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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Fabulous Jewelry Giveaway

All American Mommy is sponsoring another fabulous jewelry giveaway! This time we're celebrating 2 wonderful occasions. We're celebrating my upcoming wedding - 3 weeks away and I can hardly wait! We're also celebrating the one year anniversary of Lilly Badilly. Debbie Glade, a great friend from Florida is the author of Lilly Badilly. Haley absolutely adores this CD/Book!
Included in the giveaway:
Men's Titanium Ring, size 10
Ladies Sterling Silver Mother-of Pearl Ring, size 6
Sterling Silver Flower Earrings
Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet
Giveaway: Post a comment telling me how you celebrate a special occasion. Extra entries: (1) Blog about this giveaway (2) 5 extra entries for purchasing Lilly Badilly CD/Book. Click here for book details and to order. Comment back telling me when you ordered the book. Please be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you. Ends 5/15/09.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Fashion Must-Have: isABelt

isABelt is a fashion accessory must-have! The isABelt is a clear virtually invisible fashion fix-it accessory product. is it a belt? yes it isABelt and so much more.
The isABelt is made of a strong and durable elasticized TPU that virtually disappears when the wearer puts it on. Because of the patent pending design and adjustment of the isABelt it lies discreetly under your clothes or even under a fashion belt to let you know that all is secure. The isABelt is perfectly flat all the way around.
isABelt is the cutting-edge fashion "fix-it accessory product for you! The isABelt is the must have item that all women, men(hisABelt) and juniors can use. isABelt prevents back gap (we all hate when our underwear is showing), pants slippage and of course belt bulk. The fashion emergency product solves all of these problems.. and many more. At under $20 isABelt is a MUST have item.isABelt is a very versatile product and can be used many different ways: a useful tool in weight loss, pregnancy, Travel…and so much more http://www.isABelt.com
losing weight - Since it is fully adjustable and you start dropping lbs. and your pants start to get loose, The isABelt will be a "nip and a tuck" for your pants..Saving you money on tailoring or buying new sizes when you have not yet achieved your goal weight.
pregnancy - Because the isABelt is Adjustable you can expand the life of your jeans or pants by popping the top button and use the isABelt to keep them up and after you have the baby, use the isABelt as you get back to your pre baby weighttravel "gadget"
While traveling on a plane or any mode of transportation in which you may have to go through a metal detector….isABelt used to keep your pants in place without all the hardware…… isABelt and hisABelt made from a strong TPU with a plastic closure is the answer to the removal of the belt during travel. Also on long flights or train rides… When you pop that top button of your pants.. The isABelt and hisABelt insure that you won't lose your drawers when you stand up…

Instant Button for Jeans: A Fashion Must-have

Do you have jeans in your closet that you can't fit into but would love to? Don't get rid of them just yet. You have to try the Instant Button!

First of its kind, Instant Button™ for Jeans is a removable button that instantly and seamlessly alters the waistband up to one and a half sizes WITHOUT requiring a belt or an alteration.
A variety of factors can impact the waistline and therefore the fit of a pair of jeans/pants:
- Weight Loss

- Weight Gained
- Wider Hips
- In-between sizes
- A gap between the body and the back of the waistband
- Pop-off button
- Belt Bulge

No matter the situation, the Instant Button™ for Jeans is a fashionable and quick solution and a great alternative to spending more money on new jeans in this tough economy.Please visit the website at www.instantbuttonforjeans.com

