June 27, 2013

Dress Up Your Home July 4th with Hen House Linens


Planning a 4th of July bash to kick off the season of fun in the sun? Decorate your home with playful prints from Hen House Linens that are sure to get you and your guests in a summer-ready state of mind. The bold blue of Bargello Navy and the rich red of Devine Scarlet make these the must-have, 4th of July patterns to dress up every room in your home.

Bargello Navy

Bargello Navy

Transform your living room into a summer retreat with Pillows in Bargello Navy, a vibrant blue featuring rolling geometric patterns. Turn your kitchen into a sunny summer brunch spot with a Tablecloth in Devine Scarlet, a stunning red pattern with swirling white arabesques. Accessorize with Napkin Rings and Dinner Napkins in both of these prints as the finishing touches.

Hen House Linens

Hen House Linens

Make your 4th of July celebration one to remember, and get ready to celebrate the start of summer with Hen House Linens.



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June 27, 2013

Unleash Endless Styling Possibilities with White Sands Undercover Styling Spray


White Sands Undercover Styling Spray

White Sands Undercover Styling Spray

I got hooked on the product line of White Sands a while ago. My first experience with White Sands was with Orchid Bliss Shampoo and Conditioner.  I can not live without it now!  It gave my hair shine, strength and controlled my frizz!  I felt confident and  safe using this product on my hair.

I have been looking high and  low for a styling spray that actually “WORKS”! Again I turned to  White Sands…..and sure enough (they never let me down) I found  it!  White Sands Styling Spray is a do-it-all hair spray that provides high shine and hydration to style for a beautiful looking head of hair. It controls the frizz with thermal protection for  curly, sleek, straight, beach scrunch, 20’s wave or 60’s flips natural  feeling hairdos!  Anything can be imaginable with White Sands UnderCover Styling Spray. It is the first gluten and paraben free product with extreme moisture for endless styling possibilities.

One busy morning, I sprayed White Sands UnderCover Styling Spray on my dry hair and then  I braided my hair….. it held in all day with an ultimate shine.  That night rushing around, trying not to be too fashionably late for  an event. I did not have the time to shower and style my hair (the  story of my life) so I unbraided my hair and went on my way. The natural, soft feeling waves were to die for!  Another time I sprayed  White Sands UnderCover Styling Spray after shampooing my hair, I let  it dry naturally for a scrunch, texturizing look. Never the stiff,  wet or greasy look.   never have to worry about “A Bad Hair Day” I love spraying this product on my hair before straighten it too. The  shine and softness of your hair is like stepping out of a salon.   Now  I understand why they named this styling spray “UnderCover”…..it unleashes the secret to providing endless styling possibilities for a different look everyday! You can find this spray and more fabulous products at whitesandsproducts

426346_2615090938519_1292450244_32037462_1878770512_n - Version 3Laurie Carcieri, Guest Blogger

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June 24, 2013

Tan and Lovely…Everyone Goes “Ah!”


Does looking for a self-tanner make you dizzy?? Literally going into a department store makes your head spin with the hundreds of self-tanning products you can choose to buy. Look no further, Vita Liberata has delivered the sun to you in a bottle and makes you glow from the moment you put it on.

We all want to be summer ready and look like the Girl from Ipanema.  “Tall and tan and young and lovely, the girl from Ipanema goes walking and when she passes each one she passes goes-ah!”

You will get that, “AH!” when using Vita Liberata. Looking like a bronze goddess is easier then ever. Vita Liberata is an innovation in self-tanners and skin care. You get a tan that looks so natural and skin so silky that it looks like you just beached it.


Vita Liberata is an easy to use product that glides evenly, easily and dries quickly.  A subtle tan develops over a short time making you glow with the essence of the sun. Applying is as easy as moisturizing your skin. Both face and body Vita Liberata can be used regularly to maintain a healthy skin glow.

Vita Liberata is non-toxic and contains 80% organic extracts and has no smell. It is 100% free from parabens, perfume and alcohol. Vita Liberata contains a unique moisture-lock system with a gel formulation that is extremely conditioning and keeps your body feeling silky and smooth.

Keep your skin looking tan and feeling smooth, be the Girl from Ipanema year round. Be the girl who makes everyone go, “AH!”

Vita Liberata is found at www.sephora.com

LaurieLaurie Payne, Guest Blogger

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June 20, 2013

With BlingDots You Won’t Lose Your Bling

BG-web54554I’d like to take a moment to mourn on all of the earrings that I have lost in the past.  Now, I’d like to take the time to express how thankful I am that I don’t have to worry about that anymore because I have Bling Guard’s BlingDots. After countless nights of coming home to find out that only one of my earring survived the night, I can thankfully say that I have not lost one earring since I started to use BlingDots—the easy to use disposable backs help to secure earrings in place and relieve my fears of losing earrings. (See diagram below).



