October 8, 2017

Pamper Your Dog With Custom Designed and Created Celebrity Canine Couture by Christine Litteral

Celebrity Canine Couture first caught my eye on  Instagram.   As a lover of dogs, I adored all of the lovely photos and amazing outfits created by Christine Litteral.  Curiosity immediately took me to Christine’s beautiful Celebrity Canine Couture Website, where I was introduced to a unique variety of very classy eye-catching outfits for dogs of any size and breed.
I decided it was about time that my little 5-pound, seventeen-year-old Yorkie, George, got an outfit from Christine’s Celebrity Canine Couture creations!!!  It was such a simple process to order. All I needed to do was take some very easy measurements of George!
 (Read all of the specifics on the website at Measure Your Dog. )  
We chose the Sweetest of all outfit for George. It’s so soft and cuddly on his sensitive skin. He loves it and will even wear it in the house, as it provides the comfort of a sweet little blanket.  We can’t wait to order his next outfit!


                                   VIEW THE FULL COLLECTION AT www.celebritycaninecouture.com


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George in his SWEETEST OF ALL outfit from Celebrity Canine Couture



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1. VICKI:  How did you start Celebrity Canine Couture? 
 CHRISTINE: I went to the shelter to adopt (one) dog after my beloved 17+ year dog passed. There were so many sweet dogs there, and I now have 7 rescues, which are the love(s) of my life! Since I can’t personally adopt more I donate part of every sale to help dogs in need. (Find more details on the website)

2. VICKI: What’s ‘your’ favorite part of your business?
CHRISTINE: Meeting our clients – the dogs and their people. I get to know their lifestyles and the special times they share together. 
Seeing how great the dogs look in all the different designs, fabrics and colors and knowing the dog is comfortable is very rewarding. I’ve made many dear friends and think of them while I’m sewing to make each outfit special for them.
3. VICKI: Did you always want to design dog clothing?
 CHRISTINE: I started designing and making clothes for my own dogs because the ones in stores are low quality and don’t fit well. I wanted designs that are unique with the finest quality materials. Comfort is just as important so every outfit is fully lined with the softest fabrics. Three things that are a must: Outstanding beauty, Comfort, and Durability. Even our jeweled designs are washable.

4. VICKI: What inspires you?
 CHRISTINE: My visits to the shelters always stay with me – all the dogs that need homes. That’s what keeps me going, doing my part to help as many as possible find a loving home.

By the way, Christine also works with celebrities and offers  Star Service.  Be sure to take a moment to visit the  Star Service link for more information.

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 Many thanks to Christine Litteral for the opportunity to write this article and share  CELEBRITY CANINE COUTURE.(Information used in this article was obtained from the Celebrity Canine Couture website. My commentary about
CELEBRITY CANINE COUTURE is my personal opinionPamper your ‘Best Friend’, and not only will they love the cozy comfort of their custom created outfit, but will turn heads as well!  Many thanks to Christine Litteral, and much gratitude for sharing her time, thoughts, and pictures for this article!  Ongoing success with Celebrity Canine Couture and keep creating your unique designs that let all dogs be Celebrity Canines, in your irresistible Couture creations!!)




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July 2, 2017

ybf beauty gel-Us eyes 5 piece collection with a smudge proof and water-resistant gel formula gets a 5-Star⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review!

As a makeup artist, over the years I’ve tried many types and textures of eyeliners and eye shadows. I was a thrilled to have the opportunity to use and review the ybf beauty gel-Us eyes 5 piece collection with a smudge proof and water-resistant gel formula.  The innovative yfb gel-Us smudge proof gel eyeliners are so easy to work with, and you’ll have lots of fun, creating new eye looks, as well.   (For additional information about these new gel eyeliners, including each gel liner’s ingredients, be sure to take a moment to peruse the above link. )

                      ybf gel-Us smudge proof eyeliners

What an impressive, petite sized chic ybf metal case containing five lovely neutral and radiant gel eye colors!                                                            

I’ve now used my ybf smudge proof gel eyeliners for over a month and must say these gel based smudge proof eyeliners glide on my eyes with ease.  In fact, I’m now able to get my eyes done in a more precise manner, and in much less time. I use each color, and I’m able to create a variety looks that work with anything I wear!

