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Review: Daily Window Tote

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Disclaimer: I received a Daily Window Tote bag in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% my own. Read my full disclosure statement here.

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Note: Come back later today for the Project Inspire{d} Linky Party and a Daily Window Tote Giveaway!

Daily Window

I was recently contacted by the folks at Daily Window to do a review and giveaway of one of their smart and stylish products. Being a working Mom who likes to switch things up, I chose their Eight Days a Week Tote.

 Let me just get something out there– this is no ordinary tote. It’s ingeniously designed.

The Eight Days a Week Tote (great name) comes in black microfiber white stitching (so those coffee and silly cup spills won’t do any damage). The really cool feature of this tote is the window in the front, which allows you the flexibilty of changing out that front image! 

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 It comes with a package that includes two personalized cards. 

And more Daily Window Cards are available on their website. You can choose background cards, kids cards, personalized Christmas cards– or you can make your own printable cards. This card feature is what makes this tote so cool– and perfect for gift giving.

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The interior of the tote is lined in durable apple green fabric. If you’re a gal-on-the-go like me, you want to know about the pockets. Here’s the scoop:

-Two outside pockets with magnetic closures for keys & cell phones

-Large inside zippered pocket and two smaller slide in pockets

-Aprox. size 15″ x 10 1/4″ x 4″

-Change the look and colors to coordinate with your outfit or the season. 

Eight Days a Week Tote Check out all the fantastic Daily Window Products! Plus right now, they are offering a very generous 25% off through November 30th! Coupon Code: Christmas 2013.

 My party pals and I will be giving a Daily Window Tote Bag away! Join us back here today at 5pm Pacific/8 pm Eastern for our Project Inspire{d} Link Party. 

Savoring Childhood Friendships with Winnie and Friends

The other day my children and I received some magic in the mail: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Available For The First Time on Blu-ray Combo Pack and HD Digital August 27th. The movie was meaningful to us on many levels. I remember watching this charming film myself when I was a little girl (in the movie theater) so it was really special to get the chance to cuddle up with my own children decades later and be enchanted by Winnie the Pooh and his friends once again.

Watching the Winnie the Pooh DVD

My children, ages 10 and 7, really enjoyed stepping into the Hundred Acre Woods with Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin, Eyeore, Piglet, Rabbit, Tigger, Owl,  Kanga and Roo. Childhood friendships are so important (and so sweet) and I found myself drifting back in time as I watched the film. Winnie the Pooh is so relatable to kids of all ages– he accidentally gets himself into all kinds of predicaments and needs his friends to give him a helping hand.

My family and I really enjoyed the “chapter” where Pooh goes to visit Rabbit then proceeds to eat all of Rabbit’s honey (or should I say huney) and then gets stuck as he tries to leave. There are great lessons about friendship, as Rabbit goes to get Christopher Robin and Eyeore to help. Days pass and no one is able to nudge poor Pooh through. But they make the best of the situation as Rabbit draw’s a funny face on Pooh’s…ahem… posterior. But it is the tiniest member of the group, Piglet, who finds the solution when he gives Pooh some honeysuckle, causing him to sneeze… and freeing him from being stuck!

I couldn’t help but remember my childhood. While we didn’t live in the Hundred Acre Woods, we did live by some “regular” woods that seemed enchanted to us neighborhood kids. Much like Winnie the Pooh and his friends, in the summertime, we would spend hours playing and pretending… getting into mischief and then getting out somehow. Those were wonderful times for me.

Those long-ago days helped me understand the meaning of friendship. I still carry those lessons in my heart today. Now as an adult, I realize how precious childhood is, and how the friendships you create stay with your forever. I hope my own children will look back on these days with fondness and remember the summer afternoon during which they and their mom got to visit Winnie the Pooh and learn a bit about the timelessness of friendship.

 Experience the friendships, imagination and adventure  of the Hundred Acre Woods when all of your favorite characters come alive in this timeless motion picture!

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 Now, to enter for a chance to win a $50 Visa Gift Card and a Winnie The Pooh Blu-ray Combo Pack, share with us the importance of friendship, imagination and adventure in your child’s life…

 

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Book Review: The Willpower Instinct

