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Thursday, October 31, 2013

$100 Black Friday Giveaway

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Black Friday 2013 $100 Giveaway brought to you by Xtreme Qpon and Minding My Matters

 Yes, it is approaching. Some people love it and some hate it. It's Black Friday and the sales will be mind blowing! Start it off right with an extra $100 in your pocket!

Where do you shop during Black Friday? I'd always check out eBay and Best Buy for my gadget and electronic needs.  I need to upgrade my computer. It's old!

And many other absolutely amazing bloggers to bring you this rockin' giveaway!
One lucky winner will walk away with an extra $100 in their pocket just in time for Black Friday!


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 ONE (1) lucky winner will receive $100 PayPal or Gift Card of choice. Contest is open to US only 18+ (ends November 22nd, 2013 at 11:59pm EST). All entries are optional. The winner will be picked at random. More terms and conditions are included in the giveaway form. Good Luck!

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Winter Waxing - Why It’s Important

As the temperature continues to drop each week, we are inevitably becoming a little bit lazier (gasp!) with our typical beauty routine. Let’s face it, now that the motivation of tiny bikinis and warm summer afternoons has passed, our normal waxing routine and smooth-skin-dreams passed too.

However, did you know though if you prefer waxing as a hair removal method, it is crucial to keep up with your regular waxing routine even if you’re in hibernation mode? Noemi Grupenmager, founder and CEO of Uni K Wax Centers notes that, “maintaining regular waxes year-round will benefit you in the long run because waxing weakens the hair follicle, causing hair to grow back slower, lighter and thinner over time.” Plus, she shares, “dry, winter hair is more likely to break when waxing, causing it to grow back faster and thicker, so you want to keep skin hydrated and healthy (ie. drink lots of water and exfoliate regularly.)” Uni K Wax Centers’ all-natural elastic wax is ideal for sensitive skin and formulated with natural beeswax and pine tree resin full of essential oils to hydrate, exfoliate and moisturize skin – super important in the cold winter months.




Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this promotion. I was provided info from the PR firm to share. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.



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Video Shooter: Mastering Storytelling Techniques (Third Edition)

From Barry Braverman the 2nd Unit cinematographer of Moonrise Kingdom and Wes Anderson's original short subject Bottle Rocket comes Video Shooter: Mastering Storytelling Techniques, Third Edition, a new book from The Focal Press. Video Shooter is a uniquely humorous and insightful guidebook that goes beyond the equipment and shooting technicalities to instill a practical and deep appreciation for the craft of visual storytelling. In his book Braverman draws from decades of experience working on high-profile documentaries and feature films to explain the makings of a truly compelling cinematic experience and program.


To Braverman, the sharing of his knowledge and the teaching of camera craft are a humanitarian calling. This new edition features lessons based on the author's experiences leading workshops throughout the world, from New Orleans to Cairo, empowering the world's people, young and not so young, to capture and relate the most effective video stories they can for the betterment of themselves and their communities.

MY THOUGHTS

There's a lot of useful information and tips you need to know for film-making and storytelling. This edition teaches the shooter how to maintain a clear point of view and eyeline, to consider the emotional impact of lens choice and color, and how to avoid generic shots and angles. He also talks about how to identify and land your ideal job, and work successfully with ego-crazed collaborators.

Unique to the Third Edition, the book instructs the reader how to exploit the camera's capabilities to the maximum whether shooting with the world's most sophisticated 4K camcorder or a simple iPhone. The book is intended for video storytellers of all types, from event videographers to feature filmmakers, as it explores the discipline of 2D and 3D imaging and camera craft.  The reader will also learn how close-ups can drive a story, and how composition, selective focus, and simple lighting help direct the viewer's eye inside the frame. Other lessons included in this edition are:
  • 3D storytelling and techniques fundamentals of image capture and stereo production with an emphasis on simple integrated one-piece 3D camcorders
  • Video storytelling with DSLRs how to get the best look out of these large sensor cameras despite the compromises
  • Post-camera imaging, filtering, stabilizing
  • Encoding and outputting a show to the Web or DVD
  • Insights into the working life of a video shooter - how to identify and land your ideal job, and work successfully with ego-crazed collaborators
  • End of chapter study guides with review questions for educators


