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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

A Truly Unique Gift Idea

Did you give your husband, wife, son, daughter or sweetie and iPod or Christmas? If so, then you probably spent a sizable amount of money and you will want to protect that investment to keep it looking new. You can buy a leather case for that iPod, but chances are it will cost you even more money and that case will be way too bulky to use comfortably. Now there are ipod cases available that are not only invisible, but are so thin that they add no extra weight to the user, yet these cases are so durable, they will protect the iPod from scratches. Needless to say, this would make a unique and thoughtful Valentine's Day gift. This post is sponsored by Pay Per Post.

Baby, Baby, Baby

There is so much baby news I don't even know where to begin. First of all, Gwen Stefani has confirmed (via her hubby) that she is thirteen weeks pregnant with her second child. Jlo (otherwise know as Jennifer Lopez) is allegedly holed up in a hospital on the north shore of Long Island awaiting the birth of her baby(ies). I still contend that she is carrying twins because no one carries one baby that big. Angelina Jolie did nothing to fend off rumors that she is pregnant by wearing a very flowing dress to the SAG awards leaving everyone wondering if there were any babies under there and finally, Nicole Ritchie has been seen out and about post-baby, looking like she never even gave birth. How did she manage that??

Friday, January 25, 2008

A Gift That Comes Straight From the Heart

Looking for an original idea for Valentine's Day among all the usual suspects of heart-shaped candy boxes and over-priced teddy bears is hard to find. Now there's an original idea that comes right from the heart and involves something you create yourself. This wonderful valentine's gift ideas is something that is not only perfect for your sweetie, but makes a great gift for a mother, father, sister, brother, child or best friend. You can take one of your favorite photos of a special vacation, holiday, special occasion or beloved pet and create a beautiful, unique gift that can be treasured all year round and for years to come. This is a beautiful gift idea that has even made Oprah's favorites list, and has been mentioned in USA Today and Better Homes and Gardens and you can't get better endorsement than that. This post has been sponsored by Pay Per Post.

Her Daddy Says "Go To Rehab"

In the song she made famous, and which helped her earn several Grammy nods, Amy Winehouse says no, not once, not twice, but three times to something she believes she doesn't really Now, finally, with her parents escorting her, Amy has finally entered a rehab program, after a video of her smoking what appears to be crack/cocaine was made public. Of course, her parents have been wanting to get her help for a long time, but her record company has now pretty much given her an ultimatum if she intends to travel across the pond for the Grammy award show scheduled to be televised in February. Heaven knows they don't want any drama or scenes from a young woman who makes Britney Spears look like Nancy Reagan.

Shed Some Light On Valentine's Day

If you've ever wondered what to get your husband or boyfriend for Valentine's Day, then think practical. Guys love new gadgets and now you can buy him something he probably needs and will love to get. When you buy Golights for you sweetie for Valentine's Day, you are sure to get something very sweet from him. Leave the romantic gifts for him to buy for you, and get him something he can use all year round at work or at home. Who knows, maybe he'll even let you borrow it!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Bad News Travels Fast

There's nothing more tragic than the untimely death of a rising star who clearly had everything in the world to live for, including a beautiful two-year old daughter. I could go on and on about all the details of his death, but you probably already know it because you either read it on the internet or got a text message from a friend. Of course, Heath was a member of the Myspace generation, so it's not really all that phenomenal that many of his fans, most of whom are twenty-somethings, learned of his death through the wonders of modern technology. No doubt, many Myspace and Facebook pages and groups will now be dedicated to this talented young man and the depths of what could have been will be discussed for generations to come, much like another young talent that left our world all too soon known as James Dean. You probably already know who he is, but if you don't, you can surely Google him. After the shock and possible scandal of Heath's death finally wears off, I hope he will be remembered for his memorable performances in the many films he made in the very short time he dwelled among the living and in the face of his beautiful daughter and may he finally rest in peace.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A Golden Opportunity

You would have to be living under a rock not to know that the economy is not so great right now. Of course, the first thing to suffer is the stock market as evidenced by the manic swinging back and forth in the last few months. Nevertheless, it's important to invest your money just the saming and now is the perfect time to buy gold. Thankfully, buying gold and silver, which is also very much in demand, is very easy. Both products are available in in coin or ingot forms. The ingot is actually a cast that is made of the product so that it is convenient for purchasing and delivery, or you can arrange to have your gold and/or silver safely stored at an independent back or depository. Worldwide, buying precious metals is seen as a wise and safe investment and there's no better time than now to invest. The tradition of investing in precious metals goes back for centuries to the time of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. Down through the ages right up until today, investing in precious metals is seen as a unique and sound way to preserve one's wealth, especially as reserves are depleted and the demand for gold and silver goes up. Be smart with your money and make the wisest investment you will ever make today.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

