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Monday, September 26, 2016

Nestle Splash voxbox

I got my free Nestle Splash voxbox and was able to try the berry flavored water. It was refreshing like water should be with a little bit of flavor. Love Influenster and trying new things!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Open Letter to all "Skin Care" Direct Sales companies..


     First let me say, I think it is great you are working from home and you believe in your products but let me show you the biggest issue I have with all of your miracle product posts.

You are posting before pictures of women with no makeup on showing their natural skin, acne, or dark spot issues that you are claiming to be able to magically fix. Yet in your After image the same woman is wearing makeup, concealer, and using the lowest resolution blurry iPhone photo.  Her moles/freckles, acne, and age spots have suddenly vanished! Amazingly it only took 6 short weeks to do so!! How awesome!! Only it isn't, because it isn't true.  If you want to sell me a product that "works" so well, then be honest.
       Show me some REAL before and after photos! With all the high resolution cameras running around out there posting a blurry Before and After makes it look like you have something to hide. Then of course there is the makeup.. Come on guys.. you cannot seriously expect me to believe a before and after where they are wearing makeup in the After!! Let's have some transparency here!! If your product really works that well, post the real pictures!!

What do you think? Are you tired of all the fake before and after photos?  If you are a Skin Care Consultant and want to share some true before and after photos with me I would love to see them!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Dear Younger Me....

Dear Younger Me, 

           I know life is hard, I know you are going through a lot of trials. I know that you are screaming out in loneliness, sadness, and despair. I know that all you hear in response to your screams is silence.  I know that what you want more than anything is someone to come along and tell you that everything will be ok and the hard times won't last forever. 
         Dear younger me, if I could hold you and comfort you I would. I would tell you that the future holds wonderful things and love that you cannot imagine because you have not yet felt it. I would tell you that all the terrible, painful, things you are going through and will go through, have to happen. I would want to tell you all of the horrible things that happen, that you could avoid, but I wouldn't. If I told you about the pain and sorrow that awaits, you might change something but that would change us. It would change my now and now is good. It is so much better than you could comphrehend right now. 
         Dear Younger me, trust me, all of the pain will be worth it one day. You will find a life that you never knew could be possible and all of those bad things will be pieces of you that help to lead you there. The one thing I would tell you is to let go of the hurt sooner. It will be hard but holding on to that hurt just creates more pain in us that we don't have to have. Dear younger me, love yourself, every part of yourself. Try to stop looking at what you aren't and see all the good inside you. Dear younger me, that piece you are searching for, that little piece that fills the emptiness, you will finally look up and see it.


I was driving home today and MercyMe's song Dear Younger Me came on and it really got me thinking. IF I could talk to myself, what would I say? Would I change things? This was the letter to myself and the song that inspired it. Would you reach out to yourself in love or would you try to change things?



Dear Younger Me :by MercyMe


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Spartan Race Winner!

Hi guys,

I got two entries for the spartan race so I used random.org to randomize the list and choose a winner. Congratulations Greg on winning! Please contact me to get your code.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Spartan FIT! Book & Race Entry Giveaway!!!



Hi guys!

It has been awhile since I have posted.. Life got crazy! I will have to update about all of that later! For now though, I have a free race code to give away!!
Anndddd!!!
Spartan Races has a new Spartan FIT! book being released!!! You are not going to want to miss this!

Sooo are you ready to Spartan up and race hard!!!??


Go now and check out the upcoming events at http://www.spartan.com/en

Now for the fun part.. Comment below and tell me why you want to run the Spartan race! That's it! Then I will Do a drawing on 4/14/16 for the winner of the free race code!!  Entrants will still get something special just for entering!! Do it now and you will be happy you did!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Dessange #Influenster

I received my free Dessange Voxbox from Influenster and tried out the products. I have to say they were nothing special. The scent was very overpowering. I would best describe it as extremely floral perfume. When I used it on my fine hair it made it feel oily while washing and not like it was cleaning it. It did not make it look oily like I expected it to but it didn't do anything good for my hair either. It might work better for those without allergies to floral scents and like oily feeling hair. Not quite my forte.

So my review.. It just isn't worth the hype. #JadoreDessange @DessangeParis @Influenster

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Influester GoVoxBox

This is by far the best voxbox I have received!! All the awesome stuff that was included! I mean wow.. I got a mixer bottle, some protein supplement samples from NEXT, a foot scrubber, bath salts, and other stuff that will be pictured below. I haven't had the chance to try everything yet..but I have tried the Next protein powder and I LOVE IT! The taste is great! Plus it makes me feel full.. always a good sign for a meal replacement. I also love the foot scrubber by profoot...It is so soft and squishy yet rough like a loofah.. pretty cool!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Civilian Vs. Military Friendships.. How long will it last?