See Braverman's workshop techniques come to life in this NDTV Feature: http://bit.ly/19DNGZ9


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Barry Braverman is a cinematographer with over thirty years experience in television documentaries and feature films. His credits include Wes Anderson's MOONRISE KINGDOM (2012), THE DARJEELING LIMITED (2007), as well as National Geographic TV Specials, HBO 'First Look' and CBS News Sunday Morning. Braverman is a member of Hollywood's cinematographer guild and regularly conducts multi-day camera and video storytelling workshops around the world, most recently in South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. As an author his new book VIDEO SHOOTER 3rd Edition (2013) from Focal Press will explore the art of video storytelling with the latest 2D and 3D cameras. He lives in Studio City, CA.



Disclosure: I received a digital copy of the book in exchange of my review of this post. I was also provided info from the PR firm/Company to share. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.




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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Take Your Halloween Look to the Next Level with Whitening Lightning Lip Gloss


This Halloween, look frighteningly fabulous with Whitening Lightning’s Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Glosses. Whitening Lightning, the latest technology in teeth whitening, has recently launched an Exotics Lip Gloss Collection, with 5 innovative colors that can be worn alone or combined for a more fashion forward look. Unlike standard Halloween makeup, these luscious new lip glosses contain collagen peptides to increase lip volume and reduce lip wrinkles, while doubling as an amazing moisturizer. The built-in light and mirror will make all on-the-go touch ups a breeze, even in haunted houses with the most drab lighting.



Ideas & Inspiration:
  • Try the Lighted Lip Gloss in Fiji, Bahama, Bermuda to add a pop of color to any fairy or princess costume. These pretty shades of purple, pink and blue are guaranteed to brighten up your Halloween look.
  • The ghostly white shade Phuket is perfect for the standard skeleton or trendy day of the dead girl. This lip gloss is also a great finishing touch for the more angelic costumes.
  • Boreno Lip Gloss is the must have accessory for those channeling their darker side this Halloween. The shiny black gloss will turn any witch or vampire into a gothic beauty.

WHERE TO BUY: The complete line of Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Glosses is available for $38 dollars each via www.whiteninglightning.com.





Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this promotion. I was provided info from the PR firm to share. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.



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Photo of the Day: White Cockatoo



The White Cockatoo (Cacatua alba), also known as the Umbrella Cockatoo, is a medium-sized all white cockatoo endemic to tropical rainforest on islands of Indonesia. When surprised, it extends a large and striking head crest, which has a semicircular shape (similar to an umbrella, hence the alternative name). The undersides of the wings and tail have a pale yellow or lemon color which flashes when they fly. It is similar to other species of white cockatoo such as Yellow-Crested Cockatoo, Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo, and Salmon-Crested Cockatoo, all of which have yellow, orange or pink crest feathers instead of white. - Wikipedia



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Trusted Health Products 'Beautiful' Skin Care {Review & Giveaway}


You may have been told to never put oils on your face, because oils supposedly cause breakouts or blemishes. This statement alone couldn’t be further from the truth. Sebum, the natural oil produced by your body, is a vital component in keeping your skin moist, elastic, healthy and radiant. The problem comes in when your body over-produces sebum. One of the main causes of this, as mentioned above, is the use of harsh chemical-laden skincare products that strip the natural oils from your face. But when your face’s oils are given what they need in order to remain in balance, the result is beautiful, young looking, glowing skin. This happens because Beautiful works in harmony with nature. 

MY THOUGHTS

I recently received 2 bottle set of Beautiful Skin Care personalized with my name: Beautiful Jennie AM Moisturizer and Beautiful Jennie PM Revitalizer (Thanks to Trusted Health Products). I really like that it contains natural ingredients and the scent was not over-powering. Beautiful uses a rare combination of live fruit, nut and plant extracts to feed your skin cells and promote youthful, moist, beautiful glowing skin.

