Friday, November 30, 2007

Cutting Edges with The Edger Brownie Pan and Working it off with Kettlebells!

You can cut edges with the one product... but the second one below.... whew! You can't. You gotta work ... no edge cutting! First my favorite thing..... brownies.... Girl's gotta eat! How cool is this! Plus this makes a great bridal shower gift! So make sure you put it on your list!

The Edge Brownie Pan For corner brownie fans and chewy edge lovers, it's a dream come true -- a gourmet brownie pan that adds two chewy edges to every serving! It's the Edge Brownie Pan from Baker's Edge, and it's the first (and only) brownie pan specifically designed for chewy edge lovers. The pan's patented sidewalls also improve baking performance by circulating heat evenly to the pan's middle, where food typically takes longer to bake. The size is just right -- 9" x 12" x 2", so it's a perfect fit for box mixes and most recipes for 9" x 9" and 9" x 13" conventional pans. Widely acclaimed for its innovation and quality since its launch in 2006, the Edge Brownie Pan has received rave reviews by more than 200 magazines, newspapers, and blogs. Units are individually boxed and come complete with a gourmet recipes insert and a custom nylon spatula.

So after you eat all the edges then what? I'll tell you what -the guilt comes in ... which brings us to Kettlebells I first heard about these the other night on the Donnie Deustche show 'The
Big Idea" and am quite intriqued. I may go this way after Christmas to get rid of the packed on pounds as opposed to joining another gym. My only concern will be if I let go and the bell goes flying into the tv or wall : ) But I have to say, these look pretty cool. Previously, I only thought Russian athletes used these things... so much for stereotyping... they are evidently popular!

Kettlebells The Iron Core Way Volume 1 (Complete Guide to Kettlebell Training with Follow Along Workout) Body And Soul Magazine, May 2006

These DVD's provide a thorough kettlebell initiation, with a combination of attention to detail and heart pumping, sweat inducing exercise. Kettlebell Training Basics: Kettlebells are a weighted cannon ball with a handle that delivers an all in one strength and cardio workout. Kettlebells work the entire body with each movement. Exercise converts use them as the latest fitness tool to achieve the core, functional strength and fat burning that has eluded them in other workout programs. A typical 1- hour kettlebell workout can
burn up to 1,200 calories. Volume 1 teaches foundation kettlebell exercises like the swing, clean, press and front squat. Volume 1 also has a 45 minute heart pounding, fat burning follow along workout circuit. Volume 2 builds on the foundation exercises taught in Volume 1. Instruction on the more advanced kettlebell lifts , like the snatch, and a 45 minute sweat- inducing workout guarantee you will lose fat and inches forever!

First Place Kettlebells (Sold As Singles)

  • Helps develop total body strength, power, and endurance
  • Kettlebells work the body across a wide range of angles
  • Increases your dynamic flexibility
  • Off-centered weight of kettlebells increases the demand placed on core stabilization, agility, and proprioception
  • Use for squats, throws, cleans, jerks, snatches, rotational swings and more.

15 lb. Kettlebell

Portable! Kettlebells are heavy but compact. Available in 6 different weights 4kg (8.8lbs.), 8kg (17.6lbs.), 12kg (26.4lbs.), 16kg (35.2lbs.), 20kg (44lbs.), 24kg (52.8lbs.), 32kg (70.4lbs.)

Kettlebells, the hot new dynamic training tool that deliver an intense workout that can be done in half the time of a traditional workout, while producing twice the results. GoFit Kettlebells feature a class defining
oversized, powder coated handle that makes them more user friendly, less slippery, and easier to transition from hand to hand. They color coded for easy weight designation and floor friendly with premium vinyl dipping. Of course, they come with an industry first, world class education by Sarah Lurie Founder of IRON CORE Fitness and the nations leading kettlebell expert. IRON CORE Kettlebell DVD included.
And now, for a preview of how they work.... I am so psyched about these things!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Mother In Law Metldown ... A nice gift ...

