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2013-12-02T18:16:40.907-05:00


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11 Reasons Your Seller Should List During the Holiday Season

2013-11-22T17:41:23.412-05:00

11 Reasons Your Seller Should List During the Holiday SeasonYou’ve heard it from real estate agents before. “The Winter season is slow.” Or, “No one is really buying or selling.” And even, “I’ll get started in the New Year, it’s a new start right?”Wrong. The truth is, it’s better to be ahead than behind. Do you want to have income in January? Do you want to have clients in the pipeline well into February? The winter months are the perfect opportunity for you to find the motivated clients and get them to list their home with you.Of course, sellers sometimes need a little perspective to help them understand why listing now can benefit their bottom line. So without further adieu, here are 11 reasons your seller should list during the Holiday Season.11. By selling now, you may have an opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the Spring, when many more houses are on the market for less money! This will allow you to sell high and buy low.10. You can sell now for more money and we will provide for a delayed closing or extended occupancy until early next year.9. Even though your house will be on the market, you still have the option to restrict showings during the six or seven days around the Holidays.8. January is traditionally the month for employees to begin new jobs. Since transfers cannot wait until Spring to buy, you need to be on the market during the Holidays to capture the market.7. Some people must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons.6. Buyers have more time to look for a home during the Holidays than they do during a work week.5. Buyers are more emotional during the Holidays, so they are more likely to pay your price.4. Houses show better when decorated for the Holidays.3. Since the supply of listings will dramatically increase in January, there will be less demand for your particular home. Less demand means more money for you.2. Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the Holidays and less competition means more money for you.And the number one reason why your seller should list during the Holidays …1. People who look for homes during the Holidays are more serious buyers!B Sparkly[...]



Sell Your Property Faster With These 5 Important Steps

2013-11-02T23:03:40.041-04:00




Start Your Move Before You Call the Realtor©

If you are fortunate enough to know ahead of time that you will need to list your property, the time to start staging your house to quick sell is before you call your Realtor©. You want your house to look its absolute best before your Realtor© steps foot in the house to determine sale price and take those all-important photos for the internet. According to Century 21, “A house that has been better maintained and shows better will always sell for more than one that has had deferred (neglected) maintenance and needs work.”

Start With a Clean Slate

So where do you start to stage your house before the Realtor© arrives? You start by breaking up with your clutter and sending it packing. This decluttering and pre-packing is your most important step in staging your house for a quick sell. If you are an avid collector, pack away most of your collections leaving only 3-5 of your favorite items from your collection for display. This is a great time to go through closets, drawers, basements and shed items that you haven’t used in the past year. Don’t forget to declutter your walls too. And the great thing is, many non-profit organizations, like Goodwill, the Salvation Army and Purple Heart will even come to your house and pick up your items for you. How easy is that?

Reorganize

Because so many buyers are watching design shows on HGTV, they expect perfection. Yes, even in your linen closet. By doing so, you will give buyers the impression that they will live an organized, peaceful existence. Take the time to make your closets and storage spaces look immaculate and you will definitely see a return on your investment.

Repair

Now is the time to finally get that to-do list accomplished! Sometimes it is shocking how little time, energy and effort is involved in those odd jobs around the house. For bigger jobs, you may need to bring in a professional. If you cannot afford to repair something, get a few estimates of your own. Remember, savvy buyers today will walk through your home deducting the cost of repairs that they think the house will need and I promise you that their estimate will always be higher than the actual cost. By getting your own estimates, you can counter this more effectively. Knowledge truly is power!

Renew

Breathe new life into your rooms. Are your windows, walls, flooring or bedding outdated? If they are more than ten years old, then that is a mandatory and resounding YES! There are so many reasonable and good looking options in stores like Target, Bed Bath and Beyond & Lowes. Treat yourself to a nice, quick sale by investing in making some of these inexpensive updates.

This may seem overwhelming but breaking it into small, manageable steps can make it easier. Enlist the help of family, friends or professionals. Your house is most likely your biggest investment and you want it to sell quickly and for the most money possible so why wouldn’t you want it to look its absolute best when it hits the market?(image)



Feeling Blue? Try This Yoga Pose!