At first, I was kinda wary of applying oil products on my skin as I have oily skin (especially in the T-zone). As per the application instructions, best to use 2-3 drops daily and gently spread over entire face in circular motion. Remember not to rub it in.  It blends it very smoothly and I love that citrus scent! It doesn't contain sunscreen, so you'll have to apply your own sunscreen over your skin before exposing to sunlight.

I did get a few breakouts in my chin area, but not sure if it is from using the product. The pamphlet says it's normal as it is trying to get rid of the toxins. I also tried it as a makeup remover with a Qtip or makeup remover pads.  I removes eye makeup very well! I prefer this method. My skin looks and feels smoother after a few weeks of use and my fine lines are less noticeable.


Detox - Your skin is probably used to name-brand products made from creams, chemicals, and other toxic ingredients that can give your skin results, but by shocking your skin into submission.

If you’ve used makeup or commercial skin care products for any length of time, your skin is probably clogged and burdened with the build-up of excess oils and environmental junk that comes from the ingredients in these products. Beautiful takes up to 30 days to help detoxify your skin from these chemicals and ingredients so that your skin can thrive naturally. Results vary for each person.



Here is the breakdown of the 7 pure botanical oils found in Beautiful AM Moisturizer and PM Revitalizer along with their benefits:

Almond - Moisturizes, soothes and softens skin, relieves itching from dry skin and gives complexion appearance of improvement and glow.
Orange - Cleanses the skin through natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to help fight acne and restore smooth appearance to skin.
Lemon - Natural cleanser, preventative for wrinkling and aging. Significantly increases the anti-oxidative potential of the skin bio surface (to help stop damage to the skin).
Olive - Cleanser and moisturizer. Has shown preventative effects for formation of skin cancer and tumors.
Avocado - Significantly increases the soluble collagen content in the skin to enrich dry, damaged, chapped or wounded skin. Loaded with vitamins A, D and E.
Evening Primose - The nutrients in Evening Primrose Oil are essential for cell structure and improve the elasticity of the skin. There is evidence that it can help reduce wrinkles and even help repair stretch marks. It is also rich omega 6 fatty acids.
Apricot - light and gently moisturizes the skin. Containing vitamins A and E, it soothes the skin and slows signs of aging as well as firming and toning.

Features & Benefits:
  • Skin looks and feels younger, softer and smooth like silk
  • Decreases the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and crow’s feet
  • Reduces the appearance of aging
  • Replaces dirty, excess oil with healthy botanical oils
  • Firms and tones skin’s appearance
  • Feeds your skin cells the nutrients they crave

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If you like to try the AM Moisturizer (customized with your own name), I am running a giveaway to THREE (3) lucky winners! Contest is open to US & Canada, 18+ (ends December 4th, 2013 at 11:59pm EST). All entries are optional. Winner will have 48 hours to respond. Be sure to come back daily for more chances to win. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I received a bottle of 'Beautiful' AM and PM Moisturizer at no cost from Trusted Health Products. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers. No other compensation was given. "Jen's Blog of Random Thoughts" is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter.






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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Three Ways to Get Skin Camera Ready for the Holidays


Oh, the holidays. Beginning with Halloween, continuing through Thanksgiving, and going strong into the New Year, these densely packed months rapidly turn into a blur of photo ops. Not feeling camera ready? Dr. Vish Banthia, founder of ZendyBeauty, the online beauty resource that helps you look fabulous at your price, gives three simple ways to help prepare you for your close up.

TURN BACK THE CLOCK

Lazy summer days spent at the beach fade into sun damaged skin, leaving your complexion looking red, mottled, and lackluster for fall. Turn back the clock by shedding a little light on the situation. IPL treatments even out skin tone, shrink pores, and treat rosacea. Added bonus, a recent Stanford University study showed that IPL treatments alter gene expression of skin at a molecular level. This causes older cells to behave and function like younger cells, proving that it just may be possible to turn back the clock.

NEED A LIFT?