I hate to sound cliched– but let's face it. It's THAT time of year. We take a look our lives and ourselves and then decide where we're falling short. There's a positive way to think of all this. When I worked at Nordstrom years ago and my boss would give me my yearly job review, and we'd discuss my strengths and… "challenges"… things to work on.
So many of use set off in January, thinking about our challenges, making resolutions and promising ourselves we will follow through on that exercise program/new job/healthy diet. Then… we fail. An we feel terrible about it.
What if all that devestating feeling of "failure" really boils down to the way we view WILLPOWER ?
Willpower Instinct
I have always thought of willpower as a personal trait. Either you have it or you don't. But health psychologist Dr. Kelly McGonigal PhD, challenges that idea about willpower (and she has tons of data to back up her theories) in her book, The Willpower Instinct: How Self Control Works, Why it Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It.
For quite a while, Dr. McGonigal has taught a course all about willpower for Stanfard's Continuing Eduation Studies program called "The Science of Willpower," and she draws on much of that course in her book. 
She takes us back to the beginning of willpower and explains why it was important.
Going back to cave people days, willpower was necessary to keep oursleves and our tribe alive. Fast forward thousands of years and willpower is still an essential part of being human.
Dr. McGonigal clearly knows her stuff and is great at explaining the science behind her theories in a fun and engaging way. Even more significant than explaining about willpower, McGonigal gives us exercises to improve our own willpower and also gives us a whole host of reasons WHY improving willpower is a way to improve quality of life in a myriad of areas.
I would recommend this book for anyone interested in improving their own willpower, and understanding the science behind it.
Maybe before we start that exercise program/new job/healthy diet… we should read The Willpower Instinct… and give ourselves a chance to work on our willpower first.
You can follow author Kellie McGonigal find on Twitter and Facebook.
Disclousure: I was compensated for this BlogHer Book Club review but all opinions expressed are my own.

Give Yourself the Gift of Glowing Skin


DDF Revolve 400X Micro-Polishing System
You've been running around for weeks, painstakingly selecting THE perfect gift for your family members and friends. Maybe all the hustle and bustle of this busy time of year has left your skin looking tired and haggard. You do so much for everyone else in your life…But what about YOU?
Why not give something special to yourself this holiday season? A gift that you can enjoy all year around: the gift of beautiful, glowing skin?
You've probably heard about home skin polishing systems and wanted to try them out. But maybe you felt like the at the pricepoint of around $100, it was a bit out of your budget. Or maybe you considered investing the time and money into a trip to the dermatologist and some pricey treatment.
Well I've got to some jolly news to share– Doctors Dermatologic Formula's (DDF) 's BESTSELLING product… the DDF Revolve 400X Micro-Polishing System is ON SALE!
The DDF 400X Revolve Micro-Polishing System is a BREAKTHROUGH  device that delivers microdemabrasion results that are as effective as a professional treatment.
A similar treatment at the dermatologist's office might cost hundreds of dollars… you can have your very own DDF Revolve 400X Micro-Polishing System for $45… that's 50% the regular price of $98… PLUS there's free shipping.
You can purchase the DDF Revolve 400X Micro-Polishing System and snag this awesome deal for yourself. Just use the special code DDMICRODERMA.
This deep cleaning at-home microdermabrasion system give you results that are as effective as a professional treatment and 8x better exfoliation than a scrub alone. We're all strapped for time and money. If you are going to go through the trouble of caring for your skin– don't you want to use a product that will give you great results? After just ONE use, this product will help yout skin tone, instantly improve the appearance of pores and give your skin a radiant glow. 
So don't delay– take care of your skin with this fabulous product and take advantage of this amazing offer!
Remember– this product is usually $98 and you can get it for $45 plus FREE SHIPPING through January 31, 2013.
Get your own DDF Revolve 400X Micro-Polishing System and claim this fantastic offer for yourself. Just use the special code DDMICRODERMA.
Wishing you a beautiful holiday season!
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Review: Martha Stewart Discbound Notebook

 
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Hello There! Calling all office supply and organizational junkies– I've got some exciting new to share. Everyone's favorite lifestyle expert has teamed up with Avery™ to create plethora of amazing home office products, entitled Martha Stewart Home Office™ with Avery™!

I got recently the opportunity to review the Martha Stewart Discbound notebook, available at your local Staples store and Staples.com.

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There's a lot to like in this effciently sized and sturdy notebook:

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Like every Martha Stewart product, the Discbound notebook (6 1/2 inches x 9 inches) is EXTREMELY well thought out.

It is completely customizable to fit your needs, whether you use it as a planning notebook (family schedules, a wedding, home renovations, trip planning, baby book) OR as an idea book (like a recipe book, decorating, blog inspiration)… it's so easy to customize the Discbound notebook.

And the size is perfect– it will fit in most purses yet is large enough to hold a lot of information.

Some of the various pages available include:

2013 Calendar Pages

Filler Paper

Planner Pockets

Task Pad

Plastic Dividers

Here's a peek at the plastic dividers. They are reusuable! Seriously– you can write on the tabs, erase and use them again. So smart!

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If you need a new calendar that can do "more"… or if you are looking for the perfect planner or idea book, the Discound notebook is ideal!

