Monday, March 21, 2011

$50 Novica.com Digital Gift Code Giveaway!

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This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thanks so much to our wonderful sponsor Novica! We look forward to working with you again! The winner is Beth E. Remember: There are great giveaways active on the upper right hand side of the page!
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Ascending Butterfly's 'It's MY Birthday, but You Get the Gifts' Giveaways, brought to you by:


It's officially Spring! And you know what that means! Yes that's right, my birthday is coming soon! As far as I'm concerned, having only one day to celebrate is no where near enough. I say celebrating this life will take at least a month!

When I'm giving gifts I look for gifts that are unique and 'fit' the recipient, and I also love creative packaging. I love to add sweet embellishments (like butterflies!) that express my personality and that of the recipient! It's not always so easy to find Unique Gifts and creative packaging! Needless to say when I receive a gift that is creatively packaged it certainly adds to the excitement factor!

Ascending Butterfly has made its mark by making sure we feature 'Corporations With a Conscience'.  Brands that care enough to give back. As far as I'm concerned the best shopping, is 'Guilt Free' Shopping. Where your purchase actually makes a difference. Getting a discount is great, making a difference....like the famous commercial we all know says....PRICELESS!

National Geographic in Association with Novica.com are helping to make art happen in the form of a Microcredit. 0 % Interest Free MicroFinancing for Artisans in developing nations. Now in addition to the fact that your order goes to helping the artisan that crafted your item, you can also get involved in the MicroFinancing and contribute to your favorite Artisan directly and help them meet their Financing Goals, which aids in expansion, adding items to inventory and more! Here is a list of Artisans currently seeking funding, you can also read a little more about each one and how they plan to use the funding.

"When combined with information and communication technologies, microcredit can unleash new opportunities for the world's poorest entrepreneurs and thereby revitalize the village economies they serve." ~ Madeleine K. Albright and John Doerr

'Wine Bouquet'

No, it's not what you think! lol - Look at how it came wrapped:

 
See the oh so cute little Llama embellishment on the raffia ribbon? This is just the kind of packaging I like, cute, creative and a sweet embellishment!

AND INSIDE THE PACKAGE:


I can't tell you how impressed I am with this sweater! It is mid-weight, keeps me warm on it's own without making me feel weighed down. It's soft, not itchy in any way, and I love the style, the cable detailing in the front is super stylish! I also greatly love the Vneck front, it doesn't plunge as much on me as on the model above, and the sleeves are not as long on me as on the model in the photo. Like little bear said it fit me 'just right'.
Quote From the Artisan:

"I use Peruvian knitting and weaving techniques, along with the incomparable quality of alpaca wool, to design modern classics. My goal is to create apparel that you can use all your life." ~ Laura Anaya

Star Legends

And what's a Birthday without some Bling Bling:
 
 

I love sterling silver, and I also love the Celtic inspired Design on these earrings! Maybe it's because of the Gaelic origins of my first name! I've always been attracted to Celtic inspired jewelry, and what's a birthday without bling?

Quote From the Artisan:

"I believe that opportunities are everywhere, that is, for those who can anticipate and make the risky decision to invest time and money." ~ Wadarat Supasirisuk

By the way the Artisan is also an Aries like me! Coincidence I was attracted to her work? I'll let you decide!

My Take:

When I found out my order was coming from 2 different parts of the country, I had my reservations about fulfillment time. I thought the orders would take forever to arrive, but I was pleasantly surprised by just how fast my order arrived!

I also loved how beautifully wrapped they both were! I would highly recommend Novica for all of your gift giving needs, it's definitely 'guilt free' shopping at its finest! You are not only giving back, you are empowering an artisan to help their small businesses not only thrive, but actually go global! How cool is that?

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - WIN IT! - Ascending Butterfly and our friends at Novica have a very special surprise for 1 lucky winner! 1 winner will receive a $50 Novica.com digital gift code. Like I said, it's my birthday, but you get the gifts!

