Monday, October 29, 2012

Love da Liberry

Normally I don't begin with a punch line, but today is an exception.

All these books (plus three more I forgot to add) for $6. Tops.

How do I do it, you may ask? Well, the Greene County library system does their Biggest Book Sale twice a year where people donate a bunch of books and all proceeds go to keep up all the libraries in the county.

My friend Rachel and I went a few days ago and got a few books about $1-$4 each (not to mention she got the WOW 1996 CD which was the best Blast-From-The-Past ever, we listened to it the rest of the night!). They announced as we were getting ready to check out that on Sunday, the last day, if you paid $5 you could fill up an entire bag of books from the Better Books section. If you filled up a bag on the Non-Fiction, Older-books section you only had to pay $1!! So, I filled up one from each side!

They had some amazing resources...nutrition/health, yoga, Christian Fiction, graphic design, writing/editing/publishing, home made stuff, pregnancy books (I thought would be useful some day), and even sheet music! I got some awesome Music Education resources, including the SATB sheet music of "Lifesong" by Mark Hall! And the EXACT SAME World of Music book I used when I was in Elementary School!

When I went a few days ago they had one of the first editions of To Kill A Mockingbird, but it was in the Antique Book section for about $ I was really hoping it would be there for the last day sale, but sadly it was not. :(

Oh, and we also got an awesome antique bookshelf off Craig's List for $8! Pretty awesome!

Get ready for my Book Review Blog coming up! I'm trying to think of a name, any ideas?

Friday, October 26, 2012

Second Chances

So I think it's about time for an actual update, eh? I'm getting so excited about the health related news I've been reading up on, I just feel it needs to be shared! Haha

Some big things are happening around here. My husband has officially decided to go to path of Dietetics & Nutrition (which explains all the nutritional info), so we're getting him ready to switch over to MSU next semester. Luckily, we're in the right place at the right time because they have a phenomenal program...I've been doing hair for a few people who went through the program and even the Head of the program...seems God brings just the people you need! We are very excited because this is a perfect fit for him.

As for me, I've began writing my first book. Stay tuned for that. :)

I also went to the Professional & Graduate Studies Open House at Evangel to look at the degrees they had available for working adults. The plan from the beginning (or in actuality, the "middle") was to get my Cosmetology license so I would always have something to fall back on, and it could help me pay to finish my degree. 

So anyway! I go to the Open House with every intention of changing gears and finishing with a Communications Degree...mainly because they don't offer a Music degree in the Professional Studies Program. As I was walking out, I stopped and looked at the table for the Masters in Music. No one was standing there, but I must have been glancing at it longingly because a girl came up behind me and said, "thinking about Music??"

Sigh. "Well, I started my music degree, but I wasn't able to finish...I really wish there was a professional studies option for it." What happened after that, my friends, was so unpredictable that I'm still trying to grasp onto what's happening.

So she says to me, she says, "I'm pretty sure there's a way you could do it through online classes and being part time! Let me grab Dr. Honea!" Now, Dr. Honea was actually one of my directors and professor's when I was there, so we were great friends. He's one of the most interestingly eccentric people you will ever meet.

After the initial shock that I had returned, we chatted briefly about where I was and what I was attempting to do. Then, he motions for me to go to a computer with him to look at where I was in my program. This whole time I was thinking I was a SOPHOMORE and if I tried finishing it would take me like the rest of my life.

I'm a Junior.

When I saw that, a glimmer of hope welled up in my heart. Was it truly possible that I could begin where I left off and finish what I started?

Honestly at this point, I hadn't given it a thought simply because I felt like I screwed up big time and it was too late for me. Like I had to punish myself for being stupid and not trusting God enough so I should have to spend the rest of my life NOT doing what I love. I honestly thought I'd never TRULY be able to come back to my first love, music.

But that's the beauty of it. God has given us such amazing grace.

Now I'm working on returning part-time next semester to finish my Music Education degree. I want to teach and direct music. The department is helping me with scholarships and we've discovered that there is a Student Loan Forgiveness Program for Teachers out there. Basically, if you teach in a participating state/school for 5 consecutive years, all of your loans are forgiven. It almost sounds too good to be true! I'm so excited, and so grateful for second chances!!

"God knows my every desire,
and He is waiting on the other side
of my failure and my shattered dreams
with some dreams of His own..." (Leslie Ludy)

Whole Foods: Fact or Fable?

Many of you may have heard that Whole Foods has been investigated undercover by the Organic Spies in regard to the issue of GMOs. A lot of people shop at Whole Foods confident that they are only receiving the best-of-the-best foods - free of any kind of chemical or modification. Below is a video of the OS going under cover for, watch and see what they found out:

So Whole Foods president and COO has admitted that they DO sell items with GMOs...and yet all of these people are spewing false information to their buyers who believe they're making an informed purchase.

Since the releasing of these videos, there is no doubt that people's voices are being heard. At first, WF was not showing any type of support for California's proposition 37 or educating their employees. Now, at least 70,000 employees are being retrained and Walter Robb, CEO of Whole Foods has donated $25,000 in support of Prop 37.

Pretty awesome what a small group of people who believe in our "Right to Know" can do. They continue to push the campaign so that companies who claim to be pure have to label their impurities.

 Check out the Natural News website or facebook page to keep up with the progress on this new campaign.

While you're at it, I would also advise you to read up on the latest about VACCINES as well.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

FreeBorboleta: Calling all bibliophiles! [Book Swap]

Hey guys, my gal pal is participating in a blogger book-swap and I'm jumping on the bandwagon. Go check out her blog for details:

FreeBorboleta: Calling all bibliophiles! [Book Swap]: Hello friends! Today I bring you something super exciting! Jessica from Sweet Green Tangerine - yes, the very same Jessica that shared...

Monday, October 8, 2012

Natural Remedies - Melissa Corkhill

I have officially received my new computer! Now I'm back.

One of my favorite things to do in the world is go to book stores. Even just to browse with no intention of making a purchase. On a recent trip to Barnes & Noble, I happened across this particular book in the Bargain Book section:

This is an awesome book if your looking for natural ways to cure ailments at home. It is well organized and small enough that you don't have to feel overwhelmed by a novel of information. Near the beginning, Corkhill gives a layout of starting your Essential Home Remedy Kit and Herbal First Aid Kit. It comes complete with an index and remedies for categories such as Mind and Emotions, The Skin, Heart and Blood Health, Babies and Children, and even Women's Health!

I actually took this book to our Life Group and passed it around! Yesterday, my husband was having really bad allergies and I referred to this actually helped! Definitely recommend it.