I have been a Navy Spouse for almost 10 years now. I have met and said good-bye to many wonderful people and some not so wonderful people. Through every move I have the opportunity to meet new people and for us those moves have equaled 7. I have learned to become an extrovert. I have learned to go out to random get togethers and introduce myself to people I have never even seen before. I now start this the moment I arrive at a new duty station in order to form contacts or friends as soon as I can because I know that in only a few short years we will be on our way to a new place again, taking with us only the memory of those moments that we shared.

As a Military spouse we know full well that we will only have a short time in each others presence but with the wonders of the internet and facebook we can "friend" one another and keep in touch over the years and continue to build our friendships.. or so you would think. I have learned over and over that friendships with Military spouses are hard won. I have found that my military friends are much quicker to delete people from their lives as soon as they feel you don't talk to them often enough. A few weeks go by, a month, 6 months, your life goes on, gets in the way, and one day you find yourself thinking of someone you met at another duty station only to find that when you go to contact them you have been "deleted". Now I personally just send the message anyway and say hey, I was thinking about you .. how are you doing?. Most of the time I do not get a response back so I assume they do not want me contacting them anymore and I let it go.

Now we come to Civilian friends. I have had many civilian friends over then years and never had a single one delete me. Not one. You know what, we hardly ever contact each other either but they seem to understand that whether we are in constant contact or not the friendship doesn't change. We can pick up right where we left off. We know that we all have lives and do not always have a chance to contact each other.. sometimes even for years.

I am of the civilian persuasion. I do not delete people. I do not stop thinking about you or wondering how you are just because we moved, haven't spoken for awhile, or you don't contact me every three weeks. You would think the opposite of these two scenarios would be true and as a mil spouse we would cling tighter to our friendships, but it seems instead we have learned that it is easier to just let go than to bother with keeping people around. We blame others on our ease of release and say "Well they haven't contacted me in 3 weeks, 2 months, 6 months, a year, whatever the time line." Guess what .. it is more than likely that you haven't contacted them either.. but have you thought of them? I am willing to bet you have probably crossed their mind but if you haven't thought of them.. you cannot remember where you even met them.. then by all means press the delete button.. Who wants people around that they literally do not even know. Just remember when it is someone you have spent time with that it is not only their responsibility to contact you. (I know I am very guilty of thinking of people but never contacting them, that is one of the things I am working on.) The phone, internet, email, or fb works both ways, you can be just as active in building your friendship as the other person. Don't expect them to do all the leg work get upset when there is no contact between you.

Now I am fully aware that neither of these scenarios are 100%. There are of course several other Mil Spouses that aren't delete happy and several Civilians that are quick to delete. I am just relaying my own personal experiences with each.

In the end you never really know who is going to stick around and who won't but I have learned that a lot of it is based on how much energy you are willing to put into those relationships. Friendship like marriage requires work. You won't always like each other, you won't always agree, but you can still choose to love them and be their friend. No one is perfect, not everyone will mesh with us and that is ok. We just need to realize that caring for one another takes work and whether you are a mil spouse or civilian we all need those people in our lives that are going to stick around and be there no matter what. If you are my friend, know that I am here for you because I want to be, and I don't care how often you contact me, I will still be here. :)

Do you find this to be true? Which side do you fall on?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Before & After

I don't think I ever posted my pictures after my 20 pound weight loss last year so now I am finally getting around to doing it.. Hey, I'm only a year late! lol.. On March 15th 2012 I decided enough was enough and I was going to start eating right and doing some cardio. (My running adventures never made me lose weight) So I started keeping an eye on what I ate and doing 20-30 minutes of indoor cardio a day. 3 months later on June 15th 2012 I had lost 20 pounds!!! Finally after all these years I am back at my goal weight of 125 and holding steady. Although some days that is a little harder than others but I feel better about myself now than ever. I am happy with the way I look and it feels good to be able to run. I recently did the Fort to Base run and did 11.5 miles in 2.26 hours! My best time ever at a 12:30 minute mile! I am thrilled with how far I have come and although I am not a consistent runner in this cold climate I do still enjoy getting out there sometimes. So without further ado .. Here are my before and after pictures.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Beware of MOTOROLA

