Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A bit of this and a bit of that.....


Thought I had better do an update - might do bullet points, am to tired to do a full post - but am going to do a vlog post on Friday or the weekend with more details.

  • Update on moving to Aussie - my CRPS won't be an issue/David can get 6 months of work unpaid, so if it all goes belly up, he will still have a job. 
  • Will definitely be going to Aussie next year, a long story but I have been gifted $3000 so that is going towards the trip, we are thinking of staying 3 weeks next time
  • Got my nails done today, was not going to get them done, but hated them all yukky 
  • The plane that got shot down the other week, had my dad's second cousin on there, she was coming with her partner to New Zealand to see his son (her step son sort off). My cousins also had friends on board as well - very sad, especially when it is close to home, a lot of the people came from areas where a lot of my extended family live.
  • Finished shifting Gwen into her room in the retirement village, her unit is empty, ready to be renovated before the next person moves in, hope it sells quick. Its been a tough time for David, because very waking moment he has been organising the place and clearing it out, selling things etc... but all done - so we are hoping to go to Tauranga on the weekend :)
  • The old blogging world is buzzing again about professional blogs/vlogs and what defines sponsoring of a blog, personally I believe a sponsored blog is when they are sent gifts regardless of if they are asked to blog/vlog about it or not, because lets face it companies send gifts in the hope they will blog/vlog about it. But apparently sponsored blog/vlogs are only where the company sends the gifts and then pays you to do like maybe three posts about something. In each case they are suppose to give their honest opinion, which I have my doubts they actually do. But if they are going to blog/vlog about something should they not check reviews from other people etc and see what they are - now why I am saying this, is there was a vlog I was watching, and she was being sponsored for her vlog (as in getting the item for free and also getting paid for doing it, and it was not a cheap item), anyway she was giving it high praise but by doing a quick search as I was once looking at it, and found terrible feedback everywhere for it, hence why I did not buy it in the end. Some of these bloggers/vloggers are highly respected and because of her they sold a few by looking at the comments, surly as a blogger/vlogger would you not research the product they are offering first, everywhere you looked it had bad reviews about breaking down etc.... I would like to think people would do their own research but obviously some of them have that much respect in these bloggers/vloggers that what they hear they believe. I know it is their income but hey if it wasn't for their likers they would not be making any money, surly if they respect their likers like they say they do, wouldn't they turn down promoting stuff that has bad feedback with not only the product but also the company. I actually wrote a comment and warned people to research the product before purchasing as the feedback on the product and company was not very good. These bloggers/vloggers have tens of thousands if not hundred of thousands people viewing their vlogs daily. I know if it was me I would never ever do a blog/vlog on stuff with bad feedback like this particular item... because I would respect my 'fans' to much for that... I have seen this sort of thing happen quite regularly on blogs/vlogs, and find it sad that people get sucked in.... and my other bitch session now again on blogs/vlogs - I was watching another one where this girl gets heaps sent to her from her fans, homemade gifts etc, and she goes on how much she treasures the gifts, has her PO Box in a prominent position and asks people to send her mail etc - well the other day she was having a clean out, and was giving a whole lot of stuff away and all the stuff was in a box ready to give away, she vlogged about it and many of her fans said they saw there stuff in the box they had sent her, which she basically called junk - whoops wrong move if you are going to vlog, don't do one where you say you are getting rid of junk, and then your viewers see there gift they sent you in a box you are giving to the op shop or whoever. If they don't want gifts etc from there likers, then don't advertise your PO Box in the description, if companies want to get hold of you, give them an email  but by advertising your PO Box and saying you like receiving stuff, then certainly don't do what this person did and vlog about getting rid of junk - she lost a lot of subscribers because of this booboo. 
These blogger/vloggers make bloody good money, and get sent heaps of stuff, yes a lot of it is good, but when there are things that are so obviously bad, surly they should have respect to their likers/followers and not try and sell them junk.... I know people should research but what concerns me is that a lot of the stuff they vlog about is aimed at younger people, and some of these kids are so impressionable with these vloggers that whatever they say they will believe. 

Anyway thats my thoughts for today :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

First off.....

I got a phone-call this morning regarding this website and Fashion show - It is the MADRINA FASHION SHOW - click 'here' for their Facebook page - and this what they are about from their Facebook page :)

About
A Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Event
Mission
To find a cure for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
Description

Challenging aspiring fashion designers from around the world, to create outfits that counter the hypersensitivity of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

And to top it off the winning designer was Yeonjae Choi from New Zealand:






Anyway onto other things, I have tried curling my hair twice, ok it is not quite long enough but hey I need to practice, the first time was a disaster and I was left with a few burns on my scalp and face where the iron touched - whoops lol - anyway onto the second attempt which was today, not once did I burn my scalp or face and here are the photos...

