Monday, March 24, 2014

The top 4 reasons to take #Vitamin D Supplements

Are you big on vitamin supplements? It wasn't until my late 20's that I started to get weird, illusive symptoms indicative of vitamin deficiency and sure enough when I took the advice of friends to take more vitamins, those symptoms disappeared. Even if you are the slightest bit low in an important vitamin, it will manifest several ways in your body.

Vitamin D is a big one for me now, as I don't go out in the sun nearly as much as I used to and that is one of the most important vitamins for your immune system and whole body function in general. Especially bone health. My 3 biggest vitamins are Vitamin B-12, C and D. D is harder to get, because it's nearly impossible to get from food if you don't go out in the sun enough and I rarely consume cow milk. This is where supplements come in and help a lot, when you take the right kind. 

In the United States, a big part of the population suffers from a vitamin D deficiency, but many Americans have no idea that they aren't getting enough of this essential vitamin. Vitamin D is a little different from all other vitamins; it's a steroid hormone that the body gets from supplementation or sun exposure. The vitamin has an ability to influence your genetic expression, so getting enough of it can produce a range of health benefits.

It's not always easy to spend time in the sun, so it's important to take vitamin D supplements to prevent chronic disease. When you supplement your intake, you benefit in the following ways:

Regulate Calcium

Your body needs calcium to maintain bone strength and density. If your body doesn't properly absorb calcium, your bones end up brittle and weak. The best way to regulate your calcium absorption is to take a high-quality vitamin D supplement. Since vitamin D acts like a hormone, it triggers the production of extra parathyroid hormones (PTH) in your body. PTH produces calcitrol in your intestines and kidneys; these organs absorb the substance and convert it into calcium.

Immune System Health

Vitamin D helps your immune system fight off common illnesses like the cold and flu. There have been many studies done that prove vitamin D to be beneficial to a person's immune system. It's been proven to enhance immunity while inhibiting the development autoimmunity.

Fights Cancer

When a person properly supplements vitamin D, they encourage cell differentiation; this means that cells in their body can perform their functions correctly. When this happens, your body can fight off foreign cancer cells, and it can also slow down the rate at which foreign cells multiply. Cancer is caused when your cells can't differentiate properly; it can't hurt to take some vitamin D on a daily basis.

Reduce Inflammation

New discoveries have shown that chronic inflammation can lead to a variety of illnesses like cancer and heart disease. Vitamin D is a way to reduce the amount of inflammation in your body.

Supplementing your vitamin D intake should be an important part of your daily routine. When taking high-quality supplements, you stay healthier and happier. Try Ovitaminpro for some high quality vitamin selections, among many other places. Vitamin D benefits are being discovered by researchers on a daily basis, and all the discoveries show just how important it is to make sure that you take extra vitamin D daily.

This post was inspired and sponsored by Ovitaminpro. All information is in accordance with FTC guidelines.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Announcing the latest winners!

Winner of the Candle warmer plus melts is:  Vikki B. 

Winner of the Build A Bear $25 Gift Card is: Linda M.

E-mails have been sent and please respond within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen. Thanks! :) 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sitara Collections $100 Gift Card #Giveaway and #review

This post was inspired by samples from Sitara collection. All opinions are 100% my own. 
I have had the lovely chance to work with An online jewelry, home store and more that features unique pieces from all over the world. 

The piece I chose to review is this hand made Mango wood bowl set with spoons, that sits on a pretty tray. The tray has a stunning Tree of Life design engraved into both sides. and everything is made of sustainable mango wood. It's so lovely to look at and I use it for holding many different foods. The quality is very nice, thick, heavy but not too heavy and sturdy. It's just beautiful to look at. I love the woodsy and earthy feel it gives to my home. Very happy with this product. You can tell the Artisan of this design put a lot of care into making this. 

Wait till you see what else they offer, like the beautiful earrings above. A very pretty array of jewelry and home collections is waiting for you. Go take a look! 


