Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - Today's Words of Inspiration and FIVE giveaways!



Yes Virginia, you can still 'staycation'

Summer may be over, but the 'staycation' is still very much in full swing. With the state of the economy, people are not traveling as much as they used to. But that doesn't mean that the holiday fun has to end there. Explore the opportunities in your own 'back yard' to enjoy your holiday season.

Many malls, public areas downtown, parks etc hold Christmas Tree Lighting ceremonies, Menorah Lighting Ceremonies, Kwanzaa Candle Lighting Ceremonies and more! It's a great opportunity to connect with friends, family and neighbors in the process of preparing the places you live, work and shop for the upcoming holiday season. Bring the kiddos, grab some hot chocolate and get a good spot!

It's so easy to get wrapped up in your own family holiday preparations, cleaning, decorating, cooking, shopping etc that you easily forget to take out a moment to enjoy what's around you like the big 'Happy Holidays sign welcoming you to the mall, all lit up and festive. Or the big illuminated snowman outside your favorite store. Stop and get a picture of not only the little ones with it, but make sure you get one of yourself too! (Even more fun, if the same one is used annually, get an annual picture in that spot, it will be so much fun to look back at later on!)

Remember how excited you were to write out your list to Santa? Do it again! Do it this year! Put absolutely, positively, NOTHING of practicality on that list. Put everything on that list you wouldn't dream of getting for yourself. Those things you promise you'll get yourself next week because the house needs this, or the kids need that. or the DH needs some new clothes for work....... It's easy for Santa to forget you if you have already forgotten yourself.

I want to help inspire you to make this your best holiday ever, both inside and out! If we can keep you at an even keel emotionally, the stressors of the holiday season won't be able to bring you down physically!

Right now I'm sure you have meal planning on the brain, and I don't mean tonight's pot roast, I mean the big day, Turkey Day, Thanksgiving! I don't care how many people you are hosting this year, do not overdo it! Do not buy a bigger bird than you need. How many Turkey Wraps, Sandwiches etc do you really want to end up making all week so it doesn't go bad/go to waste? And you know full well that the kids will tire of Turkey Leftovers very quickly and beg you for some un-healthy fast food alternative!

A great place to start today is getting rid of what you don't need. Get two big trash bags or boxes, mark one toss and the other donate, pare down drawers, closets etc. De-cluttering your space will make holiday planning from decorating to meals so much easier for you.

Once that is done. Make your grown up christmas wish list. You can even share them here if you'd like, it would be fun to read each other's wish lists!

While you have the pen and paper out, why not begin your New Year's Wish List? Notice I did not say resolutions. What do you want to accomplish in the new year? Keep this book by your bed at night so if you awaken with a goal you can write it down. Bring it to work and write in it during your lunch break. Do you want to learn a new language this coming new year? Perhaps Rosetta Stone DVD's will be on sale during the holiday season, now that you have identified a goal, keep an eye open on getting the things you need to prepare or achieve that goal.

For example. I plan to begin learning Italian, I have always wanted to learn and I have Rosetta Stone's Level 1 Italian Language Learning System. So I need to begin to carve out specific weekly space to achieve the goal of completing this system.

If you go through this holiday season stress free in every way (and actively breathing your way to a more focused mind, visualizing your life the way you want it to be, deserve it to be and therefore SHOULD and WILL be) you will be putting yourself at an AMAZING advantge for the New Year.

I have come up with a meditation mantra that really resonates with me, 'In 2010, I will begin again'. Find your own soul speak and when you take those 5 minutes to center yourself at the begining and end of everyday, begin incorporating your own powerful soul speak into your thoughts. We do it here daily with our daily affirmation/focused breathing excercise of the day. Just make sure the words are really resonating with you, are powerful to you and are relevant to you!

Use 'Today's Words of Inspiration' as a breathing meditation to still your mind, quiet your thoughts and bring in positive energy. As you inhale bring in only positive energy by saying in your mind, I breathe in positive energy (or you can say creative energy if that is what you wish to create more of) and as you exhale, Affirm out loud today 'I will make way for the holiday season by paring down, de-cluttering and removing stress from my environment and from my mind.'

Spend some time each day enjoying focused breathing AND soul guided meditative visualization, in doing so, you can bring about amazing, profound and powerful changes in your life.

Visualize yourself manifesting something unique, guided by universal forces that emerge spontaneously from within your soul. Do this at least twice today and see how by taking a moment away from the hectic pace and breathing in positive energy and affirming what you wish to create, your thinking will become different.

Remember, attitude really does determine altitude.

It is OK to *Re-Tweet* the link to this post and You can find me (@Tracy_Iglesias) on Twitter here! twitter love: re*tweet by copying and pasting the following into your update field:

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Make this your best day ever, Bless and Be Blessed!

Don't forget to enter the 5 great giveaways on the upper right hand side of the page! The holiday push is going to be fast and fierce on Ascending Butterfly, we will be offering multiple giveaways all through the season! It's just our way of saying Thank You! for choosing to spend part of your day with Ascending Butterfly. We are really happy you landed HERE!

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NOTE: Readers have asked us to make entering the contests and giveaways, faster and easier. Your wish is our command! We have moved our 'Today's Butterfly - Featured Site(s) of the day, which is where we host our giveaways, to the upper right hand side of the page. It will be located here from now on to make entering the giveaways faster and easier. Keep the suggestions coming, remember we also have a NING group with real time chat, you can give us your comments and suggestions in REAL time, how cool is that?

NOTE 2: Twitter followers: please remember you must also follow Ascending Butterfly using Google friends connect on the upper right hand side of the page for your entries to be processed. And remember if your profile does not have an email and you don't leave your email in your entry, we will have no way of informing you if you win, and will have to select another winner. Make sure your entry and your profile have your email address!

Just a helpful Reminder: How to Follow Using Google Friends Connect:

Please look to the upper right hand side, where the follower pictures are. (Note the number of followers before you start this process)

1) press the follow button - the google pop up wizard will open, this is not an ad and your pop up blocker will not block it

2)  tick the option that reads 'follow this blog publicly' once that button is selected, hit follow again - it should now read 'you are now following'

3) if the follower count went up you know you did it succesfully, if your profile has a picture, that picture will be the first one on the left side. If your profile doesn't have one, it should still be searchable on the members list. (Remember, following a blog, does NOT subscribe you to receive emails, you have to subscribe separately to do that, you will not receive emails for following)

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Winner Announcement - $25 Kohl's Gift Card Winner!




Congratulations to 'cookie' (we post our winner usernames instead of full names, this is why it's in quotes) the winner of Ascending Butterfly's LC Lauren Conrad Collection for Kohl's Giveaway! Happy Shopping to you!

We would like to thank our sponsor Kohl's. We would love to work with you again! Kohl's has some amazing holiday sales going on right now, so I would urge you to check them out for your holiday shopping needs, I have my eye on some sweet sweaters I saw on sale in the mailer this week!

*There is still time to enter the November: Ascending Butterfly Book Club Review and Giveaway - WIN ALL THREE TITLES - Build your library by entering to win HERE!

