Friday, April 16, 2010

Sun Tent and Supplies - Spring Time Giveaway

Thanks for all the entries! Some of you really tried hard to win and I appreciate your dedication. A winner has been chosen:  

Congratulations kenziesmum 


Okay, I have lots of goodies to bring you, so where do I start? How about with Precision Time? They've sent me a few items that are just perfect for kicking off Spring and enduring the rainy and warmer days that it brings.

First, a little about Precision Time:

A Rich Legacy of Excellence
As a young boy in Argentina, Hugo Fraga was fascinated with timepieces and especially the intricate motors that lay at the heart of every watch. For more than 30 years he perfected his skills as a watchmaker and technician, training his young sons along the way. After immigrating to the USA in 1977, Hugo turned his passion for watches into the American dream by opening the family's first full-service watch store in 1982.
Over the years, the family realized there was a growing need for accessible, high-quality watch repair and the first Precision Time was born. Their plan to combine the convenient location of mall kiosks with the technical expertise the Fragas are known for quickly became a huge success. Today there are nearly 100 locations across the country and Hugo's sons and grandsons continue to share their craftsmanship and passion for watches with ever our growing Precision Time family.

Expertise and experience are part of our heritage. When we say we're “The Watch Experts,” we mean it!

My Two Cents:

I was first introduced to Precision Time through Twitter. They were giving away some items there and I was entering to win. As I do with companies before entering their giveaways, I went to their website to "check them out". What I found there was amazing. They have such a huge selection of high quality watches from brands you will recognize:

Bariloche Pocket Watches


London Underground

Lucien Piccard





Sottomarino Italia


Disney Snap Kids 

Giveaways at Precision Time

Not only does Precision Time love to host giveaways on twitter and on blogs at random, bu they also giveaway a watch each month to a member of the Precision Time Club (email subscribers) and they send out awesome coupons and special offers through email subscriptions. Which leads me to my next point:

Purchasing from Precision Time

That's right! I'm a customer, too. I can talk all day long about Precision Time and what they have to offer but I think it may mean more to you know that I am also a customer. Although they've sent me items for giveaways and I've won some of their promotional items, I had not tried one of their watches. That all changed around Christmas. I had joined the Precision Time Club and received a special offer during their Christmas Celebration: 25 days for $25, which I could purchase 5 Disney watches for $25. I couldn't pass it up, especially at Christmas time. I ordered 5 watches, one of which was for myself. The watch I ordered myself was the watch I received to giveaway during my Christmas Bash, the Vintage Mickey Mouse watch in collectors tin. I must say, had I had the extra cash, I would have ordered more of the Vintage Mickey watches for my sisters/niece/niece-in-laws. If you followed the link, you saw that they are TOO CUTE and, although it's a Mickey Mouse watch, it's very stylish and perfect for teens and adults.

I really liked that, once I ordered the watches, the were sent out immediately. I had them in less than a week and they were the exact watches as pictured. No surprises.


Precision Time almost always has on-site coupons available that you will want to watch for. They're always a great deal and can be found HERE.


Sorry to be misleading. The giveaway will be for (1) Sun Tent, an Invicta Sun Visor and a Fossil Vintage Tote, all courtesy of Precision Time.

This is a perfect way to start your warm weather weekends. You have your sun protection with the tent and the visor and a cool tote to carry all your supplies in. Nice, huh?

This giveaway will run until May17 at 11:59 PM CST. Make sure you first do the mandatory entry for all other entries to be valid and leave seperate comments for each entry.

Mandatory Entry

Visit Precision Time and bring me the link to your favorite watch that they offer.

Additional Entries

(1) Follow Precision Time on twitter (doing so also gives you a chance at winning other giveaways)

(2) Follow the Precision Time blog

(3) Sign up for the Precision Time Newsletter (They have GREAT deals you won't want to miss and they give away a watch to a subscriber each month)

(4) Tell me today's Ebay Daily Deal from Precision Time

(5) Follow my blog or tell me if you already do.

(6) Follow me on twitter: SereneMoments

(7) Grab my button and post it on your blog or tell me if you have it.

(8) Subscribe to my blog.

(9) Blog about this giveaway, leaving me the link (5 entries)

(10) Tweet the giveaway, can be done daily (2 entries):  "Win Sun Tent and Supplies from @PrecisionTime and @SereneMoments "

(11) Follow my other blogs  and get 2 entries each:

Relax and Enjoy all your Serene Moments

Girls With Goodies

Visions of Life

**This is a sponsored giveaway for Precision Time. I did not received compensation of any kind in exchange for this post and giveaway. I was shipped the giveaway items for my winners.**

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I'm Here and I have Springtime Giveaways!

