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Home Design Tips

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If you have big design dreams but are working with a small budget, no fear – you don't have to sacrifice style and professional-looking results.  Try these budget-friendly decorating tips from designer and contractor Amy Matthews of the DIY Network’s “Sweat Equity” and “Bathroom Renovations” to help get you the priceless design you’ve always wanted without breaking the bank.
  • Shed a little light: Give your kitchen an instant and inexpensive makeover simply by replacing outdated fixtures like faucets, lighting and hardware. You can also add a tile backsplash or under-cabinet lights to really dress up your kitchen.  Not only are these functional and design-oriented, they really help deliver a big bang for your buck.
  • A little dab will do: Before you commit to a paint color, buy samples and try them out on the wall. See how the color looks during the day, at night and under various types of lighting. Also, be sure to have painter’s tape on hand, such as Scotch-Blue Painter’s Tape for Delicate Surfaces. Whether you’re painting one accent wall or tackling the whole house, masking trim, baseboards, and other areas with painter’s tape lets you avoid a mess and achieve clean, sharp paint lines.
  • Something old, something new:  Add one special piece in the living room that makes a great conversation starter. This could be a lighting fixture, a piece of furniture or a unique rug – something signature to your style. You can find great pieces by shopping at designer sales and discount showrooms, or uncover treasures in your own house. Rummage through the attic or basement to rediscover pictures, vases or your grandmother’s antique chest. You’ll be surprised with what you may find.
  • Accent on accessories: Fancy towels aren’t just for your guests’ bathroom – treat yourself to new towels in the master bathroom and quickly transform it into an updated and inviting space. For your living spaces, changing couch covers seasonally will keep your d├ęcor fresh and make it look like you purchased new furniture. Try brown microfiber for fall, white linen for summer and sage green in the spring. 
  • Bring the outdoors in: Take a hint from nature and get inspired by the seasons and the beautiful hues outside. Once you’ve decided on one or two colors, buy pillows, lampshades and other accessories to place throughout your bedroom. Experiment with patterns, warm colors like red and orange, or calm hues like moss greens and sage. Branches and flowers are inexpensive and can also add instant charm to any living area.
  • Soak up the sun: When landscaping, buy smaller and younger plants that need time to grow.  They’ll be ready in a couple of years when you’re ready to sell your house. Fresh cedar mulch or rock landscaping are other great ways to improve curb appeal – they’re inexpensive and will really make your yard pop.

Got any more tips of your own? Share them with us in the comments!

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Back to School - Tips to Minimize Allergies

What do you think is one of the most challenging – and perhaps unexpected -- health issues for school children this fall?

  1. Sleep deprivation
  2. Allergies
  3. Lack of concentration
The answer is B – Allergies. More than 40% of children suffer from allergies, which can make it hard to concentrate on school work, tough to participate in school sports and difficult to get a good night’s sleep.

But, there are some easy ways to minimize allergens this back-to-school season. Here are simple suggestions that start at home so you help send your kids off to school with fewer symptoms and reduce the allergens they trek back into the house:
  • Get a head start. Wash the body, but especially the hair, as a nightly ritual so kids rinse away allergens gathered during the day. 
  • Outsmart the symptoms. Get ahead of allergy discomfort by talking to your pharmacist about solutions that can last through the school day and night. There are many different choices for Parents and Children’s ZYRTEC Perfect Measure just introduced the only allergy medicine dosed in pre-filled spoons of sugar-free, dye-free allergy medicine that offer relief for 24 hours for kids six years and older.
  • Wash, Rinse, Dry. There’s new technology that will now let you send your kids to school with virtually allergen-free clothes. The Maytag Bravos Washer and Dryer remove up to 95% of allergens, so your family can start the day off with even cleaner clothes.
  • Tour the school. You probably know the triggers in and around your home. Walk through the school and talk to the school nurse to identify potential allergy triggers or learn how the school monitors air quality.
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Fall Pick - Durham County on ION TV



What you don’t know about your neighbors could kill you. 

