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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

She Was Golden

No doubt, you may have already read that actress, Estelle Getty, passed away recently. At 84, she had suffered from dementia, a disease that robs people of dignity and independence. I just wanted to pay a little tribute to a woman who made such a huge impact in television when she was already well into her fifties. Estelle proved that a woman can have a successful career in show business at any age, providing the right role comes along. In her case, she would play the mom of Beatrice Arthur, even though she and Beatrice were not that far apart in age. Estelle was able to create the illusion of a much older woman, but with such incredible humor that she became an icon. Although Estelle is no longer with us, she will always be a part of our lives through her role on the still popular "Golden Girls".

Financial Freedom

As a real estate agent, I fully understand the consequences of financial freedom. For one thing, it means that a buyer is ready, willing and, most of all, able to purchase a new home. However, many buyers are in no position to purchase a home because they are financially unable to make such a big commitment. Many couples begin to depend on credit cards in order to fund their basic needs like food and gas for their car. Those charges can add up very quickly. Many of these families are in need of seeking Debt relief in order to restore a healthy credit rating. What does a good credit rating mean? It means that if you have to purchase a car or a home, you have a much better chance of securing a loan at a lower interest rate. Lenders will always do a credit check before they can approve a loan so sustaining a good credit rating is very important. Getting help for debt relief is becoming more and more common and, as I always say, you can always use the internet to search ways to refinance or consolidate your debt so you can get on the road to financial freedom. Once you can establish that, you can certainly begin to search for your dream home and your dream can once again become a reality. One thing you need to understand is that there is no shame in having to do this. It's best to have piece of mind so do your research and learn how to create financial freedom for you and your family now and in years to come.

Friday, July 18, 2008

The Picture Of Health

Recently some unauthorized photos started circulating around the tabloids of Barry Manilow. He looked particularly gaunt and thin in these particular photos. The tabloids got hold of them and began running a story that Barry was in poor health and had lost so much weight that he was allegedly down to a hundred pounds. That's not the worst part of this story. The worst part is that this tabloid nonsense began spreading to more mainstream news websites and newspapers. In fact, one website had the story prominently displayed over and above any world events that were happening. The bigger story here is not that Barry Manilow may or may not be well. He's always been very skinny, but to those who aren't fans, he may look like he's been sick. That's not even the point of this post though. The point is, when did tabloid stories become more important that real news?

Monday, July 14, 2008

Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite

When we were kids, our parents would often have a saying when we were tucked into our beds at night that went something like "sweet dreams and don't let the bed bugs bite". Having never given it a second thought when I was younger, I now realize how serious a problem bed bugs can be. The best prevention for them, like anything else in life, is education. Just the sight of bed bugs bite pictures is enough to send anyone into a panic, but that won't rid you of the problem or prevent one from happening. Also, bed bugs can happen to anyone so it's important to know what to look for and how to treat a problem, should one arise. The best way from keeping the bed bugs from biting in the first place is to make sure they never get the chance. This post is sponsored by Pay Per Post.

When All Else Fails

Kathie Lee Gifford is no stranger to television. She has spent years as a co-host on the Regis and Kathie Lee Show, but her departure from that show left her with few options for a woman her age. However, that didn't slow her down at all. She took to writing and has written and produced at least one stage musical herself and she continues to enjoy writing as a creative outlet. Although she was seen briefly on one network television entertainment news show, her stint didn't last very long. Now she is right back where we first found her on a morning talk show, but this time with a female co-host. The fourth hour of 'The Today' show which begins at ten in the morning, certainly needed a shot of energy and they got it with Kathie Lee who is as quick, funny and sometimes inappropriate as we have always known her to be. What she has left behind though is a sense of moral judgment which she became famous for on her earlier talk show experience. However, her personal life had suffered enough for her to take a step back and perhaps re-evaluate how she sees the world.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Beautify Your Home On The Outside