Not only do they stop earrings from falling out they also hold earrings perfectly in place in your ear, no more droopy earrings! I have used and loved Bling Guard’s BlingWraps for my rings and Bling Guard has not disappointed me with BlingDots!   Don’t lose your bling, get your blingdots today! blingguard


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June 19, 2013

Simple, Light, Easy


Sensitive skin can create all sorts of problems for us ladies who are desperately trying to fight the wrinkles that start pretty early and creep up on you quickly unless you really moisturize!  When I was in my early thirties I really hated moisturizers with SPF (I still do) because they generally smell like suntan lotion. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love my suntan lotion when I’m at the beach but I do not want it under my nose 24×7, 365. So, when I opened up the SIMPLE Protecting Light Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen I was pleasantly surprised in two ways.

First, it is nearly odorless, which I truly appreciated. It did not smell like SPF at all. Second, it goes on very lightly, which I also love, because the last thing I want to feel is a layer of ‘stuff’  on my skin all day long. The moisturizer is a light, oil free blend of skin-loving ingredients like Glycerin, Allontoin and Bisabolol, and added vitamins (B5 and E) with absolutely no artifical perfume or dyes, no harsh irritants and is dermatologist tested. The moisturizer is also HypoAllergenic and contains no animal derived ingredients, which is just wonderful.

The product is non-comedogenic, so you shouldn’t have breakouts from this at all.  The product is reasonably priced, great for sensitive skin and good for combination skin, it keeps you lightly moisturized without overloading you, and it is non-scented.


In addition, I’ve been using the SIMPLE Cleansing Wipes. My favorite one is the oil balancing cleansing wipes, since I tend to have the ‘T type skin – which means I have a swipe of oily and then the rest of my face tends to get dry. What I love about these wipes is that they are made for sensitive skin types, AND they have no alchohol and no artificial perfumes and dyes. For the first time, I have really clean feeling skin from a wipe – with no after effects from alchohol or dyes. In fact, I have no idea why any skin product would EVER have alchohol in it anyway….I recommend SIMPLE light moisurizer and SIMPLE cleansing wipes for anyone who is concerned about putting only the purest products on their skin!


Guest Post by Julia Tanen

Julia is a writer, blogger, book author

and mom from Boston, Massachusetts

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June 17, 2013

Beauty and Quality Wrapped into MAKE Cosmetics


I have tried a ridiculous amount of make up. For all of the products I try, most of them get forgotten about and pushed to the back of my make-up draw; however, there are a few products that are essential to my collection. MAKE make-up’s silk lipstick in the color Deep Flesh, glitter eye shadow in the shade Alabaster, and the custom finishing effects pallet in Matte/Dew have become my most indispensable summer make-up items.

Beauty comes more naturally in the summer. The sun gives my face a natural bronzing, my eyes are brighter, and the salt water from the beach naturally clears my blemishes. Because I feel confident in my summer skin, I like to use a small amount of products in my daily make-up routine—only the best essentials, so obviously I reach for my MAKE make-up!

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The lipstick in the color Deep Flesh (shown at left) is the perfect summer time nude! It is only about one shade pinker then my natural lips yet it really makes my lips noticeable in an effortlessly pretty way.  The lipstick has a great hydrating formula so it is super moisturizing and doesn’t dry out my lips or make it obvious that I am wearing lip color. It is also feather-resistant meaning it wont smudge around your lips!

Around my eyes I like to use a little bit of the glitter shadow in Alabaster (Shown on left). The gorgeous pinkish color with lots of shimmer brightens my eyes while lasting all day, even in the summer heat. The shadow has a flawless satin-finish that blends really well and looks amazing around eyes!


Last, but not least is MAKE’s Custom Finish Effects- Matte/Dew pallet! This truly is the ultimate skin perfector! The pallet comes with two colors, a peach gel formula which creates a matte finish and a pink moisturizing formula that leaves skin looking dazzling and dewy. This is my miracle product because the matte product fixes my nose, which tends to get too shiny AND my checks which tend to get dry!

Overall, MAKE make-up is exceptional because they are simply quality products!

As noted on their website: weseebeauty.com,  MAKE is a cosmetic brand that finds beauty in inspiration. Its mission is to encourage self-expression through color by fostering contemporary collaborations between makeup artists and creatives worldwide. MAKE is the first for-benefit beauty brand on We See Beauty and is Made in New York. 

0-10Rachel Aiello, Guest Blogger

Wearing Make Cosmetics

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June 15, 2013

Brittney Spears Fantasy Twist is Brilliant


The new Britney Spears perfume duo Fantasy Twist contains two of my favorites in her fragrance collection, Fantasy and Midnight Fantasy. Fantasy, has a very sweet and seductive smell to it. I would recommend this to anyone from ages 13 to 25.  The perfume bottle is about 2 inches tall and 2 inches wide. It can fit into the palm of my hand as you can see in the picture below. Fantasy Twist is a great accessory to take with you on a trip because it won’t take up a lot of room. To apply the perfume you pull up where the dangly keychain is in the front while also simultaneously pulling down.