That’s just everyday reality in “ Durham County,” an eerie combination of suspense and family drama that premiered on ION Television Monday, September 7 at 10:00p.m.

“Durham County” follows the troubled world of Homicide Detective Mike Sweeney (Hugh Dillon, CBS' "Flashpoint") who moves his family to quiet suburbia for a fresh start after his partner is killed and his wife Audrey(Helene Joy)is diagnosed with breast cancer. While Durham County seems like the perfect place to begin again, Sweeney soon discovers that his neighbor Ray Prager may be a serial killer.

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Keep Kids Cool with Frubi Shades

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These days when you go outside, you automatically slide on Sunglasses. After all, who isn't worried about harmful sun rays and their devastating impact on eyes?! This goes double for our little ones. Trouble is, kids don't often realize this. As such Kids and Sunglasses don't mix well. Either the shades are too big for the baby or slide off the non-existent nose of your child. Or else they break/scratch easily when in the curious but determined hands of a toddler. Those that do survive are often lost as a kid's interest drifts or they jump and play around - which they do a lot! The solution lies in award-winning, ophthalmologist designed and tested, FRUBI Children's Sunglasses.

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Why I LOVE them:
  • The soft, comfortable (and spongy) material is formed in one piece so there are no hinges, small parts or hard surfaces to hurt them. Or for that matter, break apart, like when my toddler threw them against the wall! They just bounced off, fell on the tile floor and amazingly, are still very much intact, unbroken and in one piece! It's the only one to survive his hands so far - yay!
  • They're especially molded to fit a child’s face, unlike small-sized adult sunglasses which just slide right off of a kid's tiny nose.
  • And they come with a fully adjustable band fits snugly and closes with velco. So I can use it for the baby or my toddler! 
  • They can just hang loosely around a kid's neck and still not be lost!
  • They have large side panels and soft temple pads to provide max coverage and comfortable wraparound fit. 
  • This also means, you need have no worries about your kid falling down and getting hurt from the frame breaking.
  • Polycarbonate lens blocks 100% UV and damaging blue light. So no more squinting in the sun!
  • Available in 16 great colors and prints!
  • Best of all, my kids really love them!
  • And they're quite affordable at $9.99!
I'm very happy with my children's Frubi Shades and feel comfortable not only using them on my kids but also recommending them to other parents who're looking for some fun, fashionable, affordable and most importantly, durable shades for their little ones!

For more information and to view their various styles/colors, please visit http://www.frubishades.com/.
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Fall Pick - Three Rivers by CBS


A few days back, I wrote about the upcoming CBS show, The Good Wife. That was the story of a Mom going back to the workplace after her husband's sex scandal. Today I bring you another promising show, again by CBS. It's called THREE RIVERS.

Show Synopsis

THREE RIVERS is a medical drama that goes inside the emotionally complex lives of organ donors, the recipients and the surgeons at the preeminent transplant hospital in the country where every moment counts. However, dealing with donor families in their darkest hour and managing the fears and concerns of apprehensive recipients takes much more than just a sharp scalpel.

Leading the elite team is Dr. Andy Yablonski (Alex O'Loughlin), the highly-skilled workaholic lead organ transplant surgeon, whose good-natured personality and sarcastic wit makes him popular with his patients and colleagues. His colleagues include Dr. Miranda Foster (Katherine Moennig), a surgical fellow with a rebellious streak and fiery temper who strives to live up to her deceased father's excellent surgical reputation; Dr. David Lee (Daniel Henney), a womanizing surgical resident who's broken as many hearts as he's replaced; Ryan Abbott (Christopher J. Hanke), the inexperienced new transplant coordinator who arranges the intricately choreographed process of quickly and carefully transporting organs from donor to patient; Dr. Sophia Jordan, the head of surgery and a dedicated medical professional; and Pam Acosta (Justina Machado), Andy's no-nonsense operating assistant and best friend.

