Sunday, October 3, 2010

This weeks 'Moment of Gratitude' and Great Giveaways!



On Sunday's, 'Today's Moment of Inspiration' becomes the weekly 'Moment of Gratitude'. While I do still live in Gratitude each and everyday, I decided to change this feature to a weekly to allow a full week of Inspirational messages and focused breathing meditations.

This week, I am grateful for:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - For a Happy Mailbox, I won a Facebook Giveaway from Flawless Effect! Thanks Lynn! Lynn is a Consultant & Customer Care Liaison for Flawless Effect, an Instant Skin Smoothener & Wrinkle Remover. She manages contests, giveaways, freebies, and answer questions, she can be followed on Facebook HERE

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - More Happy Mailbox, this one I can't comment on quite yet, but this one comes with something for you in our upcoming Holiday Buying Guide launching in November!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - A fun event this Saturday from Dewars - (I attended the annual event last year as well, read my coverage here!) - I actually spent an entire day and night away from my computer, so if you put in an entry for any of our giveaways yesterday you won't see them posted until later today.

What are you grateful for today? I'd love for you to write in and share what you are grateful for this week. The more you say it, the more you speak it, and the more you live in gratitude, the more you will find reasons to be grateful for, and the more reasons that the universe will send you to be grateful for. So join me on this journey of gratitude and inspiration. And you can post here daily (even though my list will be posted weekly).

Remember, attitude really does determine altitude.

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2) Ends 10/08 - Macaroni Grill Entrees Review and Giveaway! Enter HERE

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Keep your eyes on the homepage's 'Win Here - Today's Butterfly' section we have more great giveaways to come! (And we are working on our Holiday Buying Guide! so Stay Tuned!)

For those of you who are interested in keeping a gratitude journal this year, here is my recommendation and a direct link to purchase it (it has a great list of suggestions to help you overcome 'gratitude' writing blocks!):















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

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Macaroni Grill Entrees Review and Giveaway!

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This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thanks so much to our wonderful sponsor Macaroni Grill via My Blog Spark! We look forward to working with you again! The winner has been notified and upon confirmation, follower name will be posted both here and on our homepage. Remember: There are great giveaways active on the upper right hand side of the page Where it reads “Today’s Butterfly! Win Here’!
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It's been pouring rain for the last couple of days here, giving me a major case of the 'rainy day blues'. The last thing I want to do in a heavy torrential downpour of rain is fuss with an elaborate meal after a busy day or go out to a restaurant and brave slick roads and dangerous driving conditions. So the best solution is to have the restaurant come to me!


Literally, the restaurant came to me thanks to my friends at My Blog Spark and the new Romano's Macaroni Grill frozen entrées, I got to have an Italian Dinner at home and not have to brave the storm outside, or face the extra expenses of delivery or take out!


I was sent the Basil Parmesan Chicken entrée. Grilled white meat chicken, broccoli florets and tomatoes with cavatappi pasta tossed in a creamy basil parmesan sauce. Is your mouth watering yet?




I greatly enjoyed it. It was very easy to prepare and I was very grateful not to have to cook and deal with multiple pots and pans and a big clean up afterward or even have to go out and brave the rain storm. I will admit I did 'doctor' it just a bit, because that's just who I am in the kitchen, and I did add a bit more of my own cooked chicken to it because it was more than just me eating it, and I didn't feel it was enough chicken. And I also added just a pinch more fresh Basil to it.


This frozen entrée definitely piqued my curiosity and I plan to buy a few more and stock up so I have some on hand for those nights I don't feel like coming home and facing the kitchen after a long hard day. Read on to find out how the Restaurant can come to you too!


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - WIN IT! - Ascending Butterfly and our friends at Macaroni Grill would like to provide 1 Ascending Butterfly Follower with a Macaroni Grill Frozen Entrée & Prize Pack of their own! Flavor will be selected by the sponsor and frozen entree will arrive on dry ice, winner must be home to accept delivery. Don't you just ♥ Macaroni Grill?

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - How to Win: (1) You must be a PUBLIC 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' differs from your profile id, please let me know what name you follow under) and (2) Visit Macaroni Grill and let me know what flavor other than the review flavor you’d pick to try! You can also print out a coupon for $1.50 off if you can't wait and just have to try it NOW! (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 your email is clearly visible in your profile, you can just say so, that's OK!) Please follow the easy 1, 2, 3 steps to winning (or in this case, the A,B,C’s of winning!) This giveaway is open to USA residents who are 18 years of age or older. No PO Boxes.