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Sole Mates High Heeler

SoleMates High Heeler is yet another fashion must-have for ladies who wear heels. I wear heels everyday for work and Sole Mates has helped to save some of my best heels!
The SoleMates High Heeler is a patented high heel accessory that prevents heels from sinking into grass and from falling into cracks on sidewalks, grates, cobblestones, bricks, wooden decks, and more! Born out of personal necessity after years of ruined heels, the SoleMates High Heeler is ideal for weddings, outdoor events, and everyday wear.
The High Heeler acts like insurance against damaging heels due to environmental hazards - it really is a crucial accessory for brides / bridal parties / wedding attendees to prevent ruining heels on grass and other unsupportive surfaces. The High Heeler is particularly important during these uncertain times when women are watching their finances closely and are looking to save money on costly shoe repairs!
The SoleMates High Heeler is currently available in Classic Black and Classic Clear, both meant to fit on most classically styled heels (ranging from Nine West through Manolo Blahnik, kitten heels through stilettos).
Most recently, SoleMates have been featured in Modern Bride magazine (January issue), The Today Show, Oprah & Friends Radio Show with Gayle King (Gayle King used SoleMates at a Bel Air wedding and was so excited about our product that she called me to interview me live on her XM radio show!), and on television stations including ABC and Fox.
Check out www.thesolemates.com for more information!

My Latest Project

Check out the before and after pictures of our bathroom that we just updated. We bought our house last year and it was a great deal because it was a foreclosed home but it had been trashed by the previous owners. Not only that but it was completely outdated! There were light fixtures, wallpaper (on most every wall) and decor from the 70's. We are finally (I hope!!) getting to the last of our projects which was one of our bathrooms. We'll be doing some landscaping in the next month which I'm really looking forward to! I just love working outdoors!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Jewelry Giveaway Winner Announced

Congratulations to Danielle of Texas (texaswaitress) in winning the fabulous jewelry giveaway!

Psst....I have another fabulous jewelry giveaway that I'll be posting this weekend. Stay tuned!

The DIL Rules Giveaway

Sally Shields is an author, speaker, award-winning pianist and composer. A frequent contributor to various magazines, Shields has been featured in Star Magazine, Obvious, My Day, Girlfriendz, For the Bride and many others. She appeared on the nationally syndicated The Daily Buzz with her book, THE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW RULES: 101 Surefire Ways to Manage (and Make Friends with) Your Mother-in-Law! Endorsed by Dr. Laura Schlessinger, The DIL Rules reached #2 on the Amazon.com bestseller list, and Sally was featured on Martha Stewart Whole Living Radio as a wedding expert. She performs worldwide, and her music is currently featured on the ABC TV daytime drama All My Children. Please visit Sally on the web at www.TheDILRules.com for contest giveaways, free bonus gifts, The DIL Rules newsletter, 44 Top Tips Cheat Sheet, free music, ... and more!

In her fun new book, The Daughter -in-Law Rulesbest-selling author Sally Shields lays out 101 simple and witty strategies to aid wives of all ages in mastering every element of MIL relations-from thedecorum of housekeeping to the delicate world of child rearing. Whether you're at the beginning of your marriage or you've spent years trying to make peace with your mother-in-law, The Daughter-in-Law Rules provides a revolutionary set of strategies, making copasetic coexistence possible at last!

This visually appealing 5x8” gift book includes 25 endorsements from relationship advice experts and success coaches from around the world, as well as a full-page offer in the back of the book from 1-800-Flowers.com for a 15% discount with a unique promotional code created specifically for this book.

The Daughter-in-Law Rules is an attractive, fun, unique gift item offering "funny and compassionateadvice that works!"As well, 15% of the proceeds of this book will go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation The mission of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness about good breast health. A minimum of 85 cents of every dollar goes to research and awareness programs.

Giveaway: One lucky winner will receive DIL Rules. Post a comment telling me who needs rescue from their MIL and why. Please be sure to leacve your email address so I can contact you. Ends 4/21/09.

Bride and Groom's Instruction Manual Giveaway

For the bride-to-be who dreads her wedding day as much as she dreams of its frothy, fabulous splendor, The Bride’s Instruction Manual (Quirk Books, January 2009, $15.95) trims away the unnecessary frills and gets right down to business. Author Carrie Denny gives brides a practical education in a lively and trustworthy voice that’s just as comfortable gushing about hydrangeas as it is interrogating photographers and whittling down the guest list.

