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Date: Monday, 28 Jul 2014 04:36

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and YesVideo. I received the featured service free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

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My oldest is now 18 years old. I face the fact every day that he could decide to move out and try living on his own at any given moment. He’s not ready, but when did that ever stop a young adult that thought they knew it all? It didn’t stop me. I just try to have faith that he’ll think things out and do what’s best for him when he’s ready. After all, he is technically an adult. And yet, it feels like it was just a month or two ago that he was a tiny infant.

TJ, being my first child, got the benefit of that new parent fascination that so many of us get. I have always loved taking pictures, and I took more pictures then ever after my kids were born. And being 47 years old, that also means that I was present when the video boom took place. Yes I am that old. If you’re even remotely close to my age, then you may have a few bags or boxes that look like this around your house.

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We have a bunch. For years we recorded everything onto VHS tapes. VHS tapes were just becoming fashionable in the 80s. I got married in 1986 and they were still on the new side then. It was somehow comforting knowing that some of the best moments in our lives had been captured to VHS and VHS-C tapes that we could watch on our VCR anytime we wanted.

Until a couple of year ago. The VCRs slowly broke one by one. And with DVDs and Blu-rays replacing VHS tapes, we just didn’t replace them. Leaving me with boxes of recordings I couldn’t see.

Moment of terror #1, when you realize some of the things you want to preserve are rendered virtually useless.

But then I remembered reading about YesVideo, folks that convert old VHS recordings to DVD. When offered the opportunity to try the service and get video converted to DVD I gladly accepted. I knew in my mind some specific things I wanted converted, they were the things that had priority to be saved first.

Moment of terror #2, when you can’t find the tapes you want converted. Doesn’t matter that you can’t watch them the way they are, you’re still basically hyperventilating anyway.

I pulled myself together and talked to my parents, hoping maybe they also had recordings from some of the events and times that I had in mind. I hadn’t realized that they still had a working VCR. I took eight boxes of VHS and VHS-C tapes up to their house to seek out the recordings I wanted converted. I unceremoniously plopped myself right on the floor in front of the VCR and set to work. I figured it’d be fairly quick. Check the label, check the tape, put it in the convert pile or not. Turns out things weren’t quite that simple.

I weeded my way through a bunch of tapes with things like Nascar races, tv movies and episodes from popular tv series on them. Remember, back in those days you had to record everything on tapes, there were no DVRs. All of those became garbage. Then, after about a dozen VHS tapes I found the tape from my first baby shower, when I was pregnant with TJ. I was huge! I was a little sad to see an aunt of mine who recently passed away at that shower, it had slipped my mind that she was there.

Then I found lots of tapes with recordings of TJ’s early years. Most of these were VHS-C tapes. Babbling, baths, crawling, eating, playing, talking, walking, Easter egg hunting, just an endless stream of things. They were the tapes I was looking for. And as much as I thought I remembered those moments in my mind, I was wrong. It turns out that there’s no replacing the actual recording, the one with the real pictures and video footage and sound. I literally sat there on the floor crying for about three hours straight. I put the ones I wanted to convert the most aside and went home to ship the videos to YesVideo.

YesVideo had provided an easy ship kit. It’s a sturdy box with everything you need to ship them the videos you want converted.

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Moment of terror #3, when you hand the UPS guy the box containing the recordings you now know you can’t bear to lose. Doesn’t matter that you haven’t watched them but once in the past few years.


I waited, heart in my throat, for a few days. I kept checking the tracking number and was so relieved on the day I saw the the box had made it to its YesVideo destination. A few days more passed and I found this in my email inbox.


I felt some relief. And then five days later I saw this.


I immediately logged in to check things out. I found each of my recordings in an individual spot in the YesVideo dashboard.


To watch video you just click on the DVD you’re interested in.

Footage from my wedding, where I was an hour late, the priest got drunk, hubby thought I backed out, and I dropped the first piece of wedding cake? Got it.

TJ’s baby shower? Got it.


First Easter egg hunt? Got it.

First birthday party? Got that too!

First time your son goes on a trampoline and says trampoline? Got it!

A few days later the box with all of my original VHS and VHS-C tapes arrived safe and sound. Each VHS tape was in a sealed envelope, along with the DVD containing the footage from the original tape. Not only had they been able to handle my VHS tapes, they’d also been able to convert VHS-C tapes to DVD as well. All of the DVDs were  labeled the same way I saw them online as well so it was really easy to know what’s what.

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I’m happy to have the actual original video tapes back, even though I can’t watch them. I am thrilled that anytime I want to watch the videos I can, either on DVD or online. Not only can I watch them, but I can easily share them as well.

You just can’t put a price on memories. Be sure to preserve your memories and enjoy them, because if you don’t who will? Only by preserving and sharing memories will they continue to live on.

What’s one special memory that you would want to preserve and convert?


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One (1) winner will receive a $50 YesVideo GC.