If you feel as if life is starting to drag you down, elevate yourself with Ultherapy. This non-invasive procedure battles aging collagen by using concentrated heat to stimulate new collagen growth. Ultherapy treats the same layer of skin targeted in cosmetic surgery, the one that lifts, supports, and controls skin tension. Have a facelift without a scalpel and turn your favorite scarf back into an accessory, instead of a necessity.

SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND

Has your summer glow diminished, leaving you looking flat for fall? Freshen and brighten up your complexion with microdermabrasion. This simple, yet highly effective treatment cleans and maintains your skin. Microderm removes dead skin cells while stimulating new cell growth. Regular sessions can reduce the appearance of a number of skin imperfections, including fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, and large pores. Slip into your dazzling party shoes and shine bright for the New Year.




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Monday, October 28, 2013

{WINNER} Pacific Rim Blu-ray DVD Giveaway


Announcement: The lucky WINNER for the Pacific Rim Blu-Ray DVD Giveaway that ended October 28th, 2013 is..... (drum roll, please).



Congratulations to  Jennifer Herlihy (#204)


I have sent you an email. You have 48 hours to respond. Thanks everyone for participating in my giveaway contests.







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Saturday, October 26, 2013

247Frenzy.com Giveaway: $50 Gift Certificate (3 Winners)

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Welcome to the 24/7 Frenzy Giveaway!

Hosted by

It all started with one simple goal – offer trendy items at an affordable value and at the same time deliver a delightful customer shopping experience. And that goal was conceptualized by a group of passionate, value-focused and customer-centered team of professionals with more than 12 years of experience working in the apparel industry. That concept was further strengthened with the promise of unyielding support from their existing relationships among the vendor community. Their sourcing staff works non-stop in scouting for the best deals on the latest styles all hand selected around the world and from coast to coast.

Mix and match items to create a style of your own. Check out the new arrivals and never fall out of fashion.

24|7 Frenzy! All the craze. All the time!



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THREE (3) lucky winners will each receive a $50 Gift Codes for 247Frenzy.com! Contest is open to US only, 18+ (ends November 9th, 2013 at 11:59pm EST). All entries are optional. Winner will have 48 hours to respond. Be sure to come back daily for more chances to win. Good luck!
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Disclosure: I received no compensation or products for this promotion. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers. "Jen's Blog of Random Thoughts" is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter.




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Friday, October 25, 2013

Advance Screening Passes for DELIVERY MAN {Giveaway}

DreamWorks Pictures’ “Delivery Man” stars Vince Vaughn as affable underachiever David Wozniak, whose anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years earlier resulted in 533 children. David must now embark on a journey that leads him to discover not only his true self but also the father that he could become.

A DreamWorks Pictures and Reliance Entertainment presentation, the film is written for the screen and directed by Ken Scott, based on “Starbuck,” the original screenplay written by Ken Scott and Martin Petit, and also stars Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders. “Delivery Man” is produced by Andr√© Rouleau and executive produced by Ray Angelic, Scott Mednick and Mark Sourian. The film releases on November 22, 2013.


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ONE (1) lucky winner could win passes for two people to the following screenings listed across Canada listed below! Contest is open to Canada only, 18+ and ends November 8th, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize (otherwise a second winner will be chosen). All entries will be verified. Good Luck!

Calgary - Thursday, November 14th 7:00pm at SilverCity Cross Iron Mills

Edmonton - Wednesday, November 13th 7:00pm at Empire City Centre

Ottawa - Thursday, November 14th 7:30pm at Ottawa Coliseum

Richmond Hill - Thursday, November 14th 7:00pm at SilverCity Richmond Hill

Toronto - Wednesday, November 20th 7:00pm at Scotiabank Theatre Toronto

Vancouver - Monday, November 18th 7:00pm at SilverCity Metropolis

Waterloo - Wednesday, November 20th 7:00pm at Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo

Winnipeg - Wednesday, November 20th 7:00pm at SilverCity Polo Park

Winners names will be added to the screening guest lists, and they will be asked to present their e-ticket upon arrival to the screening.