2013-01-25T21:38:18.766-05:00

Want to unwind, focus and maybe even lose weight? Try the yoga pose known as the "Seated Forward Bend." According to traditional text, the Seated Forward Bend (the pose's original name, Paschimottanasana, literally translates as "intense stretch of the west,") can not only help a distracted mind unwind, but can be helpful in addressing obesity. The pose effectively stretches the spine, shoulders and hamstrings. Traditionally, it is also said to:

1.Relieve stress and mild depression

2.Stimulate the liver, kidneys, ovaries and uterus

3.Improve digestion

4.Help relieve the symptoms of menopause and menstrual discomfort

5.Soothe headache and anxiety and reduce fatigue

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Should Women Be Shaving Their Face?

2012-06-08T23:05:21.352-04:00

Now, what would you think if I told you that dermatologists and estheticians have been recommending shaving as a real alternative to the methods of hair removal for the face?I bet there is panic on your face. It was my first reaction, too. No, I’m not shaving my face. What the hell are they talking about? How CRAZY!OK, stop. Right there. Are you interested in anti-aging? You want to minimize lines and wrinkles? Exfoliation is important to you, right (it better be)? You want smooth glowing and radiant skin. Without some weird hair sprouting front and center from your chin, or a fine layer of dark fuzz setting up residence on your upper lip. OK, maybe it is light peach fuzz, but you still don’t want it, do you?  It allows your skincare products to penetrate more evenly and your makeup to look practically flawless. “It’s a well-kept secret of many beautiful women… just don’t let your husband catch you doing it!”Aside from being a cheap easy way to manage facial hair, shaving has many other benefits for women. When done right, shaving is one of the best ways to:•Exfoliate dead skin cells without over stimulating the skin•Significantly reduce fine lines and wrinkles•Minimize pore size•Improve elasticity•Lighten acne scars•Balance skin tone •Permanently remove blackheadsHOW TO GUIDETry to do your shave at night or on a day you won't have to apply makeup straight after. Give your face at least 6 hours to reboot and adjust.make sure your face is clean remove any traces of dirt or makeup.Dry skin!SIDEBURN AND CHEEK - Improve tone and elasticity Starting at the side of the face closest to the ear (side burn), begin shaving using strokes no longer than an inch at a time moving toward the jaw line.NOSE - Minimize pores and heal blackheads Shave from the top of the nose to the tip. Just once is good enough. If your razor is small enough to shave each side of the nose then go ahead. If you have a tiny nose, don't risk it.FOREHEAD - Reduce fine lines and wrinkles Shave from the center of the forehead (between the eyes) out toward each temple. Be careful not to whack the eye brow or hair line. UPPER LIP Push your tongue up under the upper lip and push outwards until the surface is firm and quite flat.Tilt your razor on a slight diagonal and only use a small portion of it to shave with the lie of the hair which is staggered on a downward taper.POST-SHAVE •Rinse the entire face with fresh warm water and then splash off with cool water.•Pat face with clean towel so it's not dripping wet but still damp.•Moisturize as usual.POINTS TO REMEMBER •Don't over shave the face until it has acclimated to its new condition. •Try to do your shave at night or on a day you won't have to apply makeup straight after. Give your face at least 6 hours to reboot and adjust.•Because the hair is soft and quite long in places, you may be tempted to turn the razor against the hair to remove it more easily. DON'T DO IT! The point is to gradually remove skin cells. It will get easier and better over time.•Women should only shave their entire face a maximum of one time a week. In most cases, once every two weeks should suffice."What about the hair growing back thicker? " you ask,  there’s no need for women to fear that the vellous hair on their face will grow back thicker after it’s been bladed because it won’t. Unlike terminal hairs, which are thicker (men’s facial hair, leg hair), vellous hairs grow back the same after they’ve been removed, as the structure of the hair does not become damaged.What is dermaplaning?http://guidetoplasticsurgery.com/what-is-dermaplaning/Fromm razors from Sally Beauty Supply. This what they look like: http://www.sallybeauty.com/facial-hair-razor/SBS-525354,default,pd.html?green...B Sparkly[...]