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Date: Saturday, 26 Jul 2014 21:32

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Best Buy - August Audio Fest

It’s no secret that my family loves music. I mention it often. You almost always find music playing in my house, in at least one room. I would sooner listen to music then watch most television. My oldest son is quite talented musically, and hopes to have a career in the music industry. We love to go to shows when possible. There’s nothing like seeing a band live. I prefer smaller clubs, and always aim for the front row. Volbeat. Trivium. Digital Summer. Oleander. All shows I was front row for in the past year. In years prior add in Hinder, Rev Theory, Theory of a Deadman, Nonpoint, Faktion, Motley Crue and many others. And those are just shows I was front row for. There are many others I attended but was further back.

After the show, when when you get home, there’s nothing like putting on a CD from the band you saw and blasting it through the house, enjoying the music and remembering the live experience through memories and pictures (if you’re lucky). Wireless technology is making that easier. I fell in love with wireless technology for music earlier this year. If you haven’t experience it, be sure not to miss Best Buy Audio Fest this year.

What is Audio Fest? It’s an event taking place in all best Buy stores from August 3 to August 30, 2014.  Best Buy will be gathering the best offers on the best products to help you enhance your home entertainment experience. You can either create a new system, or get help upgrade an existing one by adding additional components, speakers and headphones. One whole month of nothing but deals, special and events all dedicated to one thing – audio.

One of the products that will be a part of Best Buy’s Audio Fest this August is the Samsung SHAPE Wireless Audio System, designed to let users listen to, share and experience music how they live. Samsung Shape™ Wireless Audio is an exciting way to listen to, share and experience music.

Samsung SHAPE Wireless Audio is an expandable system that allows your music to follow you anywhere in your house. Play one song in any or all rooms, or different songs in different room from any number of speakers. Along with your own music, top content providers include: Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Spotify, tunein, amazon cloudplayer, and tracks. The SHAPE Wireless Audio System gives you the freedom to control volume, streaming services and playlists, or switch to a speaker in a different room. However you enjoy your music, Samsung Shape™ Wireless Audio makes it happen.

I am very exited that we’ll be adding two new pieces from the Samsung SHAPE Wireless Audio System to our home very soon. Obviously  I can’t share my thought on them yet, as they aren’t here yet. But I am so happy that they’re coming I wanted to share them with you,  along with their main features.

The first piece we’re getting is the Samsung WAM-551 M5 Wireless Audio Speaker. Check it out!

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Samsung WAM-551 M5 Wireless Speaker

The WAM-551 M5 Wireless Audio Speaker is compatible with IOS 4.3 and above, as well as Android 2.3 and above.

The speaker can be connected with the built in Wi-Fi, allowing you to access all your Smart Blu-ray features and apps wirelessly. You can also sync and stream content to other devices as well, such as PCs, smartphones, tablets and cameras using Samsung AllShare.

The speaker can also wirelessly connect your mobile devices to your Home Samsung Shape™ Wireless Speaker System with Bluetooth®. The System functions as a Bluetooth® speaker for portable devices so that you can stream music from your smartphone, tablet or computer.


This stereo speaker can go anywhere, thanks to an autogyro that allows it to stand vertically. Paired in a left/right speaker setup, this system delivers incredible stereo sound.


Wi-Fi connects your music to one or more speakers in a single or multiple rooms. Wirelessly send music where you want to hear it. Great, sound quality on a wide variety of devices. Dual Band Wi-Fi produces a stronger signal to have more a seamless experience.


Send music from your Bluetooth enabled smartphone, tablet, computer and Samsung TV directly to a Shape speaker. Simply tap to connect with your NFC enabled devices and establish instant wireless connectivity.


Minimize clutter by wirelessly connecting your Samsung Shape™ Speaker to your TV and other devices with TV SoundConnect™. Instantly start enjoying movies and streaming music with more impactful sound.*


The Shape functions as another speaker for your home when connected with the Shape Multiroom System, which connects all your compatible speakers. Set the Shape up in any room and take complete control of your favorite music.


The App gives you total control of your music. Simply download the Android or Apple iOS App. Start the App, set up your speakers and select a song. Listen to the same music or different music in every room. Control the volume in one room or every room with your smart devices.

Drag and Drop what you want to hear where you want to hear it. Simply drag and drop the music to the selected room for easy enjoyment.

Bring all your music together in one place. Listen to music from your personal library. Discover millions of songs from internet radio and streaming services such as Pandora, Rhapsody, iTunes, TuneIn. Group Play/Party Mode Using the Hub and the App, you have incredible flexibility in how you choose to play your music. Play one song in one room, multiple rooms or different songs in each room. All from different sources.

The second piece we’re getting is the Samsung Wireless speaker HUB.

Samsung Wireless speaker HUB

Samsung Wireless Speaker HUB

The Samsung Wireless speaker HUB allows users to easily connect Samsung wireless speakers with select Apple® and Android devices for wide-ranging compatibility. The HUB provides multiple device capability so you can connect more than one device simultaneously, creating a whole-home audio solution.

