Nov 26, 2013

The Magic of Hollister & Their Epic Black Friday Deals!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hollister Co for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

For as long as I can remember I have always been a Hollister Co girl. Whenever I put on my Hollister clothing it always has this magical way of making me feel like I'm near the ocean even when I'm not. All of their clothes are so comfy and cute, and many of their articles of clothing also have a California theme such as a Southern CA city or saying. I love their themes because they usually reflect places I've been to and the clever sayings make their clothing even more creative. Whenever I head into Hollister I always find something new to buy as well -- it's all too tempting!

In fact, there are so many things I want on the Hollister website right now and since Black Friday will soon be here, if you love Hollister as much as I do (how can you not?!) it's time to start planning not only what you will be wearing for the most epic deal of the year (at Hollister on Black Friday, duh!) but what you will be buying on Black Friday as well. Most mall doors open up at 8pm on Thanksgiving night so it's time to get very excited.

Psst...Hollister has not released their Black Friday deals yet, but soon they will so stay tuned! Plus, you better believe their will be HOT lifeguards at the Hollister doors that will entice us to buy even more fab Hollister clothes! Can we say YES, please?! :)

While waiting for Hollister to reveal their Black Friday deals and stay up to date on their latest items, Like Hollister on FacebookFollow @HollisterCo on Twitter, and Follow @HollisterCo on Instagram!

P.S. you can download the Hollister App so you can unlock the new Black Friday Beach Party Whistle! ;)

For a Black Friday Hollister inspirational laidback 90's outfit, I put together this ensemble below (actually it has two outfits in one). The links to my can't live without Hollister outfits and wish list are below the collage too. What's not to love?!

 DIXON LAKE T-SHIRT // EL PESCADOR t-sHIRT //

bay park hoodie // Hollister sport hoodie //

LEgging // Hollister Jegging //

So what do you plan on wearing for Black Friday

when you head to Hollister and

what items are on your wish list?

Don't forget that Hollister offers some fantastic items that you should put on your wish list now including flannels, sweatshirts, leggings, sweaters, and more. Whether you're at the ocean or headed home to family during the holidays who live in a snowy climate like me, allow Hollister to keep you warm all winter long. I know I will when I'm in California, Arizona, or Utah! ;)

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Nov 22, 2013

Convenient Real-Estate: The Meaning of Move-In Ready

One term floating around the real estate business is the description “move-in ready” when it comes to homes. In best case scenarios, a home is move-in ready when it needs no work in order for it to be livable. Many homebuyers these days don’t have the time or energy to purchase a home to fix up, even though houses waiting to be improved are less costly than a move-in ready home. How do you know if a house is move-in ready? It’s easy enough to spot cosmetic changes that have been made, but they may be masking a much deeper issue that you can’t see – and will require much more money and time to fix. Here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that your home is truly move-in ready.
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Hire a Professional

If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. If that price that can’t be beat is featured on a move-in ready home, it’s time to call a professional in order to make sure you’re getting what you think you are. Check the roof, electrical, water heater, plumbing, foundation, and any other major elements of the house. These are far more expensive things to fix than renovating a bathroom or re-flooring an entire home. They are also some of the more difficult elements to detect by simply visiting and touring a house. Invest money into hiring professionals who can give you an honest assessment of the house. It could save you from deep financial hardship in the future.

Consider the Weather

A home may look beautiful and perfect in the spring or summer, but if you live in areas where winters are cold or harsh and are looking to find homes for sale in Michigan, your house may not be as move-in ready as you think it is. Check insulation, the state of the windows and doors, and the roof. Find out how old the heating system is and how efficient it works. Winter is the worst time to regret a housing decision.

Paint and Carpet

Paint and carpet are easy and relatively inexpensive fixes. You can hire professionals to come in and do them in a matter of days. Don’t let these elements dissuade you from purchasing a home that has good internal elements. These homes might be more move-in ready than you think they are.

So do your research ahead of time so that you will be prepared when looking for a home. At first glance a home may appear to be move-in ready, but if you make a list and bring it with you while looking at homes you will be more likely to spot other issues that you normally would not spot. Be wise but don’t be too picky – there’s definitely a home that will be move-in ready thanks to your research and new knowledge in housing. 

About the Author: Jessica is currently looking for a new house. She thought she would get a head start by doing her research so her ideal home is move-in ready. 

