March 28, 2010

"Me Time" Cognitive Meditation & Imagery Therapy CD review & giveaway


Suzanne Jessee earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. She was trained and certified by renowned instructor, Dr. Anna Spencer, from the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association. Suzanne has been teaching stress management techniques and meditation therapies at hospitals and residential treatment facilities in Michigan for several years.

Suzanne is intimately familiar with the pains of depression, panic disorder and addiction. As a commitment to her own recovery - and quest for abundant living - her life's mission has since been dedicated to the study and recovery of mental illness and addiction disorders.

Stemming from her experiential and educational journey into recovery, Suzanne has developed a comprehensive, effective and enjoyable library, using her multi-disciplinary therapeutic programs.

"Me Time: Positive Day - Peaceful Night" is her latest CD in "audio cognitive meditatition therapy". The CD consists of three programs, Day, Night, and what I call Anytime. Day and Night are approximately 15 minutes in length and Anytime is approximately 30 minutes. These are just the right lengths to get the fullest benefit from the program.

The Morning Time Cognitive Meditation and Imagery session is designed to help you start your day with a positive attitude about yourself and your life. It will lift your mind, body and spirit to greet your day with energy and optimism.

The Night Time Cognitive Meditation and Imagery session will guide you step by step into a physical and mental deeply relaxed state of being. Night Time will help you to awaken feeling more rested than ever before and with more energy to meet the opportunities of your day.

The Anytime session is a blend of beautiful sounds to help control stress or anxiety any time you need it. Angelic music and peaceful running water help set a relaxing mood that could be beneficial in a multitude of ways, from a bad day at the office to fitful children to anxiety over an upcoming test or job interview.

I have long been a proponent of imagery therapy and believe that the mind is the link to the body and spirit. Listening to this CD without any preconceptions or unnecessary scepticism is the best way to get the full benefit. You don't have to be a "believer" - you just have to be open to whatever results you get.

I don't have a CD player that I can easily put in my bedroom to try this CD, but I do have an iPod Shuffle and I was able to record the Day and Night programs onto it and listen as I fell asleep and awoke in the morning.

The nighttime session I found to be very helpful when the thoughts and worries of the day just wouldn't leave me alone. After a few minutes, I was able to relax and eventually drift into a peaceful sleep.

The morning session was also very gentle and set the tone for dealing with the pressures of the day. Personally, I found that the morning session didn't do enough to energize me to get out of bed. It too was very restful. Maybe it's just Suzanne's gentle tone of voice, not strident, not demanding, merely suggestive. But I think I need a little more to get me going for the day, since I tend to feel like a slug in the mornings and it's very hard for me to crawl out of bed. Her morning session just made me want to stay there. :)

But to be honest, I've only tried this a few times. It might work better for me after several more listenings. What can it hurt?

All I'm saying is that your results may vary from mine. If you awaken feeling anxious already about whatever you have to do that day, then this might help you a lot. For me, I need something more energizing. I'm seriously thinking of getting one of those "sunshine" lamps that gradually lightens your bedroom, because with my dark paneling and one window, my bedroom is like a cave. I need sunshine and birds chirping to get me out of bed.

But again, that's just me. I did feel that the night session worked quite well for relaxation. So if you suffer from insomnia or nighttime sleep disorder, this might very well help you. And I like the Anytime session just to calm myself whenever I need it.

CAUTION: Do not listen to these audio sessions while operating a vehicle. Use common sense.

Suzanne Jessee and SSA Public Relations will be giving away a CD copy of Me Time: Positive Day - Peaceful Night to one lucky Shady Lady blog reader! Thanks Suzanne and Elliott!

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Giveaway closes midnight CST Sunday April 4, 2010. Giveaway open to US residents only. Winner will be chosen by and notified by email. Winner has 72 hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen. I will provide winner's email address, mailing address and phone number to SSA Public Relations, who are responsible for prize fulfillment.

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of Me Time: Positive Day - Peaceful Night gratis from SSA Public Relations in exchange for providing this unbiased review of the product. No other monetary consideration was involved, and my review was not influenced in any way.

March 27, 2010

Ultimate Blog Party '10

I've been eagerly awaiting this year's Ultimate Blog Party ever since having so much fun at last year's! You don't want to miss out on the fun of discovering great new blogs as well as the chance to win some fabulous prizes! Details here.

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

Win Hot Tamale pieces from Jen and CSN

Jen at 11th Heaven's Homemaking Haven, life in mexico {and other places} a picture a day, 365 Days of TV-Free Toddler Time, and Mega-Family Blogs is giving away nearly $100 worth of Hot Tamale Dinner Ware...

