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Today marks the beginning of the seven-day countdown to the last day to ship items, ensuring that they’ll arrive before Christmas. GourmetGiftBaskets.com, a top national online gifting company, will send gifts up until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 22 and maybe even later if the carriers will allow. In years past, diligent members of the GourmetGiftBaskets.com team have been known to chase after UPS & FedEx trucks or even drive up to their terminals, packages in hand, to deliver as many last-minute gifts as possible to destinations country-wide -- just in the nick of time. In all likelihood, this year will have its own set of legendary stories as final gifts are packed and shipped.
Because the big holiday is on a Tuesday this year, procrastinators think they have another weekend to dilly-dally. That leads to even more procrastination than usual among shoppers, which was anticipated at GourmetGiftBaskets.com. The online gifting giant has seen more later-than-usual purchases this year than ever and they’re expecting a tidal wave of truly last-minute online shoppers next week. The last time Christmas was on a Tuesday, in 2012, the company experienced the same rush of procrastinators logging in, trying to find items that were not already sold out!
Knowing the trends as well as they do, GourmetGiftBaskets.com’s gifting experts made sure to introduce 100 new items this year to their vast selection of everything from gourmet food baskets, towers, and suitcases to crates, cheesecakes, and mouth-watering popcorn combinations. And while they are well-stocked and ready for this year’s final holiday push, they have already sold out of 15 items and many other offerings are flying off the shelves. So, procrastinators, the sooner you can get on over to GourmetGiftBaskets.com and place your order, the better!
“One of the best parts about our ‘We’re Here For Procrastinators Week’ is that procrastinators don’t need to surf the web, going to dozens of sites just to find something nice for everyone on their list,” said GourmetGiftBaskets.com’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing Jason Bergeron. “They just need to go to GourmetGiftBaskets.com and take care of everyone on their list in a matter of minutes. Our one-stop-shop is the perfect place to get something for business associates, kids, parents, sisters, brothers, uncles, aunts, grandfathers, grandmothers, teachers, cat sitters, dog walkers, local police and fire personnel, and anyone else. We really do have something delicious and smile-inducing for everyone.”
In fact, the top-selling gifts this year would be quick and easy selections for many people. They include the gorgeous Christmas Classic Gift Basket , a top seller for several years, the Happy Holidays Snack Gift Box , and the fun and festive Gourmet Holiday Sleigh Christmas Gift Basket . Many people just love the adorable sleigh in this gift, which has become a wonderful keepsake item.
Procrastinators in a real rush can jump-start their shopping by going directly to GourmetGiftBaskets.com’s Christmas Gift Baskets page , which has many seasonal items to match any budget. That page alone has more than 20 items under $35.
To see the full selection of hundreds of delicious and delectable gifts, go to GourmetGiftBaskets.com now and place that order. Happy Shopping!
GourmetGiftBaskets.com was founded with family values and the desire to provide exceptional gifts for all of life’s special occasions. What began with two family members in the basement of a flower shop has exploded into a multi-million-dollar company recognized multiple times by Inc. 500, Internet Retailer, Enterprise Bank, and more, while still remaining true to its core values of exceptional gourmet ingredients handcrafted with care. The company has built its reputation on the quality, beauty, and diversity of its offerings along with service that includes same-day delivery of some gift baskets.
Buying a home is a huge milestone as well as a commitment. You will have a monthly mortgage payment for the next 15-30 years. It is important to find the best mortgage lender for your home loan needs.
Below are a few tips to help you find the best mortgage lender.
- Get your credit score in shape. The higher your credit score, the better chance you have to be approved for a larger loan.
- Know the mortgage lending landscape. What companies offer home loans? You'll be looking at credit unions, mortgage bankers, correspondent lenders, savings & loans, and mutual savings banks. Research reviews and information about each.
- Get pre-approved for your mortgage. This will better your chances of having your offer accepted by being pre-approved.
- Compare rates from several mortgage lenders. You can search for the best mortgage rates online.
- Ask the right questions and read the fine print. Find out about requirements and fees, including costs beyond principal and interest payments.
Associates Home Loan's team is committed to providing their clients with the highest quality services available in Florida. Their outstanding professionals will work with you one on one to ensure that you get the loan solution that is tailored specifically to meet your needs. Whether you are purchasing your dream home, purchasing an investment property, refinancing an outstanding loan, or consolidating debt, their highly experienced team of mortgage advisors can help you no matter what your needs are.
