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A Warm Gesture

I needed some cheering up today (find the reason: http://www.honestlymariah.com/love-shining-through-dementia/) and found a warm gesture that made me cry happy tears. Just what I needed! I knew I simply had to share this with you all in hopes that it makes you feel warm inside, like it did for me.

There is nothing like an act of Kindness to warm the heart… Here is the story of a picture that was sweet and went viral!

Nothing like a Warm Gesture and Random Act of Kindness to warm my heart and make it sing with joy.

So have you ever done a random act of kindness, smiled at a stranger offered a helping hand to a stranger etc? Maybe we all need to try to reach out to others in this way more often, what a beautiful world would be if we all did, right?

I hope your day is filled with Love, happiness, good health and feeling appreciated my friends. I appreciate you all!

Love and hugs,


Shared Positivity Review And Giveaway

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Alexa's Angels inspired designsI was so very fortunate to have been asked to review a set of 3 bracelets. What is so special about these bracelets? They bring with them a message of positivity and sharing that positivity as well. I am a firm believer in trying to let myself find the positive in so many situations, and passing on that feeling… whether it be smiling at a stranger, laughing with a friend and trying to bring hope to them when they are feeling down or hopeless.


What an appropriate name for the company that is spreading the message of positivity, “Alexa’s Angels”

positivity bracelet closed tissue paper in box pink

I received my box from Alexa’s Angels in no time at all and instantly as I opened up the box, I found myself so impressed with the presentation of the bracelets. Inside the plain cardboard box I found myself staring at (and trying not to rip) a beautifully wrapped gift like presentation, as I saw the pink tissue paper closed with a golden “Alexa’s Angels inspired designs” sticker. Beneath the sticker was a lovely message that stated:


“We are all angels with only one wing – we can fly only embracing each other”


Sweet huh? Yes, I thought you’d like that after all, you my beautiful followers, tend to be so much like me and you find yourself touched by lovely quotes and loving messages, like this. 🙂

Alexa's Angels Box with positivity bracelet enclosed

Once I opened the tissue paper I was greeted by lovely pink paper “grass” and a lovely little box that contained the beautiful set of 3 elegantly simple bracelets in a shear golden bag. The message on the bracelet is simply the words positivity (spelled “posi+ivi+y”). I love all the plus signs used instead of the “t’s” in the word… I thought the word was so creatively thought out and is spelled out on the silver toned metal area of these bracelets. The band is much like a “tie back” for the hair, like I keep saying elegantly simple and simply elegant… that is my reaction to these bracelets. And the first person I shared this with was my mother, and she too agreed with me, she simply loves wearing her bracelet! The third bracelet I plan to mail off to a friend that in a support group that my friend Joan and I started (Women Supporting Women) had mentioned her message about positivity. How wonderful for that old friend to mention living life with positive thought and her timing was perfect, I knew then that I would sending her a bracelet too! 🙂

Mariahs Wrist Positivity bracelet


Different Colors of Positivity Bracelets

Alexa’s Angels has a nice selection of different colored bracelets from the black bracelets, like my Mother and I are wearing, to light pink and 6 vivid colors. They also have some school/team two-toned colors as well. As Alexa’s Angels says:


“They are a great way to build team spirit and support a good cause.”

“See them all at http://alexas-angels.com/product-category/collection/positivity/?orderby=price


Oh and I almost forgot, the reverse side of the bracelet has a wonderful link on it, if you follow the link: http://www.shareyourpositivity.org, you will find a website where you can read or publicly share inspirational stories, photos, and quotes.

Speaking of positivity, and inspirational stories… I will share something I find inspirational with you.

My Mother loves the message as well as I do (and you wondered where I got my positive attitude to life, with all the health complications and chronic pain I go through… now you know, I got it from my Mother! Lol). As many of you may recall, my Mother went into surgery about a year ago and suddenly during surgery they lost the nerve connections to the legs and my Mother has become a paraplegic. Throughout all my Mother has been through, I’ve found her strength to be very inspirational and surprisingly she’s remained so positive. Even as my Mother is currently dealing with 3 infections, and some sores, taking 5 antibiotics, she is amazing as she takes all of the news in stride and that woman’s strength as she remains positive, is just inspirational to me. The most amazing part is that she is so positive even though life has slowed this once very active woman down and is now basically bed ridden. My Mother is truly an inspiration to me and I hope that I can continue to be a positive person despite all that my illnesses may bring my way and that I may have the strength that my Mother shows.

