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Cuppow: This Thing is Awesome. Oh, and I now have a Smart Phone.

My Cuppow At Work Action Shot

I cannot for the life of me remember where I came across Cuppow.  I know once I found it I posted it all over my personal Facebook page because really, how ingenious!  My friends saw my posts and commented how cool it looked, but no one had purchased one yet.

I so planned on buying one, but you, dear readers, know things come up.  I wanted it, but I had more pressing things to worry about, like taxes, getting the oil changed in my car, putting gas in my car, the dryer ate my last bra, those things.  So the Cuppow was put on my list of “wants” and I figured I would drool over the pictures until I was able to get one.

Then a friend of mine sent a message to me over Facebook saying he ordered presents and they should be here in about a week.  I scratched my head at that, thinking what on earth, he must have meant someone else.  So I never replied.  He never followed up, so I forgot about it.  Until I got a text on my phone asking if I was home, presents had come in the mail, could he come over?  Um, sure, I texted back, and not a minute later he was at my front door with a Cuppow.

I think his back is still bothering him from when I threw my arms around him.  Ooops.

I mean, how sweet and amazing for him to get me one, right?  The only thing, we are both totally lame, because neither of us had a wide-mouth Mason jar to use it with!  A day later we had that solved, but really?  No wide mouth jars?  He had none, and I had a ton of narrow mouth jars.  I found a box of wide mouth lids with bands, but no jars.  Yeah, all I can do is shake my head.

So!  Cuppow!  These things are super, super cool.  This hard, BPA free plastic lids turn your Mason jar into a leak-proof drinking vessel.  The Cuppow sits right on top of your wide mouth jar, you screw the band on and there you go, the coolest coffee cup ever.   Canning jars are the best really, because they are clean, they don’t stain, absorb flavors, you can wash them, boil them, whatever.  You can have a cup of coffee, then rinse it out and have a cup of tea without any residual flavors from the coffee.  There’s no BPA or chemical worries with a canning jar.

In the summer time I use a quart jar for iced tea at work, with tons of ice, a straw, lemon and fresh mint. A quart jar is big enough to last between breaks, and if I need to I can slap the lid and band back on it.  They really are handy, and the Cuppow makes them handier.

(Shameless Starbucks Plug:  The pint jars are perfect for Via.  Just sayin’)

The only downside is the glass gets hot if you’re drinking hot beverages, but a quick Etsy search will come up with plenty of options for cozies for your jars. With or without handles.  Oh, and for those of you, like me, who have tons of narrow mouthed jars, I was informed the Cuppow people are going to come out with narrow-mouthed lids before the summer.  NICE!

On another topic, we finally got our phones upgraded, so I now have a Smart Phone.  A Samsung Exhibit II4G for Android.  I have been totally geeking out ever since I got the silly thing.  WordPress has an app, so of course I downloaded it, as well as some other cool writing apps.  Even Etsy for Android is just amazing.  I use Dolphin as a browser and don’t worry, the geek simply wipes off.  🙂

 

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Owens Acres has a Facebook Page, and how’s your January?

Bitter orange foliage, blossoms and fruit

Neroli Blossoms and Fruit Image via Wikipedia

YES!  Owens Acres now has a Facebook page.  Head on over and check it out.

How is the winter season treating everyone?  The Solstice has come and gone, so the days are slowly becoming longer, the holidays are over, life has gone back to some sort of  “normal”, and I couldn’t help but do the “air quotes” after I typed that.

January can be a bit of a let down for some after the hustle and bustle of December, for some it can be a relief.  The holidays were something to look forward to, be it wanting them to get here or wanting the madness to end, and there isn’t that festive level of hope going on in January.  A lot of us are dealing with dreary weather, dark days, cold, colds in general.  Spring is still a quite a ways off and other than that hope of Spring, there’s nothing going on.  Well, other than coping with the aches and pains of the cold weather, I personally deal with bone spurs in my neck and sore hands.  Oh, and year round hayfever.  These days it seems like my eyes will not stop watering.

Oh, the thrill of tax season.  How could I forget that?  *rolls eyes*

I have, so far, stayed well.  Vitamin C every night, plenty of tea with hibiscus in it, rest, hand-washing…I’ve not caught the Kennel Cough that goes around work every winter.  I am keeping myself sane with the wonderful scent of Neroli, which I just discovered a few weeks ago.  Its sweet and cheery smelling, and that’s been keeping the spirits uplifted.  I have indulged in Owens Acres Neroli Goddess Butter, Neroli and Myrrh Solid Perfume, and other citrus scented products.  The brighter the essential oil the happier I am.  I went over t Etsy, put Neroli into the search engine and came up with 454 items, if you’re curious.