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2012-06-06T22:03:24.085-04:00



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DRY SKIN BRUSHING

2012-06-06T21:32:48.394-04:00

Dry brushing skin that is flaky, dry or even normal is a spa-like technique that offers many health benefits. This highly underrated technique is a recommended addition to any beauty regimen. Giving your body a firm brush all over makes the skin glow by removing the top dull, dead layer of skin and encouraging new cells to regenerate. The gentle massaging motion of the bristles also has a beneficial effect on areas of cellulite, and it is an effective treatment for helping eliminate toxins from the body during a detox programme.Benefits:TIGHTENS Skin.HELPS Digestion.REMOVES Cellulite.STIMULATES Circulation.INCREASES Cell Renewal.CLEANS Lymphatic System.REMOVES Dead Skin Layers.STRENGTHENS Immune System.IMPROVES Exchange between Cells.STIMULATES the Glands, thus helping ALL of theBody Systems to perform at PEAK EFFICIENCY!How To Do Skin Brushing:Buy a NATURAL, NOT synthetic, bristle brush, since it does NOT SCRATCH the surface of your skin.Buy a brush with a LONG handle, so that you're ABLE to get to the areas of your body, that are NOT EASY to reach, when doing your own Skin Brushing.Skin Brush, before showering or bathing, at least ONCE per day, and TWICE, if possible. Brushing is best done in the morning Do NOT wet your skin, since it will NOT have the SAME Effect, because this stretches your skin.Do LIGHTER Strokes over and around your breasts, but do NOT brush the nipples.Brush each part of your Body several times VIGOROUSLY, COMPLETELY brushing your WHOLE body. Take the brush and begin with the sole of your right foot. Use firm, rhythmic strokes to cover the sole several times. Next, brush the top of your foot, brushing up towards your ankle. Then go on to your lower leg, making sure you cover the whole surface - shin and calf. Always brush in an upward direction. Stand up and brush the area from your knee to the top of your thigh. Make sure you cover the whole area several times, using long, rhythmic strokes.Brush your buttock area as far as your waist. Now repeat the whole procedure on your left leg, starting again with the sole of your foot. Starting from the top of your buttocks, and always moving in an upward direction, brush the whole of your back several times all the way up to your shoulders.Next, brush your right arm. Start with the palm of your hand, move on to the back of your hand and then brush from your wrist up to your elbow, always in an upward direction and ensuring that the whole surface of your skin is brushed. Brush your upper arm, working from your elbow towards your shoulder, again covering the whole surface of your upper arm.Repeat on your left side, starting with your hand. Then, very gently, brush your abdomen, brushing in a circle, always in a clockwise direction. Cover the area several times but with less pressure than on your arms and legs. If it feels uncomfortable, stop. The neck and chest are also very sensitive areas, so, again, brush here very gently. Always work towards your heart. If the bristles are too hard on your neck, don't brush here. Lastly, work on your face. Use your soft brush or a dry flannel and soften and shorten your action, as brisk rubbing can stretch or otherwise damage the facial skin.ALWAYS skin brush towards the heart.Do circular counter-clockwise strokes on your abdomen.Take a WARM bath or shower, which should always be followed by a COOL rinse at the end to INVIGORATE blood circulation and STIMULATE surface warmth.Wash your brush every few weeks in water and allow it DRY.B Sparkly[...]



Things I'm Loving!!

2012-05-11T23:10:28.627-04:00



These remind me of an updated "jelly" shoe, but MUCH more comfortable. The sole is so cushy and the shoe is so soft and squishy that they feel like a slipper.....love the color combo...so fun.

Fabulous Adrena flats by Crocs.  they are unbelievably comfortable, and they change colors in the sun:))
 
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Aztec - Indian Healing Clay

2012-05-11T22:43:12.385-04:00

WOW! This stuff is Amazing! This is exactly what I have been looking for, essentially. Even my husband has commented on how my complexion has improved since using this for masks. I consider myself somewhat of a product junkie- mask whore, so I am always on the search for the best stuff to help my skin. I am oily-acne prone, with hormonal cystic acne. I use Apple Cider Vinegar mix in. It does "pull" and "pulsate" your face, and loosens pores and gets all that junk out. I will definitely repurchase once I run out. When it comes time to take it off it's best to put a warm cloth on your face and loosen it up. Your face will be red when it comes off but that's normal and will go away. I use it once a week unless I have spots I need to go away faster. You can spot treat with it too and just put it over a pimple or cyst instead of your whole face.The unique molecular structure of Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay deep cleanses skin pores, removing dirt and impurities, lifting out poisons and toxins stored in the epidermis. Pimples and blackheads are absorbed into the clay bed, resulting in accelerated healing and nourishment of the skin. The skin is clean, refreshed, and alive. You can see and feel the difference. Continued use results in a more beautiful, healthy skin.Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay is 100% natural. No additives.$6.00                        B Sparkly[...]



