Saturday, February 28, 2015

Lucky March Giveaway Hop: NECKLACE, PURSE and PHOTO FRAME

Welcome to the Lucky March giveaway blog hop, hosted by LeahSays Views and Planet Weidknecht.
   This is an open-themed giveaway and each blog participating has a prize worth at least $25! Here at Experience A Life, I am giving away three prizes to one lucky winner! The first two are donated by HorsePlay Products - a $29 fashionable, recycled Easy Peezy Purse (with the floral and dragonfly print, it's perfect for a spring look) and a recycled photo frame with mother of pearl accents valued at $20.
   The other item is donated by Dress Star. It is a Red Glowing Heart Necklace, valued at $24.99. If you are looking for a piece of jewelry that is an eye-catcher, look no further! There is no way to miss this!
   I will be writing reviews on both stores in the next couple of days.
   For now, please enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter form below. The winner will be chosen via and contact via email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before someone else is chosen.
   After you enter my giveaway, make sure you enter all of the others in the blog hop!
   Experience A Life is not responsible for prize fulfillment and no compensation was given for this giveaway.  

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

What To Do In Snow

Snow is in abundance across the country. Right now, the National Weather Service is calling for snow in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Yesterday, we had some snow fall here in Minnesota. And the past couple months, blizzards have dominated the news. So, what do you do when you feel trapped by snow?
   Growing up in South Dakota (i.e. the Emperor of Blizzards), I have plenty of ways for you to fight the cabin fever that can strike.

1) Do you wanna build a snowman? Lets start with the obvious now that the Frozen song is running through your
head. It's easy, it's fun and a chance for you to indulge in your creativity. And it's something that you can do with the whole family! But, beware if you have a child with Calvin's creativity. It's humorous, but have him or her build in an area that is not easily visible to the neighbors.

2) Slip 'n' slide. Find a big patch of thick ice.  Get a pair of knee pads (Atta, boy). Run and slide and see how far you can go. Great fun with friends and a couple of beers. Make sure you find the ice prior to consuming alcohol and then stop before you get too drunk.

3) Build a fort. This is perfect when you have huge snow drifts! I used to just dig tunnels and holes into a drift and that would be my fort. Granted, it wasn't very creative, but it sure seemed cozy when I was 7.

4) Bake up a storm. Those cookies or bars you wanted to try? Go for it! That cake you've been craving? Why not? The pie your husband has been begging you for? Yes! This is an excellent activity if your home is a little too cold. The oven will help heat it up.

5) Steal the flag. . . with snowballs. Divide into teams and steal the other team's flag. Make sure you have plenty of snowballs as ammo.

6) Polar plunge. But without the water. Throw on a swimsuit, run outside and roll around in the snow. Guaranteed way to wake up. Or just something fun to do during a party. To help out with the shock of the cold, booze does make you feel hot.

7) Get your mix on. I've mentioned alcohol more than once. So, why not try perfect your bartending skills? Make some mixed drinks. Invent your own. You know, if you drop some cloves in bottle of vodka and leave it set for a while, you get clove-infused vodka. Pair that with some peach schnapps. It's like drinking a holiday!

   So, there you go. You don't have to be cooped up inside with boredom. You can create fun outside and inside when there is a lot of snow outside your window. Have fun! 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Free Insulin!

Those words are like honey on my tongue. As most Type 1's know, free insulin is not easy to come by, but when it does, it is oh so wonderful! Because insulin is expensive and is necessary for long-term living.
   Unlike a lot of other expensive prescription medications, insulin is not one where you can go, "I'm running out. I'll just take it every few days until my next paycheck comes in."  
   Nope. When you're running out of insulin, your reaction is more like: "FUCK! I can't afford some more until my next paycheck comes in. What the hell am I going to do?! Well, I guess I just won't eat."
   I have been caught in that predicament far too often. More than I comfortably like. And I cut back on my insulin intake, thus cutting back on my food, taking in around 800 calories a day until I get more insulin. Not healthy. Very stressful and exhausting. When that happens, the only energy I have that does not come from a carb-free energy drink, is used to lay down on the couch and close my eyes. Because I have no fuel in my body (aka - food) and because my blood sugar is far too high, which puts a strain on your body.
   But, the pharmaceutical company Lilly (the makers of Humalog) is providing vouchers for a free box of five Humalog pens. I have not used this yet, but I printed one out and will take it in to my pharmacy and see if they will accept it. I will let you know how that turns out. But, I encourage you to click on the link above and getting yourself your own box of free Humalog.

UPDATE: It totally worked! I got my free box of Humalog pens! WHOOP, WHOOP!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Not up yet

I am writing this on my iPhone to let you know that the wait continues. After our move to Minnesota, we waited for our Internet and are now waiting for our anti-virus software. Once that arrives and is successfully installed, I will be posting more ideas on how you can get more life experiences (as well as sharing my own), Type 1 diabetes articles and GIVEAWAYS!
Thank you for your patience.