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Imagine the following scenario, if you would~ It is Christmas Eve, and all of your family is in town. You had spent the vast majority of your day in the kitchen, lovingly preparing that perfect Christmas Eve dinner for everyone. You really worked hard and the reward is about to be paid off with a traditional holiday meal.
Everyone is just sitting down to enjoy this delicious looking feast that is laid before them. You smile because the night has been so magical. Daddy is carving up the ham. Dishes are being passed around the table, the conversation is merry, creating a scenario from a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie.
And then Uncle Ralph excuses himself to use the restroom. Ideally, Uncle Ralph could have chosen to facilitate the bathroom down the hallway, but no bother. He chose the one two feet away from the dinner table. He will be quick, you tell yourself.
Dishes clinking, happy chatter, compliments from Aunt Gladys on the tasty yams. Grandpa is mid-way through a story about his days of yore, when all of a sudden it hits. THAT SMELL. WHAT THE???
Where is Uncle Ralph? It has been at least fifteen minutes. Out of the bathroom he emerges.............. Forks are quickly set down. Plates pushed away from previously ravenous eaters. Appetites are lost. Waves of nausea ensue. Dinner is over. THAT SMELL!
This scenario did not need to occur. First of all, the bathroom near the kitchen should have been locked from the inside so that nobody could venture into it. SECOND, you should have been prepared with Airwick's NEW V.I. Poo!
The time has come to change the way we face embarrassing bathroom odors! Air Wick's collection of scents (Lavender, Lemon, Rose and Fruits) trap nasty smells in the bowl and release a spectacular fragrance that leaves the bathroom smelling better than before you used it.
It is NOT hard to use! (Shake the bottle a few times) All you do is spray it into the water BEFORE you pinch your loaf. It pretty much seals the nasty odors into the water, so that nobody needs to suffer the wrath of your bowels.
Guess what Uncle Ralph is getting in his stocking this year?
CLOUD 10 MILLENNIAL HAIR CARE REPORT REVEALS NEARLY 60 PERCENT UNHAPPY WITH THEIR HAIR
Survey Results of 1000 Millennial Women Released
When it comes to hair care, Millennials have distinct product, style and shopping preferences, according to the 2017 Cloud 10 Millennial Hair Care Report.
The survey polled 1000 women, ages 18 to 35, from across the country at all income levels. It was commissioned by Cloud 10 Hair Care, a pioneer in customized hair care. The survey revealed:
- 59 percent of women polled wish they had someone else’s hair, or are only happy with their hair sometimes.
- 77 percent prefer shampoos and conditioners customized for their particular hair care needs.
- Only 15 percent of Millennials choose to wash their hair daily. Most prefer to wash it 2-3 times per week.
- An overwhelming 88 percent say scent plays a factor in purchasing shampoos and conditioners. In that group, about half say it’s “very important.”
- 22 percent of Millennials say they would never use a shampoo or conditioner that contains sulfates or parabens, while 34 percent have no idea what they are.
- Stronger hair topped Millennials’ hair care goals. Reducing dryness and taming frizz followed in importance.
- Millennials shop everywhere for hair care formulas, with nearly a quarter shopping online.
- Bad hair day? 30 percent opted for a bun!
For complete results, see the full report here.
“Our Cloud 10 Hair Care formulas, shopping experience, and social community are all designed around the distinct preferences that Millennials crave when selecting hair care products,” says Ellen Langas, Co-CEO of ProfilePro LLC, the parent company of Cloud10 Hair. “We constantly invite customer feedback and utilize survey results like this so we can provide the ultimate customization experience.”
Through a short series of questions at Cloud10hair.com, users can identify their hair care needs. Profiles are instantly matched to recommended shampoos and conditioners with a choice of scent and lather preference. In addition, users may choose from multiple label designs, each of which can be personalized with their names.