I may be tired when I get home from a busy day, but my eyes always look just like they did when I left the house in the morning  For me, that’s a real plus!!

The colors in my case include: (From left to right on the image featured above)

•Wonderful White

• bYOUtiful Bronze

• Stunning Silver

• Onyx Pearl

• Cheering Chocolate

I love the ybf creamy, yet smudge-proof gel formula. Not only is it oil free, and water- resistant, but the non-sharpening and mess free ease of application is exceptional!

With new state of the art technology,  gel-us eyes have special reflective pearls (shades) that provide multi-dimensional color you can wear alone, or intensify the effect, by layering it.  These retractable liners are so easy to use, providing a smooth and even application every time with staying power, as I mentioned earlier, that will take you from daytime into evening.

Gel-Us eyes have some pluses that are great! They’re infused with a host of antioxidants, emollients, and Vitamin E to help prevent moisture loss, and provide you with a long lasting comfortable wear. 

APPLICATION SUGGESTIONS: Using small strokes, glide the liner across the lash line from the inner to outer corner.  If you’d like to enhance your look, extend, thicken, and slightly wing the eyeliner from the outer corner of the eyelid.  Note that the non-sharpening and mess free liners are ophthalmologist-tested and sensitive eyes and contact lens safe!


                                                                                    My application using Gel-Us Liners:

#1: I used The Gel-Us Onyx Pearl Liner to line my eyes and slightly lift the outer corner of my eye.

#2 : I followed with the bYOUtiful Bronze Liner that I actually applied above the crease of my eye to enhance and give a larger look to my deep set eyes. Then notice how I subtly created a diagonal lift at the corner of my eye connecting with the ‘wing lift’ on my eyeliner to keep an uplifted and wider eye appearance.

#3 I used the The Stunning Silver Liner  to highlight and give a lift underneath my eyebrow from the inner to outer corner.  Once again my goal  was to lift and also highlight the inner corner of my eye with a nicely blended very small amount of the Sunning Silver Liner .

The general corrections I usually address on my eyes, are giving the illusion of a larger lifted eye area and width  to correct my smaller deep set eyes.

 Now it’s your turn:

  1. Experiment and have fun. That’s the whole point of creating a look just for “YOU’.
  2. The ybf liners are so quick and easy to work with, and you’ll feel so confident when you master “your” special eye application of the liners.   Your bonus will be a great custom look for you, that will last throughout the day, and bring lots of compliments your way.

Many thanks to ybf for creating such beautiful gel color liners, that are good for your eye area, and wear so well throughout the day.

This wonderful ybf collection gets a well deserved 5-⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  review for this truly modern,  complete , portable, and easy to use long wear gel eye pencil kit. Congratulations and ongoing success!


The ybf Gel-Us Eyes 5 Piece Collection sells for $29.95  at HSN and HSN.com, and at ybfbeauty.com for $28.80 and you may purchase your  ybf beauty gel-us eyes 5-piece collection at any of the three links below

 1. ybfbeauty.com

2. HSN

3. HSN.com


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Any ‘quoted’ or paraphrased information used in this article was obtained from a provided PR-Fact Sheet. Any personal commentary about my great results with the ybf beauty gel-us eyes 5-piece collection is my own opinion from using this product, that was provided to me .)


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May 6, 2017

Introducing RARE 24K Therapy Crème for non-toxic pain relief form arthritis, muscle strains ,and joint pain.



               RARE 24K
  Skincare-Therapy Crème


Over the years, I’ve tried various pain patches, creams, and lotions for my neck and back discomfort, but never achieved the relief that I desired.

If you’re like me, and not too keen on taking over the counter pain pills, or toxic painkillers for muscle aches and pains,  arthritis, or joint pain,  the new innovative RARE 24K Gold Therapy Crème has arrived and is ready to help ease your pain!  You may also add RARE 24K Gold Therapy Creme to your doctor’s prescribed regime.

Here is the secret behind  the outstanding RARE 24K Gold Therapy Crème:

RARE was created by using a synergistic approach with the new, compatible, and recently patented Auregen gold particles Partnered with organic blue algae, this combination of proven to be ‘non-toxic antioxidants and anti-inflammatory elements are not only innovative,  cutting edge, and state -of-the-art technology, but offer the next generation of non-invasive therapy’ that works quickly to provide relief to your sore joints, muscles, and body aches.

