Friday, January 29, 2010


More Funny Things that Sarah Says!

Tonight as Sarah and I were eating dinner we were talking about her day at school.  She was telling 
me that a teacher had asked a group of students to think about and name three people who were 
deceased that they would like to have lunch with.  When I asked further about what people had answered she gave me answers such as " Galileo" " Abraham Lincoln" and " Shakespeare".  I then asked her what her answer to this question was.  She looked me straight in the eye and said, " My answer was I would eat alone.  Why would I want to talk to a bunch a dead people who would want to steal my food!:

And so goes another funny Sarah story....

Thursday, January 28, 2010


and if you act FAST on January 29th, 2010 you can receive a FREE 3-pack sample from!!

I remember the diaper years with Sarah oh so well!  One of the biggest problems I had were finding a diaper that was thin enough for Sarah to move around in but one that also kept her dry.

Too bad they didn't have Pampers Swaddlers and Cruisers Diapers with Dry Max, the brand's new high performance diapers sure to earn gold with world-class "players" - babies.

Here is some information about Pampers latest and greatest development, all geared towards making the diaper years easier on both Mom and baby:


New Diaper is Pampers Driest Ever and 20 Percent Thinner Than Before

CINCINNATI (January 18, 2010) - Every baby is a champion in play, and to celebrate the upcoming Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Pampers® Diapers has partnered with Team USA to introduce new Pampers Swaddlers and Cruisers Diapers with Dry Max, the brand's new high performance diapers sure to earn gold with world-class "players" - babies.

The babies of Team USA athletes will be equipped with the new Pampers Cruisers Diapers with Dry Max as they head to Vancouver. In honor of these athletes and their families, Pampers has created specially-branded Team USA diapers with the Dry Max technology. Although these limited-edition Team USA diapers will not be for sale, parents all across the country can buy Pampers Swaddlers and Cruisers Diapers with Dry Max for their best players in the world in March. In the meantime, parents can request a free sample three-pack of the new Cruisers diaper on starting January 29th. If this sample includes a Team USA diaper (they will be randomly inserted in select sample packs), their baby will win a year's supply of Pampers Cruisers Diapers with Dry Max.

To bring to life the incredible passion, endurance and ability babies demonstrate daily in the sport of play, Pampers Diapers has directly teamed with two world-class athlete families who are among the first to receive the special-edition Team USA diapers: Olympic gold medal speedskater Chad Hedrick and his family, and skeleton (forward-facing luge) World Champion and Olympic Hopeful Noelle Pikus-Pace and her family. These athlete families will be sharing their Vancouver experiences from their babies' point of view throughout the Olympic Winter Games via photos and videos on

"For many athletes, bringing home an Olympic medal is not just their dream, it's a shared dream of their entire family," said Jodi Allen, Vice President of North America Baby Care at Procter & Gamble including Pampers Diapers. "We are so proud to partner with these world-class athlete families, who are also parenting inspirations by training and succeeding while raising young, active children. We could not think of a more appropriate event than the Olympic Winter Games to celebrate babies as the world's greatest players and introduce our new high-performance gear - Pampers Swaddlers and Cruisers Diapers with Dry Max."
Babies' passion and dedication to play demonstrates that they are some of the best players in the world. Did you know that a cruising baby in one day can take as many steps as a marathon runner in a race, and a nine-month old baby can crawl up to 400 meters in 20 minutes? It's this active play that continually inspires the Pampers brand, and that's why moms and dads are encouraged to log on to beginning February 12 to join in celebrating the development of their own best players. Parents will have the ability to upload a video of their baby crawling from left to right, and randomly selected videos will be compiled into a Pampers Cruisers Diapers with Dry Max "Baby Relay" commercial which will air during closing day of the Olympic Winter Games, giving babies a chance to showcase their own playful ability in the same forum as the most elite athletes.

"Pampers is delighted to give all babies the chance to be awarded for their everyday medal-worthy performances," Allen said. "The technology incorporated into new Pampers Cruisers Diapers with Dry Max makes them 20 percent thinner than before and our driest diaper ever, providing game-changing improvements to babies in terms of performance and comfort, permitting them to be the best players they can be!"