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Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Ascending Butterfly is a nominee for the Bloggers Choice ’10 Awards in the ‘Best Blog About Stuff’ Category - You can press the button below to go straight to the page where Ascending Butterfly has been nominated!

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Official Winner Announcement - Amber Pollard Taqueria Satchel Giveaway!




**And the Winner is:**

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Cynthia T. (We know we have multiple Cynthia's, please note she has already confirmed her win)

Congrats Cynthia!

I know you are going to love your new bag, and that red color is ooh-la-la H-O-T!!! Hopefully you'll send us a picture of you sporting that hot new bag!

Ascending Butterfly would like to thank our friends at Amber Pollard  for sponsoring such an amazing giveaway! We hope to work with you again soon!

SPECIAL REQUEST: Readers please take a moment to follow Amber Pollard's Lunch a la Mode bags on Twitter as well. We didn't have her twitter information until now and would love it if everyone would show her some twitter love too! @LunchALaMode

Active Giveaways: Hurry Enter NOW!

1) Ends 10/01 - Ascending Butterfly Book Club - Unforgettable You by Daisy Fuentes Giveaway! - Enter HERE

2) Ends 10/04 - 1800Flowers.com $40 Gift Card Giveaway! - Enter HERE

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Not So Wordless Wednesday - It's Sandwich Night!

Photo Credit: Butterfly by Hailey Lommen, Dallas

The Grain Foods Foundation and The Deen Brothers (yes, that's Jaime and Bobby, Paula Deen's sons) want you to make one night a week sandwich night! I don't know about you, but Wednesday tends to bring out the 'blah's' in me. It's not yet Friday but just smack dab in the middle of the week and I usually never want to cook an elaborate meal mid-week.

While I tend to think of sandwiches more often for lunch, and it's not always my first go to choice for dinner, I will admit that attending this recent event hosted by the Grain Foundation and the Deen Brothers,  made me want to accept the challenge of incorporating more whole grains into my diet. So long as it's in such a way that it is not harder or more time consuming for me, yet still tasty, I'm all for it! (I'll let you in on a little secret, the Sandwich Night Event was actually held during the day, LOL) Below is a pic of me posing with the Deen Brothers! They were very gracious hosts, I'm sure Paula would have been very proud!

 
Photo Credit: Tracy, Ascending Butterfly's Founder with Jamie and Bobby Deen (C) 2010

To help bring out your inner 'sandwich-ista', the Grain Foods Foundation has created an Endless Sandwich recipe database at gowiththegrain.org where you can download recipes and add your own sandwich favorites. The Endless Sandwich database also features exclusive recipes created by the Deen brothers!


“Any night of the week can be Sandwich Night,” says Bobby Deen. “Making sandwiches for dinner is a nutritious and convenient solution to the age old question of ‘what’s for dinner?’”

The USDA dietary guidelines recommend eating six one-ounce servings of grain foods each day, with half of those servings coming from whole grains. Bread and grains provide many of the essential nutrients needed to stay healthy and help fight diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, some cancers and birth defects.

“Enjoying a sandwich at dinnertime ensures at least two of the required six servings of grain foods each day,” says Judi Adams, MS, RD and Grain Foods Foundation president.

“Better yet, sandwiches taste good, no matter how you build them!”
There were tons of great sandwiches prepared and you go to the website to get more recipe ideas, but there was one particular stand out that was my favorite, so I thought I'd share the recipe with you!



The Deen Brother's Grilled Bacon Pimento Cheese Sandwich

Ingredients:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 8 Slices White Bread (or better still WHOLE GRAIN)
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ -1/4 cup butter, softened
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ -8 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ -pinch of garlic powder
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ -1/4 cup mayonnaise
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ -1/2 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ -1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ -2 oz. cream cheese
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ -1 (4 oz.) jar of pimentos, drained and diced
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ -1 teaspoon grated onion
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ -salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

In a medium mixing bowl using a hand held mixer, beat cream cheese mayonnaise and garlic powder until smooth. Add in Jack and Cheddar cheese, pimentos and grated onion. Beat until well blended. Stir in crumbled bacon. Salt and pepper to taste.

