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I have one cat named Patty, and she is such a sweetheart. I love her! The only problem I have with her is not her fault at all. I have a problem with her fleas! I had been battling fleas all summer long, but I was very worried about using chemical flea repellent on my cat. If it killed fleas, then it cannot be healthy for Patty, who licks her fur, and for us humans who cuddle her.
It is the same thing with spraying my carpets or furniture. I don't want dangerous chemicals in my house! I had also tried a flea collar on Patty, and guess what? She almost strangled to death when her collar got caught somehow on a curtain rod! (I have no idea how Patty managed that, but she did, and I am thankful I got to her in time before she strangled to death.) Crazy kitty!
Thankfully I have discovered Wondercide natural flea and tick control. Wondercide's Natural Flea, Tick & Mosquito spray for dogs and cats is formulated with organic, food-grade ingredients to be safe, effective and easy-to-use. Simply spray and play without worry of chemical pesticides, drops or pills. Use as needed to kill by contact and repel parasites.
I received three of Wondercide's Natural Pet Parent Pack to review. This amazing trio of products includes everything you need for a naturally happy and healthy dog or cat. Comes with: one 8oz Skin Tonic Spray for Itch & Allergy, one 16oz Lemongrass Natural Flea & Tick Control for Pets + Home, and one FREE Rosemary 4oz Natural Flea & Tick Control for Pets + Home.
Wondercide's natural flea, tick & mosquito control spray for pets + home is naturally formulated as a curiously effective alternative to chemical pesticides for use on dogs, cats & home interiors. It's a preventative and treatment, all in one safe, effective spray.
This spray kills pests like fleas and ticks by contact and prevents them from hitching a ride on your pet when you go on walks or to the park. It kills the insect life cycle: egg, larvae, and adults.
Pets + Home also stops itching and scratching, comforts dry skin, and leaves pets' coats shiny. It does not stain pets, furniture or flooring.
Great for dogs AND cats! There is no need to buy multiple products for dogs and cats of different sizes and breeds. Pets + Home is also designed for use inside your home and can safely be sprayed on bedding, upholstery, furniture, and flooring. It can also be used with a compression sprayer for full home treatment. When you introduce any new products, we always recommend testing prior to full use. Check for sensitivities before full application on pets and test specialty fabrics before treating your home. Pets + Home is available in 4oz, 16oz, 32oz, gallon, and 1oz tester sizes.
It is so nice to be able to spray my furniture, my carpets and even my cat without worry that I am exposing any of my loved ones (human or animal) to any harmful chemicals. I am left with a very nice smelling home and cat.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
As more Americans consider the values of a company before purchasing, the socially conscious beauty lover will appreciate NaturaBrasil’s new holiday collection. Gift sets include rich beauty products made from exotic and rare Amazonian ingredients, and are housed in one-of-a-kind handwoven raffia baskets or clutches created by a women's co-op in Bahia, Brazil. Through this co-op, Natura is educating and empowering women, teaching them business skills and creating local economies.
Once emptied, the baskets double as functional decor – planters, jewelry organizers, serving bowls, and more. I absolutely love gifts that have more than one use!
Holiday gift set prices range from $29.50-$49.95
Black Friday: 30% off all full-size products + free shipping site wide
Cyber Monday: A free full-size product with $50 purchase + free shipping site wide
A little more about NaturaBrasil
Natura is a billion dollar (yes billion) natural and vegan brand that works directly with community co-ops in the Amazon rainforest (creating local economies, educating these communities on best practices and business acumen) to sustainably source ingredients. They also happen to be the first publicly traded company to be a B-corp and recently won a United Nations Champions of The Earth Award (goals?) – not to mention, they just scooped up The Body Shop and now own it!
As Black Friday and Cyber Monday are quickly approaching (seriously, where did this year go!?), I wanted to share with you some exciting promos from Macadamia Professional who can help you achieve fabulous hair this holiday season all on a budget with these stylish deals!
Macadamia Professional is one of my personal hair care favorites, so, I am definitely going to be all over this sale to stock up on Christmas gifts for my sisters and my daughters. We have a lot of hair in my family!