Associates is a conforming and non-conforming mortgage brokerage firm, specializing in alternative lending resources and flexible underwriting guidelines. Associates was created to help those individuals to obtain mortgage financing who had struggled with problems such as bankruptcy, foreclosure, and loss of income due to circumstance beyond their control.
They offer low sizes for mortgage loans ranging from $15,000 to $3 Million. They can provide mortgage loans for all types of residential homes, and commercial properties. Associates can even offer loans on log cabins, and manufactured homes. They also have programs for people whom have nontraditional Income, are self employed, and are a foreign national.
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Going through a divorce is a huge bump in the road of life. You need to find an attorney who can ensure that this difficult process goes as smoothly as possible during this painful time. Knowing how to choose a divorce lawyer who will provide you with the legal advice you need, at a price you can afford, and be the right fit for your situation, isn’t easy. At the same time, it’s one of the most important divorce decisions you will make.
Below are a few important tips to consider for choosing a divorce lawyer to represent you.
Decide what divorce process you want to use. Are you looking for mediation, litigation, collaborative divorce, or some other divorce process? After you decide which process you would like, then you can start looking for a divorce lawyer who is experienced in using that divorce process.
Decide what kind of legal service you need. You do not always need one who charges an arm and a leg per hour! Unless, of course you have a lot of assets and complicated financial issues to figure out. If you do not have a lot of assets, or if it was a short marriage, or with no children, then you could probably go with a smaller firm, or an individual attorney who will charge you a lot less.
Figure out what you can afford. You must balance the level of legal services that you need with the cost of the services that you can afford. This is a situation however, where you don't want to try to find the 'cheapest attorney available.' This is a major life decision, and you get what you pay for!
Ask for recommendations. Ask around! If you know of somebody who went through a divorce and was satisfied with their divorce lawyer, find out the name. Search for recommendations online! Read reviews. Also, if you know any lawyers who don’t specialize in divorce, ask them for a referral. Lawyers know each other.
Look for a lawyer who is experienced in family law. You need a lawyer who regularly works in divorce, and specifically the kind of divorce you are looking for.
Interview several lawyers before you choose one. Make sure you feel like the person will be a good fit for your needs. If you don't click or mesh well, you may not want to go through with this sometimes lengthy process with them. Go with your gut. If it doesn't feel right, look elsewhere.
Make a list of questions to ask each potential lawyer that you interview. Each one might have might have different perspectives on handling your case. Go with the one who approaches your case in the way you would like them to.
Working from their centrally-located office in downtown Tampa, Florida, the Quinn & Lynch, P.A. team focuses exclusively on marital and family law. This allows them to strive for superior personalized service and aggressive representation on behalf of their clients.
Having an experienced divorce lawyer in Tampa to guide you through the challenges and transitions involved with divorce can make a considerable difference in the outcome of your legal matter. The founder of the Quinn & Lynch, P.A., Mary Elizabeth Quinn, is Board-Certified in marital and family law, which means she is among a small percentage of Florida attorneys whose “certification is the highest level of evaluation by the Florida Bar of competency and experience within an area of law.”
Clients benefit considerably from her professionalism of drafting premarital agreements to deal with financial affairs prior to marriage. As a highly skilled lawyer, she assists clients with all aspects of divorce, from marriage dissolution to child custody, child support, alimony, and property division issues. She continues to help families, through modifications and enforcement of court-ordered support or custody.
If you are in the process of a divorce and are wanting to stay out the the courts, collaborative divorce is the option that is suited for that. Collaborative divorce is far less complicated than the typical divorce process. The courts are less involved than the average divorce system and are primarily focused on making sure that family matters are settled outside the courtroom. The families have more of a say so about what will happen. At Quinn & Lynch P.A., they are qualified to serve you in the time of need.
WINTER HAIR ESSENTIALS
During these cold winter days, the last thing you want to deal with is washing your hair and running out the door with a wet head. Luckily, John Frieda Hair Care’s NEW revitalizing collection gives life and style to day-old hair.
John Frieda Day 2 Revival Curl Reset Spray ($9.49, Amazon.com)
Transform day-old curls with this nourishing Reset Spray made with a blend of Acai and Avocado Dry Oil. Ideal for curly hair that is prone to loosing moisture, this spray formula will instantly revive curls definition while removing frizz, adding moisture and increasing softness without the hassle of re-washing.
