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July 22, 2014

Zazzle :: Christmas In July Sale and Giveaway

It's Christmas in July at Zazzle! Get up to 60% off from now thorough 7/25/2014. All you have to do is use the code JULYHOLIDAYZ. Now is the perfect time to shop for holiday gifts early! Take advantage of the sale and beat the crowds during the holiday season.

So what gift ideas can you find at Zazzle? How about Pillows, Lamps, Bath Sets, Mugs, Aprons, and so much more! Here are three picks I thought were really cute!

If you would prefer to start your shopping for holiday needs in July, Zazzle has those too! You will find Greeting Cards, Ornaments, Decorations, Wrapping Paper, Countdown Calendars, and much more!

Check out the Christmas in July Sale at Zazzle before it ends on Friday! To celebrate, Zazzle is offering one lucky reader the chance to win a $25 Zazzle Gift Card!

Mally Beauty :: Makeup Must Haves :: Review and Giveaway

I have been hearing about Mally Roncal and her bulletproof makeup for awhile now. I really wanted to try her products and now I finally have! Here are the Mally Beauty Makeup essentials I reviewed to get you started. Stay tuned to see which of these products is the best beauty product I have tried in a long time! I will never go without it again. Yes, it is that good.

First, who is Mally? Celebrity Makeup Artist Mally Roncal is dedicated to the idea of bringing every woman the secrets, techniques, and products she has developed to serve her demanding clients. She believes that every woman can take advantage of the differences that make her unique and beautiful. This philosophy, along with her incredible beauty vision and magnetic personality, has made her one of the most sought-after make-up artists in the beauty industry.

Mally's products stand for high performance beauty. Every item is designed to deliver. Her range of cosmetics is fun, feminine and fashionable, while also being simple and straightforward. They are designed to deliver from the start of a grueling day until the end, so you look fresh and fierce from start to finish.

Evercolor Shadow Stick
Gorgeous, versatile color that locks on and lasts until you take it off.

The Evercolor Shadow Stick is the perfect solution for a quick, long-wearing eye that looks incredible all day. The Shadow Stick is your primer, shadow base, and eye shadow all in one. You can also use it as an eyeliner. It won't come off until you take it off! You can use it to line and define or create a quick smokey eye. The creamy texture helps to smooth out fine lines. Once your beautiful eye look is complete you can be sure it will stay fresh all day long! I reviewed the colors (1) Dusk, (2) Trailblazing Brown, (3) Firework, and (4) Purple Rain.

What I Love :: They are so versatile! I love using them as a primer and putting shadow over them. My shadow stays put. If I am feeling like I want some glimmer, I cover my lid and smudge for a soft, smokey look. It stays on all day without fail!

To Use :: Stroke the Evercolor Shadow Stick across the eye, smudging quickly if a softer look is desired. Take the line just beyond the natural end of the lid to widen your eyes. Lightly line across the top or bottom lash line to achieve that great soft, smudged liner look.

Volumizing Mascara
Mally's professional full-volume mascara technique packed into a single tube.

This Volumizing Mascara has a unique formula that helps create the look of gorgeous, full, luxurious lashes. The combination of natural waxes and carefully chosen powders gives lashes an instant boost. The plush brush works with the powders in the formula to help thicken lashes without clumping, giving you gorgeous volume that lasts and lasts.

What I Love :: Lashes for days! It is literally amazing how full and long you can get your eyelashes with this mascara. It has become my go-to mascara.

To Use :: Use an eyelash curler before applying mascara to train your eyelashes to curl up for longer-looking lashes. Apply the mascara from the root to the tip, wiggling the wand as you move toward the end of your lashes. This will help prevent your mascara from clumping. Add two coats of mascara to your upper lashes and one coat to your lower lashes

High-Shine Liquid Lipstick Pens
A variety of shades that immerse your lips in a shimmering pool of color.

Finish off any look this season, dramatic or natural, with a cult classic from Mally Beauty ... High-Shine Liquid Lipstick Pens! Immerse your lips in a shimmering pool of color. These liquid lipstick pens are available in over 30 amazois shades. Mally's High-Shine Liquid Lipstick Pen is a high-performance, 4-in-1 product that includes your lip primer, lipstick, lip gloss, and lip liner all in one! It is a beautiful, smooth, and creamy formula that was created to last. These lip pens give you the perfect amount of color combined with high shine gloss. You can wear it over lipstick to add extra shine or alone to give you a beautiful everyday glossy lip. I reviewed the colors (1) Pouty Pink, (2) Pearly Girl, (3) Tender Rose, and (4) Must Have Pink.

What I Love :: This is gloss to the max! But what I normally hate about glosses is the stickiness. High-Shine Liquid Lipstick Pens do not leave your lips sticky! Instead, they are nourishing and full of color. I love wearing them over my favorite matte lip pencil.

