So I have had some expected changes happen in my life. I say they are expected, but that they happened when i wasn’t expecting them. So basically I am moving (not sure where) and making some really major life changes.
I need to take a little time off. I am sure some of you may have realized something was going on as I wasn’t posting regularly as of late. I do have some things lined up, so I will get those up as soon as the powers that be allow me enough time and energy to do so.
I am not really sure how long the break will be, but I can assure you that i will be back, refreshed and stronger then full force as soon as possible. (before february i suppose)
Thank you readers for your support and thank you to all of my sponsors and PR guys and Gals for understanding. I will have limited email and internet access for a little bit, so please be patient.
Happy 2010 to you all and may it be your best year yet! Full of health, prosperity and joy!
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Sorry I have been so quiet this, I have been “down with disease”….The darned flu! augh, first time I have had it in years!
But Happy Holidays to each and every one of you!
#10. He’s seen you naked, but still respects you.
Honestly, how many people can you say that about? Seriously. Your dog sees you at your worst, pre-shower, pre-makeup, pre-everything that makes you look presentable, and still looks at you like a deity. Or at least, keeps the chuckles to a minimum.
#9. He’s content with being your fallback.
Who is always there for you when you’re date doesn’t show? Who is waiting for you happily after he’s been ignored because of your busy social life? Who else would be thrilled to have you show up even though you’ve done everything in your power to find something else to do? Even when you come home after a horrible break-up, vowing to never love again, your dog is happy to teach you to do just that.
#8. He keeps you from getting a fat butt.
That’s right. If you didn’t have to spend all that time taking your dog for walks, you’d likely be sitting around on your lazy bum. Sure, it seems like a drag when it’s ten degrees outside and your pooch is scratching at the front door, but your 24-hour personal trainer knows what’s best for you. Get moving!
#7. He helps you to think about someone besides yourself.
Ever spent much time with someone who doesn’t like dogs? What do they all have in common? Complete self-absorption. I don’t like dogs because they’re messy. They smell. They take work. They always want attention. I’m too busy. Thanks to your four-legged friend, you’re not like those people. Your dog is a living, breathing reminder that the world is more than just you.
#6. He’s impossibly cute.
Sure, you sometimes take it for granted. Memories of his puppyhood may seem thousands of miles away, and you often find yourself too busy to notice. But then you happen to look down from your whatever “important” thing you’re doing and see those adorable eyes staring up at you, and you just can’t deny it. Your dog has more cute than a thousand Bambi movies.
#5. He takes you places.
How often have you been introduced to a new experience just because of your dog? I’ve met lots of new friends, seen tons of new places and found scads of new activities merely because of my relationship with my dog. There’s nothing like starting a conversation with a complete stranger in a park because your dog is vigorously sniffing said stranger’s privates, is there? (It’s true. How many romantic comedies use that exact same scenario?)
#4. He’s your excuse.
Just as he gives you a reason to get out and see the world, he also can be your excuse to stay in. “I have to rearrange my sock drawer” just doesn’t cut the mustard anymore. If you claim to have an obsessive-compulsive dog at home who will eat through your refrigerator door if you don’t feed him by precisely 7pm, that is strangely more plausible.
#3. He reminds you that there is still good in the world.
It’s easy to forget. People cut you off in traffic. Some creepy guy stares at you non-stop in the subway. Your boss is a jerk. Your cab driver overcharges you. It’s enough to want you to shut the world out and hide on your couch all day. But when you get there, you’re greeted by someone who thinks the world of you, and who only wants to make you happy (oh, and maybe a nibble of whatever it is you’re eating).
#2. He always gets the shaft.
Sure you may have nabbed the milk-bone with the bow on it at the supermarket checkout last year, but is that all that your constant companion is worth? You’ve spent more on a random holiday gift pool at the office than on gifts for your dog, haven’t you? What about a warm dog bed to get him up off the floor? Maybe a new dog collar and leash that doesn’t look like every other one? Some cute dog clothes that (almost) match your dog’s level of cuteness? How about a new dog toy that will remind him (and you) what it’s like to be a kid again? (OK, shameless plugs are now over).
#1. Life is too short. Especially in dog years.
Though he’s in it for the long haul, it always seems too short. If you’ve ever lost a beloved dog to old age, you know that no matter how long you’ve had with him, it seems like you could have done more. More walks. More playing. More doting. When it’s all over, do you think you’ll wish you’d spent more time working and worrying? Not likely.