This, to be exact...

...and this...

To enter, go HERE!

March 26, 2010

Once Opened...cosmetics begin to age

I don't know about you, but I love variety in all things. Including makeup. I cannot resist a great new lip gloss color or eye shadow. But many times I'm attracted to a shade for a particular reason or purpose, like a holiday party for example.

So that means that the makeup I bought and opened, and maybe used only once or twice, many times ends up in my cosmetic case forgotten...until the next holiday or special occasion rolls around and I'm looking for a "new" look again.

It also means that many months, even years, could have passed after opening that cosmetic. Is it still safe to use?

Common sense tells you that any makeup that requires direct contact with your skin picks up bacteria and germs, no matter how "clean" you think you are. Mascara is the biggest culprit. Think about it. Swiping your lashes several times, then sticking the wand back in the base and tossing it in your makeup case until you need it again...which could be any length of time, actually.

Or eye shadow. How many of you dispose of and replace your eye shadow applicators on a regular basis? And don't even think about the times no water was available so you used saliva to moisten that eye shadow to get the dramatic color you want. Germs! Everywhere!

It's easy to forget how long that makeup has been in your bag. It embarrasses me to admit that there are several items in my makeup bag that have been there for years.


Are they still safe? Most, they are not.

But I can't just throw away perfectly good cosmetics. That's like throwing money down the drain! Yet I want to know if that mascara is over 3 months old, because if it is, I definitely need to toss it. I wear contact lenses too, so it is especially important to be extra careful with eye makeup. But unless I keep my receipts, it's impossible to remember exactly when I purchased an item. What's a girl to do?

Once Opened has solved this problem for us. Their Beauty Expiration Kit contains 24 self-laminating labels, a permanent marker, and a Guide to Beauty Products and Their Life Expectancy. Now it's easy to know when a product was opened because you just stick a little label on it, use the marker to record the date, place a piece of laminate on top to seal it, and voila, you will always know how old that product is.

I received a Once Opened kit to review, and I was instantly impressed with the professionalism of the company and product. 24 labels may not sound like many, but when you start putting them on your new cosmetic purchases they go a long way. (I wouldn't recommend trying to back-track to label old cosmetics unless you know without doubt when a product was purchased and first opened.) So I can see this little kit lasting for a year or longer.

It's a great idea, and I'm glad someone thought of it! Once Opened has a website with lots of great information about the risk of infection and the importance of labeling and dating your cosmetics. The Once Opened kit sells for $9.95, and they have volume pricing as well. Personally, I think $9.95 is a little overpriced, but they do offer free shipping right now. But $9.95 is the perfect price for your favorite teen or fashionista for a gift they can actually use.

And doesn't everyone have an Aunt Hazel who still thinks she's a bit of a vamp and wears waaaay too much makeup for her age? Not that there's anything wrong with that. Live and let live, I say. But some of her cosmetics might be many, many years old by now. And that's just no longer safe. Once Opened would be a thoughtful gift for the Aunt Hazels of the world too.

Head over to Once Opened and read the FAQ and the information available there. And tell them Shady Lady sent you. :)

(I received a product gratis for review but my opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way. No monetary consideration was received in exchange for this post.)

March 24, 2010

Lands' End - win a trip to Harbor Island, Bahamas!

Time to think about summer! And Lands' End should be first on your list for summer gear. Head over to Lands' End to enter to win a trip to Harbor Island, Bahamas, as well as prizes like tote bags and other cool summer gear. You can also find fun games and quizzes.

But wait, there's more! Join the Twitter party for this promotion!

Lands' End Harbour Island Twitter Event
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. CST
Location: #landsend

Join the fun and follow:
@LEprMichele, @LEprMolly, @LEprLibby, @VisitTheBahamas,
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Get in on the Twitter fun and you might win a prize!

March 13, 2010

Updates soon....

I apologize, I'm so behind on updates and it's inexcusable. But I do have an excuse. :) I had a dental emergency that ended up putting me in the hospital for a couple of days due to some MAJOR infection. I've been on antibiotics and had dental surgery. NOT FUN.

So needless to say I'm behind on posting. I've got some reviews to put up coming soon! So stay tuned. I haven't gone away... just been "out of commission" for a bit, but I'm better now!

Reviews coming very soon -

eShakti - a lovely top I received to review

Once Opened - a unique way to keep a check on the age of your opened cosmetics

Me Time - a CD of "audio cognitive meditation therapy" to help with insomnia and to awaken refreshed

... and more to come!