Are you a business owner in Canada – check out this contest!!!

Today I picked up some photos I had done recently, they are FANTASTIC!!!
And Sassy me
Now I just have to finish writing my book to use them! 
The photographer I used is Femke Photography. Femke is a fantastic woman, I had seen her work many times and knew that I loved her style. Frankly I’m my own worst critic, there are very few photos of myself I actually like…that is until I saw these babies.
Femke is a small business owner with a full time job as are many of my friends.
Today I heard of a contest which I just had to share with you all, it’s open to Canadian residents excluding Quebec. (sorry Quebec.)
I am kind of wishing I had a company to submit, all it takes is a creative ad and lots of votes on Facebook to win!!
The contest is being put on by CentrSource.
 If you are a small business owner, jump all over this one!!
There are over $40,000 in prizes to be won.
 Any business, inside the home or not are applicable. Photography studio, Etsy shop, hair salon, daycare, cafe, etc… it doesn’t have to be a “registered” business either or one that has been running for years.
 If you are just about to launch a company, this would be a great way to get exposure, free advertising and a chance to win enough money to launch it.
 Small business owners enter their business and a product offer for friends and family to vote on. All entries get a free listing on CentrSource – the contest ends July 31st, 2011.
Grand prize: Out of the 50 most popular ads (selected by people clicking”vote”) the most creative ad will win: One Grand Prize of $15,000 cash + 6 months of free advertising on CentrSource.
Secondary prize: One ad will be randomly selected out of 50 entries for one Secondary Prize of $5,000 cash + 3 months of free advertising on CentrSource.
Chances to Win Every Single Week: A winner will be randomly drawn from ALL ad entries each week to win one of 8 weekly prizes of $1,000 cash + 1 month of free advertising on CentrSource.
Weekly Draw for an iPad 2: Everyone who votes gets the chance to win an iPad2.

Seeking help….it's simple really

After a week away it feels like I haven’t written in FOREVER!
Our family left last weekend, braving a 2.5 hour car ride with our two very impatient daughters. We went to spend the week in a rented trailer at our very favorite summer getaway, Muskoka Bible Center.
For those of you who regularly read my blog, you may remember me writing about MBC in earlier articles, Sand, God and Love at MBC or Road Trip with the Kids.
It was a typical week at MBC, I had the opportunity to attend chapel twice a day and be challenged on what I’m doing for God in my life. The children had a blast, they went for boat rides, tubing, spent time on the beach and learned about God through the kids program.
This post isn’t actually about our trip, I’m writing to ask for my readers help.
There is a Social Media Conference which is held here in Toronto in October. It is Blissdom Canada and I’d love to go. The unfortunate thing is that all 300 of the tickets sold out in 90 minutes and I didn’t manage to get one.
A fantastic travel website, Go Go Girlfriend is hosting a contest, by simply submitting a travel review I could win a ticket to Blissdom Canada!!
So of course I wrote up a FABULOUS piece, and of course my choice of travel locations was Muskoka Bible Center. You can see my review by clicking here: Review: Muskoka Bible Center.
I would appreciate if you all would consider leaving a comment on my post and perhaps tweeting the following line:
@soberjulie should win the #ggbliss contest, her post gets my vote
Thank you all for reading and helping !!!