Known for their salon-quality hair care, treatment and styling products, Macadamia Professional will be offering customers 50% off and free shipping on all orders placed between November 22nd and November 27th. This is the perfect opportunity to stock up on the brands latest launches and most popular products including the NEW Nourishing Moisture Leave-In Protein Treatment that replenishes stressed-out, depleted strands with essential vitamins and minerals – and the Smoothing Curl Cream which controls unruly curls while still providing a light, crunch-free feel.
Additionally, Macadamia Professionals collections of bestselling masques not only make great gifts but are also necessary to keep your locks healthy and hydrated this winter. Choose from the Weightless Moisture Masque (baby fine to fine hair), Nourishing Moisture Masque (medium to coarse hair), and Ultra Riche Moisture Masque (very coarse to coiled hair), each tailored to address the moisture needs of specific hair types.
Below are additional details on these amazing products:
Nourishing Moisture Shampoo ($22.00, MacadamiaHair.com)
Nourishing Moisture Shampoo gives medium to coarse hair textures the rich hydration they require. It contains our exclusive Pro Oil Complex, a blend of Macadamia and Argan Oils to help strengthen and repair hair as well as Hazelnut and Avocado Oils to lock in moisture and nourish hair. In addition, it contains a combination of Vitamins A, C, and E to balance hair and help improve tensile strength after every wash.
Nourishing Moisture Conditioner ($22.00, MacadamiaHair.com)
Is your hair in need of a full moisture and shine re-boot? Introducing a luxuriously soft and effective formula that deeply penetrates hair down to the roots and scalp for all-over moisturization. Infused with our naturally beneficial Pro Oil Complex of Macadamia and Argan Oils, we have added Avocado and Hazelnut Oils for even deeper hair and scalp moisture saturation. Repair, restore, and strengthen with a combination of Collagen and Silk Amino Acids included for all-over beauty and shine.
Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Leave-In Protein Treatment ($22.00, MacadamiaHair.com)
Delivers reinforcement to strengthen, replenish and protect. Used regularly, hair feels healthier and becomes more resistant to breakage. The perfect balance of ingredients leaves hair soft, conditioned and never brittle (over-proteinized.) Protects hair strands and helps to prevent against future breakage by increasing elasticity.
Macadamia Professional Smoothing Curl Cream ($19.95, MacadamiaHair.com)
A conditioning styling cream that controls and smoothes unruly curls, while still providing a light, touchable-soft feel. Fights humidity for fizz control, tames flyaways and creates a natural-looking shine. Premium blend of hold and styling agents provide long term curl retention.
Ultra Rich Moisture Masque ($36.00, MacadamiaHair.com)
Ultra Rich Moisture Masque gives coiled- or coarse-textured hair an instant boost of moisture. It supplies nourishment to damaged, dry hair and strengthens each strand to help repair hair and defend against damage in the future. It locks hydration in and leaves hair shiny, healthy, and restored.
Nourishing Moisture Masque ($36.00, MacadamiaHair.com)
Nourishing Moisture Masque gives medium to course hair textures the ultimate repairing, reconstructing, and hydrating treatment they need. Infused with our exclusive Pro Oil Complex, it leaves hair detangled, silky, and frizz-free. Perfect for damaged, dry, or color-treated hair, the masque improves hair health, shine, and elasticity.
Weightless Moisture Masque ($36.00, MacadamiaHair.com)
This ultra-lightweight formula gives baby fine to fine hair textures all the benefits of a hair masque, without added weight. This hair masque for dry hair nourishes, conditions and strengthens the individual hair strands to help repair and prevent future breakage. It is infused with the exclusive Pro Oil Complex and Walnut Oil, which leaves hair detangled, frizz-free and smooth.
BONUS BEAUTY DEALS YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS!
ColorProof known for their vegan hair care and style products that are formulated for color treated hair will be offering 25% off select kits and free shipping on their website this holiday season as well! Gifts, Gifts, Gifts Galore!
Does Nutrisystem Actually Help Men Lose Weight?
Nutrisystem diet is meal plan designed to reduce your body weight. The company that offers this diet system provides you with every food you need for your three daily meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The company delivers the meals to your home and its meal plans are specific to particular groups of people, including men, women, diabetics, and vegetarians.