Let me say how much I appreciate all of you for stopping by and hanging out with me. I cannot thank you enough. Some days, you just need a friendly comment or two to make things a little better. You know how it is.......

So, as I've said before, I am behind! I have all these giveaways to post and I'm drowning in them. Ha!Ha! But, for those who are interested, I'd like to give you a "summary" of what's been going on and why I'm behind:

As many of you know (and for those of you who don't) I was injured on the job in February, 2008. It was a hip injury, a very complicated one so I won't go into details, but I ended up having surgery in August, 2008 to repair the "tear in my hip joint". After surgery, I was much worse. The pain was horrible and has progressed every moment since then, even with me taking very powerful pain medications. Since the surgery, I've had test after test, mostly eliminating other problems but not showing exactly what the problem is. The doctors have decided that it's nerve damage from the surgery. Maybe 2 or 3 nerves, at best guess. The tests I need start at $10,000.00 and Workers Comp is refusing to pay it: Of course! I've had about 4 doctors confirm it's nerve damage but I need those tests to show which ones specifically.

So, I've been battling Workers Comp basically since October, 2008 to get the tests that I need and get them to pay for it, as well as paying my weekly benefits. In February, 2009, I hit my one year mark for the injury and Workers Comp stopped paying me and my medical bills. To them, they have done all they can and, now, they're basically saying, "SUE ME". Which is what I've done.

I won my first battle with Workers Comp in mid-2009. I was able to obtain a 'change of physicians' which allowed me a one time exam from a doctor of my choice to do an unbiased examination of me and present the results to Workers Comp, in the hopes that WC would get confirmation that it's still the same case and related to the same injury, therefore; giving them evidence as to my medical needs.

In September, 2009, I went to a Pain Management doctor who confirmed that I appeared to have nerve damage and that it was a continued result of the surgery. That's where I learned of the $10 grand price tag for the tests I need, plus additional costs depending on what the tests showed. I was quoted a $20,000 price tag "to start" and go from there.

With all this in writing and presented to WC, they said "NO". So, on to the next battle.

In January, 2010, we appeared in court to present evidence for my case. Again, all of it was obvious: same case, same injuries.... Still a "NO". Now, we're waiting for our first appeal.

With all this going on, I continue to get worse. I have very little mobility. The pain is unreal. And I wait...

I also had my first hearing with Social Security disability in January, 2010 and am waiting for their decision.  They have 90 days to decide my case which will be up April 25th. Hopefully, I can at least get this and have some type of money coming in. My BF, Ollie, has been supporting me and my son since WC stopped my checks. Thank GOD for him and his love. I don't know what we would have done without him. GOD finally sent me a wonderful man who loves me dearly, as I do him, and as GOD always does, it was at the perfect time in my life. We've been together a few months short of five years and, LORD, he didn't know what he was going to get, did he? But, he stuck around. 2 1/2 years into our relationship and this is what he got. GOD knew what HE was doing.

Moving on, I'll finally be eligible for Medicaid in August, 2010. You must be off work for 2 1/2 years to get Medicaid.....

Something else I was told by the Pain Management doctor was that I was running out of time. If I don't get something started, FAST, some of the damage will be irreparable.

I am SCARED! I was 38 when I got hurt. Now, at 40 I am facing the possibility of being disabled. Not to mention a life full of severe pain, discomfort, depression...... you name it.

Well, my Ollie and I fussed and discussed over this and decided to try a chiropractor to see if I could get some kind of relief or help of any kind. After lots of xrays and other tests that we can afford, he has discovered, too, that I have nerve damage but there's something more.... He discovered that the doctor
CUT MY NERVE(S). Can you believe it?! No wonder I have so many problems. Now what?

I'm hiring another attorney. One that handles this type of case and, with the assistance of my chiropractor and all my documents for the past 2 1/2 years and statements, assessments and so on from all the other doctors, we are going after the orthopaedic surgeon who did this to me.

That's where we are. That's where I've been. That's why I'm behind.

So, I ask that you keep me in your prayers as I continue going through this. I know that blogging has saved me from myself, so to speak, and given me a means to express myself but, most importantly, it has kept me sane. It gets me off the couch. It helps my depression and keeps me from sitting around dwelling on this horrible mess. I know this. So, I'm back. Through all this, I "slacked" on something that brings me joy, occupies my mind and gets me through my most horrible days. Why did I slow down, stop posting and return to my horrible thoughts......... well, the Devil made me do. Honestly.

I can't do that. So, help me out, my online friends. If you don't see me post after a couple days, tell me about it. Remind me of what keeps me sane. I read all my comments plus here is my twitter and e-mail accounts:


If ever you need me, I'll do the same. We have to stick together.

Thank you for listening.

Spring Time Giveaways start today!