John Frieda Day 2 Revival Wave Refresh Spray ($9.49, Amazon.com)
Add texture and grip on day 2 hair with just a spritz of this refresh spray containing a unique blend of Acai and Avocado Dry Oil. This will enhance yesterday’s hair and leave it looking naturally tousled.
John Frieda Day 2 Revival Dry Shampoo ($9.49, Amazon.com)
Instantly refresh second day hair without leaving a visible residue. This lightly scented dry shampoo quickly absorbs oils and reactivates style leaving hair looking and feeling clean on the days you don’t want to wash.
John Frieda Day 2 Revival Smoothing Dry Oil ($9.49, Amazon.com)
Help tame frizz with this instantly smoothing and nourishing dry oil specially designed for use on dry hair. Made with hydrating Acai and Avocado Dry Oil, this will bring the shine out in dull day-old hair, without leaving a heavy or greasy residue.
INTRODUCING HIGHER EDUCATION SKINCARE
THINK: It’s time to teach your skin!
WHAT IT IS: Higher Education Skincare is an education-centric skincare brand with high quality, dermatologist-approved products formulated specifically for Generation Z and Millennial skin. Offering decades of experience with Fortune 500 beauty brands, Higher Education Skincare experts believe that skincare doesn’t have to be complicated. The result: a clean, cruelty-free product line packed with efficacious ingredients that promote a healthy and vibrant complexion now and for years to come.
The Higher Education Skincare mission is straightforward: make serious skincare fun by educating and empowering women to be confident, happy and healthy. The brand achieves this mission with the help of their advisory board composed of “glow-getter” females ages 17-29, who contribute insights, suggestions, feedback and ideas to ensure HES empowers their audiences with fresh, relevant content.
With a touch of whimsy, HES products feature names like “Make Out Ready™,” “Study Buddy™” and “Cram Session™” and are delivered in unique, book-like unit cartons that reveal crisp packaging, engaging surprises and special offers. Backed by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Susan Cox who has a special interest in the treatment of patients between the ages of 15-35, each product in the Higher Education Skincare line aligns with one of the core essential skincare categories: cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, treat or protect. All are encouraged to take the Higher Education Skincare Skin Identifier to create an individualized skincare regimen built with a core curriculum and additional electives as needed.
Unique to Higher Education Skincare is their “School of Skin,” or SOS, which provides anyone the opportunity to earn an honorary skincare “degree” through a collection of modules and quizzes while the brand’s blog “The Glow” offers sassy, educational content on topics including: healthy skin, skin science, healthy living and beauty tips, encouraging a holistic skincare education.
The collection includes:
- Pre-Req™ Invigorating Foaming Cleanser
- Cheat Sheet™ Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes
- Grinding Away™ Skin Polishing Scrub
- Rush™ Clear Complexion Wipes with 2% Salicylic Acid
- Easy A™ Gentle Resurfacing Pads
- Cram Session™ Vitamin Infused Hydrating Lotion
- Spring Break™ Oil-Free Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30
- Double Major™ Moisture Relief Gel
- MBA™ Night Renewing Serum with 0.5% Retinol
- Night Owl™ Reviving Eye Complex
- Study Buddy™ Clarifying and Brightening Mask
- Make Out Ready™ Moisturizing Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 15
WHERE TO FIND THEM: From $6 - $39 at highereducationskincare.com
Let's be honest; dark underarms happen to healthy people and can be a frustrating beauty problem to deal with. In general, your underarms should be about the same skin tone as the rest of your body, but sometimes, this is not the case. The good news is that underarm whitening can be safely done and deliver excellent results.
Dark underarm pits can come about from a variety of factors like genetics and a pigment condition called AN (acanthosis nigricans). Other causes can include obesity, constant razor shaving, medications and hormonal changes.
Today, there are a variety of methods for underarm lightening, and armpit bleaching creams are one of the most popular ways to see amazing results.
For example, some of these formulas feature ingredients that are superior at exfoliating the dead skin cells as they perform underarm lightening. Salicylic acid, licorice extract, glycolic acid and glycerin are just a few found in gel formulas that also moisturize as they work to armpit lighten the area.
A lot of the armpit bleaching creams available today contain hydroquinone, a chemical that halts the production of melanin in the skin. It works well, but some people fear that overuse of hydroquinone formulas for underarm whitening can cause potential health risks. A few of these are redness, itching, burning and skin cancer. Skin care experts recommend using a cream that has no more than two percent hydroquinone in the ingredient base.