*Enter to win your very own 'Piece of the Puzzle' with leather cord necklace and an affirmation selected by YOU by pressing HERE!

* Enter to win a box of Goodies from Unilever containing full size products from Dove, Q-tips, Ponds, and Vaseline! Enter HERE

Stay tuned this weekend, there are special surprises in store!! Keep checking in daily we will be posting a wide variety of amazing giveaways each week throughout the holiday season! It's just our way of saying Thank You for choosing to spend a part of your day with Ascending Butterfly!

---Ascending Butterfly's Editorial Team

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Win a Box of Unilever Goodies!

This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thank You so much to our wonderful sponsor Unilever (in conjunction with Rocket XL)! We would love to work with you again! The winner has been notified and upon confirmation, the winner's username will be posted both here and on the homepage. Remember: There are still some great giveaways active on the upper right hand side of the page!

---Ascending Butterfly's Editorial Team

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I hope by now you all have noticed the totally awesome Beauty Tip of the Day Widget on our Home Page! In addition to enjoying the daily beauty tips, if you press on this widget and press on the upper tab that reads 'hair' and then press on it's subtab that reads 'bonus' you can get a free sample of Shampoo and Conditioner, how cool is that?

I was sent a box filled with an assortment of Unilever products (from our friends at Rocket XL) that contained Dove deodorant, Ponds makeup remover towelettes, Dove hair spray, Qtips, Vaseline and more!

I love combining the best of home beauty care tips with trusted products that I've used since....well forever! Let's start with one of my personal favorites from the box, Vaseline; (I used to call it the tub of wonder goo!) there are actually websites out there devoted to the hundreds of uses!

Here are my top three:

1. Put a coat of vaseline on your feet at night, cover them with socks and wake up to softer feet – every day! (sorry but I am not buying the $50 sleep sock/lotion combo, when this works just as well if not BETTER)
2. Put vaseline on your elbows every day – they will stay soft!
3. Put Vaseline on chapped lips, it's the original! (a winter life saver if your lips chap easily! Just because it's winter time doesn't mean your pucker shouldn't be kissable at all times!)

One neat tip from the widget includes extending time between Salon Visits with the Dove Color Therapy System, in this economy anything you can do at home to extend time between pricey salon visits is heaven sent for sure!
 
WIN IT! - One lucky 'Ascending Butterfly' will have the chance to win a Goodie Box of their very own filled with FULL SIZE products from Dove, Pond’s, Q-tips and Vaseline. The prize pack is worth $30!

How to Win: (1) You must be a follower of Ascending Butterfly to be eligible for this and all giveaways. Indicate in your entry that you follow (if your 'comment name/user id' differ from your profile id, please let me know what name you follow under) and (2) Click on the Beauty Tips of the Day widget on the right sidebar and tell me one of your favorite beauty tips (a tip that isn’t listed above) We are not looking for general tips here, the widget tips will all contain beauty advice that mentions a unilever brand product. If your comment hasn't' been published it means you are not following these guidelines and should check your email as soon as possible. (3) You must also leave your email address somewhere in your comment. (You can format it this way for security, example: ascendingbutterfly AT mail host DOT com). Please follow the easy 1, 2, 3 steps to winning! USA AND Canada are Welcome to enter, 18+

Please follow directions or you will be disqualified! All comments are moderated, they may not appear on the site right away (comments like "I want this or I want to win" will not be entered). You have from Wednesday, November 18, 2009 until Monday, November 30, 2009 at 11:59 PM (EST) to comment and be entered for a chance to win. You will have 48 hours to confirm if we do not hear from you we will be forced to move on to an alternate. (We only notify winners DIRECTLY via email)

EXTRA CREDIT:

* Blog about this giveaway, linking to this giveaway post. Leave the URL in a comment

* Grab our Button and put it on your Blog. Leave the URL where we can see it in a comment

* Follow me @Tracy_Iglesias on Twitter (this is ascendingbutterfly’s editor) and give me your twitter ID in a comment

* Tweet this: ok to RT: I just entered @Tracy_Iglesias Unilever Goodie Box #giveaway worth $30 - -#ascendingbutterfly - http://tinyurl.com/yahyc5u   Leave a comment with the tweet’s url so you can get a valid entry (ex. click on the time your tweet was sent). You can Tweet ONCE A DAY. If you Tweet more than that, that entry will be disqualified.

* Digg about this giveaway and leave your digg username in your comment

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* Please vote for Ascending Butterfly on Divine Caroline's Love This Site Award '09 for the Body and Soul category, you can press into the badge on the upper right hand site of the page or click through here, there is a Vote button right under the description. It's a one time only, super fast, super easy vote! If all of Ascending Butterfly's readers voted we would sweep the body and soul category, we can do it, let's rock the vote and 'show em how it's done'!

* Please vote for me on the Downy Simple Pleasures Next Scent Contest. My scent is called 'Ascending Butterfly' of course, LOL. You can scroll down to the bottom of this page, and press 'Vote' on the widget below, it's super fast and super easy! (You can do this daily and get credit for voting daily! Just let me know the vote 'count' in your comment. Ex: I was Downy vote #111)

*Take the pledge! In the widget right underneath Downy, there is a Get eyeSmart - eye committed widget, if you take the pledge, you will get an extra credit entry!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Winner Announcement! Harvey Prince Ageless and Eau Flirt Winners!



Congratulations to 'RedFuzzyCow' and 'Wanda' (we post our winner's usernames instead of full name, this is why it's in quotes) the winners of Ascending Butterfly's Harvey Prince's Ageless and Eau Flirt Giveaways!

We would like to thank our sponsor Harvey Prince, we would love to work with you again! - Based on the positve responses and feedback, I would urge our gentlemen readers to consider purchasing Ageless or Eau Flirt (or ahem, BOTH) as sexy stocking stuffers for the special lady in your life. Ladies, cut out the picture of it, and tape it to your stocking with a sign that reads 'insert here' or 'hint hint'. or cut the picture out and make a grown up list to Santa, then slip it into his briefcase as a gentle holiday shopping reminder!

*Remember, the $25 Kohl's Gift Card -'LC Lauren Conrad' Collection Review and Giveaway ENDS TODAY ENTER HERE!

*There is still time to enter the November: Ascending Butterfly Book Club Review and Giveaway - WIN ALL THREE TITLES - Build your library by entering to win HERE!

*And our newest giveaway posted also has the honor of being the first holiday buying guide editors pick! Enter to win your very own 'Piece of the Puzzle' with leather cord necklace and an affirmation selected by YOU by pressing HERE!

Stay tuned this weekend, there are special surprises in store!! Keep checking in daily we will be posting a wide variety of amazing giveaways each week throughout the holiday season! It's just our way of saying Thank You for choosing to spend a part of your day with Ascending Butterfly!

---Ascending Butterfly's Editorial Team

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Winner Announcement! $50 1-800 Flowers Gift Card Winner!