Stop by your local Staples store or visit Staples online to get yours!

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Disclosure: I received a Discbound notebook to review. All opinions and images are my own.

 

Pledge to Have the Second Talk with Poise

Hi Friends… we are at that age; it's time to have "The 2nd Talk."

Let's take a little step back in time…


Do you remember being abound 11 or 12…dancing around your bedroom to Michael Jackson's Billie Jean"…watching "Grease 2" in the movie theater and reading Are You There God? It's Me Margaret.

You start hearing whispers from friends…

about some major changes that are happening with their bodies.

It sounds both terrifying and exciting. Then your Mom sits you down and gives you the "Talk".

She explains what your girl parts are meant to do and how things will be playing out every

month or so.

There will be cramps, an overwhelming need for salt and chocolate and some major mood swings.

Then it happens to you. Things start falling into place. Your Mom is happy and sad.

You are on your way to womanhood.

Fast-forward 20 or 25-ish years later. STUFF is happening again. Friends aren't whispering. Mom

doesn't say a word.

You are feeling anxious about what's going on.

In the meantime, you are busting out into a sweat in the middle of the night, while sitting at your

kid's karate class and basically anytime there is no reason to be sweaty.

Girls…you might be on your way to the next stage: Menopause.

Poise brand wants to help us gals approach this next stage with confidence…

by being the first to start The 2nd Talk,

a whole new way to discuss menopause and other wellness issues for women over 40.

Poise has come out with a new, first-of-its-kind line of over-the-counter menopause

products designed to work with our bodies and provide comfort from our symptoms.

Two products I am "hot" to try…

Roll-On Cooling Gel helps you feel comfortable and refreshed when a hot flash strikes.

Squeeze the tube and gently roll the cooling gel on wrists, chest, or neck for a cooling sensation

that lasts up to 10 minutes.

Body Cooling Towelettes offer instant cooling and refreshment when you experience a hot flash. 

Gently wipe the towelette on wrists, chest, or neck to feel cool and comfortable.

Featuring a portable, re-sealable package, these towelettes are easy to use anywhere you go.

Poise brand wants to rally 1 million women to pledge to have The 2nd Talk

by World Menopause Day on October 18.

By joining the conversation, women will gain more menopause knowledge, support, and solutions.

Join the conversation and take the pledge at The2ndTalk.com.

Plus, you could win a $250 Visa Gift Card! For a chance to win, answer this question:

When do you feel most confident?

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Dove Visible Care Body Wash Review

Did you spend all winter bundled up in layers of clothing? Me too. 

Thank goodness it's summertime, and that means it's the season to pack away the sweaters put away the long pants. When the sun's shining it's your cue to bring out the skin!

As a woman, it's so important to be comfortable in your skin… both figuratively and literally. Hanging out with friends who are encouraging and supportive, taking time to relax and do things you enjoy and making time to pamper yourself are all great ways to promote general well-being. 

Having beautiful skin can help you feel beautiful. Leave it to Dove® to create some amazing new skin products.

Dove Renewing Creme Body Wash
Using Dove® VisibleCare™ Renewing Crème Body Wash is an easy and luxurious feeling way to take care of yourself. This revolutionary line of premium washes from Dove contain the highest concentration of NutriumMoisture technology. Unlike some moisturizers that just sit on top of your skin, NutriumMoisture goes beyond moisture to nourish deep down.

If you're like me, "me time" isn't a given… it's a treat! Using Dove® VisibleCare™ Renewing Crème Body Wash is a lovely way to make the most of those precious minutes you get to yourself.

I like to spoil myself by telling the family I am taking a shower, locking the bathroom door (crucial step), lighting a few candles and escaping to shower nirvana with Dove® VisibleCare™ Renewing Crème Body Wash. It's so creamy and the scent is divine– light and clean. 

Just squeeze some onto a bath pouf or a wet washcloth and work it into a lather. Your skin will be nourished and refreshed.

Use it daily, and after just one week, your skin will feel softer and smoother. And it just gets better and better. With continued use, your skin will contine to improve, looking visably more beautiful within three weeks. An added bonus– you'll smell REALLY good.

 There are three different types to choose from:

1. Dove® VisibleCare™ Toning Crème Body Wash helps promote skin elasticity and strength.

2. Dove® VisibleCare™ Renewing Body Wash nourished and replenishes skin.

3. Dove® VisibleCare™ Softening Body Wash softens skin and dry spots.

 Pick up any of the Dove® VisibleCare™ products and your skin will be in heaven. Even after your shower is over and you're back to doing the dishes and the laundry… your skin will still look beautiful and feel great too. Visit Dove® VisibleCare® to get a coupon for $1 off!

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