StyleUnited.com is a fun website that kind of gives me the feeling of having savvy virtual girlfriends to help me choose skincare, haircare, cosmetics, and fashion pieces that are right for my body and match my sense of style.
I signed up to try the new site and I know I will be going there again and again. Unless a bunch of fashion design students and professional make up artists become my besties. Which could happen.
StyleUnited features hundreds of articles, slideshows, blog posts and how-to videos from P&G and industry experts, including influential stylists, bloggers and online editors.
I took a quiz in Style 360 and found that my fashion look is EDGY AND BOLD with a hint of FLIRTY ROMANTIC. Then I got to look at styles that I might like based on my quiz results. It was pretty fun!
You can also get free one-on-one live consultations with professional beauty consultants using online video technology! The consultants can see and understand your beauty and fashion concerns and provide assistance based on personal traits such as skin and hair types.
Be sure to enter the StyleUnited: New View, New You Giveaway, where you could win one of two $500 shopping sprees at Macy’s or Nordstrom! Yeah! I’m all about winning a bunch of awesome! Enter by June 8th!
I blogged about this as a part of SheSpeaks. I was told I would receive P&G Products but so far I have not. These opinions are my own.
There is a really fun inspirational conference for women coming up at the end of June (June 22nd to 24th) called FESTIGALS. One of the most exciting elements of Festigals by my estimation is that it will be held in NEW ORLEANS! WOOT!
All of the action is based around Hotel Monteleone, and speakers include Hoda Kotb, Colleen Mullaney, Ti Adelaide Martin, Tonya Fitzpatrick, Cary Broussard, Pamela Arceneaux, Debbie Schmitz, and Sue Jones.
Add in yummy New Orleans cuisine like beignets, a tours in the French Quarter, a Bodacious Bra Auction, Stiletto Stroll parade, and a Jazz experience in the historic Treme neighborhood, and you know you will be talking about the memories made on this weekend for a LONG time to come.
Besides all of the fun/empowering/self indulgent reasons to go to FestiGals, all net proceeds from FestiGals are dedicated to the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans! So if you go, you are totally doing it for a sweet cause! GO YOU!
A family vacation to New York is rife with possibilities. Not everything about New York City is kid friendly, but if you know where to look, a visit to NYC can be a rich experience for visitors of any age.
DECIDING WHAT TO SEE
My kids are very much into museums, mostly because they love Indiana Jones. I recommend a New York Sightseeing Pass which allows you to pay a flat daily rate to gain admission into over 40 NYC attractions, including the American Natural History Museum, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, Paley Museum of Television and Radio, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and many many more attractions!
You can totally sightsee until you drop with the New York Sightseeing Pass, hitting as many attractions as you can manage before the pass expires at midnight.
Playground listings are organized by area, and handicap accessibility is noted.
New York City has a restaurant in every kid of culinary genre imaginable. Personally, with my two active youngsters, I try to avoid mid to high-end restaurants. I don’t want to nag them silly reminding them to be still and quiet, all while receiving the stink-eye from childless patrons.
The good news is there are plenty of take away options, food trucks you can hit up for a picnic options, and even some kid-friendly restaurants.
Hotels in NYC are notoriously small and pricey. Opting for a home rental instead of a traditional hotel will give you the benefit of a kitchen, laundry facilities, and more room for your family to spread out and recharge after an active day in the city.
Are your kids under 44 inches tall? If so, up to 3 of them can ride the NYC subway for free with one paying adult. Huzzah!
Word to the wise: if you have an infant, opt for a carrier rather than a stroller. Not all subways are stroller-friendly.
This is a guest post by Manzell Blakeley, who attended the Ford Innovation & Design Fantasy Camp event on behalf of MomMostTraveled.com. Manzell was a guest of Ford, but was not compensated for his time. These opinions were not boughten. Follow him on twitter.
Ford flew myself and many, many (147) other bloggers out for their media preview event before the North American International Auto Show.
There were many different flavors of bloggers – auto bloggers (@tunedtech); urbanism and design bloggers (@inhabitat; @underworldmagz); and social media professionals (@fatih_gunar) from all over the world – the US, Canada, Germany, South Africa, Turkey, and other nations were represented.
The big news from Ford was their unveiling of the newest iteration of the Ford Fusion.
