Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wordful Wednesday - DRDC Head Shots


Courtesy of JB Wright Photography, the DRDC individual head shots have been unveiled.

Personally, I don't like my photo. It has nothing to do with the photographer's skills but everything with how I look in the pic. I know, I know, we're all our own worst critic but I'm not a fan of the Rambo 'do or the slightly double chin. And if you look real close, you'll get a glimpse of THO (yeah, I totally pointed it out!) Ah well, there's been worse circulated of me.
This gal here is Lanea, aka Laneacious. She's my sister-in-law and also on the team. She's dang good at what she does and makes no qualms about giving it her all on the track.
Off the track he's my brother, Donnie. On the track he's Coach. (He's wearing his wife's jersey...Shhh, don't tell).

Sculpt Secret Facial Sculpting Serum - Review and Giveaway

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With spring finally here and summer just around the corner, everyone is gearing up to look their best for the warm weather. Even with all the right diet and exercise, we all can use a little help to tighten up those pesky problem areas that are hard to target – especially the face, chin, and neck.

Finally, say goodbye to under-chin bulge and hello to chiseled jaw and cheek bones with the Sculpt Secret Facial Sculpting Serum. This product’s breakthrough IsoSculpt Complex mixes purified Seaweed Extract with other botanicals to reduce the appearance of double chin, define jaw line, contour cheekbones and tighten neck area, shaving both pounds and years off your appearance without dieting, pills, or surgery.

This unmatched product allows trapped fluids and fat to simply melt away as skin is detoxified. The Chromium CircuSpheres stimulate micro-circulation to boost metabolism and speed up the sculpting process—giving a slimmer, more defined look in just two weeks.

I'm fairly confident with my body, but as with most everyone else, there are a few regions I'd change to look and feel younger. I don't exactly have a turkey gobbler but do have the beginnings of a double chin. I'm all game for trying new beauty products and seeing how well they work with giving me desired results.

The Sculpt Secret Facial Sculpting Serum, available at Soft Surroundings stores, comes in a 1 oz. tube. The end of the tube has silver bearings that minimally rotate to work the serum in to the skin. The serum is clear and leaves a cool sensation on the skin. For best results, it is to be applied to the face and neck area (minus the eyes) twice a day for approximately thirty seconds. You are instructed to moisturize after application.

I don't believe there's any product out there that will miraculously erase fat but I do believe there are products that will help aid in the process or make you look slimmer or tighter in areas. Since using the Sculpt Secret Facial Sculpting Serum, I have noticed a subtle, affirmative change. I still have aging skin (that's almost inevitable) but my jawline seems more defined and my face seems somewhat less weakened.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

National Administrative Professionals Day Survey Statistics

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In honor of National Administrative Professionals Day on April 23, Staples conducted their third annual survey. The survey asked both non-admin and admin workers to reveal the truth about happiness in the workplace and, as it turns out, the majority of admins are happier than their bosses.

Survey Highlights

· The majority of workers have no preference when it comes to the gender of their boss (70.3%)

· When asked about the gender of their admins, more respondents said they prefer a female admin (43.7%) to male (11.3%).

· Employees divulged that their admins do much more than just office assistance, with 40.9% of respondents saying their admin has had to act as an HR director and just under half (49.6%) say they have played the role of an accountant.

· Other admin responsibilities have been: therapist (33.6%), childcare (25%), petsitting (19%), taxi driver (21.1%) personal chef (18.2%) and matchmaker (9.4%).

· The survey revealed that admins are happier than their bosses (60.6% vs. 18.4%).

· Most of the respondents said the admin boosts employee morale and is a better team player (59.2%) than the boss.

· Just under half (45.7%) of survey-takers described their boss’ technology skills as “average”, “bad”, or “horrible”.

· Ellen Degeneres was the talk show host nearly half (48.4%) of respondents wanted to be an assistant to with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel coming in close behind.

· Pam Halpert of The Office won as this year’s favorite fictional admin with 32.1% of respondents choosing her and Andrea Sachs from The Devil Wears Prada was close behind with 28.3%.