In this high stakes arena, in which every case is a race against the clock, these tenacious surgeons and medical professionals are the last hope for their patients.

Did this show make your short list? What other shows are you looking forward to?

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Outdoor Fun with Discover the Forest


Have you observed how kids today spend more times indoors with their computer, Wii and what not, than we ever did? In fact, according to the Ad Council, the time U.S. children spend outdoors has declined 50% in the past 20 years! Research shows, that children who play outside: play more creatively; have lower stress levels; have more active imaginations; become fitter and leaner; develop stronger immune systems; have greater respect for themselves, for others, and for the environment.

The U.S. Forest Service is hoping to change this startling statistic through a PSA campaign entitled “Where the Other You Lives” with the aim to encourage today’s youth (specifically tweens aged 8-12) and their parents to re-connect with nature by experiencing it first-hand.

Discover what this campaign is all about by visiting - http://www.discovertheforest.org/. It's intended to raise awareness about the benefits of spending time in nature by allowing children to explore, use their imagination and discover new wildlife. Being in nature frees them from their crazy, scheduled days and offers the ability to get lost in something totally unmanaged, unexpected and utterly surprising. And with a healthy and curious relationship with nature, our children are more likely to feel responsible for its well-being.
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Atkins Cuisine line

As a Mom with 2 young kids who need me constantly, I don't have a lot of free time, be it time to exercise, time to eat well or in general, time to look after myself. But thanks to Atkins, I can now indulge myself and yet eat healthy.
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Atkins has come to the rescue of Moms like me with their Cuisine line, launching two new staples to help us eat a greater variety of our favorite foods. Atkins' new All Purpose Baking Mix and Penne Pasta come packed with fiber, are low in sugar, and, of course, fit perfectly into a low-carb lifestyle.  Plus, they make cooking and baking easy.

We enjoyed this past Labor day weekend with Atkins, beginning with some delicious Pancakes topped with fresh strawberries. And then continued the trend, with Penne Pasta with baby tomatoes, olives and roasted garlic - yummy!

To celebrate the launch of these new products, Atkins has announced an online recipe contest where you can share your own recipe featuring the All Purpose Baking Mix or Penne Pasta and win great prizes.  Recipes can be submitted to www.Atkins.com by September 30, 2009. Information about the recipe contest is now live and available through the following link:  http://community.atkins.com/recipe_contest/?mcid=PRRecipeContest

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Fall into Style with Gap - Shareable Coupon!

As a Mom of 2 kids under the age of 5, it seems like I'm always in and out of clothing stores. My kids are growing up and way too fast! And their clothes just can't keep up with them.  But just because they're outgrowing their clothes sooner than I can say 'boo', doesn't mean I shouldn't dress them with flair and panache! Style and Fashion needn't be sacrificed at the altar of necessity, surely?

That's where Baby Gap comes in. Always a place to go to dress your kids to the nines, they also have clothing that lasts and looks good while doing so. Tees, rompers, jeans - they have everything! And if you're really looking for some good deals, then you should go check out the Gap Outlet stores where everything is always better priced. And more importantly, there's a SALE going on!

Shop Gap Outlet stores and save up to 40% off the already low Factory Store prices during the semi-annual Baby Sale taking place now through September 24th. You’ll find irresistible prices on clothes for newborns, infants, and toddlers up to 5 years old. Shop any of the 200 Gap Outlet stores in the US or Canada (find your local store here). Take advantage today and remember children's clothes always make great gifts and plus there's nothing like browsing through those adorable, child-sized clothes to give you a great, rejuvenating feeling!

PhotobucketI also have an exclusive shareable barcode coupon for an additional 10% off your purchases at the Gap Outlet sale. to share with you, courtesy TwitterMoms  (read more about it here).