Bottom line:  take care of yourself.  There’s only one of you, and you’re worth it.

The proximity of a desirable thing tempts one to overindulgence. On that path lies danger.    -Frank Herbert

 

 

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Product Giveaways. My Opinion.

cup of coffee

Image via Wikipedia

This is a topic myself and Natural Beauty Vixen discussed at our latest visit with one another, although meetings of the minds is more like it.  I like to think we’re out to change the world, but then again I have always had an ego about myself.  🙂 Oh, and these reflections are my own based on our conversation.  She has nothing to do with it  🙂

Anyway, we’ve been around the internet and follow other blogs and the like, and one thing I have notice, among many things, are product giveaways, especially to gather more members to a blog or community or the like.  I have seen for myself a promise of a wonderful product giveaway, seen the traffic such a thing has generated, and see all those folks who signed up vanish once the giveaway is over.

Don’t get me wrong, I love free stuff.  Who doesn’t?  There’s nothing wrong with giveaways, I think it is a very kind and generous thing to do, but I do not think its a good idea for generating hits on a website, Facebook, or whatever social media you can think of.  All its doing is generating short term traffic and how many of these winners actually stick around and participate on the blog/in the community, and isn’t that the goal we are striving for?

Granted, I get a bit huffy when I come across giveaways and they are for new sign ups only.  I think to myself hey, I am here, every day, contributing and reposting on Facebook and Twitter and I can’t enter?  Shallow, for sure.  I don’t disagree with that at all, I can be as shallow as a puddle of water at times, but how about we folks who stick around and play in the sandbox on a regular basis?

As well, I like to think folks come to my blog and visit my Facebook page because I have something interesting to say which touches some part of them.  I don’t want traffic based on what I am handing out, I want traffic because of my words, my ideas, my ramblings, me.  Egotistical?  Could be.  Fantasy world?  I won’t tell you about the unicorn beneath my desk.  He kicks and has bad gas.

It breaks my heart to see communities and bloggers sell themselves short like this, and to see their disappointment when all these folks who subscribed for the giveaway vanish once its over.  I believe content is the key to serious readers and subscribers.  Yes, I offer a discount code over at Owens Acres, but I am not giving anything away and my readers make their own decision to go visit that site or not.  As well, you don’t have to subscribe to get the discount code.  Its simply there if anyone chooses to use it.   Owens Acres is very generous that way.

In the same vein, my Facebook account is linked to this blog.  I have a personal FB account, and before I got everything figured out and was able to separate my blog postings to its own FB page, my “friends” were reading everything, from my blog to my sometimes unholy discussions with my coworkers.  My Holistic Chick FB page is growing…slowly, and yes I do a fist pump when I see someone else “liked” my page, but I can’t belittle myself and my readers by bribing them for “likes” with a product giveaway.

Maybe I am too old fashioned.  Maybe thinking the written word is going to make a difference isn’t forward thinking in this day and age, that educating the masses is only saved for video and handouts.  I created this blog because I was very serious in my intentions of living better and healthier, and I believe my words have depth and meaning, and I am going to stick with that.

Now, about this stinky unicorn beneath my desk…

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Technical Stuff..now I am Linked!

A photo of a cup of coffee.

AAAAAHHHHHHHH!

Ever have way too much going on?  Well, that’s been me.  Ever jump into something before really thinking it out?  Me again.

So!  I now have my collective act together when it comes to this blog.  I have had several issues and I think I have fixed them all.  I can now see notifications, and this blog is now linked to Twitter @theholistichick as well as The Holistic Chick over on Facebook.  As well, all notifications from this blog are going to an email account I actually use, so now I can see comments and requests from my email.

I know I was frustrated with not having every thing linked together, and I simply blamed it on user error.  I just wasn’t smart enough to figure it all out, so if I upset anyone because I did not reply, my most heartfelt apologies for giving the perception I was ignoring anyone.  I wasn’t, I was in over my head with thinking I could blog and be cool and be done.

Not so much. Its a lot more work than I thought.

 

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