Nov 17, 2013

Best Nature Documentaries that Touch Our Spirit

Sure, Hollywood has created some fabulous films using incredible actors, well-written scenes, and emotional moments that leave us laughing hysterically or tearing up despite our best efforts to remind ourselves it’s only a movie. But there are some films that aren’t only movies, which do more than just reflect human culture, by actually studying and reporting on the dangerous and mysterious world around us - and no, I’m not speaking of any of the Housewives reality shows.
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In the end, there is no movie that comes close to the visual and emotional roller coaster ride that a well-done nature documentary can take viewers through. As human beings, whose curiosity has led directly to any and all of the educational advancements we have today, we are enthralled by the wild, unrestrained lives of the creatures we share this planet with. Especially now, with climate change and pollution threatening habitats and ecosystems everywhere, wildlife and nature documentaries can both educate us and help open our eyes to the world we might be in danger of losing.

If you’re looking to revisit some of the best nature documentaries, consider some of what I believe are at the top of the list. If after this list, you’re still searching for documentaries that will both leave your eyes and brain in a state of awe, one of your best bets is to look for anything hosted by David Attenborough, who has covered everything from insect life (Life in the Undergrowth) to plants (The Private Life of Plants) birds, mammals, reptiles, and  more. For newer shows and streaming documentaries the best sources are the Science Channel, BBC, the Discovery Channel, the Smithsonian Channel, the latter of which is unfortunately available only on DirecTV, or of course, Netflix and Amazon, which have many of the most popular shows on this list.

Planet Earth

I’m sure we can all remember the year Planet Earth,  the 2006 documentary that took over five years to film, arrived. It was the first nature documentary to be entirely filmed in high definition, and when Christmas came about, it was guaranteed that at least one person had splurged on a DVD copy for everyone in the family. The hype around Planet Earth wasn’t undeserved. If you have time, watch the mini-documentary “making of” segments to see exactly how difficult some of these filming locations were to get to, and how often the film crew placed themselves in more than precarious situations. This documentary series is also one of the most well rounded to ever be created, since each episode focuses on a particular area (examples are Ocean, Mountain, Desert, and my favorite, Polar).
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Wonders of the Solar System, Cosmos, Through the Wormhole

For space fans, the Carl Sagan-hosted TV series, Cosmos, though filmed in 1980, is still one of the best tours of this vastly unknown world. The series won a primetime Emmy, likely do to the mass audience appeal of the show. Unlike textbooks, Carl Sagan is able to speak in terms that are understandable even if you slept through every science class since the first grade. Sagan also explores origins of life, possible life on Mars, and how Earth could be the next Venus.

For a more recent exploration into the stars, another option is Wonders of the Solar System, which was co-produced by BBC and the Science Channel. This five episode series was first aired in the UK, culminating in a final episode on aliens, and the search for life elsewhere. A third option is the currently airing Through the Wormhole, created by the Science Channel which attempts to resolve, or at least theorize about the biggest questions that humans ask today, such as “Is there a Creator?” and “Where did the universe come from?” The result is mind blowing, and has the added bonus of being narrated by Morgan Freeman, who many consider to have the voice of God already.
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Evolution and Human Planet

Many think that nature documentaries solely focus on the obscure in nature - either plants, space or animals. However, there are two stand outs that look at our own arrival, and how we humans have grown and developed all over the world. After all, we are the only species that populates every continent. The first is Evolution, which received too little appreciation when PBS aired it in 2001. The eight-hour miniseries discusses all areas of evolution, from Darwin’s original ideas, to extinction, to why the human mind suddenly broke out and advanced at previously unheard of rates. A second great documentary is Human Planet. This documentary, too, takes a hard look at humans, and how we have evolved and are still evolving to create lives for ourselves on almost every possible habitat this planet holds. This series looks at how humans have adapted to extreme areas, like deep jungles of South America, the Altai Mountains of Mongolia, and even the island archipelagos of Indonesia.

Author Bio: Elizabeth Eckhart is a entertainment and film blogger for http://www.directstartv.com/. She writes primarily about movies, but sometimes dabbles in literature as well. 

Nov 15, 2013

Christmas Shopping Tips: Great Gifts for Your Mother-in-Law

Finding the perfect Christmas gift for each member of the family is crazy enough, but trying to figure out what to get your mother-in-law can be downright migraine-inducing. You can probably forget receiving any meaningful input from your dear hubby. Chances are pretty good you probably know more about what his mother likes than he does! But if you're still left scratching your head over what to get her this year, you can now relax, sit back and enjoy a glass of Charles Shaw. Whether you're her first daughter-in-law or one of many, we've got you covered and soon you'll definitely be the favorite.

