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Discover the Benefits of a Personalized Multivitamin for Optimal Health
Don’t know what to give your father for Christmas? Not sure what Mom wants for Chanukah? Give the gift of good health – give a bottle of personalized multivitamins from Vous Vitamin.
We get it — vitamins as a holiday gift doesn’t so readily come to mind. However, our busy lives too often leave us neglecting ourselves, so when someone steps in with a little help on the health front, the gesture goes a long way and in more ways than one.
For years Romy Block, MD, and Arielle Levitan, MD, heard from patients that they were interested in taking supplements, but confused by what to take. In response, the doctors culled through the latest research to create Vous Vitamin, a line of high quality, multivitamins tailored to an individual’s needs. Consumers complete a brief survey on Vousvitamin.com, which takes the guesswork out of what formulation is right for them. The survey asks about such factors as age, diet, exercise and health symptoms.
A gift certificate for Vous Vitamin multivitamins can be ordered by sending a note to Info@vousvitamin.com, and cost ranges from $39.99-$167, depending upon how many months are purchased.
Following the success of their vitamin line, Drs. Block and Levitan wrote The Vitamin Solution: Two Doctors Clear the Confusion about Vitamins and Your Health. to educate people about supplements and ensure their safe and effective use. Available at all major retailers, the book makes an ideal gift for the health-curious and health-conscious. The book is available for $17.95.
My Dad is almost eighty years old. He has always taken very good care of his health. Every Christmas, he asks for health related gifts. I thought that the perfect gift for him would be his very own personalized vitamins. He always gets as excited about vitamins and supplements, just like a little kid gets thrilled about candy. I am always amused by that. So after asking my Dad a series of questions about what he prefers in a vitamin, I filled out the survey form, and ordered my father his custom made vitamins. I also got him the book, The Vitamin Solution: Two Doctors Clear the Confusion about Vitamins and Your Health because he is always reading books about health and well-being.
I was very surprised at how quickly my order was delivered! I am excited to give my dad his gift of Vous Vitamins.
For more information, or to place an order, go to: https://www.vousvitamin.com/custom-vitamins/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
The Secret is Out!
(Now it's time for you to know the secret to cure the adulthood blues!)
“What happens when you combine Allen Klein’s extraordinary talent with the playful energy that comes from discovering the secrets of kids? As you start to read, be ready to experience pure joy. You will not be able to put this book down.”
—Mary Kay Morrison, MSEd, author, Using Humor to Maximize Living
“It is a must-read for anybody who loves children or wants to improve their connection with their inner child.”
—Pam Wener, retired preschool teacher
"Allen Klein created a masterpiece with this book, and I suggest every adult (especially parents) read this book."
— High Heels and Homework
Happy Publication Day to SECRETS KIDS KNOW... THAT ADULTS OUGHTA LEARN: ENRICH YOUR LIFE BY VIEWING IT THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD by Allen Klein. This endearing, joyful, and whimsical book will be of interest to:
- ANYONE who has, loves, and appreciates the unique magic of a CHILD'S MIND and HEART
- HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDES and those looking for a great gift for a friend or loved one
- INSPIRATIONAL and MOTIVATIONAL shows, programs, blogs, etc.
- Those looking for a great SEGMENT piece. Great for WEEKEND or MORNING TALK SHOWS.
Prolific author Allen Klein is well-versed in appearing on radio and TV. He is available for interview, especially near his home in San Francisco, CA. His adult daughter, who adorably illustrated the book, will also be available in the San Francisco area. They come equipped with endearing stories of their own relationship and how Allen drew inspiration from her to write this book. Allen Klein is comfortable talking about any topics of interest, and any other of his previously published books.
More About the Book
Kids have a fantastic way of looking at the world, and they are often kind, curious, and completely honest about the things they experience. We tend to lose those natural traits as we get older, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In Allen Klein’s new book, people share stories of the lessons they’ve learned from children, from the hilarious anecdotes that make you think to the out-of-nowhere, insightful thoughts on modern issues. Some of the “Secrets” in the book include:
- Be A Beginner: Channel the beginner’s mind to see a world of possibilities and simplicity
- Be a Daydreamer: Remember to make believe, pretend, and imagine again
- Be a Risk-Taker: Take risks, make mistakes, forget fear, and forget failure
- Be Joyful: Seize the day, look for laughter, and grin and share it with others
SECRETS KIDS KNOW. . . THAT ADULTS OUGHTA LEARN will help you get back to your unbiased childhood mind, all the while entertaining you with the incredible things that could only come out of the mouth of a child.