MEISHOKU DETCLEAR FACIAL PEELING GEL (MIX FRUIT) For Perfect Skin

2012-05-08T21:04:09.297-04:00

I use this product at least 4 times a week and my skin doesn't get irritated or burn and leave my skin looking fresh awake and glowing! Japanese product seem to do the best job for a lot of skin care needs!



I gently wash my face with my own cleanser, use a couple pumps of the peeling gel, rub my face in circular motions, and rinse! The dead skin cells come off with little effort.

Product Features


The fruit AHA contains fruits extracts such as strawberry, blueberry, cherry, peach, pomegranate, and apple acid

The plant BHA is made out from plant extract.

Gently remove dead skin cells, melanin, sebum, and other impurities on your skin's surface.

Mix Fruit Scent, 6.1 fl. oz. (180mL)

Straight from Japan

Product Description


Meishoku Detclear Facial Peeling Jelly (Mix Fruit) is a jelly type peeling gel that is made from fruit AHA and Plant BHA!!In addition, this peeling jelly can be used partial area of your face such as nose and chin to remove black spots, pore cloggers and other impurities in pores.

Price

$16.99 Amazon


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The best make-up primer! I have been using it as a primer for a couple of weeks and I'm sold!

2012-05-08T20:13:37.031-04:00

Is Monistat's Chafing Relief Powder-Gel really the secret to flawless makeup...for less than $7 a tube? Here's the Truth --------------------------------------------------------------------------------By now you've read about how women are using Monistat's Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel as a make-up base primer. You might even have had the same reaction we did: "Monistat? On my face? Are you nuts?"You see it's not that Monistat. Yes, it's the same company but this powder-gel has NOTHING to do with the Monistat yeast infection products. (This product doesn't treat yeast infections.)Monistat's Chafing Relief Powder-Gel is actually part of the Monistat Soothing Care Skin Care line and was developed to complement Monostat's medical products. Bottom line: Monistat Chafing Relief Gel should be renamed the "Monistat Make-Up Miracle". We admit we didn't think it could live up to the hype, but it did and it has earned our five-star endorsement.For literally a fraction of what you'd spend on famous name base makeup primers, the Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel does a better job because it contains a ton of dimethicone which is the key, active ingredient in the expensive primers.Dimethicone creates a barrier for your skin which evens out your skin's surface much the same way you use a base coat on your nails before applying color.Why Women Love It --------------------------------------------------------------------------------Here's a summary of what women reported they liked best about Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel as a makeup primer (foundation base). · Dries to a powder finish.· Creates a matte surface so makeup glides on and stays on.· Smooths out large pores, uneven skin tone and blemishes.· Prevents breakouts.· Allows for much smoother for eye shadow application on mature skin.· Keeps make-up looking fresh by locking it in.· Makes your face look youthful and dewy.· Helps concealer glide on.· Doesn't feel greasy.· Helps mineral make up last longer and look less cakey.· Makeup stays on for 8+ hours, looking as good as when first applied.· Excellent mattifier on top of any cream/lotion/sunscreen.· Fragrance free.· Non-irritating.· Non-toxic.· Non-staining· Smooths skin texture which reflects light and eliminatesshadows (so you look younger)· Tasteless (if someone kisses your cheek)· Non-pore-clogging (non-comedogenic)· Keeps your makeup fresh in 100+ degree heat (great for summer)· Gentle enough to use every day.· Softens appearance of fine lines.Downside & Drawbacks--------------------------------------------------------------------------------· Made by Monistat -- not a name you associate with makeup.· Doesn't contain sunscreen.· Often sold out at local stores and hard to find.· Need to stockpile (get the discount 3-pack available only at Amazon.com) Why It Works--------------------------------------------------------------------------------The secret ingredient in Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel is dimethicone, which is found in all the high-end foundation/face primers. Dimethicone is a silicone emollient (a skin softener) that forms a silky, breathable barrier between the skin on your face and your foundation. This dimethicone barrier has 3 benefits:1> This barrier locks in your moisturizer under your make-up to keep your skin nourished.2> The dimethicone barrier prevents oils from your skin from breaking through to your foundation. Since the oils can't get through, your skin never looks greasy or oily. No more blotting.3> While dimethicone prevents oil from getting out, it also prevents your foundation from getting in. This means that your skin won't absorb your makeup so your makeup looks fresh all day, even on hot days. It holds makeup in place so well and for so many hours, many women report tha[...]