For Your New Mother-in-Law

If this is your first Christmas buying a gift for your mother-in-law, you'll want to get her something heartfelt that will impress. A photo of you and your husband in a "thank you for raising the man of my dreams" frame will let her know how much you love her son and how much you appreciate everything she's done for him. These frames are available in a variety of styles and sizes, and can be found online at JuxtaPost.com or Etsy.com for around $40.

If Your Mother-in-Law is a Grandma

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Grandmothers love keeping their grandchildren close. What better way to help your mother-in-law keep her grandchildren close at heart than with a beautiful pearl bracelet? Pearls by Laurel offers a gorgeous bracelet you can customize with pearls in the color of your children's birthstones. This is surprisingly affordable at only $29.95 at PearlsByLaurel.com.

For the Mother-in-Law Who Has Everything

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Some women have the good fortune to have everything — and these ladies are the toughest to buy for. That's where gift baskets come in. Buying Christmas gift baskets from FTD is a quick and easy solution. Just a few clicks and you're done. For about $70 at you can send your mother-in-law a gourmet basket of wine, chocolate and cheese sure to please the most discriminating palate.

For the Adventurous Mother-in-Law

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If you've ever wanted to tell your mother-in-law to jump off a cliff, now you can do just that. Give the gift of an experience such as bungee jumping or whitewater rafting. Companies like Cloud 9 Living specialize in gift experiences ranging from dinner cruises and spa packages to fighter pilot training and race car driving. Helping your mother-in-law check items off her bucket list can range anywhere from $115 for a massage to over $2,000 to play "Top Gun" in an authentic aircraft.

For the Mother-in-Law You Can't Stand

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Let's face it. More often than not our mother-in-law isn't at the top of our favorite-person list. This Christmas, kill her with kindness and get her something you know she will love. How? If you've known her long enough to not be able to stand her, you probably know more about her than you'd like to admit. Whatever she's into, take it up a notch with a gift that shows her you've been paying attention. Does she have a tiny dog she insists on taking everywhere? Give her a gift card to a fancy dog boutique. Does she have a creepy doll collection? Buy her the greatest creepy doll you can find. Is she a stickler for etiquette? Get her a vintage etiquette book; eBay has them starting at around $10.

Lisa Fischer
Lisa is a social media enthusiast from Honolulu.

Nov 14, 2013

Caribbean: the finest destination to rekindle your relationship

Diverse and Fascinating are words that can describe Caribbean perfectly. Some of it lounges are ideal for walking and driving in the green lush rain forest. While some are placed strategically for sight-seeing and get away, others are just perfect for partying. On the islands a common phenomenon awaits you: warm temperature, clear waters and white sands.
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A holiday in the Caribbean islands is the best idea a newlywed could have in their minds. This is because Caribbean is a home away from home. With the calmness of nature, the aesthetic beauty of the ocean and the beaches and great resorts and hotels, one could never expect more!

The Bahamas 
Accessible by a marine taxi, an airplane or a cruise ship. Bahamas is less than 200miles off the coastline of Miami. In Bahamas, Nassau and Freeport are the shopping areas. With the white sandy beaches and the turquoise blue waters, you can have peace of mind in this nature’s beauty place. Grand Bahama international Airport is the right place for flight information. While at Nassau, you can also try some breath taking activities such as shark diving, and the great water sports package. Staying in Bahamas Atlantis Bay and Sandals Emerald Bay can be a real great experience due to their welcoming hospitality.

Jamaica
Once visited nobody ever forget this serene place ringed by beaches and the air filled with the finest reggae tunes of all time. This mountainous piece of heaven has great places to visit with lots of fun activities such as calm sea snorkeling, river rafting climbing the Blue Mountains for great site seeing and visiting the dolphin coves. While in Jamaica, sports also come as an enjoyable activity especially in the Half Moon golf tennis and beach club and the Couple’s Resort where you can stay. You can also know more about the culture and history associated with the islands by visiting their museums.

Puerto Rico
Probably the most beautiful of the Caribbean islands, Puerto Rico is the place you ought to take your lover for relaxing session. In San Juan, the activities never die with the day joining the night at high voltage of activities. San Juan offers great activities such as visiting its cobblestone streets and basking in the sun. Some other attractions are such as the bioluminescent bay, the El Yunque rainforest and the underground cave park of Rio Camuy.

Some of its great hotels are Hotel El Conento, El Conquistador, El San Juan and Horned Dorset Primavera.

