Five on Friday: Things I received in my #GoVoxBox



Received my first VoxBox from Influenster! Couldn’t have come at a better time, nor could it have been a better topic: being on the Go! Here are some of the complementary goodies I got in my #GoVoxBox for testing purposes.


VoxBox11. From Aqua Spa, I received Body Creme in Lavender + Chamomile scent.

This stuff is absolutely AWESOME. First, I love the combination of lavender and chamomile. SO relaxing. I used to have a linen spray in that combination that I had to use very sparingly, because it would knock me out and I’d sleep through my alarm! I haven’t had that in awhile, and it was such a treat to find this body creme in my box. An extra bonus is that its not greasy at all. It’s nice a thick and does the job wonderfully! Makes me smell great, relaxes me and makes my skin super happy again.


@AquaSpaBath / #RelaxwithAquaSpa



VoxBox22. Vitamin Shoppe Next Step Fit N Full Protein Shake, including the shaker cup!

True story here. This last Monday, I had to get up and head straight out of the house to pick up my husband from the bus. I got up, got dressed, put in my contact lenses and then… my tummy growled. I grabbed my new shaker cup and the chocolate Fit N Full Protein Shake. I read the directions, put everything in the cup and proceeded to shake it all up as I grabbed my purse and keys and headed out to the truck. I had no idea what to expect and was VERY pleasantly surprised by how yummy it was!! Great little meal replacement and it kept me going while I helped off-load the trailer, and then didn’t get lunch for another two hours. I was doing great! I’m a big fan already… can’t wait to try the vanilla and berries flavors!

@VitaminShoppe / #NextStep


VoxBox33. Blue Diamond Blueberry Flavored Almonds.

So I haven’t tried these yet. Saving them to take to work on Saturday night. But I know almonds are an excellent snack item, and I love Blueberries. So this should be win-win!

At the bar, I often end up having to go grab a bad of chips when I get hungry. Something fast that I can sneak in between orders. Sometimes I try to remember to bring some granola or trail mix… anything to keep me from greasy chips and candy bars.

Hopefully this freebie will help me acknowledge another option to snack on during a busy night behind the bar.

@BlueDiamond/ #GetYourGoodGoing



VoxBox44. A two-fer here since they are both from Profoot Care. Now this… this is something that arrived at the PERFECT time.

The next two weeks I’m going to be on my feet a lot. Filling in for co-workers, and then CMA Fest means I’m going to be working 12 of the next 17 days. 8-5ers are rolling their eyes at me… but that’s 8+ hours on my feet non-stop all those days. By the end of this run, my feet will be royally pissed off at me. The Profoot Triad Orthodic should help curb that a lot, and the Profoot Pedi Rock will help soothe things after the fact. I’m quite excited about these!

@Profoot_Inc / #GoProFoot


VoxBox55. Muller Quaker sent a voucher for a free Mueller Yogurt Product.

I’m super excited about this on as I’m going to need more breakfast and snack options coming up. I’m going to do some serious healthy eating coming up so I keep feeling good through it all!

@MullerQuaker / #MullerQuaker

5.2. Playtex Sport and Gentle Glide sent me a box of Playtex Sport Fresh Balance.

Definitely will be handy to have these when all the fun happens to land during “that time of the month.” Especially as I eye some potential lake days coming up. Can’t let anything hold me back from the fun!

@Playtex_Sport / #PlayOn


Why I blog

295: KeyboardI blog because…

… I love to write. I have often said I would love to write a book someday. I even had my heart set on writing the definitive book on the history of Printer’s Alley. (I still might do it.) But I also have a somewhat short attention span. I think that’s partly why I’ve grown to love photography. Instant gratification. Blogging is that for me as well. I can pour my heart into a subject and share it with he masses immediately with the click of the word “Publish.”

… I have something to say. I have all these words, stories and opinions in my head. And I want to share them. Whether anyone cares or not I don’t know. I’d like to say whether anyone cares doesn’t really matter to me, but deep, deep down it does. I hope what I say matters to someone. Anyone.

… I want to reach people. I’m finding I have a true passion for helping others. (This will be a post all it’s own someday.) And maybe, just maybe, through my blog I can make a difference to someone. Make them see something differently. Give them the courage to do so something they otherwise wouldn’t. Or maybe even just make them smile.

… There is money to be made writing. I do not write this blog for the money per se, but it is nice to make a little extra money here and there. Buys me a few cups of coffee, which makes me happy.

… To keep in touch with friends and family. My blog is not just about one topic. It’s not reviews only, nor photos only. It’s not about travel, booze nor fashion. It is life in general. And it helps me tell my tales and thoughts to family and friends all at once and hopefully keep in touch a little bit that way. Especially since I live 800+ miles from most of them.

… Because it makes me happy.

[BookLook] — Clout

Clout by Jenni CatronI have read several “self-help” books over the last several years. Each one, I took a lesson or two from, but none of those can stand up to Clout: Discover and Unleash your God-Given Influence by Jenni Catron.

This book reached out and grabbed me in a way few books have in the past.  I found myself time and time again literally taking pictures of excerpts with my phone to keep at my fingertips. Some of them I shared on social media for others to read and hopefully find inspiration from in their own lives. It is, in my opinion, the perfect book for any leader or leader-at-heart to read and use to help them grow.

Catron skillfull winds life experiences, bible versus and core life truths in a way that pulls you in, then sits you back to think and contemplate. This book challenges the reader to think and soul search, all while keeping it laid back and easy to read. You’ll find yourself savoring every page.

This is NOT a book to read through quickly. I personally would read a chapter and then let it digest before moving on to the next one. Read every page let it lead you to fully discovering and nurturing your own path to leadership — your own natural and God-given clout.

I couldn’t have read this book at a better time. I have felt for awhile now that I’m right on the edge of discovering where I am meant to be in a stronger and more solid way than I ever have in my life. Reading this book now has helped set me up for success in whatever endeavor I choose to pursue — both professionally and personally. 2014-05-19 18.22.57 This is, in my opinion, the perfect “self-help book.” I highly, highly recommend reading it to anyone looking to set themselves up for the ultimate success.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

The wife of a touring musician tells it like she sees it…