Along with finding RARE’s ‘patented gold particles to be non-toxic’.  The University of Colorado School of Pharmacy proclaimed it to have “Excellent Cellular absorption.”  ‘Scientifically proven, RARE’s patented non-toxic Auregen® gold particles are absorbed into our bodies then bind with the free radicals and pass through the body, helping to eliminate the excessive oxidation.  Free radicles are the result of oxidative stress, the loss of electrons in our bodies, which cause an imbalance and break down our cells.’

Auregen” navigates through the body donating electrons where needed without becoming a free radicle itself. A 10mg dose contains 50quadrillion atoms. Each with an electron to donate.”~ TL Roberts, inventor of Auregen®

RARE’S well structured Therapy Crème is NOT a drug!  ‘It’s natural, non-toxic compounds, actually nourish the skin as it penetrates with bioactive compounds that provide a natural, homeopathic clinical formula that comes with  proven results to deliver effective relief.’

Blue Algae is an emollient that’s abundant with ‘amino acidsanti-oxidants, and bio-active compounds’. It’s often known for its anti-aging properties, but this ‘chlorophyll rich anti-inflammatory’ also assists the collagen in our bodies by helping to prevent the breakdown of the ‘collagen cushion‘  around our joints!

Oats are naturally full of amino acids, and have been known and used for centuries to help the healing process! The amino is a result of their chemical structure, amino acids derived from Oats create a natural barrier on the top layer of skin that provides anti-inflammatory benefits as it reduces the appearance of redness and irritation.’

I’ve  experienced very positive results using RARE 24K Gold Therapy Crème. It’s very lightweight, easy to apply, and penetrates quickly. After using RARE, I realized that throughout the day I was no longer constantly bothered with my pain and discomforts.  I personally use RARE in the morning, and just before I go to bed, and I’m very thrilled that it’s a natural product without drugs.

RARE 24K Gold Therapy Crème  gets a 5-⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   review!  Congratulations and ongoing success with RARE!!



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(Any ‘quoted’ or paraphrased information used in this article was obtained from a provided PR-Fact Sheet, and the website: www.RARE24k.com.   Any personal commentary about my success using  RAVE is my own opinion from using this product, that was provided to me .)

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March 6, 2017

Advice for addressing, managing, and coping with relationship issues when dealing with a chronic illness

Any relationship from time to time may have its challenges. In this article, we’ll present the ongoing struggles and difficulties a person with chronic rheumatoid arthritis must live with on a daily basis, and address relationship and intimacy issues, along with persistent daily coping, 


 Meet Logan  Levkoff, Ph.D.:

Logan Levkoff, Ph.D.

Logan Levkoff, Ph.D.

Logan is nationally recognized as a relationship and intimacy expert. She was on the TV series Married at First Sight, in New York City, and has beneficial tips and knowledge on maintaining intimacy and a healthy relationship while coping with a chronic disease.

Many Americans, single or coupled, may be concerned by relationship and intimacy pressures.  We all struggle with these challenges, but they can be especially difficult  for people living with a chronic illness like rheumatoid arthritis and may include:

•   How to cope with intimacy when you’re just not feeling up to it

•   When to talk to a new partner about your chronic disease (2nd, 5th, or 10th date)?

•    Explaining your symptoms without sounding like a drag   

•   Why it’s okay to keep some things to yourself in a relationship 

There have been very few resources for people living with RA  to consult regarding these topics – until now! Logan is sharing her insights on Arthritis.com; Here you’ll be able to find advice, tools, and inspiration to help manage daily life with arthritis.  I highly recommend your taking a moment to peruse this extremely informational site!

In the following interview, Logan  was kind enough to answer some questions regarding the chronic disease, intimacy, and relationships:

1. Can you please share some additional suggestions that a person with Arthritis might be able to utilize to ‘express and communicate’ not only their limitations but be able to move forward in life within a more uplifted mindset, as well.