Although the meals for women are cheaper than those of men, an extra snack is always included in the men’s meal. Nutrisystem meals are either simple to assemble or ready-made. The meals are preportioned, frozen, and fully prepared; hence, you do not need to create your own a balanced diet plan.
How Nutrisystem Works
Nutrisystem for men offers at least 150 food item choices. About 120 of these items are preservative-free and have low sodium content. They are also free of trans fat, which is widely regarded by many dieticians as the worst fat you can eat. Examples of Nutrisystem choices that may be suitable for your weight loss include chicken parmesan, cheese tortellini, and cinnamon rolls.
If you stick to Nutrisystem program, your body is likely to shed those extra pounds without restricting your eating habits. The foods have a high fiber content, as well as protein, which are essential for your weight loss. They use a lot of complex carbohydrates to prevent food cravings and regulate your blood glucose. You need to limit or avoid alcohol intake during your Nutrisystem diet program.
Different Nutrisystem plans include:
1. Basic Plan
This runs for 28 days and you can shed up to 13 pounds during the first month. This plan contains breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It also comes with a bar and a shake on a daily basis. Through its Turbo Takeoff system, this plan can benefit you by ensuring healthy digestion, preventing stomach bloating, and reducing your hunger. The plan also keeps your blood glucose levels stable, which prevents possible spikes between your meals.
The costs of basic plan are $9.82 per day and $11.25 per day for women and men respectively. These costs are inclusive of auto-delivery services.
2. Core Plan
This plan contains all the food choices of the basic plan, plus other more choices. With this plan, you have the advantage of getting plenty of perks, including access to experts like counselors, dieticians, and trackers. The Core Plan costs $294.99 and $334.99 for women and men respectively. The costs are also inclusive of auto-delivery. The plan has a customs version, which costs the same amounts.
3. Uniquely Yours Plan
This plan starts at $11.96 a day and contains a 150-full meal selection. The plan allows you to choose the amount of frozen meals you want. Its cost is $334.99 and $374.99 for women and men respectively. These costs include auto-delivery.
Other Nutrisystem plans include the diabetics plan and the vegetarian plan. The diabetics plan costs $9.82 $11.25 per day for women and men respectively. The vegetarian plan, on the other hand, costs $13.39 per day for men and $11.96 per day for women.
- Nutrisystem meals are relatively healthy and perfectly preportioned to facilitate the loss of your body fat, leading to fast weight loss. With this diet, you can lose 1 to 3 pounds each week. The weight loss is even faster when the diet is accompanied with regular physical exercises.
- The meal plan has high protein content, which is ideal for those who want to build muscle while losing fat at the same time.
- The plan is also beneficial to the vegetarians and diabetics, which makes it more beneficial than other non-specialty plans.
Cons of Nutrisystem
- The products from Nutrisystem may not be ideal for everyone because they can cause allergic reactions among some people. Examples of Nutrisystem products that may cause allergic reactions include wheat, eggs, tree nuts, and soy.
- Nutrisystem products are non-organic in nature; hence, they can cause harm to your health.
- The plan is very restrictive on calories, which may cause you to feel hungry most of the time, especially, if you are exercising. This may be risky to your health.
- It has low quality ingredients since it contains more of processed sugar and preservatives. This makes the plan unsuitable for those sensitive to such ingredients.
Comparison of Nutrisystem With Other Diets
Besides Nutrisystem, there are other weight loss programs in existence. Good examples include Medifast and Jenny Craig.
1) Nutrisystem Vs. Medifast
Both Nutrisystem and Medifast programs are customizable and have a range of plans for women, men, diabetics, and vegetarians. They also provide shakes, including those meant for coronary and joint health. Additionally, they encourage their customers to supplement the meal programs with fresh groceries, including salads, fruits, and snacks.
Medifast offers approximately 100 calories less than what Nutrisystem offers on a daily basis. Since an overly fast weight loss rate may be dangerous to your health, you need a close supervision by your physician while on the Medifast program.