About the Author
The world’s only Jollytologist, ALLEN KLEIN is an award-winning inspirational speaker and author based in San Francisco. With a large following, Klein has inspired and uplifted many of his readers—including the legendary Jerry Lewis. His books include You Can’t Ruin My Day, Mom’s the Word, Inspiration for a Lifetime, Change Your Life!, The Art of Living Joyfully, and have sold over 600,000 copies. Read more at www.allenklein.com.
TUNE IN: Lipstick Empire
Welcome to MELT Cosmetics
WHAT: Stage 13’s original unscripted series "Lipstick Empire" takes a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of Melt Cosmetics' social savvy #girlbosses.
This female driven, unscripted series follows two of the beauty industry’s biggest brands - Lora Arellano and Dana Bomar, co-founders and CEOs of Melt Cosmetics. As the owners and faces of Melt, the two fierce makeup moguls tell their story that began behind a makeup counter and has blossomed to be one of the biggest independent makeup brands, with over 3 million global fans. The fast-paced, fans-first business keeps the co-CEOS’ busy balancing friendship, life and the highly competitive beauty industry.
Be sure to check out the trailer HERE .
Watch Lipstick Empire Tuesdays and Thursdays on https://www.facebook.com/LipstickEmpireSeries
ABOUT STAGE 13
Stage 13 is a fearless, original digital content brand showcasing a new generation of inspired talent and voices in scripted and unscripted storytelling. The brand’s series will be seen on the Stage 13 distribution platforms including the brand’s Facebook, YouTube and social channels, mobile partners including Verizon’s go90, in addition toStage13.com. Creating dynamic, unapologetic series for a multidimensional audience, Stage 13 is part of the Warner Bros. Digital Networks.
ABOUT WARNER BROS. DIGITAL NETWORKS
Warner Bros. Digital Networks is responsible for creating and building the Studio’s digital footprint and OTT video services, producing digital native content and harnessing the power of social media through Machinima. As part of Time Warner's overall growth strategy, WBDN works closely with sister divisions Turner and HBO. WBDN’s current portfolio includes: Boomerang (a partnership with Turner), DramaFever, Machinima, Stage 13, Uninterrupted (a partnership with LeBron James and Maverick Carter), Ellen Digital Ventures (a partnership with Ellen DeGeneres) and a DC-branded service debuting in 2018. Warner Bros. Digital Networks’ premium programming puts fans at the intersection of entertainment, sports, gaming and pop culture, reaching audiences anywhere, across any platform.
For Warner Bros. Digital Networks:
Don't Miss Kneipp’s Black Friday into Cyber Monday beauty sales!
- Everything in store and online is under $15, excluding gift sets
- To purchase a Family Loyalty Card, you get an additional 5% off
- Free Shipping all weekend long!
Go get your shopping on so you don’t miss these amazing deals!
Order here: Kneipp.com
PUR attitude is wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season in a big way this year! Everything at purattitude.com will be 50 percent off from November 22-28, 2017. Leave it to a safe beauty brand you can trust to offer a deal that 's better than Black Friday and Cyber Monday put together...
Each product in the PUR attitude line is dermatologist tested and approved, backed by independent clinical studies, and follows the brand’s standards for “Safe Beauty,” avoiding harsh chemicals, parabens, PEG’s, glycols, sulfates, petro-chemicals, synthetic fragrances and artificial dyes.PUR attitude products contain only safe beauty ingredients and are not diluted with water. More than 1,300 chemicals have been banned from the company’s lab, which adheres to strict EU standards. All formulations for the brand were developed by David Pollock, a beauty innovation chemist with more than 20 years of experience formulating products for some of the most recognized names in the industry.
(Featured above: PUR attitude Love Your Body Gift Set—includes: Caviar Anti-Aging Hair Shampoo, Caviar Anti-Aging Hair Conditioner, Foaming Bamboo Almond Scrub.)
#purattitude #puregoodness #safebeauty
This holiday season, don't forget to fill up your fur baby's stocking! Whether they have been naughty or nice, just one look into those sweet, trusting eyes, and you'll only see an angel!
Look at those eyes!
Purina Beggin’ Strips for your pup, and Friskies Party Mix for your feline are the perfect stocking stuffers for your pets.
I received samples of Purina Beggin' Strips for my dog, Banner and Friskies Party Mix for my kitty, Patty.
These delicious treats definitely made my four-legged-children quite happy. Banner's favorite treat is definitely Beggin' Strips. His mouth just waters when I hold one in front of him. I try not too make him have to beg too much for his treat, but I do make him "speak" before I hand him his reward. I swear, he would do backflips and handstands if he really had to, for Beggin' Strips.
Patty loves her Friskies Party Mix treats. She loves their crunchy and delicious chicken, liver and turkey flavors! AT only 1.3 calories per piece, Patty is not going to ruin her figure if she indulges in a few extra to celebrate the holidays!