LOGAN: Acknowledge the discomfort in having the conversation. You’re not alone; people don’t like to talk about potential challenges and limitations so take comfort in that. Also, regardless of these limitations or challenges, all of us are still entitled to have meaningful and fulfilling intimate relationships. But good communication is also about listening, too. Before we jump to conclusions, keep in mind that you partner(s) may have questions or concerns. We are not minded readers so give them space to fully understand your needs, too.

2. What are some of the challenges in finding love? Are there any additional considerations when you have a chronic health condition like RA?

 LOGAN: There are always challenges in finding love. We have lots of expectations about how relationships are “supposed” to look. Many times, this fairytale model doesn’t mimic our lives or our realities. We also don’t always think about what we really want out of a relationship. What are our core values? What do we need? Until we give those questions some quality time, it will be difficult to find love. We can’t expect someone else to fulfill us if we don’t know what we need to be happy. When you have a chronic health condition, like RA, there are some additional challenges: when do we tell a partner about our RA? How do we explain what our limitations, at times, are? How do we allow a partner to take care of us without feeling like we are the patient, rather than the partner? These challenges are not insurmountable, but they have to be acknowledged.

 3. When it comes to relationships and intimacy, what would you say is the most important thing for someone with a chronic condition should inspire to attain?

 LOGAN: Pleasure – from physical and emotional intimacy – is an important part of our overall health, regardless of whether or not we have a chronic condition. We have the right to it as well the right to access information and strategies for how to navigate it best. Sometimes these issues have to be spoken about with our medical providers. Sexual function impacts us and our relationships, and there may be ways to assist in these areas. But of course, if you don’t talk about it, you’ll never find out the answer.

 4.  How can people living with chronic diseases like RA communicate their needs to their partner?

 LOGAN: No partner can know what it is like to live in your body. Talking about what feels good (and also, what doesn’t feel good) is important for any partnership. But, like everything else, delivery is important. Using “I” statements, focusing on the positives “I really like it when you….,” and giving a partner space and freedom to ask you questions, is always the best strategy, whether you have RA or not.

 5.  Where can people go to learn more?

LOGAN: I have been delighted to work with Pfizer on the launch of Arthritis.com, where we are tackling gaps in information tailored to the arthritis community. People visiting Arthritis.com will now find information on self-love, dating with a chronic condition, communicating intimacy needs, talking about sex and relationships with a doctor, and more. In addition to the tough topics like intimacy and relationships, people with arthritis will find inspiration, advice, tools and disease information to help manage arthritis day-to-day. I’ll be working with Pfizer to post regular updates, so if you’re hoping I’m going to cover a certain topic and you don’t see it yet – don’t worry! Chances are it’s on the way. You can also sign up for email updates on the site so that you know when new posts are up.

Thank you, Dr. Levkoff for your time, and very informative answers to these questions. I know they will be extremely helpful to not only patients dealing with RA but their families as well.

Meet Rheumatologist, Dr. Ara Dikranian:
Rhumatologist Dr_Ara_Dikranian

Dr. Ara Dikranian, a rheumatologist at Cabrillo Center for Rheumatic Disease and Sharp Memorial Hospital  shared some very interesting information and statistics about Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis in the following interview:

1.   What is RA? How many people in the U.S. have it?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disease that causes a range of symptoms that may include stiffness and swelling in the joints, particularly in the hands, feet, and knees. Approximately 1.6 million Americans are living with RA.

 2.  In your practice, do you find that Arthritis will often run in families, and if so, is it the same type of Arthritis? 

Certain genes play a role in the immune system—for some people, genetic factors may be involved in determining whether they will develop RA or other forms of arthritis, but research is still ongoing. In my practice, I have seen cases of arthritis run in families, and it can be the same type of arthritis. 

 3.  What is the average age of your patient’s diagnosis with Rheumatoid Arthritis & Osteoarthritis?

RA can occur at any time during adulthood, but it usually occurs between 40 and 70 years of age. The average age of the onset of osteoarthritis is around 50. 

 4.  What impact does a chronic condition, like RA, have on the lives of those who have been diagnosed with it?  What about on their relationships?

