Friday, November 30, 2007

Cutting Edges with The Edger Brownie Pan and Working it off with Kettlebells!

You can cut edges with the one product... but the second one below.... whew! You can't. You gotta work ... no edge cutting! First my favorite thing..... brownies.... Girl's gotta eat! How cool is this! Plus this makes a great bridal shower gift! So make sure you put it on your list!

The Edge Brownie Pan For corner brownie fans and chewy edge lovers, it's a dream come true -- a gourmet brownie pan that adds two chewy edges to every serving! It's the Edge Brownie Pan from Baker's Edge, and it's the first (and only) brownie pan specifically designed for chewy edge lovers. The pan's patented sidewalls also improve baking performance by circulating heat evenly to the pan's middle, where food typically takes longer to bake. The size is just right -- 9" x 12" x 2", so it's a perfect fit for box mixes and most recipes for 9" x 9" and 9" x 13" conventional pans. Widely acclaimed for its innovation and quality since its launch in 2006, the Edge Brownie Pan has received rave reviews by more than 200 magazines, newspapers, and blogs. Units are individually boxed and come complete with a gourmet recipes insert and a custom nylon spatula.

So after you eat all the edges then what? I'll tell you what -the guilt comes in ... which brings us to Kettlebells I first heard about these the other night on the Donnie Deustche show 'The
Big Idea" and am quite intriqued. I may go this way after Christmas to get rid of the packed on pounds as opposed to joining another gym. My only concern will be if I let go and the bell goes flying into the tv or wall : ) But I have to say, these look pretty cool. Previously, I only thought Russian athletes used these things... so much for stereotyping... they are evidently popular!

Kettlebells The Iron Core Way Volume 1 (Complete Guide to Kettlebell Training with Follow Along Workout) Body And Soul Magazine, May 2006

These DVD's provide a thorough kettlebell initiation, with a combination of attention to detail and heart pumping, sweat inducing exercise. Kettlebell Training Basics: Kettlebells are a weighted cannon ball with a handle that delivers an all in one strength and cardio workout. Kettlebells work the entire body with each movement. Exercise converts use them as the latest fitness tool to achieve the core, functional strength and fat burning that has eluded them in other workout programs. A typical 1- hour kettlebell workout can
burn up to 1,200 calories. Volume 1 teaches foundation kettlebell exercises like the swing, clean, press and front squat. Volume 1 also has a 45 minute heart pounding, fat burning follow along workout circuit. Volume 2 builds on the foundation exercises taught in Volume 1. Instruction on the more advanced kettlebell lifts , like the snatch, and a 45 minute sweat- inducing workout guarantee you will lose fat and inches forever!

First Place Kettlebells (Sold As Singles)

  • Helps develop total body strength, power, and endurance
  • Kettlebells work the body across a wide range of angles
  • Increases your dynamic flexibility
  • Off-centered weight of kettlebells increases the demand placed on core stabilization, agility, and proprioception
  • Use for squats, throws, cleans, jerks, snatches, rotational swings and more.

15 lb. Kettlebell

Portable! Kettlebells are heavy but compact. Available in 6 different weights 4kg (8.8lbs.), 8kg (17.6lbs.), 12kg (26.4lbs.), 16kg (35.2lbs.), 20kg (44lbs.), 24kg (52.8lbs.), 32kg (70.4lbs.)

Kettlebells, the hot new dynamic training tool that deliver an intense workout that can be done in half the time of a traditional workout, while producing twice the results. GoFit Kettlebells feature a class defining
oversized, powder coated handle that makes them more user friendly, less slippery, and easier to transition from hand to hand. They color coded for easy weight designation and floor friendly with premium vinyl dipping. Of course, they come with an industry first, world class education by Sarah Lurie Founder of IRON CORE Fitness and the nations leading kettlebell expert. IRON CORE Kettlebell DVD included.
And now, for a preview of how they work.... I am so psyched about these things!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Mother In Law Metldown ... A nice gift ...

OH, I had to post this.... It cracked me up. It's actually a truly nice gift but the name of it is priceless! So hear you have it ... "The Mother In-Law Meltdown!" What it means -- couldn't tell you but.... I'll leave you to your own thoughts ; )

Mother-in-Law Meltdown
- $ 239.95Dom Perignon Gift Box delicately accompanied by 12 chocolate foiled rosebuds in a box