Don't you just ♥ Novica? I know I do!

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)MANDATORY entry- Visit Novica.com and link us to what you will buy 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 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 everyone 18 years of age or older. No PO Boxes.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 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 Monday, March 21, 2011 until Monday, March 28, 2011 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)

EXTRA CREDIT:

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sunday Moment of Gratitude -Winning, Early Birthday Cake and More!



This week, I am grateful for
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Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Friday, March 18th bloggers were asked to take a day of silence for the people of Japan and Ascending Butterfly decided to participate. I am grateful to be part of a blogging community that thinks globally, not just locally! Remember, Donations can be made to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief by texting REDCROSS to 90999 for a $10 donation.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - That there are still many things that bring out the kid in me, and while I have one of those birthdays ahead of me, that many consider a 'cross roads', I received my first birthday cake WAY early this week (my birthday isn't until April) and it truly brought out the little kid me! I haven't opened it yet, and it's been difficult to resist the urge to dive into it and attack it! :)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - I have had a great mail week this week! While I haven't had time to enter many giveaways this week, I did receive some prizes I won from various contests including some great purex coupons, and I found them on sale 2 for $5 isn't that awesome! And I also received an amazing Crisco Prize pack with gorgeous Pasta Bowls, (hand painted beauties made for William Sonoma!). Not to mention my early chocolate birthday cake!

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.

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

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Active Giveaways!

1) Ends 03/21 - LUMIXYL Brightening System 8 weeks to a brighter you Giveaway! 3 winners! ARV $270 PER kit $810 Total! (See Facebook Page and Twitter Page for more exciting ways to win!) - Enter HERE
2) Ends 04/01 - Spotlight Handbag of the Month Giveaway! Pelle Hinges Tote sponsored by Wilsons Leather! ARV $200!  This is a perfect Spring Bag to add to your accessories wardrobe! - Enter HERE

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
















Make this Your Best Day ever, Bless and Be Blessed!

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Vote Needed!

I am a finalist in Mom Central Consulting's 'Grow Your Personal Brand' Grant Program. I would love your vote, but I would also love for you to read my entry. My essay is entitled 'Project Chrysalis'. A project, which many of you know has already begun. The essay questions I was asked to answer really made me think, about my 'brand' and most importantly about my goals both personally and professionally. I hope reading my entry brings you inspiration! This is a DAILY, 1 click, no registration required vote request. You can vote by pressing the image below:






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FTC Disclosure: I was not asked to write about Mom Central's Grant Program, nor does writing about it improve my chances. I feel the message they are sending by supporting bloggers efforts to grow their brand is an important and powerful one!'

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Today's Words of Inspiration - Take time for yourself every day!

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I have a lot of balls in the air right now! As a result, I've been ignoring my own sage advice, and allowing circumstances to force me to stretch myself thin. And as a catholic, observing the season of Lent brings constant reminders of sacrifice, and 'giving something up'.

But what if there is nothing left to give up? What if time has become your nemesis? What if you are sacrificing sleep to get 'everything' done. What does that leave you to 'give up'? Where does that leave you emotionally?

I'm not going to pretend I have all the answers. I've learned to live in serenity and accept that work/life balance is a struggle. A struggle most of us share!

I have come to value my breathing affirmational excercises even more lately. So much so, that despite being super busy, I actually affirm and take moments of stillness twice a day, once to begin my day and once at the end of my night to help 'program' my sleep. Those albeit brief moments of stillness where I affirm statements that I know will bring about change and greater good within me have become my favorite parts of the day. Which has made me realize exactly how much more I'd like to be doing for myself.

I give a lot of my energy and time, to work, to family, to cultivate friendships, and I don't wan't to let myself 'starve' emotionally in the process. In my post about Lent, a reader told me, that instead of giving something up, they planned to add something on, and while I'm not going to 'add' exactly the same thing, I will add on more time for myself. To unwind, de-stress and even sneak in some pampering! The Flight Attendants in an Airplane even tell you to put the oxygen mask on yourself first, you can't take care of others, if you don't take proper care of yourself first. I am making that my motto today!