OH, I had to post this.... It cracked me up. It's actually a truly nice gift but the name of it is priceless! So hear you have it ... "The Mother In-Law Meltdown!" What it means -- couldn't tell you but.... I'll leave you to your own thoughts ; )

Mother-in-Law Meltdown
- $ 239.95
Dom Perignon Gift Box delicately accompanied by 12 chocolate foiled rosebuds in a box

7 Rules of Makeup That are Ageless

  • Don't tweeze above your brows.
    Any fuzz above your brows creates an unflattering shadow, says New York City makeup artist Vivian Hidalgo of Minardi Salon. To pluck any strays above brows, Hidalgo suggests you look directly into a large mirror (do not tilt your chin up or down -- this distorts your view). And starting at the inner corner, tweeze one hair at a time. To prevent over tweezing, after you've plucked one row, step back from the mirror to check your progress.
  • Clear up a zit overnight with a dab of toothpaste.
    Models started sharing this so-called beauty secret, but the truth is, while the toothpaste does dry the blemish somewhat, it doesn't go far enough, according to NYC dermatologist Diane Berson, M.D. You'll get faster results with an over-the-counter acne treatment containing five percent benzoyl peroxide. Or try Neutrogena's On-the-Spot Acne Patch. (P.S. This absolutely works... I do it all the time!)
  • You absolutely need a lip liner.
    Not always. Neutral lip colors are more forgiving and less likely to show imprecise application. Typically, only dark or bright shades (like red) really need a liner, but makeup pro Kat James has an easier method that produces more natural-looking results: Smooth on lip balm, then apply lipstick to center of lips only. Next, spread the color toward the edges of lips with a lip brush; the lip balm helps dilute the color to create a softer stain, rather than the hard-edged look you'd get with lipstick and liner.
  • Put on concealer first, then foundation.
    Makeup maven Laura Mercier likes to apply foundation first to even out skin tone and provide a base for concealer to cling to. As a result, you use less of your concealer, which makes for a more natural look.
  • Rinse your hair with cold water to make it shine.
    The theory is that a final rinse with cold water after your shampoo seals the cuticle, helping it to reflect more light. But according to hair and scalp expert Philip Kingsley, author of Hair, An Owner's Handbook (Aurum Press, 1995), lowering the water temperature won't enhance shine. In fact, cold water constricts the blood vessels of the scalp, temporarily cutting off the supply of nutrients needed for healthy hair. What helps give hair a pretty sheen? Rinsing thoroughly so that no dulling shampoo residue remains on your hair.
  • Foundation should match the skin tone of your face.
    The surprising answer, according to Kat James, is that your foundation will look more natural if it matches your neck -- specifically, the area near the collarbone. The skin here has a touch more yellow to its undertone, while the face tends to be a little more pink or red. And the last thing you want is a foundation with pink -- it's aging and looks artificial.
  • Rub your wrists together after applying fragrance.
    Some fragrance experts feel that rubbing crushes delicate fragrance molecules, and, as a result, you don't get the true scent. But Annette Green, president of The Fragrance Foundation, disagrees -- unless you have oily skin. "Natural oils mixing with the fragrance before it dries might interfere with the scent," says Green. Allow the fragrance to dry naturally; it takes about ten minutes. (source: Freddys Fitness Zone)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Cross Necklace ... A Perfect Choice for Bridal Jewelry, GIft Giving and Everyday Wear

The cross. An excellent choice for your bridal jewelry, bridesmaids gifts or just gifts or personal use only. The cross represents both beauty, simplicity and symbolism. And, it can be as simple as 2 straight lines intersecting or as embellished as the below Petite Radiant CZ cross necklace. Another cudo, it can be as expensive as you desire or as inexpensive as you desire.. . it will still be beautiful and have meaning. The cross necklace is a popular choice both today and enerations ago. In addition, it can be used as an heirloom to pass down. Also in the spirit of the season, below are a few choices we came across in prices ranging from under $20.00 to over $1,000.00 to give you an idea of the choices available and where you can find great choices!

Petite Radiant CZ Cross Necklace

Price: 39.00

Silver Birthstone Claddagh Cross Pendant

Silver Claddagh Birthstone Cross Pendant

Diamond Knife-Edge Cross Pendant (1/3 ctw.)

- Bailey Banks & Biddle

Blue Sapphire Crosses - 14k Gold Sapphire prong set Cross 2.0 cts. - $ 445.00


Pearl Pendant: Freshwater Cultured Pearl Cross

Sterling Silver Cross My Heart Purity Necklace

From Hearts Treasures for Girls

Cross Pendant with 18 inch necklace 14K Yellow Gold 28.5X21mm

Simple Cross Pendant

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More Crosses can be found here and here

Monday, November 19, 2007

Jones Soda ... Personalized Soda with Your Picture and Quote

This is pretty cool. If you want a personalized favor that is truly different... Jones Soda offers personalized soda bottles. A picture is worth a thousand words. When it's your own photo on your favorite bottle of Jones Soda, it's worth even more.

It's quick and easy. Here's how! All you need is a photo and a quote for the back of the label. Start your order here, online, and for just $29.99 + shipping they will deliver a 12-pack of your favorite Jones Soda flavor with custom photo and quote directly to your door.

