May 29, 2011

Vedette Shapewear {REVIEW & GIVEAWAY}

Like all women out there, I have problems areas on my body that I would love to not have.  Short of having liposuction, one of my favorite ways to hide some of those problem areas is through clothing, specifically undergarments.  In the past, they were called corsets and women wore them under their dresses to accentuate their waistline.  While they are still referred to as corsets, they are made using very different materials today.  I was contacted by Vedette Shapewear and was thrilled to try one of their many products that are made to help women who want a more shapely figure.

Vedette Shapewear makes and sells products that work using compression to smooth and shape your buttocks, thighs, hips and waist.  In fact, you can visit Vedette's website and choose the area on your body that is problematic and it will recommend the best product for that area.  There are full body suits as well as smaller items with lighter compression but they will all work to accomplish the same result, you feeling your most beautiful.

I received the Jacqui which is a waist cinching garment using medium compression.  It looks a lot like the corsets from way back when however instead of ribbons, there are hook and eye combinations all up and down the front of the garment.  It fit nicely and once it was all cinched up and all the hooks were matched up with the eyes I loved how small and smooth my waist looked.  I'll admit that my waist is my least favorite part of my body because that is where I tend to carry the majority of my body fat.  I would definitely wear this garment underneath my clothing if I were going to a very dressy event and needed to look shapely.  I can't say that this would be an everyday undergarment for me but some people may feel more comfortable wearing it daily.

Thanks to the folks at Vedette Shapewear, I have 3 undergarments to giveaway! 

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This giveaway will close on June 12th at 11:59 pm PDT. This giveaway is open to US residents only. The winner will be chosen via random.org, announced on this blog and notified by email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen and notified.

Thanks to Vedette Shapewear for sponsoring this giveaway! 

Disclaimer: Vedette Shapewear provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.
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May 25, 2011

Housework...Who's job is it? {ARTICLE}

Housework Is Not Your Job!
By Lisa Bloom,
Author of Think: Straight Talk For Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World

In the twenty-first century there are still commercials featuring women delightedly dancing around their bathrooms with their new soap-scum products, singing along with animated characters. In real life, we'd call these women deranged.

Any magazine that tries to sell you on the idea that scrubbing toilets makes you burst into song or that trying a new mop is a blast, or that you'll be giddy when you get your kids' pants whiter than their friends' clothing should be lit on fire and hurled into the street.

We are the first generation of girls that beat the boys in school so soundly that they need affirmative action to compete with us! Hello!

So how are we still swallowing the message that it is our job to polish and dust and vacuum?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, when both a working wife and a working husband come home from their full-time jobs -- that's jobs, plural -- the wife does an average of one hour more of housework per day than the husband. And according to time-diary data from the federally funded Panel Study of Income Dynamics, when a single woman gets married, she shoulders an extra seven hours per week of housework while her new husband does an hour a week less than he did as a bachelor.2

This makes me want to hurt someone.

Why, oh why, is this still the case? There is only one explanation: because we women have deeply internalized the message from the days of pointy bras and thick girdles that housework is our job. Maybe the mindset came from your eternally dusting and sweeping mother, bless her. But she came from another era and didn't know any better, so I forgive her.

You, I don't excuse. Have you watched nothing but Leave It to Beaver for the last forty years? Are you enjoying being a martyr? Because it's not working for you.

I am here to deprogram you -- because we are not passing this down to the next generation. It has got to stop with us. Your sons and daughters are watching you. You are not going to raise them to expect that men sit back and watch the game while the women scrub out bath rings.

Housework is not your job. It is not women's work. Let's call it what it is: repetitive, mind-numbing drudgery. Why should that job fall to the adult with the vagina? There is no logical reason whatsoever. None. If you really enjoy doing it, fine. If you have a spouse/partner who really enjoys doing it and does his/her fair share, fine. For the other 99.9 percent of us: You must look at it as not your job. This is an essential mindset. You don't fix your own car. Why not? You could. You could learn. Most women don't even change the oil in their cars. Why not? That's an easy job, actually. We don't because we don't think of that as our job. We have to put housework in the same mental category.

It is job, but it is not your job. Say it loud, say it proud.

Many women change careers or jobs to get better, more "family friendly" hours. We'll go through all that trouble and then come home and slave away like automatons. Why do we fight for better hours and working conditions from our employers but not from our families?

Look at it another way. Why do men in our culture still not do their fair share of housework? Because they don't consider it to be their job. That's why they don't see the dirty socks and you do.

Men finish college and then get their first low-paying job and their first dinky little apartment. What do they do right away to fire up that bachelor pad? They call to set up their utilities -- check. Cable -- check. Hire a housekeeper to come bimonthly -- check. Why? (Recite it with me.) Because they do not see housework as their job. How many single ladies do this? Very few.

