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While most dermatologists and doctors preach the benefits of drinking more water, water gets boring. Perhaps you’ve done just about everything to make your plain glass of water more enjoyable. If you’re running out of ideas and are tempted to reach for a caffeinated beverage you’re not alone. We talked to the experts who gave us six fresh infused water recipes that’ll pack a punch of flavor and add health and beauty benefits to your H2O! If you’re new to infused water it’s easy. Chop up the ingredients, let them sit over night in your water pitcher and sip your way to healthy hydration inside and out.

1. Mango Ginger

This combo might seem weird, but adding the health benefits of ginger and the antioxidant power of mangoes is a surprisingly tasty mix! “Mangoes contain so many vitamins that help boost your immune system. It has antioxidants that maintain youthful glowing skin and aid in the production of blood cells,” says Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O. an anti-aging expert and long-time health advisor to the New York Rangers hockey team.  “Ginger is also helpful in fighting infection, has been linked to lower cholesterol levels, may reduce muscle aches, and helps digestion,” adds Dr. Calapai.

2. Grapefruit Rosemary

Recently rosemary was found to be the main ingredient eaten by residents of an Italian village with one of the highest populations of people who live past 100! “Rosemary improves circulation and sends more blood to the brain which is linked to greater concentration and potentially reduces risk of Alzheimer’s,” says Dr. Calapai. Grapefruit is not only delicious but it’s a natural fat burner, boosts metabolism and cleanses your liver.

3. Melon Mix

Cut up watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe chunks and throw into your water over night. “This melon variety tastes great and is amazing for your skin,” says Dr. Kally Papantoniou board certified dermatologist and clinical instructor at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. “Melons are immensely hydrating, meaning more hydration per cup of water. They are also chock-full of antioxidants that keep skin clear plus they contain vitamins that promote collagen production which helps skin cell turnover.”

 4. Citrus Mint

Pick your favorite citrus fruits, cut up into slices and add some crushed mint.  “Adding mint to your water is not only extra refreshing but also improves digestive health and can speed up your metabolism,” says Dr. Calapai. “Mint actually contains salicylic acid, a potent acne fighter,” says Dr. Papantoniou. “It’s also well known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties which work to calm irritation both on your skin or internally,” she adds. 

5. Cucumber Lavender

“The reason so many spas use cucumber based treatments is because it contains many skin friendly minerals like magnesium, potassium and silicon,” says Dr. Papantoniou. “This mix is especially healthy,” says Dr. Calapai “Cucumbers are powerful detoxifiers, flushing out any waste in your system. Adding crushed lavender to the mix not only adds a beautiful aroma but can also help digestion as lavender contains polyphenols that reduce bad bacteria in your gut, making your system run smoother,” he explains.

6. Pineapple Coconut Water
This one is almost cheating… almost. Get your favorite store bought raw coconut water and refrigerate over night with large chunks of pineapple. The coconut-pineapple flavor combo is delicious and reminiscent of a piña colada without all the sugar and calories. Although this is not pure H2O, coconut water contains electrolytes which plain water does not, which rehydrate you in record time. “Pineapple is yet another fruit that aids in collagen production,” says Papantoniou “This is not just great for beautiful skin, collagen also has a major role in bone health and tissue repair.”

Clearly there are benefits to keeping hydrated. Water does not have to be boring, it can be delicious. Drink up!

How much water do you drink a day?  I try to get 8+ glasses.  I think the Pineapple Coconut Water and Grapefruit Rosemary are the first two of the above waters I am going to try.  Do any sound good to you?


Aug 092016

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It is that time of year when you are getting your kids back to school. I found a place I like to shop for all kinds of products and I can save money while I am shopping.  Groupon Goods have all kinds of things that a student could use at college. You can find linens, phone chargers, travel mugs, blenders and more!

I stay signed into Groupon so that I get all the deals.  You never now what is going to be on sale.  I would hate missing a bargain – wouldn’t you? I really like that the deals are tailored to were you live.  You can find discounts on retailers, restaurants and all kinds of products.  If going on vacation or the college your child is going to is in a different city – you can look for deals there too.

The best thing about Groupon?  There is no extra charge to become a member ~ it is free.  It is so easy to shop on Groupon and you just click on a button and you save money.

Have you used Groupon?  If so what have you purchased?  I love hearing about my readers deals! You can follow the deals on Facebook and Twitter.


