Friday, June 9, 2017

Free Beauty Events and Giveaway!

This month the June Beauty Basket Giveaway includes some awesome products from Cantu, Rimmel, TRESemme, Nexxus, Maybelline, Neutrogena, Clean & Clear, Hawaiian Tropic and more! The contest runs from June 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017 with winners being chosen on July 10, 2017 and emailed by July 15, 2017. Click Here to enter.

June 10th from 10 am to 5 pm, there will be Beauty Consultants at Walgreens & Duane Reade for special Beauty Must-Have's Event featuring Garnier, L'Oreal, Pantene & Gliss Haircare! They will be handing out FREE samplesof Garnier Whole Blends Legendary Olive Shampoo & Conditioner, Gliss Ultimate Repair Shampoo and Conditioner, and L'Oreal EverPure Shampoo & Conditioner. Coupons will be given out as well.

Check out this event and watch for more at Free Beauty Events

While there visit their Beauty-Blog for some awesome makeover, fashion and beauty tips ideas.

Have a beauty or spa event coming up or know someone who does? You can Submit your Beauty Event for free. Read their Submission Policy for more information.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Free, Giveaways and Rebates

*Join the FRESH CATCH CLUB to receive a free appetizer or dessert, special savings and surprise birthday offer. If you sign up by 5 PM on May 8, 2017, you can be in the running to receive a goodie bag with T-shirts, magnets and foam Cheddar Bay Biscuits. A cool biscuit lip balm will be included. Hurry! 250 will be given away. I am in no way affiliated with Red Lobster, this giveaway nor did they ask me to post this giveaway. I'm sharing after joining myself.

*Join Ibotta  and get cash back for groceries, spirits and shopping at selected stores.
You too can refer out to make extra in cash using a unique code that will be created for you. This link is my referral link. I will receive referral credit if you join Ibotta through the link provided.

*Free DNA test kit from the University of Michigan. You must be 18 years old, live in the U.S. and need a Facebook account. You take health surveys; life, health and other and daily do the tracker surveys which are easy and short. Once you reach this goal; 20 health tracking and 15 health history, you will be sent a "spit kit" within two weeks or so free of charge and a returned paid envelope. It's completely voluntary and you don't have to participate in the DNA sampling. The surveys themselves are unique and very interesting.

They use Facebook to sign in but your information is confident. I am not paid or asked to write this. I am a participant and passing the word to others on my own account. Read more here:
Genes For Good

Melanoma Month Awareness

May is melanoma awareness month but in reality, every day should be. This deadly skin cancer can look like an irregular mole or spot but it can show up in your toe nails, between toes, folds of skin, bottom of feet, and more. Taking this month to remove nail polish and really check head to toe can save your life.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer and although baby boomers are showing skin damage and many types of skin cancers, it's  not age discriminatory. I had my first basal cut out at the age of 27 and I know others who had melanoma in their early 20's.

The sun is the most common cause and baby boomers bathed with their Coppertone, Sea 'N Ski and even Crisco to get that golden tan. The later generations started going in the tanning booths thinking they were safe but in reality, it escalated the chances of melanoma and other types of skin cancers.

I've have four melanoma surgeries since 2004 with three being in 2016. All were different in looks and stages and so far I'm considered 95% cured since I caught them early. One looked like a small atypical mole, one like a freckle but was growing, one like black mole and one so tiny on my back the doctor almost thought was just a mole but because it wasn't there before she removed it to be safe. That one was stage II and I had to see an oncologist at OHSU.

I've had over 40 basal cell removed from scraping, large incisions requiring several stitches, bios that came clean catching early and some growing back over the scars. I've had Moh's surgery on my face for a pearl looking basal, (they don't all look like a pink sore), and squamous which too is more dangerous especially on the head where mine was. My arms, legs and private areas sport scars as well.

Those in their 50's are more apt to grow squamous on the neck, face and scalp.

I'm high risk and have to be seen every two months. Since my last visit removing stitches, I have new growths. I'll be doing the naked photo mapping and believe me, this body doesn't do naked but that's how serious it is to prevent dying from skin cancer.

Wear SPF 15 or higher. I recommend higher of at least 30. I love Aveeno and Bull Frog. When I wear makeup I make sure it has SPF as well. Many don't realize putting it on once isn't enough. Reapply every two hours and after you swim or work out. Remember seeing those life guards with white noses?

There are all types of skin cancers. Skin cancer affects all skin tones from fair to very dark. Dark skinned people may develop them on the palms of their hands and soles of their feet. Signs for all can be pearly or waxy bump, pink sore that looks like a scar or bleed like an injury, scaly wart looking lesion, (squamous), red nodule, moles that change in color, shape, and blue-black/white or red moles or irregularity. It can be a dark streak in your nail or look like you injured the nail and have a black spot. (melanoma).

One thing to remember, melanoma can develop on areas never or rarely exposed to the sun.

Eventually I will add photos of some of the scars with the hope it will prevent at least one person from tanning and use SPF more. is a site I check for information not just for myself but to pass along to others who are interested in learning more and find health information on several different topics.

Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

Friday, May 5, 2017

May Beauty Basket Giveaway! Ends 05/31/2017

This month's basket includes products from Cantu, Rimmel, L'Oreal, John Frieda, Nexxus, Crest, Hawaiian Tropic, Neutrogena and more! The contest begins May 1m 2017 and ends May 31, 2017. Winners will be chosen on 06/10/2017 and notified by 06/15/2017 by email.

To enter, go to Free Beauty Events and click on the contest tab to enter one time. Enter a second time on

Make sure you add to your contact list. U.S. residents only

Walgreens & Duane Reade Beauty Must-Have’s Event Saturday May 6th Featuring Boots No7

May 6th and discover your skin true shade with No7 Match Made foundation service! Receive a free three-piece gift worth $17. with purchase of any two N7 cosmetic products.

May is Melanoma awareness month. Free Beauty Events keeps up on the latest beauty and healthy skin trends, tips and reviews. Click on their Blog for beauty tricks for summer to include helping your skin. 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Coal Miners Daughter by Loretta Lynn

Many years I have been a fan of Loretta Lynn. I saw the movie with Sissy Spacek playing her and read everything I could about her but never read her book until now.

Coal Miner's Daughter was written by Loretta Lynn and George Vecsey. She began with she wanted the book written as she talked and not fancy it up. It was like sitting on a porch and listening to Loretta tell her story and become good friends.

Loretta Lynn was born in Butcher Hollow but the folks in KY call it Butcher Holler. Her mother, Clara, was part Cherokee Indian, something Loretta was very proud of and became an activist for. She was named after Loretta Young, something I have in common with her. I too was named after Loretta Young.

Her daddy, Ted Webb, worked hard in the coal mines and later it gave him black lung and he couldn't work any longer. They had to move to Wabash, Indiana so he could work in a factory and a cousin moved into their cabin in the hollow. He never got to see Loretta become famous  since he died of black lung at the age of 53.

Loretta talked how she met Doo, (Oliver Vanetta "Doolittle' Lynn), and married him a month after they met when barely 15 years old. By the time she was 20 she had four little ones and just figured out where they were coming from. In all they had six children together. Sadly two passed away - Jack Benny by drowning at the age of 34 and Betty Sue of emphysema.

She tells about her start in music along with all the trials and heartache. Most of her songs were inspired by her life with Doo and women's issues with cheating, drinking, and men who treated their wives wrong. She was the first woman named, "Entertainer of the Year" and and has been bestowed award after award much to her surprise. She kept her down home personality and never let fame get to her.

I give this book five stars.