Look for Purina Beggin' Strips and Friskies Party Mix at your local grocery store's pet section.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
I cannot believe that the holidays are already upon us! This holiday season, Tony Odisho brushes, shampoos and conditioners are the perfect stocking stuffers for your loved ones. With an affordable price point and high-quality product developed by the man behind the chair, Tony Odisho, these products below make the ideal gifts for this holiday season.
Small/ Medium/Large Round Copper Brush
Get your style on with this Round Copper Brush line. Inspired by the timeless beauty and elegance of French copper cookware, we are proud to introduce the newest addition to the Ostia Collection, our Round Copper Brush this brush is the ideal styling tool! Available in three sizes, the pPure copper core retains and distributes heat evenly for a smoother and healthier finish to your style. The extra-long bristles and boar strip work together to create the perfect tension for styling, while the seamless handle guarantees a snag-free blowout every time! Tourmaline bristles withstand heat and prolong the life expectancy of the brush. You will love the results when you use the Ostia Collection Round Copper Brush line line! Available in 3 sizes. to get your style on!
- Looks chic and elegant
- Inspired by French Copper Cookware
- Copper core distributes heat evenly- leaving hair healthy and smooth
- Extra-long bristles and boar strip work together to create the perfect tension
- Tourmaline bristles withstand heat and prolong the life expectancy of the brush
- Seamless, snag-free handle
Small/ Medium/Large Paddle Brush
- High quality mixed bristle brush
- Creates a silky, smooth style
- Bristles are strong enough to detangle extensions and natural hair, but gentle enough to smooth through keratin protein bonds
The perfect blend of boar and nylon bristles makes this brush strong enough to detangle extensions and natural hair, but gentle enough to smooth through keratin protein bonds. Great for all hair types. I love this brush! It is perfect for brushing through after I apply my leave-in conditioner. It helps to evenly distribute it so that my hair can achieve a uniform application.
Gentle Moisture Shampoo 8oz
- Ideal for natural hair and hair extensions
- Sulfate, paraben, and sodium chloride free
- Color- safe formula
- Cleanses and stimulates hair and scalp
- Improves hair elasticity and shine
- Improves hair and adds shine, cleanses and stimulates hair/scalp
Eleven distinct botanical extracts impart vital moisture while delicately restructuring hair for a clean, manageable finish. The rich, color-safe formula is sulfate, paraben and sodium chloride free. Ideal for both hair extensions and natural hair.
Intense Conditioner 8oz
- Smooths and hydrates
- Increases hair strength and elasticity
- Anti-inflammatory for scalp health
- Restores hair’s natural texture, glow and luster
- Strengthens hair shaft
The Ostia Intense Conditioner is a nourishing daily conditioner that deeply moisturizes, strengthens and improves the elasticity of the hair. This naturally gentle formulation adds softness, manageability, and shine to all hair types- especially color treated, keratin treated, and human hair extensions. This alcohol-free formula is infused with vanilla bean for a fresh, natural fragrance.
Ostia Collection 3-in-1 Mist
The power of three. Detangle, shine, protect. This vitamin-packed mist leaves hair soft, healthy and manageable without adding weight or buildup. Created with Titanium Dioxide to block damaging UV rays, jojoba oil to moisturize, and Dimenthicone for heat protection, the 3-in-1 Mist provides intense protection for your natural hair or extensions. I am IN LOVE with this amazing hair mist! I spray it all over my damp hair after I wash and towel dry it. I then brush it throughout my hair with my paddle brush. It leaves my hair soft, shiny, healthy and divine! This 3-in-1 Mist is my newest hair care obsession!
For more information, please check out tonyodisho.com
More about Tony Odisho:
Tony Odisho, President and Founder of Tony Odisho, began his career in Rome, Italy, where he studied cosmetology at the prestigious Marelena Academy. Young and ambitious, Odisho immigrated to the United States determined to bring the best beauty practices from Europe. He was promptly hired by L’Oreal Professionnel to work as an educator and color expert. Tony then opened his acclaimed salon and spa, Exsalonce, in Roscoe Village, Chicago. Tony’s reputation as a master extensionist and businessman landed him an executive position for a major hair extensions brand. In 2009, Tony saw the need for his own line of high end hair extensions. He created Tony Odisho , offering the best quality extensions and everything needed to apply and care for them. Tony Odisho, Beauty for Life. Tony Odisho is still a master stylist and a member of the prestigious Intercoiffure America-Canada.
Are you a coffee, wine, or tea drinker who is, perhaps, embarrassed by your 'not-so-white teeth?' Well, the holiday season is upon us, and you will most likely be invited to a festive bash or two. No doubt you will be flashing a smile or two at these gatherings. Why not banish those stains right now and get your teeth their whitest?