Congratulations to 'Natalie A' (we post our winner's username instead of full name, this is why it's in quotes) the winner of Ascending Butterfly's 1-800 Flowers $50 Gift Card Giveaway! Join me in congratulating Natalie!


We would like to thank our sponsor 1-800 Flowers, we would love to work with you again! (I'm thinking we meet up every holiday!) :-) - Don't forget to use 1-800 Flowers for all your flower, gift basket and holiday needs this season!

*Remember, there is still time to win a $25 Kohl's Card in the 'LC Lauren Conrad' Collection Review and Giveaway HERE!

*There is still time to enter the November: Ascending Butterfly Book Club Review and Giveaway - WIN ALL THREE TITLES - Build your library by entering to win HERE!

*And our newest giveaway posted also has the honor of being the first holiday buying guide editors pick! Enter to win your very own 'Piece of the Puzzle' with leather cord necklace and an affirmation selected by YOU by pressing HERE!

Stay tuned this weekend, there are special surprises in store!! Keep checking in daily we will be posting a wide variety of amazing giveaways each week throughout the holiday season! It's just our way of saying Thank You for choosing to spend a part of your day with Ascending Butterfly!

---Ascending Butterfly's Editorial Team

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

We'd like to give you flowers for Thanksgiving! Win a $50 Gift Card to 1-800 Flowers!!

This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thank You so much to our wonderful sponsor 1-800flowers! We would love to work with you again! The winner is 'Natalie A', Congratulations! Remember: There are still some great giveaways active on the upper right hand side of the page!
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I absolutely love flowers. With Roses, Stargazer Lilies, and Orchids being my top 3 all time favorites! What a delight it was to receive the Martha Stewart Lily Meadow Bouquet this week. I decided a special bouquet needed to be displayed in a special vase. I placed the bouquet in a crystal vase that belonged to my Grandma, and placed a photo of her next to it!

(NOTE: It is NOT OK to re-post or publish the photo above ANYWHERE!)

It would be absolutely selfish of me not to spread the love! So there is definitely a giveaway for YOU! I thought it would be great for a lucky Ascending Butterfly to enjoy a holiday bouquet of their own. With a huge variety to choose from and amazing customer service, it's a no brainer to send flowers with 1-800 Flowers.com.

Here is a photo of the same Bouquet straight from the 1-800 Flowers website:




I wanted to show both photos to show that it arrives with many un-opened flowers so your bouquet will bloom over the course of several days. But here is a picture of a fully in bloom version of the bouquet. Absolutely stunning!

I have both received and sent flowers with 1-800 flowers and have always been delighted. The fragrance is amazing, I can smell my flowers without even getting close to the vase!

WIN IT! - Thanks to our friends at 1-800 Flowers, one Ascending Butterfly will have the chance to win a $50 1-800 Flowers Gift card to purchase your favorite bouquet!

How to Win: (1) You must be a follower of Ascending Butterfly to be eligible for this and all giveaways. Indicate in your entry that you follow (if your 'comment name/user id' differ from your profile id, please let me know what name you follow under) and (2) Give us the link to the bouquet you will purchase with your gift card if you win, not the name of the piece, the actual direct link to the piece! (3) You must also leave your email address somewhere in your comment. (You can format it this way for security, example: ascendingbutterfly AT mail host DOT com). Please follow the easy 1, 2, 3 steps to winning! USA, 18+

Please follow directions or you will be disqualified! All comments are moderated, they may not appear on the site right away (comments like "I want this or I want to win" will not be entered). You have from Saturday, November 14, 2009 until Monday, November 16, 2009 at 11:59 PM (EST) to comment and be entered for a chance to win. Please Note, we require an immediate winner confirmation on this one! You will have 24 hours only to confirm before we move on to an alternate. This is because you will be receiving an actual gift card and this is the only way for it to arrive to you before Thanksgiving!

EXTRA CREDIT:

* Blog about this giveaway, linking to this giveaway post. Leave the URL in a comment

* Grab our Button and put it on your Blog. Leave the URL where we can see it in a comment

* Follow me @Tracy_Iglesias on Twitter (this is ascendingbutterfly’s editor) and give me your twitter ID in a comment

* Tweet about this giveaway and leave the URL in a comment. (you can do this DAILY)

* Digg about this giveaway and leave your digg username in your comment

* Fave this blog on Technorati and leave your Technorati user name in your comment

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* Follow 1-800 Flowers on Facebook HERE

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* Join Ascending Butterfly's Ning Group HERE

* Please vote for Ascending Butterfly on Divine Caroline's Love This Site Award '09 for the Body and Soul category, you can press into the badge on the upper right hand site of the page or click through here, there is a Vote button right under the description. It's a one time only, super fast, super easy vote!

* Please vote for me on the Downy Simple Pleasures Next Scent Contest. My scent is called 'Ascending Butterfly' of course, LOL. You can scroll down to the bottom of this page, and press 'Vote' on the widget below, it's super fast and super easy! (You can do this daily and get credit for voting daily!)

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Saturday, November 14, 2009 - Today's Words of Inspiration: November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month!





November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. Diabetes is a leading cause of vision loss among Americans, and committing to getting a diabetic eye exam annually is an important step in preserving your sight. Ninety percent of severe vision loss from diabetes can be avoided by visiting your ophthalmologist annually and by controlling your diabetes. The “EyeCommitted” widget is designed to help raise awareness about diabetic eye disease and encourage Americans to commit to an annual eye exam, which can help prevent loss of vision when combined with appropriate treatment. I have also posted this widget to the bottom of this page, but I was afraid some of you might miss it so I thought I'd do a special post today and bring this important message to you all. Please click through at least once on the widget, it would be greatly appreciated!

More than 24 million people in the United States have diabetes and less than half are not getting a recommended dilated eye exam. Among the Hispanic/Latino America population, 2.5 million (9.5%) have diabetes. Furthermore, nearly half of all adult Hispanic/Latino individuals in the United States with diabetes have some type of diabetic retinopathy. These are some frightening statistics!

I have friends struggling with Diabetes and I can't stress enough how important it is to take good care of your health. Our 'Today's Words of Inspiration' often focus on the health of your 'spirit/soul' but today we wanted to shift the focus to the outer you/body.

This widget can be added to your facebook page very easily, allowing you to easily get the message out to your family and friends!

If you haven't done so already, get your physical, your eye exam and annual dental exam taken care of! And of course don't forget your flu shots!


I want to thank our friends at RocketXL for this reminder (this is a NON compensated post!)

Don't forget that we have EIGHT active giveaways on the upper right hand side of the page! And remember, the two giveaways one for Ageless Fantasy Perfume (ARV $98) and one for Eau Flirt Perfume (ARV $98) ends THIS Monday, November 16, 2009, additionally the $50 Gift Card to 1-800 Flowers also ends Monday, so get in your entries ASAP!!!

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Winner Announcement!




Congratulations to 'Tanya' (we post our winner's username instead of full name, this is why it's in quotes) the winner of Ascending Butterfly's iLuck Butterfly Pendant Giveaway! Join me in congratulating Tanya!