You can find and print this coupon at the Gap Twitter Mom website here- http://gapoutlet-twittermoms.com/. Don't forget, this is a SHAREABLE coupon, so print it out and tell all your friends and family about it as well, so they can also take advantage.

To keep up with these great deals, remember to Follow Gap Outlet on Twitter @gapoutlet.


Gap Outlet - Semi-Annual Baby SaleTwitterMoms Exclusive: Gap Outlet Semi-Annual Baby Sale Savings!


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Beatles Catalogue Digitally Re-Mastered

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Today on World Wide Beatle Day, it's my pleasure to announce the release of the entire original Beatles catalogue, which has been digitally re-mastered for the first time!

The process took a team of engineers at Abbey Road Studios four years of utilizing state of the art recording technology, alongside vintage studio equipment, to create these amazing re-masters. The collection comprises all 12 Beatles albums in stereo, with track listings and artwork as originally released in the UK, and 'Magical Mystery Tour,' which became part of The Beatles’ core catalogue when the CDs were first released in 1987. In addition, the collections 'Past Masters Vol. I and II' are now combined as one title, for a total of 14 titles over 16 discs. This will mark the first time that the first four Beatles albums will be available in stereo in their entirety on compact disc!!

Within each CD’s new packaging, booklets include detailed historical notes along with informative recording notes. With the exception of the 'Past Masters' set, newly produced mini-documentaries on the making of each album, directed by Bob Smeaton, are included as QuickTime files on each album. The documentaries contain archival footage, rare photographs and never-before-heard studio chat from The Beatles, offering a unique and very personal insight into the studio atmosphere.

A second boxed set has been created with the collector in mind. 'The Beatles in Mono' gathers together, in one place, all of the Beatles recordings that were mixed for a mono release. It will contain 10 of the albums with their original mono mixes, plus two further discs of mono masters (covering similar ground to the stereo tracks on 'Past Masters'). As an added bonus, the mono “Help!” and “Rubber Soul” discs also include the original 1965 stereo mixes, which have not been previously released on CD. These albums will be packaged in mini-vinyl CD replicas of the original sleeves with all original inserts and label designs retained.

The Stereo Albums (available individually and collected in a stereo boxed set)
The stereo albums have been remastered by Guy Massey, Steve Rooke, Sam Okell with Paul Hicks and Sean Magee.


  • All CD packages contain original vinyl artwork and liner notes
  • Extensive archival photos
  • Additional historical notes by Kevin Howlett and Mike Heatley
  • Additional recording notes by Allan Rouse and Kevin Howlett
* = CD includes QuickTime mini-doc about the album

  • Please Please Me* (CD debut in stereo)
  • With The Beatles* (CD debut in stereo)
  • A Hard Day's Night* (CD debut in stereo)
  • Beatles For Sale* (CD debut in stereo)
  • Help!*
  • Rubber Soul*
  • Revolver*
  • Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band* (also includes 1987 notes, updated, and new intro by Paul McCartney)
  • Magical Mystery Tour*
  • The Beatles*
  • Yellow Submarine* (also includes original US liner notes)
  • Abbey Road*
  • Let It Be*
  • Past Masters (contains new liner notes written by Kevin Howlett)

‘The Beatles in Mono’ (boxed set only)
The mono albums have been remastered by Paul Hicks, Sean Magee with Guy Massey and Steve Rooke
Presented together in box with an essay written by Kevin Howlett
+ = mono mix CD debut


  • Please Please Me
  • With The Beatles
  • A Hard Day's Night
  • Beatles For Sale
  • Help! (CD also includes original 1965 stereo mix)+
  • Rubber Soul (CD also include original 1965 stereo mix)+
  • Revolver+
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band+
  • Magical Mystery Tour+
  • The Beatles+
  • Mono Masters

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Clorox College Survival Guide 2009




College - the start of an entire new life! The first step towards adulthood! I remember my own college days with nostalgia. I was scared and proud and bursting with enthusiasm to begin this new chapter in my life. And  I could see that my Mom was happy and worried at the same time! Her concerns were legitimate ones, but at that time I was too impatient to realize the gravity of it. But now that I'm a Mom myself, I can understand where she was coming from, why she was worried about my health and new lifestyle. Concerns that very much exist to this day. In fact, a recent survey found that 60 percent of Moms worry about the germs that come with the start of dorm life.