You know how much I love to shop online. I am totally convinced that there is nothing you can't purchase online and I'm out to prove my point with my blog. Here's something I've been shopping around for myself for quite some time. No, it's not a new shade of eye shadow or lip gloss; it's actually shutters for the exterior of my home. When I first sided my home a few years back, I never had any exterior shutters installed at the time. Now, for the past couple of years, I have been searching for the perfect shutters to compliment the siding and now I can order them online and have them delivered to my home for a fraction of what it would cost to order them from a contractor. As a real estate agent, I know how important it is to maintain the upkeep of the exterior of a home in order to enhance curb appeal of a home. Exterior shutters are a great way to do that. It can really add a nice punch of color without having a home owner spend a fortune on re-siding or painting the exterior of a home. If you ever ride around your neighborhood, ask yourself which homes stand out the most. It's always the one that have color-coordinated exterior shutters. Best of all, you can order your new exterior shutters in either wood, vinyl or composite material as well as specific hardware and save money on free shipping as well. It's a great time of year to beautify your home and this is a great way to do it. This post is sponsored by Pay Per Post.


Well, Angelina Jolie finally gave birth to her long-awaited twins. Holed up in a hospital in France for weeks, rumors of the babies' birth circulated, but finally they are here. So what did the couple choose for names of their new baby boy and girl; Knox and Vivienne. Untraditional names for a very untraditional couple. Surely the babies' photos will appear in the very near future, for a very hefty sum in some upscale magazine layout. Until then, maybe we can stop talking about Brangelina for five seconds!

Friday, July 11, 2008

ZenniOptical.Com Is Making Big News is a website that offers amazing deals on prescription glasses. Imagine saving hundreds of dollars on a pair of prescription glasses. Well, you can with this amazing website which offers prescription glasses starting at only eight dollars. This is a great deal, especially if you have a family. For instance, there are four people in my own family, and we all wear prescription glasses. Now, we can save lots of money on our prescription glasses. This website is so fabulous that even Fox News has featured them and you can check it out at Zenni on Fox . So how do they do it? By manufacturing their own frames and keeping advertising costs very low. Not only that, they offer contemporary, up-to-date styles for everyone in your family. This post is sponsored by Pay Per Post.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Olivia Newton John Marries

Olivia Newton John has certainly had her share of pain. She is a long-time breast cancer survivor. Her first marriage ended after many years together. Then, her long-time boyfriend, Patrick McDermott mysteriously disappeared from a fishing trip, never to be found again. In the midst of all this, she admitted that her daughter, Chloe, was suffering from anorexia. Now Olivia has found true love and happiness with fellow environmentalist, John Easterling. With the threat of California wild fires nearby, the couple tied the knot. This is one woman who definitely deserves to be happy.

Drive And Save Money

Even with gas prices soaring, driving is still the most efficient and cheapest way to travel. Certainly, when you fly to other destinations, a car rental is a must, especially if you want to see all the sites or visit family and friends. Again, I urge readers to use the internet to find great deals on car rentals. There are many states where you can get great deals on car rentals and if you would rather drive from one state to another, you can even save more money on car rentals. The point is, do your shopping for a vacation car rental right on the internet, save money and have a great time driving a late model car of your choice. It's your vacation so go the way you want to go, while still saving money.


I guess having a court-appointed psychiatrist publicly advising that all parties need therapy prompted this quick settlement. In fact, the couple met and exchanged words, with attorneys present, as early as 6:30 this morning at a local hotel and hammered out a deal that will give Christy primary custody of their two children, with Peter having ample visiting rights. Peter will take a two and a half million dollar settlement while Christy retains all the real property. More details will be given as time goes on, but this is one time I will be happy to see less of Ms. Brinkley.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

See More Clearly, For Less Money

How can you get stylish frames for your prescription glasses for less money? Buy them online, of course. You know how much I love to shop online and now you can even purchase your prescription eyeglasses through So how do they do it? They manufacture the frames themselves, cut out the middleman and sell them directly to you, the customer. You can also order any kind of lenses you might need from single vision lenses to progressive lenses and anything in between. This post is sponsored by Pay Per Post.

