October 29, 2013

Sleep Pink Party with Estroven


Did you know that Estroven and Avon Walk for Breast Cancer have teamed up to help raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and prevention?! Since its launch in 2003, the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series has raised more than $423 million through the dedication of nearly 160,000 participating women and men from across the country!

Estroven is inviting women to gather the important females in their lives to help raise funds for breast cancer research by “Sleeping Pink” and throwing pink pajama parties! We even had a Pink Party! The SleepPink.com site will not only provide women with digital tools to help in the organization of Sleep Pink pajama parties, but it will offer an online space to raise awareness of the important issues that women are facing. You can find downloadable invitations, menopause-friendly drink and food recipe suggestions, as well as d├ęcor and entertainment ideas. I found the site very helpful. That is where I found this great banner idea.

Once you have your party, make sure you post your photos here. For each Sleep Pink pajama party photo submitted, Estroven will make a $250 donation to benefit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. This is so important! Why? Well, for one thing, two out of three invasive breast cancers are found in women 55 or older. Furthermore, a woman's risk of breast cancer triples from her thirties to her forties, and quintuples from her thirties to fifties. I don’t know about you, but this completely scares me! Annually in the U.S., nearly 100,000 women between the ages of 45 and 64 are diagnosed with breast cancer. Many of these women not only have to face breast cancer, they are also concurrently experiencing menopause. Let’s help! Here are some of the photos from my own Pink Party!














Estroven is a safe multi-symptom menopause relief solution. They are supporting the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, a project of the Avon Foundation for Women to support those impacted, while raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research and prevention. Did you know that there are currently 35 million women who have reached menopause, which constitutes one-third of the total female population of the United States?! While many stages of a woman’s life are emotional, menopause is particularly tumultuous. Getting enough sleep is a primary complaint. Estroven Nighttime is a product to help menopause-aged women dealing with sleep issues. What’s great is that each product contains naturally sourced ingredients that go beyond hot flashes and night sweats to relieve another bothersome symptom, i.e., irritability, sleep, energy, memory and concentration issues and weight issues, etc. Look out for specially marked packages of Estroven and Sleep Pink retail displays at Walgreens stores nationwide.


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sleep Pink from the makers of Estroven. The opinions and text are all mine.

October 28, 2013

How To Create The Perfect Curly Side Pony :: Conair Curl Secret :: #ConairCurl



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Have you started thinking of holiday hair styles yet? Do you want to know my curl secret? I think curly is always a great choice for the holiday season. Let me show you how I created The Perfect Curly Side Pony in just a few easy steps! I used the Conair Curl Secret curling device to create this look.


It is very important that your hair be as straight as possible. It should not have any tangles when you are ready to begin.


Set the Infiniti Pro automatic curling iron to your desired settings. I chose 10 on the high setting. There are 2 heat levels and 3 timer settings for loose, medium and tight curls. The 10 gives you medium curls. You will need to wait for the red blinking light to remain solid before starting. It heats up in no time!


An important tip when learning how to curl hair is do not work with large sections. As you can see, since my hair is longer, I used smaller sections. At this point you also need to make sure that the chamber (see below) is facing your head. Place the section of hair into the chamber and clamp down. You will hear the hair rolling into the chamber. It will beep three times. The fourth beep will be continuous which indicates it is time to unclamp and remove the hair.



At this point you just need to repeat the steps above until all of your hair is curled. Ta-dah! It makes curling hair just that simple. It is so fast too! You are done before you know it. Boing! Love these curls. Check out the video below to see the Conair Curl Secret in action.


It is no secret anymore! I love this product. This gives me the perfect curls that I crave and it is SO easy to use! Because the chamber is inside, there is no chance of burning yourself. This makes it suitable for anyone, even a teenager once you teach her how to use it. It is important that they know how to use a curling iron. The Conair Curl Secret is a great gift idea or a must-have for your own holiday preparations. Making The Perfect Curly Side Pony has never been so easy, right?! Leave it to Conair. And yes, my long-lasting curls stayed in all day long.


Are you ready to give Conair Curl Secret a try? You can find this curling device priced at just $99 at Walmart. That is a great deal compared to $150 on www.buycurlsecret.com! For more great ideas and inspiration, check out Conair on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

Sprite Cranberry :: Spiced Cranberry Punch Cocktail


The holidays will be here before you know it. Sprite is gearing up for the holidays with the introduction of a new flavor, Sprite Cranberry. The new Sprite Cranberry and Sprite Cranberry Zero™ will be available for a limited time through the holidays. Both products take the refreshing taste of traditional Sprite and combine it with a splash of sweet and tart cranberry notes. I used Sprite Cranberry in an old family favorite punch recipe. My Aunt Barb made this amazing Spiced Cranberry Punch Cocktail that everyone loved. Here is how I put my own twist on it!


