Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Win a full year of VIP FabFitFun subscription boxes AND a $500 LuLu's Giftcard!

Here's a great giveaway I found You can win a $500 LuLu's giftcard AND a year VIP subscription to FabFitFun!



Prizes: A $500 Lulu's giftcard plus a 1 year VIP subscription to FabFitFun Ends 8/08/14 at 11:59pm EST. Good luck!

Click the image or you can Click here to enter!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Date night with the Soudani's

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So, that's what a date night looks like right now for my husband and I. I miss this man more than you could possibly imagine. Until I met Majed I never really fully appreciated when people would say that someone completes them. It's hard to understand if you've never had that feeling. Before meeting him I never even knew I was "incomplete" After being apart from each other for almost 9 months now I can say with certainty that I don't feel whole.

The stress of being away from each other is always present. When we talk we usually have at least one small argument over something silly. We're lucky for the fact that we recognize what the real problem is, we miss each other. So, our fights never last long. We also sort of have an unspoken rule that we never leave an issue unresolved and once it it resolved that's the end of it. I don't think that you can have a successful long distance relationship let a lone a long distance marriage without amazing communication.

We do our best to stay in contact. We text every day and have a standing "date" on Fridays and Saturdays. The time difference makes it hard for us to talk to each other "face to face" more often but we do our best. Calling each other is expensive but my husband will also call me throughout the week even if it's only for a minute.

Inshallah (God Willing) , the rest of this time will go fast and easy. We are going through the immigration process and it's so expensive and so time consuming and in general stressful. I pray that we have strength and patience and that we are shown mercy and will be together soon.

Have you or are you now currently in a long distance relationship? What are your tips to keep the relationship strong while you are apart? I would love to hear your stories and personal experiences.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Win a Michael Kors Tote AND More!

Wantable has a new give away going on You can win a brand new Michael Kors Tote and more!



Prizes: 1 Michael Kors Tote, Wantable & Ettika Accessories Ends 7/23/14 at 12 CST. Good luck!

I've ALWAYS wanted to own a Kate Spade handbag, How about you? Click the image or you can Click here to enter!

Monday, July 07, 2014

Club W Wine Wins Giveaway!

Wantable has a new give away going on the Club W Wine Wins Giveaway!



RAISE YOUR GLASS AND CHEERS! You could win in a complete wine prize package including:

1 Club W Wino Starter Kit Wine Enthusiast 18 Bottle Slimline Wine Refrigerator Vivid Wine Decanter & Aerating Funnel Set 12 Bottle X-Cube Wood Wine Rack Rabbit Corkscrew 6 Piece Wine Kit Kate Spade Larabee Dot Stemless Wine Glasses Kate Spade Wine Tag Set

Contest ends 7/14 at 12 CST. Official rules in Privacy Policy. Open to US only, must be 21+ to enter. Good luck! Click here or on the picture to enter!

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Herbal Essence Naked Review

I am a member of Influenster. Rescently they sent me some awesome new Herbal Essence Naked Moisture products to try.

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The Naked Moisture line from Herbal Essence does not have heavy residues, parabens, and dyes. The moisture shampoo and conditioner restore your hairs natural moisture. It will leave your hair soft and smooth thanks to the natural mint extracts. The new products have a great smell of mint and notes of citrus and herbs.


I was sent all 3 products in the line to try. The shampoo, the conditioner, and the dry shampoo. Here's my take.

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Herbal Essences Naked Moisture Shampoo

Like all Herbal Essence products I have tried in the past the smell is absolutely amazing! The shampoo is paraben and sulfate free which is a big plus for me. I really like products that are natural and don't use harmful or damaging ingredients.This shampoo is lightweight and gently cleans your hair. It doesn't leave your hair feeling overly dry and tangled.

Herbal Essences Naked Moisture Conditioner

The conditioner is also paraben and sulfate free. It smells amazing. I felt that the texture of it was a little thin for a conditioner but it left my hair soft, moisturized and free of knots.

Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo

Of the three products I was sent to try this was my favorite! I love dry shampoo because it allows me to go an extra day or two with out having to wash my hair. It's also great for a hair fix if you were out running errands (for me in the Florida heat and humidity) and your hair becomes oily. The Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo does not leave a residue it and it brings your hair back to life while making it smell amazing and you can't beat the price!

Try these products! You'll like them and save money. They work just as well and have a nicer smell than some of the more expensive brands I've used.

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I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July. Stay tuned for my review of some Herbal Essence products I received via influenster.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Snubbed

I interact with and follow a lot of brands and even more bloggers because of my interest in giveaways and sweepstakes but also because in some cases I am truly a fan of the various blogs and brands and just want to show my support. It surprises me how much of this communication only goes one way. More often than not I do not get a reply or any type of acknowledgement from the brands or bloggers that I follow. I have to admit this bothers me.