How To Use :: Twist the bottom of the lipstick pen to the right until the lip color comes to the top of the brush. Simply glide the brush over the lips to deliver gorgeous lip color and shine. Try mixing and matching different lip shades too!

These Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliners glide on easily without a shadow base, yet last all day. They are rich, full, and give a strong coverage. They can be used over, under, or in the inner rim of the eye. I reviewed (1) Starshine, (2) Espresso, and (3) Kona.

What I Love :: They glide on smooth as butta ... just like Mally says. You don't have to tug and pull the delicate skin around your eyes! No bleeding! It stays on all day.

To Use :: Sharpen your eyeliner, if necessary. The sharper the tip, the thinner the line. Start at the outside of the eye and work your line in toward the corner of the eye. Stay as close to the eyelash base as possible. Line just the outer rims of the upper and lower lashes or take the line all the way in. Smudge within 30 seconds to achieve a sultry look.

Evercolor Poreless Face Defender
Revolutionary water-clear finish sets, extends wear, minimizes pores, and looks flawless.

Mally's Evercolor Poreless Face Defender is the perfect finishing touch for your makeup. This remarkable technology yields an utterly sheer, featherweight product that diffuses the look of pores, minimizes fine lines, and helps protect your makeup so it lasts from morning to night. Face Defender gives you that flawless matte finish without the dry, ashy look of powder. The result is silky smooth skin and longer-lasting makeup. It comes with a unique buffed-edge Japanese sponge.

What I Love :: Okay, so if I was giving an award for my new favorite beauty product, Evercolor Poreless Face Defender would win. I used to set my makeup with powder every single day. When I first received this, I wondered how that weird looking substance was going to work. The answer? Like magic. This stuff is incredible. It completely eliminates the need for powder. Not only does it get rid of shine, it also sets your makeup all day long. No joke, all day. I will never go without this product. Never. Ever.

To Use :: Swirl the sponge in the Face Defender and softly pat this innovative, sheer formula all over your face. Never swipe or rub as this can move your makeup. Use the rounded corners of the sponge to get into all those hard to reach places, such as side of nose and inner corners of your eyes.

How do these products all come together? Mally calls it bulletproof makeup. I can see why. The staying power of these products is amazing. Check out the video below so you can see how these five products are used. They are truly beauty must haves.

Mally Beauty is offering TWO of my lucky readers a chance to try the Volumizing Mascara! Your lashes will be full and fabulous!

July 20, 2014

Why You Need A Wine Cellar In Your Life #HaierAmbassador

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Okay, I can hear you through the computer. You are saying to yourself, why in the world would I need a wine cellar? Isn't that a bit extravagant? I am here to tell you that it is not! Let's face it, if you drink wine, you know that it is not cheap. So are you getting the most out of your wine drinking experience? If you don't have a wine cellar, you aren't.

I am in the process of reviewing the 12-Bottle Capacity Dual Zone Wine Cellar from Haier. It is amazing. First of all, you have dual zone control. Dual wine refrigerators can store two types of wine at two different temperatures. Set one compartment at a temperature between 50 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit for red wine and set the other between 45 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit for white wine. It is perfect! Reds and whites can be stored together.

Next, wine should be stored on its side. Especially after it has been opened. Always store corked wine bottles on their sides. The wine racks in wine cellars are designed to store wine bottles on their sides. This is to keep the corks moist. If the bottles are left standing, the corks will dry out and let air in, spoiling the wine.

The Haier Dual Zone Wine Cellar with Electronic Controls holds 12 bottles of wine! That is plenty of wine for any gathering with family and friends. How impressed will they be when you retrieve a bottle from your wine cellar?! They will know that you care about things like avoiding frequent changes to the temperature of wine. This is one sexy appliance too. It looks fantastic in my dining room and adds instant flair to any room.

I am definitely enjoying my Haier Wine Cellar (review coming soon)! Joking aside, there is nothing like unwinding with that perfect glass of wine. Whether you are by yourself, or with your friends and family, wine is sometimes just what we need. That is why it is important to make sure you are storing your wine in the best way possible.

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EatSmart Precision Elite Thermocouple Food Thermometer :: Review and Giveaway

EatSmart Products creates tools to help you maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle. The EatSmart product line currently includes some of the most accurate and reliable bathroom, kitchen and luggage scales available on the market today.

I reviewed the EatSmart Precision Elite Thermocouple Food Thermometer. I have been needing one, so it was perfect timing. My husband likes to cook on the grill and I am always worried about the meat being done. Literally every time I will ask, "Are you sure it's done?" It really irritates him. Now I don't have to ask and guess - I can test!

The Elite Thermocouple was designed by chefs and cooking professionals for home use. It is the perfect tool for the serious home cook or baker. Whether cooking indoors or outdoors, this thermometer will give years of reliable service performing a wide variety of everyday tasks.