In case you missed today's St. Patrick's Day message, click HERE. Remember to throw on a little green today! May the LUCK O' THE IRISH be with you!


Today's Words of Inspiration'
 
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 'I take time for myself daily!'

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.

It is OK to *Re-Tweet* the link to this post and You can find me (@Tracy_Iglesias) on Twitter ! 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!

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Active Giveaways!

1) Ends 03/21 - LUMIXYL Brightening System 8 weeks to a brighter you Giveaway! 3 winners! ARV $270 PER kit $810 Total! (See Facebook Page and Twitter Page for more exciting ways to win!) - Enter HERE!

2) Ends 04/01 - Spotlight Handbag of the Month Giveaway! Pelle Hinges Tote sponsored by Wilsons Leather! ARV $200!  - Enter HERE!

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Vote Needed!

I am a finalist in Mom Central Consulting's 'Grow Your Personal Brand' Grant Program. I would love your vote, but I would also love for you to read my entry. My essay is entitled 'Project Chrysalis'. A project, which many of you know has already begun. The essay questions I was asked to answer really made me think, about my 'brand' and most importantly about my goals both personally and professionally. I hope reading my entry brings you inspiration! This is a DAILY, 1 click, no registration required vote request. You can vote by pressing the image below or HERE:





FTC Disclosure: I was not asked to write about Mom Central's Grant Program, nor does writing about it improve my chances. I feel the message they are sending by supporting bloggers efforts to grow their brand is an important and powerful one!

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Happy St. Patrick's Day!






Yes, I know it's still the 16th, but I couldn't resist using a fun St. Patty's Day themed Graphic for Wordless Wednesday today!


Here is one of my favorite reads for St. Patrick's Day:


May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

May God grant you always...A sunbeam to warm you, a moonbeam to charm you, a sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you. Laughter to cheer you. Faithful friends near you. And whenever you pray, Heaven to hear you.

May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us, may the hand of God protect us, may the word of God direct us. Be always ours this day and for evermore. - St. Patrick

May your days be many and your troubles be few. May all God's blessings descend upon you. May peace be within you may your heart be strong. May you find what you're seeking wherever you roam.

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. May songbirds serenade you every step along the way. May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue. And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.

May God give you...For every storm a rainbow, for every tear a smile, for every care a promise and a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, for every sigh a sweet song and an answer for each prayer.

For each petal on the shamrock this brings a wish your way. Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day.

May St. Patrick guard you wherever you go, and guide you in whatever you do and may his loving protection be a blessing to you always.

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Whether you spend this day at a Parade, at Church or at the Pub with friends, please use public transportation, do not drink and drive! Have Fun and Please Stay SAFE!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Today's Words of Inspiration - Is Compassion Dying?

I'm normally not prone to celeb gossip and news on Ascending Butterfly. Celebs comings and goings don't interest me much. Normally you will only see them featured here if they are doing something for charity or the world at large. I get press releases all day long from PR folks who seem to think who wore what where is of interest to me and my readers. That some ball gown is earth shattering and important.

I get that there is a market for 'demented humor' and 'snarky' is very popular and has it's place, but today I'm plain disgusted about the lack of simple compassion in the world. As many of you know, there was quite a bit of controversy surrounding Gilbert Gottfried and Rapper 50 Cent.

I recently met Gilbert at an event for Fisher Price. He was personable and very friendly, and even he himself seemed very surprised that he was selected to speak to the blogging audience in attendance that day. I was actually quite amazed at his ability to go from 'himself' one minute, directly into 'character' the next.

Here is what he tweeted:


@TMZ 2011
 and:

@TMZ 2011
There were 12 insensitive tweets in total, which were deleted and I noticed this on his timeline recently:

I meant no disrespect, and my thoughts are with the victims and their families. (That tweet can be seen HERE)

As you may also know he lost his gig as the voice of the AFLAC duck because of this.