Chad Hedrick - U.S. Olympic Speedskater

A skater from the young age of 18 months, Hedrick today is as dedicated to his family as he is to his sport.
"It makes perfect sense for me to be talking about Pampers Cruisers Diapers with Dry Max since it is a performance diaper. As an athlete, I understand that wearing high performance gear can mean the difference between coming in first place or fifth. And as a parent, I look for high performance gear for my daughter, Hadley," Hedrick said.
With his unconventional technique and unique style, Hedrick quickly rose to the top of the speedskating world having won the 2004 all-around during the World Championships, and following it up by becoming the third U.S. winter Olympian to take three medals in a single Games, during the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino. A recent World Cup gold medal winner at the Calgary Olympic Oval and currently juggling fatherhood responsibilities, Hedrick is not only a winner on the ice, but also at home.
"With the Torino Games success in my rearview mirror, I've rekindled my passion for skating and am ready to make new memories and once again go for the gold at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games," Hedrick said.

Noelle Pikus-Pace - U.S. Olympic Hopeful

For Noelle Pikus-Pace, the road to the Olympic Winter Games will be far less of a fairy tale. Going into the 2006 season, Pikus-Pace was favored to win gold in the Olympic Winter Games in Torino, but a tragic accident during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials shattered that dream when she was hit by a runaway bobsled, leading her to suffer a compound fracture to her right leg. After a miraculous six-week recovery, Pikus-Pace made her comeback and went on to win the World Skeleton Championships by the largest margin in history. Furthering her accomplishments, in 2008, she became a proud mother to her daughter, Lacee.
"Winning a medal this year would go beyond a celebration all my own; it would truly be a win for my entire family who have been a significant source of strength and support for me," Pikus-Pace said. "We're all on this Olympic journey together, and we consider ourselves a team. We're delighted to include Pampers Diapers as part of that extended team and definitely plan to have some fun 'playing' along the way."

"In gearing up for competition, I always look for gear that's not only spirited, but more importantly, items that won't sacrifice my performance, and I want the same for my daughter," Pikus-Pace said. "The fact that Pampers Cruisers Diapers with Dry Max are smaller in size means that they'll also take up less space as we pack and head off together to Vancouver."


Pampers Swaddlers and Cruisers Diapers with Dry Max - Biggest Innovation in 25 Years

Pampers Swaddlers and Cruisers with Dry Max are the brand's new high performance diapers and the biggest innovation for the Pampers brand in the last 25 years. Pampers Diapers invented the Dry Max technology and applied it to the current Swaddlers and Cruisers core, which allows the diaper to be thinner than before. This game-changing diaper - Pampers' driest ever - helps lock wetness in for up to 12 hours and its less bulky design helps give flexibility and comfort - perfect for all of babies' play. The new diaper design also helps families reduce their impact on the environment by containing 10 percent less material weight. In fact, if current North American Pampers Swaddlers and Cruisers users switched to the new Pampers Cruisers Diapers with Dry Max diaper, they could together throw away the weight of 1 billion less diapers every three years (based on 08/09 volume for Swaddlers/Cruisers).

Pampers Swaddlers and Cruisers Diapers with Dry Max will be available at retail across the country beginning in March 2010. Product will be available at mass, discount, baby specialty, grocery stores and online retailers where Pampers products are sold, with the same retail pricing as the current Pampers Swaddlers and Cruisers Diapers (pricing is at the sole discretion of the retailer).

For more information, please visit 

Here's a little secret since you, my dear reader, has taken the time to read this announcement: I will be holding a really cool giveaway associated with the release of this new product.  Stay tuned!!

And make sure that you don't wait to visit tomorrow morning to request your free sample.  There are a limited amount of these to giveaway and I wouldn't  want you to miss out!


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Guess Who is On the Back of a Special Limited Edition Cheerio's Box Available Only at Shoprite For a Limited Time?


That's right dear readers...ME!  You might remember a post I did way back in August regarding the Shoprite Partners in Caring Blogging Campaign,

As a result of this as well as other blogs who participated in this campaign, 3000 boxes of cereal were donated to local food banks! 

The Special Edition General Mills Cereal Box is now a reality and can be found in Shoprite supermarkets in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut. Maryland, and Pennsylvania areas. They go on sale the week of January 24th, 2010  for one month, so if you want to pick one up don't wait too long!