Butter one side of each slice of bread. Top 4 of the slices with bacon pimento cheese spread. Top with the remaining 4 slices of bread (butter side out).

Heat grill pan or griddle to medium. Grill sandwiches until golden brown on one side.

Flip to other side and continue cooking until golden brown. Serve warm. 

I will admit I was a bit reluctant to try this one, but it turned out to be my absolute favorite sandwich of the night! (well, technically day!)
 
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - And for reading my entire 'Not So Wordless Wednesday' all the way through, I have a special treat for YOU! Fans of GoWithTheGrain on Facebook can also enter to win a chance to Share a Sandwich with the Deen Brothers in their hometown of Savannah, GA! How cool is that? Hurry, go like Go With The Grain on Facebook for a chance to win!
 
Can't get enough Deen Brothers? Check out their website TheDeenBros.com!
 

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This is a non-compensated post. I attended a local event. No incentives, compensation or merchandise was provided to attendees other than Sandwich Samples! Special thanks to Jennifer James (mom bloggers club), the Deen Brothers, the Go With the Grain Foundation, Bimbo Bakeries and Pepperidge Farm for a great event!
 

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Today's Words of Inspiration - All the World's A Stage!


Going through the motions? Digging REALLY deep to get through the day? Part of it could be the onset of Fall, chilly weather, a lot less sun, your body probably already senses it.

Keep your immune system high, extra Vitamin C, preferably in the real deal fruit, second the juice, and lastly supplements. No matter where you work or how you get there, invariably someone without any common sense will sneeze, or cough right on you! or on their hand and then touch something that you invariably need to touch like a doorknob, faucet....you get the picture.

Are you resting well, have a firm grasp on your immune system and don't currently have a cold, but still feel like you are going through the motions in your day? Putting on such a good act that you are considering nominating yourself for an Emmy or a Tony?

"All the world's a stage" is the phrase that begins a monologue from William Shakespeare's As You Like It,

The full passage is:

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms;
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lin'd,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well sav'd, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion;
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything." — Jaques (Act II, Scene VII, lines 139-166)

What act are you in? Are you feeling a sort of melancholy like Jaques?
 
Where is your stage? - Is it at home, are you are wearing one too many hats? Or maybe it's at work, where you have to be everything to everyone? Is it your marriage, are you doing more give than take lately?
 
Passion for your work, your spouse, your friends, your LIFE ebbs and flows, but when it wanes, and you hit a low, do you keep acting? Do you pick up the many hats and juggle?
 
I'm surrounded by a lot of burn out around me, friends feeling blah, others feeling sick, and I'm feeling a bit out of sorts myself. A mixture of my own burnout and the sensitivity of what surrounds me I'm sure.
 
Unlike Shakespeare's prose, I don't want my world to be a stage, it's fun for awhile, but not so easy or enjoyable to maintain.
 
So when your thing is 'inspiration' and you feel plum out of it, how do you stay inspired?  When everyone looks to you to be their ray of light, where do you turn?
 
For me,  it's time off. I like to jump off the hamster wheel every once in awhile. Which I've done sporadically in the past two weeks. And apparently you've all noticed!
 
I'm touched that it caused friends and readers alike to check in on me! I'd like a few days at a sea side resort to de-compress, but since it's not in the cards for now, I'll have to settle for more attainable 'down time'. A little meditation, a little silence, and a long bath (maybe with one of those ocean sound machine thingy's) and hopefully I'll be good as new!
 
It seems like a lot of this month's words of inspiration have all centered around a similar theme 'dis-connecting' to actually 're-connect' - and apparently I have some more dis-connecting to do!
 
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 get in touch with what I need to be able to continue to be all things to all people. I will be that for myself FIRST!'

Spend some time each day enjoying focused breathing AND soul guided meditative visualization, in doing so, you can bring about 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.

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

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1) Ends 10/04 -Celebrate National Singles Week with our 1800Flowers.com $40 Gift Card Giveaway! Enter HERE

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

This weeks 'Moment of Gratitude' and Great Giveaways!



On Sunday's, 'Today's Moment of Inspiration' becomes the weekly 'Moment of Gratitude'. While I do still live in Gratitude each and everyday, I decided to change this feature to a weekly to allow a full week of Inspirational messages and focused breathing meditations.