Because of the hydroquinone rumors, a number of brands have developed successful creams, serums and gels to armpit lighten without the chemical. Instead, these advanced formulas contain whiteners such as kojic acid, a natural element found in fungi species like mushrooms.
Asian women rave about kojic acid and its ability to safely lighten the skin better than over-the-counter armpit bleaching creams. The unique ingredient can eliminate dark patches and brighten uneven skin tone without causing irritation or breakouts. Kojic acid is also said to feature anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Some dermatologists advise using prescription retinoic acid for underarm whitening. Tretinoin has most often been used for the face and neck to get rid of uneven pigment, exfoliate vigorously and produce a brighter, more radiant complexion. Retinoic acid cream has been shown to lighten and thin the skin in the armpits. It is especially effective on those with AN because their armpit skin can also thicken as it darkens and creates folds.
Other women have found success with natural formulas they make from their kitchen cabinets. For instance, baking soda is one of those ingredients that seems to perform underarm lightening with good results.
The DIY recipe calls for just two ingredients. Mix one spoon of bicarbonate of soda with one spoon of coconut oil. Apply to the underarms in a gentle scrubbing motion, and allow the paste to stay on the skin for five to ten minutes before rinsing it off.
According to fans of this most natural method, baking soda is a very good exfoliator and removes discoloration when used consistently.
Dealing with darkened skin, especially under the arms is annoying for most women, but it is a treatable condition. There are a variety of creams, gels and serums to try, and hydroquinone is not always the formula to reach for. Natural ingredients like kojic acid work, and you can always head to your kitchen and make up a batch of DIY treatments.
The cold air can wreak havoc on your skin (hello wind burn, chapped, dehydrated flaky skin), but with our lineup of products for National Winter Skin Relief Day (January 8th ) , it doesn’t have to. Get ahead of the game this winter and stay looking and feeling extra nourished. Take the steps to protect and prevent dryness, and treat your skin.
The below is the ultimate defense against the harsh, cold air:
Miss Bud’s Hemp Body Butter ($13.99; Amazon.com): Keep your skin moisturized while discovering the incredible skincare benefits of pure hemp seed oil. This coconut-scented quick absorbing Hemp Seed Oil formula deeply penetrates the skin to provide long lasting hydration.
IMAGE VITAL C hydrating hand and body lotion ($38; IMAGESkincare.com): Featuring four highly active forms of vitamin C, this luxurious moisturizer uses anti-aging ingredients that are often reserved just for the face. This lotion goes beyond hydration to treat telltale signs of aging on the body.
KORRES Wild Rose Smoothie Brightening Priming Moisturiser ($45; Sephora.com): The ultimate way to lock in hydration before applying your makeup. This all-in-one perfecting makeup primer, moisturizer and skin brightener leaves skin hydrated and glowing, and prepped for all-day makeup wear.
IOPE Super Vital Cream Bio Excellence Rich ($100; Us.aritaum.com): This rich, concentrated formula deeply nourishes skin for long-lasting effects, while alleviating dryness and brightening complexion. Containing BIO Glycan ™ technology, this cream hydrates dull skin while effectively reducing visible signs of aging.
Curél Hydra Therapy Itch Defense Wet Skin Moisturizer ($10.99; Target.com): This unique formula is activated by water on just-showered skin and takes advantage of the peak moisture moment – when your skin is still wet, it is most receptive to hydration. The application to wet skin allows the formula to penetrate deep into the skin’s surface delivering proven itch soothing ingredients like Vitamin E & Oatmeal Extract to the source of dryness.
Wondering what to get for the kid on your list who seems to be a video game addict? Move over screen time, outdoor play is the way to go! Children need to engage in physical activities to keep their minds sharp and their bodies in shape.
Flybar has the perfect gift ideas for kids that make exercising a blast! They have everything from skateboards to the most innovative pogo sticks.
Flybar, the Original Pogo Stick Company has been around since 1918 and from then on, has become the standard by which all pogos are measured. They are the world’s largest pogo stick manufacturer and are constantly innovating and improving the pogo stick.
To date, Flybar has since moved beyond just being the top pogo stick company, into an all-around sporting goods company. New research and development continues to bring you fun and exciting new products.
Imagine how happy the lucky recipient will be when they unwrap something as cool as a Flybar pogo stick on Christmas morning! With a Flybar gift, you can count on countless hours of fun!