Roasted Eggplant Parmesan is only 70 calories per delicious slice!

2012-01-17T13:03:46.606-05:00

This morning on KLG & Hoda: low-cal craving busters. Roasted Eggplant Parmesan is only 70 calories per delicious slice!



To prepare, slice an eggplant into rounds and place on a baking sheet. Mist rounds on both sides with olive oil spray, and lightly sprinkle with kosher salt. Roast in oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Then, top each roasted eggplant slice with marinara sauce, shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, some grated parmesan cheese, oregano, and crushed red pepper. Pop back in the oven for about 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese is hot and bubbly. So, so good!
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2012-01-17T12:36:40.313-05:00

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Curb your cravings with healthy alternatives

2012-01-17T12:10:16.962-05:00





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Bite Me!

2012-01-17T11:28:13.322-05:00

Club-Chomping

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Some clubhouses have a no-boys-allowed rule, but we welcome all people -- it's extra calories and excess fat grams that we choose to keep out. This recipe is welcome ANYTIME. We think you'll agree...



Ingredients:

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup chopped bell pepper

2 tsp. fat-free ranch dressing

1/8 tsp. hot sauce

1/2 oz. mashed avocado (about 1 tbsp.)

Dash each chili powder, ground cumin, and garlic powder

1 medium-large high-fiber flour tortilla with 110 calories or less (like the kind by La Tortilla Factory)

1/4 cup shredded fat-free cheddar cheese

2 oz. cooked and chopped skinless chicken breast

1 tbsp. precooked real crumbled bacon (like the kind by Oscar Mayer)

Optional: fat-free sour cream, salsa



Directions:

Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Cook and stir onion and pepper until softened, 3 - 5 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside.



In a small bowl, mix ranch dressing with hot sauce

In another small bowl, mix avocado with chili powder, ground cumin, and garlic powder.




Lay tortilla flat and spread avocado mixture on one half of the upward-facing side. Evenly top avocado with 2 tablespoons cheese, followed by the chicken, bacon, and cooked veggies. Top with ranch mixture and remaining 2 tablespoons cheese.



If needed, clean skillet. Re-spray skillet and return to medium-high heat. Place the half-loaded tortilla flat in the skillet and cook for 2 minutes. Fold the bare half of the tortilla over the filling with a spatula and press down lightly to seal. Carefully flip and cook until crispy, about 3 minutes.



Slice into wedges, and if you like, serve or top with sour cream and salsa!



MAKES 1 SERVING



Serving Size: 1 quesadilla (entire recipe)

Calories: 309

Fat: 7g

Sodium: 996mg

Carbs: 34g

Fiber: 8.5g

Sugars: 5g

Protein: 32g



PointsPlus® value 8*








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Cyber Trainer for FREE!!

2011-11-19T13:51:50.116-05:00

Are you concerned about holiday weight gain? You can stop worrying with workout-builder tool.


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To help you power through fitness plateaus and continue challenging your body with new exercises, the Workout Builder tool with more than 100 instructional exercise videos, allowing you to mix and match different moves and learn the proper form. Using the tool is easy. Simply choose your fitness goal and then select the exercises you want to try during your next sweat session. When you’re finished designing your program, you can save your workout or share it with friends on Facebook.

Log on to shape.com/fitness/workout-builder and type in the body part you want to tone.  You'll be supplied with multiple videos, each showcasing individual moves that focus on your target.  Then, pick your faves and create a customized routine.(image)



KRAZY deals on eyeglasses!!

2011-11-09T13:05:39.393-05:00

You can buy a great pair of eyeglasses without breaking the bank! I was so excited to see a great deal on GlassesUSA.com




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GlassesUSA.com is the premier online retailer of prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses. Shop a variety of  multifocal glasses, full frames, semi-rimless eyeglasses, rimless eyeglasses, classic frames, progressive lenses, and more! They guarantee our customers the highest quality and affordable prescription eye wear because they own their laboratories, saving their customers on every order! They pay less. We pay less. It’s a win-win situation!

Besides their high quality glasses, frames and lenses, they offer a 110% lowest price guarantee and a 100% satisfaction guarantee along with a generous refer-a-friend program, $30 for you $30 for your friend. Additionally, you can stay up-to-date on all GlassesUSA happenings through their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/glassesusa like them on FB and receive a code for buy one get one free!