We would like to thank our sponsor iLuck, we would love to work with you again! (I'm thinking the Butterfly Bracelet should be next!) :-)

*Remember, there is still time to win a $25 Kohl's Card in the 'LC Lauren Conrad' Collection Review and Giveaway HERE!

*You can also win the perfume of your choice, Ageless Fantasy or Eau Flirt, (there will be TWO winners, one winner will win Ageless ($98) and one winner will win Eau Flirt ($98) by pressing HERE!

*There is still time to enter the November: Ascending Butterfly Book Club Review and Giveaway - WIN ALL THREE TITLES - Build your library by entering to win HERE!

*And our newest giveaway posted also has the honor of being the first holiday buying guide editors pick! Enter to win your very own 'Piece of the Puzzle' with an affirmation selected by YOU by pressing HERE!

Stay tuned this weekend, there is a special surprise in store!! Keep checking in daily we will be posting a wide variety of amazing giveaways each week throughout the holiday season! It's just our way of saying Thank You for choosing to spend a part of your day with Ascending Butterfly!

---Ascending Butterfly's Editorial Team

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Piece of the Puzzle Affirmative Jewelry Review and Giveaway! - Holiday Buying Guide Pick

This giveaway is now CLOSED. Many thanks to our wonderful sponsor The Good Cheer Company! We would love to work with you again! Congratulations to 'johnica1' (we post our winner usernames instead of full names, this is why it's in quotes) the winner of Ascending Butterfly's Piece of the Puzzle Affirmative Jewelry Giveaway! Remember: There are still some great giveaways active on the upper right hand side of the page!



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Sponsored By:



Have you found your piece of the puzzle yet?  
I sure have!

Earlier this summer I entered a giveaway at Coupon Queens of Laurel Run, (now known as a shoppers quest) and I was fortunate enough to win, shortly after winning I also saw this product featured on the Ellen DeGeneres talk show and I was on pins and needles until it arrived.

I wore it daily and have to share that it truly transformed my day everytime I wore it, I find myself reaching for it often. I truly believe words have power, and I chose my pieces based on what I really wanted/needed to manifest in my life at that time. I chose the affirmations 'Blessed' and 'Abundance' (the opposite side of your affirmation will be inscribed 'I Am'). Wearing I am Blessed Abundance daily has been amazing. I have made it a point to wear it when I'm working on a deal and it has become a 'lucky charm' of sorts. I also know when a jewelry item, particularly around my neck has a found it's home when I constantly find myself touching it! (Do you do that too??)

There was a chain of coincidences starting with my win that led me to Ron the owner of 'The Good Cheer Company', could the name possibly be more perfect for a collaboration with Ascending Butterfly? Our mission statement is to seek out and share the best sources of inspiration both on and offline, and I have to say The Good Cheer Company's Piece of the Puzzle Affirmative Jewelry is perfectly in line with our mission statement!

There are 41 Puzzle-Shaped Pewter Tokens to choose from! They are great gifts to remind someone special in your life who they really are, what they mean to you and to help inspire and motivate them to be the best they can be in so many different areas of life. You can also empower and show some love to your beloved pets by purchasing 'The Pet Affirmation Tag' - these can all easily be attached to your dog or cat's collar. Or your pet lizard or snake, if you put collars on them! These are perfect family stocking stuffers!

The only thing missing on their site are the following affirmations 'Ascending' and 'Butterfly' of course! (Hey Ron if you use those, I get a percentage of the sales and the first ones are Mine, Mine, Mine!!!)

These are amazing gifts for family, friends, colleagues, how many of you are part of a secret santa this year at work? It is difficult to find gifts that are reasonably priced (and most of the time secret santa restricts you and gives you a very difficult spending cap to work with), deceptively simple and powerfully meaningful, but with Piece of the Puzzle you get all of the above!

Piece of the Puzzle is our first Holiday Buying Guide Editor's Pick! It meets the criteria of all savvy holiday buyers this season - great price point, the total opposite of a generic gift, amazingly meaningful, and just plain FUN! For these reasons, this is where our holiday buying guide begins. We will be introducing our holiday buying guide editors picks up until and right through New Years Eve! Check back daily to be sure you don't miss a thing!!




WIN IT! - Thanks to our friends at The Good Cheer Company one Ascending Butterfly will have the chance to win an affirmation of their choice on an 18" Leather Necklace with Sterling Silver Hook! (Remember guys are never excluded from our giveaways, and this one being on a leather cord might mean you may want to keep this one for yourself and we couldn't blame you one bit!)

How to Win: (1) You must be a follower of Ascending Butterfly to be eligible for this and all giveaways. Indicate in your entry that you follow (if your 'comment name/user id' differ from your profile id, please let me know what name you follow under) and (2) Visit The Good Cheer Company and pick your favorite affirmation HERE this will be the piece you receive if you win! (3) You must also leave your email address somewhere in your comment. (You can format it this way for security, example: ascendingbutterfly AT mail host DOT com). If and ONLY if your profile has an email address, you can simply state this in your entry instead. Just remember do this only if your email address is readily accessible on your profile. Please follow the easy 1, 2, 3 steps to winning! Restrictions: USA, 18+

Please follow directions or you will be disqualified! All comments are moderated, they may not appear on the site right away (comments like "I want this or I want to win" will not be entered). You have from Thursday, November 12, 2009 until Monday, November 23, 2009 at 11:59 PM (EST) to comment and be entered for a chance to win. Winner will be announced shortly after Wednesday, November 25th!

EXTRA CREDIT:

* Blog about this giveaway, linking to this giveaway post. Leave the URL in a comment
* Put our button on your blog and send us the link to the page where we can see it.
* Follow me @Tracy_Iglesias on Twitter (this is ascending butterfly’s editor) and give me your twitter ID in a comment
* Tweet about this giveaway and leave the URL in a comment. (you can do this DAILY)
* Digg about this giveaway and leave your digg username in your comment
* Fave this blog on Technorati and leave your Technorati user name in your comment
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NOTE 2: Twitter followers: please remember you must also follow Ascending Butterfly using Google friends connect on the upper right hand side of the page for your entries to be processed. And remember if your profile does not have an email and you don't leave your email in your entry, we will have no way of informing you if you win, and will have to select another winner. Make sure your entry and your profile have your email address!

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Please look to the upper right hand side, where the follower pictures are. (Note the number of followers before you start this process)

1) press the follow button - the google pop up wizard will open, this is not an ad and your pop up blocker will not block it

2) tick the option that reads 'follow this blog publicly' once that button is selected, hit follow again - it should now read 'you are now following'

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - Today's Words of Inspiration and SEVEN giveaways!




Veteran's Day!

To the men and women who make so many sacrifices in service to our country, Ascending Butterfly says Thank You!

The time you spend away from your loved ones is a tremendous sacrifice. The risks you endure when you 'suit up' for work each and every day must be scary.

We commend your bravery.

For the souls who have been lost in battle we pray you rest in peace. And for their families and friends we wish you strength and send our appreciation.

