October 30, 2011

#SpreadTheWarmth Charity Raffle Giveaway at Family and Life in Las Vegas :: 90 Winners with $3500 in Prizes




One of my future sponsors is also a sponsor in a BIG Charity Giveaway Event at Family and Life in Las Vegas. Packed4Fun is one of the 90 sponsors. 90 Winners with over $3500 in prizes! Check out this great Giveaway Event to benefit Embrace Infant Warmers! Event ends 11/12.

October 29, 2011

The Replacements :: Chuck :: The Complete Fourth Season on DVD/Blu-Ray


Did you ever feel like you were in jeopardy of being replaced? In episode 18 of Chuck, Sarah worries that the CIA is replacing them with Casey's extremely efficient team, but Chuck considers himself irreplaceable with the Intersect. I know I have felt like Sarah and in 2010 my worst fears came true. In 2010 I was replaced. What was I replaced by? Budget cuts and a bad economy. Yes I was laid off. I had a feeling it might happen when the "talk" of budget cuts started happening. I knew how Sarah felt. It is a horrible feeling. But the worst part about my situation is that it was through no fault of my own! If we were in a better economy right now, I would still have a job. I wish my story had a better ending but sadly it does not. At least we can always count on Chuck for great storytelling with much better endings.

In season four, the geek gone spy is putting everything on the line, available for pre-order here: http://bit.ly/r3n2er


I have been hired by Warner Bros WBWord division to raise awareness for Chuck: The Complete Fourth Season on DVD/Blu-Ray.

October 28, 2011

Easy DIY Halloween :: Activities, Printables and Games

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Hello new visitors from October Followers Fest!
PLEASE leave me a comment so I know where to find you!

It is almost time for the little Ghosts and Goblins to have some spooky fun!

Here are some easy-last-minute DIY :: Activities, Printables and Games 
to help you enjoy your Halloween with less stress!


  1. Printable Halloween BINGO from Attempting Aloha (Boo-ngo)
  2. DIY Reversible Puzzle from Made (easy to make puzzles)
  3. Three Spooks In a Row Game from My Computer is My Canvas (Tic-Tac-Toe)
  4. Halloweenie Dress Up Printable from Babalisme (paper doll with costumes)
  5. Halloween Matching Game from Oopsey Daisy (like Memory)
  6. Track Your Loot Printable from Lasso the Moon (for after Trick-or-Treat)

October 27, 2011

Review :: Original Sprout :: Worry-Free Luxury for Hair and Body



I had the opportunity to review products from Original Sprout. Original Sprout is a family-run company that creates products that are not only safe to use but also deliver salon performance. I reviewed the Miracle Detangler, Natural Shampoo, Luscious Island Conditioner and the Face & Body Sunscreen. I did not know what to expect because I had never used products that were so Worry-Free.

These Products Are:
  • Made by a master stylist and mother, so they are safe and natural, but perform as good or better than high-end salon brands.
  • Free of phthalates, phytoestrogens, soy, gluten, animal products, parabens, and propylene glycol with no added dioxanes or formaldehydes.
  • Free of skin penetrators & photosensitizers (plasticizers & nanoparticles).
  • Extracts are certified organic. The majority of ingredients are plant derived & from natural sources.
  • E.U. Directive Compliant with full label disclosure of ingredients.
  • Fragrances are made with naturally derived ingredients & are certified FREE of phthalates, lavender, tea tree, PG, DPG, parabens, dioxanes, benzenes, formaldehydes, acetaldehydes, styrene, toluene, chlorobenzene & glycol ethers.
  • Products are vegetarian/vegan & biodegradable.

I had no clue that the products I use now had so many unnatural elements in them. I have heard of vegan products but I never imagined it would be possible to get salon results with them. I have very long and very thick wavy hair. Most of the shampoos, conditioners and detanglers that I use either weigh my hair down or make it ultra frizzy. 


I tried the Natural Shampoo, Luscious Island Conditioner and Miracle Detangler together. I was so pleasantly surprised. First of all I thought there would be no way that these products would smell great - but they do! They smell better than any of the hair products that I currently use! The Natural Shampoo smells like a fresh, clean baby. No kidding that is what it smells like. The Luscious Island Conditioner reminds me of being on a tropical vacation! It smells like a mix of mango and coconut! I was so shocked! So I washed and conditioned my hair. I got out of the shower and sprayed on the Miracle Detangler which worked like a charm! With my hair I cannot comb it out without a detangler. There is no way. The comb went through so easily and again, it smells great. 