There are tons of bridal books on the market, but The Bride’s Instruction Manual stands apart thanks to its hilarious, iconographic illustrations and the signature style of Quirk’s Owner’s Manuals. (The series has sold more than one million copies around the world!) This is not a book for Bridezillas, but an irreverent guide for the bride who wants to make her wedding as straightforward and simply extraordinary as her relationship with her honey.

With candid, easy-to-follow tips, The Bride’s Instruction Manual wards off the questions, concerns, hives, and heart palpitations that may accompany planning a wedding . A handy appendix provides tear-out checklists, worksheets, and resource guides to keep brides on track and on budget, so they can focus on the fun stuff (establishing a dress-shopping entourage! deciding which flowers fit your personal style! selecting a wedding band that’ll perfectly complement the engagement ring!) rather than the stressful (uninvited plus-ones! feuding in-laws! rehearsal dinner meltdowns!).

For Grooms: Ever wonder why women are always so wedding savvy and men are so—well, clueless? How does a bride know so much about seating charts, flowers, and not only her own nuptial attire but her groom’s as well? Because until now there’s never been a wedding planning book for men like The Groom’s Instruction Manual: How to Survive and Possibly Even Enjoy the Most Bewildering Ceremony Known to Man, by veteran groom Shandon Fowler (Quirk Books, $15.95, 208 pages).
A quick trip to the bookstore reveals two types of wedding planning books for would-be grooms: advice from a woman (a.k.a. someone who will never be a groom) and men who take their role in the battle of the sexes too seriously. The Groom’s Instruction Manual is for the stand-up twenty-first century-gentleman. Let’s face it, gone are the days when a groom could sit back and let his fiancée plan the entire wedding. Modern grooms want to make their fiancée happy. They want their wedding to have style and panache. They also want their friends to look back on the Big Day with fond memories. The Groom’s Instruction Manual will aid men who are ready to take the plunge, giving them all the necessary knowledge about:
-Getting engaged (popping the question, finding a ring, possibly consulting the parents)
-Wedding planning (choosing a location, creating a guest list, understanding your role)
-The wedding itself (rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, the wedding night)
-Post-wedding (honeymooning, thank-you notes, newlywedding)
And much more!

Both books are available at book stores nationwide and also at www.quirkbooks.com.

Giveaway: One lucky winner will receive a copy of the Bride's Instruction Manual and the Groom's Instruction manual. Post a comment telling me who you'd like to win these books for. Please be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you. Ends 4/21/09.

Skin MD Giveaway

I am so excited to share this new product with you from Skin MD Natural, their newest shielding lotion, Skin MD Natural with SPF15 sunscreen.If you haven't heard of the Skin MD line of shielding products, you are really missing out. These are not just basic lotions. They actually form a protective barrier on your skin. Here is some information from the website ~
A Shielding Lotion is far more effective as a dry skin treatment than conventional moisturizing lotions or protective creams. If you suffer from dry skin, you know that just using a moisturizing lotion doesn't solve the problem. A shielding lotion does much more than just treat dry skin – it’s a new kind of skin care product that makes a real difference to all skin types.
Skin MD Natural™ is promptly absorbed, without the slightest hint of any greasy or oily feeling or residue, transforming the outer layer of skin into a hydrating invisible shield.
I have found that this bottle sure packs a big punch. You only need a small amount, it is absorbed quickly and your skin immediately feels better. Another thing I love is that this can be used all over your entire body. I never put my "regular" lotion on my face, but the Skin MD Natural with SPF 15 even works on my face. My face does break out, so I was bit worried about trying it on my face. I decided to go ahead and try it. Guess what, I love it for my face. It didn't cause any break outs, feels wonderful and has the SPF in it that I insist on using.

