pennies since they had to pay for all their own food and equipment, often becoming so severely indebted to the coal companies that they couldn't leave even if they wanted to. They were often treated cruelly, and if one of them was killed as the result of a mining accident (a common occurrence) their body was literally dumped on the porch of their family without incident. 

Make sure to check out Cell 17, where a man who was convicted of conspiracy to murder famously left his handprint permanently etched into the wall, where it would remain for all time to proclaim his innocence. The handprint has survived being cleaned, painted over, concreted over, and even having a new wall put over it. Very eerie!

The creepy dungeon

Barber Foods Table Manners Twitter Party

 Table Manners are something you don't hear discussed very much anymore. Growing up I was used to casual family dinners and get togethers and laughter often ensued for the occasional mishap, like when an uncle braced himself against the table to retrieve a dropped fork and sent the tablecloth flying along with plates and glasses.
 If you're like me you probably know quite a few people who could use a refresher course on dinner table etiquette.

 Barber Foods and The Product Review Place are hosting a Special Table Manners Twitter Party On Thursday, October 14th, 2010 from 7:30-9:30 PM EST. Table manners guru Sherry Thomas will be in attendance to answer all of your etiquette questions and a ton of fabulous prizes will be handed out. Just click on the brown Barber foods button below to RSVP-can't wait to see everyone there!

Barber Foods

A Day in Jim Thorpe Part One

With the Fall Foliage Festival in Jim Thorpe coming up we thought it would be the perfect time to walk around the town and check out some of the cute little shops and restaurants. Jim Thorpe is such a beautiful historic old town and there's so much to do there-I can't wait to go on one of the ghost tours! I snapped some great shots of the interesting architecture.

Betty Crocker Twitter Win!

I recently won this gift bag filled with yummy products  from the Betty Crocker Twitter giveaway-I can't wait to get baking! Those turtle bars look really good!