Right now, Sitara Collections is giving away a $100 Gift Card! There will be 5 lucky winners !!

 Sweeps ends April 15, 2014, get your entry in! 

Good Luck! 

Coastal Contacts #FREE #Glasses offer is up again!

I would highly suggest you take advantage of this offer if you or a loved one need new glasses. It's only your first pair and it so worth the cheap shipping costs! It averages about $13, give or take what add ons you choose. Pictured below, is me in my own snazzy glasses from Coastal Contacts. Your pair will come with every single thing you need in a beautiful case. Trust me, you don't want to miss this! They are quality glasses. This offer comes around rarely now!!

Use code: FIRSTPAIRFREE (includes standard lenses) to get the deal. – Try them on at home and if the frames don't fit, return shipping is free!

Me in my FREE Coastal Contact glasses from 1 year ago. Still perfect to this day! 

What your glasses will come with.

Grab your new FREE glasses while you can and make sure to have your prescription information ready to go! These go fast! 

Top 3 tips on Choosing that perfect #fragrance.

Do you ever have trouble choosing that perfect fragrance just for you? Have you bought something online and were so excited about it , only to find out when you got it, it was way too floral or fruity or musky? I know I have been there. When choosing a fragrance, make sure you read all of the description and reviews and get the precise details so this doesn't happen again.

Also, make sure you are getting the biggest bang for your buck! If all else fails and you're just not sure, sample the fragrance in stores and then go online to get it cheaper! is an example of an online fragrance website that offers a myriad of fragrances at discount prices. There are so many great scents to choose from, narrowing it down can be difficult. This basic guide will help you select just the right scent for you.

The Basic Scent Types
The best way to buy fragrance online is to know what you like. Determine your current perfumes scent types. Perfumers base fragrances upon four basic categories. These types are:

Floral scents are bright and sweet like a bouquet of flowers
Scents with a musk base smell earthy and rich
Citrus smells like citrus fruits
Natural scents smell crisp, woodsy or grassy

If you love woodsy or floral fragrances, you may enjoy Angel by Thierry Mugler for Women.

If you love true floral and musk, why not try Romance by Ralph Lauren

Personally, I love the more fruity smells with some floral and without musk or a very small hint. Fragrances such as Big Pony Pink, By Ralph Lauren offer a perfect combo of that

It is a good idea to sample various perfumes in person to determine which of these scent types are your favorites. Try ordering samples of fragrances. Buy online with confidence once this legwork is complete. Some websites, like Fragrance Villa, offer limited money back guarantees on perfumes. This is so helpful to those that do not have the time or wherewithal to schlep around in person in search of a great scent.

Refine Your Scent Favorites
Once you know your scent favorites, you can hone in even further on a choice. Perfumes are complex. While a scent falls into one of the four basic categories, there is further nuance to consider. Do you like bright, sparkling scents? Do you like dark, sultry scents? Perhaps you like them both, but wear one for day and the other for night.

Purpose Driven Scent Choice
Chose a scent for specific characteristics or purpose. Spicy scents are erotic and exotic. These might be best for a date night. Clean bright scents are appropriate in the workplace and for every day use. There are scents that give the impression you weigh less than you do, or that time has passed quickly. Many studies explore the effect that various scents have on the human brain. Research further if you want to know more about the power of subliminal scent suggestion.

Sponsored by Fragrance villa. 

Top 4 Tips on picking out an #Engagement #Ring

Getting engaged soon?  Whether you are a future bride or groom, you should have a say in the engagement rings you like. After all, the bride is the one who wears the ring. Also, the groom has to pay for the ring and i'm sure that most would want your input. Some guys are completely lost on what it is their SO would want. If men want to find that perfect ring,  they should ask! Now, it's easier than ever to design your own engagement ring. Since it can be a difficult decision to select the ring that symbolizes your commitment, the following 4 tips can help you as you shop.