Fall Sale! For limited time take 50% off any pair of prescription eyeglasses frames (standard lenses included) with the code: Fall50 (additional charges may apply if optical lens upgrades are used). Take 10% off any order. Code: Blog10 this code is good on just about everything, which make for some KRAZY deals!!! Head on over to ShopAtHome.com and get additional 12.5% CASH BACK. It's just keep getting better!! Sign up for email updates with exclusive offers. Receive $5 off coupon instantly.

So what are you waiting for?! GO, GO NOW!!!



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Freeman Avocado & Oatmeal Facial Clay Mask Free after Rebate!

2011-10-07T19:00:34.097-04:00

Here’s a deal you can’t beat: Freeman Avocado & Oatmeal Facial Clay Mask Free after Rebate!



Look for specially marked tubes that have rubber band tags on them. I’ve tried this product before and it leaves your face feeling so smooth, and it smells great. Now you can try it for yourself Free after the Mail In Rebate. This is a Manufacturer’s rebate, so look for the specially marked tubes!! This offer is good until 07/31/12 but I would check your local CVS for them now. My local CVS just received this shipment with the rebate form attached to the product.



The rebate form is not available online, so keep your eyes peeled at the store!



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Easy, delicious and elegant! Great for a dinner party!

2011-09-24T13:36:59.777-04:00

This is a very delicious and healthy entree. The presentation's gourmet. A definite must try! One of my favorites!



Salmon with Puff Pastry and Pesto

Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis



.Prep Time:5 minInactive Prep Time:-- Cook Time:10 minLevel:

EasyServes:

4 servings.Ingredients

4 pieces of purchased puff pastry, each cut to be just larger than a piece of salmon

4 (4 to 6-ounce) pieces salmon

1/4 cup sliced almonds

1/4 cup purchased pesto

2 tomatoes, sliced

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.





On a foil-lined baking sheet, place the 4 pieces of puff pastry. Also place the 4 pieces of salmon, being careful to make sure they are not touching. Sprinkle each piece of salmon with 1 tablespoon of the sliced almonds. Bake for 10 minutes.





To serve, place each piece of puff pastry on a plate. Top each puff pastry with 1 tablespoon of pesto. Top the pesto with 2 slices of tomatoes each. Top the tomatoes with the salmon and serve.

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Natural-looking Nails with OPI Gel Nails

2010-12-28T22:50:59.381-05:00

Natural-looking Nails with OPI Gel Nails


Nails will have a fresh new glow with OPI gel nails. Since OPI has a reputation built on their commitment to safety, quality, excellence, and innovation, gel nails will surely have an extra oomph. Because of this advancement in artificial nails technology, acquiring long and beautiful nails will be easier.

Gel nails system is form artificial nails. Gel nails fall under two types. The first type is the “light cured” gel. This gel is made by mixing monomers and polymers. In this process, the gel nails are mounted on either the tip or edges of the natural nails with the use of ultra violet light. The other type is the “no light gel”. Unlike the “light cured” gel, this method does not require the use of an ultra violet light. However, the nails should be dipped in the water for a few minutes after the application. Whichever the type may be, OPI gel nails offer a good quality of artificial nails.



When applying gel nails, the shine of the natural nails should be first removed. Then, using a buffer, the gel should then be sculpted with the edges of the natural nails. The application of the adhesive on the gel nail will be done next. The gel will then be placed on the outer tip of the real nail. After that, a stroke of a bonding agent should be spread to the nail. Then, a drop of acrylic powder mixture is applied on each nail. Exposure under a UV light is of course among the steps.



As compared to acrylic nails, gel nails contain a stronger composition. On the contrary, the results are not as durable as that of acrylic nails. In addition, gel nails can offer a more natural appearance. It can give the closest resemblance to the natural nails. This kind of artificial nail system is also non-porous. The application of nail polish over gel nails is also easy. However, a good gel nail product is needed to maximize the result.
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Juicing for Pregnancy

2010-12-27T08:55:23.504-05:00

Juicing for Pregnancy

Juicing for pregnancy will give your body the extra vitamins and minerals it needs at this special time.

Over the years, there has been a lot of talk about juicing and pregnancy. Does it really help the baby to be born healthier?Does it really make a big difference?