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This August be sure to visit a Best Buy store for Audio Fest and test & try the latest & greatest in audio. It’ll all be there, from portable Bluetooth speakers and headphones, to home theater solutions and car audio. Let Best Buy teach you how to upgrade your sound; so you can LOVE THE WAY YOU LiSTEN!

Would you enjoy a sound system upgrade like this one from Best Buy? Where would you use a wireless speaker if you had one right now?

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Date: Saturday, 26 Jul 2014 19:16

Kratt Brothers Photo

My oldest son used to love watching the Kratt Brothers on television when he was younger. (Admittedly, so did I.) I have always found their shows to be educational and fun. I think it’s great they’re still going strong, educating and entertaining children everywhere. This weekend, children in the New York area will be particularly delighted if they go to the Bronx Zoo. Here’s why.

One of the hottest events happening at the Bronx Zoo this summer is the Kratt Brothers Amazon Adventures! And it’s this weekend! Meaning, you can see this TOMORROW (Sunday 07/27/14)!

On July 26 & 27, The Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, from the hit television series Wild Kratts will perform a live-action show that is sure to be entertaining for all!

Join the Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, from the hit television series Wild Kratts as they take to the stage and re-enact an adventure that happened to them out in the Amazon. This interactive performance is a rip-roaring, snorting, bellowing, screeching and flapping fun for the whole family! This presentation is followed by an open Q&A session.

When: July 26th & 27th
Where: Astor Court
Time: 12:00pm and 1:30pm

Know before you go!
Check out the event info page before you go!
Early arrival for zoo and show are encouraged. Show space is limited and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Availability is not guaranteed.


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What is your child’s favorite wild animal?

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Date: Friday, 25 Jul 2014 21:05

This post is brought to you by MinuteClinic.

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School starts up again in a little over five weeks here in New Jersey. In the weeks prior the pediatrician’s waiting room is frequently much more crowded then usual. It isn’t because kids are sick, at least not all of them. It’s because kids need to get their vaccinations and boosters before school opens. I am a great believer in getting vaccinations, I feel they are very important. Which is probably why states require them for school aged children. If you don’t have a pediatrician, or just don’t want to go to one, CVS Minute Clinic is an alternative option.

MinuteClinic offers a variety of back-to-school vaccinations. It is important to know your state’s requirements for vaccinations such as meningitis and pertussis. If you know what vaccinations are needed you’ll be prepared in advance and ready, instead of  running around at the last minute trying to get things done so your child doesn’t miss the first day of school. To find out which vaccinations are required in your area, visit: http://bit.ly/1lUS5vo.

Maybe vaccinations aren’t an issue. Maybe a physical is all that’s needed. MinuteClinic offers pre-participation sports physicals for just $39 (that’s $20 off!). I remember when my oldest was in middle school running track. He passed out once from dehydration. Every school year after I made sure he had a physical, no matter if it was required or not. My oldest, getting ready to enter college, needs to get a college physical and be sure everything is as it should be and up to date. MinuteClinic offers those too. Basically, MinuteClinic helps make it easier to send kids back to school healthy and protected.

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Right now MinuteClinic is offering a FREE $22 coupon book when you visit. There’s no purchase necessary! The coupon book is available while supplies last through 12/1/14.

Here’s a brief video with some helpful info and tips.

Be sure to join me at the MinuteClinic #GoBackHealthy Twitter party on July 28 at 1pm est!

What’s your least favorite thing that you have to take care of during the back-to-school season?

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Date: Friday, 25 Jul 2014 01:52

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Summer Problem Solving Roundup

I’s summer. It’s hot. It seems like everywhere you go people are dealing with many of the same issues and have many of the same complaints. Here are five of them, along with potential solutions for each.


It’s hot. Who in the world wants to iron! I don’t want to iron on a cold day, so I certainly don’t want to iron on a hot one.

Downy - Summer Problem Solving Roundup

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus

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The last thing any busy parent has time to do during a hectic day is unfold the ironing board and wait for the iron to heat up to smooth wrinkles from clothes, bed sheets and other linens. Instead of this archaic chore, now you can simply spray wrinkles away with Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus. Simply spray clothes or fabric, tug out any visible wrinkles, smooth the fabric, allow your garment to dry and it will be wrinkle, static and odor free in less than five minutes. Silicones in Downy Wrinkle Release Plus grip the fabric fibers in garments making it possible for them to slide against each other rather than being frozen in a crease so wrinkles are no longer a time consuming part of your household routine.

I brought the travel size with me on a recent trip to Boston. If you’ve traveled before then you know how clothes can get wrinkled in your suitcase. I sprayed this on and the wrinkles really did go away. It was quite impressive.

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is available in several sizes nationwide at grocery stores and mass merchandisers.


At least when you’re cold you can get more blankets. When you’re hot you’re just hot and who can rest like that?

