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July 25, 2014

DASANI SPARKLING WATER -- WHAT MAKES YOU SPARKLE

This sponsored post is brought to you by Dasani Water on behalf of Markerly.
All opinions expressed are my own.

I'm not a morning person -- never have been, never will be. It's a struggle each and every morning when my alarm goes off. I like sleep. I like my bed. And I do not like having serious conversations with anyone before 10:00 AM. I work full-time. My kids are active in two sports each. I am often running around with a million and one things to do, feeling like I have no time to do them. And, to state the obvious, I'm always exhausted. Would I change things if I could? Absolutely not. My family and busy little life make me sparkle.


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Our family recently tried Dasani's new sparkling water. Dasani Sparkling Water is a zero-calorie, lightly carbonated drink available in four refreshing flavors -- lime, lemon, berry, and apple. There's also an unflavored variety. This product is packaged in 12-ounce cans and 1-liter bottles. If you love the carbonation and fizz of a soda, but don't want all the sugar and bad calories, sparkling water could be for you. We tried all the flavors, but apple was our favorite.


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So, tell me, what makes YOU sparkle?

July 24, 2014

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK CRACK

When it comes to sports, I'm no bandwagon jumper. Books, movies and tv shows are a whole other ballgame though. When everyone started raving about Orange Is the New Black, I immediately wanted to join in. I binge watched the first season on Netflix during my brief period of unemployment last summer. When the second season premiered, I had too many things going on to watch all at once. I spread the thirteen episodes out over a couple of weeks. I loved the first season and enjoyed this season a lot too. What I liked most is that we got a lot more back story on several of the main characters.

OITNB is based on Piper Kerman's memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison. Piper is an upper middle-class woman who finds herself serving fifteen months in a federal women's prison after smuggling a suitcase full of drug money for her girlfriend. I decided to pick up the book in between seasons. I don't know if it was because I watched the show first or not, but I found the book to be rather boring. It wasn't bad. It wasn't great. It was just ok.

The best thing about the show, aside from the clever writing, is the cast. Sophia and Crazy Eyes are my favorites. I also enjoy Piper when she's pissed off and standing up for herself. It doesn't matter whether I love them, hate them or want to slap the shit out of them, I feel something for every single person on the show. I think that says a lot.

I also want to mention OITNB's social media presence. They have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest accounts for the show. They post really fun quotes, eCards and behind-the-scenes photos. They're also extremely interactive with their fans. Kudos to whoever's in charge.




Since it'll be a minute before Season 3 of OITNB is here, I'm trying to decide what to watch next.

What are you loving lately on Netflix?

July 22, 2014

THE TALK OF TINSELTOWN: PRINCE GEORGE IS 1

The cutest prince in all the land, Prince George, turns 1 today. This photo, released to the public along with two others, was taken in the butterfly exhibit at London's Natural History Museum in honor of the big milestone. Happy birthday, Georgie!


Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello are a red hot item, and I like it. The pair started dating after they both attended the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner in May. Muy caliente!


Ian Somerhalder from The Vampire Diaries and Twilight's Nikki Reed are also reportedly dating. He's 35. She's 26. I don't hate this coupling either.


Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo got hitched over the weekend in Los Cabos, Mexico. The bride wore Marchesa, Robert Downey Jr. was in attendance and Jonah Hill officiated the ceremony. Well, isn't that just precious. I know a lot of people love Adam, but he's never been at the top of my list.


Kendra Wilkinson, much like Tori Spelling, will let the cameras roll as she works through her troubled marriage to Hank Baskett. He supposedly cheated on her earlier this year. It makes you wonder if the cheating allegations are true, or if they're just a ploy for ratings. Then again, what do I care? I don't watch either of these shows.


James Garner passed away Saturday night at the age of 86. Mr. Garner has always been one of my favorites. From Maverick to The Rockford Files and The Great Escape to The Notebook, he was a legend on both the small and big screen. My personal favorite is Murphy's Romance with Sally Field from 1985. If you haven't seen it, get to it. It's a great one.



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July 21, 2014

SUMMER 2014 CATCH-UP

I guess my excuses for not blogging could be listed in this order: work, husband's ACL surgery, kids, kids' sports, summertime fun, keeping up the house, and the occasional moment to myself. Although we've been busy, we've been having fun and making memories. And, for the first time in a long time, we're enjoying a mild summer. The temp hasn't broken 100 yet. I'll take it!

It's hard to believe that school starts back in exactly two weeks. We're going to try and squeeze in as much fun as we can before we get back into an even tighter schedule. This fall, Dain will be playing football and competitive baseball simultaneously. Rory will be cheering. And me? I'll be over here needing a nap.



I have missed blogging though, so you'll be seeing me around more.