“Customization is a key trend in today’s retail landscape and Cloud 10 Hair Care believes that shampoo and conditioner should be no exception,” says Joe Segel, Co-founder and Co-CEO of ProfilePro. Segel is also the founder of QVC and is known as one of the nation’s foremost serial entrepreneurs who built his reputation on improving customer experience.
All Cloud 10 shampoo and conditioner formulas are sulfate free, paraben free, cruelty free and safe for chemically treated hair.
Now, I am not a millenial, and that makes me feel really old! But regardless, I still have many a day where I hate my hair. I am doing much better now, but I had my days of shoving my curling iron through the wall (sorry dad!) on some of my worst hair days. I was excited to get the chance to review Cloud 10 Hair Care. It was fun to take the survey and come up with a hair care formulation that was perfectly suited to my hair type. I even got to choose which pretty label I wanted.
I love my customized shampoo and conditioner with my name on it! Perfectly made just for me!
My hair is bleached, and so I chose the Revitalized hair formula. I wanted a coconut fragrance, and lots of creamy, thick lather. I love the shampoo. It leaves my hair fresh and clean, soft and hydrated. The conditioner is amazing as well, and helps to retain the moisture in my hair, keeping it healthy, shiny and so very silky soft.
I was also given the chance to review a few additional Cloud 10 styling products, which I love as much as I love the shampoo and conditioner. These heavenly hair styling products are the Ultra Nourishing Oil, Glossing Spray and my favorite~ Surf Spray!
Ultra Nourishing Oil~ Cloud 10’s Ultra Nourishing Oil revitalizes thirsty hair. Plus, it helps fight the frizz and restore damaged hair by adding moisture and weightless shine. I add this oil in after I wash, condition and towel dry my hair. It helps to make my hair extra soft, and to seal in the moisture, making my damaged ends looks perfect once again.
Surf Spray~ This Surf Spray delivers natural, beachy waves. You'll get great texture and hold with a full matte finish. More volume! More body! More definition! This surf spray is my favorite new go-to product. It gives me effortless beachy hair. All I do is flip my hair upside down, spray away and then scrunch my hair all over with my hands. After finger styling to get every strand into place, my hair looks fabulous. My hair has never looked this good.
Glossing Spray~ The glow. Every girl strives for it. When the glow is gone, nothing seems right. Count on this Glossing Mist to provide pure shine with a gloss finish. It smoothes, minimizes frizz and adds moisture and vitality to lifeless hair. The ultra-lightweight mist spray leaves hair feeling silky soft without weighing you down. I add a spritz of this spray all over my hair as a finishing touch of beautiful shine.
My hair hasn't looked or felt this healthy in a long time, and I love it!
About ProfilePro LLC
ProfilePro LLC is a pioneer in customized and personalized hair care. The company was cofounded in 2014 by Joe Segel, who is the founder of QVC, and Jodi Dery, owner of award-winning Cloud 10 salons in Florida. The ProfilePro family of brands includes Cloud 10 Hair Care and HairRx Advanced Hair Care.
Tricks for Grooming a Dog Who Hates to Be Groomed
Pet bathing and grooming is just part of any pet owner's life. That doesn't mean your dog will like it, though. Many dogs couldn't care less about being clean and pretty; they'd rather be muddy and dirty than sit through another bath. Thankfully, there are some ways to make bath time and grooming easier for you and your pup.
1. Bathe Less Often~
While some dogs need a bath every week, others can go up to a month before getting smelly. If your dog is especially active, you may be out of luck. But if your dog mostly stays indoors and doesn't get smelly too often, consider stretching bath time to every three or four weeks.
2. Use a Bath Mat or Towel~
If your dog's feet slide around the bottom of the tub, you may need to invest in a bath mat - or at least put down a towel first. Dogs may become anxious if the tub is too slippery, and this is an easy and inexpensive way to help them stay calm during bath time. (As a side note, a slippery tub can be a safety hazard for you, too!)
3. Don't Fill the Tub too Full~
While humans prefer full tubs of water, dogs feel more comfortable with a lot less. Only fill the tub with six inches or less of water, and make sure it's not too hot for your dog's delicate skin. A lukewarm temperature is usually best.