This is the mindset we need to adopt.

I am not talking about child care here, only cleaning. There's a world of difference between time with the kids and time doing housework. Your kids will grow up fondly remembering the times you threw a ball with them, played Monopoly with them, and chatted around the dinner table with them. Your oven will not fondly remember any of the times you scoured it. The less time you spend doing housework, the more time you'll have with your kids -- or for yourself, to read, to dream, to strategize, to think.

Housework is a job that, ideally, you are going to farm out. That is more doable than you may think. And if you are so strapped that you can't pay for a little help, then you are going to make sure that everyone in your home who sullies the kitchen and fouls the toilets shares that job equally.

I know women who can easily afford a housekeeper but do all the housework themselves. My friend Joni founded her own small business, a dance school, which grew by leaps and bounds to become the leading dance school in her state, with thousands of students and scores of recitals and performances every year. Her company earns several million dollars annually in revenue, enough to help pay for her beautiful large home as well as a lakefront vacation house. A working mom, she raised her son and daughter to be two of the loveliest people you could ever hope to know.

Joni always insisted on personally cleaning both homes herself. And they are spotless. And I am depressed. I don't think I've ever seen Joni sitting down. While her husband and kids kick back, watch movies, and catch up, she's off tidying up somewhere, missing out. What happened here? She feels that maintaining her homes is her job, and anyway, housekeepers don't do as good a job, she says. They don't clean as well as she does.

But guess what, Joni? You can train housekeepers. You can tell them how, exactly, you want the table dusted or the baseboards wiped, if that's important to you. (In my case, I wouldn't notice dust until it morphed into a troglodyte and started growling at me. But I understand other people have slightly more exacting housekeeping standards.) The housekeeper works for you. You can specify how you want everything, and she will do it your way.

Then there is my friend Susan, working mom of three school-age daughters who are rambunctious and sassy and cute as puppies. She is a leftist type who is uncomfortable with the idea of hiring someone to clean up after her family, though she too could afford it. But doing so would make her feel elitist. Hey Susan! What do you think happens when you leave your office at night? People come and clean, that's what. Do you feel guilty about that? What's the difference between a professional cleaning your office and a professional cleaning your home?

Susan is always strung out, sleep deprived, and dog tired.

To my beloved pinko liberal friends: Don't you want to help out a female small business owner? Because that's what most house cleaners are. Don't condescend. She is an independent contractor looking for accounts. Pay her a fair wage, give her referrals to your friends and a nice holiday bonus, and feel good about helping a sister grow her business.

Maybe you are like my friend Janice, a working mother of two toddlers who feels so financially strapped she doesn't feel she can justify paying a housekeeper out of her tight budget. Yet Janice often comes home so bleary-eyed that she can't face making dinner, so they eat out frequently. That's the catch-22: The more wiped out you are, the more frequently you spend extra bucks at restaurants, and the less you feel you can afford help.

Look, you really only need someone to come and clean every two weeks. If you skip eating out two or three times a month, you can pay for it. Eat peanut butter and jelly now and then if necessary -- the kids prefer that anyway -- and relish that shiny kitchen floor that someone else mopped to perfection. In my case, I'd skip eating altogether twice a month if necessary to avoid doing my laundry, much less the reeking piles of teenaged boys' socks.

And don't you dare clean before the housekeeper comes. Do you shave before a bikini wax?

In between housekeeper visits, of course, light housework will need to happen. Although I've considered it, you really can't let dishes pile up for two weeks. When the baby throws up in the vestibule, you can't always count on the dog to lap it up.

This is why you put your family on a schedule. You sit all the humans over age two around the table. Everyone contributes to the schedule, and everyone adheres to it. Children like clarity, men like charts with vertical and horizontal lines, and you like eight hours of sleep at night. When it's all in print, everyone understands their part, the rooms and jobs they're responsible for, and the fundamental fairness of not working Mom to weepy delirium.

The chart is important because traditionally male jobs, like taking out the trash and doing home repairs, take nanoseconds compared to the hours of daily drudgery that traditionally women's chores like child care, grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning suck out of our lives. The chart makes this clear without having to nag about it. The chart rules.

You and any other adults in the house then need only to enforce the chart.

Once they are walking and speaking in sentences ("Mommy, don't!" is a complete sentence), children are old enough to clean up after themselves. If they can expand photos on an iPhone, they can do chores.

Here's how it went down in the Bloom household:

"Mom, can I go over to Hannah's?"

"So your room is clean?"

"Uh . . ."

