Monday, December 21, 2009

Beauty Bonus! Get it while it's hot!

Wanted to give you all a heads up on the latest super special at AVON! This 7 piece beauty blockbuster is worth $100 and you can get it for a very limited time for only $16.99.

Yes, there is a catch. You have to buy $10 worth of select beauty products to get the $16.99 deal, but when you think of the savings, that's pocket change. Another bigger with the deal -
FREE SHIPPING! That's my favourite word.

[Seriously, I hate buying like a $8.00 product and then pay $7.50 for shipping or something. Although AVON charges something under $4.00 for shipping, or something like that.]

So, check out what all the goody back has, then head over to AVON and pick it up before they run out.

[That's not a sales gimmick. They really do run out. Trust me on that one. There's a number of products I've sadly missed out on, even as an AVON rep, because I didn't jump the gun fast enough. Yes, even us AVON reps lose out now and then. : ) ]

Here's what you get!

Sleek beauty bag
, PLUS 6 full-size essentials!

  • Stylish Black Nylon Bag
Zip close. Nylon with faux patent leather trim. 9" L x 6 1/4" H x 5" D. A $24.50 value. (very nice)

  • Astonishing Lengths Mascara in Black
Lengthens lashes up to 65% for an incredible look of long, sweeping lashes. Resists clumping and leaves lashes separated and defined. All Avon mascaras are hypoallergenic and opthalmologist-tested. .25 oz. net wt. A $7.50 value.

  • GLAZEWEAR Lip Gloss in Ice Pink
Feels lighter than ever. Always comfy, never sticky. .15 oz. net wt. A $6.00 value.

  • ANEW REJUVENATE Flash Facial Revitalizing Concentrate
Revitalizing concentrate maximizes your anti-aging benefits. Instantly skin feels cooled, looks dramatically revitalized. Texture, tone & the look of pores are visibly improved; visibly blurs imperfections. 1 fl. oz. A $40.00 value.

  • NATURALS Pomegranate & Mango Body Spray
A sparkling blend of lush pomegranate and juicy mango to delight the senses and refresh the body and soul. Sparkling fruity scent delights and invigorates. 8.4 fl. oz. A $9.00 value. (smells awesome)

  • NATURALS Pomegranate & Mango Shower Gel
Fresh, fruity lather cleans and conditions. 5 fl. oz. A $6.00 value.

  • NATURALS Pomegranate & Mango Body Lotion
Deliciously nourishing. Soaks in quickly; moisturizes for 24 hours. Leaves a subtle scent. 8.4 fl. oz. A $7.00 value.

Available in limited quantities only.

[I proudly say that as an AVON representative, I do make small percentage off each order. If you'd like to become an AVON representative and earn extra money, please email me at .]
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Product Comparison: Gold Bond Ultimate vs AVON's Intensive Hand Cream

Gold Bond Ultimate Healing imageI recently pit these two hand creams against each other. My hands were sore, dry and cracked, so while I was at Walmart I picked up Gold Bond Ultimate. I chose it because it's an old brand that is really good and reliable. After I got home, the idea dawned on me to pit it against AVON's Intensive Hand Cream.

My results: My hands were in such bad shape that the Gold Bond stung like crazy. My hands were really red and splotchy afterwards. BUT! I liked the feel. It wasn't greasy.

Later that night, I pulled out the AVON Intensive Hand Cream from my little store and tried it. First, I have to say I really don't like how thick it is. It's heavy. It's thick. It's greasy. On the other hand, it feels quite soothing when you put it on. And it softened up my hands overnite when wearing cotton gloves.

So, here's the run down on the two products:

Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Skin Therapy Cream:

* Customers who have used the Gold Bond like it better than Jergyns, Vaseline, Aveeno, Nivea and Eucerin.

* It has a pleasant scent.

* Some like it because it's thick so you don't have to re-apply after each wash and it's not greasy.

AVON Intensive hand lotion imageAVON's Intensive Hand Cream:

* Like Gold Bond, AVON's Intensive Hand Cream doesn't have to be reapplied after washing.

* Like others, I agree that it's too greasy for daytime use.

* It's used by cosmetologists, because of their hands being in water so much of the time and washing away the natural oils.

* Hospital tested.