4. Use a Hair Dryer~
Dogs often hate being wet after a bath. If your dog doesn't get too anxious from the noise, try using a hair dryer to dry him quickly after his bath. Make sure you use the lowest heat setting and avoid pointing the dryer directly at your dog. This helps prevent burns and keeps your dog calmer, too.
5. Distract your Dog with a Toy or Food~
If your dog is especially timid or scared during bath time, try using a distraction. You can use a squeaky bath toy to keep your pup's mind off the current situation. Better yet, try adding a dab of peanut butter to the shower wall. Your dog will lick the peanut butter and forget all about bath time!
6. Brush your Dog Often~
Tangled hair often catches debris, making bath time more of a pain than ever. If your dog's baths are especially difficult because the hair is hard to wash, consider brushing more often. Long-haired coats often need daily brushings, while short-haired coats may benefit from weekly ones.
7. Find the Best Brush~
There are different types of brushes available for different breeds of dogs. If your dog balks at one type of brush (or the brush is less than effective on your dog's coat), try using a different brand or type of brush. With a little luck and perseverance, you'll find the perfect one for your pup. As a general rule of thumb, though, slicker brushes are used for tangles and bristle brushes are used to keep hair smooth.
8. Be Consistent~
Of all the tips above, the best advice for a dog who hates grooming is to be consistent. It may be difficult to brush and bathe a dog who tries to run every time you come near, but it's just as important as flea prevention. (Side note: If your dog struggles with pills, try switching to Bravecto Chewable Tablets.)
Eventually, grooming tasks will get easier over time. Your dog will become adjusted to your grooming routine, and eventually, he may even enjoy it!
Lannie, writer for Allivet. Allivet provides affordable pet supplies and pet medications, all of which can be purchased online. Listed below are some helpful resources referenced in the article that can provide some guidance for those looking for helpful information on pet supplies & medication: http://www.allivet.com/p-5778-bravecto-chewable-tablet.aspx
How important is coffee? For 52% of coffee drinkers, it's important enough to skip a shower in order to have time for their cup of joe, and we completely understand those priorities. Sean Cho, Founder and Designer of MOOD Coffee Drip Kits, created a portable, single-use, and mess-free way to brew the perfect cup of drip coffee.
Sean says, "Because we like to shower and have freshly brewed coffee every morning, our team spent an entire year designing the perfectly portable and recyclable dripper in Japan, sourcing the best ground coffee from Colombia, and making it 3 times more concentrated and flavorful than the "average" drip coffee."
What could a coffee love more than to have premium drip coffee on the go without having to wait in the long Starbucks line?
Each MOOD Coffee Drip Kits comes with a beautiful dripper and a pouch of coffee portioned for one delicious cup.
MOOD drippers drip three times slower than the average filter, which ensures your coffee is concentrated and full of flavor. They're also sized to fit perfectly in any cup or tumbler.
How to Make Your Holiday Gift Shopping Experience More Enjoyable
As we get closer to Christmas and the end of the year, local retailers and outlets become more packed with people shopping for gifts. The same is happening online, with many online retailers pushing their delivery estimates back a few days due to the high volume.
On the other hand, there are also more deals and special offers available. This means you can save more on the holiday gifts you’re getting for loved ones and close friends. Don’t worry about facing difficulties getting those holiday gifts because I have the perfect tips and tricks for you to use in this article.
It is always best to shop in one go, but this is something that can only be done when you do proper planning first. Check out my Holiday Gift Guide pages for this year and start planning the gifts you want to buy for the holiday season. Making a complete list of things to buy is a great way to start.
Now that you have a shopping list, you can start browsing through online retailers and outlets to figure out where to buy the gifts (and how much the items would cost). I always love comparing prices between different websites and trying to get the best deals on my holiday purchases.
Having a shopping list is also a great way to keep your holiday shopping within budget. Don’t forget to add a few extra alternatives so that you can get the gifts you want on time, without spending too much money in the process.