P.S. -- This also makes a great Holiday gift for the parents, grandparents and friends. Heck you can even announce your engagement this way : )

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Faux Fur Dishwashing Gloves ... Beyond Cute!

Looking for a great stocking stuffer or bridal shower gift? Or are you a cook who always gets stuck with the dishes. Now available at Get Go Retro ... the Faux Fur Dishwashing Gloves. The black and pink gloves are made of a natural rubber latex.One size fits most. And, these gloves are sent in a very cutsey gift box. They make a great gift for your friends or yourself!

A Bowl full of Ornaments Makes a Great Holiday Centerpiece

Looking for a great centerpiece where each guest gets a favor? A simple and perfect idea is a bowl full of ornaments!

Collect a mix of seasonal ornaments in your choice of color and pile them generously into the bowl. For interest, use an assortment of shiny and matte ornaments in a range of sizes. Here's what you'll need:

  • Semi Large Clear Pedestal centerpiece bowl or just a pretty bowl
  • Variety of holiday ornaments
  • Real or artificial evergreen sprigs
  • Optional: tiny vases to use as a pedestal if you want the bowl to be elevated.
  • You can use semi-expensive ornaments (i.e., Waterford) or go to a Department store and find pretty balls
  • Let each guest take an ornament or two home as a favor

  • Waterford

Beveled Candle Vessels ... Great for a Centerpiece!

I love Illuminations! They have some beautiful candles, holders, and decorative pieces. Great for a party, wedding or the home. For instance; these crystalline vessels, hand-blown in Poland, are topped with a beveled rim, angled outward to splendidly amplify the dancing flames within. Crafted with thick, light-catching glass walls, the sparkling cylinders encourage creative compositions. Submerge our realistic acrylic Ice, add holiday objets d'art or seasonal floral sprays, and top with premium floating candles in rich, vibrant hues.

Hand-blown and shaped in a captivating swirl, our glass trees are created with a core of emerald glass embedded with molten gold accents, and covered with a luminous exterior of clear glass. Place them inside our clear cylinders or arrange elegant, candlelit groupings atop a mantel or buffet.

Elegant Trees and Beveled Glass Set includes: 1 each Large and Small Beveled Glass Cylinders, 1 Beveled Glass Votive Cup, 1 Large Glass Tree, 2 Medium Glass Trees, 1 Small Glass Tree, 2 Ice Scatters and 2 Sets of 6 Mini Hunter Green Floaters.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Sassy Lassy Tampon Cases -- Neato -- Cute Bridesmaids GIfts

These cracked me up : ) And I love them. They do come in handy ... better than having your tampons stuffed in a side pocket of your purse, I say! P.S. These make great gifts!

Some Sassy Lasses
Tampon Cases

Add some style to your purse with the dashing damsels on these tampon cases. The mysterious miss, the swingin'est secret agent, and the magnificent mermaid are each dashing, discreet and packed with style - and they can hold all your change and make-up, too. Designed by Karyn Cantor. Made in Los Angeles. $28.00

Sterling Silver CZ Circle Pendant ~ Great Bridesmaid's Gift

Looking for a nice gift for the bridesmaids? You've found it. The Sterling Silver CZ Circle Pendant The cz circle pendant is a must have fashion item. Set in shimmering Sterling Silver
with (46) 1mm brilliant inlaid cz rounds. Circle is suspended from an 18" + 3" extender link chain.Size is 28mm or 1 1/8" diameter. From Limoges and when on sale under $20.00

P.S. -- The "O" represents eternity : )

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Santa Dolls Created Out of Your Wedding Gown

The latest edition of Laptop Bride's Newlsetter is out: "Make a Santa from Your Wedding Dress; Using Snow Globes as your Table Centerpiece," and don't forget our previous newsletter which focuses on using Candles as your focal table centerpiece. Click on "Wax on Wax Off - Wedding Candle Table Centerpices."

As always, thanks for looking at our site, and please remember to add us to your address list to ensure you recieve the newsletter.