It's Not Easy Being Famous

When the story first broke about Christie Brinkley's marriage, I wrote a post about it. Of course, it was shocking news, but having always thought of Brinkley as a stand-up, uptown kinda girl, I thought she would take the high road; I was so wrong. Instead, Brinkley chose to not only drag all the dirty laundry into court, but she allowed it to be a public spectacle. The outcome will most likely be in her favor in the end, but did it really have to be like this? They say that hell hath no furry like a woman scorned. In this case, that certainly seems to ring true, but how will this impact her children and her career? Hopefully, she will make better choices for her family, especially when it comes to choosing a new man.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Make The Most Of Your Blog

Blogging has become so incredibly popular, that with all the millions of blogs that exist, making yours stand out from all the rest is really essential. In fact, having a template that matches the theme of your blog will make your blog look so much more professional and eye catching. There are lots of wordpress themes available and many that would certainly work right here on my blog. I love the Succession of Moments theme. The color is very eye catching and matches well with my blog theme which is all about beauty, gossip and celebrity news. What are the other advantages of choosing a themed template to match your blog? How about increasing readership. Afterall, you may blog for yourself, but why bother is nobody gets to read it. By all means, if you have a wordpress powered blog, then by all means, grab one of these free theme-based templates for your blog. Open up new doors, make new friends and make the most of your blog.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Get A Bright, Sexy Smile All In One Tube

There are many lip gloss products that you can purchase from the very inexpensive to the other spectrum and everything in between. However, there's really only one product that can offer you a teeth whitener and lip gloss all in one. Sexy Smile was designed by a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Pia Lieb, who wanted the product for herself so she could discreetly apply the whitener at the same time she applied her lip gloss. What you get is a double-sided tube with one side containing one of six shades of lip gloss and the other containing a tooth whitener of hydrogen peroxide gel. The product sells for $28.50 and comes in six attractive shades. Now if you really need to whiten your teeth, then see a professional or buy a professional grade tooth whitener. However, if you want to maintain your beautiful white teeth and give your teeth a discreet cleaning after you've eaten a meal, then this product will work just great!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Something Unique

Now there's a website that's not just open to police officers. Here you will find great items that are geared to those who proudly serve us as police officers or security or military personnel. This website is now open to the public and there's lots of great accessories and items that would be useful to the general public as well. There are some highly specialized items and you will find a Blackhawk tactical vest. You're not likely to find that anywhere else. Take a browse around and see if you can find something that works for you. This post is sponsored by Pay Per Post.

A Tangled Web

Many years ago, Madonna had a relationship with musician, Lenny Kravitz. What kind of relationship it really was remains a mystery to this day, but allegedly that relationship ended Lenny's marriage to actress, Lisa Bonet. So how is this all relevent today? Apparently, the wife of Yankee star, Alex Rodriguez, is allegedly leaving her husband for Lenny Kravitz, while A-Rod has been allegedly sneaking around with Madonna. This six degrees of separation has turned into quite a tangled web for the material girl, who is no longer a girl anymore, but just a middle-aged woman who may be attempting to validate herself with a man nearly twenty years younger than her.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The Way To Better Health

There's no doubt about the fact that the most efficient exercise anyone can do is walking. However, it isn't always practical to walk outdoors. Inclement weather can often stop someone from getting the required exercise they need to maintain good health. The alternative, of course, is using a tredmill. However, there are many different kinds of tredmills so if you are going to invest in one, make sure you do your research. You would want to purchase one that is not only cost effective, but will fit in whatever space you designate. This is a great alternative to walking outdoors and the tredmill will surely pay for itself over time with the many health benefits you will reap! This post is sponsored by Pay Per Post.

Is Madonna Really A Yankees Fan?

Not too long ago a photo appeared on the front page of a New York newspaper of Madonna and her son David. Not that unusual, but she was seen, wearing a Yankees cap, at a Yankees baseball game. I never really saw Madonna as a gal who would take in a baseball game. So what happened to spark her interest in America's favorite past-time? Not the game itself, but allegedly one of the players. US Magazine is now reporting that famed Yankees player and player in general, Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod), has been sneaking in and out of Madonna's NYC apartment and has doormen talking. Of course, this is all speculation, but comes on the heels of Madonna paying a visit to Paul McCartney's divorce attorney. So where is Guy Ritchie in all this melodrama? He has been seen in NYC recently, without a wedding band, but did either of these people ever wear a ring to symbolize their union? One can only hope that this is nothing but gossip, but maybe Madge is going through a mid-life crisis since she will be turning 50 in August of this year. I'm sure more sordid details will emerge if any actually exist.

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