Giveaway: One lucky winner will receive a bottle of Skin MD. Post a comment telling me why wearing sunscreen is important to you. Please leave your email address so I can contact you. Ends 4/21/09.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Sun Your Buns With Booty Butter

I stated going to the tanning salon once a week to get geared up for summer. I love to relax in the tanning bed and of course I try to tan safely. My doctor recommended 10 minutes per week of indoor tanning during the winter months. The vitamin D is great! Now I've found my favorite lotion that I can use at the tanning salon or the beach! Booty butter rocks! This lotion goes a long way and it moisturizes your skin for days.

For ages, Hawaiians have been using exotic, indigenous ingredients for a year-round, healthy tan. Now, the secret is officially out. Tampa-based consumer products company, Bikini Kitchen, brings a tropical escape to everyone with its new tanning lotion, Booty Butter.

With all-natural ingredients from the islands of Hawaii, Booty Butter glides on golden brown and goes to work immediately. This innovative browning lotion turns the skin brown, not pink. Thanks to its blend of Kona coffee extract which helps draw sunlight into the skin and Kukui nut oil which is one of the lightest, most highly absorbent oils, you will see a noticeable difference in your tan in just one hour.

Booty Butter doesn’t just speed up the tanning process, it also keeps your skin revitalized and moisturized long after you have left the sun. Grown exclusively on the slopes of Hawaii’s Mount Hualalai, for generations local cultures have sought the healing powers of the Kona coffee plant which is renowned for its ability to mend broken skin and renew cells. Booty Butter also combines Kukui nut oil, Aloe Vera and light mineral oil to create the perfect recipe for silky, smooth skin.

Get a free sample! Click here to check it out!


To Maintain A Healthy Level Of Insanity:
1. At Lunch Time, Sit In Your Parked Car With Sunglasses on and point a Hair Dryer At Passing Cars. See If They Slow Down.
2. Page Yourself Over The Intercom. Don't Disguise Your Voice!
3. Every Time Someone Asks You To Do Something, ask If They Want Fries with that.
4. Put Decaf In The Coffee Maker For 3 Weeks . Once Everyone has Gotten Over Their Caffeine Addictions, Switch to Espresso.
5. In the Memo Field Of All Your Checks, Write For Marijuana.
6. Skip down the hall Rather Than Walk and see how many looks you get.
7. Order a Diet Water whenever you go out to eat, with a serious face.
8. Specify That Your Drive-through Order Is 'To Go'.
9. Sing Along At The Opera.
10. Five Days In Advance, Tell Your Friends You Can't Attend Their Party Because You have a headache.
11. When The Money Comes Out The ATM, Scream ' I Won! I Won!'
12. When Leaving the Zoo, Start Running towards the Parking lot, Yelling 'Run For Your Lives! They're Loose!'
13. Tell Your Children Over Dinner, 'Due To The Economy, We Are Going To Have To Let One Of You Go.'

Monday, April 6, 2009

New Books from Leslie Patricelli

Through bright and engaging artwork, Leslie manages to capture the fun and silliness of being a kid, while teaching simple concepts. Whether it’s the witty picture book about a child’s adventure on a swing or the tale of a baby and an ice-cream cone, it’s no wonder Leslie has received glowing reviews from magazines such as Scholastic Parent and Child and School Library Journal.

Higher, Higher
One child. One swing. An obliging dad. The inevitable plea to go "Higher! Higher!" Add Leslie Patricelli’s wildly expressive illustrations, and an everyday pastime reaches new heights of humor and whimsy. How high can it go? Higher than a giraffe? Taller than a mountain? Is Earth the final frontier? The creator of a popular series of board books rises to the occasion with an ingenious picture book of very few words that expresses the giddy glee of being pushed in a swing.
Baby Happy, Baby Sad
YES! This must-have toddler title sheds light on some concepts with a comical flair that will make readers HAPPY.A towering ice-cream cone makes Baby HAPPY.But when that delectable treat goes splat, it makes Baby SAD. And how quickly HAPPY turns to SAD when a favorite red balloon flies away! Even the littlest listeners will relate to this playful look at a pair of emotions that are part of every baby’s day.
These great books can be purchased through Amazon here!