In the case of rapper 50 Cent he tweeted:

"Wave will hit 8am them crazy white boys gonna try to go surfing."

And: "Look this is very serious people I had to evacuate all my hoess from LA, Hawaii and Japan. I had to do it. Lol"

He then explained:

"Nah this is nuts but what can anyone do about it. Let's pray for anyone who has lost someone"

And: "Some of my tweets are ignorant I do it for shock value. Hate it or love it. I'm cool either way 50cent."

Would Gilbert be that blasé about the Holocaust? Would 50 be that blasé about Katrina?

I've also been following the news stories about the 2 bus accidents by buses returning from Casino Day Trips and I've seen such a lack of sensitivity there as well, with people saying they shouldn't have gone to a Casino in the first place and other such insensitive remarks.

I send my prayers to the people of Japan. I send my prayers to those in the 2 bus accidents as well as their families and friends. Donations can be made to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief by texting REDCROSS to 90999 for a $10 donation.

I'm honestly completely appaled by all this! I get that Gilbert tells for the most part insanely dirty jokes and that hardcore rappers are not prone to public bursts of sentimentality, but when do we as human beings hold ourselves accountable for what we say and do. Is compassion dying?

Today's Words of Inspiration'
 
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 'I radiate compassion!'

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.

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

@Tracy_Iglesias #ascendingbutterfly - Today's Words of #Inspiration - http://tiny.cc/n4Thx

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

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Active Giveaways!

1) Ends 03/21 - LUMIXYL Brightening System 8 weeks to a brighter you Giveaway! 3 winners! ARV $270 PER kit $810 Total!  - Enter HERE!

2) Ends 04/01 - Spotlight Handbag of the Month Giveaway! Pelle Hinges Tote sponsored by Wilsons Leather! ARV $200!  - Enter HERE!

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Vote Needed!

I am a finalist in Mom Central Consulting's 'Grow Your Personal Brand' Grant Program. I would love your vote, but I would also love for you to read my entry. My essay is entitled 'Project Chrysalis'. A project, which many of you know has already begun. The essay questions I was asked to answer really made me think, about my 'brand' and most importantly about my goals both personally and professionally. I hope reading my entry brings you inspiration! This is a DAILY, 1 click, no registration required vote request. You can vote by pressing the image below or HERE:





FTC Disclosure: I was not asked to write about Mom Central's Grant Program, nor does writing about it improve my chances. I feel the message they are sending by supporting bloggers efforts to grow their brand is an important and powerful one!

Monday, March 14, 2011

LUMIXYL Brightening System 8 weeks to a brighter you Giveaway! 3 winners! Ends 3/21

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This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thanks so much to our wonderful sponsor Lumixyl! We look forward to working with you again! The winners are Natashagt (twitter winner), Suzanna (facebook winner), susiebhomemaker (GFC winner). Remember: There are great giveaways active on the upper right hand side of the page!
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Ascending Butterfly's 8 weeks to a brighter you giveaway, brought to you by:


It's time to 'Spring Ahead' but is your skin ready? I am counting down to a 'big' birthday this year, and as I have always battled with acne, spotted skin has been a constant issue for me. And with the stress I have been under lately, my complexion was getting a little 'ruddy' in addition to always having been a bit un-even due to acne scarring.

In my teen years I had dermatologists recommend various products to even out my complexion. Most contained the ingredient 'hydroquinone' which was not very good for my skin. I also didn't like that hydroquinone increased my skin's sensitivity to the sun, so in addition to the fact that products for acne prone skin require special care to ensure sun protection, the addition of the hydroquinone meant I had to be doubly sure to wear a super strong sun block. The higher SPF protection the thicker they were, which would of course exacerbate my acne, and keep my skin trapped in this horrible 'skin care catch 22'.