So far I was impressed. But like so many other hair products I try - you really see the results after you style your hair. I have wavy hair so I dry it with a diffuser. Then I took a look. I was *shocked* my hair was not frizzy at all! It was not weighed down! My hair felt so clean and so soft. But the thing that most impressed me was the fact that my waves were defined! It looked like it does when I leave the salon. Again, I was shocked. So here is a photo that I (tried) to take of what it looked like after I was finished styling!


No frizz - just defined waves! I am SOLD! Really you must try these products. They are so amazing and so wonderful. I can't say enough. If I had children I would feel so safe using these products knowing that they were indeed Worry-Free Luxury products! Now I see why Original Sprout has a cult following of the who’s who in green Hollywood, thousands of salons, and women who want high-quality, safe products for themselves and their family.


The last product I tried was the Vegan Face & Body Sunscreen which is also from the Tahitian Collection so it smells like a tropical vacation. It feels so great going on - no sticky feeling! It has an SPF of 24 making it perfect for using in the sun or for everyday use.

Orginal Sprout can be can be purchased online at www.originalsprout.com or at a variety of health food stores & salons worldwide (not found in conventional grocery & drug store chains or big box stores). Original Sprout has offered my readers an awesome discount! Use the code FIRST_ORDER_10-U at www.originalsprout.com to get 10% off your first order! You connect with Original Sprout on Facebook and Original Sprout on Twitter.

As if you need them, here are some more reasons you should give Original Sprout Products a try.

FOUNDER:
Inga Tritt founded The Original Little Sprout® in 2003 and Original Sprout in 2007. The name Little Sprout was inspired by the birth of her daughter Maya. Inga was born in Germany and grew up in Montecito, California. Her love of nature, art and architecture led to a successful career as a master stylist. Wanting to be a full time mom led her to selling her salons & spas and moving to the country, where she now lives with her family.

PRODUCT HISTORY:
Our founder delighted in her newborn daughter's thick hair. Wanting to use the safest bath products led to her trying natural baby shampoos. To her surprise, all the shampoos wreaked havoc her daughter's hair and sensitive skin. To remedy the problem Inga created the first of it's kind, ultra moisturizing natural baby bath & styling products. The benefits of being a master stylist with professional experience & a mother with real life experience culminated into Original Sprout, a globally trusted natural family brand.

SAFE FAMILIES:
Parents trust Original Sprouts superior performance & worry-free ingredients. Cancer & early puberty can be linked to hormone disruption, hence no natural or synthetic hormone disrupters such as soy, yam, tea tree, lavender, parabens, titanium dioxide, formaldehyde or nano-particles are used in our formulas. In addition products are free of insect attracting honey or soda fragrances.

WORRY-FREE FRAGRANCES:
Original Sprout uses fragrances & essential oils that are approved by California's Safe Cosmetics Program & the European Cosmetics Directive. By creating safe fragrances smelling good is worry-free! Our fragrances are free of ingredients linked to cancer concerns such as phthalates, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, styrene toluene, chlorobenzene, glycol ethers & musk.

HEALTHY WOMEN:
Staying healthy & beautiful is easy with Original Sprout. Women trust & enjoy our superior, prevention based formulas. Each product is made specifically without estrogen disrupting or contaminated ingredients. Certified green & clean fragrances are standard for added health benefits. Always healthy, always beautiful with Original Sprout.

PETA:
Original Sprout is adamantly against animal testing and is proud to support Peta in the ethical treatment of animals. All products are vegan, and lanolin, used in the Baby hair Balm, is from wool so the sheep are not harmed.

ENVIRONMENT:
Original Sprout is environmentally responsible. Company cars run on biodiesel and recycling is standard. Recycled shipping boxes are commonly used and skylights are in the fulfillment center for reduced energy consumption. Recyclable number two plastic is used in product production, for added consumer and environmental protection. Original Sprout will continue to strive to implement the latest technology in alternative energy, which directly contributes to cleaner air, water and a better future for our children.