I go back to my book. Damn, but that Elizabeth Strout sure can write. What a pleasure it is to have my feet up on the coffee table, reading her short stories. Should I have a cup of tea? Well, I did have one about an hour ago . . .

Half an hour passes, marked by muffled thumping sounds in the kid's bedroom.

"Mom, can I go over to Hannah's?"

"So you took the trash out and fed the dogs?"

Sound of garbage being pulled out of can, tied, taken out. Door slams. Kibble plinking into metal bowls.

"Mom . . ."

"Hi honey! Sure, have fun! Call me when you get there!"

See how pleasant that was for Mom?

And kids are not allowed to kvetch about chores because that does not add to Mommy's bliss. And no whining or begging on your end. If they don't do their job, they don't get to have their fun. Here's a great speech to have ready when they try that standard adolescent mope:

"I have to do everything around here."

I smile. "Sit down, sweetheart."

Kid gets nervous. Sits.

"Here was my day. Got up at five to go to work so I could support you. Took a quick shower, got dressed, without anyone telling me to. Brushed my teeth without being asked. Took out the trash. Made coffee, emptied dishwasher. Walked the dogs. Went to work. Went to your parent-teacher conference to learn that you're not turning in all of your homework. [Dramatic pregnant pause, meaningful mom-stare into fidgeting kid's eyes.] Went to grocery store. Carried heavy bags of groceries all the way home by myself. Dragged them into the apartment and made us all a nice dinner. After dinner, went online and signed you up for summer camp and paid the deposit out of money I made working all day.

"Boy, there isn't room enough for all that on the chart, is there? Maybe we need a bigger one! Maybe we need to adjust everyone else's chores to catch up to mine!

"Now, what was that you said about having to do everything? Because you did what . . . one load of dishes?"

They will never, ever say it again.

Here's the corollary to housework is not your job.

2. Ibid., xxi.
The above is an excerpt from the book Think: Straight Talk For Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed--Down World by Lisa Bloom. The above excerpt is a digitally scanned reproduction of text from print. Although this excerpt has been proofread, occasional errors may appear due to the scanning process. Please refer to the finished book for accuracy.
Copyright © 2011 Lisa Bloom, author of Think: Straight Talk For Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed--Down World

Author Bio
Lisa Bloom
, author of Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed Down World, is an award--winning journalist, legal analyst, trial attorney, and the daughter of renowned women's rights attorney, Gloria Allred. A daily fixture on American television for the last decade, Bloom is currently the CBS News legal analyst, appearing frequently on The Early Show and CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, as well as the legal analyst for The Dr. Phil Show. Bloom appears regularly on CNN and HLN prime time shows such as Issues With Jane Velez--Mitchell, The Joy Behar Show, Anderson Cooper 360, and The Situation Room. She has been featured on Oprah, Nightline, Today, Good Morning America, Rachael Ray, and many more, and she was a nightly panelist on The Insider throughout 2010. From 2001--2009, Bloom hosted her own daily, live, national show on Court TV, and she has guest--hosted Larry King Live, The Early Show, and Showbiz Tonight.

Bloom has written numerous popular and scholarly articles for the Los Angeles Times, Family Circle, the National Law Journal, CNN.com, the Daily Beast, and many more. She has also been profiled, featured, and quoted in hundreds of publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Elle, Ladies' Home Journal, and Variety.

Bloom graduated early and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA, where she was national college debate champion, and then from the Yale Law School, where she won the moot court competition. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she runs her law firm, The Bloom Firm. TheWrap.com recently named Bloom one of the top five celebrity attorneys in Los Angeles.

For more information please visit http://think.tv/ and follow the author on Facebook and Twitter.
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May 22, 2011

Tropical Traditions Powdered Dishwasher Detergent {REVIEW & GIVEAWAY}

If you've been following my blog for awhile you know how much I love Tropical Traditions and their sister site Household Traditions.  They have so many great products using all natural ingredients, including virgin coconut oil so it is a great site if you are looking into "naturalizing" your life.  I have tried quite a few of their products and have not been disappointed yet so I knew that the Powdered Dishwasher Detergent would be just as good as the rest of the Tropical Traditions items that I've had the pleasure of reviewing.