This week, I am grateful for:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - For YOU! Yes, that's right, YOU. I have received so many emails and tweets this weekend asking for inspiration back! One message really stood out in particular it read 'Don't get me wrong I love your giveaways, you really host great giveaways, but my favorite way to start my day are with the inspirations, can you please bring them back soon?' <-This was actually sent to me via twitter. It really meant a lot to me. I've been having a challening week on many levels, and when I read this it really filled my heart to know that my writing was being missed. Really missed. There were a ton of very nice emails, other tweets and even facebook messages. I feel very grateful to know that I am a part of a community of inspiration seekers who take the time to check in with each other! Thanks for checking up on me everyone!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - My community of fellow bloggers! I want to send a particular shout out this week to Jennifer James who you may know from the Mom Bloggers Club. She invited me to an event recently that I will share here soon, where I had the opportunity to meet The Deen Brothers (yes that's right, Paula Deen's sons), they were very warm, open, and personable. Gracious hosts and extremely well mannered, they did Paula proud! It was fun being with a community of fellow bloggers, meeting their little ones in person, and learning easy new recipes for those nights when you are way too busy to be in the kitchen for hours!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - The Fall TV season is underway and I'm happy to catch up on some guilty pleasures!

What are you grateful for today? I'd love for you to write in and share what you are grateful for this week. The more you say it, the more you speak it, and the more you live in gratitude, the more you will find reasons to be grateful for, and the more reasons that the universe will send you to be grateful for. So join me on this journey of gratitude and inspiration. And you can post here daily (even though my list will be posted weekly).

Remember, attitude really does determine altitude.

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Active Giveaways:

1) ENDS MONDAY 09/27 @ 3pm EST - "Fall Into Bags' - Amber Pollard's Taqueria Satchel Giveaway! HERE <- This is one hot Fall bag in a red color called "salsa Picante" (ARV $295)

2) Ends 10/01 - Ascending Butterfly Book Club - 'Unforgettable You' by Daisy Fuentes Giveaway! HERE

3) Ends 10/04 - Celebrate National Singles Week with our 1800Flowers.com $40 Gift Card Giveaway! HERE
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Keep your eyes on the homepage's 'Win Here - Today's Butterfly' section we have more great giveaways to come! (And we are working on our Holiday Buying Guide! so Stay Tuned!)

For those of you who are interested in keeping a gratitude journal this year, here is my recommendation and a direct link to purchase it:















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

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Celebrate National Singles Week with our 1800Flowers.com $40 Gift Card Giveaway!

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This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thanks so much to our wonderful sponsor 1800flowers.com! We look forward to working with you again! The winner is 'lfhpueblo', congrats! Remember: There are great giveaways active on the upper right hand side of the page Where it reads “Today’s Butterfly! Win Here’!
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Did you know this week was National Singles Week? There were a few great 'flower' moments that may have slipped under the radar including:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - National Singles Week (9/19-9/25)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Wife Appreciation Day (9/19)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Love Note Day (9/24)

Did you send or receive flowers yet? Me and my single friends like to have a girls night out during National Singles Week (Vegas Anyone?) But that doesn't mean that a beautiful bouquet doesn't still make me blush!

What better bouquet to receive than one that is aptly named 'All About You', check it out:


Isn't it pretty?

Not into flowers or allergic and still want a piece of the action, try chocolate! or Better Still, Chocolate Covered Cherries! Fannie May® Chocolate Covered Cherries from 1-800flowers.com, they aren't just flowers you know!



Doesn't this make you want to reach into your screen and pluck one from the box?

Not a cherry lover you say? Then how about cookies? Not sure what her favorite cookie is? Then try an assortment pack, 1-800flowers.com has a Cheryl &Co.® Classic All Occasion Gift Tower that includes a delicious 4-box tower of sweets including classic cookies and brownies galore – and more!


These are definitely not like any other cookie, these cookies are baked fresh daily  and frosted by hand with their  famous buttercream frosting and individually wrapped to seal in the freshness!

And last but certainly not least, the item I reviewed, Junior's Triple Chocolate Cheesecake! This double layer dessert marries velvety Junior’s® cheesecake with rich chocolate ganache, then it’s topped with Junior’s creamy homemade chocolate mousse and coated in chocolate ganache and tasty chocolate chips. 3lbs of pure chocolate heaven. And it's Kosher!