Snow Globes Make Wonderful Christmas / Holiday Table Centerpieces

Your table centerpieces DO NOT have to be flowers or candles. If you are looking for something unique that your guests will absolutely oggle over, at your creativity, the uniqueness and beauty, use snow globes. Snow Globes are a mainstay of the holidays. They provide beauty, innocence and childhood reflections of shaking them as children. They are a beauty item of simplicity! The grown up version of the snow globe is beautiful and can be used as an excellent focal point in a decoration. Again, simply use angel hair, a bed of greens (i.e., holly, pine, a wreath) or even a table mirror with some scattered glitter, of a beautiful table runner. Below are some great snow globes available under $50.00 that you can use as a great centerpiece for your table, which in turn makes a nice gift for 1 lucky recipient of the table to take home. Victorian Family Glitterdomes, Set of Two

Victorian Family Glitterdomes, Set of Two

(Under $50.00) The set of Victorian Family litterdomes(R) will delight you with their homey scenes and seasonal music. One snow globe contains a family walking home after a day of Christmas shopping. They have gifts to share and hold hands, keeping each other close. This glitterdome plays "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." A colorful base features a village at night, with Christmas lights and decorations enhancing the snow-covered street. The other globe displays a family singing carols. Mother and children hold books while father plays the violin. The dome plays "Silent Night." Lamp post, wreath, and evergreen trees
decorate the background. The base shows a village and country church dusted with snow. Set of Two. Each glitter dome has a glass waterglobe that rests on a resin base.

The San Francisco Music Box Company Double Snowman Collectible Musical Water Globe With Train

The San Francisco Music Box Company Double Snowman Collectible Musical Water Globe With Train Double Snowman Collectible Musical Water Globe! Clever Christmas Decor Features Rotating Christmas Tree Inside, Train Outside - There's never been a more adorable, colorful and fun-filled winter wonderland! A happy group
of snowmen has gathered to ride the holiday train and decorate a Christmas tree. Join in on the fun with this double snowman collectible musical water globe with
train that features interior and exterior rotation, with a rotating Christmas tree inside and rotating train outside. You'll be captivated by the fanciful double water globe design of this collectible musical water globe from San
Francisco Music Box Company. This double snowman waterglobe plays the beloved melody "Let It Snow."

Ardleigh Elliott Thomas Kinkade White Christmas Musical Collectible Snow Globe Ardleigh Elliott Thomas Kinkade White Christmas Musical Collectible Snow Globe under $50.00!

Thomas Kinkade Christmas Snow Globe Lights Up! Porcelain and Glass Limited Edition Exclusive with 22K Gold Accents! - The lights beckon to you as the silent snow fills the air. This winter scene looks so inviting you'll hope it will never end. It never will when you own the first-ever musical
illuminated snow globe from the Painter of Light, Thomas Kinkade. Peek inside this exclusive Ardleigh Elliott collectible musical snow globe to find a three-dimensional re-creation of one of Thomas Kinkade's beloved Victorian
houses in a swirl of sparkling white snowflakes. Extremely high demand is expected. Order yours now. 2002 Thomas Kinkade, Media Arts Group, Inc. Morgan Hill, CA. All rights reserved. 2002 Ardleigh Elliott This exclusive Ardleigh
Elliott collectible musical snow globe features: * The first-ever musical, illuminated snow globe from the Painter of Light * Handcrafted and hand-painted sculptural details faithfully capture the richness of Thomas Kinkade's original artwork * Snowflakes swirl inside the crystal-clear glass globe when the snow globe is gently shaken * Golden light shines from the house windows at the flick
of a switch * Handcrafted Heirloom Porcelain base is triple-fired with hand-applied underglaze for a lustrous finish * The perimeter of the base displays a two-dimensional winter scene from Thomas Kinkade's "Home for the Holidays" * Gleaming 22K gold rims the snow globe base * Plays the holiday favorite tune of "White Christmas" * Limited to 120 crafting days, so order now * Hand-numbered with a matching Certificate of Authenticity * Measures approximately 4-1/2" high.

Christmas Tree Glitterdome Christmas Tree Glitterdome Christmas Tree Glitterdome(R) from Roman, Inc. will fill your home with music and delight. While it plays "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," the resin and glass globe's "snow blowing" feature fills it with swirling wonder. Inside is Santa Claus with a Victorian family of four standing in front of a
large Christmas tree. Dome sits on an ornate brown pedestal. Christmas Tree Glitterdome(R) decoration is made from resin and glass. Clean with a soft, dry cloth. Do not use polishes, abrasives, or chemicals.

Musical Pedestal Waterglobes Set, Set of Two

Musical Pedestal Waterglobes Set, Set of Two

For a bit of holiday flair, the musical Pedestal Glitterdomes, by Roman Inc., are wonderful resin and glass accents. Sitting on a brown pedestal, each globe features a different scene set to its own music. One displays a snow-covered church among pine trees and plays "White Christmas," while the other has a couple on a sleighride in a snowy woods. It plays "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." Set of Two. Felt on bottom protects furniture. Waterglobes set is made of resin and glass