As a rheumatologist for more than 15 years, I have heard from many of my patients about the lifestyle challenges that people with chronic conditions like RA face, such as those related to relationships and intimacy. Based on my experiences in speaking with people living with RA, these lifestyle challenges can impact physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. These challenges can affect self-love and self-esteem, as well as relationships with a partner or family members. While it’s common for healthcare providers and people living with RA to talk about the typical symptoms of RA, other aspects of life with RA, such as relationships and intimacy, may not be discussed.

 RA can affect every part of a person’s life, including relationships and intimacy. This may include pain, fatigue, stiffness, swelling, reduced function, vaginal dryness, and reduced libido. These factors are a part of overall quality of life for people with RA and should be addressed as part of managing their overall wellbeing.

 5.  What tips do you give people living with RA about managing their condition, specifically related to these topics?

If RA symptoms are inhibiting a relationship, it’s important for people living with RA to talk to a professional to figure out the best way to manage the challenges that come with a chronic condition, like RA.

From my experience, I believe that there is a lack of resources on these topics, and we need to do a better job of shedding light on lifestyle challenges while living with a chronic condition. Now, with the availability of some of this information on Arthritis.com, people with chronic diseases like RA have an additional source of information on these topics. 

 6.  Can an open dialogue with their healthcare provider help a person living with RA with their personal relationships?

Having an open dialogue with a healthcare provider can help people living with RA determine an individual disease management plan that works best for them to address those challenges.

 At times, people living with RA may feel uncomfortable saying how they really feel, especially when it comes to topics like this. I try to ask my patients proactive questions about their lives to get the conversation started, and I encourage my patients to come to me with any concerns related to their life with a chronic condition, like RA. It’s through conversations like these that I’m able to assess better how my patients’ symptoms are being managed and if a tweak to their care plan may be required.

 7. Where can people go to learn more?

I encourage anyone who is living with a chronic disease like RA, or who knows someone who is, to talk to their doctor about all facets of their lives impacted by RA. They can also visit Arthritis.com for more information. Arthritis.com is a newly updated support site where people with arthritis can find inspiration, advice, tools, and disease information to help manage arthritis day-to-day.

Many thanks, Dr. Ara Dikranian, for sharing your time and expertise regarding RA, and encouraging ongoing communications with your patients to help keep their chronic RA in check. 



(Any quoted or paraphrased information used in this article was obtained from a provided PR-Fact Sheet, and interviews with Logan Levkoff,  Ph.D.,  Dr. Ara Dikranian, and  the website: Arthritis.com  )

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February 24, 2017

The no mess easy to use Le Mieux serum infused facial mask is the perfect pickup for all skin types

A facial mask is a “must have” in your skin care regime!

How would you like to experience the luxury of a unique, easy to use,  no mess or clean up,  skin hydrating, and brightening facial mask?

Well, look no more!  The Le Mieux Moisture Infusion Mask will provide you with the perfect facial pickup anytime,  and it’s the best treat ever for your weary, tired of winter, skin!!!

Use the  Moisture Infusion Mask by Le Mieux on any skin type.  It’s the perfect choice for me with an ongoing busy schedule and dealing with dehydrated top surface skin, especially during the cooler weather.

With spring right around the corner, I’m starting to get my skin back in tip top shape with Le Mieux’s Moisture Infusion Mask!

You can too!!  The Le Mieux Mask is very easy to use. There’s no mixing, but make sure your face is clean and dry before you begin. Open the silver packet and take out the enclosed mask. Remove and discard the paper like material on the Moisture infused cloth, then apply the cloth directly on your face.  It’s quite relaxing as you feel the moisturizing serum begin to penetrate your skin and hydrate that top surface dryness. Enjoy the mask’s cooling sensation for about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the cloth, and you’re all done.  Do not rinse your face.

Take a look at all the powerful ingredients used in the Le Mieux Moisture Infusion Mask, including the most stable form of Vitamin C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate).

My skin experienced a real boost after using the mask, and I must say that my top surface skin has a much smoother more vibrant look. That’s pretty impressive.  Any cosmetics products I apply also look more dynamic and not dry or cakey on my skin. The convenience of the LeMieux mask is exceptional, and a real time saver for me!

Purchase the Le Mieux Mask online at:



The  LE MIEUX MOISTURE INFUSION MASK gets a 5-⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review for their innovative, easy to use facial mask that delivers a moist, hydrated appearance to your face.  Ongoing success with all of your terrific products!