Pillow Cool - Summer Problem Solving Roundup

Pillow Cool by Carex Health Brands

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Experience cool, summer nights with Pillow Cool, the self-cooling pillow insert that will gently cool down your body temperature with no water or refrigeration needed –the unique gel filling stays cool on its own. To use, simply place the Pillow Cool between your pillow case and pillow for a refreshing cool area. It features a non-slip backing to prevent bunching while slipping. Use it for hot flashes, cooling down post-workout and especially for staying cool on hot summer days!

Pillow Cool does certainly cool things off a bit. For me the adjustment was getting used to not having something soft (like my pillow) immediately under my head. But it does help cool things off.

Pillow cool is available to purchase online and at select retailers across the country for an SRP of $25.70.


They’re uncomfortable to have and they’re not pretty to look at.

Summer Problem Solving Roundup - Rohto

Rohto Relief Cooling Eye Drops

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With one of the harshest winters in years behind us and warmer weather finally here, it can only mean one thing: Allergy season is back, and worse than ever.

Rohto® Relief Cooling Eye Drops can help soothe the seasonal itch and burn from this year’s increased pollen counts, dust and Ragweed. They are a must-have for your readers’ medicine cabinets, and on-the-go in purses, pockets and gym bags. Rohto Cooling Eye Drops are the only eye drops with FreshkickTM technology, an intense cooling formula that works on contact to refresh and sooth your eyes for up to 8 hours, while relieving symptoms of irritated eyes.

From redness, to dry eye, to itch from environmental irritants, Rohto® Cooling Eye Drops has a cooling solution that refreshes, moisturizes and provides fast-acting, relief for irritated eyes.

Rohto® Relief Cooling Eye Drops retails for $5.99 and is available for purchase online and in available select mass merchandise and drug stores nationwide.


We know it’s best to protect our skin and prevent sunburn. But sometimes, even when we try to prevent it, sunburn happens unfortunately.

Summer Problem Solving Roundup - Unburn

Unburn Sunburn Relief

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Unburn provides fast relief of pain associated with sunburns. Unburn has been specially formulated by WATER-JEL Technologies – the world leader in emergency burn care and first-aid products.

  • Provides Instant Pain Relief
  • Pulls the Heat from the Burn
  • Cools & Soothes the Skin
  • Manufacturing Facilities
  • Non-Greasy
  • Quick Drying

WATER-JEL Technologies provides state-of-the-art emergency burn care and first-aid products to:

  • All Services of the U.S. Military Armed Forces
  • Sea Air Rescue
  • Fire/EMS
  • Manufacturing Facilities
  • Food Services
  • Industry

Unburn is available to purchase nationwide at Walmart.


It’s summer. There are kids home from college, house guests, relatives visiting. There’s so much on the counter things are falling into the toilet, the sink, the garbage. Help neaten things up by putting the chargeable ones in this stand. The benefit of getting your rechargeable toothbrushes up off the sink is that by being in the stand they’re farther away from yucky bacteria. Who wants that in their mouth!

RacItUp Toothbrush Caddy

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Our Rac It Up Caddy is designed to store your battery operated toothbrush like the Spinbrush®, and like the Oral-B Vitality rechargeable toothbrush to help keep your family’s toothbrush sanitary and away from bacteria. The Rac It Up Caddy also prevents your battery operated toothbrush from falling and laying on your bathroom counter.

The Rac It Up Caddy retails for $9.99 and is available for purchase online.

Do you contend with any of these issues during the summer?

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Date: Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 15:10

Complimentary admission to this event was provided. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

I was invited to this event and as much as I really wanted to go I unfortunately could not. Fellow Tristate Blogger Krista of The NYC Talon was kind enough to stand in for me. This is a guest post written by Krista. All of the photos are hers and used with permission.

One of my favorite parts about the holidays is the shopping. There is nothing quite like getting the perfect gift for someone you love or care about, so I was thrilled to join QVC for their editor’s holiday preview where I got a little sneaky peek at all the latest and greatest gifts that you’ll want to be gifting and getting this upcoming holiday season!

QVC 2014 Holiday Preview

Love leather? This Styled by Joe Zee Faux Leather Moto Jacket is going to be at the top of your list (at least it is on mine)! It’s super soft but maintains a great structure, and it’s so easy to dress it up or down, I’ve got my eye on this jacket for the colder months. And if you’re looking for a trendy piece that I’m personally predicting will fly off the shelves (both virtual and literal), then you’ll love the Drop Waist Button Front Coat from the same line.

QVC 2014 Holiday Preview

Another fashionable favorite, this Nicole Richie Collection Blouse with Lace and Button Detail, and another leather piece – this Styled by Joe Zee Faux Leather Pleated Skirt.

QVC 2014 Holiday Preview

Don’t worry I didn’t forget about the guys! This holiday season, QVC will be offering an Alterna Two-Piece Bamboo Men’s Hair Essentials featuring unique 2-in-1 formulas – an invigorating shampoo & body wash as well as a nourishing conditioner & shaving cream designed to give your guy strong hair and a healthy scalp.

