10 Things You Should Know About Me

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  1. I was a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher before I had my children.  I loved teaching but hated the paperwork and other stuff that went along with teaching.
  2. When I was a toddler I got a fish bone stuck in my throat and I had to have a specialist in the ER remove it.
  3. I have 1 tattoo.  It is on my shoulder and it is a heart with the Japanese symbol for teacher inside.  I want to get another one to symbolize my children but I haven’t decided what or where yet. 

    Romero Britto Nails

  4. It’s a horrible habit but I bite my nails.  Even when I try to stop biting my nails, they are so weak and they break.  I like wearing acrylic nails because I hate the way my chewed nails look.
  5. I still sleep with a bear that I’ve had since childhood.  It’s more about putting my arm around something than the bear itself though so I can use a pillow to hug instead.
  6. I have fibromyalgia so I am tired and achy a lot.  It took a long time to be diagnosed but once I was, it was such a relief to know that I wasn’t crazy!
  7. I love sushi!  One of my goals on my bucket list is to learn how to make it at home.

    Judge Judy Sheindlin

    Judge Judy Sheindlin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  8. I was on Judge Judy.  I sued an ex who owed me money.  She shushed me once but I won my case!
  9. I love popcorn.  I could totally pass up a dessert but put popcorn in front of me and it will be gone.

    English: Welcome by Romero Britto

    English: Welcome by Romero Britto (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  10. My favorite artist is Romero Britto.  I love his work!  I met him once and he kissed my cheek.  My girls went home and told Daddy that some man kissed Mommy.  LOL

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Handy Uses For Contact Lens Cases

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I LOVE contact lens cases.  They are so inexpensive, you can buy multiples in a package, and there are so many things you can store in them.  One of my favorite things to put into a contact lens case is homemade lip gloss or lip scrub.  I plan on writing up a post with that recipe soon so keep an eye out.
I purchased a package of contact lens cases last week to store essential oils in.  I like to mix essential oils them with a carrier oil to help make the oils last longer and massage in easier.  I didn’t want to use up a lot of each essential oil and carrier oil so I figured mixing a few drops of the essential oil with some carrier oil (olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, etc.) in a contact lens case would be perfect.  It’s just the right amount for a few uses when I am using the oils.  This way I don’t have to dilute too much of the essential oil at one time.  I’ll be posting more on essential oils soon.  I swear by them!
I am going to BlogHer (a blogger convention) this week and I will be gone for 3 nights.  As I began to pack I looked over at the package of contact lens cases that I hadn’t used yet and inspiration hit me.  Instead of traveling with the bottles of each cream, lotion, primer, etc. that I use on my face, why not just put some of each facial lotion, etc. in compartment of a contact lens case?  Genius if I do say so myself!  Of course for body lotion I would need a bigger container but since I just use a little bit of my day cream, night cream, primer, and Aquaphor, this is perfect and takes up so much less space!
contact case lotionsI plan on adding more idea to this post but I wanted to get it up before BlogHer to help anyone else traveling this week.  Have an idea on something to store in a contact lens case?  Comment below!


A few notes:

  • I always wash and dry the cases before I use them.
  • I prefer the cases that have screw-on lids but this batch hubby bought.  I am putting it inside a snack size baggie just in case it leaks because of the style of cap on them but they seem pretty tight.
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Come Talk to Me at BlogHer13! My Tips For Newbies and Not-So-Newbies!

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Goal For BlogHer13-
Last year I attended my very first Blogger Conference, BlogHer12, in NYC.  I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I am a total Type-A planner and thought I had pretty well planned for everything- the parties, the sessions, what to do if I got a blister (I brought 4 different products to prevent and treat blisters), and much more.  I even brought a luggage scale with me to make sure that my suitcases full of swag weren’t too heavy for the airline limits.  Speaking of swag, I had packed all my clothes, toiletries, etc. in my carry-on bag and checked one big empty suitcase inside another empty suitcase so I would have plenty of room to bring back swag.  I had a great time at BlogHer12, passed out my business cards to tons of PR reps, other bloggers, etc., but I don’t think I really made that many meaningful connections.  That was the main thing that I didn’t plan for.  I rushed from party to party but was too nervous to really talk to many people.  I didn’t know what to say.  I was a newbie and it was all so overwhelming.  I made the mistake of clinging onto whatever friend I happened to have with me at each party.  I will not make the same mistake this year.  I am still shy and nervous, but I do have some questions in mind to ask PR reps, I have my “elevator pitch” ready.  I am going to do my best to start conversations and get out of my comfort zone to make connections.  That is my goal for BlogHer13.  So if you see me, come talk to me!
BlogHer '13