Suffice it to say, I was correct in my assumption.  The Powdered Dishwasher Detergent cleans my dishes just as well as the brand name products that I can buy in the store.  However, the amazing thing about this detergent is that there are no phosphates, chlorine, fillers or fragrances anywhere to be found and it is guaranteed to work as well as the expensive brand name products that you can find in your local stores.  This product can be used whether you have hard or soft water and it won't clump or leave water spots on your glasses.  In fact, while you can use a rinse agent with this detergent, it's really not necessary because your dishes will come out sparkling clean.  I'm pretty diligent about rinsing plates and glasses before putting them into the dishwasher because we have a cheap apartment dishwasher without the nice food grinder that are found today but I don't think I need to rinse the dishes first with this detergent.  My dishes were very clean using just the normal cycle.  I didn't have any grit left over like I have with some detergents because this stuff dissolves so quickly in water there is nothing to leave behind.  Here's the best part, it's only $19.99 for a 5 lbs tub!  That is easily less expensive than many other brands and it's not only better for you and your family because it's non-toxic but it's also better for the environment.  Everyone wins!

The folks at Tropical Traditions have been so generous and have offered one of my readers a 5 lbs tub of this Powdered Dishwasher Detergent for FREE! 


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This giveaway will close on June 5th at 11:59 pm PDT. This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only. The winner will be chosen via random.org, announced on this blog and notified by email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen and notified.

Thanks to Tropical Traditions for sponsoring this giveaway! 

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.
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May 18, 2011

Pretty things at Stella & Dot {REVIEW & $60 GIVEAWAY}

Like most girls out there, I love pretty things.  They don't have to be sparkly but as long as they are pretty, I'm happy.  Don't get me wrong, sparkles are a plus and I will confess that I still make my engagement ring sparkle in the sunlight even after 9 years of wearing it!  So, imagine my surprise and delight when I was contacted by Tiffany LeMay who is a stylist at Stella and Dot, an incredible website that sells all things related to amazing jewelry.  I knew that you, my readers, would be enamored with the items that Stella and Dot sells.

Stella and Dot, an Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Company, is a San Francisco based social selling company that creates flexible entrepreneurial opportunities for women. Our boutique-style jewelry and accessories line is available exclusively through in-home trunk shows and corporate office events held by Independent Stylists, and online. Our one of a kind collections are designed by celebrated New York designers and featured on Gossip Girl, and in In Style, and Lucky Magazine as well as on the wrists and necklines of the hottest celebrities! The Today Show, Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times have praised Stella & Dot for our innovative social shopping concept, which brings together the best of e-commerce, social media, personal service, and passionate earning to create the ultimate home based business for today’s modern woman.

The jewelry and accessories sold by Stella and Dot are so cute!  They come in a variety of styles to meet any and all tastes.  The featured jewelry can be complex and magnificent like this necklace:
Or simple and elegant like these earrings:
When given the opportunity to choose just about any item on the website, I went with a pair of earrings that suit my style perfectly.  Silver is my jewelry color of choice so, naturally, I was drawn to the silver pieces.  Here's the pair of earrings I chose.
Aren't they lovely?  I'm a pretty understated gal so these earrings appealed to my sense of style.  I love the flow and simplicity.  They look good with any kind of outfit, day or night and they are so light on my ears, I can barely feel them.  There are so many other beautiful pieces on Stella and Dot's website that I could (and did) spend hours looking around the site for the perfect piece of jewelry to show off the essence of this company.

I have great news for all of you!  Stella and Dot has offered to give one of my lucky readers $60 to spend on any piece of jewelry on their website.  Now you can have the opportunity to shop till you drop, just like I did!


Mandatory Entry

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This giveaway will close on June 2nd at 11:59 pm PDT. This giveaway is open to US residents only. The winner will be chosen via random.org, announced on this blog and notified by email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen and notified.

Thanks to Tiffany LeMay and Stella and Dot for sponsoring this giveaway! 
Disclaimer: I was not provided any compensation for this post but was provided a product sample in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.
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May 16, 2011

Hot fun in the Summertime! {CONTEST}

My parents were always fans of the road trip when I was younger.  In fact, one summer we drove from Seattle all the way to the east coast to visit family!  It was quite the road trip that gave us the chance to stop and see a bunch of famous landmarks along the way.  That is definitely something I would like to do someday with my children because we have so many funny stories from that trip that we still talk about over 25 years later! 

We ended up driving through St. Louis and saw the famous Arch but it didn't look quite like this...




We ended up in New York marveling at the beauty of the Statue of Liberty.  She's not quite this red.


Twizzlers is sponsoring a fun contest called Twizzlers Landmark Summer promotion where you can enter to win many different prizes including a GPS unit, digital camera and even a trip to your favorite American landmark!  I love licorice because it's a great summer treat that doesn't melt in a hot car and is low in fat!

Is there anywhere in the US you haven't been that you would like to see?  Maybe Disneyworld in Orlando or the Grand Canyon in Arizona?  Tell me about your favorite road trip or your most treasured traveling memory!  Let's get geared up for Summer!

