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Posted by Missy

Surely I can't be the only one out there with a sweet tooth? Satisfying that need and keeping healthy at the same time was becoming a chore until I found the perfect replacement with a great new product Crystal Light Liquid!

Now when those cravings hit I can steer clear of fattening desserts and totally satisfy my inner sweet freak with an amazing and delicious replacement.

Lest you think I'm not health conscious, I should mention that I am studying to become a certified fitness personal trainer... so staying as healthy as possible is important to me.  That being said, it's hard to preach good health if I'm not walking the talk and with Crystal Light Liquid; it has just become a whole lot easier.

Crystal Light Liquid has zero calories.  Yes, I said ZERO!  The beauty of this is that I can bring it with me to the gym and put it in my water and feel like I am getting a treat while working out -- with zero guilt.

Depending on my mood, I have six flavors to choose from: Iced Tea, Peach Bellini, Pomtini, Strawberry Lemonade, Mango Passionfruit and Blueberry Raspberry.

While spending a lot of time at the gym, I have noticed so many people working hard to look good but they're drinking products that are dehydrating and full of calories.  I can't wait to tell my friends about Crystal Light Liquids.  Who could possibly resist the great taste with zero calories?


Our family spends a great deal of time enjoying water activities and this summer we'll be throwing a few different Crystal Light Liquid flavors in our beach bag so that we can cool down with a refreshing drink while we're playing in the sun.

Just one drop per 8oz of water and it is ready to drink.  It's so easy and quick -- what's not to love?  Check out the Crystal Light Liquid website and take a spin to see which flavor is in your forecast.

Today I'll hit the gym with my brightest running shoes and a water bottle that I've prepared featuring Blueberry Raspberry.  What are you waiting for?

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Posted by Missy

moa

Looking for a great getaway idea that will please the entire family?  Look no further!  Mall of America®, located in Bloomington, Minnesota, has something for everyone.

MOA™ is the most visited tourist destination in the world, with 520 stores to choose from and 50 restaurants to satisfy your cravings.  Suffice it to say, this destination boasts an endless array of attractions to keep everyone busy.  An added bonus is the fact that it is located just minutes from the MSP International airport.

New this year is the fabulous Radisson Blu Hotel.  We had the pleasure of enjoying an overnight stay last week during our MOA visit. Upon entering the beautifully appointed facility we immediately felt totally relaxed and welcome - thanks to the friendly staff.

We can't say enough about the convenience of going to and from our room within a matter of two minutes to unload our MOA purchases and freshen up throughout our stay.

Awesome kids destinations include Nickelodeon Universe®, the largest indoor theme park, SEA LIFE® Minnesota Aquarium, the American Girl store, the kid chic LEGO® store, Moose Mountain Adventure Golf and the A.C.E.S. Flight Simulator.  We've barely scratched the surface regarding all of the exciting things to see and do at MOA.

Our agenda last week included a stop at Barnes and Noble to pick up a hot new book for our tween daughter and an Apple store visit to get my iPhone fixed.  My dear husband enjoyed the 'Royal Shave' at The Art of Shaving  and we even took in a movie at the Theatres at MOA™.

the art of shaving mall of america

To keep our energy level up during our busy day we grabbed snacks at Doc Popcorn and Nestle Toll House Cafe.

Because we are sushi lovers, there was no question we would have our evening meal at Crave.  We've included photos showing our dining selections.  Everything was delicious and the service was excellent.

crave mall of america

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Posted by Andrea

hulu

Good news One Life to Live and All My Children fans! They're back! ALL NEW EPISODES of the beloved soaps are set to premiere on Hulu on April 29th.

New daily half-hour long episodes of both One Life to Live and All My Children will feature original cast members you have come to love, as well as a hot new group of cast members you will meet for the first time.

One Life to Live follows the complicated lives of three main families: the wealthy Lords, the powerful Buchanans and the strong-willed Cramers. The quiet simplicity of small town living is often interrupted by the drama between them yet despite the struggles, strong family bonds keep them united.

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse and a sneak peek of what's coming up in Llanview.

All My Children revolves around the lives of the residents of fictional Pine Valley. For nearly forty years, this town has seen the trials and tribulations of its dynamic families. Now your favorite stories are back, and more dramatic than ever!

After watching the promos for AMC I have to admit I'm excited to see how the Miranda and AJ storyline plays out! Can you say drama? With so much bad blood between their families, sparks are sure to fly! Oooooh I have so many questions, and cant wait to get the answers! Such as - who raised AJ since JR was in a coma and Babe is "dead?" Of course, Adam and Brooke are the logical choice IMO, but hey, this is Pine Valley, so you can just never be sure.