I understand that people are busy. I get it. I happen to be very busy as well. So, as a busy individual it’s kind of a big deal if I am using my time to tell you how awesome you are or how great your products may be. I’m also human. So when my compliments or questions go unnoticed or are blatantly ignored it hurts my feelings and I have to admit .. your lack of acknowledgement makes me think that you as a blogger or a brand are not as nice, friendly, or awesome as I had originally thought .

I know I am just one person in a world filled with billions but it makes me wonder how you treat other individuals. I think that if you ignored those people as you ignored me and if only a fraction of them felt as I do about it you’re losing the confidence of a pretty good percentage of the people that do business with you or take the time from their busy days to read your blogs.

I read something the other day that noted common courtesy is not so common any more. Maybe it’s time for it to make a come back?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Win OFRA Cosmetics & a CHI hair styling set!

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THE ULTIMATE PROFESSIONAL GIVEAWAY Win OFRA Cosmetics & a CHI hair styling set!

Winner will receive: OFRA Cosmetics Professional Eyeshadow Palette & makeup extras, CHI Touch Screen Hair Dryer, G2 Ceramic/Titanium Hair Styling Iron, & Ultra Orbit 3 in 1 Tourmaline Ceramic Curler. Official rules in Privacy Policy. Contest ends 7/4/14 at 12 CST. Good luck! To enter simply click the picture above or you can simply CLICK HERE

Thursday, June 26, 2014

I like to win

I have a hobby.. OK, so maybe it borderlines on an obsession. I love to enter contests, giveaways, and sweepstakes. I enter them every day and I've won some pretty awesome things. My most recent win was a $100 Amazon gift card but I have also won a Keurig, makeup, cash, books, and multiple other gift cards including Amazon, Target, and Walmart.

I love the thrill of winning and scoring big but I also do it because the extra cash and prizes really come in handy. I use my winnings for things I need around the house, paying bills, and treating myself to some of the more expensive things I love (like a new Coach handbag) but would not normally purchase because of the price.

On average I win at least one contest or sweepstakes that I enter a week. Of course there are some weeks where I win nothing at all and other weeks where I win more than once. I think the key to entering contests and winning is patience and persistence. Chances are you will not win anything right away but don’t get discouraged. Keep entering and you WILL win.

A website that I often use to find new contest to enter is ContestChest. What I like about ContestChest is it helps you keep track of contests that you entered via their site and it also allows you to set filters for the specific types of prizes and entry methods that you prefer. Oh yeah, it’s also free to use. You can’t beat that. Another great perk is they have their own contests that they run weekly and monthly. There is a monthly referral contests and also a monthly contest for members that have added contests they found online. The weekly contest is a newsletter contest. Their newsletter contests are easy to enter.. Just find the code listed in your daily newsletter and enter the code on the website and that’s it.. you’re entered to win for the week.

Do you like to enter sweepstakes? Do you have a favorite website or blog you use to locate new contest to enter? If so feel free to leave me a comment and let me know.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Knock Knock

Hello readers. Wow, it’s been such a long time since I have updated my blog! Life has been crazy and so full of surprises. Let’s see if I can catch you up a little bit. About two years ago I moved back to Florida with my mother and daughter so that we could be closer to family. My mother has advanced COPD and is on oxygen 24/7. When she gets sick.. she gets very sick. It was time to admit to myself that I needed some help in caring for her. Being in Florida has been a big change. Granted, I grew up here but I lived in NC for almost 10 years. It was a big adjustment for all of us.

Not long after moving here I began talking to a man I had met on a website. I thought he was pretty amazing and quickly found myself in love with him. Lucky for me he felt the same way. Internet romances are hardly a new thing. So many people meet their matches online these days but in typical Melanie fashion my situation was a tad more unique. The man I met was from Tunisia (a country in northern Africa). I met him on February 09 2013, by April we both knew that we wanted to be married. So, I bought a plane ticket for late August and we began to plan our wedding for September 02 2013. As planned we got married and I spent two months in Tunisia with Majed (that’s my husband) and his family. It was such a nice time. Our wedding was nicer than I could have imagined and Tunisia is a beautiful country with some of the nicest people I have ever met.

The next part of the story is hard for me to talk about and I don’t feel ready to share all of the details. So, to make a long story short, I came back from Tunisia in early November. I came back with no home, no car, no job, and very little money. My family was upset with me. I was homeless for a few months and became really depressed and suicidal. I hit rock bottom. My family finally came around in January and I came back home. Since then I have found a great job, bought a car and have been saving up for my own apartment and working on immigration for my husband. My daughter is currently staying with her father but we talk as often as we can. I miss her terribly.

In the past year + there have been ups and downs. I am glad that even with the bad things I have been shown mercy and the calm after the storm. I know that things will only continue to get better. I have faith and hope and those things keep me going.