Disclosure:  I wrote this post in order to enter a contest to win a prize pack from Twizzlers and Mom Blogger's Club.  All thoughts are my own.
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May 15, 2011

Cheers! - FlipFlop Wines {REVIEW}

I consider myself a lover of wine and definitely know what kinds of wine I like and what I don't like.  Lately, my husband and I have been trying to choose affordable wine that still tastes good and we have found that it's not as difficult as we thought!  In fact, I was thrilled to receive two bottles of flipflop wine, Riesling and Pinot Grigio, to try at home and report back to you, my readers, about them.  The best part about this assignment?  Both bottles of wine are white which is definitely my preference over red wine.

flipflop wines are a brainchild of David Georges who discovered the art of grape growing while working at an organic vegetable farm in the Mt. Shasta region of California.  From there, he went on to the University of California at Davis where he studied viticulture (grape growing) and enology (winemaking).  In 2009, he began making  wines that would become the inaugural wines for flipflop which include Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Moscato for whites and Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir for reds.  David enjoys the casual life and claims that flip flops are a staple in his wardrobe, hence the name.  In fact, David loves giving back and supports multiple charities with the most recent being Soles4Souls which a pair of flip flop sandals to a person in need every time a bottle of flipflop wine is purchased.  How cool is that?

As soon as I received the two bottles, I was anxious to open them up and taste!  I mean, flipflop wines retail for $7 in the stores so I really wanted to know if we would be adding flipflop wines to our list of wines.  We first opened the bottle of Riesling because it's one of my favorite varietals and I wanted to see what flipflop had to offer.  The tasting notes mention peach, apricot and melon flavors which lead to a satisfying and smooth finish.  flipflop wines recommend that you drink the Riesling chilled with foods like tofu, shredded pork tacos and sake sashimi.  Unfortunately, I didn't have any of those foods around my house, but I made sure to chill the wine before tasting.  The peach and apricot flavors were the most noticeable for me with some slight melon flavors in the background.  I found it to be sweet but not overly syrupy so it was very drinkable and very typical of a good Riesling.  I would have loved to drink this Riesling with some spicy Thai cuisine because I absolutely love the combination of a Riesling with spicy foods.  Luckily, I saw flipflop wines at my local grocery store for less than the retail price so I will be purchasing this wine in the near future.  Oh, I almost forgot my favorite part of this bottle of wine, it's a screw top!  You can take this bottle on a picnic or on a boat trip without needing a corkscrew.  Pretty great, right?

The next evening my husband and I opened the bottle of Pinot Grigio that had also been chilling in our refrigerator since the tasting notes recommend that this wine also be chilled before drinking.  The tasting notes on this bottle says that it is light-bodied with refreshing tropical citrus notes, ripe pear and a zesty, clean finish.  It's balanced crisp acidity should be paired with bruschetta, spaghetti carbonara or eggplant parmesean.  This wine was drier than the last however it was a very refreshing, less sweet option and would balance out the heaviness of the dishes mentioned above.  I found that the pear flavors jumped right out at me and the acidity was apparent from the first sip that I took.  This Pinot Grigio would be a perfect wine to drink with dinner on a sultry, summer evening.  I have to say that of the two wines, this was not my favorite but I would drink it again.  If you are the type of wine drinker who enjoys a drier, less sweet white wine, this is a wonderful, affordable option.  Once again, it comes with a screw top so there is no need for a corkscrew and it is easy to re-cap and keep chilled in the refrigerator for a few days.  Don't you think the bottles are cute, too?  I just love the fun label with the tropical flowers and flip flop sandals!

If I can find flipflop wines in my local grocery store, than you should be able to find them, too and at less than $7 per bottle, it is one of the more affordable wines available.  The next time you are perusing the wine rack in the store, look for the label with the flip flops on it.  Believe me, you won't be disappointed.

Disclosure:  I was sent samples of the above mentioned product in exchange for my honest opinion.  I was not compensated in any other way and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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May 10, 2011

Most recent winners...

Sorry for my brief hiatus while I was off visiting my family and enjoying my hometown!  I've chosen the winners of my two latest giveaways.  Keep checking back as I have some wonderful reviews and giveaways to post within the next week or so.

Congratulations!  The winner of the Freschetta Prize Package is
#28 - janetfaye

and the winner of the Dove VisibleCare cleanser is
#26 - Mariee

Both winners have been notified by email and have 48 hours to respond or a replacement winner will be chosen.
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Wordless Wednesday - Mother's Day

I was lucky this year and was able to spend Mother's Day with my mom.  Here are some pictures from our Mother's Day brunch!  Hope everyone had a Happy Mother's Day!


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