I also want to let you know about another way to help raise awareness of the issue of hunger.  ShopRite Partners In Caring, together with General Mills, has launched a video contest, Expressions of Hunger, that challenges everyday people to submit videos using song, poetry, dance or dramatic reading that creatively express the plight of the hungry or offer solutions to the issue of hunger.  Up to six grand prize winners will have their stories and photos featured on a special-edition Cheerios box available exclusively at ShopRite stores in September 2010!

Go to for the complete contest rules.  The contest is open for submissions from January 1 through March 1, 2010.

Let me know if you pick up a box!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Scrubbing Away My Worries with Tropical Traditions! 
A Review and Give-A-Way!!

Confession time dear readers!  I am a bath and body product addict.  I love it when my skin feels clean and hydrated.  When the great folks at Tropical Traditions approached me about choosing a product to both review and give away to my readers, I didn't have to think long before I spied the Citrus-Mint Skin Exfoliator.

100% pure and scented with organic essential oils this is a product I am rapidly getting very used to using.  Just a little bit goes a long way and my skin not only feels refreshed but smooth and silky after my shower.  Living in New York where the winters are harsh I can happily tell you that since using the Tropical Traditions Citrus Mint Skin Exfoliator, dry and itchy skin are now a thing of the past.

This is what the Tropical traditions website states about this line of products:

"Filipinos are well-known for their youthful appearance and soft skin, even though they live in a climate that exposes them to the sun’s rays year round. Coconut oil is their main dietary oil, and is also the main ingredient in their skin care products.
All of the Skin Exfoliators that Tropical Traditions offers are made with organic Virgin Coconut Oil and Virgin Palm Oil. No other products on the market are made with finer oils as their base. Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil is traditionally made from fresh organic coconuts, and independent laboratory tests show that it has a higher level of antioxidants than other coconut oils.
Virgin Palm Oil contains high concentrations of a powerful form of Vitamin E called “tocotrienols” which published research has shown is 40–60 times more potent than alpha-tocopherol (the most common form of Vitamin E found as an additive in most skin care products.) In addition to these powerful Vitamin E tocotrienols, Virgin Palm Oil is also rich in natural carotenes. It is one of the richest natural plant sources of carotenes with concentrations of 500–700 ppm. It is 15 times more retinol-equivalent than carrots and 300 times more than tomatoes, for example.

Other Ingredients

In addition to using only the best oils available for the skin, all other ingredients used in Tropical Traditions Skin Exfoliators are 100% natural. Our hand-made Exfoliators contain no alcohols, no artificial fragrances, and no petroleum products. Because we recognize that many have sensitivities to fragrances, we offer an unscented version. For the varieties that are scented, we only use high quality organic essential oils imported from France which are distilled with low temperature and low pressure over an extended period of time. Low temperature and lower pressure have proven to be the most effective method of obtaining all of the essential constituents from the plant, and provide our products with the very best quality fragrances available. For a complete description of all ingredients in each product, see the product descriptions below.
Exfoliating smoothes the skin, unclogs pores, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles."

The best part of of Tropical Traditions is their desire for people to have the chance to experience the value of their products first hand.  To wit, they are generously sponsoring a give-a-way of the very same product I tested and adore: The Tropical Traditions Citrus Mint Skin Exfoliator!

If you want to enter, here's what you have to do:

(1) You MUST be a follower of my blog ( this will be verified)


(2) You MUST subscribe to the Tropical Traditions email Sales Newsletter via this link!

BOTH  (1) and (2) MUST be done for your initial entry!  Leave me ONE comment stating that both items were completed and make sure the email address that you subscribed to the newsletter with is provided within your comment.

If you want additional entries:

(3) Follow me on Twitter 
(4) Tweet about this giveaway ( leave one comment with a link to your tweet)
(5) Go to the Tropical Traditions website and tell me another product you would like to try

(6) Blog about this giveaway and leave me a comment with a link to your post.

Give-a-way to run until 11:59 pm EST on Febuary 6, 2010.  Winner will be chosen via  Email will be sent to winner with a response needed within 72 hours of winning email with shipping information.  If winner does not respond to email, an alternate winner will be chosen.  Good only within the continental USA.  Make sure you leave a contact email within your post or check to make sure that I can email you via your blogger profile. 

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was
under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

And Now a Word From My Friends at Mom Select  About a Chance to Help Children and Win!

We're so excited to fill you in on a great campaign from our friends at Frigidaire! The folks there know that even though the holidays have come and gone, we're all committed to finding ways to keep the spirit of charitable giving going in the new year.