 
 
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$200 Target Gift Card Giveaway


Welcome to the $200 Target Gift Card Giveaway Event!

Hosted by NYSavingSpecials

Co-Hosted by Barbara's Beat, Creative Cynchronicity, Simply Sherryl, Capri's Coupons, Mommy on the Money, 1StopMom, DownshiftingPRO, The Savings Wife, thriftymommastips.com and Gettin Fit Fab

Target is one of my favorite shopping places. It's your one-stop shop for almost anything including clothing, furniture, appliances, electronics, toys, health & beauty, bath, and more! Perfect time to start your early holiday shopping.


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ONE (1) lucky winner will receive a $200 Target Gift Card! Contest is open to US only, 18+ (ends November 14th, 2013 at 11:59pm EST). All entries are optional. Winner will have 48 hours to respond. Be sure to come back daily for more chances to win. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I received no compensation or products for this promotion. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers. "Jen's Blog of Random Thoughts" is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter. NYSavingSpecials is responsible for the awarding of the prize. If you have any questions about this giveaway, please email the host at nysavingspecials@gmail.com.




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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Nomad Footwear Giveaway


Welcome to the Nomad Footwear Giveaway!
Sponsored by Nomad

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ONE (1) lucky winner will receive a pair of shoes from Nomad Footwear (up to $60)! Contest is open to US only, 18+ (ends November 8th, 2013 at 11:59pm EST). All entries are optional. Winner will have 48 hours to respond. Be sure to come back daily for more chances to win. Good luck!

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THE PRICE IS RIGHT Celebrates Teachers Friday Oct. 25


THE PRICE IS RIGHT, daytime's #1-rated series and the longest-running game show in television history, will celebrate and honor the hard work of America’s teachers with a special episode, Friday, Oct. 25 (11:00 AM-12:00Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. An audience full of teachers will have the opportunity to win prizes including gas, groceries and maid service for a year, a 60-inch 3D HDTV, a gourmet espresso machine, a new laptop computer with projector, a trip to Rome and a new convertible.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT is hosted by Drew Carey. Produced by FremantleMedia North America, THE PRICE IS RIGHT is broadcast weekdays (11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Mike Richards and Jennifer Mullin are executive producers.

CBS Daytime has been #1 in the daypart for 27 consecutive years, featuring a lineup that is a balance of dramas, game shows and talk. The Network’s daytime lineup includes television’s #1-rated daytime program and longest-running game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, the #1 daytime drama THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, daytime television’s fastest-growing network talk show THE TALK as well as THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and LET’S MAKE A DEAL.

Recently, CBS led all networks with a combined 21 wins at The 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. THE PRICE IS RIGHT won its sixth Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game Show.



Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this promotion. I was provided info from the PR firm to share. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.


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Blogger Opp: Black Friday - Shop Till You Drop


 Blogger Opp: Black Friday Shop Till You Drop $100 Giveaway Event


Attention bloggers:  This is a free/paid blogger event organized by Minding My Matters and Xtreme Qpon. Link is free when you post about the giveaway on your blog and a thank-you for participating in the event.

PARTICIPATION DETAILS

* Prize: $100 PayPal or Winners Choice Gift Card

* Event dates: November 1st - November 22nd, 2013

* Eligibility: Contest is open worldwide


* FREE link on entry form (Twitter only) with announcement post (or pay $3 waiver fee if not posting announcement).

* Optional additional links are $3 each.

* Host Page (3 available, $12 each - INCLUDES Twitter and Facebook entries)

* Agree to post the giveaway HTML on the date the event begins and promote at least 3x a week


* Please feel free to mention Jennie Yuen from "The Art of Jennie Yuen" referred you! Thanks much!





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Good Riddance Day Contest: Win a trip to New York for New Year’s Eve


Cintas Corporation, a leader in secure document management, is now accepting submissions for the seventh annual Good Riddance Day Contest.


To enter the contest, contestants must submit a short description of what they would like to say “good riddance” to in 2013. A panel of judges from the Cintas Document Management team and the Times Square Alliance will determine the winner. Whether you want to shred a picture of an old flame, mortgage documents, old tax records or a pile of medical bills, entries can be submitted at www.cintas.com/goodriddanceday.