So, tell me. What have you been up to this summer?

July 08, 2014

CAMDEN TOWN -- A SHOP OF INDEPENDENT DESIGNERS

CamdenTown.com is an online store designed to promote original and talented designers in all fields from fashion to home d├ęcor. London-based Camden Town gives a platform to entrepreneurs that often struggle with the pressures of mass-production. Their store is home to many gifted designers and artists from around the globe giving them the freedom to express their style and personality.

Camden Town’s website is easy to navigate. You can search by department, by item and even by designer. They also have a weekly #salfeoftheweek which features relevant products at great prices. This week, you can find 30% off a large number of select summer items. You also get 10% off your first purchase when you sign up for their newsletter.

Here are a few items I found in the Camden Town shop and loved:


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What I love most about Camden Town online is knowing I won’t end up with a table or dress that ten of my friends already have. While reading up on their brand and philosophy, I instantly thought of Phoebe Buffay on Friends. Phoebe hates Pottery Barn and all things mass-produced. Camden Town would be right up her alley!

July 03, 2014

THE TALK OF TINSELTOWN: LONG TIME NO GOSSIP

It feels like forever since I've blogged about celebrity gossip. So, let's talk about what the stars have been up to.

Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd will not return to The View next season. Sherri was a co-host for seven seasons, while Jenny only co-hosted one. I have probably watched less than ten episodes of The View. Every single time I watch, I want to throw something at the tv and tell all the ladies to SHUT THE HELL UP.


Courteney Cox is engaged to Snow Patrol band member Johnny McDaid. She announced the happy news via Twitter. She's 50. He's 37. They're so cute!

Courteney's ex, David Arquette, recently announced his engagement as well. Arquette will wed girlfriend Christina McLarty. Christina gave birth to their son back in April.


Jewel and husband Ty Murray are splitting after six years of marriage. Jewel, 40, and Murray, 44, married in 2008 after dating for a decade. They have a son who turns 3 next week.


Meshach Taylor, best known for his role as Anthony Bouvier in Designing Women, passed away at his home on Saturday. Meshach, 67, was surrounded by his mother, wife and children. I haven't caught any reruns in a while, but I love Designing Women.


Robert Downey Jr.'s son was arrested on Sunday for cocaine possession. Indio, 20, was allegedly a passenger in a car with two other people when they were pulled over by police. RDJ made the following statement after his son's arrest:

"There is a lot of family support and understanding, and we’re all determined to rally behind him and help him become the man he's capable of being," he continued to Us. "We’re grateful to the Sheriff’s department for their intervention, and believe Indio can be another recovery success story instead of a cautionary tale."


Joe Manganiello was named People Magazine's Hottest Bachelor. To each his own, but he's one of my favorites. How can you not think this man is sexy? Woo. Hoo. You can visit People's website to see the full list of bachelors.


Olivia Palermo wed German model Johannes Huebl in New York over the weekend. Olivia, a style icon, pieced together a wedding outfit by Carolina Herrera which included a cashmere sweater, white shorts and a full tulle skirt with a high slit. Her groom wore a Marc Anthony Hamburg suit. The couple have been together since 2008.



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June 30, 2014

FRESH, BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS FROM THE BOUQS

I hate sending flowers to people. Unless you can go into the store and watch them pick the flowers, you never know what your recipient is going to get. Will they send the colors you asked for? Will the arrangement arrive fresh? This is where The Bouqs Company comes in.

I was recently given the opportunity to receive and review a bouquet of flowers from The Bouqs. I can honestly say I will never use another online florist again. Here are four simple reasons why.

• Shipping is always free
• All standard bouquets are $40
• Cut on the day you order & sent straight from the farm
• Grown on the side of an active volcano near the equator (for real)


I chose the Red, White and Bouq! arrangement since the Fourth of July is right around the corner. These red, white and blue roses arrived in perfect condition. As you can see from the photos, the flowers are absolutely gorgeous. And guess what? I snapped these pics seven days after the flowers arrived. SEVEN DAYS! For me, there is no bigger selling point. Fresh flowers really do last longer.


The Bouqs offers a large variety of flowers, but the selection doesn't leave you feeling overwhelmed. They also don't have annoying up-sells like candy and teddy bears. You want flowers. You get flowers.

They have an amazing concierge service which makes sending flowers easier than ever. The Bouqs will remind you when it's time to send flowers for birthdays, anniversaries and other important dates. They'll send flowers whenever and wherever you need including random just because dates.



I'm extremely pleased with The Bouqs Company. The flowers and service are great. It's also extremely easy to order from their website. I can't wait to order from them again and again. If you'd like to order fresh, beautiful flowers from The Bouqs, you'll receive $10 off your first order.