That's why Frigidaire and Jennifer Garner are teaming up once again to support Save the Children's U.S. Programs, dedicated to helping children living in poverty in the United States.

Their new Spin & Win game gives you the opportunity to win gift cards for spending quality time with your tykes - whether it's curling up with some new books, starting a craft project or taking in a family flick. They're giving away a prize every day. Plus, you could also win a brand new Frigidaire Affinity washer and dryer, with time-saving features that give you more time for the important things in life.

Best of all, every time you play, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children, as part of their $250,000 commitment to support Save the Children's CHANGE program, dedicated to providing nutritious snacks and promoting healthier lifestyles for children living in poverty in the United States.

The Make Time for Change campaign ends on April 26, 2010 so you have plenty of time to make a difference by playing and increase your chances at winning a great prize!  What are you waiting for....Make Time for Change  NOW!!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Community Coffee: Bring a Little Bit of Mardi Gras Into Your Home! A Review and Give-a-way!

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you had the opportunity recently to be introduced to Community Coffee, a coffee company in a class by themselves!

Based in Louisiana, they of course are big supporters of the Mardi Gras Tradition.  Occuring on Febuary 16, 2010 it is a celebration of all things Louisiana.  Most people will never have the chance to experience not only the Parade itself, but the traditions that go along with it as well.

Thats why Community Coffee created it's limited edition Carnivale Cake Ground Coffee Gift Set.  Consisting of a bag of Carnivale Cake flavored coffee, a special limited edition tumbler, and strands of Mardi Gras beads, it is the perfect way to bring a little bit of Mardi Gras into your own home.

"Celebrate Mardi Gras 2010 with friends, family and business associates by sending this exclusive gift set which includes Carnivale Cake ground coffee and our Mardi Gras travel tumbler. To complete the duo we include Mardi Gras beads. Order yours today, as supplies are limited! Laissez les bon temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!)

Carnivale Cake coffee is a medium roasted, Central American flavored coffee with a perfectly balanced blend of vanilla and cinnamon. Enjoy the flavor of Mardi Gras in every cup. [12 oz. bag]"

Of course, they also sell the actual Carnivale Cake as well! Check this out ( and drooling on my blog!)

"Marguerite's Cream Cheese King Cake

Enjoy the same great taste as a traditional King Cake filled with cream cheese. This braided sweet roll dough pastry is laced with cinnamon and cream cheese and iced in the Mardi Gras colors of purple (justice), green (faith) and gold (power). Each cake includes a tiny plastic baby that is inserted before shipping. Tradition has it that the person who receives the baby in his/her piece must buy the next King Cake or host the next party. Approximately 12 servings.

Would you like a little “lagniappe” (\`lan-yap\) to help celebrate the flavor of New Orleans right in your own home? For a limited time, receive a FREE 12 oz bag of our CafĂ© Special® coffee with the purchase of every King Cake. This medium-dark blend yields a full-bodied cup of coffee that is served in the finest New Orleans restaurants. With a distinctive taste and aroma, paired with King Cake, it is sure to please. "

Right now they have $2.00 special on shipping too! 

I received the Carnival Cake Mardi Gras Gift set to try for this review and from the moment I opened the box I could smell the sweet aroma of the coffee.  It has a unique taste that you will not find anywhere else!  I love the coffee tumbler and take it with me everywhere!  It is the only tumbler I have ever found that allows me to drink coffee on the go without spilling it all over myself.  And everytime I look at it I am reminded of what a wonderful and magical place Louisiana truly is.

You gotta love this company.  They are offering my readers a chance to win their very own Limited Edition Mardi Gras Gift Set!  Consisting of a 12 oz bag of Carnivale Cake Coffee, a special limited edition tumbler, and Mardi Gras beads it is the perfect way to bring this great tradition into your own home!

If you want to win, heres what you have to do:

This is MANDATORY for your first entry and must be left in ONE COMMENT!!

(1) Be a follower of my blog ( this will be confirmed)


(2) Tell me another item you would like to try from Community Coffee

For additional entries:

(3)  Sign up for the Community Coffee newsletter so you never miss any specials or promotions! - Leave me a comment that you did!

(4) Follow me on Twitter ( click here) - Leave a comment with your Twitter name

(5) Tweet this giveaway and leave me a link to your tweet

(6) Visit the Community Coffee site, look around, and tell me something interesting you found!

