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Hard Times and Listening

August 31, 2014

Clouds by Rachel SmithI am sure this comes as no surprise to most of you, but people with fantastic qualities also go through troubles and hard times. Sometimes, more than anybody around them knows.

It is easy for us to say oh “I get it” or ”I understand what you are feeling” to a friend or acquaintance online or even in person. But they never really truly understand our unique pain and suffering. How could they? Sometimes we don’t even understand it ourselves. Maybe a person can related because of a similar situation in their lives. Maybe they have had a loved one go through hard times. Being unique creations or “one of a kind”, nobody ever really truly knows what we suffer.

The irony of it all is that it is OKAY if they don’t get it or understand sometimes.

I usually don’t look at the qualities of people or the circumstances they find themselves in as deserved (i.e. he/she deserves to be happy, sad or miserable), they just ARE. They make up who you are inherently. We all have good and bad, dark and light. If we didn’t we wouldn’t be able to walk in this world and protect the people/animal/things we love and believe in. Even if it is a very small way.

A very dear person shared the poem below with me in high school and I have kept a copy with me for over 25 years. If this person hadn’t reached out to me at that time and just listened to me, I wouldn’t be here to write this blog post or anything else for that matter.

As a side note, I don’t believe in one God so you can take that part of the poem and insert your deity/faith of choice if this resonates with you. I do believe in a higher power. Also, I cry every time I read this.

Please Just Listen

When I ask you to listen-
And you start giving me advice
You have not done what I’ve asked

When I ask you to listen-
And you tell me I shouldn’t feel this way
You have trampled on my feelings

When I ask you to listen-
And you have a need to solve my problems-
My only opportunity for personal growth
You have failed me-strange, as that may seem
I am not helpless-maybe discouraged
But not helpless

When you do something for me
That I can do for myself
You can contribute to my fear and self-doubt
If you listen-I, too, can hear what I am saying

When you accept what I feel-
No matter how irrational-only then
Can I to tell you ‘why’ I feel the way I feel

Perhaps that’s why prayer works
Because God always listens-
He doesn’t give advice-He just listens

So-please just listen
And if you need to talk-wait your turn
And I, too, will listen!

By: Rita Benacquista-Stillo

It’s been a LONG time since I have posted here. Many many things both good and bad have happened in my life. I don’t know when I will post again but felt compelled to share these thoughts with you today. Please feel free to share your favorite quotes, poems or inspirations in the comments section below.

Patroozie’s Polish is Going out of Business ALL Items are only $1.00

April 15, 2014


Patroozie’s Polishes – GOING OUT OF BUSINESS!

ALL items in the store are $1.00!

NO coupons or discounts will be allowed, not valid on prior purchases and no rain checks, limited to stock on hand. Watch the site for more items in the coming week. Allow extra time for your order to ship. Any excess shipping will be refunded when your order ships. Max to ship in the US would be $16.00 for 40-50 bottles. So, shop till you drop! We do ship worldwide.

Shop here: http://patroozie.com now for the best selection.

We are closing our doors once all merchandise is sold. Thank you for your patronage!  You will still be able to shop for our handmade artisan jewelry at http://acharmingtime.com and visit our book review blog. This blog will remain open for product reviews and other fun stuff as well.

1000 Facebook Fans Giveaway! Winners Announced Here!

December 16, 2013


What an AMAZING Giveaway! How about a HUGE round of applause for all of our sponsors? WOOT! Thank you thank you thank you!

I have emailed ALL of the winners. Winners you have THREE days to email me back your information in order to claim your prize. If I don’t hear back from you, your prize may be awarded to another entrant. SO if any of you reading this post recognize a winner, do them a solid and message them and have them check their email or SPAM folder for my message to them.

You can see the winners list on the original Rafflecopter here: http://weirdstuffinmydesk.com/?p=469 or below.

Bitten by Books Paranormal Fiction Review Site With Bite! – $25.00 Amazon Gift Card (WORLDWIDE) – Ashleya J. - CLAIMED

A Charming Time -  A Pair of Handcrafted Swarovski Earrings (WORLDWIDE) - Tina C. K. – CLAIMED

Patroozie’s Polish – 6 FREE Polishes of your choice from our store! (WORLDWIDE) – Kerianne M.

Weirdstuff In my Desk Product Review Blog – $15.00 Amazon Gift Card (WORLDWIDE) – Wren M. – CLAIMED

Potions in Motion – Three Indie polishes. (US ONLY) – Sarah – CLAIMED

Gothic Gala Lacquers – 3 polishes of winners choice from her shop. (WORLDWIDE) – Lindsay – CLAIMED

Chiralty Polish – Full size bottles of Emo Party and Nrrrd Grrrl.  – (WORLDWIDE) – Elise H. B. – CLAIMED

Pinx and Lula’s – Simplicity Rose Ring Choose your color Simplicity Rose Ring. (WORLDWIDE) – Rebecca H. – CLAIMED

Literary Lacquers -  3 polishes of the winners choice from her store. (WORLDWIDE) – Donna F. – CLAIMED

Spectaculaquer – 4 Julep Nail Polishes - Kathleen, January, Coco, Vivien. (US ONLY) – Tina B.