Herpes simplex virus, Type I – It's never pretty

Today I am talking about herpes.
OK not really but stay with me here, I’m talking about cold sores which is a type of herpes.
I have gotten cold sores sporadically since I was a child. More often than not I get them when I am stressed and honestly that’s a huge help to my stress levels. Nothing like preparing for an important meeting, feeling utterly stressed and looking into the mirror on the day of the presentation to find I’ve grown a friend over night.
I can feel them coming, seriously there’s a tight, deep tingling sensation which precludes the nasty blister which appears to ruin my lovely visage. I can’t bring myself to call it a blemish because generally it’s a disgusting, pussy blister that cannot be missed.
Every single time I get a cold sore these days I blame Hubby.
He has never, ever had the opportunity to experience the joy of a cold sore, therefore he must be a carrier right? Totally unfair perhaps, but I do enjoy company with my misery.
With tears in my eyes I run out of the bathroom yelling “I’m infected again!!! Where’s the hydrogen peroxide?”
As if anything is going to help.I have yet to find anything which actually stops one from appearing, in those moments when I recognize that tingling sensation, I’m willing to bet I’d pay ludicrous amounts of money for a solution.
Knowing that I cannot stop it from growing, on those mornings I do what any other woman would do. I turn to my makeup kit. I struggle in vain to mask it with concealer, powder and whatever else I can find. Forget wearing lip liner or lipstick that day!
And off I go to these important meetings with my white lips and visible testament to the fact that I kissed Hubby in the recent past. Filthy Hubby (OK I’m totally stretching it but I’m rolling with it.)
More like an advertisement to the fact that I’m a carrier of the type I herpes simplex virus (HSV).
Living with this is a pain and I’m always on the lookout for a new product, so when a friend told me about COLDSORE-FX I was interested. When that same friend told me that they are hosting a giveaway I was intrigued. Finally when she told me that the contest is open to all Canadians, including Quebec and what the grand prize is I was excited!
COLDSORE-FX is giving away a travel voucher worth $5000 to be used for a trip anywhere in the world!
 It was simple to enter, I went to the website and simply filled in a little form.
I’ll be checking out their cold sore product, they’re the makers of COLD-FX so I know their products are good, any hey any company who gives me a chance to win free travel must be great!
Go and click to win my Canadian friends, I’m sharing the love here!

'Proudly Canadian’ Contest ~ Weekly $100 Prizes and a Grand Prize of $3000!

My friend Shannon over here at Shasher’s Life recently told me about a very cool contest going on right now for residents of Canada.
 It’s being put on by COLD-FX.
The “COLD-FX – Proudly Canadian Contest” (the “Contest”) opens Friday April 15th, 2011 at 9:00 AM EST and runs until Thursday July 14th, 2011, at 11:59PM EST (the “Contest Period”) and is open to Canadian residents.
There are 13 weekly prizes (100CDN Visa card) by entering here: COLD-FX Facebook Challenge
There is also a contest entry to the Grand Prize (3000 CDN cheque) on the COLD-FX Proudly Canadian page.
I’m entering and thought you’d all be interested as well but I warn you the Canadian trivia is making me feel less than intelligent.
COLD-FX is a Canadian company.

Makeup Giveaway Anyone?