It took YEARS to get off that skincare hamster wheel. I decided to buck much of the dermatologist recos at the time. I rid my skin care regimen of the products containing hydroquinone, and I also made sure to use water based foundations back then and none containing any oils. And while that did help my skin tremendously, I did miss the luminosity and even tone that skin brighteners provided.

When skin ages, much like hair, it begins to loose that natural shine, that gives it that 'radiant' appearance. But in my opinion retaining that even toned skin wasn't worth the catch 22 I found myself dealing with at the time.

The LUMIXYL Brightening System


The LUMIXYL Brightening System

I am happy to report that there are options out there to help avoid the skin care catch 22 I was on. I have been using a hydroquinone free skin brightening system that does not not increase skin’s sensitivity to the sun! The Lumixyl Topical Brightening System builds on four products including Active-Prep Cleanser, the Topical Brightening Creme, GlycoPeel 20 Rapid Exfoliating Lotion, and Moisture-Lock Sunscreen SPF 30. The products are ideal for all skin types!

About LUMIXYL Brightening System:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Non-irritating or allergenic <-Super important for acne prone or sensitive skin!
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Non-toxic <- I think this one speaks for itself!
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Safe for all skin types
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Safe for prolonged use
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Easily degraded by the skinEasily degraded by the skin
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Will not increase skin’s sensitivity to the sun <-This is very important!
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Stabilized so that it will not lose potency or turn brown after opening <-If you have ANY and I mean any creams that have turned brown under the cap, Toss them IMMEDIATELY!
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - A luxurious, moisture-rich texture <-Those with Acne know how 'drying' and irritating certain products can be! It's a pleasure not to experience any dryness or tingling!
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Whatever your skin tone, Lumixyl™ works to uniformly even pigment on the surface of the skin and will not cause discolouration or hypopigmentation <-Yes you need to be selective with skin brighteners, some can actually do the opposite of what you are looking for, some can actually CAUSE discoloration!
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Improves overall skin tone
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Treats Age spots, Sun Spots, Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, Uneven skin tone and Photodamage ie 'sun damage'

My Take:

Because of my initial bad experience years ago with skin brighteners, I was a bit reticent about trying out this system. And I wanted to use it completely before posting.

It lives up to it's promises, my skin is certainly brighter and more luminous and considering how stressful things have been lately, that's no small feat. While no one who doesn't know me for me many years has ever guessed my actual age, having this in my skin arsenal makes my upcoming birthday number a lot less scary!

I didn't experience any turning, no brown liquid! YAY! That was one of the other major turn offs about the brighteners I tried in the past. The first time it happened with the product recommended by my dermatologist it totally turned me off!

I love that this doesn't require me to use a heavier sunscreen than I would normally use, it doesn't conflict with anything else I use to keep my acne at bay and I love having clearer more luminous skin without having to put on a 'face'. Even when I was young I refused to just 'cover' up my acne with makeup and I just don't have time for daily foundation. If I can have luminous and more radiant skin without adding more time to my routine that is a major plus for me!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - WIN IT! - Ascending Butterfly and our friends at Lumixyl have a very special surprise for 3 lucky winners! 3 winners will receive the LUMIXYL Brightening System! We will select 1 google follower, 1 Facebook Fan, and 1 Twitter Follower to win a System of their own!

Don't you just ♥ LUMIXYL? I know I do!

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)MANDATORY entry- Visit Lumixyl to learn more about the product, and then share your biggest facial skin care concern here! (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.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 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 Monday, March 14, 2011 until Monday, March 21, 2011 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)

EXTRA CREDIT:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - NEW! - one click, no registration required, super easy, DAILY vote, I am a finalist in Mom Central's Grow Your Personal Brand Grants Program and would really appreciate your vote! Read more about ‘Project Chrysalis’ and vote here

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Blog about this giveaway, linking to this giveaway post. Leave the URL in a comment. (If your blog post contains more than just a pic and link you'll get 5 extra credit entries!)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - In the spirit of DayLight Savings Time Fun share with us what you are doing with your extra hour of sunlight!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Grab our Button and put it on your Blog. Leave the URL where we can see it in a comment (if you already have our button, just let us know, you will still get extra credit!)