Attitude is a choice message
The message that is enclosed in the Posi+ivi+y Bracelet Card.


I cannot close this off without mentioning how amazing my Father is too, all the things he’s taken upon himself and still he too remains positive through it all. I am truly lucky, I have two very inspirational parents that have taught me to look at life from a positive perspective and I hope that I can help be an inspiration to others, like they have been for me.

Set of 3 positivity braceletsYou, my beautiful friends/readers, may win a set of 3 of these little lovelies for yourself and some people that inspire you or wish to inspire to be positive too! This is a speedy giveaway here my friends, so enter now…

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Coffee Table Book – Spirit Of America Giveaway

Spirit of America Picture book by Peter Lik

Hi there, I have a fun Giveaway, from me to one of you!

This is short sweet and simple, just enter to win this lovely Coffee Table Picture Book by Peter Lik.

This book was 5 years in the making as the Peter Lik, the Photographer, traveled to all 50 States Capturing the breathtaking beauty of America’s Landscapes for this book.

The pictures in this book are a true work of Art, a wonderful addition to any Art Lovers collection!

This book retails for around $130!

Good Luck!
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Genuinely Nice – The Definition of Nyce (The DON) Hug Me T-Shirt – Review & Giveaway

Sorry folks this giveaway has ended, however the Great work at The DON continues on. Please read on.

Added January 30th 2014:

I have a special coupon code just for you, this will get you 20% off at the Don Shop! Use Coupon Code: MARIAHL You can CLICK HERE to go straight to The DON Shop. Check out page 2 at their shop for my very favorite t shirts…. hug me and I smile at strangers (these are so me, and I bet you know someone that these t shirts would be perfect for).


The DON LogoI was lucky enough to receive an invite to review a T-shirt from The DON (Definition of Nyce). I when I received the email that said “a street wear brand dedicated to promoting positive messages.” I just had to visit their website and when I did, I swear if I could have ever managed to turn cartwheels, I would have at this time. I instantly understood what this company stood for and I felt a a special bond with them. What can I say? I was truly touched and inspired to review the “Hug Me” t-shirt from such a wonderful company.

Hug Me T-shirt from The DONEver heard of warm fuzzies? This company is a Warm Fuzzy Company, spreading those positive things all around and their T-shirts show it too! I won’t go into it now but there is a character for warm fuzzies, the character was a little furball with eyes on it, it represent the philosophy of The Warm Fuzzies. The warm fuzzies are little creatures that send the very feelings that they were named for throughout your body when you get a complement, when you get a hug or someone smiles warmly at you… you even get this inside of you when you do these things for others.

This is a Warm Fuzzy, see my post to find out what a warm fuzzy is exactly
Warm Fuzzy

I thought I would look up Warm Fuzzies online and the Definition as given by Urbandictionary.com is:

“The warm, pleasant sensations one feels in the stomach and heart area when emotionally moved by an act of goodwill or love.“

I can go on and on about this company, I feel that this company was made especially for people like me… I am a hugger and I smile at strangers all the time. I’ve even gotten job offers from local businesses just because they always saw me being friendly and smiling and talking with the other customers, even helping them out if they looked lost. Quite frankly it is a game with me too, the bigger and broader the smile I have on my face the more you will know I am trying to see if I can make someone who looks a bit grumpy smile too. 🙂 But I call that game the wicked side of me. 😉
Puppy Dogs hugs & Smiles
Even though I am quite sick, I have been accused of being well. It’s bad enough having an invisible illness, but when you smile and remain friendly despite your illness it makes some people wonder. Lol I am at the very base of my being a People Person, joking with strangers to try and get a grin, giving hugs to family, friends, neighbors and yes even to strangers. Besides who wants to be around a grumpy person that shows that they are in pain all the time, when you do that you just spread the pain and you are not spreading the joy that life should be full of… this is all a part of why this company has touched my heart.