Juicing in general has been proven time and time again to offer wonderful health benefits for the people who regularly do it. Therefore, it only makes sense that juicing for pregnancy is a great idea for the mother and the baby.


Feed Your Baby Before Birth

A pregnant woman only has one chance to feed her baby while it is inside of her body. The worst thing she can do is eat junky, fatty foods while she is pregnant because all of those empty non-nutrients are passed on to the baby.

On the other hand, if she is juicing regularly, her baby is getting vitamins, nutrients and other minerals straight from food sources. Although a woman should take pre-natal vitamins too, there is no substitute for what Mother Nature creates in the form of fruits and vegetables.


A Healthy Balanced Diet

A balanced diet during pregnancy is vital for the development of the fetus. These early nutrients help the baby have normal brain development as well as a better chance for a good birth weight.

Juicing for pregnancy can also assist a woman with avoiding morning sickness, fatigue, constipating and anemia. By juicing higher fiber foods, a woman can keep her digestion regular during pregnancy which is often a problem. By avoiding simple sugars and white foods, she can also prevent blood sugar swings which are not good for her or the baby.


The recommendation for pregnant women who want to try juicing is drinking at least 2 raw fruits and 3 raw veggies each day. One of your fruits should be high in vitamin C, such as an orange. Eating so many fruits and vegetables in one day would be very difficult which is why juicing makes it a much easier task.



Lots of Variety

Make sure that you focus on a wide variety of colors when you are deciding what to juice.

We are meant to eat vegetables and fruits from every color of the rainbow, so pick greens, yellows, reds and oranges. These will help your baby develop healthy eyes, skin and bones. They will provide B vitamins, folic acid and calcium as well.

Juicing for pregnancy is full of benefits and really has no drawbacks. Plus, it might just help your baby to develop a taste for nutritious foods!



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Jackie Warner Diet Tips

2010-10-27T14:53:25.317-04:00

Jackie Warner;s Diet Tips1. BE A SMART CONSUMER & READ LABELS CAREFULLY! Fat free products are loaded with sugar. Fat does not make you fat... SUGAR DOES! When grocery shopping, don't buy any meal that has over 400 calories or 9 grams sugar; no snack over 150 calories and 9 grams sugar. 2. NO OVERCOMPLICATED ROUTINES/NO OVERCOMPLICATED DIETS They have the highest failure rate because don't teach you how to live in the real world. Don't buy books that force you to follow complicated diets or exercise routines that don't fit with your lifestyle. Get back to the basic, common sense principles. Workout at least three times a week to intensity and don't eat a meal over 400 calories unless it's a cheat meal. 3. NEVER SKIP MEALS All of my morbidly obese clients have one thing in common--skipping meals. The moment you allow your blood sugar to drop (the signal is a hunger pang) by not eating every few hours, you become a fat storing machine. Your body will now convert everything you put into your mouth as energy (sugar/fat). 4. DON'T EVER JUICE -- BLEND! Always eat the whole fruit, not just it's sugary juice. Juicing leaves you with no fiber but all the fruit sugar. Blending fills you with the whole fruit (fiber) and a lot more nutrients. 5. SUGAR IS THE DEVIL! It is the leading cause of disease, depression and massive weight gain in this country. Get rid of refined sugar (anything that isn't fruit or veggies) for 5 days in a row then allow yourself to have 1 cheat meal on Saturday and 1 on Sunday. You will have curbed the chemical addiction for it and your brain desires less. My obese clients only gravitate towards the fruits and veggies highest in sugar--IT IS THAT ADDICTIVE! Sugar throws our body into an immune suppressed, non-working state of chronic fatigue, depression, weight gain and hormone imbalance. 6. CLEAN HOUSE -- REMOVE ALL JUNK FROM YOUR KITCHEN Don't beat yourself up for not being able to resist cravings when they are right there in front of you. You are a lot less likely to get dressed, get in your car and drive to the store for snacks. Stop putting highly addictive junk a few steps away then hating yourself for not being able to resist. 7. DEPRIVATION DOES NOT WORK! When starting a diet, for the first 2 weeks, add healthy, nutrient filled foods (low sugar fruit/veggies/lean protein and a multivitamin). Your body will naturally reject sugars and processed foods. 8. CRUNCHES ARE A WASTE OF TIME If you carry weight in your midsection, you will just build muscle under fat and appear bigger! The only way to get a 6-pack is to combine a healthier diet with some sort of resistance training that works the big muscle groups (chest, back, glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps). 9. EAT THE GOOD, THE BAD, THEN THE UGLY Classify the food on your plate in one of those categories and fill up on the good first. Ex: Good--veggies/fruit/lean meats, Bad--starches/bread, Ugly--dessert/alcohol. 10. SATISFY ORAL FIXATION WITH HERBAL TEAS Most people snack at night watching TV or when bored. Curb late night cravings with your favorite flavored herbal teas. They have antioxidants and will satisfy those oral fixations. 11. WATER HELPS YOU LOSE WEIGHT 3 liters per day can burn 50-75 calories and double your energy as well as clear your skin. 12. LESS MEDICATION, MORE MOTIVATION We are ADDICTED 'TIL EVICTED! Be an informed consumer. The food industry wants to addict you and the drug companies keep you hooked and sick until the day you die. It is not a conspiracy, just simple bu[...]