Please note: Make SURE you have a way for me to contact you if you are the winner either via an email address in your comment or available in your blogger profile.

That's it! Six ways to get an entry...six different ways to win! Winners will be chosen via and have 72 hours from notification email to respond with information for sponsor to ship item. If chosen winner does not respond, alternate winner will be chosen. Giveaway to run from January 16th, 2010 until January 30th, 2010. Continental US only. Item to be shipped directly from sponsor.

Disclosure: I was provided with this item free of charge in order to review it for this post. This in no way influenced what I thought or wrote.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Sometimes you just have to laugh....

Three young boys burst into the deli and run to the restroom.  One goes in.  The other two discuss the fact that they will be home soon and would rather wait:

Boy #1: "I dont like the way that the restroom looks.  I think I will wait until we get home."

Boy #2: " Yeah...I heard that it feels sooooo much better if you wait awhile until it comes out!"

This really happened tonight when I was buying a sandwhich!!!

Sometimes you just have to laugh!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Kids and Homework: An Interview with My Daughter Sarah by

Some months ago I responded to a request sent out by by a reporter looking to interview families who had homework issues with their children.

I responded and never heard a word.

Until last week that is when Chris Colin called me to ask Sarah and I some questions about homework.

Our discussions with him resulted in the following article, which has been published on

Homework issue #2: The refuser

What happens when your child goes on a schoolwork strike? One expert weighs in.

By Chris Colin
Some kids struggle with homework because it's too difficult. Others worry too much about whether their answers are perfect. For Sarah Wallach, a 16-year-old sophomore at a small parochial school in New York, the problem is more straightforward: She thinks homework is a waste of time.
"What's the point of homework? I go to school — that's when I do my learning. After school I don't feel like doing it," Sarah says. "I don't see why it should matter. If I have a question about something we learned, I can ask the next day in class."
Her teachers don't see it that way, however. Sarah is failing the classes that assign homework, and her mother is at her wit's end.
"She just doesn't feel it's important, so she either forgets it or puts it off and doesn't do it," Wendy Wallach says. "I've tried everything from rewards to taking her computer and TV and phone away. I have her in a special class that offers one-on-one help. I've gotten mad, I've cried — nothing seems to improve the situation."
Even more confounding, her mother says, is that nothing suggests a deeper problem is present: Sarah doesn't exhibit behavioral problems at school, she doesn't drink or do drugs, she isn't depressed, and tests don't indicate any learning disabilities.
"There's no reason she shouldn't be doing her work, that we can see. Absent the homework thing, she's a good teenager," Wallach explains.
For her part, Sarah says a lack of free time is an issue. She has a long school day, followed by an extremely long commute home — though she concedes her disdain for homework preceded the commute. When she gets home, she says she'd rather watch TV, rest, hang out on Facebook, snack, and so on. When she does tackle her homework, it tends to take a lot of time, she gets overwhelmed, and the next day she falls asleep in her classes.
Regarding those classes, Sarah isn't particularly enthusiastic — except for astronomy. She loves her astronomy class and is endlessly fascinated by solar systems. Coincidentally, she says, her astronomy teacher assigns no homework. Asked whether she might consider a career in the field, and therefore be compelled to do better in school, she demurs:
"You have to do math to be a real astronomer. I don't do math."
So might her grades limit other job prospects down the road? Sarah says she's already got it figured out.
"I've wanted to be a model for a long time. I also want to work with children. Grades don't count for either of those. Grades don't matter in the real world," she says. And should the modeling work dry up? "When I'm older, I'm probably hoping to marry rich!"
Enter Carol Josel, a longtime learning specialist and the author of Getting School-Wise: A Student Guidebook (ScarecrowEducation, 2002) and Other-Wise and School-Wise: A Parent Guidebook (ScarecrowEducation, 2003). Josel takes aim at Sarah's premise that homework is pointless.
"Some homework is just busywork, but most of it is important practice,” says Josel. “The school day just isn't long enough. There's not enough time for kids to practice whatever they learn that day. To me, homework is essential."
So how to impart that attitude to someone so defiant about homework? Josel says it's important to look for underlying issues, even if they don't seem apparent at first.
"With the astronomy, I would want her to see that she's selling herself short on the one thing she really likes by saying she can't do math," Josel says. "Somewhere in her head, I think she must understand her idea about modeling is not a reality. I think she's putting major walls up."
Knocking down those walls can be relatively simple.
"Baby steps. If she's getting overwhelmed, she needs to chunk [her assignments] one subject at a time. Start each night with the hardest work, so it's only the easier work that's left when she's tired,” Josel says. “The mom needs to set up a study schedule for her. Tell her, 'Look, give me just one hour — then you can watch TV.'"
"If there's work that's beyond her, go to the teacher for extra help,” she adds. “No teacher in his or her right mind will fail a student who's trying to do the homework."
Meanwhile, astronomy could be a hook for cultivating a more abiding interest in her schoolwork, Josel says. Her mom could take her to planetariums and talk to her about science, she advises. And it wouldn't hurt to appeal to Sarah's strong sense of logic:
"I might say to her, 'Sure, some homework is ridiculous. But you can prove your teachers wrong by doing it. They've already given you a label. Show them they've got you wrong.'"
Josel says none of these kinds of problems is easily solved. But there's good news: Success is contagious.
"Usually with kids, if you get one decent grade, it feels good and it builds on itself," she says. "Even if [Sarah] says she doesn't mind bad grades, nobody likes failure. It needs to be explained to her that failing at an early age becomes a habit. Models can fail too."