Catch up at Hulu.com, then start watching on April 29th find out how life in Pine Valley has changed after that fateful gunshot was fired!

There are two simple options to watch the latest episodes on Hulu: Hulu.com and Hulu Plus. Hulu.com is absolutely free and allows you to watch the latest episodes on your computer. The other option is through the Hulu Plus subscription service. With Hulu Plus, for a monthly fee of $7.99 you will be able to watch all episodes through select internet connected devices such as an iPad, iPhone, gaming consoles and set top boxes.

Answer the question: "What's your best idea for an episode, spin, love story, intro of an old character?" and you could win a yearlong subscription to Hulu Plus. And one grand prize winner will win a Roku!

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Posted by Andrea

I live my life on the go. In a perfect world, I would live like a rock star, have a personal assistant, as well as a personal chef, and take off for some sun-drenched, saltwater and sand therapy when juggling life gets a bit overwhelming. But let's face it, this is the real world and most of us don't live like rock stars.

In a world of deadlines, meetings and multitasking, stress goes along with the territory, and balanced meals are few and far between. So when I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed, it's nice to take a quick break and grab an indulgent snack. It may not be a lounge chair on the beach, but my sofa is a whole lot nicer when I'm biting into the chewy goodness of Fig Newtons. It brings back fond childhood memories that make the world of deadlines melt away if just for a moment. I just sit back and close my eyes as the familiar taste of fruit and cake transports me back to a simpler time, sitting at my grandmother's kitchen table where Fig Newtons and a glass of milk was the perfect end to a summer day.

My taste buds weren't evolved enough in those days to appreciate the sweet and savory nuances of the fig. All I knew then was they tasted really good. I may be all grown up now, and my taste buds may be a bit more sophisticated, but the bottom line is Newtons are still really good! And now there are Strawberry Newtons and Raspberry Newtons, so you can enjoy the one-of-a-kind experience of chewy cookie with fruit in a whole new way.

With real fruit and 8 grams of whole grains per serving, Newtons Fruit Thins is a delicious option I can feel good about when I want something with more crunch.

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Posted by Missy


poise

Fifty million women across North America, including this particular blogger, are approaching or experiencing menopause and most have an average of five menopausal symptoms--but no two experiences are exactly alike.

What exactly is a hot flash?  An intense feeling of heat that usually starts at the waist and moves quickly up toward the face. It can take 30 to 60 seconds to finally dissipate. During the hot flash episode you will feel yourself perspiring or actually sweating and may notice that your heart rate has increased.  I've actually thought I was suddenly stricken with a case of malaria. Seriously!

Poise Body Cooling Towelettes and the Roll-On Cooling Gel are fantastic products for Hot Flash Comfort.

Most women going through menopause know these uncomfortable sensations can come at any time.  I've been in the middle of a meeting when the blast furnace kicks in.  Thank goodness for the convenient towelettes and roll-on cooling gel that I keep in my purse for convenient use for immediate cooling comfort during hot flashes.  A quick trip to the ladies room and I'm good to go once again.

The 2013 Product of the Year award-winning Poise Feminine Wellness line was introduced to help women approach life's changes with confidence. The line consists of five products designed to help women with staying fresh, keeping cool, and intimacy.

I actually bookmarked Poise.com to learn more about the Poise Feminine Wellness Line for ways to help me to feel more comfortable with issues like hot flashes and dryness.  It is a great resource for those just experiencing these changes.

Millions of women already rely on Poise for discreet protection from light bladder leakage (LBL).  Poise now offers a unique line of daily products for life’s little changes.  Bravo Poise!

Other products offered by Poise are:
* Personal Lubricant designed to enhance your intimate experience. This lubricant features an easy to use bottle and is made without Fragrance, Glycerin or Parabens.
* Panty Fresheners have a fresh and clean scent that lasts up to four hours. These discreet, hypoallergenic fresheners stick to the outside of your undergarments so you can confidently go about your day.
* Feminine Wash provides daily freshness with a unique formulation that is pH balanced for your intimate area. Glycerin and paraben free, this gentle wash will help you feel clean and confident.

For more information and to sign up for a coupon or sample, visit the Poise Facebook page.

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strivectin sd before and after

I must admit I was pretty excited when the FedEx driver delivered a bottle of StriVectin-SD™ Intensive Concentrate, a product claiming to improve stretch marks and wrinkles.

While still enjoy a fairly youthful appearance at the age of 40, I've begun to notice that the telltale signs of aging are beginning to appear around my eyes and mouth.  As my collagen levels begin to be depleted it is suddenly apparent that I need something to help restore my skin's firmness.

Let's face it, every woman wants to maintain her youth for as long as possible.  I'd much rather find a reliable product instead of gravitating to Botox injections or expensive cosmetic procedures to roll back the hands of time.