1 – Shop Within Your Budget

First, it is particularly important to shop within the constraints of your budget. Obviously, every girl would probably love to own the same ring that Kate Middleton gets to wear. However, very few people marry into royalty. Since you do not have unlimited funds, you have to purchase something you can afford. However, men should resist the temptation to be overly cheap when they are purchasing the ring. This is a lifetime investment. If need be, they should try to save up for the price of the ring for a few months. Also, women should understand budget constraints. After all, there are plenty of great rings to choose from at every price level.

2 – Pick a Ring That Fits Your Lifestyle

Next, when you are choosing a ring, you should look for something that suits your lifestyle. For example, if you paint everyday and get your hands dirty, then you might prefer a ring that is more practical. A thicker pave band with a larger inset stone might work better for your needs. However, if you have a desk job, then something daintier might be manageable. Obviously, there is no wrong ring for a certain lifestyle. However, certain rings might make more sense given the activities you participate in regularly. After all, jewelry is fragile. You do not want to ruin your priceless possession because you are too rough with your hands. You also do not want to constantly have to remove it.

3 – Choose Something Unique

Furthermore, it is often fun to choose a unique ring that is different from what everyone else is wearing. Rings that are original are usually admired and pretty. Generally, they also are a better match for a person’s personality and tastes. In order to select a unique ring, you might need to design your own. Many jewelers can help you do this. You can choose the metal you prefer, the type of setting you like, what stones to use, the shape of the stones, and the size. When you select all of these details, the ring becomes more sentimental to you.

4 – Look for Inspiration

Although it’s nice to have a unique ring, many brides do not know what they like. If this is the case, you might need to look for inspiration. The best place to look is in bridal magazines and at jewelry stores. You can also look at your friends’ rings. This will help you understand what type of rings you prefer.

With these 4 tips, choosing a ring should be simple. Take your time, so you can find the perfect option for that perfect day.

This post was inspired and sponsored by Allurez. All information is in accordance with FTC guidelines.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

#Retro #Movie Night theme ideas. Plus, #Giveaway! @WorldMarket

So, I am a huge fan of film, but vintage film has a special place in my heart. I grew up being exposed to 50's and 60's music and film through my parents and friends and I fell in love with it. As an ambassador with World Market, I had the chance to partner up with them and Fandango to offer an exciting sweeps and develop a creative post that centered around movie night. I jumped at this chance to showcase two of my biggest loves; Vintage and Film. 

Read on for some fun ideas for recipes and theme ideas, including retro movie posters, rainbow popcorn, star walk pizza and red carpet appetizers.  This retro theme is perfect for a  movie party or romantic night in with your significant other. I bet you'll find something you didn't think of! 

I used the Old School popcorn maker as the focal point for this retro movie night theme and it served as the prime inspiration for everything else. The most perfect piece that really captures the essence of  a retro night. The machine itself is simple to use and so fun. It operates just like the ones in movie theaters. The popcorn I made was so tasty.  

The Rainbow sprinkle popcorn recipe is easy to make, requiring only 4 ingredients. Rainbow sprinkles you use for cupcakes, butter or popcorn oil, coconut sugar, brown sugar or regular sugar, popcorn and white chocolate. That's it!  Soak the popcorn in your oil or butter, then melt a bar of white chocolate per 1/4 cup of popcorn. Drizzle it all over and  and then immediately sprinkle a generous amount of sprinkles as desired. Then mix and pour into these nifty popcorn boxes 

 When I was thinking of a recipe I wanted to make, I wanted it to be creative, yet really easy. I came up with the Movie star Star walk pizza. This also requires very little ingredients! I used whole wheat mini pizzas, black olives, Mozzarella cheese, olive oil and tomato sauce.

 Make the pizza as you normally would, then cut the olives to make circles and place them in the middle of each pizza. Once the pizza is done, take out and let cool.  While cooling, print out any one of the number of star printables you can find on google. I used the medium size.

Please accept my apologies...

...For making you laugh so hard your stomach hurts. 

You've been memed.