I found the EatSmart Precision Elite Thermocouple Food Thermometer durable, reliable and easy to use. It includes EatSmart InstaRead Technology which can rapidly read the temperature 3 seconds or less. It is Fahrenheit - Celsius switchable. It features a 1.5 mm folding step-down probe, making it easy to store and it also reduces puncture hole size to keep juices in meat. The illuminated bright blue back light makes it easy to read even in low-light outdoor conditions. Look the bright light shown below!

Why does the Elite make a great value? The Precision Elite takes the guess work out of cooking, baking and grilling resulting in delicious meals cooked to perfection both indoors and out. One lucky reader will win one to try for themselves!

zulily Back to School Trends

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Believe it or not, now is the time to find awesome Back to School deals at zulily! According to zulily, five of the top trends for the new school year include:

Northern Exposure – From faux fur capelets and moccasins for girls to hoodies for boys emblazoned with bold animal faces, wild looks are big for back to school

Galaxy – Starscapes, planets and are other galaxy themed prints make their way onto clothing and accessories alike for fall Sublimation is really big and should be said in here

90’s Flashback – They say if you’ve lived through a trend once not to wear it a second time around, which is why today’s school kids are the only ones cute enough to pull off 90’s inspired looks, including acid washed jeans with bold bright 90's prints along with Harem pants - Can't touch this.

Camo Cool – From backpacks and binders to shoes and jackets, expect to see camouflage prints in a wide variety of colors in school hallways this fall

London Calling – Trench Coats and hooded jackets paired with textured wool and corduroy will keep kids on this side of the pond warm when fall’s crisp temperatures return

Creating Custom T-Shirts

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Family reunions, day camps, fun runs, kickball tournaments … the list goes on for all the fun summer events that call for a special shirt to unite the crowd and commemorate the moment. CustomInk is an online custom t-shirt service that offers a hassle-free design and order process, helpful customer service and free shipping! For all of the reasons you can think of to create a t-shirt, their design lab has fonts and artwork ready to inspire your ideas.

Watch their commercial below to help you get to know more about CustomInk and how they can help you outfit your next event ...

July 19, 2014

Traveling Options

More people are on the move than ever before, and the travel industry is working hard to keep up. Airports, hotels, airlines, and cruise ships are doing their best to attract customers, and the destinations are also changing. Today, travelers can find pristine beaches, great hiking and biking, sailing and diving and indigenous cultures in places rarely visited and at much lower prices than can be found at more famous destinations. Click here to get a glimpse of what is possible today.

Croatia has all the ancient history anyone could wish for, from well-preserved Roman ruins to Dubrovnik, a medieval city that rivaled Venice and is still in almost perfect condition. Croatia has no less than seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It also has spectacular natural scenery with world-class rock climbing, and more than 1,000 beautiful islands along its Dalmatian coast, a sailing paradise. The price for an excellent meal from friendly villagers with exceptional wine is budget friendly, and the cost of resorts and hotels is much less than other beach destinations in Europe.

Africa is a favorite travel destination especially for people who wish to see the "big five" - African leopard, African lion, African elephant, rhino and Cape buffalo - and the options are getting better. There are high-end cruises that will include experiential vacations with a safari into Kruger National Park and other places including Botswana, Mozambique and Tanzania. These vacations can be customized for each traveler and are family friendly.

Technology is also taking over many traditional areas of travel. Some airlines are making travelers check their own bags, and other airlines are abandoning their famous one-class cabin to add a premium cabin. Even checking into a hotel may depend upon using a smartphone as a keycard, so guests need not check in at the front desk. Many of the new features are intended to save the traveler money on expensive amenities.

Here are some things to look for the next time you travel:

For those who have seen enough on Earth, there is space travel in the near future. Many people have already signed up for a vacation space ride. They get three days of training first and may attend a party with Richard Branson.

Car rentals will have self-service kiosks, places to charge your electronics and places for children to play, as well as road tips for vacations by car.

For those traveling without children, they’ll find child-free zones on some airlines.

Time To Quit

Cigarettes and all tobacco products are difficult to remove from daily life. They are physically and emotionally addictive substances. There are many reasons to stop smoking, including health, money and social issues. Quitting cigarettes requires help in most cases. Here are some steps to take in order to quit smoking or using other tobacco products.

Make a Plan

This is an important step. Your plan should include a firmly fixed "quit smoking" date. See your doctor beforehand. He or she may prescribe an antidepressant before you stop smoking. Most antidepressants become effective within two to three weeks of the patient taking them.

Advise everyone in your life about the quit smoking date. If you have smoke break friends, make sure to let them know about your plan. Encourage them to stop with you, but make sure not to break this commitment to yourself.

Remove cigarettes, ashtrays, matches, lighters or anything that reminds you of smoking from your home, office case or desk drawer. Don't leave a single cigarette or reminder in sight to tempt you.