The easy-to-follow directions indicate StriVectin-SD™ should be applied to cleansed facial skin and gently massaged into wrinkle-prone areas in the morning and again at night.  In my case those areas of concentration are around my eyes and mouth.

After my first application I experienced some skin redness and slight tingling, but after a few applications that was no longer the case.  My initial reaction with the subtle sensation on my skin was, 'Awesome, it's working!'

This is what you can expect from the process:

Week 2: You should feel natural collagen and moisture re-surging and texture and resilience improving. Week 4: Natural cell turnover intensifying, visibly fading discolorations. Week 8: Elasticity reinforcing, wrinkles and stretch marks visibly diminishing..

At StriVectin they have a higher standard of proof than most skincare companies that rely simply on the results women see themselves. Their results are also measured and graded by medical researchers. So you know what to expect, week by week, when using StriVectin-SD™ age fighters as directed.

The anti-aging products started as a stretch mark phenomenon, selling 6 million tubes of StriVectin-SD™ globally. Today, StriVectin is a clinically-proven, scientific skincare line, that offers comprehensive anti-aging solutions to women and men around the world. Learn more about the company on the StriVectin website.

Whether it's wrinkles, loss of firmness, skin damage, age spots or a complexion in need of brightening, StriVectin delivers. Their formulas have the patented, proven NIA-114 molecule (Niacin) that powers up skin to repair damage and fight off all visible signs of aging for a healthy-looking, ageless appearance. And, with ageless skin comes new found confidence, feeling renewed and compliments.

What are you waiting for?  If you are looking for a younger, tighter appearance, StriVectin is the perfect product to restore a youthful appearance.

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Posted by Andrea
glass concept home in milan italy

Architect and glass designer Carlo Santambrogio has constructed a glass house in Milan, Italy.

Privately situated on a clearing within a wooded landscape is the Glass Concept Home -- an extraordinary architectural wonder.

The blue-tinged cube glass cube is made almost entirely of 6 to 7 millimeter glass, including many furniture pieces, like the dining room table, stairs and bookcases.

The glass can also be specially heated during the winter.

"After the client requested it, I came up with the project idea," says Santambrogio.

The glass house is currently just as the name implies...a concept, and the photos are computer generated images released by Santambrogio to showcase his glass furniture line, Simplicity, which is featured in the photos.

Artistic images also show the home on a cliff side, with some breathtaking scenery.

"The aim of the project was to give transparent shape to a precise and essential way of conceiving and living the spaces," says Santabrogio.

If you have the money, the home is available from Santambrogio's London Portland Street showroom at a cost of £4,000 ($6,200 USD) per square meter.

More photos of Carlo Santambrogio's Glass Concept Home below.


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Posted by Andrea

As a blogger, I spend countless hours in front of my computer.  I am also a grandmother with a very active lifestyle.  Blogging gives me the opportunity to spend a significant amount of time with my grandson, keeping him while my daughter and son-in-law work.

Chasing after an 8-month old requires that I stay on top of my game, so I try to eat right and exercise regularly. Whether I'm on the go or busy posting the latest celebrity and entertainment news, keeping my life in balance is always a juggling act. Some days I get so busy I forget to eat. Yes, that's right, FORGET...TO EAT! Me!!! That is not something I ever thought would even be a remote possibility. I'd heard other people say it, but ME? Fuggetaboutit! Only yeah, it does happen to even me.

On those days when I'm on the floor playing with my grandson, trying to get the latest celeb gossip posted in a timely fashion, and pulling on my yoga pants to make it to the next Crossfit class, Newtons make a great snack option. (Okay, who am I kidding? I actually pretty much live in yoga pants. Don't judge. I'm a busy gal.) And while I still enjoy the Classic Fig Newtons I ate as a kid, Nabisco has added a whole array of options such as 100% Whole Grain Fig Newtons, Fat Free Fig Newtons and Fig Minis. Figs not your thing? Nabisco has added several new flavors of heavenly little bites of cakey fruity goodness. How about Strawberry Newtons, Strawberry Minis or Raspberry Newtons? Yummm!

And if that wasn't enough, Nabisco has even added a line of CRISPY fruit cookies. Fruit Thins are crispy cookies with real fruit with flavors like Cherry Vanilla, Cranberry Citrus Oat, Chocolate Raspberry, Fig and Honey, and my own personal favorite, Blueberry Brown Sugar.

And if THAT wasn't enough, how about Baked Apple & Cinnamon or Mixed Berry Fruit Crisps for only 110 calories? Now that's my kind of snack!

Oops, gotta run! Nolan just woke up from his nap, and all of this writing has made me hungry. Good thing I have some Newtons on hand!

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