Apr 16, 2014

Roses and Thorns

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for AVEENO®. I'm a 2014 AVEENO® Ambassador. All opinions are 100% my own. I received a 12 oz bottle of AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion and a $100 Visa gift card for participating in the #AveenoDailyChallenge. Come with me on my three week personal journey, as I commit to activities that will help me de-stress, meditate, reflect, and take time for myself. I'll be using AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion everyday, along the way.
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Challenge #8 - Turn A STRESSFUL Situation Into A Non-Stressful Situation. Have you ever served on a jury? I received a jury summons for criminal court and my STRESS level went through the roof! There are all kinds of cases in criminal court: murder, attempted murder, drugs, weapon cases etc. Twice a week, I passed police cars, barbed wire (thorns), and the city jail. There was nothing sweet about it (or so I thought). I said to myself, "I'm the author of A Very Sweet Blog! Find something sweet about this experience! Plus, I'm an AVEENO Ambassador for STRESS! So why am I STRESSING!" HaHaHa Well, here are my pics and what I found sweet. Bloggers can turn ANYthing into a post! HaHaHa
When I parked and walked to jury duty, at first I didn't see much that was sweet. Barbed wire (thorns), prison buildings and visitation centers are what I walked past. But I found beauty in the criminal court building, with it's gorgeous columns and inscriptions. It housed the judges that maintain law & order. I found beauty in the police cars. I thought of the police officers, that sacrifice their lives daily. They deal with the horrible element of crime and protect citizens.
As I would enter the jury waiting room, there was plenty that was sweet. A gorgeous mural, depicting the New Orleans French Quarter was displayed beautifully on the wall. It was actually painted by prisoners of New Orleans Parish Prison. It's sad to think, individuals with such amazing talent are in jail. Other things that were sweet, were the ladies working there. They really tried to make our stay as comfy as possible. The coffee they made was really good. Loved the free wi-fi (sometimes I commented on your blogs via my cell phone) and of course the vending machines with snacks. :) Also, the ladies that fried fish & shrimp! The food was so good! LOL There was also a very nice blind guy, that worked there. He filled all the vending machines. He didn't let his disability, discourage him.
Then there were the ROSES! One day, I looked across the street and saw an elevated spot that had palm trees, benches and roses. It felt really familiar to me. I walked over and SMILED. I had totally forgotten about it! You guys, this is where I started my VERY 1st JOB! I was 15 (yep, I've been working since I was 15 years old) and the job was for the entire Summer. I "worked" with a group of detectives. It really wasn't work, because we had more fun than anything. I would answer the phone, make a couple of copies and then it was time for lunch. HaHaHa It was also my 1st experience with makeup! I met a lady that sold Mary Kay and I would spend my entire paycheck on makeup. LOL We would sit on the bench, discuss and play with makeup. Then I would go back to work and the head detective-boss had a huge library in his office. He said, "Kim, you can read any book you like". I remember reading Jaws. LOL Well now, they've added more benches, light posts, trees and beautiful rose bushes. Ahhh, memories :) SO SEE! If you really try, you can DE-STRESS a STRESSFUL SITUATION! Keep your eyes OPEN and LOOK FOR IT! For me, it was right across the street :) BTW: I completed my jury duty this past Monday (got my certificate and everything).

Apr 15, 2014

Relaxing Instagram Accounts

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for AVEENO®. I'm a 2014 AVEENO® Ambassador. All opinions are 100% my own. I received a 12 oz bottle of AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion and a $100 Visa gift card for participating in the #AveenoDailyChallenge. Come with me on my three week personal journey, as I commit to activities that will help me de-stress, meditate, reflect, and take time for myself. I'll be using AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion everyday, along the way.
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Challenge #7 - Use Instagram To Relax - Instagram is my favorite form of social media. It's where I keep up with fashion week, learn about new beauty products, connect with blog buddies and find inspiration for new topics. There are several instagram accounts I follow, that are relaxing every time I visit them. They're styled to perfection. Their pictures are dreamy. You just go ahh! I want to share my top 7 with you today. Some I know personally and others I don't. If you follow any relaxing or dreamy instagram accounts, please share them in my comments section.

#1 - Cee of Coco and Vera - This is the blog, that introduced me to the blogging universe. This is the blog that made me want to blog. When I saw Coco and Vera, the very first time, it was like stepping into another world. You can read about it HERE. Cee, just gets better and better. I LOVE her Instagram account equally as much. Exquisite style, beautiful personality, and a love for everything French. She's a pure joy and it reflects in every picture & blog post! She's a faithful reader & commenter of A Very Sweet Blog and for that I am truly honored.