Technically, like with every product you need to try them yourself. Everyone's skin and experience is different. After my hands healed up, I found Gold Bond's to be great. So, you might find Gold Bond is perfect for you. You might find you like AVON's product best. My suggestion? Get them both and put them to the test. Let me know what your experience was!

Make it a great week!

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Best Hand Mixers: KitchenAid vs Cuisinart Hand Mixer

A good hand mixer is one of the most essential tools in every kitchen. It offers the fastest way to mix egg whites, make meringue, cream sauces, making cakes, cheesecakes, puddings, mashpotatoes, etc.

So, let's take a look at two of the top hand mixers. The KitchenAid KHM9PWH 9-Speed Professional Hand Mixer(White):

* Nine digital speeds, 7-1/2 inches long by 6-1/2 inches high

* Pro whisk attachment increases air for fluffier mixtures

* Comfort-designed handle; heel rest won't tip when set on end

* Powerful lightweight motor designed for quiet, lifelong operation

* Wipes off for easy cleaning

* 120 Volt Powered AC

* Comes with a 1 year warranty.

At $59.99, it's a great deal for a professional model hand mixer. One more benefit I haven't mentioned yet is that the whisk is longer and wider than most other brands.

Now let's take a look at the Cuisinart HM-70 Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand
Mixer, Stainless and White:

* Hand blender with 220-watt motor and automatic feedback

* 7 speed options; slide control easily shifts speeds with a single touch

* Swivel cord; extra-long dishwasher-safe beaters; beater-eject lever (makes it nice for left handers)

* Spatula and instruction/recipe book included

* Measures approximately 8 by 3-3/4 by 5-3/4 inches

* 3-year limited warranty

The cost is an easy $49.95. My favourite part of the Cuisinart is that it comes with an instruction and recipe booklet. That's always a nice extra.

Like the KitchenAid, the Cuisinart gets 4.5 stars outa 5 from users. That says a lot for both.

products have been a fave among professional chefs. On the other hand, professional chefs also use Cuisinart.

So, in my opinion, regardless of which hand mixer you buy, there's no way you can go wrong.

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A Special Treat for You!

Happy Chanukah - 7th NightImage by Daniel Greene via Flickr

[An internet friend of mine has an ecard site with some great cards. Technically it's Jewish cards, BUT there's non-Jewish cards as well. Check out the links in her post and see what an awesome selection she has for you! PS: Thanks Roz for letting us re-post your entries!]

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dear Say It With eCards Club Members:

The December Holidays are upon us… Hanukkah begins Friday evening at Sundown. It’s hard to believe there is a little more than three weeks left to 2009.

As an eCard designer, my most favorite part of Hanukkah is that it lasts for eight days, thus giving us eight opportunities to keep in touch and have a bit of fun with it!

SOMETHING TO CONSIDER… Send a different Hanukkah eCard for each of the Eight Days of Hanukkah and NEVER duplicate!
For your convenience…

The Hanukkah eCards can be found here:

ALL Hanukkah eCard Categories can be found here:

Hanukkah Gratitude and Appreciation eCards…
A Way to Say Thank You at Holiday Time!

Eight Days of Hanukkah (An eCard for Every Day!)

General Hanukkah eCards

Hebrew Hanukkah eCards

Hanukkah for Husbands

Hanukkah Love eCards

Patriotic Hanukkah eCards

Pink Ribbon (Breast Cancer Awareness) Hanukkah eCards


Through the years I have been asked to design for those of blended families – celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas. I struggled with this ONLY because I did not want to offend. I did not come from a religious family, so it was not a stretch for me personally.

A few years ago I designed what I hope is an artsy, tasteful and fun collection. No matter what… there is something for everyone at Say It With eCards. These have been graciously accepted and many of them sent through the years.

ALL Season’s Greetings / Interfaith eCards can be seen here:

Black & White Collection (designs in black and white)

General / Traditional (designed in seasonal red and green)

Patriotic / In Support of the Troops (red, white & blue)


The New Year 2010 eCards will be forthcoming. I have to upload them.


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Happy Hanukkah and an early Season’s Greetings.

Lots of Love & Gratitude to YOU… “my extended family!”

Shalom & Chag Hanukkah Sameach,

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Don't Be Sorry! Avoid Embarrassing Moments at All Costs.