You know what you need to do? Go home and spend time with your best friend. Thank him for everything. He may not understand every word, but he understands your heart.
Factio Magazine wants Marc Jacob’s Lola for Christmas…she’s light and fresh but don’t let the romantic side fool you, she’s a temptress by heart.
Fashion Pulse Daily will be checking out the holiday festivities, style advice, and makeovers at Topshop this week!
Looking Sharp! suggests using eco-friendly bags instead of wrapping paper this holiday season!
My Beauty Bunny dishes about personal lubricants and other taboo (but cruelty-free) products!
Runway To Retail checks out Actress Blake Lively wearing Dana Rebecca Designs’ Courtney Lauren earrings on Gossip Girl.
Those of you that spend much time around the blog world, either reading RSS feeds, twittering or just plain blog hopping are probably aware of the death of a dear blogger’s son, 2 year old Bryson. Shellie is the mom and owner/writer at Military Mom. And yes just as you read, she is a military mom. She had moved into a new home recently and in an unfortunate accident, he son Bryson apparently drowned in the backyard pool.
I learned about this the night it happened, Monday but I could not bring myself to post about it. I tried. Several times. I have no words to share with Shellie or with you readers. My heart breaks for her and her family. I do know her husband is about to be sent to Iraq (again). I have never been blessed with a child and therefore I have no idea of the love that is formed in that unique bond.
What is truly disheartening to me right now is that Shellie asked for prayers via twitter after the accident happened and had tweeted earlier that day and now it seems a world of tweeters and others on attacking her mothering skills and trying to place blame on her. Even if she wasn’t paying attention, don’t you think she is aware and hurting? Does she need a whole twitterverse after her? Now mind you, I am not saying it was her not paying attention, I don’t know, I was not there. My opinion? Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.
In case you aren’t familiar with the Bible or the saying it is basically saying point a finger and you have three pointing back at ya.
Shellie, my heart pours for you and the rest of your family. It has been wonderful getting to know you on Momdot.com/forums and I hope to get to know you better and to help you heal over this long process.
Readers, if you can please place Shellie and the rest of the Ross family in your prayers I know it would mean the world to me and to her as well. If you have a prayer circle as I do, please share this in your next phone call or email.
And I do think if anything needs questioned, it is why it took emergency personnel 15 minutes to arrive at Shellie’s home.
Don’t forget Athleta for gift giving!
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Writing this post was torture! I want those boots (directly above) soooo badly. I am trying to plan my NYE outfit and that is what I want! And i also saw a feathered skirt on the Today Show, and a cute Sequin Pant too! But alas, I really don’t want to get that fancy!
I love Athleta. I could live off their clothes. and shoes. Go shop, have fun.
As revealed in a Washington Post exposé this morning, PETA was given dozens of never-before-seen photos taken inside Ringling’s Florida training center by a veteran elephant handler that expose the circus’s long-held secret: the violent methods used to train baby elephants.
The heartbreaking photos show baby elephants bound with ropes, slammed to the ground and gouged with bullhooks to learn circus tricks. Will you view these photos and share this story with friends and family and encourage them to never attend a circus that uses animals?
“Ringling’s elephant compound, off-limits to the public, is a torture camp for baby elephants,” says PETA Director Debbie Leahy. “Parents looking for wholesome family entertainment won’t find it at Ringling, where baby elephants are torn from their mothers, repeatedly tied down, gouged with bullhooks, and forced to perform tricks under threat of punishment.”
The following are just some of the abuses documented in the photos:
- Ringling’s general manager using an electric shock prod on a baby elephant
- Baby elephants separated from their mothers by force
- Baby elephants bound with ropes on their legs, trunk, back, and neck as a group of trainers gouge them with bullhooks and slam them to the ground
- Three bullhooks used simultaneously on one baby elephant being forced to learn how to do a headstand
This abusive training goes on for three to four hours a day for up to a year. Since 1998, four of Ringling’s baby elephants have died, including one who broke his hind legs at a training session and another who drowned while trying to escape from a trainer.
Former elephant handler Sam Haddock—who worked at Ringling’s breeding and training center in Polk City off and on between 1997 and 2005—took the photos and described on camera and in a notarized statement how baby elephants scream and struggle during violent training sessions. Haddock, who died in November from a sudden illness, regretted his career toward the end of his life and appealed to PETA to use his evidence to ease his conscience and bring about justice for the elephants.