The New Face Of Jenny Craig

So far, Jenny Craig has successfully enlisted two celebrities, albeit from the "B" list, to promote their program, by having them participate with great results. The latest celebrity to take the Jenny Craig challenge, will be from the "A" list all the way. Queen Latifah has already announced that she will be the new face of Jenny Craig as she looks forward to becoming more healthy and even more sexy than she already is. This is a big deal for Jenny Craig and they will surely be reaching out to a whole other demographic with the Queen herself. It will be very interesting to see how she does and what her goal weight will end up being since she says she only wants to lose about fifteen pounds.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Are You Idolized?

Well I'm having huge problems uploading a photo, but this is a post about 'American Idol', so you can all just imagine a picture of Simon, Paula and Randy. I wasn't really going to get myself sucked into the seventh season of AI, but having recently read an article about the show prior to the season premiere, I thought I would give it another chance. The promise for this season is less hype with celebrity mentors spending a few minutes with each contestants as they prepare them to sing their songs, and more about the contestants themselves, much like the first season. Frankly, I couldn't imagine who else they could drag out of the seventies to prep these kids to sing songs most of them never heard of so it's really a breath of fresh air to learn that the show will be more about the kids. The show will boast a new set this year as well and the judges promise to be much tougher so that they can hopefully live down the shame of Sanjaya this season.

Monday, January 14, 2008

It's A Boy!

One day after the birth of a daughter to Nicole Ritchie and her boyfriend, Joel Madden, Christina Aguilera and her husband, Jordan, welcomed a baby boy which they have named Max. Both mother and son are doing fine. Maybe Max can meet up with Nicole's daughter, Harlow down the road for a play date!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

It's A Girl!

On friday, Nicole Ritchie and long-time boyfriend, Joel Madden, welcomed a baby girl into the world. The couple are very happy that the baby is very healthy and Joel said she is so good already. This little girl has a very big name: Harlow Winter Kate Madden. I wonder which one they will use to call her by.

Stylish Glasses With A Very Small Pricetag

There are four people in my family and we all wear glasses. My husband and I have multiple pairs for both near-sightedness and for reading while my kids each have a pair; my son for distance and my daughter for a stigmatism. Traditional eye-glass establishments will charge us hundreds of dollars to renew every couple of years. Now there is a website where you can order your eyeglasses and pay a very small fee.
This Great Discovery: will not only save you tons of money, but will provide you with prescription glasses that are stylish too and you don't even have to leave your house to get them. I'm all about saving money, but not compromising on quality and now, you don't have to.

No Red Carpet

Last night I attended a party with a red-carpet theme. As attendees walked into the party room down a red carpet lined with velvet ropes, we were met by photographers who demanded a photo. It was very unique, but at the same time reminded me that there will be no red carpet events in the near future due to the writers' strike. Although I totally sympathize with the writers and their demands to be compensated for anything they've contributed to, including anything that appears on the internet, their long-standing strike is leaving us with nothing to gossip about. There will be no bad hair and/or dress decisions for us to nit-pick, nor will there be any drama, divas or sore losers. We are left with a news conference announcing the winners so why even bother watching? I know I won't bother. I'll probably catch up on something more folding laundry.

Clean Hair All The Time

Years ago there used to be a product that you could buy at the drugstore that was used to clean hair in between washings. It came in a can and you would spray it on your hair and brush through. It came out all white and even after brushing, it left a sticking residue on hair that left it looking more dirty than before. It was hardly the answer to an long-standing problem that women, and men too, have been experiencing for decades. Now there is an instant dry shampoo available that leaves no white residue, but does leave hair clean, shiny and revitalized. When I think back on my school days, I can think of many times when I could have used this product quickly during my morning rush to propel myself out the door on time. Many mornings I left with my hair, which was quite long in those days, unkempt and unclean. I see my own daughter struggle with her hair and it brings back memories. She also wears her hair long and loves it to looks sleek and shiny, but that takes a couple of hours to achieve. Now, with this product, she can go in between washings and get that sleek, shiny look in just minutes. This is a great dry shampoo is something that you will want to have at home and at work too! Many times, women on the go, have multiple meetings after work and what a great little tool this is to have handy to keep in your desk. What's even more unique is that you can buy this dry shampoo to color match your hair. It comes in brunette, blonde, silver and black shades. This is great since most women would want to enhance the color of their hair and you can do that with this unique product. This is a great time-saving product and who couldn't use something that buys us more time? You might even get to sleep a little later a few mornings a week, thanks to this product or, you might get to watch your favorite program at night, rather than spend that time washing and styling your hair. It's really a great find for any person who has a very busy life.