Okay this post isn’t about me, though I’ve taken it into my heart that this company was made for me. Lol So I will get back to the main topic now. Lol

Me (Mariah) in my Hug Me Tee from The DON
Me in my Hug Me Tee from The DON

I received my lovely t-shirt from the folks at The Definition of Nyce and I have to say the quality is fantastic, the fabric is soft to the touch, no irritating tags to deal with and the women’s t-shirt I received fits just lovely and is very flattering to wear. The quality of the graphics is above par, placed on the T-shirt to perfection (not crooked) and it has not distorted or cracked on me, even with my large chest, like many do on me. And the Tee Shirt isn’t too short either as some companies seem to cut their costs by making them a bit to short, so if you are wearing the lower rise jeans with your tee, you don’t have to worry about showing off your muffin top. 🙂

This company has some fantastic articles and t-shirts on their website, I wish I had been there to participate in their hug event earlier this year… I would have loved it! 🙂 And I would have loved to have met people from their company and the other like-minded participants.

Keep Love Alive Tee-Shirt

I have to tell you that if I owned a business, I would love to have their t-shirts as the dress code for my friendly place of business… whether I owned a Health Food & supplement store or even defaulted to owning my own Shop with my work in Cosmetology this would be my uniform of choice… of course though my customers always knew that if they were to broke to tip me for my service, I still treated them the same (as compared to some of co-workers who avoided working with customers that didn’t tip), instead this cosmetologist accepted a hug as tip and that was just fine with me. Hey even to see a sudden bounce in their step as they walked away from my chair was enough of a tip to keep me full of warm fuzzies for the rest of the day.

Long Sleeve Never Stop Loving T-shirtThey have had “I smile at strangers” t-shirt in their store recently, I hope they get them back. They have Keep Love Alive T-Shirts, And the cute little Rhino Character T-shirts that say “Hug Me” as well as, something new that I would love to have someday a lovely long sleeved off the shoulder shirt that says “Never Stop Loving”.

If we could all only learn to touch one another’s lives, give people a reason to smile and feel good about themselves and if we treat each other well spreading warm fuzzies everywhere we go, what a difference this could make in the world. I sure believe in that, and I believe that our children could greatly benefit from our teaching them about this philosophy too. This is what the company “The Definition of Nyce” is all about.

LeRoy Memorial T-shirt from The DONI just noticed on their facebook page that the wonderful folks at The DON have lost someone near and dear to their hearts folks and this man’s family can use your help and support. If you buy the T-shirt that they custom made for his family at $20 each, you will help them through this rough time and expenses of his funeral etc. Please do consider purchasing a tee shirt to help Le Roy’s family out. Thank you.

Now onto a lovely giveaway for our readers… The DON is nice enough to sponsor a giveaway where 4 people will win a T-shirt like mine! Enter to win and share this with your friends.

Since we don’t have the money here for monthly fees, Rafflecopter is limiting me on what information I can share with you in their application now. And I am so touched by this wonderful company that I want to share all the places you can reach them at in here for those that don’t enter giveaways. Please look them up also at these places (oh and yes, I am limited by Google on how many links we can put in the posts, if we have more then one we are penalized so these are not clickable, I apologize, I know that this is a real pain).

There are 2 Twitter accounts for The DON:  (Keep Love Alive is a campaign by @TheDonClothing and is Youth-Led & Youth-Driven.)

  • @k33pLoveAlive
  • @TheDonClothing (this one is in the Rafflecopter, btw)

On Facebook: (one is in the Rafflecopter)

  • https://www.facebook.com/pages/Keep-Love-Alive-The-Definition-Of-Nyce/133814680005285?ref=ts&fref=ts
  • https://www.facebook.com/TheDONclothing?ref=ts&fref=ts

In Pinterest:

  • TheDONclothing


  • @TheDonClothing

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Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I received a tshirt to review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by The Don and Me.

Benjamin Moore Aura Paint Review

Hi all I was asked, by Joan, if I wished to test out the Benjamin Moore Paint in their new Aura Paint line as part of our Blogs membership to Bzz Agent, where Joan and I are both BzzAgents. Joan knew that I still had 2 small rooms to paint since we bought our home 2 years ago. We painted all but the laundry room and the little room that is my “craft and dressing room” because I couldn’t decide the colors I wanted them in and needed to unpack my little pint of paint I had gotten once for free in a favorite color and of course my fabric in more favorite colors that I also wanted to match.