I will admit that I had SWAG on the brain last year.  There was just so much of it.  It was just so easy to get swept up in the excitement of getting things for free.  Heck, there were even free “personal massagers” from Trojan!  I filled both empty suitcases with swag and had to leave a ton of stuff in the Swag Trade Room and in the hotel room for housekeeping.  This year I plan to be much more selective and only take what my family or I will really use.  Free stuff is great, but that is not the point of my trip this year.

Last year I bought a bunch of new skirts and dresses (totally not me) and that is what I wore to the evening parties.  I was sweaty and uncomfortable.  Skirts and dresses are not me.  I am a jeans and t-shirts type of girl.  This year I am bringing jeans, pants, t-shirts (for during the day), and nice dressier shirts for at night.  I am going to be comfortable.  (Note~ You will see everything from cocktail dresses to jeans and t-shirts at the same party so be comfortable, be yourself!)
Here are some possible looks that I will be rockin’ at BlogHer.  I won’t be deciding until I start packing but it will be from these outfits:
BlogHer Looks
In addition to bringing comfortable clothes and shoes, I am going to try to not over do it.  I have fibromyalgia, sleep apnea, and plantar fasciitis.  I am exhausted and achy most of the time and I have to remember that I can’t do it all.  Nothing is worth how bad I will feel if I push my body too far.  So I plan on doing what I can and listening to my body.  If my body tells me enough is enough, then goodnight Gracie, it will be time to call it a night.

Tips For Newbies-

  • Check the expiration dates on all the coupons and offers you receive at Expo and the private parties.  Some expired soon after BlogHer last year.
  • Bring a portable charger for your cellphone.  This is the one I bought last year and it was only $29.  I’m bringing TWO this year.  They were a lifesaver last year.
  • Bring a travel surge protector.  If you are sharing a room with roommates, you’ll probably need the extra outlet space and a travel surge protector will protect your important electronics such as your laptop, iPad, etc.
  • Bring a travel scale to weight your suitcases BEFORE you leave the hotel so you will be able to make sure that they are not overweight for your airline.
  • Make sure to bring comfortable shoes that you have already broken in and bring blister block to prevent blisters and moleskin in case you do get blisters.
  • If you plan on bringing home a lot of swag, pack an empty suitcase inside of a suitcase to have extra room.  Just make sure you know how much your airline charges per bag or make arrangements to ship your swag back.
  • Have a holder for your business cards and a separate place to keep business cards you get from others.  Keep a pen with you to take notes on the cards of others to remember who they are, what you talked about, etc.  Try to do that as soon as possible to jog your memory later.

I’ll be adding more tips as I think of them so check back!
Above all, have a great time!

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Welcome to Cori’s Cozy Corner! (Formerly Cori’s Coupon Corner)

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header2Welcome to Cori’s Cozy Corner!  I have decided to rebrand my blog to get away from posting mainly deals and coupon posts.  Instead I will be posting more of what I love- product reviews, movie reviews, giveaways, crafts, recipes, fun things to do with your children, and lots more!  If you are looking for any of my previous posts you can check them out on Cori’s Coupon Corner.

PR  and Brand Representatives:
I wasn’t planning on attending BlogHer13 when I made the decision to rebrand.  I was thrilled when I found out I was able to go to Chicago to attend BlogHer13 but my new blog wasn’t ready.  Please excuse the dust around here while the new blog is getting set up and please check out my posts on my previous blog Cori’s Coupon Corner.
Thank you so much!  I look forward to working with you!

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