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How strong is your love? Will your gift reflect that? Flowers wilt, candy gets eaten and wine gets drunk. Only Forceflex sunglasses are built to last!
Patented I-Form™ elastomer technology makes the sunglasses nearly indestructible and provides six times the scratch resistance of other sunglasses. In tests, participants dropped the glasses, stepped on them, bent them in half, and threw them against walls, yet the glasses remained intact.
Their flexibility allows them to conform to any size/shape head and face comfortably, making any mug look good. Plus, Forceflex has the highest military-grade impact protection rating on the market, exceeding MIL-PRF-31013 Military Ballistic Standards, the safety test used to qualify spectacles for authorized use in the U.S. Army. If that’s not enough, the patented Intrablock™ UV provides 100% protection against UVA and UVB rays in and around eyes; and patented TXS™ Optics are engineered for zero lens distortion.
Forceflex sunglasses are light as air, but tough as steel. They are available in two sport styles. Best yet, they’re just $19.99 at Amazon!
I love Valentine's Day! But chocolates and flowers are kind of boring I appreciate gifts that are unique, and fun, and maybe just a little bit naughty! Shinesty has everything you need for the best Valentine's gifts ever!
For a fun, flirty, sexy and humorous type of gift, Shinesty's Valentine's Day kimono is hot! Made of satin polyester, it is silky, sexy and comfortable. And the pattern? Just take a closer look at the photo below. It features all sorts of 'suggestive' positions. This unique kimono is perfect!
And for him? How about a sexy pair of Valentine's day boxer briefs? The Lovely Nuts Valentine's Day Boxer Briefs are designed to cradle your man's precious jewels. They are known as the ball hammock boxer brief. They have a bonafide ball pouch (AKA they keep the kids out of the grundle) and are made from ultra soft MicroModal so you can keep the boys primed until it's time to be wined, dined and maybe even slapped from behind.
I tried to get my husband to model them for me, but he refused a full-body shot (even though I thought he looked hot in them!)
Here are a few more details about these fine boxer briefs:
- Brand: Shinesty
- Materials: 95% MicroModal, 5% Spandex (the second softest thing you can put your junk in), machine wash delicate, hang dry
- Lightweight, breathable, moisture-wicking, resists shrinking, fading, and wrinkling
- 4-way stretch, gusseted crotch, and anti-bunching construction
- Soft, flexible waistband
- Durable no-itch flatlock stitching
- Ball Hammock Technology: helps prevent the twins from getting crushed in the grundle
- Designed by Allie T. in Boulder, CO
My husband loves these sexy man panties! You could never have guessed that he had them on under his rugged work wear yesterday. Man, if only the guys at the job site knew. Regardless, I knew, and that is all that matters.
To check out more Valentine's day gift ideas from Shinesty or to place an order go to: https://www.shinesty.com
Make this Valentine’s Day all about feeling good in your skin with the one you love! Clarins’ laboratories put its expertise into innovative face treatments that will comfort your skin and leave you with a healthy glow. Plus, mix things up this with Pantone’s color of the year, Living Coral – a warm, peachy hue with a golden undertone to brighten up your V-day look!
Meet Clarins’ latest power lift duo!
Clarins Extra-Firming Phyto-Serum – A powerful gel-serum with a smoothing blend of White Lupine, Organic Blue Agave and Quinoa extracts to visibly firm, lift and tighten slackened skin.
Clarins Extra-Firming Eye– A soothing eye balm, enriched with Kangaroo Flower and Mitracarpus extracts, to minimize the look of wrinkles and dark circles for brighter-looking eyes.
Pantone’s shade of the year… in 3 Finishes!
Clarins Joli Rouge lipstick in 711, Papaya – When it comes to lipstick, we know one finish doesn’t fit all. So we took our cult-classic Joli Rouge lippie and created 3 distinct, pout-perfecting finishes for your every mood: Satin, Sheer and Matte.
Do you think coral is my color?
And for the man in your life!
ClarinsMen Super Moisture Gel & Balm – Powered by Clarins Mens’ exclusive Hydra-Resist Phyto Complex—a blend of super-hydrating Organic Houseleek and Organic Leaf of Life extacts—these cooling gel and balm maximize hydration in a man’s skin, even in the face of extreme temperatures. A gel for normal skins and a balm for super dry ones.