It’s a mid-size Sedan, and it’s success is very important because it’s the largest automobile market.
Unlike the 1970′s and 80′s when US automakers continually produced putrid watertrash and were getting creamed by Japanese manufacturers, today American cars are totally competitive with the imports like the venerable Civic, Accord, Camry, et al.
The Fusion was introduced in 2005 and essentially replaced the Ford Taurus – a vehicle which we were told by various Ford exec’s “saved the company” with it’s success in the late 1980′s.
The 2013 edition of the Fusion represents the “2nd generation” of the model and is more than just a year-to-year tweaking of style and engine specs. Ford has begun to make many of its cars on a identical “platforms”, which the Fusion shares with the Ford Fiesta, Focus, and Mondeo; it’s related to Ford‘s “One Ford” concept where they are trying to unify their various units across the corporation.
Some of the main features are Ford MyTouch (fascist child-rearing techniques whereby parents can limit the car to whatever speed they like when the kid is driving), Lane Assist (so you can fall asleep at the wheel safely), and a voice system where you can blather like an idiot and the system will tell you where the nearest starbucks is. It can bluetooth with your phone and stuff, I guess that’s nice.
More interesting to me were the engine options. They’re offering both a traditional gas/combustion option; a battery-hybrid, and plug-in electric hybrid engine option.
With their EcoBoost on the gas engine, they get a pretty good 37 mpg on the highway. The regular hybrid is a bit better and gets 47 mpg; but the plug-in electric version gets an excellent 100 mpg “equivalent”.
Traditional hybrids recharge batteries using excess energy from a gasoline engine and during braking, so that all electric energy is ultimately gas-powered.
Plug-in hybrids recharge their batteries from the electricity grid which is why the are so much more gas efficient. Personally, I think 100mpge (miles-per-gallon equivalent) is transformative and given time to permeate the market, will drastically reduce auto-based emissions over the next 20 or 30 years.
The 2013 Focus is the first production vehicle to offer all 3 engine options standard and except for a small exterior badge, the vehicles are identical in trim, options, and appearance. This should be common for all 2014 models in my opinion.
I have been a fan of Ivory soap since I was a child.
I love the smell, the fact that it floats, and I felt super special when I was at some kind of camp and we got to carve a bar of Ivory soap. I made a whale.
A white whale.
I am a fan of Ivory, and Ivory is a fan of moms. They did a survey and found that 66% of moms lock themselves in the bathroom to steal moments of “me” time.
Or “you” time…its not “Candice Time” its personal time, ya dig?
The survey of more than 1,000 moms reveals that 80 percent of American moms think motherhood is actually more complicated today than it was 20 years ago.
And while they may be more stressed out and busier than ever, almost nine out of 10 moms think they’re doing a better job balancing it all than their mothers did.
The complete survey questions and results will be shared throughout the “Soap Dish” Facebook community. You can be a part by visiting http://www.facebook.com/ivory!
You know that chick that plays Molly on the show Mike & Molly? Her name is Melissa McCarthy, and she is the Soap Dish spokes-lady. She is likeable. I wonder if she uses Ivory soap and thus smells 99.44% pure? You can “dish” with her and other moms on Ivory’s “Soap Dish” forum.
You might be surprised to learn that Ivory comes in three scents now! There is aloe, lavender, and original.
I love original, but I also give props to the aroma-therapeutic properties of lavender!
Lets carve a whale!
I definitely use the bathroom as my sanctuary.
That doesn’t guarantee that I can always be alone in there…but I do try.
I have exaggeratedly time consuming self-care tasks that I don’t rush through, such as flossing and exfoliating.
Whatever it takes, my friends. I need to be alone with my thoughts from time to time.
If you haven’t been to New York City, chances are that you haven’t been initiated into the magic that is Duane Reade Pharmacy.
The Magic comes from all of the amazing amenities contained within the various Duane Reade stores.
Depending on the location, a given Duane Reade could have a Photo Kiosk, Digital Photo, Film Processing, Skin Wellness, Moneygram, Blockbuster Kiosk, Look Boutique, Walk-in Clinics, Fresh Food, Growler Bar, or Sushi bar.
Duane Reade currently has an open call for 10 NYC-dwelling VIP bloggers to partner with for 2012. This is exciting to me because, to be honest, I think Duane Reade is awesome and I wanted to visit all of the super cool locations anyway.