#2 - Carole of Mademoiselle Poirot - Styled To Perfection! I've told Carole numerous times, she needs her own magazine or television show, because what she does is so awesome. She can bake, cook, design a room, do interior decorating, put together breathtaking floral arrangements and is a fabulous photographer. Her photography is so good, you want to reach for that berry, crumb or taste that cup of coffee. She's so sweet. She sent me my first Figgy Pudding and Mince Pie this past Christmas (Read HERE) I know she's blushing right now, because she doesn't like a lot of fuss :) But it's true! Her blog & Instagram accounts are beautiful.

#3 - Kizzy of The Dainty Dolls House - Kizzy is my personal friend (here). We've been blog buddies, since I started blogging. You're going to hear her name a lot in the upcoming weeks, because she sent me a fabulous parcel of Soap & Glory products that I'll be reviewing. Kizzy lives in Scotland with her beautiful family. She has a rich education in history. She can tell you the story behind the story of important places, paintings, etc. I love her! Beautiful both inside and out, Kizzy's blog and instagram account transports you to far & beyond places, unique fashion, and most importantly a peaceful place. She's your friend to the end!

#4 - Sandy M Illustration of Ooh La Frou Frou - Sandy M is SIMPLY THE BEST! She is a superior illustrator! I LOVE illustrators! I LOVE illustrations! Sandy has a client list, that's out of this world. She stays really busy. She can bring anything to LIFE! She has a passion for fashion and anything exquisite. I'm happy to have met her through blogging. She's revamping her blog, but you MUST check out her Instagram & Pinterest pages. She is a Pinterest Diva! Everyone follows her. Dreamy New York City life, fabulous dresses & heels, scrumptious macarons...she can do it all!

#5 - Becky of Milk Bubble Tea - I started following Becky's blog and Instagram account last year. Everything about her pictures are DREAMY! I love the pictures she takes and the products she showcases. Her background for pictures are mainly white. I always feel like I'm in Heaven (haha) or sitting atop a white cloud, when viewing her pics. She's always showing cutesy, uplifting and unique things (that you can actually BUY and AFFORD).

#6 - Darah Gabrielle of Pacific Avenue - I just recently started following Darah's Instagram account. All of her pictures make me HAPPY! You look at every picture and just SMILE. You look at every picture and say to yourself, "I would like to do THAT today".

#7 - Nicole of Gary Pepper Girl - Nicole is THE MASTER of color! She infuses it in her outfits, background pictures, food and how she lives. I love the places she travels to, people she meets, and the designer clothes she wears. Her life is truly amazing. I've always been a fan. You can read about it here and here.

Please share Instagram accounts YOU find RELAXING and DREAMY in my comments section!

I stopped by Walgreens yesterday! Guess what I found? AVEENO makes a Stress Relief Body Wash!
I purchased it and will test it out for you :) Has anyone tried it?

Apr 14, 2014

Candy Land

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for AVEENO®. I'm a 2014 AVEENO® Ambassador. All opinions are 100% my own. I received a 12 oz bottle of AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion and a $100 Visa gift card for participating in the #AveenoDailyChallenge. Come with me on my three week personal journey, as I commit to activities that will help me de-stress, meditate, reflect, and take time for myself. I'll be using AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion everyday, along the way.
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Challenge #6 - Close Your Eyes, Be Still & Think Happy Thoughts. Last week, I came across a chart that showed a few examples of how to de-stress. It pretty much showed the usual things, but one in particular stood out. It said, "to close your eyes, be still and think a happy thought. It's the quickest way to de-stress." Wow. So simple. So quick. So true. So FREE. As I was running errands, I stumbled upon a small carnival being set up. It instantly made me smile. I decided to stop and take a few pics. It was refreshing, because no one was around. Everything was still, yet moved. Everything was silent, yet spoke to me. There was a nice breeze in the air and I decided to just walk around for a minute. Despite no one being there, I could picture the rides moving. I could picture a line of people at the ticket booth. I could picture the carousel circling 'round. It was a funny feeling, but I felt so relaxed. Then, I imagined the food. I could picture the bright red, candy-coated apples being sold, buttery popcorn being popped, fluffy pink candy floss (cotton candy) and hot dogs with ketchup & mustard being eaten. It was truly a magical experience. It was like my own personal Candy Land (for the mind). I thought I would capture my experience and share it with you today. It was very unexpected. Have you ever experienced the same? Have an enlightened Monday!