You'll find all of these amazing products at: https://www.clarinsusa.com
Are you looking for a pet, but you have a hard time deciding which one is best for you? Well, maybe these pet trends for 2019 will help you out. This way the next time you’re looking for puppies for sale online, it will be easier to pick one.
Still, what does a pet trend mean? It doesn’t necessarily determine which dog breeds, for example, will be most appreciated. These trends make reference to all kinds of aspects that may interest a pet owner. Diet, pet products, or technology for our furry friends, all these and everything in between can be part of these pet trends. Let’s just have a look at the trends in 2019 for the pet-related niche.
Tech solutions for our pets
While it is true that technology evolved a lot lately, it also came up with great solutions for pet owners. If a couple of years ago it was awkward to have a pet surveillance webcam, now more than half of the pet owners have some sort of tech device for their pet.
Believe it or not, cameras meant to monitor pets are not occupying the first place in pet owners’ top of preferences. Apps that monitor a pet’s diet or health are most preferred by pet owners. It appears that we love knowing that our pet is healthy and well-fed.
Smart toys are also on the list, as they are capable of entertaining pets and keeping them busy for longer. Considering that many pet owners have busy schedules, investing in such toys makes sense. Let us not forget about apps that provide pet services of all kinds. Knowing where to pamper our pet or where it can enjoy a good play session is just as important for pet owners.
A good number of pet owners admitted to investing more in tech solutions for their pets, rather than choosing this type of solution for themselves. Plus, those that are not yet employing technology for the benefit of their pets said that this will definitely change this year. So, we can expect this sector to grow even more in the future.
Diet-based pet foods
In the world of humans, diets are not such a big secret. We don’t refer just to weight loss diets, but also to diets that meant to keep certain health problems, such as food allergies. Slowly but surely, pet foods based on special diets are starting to become more available.
It is already possible to find diets for pets with kidney issues or indoor pets. So, we will just see more of these special assortments soon, as many pet owners will want to avoid health problems with the help of an adequate diet.
Also, pet owners that decide to follow special diets themselves are more prone to do the same for their pets. If you heard about vegetarian pet owners that serve their pets vegetarian menus as well, you should know that such practices will multiply this year. Simply put, pet owners think that if a diet works for them, then it must be good for their pets as well.
More alternative therapies available for our beloved companions
If you tried an alternative therapy that did you good, there are high chances that you will want your pet to try it as well. More and more pet owners try to alleviate or improve their pet’s state of health with the help of these therapies, instead of using drugs.
So, therapies such as acupuncture, massages, even CBD-based treatments will continue to become more popular both among humans and pets as well. Thus, for example, we will see more aromatherapy products for pets and chiropractic or physical therapy applied to pets in the near future.
The pet owners that already tried alternative therapies to alleviate their pet’s discomfort after surgery, injury, during traveling, to ease the life of older pets, said that improvements were visible. Having all these in mind, most certainly this will become a large pet trend in 2019.
These trends were discovered after the completion of a study made by the Michelson Found Animals Foundation. Both dog and cat owners were involved in the survey and it was discovered that pet owners tend to offer the same lifestyle choices to their pets as in their own case.
Also, there’s a clear tendency toward using what technology is offering, like apps, surveillance cameras, and smart homes, to know that our pets are safe, healthy, and happy. What trend appears most interesting to you?
Would you like a dog and think that a small dog breed would be best for you, but you’re afraid it will bark too much? While it is true that there are many small dog breeds known for their tendency to bark excessively, there are also small dog breeds that are calm and quiet.
These particular dog breeds are ideal for living inside an apartment, as there are slim chances that they will bother your neighbors. Of course, don’t expect for your dog not to bark at all. Barking is their form of communication, so it may want to say something from time to time.
Still, considering that we are talking about small dogs that don’t bark, it means that the breeds presented below will bark less, not that they are completely silent. Even so, it is worth taking them into account, as they can be great companions.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
This is a small dog breed that is very calm by nature. These dogs are extremely pleasant and lovable and they will get along with anyone and anything. Thus, you can stop worrying about barking when having such a calm dog around. They are, on the other hand, very loyal and will love going wherever its family and owner is going.