QVC 2014 Holiday Preview

In the tech arena, this Chic Tech Leather Wristlet is something that, the second I saw it, I knew that I needed it! It’s great if for when you’re going on, if you travel a lot, or are a generally busy person who doesn’t always have time or a place to recharge your phone. The great thing about this gift is that not only is it useful and fashionable, but it can also be gifted to loads of different ladies – your daughter, best friend, colleague, mother – if they’ve got a phone, they’ll love it.

QVC 2014 Holiday Preview

There are a ton of exciting things to look forward from QVC this upcoming holiday season, but this last one that I’m going to show you really really thrilled me. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably well acquainted with the popularity of hit Disney move Frozen. Well, QVC will exclusively be selling (through December 31) these adorable Disney Frozen Pendants with Musical Boxes! They’ll be available in Anna & Elsa or the Olaf pendant – and how adorable are they! Perfect for your Frozen fan!


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Which of these items would you most like to see under your tree this holiday season?

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Date: Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 00:13

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6 Personal Care Products To Help Boost Your Confidence

It’s summer. It’s hot. We get sweaty and feel gross. Nothing zaps self-confidence like not looking your best and having people see you that way. When we look good chances are that we feel better about ourselves. Let’s look at some of the things people notice about each other.

One of the first things many people notice about others is their hair.



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I’ve used Infusium23 products before and have been quite pleased with their performance, especially when considering their price. They’ve just introduced a new product designed to repair hair even if it’s in bad shape.

Infusium23 makes a variety of hair care products that are reasonably priced. They recently launched a new Miracle Therapy collection featuring nutrient-packed Moringa Oil. Miracle Therapy was designed to rebuild and revitalize your hair with the miraculous healing power of Infusium 23 Miracle Therapy with Moringa Oil extracts. Featuring nourishing shampoo, healing conditioner, and three leave-in treatment options of serum, spray and foaming mousse, Miracle Therapy delivers salon-proven results that leave hair beautifully transformed.

After the hair it’s all downhill from there, right? Let’s talk about the face.


I had acne when I was younger. I think most people have had it at some point. A bad zit or two or ten can really can zap your self-confidence.


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I still occasionally get a pimple pr two during the summer. I attribute it to the sweat that comes from the heat and humidity. I remember when I was younger the only way I wasn’t breaking out like crazy during the summer is if I spent all of my time outside in the sun, which we now know isn’t the best thing to do.

PanOxyl® is a dermatologist recommended acne management product, provides a suite of products that helps manage acne. Formally a prescription regimen, PanOxyl® can now be found in local pharmacy and grocery store shelves in both a wash and bar form. PanOxyl® 10% acne cleansing bar and 10% foaming face wash contain the highest strength Benzoyl Peroxide available without a prescription. Benzoyl Peroxide is the #1 Dermatologist recommended ingredient for acne products.

PanOxyl is available to purchase from select retailers nationwide, check the product locator to find the one nearest you.

The face inevitably is tied in with the mouth. You can’t help but notice a person’s smile (or lack thereof).


Reach Complete Care

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REACH has launched a brand new toothbrush concept called Reach Complete Care. It features an industry first: patent pending triple angle technology, providing three different angles of bristle cleaning ­left, straight and right. The technology maximizes vertical surface contact for superior plaque removal and an unprecedented total mouth cleaning worthy of the name “complete.”


There’s no reason you should have to spend a fortune on fragrance.


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BRUT has been around for as long as I have. Longer actually. BRUT offers budget friendly mens products in several different scents. Products include a variety of styles of after shaves, deodorants and colognes.

BRUT is available to purchase nationwide at grocery stores, drugstores and mass merchandise stores.


Sweat doesn’t smell good. I’m 100% sure of that.


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Sure is another brand that’s stood the test of time. I have seen Sure deodorants in stores since I was little. I have used them from time to time as well. They do work and they do smell nice. Sure offers deodorants in solids and aerosol. Their newest product arrived on store shelves just in time for summer. Sure Vitamin Infusion Conditioning Solid is a pH-balanced formula containing vitamins A and E. It was designed to provide lasting odor and wetness protection while reducing irritation and smoothing skin.

Sure products are available nationwide in grocery stores, drug stores and mass merchandise stores.

Without getting into specific body parts, it’s pretty safe to say that we do notice other people’s figures. And we often aren’t happy with our own figure. Sad as it is to say, shape (or being out of it) is something we notice.


Shake The Crave

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When beginning the Lap band process we were told to drink shakes with proteins because they’d help us feel full.

Shake the Crave is a Vanilla or  Chocolate shake mix. Shake the Crave vanilla and chocolate shake mix is made with 100% pure ingredients to fill you up, boost your energy and help you feel full longer.