Disclosure: I did not receive any financial compensation for this post. All opinions are my own and uninfluenced by anyone else. I did receive free product(s) to facilitate my review from the company or their PR agency. See my full disclosure.

My Favorite Recipe :: Max and Erma's Tortilla Soup


I don't know about where you live but here it is soup weather. I happen to love soup. I could eat it every day. Potato soup, chicken soup, lobster bisque, you name it - I love it. But one soup stands far above the rest. That soup is Max and Erma's Tortilla Soup. I honestly get it as take out at least once a month. It is so so so delicious! I found a copy cat recipe on Food.com and wanted to share it with you. Try it. You will NOT be disappointed! It is creamy and a little spicy and cheesy and so delicious!


Max & Erma's Chicken Tortilla Soup - Sue's Original Clone
Prep Time: 30 mins Total Time: 2 hrs 30 mins Servings: 12

Ingredients
  • 2 (10 3/4 ounce) cans Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 2 (10 3/4 ounce) cans Campbell's Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 2 (10 3/4 ounce) cans Campbell's condensed cream of celery soup
  • 2 (10 3/4 ounce) cans Campbell's cheddar cheese soup
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 1 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup picante salsa ( Pace brand medium hot)
  • 1 (4 1/2 ounce) cans green chilies ( Ortega brand)
  • 1 medium onions, chopped
  • 4 fresh garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red new mexico chile powder ( NOTE -- This is not the same as ordinary red chili powder. It can often be found in specialty foods)
  • salt and pepper, to your taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 4 cooked chicken breasts, cut into small chunks
  • 10 flour tortillas
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1/2 lb colby cheese
Directions
  1. In a large (8-10 quart) stockpot combine and whisk together until smooth all eight cans of soup.
  2. Add chicken broth. Add tomatoes, salsa, green chiles, onion, garlic, chile powder, salt and pepper. Bring all ingredients to a full boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour.
  3. Add cilantro and chicken breast chunks. Simmer another hour.
  4. While soup is simmering, make your soup toppings: Cut flour tortillas into small thin strips. Heat oil and deep fry tortilla strips until lightly browned. Shred cheese.
  5. To serve: Ladle soup into bowls, top with shredded cheese and fried tortilla strips.
Enjoy! I am linking up with Inspiration Workshop!

What's Your Song? :: Paradise by Coldplay


In honor of Coldplay's new album, Mylo Xyloto, my pick this week is Paradise.


I just barely unwrapped my Mylo Xyloto CD (it arrived today) but I already LOVE it.
I think I played their last album, Viva La Vida probably at least 500 times. No joke.
What's great about Coldplay is that EVERY song on their albums are good. 
It is so rare that you can play an album in it entirety without skipping over a few bad songs. Coldplay is just awesome. What more can I say?!

If you don't have the album yet check out the great deal I got on Mylo Xyloto.


I am linking up with Goodnight Moon.


October 26, 2011

Crazy About Chevron


chev· ron noun \ˈshev-rən\
: a figure, pattern, or object having the shape of a V or an inverted V: asa : 
a heraldic charge consisting of two diagonal stripes meeting at an angle usually with the point upb : 
a sleeve badge that usually consists of one or more chevron-shaped stripes 
that indicates the wearer's rank and service (as in the armed forces)

Isn't it just all about Chevron?
I just love all of the ways chevron makes our everyday lives more exciting
with its vibrant diagonal pattern!

Gray and Yellow Zig Zag Crib Bedding from Carousel Designs

Everly Zig Zag Dress by Tobi

Block-Printed Chevron Fabric by Design Sponge

Didn't we all make these back in Jr. High? I know I did.
Get a refresher course from Erica at Honestly ...

Via a makeover at The Office Stylist

All put together for a photo shoot and posted on ada & darcy.

What do you love about Chevron?
Do you own anything Chevron?

I am linking up to lollipops.

Winners :: More Giveaway Announcements


Congratulations to the winners!