Valhalla Soaps – Three piece set (Soap, Scrub, Botanical Cream or Whipped Cocoa Butter – winners choice) (US ONLY) – Aralyn D. - CLAIMED

Pretty Bitch Polish – Supernatural set: Sam, Dean, Trickster, and Castiel.  (US ONLY) – Dawn M. – CLAIMED

Kimmy’s Hillbilly Trailer Park – One mystery Avon body wash (WORLDWIDE) – Kyla – CLAIMED

Tarot by Arwen -  Winner wins the Mapping The Hero’s Journey eCourse. It’s a 33 day journey from your Ordinary World to “The End” to help you finish your book. (WORLDWIDE) – Niki T. – CLAIMED

Lilypad Lacquers – Custom Polish Duo created just for this contest!  (WORLDWIDE) – Laura A. – CLAIMED

Dazzled.com – $19.00 Gift Certificate for their store.  (WORLDWIDE) – BlitzMe Mac. – CLAIMED

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer December Duo with glass star full of glitter. (WORLDWIDE) – Whitney W. – CLAIMED

Author Jackie Uhrmacher   – Prize: $25 gift card to the bookstore of winners choice and a copy of her new book Love You To Death. (WORLDWIDE) – Sophie ThGr. – CLAIMED

Dina Stornello – Avon Prize Pack- Post/pierced Great Angle earrings, Avon Holiday mini nail file, Avon moisture therapy hand cream. (US ONLY) – Michele C. A. - CLAIMED

Little Lazies -  A 2.5″ tall Snowman Little Lazies figurine, handmade with Polymer Clay and Love! (WORLDWIDE) – Kelsey S. – CLAIMED

Zen and Coffee – Fingerless gloves Agathe or Yaviere / Ivory or Black winners choice. $34.00 retail Value. (WORLDWIDE) – Jasmine To. - CLAIMED

Lizzy Love Oddball Art Co. - Blue with green details kawaii art doll.  (WORLDWIDE) – Kate K. – CLAIMED

Carpe Noctem Cosmetics - 2 Large Nail Polishes from her shop for one winner. A Large O’ little Town of Bethlehem from the new holiday collection, and a medium GlitterSlayer! (US ONLY) – Gaby A. – CLAIMED

Mad City Soaps -  A 4 oz scrub in Marshmallow, a 4 oz double butter body cream in Candy Cane Noel, and a 4 oz shower parfait cream soap in Blood Orange Sugar Cookie – (US ONLY) – Stacey A. S. – CLAIMED

Bunniful – Holiday Gift Basket ( USA ONLY) – Gretchen K. – CLAIMED

WINNERS PLEASE allow at least 30 days for your prize to be processed and shipped, and longer if you live outside the US before emailing us about the status of your prize. Remember, you have THREE days to claim your prize from the date of this email and then it will be awarded to another participant.

Thank you again for entering and we look forward to seeing you more in the future!

Please tell your friends about us!

Rachel Smith
http://acharmingtime.com – Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry

http://patroozie.com – Nail Polish and Fashion Jewelry

Product Review: Meaningful Beauty Créme de Serum

December 10, 2013

Face SerumSo last month I was the lucky recipient of the Meaningful Beauty Créme de Serum from Influenster. I received this for FREE and am reviewing it here for you tonight. I was a little sad that they just wanted to send me wrinkle serum. lol But I guess that’s the breaks when you are getting up there in years. :)

This is a 15ml bottle, so it is a good size. I have been using it twice a day in the morning and evening. It is supposed to be a combo cream and serum blend. It goes on nice and smooth and you only need a little bit. What I like about this is that it is light and NOT greasy. It also has some scent to it, but it isn’t overpowering. It is supposed to help with fine lines and wrinkles, but to be honest I think I would have to use it a bit longer to really tell if there’s a difference. So watch for a follow up post on that aspect.

It is a combination of superantioxidant melon complex, anti-aging peptides and hyaluronic acid which are all good things for your skin and to help combat the inevitable. AGING. So far, I like the ease of application, low scent and the fact it doesn’t turn my face into a grease pit when I put it on. All of these factors have swayed me to keep trying this product to see if it lives up to the claims.

Website: http://www.meaningfulbeauty.com/

Country: USA

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/meaningfulbeauty

US Shipping: YES

International Shipping: YES

In looking at their website, it looks like you need to buy the kit to get this product. However you can go and get just the serum at Amazon here. It’s a better deal to get all of the products from their site plus they are offering free shipping on the set.

What about you? Have you tried this product? Do you have other Anti-Aging serums that you would recommend to me or others? If you like to review products, let me know, I have a few Influenster invites to the first people who message me through the contact form or leave your email and name in the comments below.

Influenster Review


FREE Offer: Stamp Me Baby One More Time!

December 4, 2013

Nail Art Kit FREE With Purchase at Patroozie Polish

FLASH FREEBIE OFFER! Just put the words Stamping Kit in the notes at check out for your FREE Nail stamping set! I have a variety of designs available. LIMITED supply on hand!

Getting your stamping kit is EASY. Just make a product purchase of $30.00 after discounts and shipping. So your total MUST be $30.00 plus your shipping to get your free kit. :)

This set comes with detailed instructions. Not available for purchase at this time, you can only get it for FREE!

Shop at http://patroozie.com/ for this offer!