I am definitely going to re-order this one! The mousse in this cake was light as air, and it's super rich, filling and so satisfying, so don't serve with your eyes, cut your portion a little smaller with this one, trust me!

I am off to sneak another little piece of this cake, so I'll leave you to the fun part!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - WIN IT! - Ascending Butterfly and our friends at 1-800flowers.com would like to provide 1 Ascending Butterfly Follower with $40 of buying power on 1-800flowers.com (Don't you just ♥ 1-800flowers?)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - How to Win: (1) You must be a PUBLIC 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' differs from your profile id, please let me know what name you follow under) and (2) Visit 1-800flowers.com and pick something other than the review items above you would use your gift code for and leave the LINK to that item in your comment entry! Remember you can link to anything, it doesn’t have to just be flowers! (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 your email is clearly visible in your profile, you can just say so, that's OK!) Please follow the easy 1, 2, 3 steps to winning (or in this case, the A,B,C’s of winning!) This giveaway is open to USA residents who are 18 years of age or older. No PO Boxes.

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, September 25, 2010 until Monday, October 04, 2010 at 03:00 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, so if your profile or your comment does not have an email your entry will not be processed)

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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)

Are you getting the dreaded 'Your Entry Can't Be Processed' message when leaving an entry or comment? Before hitting enter, highlight your comment and COPY it. If you get that message after hitting enter and your comment is still there, just ignore the message and hit enter again, then you will get a screen with a captcha code, enter the captcha code, then submit and VOILA. If after you hit the submit button the first time, you get the dreaded message and the comment 'disappeared' no worries, that's why I asked you to copy it in the first step. Paste it back in and submit again. This has worked for me when comment boxes have glitched on me, and I hope it helps you too!

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FTC Disclosure Info for this Giveaway: This is not a paid insertion. This is a non-compensated post and all opinions regarding the products are expressly my own experiences. I was provided product to facilitate my review and the sponsor is also fulfilling product to prize winner(s), this in no way influenced my opinion of my experiences with this product. Once a winner is selected and their information has been forwarded to the sponsor, the responsibility of prize fulfillment rests with the sponsor.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

In or Near enough to NYC and Wanna Tantalize your senses this weekend?


Head over to Sniffapalooza's LUSH & Gorilla Perfume Gallery Event, 9/23-25 in NYC @ 54 Crosby Street! (Between Spring and Broome) press the link above to see the full invite information!


Our friends at Lush Cosmetics (you remember them from the ultra cool Lush Butterfly Kiss giveaway they hosted with us right? They were in our holiday buying guide last year, you can refresh your memory HERE - I hope we can have them in our holiday buying guide again this year, ah but I digress!) tantalized my senses last night, and now they want to do the same thing to YOU!

I love scoring you guys great giveaways, but when I can get you entry access to a super cool event, I love it even more.

You all know I'm a 'Lushie' and PROUD of it, LOL and I spent time last night at the most amazing gallery fragrance event, I don't want to give out any spoilers, I'd rather you just find out for yourself why I can't stop raving about this event!

I will tease you all by telling you that it involves ALL your senses, and I do mean that LITERALLY! Intrigued? I thought so!

Here's a copy of the invite:


Here's the text from the invite so you can read it more clearly:

Come and experience the art of perfume in a multi-sensory exhibit showcasing Gorilla Perfumes by LUSH. Take your senses on a trip through this winding olfactory maze of wonderment, encounter one-off creations and emerge with your favorite new fragrance from the onsite pop-up shop.

Having made its debut in London, this international touring gallery is making its only North American stop in New York City. Open to the public for 3 days, the gallery also features an artistic collaboration between Gorilla Perfumers, Mark and Simon Constantine and world famous manipulative mixologist, Paul Tvaroh.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, PLEASE STOP BY! (If asked how you heard about the event, feel free to tell them that Ascending Butterfly sent you!)

The Gallery Exhibit is open the following dates and times:

Sept. 23rd, 12pm - 9pm
Sept. 24th, 12pm - 9pm
Sept. 25th, 11am - 5pm

When you get back, come back here and tell me how cool it is!!! And tell me which fragrance is your favorite!

Highlights for me: I am in LUST with 'Lust', felt super energized by Orange Blossom, loved the clean die down of Imogen Rose, and was amazed by how 'The Smell of Freedom' came together! and the edible and drinkable portion are going to blow you away! And while you are there, don't forget to 'Tuca Tuca' - You'll see! (And Smell!) (And Taste!)