Shake the Crave promises:

  • Thick and creamy – tastes like an old-fashioned, hand-dipped milk shake from a small-town creamery.
  • Experience a “new normal” in the way you feel.
  • Feel more satisfied and full longer.
  • Boost energy levels and feeling of well-being.
  • Great to drink at breakfast or lunchtime, as a healthy snack or quick meal on the go.
  • 100% pure ingredients.
  • Made with real vanilla bean and real cocoa bean.

Shake the Crave is available for purchase online.

What’s your favorite go-to product to help keep you feeling confident?

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Date: Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 21:20

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Four Fun New Fiction Titles For Summer Reading

I’ve always loved to read. When I was supposed to be practicing dance I’d turn on the music and instead of dancing curl up with a book. No wonder I can’t dance. When I was supposed to be doing stuff for my newspaper route I’d sometimes pull over on the side of the road and just read. I don’t get to read as often as I’d like now. If only there were more hours in the day…

It’s summer. School is out. It’s the perfect time for kids to be playing outside. When the evening comes, or on a rainy day, or even before bed, it’s the perfect time to read. Here are four new titles that are perfect for escaping away from the day to day stuff. there’s a little something for everyone.

Earthman Jack vs. the Ghost Planet

Earthman Jack vs. The Ghost Planet (The Earthman Jack Space Saga) (Volume 1)

  • Author: Matthew Kadish
  • Series: The Earthman Jack Space Saga
  • Paperback: 680 pages
  • Publisher: Privateer Press; 1 edition (October 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991064704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991064700

Jack Finnegan only has to worry about dealing with school bullies, suffering through detention with his homeroom teacher, and getting noticed by the girl of his dreams… at least until an army of evil aliens invade Earth. Suddenly, this teenage slacker finds himself at the center of a galaxy-spanning conflict – where the lives of everyone on the planet are in jeopardy, soldiers use Quantum Physics to become superheroes, and the enemy uses some mysterious form of magic to make themselves practically unstoppable. The secret to ending the conflict and saving the universe may lie in a powerful ancient spaceship, which it seems can only be flown by Earthmen. Now, Jack and a rag-tag group of allies must overcome impossible odds, defeat an unkillable enemy, rescue the princess of the galaxy, and save the universe from a threat more terrifying than any it has ever faced. Can this underachiever rise to the occasion and become the hero Earth needs? The fate of all life in the galaxy may rest in his hands.

The Shifter's Trail

The Shifter’s Trail

  • Author: Adam Alexander
  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (November 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147870084X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478700845

If an alien passed you on the street, would you know?

Something white hot was streaking across the blue April sky, pursued by a troubled trail of white smoke. Andromeda Brown had a brief sense of something enormous and powerful tumbling end over end. Even though it was far too high to hear, she could almost imagine its roar as it ripped through the heavens, arcing gracefully towards the horizon.

Andromeda sat quietly at her desk and waited for instructions. Whatever else happened today, at least there would be no detention….

Except for an unfortunate attachment to numbers, Andromeda Brown is an ordinary girl with an ordinary life at a perfectly ordinary school. Until, that is, a spaceship crash-lands near her home in Chicago, and circumstances throw her into contact with folks whose zip code is, quite literally, out of this world. Her new acquaintances are in trouble and desperately need her help. They are frantically looking for a freakish, shape-shifting alien scientist who has been hanging out on planet Earth for, well, ages. And hard as it is to track down someone who can change appearance at will, Andromeda’s difficulties are multiplied by the fact that she and her friends are not the only ones on the shifter’s trail. Darker forces are at work.

For if the shifter’s knowledge falls into the wrong hands, humanity is in for a very bad day….

Enjella Uprooted

Enjella Uprooted: A Tooth Fairy Gets a New Job

  • Author: Jane F Collen
  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Streamline Brands (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985573201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985573201
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches

This is the story of an adolescent Fairy who overcomes teasing, low self esteem and another Fairy’s meanness to become a first class Tooth Fairy. But while conquering these obstacles she realizes she needs something more to make herself complete. Join her in her journey to become an empowered, self-made Fairy. Written in classic storytelling style, the journey of the heroine appeals primarily to “tween” girls. However, Enjella’s journey, as she struggles to do her best and identify and use her true talents, resonates with all children.

Surf Sharks The First Ride

Surf Sharks:The First Ride

  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Surf Sharks Inc (March 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989064115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989064118

Surf Sharks: The First Ride is the first in a series of books. It’s an extraordinary story about how three young sharks and three young surfers come together to help each other escape danger and solve problems. They find friendship, respect, and a common love for the waves. This captivating adventure is filled with excitement, surprising characters, and fascinating facts about sharks. Surf Sharks—they’re righteous, radical, and always ready to ride! Check out the next big wave in children’s entertainment at surfsharks.com.

What kind of book do you like to get lost in?