Once you open the perfume it splits into two separate halfs each containing a fragrant perfume. The “blue half” holds the fragrance Midnight Fantasy. This fragrance has more of a stronger scent which I could see an older teen using. The “pink half”, called Fantasy, has more of a sweet smell, not as mature. When I opened the bottle, I couldn’t decide which exciting scent to wear first. Try wearing one of the fragrances alone, or spice up your night and wear them together.  Britney Spears Fantasy Twist holds two of my favorite fragrances and I can’t wait to see what Brittney’s next fragrance will be. kohls.com/


Christina, Guest Blogger

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June 12, 2013

Happy Beach Days With Hawaiian Tropic


It is that time of year when we pack up and head to the beach to relax and spend our summer kayaking , swimming and surfing. You would think that I have this packing situation down to a science, since this is our 8th year doing it, but I don’t. The one item that is never forgotten is my Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen and Lotion. Hawaiian Tropic has recently introduced Silk Hydration sunscreen, available now in a Clear Mist Spray.  Hawaiian Tropic trademark is a name you can trust since forever!!  I always enjoyed the scent of Hawaiian Tropic products! Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration spray offers safe and effective broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection along with 12 hours of moisturizing botanicals to hydrate and pamper your skin.  Your skin feels soft and healthy with confident protection.  It is a lightweight water resistant formula which lasts up to 80 minutes! Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration is available in SPF 15 and 30. You will love spraying this on!


After being in the sun all day, Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration has a soothing Aloe Gel Hydrating Lotion which provides shea butter and silk protein to soothe and refresh the skin.  Many hours of being at the beach and swimming in the salt water takes a toll on your skin…draining the moisture and drying out the skin making it look weathered. Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Lotion soothes the skin, leaving your skin feeling hydrated, healthy, refreshed and radiant. An amazing lightweight moisturizer and tropical fragrance of coconut papaya will stimulate you and you will never want to use anything else to pamper or cool your skin after the sun. Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Lotion also helps preserve your tan!  This is the first and only after sun product that combines ribbons of gel and lotion together to leave your skin feeling luxurious and rich for 24 hours. This Summer don’t forget to pack Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Sunscreen Spray and Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Hydrating Lotion in your beach bag for healthy skin!  Happy Beach Days! hawaiiantropic.com

426346_2615090938519_1292450244_32037462_1878770512_nLaurie Carcieri


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June 11, 2013




Beauty ADDICTS Lipstick and gloss, YUMMY! Aging lips are a sure giveaway to aging. They get dry (like the rest of you}, but you are constantly eating and drinking, then wiping them clean.  Giving the amount of eating and drinking I do, it’s pretty often. So, something creamy and luscious, that’s for me. Beauty ADDICTS Lipsticks and Glosses smooth and hydrating, my lips are softer, with less pucker lines that must be because of the shea butter and Vitamin E and Jojoba oil and other natural ingredients. The color Play ADDICT was a perfect compliment to most things I wear, glossy and glowing, I felt 17 again. Another color tried was “Veil”, which was a great nude lip for all complexions, good for all casual activities.  These lipsticks are very creamy and pigmented and I will be definitely be using them often.


You don’t have to be blond to wear blue eye shadow, or I should say the color “Yacht Club” from beauty ADDICTS. Just in time for summer, on the beach, by the pool, or just hanging out, what a lovely cool bluish color. Lasting power that won’t quit, it survives humidity, water, and tearing. It compliments my brown eyes, and it’s hue goes with most colors as it is subtle and tasteful. There  is no creasing, or  smudging.  I am a believer, can’t wait to try the rest of beauty ADDICTS products.  Highly recommended.

Visit beautyaddicts.com/ and choose from the array of cosmetics they have to offer.


4481_1046410411674_7883755_nLiz Vachon, LICSW

Wife and Mother of two

National Keynote Speaker on Bullying



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June 11, 2013

Blingguard BlingWraps are the Greatest Creation


Losing jewelry is one of the most heartbreaking experiences, especially if the piece of jewelry has a special meaning or costs a substantial amount money. As a victim of such heartbreak, BlingGuard’s BlingWraps are the greatest invention that I have ever tried! It comes with a set of clear stickers that, when you wrap around your finger, keeps your rings perfectly in place! In addition to the ring staying perfectly in place, you don’t have to worry about your ring slipping off. BlingGuard BlingWraps are such a great creation! The invention is invisible and comfortable, it stops sliding and spinning while adding one size to your finger! I considered BlingWraps my jewelry insurance because it is a small price to pay to make my ring fit perfectly and prevent my rings from falling off and getting lost forever.

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Last year, my grandparents gave me a beautiful, cross ring for my high school graduation. The ring was such a special, heartfelt and expensive gift, yet the ring was slightly big and I was worried that it would slip off. Well, that was until I found BlingWraps, which alleviates my fears by holding my ring perfectly in place through “guarding” my “bling”. So if you are like me and cherish jewelry, be sure to make sure it stays perfectly in place with BlingGuards BlingWraps! You can purchase your BlingWraps at blingguard.com

image - Version 2Rachel Aiello, Guest Blogger

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