28 December 2012


My Dear Friends,

I'm having a 20% off sale in my shop!  Use code "HOLIDAY" to get a 20% discount off your entire order!  Click the picture below to head to my shop!

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27 December 2012

{REVIEW} Whole Fruit Sorbets

My Dear Friends,

I'm a sucker for anything sweet.  I crave sugar and candy like it's going out of style.  It's bad for me, I know.  I've been looking into healthier and tastier snack foods and I think I've found a better alternative than eating ice cream all the time. 

I discovered Whole Fruit Sorbets. 

They're part of the Whole Fruit Line by J & J Snack Foods and they come in these delicious flavors: Mango, Black Cherry, Raspberry, Strawberry, Peach, Coconut, Pomegranate, Blueberry & Acai, Valencia Orange and Lemon.  I've even read that the Lemon and Mango flavors won the Best Flavor award from Cooking Light Magazine!


These come in cute little 16 oz. pints and are naturally fat free and low calorie.  They feature chunks of real fruit and are busting with fresh fruit flavor!  I did some research on their website and found the Nutritional Values for each one.  These really are a healthier alternative!  The site also offers some great coupons to save when trying these delicious sorbets!

Personally, my favorites were the strawberry and lemon...but the rest of my household quickly dispatched the others.  They were a HUGE hit!  We made smoothies with the sorbets as a base, we made healthy fresh fruit topped sundaes, and we even made sorbet floats with Sprite!  So good!

Did you know that each American consumes a yearly average of 24 quarts of ice cream, sherbert, sorbet, italian ice and frozen dairy products?!  That's crazy when you think about it like that!  Well, if we're eating that much, we might as well make it good for us.  Trying Whole Fruit Sorbets is a step in the right direction!

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*I was given a 5-pack of Whole Fruit Sorbets to try in exchange for an honest review.  No money exchanged hands and all opinions are my own.  Thank you, Modus Marketing Group, for making this review possible!

20 December 2012

Coupons For The Apocalypse

My Dear Friends,

As everyone knows, tomorrow is December 21st.  Why not have a sense of humor about the whole Mayan Apocalypse thing and save yourself some money at the same time? :)

Coupons For The Apocalypse
Fighting Zombies all day can be a real headache:
You're gonna want something to do on those long cold nights:
Don't forget the kiddos, they're our only hope at repopulating the earth:
When your husband is out slaying the walking dead, he needs to smell good:
I hear blood stains are hard to get out of clothes:
And you certainly need to wash off the Zombie guts before dinner:
Snacks. Snacks. And More Snacks. Fighting Zombies is hard work!
Keep the putrid smell of Zombies out of your house (or what's left of it):
Fido and Fluffy can defend the homestead while you're scavenging for food:
Leaves and berries can be bland, sweeten them:
If you take to the seas to escape the Zombie herd, you'll need this:
Doesn't this stuff last forever?
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate:
Where else are you going to store the food you scavenge?!
You do have one of those camp coffee makers right?
And last but not least, you gotta look and smell good in the new world!


My goodness, these are trying times.  I'm the first to admit that life gets me down sometimes.  There are time when I don't want to get out of bed, let alone face the day.  But I do. 

My community has been devastated by horrific events these past few weeks.  We've had four murders.  Two were children.  There has also been a non-fatal stabbing and a series of break-ins.  For a small town like mine, these things just don't happen.  I know I sound naive here, but I'm serious.  Our town is literally in shock over these events.  You take that and add the hideous events of Sandy Hook....and that will make anyone doubt goodness in the world.

In times like these, I try to be thankful. 

I am thankful that I am healthy, have a job, & have friends, family and pets that love me unconditionally.  I try to remember that, no matter what my problems are, I am a fortunate person.  I may rant from time to time but all in all, I do not have a bad life.  I need to remember not to take that for granted. 

Life is precious and fleeting.  It's gone in the blink of an eye.  As I sit here this morning, I realize that I didn't mean to sit down and write this --- it just sort of, well, happened.  I just started typing. 

Resolutions.  Most of us make them, most of us break them.  Well, my number one this year is to BE THANKFUL.  I will honestly try my hardest not to break this one, even if I slip up on whatever others I make.  Because, no matter what is going on in the world, we all have something to be thankful for. 

19 December 2012

Coupons Galore!

My Dear Friends,

With the holidays thisclose and most people still trying to buy gifts while saving money, I thought I'd round up some coupons for your everyday purchased items.  Hope this helps a little!


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18 December 2012

Current Faves @ Peace, Love, Flair

My Dear Friends,

Have you heard about Peace, Love, Flair yet?

They're an online jewelry store that sells the cutest & latest fashion trends at really amazing prices.  I was shopping the site today and wanted to share a few of my favorites with you.