I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me gain a new perspective on how best to help my daughter.

Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

The House of Tia Crystal: An Artist I Want You to Know About!

I get alot of requests to post about this and that and I tend to be very selective about what I put in my blog.  This is the first time in It's Really Only a Purple World's history that I have decided to post about an artist that I really want my readers to check out!

Here are some examples of her work:

Are you loving this as much as I am right now?

I also found her bio very interesting as well. 

     "Tia Crystal has literally changed dark days to bright times with just a few strokes of a paint brush. The London-born Tia says she always had that artistic streak in her. It wasn’t a life her family really understood or supported. The mother of three only dipped into that distant but strong feeling a few times in her life working in interior design and cake decoration. Tia’s most trying struggles were with anorexia, bulimia, and battle of her own self worth. At 40 years old it all changed during a simple stroll on a street in Italy.

     Tia says she found a paint brush just laying there. She picked it up and excepted the moment as sign to finally pursue her long standing passion … fine art. In just a few years, Tia has completed more than 500 paintings that hang on walls across the continents; she is commissioned for private paintings, and has sold her work to a long list of the world’s elite. Her dramatic use of colors portrays Tia’s exuberance and love of life, a feeling she hopes those who collect her fine art consistently feel. She credits the pursuit of her passion, for turning the tables on her toughest times. Tia believes her life story and work support her philosophy, “art inspires the energy of the soul”.

The House of Tia Crystal

     The House of Tia Crystal recently opened in Boca Raton, Florida. The gallery’s main feature is the beautiful and unique paintings of artist Tia Crystal. Also on display are sculptures, jewelry, and clothing from around the world. Tia’s goal is to make sure her gallery is about more than just the fine art. She says The House of Tia Crystal is a spiritual sanctuary and comfortable setting for all. On a daily basis, The House of Tia Crystal hosts art inspired yoga classes, meditation sessions, storytelling through the arts, women’s support groups, and art lessons for children

Take a minute and check out some of the other paintings in her gallery...and if you live in Boca raton, Florida stop in and let me know what you found!

Thank you to Adrienne Mazzone ,VP Arts & Entertainment, of The TransMedia Group for introducing me to this artists and allowing me to post images of her paintings. 

Please note that I received no compensation whatsoever for this post; it's intent was to share with my readers an artisit that excited me.

A Pox on the Dry Skin of Long Winters: Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion: A Review and Giveaway !!!!

There is nothing that kills my skin more then the dry, harsh condition of a New York winter.  I carry gobs of different types of lotions in my purse in order to ward off that rough feeling that makes me feel so "untouchable".

Nothing really works well.  Most feel greasy and very soon after applying seem to wear off and stop working.  I had just about given up and accepted the fact that in the winters especially my skin would feel dry and itchy....

And then I tried Skin MD Natural...