Has Bravo Fired Danielle Staub From “The Real Housewives Of New Jersey?

2010-08-31T17:24:45.185-04:00

Bravo has reportedly lowered the boom on their controversial convicted felon star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Danielle Staub.Life & Style issued the following statement today:Life & Style has exclusively learned that controversial Jersey girl Danielle Staub has not been asked to return for season three of the hit Bravo show The Real Housewives of New Jersey.“Danielle was told that she would not be returning for a third season,” an insider reveals to Life & Style. In fact, Danielle’s finding out she was fired “came as a complete shock, and she thought she was definitely going to return to the successful Bravo series,” the insider continues.Danielle is not only known for her vicious catfights on-screen but also for her sex tape scandal, prostitution allegations, link to drugs and legal battles with other cast mates.The insider reveals that Danielle is currently trying to generate interest in a spin-off reality series about her life. Danielle told Life & Style at her birthday party on Aug. 10 in NYC, “I don’t know if there are talks right now about a third season of the show, but I’m more excited about talks of my spin-off than anything else.”A rep for the Bravo network tells Life & Style, “Bravo does not comment on casting of upcoming seasons of Housewives while current seasons are still airing.” Danielle’s booking agent had “no comment” on Danielle’s status on the show.Season two of The Real Housewives of New Jersey wraps up on Aug. 23, followed by an explosive reunion show airing in two parts on Aug. 30 and Sept. 6. Stay tuned…Danielle offered up one of her infamously uninformative responses to PopEater saying:“Actually, I’m not even thinking about season three right now, as I am considering many incredible options that have been presented to me,” Staub tells PopEater in an official statement. “Right now, I just want to let fans know that we have a fantastic finale coming up next week and explosive reunion shows on August 30 and September 6. Don’t worry next year, I’ll still be the one you either love to hate or hate to love.”I have no idea what this means for The Real Housewives of New Jersey show, which doesn’t look to promise much entertaining drama sans their headline-grabbing “prostitution wh0re.” Regardless of how much the entertainment value of the show declines, it was the right decision by Bravo for two reasons: Number one, Danielle and the other cast members never really interacted unless it was scripted. Number two, Danielle seems to have some serious mental issues that are only being made worse by perpetuating her fame.Perhaps I shouldn’t be too quick to praise Bravo for taking the high road (clearly Danielle would have brought high ratings with her again next season) because they might be the ones preparing for a Danielle spin-off! Could we have another Bethenny on our hands? If so, I’d like to offer a few show title suggestions:Danielle’s Getting Committed?Lifestyles of the Bitch Who Blamed UsStaub in the Name of LoveCrotch What HappensB Sparkly[...]



Japan! a Story Book Fairy Tail…

2010-08-09T03:24:33.916-04:00



I have wondered about the national obsession for cute things. I know of no other place where grown men and women so enthusiastically pose for photos with cute robots, over-sized teddy bears, wear cute Mickey and Minnie Mouse paraphernalia, and... well, the list goes on. Cute cartoon cows on galbi signs? Cutesy police officers who look like puppies on road signs? What's the deal? The candy is pinker them pink and …oh!!! So cute :) and the girls look like the cutes dolls, they even have a Barbie Spa!!…. Oh how I wish I was Japanese…….or at list go on a long vacation in this magical place.





Even the food is cute!!!!! My inner child is ..oh.... so happy:)(image)





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My Love Right Now:) Blyth Doll!!

2010-08-07T09:45:04.242-04:00


Do you got one?

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