I mentioned how fun searching for deals and discounts can be, especially during the holiday season when there are a lot of discounts to chase. Before making your purchases, spend some time to go through deals websites and other resource centers to find the right coupons to use.
If you are shopping for groceries, for instance, you can now add Weis eCoupons to your Weis Club Card. The next time you visit your local Weis outlet, the coupons are used and you instantly save a lot of money on the items you buy.
Using coupons and special discounts online is even easier. You only need to enter the right coupon code to claim the discount. Keep in mind that you may need to split your purchase into several purchases since you can only use one coupon code per checkout.
Don’t wait until the very last minute to do some holiday shopping. As tempting as it may be, giving yourself plenty of time is always the way to go. You can seek alternatives, take more time to compare deals, and even choose to return to the shop if it is too crowded or uncomfortable when you shop early.
You also don’t have to worry about shipping delays and other issues when shopping online. So, what are you waiting for? Start with that holiday gift list today and prepare for a fun and thrilling holiday shopping experience. The tips we discussed in this article will help make your holiday gift shopping experience more enjoyable.
Ultra Violet, Everything
Pantone announces Ultra Violet as the 2018 color of the year. A color that represents originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking – which makes it the perfect new color and look for the iconic John Frieda Hair Care Frizz Ease collection.
John Frieda Frizz Ease has been on shelves for over a quarter of a century, keeping their innovative and revolutionary products the leader in fighting frizz. Whether it’s a cult classic that smooths hair for every look or a shampoo that moisturizes and hydrates, John Frieda Frizz Ease is there for you no matter what you need.
Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch Up Crème ($6.99): Smooth frizz and flyaways instantly—anywhere, anytime—for a flawless, shiny finish.
Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Shampoo + Conditioner ($5.99): Give your hair a daily dose of hydration with this duo that provides humidity resistance, breakage reduction and improved conditioning. With this shampoo and conditioner, you will keep your hair continuously soft, silky and smooth.
Frizz Ease Air Dry Waves Styling Foam ($9.99): Achieve your desired soft, natural and touchable air-dry waves that you can run your fingers through.
Availability: Food, drug and mass retailers
The best gifts you can give to someone that you love is a gift from the heart. With Collage.com, you can create gifts that are made with not only the love in your heart, but with photos of cherished memories. These are the types of gifts that keep on giving.
I was having a hard time coming up with gift ideas for a few of my family members this year, and so I decided on a Collage.com Custom Photo Blanket. With a custom photo blanket, my loved ones will not only be reminded of special memories that we have shared when they look at the photos I chose, they can also feel 'hugged' by me when they wrap the warm fuzzy blanket around them.
Photo Blankets Turn Warm Memories Into Cozy Afternoons
Collage.com is America’s number-one photo blanket destination. They make it easy to print your favorite photos on a soft, cuddly blanket that we guarantee you'll love. Upload photos from your phone, Facebook, Instagram, or your computer in seconds—and wrap yourself in your favorite memories on ultra warm, super soft fleece. See why hundreds of thousands of customers have turned to Collage.com photo blankets for an amazing custom gift, or just a perfect addition to the living room. It is so easy and fun!
Printed-to-order in the USA, each Collage.com blanket is made with incredibly soft, machine-washable Arctic fleece, and created using a special dye-sublimated process to keep your images sharp and bright. These photo blankets have been hailed as a perfect gift by everyone from “Good Morning America,” to “The View,” to AARP: The Magazine, Forbes, Mashable, and Buzzfeed. Every purchase is covered by Collage.com's Just Right 100% satisfaction guarantee.
There are four delightful photo blanket styles you can choose from, which include Fleece, Sherpa, Printed Woven and Woven Image.
While I am waiting for my latest Collage.com order to arrive, I wanted to show you the photo blanket that I ordered for my son, Braxton last Christmas. It is made from the softest fleece. Braxton has slept with it every single night for a year, and it is still in perfect condition (even after several washes!) Braxton loves the sweet memory of when we went to Universal Studios and met Sponge Bob, so this blanket gift was the perfect gift for Braxton.