Still, even if they are calm and easy-going, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will still enjoy play sessions and long walks. This is why they are recommended even in the case of families with children. But, at the same time, they are great for seniors too, as they love lounging on the sofa next to your side.
The French Bulldog is a great small dog breed for apartment owners. This dog has a medium level of activity, short hair, and reduced needs to bark. In fact, you will rarely hear the voice of your Frenchie, so you may find it very special when your dog will actually bark.
But, you should know that French Bulldogs don’t appreciate being left home alone for extended periods. Thus, if you have a rather busy schedule and spend numerous hours away from home, your Frenchie may suffer and develop separation anxiety issues.
If you don’t leave your dog too much alone in the house, you will appreciate the fun and loving nature of the French Bulldog and its low grooming requirements.
It is so easy to fall in love with this white ball of happiness. The Bolognese is the kind of dog that will be happy to see anyone. It is very friendly, but also quite, and won’t bark without reason. Although it is considered to be related with breeds like the Maltese and Coton de Tulear, the Bolognese is far quieter and calmer than its relatives.
The only thing you need to pay attention to is for your Bolognese not to develop the so-called “small dog syndrome”. This when dog owners treat their dogs as small babies instead of seeing it like a dog. While they are small, they are still dogs and must be treated and educated adequately.
So, by training, educating, and socializing your Bolognese starting at an early age, it is possible to avoid such issues. If you don’t do it, there are high chances that your small dog to turn into a vicious and hard to control dog.
If barking and dog hair are two of the main reasons you avoided having a dog so far, you must know that both problems can be solved if you opt for a Chinese Crested. This dog is known for its original appearance, with a bit of hair present on its head and tail. The rest of the dog’s body will be completely hairless, so you can stop worrying about dog hair around the house.
Still, a hairless dog means that you will need to properly protect it on both cold and hot weather. The absence of a proper coat will make the dog sensitive to low temperatures in the cold season. Also, during summer, its skin can get easily burnt under the sun.
When it comes to barking, this breed will not be too keen on barking excessively. But, like any other dog breed, it will require early training for keeping unwanted behavior at bay.
The Basenji is probably the only dog breed in the world that does not bark, at all. This dog breed has a rather unique way of communication, made through sounds that are specific to this breed. Thus, you will never hear a Basenji bark like a normal dog. These dogs howl or growl, even yodel according to some owners.
If any of these dog breeds charmed you, do check out the small puppies site PremierPups and find the perfect puppy. This website works only with reliable dog breeders, so you can be sure of the exceptional quality of the puppies available here.
Strike up a heartfelt conversation this Valentine’s Day with Brach’s® Conversation Hearts. Whether it’s breaking the ice with your latest crush, expressing your love to a partner or showing a friend you care, Brach’s has a sweet treat for sharing your heart with a special person this Valentine’s Day.
Brach’s Valentine’s candy shapes and flavors are also perfect for sharing your heart with Valentine’s themed baked treats – use them to accent and decorate desserts, cupcakes and those messy sugar cookies!
For me, Valentine’s Day wouldn't be the same without Brach’s Conversation Hearts. I look forward to them every single year! In fact, I was craving them so much after last Valentine's day, that I made my husband go to every drug store in town to check the clearance isles for leftover Brach’s® Conversation Hearts. Now THAT is TRUE LOVE!
I really loaded up on Brach’s® Valentine's Day Candy this year, so I think I have enough to last awhile! I hope!
I have fond memories of my childhood, when my sweet mom would bake her delicious Valentine's Day sugar cookies for all of us to decorate at the kitchen table. It got really messy, but I remember how much fun it was to decorate my masterpiece with Brach’s® Conversation Hearts.
I have carried on this tradition every year with my own children.I only have one child still at home, but it is still a lot of fun.
Here is the sugar cookie recipe that I always use. (It is similar to my mother's sugar cookie recipe.) I borrowed this recipe from Allrecipes.com by Emily Williams.
The Best Valentine Sugar Cookies
"Roll these cookies a little thick and cook them until barely golden on the bottom and you have the perfect sugar cookie."
7 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 cups shortening
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 Cup milk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Mix in shortening. Once the shortening is well blended, stir almond flavoring and milk into the dough at the same time, followed by eggs. Roll out dough onto a floured surface, using a floured rolling pin. Roll the dough thick. Cut out cookies and arrange them on a cookie sheet.
Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 8 to 10 minutes, or just until bottom is golden.
Decorate with any kind of frosting, and all kinds of Brach’s® Conversation Hearts and candies!
*I received Brach’s® candy to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.
Have you ever heard of Olbas Aromatherapy oil? I hadn't either. But then I was given the opportunity to review this miraculous multi-tasking oil, and I am wondering how I ever lived without it! Olbas® Oil is a synergistic blend of six essential oils that provides amazing sensations to your body at multiple levels.
The oils are extracted from the traditional medicinal plants of:Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Cajuput, Wintergreen, Juniper Berry and Clove.
- You can soothe your body prior to your workout or daily routine and at night
- Welcome a well-deserved massage, pulse point treatment
- Soothe your sinuses with just a simple drop of Olbas Aromatherapy Oil on a tissue to breathe a little easier.
- Ease joint discomfort and tired muscles
- Open up the pores
This smart multi-use oil is great to keep in your purse, or in the car. I have used my Olbas Aromatherapy Oil several times after only receiving it about a month ago. In fact, just last night, my 12 year old son, Braxton had a stuffy nose, which was keeping him awake because he was unable to breathe. I applied just one drop of my Olbas oil to a handkerchief, and told him to breathe the vapor into his nostrils. It worked! No more chemical filled nasal spray will be used in this household!
Second, my husband came home from work with very sore feet from standing all day long. I massaged his feet with my Olbas Oil, and the aching and pain was soon gone. The cooling sensation was very soothing as well. A friend of mine told me that it soothes mosquito bites, so I will certainly be keeping it on hand for camping trips this summer.
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*Product received. All opinions are my own.
As a busy mom, sometimes there is no time left to do things for ourselves. Two things most moms would love more time for (besides sleep!) is for exercise and beauty treatments. I would go utterly crazy without ME time! I wish there were more products like Hair Warrior hair treatment! Hair Warrior Formula Treatment allows me to multi task!
Add peace of mind to your daily workouts with the Vegan-friendly Hair Warrior, a revolutionary hair care product that adds both hydration and protection during physical activity and fitness like yoga, pilates, cardio exercise, swimming, and more. Simply apply the product prior to activity as Hair Warrior works with your body heat to smooth, protect and condition each strand – preventing damage and strengthening your hair.
Hair Warrior's Ingredients include:Quinoa, Bamboo, Pro-Vitamin B5, Organic Argan Oil, Abyssinian Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Green Tea, Rosemary Extract, and Eucalyptus. Hair Warrior is free from parabens, glutens and formaldehyde.
I love Hair Warrior! I simply apply it to my dry hair before working out. My husband and I had some rare time alone at the beach this past weekend, and we took a walk around an abandoned military bunker. My hair was extremely dry and damaged, and so I decided to apply the product to my hair, and off we went. It was quite the hike, and I worked up a sweat!
After I got back to our cabin, I washed my hair as I normally do, and shampooed the product out. I also conditioned my hair as usual. After my hair dried, I combed through it, and it was beyond soft, silky and shiny. My damaged ends looked healthy, too. What a great feeling to be able to take care of my hair while I am taking care of my self!
My husband and I exploring Battery Russell is Astoria, Oregon
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Valentine’s Day is about love, affection and giving back to those you care about. Whether it’s a simple heartfelt note, a dozen red roses or a bottle of expensive champagne, there are endless ways to express those special feelings. However, if you are looking for a gift for that someone special for Valentine's day, you may want to consider a gift that gives back! Loved ones can offer one rose or two to a special set of precious animals quickly becoming an endangered species and in need of our love the most, America’s treasured and beloved wild horses and burros.
For brief background, over the last 20+ years, thousands of wild horses roaming our public lands out west have been brutally struck by the government’s giant bow and arrow, stripping away their protections, cruelly rounding up wild horses and giving away public lands to big oil, big cattle and other special interests.
That’s why for Valentine’s Day, there’s a unique opportunity to shower your loved ones with the following special gifts to help protect these beautiful creatures and also indirectly protect the environment since wild horses are a critical part of the overall eco-system that provide important nutrients to the soil they roam on.