I am choosing not to post the pictures because I am already an emotional wreck reading this and viewing them. I just can’t bear to right click save, upload, resize etc. forgive me. or thank me. whatever. Just please share this article. Either mine or this one:
For the full story please read here. If you need help growing a heart, go read Dumbo again.
So here are a few ideas to help you keep your year long green missions in check, and not ruin all of the eco-friendly efforts we all do.
- Use LED lights. find these at any home shopping store. HomeDepot, Lowes etc. You will not only save eco-face but save money on your energy bill too! Send old strands of old school incandescent lights to HolidayLeds.com they will take care of recycling!
- Make your own decor. Use pinecones, acorns, sprigs from trees, holly. Anything that is pretty, festive and not destined to be around for the next thousands of years (plastic). String Popcorn and Berries for your tree. It is a great family project. My mom and I always did this while my dad and brother went out for the tree. (my favorite memories)
- Reusable Bags for gifting and shopping. Make your gift a two-fer! Give them a reusable Christmas bag. I got 3 nice, Christmas ones at TJ Maxx yesterday for only $2.99. And make sure you take your own to the stores too. or use Ecoration bags!
- If you feel guilty not wrapping, or want the kiddos to be able to actually unwrap presents (i love this!) make sure you find a recycled christmas wrapping paper. And please recycle all papers! Find at EarthLoven.com and GreenPaperStudio.com.
- Buy and use a real tree! Fake trees are no good. not at all. Petroleum based and in no way recyclable or compostable. Either get a tree with roots and plant it (this is what we did growing up) or take it to be made into wood chips and use those around the yard.
- Buy Eco-friendly gifts. Replace your lotion and candle sets with some of the organic and/or natural ones you have read about on Prissy Green. Buy Soy or Beeswax candles. Find at Dancing Dingo and my store, Prissy Green!
- Skip paper cards. Unless you use a family picture for your cards, consider a phone call or an E-card instead. Try and keep the over 2 billion Christmas cards out of the trash and recycling bins!
- Holiday Dinner? Think of hitting up your local farmers market for a free range turkey. Fresh vegetables and anything else they might have. Cheese, milk etc. Dinner will taste better, be better for you, and you will be doing your part so you will feel better!
- Kill the paper plates and plastic forks. If you just have to have some of those items, try shopping at LetsGoGreen.biz so you are getting the most eco-friendly and compostable varieties. Use code KRG20 to save 20%.
Kontera ads are ads word links(two lines that under them) that is you hover on them a pop up comes up. And if you click on it you make me a few pennies. But they show to all of your readers.
Chango is ad links for search engine traffic. (try searching “Korres Blockbuster” then you will see Prissy Green at the top in Google, then look at that post. You will see the two lines under some words and some will be Kontera links and some will be Chango. I appreciate Chango for realizing I am not trying to spam my loyal readers. And of course I am not trying to spam my search readers (hopefully loyal readers soon) but again, someone has to pay the bills!
I have read a couple articles and Chango seems to be the new big deal and makes a better profit (if you have search engine visability)
So sign up under me! I would appreciate it! Ola- Chango!
If you don’t have much search engine visability, Kontera is probably still a safe bet, but if you do get search engine traffic you might want to try it out!
Chango is similar to Chitika (which is fantastic). Chitika ads are boxes below or after your posts that only display to search engine traffic.
If you would like to sign up to Kontera, you need an invite, please email me at karissag at gmail dot com and I will send you an invite!
Factio Magazine talks to media insiders from The Bachelorette’s Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski to CelebTV’s Kelli Zink on how to stay fit during party season.
Fashion Pulse Daily is giving two lucky readers the chance to win the handbag of their choice from Handbag Heaven!
My Beauty Bunny is giving away a free Orglamix mineral eyeshadow every day until 12/15!
Runway To Retail checks out Tavi, the 13-year-old blogger from Style Rookie, who has hit the fashion jackpot. See her take on Rodarte for Target!
Tropical Traditions- Charlene
Bella Floria- Aimee
Natural Grace- Theresa D.
Allergy Luxe- Julie
Dean’s Dip- Sarah,Cathy, Shelly
Late July- Arla
Face Facts- Rose, Alice, Sandra