To ease Moms' concerns and prepare freshmen for college, The Clorox Company teamed up with college students and moms across the country to develop an authentic College Survival Guide 2009. The guide serves many purposes, with helpful advice such as:

•    A "heads up" on the popular regional trends in clothing and accessories as well as activities that come along with going to school in the Midwest, the Northeast, the South, and the West Coast
•    Instructions for a "5-Minute Dorm Room Clean-Up"
•    Seasonal influenza and novel H1N1 2009 flu virus prevention tips
•    Dorm room "must-haves" for living away from home
•    Lifestyle tips from experienced Moms

Please find the Clorox College Survival Guide 2009 national edition available for download here! The regional editions can be found by visiting the College Survival Guide Facebook fan page, which you can find when you search “College Survival Guide 2009” on Facebook. And don't forget to  fan them while you're there!

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Fall Pick - The Good Wife on CBS


The Fall season for TV is about to begin and there are a lot of promising new shows coming up! One such is the new CBS drama series called The Good Wife, starring Julianna Margulies and Chris Noth. Margulies plays a wife and mother who must assume full responsibility for her family and re-enter the workforce after her husband's very public sex scandal and political corruption lands him in jail.

Synopsis : Pushing aside the betrayal and public humiliation caused by her husband, Peter, Alicia Florrick starts over by pursuing her original career as a defense attorney. As a junior associate at a prestigious Chicago law firm, she joins her longtime friend, former law school classmate and firm partner Will Gardner, who is interested to see how Alicia will perform after 13 years out of the courtroom. Alicia is grateful the firm's top litigator, Diane Lockhart, offers to mentor her but discovers the offer has conditions and realizes she's going to need to succeed on her own merit.

Alicia's main competition among the firm's 20-something new recruits is Cary, a recent Harvard grad who is affable on the surface, but is competitive to the core. Fortunately, Alicia finds an ally in Kalinda, the firm's tough in-house investigator. Gaining confidence every day, Alicia transforms herself from embarrassed politician's scorned wife to resilient career woman, especially for the sake of providing a stable home for her children, 14-year-old Zach and 13-year-old Grace. For the first time in years, Alicia trades in her identity as the "good wife" and takes charge of her own destiny.

Check out the video below for a sneak peek. And don't forget to let me know what shows you're looking forward to and/or would like to see covered here!


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Mom Does Know Best - Coupons with a Conscience

PhotobucketHas a recent grocery shop bill shocked you?! It certainly did to me! From food to gas, everything is more expensive. If cutting coupons and cutting out charities this holiday season are high on your mind, then here's some food for thought...

Two upstate New York moms and entrepreneurs Calandra Cruickshank and Dana Valdez have created a grassroots economic plan benefiting families, local merchants and over one million US non-profits, aiming to alleviate some of today's most pressing economic concerns.  
www.CommonKindness.com is a new, free website that taps online coupons to create an innovative and socially responsible "economic stimulus plan" to help people save money while stimulating business' sales and generating sustainable funds for non-profit organizations.

PhotobucketCommonKindness offers consumers thousands of national and local coupons and brand discounts. Each time a person prints a coupon with www.CommonKindness.com, funds are generated from advertising fees paid by the companies posting their coupons. CommonKindness shares 60 percent of its profits with the charities and causes selected by coupon clippers from an online list of over one million non-profits.

Now that's truly a way to get your cake and eat it as well! On my first visit itself, I found more than 8 coupons that I could use, including that rare one for Huggies!

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