I knew that one gallon of a good quality paint would paint these two tiny rooms in my modest little house, so I wanted to use the same paint for both and have a different personality in each room. One my craft and dressing room… well I now have a star on my door, lol, my Mother thought it was cute that I was calling it my dressing room and picked up a gift of a star for on my door. What else was I to call it when our closet in our bedroom is all of 3 feet wide and we have only enough room for a tall dresser. I needed a place for my clothing in the other 3 foot closet and room for my dresser in that other room. *sigh* And the personality of the other room, since it could be claustrophobic in there, I want it in fun & cheerful colors for the laundry room.

Benjamin Moore Aura Paint Eggshell, small can that came in my Bzz Agent package it's White.

I jumped at the chance and took pictures right away of the door that has been bothering me in the bathroom, that was just lightly coated with what seems to be sprayed on primer, you can’t wash the door or you wash off the so called paint on it… frustrating. As I waited for my coupon for my free gallon of paint & a small can of white eggshell finish paint in Aura to arrive, I read up on this paint and got excited with what I read.

“Aura® is a Green Promise® product, which means each shade and coating is environmentally friendly and low in VOCs.” ~As read in BzzAgent Campaign update email.

(below you can see the color swatches of the Affinity Colors that Benjamin Moore sent me with my BzzAgent package.)

Benjamin Moore Affinity Color Swatches, many to choose from

I have fabric I picked out ages ago for my curtains, knowing that someday I would have a house and that it would have to go into my craft room. I also had some paint for the shelves in the little closet of a laundry room in a periwinkle purple. So the challenge was to match colors to something in the fabric for the curtains and make sure it would look nice with the little can of paint for in the other room, the laundry room.

Looking at all the Affinity Color swatches that Benjamin Moore sent me, I knew I had a lot of options, but I thought I bit off more then I could chew. But low and behold, I found each color in the flowers and leaves in the design on the fabric had a color match in these swatches!

Benjamin Moore Paint Colors in Affinity Swatches, some colors to match the fabric I will make my curtains out of in my craft room.

Next task, stir up the old periwinkle purple paint and see what works with those color swatches that match and make sure whatever color I choose was pale enough to not overpower both tiny little rooms in our little home.  I finally found the color, it’s called Urban Nature and I decided to get the color in a satin finish so it can handle the moisture in the laundry room and it can handle some washing without fading or coming off on the cloth.

Affinity Colors from Benjamin Moore Paint for the Aura paint, the color I chose "Urban Nature" the lighter of the two greens I looked at previously

I hadn’t bought any high end paint ever for any of my homes, so I about fainted at the $60 for a gallon of paint, though the guy at ACE Hardware told me I will never wish to use any other paint again… I then teased and thanked him for ruining the rest of my painting experience for the rest of my life after this. I admit it, I can’t afford this kind of paint, but I was dying to try it out and see what the huge deal was about.

Aura by Benjamin Moore, a can of satin finish paint in the color Urban Nature. the can is sitting on the fabric for the curtains in my craft room/dressing room.

Next came prep. I spent the day before painting, gathering up the rest of my supplies and cleaning off the front and back of the bathroom door and the living-room door for painting. The next morning I used painters tape and started painting over the old flat paint (or as we suspect primer on the doors) with the new paint. Using the small container of eggshell finish Aura paint in white. The container was so small that really it should have been used for trim, however the trim in this old house was painted wrong and has a lot of peeling and such all over them. And besides that the doors really needed to look cleaned up.

Below are examples of the bathroom door before painting:

Before painting closeup of bottom of bathroom door, this picture shows the bad chalky old paint that wipes off when I tried to wash it.

Before painting closeup of bottom of bathroom door, this picture shows the bad chalky old paint that wipes off when I tried to wash it.

Cleaned and prepared bathroom door with old flat chalky paint before apply the new paint. Closeup again.

Cleaned and prepared bathroom door with old flat chalky paint before apply the new paint. Closeup again.

Well the paint went on just right on the doors, the foam brush wasn’t as nice as the paint brush… a roller would have been better for such a big task however since with the old calky like paint on both doors and the yellowed color on it (who knows what color they used) the brush strokes showed up. But the paint levels out nicely and it just took another good coat with the brush to clean up the doors and make them look nice and new.