ENJOY!

 
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FTC Disclosure: I attended a press preview event, sponsored by LUSH, I received a swag bag on my way out of the event. I was not compensated, this is a non-compensated post. I am however very much a 'Lush' fan! Whose products I was using well BEFORE my blogging began! Also note, no one was asked to write about their experiences at the event, it was just so good, I couldn't help but share it with my readers!

The stars of America's favorite holiday show, the Radio City Rockettes, are coming your way and want to teach you their moves!

Bring along the little ones as The Rockettes® will show them how to perform those eye-high kicks, provide a glimpse of the history of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular® and tell them what it takes to become a world-famous Rockette. They'll even get to join in a mini-performance and receive an “Honorary Rockette” certificate!

Following the Dance with the Rockettes experience, snag a photo and meet with the stars of the world's most precision dance troupe while they're in your town!

Want to see the Rockettes on stage in all their glory? Spend $50 or more at this event and receive a pair of tickets to their Radio City Christmas Spectacular during their national tour. Plus, enjoy a special offer of 25% off your ticket purchase to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in addition to your two free tickets with code MACYS at http://www.radiocitychristmas.com/ (offer not valid for NYC shows). It's the perfect way to bring holiday cheer to your family this season!

While you're in store, be sure to register to win a VIP Meet and Greet with the Radio City Rockettes and four tickets to your local Radio City Christmas Spectacular show!


Rockettes at Macy's (all events begin at 2:00PM)

9/25 - Oak Park - Kansas City, KS
10/2 - Cherry Hill - Philadelphia Metro *
10/2 - Edison Mall - Ft. Myers, FL
10/16 - Bridgewater - Bridgewater, NJ *
11/6 - Burlington - Boston/Burlington, MA
11/6 - Providence - Providence, RI

Rockettes Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tour

12/14 – SaveMart Center – Fresno, CA
12/6-12/7 – Honda Center – Anaheim, CA
12/16-12/17 – Oracle Arena – Oakland, CA
12/18-12/19 -- HP Pavillion -- San Jose, CA
12/23-12/26 – Rose Garden Arena – Portland, OR
11/19-12/24 – Ole Opry – Nashville, TN
12/9-12/12 – Nokia Theater – Los Angeles, CA
11/19 – Sprint Theater – Overland Park, KS
11/11-11/28 – Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Center – Fort Myers, FL
11/2-11/29 – Providence Performing Arts Center – Providence, RI
12/3-12/9 – Citi Performing Arts Center – Burlington, MA

* Free tickets with $50 purchase, 25% off discount code and VIP meet and greet giveaway not applicable here

About Macy's:

Macy's, the largest retail brand of Macy's, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at more than 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Macy's stores and macys.com offer distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy's is known for epic events like Macy's 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Building on a 150-year tradition, Macy's helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities that make a difference in the lives of our customers.
 
The Rockettes are a big part of the Christmas Traditions in New York City and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to keep you all posted about their upcoming collaboration with Macys! One of my favorite places to shop!
 

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FTC Disclosure: In conjunction with BlogRollers Media I am alerting my readers about upcoming events for Macy's and the Radio City Rockettes and I am being provided a $25 gift card to Macy's for my participation in this campaign. No monetary compensation has been received by this blog for our participation.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Ascending Butterfly Book Club - Unforgettable You by Daisy Fuentes Giveaway!

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This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thanks so much to our wonderful sponsor Daisy Fuentes! We look forward to working with you again! The winner is Erma H. Remember: There are great giveaways active on the upper right hand side of the page! (Our next book review will be posted soon!)
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Ascending Butterfly Montly Book Club pick:



Our book club returns with a special title, 'Unforgettable You' by Daisy Fuentes! (Especially happy to be featuring Daisy during Hispanic Heritage month!)

Right under the title on the cover it reads:

'Master the Elements of Style, Spirituality, and True Beauty' - 'Become a Classic Girl in a Modern World.'

Not an easy task, but in a read that is part 'sneak peak' into Daisy's Diary, personal scrapbooks and photos, and very in depth questions and queries of herself and other celebrity friends along the way, she manages to offer what I'd call 'Life Sense' advice that tackles the cover challenge in 335 pages!