7 Rules of Makeup That are Ageless

  • Don't tweeze above your brows.
    Any fuzz above your brows creates an unflattering shadow, says New York City makeup artist Vivian Hidalgo of Minardi Salon. To pluck any strays above brows, Hidalgo suggests you look directly into a large mirror (do not tilt your chin up or down -- this distorts your view). And starting at the inner corner, tweeze one hair at a time. To prevent over tweezing, after you've plucked one row, step back from the mirror to check your progress.
  • Clear up a zit overnight with a dab of toothpaste.
    Models started sharing this so-called beauty secret, but the truth is, while the toothpaste does dry the blemish somewhat, it doesn't go far enough, according to NYC dermatologist Diane Berson, M.D. You'll get faster results with an over-the-counter acne treatment containing five percent benzoyl peroxide. Or try Neutrogena's On-the-Spot Acne Patch. (P.S. This absolutely works... I do it all the time!)
  • You absolutely need a lip liner.
    Not always. Neutral lip colors are more forgiving and less likely to show imprecise application. Typically, only dark or bright shades (like red) really need a liner, but makeup pro Kat James has an easier method that produces more natural-looking results: Smooth on lip balm, then apply lipstick to center of lips only. Next, spread the color toward the edges of lips with a lip brush; the lip balm helps dilute the color to create a softer stain, rather than the hard-edged look you'd get with lipstick and liner.
  • Put on concealer first, then foundation.
    Makeup maven Laura Mercier likes to apply foundation first to even out skin tone and provide a base for concealer to cling to. As a result, you use less of your concealer, which makes for a more natural look.
  • Rinse your hair with cold water to make it shine.
    The theory is that a final rinse with cold water after your shampoo seals the cuticle, helping it to reflect more light. But according to hair and scalp expert Philip Kingsley, author of Hair, An Owner's Handbook (Aurum Press, 1995), lowering the water temperature won't enhance shine. In fact, cold water constricts the blood vessels of the scalp, temporarily cutting off the supply of nutrients needed for healthy hair. What helps give hair a pretty sheen? Rinsing thoroughly so that no dulling shampoo residue remains on your hair.
  • Foundation should match the skin tone of your face.
    The surprising answer, according to Kat James, is that your foundation will look more natural if it matches your neck -- specifically, the area near the collarbone. The skin here has a touch more yellow to its undertone, while the face tends to be a little more pink or red. And the last thing you want is a foundation with pink -- it's aging and looks artificial.
  • Rub your wrists together after applying fragrance.
    Some fragrance experts feel that rubbing crushes delicate fragrance molecules, and, as a result, you don't get the true scent. But Annette Green, president of The Fragrance Foundation, disagrees -- unless you have oily skin. "Natural oils mixing with the fragrance before it dries might interfere with the scent," says Green. Allow the fragrance to dry naturally; it takes about ten minutes. (source: Freddys Fitness Zone)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Cross Jewelry. Excellent as a Gift, For your Wedding or Wedding Party

The cross. An excellent choice for your bridal jewelry, bridesmaids gifts or just gifts or personal use only. The cross represents both beauty, simplicity and symbolism. And, it can be as simple as 2 straight lines intersecting or as embellished as the below Petite Radiant CZ cross necklace. Another cudo, it can be as expensive as you desire or as inexpensive as you desire.. . it will still be beautiful and have meaning. The cross necklace is a popular choice both today and enerations ago. In addition, it can be used as an heirloom to pass down. Also in the spirit of the season, below are a few choices we came across in prices ranging from under $20.00 to over $1,000.00 to give you an idea of the choices available and where you can find great choices!

Petite Radiant CZ Cross Necklace

Price: 39.00

Silver Birthstone Claddagh Cross Pendant

Silver Claddagh Birthstone Cross Pendant

Diamond Knife-Edge Cross Pendant (1/3 ctw.)

- Bailey Banks & Biddle

Blue Sapphire Crosses - 14k Gold Sapphire prong set Cross 2.0 cts. - $ 445.00


Pearl Pendant: Freshwater Cultured Pearl Cross

Sterling Silver Cross My Heart Purity Necklace

From Hearts Treasures for Girls

Cross Pendant with 18 inch necklace 14K Yellow Gold 28.5X21mm

Simple Cross Pendant

Visit Cross Jewelry at
(Great Deals and Steal!) or

More Crosses can be found here and here

Monday, November 26, 2007

Gifts to Tease This Season

Sunday, November 25, 2007

The Snowflake Themed Wedding. These are a few of my favorite things!

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things . . .

Winter Wedding? Like the snowflake theme? It's simple. Universal. Pretty and elegant. Here are a few of our picks!

Snowflake Winter Wonder Guest Book and Pen Set
- $ 76.85
Every detail on this snowflake guest book and pen set is a beautiful reflection of the wonders of winter. From the touchable embossed velvet to the exclusive snowflake that features a glacier blue square cut stone, this set is truly one of a kind. The guest book accomodates 530 names and measures 9 1/2" x 6 1/2".

Charming Victorian Filigree Favor Box (Set of 50)
- $ 60.00
Store decadent treats for your guests in these beautiful favor boxes. The delicate cage-shaped boxes are made of sturdy paper with an intricate laser-cut design on all sides. Place colored almonds or your favorite candies inside for a stylish complement to your reception decor and close box with included gold ribbon. The sleek and sophisticated favor box comes in antique white and is perfect for formal or casual settings. Guests will love opening the dainty box and finding the sweet treats inside. (Sold as set of 50) Some assembly is required.