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

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Tweet this:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ #ascendingbutterfly @LUMIXYL Brightening System 8 wks to a brighter you #Giveaway! 3 winners! Ends 3/21 http://tinyurl.com/4kavdo6

(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.)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @lumixyl on Twitter

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

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Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow Ascending Butterfly on Facebook HERE

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Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow Ascending Butterfly on Networked Blogs HERE

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Join Ascending Butterfly's NEW Community/Real Time Chat, Group HERE

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Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Have you entered another active giveaway on Ascending Butterfly? Let me know which one and you’ll get more extra credit!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Have you commented on a non-giveaway entry? Let me know which one here and you’ll get more extra credit!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Press the button below and join, you get an extra entry for this giveaway and a shot at more great prizes, lets win together! (one time extra credit, will be verified before entry can be accepted)



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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 and the sponsor are my own experiences. I was provided product to facilitate the review and giveaway. The sponsors are fulfilling directly to prize winner(s), this in no way influenced my opinion of the products. Once a winner is selected and their information has been forwarded to the sponsor, the responsibility of prize fulfillment rests with the sponsor.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday Moment of Gratitude - Global Strength, Winners and More!



This week, I am grateful for
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Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - My mom made it through her surgery and while there is still a long road ahead with Physical Therapy, the hardest part is behind her. Her spirit and her ability to bounce back and always maintain such a positive attitude, regardless of what she is going through, is an amazing example of grace and strength. I am grateful for her example of grace! I also want to thank all the readers who reached out to me via email, facebook and twitter with kind words, prayers and encouragement. I showed each message to 'mama butterfly' also and she was very touched! I also feel very grateful for the team at Albert Einstein Hospital, thanks for making a difficult moment a lot easier to deal with!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - For the example of Global Love and strength in the aftermath of the Tsunami. While I would love to live in a disaster free world, it's how human beings rally to help one another that shows what we are REALLY made of! Donations can be made to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief by texting REDCROSS to 90999 for a $10 donation. And I understand that we are an economy still very much in recession, so for those reading this, that can't afford to donate right now, don't fret, PRAY. Send prayers, it is the most powerful 'donation' you can make! Seeing the faces of those walking in a 'daze' after fleeing their offices was an eery reminder of New York City during 9/11. The fear of family members not knowing where family, friends and loved ones are is all too familiar as a New Yorker who survived that dreaded day. My heart is filled with prayer and empathy for Japan, and oddly filled with gratitude, that the problems in my immediate world, as big as they were to me at the moment, were very much small in comparison.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - A very special Thanks to clients and sponsors for their patience while I scramble to get caught up!

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.

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

OK to RT: @Tracy_Iglesias This Week's 'Moment of Gratitude' and Great giveaways! - http://tiny.cc/n4Thx

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Active Giveaway!

1) Ends 04/01 - Spotlight Handbag of the Month Giveaway! Pelle Hinges Tote sponsored by Wilsons Leather! ARV $200!  - Enter HERE!

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
















Make this Your Best Day ever, Bless and Be Blessed!

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Vote Needed!

I am a finalist in Mom Central Consulting's 'Grow Your Personal Brand' Grant Program. I would love your vote, but I would also love for you to read my entry. My essay is entitled 'Project Chrysalis'. A project, which many of you know has already begun. The essay questions I was asked to answer really made me think, about my 'brand' and most importantly about my goals both personally and professionally. I hope reading my entry brings you inspiration! This is a DAILY, 1 click, no registration required vote request. You can vote by pressing the image below:






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Congratulations *kellyr78*, *Marcie W.* and *@trixie420247* our 1800baskets.com St. Supery 2 Bottle Red Wine Gift Basket Giveaway Winners! Thanks to our fantastic sponsor who hosted not one, but 3 winners! We picked one winner per channel, GFC Follower, Facebook Follower, and Twitter Follower!

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