Get started on your custom blanket here!
Enter to win! One winner will receive a gift code to create a custom blanket of their choice from Collage.com. (up to a $300 value.)
How? It's easy! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
There's no better time than the New Year to make changes. It is the time for fresh, new starts! I am planning on switching my looks up a bit with Splat Hair Color.
Splat Hair Color is one of the top brands in at-home hair color, offering several products in alluring shades. With 2017 coming to a close, many of us look towards the new year with the hope to change our lives, habits, and for some of us our hair! The Splat Lightening Bleach Kit is the perfect way to switch it up just in time for your big New Year’s Eve plans and ring in 2018 with a fresh new look.
Splat Lightening Bleach Kit ($9.19, Target.com)
This vegan and cruelty free semi-permanent hair dye is easy to apply and conditions your locks while it bleaches, preventing damage and nourishing your hair for a flawless finish. Whether you have brunette, blonde, black, or red hair, the Splat Lightening Bleach Kit will provide lightening results in 45 minutes with a unique micro-pigment formula that can last up to 30 washes. Splat also provides step by step directions and a video tutorial on their website, Splathaircolor.com, giving you instant access to stylists tips and ensuring you look like a blonde bombshell!
After you bleach your hair, you are going to need to keep it healthy, and make certain that your new blonde does not end up looking brassy. You can protect your new 'do with Signature Blonde Violet Shampoo and Signature Blonde Violet Conditioner from vegan hair care brand ColorProof whose formulas are created to nourish and replenish color treated hair.
SignatureBlonde™ Violet Shampoo ($44.00, ColorProof.com)
Illuminate, brighten and replenish blonde, bleached or silver color-treated hair. This next generation, sulfate-free revitalizing shampoo featuring pure violet pigment instantly cancels brassy and yellow tones while providing exceptionally gentle cleansing to brighten, maintain and protect your signature blonde shade.
SignatureBlonde™ Violet Condition ($44.00, ColorProof.com)
Restore your signature shade while nourishing hair from the inside out. This ultra-rich violet conditioner instantly neutralizes brassy and yellow tones while brightening your blonde. Optimum levels of protein-rich Keravis™ and soy protein propelled by Nanotechnology to penetrate deep within, restore diminished tensile strength and lost elasticity caused by coloring and bleaching. Revitalize, illuminate and radically repair your locks to brilliant blonde.
Enter to win! One winner will receive a Splat Lightening Bleach Kit, ColorProof Signature Blonde Violet Shampoo, and Signature Blonde Violet Conditioner (ARV: $97)
How? It's easy! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
When I was growing up (in a family of seven children) it seemed that every year, one or two of us kids would receive a Ripley's Believe It or Not book. Each child would eventually migrate toward the lucky recipient of this amazing book for a peek at it. Ripley's Believe It or Not books are simply fascinating! Once you get one in your hands, it is hard to put it down!
Ripley's Believe It or Not! is back with the newest book in its bestselling series, Shatter Your Senses! You won't believe your eyes (or ears or nose!) when you see the stunning photos and shocking stories. And true to the Ripley's brand, the more than 1,500 stories are all new and ALL TRUE! The book contains sections such as Animals, Pop Culture, People, and Beyond Belief. There is something for every reader--and the entire family--all guaranteed to amaze, inspire and keep you coming back again and again.
Experience some of the stories that are sure to Shatter Your Senses!
- SEE the world’s most expensive dress ever sold at auction, worn by starlet Marilyn Monroe and covered in over 6,000 rhinestones!
- TASTE the freaky foods featured—from starfish skewers on the streets of Beijing to Australia’s witchetty grub!
- FEEL the heat as you read about Taiwan’s traditional fire fishing!
- SMELL the fresh air—which is sold to tourists in Guangdong Province, China, by the bag!