(Any quoted or paraphrased information used in this article was obtained from a provided PR-Fact Sheet, and website:  https:// www.myskincarebox /product/Lemieux-moisture-infusion-mask.  Any personal commentary was my opinion from using this product, provided to me. )

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November 23, 2016

New Theraflu™ ExpressMax™caplets provide an instant warming relief formula for colds and flu

THERAFLU™ ExpressMax® Warming Relief Formula For: Severe Cold & Cough

Warming Relief Formula
For: Severe Cold & Cough


The cold and flu season has arrived with its nasty symptoms that can not only be annoying but keep us from enjoying and participating in the fun seasonal activities with family and friends.

While already experiencing a cooler than average fall,  many of us have come down with frequent colds, coughs, sore throats,  body aches, and the like.  But there’s good news!!

GSK Consumer Health has launched a terrific new product that will help Americans manage those cold and flu seasonal symptoms by providing a unique over the counter symptom relief Caplet with a warming sensation! GSK Consumer Health is launching Theraflu™ ExpressMax™ caplets. This is the one and only cold and flu caplet that provides you with an instant warming sensation!

You’ll find that these new Caplets combine the same nonprescription maximum strength medicine* that we’ve come to expect from the Theraflu™ExpressMax™ family of products while delivering their unique warming sensation you’ll experience right away!    *Use only as directed. Maximum strength per 4-hour dose.

 Theraflu™Express Max™Formulas for Daytime and Nighttime are available now at major retailers across the country.                                                                                          

I wanted to find out more about these new products to share with you, and  was truly  delighted to have an opportunity to ask Peter Van Zile, the Pharm.D., Country Medical Affairs Principal Scientist, Respiratory for GSK Consumer Healthcare the following questions:

#1. Vicki: Colds and flu may occur at any time, but is there a particular season when colds and flu seem to be more prevalent?

Mr.Van Zile: We’re constantly coming into contact with viruses and bacteria, so you’re right – it’s possible to catch a cold or get the flu year-round. Cold and flu season typically coincides with the fall and winter. The incidence of flu usually peaks in January – February and may last as late as May. Remember to wash your hands often during this time!

#2. Vicki: What differentiates a cold from the flu, and what symptoms might a person typically experience from each?

Mr. Van Zile: The influenza virus, commonly called the flu, is a contagious respiratory infection. Unlike the common cold, the flu may cause severe illness and life-threatening complications in some people. Flu symptoms include nasal congestion, sore throat, headache, body ache, cough, and fever. If you suspect your symptoms are the result of the flu, you should consult your healthcare provider. Theraflu™ ExpressMax™ Caplets come in both Daytime and Nighttime options for severe cold and cough.

#3. Vicki:  What are the benefits for the consumer?

 Mr.Van Zile: With new Theraflu™ ExpressMax™ Caplets, consumers can feel confident that symptom relief is on the way, no matter the time of day. In addition to the symptoms temporarily relieved by the Daytime, the Night Time also relieves a runny nose, sneezing, itchy nose or throat, and itchy, watery eyes.  They can also expect the same powerful over-the-counter symptom relief they get from the Theraflu™ family of products, but now with a unique warming sensation they can instantly feel.

#4. Vicki:  Are you able to take Theraflu™ ExpressMax™ Severe Cold & Cough Caplets if you develop a cold and are taking prescribed medications?

Mr. Van Zile: You shouldn’t use Theraflu™ ExpressMax™ Caplets with any other drug containing acetaminophen (prescription or nonprescription) or if you’re allergic to acetaminophen. If you aren’t sure whether a drug contains acetaminophen, ask your doctor or pharmacist. You also shouldn’t use Theraflu™ ExpressMax™ Caplets if you’re taking a prescription monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (certain drugs for depression, psychiatric, or emotional conditions, or Parkinson’s disease), or for two weeks after stopping the MAOI drug. If you don’t know if your prescription drug contains a MAOI, ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product. Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are taking the blood thinning drug warfarin.

#5. Vicki:  Please tell us more about the warming relief formula in the Theraflu™  Caplets.