Yes my hair needs to be a bit longer, but my hair is usually as flat as a pancake and it did give me some height etc.... not to bad for a second attempt :)
Excuse the red face, am not sure why it is showing up so red, it must be the lighting... and no makeup either :)




The back was hard to do so just did a few curls and it was not bad considering - as my hair gets longer the curls will get more defined - I am aiming for the beachy curls look :)

Not sure if I mentioned that I got a speeding ticket the other month, it was my first one ever and it was for going 55km's in a 50k area - and it cost me a whole $30. Bit sad that I got one, was hoping to go all my life without receiving one at all. It was from a camera so no demerit points which is the bonus :)

Have had a rough couple of days, MIL got rushed into hospital on Sunday night, at 1.30am we got the phone call - David went there and was told to expect the worst as they were not going to do resus. Anyway I arrived at about 4.15am, and she had picked up amazing once they got the oxygen going and other stuff started working... she is still in hospital and will be for a few more days, the doctors and nurses were amazed she survived they kept saying when they came in how she looked like a different person, she is one tough women :). She had fluid on the lungs/heart etc  - which is a regular thing happening with her lately, and of course each time it takes its toll on her heart. 

Anyway thats about it for now... have a great week all and catch you soon :)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Things are looking more positive....


Have been having a ball selling thing on Buy/Sell/Swap Facebook pages, list it, a few hours later it is sold, then usually within 24 hours I have got the money, without having to leave the house :). Am going to have a major clean out with stuff now. This money is going to be my spending money for our next trip :). 

I am on a 'no buying' spree... (hmmm can't think of the right word lol) - anyway am not looking at any emails coming through that could tempt me to spend money, I delete them as soon as I see them in my inbox, before I can read them. I would like to not spend for at least 1 month and then may try for 2 months. But I am also planning on the fact that I will be moving to Aussie, so will need any money I can get. I know it doesn't seem much spending $20 here and there, but it is surprising how quick all these little spends add up. 

I have emailed the Embassy to find out what I need to do re: CRPS and moving to Aussie, no point in planning everything, if they won't accept me, they said it should not be an issue but will get back to me once they have checked it out properly. So assuming it won't be an issue, I will keep planning for the move. 

I am coming of my meds, first step is the methadone, I am hoping to be off it completely by end of this year, from there I will just keep eliminating the next one and so on... has my pain increased yes, but am not sure if that is from the med decrease or the cold weather, time will tell - but I am going to do this, I am learning how to breathe through the pain and using meditation. 

Has anyone seen, well I am sure most of you have they way everyone is talking about it 'Orange is the New Black', have only watched the first two episodes from series 1, but am loving it and so many people have said great things about it :)

This week I have managed to get some really good study done, which makes me feel good. Tomorrow David and I are hopefully going out for brunch, then we might have a walk around 'Rainbow Springs'. David and I have not spent anytime together since we have got back, he has been doing family stuff. 

Chris is in Taupo this weekend with his dad, doing an advanced diving course, and doing a river dive and a night dive, so he is in his element. Steph and her boyfriend Rob are going to meet them for dinner tonight, as she works weekends, she does not see her dad much anymore. Next week I must go and get my eyes checked, it has been two years and as I am an AA member, we get a free eye test every two years. I need some new glasses, so think I will get my measurements and order some glasses online for a fraction of the price - all about saving money lol. 

Anyway thats about it for now, I am trying to keep positive about life in general, I know compared to some my life challenges seem small, but they are still my challenges and they are important to me. And I also am holding onto the belief that what will be will be, and that means if moving to Aussie is the right decision, it will all fall into place :). 

Have a happy Sunday all :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Down now making my way up again....


I still have another 3 or 4 more videos to edit, not sure when I will do it, or if I will do it.... Things have happened in the last 24-48 hours, which has changed how my emotions have been. I did a post about depression, but removed it as it was a little personal, and I was not ready to share that much just yet... then after that post David and I had a talk, and some things got said that blew my mind, and because of what was said has put a whole damper on the whole holiday and how I see it now - confused yip probably are but sorry not ready to talk about it on here - I did email a friend about what has happened and what has been said, thank you so much for your reply - I am going to see my psychologist in the next week to debrief all what has happened. 

Anyway I need to not let myself get down about what all has happened, and need to move forward - I still have my goals, and still am planning to move to Aussie, if it is meant to be then it will all fall into place, that I am sure off - first step is emailing the embassy (I think that is who I need to contact) to see if they will accept me with my CRPS, if not then I can put that dream aside and focus on something else. 