Spiced Cranberry Punch Cocktail

1/4 cup of red hot cinnamon candies
3 (12-oz.) cans of Sprite Cranberry
1 (64-oz.) bottle of cranberry juice cocktail
1 (12-oz.) can frozen limeaid
1 (12-oz.) can frozen orange juice
2 limes

Heat the cinnamon candies in the water; stir until melted. Chill.

Combine candy liquid, Sprite Cranberry, cranberry juice and concentrates in a punch bowl. Stir until dissolved. Add ice and lime slices. 


It turned out awesome! I am sure my Aunt Barb is smiling down on me and is pleased with my special twist to our classic holiday drink recipe. That cool, crisp, sparkling, berry flavor gives it such a refreshing twist. Definitely a hit.


Possible variations would include using Sprite Cranberry Zero™ instead of Sprite Cranberry, or adding your favorite liquor to really spice things up! You can truly make things “berry” and bright this holiday season with the all new refreshing taste of Sprite Cranberry and Sprite Cranberry Zero™. They are both clear and refreshing, just like the original, with just a hint of cranberry flavor. It is so delicious on its own too!

I recommend trying Sprite Cranberry and Sprite Cranberry Zero™ either as stand-alone beverages, or mixed in with your favorite specialty holiday-themed recipes, like I did. Whatever you choose, enjoy!

October 24, 2013

Free Knitting Classes at Craftsy


I don't know about you but where I live it is COLD! Makes me want to starting knitting myself something warm. You too? Why not try a Free Knitting Class at Craftsy?! 

What is Craftsy?
Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. With over two million members and counting, Craftsy has something for just about everyone, in categories ranging from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, cooking, and more.

Why should I take a class online?
Online education isn't just for schools and universities anymore. Craftsy courses provide you the convenience of a world-class instructor in your home, whenever you want to learn. Online education, no matter what subject, is a great alternative to in-person classes for a number of reasons.

After you learn how to knit you can start creating some great holiday gifts too! Have fun!



Rachel Zoe: All That Glitters Sale at One Kings Lane


I love Rachel Zoe! I am such a huge fan. So when I heard that Rachel Zoe had picked some of her favorite items out of her new collection for One Kings Lane's latest sale, I thought, now "that's bananas". 


“For me, jewelry is everything,” says acclaimed designer and stylist Rachel Zoe. “It’s dramatic and fun, and something I've always wanted to design.” And so she has. Zoe’s versatile collection, which inspired this sale, offers a glamorous spin on everyday layering pieces and show-stopping statement items. They've mixed standouts from the Rachel Zoe Collection with vintage baubles selected by the style icon herself.


If you want to shop the Rachel Zoe sale, you have to hurry. Items are selling out super quick. The sale officially ends Friday night.




Luster Premium White :: Dual-Action Teeth Whitening System :: Review




I like my teeth white - the whiter the better. Like CeeLo Green's teeth make me jealous. Anyway, I had the chance to try the Distinctly White Dual-Action Teeth Whitening System from Luster Premium White.


The Distinctly White Dual-Action Teeth Whitening System promises visibly whiter teeth in as little as 2 days. It features an Accelerator Mouth Wash that moderates your mouth’s pH balance to prep your teeth for whitening, as well as a patented Super Whitener Gel with whitening peroxide molecules. And for instant gratification, there’s Luster NOW! Instant Whitening Toothpaste with Bluverite technology that creates the optical effect of whiter teeth after just one brushing.


I had a pretty good experience with these products. I didn't notice a huge difference. But I guess there is some. It might just be the lighting in the after photo? Here are the products that I used.

I started with the Distinctly White Dual Action Teeth Whitening System. As instructed I used it on the 3 Day Schedule. That is completing four treatments per day, over three days. So I did two treatments in the morning and two in the evening on those days. You need to start by using the rinse for 10 seconds. The Accelerator Mouth Rinse cleanses and pretreats teeth to help activate the gel. You follow up with the Super Whitener Gel. It comes in a tube and you squeeze the product onto the brush. Then you "paint" your teeth and let it sit for 10 minutes per treatment. The Super Whitener Gel includes a patented whitening gel formula that encapsulates whitening peroxide molecules to better fight surface and deep stains. If you did the math that is a total of 40 minutes on those three days a week. I did the 3 Day Schedule for two weeks.