Don't forget to check out the Deal Of The Day while you're there!  Connect with Peace, Love, Flair on Facebook, Twitter, Blog & Instagram for special sales, deals & news!

17 December 2012

Free Shipping @ World Market....Today Only!

My Dear Friends,

I love Cost Plus World Market, don't you?  Well, if you've had your eye on something but haven't made the purchase yet then today is the day to do it!  There's FREE SHIPPING on everything.....PLUS 10% off!  You can't beat that!  Head over to Cost Plus World Market and pick up some awesome gifts and home decor right now!

07 December 2012

NEW: Novica Gift Finder

My Dear Friends,

With Christmas a mere 18 days away, I know that there are plenty of us out there (myself included) that still need to do some shopping.  One of my favorite places to shop online is a store called Novica, which is a subsidiary of National Geographic. 

There are so many beautiful and fascinating products on their site that, at times, I have gotten overwhelmed in my decision making.  It's really hard to decide on one product when there are so many beautiful items in their store! 

The lovely people at Novica heard our concerns and did something about it.  They recently introduced the Gift Finder.  There are so many easy ways to narrow down your search now - it makes gift finding a breeze!

Things get very specific very quickly.  Are you looking for gifts for him or her?  Romantic, cooking, jewelry?  There are gifts for the Adventurer, the Romantic, the Health Nut...and they're all so easy to find!

Did I mention that every item on the Novica site is handmade by artisans of various countries?  Their hard work and craftsmanship can turn your thoughtful gift into a much treasured momento.

Things get very specific quickly - Handbag Gifts for the Adventurer, Romantic Christmas Gifts for Her, Yoga Gifts for Men... we even have Cooking Gifts for the Animal Lover Man!  Search by gender, or price, or even by home decor or suggested gifts.

The holiday's are upon us - why not give your loved one something handmade and wonderful from Novica!

Here are a few of my favorite items:

I'm pleased to announce that Novica is one of my fantastic sponsors -- and you can win a $50 Novica Gift Card right here! Details will be posted soon on how to win!
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I was given a gift card to Novica in exchange for this post.  No money 
exchanged hands and all opinions are my own.  Thank you, Novica! 

03 December 2012

{Review} Scala Sinamay Feather Spray Headband

My Dear Friends,
Since the booming popularity of Duchess Kate, fascinators have become hugely trendy.  This chic headgear has an unending appeal and versatility.  It's no wonder people love the trend!  
Dorfman Pacific offers the most comprehensive collection of hat brands in the country. The company's research, development and design departments are busy scouting the world for the best trends and materials so that retailers can offer consumers the paramount looks, always in the best quality and affordable price point. 
The upcoming Holiday, Resort and Spring collections offer many silhouettes, colors, patterns, designs and trims in a huge range of materials....wool, cotton, blends, acrylic, leather, suede and straw are just a few.  The use of organza and sinamay add a dressy feel.
The Scala Collezione Collection is one of Dorfman Pacific's most popular brands.  It features more than 50 formal looks retailing from  $30 up to about $150 for a very involved Sinamay style with a seven inch brim, netting and dyed to match feathers (and over $200 for a fascinator decorated with a butterfly motif and silk flowers in a 22 inch diameter!). Flowers, bows, ruffles and/or feathers adorn each style in stunning, eye catching intricate designs. All fascinators are individually boxed to protect the fine workmanship.  
Style LDF7 is a very popular style because it is flattering on all face shapes and has just the right detailing and trim for accessorizing most outfits. The headband is subtle but secures the fascinator so it stays in place through dancing, partying, cocktailing and the like. Black, White and Pebble are all top colors in the style and work with any and all outfits...perfect for consumers to pick up all three.
I was fortunate enough to get to review the Scala Sinamay Feather Spray Headband in white.  The sinamay bow and feather detail evoke a royal affair, making anytime this headband is worn seem like an event in itself!  The headband is comfortable and is a gorgeous fashion statement! 

  • This fascinator from Scala blends delicacy with dramatic effect to perfection and in several different color choices. Attached by a headband, the accent hair accessory crafted from sinamay and feathers is easy to put on and keep on. One Size. Imported. 