A Great Site to check out today is Military.com. You should also take out a moment to visit Legacy.com. There is a  'Moving Tributes' page which features videos dedicated to those killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. The tributes are very moving and a very wonderful reminder that it is important to spend some time honoring the fallen. These are the faces that belong to friends, neighbors, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, sons, daughters, moms and dads! Great sales is not what this day was originally intended to be about!

If there is a Vet in your home, please remember to hug them especially tightly today!

Use 'Today's Words of Inspiration' as a breathing meditation to still your mind, quiet your thoughts and bring in positive energy. As you inhale bring in only positive energy by saying in your mind, I breathe in positive energy (or you can say creative energy if that is what you wish to create more of) and as you exhale, Affirm out loud today 'I will honor the sacrifices of the brave men and women who fight for our country by always living my life to the fullest.'

Spend some time each day enjoying focused breathing AND soul guided meditative visualization, in doing so, you can bring about amazing, profound and powerful changes in your life.

Visualize yourself manifesting something unique, guided by universal forces that emerge spontaneously from within your soul. Do this at least twice today and see how by taking a moment away from the hectic pace and breathing in positive energy and affirming what you wish to create, your thinking will become different.

Remember, attitude really does determine altitude.

It is OK to *Re-Tweet* the link to this post and You can find me (@Tracy_Iglesias) on Twitter here! twitter love: re*tweet by copying and pasting the following into your update field:

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Make this your best day ever, Bless and Be Blessed!

Don't forget to enter the 7 great giveaways on the upper right hand side of the page! The holiday push is going to be fast and fierce on Ascending Butterfly, we will be offering multiple giveaways all through the season! It's just our way of saying Thank You! for choosing to spend part of your day with Ascending Butterfly. We are really happy you landed HERE!

ALERT: ENDING TODAY! - Don't forget to get in your entries for the Butterfly Pendant Necklace, this giveaway closes TODAY, enter HERE NOW!!!

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NOTE: Readers have asked us to make entering the contests and giveaways, faster and easier. Your wish is our command! We have moved our 'Today's Butterfly - Featured Site(s) of the day, which is where we host our giveaways, to the upper right hand side of the page. It will be located here from now on to make entering the giveaways faster and easier. Keep the suggestions coming, remember we also have a NING group with real time chat, you can give us your comments and suggestions in REAL time, how cool is that?

NOTE 2: Twitter followers: please remember you must also follow Ascending Butterfly using Google friends connect on the upper right hand side of the page for your entries to be processed. And remember if your profile does not have an email and you don't leave your email in your entry, we will have no way of informing you if you win, and will have to select another winner. Make sure your entry and your profile have your email address!

Just a helpful Reminder: How to Follow Using Google Friends Connect:

Please look to the upper right hand side, where the follower pictures are. (Note the number of followers before you start this process)

1) press the follow button - the google pop up wizard will open, this is not an ad and your pop up blocker will not block it

2) tick the option that reads 'follow this blog publicly' once that button is selected, hit follow again - it should now read 'you are now following'

3) if the follower count went up you know you did it succesfully, if your profile has a picture, that picture will be the first one on the left side. If your profile doesn't have one, it should still be searchable on the members list. (Remember, following a blog, does NOT subscribe you to receive emails, you have to subscribe separately to do that, you will not receive emails for following)

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - Today's Words of Inspiration and SEVEN giveaways!




Do you need Pampering?

In this economy the phrase 'Waste Not, Want Not' comes to mind. Everywhere you turn you are told to learn to embrace your 'frugalista'. But excessive obesessing over finances and the budget can be damaging to your inner well being.

We all want to feel pampered every now and then. It makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside, it can even make you feel cared for. But who can afford it? Answer: YOU CAN

There are wonderful cost effective ways to pamper your outside, so your 'insides' don't feel so abandoned! Feeling depressed can often lend itself to immediately stopping the one thing that makes a world of difference, your grooming habits. If you are already feeling down and don't take the time out to even give yourself the essentials, nevertheless take the time to 'spoil' yourself you are going to feel worse!

Just like a good hot shower makes you feel better, taking the time out to do little things for yourself will make you feel like a million bucks, without necessarily breaking the bank.

I'm not even going to try to re-invent the wheel here, there are tons of 'tip' sites out there. I think a really great one is '13 DIY At-Home Spa Tricks from Glamour Beauty Online, the article can be found HERE (and no, no one there asked me to post this, I just felt it really compiles some great do it yourself beauty tricks that can be done with things you have, re-use, recycle, then refresh and RENEW!)

Whether it's an at home facial, a brown sugar body exfoliation treatment (baker gals rejoice, your brown sugar isn't just for baking anymore!) a rose water astringent treatment (use those rose petals that are already falling off that 'I'm sorry' or 'Just Because' bouquet from your sweetie!), there are a multitude of cheap and simple ways that you can pamper yourself. Looking great on the outside, can really do a world of good for you on the inside.

Use 'Today's Words of Inspiration' as a breathing meditation to still your mind, quiet your thoughts and bring in positive energy. As you inhale bring in only positive energy by saying in your mind, I breathe in positive energy (or you can say creative energy if that is what you wish to create more of) and as you exhale, Affirm out loud today 'I will pamper myself in ONE way today.' If you are really that busy, then affirm that you will pamper yourself at least once this week, once it becomes a habit, a positive and wonderful habit, increase the frequency. Your inner 'girly girl', 'glamour-puss' and/or 'diva' will Thank You. With the holidays swiftly approaching, making pampering a ritual for yourself now, will pay dividends in reducing your stress levels later.

Spend some time each day enjoying focused breathing AND soul guided meditative visualization, in doing so, you can bring about amazing, profound and powerful changes in your life.

Visualize yourself manifesting something unique, guided by universal forces that emerge spontaneously from within your soul. Do this at least twice today and see how by taking a moment away from the hectic pace and breathing in positive energy and affirming what you wish to create, your thinking will become different.

Remember, attitude really does determine altitude.

It is OK to *Re-Tweet* the link to this post and You can find me (@Tracy_Iglesias) on Twitter here! twitter love: re*tweet by copying and pasting the following into your update field:

OK to RT: @Tracy_Iglesias Today's Words of Inspiration and Seven Super Giveaways! - http://tiny.cc/n4Thx

Make this your best day ever, Bless and Be Blessed!

Don't forget to enter the 7 great giveaways on the upper right hand side of the page! The holiday push is going to be fast and fierce on Ascending Butterfly, we will be offering multiple giveaways all through the season! It's just our way of saying Thank You! for choosing to spend part of your day with Ascending Butterfly. We are really happy you landed HERE!

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NOTE: Readers have asked us to make entering the contests and giveaways, faster and easier. Your wish is our command! We have moved our 'Today's Butterfly - Featured Site(s) of the day, which is where we host our giveaways, to the upper right hand side of the page. It will be located here from now on to make entering the giveaways faster and easier. Keep the suggestions coming, remember we also have a NING group with real time chat, you can give us your comments and suggestions in REAL time, how cool is that?