What's in your purse? How big is it? Some women like really big hand bags and others like them small. Some go for the one's with lots of pockets. Then there's the women who prefer to go backpack or fanny pack style. No matter what your preference there's just some things a woman should have on hand to avoid those embarrassing moments that according to Murphy's Law, will get you when you least expect it.

To help you avoid those situations, here's list of the absolute essentials:


1. Lipsticks and lip gloss
2. Eyeliner and mascara and an eyebrow pencil
3. Powder (to tone down the shine) and blush

(AVON's mark flip-for-it kit has lipsticks, lip glosses, blush and eyeshadows all in one unit. It's the perfect space saver)

Dont' forget to have a small mirror. That can be an easy one to forget. You can always rely on the one that's in your powder compact (if that's the type you use) but I find it handy to have just the small mirror itself.

For the hands:

Pink nail polish.Image via Wikipedia

How many times have you had to ask a co-worker for nail polish (runner in hose) or a file? It's time for you to be the one people who aren't prepared go to:

1. Nail file.
2. Nail clippers.
3. Nail polish.
4. Spare nails (if you wear fakes)
5. Hand lotion.


1. Always have a brush or comb on hand.
2. Clips
3. Hair elastics
4. Band or scarf for those windy days
5. and of course hair spray

Odds and Ends:

1. Your favourite perfume.
2. And of course the usual: cell phone, etc.
3. For those of you who work in an office setting, don't forget that extra pair of hose!

And there you have it! The essential woman's survival kit!

For lovers of large hand bags: mark Hand Bags

[I’m proud to say that the links on this page are affiliate links, meaning I make a little bit of money off each sale. Usually I make just enough to feed my 14 cats (the result of taking in ferals), so feel free to buy and help feed the tiny terrors. PS: Jeff the Cat has his own blog. Check it out!]

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Easiest Way to Great Meals on a Shoestring Budget.

Rival Industries revolutionized cooking in 1971 with the creation of the crock-pot. It made cooking easier for mom's and single women alike. It also became a fave among some college students who had their own apartments, because preparation takes so little time and since students live on a shoestring budget, they saved money by not eating fast food.

Like I mentioned above, slow cookers save you money:

1. Your meal is ready and waiting for, so there's no reason to stop at the fast food joint you pass on the way home. Instead, your greeted with the smell of a wonderful home cooked meal when you open the door.

2. I've found that it takes fewer groceries to cook in a crock-pot. So it saves me lots of money every month. Leftovers are easier because you can pull the crock out of the heater and put it in the fridge. No extra dishes.

3. For those of you who eat meat, because of the slow method the crock-pot uses in cooking, the juices are able to seep into the meat, meaning cheaper pieces of meat taste delicious.

4. You would think the crock being on all day would run up your electric bill, but in reality, it takes less energy to operate your crock-pot than it does to use your large stove, which is an energy hog.

So, if you're a busy mother, student or a man who hates to cook, buy a crock-pot and enjoy a good home cooked meal. Your budget and your body will be glad you did.

PS: Crock pots come in a variety of sizes:

For some great crockpot recipes, try this!

470 Crock Pot Recipes

[I’m proud to say that the links on this page are affiliate links, meaning I make a little bit of money off each sale. Usually I make just enough to feed my 14 cats (the result of taking in ferals), so feel free to buy and help feed the tiny terrors. PS: Jeff the Cat has his own blog. Check it out!]

Monday, December 7, 2009

Vacuum Cleaner Comparisons: Dyson vs Eureka

Remember the days when the Hoover man would go door-to-door selling vacuum cleaners?  Back then, Hoover was the vacuum cleaner, but nowadays we have lots to choose from.  In this article, I'll cover two of the most popular: Dyson DC18 and Eureka Boss Smart.

James Dyson, the creator of the Dyson vacuum cleaner, created his vac because he hated his sweeper.  It didn't have the suction or maneuverability that he wanted.  So, he did what any creative annoyed man does - he created his own.  5,127 attempts later - he had the vacuum cleaner of his dreams.