Shyrlena: Hi, my name is Shyrlena. How may I help you?
Pamela Hughens: Just wondering when I am going to get my phone back.
Shyrlena: I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience; I’ll do my best to assist you on this, do you have tracking number?
Pamela Hughens: RMA 1090320
Shyrlena: Just give me minute I'll just check it.
Pamela Hughens: It was delivered to the repair facility on the 24th at 10:30a
Shyrlena: If that was the case, most probably you will receive the phone by oct. 8, 2013.
Shyrlena: But let me just check it for a while, Did you receive a notification for tracking number from fed ex.?
Pamela Hughens: There is no shipping number attached to the RMA
Pamela Hughens: Nope, The only notification that i have received says you guys don't have my phone.
Shyrlena: We're sorry to hear that, can you please verify the RMA number that you provide me. Because it is invalid.
Pamela Hughens: 1090320
Pamela Hughens: This was the original one 1032721 .. then when I Had to send it back a second time they attached that one to it.
Shyrlena: ok just give me a few moments as I'm goimg to verify it.
Pamela Hughens: yep
Communication with Shyrlena has been lost. Please wait while attempts are made to restore the connection.
You will be requeued in approximately 120 seconds.
Pamela Hughens: hello
Communication with Shyrlena has been restored.
Pamela Hughens: seriously
Shyrlena: hi I am sorry my tools is experiencing an error.
Pamela Hughens: ok
Shyrlena: As of now, the phone is in the repair center and is not yet ship. We are sorry for the inconvenience because our repair center had transfer a placed so in this case there will be a delay for about 3 days.
Pamela Hughens: I haven't had my phone since the 5th.
Pamela Hughens: of september
Pamela Hughens: hello
Pamela Hughens: are you refusing to answer me?
Shyrlena: The time frame is 7-10 business days. We received the phone last sep.24, you should have it by oct,8. however there is a delay in our side because our repair center office had changed place. So please wait until 11th of October. For further assistance please contact our customer service hotline. 1-800-734-5870.
Pamela Hughens: This is the worst company i have ever had the displeasure of dealing with.
Shyrlena: “I'm sorry you feel like that, I hope to rebuild your faith in Motorola.”
Shyrlena: You are still under the time frame of 7-10 business days. No need to worry, we will make it sure that you will have your phone as soon as possible.
Pamela Hughens: You people make me so angry that it is really hard not to say bad things to you when you tell me that I am under the 7-10 business days!
Pamela Hughens: They have had my phone twice! The first time I sent it in was on Sept. 5th. I got it back on the 20th. Sent it back to you on the same day! You received it on the 24th .. It is now the 7th and I still do not have my phone... That is NOT 7-10 business days in any form of the imagination.
Shyrlena: I fully understand that you are frustrated with this issue. Please be assured that I will look into this matter for you.
Shyrlena: The time frame is 7-10 business days. Please have patience.
Pamela Hughens: I am a military spouse and I will be letting everyone in the military community on each forum that I am a part of that they should never purchase a motorola product.
Pamela Hughens: Please don't say that again as it is no where near true.
Pamela Hughens: I have had patience. It has been 32 days since I Have had my phone!
Pamela Hughens: My patience has now run out.
Shyrlena: I will escalate this issue to our repair escalation team to assist you furthermore. Please don't be mad.
Pamela Hughens: I have already tried escalating this situation several times and your company does not care about its customers. They just tell me that I am wrong as you have done and to suck it up and wait.
Pamela Hughens: This conversation will be posted on my blog.
Shyrlena: I can see there has been some misunderstanding about your issue. I will escalate this issue to our repair escalation team, they have your status, and they knows more regarding this. I sincerely apologize for this.
Shyrlena: Hi. I noticed you have been away from the chat session for 2 minutes. I’ll stay here until the next minute so I can continue to help you with your concern. Feel free to contact us again through our chat support so we can further assist you or you may also call our toll free numbers, please follow this link https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/call. Thank you and have a nice day!
Shyrlena: I hope you found our chat to be helpful. I would request that take a moment to fill out a short survey to tell us how we did after you click 'Disconnect', please remember to click on the 'Close' button within the chat window. The survey should only take about 1 minute to complete. Your responses will help us get better at serving your needs.
Pamela Hughens: It has not been helpful.
Shyrlena: I hope to rebuild your faith in Motorola
Pamela Hughens: I seriously doubt that will occur, but thanks anyway.
Shyrlena: You are welcome.