Mr. Van Zile:  Theraflu™ ExpressMax™ Caplets are the one and only cold and flu caplet that provides a unique warming sensation you can instantly feel. The formulation has been designed to allow the ingredients that cause the warming sensation to dissolve in the mouth when the tablet is consumed. The warming sensation will be felt in the mouth and then in the throat and upper chest when the product is swallowed.

Vicki: Thank you so much Mr. Van Zile for sharing this extremely helpful and valuable information about the new Theraflu™ ExpressMax™ Caplets.        

I’d also like to thank GSK Consumer Healthcare for sending me a complimentary box of Theraflu™ ExpressMax™ Caplets. It’s reassuring to know that my family and I are now prepared for the cold and flu season as winter is on the way.  

THERAFLU™ ExpressMax® Warming Relief Formula For: Severe Cold & Cough

Warming Relief Formula
For: Severe Cold & Cough

(Any quoted or paraphrased information in this article was obtained from a provided PR fact sheet and my interview with Mr. Peter Van Zile. Sincere gratitude to Peter Van Zile, Pharm.D., Country Medical Affairs Principal Scientist, Respiratory for GSK Consumer Healthcare for taking time out from his busy schedule to answer my questions aboutTheraflu™ExpressMax™ caplets.)

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November 10, 2016

Mad Hippie’s truly natural products provide healthy care for your skin and also helps keep our planet healthy and beautiful

 Mad Hippie advanced skin care


When given the opportunity to write about  Mad Hippie  Advanced Skin Care Collection, I was delighted!   The Mad Hippie line is spot on with an elegance of simplicity,  providing an array of easy to use facial treatments full of active ingredients that are safe for your skin. The Mad Hippie collection will be your skin’s best friend as you strive to attain and maintain a healthy,  hydrated, enviable complexion.

Check each link below to individually view each product in the Mad Hippie Advanced Skin Care collection. At the link, you’ll find the price, learn more about the natural ingredients and what that product will do for your skin.











Be sure to take a look at a variety of the Mad Hippie  Before and After images.  


I was able to experience the Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum and the Vitamin C Serum.  Both products are terrific and addressed the personal needs of my skin.  I loved the ease of the airless pump applicator and was happy to learn and share with you that, “ Mad Hippie airless pumps are made with a plastic resin that has no added BPA,  and are fully recyclable.” 

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The Mad Hippie product packaging is not only very visually appealing but quite informative with listing the ingredients and directions for use. The size of the product is perfect for travel and does not take up a lot of space in your vanity area, and the directions are very easy to understand.  The two serums I tried had a very nice feel to my skin.

I  look forward to ordering my Mad Hippie skin care collection, as  I’ve always enjoyed the benefits of using products synergistically!  I learned that pearl of wisdom from my “Nana” as a young girl and have followed Nana’s advice to this day . I must say that it’s one of the best habits I’ve acquired and will continue to do so.!

Mad Hippie without question gets a 5-⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ recommendation and wishes for ongoing success with their innovative and eco-friendly products.

KEEP IN MIND:  $1 off every web sale dedicated to The Wildlife Conservation Network.  Founded in 2002, Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) is dedicated to protecting endangered species and preserving their natural habitats. They support innovative strategies for people and wildlife to co-exist and thrive!


(Any quoted or paraphrased information used in this article was obtained from provided PR-Fact Sheet. My personal commentary was my opinion from using this product, provided to me. )

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November 2, 2016

Karen Fairchild, Maddie Marlow and More Carry Tyler Ellis at the CMA Awards!

LOS ANGELES – November 2, 2016 – Celebrities stepped out on the red carpet at the 50th Annual CMA Awards carrying Tyler Ellis clutches!  Karen Fairchild from Little Big Town went for a monochromatic look in a navy gown with a Tyler Ellis Lee Navy Satin clutch (price available upon request, www.tylerellis.com).
Maddie & Tae’s Maddie Marlow accented her emerald green gown with Tyler Ellis Lee Green Satin and Crystal Clutch (price available upon request, www.tylerellis.com). 