Here's the features of Dyson's dream machine:

* All-floors lightweight upright vacuum cleaner provides constant suction power

* 200 air watts; on/off brush bar; extends for stair and high-reach cleaning

*  Lifetime HEPA filter; clean air exhaust; 25-foot cord; lightweight design

*  4/9-gallon bin empties with the push of a button; certified asthma friendly

*  Telescoping Reach Wand

* Quick-Draw Telescope Reach - Extends instantly for stair and high reach cleaning

* Hygienic Bin Emptying - No need to touch the dust, just push the button

* HEPA Filter - Approved for allergy sufferers by the British Allergy Foundation

* Weight 15.8 lbs

* Measures 16-1/3 by 12 by 43-2/3 inches; 5-year warranty

The BIG benefit for allergy sufferers - the air expelled from a Dyson has up to 150 times less mold and bacteria than the air you breathe. 

Cost is approximately $469.00.

Now for the Eureka 4870GZ Boss Smart.

Eureka was been around since 1909.  It was so popular, that by 1927, one-third of all vacuum cleaners bought were Eureka.  Eureka is still a top-of-the-line vacuum.

 Here's the features of the Boss Smart:

* Upright vacuum cleaner, 12-amp motor for carpets and hard floors

 * HEPA filtration system captures 99.97 percent of dust, pollen, bacteria and allergens

* Onboard tools: dusting brush, upholstery nozzle, and crevice tool

* Stretch hose for above-floor cleaning; 3-stage dust-trap system; 30-foot cord

* Motorized Brushroll

 * True HEPA Filtration Deluxe Wide Cleaning Path Air Selector

 * Cord Length - 30 ft. Weight 21 lbs.

* Measures 15 by 11 by 45 inches; 1-year warranty

Approximate cost: $163.00

Summary:  Both are trusted names.  The Dyson is by far the most maneuverable because of the ball and it's lighter.  Dyson's problem is it's cost.  Not everyone can afford to pay out nearly $500 for a vacuum cleaner (although it’s totally worth it!). 

So, if you're like me and don't have that kind of money, or simply wouldn't pay that much for a vac even if you did - go for the Eureka, it's an excellent vac and in my own opinion, you can't go wrong.


[I’m proud to say that the links on this page are affiliate links, meaning I make a little bit of money off each sale.  Usually I make just enough to feed my 14 cats (the result of taking in ferals), so feel free to buy and help feed the tiny terrors.  PS:  Jeff the Cat has his own blog.  Check it out!]


Friday, December 4, 2009

Eat Your Way to Looking and Feeling Younger

If we want to improve our life, we have to change our eating habits. We open ourselves up to health problems by eating the wrong kinds of foods. Thankfully, with just a few diet changes we can not only improve our health, but we'll look and feel younger.
foodThe top three rules for eating right are:

1. Eat organic. Organic foods are chemical and other contaminant free.
2. Eat raw foods. Cooking can destroy the vitamins and nutrients in food.
3. Avoid processed foods like sugar.

Dr. Fredric Brandt(the dermatologist used by Madonna and Cher), credits sugar as the culprit behind pre-mature aging. In his opinion, if you want to look ten years younger simply reduce the amount of sugar you consume. In the process, you'll notice an improvement in the texture, tone and radiance of your skin.

The next big three are:

1. High fiber diet.
2. Eat whole grains.
3. Plenty of antioxidants.

We know, for the most part about fiber and whole grains, but how many of us really know what antioxidants are? Antioxidants are vitamins and nutrients. It's believed they help protect the heart, arteries and other tissues against damage. Some believe it can even repair damage that has already occurred in cells.

The top fruits you should eat that are high in antioxidants are:

1. Blueberries
2. Kiwis
3. Apples
4. Cherries
5. Plums

Next in line for antioxidants are vegetables and legumes.

1. Dark green leafy vegetables
2. Beans
3. Artichokes
4. Broccoli

Omega 3 fats are also essential to feeling and looking younger. They're great for the heart Most people think of fish when it comes to omega 3 fats, but they can also be found in:

1. Pecans
2. Hazelnuts
3. Almonds
4. Walnuts

For snack lovers - dark chocolate! Chocolate lifts the spirit, which chocolatein and of itself is a health benefit. Just remember to eat only a little, not the entire bar, box or truck load. It's tempting, but not that good for us.

Lastly, hydration is essential in warding off pre-mature aging. Your body needs water. Water washes toxins out of our bodies. It also keeps us from feeling lethargic and tired. If you'd like to prove that last line, drink a glass of water when you're feeling tired and notice the difference.

It's simple to eat healthy. And isn't it worth it knowing that something so simple can keep you feeling and looking younger?

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