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Dandelion Sun Launches "be free", a 4 in 1 Anti-Aging Moisturizer with SPF
Female-Founded Startup Passionate About Breaking Through Barriers to Bring Innovative and Quality Products to Market
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Dandelion Sun, a new leading anti-aging moisturizer brand made in California, has launched its first product in a vegan line to combat the most common skin issues facing women. Dandelion Sun's be free: 4 in 1 Face Moisturizer is an instant essential to be included in your daily skincare regimen. This multi-tasking moisturizer helps decrease the appearance of wrinkles, hydrate and brighten uneven skin tones, as well as provide Broad Spectrum SPF 30. be free is available now for $29.99 at dandelionsun.com and Amazon.
"90% of skin aging is caused by daily sun exposure," says Co-Founder and Head of Product, Marlena Chang, "incorporating a daily SPF can combat this." Combined with clean and effective ingredients like Vitamin C & E, Squalane from Avocado Oil, Japanese Green Tea Leaf extract (and more), makes this clinically proven formulation very powerful. be free is cruelty-free and contains no Parabens, Sulfates or Phthalates.
"Dandelion Sun was created with women like ourselves in mind," says Co-Founder and CEO, Stephanie Marks. "We have fast-paced, active lifestyles but are also mindful about our health and the products we use. If you remember to use only one skin care product in the morning, make it be free."
I have been getting facial peels recently, and my facial specialist could not stress enough the importance of sunscreen. I used to think that the sunscreen in my foundation was enough, but she told me that I was wrong! I need a stronger sunscreen, a broad spectrum SPF. Thankfully, Dandelion Sun provides that. The first thing I thought when I applied this product to my skin was that it smells very fresh and uplifting! It has a much lighter feel than sunscreen products usually do, and it completely absorbs into my skin. I apply it to my entire face, neck and upper chest area first thing in the morning. The formula feels extremely hydrating without leaving behind any shine or greasiness, which I love. Dandelion Sun keeps my skin feeling supple all day long.
ABOUT DANDELION SUN
Founded in Sonoma County, California, Dandelion Sun is an anti-aging moisturizer brand made to combat the most common skin issues facing women. Dandelion Sun is about an experience. Everything from the product to the packaging and fragrance are designed to evoke feelings of confidence, knowing your skin is nourished and protected. Delivering on the promise of healthy, beautiful skin using clean and effective ingredients is what drives Dandelion Sun. As innovators in antioxidant and sun protection technology,the clinically proven formulation has been shown to dramatically improve skin health by protecting against environmental damage and visibly improving skin's tone, brightness, and the appearance of wrinkles.
For additional information, please visit www.dandelionsun.com.
At the rate this month is going by, it will be New Year's before we know it! Make sure you are prepared to wind-down after all of the festivities with these relaxing spa-treatments.
NEW YEAR’S EVE RECOVERY MUST-HAVES
Have a relaxing spa day in by giving your skin the hydration it needs after your New Year’s Eve celebrations with these refreshing masks from Erborian and MegRhythm.
Erborian BB Shot Mask ($8, Sephora.com)
Bring your skin to life with this instant beauty-boosting sheet mask that acts like a true concentrate for a flawless complexion. Delivering results comparable to those of a serum, it immediately helps to plump skin with moisture, smooth and refine skin’s texture and illuminate the complexion, leaving you and your skin ready to take on the new year.
Erborian Ginseng Shot Mask ($7.50, Erborian.com)
Start 2019 off right by enriching your skin with this refreshing Ginseng Shot Mask. This mask helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, enhance the complexion’s radiance, smooth the skin, and leaves the skin with a firmer and fresher feel.
Erborian Bamboo Waterlock Mask ($43, Sephora.com)
Refresh your skin after a long night of celebrations with this hydrating mask. It utilizes a complex of Bamboo Sap and Fibers to help moisturize and plump the skin with water, leaving your skin feeling hydrated and refreshed. This mask can be used in two ways - either as a daily mask or as a moisturizing leave-on treatment.
MegRhythm Gentle Steam Eye Mask ($10.99, Amazon.com)
Decompress and de-stress with this innovative, 10 minute, self-heating mask. It helps to heighten relaxation, hydrate surrounding skin and relieve tired eyes with the warm and soothing sensation of steam heat.
Available in three scents: Lavender, Citrus and Unscented