About Dorfman Pacific: Dorfman Pacific is one of the largest full-line, in-stock headwear companies in the world. The business, founded in 1921, began with a 5,000 square foot facility in Oakland, California as a small woolen dress cap manufacturer. Today, Dorfman Pacific has a 300,000 plus square foot facility in Stockton, California, showrooms throughout the USA (Atlanta, Dallas, Boston, Honolulu), satellite headquarters in New York, New York and sells its product worldwide. Categories include a comprehensive collection of men’s and children’s headwear, women’s and teens headwear, handbags and winter accessories.
DORFMAN’S POWER BRAND PORTFOLIO – STYLING AND TECHNOLOGY OPTIONS FOR ALL! Select brands include....Scala™, Stetson® Cloth Hats and Caps, Biltmore Hats, Callanan, Cappelli Straworld, Inc®, Tommy Bahama®, Woolrich®, Stacy Adams, Christys’ London,  Sinatra™, Santana and Carlos by Carlos Santana, DPC 1921, DPC™, Tropical Trends, Panama Jack®, Milano Hats, Larry Mahan, ETSIS ™, Indiana Jones™,  Jacaru, Justin®, Blue Chair Bay™ by Kenny Chesney, Mossy Oak®,  hi-dee-ho and the NEWEST--Isaac Mizrahi New York™.
*I received the item mentioned above from Lipton Publicity in exchange for an honest review.  
No money exchanged hands and all opinions are my own.  Thank you, Lipton Publicity!


{Review} FRAAS Touch Screen Compatible Gloves

My Dear Friends,

The rising interest in chic cold weather accessories is evident everywhere.  Fashion-savvy women are wrapped in great looking scarves and accenting their look with interesting hats and smart gloves.  As usual, FRAAS is on target
with a versatile collection of options for Fall-Winter 2012. 

          More than 100 new FRAAS brand styles are debuting in this season--many in multiple color choices.  Three on-the-mark and very stylish palettes and themes are apparent--Woodland Guardians, Mineral Explosion, and Decadent Traveler. Neutrals, jewel tones and accent pop colors provide savvy consumers with the right styling and best shades to work with existing and new wardrobes.

          Although historically known for its scarf expertise, FRAAS has added gloves and hats to its offering over the years and now consumers look forward to adding those FRAAS styles to their wardrobes, too.  I, for one, am very excited.  I am a big fan of the FRAAS company.  I have a few scarves and hats from this amazing company and they are staples in my Fall/Winter wardrobe.

Technology has entered the fashion accessories scene with TOUCH SCREEN COMPATIBLE GLOVES.  FRAAS offers 3 chic options--retailing for about $30--a long scrunch, a ruffle, and a bow--22 options total in all the colors.

I highly recommend these gloves for anyone with a touch-screen compatible device. Those without a device will appreciate the attractive styling and affordable pricing plus one size fits all for buying ease.  Style 060579 is one of these three looks and is extremely popular thanks to its feminine ruffled hem. 

It is an Acrylic/Cotton/Poly/Metallic blend and is available in grey, blue-grape, black, rose, chartreuse, camel, teal and dark red. Keeping with cutting-edge design, FRAAS introduces these gloves with tech finger tips that are so well-matched to the glove, they are almost invisible. This offers a stylish and more lady-like approach for the tech-savvy customer.

         “Our goal at FRAAS is to give consumers great choices of unique products at realistic price points,” says Aimee Zucchetti, FRAAS Brand and Sales Manager. “The technology savvy glove grouping exemplifies the fashion innovation for which we are known and we are pleased to be able to offer such a timely style to consumers.
           “Whenever a woman wants to add a finishing touch and zest to her entire look—she can reach for one of our FRAAS styles and be 100% confident that it will produce the right effect. It is astounding what a difference a scarf can make and our new hat and glove options add that much more excitement to the total look.” says Ken Krieger, the VP of Sales.

I was fortunate enough to get to review a pair of these lovely gloves.  Mine are rose colored and are completely gorgeous.  I adore the ruffled hem and light touch these gloves offer.  These gloves work perfectly with my phone, allowing for use without having freezing hands!

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*I received the gloved mentioned above from Lipton Publicity in exchange for an honest review.  No money exchanged hands and all opinions are my own.  Image credit: Lipton Publicity, Google & Venus Loves Virgo.   


{Review} Humerus The Funny Bone

My Dear Friends,

Every once in a while, it's nice to sit back and have a laugh.  With everything going on in our busy lives, laughter really is the best medicine to keep us cheerful & happy.

Meet Humerus, the Funny Bone.

As we all know, the humerus is also called the 'funny bone' - although it certainly isn't funny when you accidentally hit it.  The Drew Oliver Company, famous for it's Giant Microbes line, decided to make the humerus into a literally humorous idea!  See, Humerus tells jokes whenever he hears a loud noise or clapping.  He also has a sidekick, Ulnar.  (Named for the nerve that causes pain when you hit your funny bone!)  Ulnar is part of the packaging, which can be used as a display item.

  • Comes packaged in his own Comedy Stage Gift Box!
  • Jokes sound-activated by clapping/loud noises
  • Dimensions: 11 3/4″ x 2″
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