Famed Wild Horse Photographer and Author Carol Walker is generously donating proceeds from of the sale of her breathtaking latest coffee table book, Wild Hoofbeats: America’s Vanishing Wild Horses and her 2019 photo calendar to the Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF) in support of the organization’s efforts to save these animals and expose how the federal government is secretly implementing policies they know will result in the extinction of wild horses. Carol was inspired to volunteer and support Wild Horse Freedom Federation after discovering that WHFF’s goals of keeping America’s wild horses and burros where they belong - wild and free on our public lands - aligned with hers.
In addition, all who donate to this important cause can download a Valentine’s Day-themed donation certificate (in a loved one’s name) – that includes a custom beautiful photo of a wild horse - that will help keep wild horses and burros roaming our public lands for years to come.
More information on the special book, calendar and certificate can be found on the Wild Horse Freedom Federation’s website at http://wildhorsefreedomfederation.org/wild-horse-f...
If you haven't heard, Degusta Box is my favorite monthly food subscription box. It comes filled with tasty foods and treats to try out. Degusta Box never disappoints!
My first Degusta Box of the new year was full of deliciousness. The theme this month was Dinner Party, and it was full of everything needed for a successful dinner bash with family and friends. There is something for everyone!
I will start with the Product of the Month,which is La Tortilla Factory, with their Non-GMO Low Carb Flour Tortillas – Soft Taco Size, and below is a bit of information to introduce this brand: The La Tortilla Factory tortilla is low in carbs and calories and high in fiber, protein, and flavor. With only 4g net carbs, each of these tortillas is packed with 3g of protein, and only 45 calories. Plus, they're made with unbleached wheat flour and no GMOs.
I actually used them for my son's school lunch. I had run out of bread, and simply spread the tortilla with whipped cream cheese, added thinly sliced ham, and rolled it up. I tasted one and it was delicious! Next time I make soft tacos for Taco Tuesday, I will be using this brand.
SMASHMALLOW SMASHCRISPY is no ordinary crispy rice treat. This epic smash up is made from only the very best simple ingredients and packed with flavor for a tasty twist on a classic. A guilt-free, every-day, any-time of day treat for your taste buds that's just like you remember — only better. I ate the Cinnamon flavor, and my son took the strawberry flavor in his school lunch. They taste okay, if you are a fan of rice crispies treats.
Chocolat Frey- With more than 25% nuts and made with authentic Swiss chocolate, these premium bars are a delight for all nut and chocolate lovers. I received the dark chocolate hazelnut bar. I love hazelnuts, so this was a real treat for me!
Partners Crackers- These delicious, slow-baked crackers are made with real honest ingredients, like buttermilk, extra virgin olive oil, and a touch of sea salt. They’re perfect for snacking on their own or pair them with anything from hummus to the fanciest of cheeses. I dipped my thin crisps into a delicious jalapeno artichoke dip, and it was pure heaven!
Idahoan Foods- For those who can't get enough of a good thing, our Idahoan Cheddar & Sour Cream perfectly blends 100% REAL Idaho® Potatoes with flavorful cheddar and smooth sour cream. Idahoan Smokey Cheese & Bacon always means 100% REAL Idaho® Potatoes. They perfectly blend them with smoked cheddar and tasty bacon for a delicious favorite. I have always loved Idaho Potatoes as the perfect side dish. I am planning to serve them with a ham dinner next week.
MaraNatha- Satisfy your afternoon craving with a MaraNatha packet, the perfect on-the-go snack. Try all three flavors including Dark Chocolate, Caramel and Coconut. I have not yet tried these, but I think I might spread them on graham crackers for a delicious snack.
Vitabella- Vitabella Strawberry Pillows are an ideal breakfast alternative for a tasty start to your day, or as a healthy snack. I have not yet tried these, because I gave them to my pregnant daughter, who thought they looked delicious and healthful.
Lundberg Family Farms- Vanilla Chai Baked Grain Bites give you the right balance of rich vanilla mixed with warm cinnamon, and exotic spices to create a superb Vanilla Chai flavor sensation. I tried these grain bites as a snack to eat while I watched a movie. They are delicious!
Sweet Baby Ray's Hot Sauce- When it comes to hot sauce, there's really no such thing as overdoing it. With a hearty kick of aged cayenne and garlic, this brand-new sauce will soon become your go-to for just about everything. I added this delicious sauce to my homemade chili, and it added just the perfect kick!
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