Elegant Chrome Snowflake Bottle Stopper - $ 2.20

From: My Wedding Favors

Snowflake Candle Holders - $ 4.50

From: My Wedding Favors

Box of Snowflake Chocolates or Soaps

From: My Wedding Favors

Snowflake Takeout Boxes with Chocolates

From: My Wedding Favors

Mini Felt Winter Mittens (Set of 6)

From: My Wedding Favors

More favors ... click here.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Semi Permanent Cosmetics .. Makeup that lasts and lasts and lasts . . .

Holiday time. Party time. You don't want your makeup to run, smear or simply just wear down. I love the semi permanent cosmetics. They last and they don't leave traces behind. So, for those who want long lasting color . . .

Red Nail Polish by Lip Ink Semi Permanent Cosmetics

Red Nail Polish by Lip Ink Semi Permanent Cosmetics Red LIP & NAIL SHIMMERGEL Color for your lips, nails (Nail Polish) and face. Great Clove taste, dazeling colors. Express Yourself magically! LIP & NAIL SHIMMERGEL Color can also be used to highlight and enhance your cheeks, brows, and eyelids. or you can go with other colors such as violet, blue, green or even gold.

Friday, November 23, 2007

You Can Take Your Laundry Out and Wear it Too!

Looking for a great pair of shoes at a reasonable price? Check out Chinese Laundry. Styles from the 1940s through today! Comfort, style, quality and good prices. Finding a great pair of shoes here is in the wash!

DAGGER GLITTER PATENT PU - SILVER This open toe sling back sparkles with attitude. The adjustable strap allows for extra comfort. Giltter upper, Leather lining/sock, Manmade upper/outsole. Approx. 4 inch" heel.

BOWIE SATIN - PEWTER METAL Sexy satin wrapped and
criss crossed over a cute peep toe. Perfect for any special occasion. Satin upper. Covered heel. Balance manmade. Approx. 2 3/4 inch" heel.

SOLE SHIMMER - SILVER Check out our fabulous slingback fashion pump with vamp cutout designs. Leather upper. Approx. 4 inch" heel.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Holiday Fragrances, Holiday Candles, That Holiday Feeling Decor

Candy Cane_Illuminations

Illuminations 2007 Holiday Fragrances: Candy Cane

Bursting with the cool effervescence of peppermint candy, this delightful seasonal
favorite is laced with a trace of sugar and creamy vanilla.


Illuminations 2007 Holiday Fragrances: Gingerbread

Moist gingerbread, fresh from the oven and seasoned with brown sugar, cinnamon,
ginger, clove, vanilla and a hint of honey, has never been more tempting.


Illuminations 2007 Holiday Fragrances: Snowmen Tapers Set

Stylishly elongated, these four will inspire plenty of fun before they melt away. A
perfect hostess offering or last-minute gift, the set arrives in a vintage-style
metal tin with four glass ice cube shaped taper holders.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Seeing Red ... Elegance for Your Winter Wedding

Personalized Holiday Napkins ~ Whatever holiday event you are elebrating, attention to detail will make the difference between a simple party and a memorable event. Personalized holiday themed napkins are great for adding a signature touch to holiday parties and celebrations. $30.00

Holiday Rose Topiary ~ Holiday celebrations are a perfect time to dress up your table presentation. Adding our rose topiaries to your party theme will brighten any event. Christmas Eve dinner tables will be magical when adorning each with a holiday ribbon. Need a place card holder for the event? Just add a place card pin with a seating card and your holiday rose topiary does double duty. At the end of your event, offer
guests this unique keepsake to take home for decorating their home or office.

Hand-crafted from mulberry paper, each flower ball rests atop a sturdy wooden stem anchored in a tiny ivory colored pot. Select from six beautiful colors or choose “assorted” and we'll mix and match colors for you. Each topiary measures approximately 5 1/2" high x 2 3/4" deep. $5.00 Each

Holiday Favor Boxes - Holiday favors never looked so
good in our festive Italian favor boxes. A classic favorite for
packaging tasty favors, special keepsakes, jewelry and petite gifts. Embossed with a linen texture, be creative and decorate them with seasonal ribbon. Inside, you will find the same quality linen paper making your presentation elegant on the inside as well as the outside. For holiday treats consider filling them with candy, mints, homemade sweets, or the traditional
Jordan Almonds for a delightfully sweet favor. Whatever the contents, holiday favor boxes will lasting impression on your special guests.

Gold Foil Covered Jordan Almonds - Add a touch of sophistication to your special event by presenting these beautiful gold foil covered Jordan almonds as guest favors. Display them in a decorative bowl for guests to enjoy at your next