Look Good At Any Age

Joyce Vedral is someone that I've admired for many years. I've written about her previously in this blog, but she has updated her website and has recently produced yet another DVD that is strictly aerobic and is on sale now at thirty percent off the regular price. I have to say that when I start to have trouble keeping my weight down, it is Joyce's knowledge of weight training that I rely on to start revving up my metabolism. Building muscle, which is truly essential as we age as it protects our bones, will also increase metabolism to burn more calories while we are in a sedentary state, which is most of the day. Joyce is already in her sixties, but you wouldn't know it by looking at her. She is still in great shape and practices what she preaches. You can register on her website for free and receive updates on a regular basis and she will even answer your questions for you via e-mail. If you are looking to still get motivation for your resolution to get in shape, then turn to Joyce!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Finer Things In Life

There's probably nothing more lovely than a beautiful work of art. It can really make a home that much more special and is really priceless in terms of the pleasure it brings throughout the years. Futhermore, it is something more valuable than money, that can be passed down from generation to generation. Now, beautiful, fine art can be easy to purchase through Park West Gallery. This art gallery organization conducts art auctions throughout the United States and Canada and their affiliate organization conducts auctions on cruise ships around the world. In fact, I attended one of their art auctions at sea and I was very impressed with their presentation as well as their collection of art. The pieces were unique and beautifully framed. Once the purchase was made, the cruise ship patrons would receive their pieces shipped directly to them in a relatively short period of time. The auction was fun and it brought very good pieces of artwork to people who might not have otherwise been able to find it anywhere else. Art is not just a decoration for your walls, but a great investment that you can admire for years and years.

Who's Right, Who's Wrong, Who Cares?

There has been a great debate on many of the so-called news and entertainment programs debating Dr. Phil's visit to Britney Spear's hospital room over last weekend. So much so, that a spokesperson for the Spears family was interviewed on the "Today" show announcing that the family was not happy with Dr. Phil's public statement about his visit with Britney. Lawyers have even debated this (is there nothing else newsworthy anymore other than Britney's personal crisis?). The fact is that the family allegedly called Dr. Phil's wife (a personal friend of Britney's mom, or so it has been reported) and pleaded with her to ask him to come down and talk some sense into this girl. She never asked him herself to talk to her and he was never appointed her personal psychologist. His statement was merely an observation on his part and nothing he said was no worse than anything anyone else has said about this girl. Indeed, he was grandstanding and totally self-promoting, but he did nothing illegal or immoral or anything else. A lot of good it did them any way. Apparently, Britney is so mad, she's not talking to any of them now, which is probably just as well since she's taken to speaking with a rather bad British accent.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Just Like The Real Thing

There's nothing more relaxing than a massage. It can totally revitalize you, but at the same time, soothe your aching back muscles and relax you like nothing else. However, getting a massage can be very timely and costly and most people cannot afford to go on a regular basis. Now you can get a massage right in your own home any time. This fantastic Massage Chair is capable of giving you a professional-like massage, because it simulates the human touch. This massage chair not only simulates the rolling and kneading that you would receive from a massage professional, but the unique, three-dimensional movement will provide relief to aching and sore muscles. You can receive a full-body massage from your neck to your feet and, you can customize the massage to meet your special needs with an easy-to-use control panel. Make no mistake, this chair uses a patented system to provide the very special human-touch massage technique and for the price of this chair, you can get a massage any time of the day or night providing you with much needed relaxation and temporary relief from sore muscles on a regular basis. This post is sponsored by Pay Per Post.

More Than One Side To Her

Ever since Britney was rushed to the hospital after a three hour stand-off involving the custody of her children, every day brings new details of this last episode, none of which is creating the picture of a stable woman. The latest details include, the possibility that Britney may be suffering from a multiple personality disorder. Staff at Cedars-Sinai Hospital where she was taken recently, witnessed Britney speaking with a British accent and allegedly conducted her interview with Dr. Phil with that same accent, leading some to believe that she is indeed, in need of help. She also has been spotted on a hotel balcony, wearing nothing but a shirt and no pants with a photographer who may be trying to get close to Britney to sell photos and/or uncover information about her to sell to the tabloids, but this is all speculation. She also had her car impounded after she abandoned it due to a flat tire. None of these actions bode well for future custody hearings. Just when it seems things cannot get any stranger, they somehow do for this poor woman.