Aug 082016


I have been looking for some wireless bluetooth headphones that are light and fit well.  I really like this set I have from AYL #AYLBluetoothEarphone.  The fit well and don’t slide out while I am walking or on the treadmill.  They have great sound and are noise canceling. Here are a couple features I really like:

  • Wireless
  • Quality Sound
  • Noise canceling
  • Comfortable and fit well
  • 7 hours of play time
  • Compatible with smartphones and tablets
  • Built in microphone

I found that the wireless headphones from AYL were easy to pair with my phone.  I use them almost every night when I go to the gym my apartment has.  They are unique as they have a magnetic end design that allows you to wear them around your neck.

If you would like to get your own pair of Bluetooth Wireless LightWeight Earphones from AYL you can find them on the link below from


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Aug 052016

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, then visit an orthodontist to learn more about treatment with plastic aligners. An orthodontist can examine your teeth with an X-ray to determine if aligner treatment is appropriate. The clear braces Brentwood orthodontists recommend are designed for teenagers or adults. Aligner treatment is not used on children because their rapid growth makes it difficult to wear the same set of clear braces for two weeks. In addition, treatment with aligners is designed to repair mild to moderate misalignments rather than serious malocclusions.

Wear Each Set of Aligners for Two Weeks

When you have overcrowded teeth, an orthodontist will create the molds for aligners after collecting images of your facial structure. Specialized computer software is used to project how the position of your teeth will change in six months to a year in order to create a series of aligners. You must wear your first set of aligners for two weeks before switching to the next set of clear braces. An orthodontist might tell you to throw away the old set, but some orthodontists want to examine the worn-out aligners to determine if the devices are working properly.

Continue to Brush and Floss Your Teeth

Occasionally, your orthodontist will examine your teeth during aligner treatment to determine if the devices are working correctly, and an important part of this examination is seeing how well you are providing oral hygiene for your teeth. You must wear each set of aligners at least 20 hours each day, including while you sleep. It is possible to drink water while wearing aligners, but you should remove the devices while eating meals and snacks. To have a beautiful smile while wearing aligners, avoid drinking beverages that have artificial colors that can stain the plastic.

Follow Your Orthodontist’s Treatment Plan

It is a good idea to carry a case with you to hold your aligners while eating a meal at a restaurant or cafeteria, and make sure to put the case in your pocket or backpack rather than on a tray. If you throw away your aligners accidentally, then ask your orthodontist for permission to wear the next set in the series. Your orthodontist will give you several sets of aligners, but it is important to wear the devices in the correct sequence to avoid disrupting your treatment time.


Aug 042016


I really like these cute salt and pepper grinder set.  They are from Three Star Lions #saltandpeppergrinderset.  They are the perfect size and fit well in your hand. I like how easy they are to use and I get the perfect grind. The salt and pepper grinder set features an adjustable setting that allows both fine and coarse grinding. 

They set is made out of durable stainless steel. They are high quality and look very nice.  I like how they fit into your hand and they are easy to use.  The Three Star Lions salt and pepper grinder set are perfect for black peppercorns, sea salt, Himalayan salt, spices & gourmet table seasoning to please everyone tastes.

If you would like to buy your own set of The Three Star Lions salt and pepper grinder set you can order it below from


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Title: Burning Moon

Author: Jo Waston

Series: Destination Love, #1

On Sale: August 2, 2016

Publisher: Forever

Formats: eBook

Price: $4.99 USD (eBook)

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Newly revised and expanded, Jo Watson’s Wattpad sensation Burning Moon is now available in print for the first time!

There’s a very fine line between blushing bride and mascara-streaked sobbing mess. #beenthere

Lily Swanson has been planning her perfect life since she was twelve years old: Meet Mr. Right, have the big white wedding, buy a house in the ‘burbs and raise 2.5 picture-perfect kids. However, when her fiancé bails, leaving Lily alone at the altar to face 500 gossipy guests, her dream turns into a nightmare. But then Lily makes an impulsive decision—she ditches the dress, grabs her passport, and heads off to Thailand to spend her honeymoon alone.

Or so she thinks…

Because Lilly quickly learns that everything in Thailand is very hot-the weather, the merchandise, and especially Damien—the sexy, spontaneous man she meets before her feet even hit the sand. Now with no plan, and nothing holding her back, Lily lets Damien lead her on a wild, unpredictable ride to the world’s most exclusive party, Burning Moon. But after a week of letting go, indulging her every impulse and desire, Lily must go back to the girl she used to be. Or can Damien convince her that their party doesn’t have to end?