Is there an Administrative Professional you're appreciative of?  Which of these survey statistics did you find most interesting?

Purex No Sort for Colors Degergent - Review and Giveaway

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I'm scrupulous when it comes to doing laundry. My mother taught me exact ways to wash and dry clothes, and I've followed that routine for years. The only people allowed to do laundry in my home are myself and my 20 yoa daughter. Although I'm not into high fashion or expensive clothes, I'm particular about my clothes and will think nothing of throwing an article away if a stain won't come out, it's pilled, or dyes have run together.

Purex has come out with a new detergent featuring a breakthrough Anti-Color-Transfer Technology which traps loose dyes in the wash and reduces color bleeding accidents, preventing the dyes from settling onto other fabrics. I'll admit this doesn't keep me from being meticulous with my laundry (it's a habit I'll never break) but it does ease my mind that I don't have to worry as much when using Purex No Sort for Colors detergent. I did do a couple test runs with a few of my older clothes by throwing light and dark clothes together in the wash. There was no fading of colors and, as with other Purex detergents, I like how it cleans and makes my laundry smell. Purex does mention that you should wash strongly colored fabrics or new pieces of clothing, especially jeans, a few times before doing a mixed color load with Purex No sort for Colors detergent.

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Big Fish Games - Review and Giveaway

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During the rare days when I have downtime, I enjoy playing online games.  Big Fish Games, a world leader in downloadable games, keeps me entertained with their variety of puzzle, hidden object, and strategy games. Big Fish is the world's largest producer of casual games and the company has distributed more than 2 billion games from a growing catalog of 3,000+ unique PC games and 300+ unique mobile games. They offer PC Games, Mac Games, Online Games, iPad & iPhone Games, and Android Games so you can play virtually anywhere. You do have to purchase games for unlimited play, but they are affordable and you can play any game free for one hour.



I've played a few games from Big Fish, with one of my favorites being Stray Souls: Stolen Memories. With rich, vivid graphics, the plot entails a mother who pursues a terrifying apparition into a twisted reality to save her daughter. An evil clown has turned all of the town's residents into wooden dolls and it's up to you to piece the puzzle together of the disturbing story that reveals why the mother's husband has never spoken about his past.

I've played several hours of Stray Souls: Stolen Memories and am still engrossed with the game. There are several rooms to explore and each one has the player looking for hidden objects, piecing together puzzles, strategizing, and figuring out how one object relates to another. There are two levels of play - one allows the player to use hints after a few seconds and the other doesn't allow hints as quickly. Due to mild violence and fear themes, this game is not suitable for children (although there are several Big Fish games that are). I dig the storyline and the variety within the game. Full purchase unlock for Stray Souls: Stolen Memories is $6.99 but, as with all other Big Fish games, you can play free for an hour to see if it's a game you're interested in.


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Betty Crocker Watermelon Flavored Cupcake Mix and Frosting - #BiteIntoSummer Review

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Betty Crocker invites you to welcome the seasons with all-new Watermelon Cake & Frosting -- available only at Target! Welcome spring with this tasty watermelon-flavored cake and frosting, and create your own summertime treat with an easy-to-make watermelon slice-shaped cake or fun-to-eat cupcakes recipe.


I created cupcakes using Betty Crocker Watermelon Flavored Cake and Frosting as an Easter dessert. Following the directions on the box, I was able to make 24 cupcakes. Both the mix and the frosting tasted very much like watermelon. The mix itself is pink in color and has little chocolate chips to resemble watermelon seeds. The frosting is green in color. When I created my cupcakes, I added a marshmallow decoration on top for the Easter holiday.

There's not a Target store in any close proximity of where I live, so I'm unable to purchase Betty Crocker Watermelon Flavored Cupcake Mix and Frosting. It'd be nice if the mix and frosting were available at other locations. The cupcakes went over well with the dinner guests and there were lots of comments on how delicous they were. I like watermelon flavored foods and thought the cupcakes were quite yummy, although next time I think I'll pair the frosting with a different flavored cake mix and vice versa to create a combination of watermelon flavor with another flavor.