When I brushed, I also swapped out my normal toothpaste in the morning for NOW! Instant Whitening Toothpaste. Beware this stuff is BLUE - like smurf blue! The instant whitening toothpaste gives your smile an instant whitening boost. Its proprietary Bluverite formula delivers the optical effect of whiter teeth after just one use. It’s perfect to use for last-minute whitening before a big night out. It can be used every day to maintain whiter teeth and remove surface stains on a daily basis. I like this toothpaste and I might get myself a full sized bottle for special occasions. It gives the effect of whiter teeth which is why it would be perfect for a temporary fix.

My Thoughts:
  • I like that it is not a strip and it is not a tray. That being said it is harder to keep your teeth dry during the whitening process.
  • I like that it is safe to use. It’s completely enamel safe and does not cause tooth sensitivity.
  • I am not sure, however, that it is quite as effective as the "big guys" and their teeth whitening products.
  • I do like that it is more affordable than the "big guys".

Have you ever tried any at-home whitening products? How did they work for you?



FREE Photo Mousepad


Great gift idea here! Especially for that person who has everything. Get a FREE Photo Mousepad from now through November 30! Create your gift recipient a Free Custom Photo Mousepad - an $8.99 Value! Use Code: MOUSEPADGIFT. I love all of the cute styles! Check them out!




Free Mousepad. Order quantity limited to one item. Does not include shipping and handling. Must be ordered Online. One time use. Cannot combine coupon codes. Offer for new customers only. Exp. 11-30-2013.

Evolution of the Modern Car :: #kiasocialclub



The radio was introduced to the car in the 1950s and seat belts not until the 1960s?! What? I guess I do remember riding in my parents car with no car seat, much less a seat belt. Yikes! Check out this trip down memory lane from 1880 to the cars we know and love today. Not only is this video cute, it is also full of facts! Give it a quick spin and see for yourself! What did you learn about the history of the car?




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40% off EVERYTHING at Shutterfly!


Stay ahead of the game this holiday season. From now through Monday, you can get 40% off EVERYTHING at Shutterfly! Shutterfly periodically offers many great photo products including photo greeting cards, photo books, calendars, prints, photo gifts, stationery and more. Shutterfly products make wonderful keepsakes and gifts for all occasions. Just use the coupon code: FIRSTLOOK





Offer expires October 28, 2013 (11:59 P.M. PT). Offer is good for 40% off qualifying merchandise orders at shutterfly.com. Taxes, shipping and handling will apply. Not valid on prepaid plans, gift certificates, videograms, cards sent using mailing services, prior purchases, orders placed for in-store pick up, purchases made on the Shutterfly iPhone, iPad, Android and Photo Story apps or Shutterfly Pro Galleries. Cannot be redeemed for cash or combined with other offers or credits. Not valid for resale.

October 22, 2013

invino :: Private Access for Wine Lovers


Are you ready to hear about a new way to purchase wine? Meet invino. This state-of-the-art wine club uses algorithm-based selections to tailor shipments to individual palates. Tony Westfall, co-founder and CEO says, "This is the first and only 100% customized club that has a Palate Guarantee. It's the wine club for the modern enthusiast: personalized and effortless."

inclub offers members the ability to choose the amount, frequency, and quality of the wines they receive, and adjust those preferences whenever they wish. Members may opt to focus on collectors' wines, everyday Californians, bold reds, or artisan wines - and can further customize beyond those categories. The Palate Guarantee helps ensure members will like the wines they receive.

 

What I like about invino is the ability to change the kinds of wines I receive. For example, I can go from Napa Cabs one month to sparkling selections the next month. You only need to take a few seconds to modify your selection, and their algorithm will do the rest. It really does sound simple! Wine discovery should be without risk.

The mission of invino is to bring unprecedented wine discovery and value in the form of an innovative wine club. invino and inclub partner with hundreds of labels around the world, from under-the-radar producers to well-known brands. Wines are sourced by a panel of experts, and offered to members at preferred pricing. If you are looking for a wine club that is made to meet your needs, consider invino!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Content and/or other value brought to you by invino.

October 20, 2013

Breast Cancer Awareness & Pink Ribbon Ideas

There are some great fundraising ideas in here! Enjoy!

Breast Cancer Awareness Infographic by OrientalTrading.com
Breast Cancer Awareness Infographic by Oriental Trading Co.





Mabel's Labels Holiday Products


From now until 12/31, Mabel's Labels is offering their limited edition Stocking Stuffer Combos and Holiday Return Address Labels! The Stocking Stuffer Combos make the perfect stocking stuffer, party favor, and personalized add-on to other gifts. Best of all, you only pay $30 for 6 sets! The Holiday Return Address Labels are adorable and come in a variety of exclusive limited-edition Holiday designs. Don't miss your chance to shop these great offers! Happy Shopping!




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