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Date: Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 04:02

CSNLG giveaway

If you’re a regular Mom Knows It All reader then you probably recall that my youngest child has special needs. We’ve had to have many battles when it came time for our annual IEP. The education system and process can be confusing to navigate. Even if you’ve done it many times like we have you have to be careful. The laws are always changing and the wording can be as clear as mud for some. I highly recommend that if you’re not completely certain about the process you consult an attorney. For California residents, that might be a group such as www.csnlg.com, the special needs law group behind this giveaway. Yes that’s right, I said giveaway. The prize is a $50 Amazon GC, and the giveaway ends on 08/05. Good luck to all that enter!

What type of product do you buy most frequently on Amazon? Leave a comment and let me know!

Mom Knows It All is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

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Date: Monday, 21 Jul 2014 23:08

This post is brought to you by Big Fish Games.

I love match-3 games. I have crushed more then my share of candies, and have been stuck at level 188 for over two months. I didn’t have to wait that long for my obsession with the game itself to be crushed. I fell madly in love with Fairway Solitaire Blast a few weeks ago and have been playing it daily. And now, the folks at Big Fish have released a match-3 game that offers fun for folks that enjoy crushing harmless candies. The game is called Cascade.

Cascade isn’t your typical Match-3 game. It combines the fun of a Match-3 game with the excitement that comes with pulling the handle on a slot machine.

Your job is to help Jasper the Mole make his way through eight unique worlds, which contain more than 100 puzzles. The games changes with each level that you progress, and the folks at Big Fish are adding new things each month to keep the game fresh!

This is a puzzle game that you can play alone. Or, you can connect the game to Facebook and play along with your friends. there’s even a brag button you can use if you finish a board and are feeling a bit competitive!

Big Fish Cascade

There’s a goal for each board. You need to hit that goal in order to move on. You have to meet your goal in a certain number of spins. If you clear all of the crated gems you get an extra spin. So you need to think ahead a bit!

Big Fish Cascade

Each board starts with a row of gems at the very bottom. You need to pick the right position to place each gem in order to match up three or more gems above. Each time you match three gems you trigger a cascade. If you run out of places to place a gem you then press the spin button and get a new set of gems once again,

Big Fish Cascade

As you make different combinations along with earning points you’ll also earn special gems, wilds and power-ups that you can use to help you later.

Big Fish Cascade

If you make a really big match the game will congratulate you and cheer you on even more. This is fun but if you get to making a lot of matches it would be nice to be able to turn off the cheering. But then there are worse things in the world to have to hear then cheers, aren’t there.

Big Fish Cascade

There are bonus gems too!

Big Fish Cascade

Big Fish Cascade

Big Fish Cascade

This is where I am now. I’ve been stuck here for a day but I’m not panicking yet. I find that when I get stuck the best thing to do is just try again another day instead of keeping at it.

Big Fish Cascade

See how there’s a box down there near the bottom in the second column from the left? I have to get rid of the boxes and then make my matches to get the treasure chests out. It’s harder then it looks!

Big Fish Cascade

Here’s the trailer.

Big Fish Cascade is available for free for iPhone and iPad. You can download it in the iTunes store.

What’s your favorite match-3 game?

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Date: Friday, 18 Jul 2014 18:46

Screen It Sunday

I’m frequently sent information on upcoming entertainment news. I’ll be compiling and sharing the best and most interesting news with you here each week.

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Walt Disney Animation Studios Unleashes BIG HERO 6 Lineup!!! BIG HERO 6 – New Trailer Now Available!!!

BURBANK, Calif. (July 14, 2014) – Walt Disney Animation Studios officially announced the voice cast behind the new action-packed comedy-adventure “Big Hero 6,” including Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, Damon Wayans Jr., T.J. Miller, Alan Tudyk, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez and Daniel Henney, with Ryan Potter as Hiro Hamada and Scott Adsit as Baymax. Directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”), “Big Hero 6” hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.

“We’re so impressed with what these performers have been able to bring to their characters,” said Hall. “The story really calls for each performer to give a wide range of emotions—from light-hearted to some seriously heavy moments—and this cast has been incredible.”

The voice cast and official character descriptions follow.

· Voiced by RYAN POTTER (“Supah Ninjas,” “Senior Project”), robotics prodigy HIRO HAMADA has the mind of a genius—and the heart of a 14-year-old: his state-of-the-art battle-bots dominate the underground bot fights held in the dark corners of San Fransokyo. Fortunately, big brother Tadashi redirects Hiro’s brilliance, inspiring him to put his brain to the test in a quest to gain admission to the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. When a tragic event changes everything, Hiro turns to a robot named Baymax, and they form an unbreakable bond—and two-sixths of a band of high-tech heroes on a very important mission.