NOTE 2: Twitter followers: please remember you must also follow Ascending Butterfly using Google friends connect on the upper right hand side of the page for your entries to be processed. And remember if your profile does not have an email and you don't leave your email in your entry, we will have no way of informing you if you win, and will have to select another winner. Make sure your entry and your profile have your email address!

Just a helpful Reminder: How to Follow Using Google Friends Connect:

Please look to the upper right hand side, where the follower pictures are. (Note the number of followers before you start this process)

1) press the follow button - the google pop up wizard will open, this is not an ad and your pop up blocker will not block it

2) tick the option that reads 'follow this blog publicly' once that button is selected, hit follow again - it should now read 'you are now following'

3) if the follower count went up you know you did it succesfully, if your profile has a picture, that picture will be the first one on the left side. If your profile doesn't have one, it should still be searchable on the members list.

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009 - Today's Words of Inspiration and SEVEN giveaways!



Have you Ever?

Have you ever really 'Danced Like Nobody is Watching'? Do you sing like no one is listening? I do! I tend to do both when I'm cooking. When I'm really in the zone, I'm prepping, dancing and singing all at the same time. It helps I love to cook (and I love to eat too!) but I also sing and dance in the shower!

Doing those things are just really symbolic of 'living in the moment'. And while outwardly that appears to be easy, it is much easier said than done. Have you ever been in a room full of people and felt totally alone? or just felt like you were not there at all?

Have you ever been really happy, suddenly become aware of being so happy, and then something negative creeped into your thoughts or you get distracted by something silly? That's slipping out of the moment at it's finest. You don't have to slip out of the moment. You don't have to always be so self-aware that you stop yourself from being free, from being happy, from being in a moment.

Stopping our negative inner voice isn't easy. But those thoughts that ruin your fun got there by repetitive behaviors, by cycles that occured over time. And you can banish them, with repetitive 'change' thoughts, over time. When you find yourself being 'snapped' out of the moment, you may not be able to 'snap' your way back in right away, I'm not going to tell you it's like flipping a switch in your brain, because it certainly is not. But I can tell you, anything you pursue with the utmost enthusiasm and persistence will pay dividends.

There is always good around you, when you find yourself slipping out of a good moment, or a negative thought is filling your head, focus on ONE good thing around you. The smile or laugh of a friend, family member or even co-worker. The sun on your face. The wind through your hair. Put THAT thought into your mind, actively. Say 'I really like (insert your positive thought here, lol)'. You will have banished the negative thought pattern by replacing it with something that fills you with joy. That will relax you and will help snap you back into the moment.

So today I urge you to Dance like nobody is watching, Sing like no one is listening and yes you can LOVE like you've never been hurt. (I have turned many a head on the subway platform dancing along to some song on my MP3 Player! When the 'eyes' realize I don't care what they think, for the most part, I'd say 9 out of 10, even in my jaded city, almost always SMILE).

Use 'Today's Words of Inspiration' as a breathing meditation to still your mind, quiet your thoughts and bring in positive energy. As you inhale bring in only positive energy by saying in your mind, I breathe in positive energy (or you can say creative energy if that is what you wish to create more of) and as you exhale, Affirm out loud today 'I will dance like nobody is watching, sing like no one can hear me, and love like I've never been hurt, I'm 100% in the moment!'.

Spend some time each day enjoying focused breathing AND soul guided meditative visualization, in doing so, you can bring about amazing, profound and powerful changes in your life.

Visualize yourself manifesting something unique, guided by universal forces that emerge spontaneously from within your soul. Do this at least twice today and see how by taking a moment away from the hectic pace and breathing in positive energy and affirming what you wish to create, your thinking will become different.

Remember, attitude really does determine altitude.

It is OK to *Re-Tweet* the link to this post and You can find me (@Tracy_Iglesias) on Twitter here! twitter love: re*tweet by copying and pasting the following into your update field:

OK to RT: @Tracy_Iglesias Today's Words of Inspiration and Seven Super Giveaways! - http://tiny.cc/n4Thx

Make this your best day ever, Bless and Be Blessed!

Don't forget to enter the 7 great giveaways on the upper right hand side of the page! The holiday push is going to be fast and fierce on Ascending Butterfly, we will be offering multiple giveaways all through the season! It's just our way of saying Thank You! for choosing to spend part of your day with Ascending Butterfly. We are really happy you landed HERE!

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NOTE: Readers have asked us to make entering the contests and giveaways, faster and easier. Your wish is our command! We have moved our 'Today's Butterfly - Featured Site(s) of the day, which is where we host our giveaways, to the upper right hand side of the page. It will be located here from now on to make entering the giveaways faster and easier. Keep the suggestions coming, remember we also have a NING group with real time chat, you can give us your comments and suggestions in REAL time, how cool is that?

NOTE 2: Twitter followers: please remember you must also follow Ascending Butterfly using Google friends connect on the upper right hand side of the page for your entries to be processed. And remember if your profile does not have an email and you don't leave your email in your entry, we will have no way of informing you if you win, and will have to select another winner. Make sure your entry and your profile have your email address!

Just a helpful Reminder: How to Follow Using Google Friends Connect:

Please look to the upper right hand side, where the follower pictures are. (Note the number of followers before you start this process)

1) press the follow button - the google pop up wizard will open, this is not an ad and your pop up blocker will not block it

2) tick the option that reads 'follow this blog publicly' once that button is selected, hit follow again - it should now read 'you are now following'

3) if the follower count went up you know you did it succesfully, if your profile has a picture, that picture will be the first one on the left side. If your profile doesn't have one, it should still be searchable on the members list.

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Kohl's 'LC Lauren Conrad' collection review and giveaway!

This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thank You so much to our wonderful sponsor Kohl's! We would love to work with you again! The winner has been notified, upon confirmation we will post the winner's username here and provide a winner's announcement on the home page. Remember: There are still some great giveaways active on the upper right hand side of the page!



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KOHL'S AND 'THE HILLS' STAR, LAUREN CONRAD, ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE LIFESTYLE BRAND

New LC Lauren Conrad collection offers chic, contemporary style at an incredible value!

Kohl's Corporation announced the exclusive launch of LC Lauren Conrad, a contemporary lifestyle brand that launched in the women's department in approximately 300 Kohl's stores and Kohls.com this October. The brand is ultimately planned to expand to all stores nationwide.

Licensed under a long-term agreement by Blue Eyed Girl, Inc., Kohl's will be the exclusive U.S. retailer of all LC Lauren Conrad merchandise. At launch the brand will consist of apparel and may expand into additional categories such as footwear, jewelry, handbags, intimates and sleepwear. Retail prices will range from $20 to $60.

"Partnering with a successful national retailer like Kohl’s supports my mission to make great clothing accessible to young women everywhere,” said Lauren Conrad. “The collection is a reflection of my personal style and will offer fresh, California Casual designs at an affordable price."