So how do you become a Classic Girl in a Modern World? What do you think makes a Woman Unforgettable?

She answers all the questions asked herself, and then poses them for you to answer as well. The chapter excercises are actually fun and exceptionally thought provoking. This was truly a fun and very surprising read!

Because this synopsis is absolutely dead on, I wanted to share it:

Revealing tips that she has learned from her life in and out of the spotlight and from other celebrities and experts, Daisy shows you how to perceive yourself honestly and accurately. Only then can you feel and look absolutely irresistible, with a head-turning walk and a million-dollar smile. Unforgettable You helps you to become the very best version of yourself. Daisy breaks her approach down to easy-to-follow areas on which to focus your improvements: inner reflection, etiquette, relationships, sex, spirituality, and beauty.

By the end of this book, you'll know Daisy better, but most importantly, you'll know yourself better and you will be armed with all the tools you need to be unforgettable—from the inside out.

Daisy is not afraid to tell it like it is in this book and one of my favorite quotes is "I believe you can be a "take no shit", strong, powerful, successful, Liberated Woman and still be a Lady". I whole heartedly agree!

The book is also peppered with her favorite quotes and a list of some of her favorite charity choices, and I discovered her #1 choice is one we both share, Saint Jude Children's Hospital! (#2 and #3 are ASPCA and Smile Train, respectively) - Daisy has also been the celebrity chairman for the annual St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala in Miami since it's Miami debut!

These are the things about celebs that interest me, not who they are dating, or where they shop, but the positive ways they wield their celebrity to do good. Not because of the PR it garners, but because the cause actually has a personal meaning to them. Somehow Ascending Butterfly has carved a niche for itself featuring brands and now stars with a conscience. Those that balance the bottom line with giving back in impactful ways, and I couldn't be happier to do so! I have often been asked if I have something against profit, trust me, I don't, I just think it's important to give back whenever we can.

I loved this book! I have already recommended it to quite a few people. I encourage you to 'experience' this book, don't just read it. There is nothing superficial about it. The excercises/challenges are thought provoking, if you are not afraid to challenge yourself, to question yourself, and reveal to yourself WHO you are, then this book is for you. But if you get this book, and don't actually participate in the challenges the only person you are doing a dis-service to is yourself. I learned quite a bit about myself via the excercises in this book. I am sure I will constantly learn more about myself, and journaling is a great way to do that, But the Proust Questionnaire which is included in this book was one of the most interesting self exploration excercises I've experienced since my favorite writing class in College! I missed that kind of challenge, both on a personal level and as a writer! Gracias Daisy!


Here's Daisy discussing the Book:




Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - WIN IT! - Ascending Butterfly and Daisy Fuentes would like to provide 1 Ascending Butterfly Follower a copy of  'Unforgettable You' (Don't you just ♥ Daisy Fuentes? - I know I do! This book certainly helped me to see her in a whole new light!)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - How to Win: (1) You must be a PUBLIC 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' differs from your profile id, please let me know what name you follow under) and (2) In honor of the book and it's title, share with us 'What makes a Woman Unforgettable?' (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 your email is clearly visible in your profile, you can just say so, that's OK!) Please follow the easy 1, 2, 3 steps to winning. This giveaway is open to USA residents who are 18 years of age or older, no PO Boxes.

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 Tuesday, September 21, 2010 until Friday, October 01, 2010 at 03:00 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, so if your profile or your comment does not have an email your entry will not be processed)

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Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Blog about this giveaway, linking to this giveaway post. Leave the URL in a comment (5 entries, leave 5 comments)

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(Leave a comment with the tweet’s url so you can get a valid entry (click on the time your tweet was sent to get the direct URL and then copy and paste it here). You can Tweet TWICE per DAY. If you Tweet more than that, that entry will be disqualified.)

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Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Digg about this giveaway and leave your digg username in your comment

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My site was nominated for Best Blog About Stuff!

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FTC Disclosure Info for this Giveaway: This is not a paid insertion. This is a non-compensated post and all opinions regarding the products are expressly my own experiences. I was provided with a book to facilitate my review and for the giveaway. The sponsor is fulfilling directly to prize winner(s), this in no way influenced my opinion of the product. Once a winner is selected and their information has been forwarded to the sponsor, the responsibility of prize fulfillment rests with the sponsor.