For this annual New Year’s tradition, Cintas will provide one of its mobile shredding trucks in Times Square for participants to watch their funny, outlandish and forgettable memories of 2013 get permanently discarded.

The individual grand prize includes:
• Two roundtrip airfare tickets to New York City
• Five-night hotel stay in New York City
• Designation as the official “First to Shred” at Good Riddance Day 2013 in Times Square
• Two VIP passes to an exclusive pre-viewing of the Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year's Eve Ball
• Two tickets to the official New Year’s Eve 2014 Party in Times Square

Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, November 22, 2013.


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Recipe: Healthy and Delicious Apple Turnovers

Not only is harvest season for apples upon us, but did you know October happens to be National Apple Month? I would love to share with you a recipe for Apple Turnovers courtesy of WearEver. It's the perfect snack to prepare in celebration of Fall. WearEver’s Apple Turnover recipe is easy and quick to prepare, and is sure to be a favorite among your family and friends.

The NEW WearEver Pure Living Bakeware collection features ceramic coated surfaces, which are free of PFOA, PTFE, and cadmium - a safe, eco-friendly alternative to nonstick. Durable and easy-to-use, the bakeware is dishwasher safe, scratch resistant, stain resistant and high temperature resistant, as well as suitable for use with metal utensils. MSRP: Large Cookie Sheet $11.99. Available September 2013 at Kroger and Fred Meyer.


Apple Turnovers
(courtesy of WearEver)
 

INGREDIENTS:

· 2 tablespoons lemon juice
· 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
· 4 cups water
· 1 tablespoon cornstarch
· 4 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and sliced
· 1 tablespoon water
· 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
· 1 (17.25 ounce) package frozen puff
· 1 cup brown sugar, packed
· Pastry sheets, thawed


PREPARATION:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Use two large ungreased WearEver Cookie Sheets.
  2. Combine the lemon and 4 cups water in a large bowl. Place the sliced apples in the water to keep them from browning.
  3. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain water from apples, and place them into the hot skillet. Cook and stir for about 2 minutes. Add brown sugar, and cinnamon, and cook, stirring, for 2 more minutes. Stir together cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water. Pour into the skillet, and mix well. Cook for another minute, or until sauce has thickened. Remove from heat to cool slightly.
  4. Unfold puff pastry sheets, and repair any cracks by pressing them back together. Trim each sheet into a square. Then cut each larger square into 4 smaller squares. Spoon apples onto the center of each square. Fold over from corner to corner into a triangle shape, and press edges together to seal. Place turnovers on a baking sheet, leaving about 1-inch between them.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until turnovers are puffed and lightly browned.




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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Three Ways to Add Some Beauty to Your Sleep


Want to add some beauty to your sleep? Dr. Vish Banthia, founder of ZendyBeauty, the online beauty resource that helps you look fabulous at your price, gives three simple ways to help maximize your beauty zzzzzzz’s.

Your skin uses sleep hours to heal itself from the day’s damage. When you drift off, it gets the chance to improve. Use a good night cream and get great skin with your eyes closed.

Replenish

Not only does moisturizing your skin have a soothing effect, it also helps prevent dehydration, which contributes to the visual signs aging. Look for a cream that contains hyaluronic acid (HA). Slather on this natural component of skin’s connective tissues, to hydrate and firm up skin cells.

Repair

Collagen is a protein that makes up the connective tissues of the human body. As we age there is a loss of collagen, which can lead to wrinkles and or also sagging skin. Apply vitamin C to help promote build-up of collagen. This powerful antioxidant has been shown to minimize fine lines and, in some cases, pigmentation.

Renew

When we are children our skin turns over approximately every 14 days. As teens, our cells turn over approximately every 21 to 28 days. As we age, cell turnover slows down to 30 to 40 days, and after we reach 50 and older, cell turnover can slow to 1-1/2 to 3 months. Products with retinol help to promote cell turnover so that skin is constantly being refreshed. Lavish richly to improve fine lines, skin texture, skin tone.