WIN IT! - Thanks to our friends at Special Ops Media one Ascending Butterfly will have the chance to win a $25 Kohls Gift card to purchase your favorite piece from the LC Lauren Conrad Collection!

How to Win: (1) You must be a follower of Ascending Butterfly to be eligible for this and all giveaways. Indicate in your entry that you follow (if your 'comment name/user id' differ from your profile id, please let me know what name you follow under) and (2) Give us the link to the piece you would purchase with your gift card, not the name of the piece, the actual direct link to the piece! (3) You must also leave your email address somewhere in your comment. (You can format it this way for security, example: ascendingbutterfly AT mail host DOT com). Please follow the easy 1, 2, 3 steps to winning! USA, 18+

Please follow directions or you will be disqualified! All comments are moderated, they may not appear on the site right away (comments like "I want this or I want to win" will not be entered). You have from Saturday, November 7, 2009 until Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 11:59 PM (EST) to comment and be entered for a chance to win. Winner will be announced shortly after Friday, November 20th!

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Weekend Words of Inspiration and SEVEN giveaways!



Up for a Parade?

As I'm sure you all know by now The New York Yankees ended their nine year drought in their new stadium in the Bronx and won their 27th World Series Title! They will soon be swimming in a sea of confetti and congratulatory cheers on lower Broadway from the Battery to City Hall starting at 11 a.m! Will you be there? As a New Yorker, not only are they the home team but they play in my borough! For everyone attending the Parade, be safe and have fun!

I know not everyone will be in a celebratory mood today and Ascending Butterfly wants to send prayers to all the family and friends of those slain in the Fort Hood shootings.

No matter what your weekend plans, make sure to take some time out to center yourself. Clear your mind of the work week and all of its responsibilities and allow yourself to both mentally and physically transition into a more relaxed weekend mindset.

Use 'Today's Words of Inspiration' as a breathing meditation to still your mind, quiet your thoughts and bring in positive energy. As you inhale bring in only positive energy by saying in your mind, I breathe in positive energy (or you can say creative energy if that is what you wish to create more of) and as you exhale, Affirm out loud today 'I give myself ample time today to recharge my 'spiritual' and emotional batteries!'.

Spend some time each day enjoying focused breathing AND soul guided meditative visualization, in doing so, you can bring about amazing, profound and powerful changes in your life.

Visualize yourself manifesting something unique, guided by universal forces that emerge spontaneously from within your soul. Do this at least twice today and see how by taking a moment away from the hectic pace and breathing in positive energy and affirming what you wish to create, your thinking will become different.

Remember, attitude really does determine altitude.

It is OK to *Re-Tweet* the link to this post and You can find me (@Tracy_Iglesias) on Twitter here! twitter love: re*tweet by copying and pasting the following into your update field:

OK to RT: @Tracy_Iglesias Today's Words of Inspiration and 7 Super Giveaways! - http://tiny.cc/n4Thx

Make this your best day ever, Bless and Be Blessed!

Don't forget to enter the 7 great giveaways on the upper right hand side of the page!

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NOTE: Readers have asked us to make entering the contests and giveaways, faster and easier. Your wish is our command! We have moved our 'Today's Butterfly - Featured Site(s) of the day, which is where we host our giveaways, to the upper right hand side of the page. It will be located here from now on to make entering the giveaways faster and easier.

NOTE 2: Twitter followers: please remember you must also follow Ascending Butterfly using Google friends connect on the upper right hand side of the page for your entries to be processed. And remember if your profile does not have an email and you don't leave your email in your entry, we will have no way of informing you if you win, and will have to select another winner. Make sure your entry and your profile have your email address!

Just a helpful Reminder: How to Follow Using Google Friends Connect:

Please look to the upper right hand side, where the follower pictures are. (Note the number of followers before you start this process, and no you do not have to have google mail to be able to use this feature)

1) press the follow button - the google pop up wizard will open, this is not an ad and your pop up blocker will not block it

2) tick the option that reads 'follow this blog publicly' once that button is selected, hit follow again - it should now read 'you are now following'

3) if the follower count went up you know you did it succesfully, if your profile has a picture, that picture will be the first one on the left side. If your profile doesn't have one, it should still be searchable on the members list.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

November: Ascending Butterfly Book Club Review and Giveaway - THREE TITLES - Build your library!

This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thank You so much to our wonderful sponsor, Hachette Book Group! We would love to work with you again! The winner has been notified and upon winner confirmation, follower name will be posted both here and on our homepage. Remember: There are still some great giveaways active on the upper right hand side of the page!

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Ascending Butterfly Book Club is coming at you with a vengeance for November with not just one, but THREE titles for your reading pleasure! Best Part: Winner takes them all! With help from our friends at Hachette Book Group we are going to help you build your library! Grab a cup of Joe or Hot Chocolate and curl up on the couch with your favorite throw!

First Up: BO'S CAFE by John Lynch, Bill Thrall and Bruce McNicol.

DESCRIPTION:

High-powered executive Steven Kerner is living the dream in southern California. But when his bottled pain ignites in anger one night, his wife kicks him out. Then an eccentric mystery man named Andy Monroe befriends Steven and begins unravelling his tightly wound world. Andy leads Steven through a series of frustrating and revealing encounters to repair his life through genuine friendship and the grace and love of a God who has been waiting for him to accept it. A story to challenge and encourage, BO'S CAFE is a model for all who struggle with unresolved problems and a performance-based life.

My Impressions: I read this title first, and I will say I devoured it. Quickly. It was a good read and a much needed read. In these troubled times, words that encourage and inspire are sorely needed. We all struggle with something, and sometimes it's difficult to find the perspective we need to sort through it all, Bo's Cafe provides the words in that way, that special way that makes sense of it all. If only there was a Bo's Cafe in my neighborhood! No spoilers here, just my recommendation.

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Second Title: A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve


Margaret and Patrick have been married just a few months when they set off on what they hope will be a great adventure-a year living in Kenya. Margaret quickly realizes there is a great deal she doesn't know about the complex mores of her new home, and about her own husband.

A British couple invites the newlyweds to join on a climbing expedition to Mount Kenya, and they eagerly agree. But during their harrowing ascent, a horrific accident occurs. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Margaret struggles to understand what happened on the mountain and how these events have transformed her and her marriage, perhaps forever.

A Change in Altitude illuminates the inner landscape of a couple, the irrevocable impact of tragedy, and the elusive nature of forgiveness. With stunning language and striking emotional intensity, Anita Shreve transports us to the exotic panoramas of Africa and into the core of our most intimate relationships.

My Impressions: Several friends had recommended I read this book and I hadn't had the chance to do so at the time, but now I see what all the fuss was all about! (My apologies friends, but I finally did get around to it!). All I can say is this is my first Anita Shreve title and will not be my last! It's certainly a powerful introduction! Some writers are very engaging in the way the character dialogue is written, and A Change in Altitude is very much powerfully written in a voice that makes you feel very much part of the experience. Again, no spoilers here, I hate when people spoil books and movies for me, and I will not do it to you! I will recommend you read A Change in Altitude!