Support Group

It's essential to get support from friends and family about your plan to quit smoking. If a spouse or partner continues to smoke, identify an area support group. Ask friends who have stopped smoking to stay in touch to provide encouragement. Most importantly, never give up. Meditate on gaining health, not quitting smoking.

Positive Reinforcement

As part of your quitting smoking plan, reward yourself for accomplishments. The first three or four days are very difficult. Plan to use money you'd have spent on cigarettes or related items to buy yourself something great. The savings will quickly accumulate because tobacco products are expensive.

Better Health

Once you quit, include a new exercise regimen and eat healthy foods to heal your lungs and body. 

Quitting tobacco products for good is a very great challenge, but it's possible with the right support system. Plan to succeed, and assemble all the resources you'll need to quit smoking for good.

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July 17, 2014

What Makes You Sparkle? #SparkleWithDASANI

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What makes you sparkle? I know as a teacher, I love to see that sparkle in my students' eyes when learning happens. Their sparkle makes me sparkle. That being said, summer also makes me sparkle because that is my time to refresh and relax. You will find me sitting poolside much like you see in the photo above, sipping on something cool and refreshing. That is when I really sparkle!

Speaking of sparkling ... DASANI has recently launched a new product! DASANI Sparkling is a sparkling water created to add refreshment to your day. DASANI Sparkling is an unsweetened sparkling water with no artificial flavors and zero calories. DASANI Sparkling is a refreshing way to take a break from your busy day! Sometimes the summer days can be so hot, you want something that is a bit more refreshing than water. This is the perfect solution. You can find it in four delicious flavors: Berry, Lemon, Lime, and Apple. I can't wait to try the lemon flavor. What's your favorite flavor?

DASANI is celebrating with an awesome giveaway! Show DASANI what makes you sparkle and you can win! Be it family, friends, fashion or DASANI Sparkling itself, @DASANIWater wants to know. Submit your photo on Twitter using #SparkleWithDASANI and you could win a Sparkling Getaway for yourself and three friends to The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, FL! Wow! Awesome, right? Get all of the details HERE.

The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa offers a refreshing way to unwind. Relax on beachfront surf and sand while you enjoy spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean or the Intracoastal Waterway. Fulfill your every culinary craving with a well-balanced selection of restaurants. Choose from healthful, decadent or anything in between. Feel well at the brand-new, 30,000 square-foot  Heavenly Spa by Westin where you will be provided with two relaxing spa experiences per person for a truly unforgettable experience. Who wants to win?! It's as simple as easy as uploading a photo of what makes you sparkle to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #SparkleWithDASANI. May the rest of your summer *sparkle*!

July 15, 2014

Take Bigelow Iced Tea on a Summer Road Trip #AmericasTea

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It's summer! That means plenty of road trips in my family. One of the hardest things about going on road trips is not having what you need once you get to your destination. There is nothing worse than being thirsty in a hotel room, and having to resort to the vending machines. No more! I worked with #CollectiveBias to show you how to make Bigelow Iced Tea anywhere you may travel. All you need is some Bigelow Tea to make yourself some refreshing iced tea on the go.


I found Bigelow Tea very easily at Walmart. Deciding on a flavor was the hard part! Finally, I decided that English Teatime would make wonderful iced tea mixed with any flavor. So I purchased English Teatime and an Assorted Pack. How do I make iced tea in a hotel, you ask? Well, if you are traveling to a hotel like I did, here is what you will need. Just pack a pitcher, an insulated mug or glass, and of course your Bigelow Tea!


It is so simple! The hotel I stayed at had hot water available in the lobby. Sometimes, you can also heat up hot water in your room. I took two glasses of hot water back to my room, and used them to brew two tea bags each. Then I filled my pitcher with ice. Every hotel has ice - and lots of it! In no time at all, the tea was ready. I just poured the hot tea into the pitcher of ice and stirred. I also added a bit of sugar, but that is optional. That is it! I was ready to pour it into my insulated glass and enjoy my summer road trip!


Our road trip was so much fun! It was so hot the day we visited the zoo. My combination of Mint Medley and English Teatime Bigelow Iced Tea was so refreshing! Visit Bigelow to shop for tea and get some great tea tips - including recipes. They have been family tea blenders since 1945! Bigelow Tea is of the highest quality and always comes in foil pouches to ensure good flavor and product freshness. You will also want to check out Bigelow's Made in the U.S.A. Sweepstakes! You can enter from now through July 29, 2014. 


While you hit the road this summer, don't forget to pack #AmericasTea! Brew some of your favorite iced tea to go and take that refreshing goodness with you! You can connect with Bigelow Tea on Facebook and Twitter. Visit the Pinterest board below for more inspiration and stories about Bigelow Tea!
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