Anguilla
Also referred to as a tourists trap because of its catchiness. With clear coral filled waters and great beach front villas, make it an exceptional. A sneak to the little beach will leave you fascinated and not want to leave the place. Catch the moon splash music festivals in March at Anguila. There are also great water sports and sun bathing to try. The best hotels here are Cap Julca which is a calm one and rest on miles of sandy beaches, Viceroy Anguilla which has a great contemporary architecture which blends perfectly with the beaches of Anguilla. Others are such as the Paradise Cove resort, Anguilla Great house, Allamanda beach club and many more.
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Belize
This is another Caribbean classic. An affordable place with a five-mile long beach, Belize is the place to go for holiday especially for newlyweds who seek pleasure and a new experience. The main mode of transport here is by bicycle or by foot. With great wave and a smoothly warming sun, you can escape the hustles and bustles of your daily boring life and give Belize a visit. Coco Beach Resort, X’tan Ha Resort, Almond beach resort are some accommodation places of great value in Belize.

Foodie highlights
All these islands have a common meal with local sea foods, conch fritters, Escovitch fich, chicken, curry goat, Arawak cay (fish fry), stewed fish and local delicacy being the most tantalizing. Fruits such as mangoes coconuts, pineapples and papaws are also available in the menu.

All these luxurious places make you relax after crumpling wedding arrangements and the hustles that one usually has to make during the period when they are arranging the wedding.Get the flight details make your own way with best information to make your travel a pleasant and top-notch experience.

Nov 5, 2013

3 Easy Ways To Make Facial Chemical Peels

As the name of this article suggests, chemical peels made with loads of chemicals are usually known to cause some kind of harm to your skin. We understand that removing blemishes is an important task and that chemical peels are known to do a wonderful job at doing just that, but it's still important to be cautious. 

However, it is important to realize that chemical peels should not be done on a regular basis. Also, when you are thinking of opting for chemical peels, ensure that you buy them from a company you trust so that at least you know that you are applying a reputable product on your skin. 

Another option is to make these chemical peels at home. They are simple to make and the best part is that if you make them at home the will not contain chemicals of any kind that might harm or damage your skin.

Cucumber Peel: 
The best part about this is that it is made with ingredients that are readily available at home. Every home is known to have cucumbers and as a result this is simple peel that can be made readily by anyone and everyone at home. It is a natural peel and once applied will help your skin to look tighter, smoother and softer.This cucumber peel is known to be made with cucumber, chamomile tea, natural gelatin and aloe vera pulp.

AHA Chemical Peel:
This is another chemical peel that you can try at home. For this type of peel you need to mix sugar cane juice and yogurt in a bowl. Add glycolic acid and milk that contains lactic acid. Apply the mixture of sugar and yogurt on the skin till it dries up. Once dry take it off by splashing cold water on your face..

BHA Chemical Peel:
With this peel you need to mix baking soda and water in a bowl. Let it rest for some time and then you add neutralizer to the acid component. You can also add aspirin in the mixture to do the trick. For added benefit you can add lemon juice. Lemon juice is known to have an acidic component that ensures that the skin lightens when you apply the peel on your face. The idea is to ensure that the BHA chemical peel made at home can be applied on the face and left on your face for up to 5 to 10 minutes at a time. After leaving it on your face for that length of time, you can easily wash it off with water.


The only thing that you need to remember about these homemade chemical peels is to ensure that you make them fresh and apply them on your face. Try and not make these peels in bulk and store them as it might go bad and cause damage to your delicate skin. Also, ensure that you do a patch test before application.

Molly Garner is a beautician by profession. She is sharing her knowledge and experience with people. She regularly writes on health or skin care related articles. Currently she is contributing article on behalf of CoLaz Beauty Salon they offer Skin Blemishes, hair removal and beauty treatments.

Nov 3, 2013

Skin Tone Infographic from Fair and Flawless

If you’ve ever wondered how some people can look so radiant in yellow, yet you look downright jaundiced in the same shade, you’re not alone. It’s not just a matter of how light or dark your skin is—the underlying tone makes a huge difference in whether or not certain colors are wearable for you.

For example, when you’re picking out foundation, you want to make sure that you’re picking a formula that’s not only the right shade, but also is the right tone. Putting a pinkish-based tint on golden undertones will make you white and ghostly; putting yellow-toned foundation over pinkish skin can result in looking like an Oompa-Loopma (well, not quite that dramatic, but you get the picture).

This infographic from Fair and Flawless helps you figure out your skin tone so that you can pick out the right makeup to seamlessly blend into your skin. It also takes it one step further by adding in the extra dimension of hair and eye color. You may have the same underlying skin tone as your sister, but if you have dramatically different hair colors, you probably can’t share that lilac sweater. Read on to find out if blues are right for you, or if reds would suit you better.