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I'm a mom, a wife, a best friend. Sick with CFIDS/ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia since 1975 as a result of a nasty flu while still in grad school, it wasn't until the late '80's that I received a diagnosis. Until that flu I'd never really been ill before. With each year I get progressively worse and add to the bucket load of symptoms I'm living with. I've been blessed with an incredible family and best friend who've stayed with me through my struggles as we continue to find a way out of this monstrous illness and its complications. We've tried seemingly every approach to find my way back to health. Often I think our best weapon in this undesirable and unasked-for adventure has been laughter.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

My Reveal: So Easy and You'll LIKE It!

UPDATE: the winner of the lovely kit is Maggie!  Congrats Maggie.  Please let me know if you do not receive an email from me regarding where to send the kit!  And a thanks to everyone who put up with all the reminders and to those who entered.  Better luck next time?                                          


So today I'm finally doing the big reveal.  This is my Followers Giveaway!  And before you men out there bemoan that you can't be bothered, there may be a wife, significant other, sweet mom or other female in your life who'd like the giveaway prize, so don't go off to play basketball or whatever just yet!  And who says men can't use the items either?!?

To celebrate my six-month milestone and to thank you all for reading my moaning and groaning, about this CFIDS/ME/fibro, the migraines, pain, insomnia, etc, etc, etc, the sharing of miseries as well as the chuckles (hopefully some chuckles!) and most especially for the wonderful comments from you with suggestions, the "me too's!" and/or kind words of encouragement, I thought I'd like to reward you all in some small way.  I wracked my brain to come up with a suitable "gift" (OK, "prize") and it took forever for me to find something that would work (OK, tortured family for ages for ideas) and finally came up with what *I* thought was an inspired idea, despite my fibro-brain.

I have a beautiful Skyn Iceland kit, with four trial-sized products, one I bought for myself and loved, so I thought giving one away (unused of course!) would be fun.  Read the company's own description and tell me this is not inspired! :)

"FOR STRESSED SKIN: Skyn Iceland is the only skincare line specifically formulated to counteract the detrimental effects of chronic stress on skin. Containing Biospheric Complex to give your skin back everything chronic stress has taken away."

"Wow!" I thought! "This must be perfect" since it IS for stressed skin, and who doesn't have stressed skin - be it stress from the DD or from work, from environmental pollutants, from family, family crises, or the summer from heat h*ll?  I'm not sure that a person exists who has no stress in her or his life.  Furthermore, I love the company's stated mission and the ingredients used.

When stress is unrelenting, your body’s hormones and chemical levels can spike, adversely affecting the skin and how it functions. Oil production increases. Histamines trigger itchiness and inflammation. Water, oxygen and nutrients are drawn away from the skyn, depriving it of the vital elements it needs to thrive. When skin is starved in this way, its natural immune function is impaired, so it’s less able to heal itself. It becomes irritable, dull, clogged, prematurely wrinkled, prone to breakouts, itchy and flaky—skin on the edge.
Yada, yada. The info gets better and better, but because I AM trying to shorten my blogs (really!) I've just deleted a whole bunch of info, like the ingredients, etc.  It all sounds lovely and can be found here for the information you can't live without.

As you can see in the picture above, the kit includes one trial-sized sampling each of Glacial Face Wash, Arctic Face Mist, The Antidote Quenching Daily Lotion, Oxygen Infusion Night Cream, a $45 value.

To enter to win is super easy, too!  

How we'll work this (remember I'm still relatively new to this game of blogging, etc.) is that if you'd like to receive the kit, please subscribe to my blog and leave a comment on this post. (Yes, it must be on this post!) You can write whatever you want, be it, "I'd love to get the kit," or "I could really use that kit," or "I've never won anything in my life but a goldfish!" or "Other products should quit because I've heard this is just so incredible," to "I wish you were my mom."  Whatever.  Just leave a comment.  (Did I really write those last two things or are they just in my mind?)  Any non-spammy (happy) comment, will automatically enter you.  Easy-peasy, right?  And since this is not a sponsored giveaway I can make my own rules - in fact, I have to because I don't know the in's and out's.  And anyone at all is eligible as long as you follow the simple requirements!

FURTHERMORE: You can get an extra chance at winning if you "Like" my Facebook "Laughing" page here and leave a comment.  (You can already have "liked" it before - I want all to have a chance here - but you must then leave a comment in addition to the "like."  No "like", no extra chance.)

Anyway, in order to give everyone a chance to have read about this giveaway and subscribe and comment, we'll wait until noon on August 24, 2012 (New York time) before I draw the winner's name.  And despite the wonderful, incredible, exhilarating fact (a little enthusiastic, aren't I?) that I've got readership in more than 74 countries now, I will ship anywhere, as long as I have your address.  So, I'll announce the winner in a post and the winner can then send me their address privately, unless I can figure out how to use my FeedBurner (new thing I learned about this weekend in doing as much cramming as I used to do for exams in school! - it was easier THEN when the world was simpler and my mind actually worked!) or whatever other hidden information that Google offers Blogger members that in six months I've yet to figure out!   

So, to recap.  In order to win, please do the following:

1. Subscribe to my blog via Google Friends Connect in that box on the right-hand side of the screen (if you've not already done so).

2. Leave a comment, writing anything you wish: it'd be great if you're nice - I'll have to put on my "mom cap" and delete any spammy/nasty/offensive things that could come across my blog (not from my readership, I'm sure!). This isn't a writing contest, just a random drawing from a hat, literally. (Remember: I'm still having trouble figuring out this computer nonsense!  I'm a Luddite, if you recall?  But an honest one!)

3. For an extra entry to win, "like" my "Laughing" Facebook page here and leave a comment.

4. Wait for the announcement of the winner.

Just think how great your chances of winning are since I'm such a new blog and don't have a HUGE following - yet! (Staggers the mind and she falls in a swoon!)

The drawing for the winner will take place on August 24, 2012, six months to the day I started this blog and I will announce the winner on this post as well as on a post on the day of the drawing (if I'm not in the hospital: y'all may want to do informal side bets on that alone!)  

Until then, I hope everyone is feeling the best they can, only better.  Good luck to all, including me - that I got all the info correct!  :)  


  1. Sounds like a great deal! Congrats on your 6 month anniversary

  2. You know I should win because you're my internet mummy (: xx

  3. Very cool idea about the prize...now I will have to remember to log on to my laptop and do the Google follower....oye.