- HEAR the crowds roar as performers like AcroBritt, Short E. Dangerously, Captain and Maybelle, and Hammer Head take the stage in Ripley’s Exclusive interviews, showcasing their unbelievable talents!
My kids also love Ripley's Believe it or Not books. It is so much fun to read all of the absolutely absurd to utterly astonishing things that have gone on in the world. These books are perfect gifts that keep on giving all throughout the year. (We take our on long car trips to keep the kiddos occupied!)
Braxton is very happy with his copy of Ripley's Believe It or Not!'s Newest Book, Shatter Your Senses
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
During this busy Christmas season, keeping kids fueled through long shopping trips and traffic jams to grandma and grandpa’s house can be seemingly impossible. Convenience stores are stocked with super-sized Snickers and Skittles, and with diabetes and obesity on rise among kids, why not offer them a healthier, but fun option?
Slammers Snacks are tasty, superfood snacks designed to fuel kids with organic fruits and vegetables such as mangos, acai, sweet potato, and yumberries. Not only are they a healthy alternative to sugar-laden candies and convenience store snacks, Slammers are, crumb-free, easily digestible, and serve as a great source of essential vitamins. Some flavors, including Amped (our newest, with chia seeds) come packed with 500mg of Omega-3s.
Slammers Snacks come in the following delicious flavors:
Epic~ Thick creamy yogurt, with more protein than regular yogurt. Made of: MANGOES, BANANAS, CARROTS, ORANGE, GREEK YOGURT & REAL VANILLA
Awesome~ Made of: BANANAS, BLUEBERRIES, STRAWBERRIES, BEETS, ACAI & AMARANTH. Acai berry is a grape-like fruit from the rainforests of the Amazon. They are a source of antioxidant vitamin C.
Chill'n~ Made of: BANANAS, BLUEBERRIES, BUTTERNUT SQUASH, GREEK YOGURT & YUMBERRY. Yumberries look a little bit like a raspberry with a sweet, sour flavor and is considered a super fruit and a source of antioxidant vitamin C.
Amped~ Made of: APPLES, STRAWBERRIES, CHERRIES, CHIA & PURPLE CARROT. Chia seeds provide antioxidants and omega-3 to keep your eyes and brain sharp.
Pomegranate Grape Crush (plus protien) ~ Made of: GRAPE, POMEGRANATE, COCONUT, APPLE, BANANA AND PURPLE CARROT. Pomegranates contain vitamin C to help fight colds and flus.
Watermelon Kiwi Burst (plus protien)~ Made of: STRAWBERRY, KIWI, WATERMELON, APPLE, BANANA AND BEET. Kiwis help protect kids with their powerful antioxidants.
I received samples of Slammers Snacks to review. I know that they are targeted for kids, but I absolutely love them! My favorite flavors are definitely the Awesome, as well as the Pomegranate Grape Crush.
They are perfect for packing in school lunches, or for a school (or after school snack.) I am always carrying a few Slammers around in my purse or church bag for a quick, convenient snack when I don't have time to eat.
I handed out samples of Slammers Snacks to a few of my close family members to try out:
- My pre-diabetic father thinks Slammers are perfect to keep his blood sugar at a safe level, plus to help him get his daily fruit servings.
- My daughter, Kendallyn, gave a few Slammers out to her Sunday School class of 8 year- olds. The children enjoyed them without getting all hyped out like they do on sugary treats.
- My daughter-in-law, Cassidy, is 8 months pregnant and enjoys the Slammer Snacks that have added protein. Her doctor told her that she needs more protein in her diet. Plus , Slammers snacks help to give Cass something tasty and light to help conquer her nausea.
- I am secretly in love with the Awesome flavor. It tastes like banana baby food, and I am completely obsessed. I could honestly live on these for the rest of my life and eat nothing else. I was sad when I ran out and cannot wait to go out and buy some more.
Be sure to grab some Slammers Snacks for the perfect stocking-stuffer treats this Christmas!
To learn more about Slammers Snacks or to find out where to purchase go to: http://slammerssnacks.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.