2) Nutrisystem Vs. Jenny Craig
Jenny Craig does not have specialty plans for vegetarians and diabetics, while Nutrisystem has them. Nutrisystem has larger food choice range of 150 foods compared to Jenny Craig’s 80. Additionally, the cost of Jenny Craig’s products and services is slightly higher than Nutrisystem’s. For instance, you have to pay for membership and delivery services at Jenny Craig, which is not the case with Nutrisystem.
Kick back, relax, and save a bunch this holiday season with these shopping tips from Fracture You’ll lock down the best days to skip the rush, plan ahead for shipping deadlines, get inspired by some neat gift guides, and much more.
As for gift ideas, the most perfect gift that you could possibly get for your loved one this year would be a Fracture. Not a broken bone! I am talking about a beautiful way to portray some of life's most beautiful moments printed in vivid color, directly on glass. Fracture is the most elegant way I have ever experienced to have my family's most precious photo memories displayed in my living room.
Would you believe three of my oldest children were all married in less than 15 months of each other? My walls could easily get cluttered with bulky and unmatching picture frames, but thankfully I discovered Fracture. My children's wedding portraits look absolutely stunning. I am extremely impressed at how crystal clear and gorgeous the photos turned out when we had them printed up using Fracture's easy, fast and picture-perfect service. Below is my latest order from Fracture. Isn't it beautiful?
The family portrait above was taken at my youngest daughter's wedding. It features my entire family. Except, come January, there will be a new addition. My family is always changing and evolving, and so we will always have the need for Fracture to help us capture those moments, flawlessly.
Every one of my orders from Fracture have been so easy and fun to do. All I had to do was upload my favorite photo to their website, and choose the size I wanted. The ordering process was simple, and the delivery of my finished product was extremely fast. I am always very pleased when I open my Fracture package.
To order your Fracture, go to: https://fractureme.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
My eleven year old son, Braxton is absolutely crazy about anything that has to do with video games, Legos or Ninjas. So you can bet he was thrilled about the The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game!
The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game continues the action of the big-screen animated adventure so get ready to embark on an epic adventure with iconic NINJAGO heroes - Lloyd, Nya, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Master Wu - as they fight to defend their home island of NINJAGO from the evil Lord Garmadon and his Shark Army.
I have never played this game, so I am not exactly sure what goes on, but my son loves it. It has amazing graphics!
I know that this game would be a much appreciated holiday gift for anyone who loves LEGO and action packed video games!
The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game is available now at all major retailers for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam (PC), alongside The LEGO NINJAGO Movie , now in theaters.
I was sent a copy of this game from Warner Brothers Inc. to review. All opinions are my own.
Winter Beauty Must-Haves
As temperatures drop, moisturizing products are must-haves. Below, you'll find essentials from John Frieda Hair Care, Erborian, MegRhythm and Kneipp to help you fight winter’s biggest beauty troubles.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Shampoo and Conditioner
($5.99 each, Food, Drug and Mass Retailers Nationwide)
Cold, dry air also dries out your hair. Quench your hair’s thirst and give it a daily dose of intense hydration with this duo that provides humidity resistance, breakage reduction and improved conditioning. This shampoo and conditioner will help keep your hair continuously soft, silky and smooth through the winter months.
Erborian Ginseng Shot Mask ($7.50, Sephora.com)
A refreshing and restorative sheet mask that hydrates, moisturizes and softens the skin with skin-saving ingredient, Ginseng. The mask enhances the complexion’s radiance and immediately helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, leaving the skin firmer, luminous and more youthful – it’s your answer to preventing skin dullness this season.
MegRhythm Eye Mask ($10.99 for a pack of 7, amazon.com)
MegRhythm self-heating eye mask is the perfect way to relax the eyes and hydrate surrounding skin. Its advanced self-heating technology heightens relaxation and relieves hard working eyes with the warm and soothing sensation of steam heat.
Kneipp Almond Blossom Body Oil – “Soft Skin” ( $22, Kneipp.com)
When your skin is in need of hydration, this body oil is a must to add to your post-shower routine. Made with nourishing ingredients, your skin will be left feeling soft and supple, with no greasy residue. With its high-quality almond oil, it is also great for those with sensitive skin.
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.
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