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Final Title: THE MURDER OF KING TUT - The Plot to Kill the Child King - A Nonfiction Thriller - by James Patterson & Martin Dugard.


A secret buried for centuries

Thrust onto Egypt's most powerful throne at the age of nine, King Tut's reign was fiercely debated from the outset. Behind the palace's veil of prosperity, bitter rivalries and jealousy flourished among the Boy King's most trusted advisors, and after only nine years, King Tut suddenly perished, his name purged from Egyptian history. To this day, his death remains shrouded in controversy.

The keys to an unsolved mystery

Enchanted by the ruler's tragic story and hoping to unlock the answers to the 3,000 year-old mystery, Howard Carter made it his life's mission to uncover the pharaoh's hidden tomb. He began his search in 1907, but encountered countless setbacks and dead-ends before he finally, uncovered the long-lost crypt.

The clues point to murder

Now, in The Murder of King Tut, James Patterson and Martin Dugard dig through stacks of evidence--X-rays, Carter's files, forensic clues, and stories told through the ages--to arrive at their own account of King Tut's life and death. The result is an exhilarating true crime tale of intrigue, passion, and betrayal that casts fresh light on the oldest mystery of all.

My Impressions: I am not an Egyptologist, and kept putting this title off because I anticipated a very scholarly undertaking that might not have held my interest very long. I feared this would be one of those books, that mid way through I would end up putting down. I did make it through, but will warn those looking for a scholarly undertaking, this is not what you are looking for! And for those afraid of it because they thought it would be a more scholarly read, I say, don't be afraid, it's not what you thought either! For lovers of Patterson's detective writing, this is a HUGE departure. It doesn't grip you the same way the detective books do. I've read some pretty harsh criticism regarding this title and I personally feel it's un-warranted! Writing is an art, and the artist has every right to change brushes and canvases every now and then!

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WIN IT! - 1 reader will receive all three books!

How to Win: You must be a follower of Ascending Butterfly to be eligible for this and all giveaways. In addition, you must follow each book on at least one of their social media pages! Leave a comment letting us you know you follow the blog, and that you are following each book on one of their social media pages and tell us which you chose, twitter or facebook. Comments that don't follow these instructions, or just say 'enter me' will NOT be entered into the giveaway! USA 18+

Please leave your email address somewhere in your comment. (You can format it this way for security, example: ascendingbutterfly AT mail host DOT com), if your blogger profile has your email you can just indicate this in your entry. If your comment name, and your follower name are different, please indicate this as well.

Please follow directions or you will be disqualified! All comments are moderated, so no worries if your comment doesn't appear on the site right away. This giveaway is open to bloggers and non-bloggers alike, but you must follow this blog for your entry to count. You have from now until Friday, December 04, 2009 at 11:59 PM (EST) to comment and be entered for a chance to win. Winner will be announced shortly after Wednesday, December 9th! Giveaway open to USA only, 18+.

Earn Entries By Doing the Following and Leaving a Comment for Each one you do:

* Blog about this giveaway, linking to this giveaway post. Leave the URL in a comment

* Follow me @Tracy_Iglesias on Twitter (this is ascendingbutterfly’s editor) and give me your twitter ID in a comment

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Winner Announcement!



Congratulations to follower 'Carol El' the winner of Ascending Butterfly's October Book Club of the Month Title!

Carol won an autographed copy of 'America Libre' by Raul Ramos, join me in congratulating Carol here.

*Remember, there is still time to win the necklace with BUTTERFLY cz Pendant Giveaway!

*You can also win the perfume of your choice, Ageless Fantasy or Eau Flirt, (there will be TWO winners, one winner will win Ageless ($98) and one winner will win Eau Flirt ($98) by pressing HERE

Stay tuned for November's Book Club, there is a special surprise in store!!


---Ascending Butterfly's Editorial Team

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Monday, November 2, 2009 - Today's Words of Inspiration and THREE giveaways!



An Extra Hour

I hope you remembered to turn your clock backs an hour this weekend! Those that didn't are welcome to share their tales of getting to work way too early!

Hope everyone had a great (and of course SAFE) Halloween. It was actually very quiet around here! Almost too quiet! Ascending Butterfly still wants to see your best Halloween pictures! Did anyone out there go as a butterfly? Send us your butterfly pictures! (There are a lot of members sharing neat photos in the Ascending Butterfly NING Group, if you haven't already joined, you may do so HERE)

What did everyone do with their extra hour? I'm sure sleep is the most popular answer, and with very good reason. It's the one thing almost everyone needs more of, and isn't currently getting enough of. Myself included!

The weather is getting cooler, the days are getting shorter and the sun is going down earlier. It's a time to re-charge your inner batteries before the holiday season madness begins.

Use 'Today's Words of Inspiration' as a breathing meditation to still your mind, quiet your thoughts and bring in positive energy. As you inhale bring in only positive energy by saying in your mind, I breathe in positive energy (or you can say creative energy if that is what you wish to create more of) and as you exhale, Affirm out loud today 'I give myself ample time each day to recharge my 'spiritual' and emotional batteries!'.

Spend some time each day enjoying focused breathing AND soul guided meditative visualization, in doing so, you can bring about amazing, profound and powerful changes in your life.

Visualize yourself manifesting something unique, guided by universal forces that emerge spontaneously from within your soul. Do this at least twice today and see how by taking a moment away from the hectic pace and breathing in positive energy and affirming what you wish to create, your thinking will become different.

Remember, attitude really does determine altitude.

It is OK to *Re-Tweet* the link to this post and You can find me (@Tracy_Iglesias) on Twitter here! twitter love: re*tweet by copying and pasting the following into your update field:

OK to RT: @Tracy_Iglesias Today's Words of Inspiration and Two Super Giveaways! - http://tiny.cc/n4Thx

Make this your best day ever, Bless and Be Blessed!

Don't forget to enter the 3 great giveaways on the upper right hand side of the page!

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NOTE: Readers have asked us to make entering the contests and giveaways, faster and easier. Your wish is our command! We have moved our 'Today's Butterfly - Featured Site(s) of the day, which is where we host our giveaways, to the upper right hand side of the page. It will be located here from now on to make entering the giveaways faster and easier.

NOTE 2: Twitter followers: please remember you must also follow Ascending Butterfly using Google friends connect on the upper right hand side of the page for your entries to be processed. And remember if your profile does not have an email and you don't leave your email in your entry, we will have no way of informing you if you win, and will have to select another winner. Make sure your entry and your profile have your email address!

Just a helpful Reminder: How to Follow Using Google Friends Connect:

Please look to the upper right hand side, where the follower pictures are. (Note the number of followers before you start this process)

1) press the follow button - the google pop up wizard will open, this is not an ad and your pop up blocker will not block it

2) tick the option that reads 'follow this blog publicly' once that button is selected, hit follow again - it should now read 'you are now following'

3) if the follower count went up you know you did it succesfully, if your profile has a picture, that picture will be the first one on the left side. If your profile doesn't have one, it should still be searchable on the members list.

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