A dazzling smile does not have to cost a lot. It all begins with the perfect whitening toothpaste. I use Luster Power White Deep Stain Eraser® Fluoride Toothpaste, a two-in-one whitening toothpaste that cleans and freshens breath with zero tooth sensitivity. It removes up to 95% of surface stains in only 5 days for a 2X whiter, brighter smile than the leading brand. The enamel-safe, sulfate free formula is the only toothpaste on the market containing 2% stabilized peroxide.
Besides using Luster Power White Deep Stain Eraser® Fluoride Toothpaste, below are some tips to help you keep your teeth their whitest:
- Rinse your mouth with water right after drinking your morning latte or chai so the pigments don’t sit on your teeth for hours. Did you know that tea in particular contains tannic acid that makes tooth enamel more porous and thus prone to staining? (Better yet, brush your teeth immediately.)
- Use a straw - it’s a simple way to drink your coffee without it getting on your teeth
- And to eliminate stains that are already present: change your daily toothpaste to a whitening formula that contains fluoride. That way, you’ll remove stains while still getting the oral care benefits of a traditional dental whitening process.
I don't drink coffee or tea, but I do drink a lot of Pepsi, so my teeth benefit beautifully from this amazing whitening toothpaste!
For more information on Luster Power White Deep Stain Eraser® Fluoride Toothpaste go to: www.lusterpremiumwhite.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Are you getting excited for Christmas yet? I certainly am! I don't have my Christmas tree up yet, but I am having fun making my Christmas lists and making Christmas crafts. There's no better way to get your children and yourself excited for the holidays season than with some fun and festive Christmas crafting and coloring books like the ones I received from Fox Chapel Publishing!
These are my FAVORITES:
Christmas Papercrafting: Holiday Cards, Gift Tags, and More! Inside Christmas Papercrafting, you'll find everything you need to celebrate the season with festive papercrafts, from greeting cards and mini cards to gift tags and bookmarks, all beautifully illustrated with joyous imagery and merry sentiments.
Cute Christmas Holiday Coloring Book: These adorable kitties, puppies, and other critters may be on the naughty list—but they're still really cute! Have yourself a furry little Christmas with this heartwarming coloring book featuring happy pets in festive settings.
Fox Chapel Publishing inspires and informs readers who enjoy a wide variety of hobbies, crafts, and lifestyle interests. The company specializes in illustrated nonfiction with a focus on artisan and high-quality craft books. Fox Chapel publishes more than 1,200 book titles and three quarterly magazines, including DO Magazine, the #1 coloring magazine in its class. The publisher's imprints include CompanionHouse Books, Design Originals, IMM Lifestyle Books, and Creative Homeowner. For more information, please visit foxchapelpublishing.com.
For more information or to see additional books by Fox Chapel Publishing go to: https://foxchapelpublishing.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Saturday, November 18th is National Apple Cider Day – so yes perfectly fitting for fall (I’m thinking of apple cider donuts of course) but let’s not forget Apple Ciders amazing beauty benefits – one of best being for your hair. Apple Cider is often used for its detoxing and deep cleansing properties in clarifying shampoos (& dry co-washes), which is an essential product for maintaining clean beautiful locks.
Wanted to share the below products and tips in case you have any Apple Cider themed beauty stories you are working on this week. Additionally, I have great Fekkai Stylists if you need any tips on why it’s great for your hair!
Here are a few reasons why you need a clarifying shampoo:
1.To get rid of build-up from your conditioner, treatments and styling products
2.In preparation for color or highlights
3.As a once-in-a-while volume booster for fine, straight hair
4.To clean non-color-treated hair that's very oily
5.As a pre-masque step
6.To keep blonde hair from turning brassy
7.To get rid of hard water deposits or damaging chlorine
8.To re-start your hair regimen when nothing is working
Fekkai Apple Cider Shampoo
Clarifies and Renews. Infused with Apple Cider. Scented by fresh apple and pear. Silicone-free purifying cleanser clarifies and removes buildup. Overworked hair is deeply cleaned for a new beginning.
Cantu Refresh Dry Co-Wash
(Target.com, SallyBeauty.com; $4.99)
Cantu Refresh Dry Co-Wash is made with apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil and shea butter – a deeply cleansing yet nourishing cocktail that cleanses and conditions in one easy step. Whether you’re wearing your hair straight, curly, weave, or extensions, bring your look back to life and condition your strands at the same time.
- Part dry shampoo, part conditioner
- Absorbs excess oil plus adds natural shine
- No white powder residue
- Great for straight styles
- Free of Mineral Oil, Sulfates, Parabens, Silicones, Phthalates, Gluten, Paraffin and Propylene.