The winners of the Tiger Balm Giveaway are #187 Jayne, #197 Maria, #297 Lisa
The winner of the Kudzoom Giveaway is #154 Allison
The winner of the Magnabilities Giveaway is #644 Doroffee
The winner of the Cutcaster Giveaway is #56 Rhonda

Enter To Win My Current Giveaways :: Maybe You Will Be The Next Winner

$50 Gift Certificate to Candylights - (US) - Ends TONIGHT!!!

$20 Gift Certificate to Sunglass Warehouse - (US) - Ends 11/2


Plus MANY exciting Giveaway Events Coming very soon!
Stay tuned!

October 25, 2011

An Apple a Day :: 10 Delicious Apple Recipes


I REALLY love Apples! I actually do eat an apple a day!
{Usually with some caramel dip - yum!}
But that isn't the only way you can enjoy apples.

Here are Ten Delicious Apple Recipes!

#1 Panera Bread Fuji Apple Chicken Salad
This is my favorite thing to order at Panera Bread and here is the at-home version!

#2 Quick Apple Dumplings
Stuff refrigerated pie crusts with slices of apples, spices, and sugar to make fancy-looking apple dumplings that are actually quite simple to prepare.

#3 Apple Cider Cups
How delicious does this sound?! All I need is a blanket and a fireplace to go with it!

#4 Mini Caramel Apple Pies
You had me at caramel. How adorable are these little bits of heaven?!

#5 Apples in a Bag
Okay this looks so simple I think I can even handle this one.

#6 Caramel Apples
My favorite way to enjoy apples. Period.

#7 Apple Sandwich
Why didn't I think of that? Apple, peanut butter, chocolate chips and granola. Done.

#8 Apple Crisp
My mom makes the best apple crisp ever. Note to self - get that recipe ASAP. Meanwhile, here is the Betty Crocker version.

#9 Caramel Apple Salad
You know how everyone has that one dish or dessert that they always get asked to make again and again for family gatherings? This one is mine! I make this all the time. It is so delicious. If you try just ONE of these apple recipes - try this one. Trust me. You won't be disappointed! P.S. Add some toffee bits for an extra surprise!

#10 Hot Apple Cider K-Cup
Okay this is clearly not a recipe -
but the Hot Apple Cider for the Keurig is my favorite drink for Fall.
If you haven't tried it you don't know what you are missing!
Warm cider with a hint of brown sugar and just a touch of cinnamon.
Ready to drink in 60 seconds. Genius.

I am linking up with Top Ten Tuesday at Oh Amanda!

October 24, 2011

Get $40 to Spend at The Body Shop for Only $20




Guess what? Two of the products I recommended are from The Body Shop!


Groupon has an awesome offer today!
Spend just $20 and get a $40 Groupon to spend at The Body Shop!

I just bought mine because as you can see from above - I am running low on my favorite products!

I also love their fragrances. Right now I am loving LOVE ETC.

Another favorite product is the Tea Tree Face Wash.

This deal must be purchased through Groupon.
Happy Shopping!

Work It Girl! :: Express Business Suits :: Win a $500 Suiting Makeover


This post brought to you by Express. All opinions are 100% mine.

EXPRESS

Don't you look sharp? Express has suits to ft your lifestyle. Easily go from work to play, every day!

EXPRESS

The women's suits at Express come in Studio Stretch (two-way stretch with easy care for effortless wearability) and Signature Stretch (smooth and lightweight fabric that keeps its shape after wash). I love the idea of a stretch fabric in a suit. Sometimes suits can leave you feeling so confined. The stretch allows you to stay comfortable from day into night.

EXPRESS

You can always count on Express for head-to-toe sharp suiting and style that is in season. Right now you can find a suit that is just perfect for Fall. I love this Luster Tweed Jacket and Editor Pant. The pants look slimming and the color is perfect for the season. You get a look that is highrise-glam that easily goes from desk to dancing!

EXPRESS

From the Executive to the Creative Professional, Express has both women's and men's suits to fit every everyone's needs. For a limited time, enter the Express sweepstakes everyday for your chance to Win a $500 Suiting Makeover from Express! 

You can only enter the Express sweepstakes via their Facebook page. So head over and "like" them now for your chance to win! Imagine the looks you could create with $500! Work it girl!

What do you use your suits for? Job Interviews, Work, Networking Events?
Tell me what you love about Express suits!



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