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Jo Watson is an award-winning writer of romantic comedies. Burning Moon won a Watty Award in 2014. Jo is an Adidas addict and a Depeche Mode devotee. She lives in South Africa with her family.

















Aug 022016


Have any of you gotten into the adult coloring books?  I have a couple and have spent some time coloring and doodling in them.  Here is a great pack of Colourifique Gel Pens #Colourifique to use in your coloring books. There are 36 gel pens in the pack including  12 glitter colors (1.0 mm point size); 10 metallic colors (.8 mm point size); 6 neon and 6 pastel colors (.8mm point size).  The colors are bold, bright and vibrant.

My favorite out of the pack are the glitter ones.  They look good when you use them.  I find that I have a couple at my desk at work to write with.  I like to doodle while I am on calls and I do seem to be on lots of conference calls lately.

I think the pens would of course be great for coloring – but also for making greeting cards, scrapbooking, sketching, writing in your journal and much more.

These Colourifique Gel Pens would be great for back to school or college and would also make a great gift.  You can purchase your own on the link below from

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Aug 022016

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SILK STALKINGSSilk Stalkings (A Material Witness Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Berkley (August 2, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425270592
E-Book ASIN: B01839Q47C

Fabric shop owner Polyester Monroe can get tangled up in textiles, but it’s murder that really throws her for a loop in the latest mystery from the national bestselling author of Crushed Velvet.

The time has come for San Ladrón, California’s annual Miss Tangorli beauty pageant, and Poly has agreed to use Material Girl’s inventory of shimmery silks to create embellished gowns fit for a crown. But when millionaire Harvey Halliwell—the man who revived the city’s citrus trade with his imported tangorli tree—is found dead days before the pageant contestants are announced, something sour takes over the town.

To make matters worse, her friend, mechanic Charlie Brooks, is soon caught up in the crime, having been seen in the company of the case’s prime suspect. Now Poly’s on a mission to squeeze out the truth. But as she searches for a pattern, the killer seems intent on cutting up the evidence…

DianeVallereAuthorPhoto_color_croppedAbout The Author

I’m a former fashion buyer turned mystery writer, trading fashion accessories for accessories to murder. I was bit by the mystery bug as a kid reading Trixie Belden, Connie Blair, and The Three Investigators. Now I’m writing three series: the Style & Error Mysteries, the Mad for Mod Mysteries,  Material Witness Mysteries, and the new Costume Shop Cozy Mysteries!

The Material Witness mysteries feature Polyester Monroe, who inherits the fabric shop where she was born. Books include SUEDE TO REST  and CRUSHED VELVET . The third, SILK STALKINGS,  will be out in August 2016.

The Style & Error Series features former fashion buyer turned amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd. Books in that series include DESIGNER DIRTY LAUNDRYBUYER, BEWARETHE BRIM REAPER ; and SOME LIKE IT HAUTE . (A short story, “Just Kidding ,” tells the story of how Samantha first met shoe designer Nick Taylor). Book 5, GRAND THEFT RETRO, will be out in 2016.

The Madison Night Mysteries feature a modern day interior decorator who specializes in midcentury design (studying Doris Day movies to get the look right). Books are PILLOW STALK ,THAT TOUCH OF INK , and WITH VICS YOU GET EGGROLL . A prequel novella, “Midnight Ice,” can be found in OTHER PEOPLE’S BAGGAGE .

The new Costume Shop Cozy Mysteries feature former magician’s assistant Margo Tamblyn who has come home to run her family’s costume chop. A Disguise to Die For was released February 2, 2016 and Masking for Trouble will be released October 4. 

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My Review:

I love books like this – I sew, knit, crochet and do all types of crafts so a story about a fabric store is of interest to me.  I have not read the other stories in this series and did not feel lost while reading Silk Stalkings by Diane Vallere.

I liked the romances between Poly and Vaughn and Charlie and Clark they added to the story.  I really enjoyed this book and thought that there was a lot that kept me engaged to the end.  I liked the town and the people who lived there and thought that the beauty pageant gave the story an interesting twist.  The I had a hard time putting the book down.  I am looking forward to reading the books I missed and hope there is more to follow.



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