If you don't want to read the clarisonic review, then skip the next 3 paragraphs :)

Anyway onto something completely different, I would like to review the 'Clarisonic Mia 2' I purchased in Aussie at Myer, it cost me $190 ($AU) Well I highly recommend it, the first time I used it, I pushed a little hard, and had it on the second speed and my cheeks went a little red and sore... then I read the instructions (which I should have done to begin with), I read there are two speeds, so the next time I changed it to a lighter speed and didn't press it so much on my face and it worked perfect. One thing they did say when I purchased it, you need to make sure you charge it for at least 24 hours which I did. I figured as I am getting older each day, I really want to look after my skin so it can stay as youthful as possible... I have been lucky and have had good skin all my life, with not really doing much to it, but there comes a time when you need to start giving the face some tender loving care and my time has come :). It has made my face feel so nice, and it feels so clean. 

I was really worried because of the price, that it would be just a whim and not really notice much difference, but I have to tell you it is fantastic and I highly recommend it, I know there are cheaper options out there, but after doing a lot of research I decided to spend the extra money and buy the clarisonic. What I do love is that it has a timer on it for 1 minute, you spend the first 20 seconds doing forehead, the next 20 seconds doing the chin and nose, and then 10 seconds each side for the cheeks, it lets you know when it is time to change to the next section of your face. It is waterproof so you can cleanse in the shower or bath and comes with a magnetic charger, it does not need to be charged daily, it will last about 24 minutes before needing recharging. You change the brush head every 3 months so I got a spare one while I was there, It is also soft enough to do it twice a day. This is what their 'website' says "Unlike spinning devices, our patented sonic technology works with skin’s natural elasticity, oscillating at a sonic frequency that produces over 300 movements per second. The resulting flexing action works to loosen dirt and oil, removing deep-seated impurities from pores and priming skin to better absorb topical treatments".

So do I recommend it, yes I do, I know it is not cheap and have not tried cheaper ones, well I did years ago, and that was a terrible experience, but if you have $200 to spare I highly recommend it. I will do another review in about 6 months time, to see how it is still going then :).

I am back into study, and enjoying it well much as you can... have planned my papers for next year and assuming I pass it all I will graduate with 1 degree next year and then the following year I will graduate with the other degree, then I may continue to do some postgrad study but only part time :). I have only been out of the house twice due to the pain with the cold weather, and they were not exciting outings, I miss miss miss being out and about... I am selling bits and pieces on our buy/sell/swap Facebook page, much easier than 'Trade Me', as you have no commission to pay and also it is local people who buy it, so no hassle with postage etc. I have sold 3 handbags, so am now even with the three I purchased in Aussie, but I do have another couple I am going to list. 

Anyway meds are calling me, so better take them before I forget, catch you all soon :)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Day 6 - Monday - Whale Watching and SkyPoint


On Day 6 we went on a whale watching tour, and then to "SkyPoint" afterwards for lunch. There are a few companies doing whale watching over there, we chose to go with "Whales in Paradise" as they were in the entertainment book. We figured we would go in the first half of the holidays, in case we got to see none, then they give you free tickets to go again. We saw some whales, I must admit I was disappointed as I was really hoping we would see more of them, but not this particular day the whales were quiet. In fact in the video you can hardly tell they are a whale lol.

Here are a few photos of the trip on the boat....





After that we went to SkyPoint and had lunch there.... it was a lovely day and you could even see some whales from there :)



And here is the video of the day :)



Saturday, July 12, 2014

Sorry


Deleted the post I had up... 

Day 5 - Sunday - BroadBeach markets and Byron Bay


This day we went to "BroadBeach Markets", it was not as big as I remembered,, and we ended up seeing it in about 30 minutes, so we decided to go to "Byron Bay" for the rest of the day. I love Byron Bay, it is relaxing with a very big range of people living and visiting there... where else can you go to a place and traffic stops in the main roads to let people cross lol. 

We had lunch at "Fisheads Cafe" as we had a voucher there from the "Entertainment Book". Even though we were only there for two weeks, the Entertainment Book was fantastic and we saved a few hundred dollars while there, we just made sure we ate the restaurants that had vouchers and a lot of the stuff we went to had purchase 1, get 1 free, so we were only paying for 1 person. 

Here is a photo of us at the Beach, thank god David has shaved his moustache off, I disliked it immensely lol. The weather was awesome every day we were there :)


And here is the video of the day :)


We did go to the Lighthouse but it was so busy and no car parks anywhere near, so we decided to come back another day through the week :)