For faster and longer lasting results, consider microdermabrasion, superficial chemical peels, or lPL. Combined with effective products, these corrective treatments provide optimal results.



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Alter Eco Truffles - Organic, Fair Trade & Non-GMO


Who doesn't love chocolate? What's new from Alter Eco Foods? Truffles is their newest organic, fair trade product line. With Halloween coming up, they are a great treat that is better for both your health and the planet. Also, National Chocolate Day is around the corner (October 28th)!


In dark chocolate and dark milk chocolate, these truffles are a bold and innovative addition to the popular Alter Eco organic, fair trade chocolate bars. Alter Eco has reinvented the colorful round twist-wrap truffles seen at every grocery store checkout counter. They’ve taken these much-loved favorites and made them with organic ingredients, adding pure lauric acid-rich coconut oil, instead of palm kernel oil, to their famous fair trade chocolate. Even the packaging is compostable.


These Swiss-made, organic, fair trade truffles will launch with two classic flavors: Black (Dark Chocolate) and Velvet (Dark Milk Chocolate), with a SRP of $7.99 (10-pack). They will be available at Whole Foods Markets beginning this month and are available for purchase online now at http://shop.alterecofoods.com/Chocolate-Truffles/c/AlterEco@Truffles – customers buying truffles on Alter Eco’s site can use the code TRUFFLE15 for a 15% discount (valid through December 31, 2013).

Beyond these new truffles, Alter Eco also has a delicious line of existing chocolate bars. Alter Eco chocolate is a delicious indulgence that makes an extraordinary journey. Plucked from organic trees in the Peruvian Amazon and Ecuadorian Coast, the cacao beans are fermented, dried and brought to Switzerland, where they are meticulously made into some of the world’s finest cocoa products. Alter Eco’s expert chocolatiers use unique flavor combinations, quality organic ingredients and an artisan’s touch to craft these award-winning bars:


· Alter Eco Dark Almond Organic Chocolate (SRP: $3.99 / 2.82 oz bar): Toasty nut complements deep, dark chocolate for a dry and delicious treat

· Alter Eco Dark Blackout Organic Chocolate (SRP: $3.99 / 2.82 oz bar): Deep fruity intensity, not recommended for those afraid of the dark

· Alter Eco Dark Velvet Organic Chocolate (SRP: $3.99 / 2.82 oz bar): Melty smooth with a subtle flowery bouquet and honey finish

· Alter Eco Dark Cacao Organic Chocolate (SRP: $3.99 / 2.82 oz bar): Bittersweet bite, with fruity, flowery nibs for an intense cacao explosion

· Alter Eco Dark Twist Organic Chocolate (SRP: $3.99 / 2.82 oz bar): Vibrant and tangy, the perfect marriage of intense fruit and full-bodied chocolate

· Alter Eco Dark Mint Organic Chocolate (SRP: $3.99 / 2.82 oz bar): Bold and brisk, punctuated by the crunch of organic peppermint crystals

· Alter Eco Dark Quinoa Organic Chocolate (SRP: $3.99 / 2.82 oz bar): Light crispy crunch, an artisan update on a nostalgic childhood treat

· Alter Eco Dark Coconut Toffee Organic Chocolate (SRP: $3.99 / 2.82 oz bar): Crunchy and toasted, with a chewy bite and a smooth buttery finish

· Alter Eco Mini Dark Velvet Organic Chocolate (SRP: $1.69 / 0.71 oz bar): Melty smooth, with a subtle flowery bouquet and honey finish

· Alter Eco Mini Dark Noir Organic Chocolate (SRP: $1.69 / 0.71 oz bar): Smooth and rich, with a firm snap, strong bite, and a hint of licorice




WHERE TO BUY: Alter Eco chocolate bar products are available at Whole Foods Markets and select natural food stores across the country, as well as online at http://shop.alterecofoods.com/.





Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this promotion. I was provided info from the PR firm to share. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.



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