Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It is the best of times it is the worst of times... be pregnant.

This is the second baby that I've been pregnant with over winter. The pros, I don't have to worry about over heating and if I get cold, I can just put more on. I don't swell up like a balloon and I don't have to be as conscious of how much water I'm drinking. All in all, winter (especially winter in California) makes for a pretty comfortable pregnancy.

The cons... there is sooooo much sugar over winter. It starts with Halloween. The kids bring home the candy, there's candy on sale, there's candy everywhere you look. Then Thanksgiving, with cranberry sauce, candied yams, and pie... oh the pie. Then there's Christmas and everything leading up to that. Chocolate advent calendars, candy canes being handed out everywhere (though those are not a weakness of mine... yay me :lol:), cookies, cookies, cookies, pies and enough hot chocolate to fill a swimming pool. New Years isn't too hard, but then comes Valentine's Day. I don't even have to start explaining that one to you.

So here I am, two days post V-day and 35 weeks pregnant. I've survived just about every holiday possible and it's a miracle I'm not diabetic at this point. I can't give the candy away fast enough (and I can't eat it fast enough either). The only advice I can give you here is -- don't get pregnant in June. Amazingly enough, I've actually only gained about 20lbs thus far... that's pretty good for me.

Oh, but I'm pretty sure my littlest is as addicted to sugar as I am at this point... dang.

Monday, January 3, 2011

BPAL Imp Giveaway

Recently I've been wanting to find "my" fragrance. I have never really been interested in perfumes and fragrances, especially because, in my limited amount of searching, I haven't found a scent that I find enjoyable let alone one that smells the way I would want to smell. Then I discovered the world of BPAL. If you don't know yet, Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs is aaaaamazing! The company blends their own divinely unique perfumes. The description taken from their website states:

We specialize in formulating body and household blends with a dark, romantic Gothic tone. Our scents run the aesthetic gamut of magickal, pagan and mythological blends, Renaissance, Medieval and Victorian formulas, and horror / Gothic-themed scents. By utilizing our knowledge of homeopathy and aromatherapy, the conceptual theories of hermetic alchemy, and the aesthetic artistry of perfumery, we have mastered the art of encapsulating allegorical ideas into singular olfactory experiences. We are the first of our kind, and have over fifteen years of practical experience in the field. Our expertise shows.

Now I'm not really into the "magickal, pagan and mythological blends..." but each scent, taken on it's own, whether made for "magickal" reasons or not, is a treat for the senses.

If you do just a little searching around on their site you will find that there is an overwhelming number of available scents. Even if you know that you prefer a crisp floral scent that has a heavy bottom note, you still haven't really narrowed down your list of options. That's where the amazing invention of Imp Ears comes in. BPAL offers samples of just about all their scents (some of the limited editions don't come in Imp sizes). Along with being able to purchase Imp's Ears from the site, after ordering a full size bottle of fragrance from the BPAL lab they are so gracious to throw in a good number of Imp's for your sampling pleasure. Unfortunately, if you don't know which scent you want in the first place, that second option isn't really an option.

The giveaway is now closed... winners are announced below

Enter the Giveaway. I was so fortunate to come across a large collection of Imp's Ears and I would love to share the love with the rest of the world. Two entrants will win 7 Imp's Ears of my choosing from the collection I have. Some of the Imp's have been sampled from but every one of them will have a good amount in them so you can have a very accurate taste of each scent and a good number of uses out of each bottle.

The contest will run from now through January 10th at noon PST. Remember to leave some sort of contact info if your comments don't link to a blog or e-mail address.

Congratulations to miha.ela and irdaawandiraa! You have both won. An e-mail has been sent to you.