Skin MD Natural is not only a moisturizer, it is a shielding lotion.  And that is what makes this product so different then others in the same category.  Here is how the folks over at Skin MD Natural describe it's unique properties:

"Everyday contact with soaps, cleansers, shampoos, household chemistry and other substances that strip away skin's own protective layer (a thin film made of natural fats, lipids), leaves the skin's deeper layers unprotected. Without this protection in place oils and the natural moisture of the skin evaporates and absorption of irritants is no longer prevented.
Conventional lotions only add artificial moisture to the skin temporarily alleviating the dryness or itching, but these moisturizers don't actually solve the problem, they only treat symptoms without eliminating the cause. Dry skin is unable to absorb the newly added moisture to allow repair – it does not get "locked" into the skin. It gets lost easily. That’s why we keep applying more and more of the conventional lotions. Even so, skin easily gets addicted and may even suspend production of it's own moisture, relying on added moisturizer.
Skin MD Natural is a shielding lotion, a very special type of lotion helping the skin restore its integrity, enhance its protective functions so that the skin is able to heal naturally and regain its youthful appearance. Skin MD Natural works by bonding with cells of the skin's outermost layer to form what works as an invisible shield. This layer of protection prevents environmental irritants and pollutants from penetrating the skin, while sealing in the skin's own natural oils and moisture, helping resolve the dry skin condition.
Skin MD Natural uses only the finest natural ingredients, and is focused on urging the skin to be active, and to use its own moisture to effectively heal itself. It is not oily or sticky, doesn't sit on top of your skin leaving a greasy residue on everything you touch, it doesn't rub or wash off easily, is hypoallergenic, fragrance, colorant and paraben free and dermatology tested.
It's for Moms, Dads and Kids of all ages.
It's an easy, safe and natural way to care for your skin throughout the day.
Every day."

Pretty cool huh?  Even more amazing to me is a series of before and after pictures that really illustrate the way that this product works ( caution...they are sort of gross so be forewarned)

The best part: It won't cost you a dry, scaly arm or leg to buy this retails on the website for $18.00 a bottle and it lasts about two months with regular daily use.  And right now if you buy three or more bottles at the same time from the website, shipping is free!

The nice people over at Skin MD Natural has offered to give to you, my dear readers, a free bottle of this fantastic lotion.  Here's what you have to do to win it:

This is MANDATORY for your first entry and must be left in ONE COMMENT!!

(1) Be a follower of my blog ( this will be confirmed)


(2) Tell me what the closest store is to you that sells Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion ( look here)

For additional entries:

(3) Follow Skin MD Natural on Twitter ( click here) - Leave me a comment with your Twitter name

(4) Follow me on Twitter ( click here) - Leave a comment with your Twitter name

(5) Tweet this giveaway and leave me a link to your tweet

(6) Tell me what product Skin MD Natural lotion would replace

Please note:  Make SURE you have a way for me to contact you if you are the winner either via an email address in your comment or available in your blogger profile.

That's it!  Six ways to get an entry...six different ways to win!  Winners will be chosen via and have 72 hours from notification email to respond with information for sponsor to ship item.  If chosen winner does not respond, alternate winner will be chosen.   Giveaway to run from January 5, 2010 until January 13th, 2010.  Continental US only.  Item to be shipped directly from sponsor.

Disclosure:  I was provided with this item free of charge in order to review it for this post.

Oh-La-La: Making My Fantasies Come True at Eden's Fantasys!

Right now, where I live it is very, very cold.  Snow is on the ground and the wind goes right through you.  Even so, the thought of a piece of exquisite lingerie that I can use to heat up my nights is still a beautiful thing.  But as a women of..ahem..ample proportions finding a lingerie item that not only makes me feel beautiful and sexy but that also fits properly has always been rather..ahem..hard.

Before the holiday season started I lucked out with an opportunity to pick an item of my choice from Edens' Fantasys.  After spending countless hours looking at many wonderful and wicked things I finally chose this:

Stunning, huh? Even more stunning on me ( but I will leave that to your imaginations!)

Trust me it feels as beautiful as it looks!  The seams are carefully stitched and there is no fraying at the edges, the sign of a well made garment.  The fact that it is machine washable means that I can wear it over and over again and feel as beautiful in it as the first time I wore it! 

I could go on and on about how simple the website is to use, how you can find so much more then the usual adult toys and novelties, and how they are much more then a website and actually a cohesive community.

It is so much easier though if you just go there yourself and look around...

With Valentines Day just around the corner this is a logical stop for that perfect gift for the special someone in your life...Ooh La La Eden's Fantasys!.

A special thanks to Eden's Fantasys for providing me this item at no cost and no obligation.