When I hear the words Mary Kay my mind immediately goes back to eighth grade, sitting at my best friend’s kitchen table with my hair clipped back from my face listening to this very nice lady instructing me to cleanse my face with upwards, outward strokes. That day my friend Lori and I were taught all there was to know about skin care and applying cosmetics by a friend of her Mom’s who was a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant.
A lot has changed since then, I no longer adore bubble bum pink lip gloss nor would I have imagined myself sitting at a kitchen table being instructed on skin care, actually I have to admit to thinking the folks who did that are crazy. No way would people see me without my “face” on.
Funny how things change. Obviously my need to check out the awesome products my friends had been using outweighed my vanity because this week at my kitchen table my friend and I were introduced to Mary Kay products.
What’s that you say oh loyal bloggy peeps?
Where’s the pic?
Nasty people..nasty.
 You didn’t really think I’d post that pic did you?
Please allow me to introduce you to the Independent Beauty Consultant who was instructing us, this is Jennie Hilts.
Jennie Hilts is a 34 year old single mom of two children who fell in love with Mary Kay products 15 years ago and took the step to becoming an Independent Beauty Consultant in 2006. Jennie also happens to be a friend of mine who always looks beautiful with her never-ending eyelashes spurring me to continue using mascara.
Q: Why use Mary Kay products rather than similar products from department stores? 
A: Mary Kay is actually based upon skin care, not just cosmetics. My job is to teach proper skin care and help design a program that meets individual life styles and needs. We have only one face for our entire  life so we need to take care of it. We spend hundreds of dollars on our hair and clothing but people don’t spend enough time taking care of their skin.
Through teaching in a private setting people are able to feel confident repeating the process on their own. Mary Kay offers one of the only complete daily age fighting skincare systems that can be customized by skin type. The products in other skin care regimes in the market place may not be designed to work together to deliver the best results as Mary Kay’s is.
Q: What about Mary Kay cosmetics, how do they compare?
A: Our colour cosmetics line is the “icing on the cake” and used to amplify a woman’s natural beauty. We offer a wide variety of mineral based cosmetic products, largest variety of foundation formulas and shades, men’s skin care, spa & body care, fragrances for men and women and sun care.
Q: What if I purchase Mary Kay products and decide I don’t like them?
Mary Kay stands behind it’s products with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, if for any reason a customer isn’t satisfied with the product it will be replaced, exchanged or full purchase refund.
Q: What makes women want to become a consultant?
  • They become members of the Direct Sellers Association which has a code of ethics and rules that Mary Kay upholds.
  • Direct selling allows women to sell products/services directly to customers away from traditional retail locations.
  • Mary Kay has the highest % income on products in any direct selling company
  • Each consultant decides on her own income level and is able to purchase product at wholesale pricing
  • free training – owning her own business with support.
Q: Can you give any tips?
A: Here are 5 fast facts:
  •  There are 5 essential steps for great skin care: cleanse, exfoliate, freshen, moisturize, protect.
  • Every time you go to bed without removing your makeup it ages your skin 17 days.
  • Correct foundation shade should literally disappear into the skin and blend with the skin tone on your neck.
  • Alcohol based lip balms/chap sticks are actually drying your lips out which creates a need for continuous application.
  • Mary Kay was recently featured in the Spring issue of The Kit.
I used the Time Wise line of skin care products including:
TimeWise® 3 in 1 Cleanser
TimeWise® Firming Eye Cream TimeWise® Age-Fighting Moisturizer
TimeWise® Day Solution Sunscreen SPF 25
Satin Lips® Lip Balm
TimeWise® Microdermabrasion Set
It was a miracle, I’m not certain which of these products achieved the baby’s butt feeling of my skin but I loved it!!. These products work so well together to achieve this light, clean feeling. My skin felt wonderful and I would recommend the products to everyone.
If you are interested in hosting a Mary Kay skin care/beauty event, purchasing product or becoming an Independent Beauty Consultant please contact Jennie and she will happily help you.
You can reach Jennie Hilts in the following ways:
Facebook: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Twitter: Partangel5
Jennie was kind enough to provide me with some products to GIVEAWAY here!!!!
Up for grabs are:
Mary Kay®Satin Lips® Lip Balm
Mary Kay® NouriShine® Lip Gloss
Mary Kay® Satin Hands® Hand Cream – Peach
How to Enter:
Please leave a comment telling me that you’ve entered in the following ways INDIVIDUALLY. i.e. if you’ve performed all 5 tasks please leave me 5 comments telling me so that each one is an Entry for you.
Mandatory entry: comment here what you think of when you hear “Mary Kay”
2nd Entry: Follow Jennie on Twitter: Partangel5
3rd Entry: Like my Facebook Page: SoberJulieDoingLife
4th Entry: Follow me on Twitter: SoberJulie
5th Entry: Subscribe to Sober Julie Doing Life via the Feedburner reader of your choice and/or Google Friend Connect.
6th Entry: Send a Tweet which says “I just entered @soberjulie ‘s Makeup @Giveaway, enter today @soberjulie “
 This open to USA & CANADA ONLY. The giveaway will close on Saturday, April 23 at 11:59pm (EST). Winners will be chosen by and contacted by email {make sure you leave your email address in your entries}. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize.The contest is now CLOSED, congrats to Shash and thanks to everyone who entered.