The Simple Life

Life is so stressful and full of detours on a daily basis. If you could simplify your life in any way, wouldn't you? Now you can shop for your prescription drugs at an online pharmacy. Here you can easily submit your order, have it checked by a licensed physician and filled by a licensed pharmacy and have it delivered right to your door by Federal Express, overnight. The fact of the matter is, that most of us take some kind of medication and these prescriptions need to be filled on a regular basis. Now you can do it from your home or office, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. This is just one way you can simplify your life. This post is sponsored by Pay Per Post.

All Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

Nicole Kidman is one of the most gracious celebrities that ever walked any red carpet. She is always poised and charming, yet honest in any interview she has given since her divorce from Tom Cruise. She faced a difficult situation with complete candor without being malicious or overly dramatic. I can think of at least one pop star who could learn a thing or two from this talented and beautiful woman. Being a mother has not come easy for Nicole, she suffered several miscarriages during her marriage to Tom Cruise, but they did successfully adopt two beautiful children, who live with their father and step-mother, Katie Holmes, during their school year. Now it has been officially announced that Nicole is expecting her first child with her husband, Keith Urban. This is truly a wonderful time for this great actress who deserves every happiness.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

New Year, New You

This is traditionally, the time of year that people want to focus on their health and, more importantly, their weight issues. We have been inundated with ads for all kinds of diet programs that promise to melt the fat away and leave you with the beautiful body you've always dreamed of. More often than not, those promises are never fulfilled, or, worse yet, you lose the weight only to gain it back, after your diet fails you. For many, dieting is not the answer. Now, if you live in Los Angelos, California, Tampa, Florida or lap-band Houston, Texas, you can have a procedure which will decrease the size of your stomach so that you eat smaller amounts of food, causing you to lose weight. Of course, no surgical procedure is the entire answer to a long-standing weight problem, but it will help you lose the weight you need to get back to good health. This particular procedure is done laparoscopically so that your down time is minimal. If you've struggled with your weight for so long and think that there is no other way to lose weight, then this might be the answer you've been searching for. This post is sponsored by Pay Per Post.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

The Doctor Makes A House Call

Dr. Phil didn't actually make a house call, but he did spend an hour with Britney Spears at Cedars-Sinai Hospital shortly before she checked herself out within 48 hours after she was brought in for observation. Dr. Phil reported that family members were present with Britney and he is quoted as saying that he does believe that she needs medical and/or psychological intervention based on the time he spent with her. He also escorted her to her car through an underground tunnel so as to avoid the waiting press and photographers always yipping at her feet. Beyond the fact that she clearly needs some kind of help, she must be truly devastated over the custody setback dealt her after this last episode. I truly hope that this year Britney will make up her mind to finally get some much needed help for own sake and for the sake of her little boys, who need their mother.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Under The Influence

Britney Spears was rushed to the hospital via ambulence in the middle of the night and was placed in a medical holding facility which may be evaluating her for substance abuse. Unfortunately though, Britney's one-year old son, Jayden, was also rushed to the hospital and at this time, it is uncertain as to the reason. One has to hope that this baby was not exposed to any drug abuse that may have been going on while in his mother's custody, but with all the "supervised" visitation that has been going on, it is a wonder if Britney should be allowed around her kids at all. There was a time when I scoffed at predictions that she would suffer a premature death or, worse yet, at her own hands, but now I'm not so sure. She is looking more like a train wreck.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

A Bright Future

There are probably lots of couples who got engaged either this past Christmas or New Year's Eve. It's an exciting time and planning a wedding can be a lot of fun or very stressful. Here is a great idea for wedding lights that can take some of the stress out of the planning and keep the cost of your party down while adding great charm. This is not only a great idea for a backyard wedding you may be planning on your own, but it's also great for wedding planners who might be thinking about adding some extra sparkle to an event, but want to keep the price reasonable. What's great about these string lights is that they use up to eighty percent less energy than traditional lights and you can string up to one hundred and twenty-five for an awesome display. The lights are guaranteed to work for up to 100,000 hours so you can re-use your lights for other events as they are easy to store. I used these same LED lights for a backyard party last year and they were not only very decorative, but threw off enough light, even in the wee hours of the night. These beautiful lights will make your party really unique and it will look like you spent a lot of money, when really you didn't. You can use all that money you saved for the best part of the marriage....your honeymoon! This post is sponsored by Pay Per Post.

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