 The door after painting with the new paint, the Ben Moore Aura in White color with eggshell finish. (below)

finished painting the door with the new paint, the Ben Moore Aura in White color with eggshell finish.

Unfortunately after taking the before pictures and cleaning up around the walls of the laundry room, I found that washing the walls in there were impossible as it soaked into the walls. Not only did it soak in, but it started peeling the flat paint off in sheets of paint! So I waited for the wall to dry and just coated a small area, instead of doing the whole room. We are going to wait and see how it takes, but talking to several people about the situations it looks like putty knife time and a lot of peeling and starting from scratch with the walls in there. Sigh

 my little closet like laundry room, with the terrible paint job and texture on the walls.my little closet like laundry room, with the terrible paint job and texture on the walls.

An example of what happened after washing the walls in the little laundry room. Unfortunately this means more cleaning and scraping off the old paint first.

old paint after cleaning this ugly old chalky paint... it started peeling off the wall!

Below is the small area that I just had to place my paint on, oh how I wish I didn’t have to scrape all the old paint off first. *sigh*

Ben Moore Paint (Aura) in the color Urban Nature. Next to the old paint that started coming off after washing.

The other room, my craft room will not get painted for a while, I have tons of boxes in there since I started on this blog with Joan right after I moved to this new house and our previous house (pre apartment life for a few years) was a 2300 sq ft home and this one is just barely 900 sq feet, I have a ton of sorting to do etc before I can clear out that room for a painting. And how much you want to bet that since that room is the same color as the laundry room, we have the same strange peeling problem there as in the laundry room.

You’ve seen before how the color I picked looks with the fabric I am making curtains out of for my craft room. Here is a sample with the paint in Periwinkle Purple that I will be using in my little closet like laundry room. Pretty there too huh? 🙂

my Periwinkle Purple paint up next to the Aura Paint from Benjamin Moore... in Urban Nature (green) and a satin finish.

The test are that I worked with in the laundry room was with just a brush and I was amazed at how easily the color covered the old color and how nice the satin finish looks on the wall. The color is true to the swatch which is reassuring. Oh and when I went to pick up the pain at the local ACE Hardware, I saw a big rotating display case, taller then me… okay so I am short, but I swear that thing was 6 ft tall full of little sample bottles of the colors of Benjamin Moore paint! I took a picture with my cell phone, but unfortunately I lost it trying to get the picture moved to my computer and all the sudden most all my pictures on my cell phone are suddenly corrupted. I have to say though that that whole display case had me day dreaming about my painting the walls with my decorative painting skills, having a blast with the vines and peekaboo fairies looking out of the vines around a room, like I had planned to do years ago to a room. 🙂

 On my computer these pictures aren’t doing the color justice by the way. This is a close up of the Urban Nature (light green) with the satin finish… you can really see the satin finish well in the picture. Close up of the small area I painted in Ben Moore Aura Paint in Urban Nature color & Satin finish

I tell you this paint maybe more then what I’d usually pay for paint, but with all positive points to this paint, from the low VOCs, low odor to the high performance, I can see why people would want to buy this paint at this price. There isn’t hardly a scent when it comes to painting with this paint the colors are truly vibrant and I’ve been told about how this holds up very well by a friend that is a professional painter. I am looking forward to painting my rooms with the lovely color I’ve chosen, too bad (with my disabilities & chronic pain) I couldn’t get more done after my package finally arrived from bzz agent, but I have to say I am impressed and excited to have the chance to use this once I get all the prep done on the rooms by scraping off that old paint that started peeling once I cleaned the walls. The color is just dreamy and cheerful to look at.

So, what color is your Favorite color at Benjamin Moore’s Full Color Gallery? What room would you paint that color? I know I could have a blast with many of their colors, making each room have a totally different personality and yet all blend in well with the transition from room to room… just by looking at how the colors from Affinity Colors harmonize with each and every other color in there!

Disclaimer: I, Mariah Lockwood, personally reviewed this product. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, Benjamin Moore, Via BzzAgent provided me with a free sample of this product to test. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. . All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by me.