· SCOTT ADSIT (“30 Rock,” “St. Vincent”) provides the voice of the world’s most compassionate robot. BAYMAX cares. That’s what he was designed to do. The plus-sized inflatable robot’s job title is technically Healthcare Companion: With a simple scan, Baymax can detect vital stats, and given a patient’s level of pain, can treat nearly any ailment. Conceived and built by Tadashi Hamada, Baymax just might revolutionize the healthcare industry. But to the inventor’s kid brother Hiro, the nurturing, guileless bot turns out to be more than what he was built for—he’s a hero, and quite possibly Hiro’s closest friend. And after some deft reprogramming that includes a rocket fist, super strength and rocket thrusters that allow him to fly, Baymax becomes one of the “Big Hero 6.”

· Voiced by T.J. MILLER (HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2”), fanboy FRED comes off like a laid-back dude with no direction. But this sign-twirling, monster-loving, comic-book aficionado is sure to go places—when he’s good and ready. For example, Fred doesn’t hesitate to join “Big Hero 6,” and he has a lot of ideas for his super-hero skillset, too. His ferocious, fire-breathing alter ego comes complete with claws, integrated communications and a super bounce. But his sign-spinning may still come in handy.

· JAMIE CHUNG (“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” “Once Upon A Time,” “The Hangover Part II & Part III”) steps up as the voice of the aptly named GO GO TOMAGO, who knows what it takes to be fast. She’s tough, athletic and loyal to the bone, but not much of a conversationalist. Popping bubble gum and delivering well-placed sarcasm are totally her speed. The daredevil adrenaline junkie is at her best on wheels, and when Go Go joins forces with “Big Hero 6,” she rolls like never before, using maglev discs as wheels, shields and throwing weapons.

· DAMON WAYANS JR. (“Let’s Be Cops,” “Happy Endings”) provides the voice of WASABI, who’s committed to precision. He’s super smart and just a touch neurotic, but the big and burly neatnik can’t help but join the cause when Hiro needs him most. As part of “Big Hero 6,” Wasabi amplifies his martial arts skills with jaw-dropping plasma blade weaponry. Sharp doesn’t even begin to describe this guy.

· GENESIS RODRIGUEZ (“Tusk” and “Run All Night”) was called on to help bring Honey Lemon to life. It’s elemental when it comes to chemistry whiz HONEY LEMON. Don’t let her glasses and funky fashion fool you: Honey may be as sweet as her namesake, but she has a fire in her belly and a can-do attitude that make her pretty much unstoppable. Her knowledge of alchemy proves powerful, too, when the effusive brainiac becomes part of the “Big Hero 6” and creates clever concoctions that when thrown, can get her team out of nearly any jam.

· DANIEL HENNEY (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) was called on to give voice to TADASHI HAMADA. Tadashi is a good guy. He just is. He actually developed, built and programmed a state-of-the-art nursebot—a Healthcare Companion named Baymax that will likely help millions worldwide. But it’s his role as big brother that makes Tadashi truly special. Every kid needs a guy like Tadashi looking out for him, and Hiro knows just how lucky he is to have him in his life.

· MAYA RUDOLPH (TV’s “Saturday Night Live,” “Maya Rudolph Variety Show,” Bridesmaids”) provides the voice of AUNT CASS, who’s the overworked but always-supportive guardian of brothers Hiro and Tadashi. The owner of a popular San Fransokyo bakery and coffee shop, Aunt Cass is proud, ebullient and thinks the world of her two genius nephews. She’s always good for a laugh and ready with a hug, tirelessly there for support and a great home-cooked meal.

· Voiced by JAMES CROMWELL (“Murder in the First,” “L.A. Confidential”), PROFESSOR ROBERT CALLAGHAN heads up the robotics program at the prestigious San Fransokyo Institute of Technology and is Tadashi’s professor and mentor. When Hiro visits the university for the first time, he is star-struck by the world-renowned roboticist—while Callaghan immediately sees the potential in the 14-year-old prodigy, encouraging him to put his brain to better use.

· Pioneer entrepreneur and tech guru ALISTAIR KREI is voiced by ALAN TUDYK (“Tell,” “Welcome to Me,” “42”). San Fransokyo Institute of Technology’s most illustrious alum and owner of the biggest technology company in the world, Krei Tech, is always on the hunt for the next big thing. Krei attends the showcase at San Fransokyo Tech and is overwhelmingly impressed by Hiro’s ingenuity.

· YOKAI is the silent masked man behind the terrible tragedy that strikes San Fransokyo, turning Hiro’s world upside down. As a result, Hiro transforms a group of nerds into a team of high-tech crime fighters—“Big Hero 6”—with one mission: Track down Yokai and bring him to justice.

The new trailer for Walt Disney Animation’s BIG HERO 6 is now available!

With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014. The film hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.

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Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY – Gamora Featurette Now Available!!!

Guardians Of The Galaxy

A special look at Gamora (played by Zoe Saldana) from Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is now available!

Guardians of the Galaxy – Special Extended Look

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.

James Gunn is the director of the film with Kevin Feige, p.g.a., producing. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman and releases in U.S. theaters on August 1, 2014.

The Hundred Foot Journey

The Hundred Foot Journey – Featurette

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THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY arrives in theaters everywhere on August 8th!

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