THE 50th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS - The 50th Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, broadcasts live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, November 2 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Image Group LA/ABC via Getty Images) LENNON AND MAISY STELLA

Lennon Stella sparked on the carpet in a crystal jumpsuit accented with a Tyler Ellis Aimee Clutch in Red Satin (price available upon request, www.tylerellis.com).
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August 31, 2016

Renowned makeup artist Beth Bender creates the first ever hypoallergenic adhesive eyeliner stencil called EYE CANDY

Eyeliner is the finishing touch that can instantly pull your look together.  I’ll sometimes leave the house without makeup, but I’ll NEVER walk out the door without my eyeliner.  How would you like to be able to apply your eyeliner with ease and perfection, like a pro?  Well, now you can!

Eye Candy is here, and available at Beth Bender Beauty!  As a renowned makeup artist and designer of the world’s first Eyeliner and Eye Makeup Stencil,  Beth’s NEW Eye Candy Gentle Adhesive Eyeliner Stencils are made from a hypoallergenic, gentle material that is easy to apply and gentle to remove!

Eye Candy- The First Ever Adhesive Eyeliner Stencil

Eye Candy- The First Ever Adhesive Eyeliner Stencil

Eye Candy Stencils Key Benefits:


•Easy to use

•Work with any eye shape or eyelid

•Allow consumers to create unique eyeliner and eye makeup looks

•Achieve symmetrical eyeliner looks with ease

•Can be utilized with all formulas

•Can be applied over makeup

There’s no limit to your imagination when you use this fabulous Adhesive Eye Candy stencil.

Let’s get started using Eye Candy!

The Eye Candy Starter Pack: $9.99

Includes 14 sets (28 stencils total)

The Eye Candy Pro Pack: $19.99

Includes 36 sets (72 stencils total)

View the terrific Eye Candy Tutorial Video: Watch this great video that shows you how fun and  easy it is to line your eyes using the Eye Candy Adhesive Stencil (The Tutorial Video is mid-page)

You may also view the EYE CANDY Video on YouTube   


(Quoted or paraphrased information in this article was obtained from a provided promotional EYE CANDY Fact Sheet.)

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July 20, 2016

Weight Management is a Marathon, Not a Sprint!

Have you noticed that weight seems to be a favorite topic that, one way or another, has a way of always popping up in conversations, publications, television programs, commercials, and the like?    Whether it’s gaining weight, losing weight, fad diets, new food, the perfect exercise program, or new exercise gadget, weight and it’s management is a marathon and not a sprint.

Let’s face it, the struggle to maintain a healthy weight is real for many of us!

In fact, the CDC reports that now 41% of all US women are obese, and only women show an upward trend. Furthermore, studies show once you lose weight, it’s very hard to keep it off.

 It’s a real pleasure to introduce you to Dr. Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, Director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness, and an expert on weight management, who says finding a support network is key. “Patients are more likely to achieve progress when, in collaboration with their healthcare network, they have opportunities to discuss treatment options, establish plans, monitor results and evaluate responses to the plans,” says Dr. Kahan.

For me, the challenge is often just getting started! Dr. Kahan came to the rescue with some great tips to follow before you begin a weight loss plan!!  If you heed Dr. Kahan’s advice and tips below, it will help to get you in the right frame of mind!

 TIP #1) Approach weight management as a marathon, not a sprint. A recent study shows that most people go through several phases during the cycle of weight management, some of which are exciting and associated with having lots of energy and momentum, while others are frustrating, such as the dreaded “plateau.”  Just like any marathon, there are ups and downs, and we should expect this and build our approach to managing it. 

[Click Live Link below by IMAGE to view the attached image developed , based on the study results, to help people understand the Weight-Loss Cycle.]

TIP #2) Set realistic expectations. Several studies show that we typically go into weight loss attempts expecting wildly more weight loss than what is realistic. One study showed people starting a basic weight loss program expected 20-30% weight loss, more than is typical with bariatric surgery!  In contrast, we know that as little as 3% weight loss improves blood sugar, and 5-10% weight loss improves most health outcomes and helps you feel good.

TIP#3) Understand that weight maintenance is something that will continue. Weight loss cycles between momentum and fatigue, excitement and frustration. We need to build an approach to managing each of these phases during the long process of weight maintenance.

IMAGE: Weight loss cycle w_caption-1

These are terrific, Dr. Kahan. Thank you so very much for the helpful weight management advice!

(Quoted and Paraphrased information in this article was obtained from Press Materials.)


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