As a VIP blogger, I would have a legitimate reason to trek out to the Chelsea Duane Reade and eat sushi. Otherwise, I might have to just do that in secret and not tell anyone, lest they judge me for spending my free time exploring a hyper-local chain pharmacy.
In this video I tell the story of how Duane Reade was a part of my initiation into New York City living.
The first time I ever flew to New York, my ear drum ruptured as the plane was landing. I had to make an emergency clinic visit, and then stumbled around Manhattan confusedly until I finally found a Duane Reade where I could get my prescription filled.
That was my first time.
Initially I was wary, because Duane Reade was new and different. But, I had nothing to lose, except my consciousness if I continued to wander around confusedly on that hot summer day.
At the moment, I wasn’t ready to appreciate all of the Duane Reade perks and extras, but they took care of me in my time of need, and I will never forget that.
I work in Murray Hill, and I live in Clinton Hill.
That might sound intimidatingly hilly (it is 95% less hilly than the Appalachian foot hills wherein I was raised), but it means that, wherever I am in my normal daily routine, one of the over 250 Duane Reade locations is within easy striking distance.
My Personal Duane Reade Bucket List includes these tasks:
-obtain my workday lunches from Duane Reade, every day for one week
-obtain perfectly manicured nails using only Duane Reade supplies
-eat Duane Reade sushi
-celebrate holidays, both large and small, using supplies from Duane Reade
-make appropriate use of the Growler bar
-take weekend field trips to all of the super special Duane Reade locations, including the new Chelsea locale, the Broadway at 35th street locale, the Bedford Ave store in Williamsburg, and the flagship store in Union Square.
-buy an eco-friendly bamboo cutting board (hey…I didn’t say all of the tasks had to require a lot of effort or anything).
I hope to lead you as your fearless Duane Reade VIP in 2012!
Think you have what it takes to be one of ten Duane Reade VIP Bloggers? Enter now by writing a blog post telling us why you love Duane Reade and why you should be chosen to be a 2012 Duane Reade VIP Blogger. As a VIP Blogger you’ll receive:
$200 in Duane Reade gift cards per month
Exposure from Duane Reade via Facebook and Twitter.
Exclusive knowledge on Duane Reade promotions and products
Opportunity to be featured in the Duane Reader, the circular and new website.
Opportunity to attend executive level meetings
And much more!
As a VIP Blogger, you’ll be expected to write up to 2 blog posts a month, share content via Twitter and Facebook, and participate in corporate meetings, in-store events, and serve as a brand advocate.
Once upon a time, in 2010, when my plane started its decent to JFK airport, my ears were in a lot of pain. You know, that is normal when flying. But this time was more severe.
I had a party to attend that night, and I tried my best to have conversations while my ears felt like we were under water.
That night my ears hurt so badly, I couldn’t sleep at all. At about 5am I got up and took a shower. Around that time I noticed my ears were bleeding.
As much as I usually try to “tough it out” when it comes to illness, this was new and scary territory.
I went online and used ZocDoc.com to find a walk-in clinic and made an appointment. I did this around 6 or 8 am, on a Saturday, and got an appointment at a clinic on Madison Ave. by 11 am.
The doctor said that he didn’t see a tear in my eardrum, but it might be torn, but it is definitely irritated.
He prescribed an antibiotic, nose spray, recommended Motrin, and a decongestant.
After a rest on the exam table (I think that made the doctor nervous) I stumbled around the streets looking for a pharmacy.
In the meantime I felt super weak and had a rest in a cafe in the middle of 9 NYC construction workers. They didn’t pay me any attention but I was entertained by their animated conversations and crazy thick accents.
After one false start at some kind of homeopathic pharmacy (“We only have weird stuff” the pharmacist said.), I found a “real” drugstore and got what I needed.
I spent the rest of the day in bed.
Gradually my hearing returned after a round of steroids.
ZocDoc really helped me out of a scary situation. I had no idea how to find a doctor and make an appointment, and I needed help ASAP. It wasn’t quite an “emergency” but I was out of my mind with pain! ZocDoc came to my rescue.
That was 2 years ago, and ZocDoc has even more fancy ways to help and advise now.
There is a ZocDoc Facebook page, which often hosts giveaways, a ZocDoc app, and you can search doctors by specialty, city, procedure, and insurance accepted.