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Friday, October 20, 2017

Hollywood Lesbians: From Garbo To Foster

Hollywood Lesbians: From Garbo To Foster

About The Book:
Hollywood Lesbians: From Garbo to Foster is the companion volume to Boze Hadleigh’s classic Hollywood Gays. In this rare and no-holds-barred collection of exclusive interviews with Hollywood icons from the Golden Age of movies and TV - Dame Judith Anderson, Barbara Stanwyck, Capucine, Ann B. Davis, Nancy Kulp, Sandy Dennis, Agnes Moorehead, Edith Head, Patsy Kelly  -  among others - renowned entertainment journalist and historian Boze Hadleigh goes straight to the source and opens the film world’s closet door into the past, and brings this volume full circle to the present with new material.

About The Author:
Boze Hadleigh is the foremost writer on les/bi/gay Hollywood. His 22 books have been translated into 14 languages and yielded 11 TV documentaries and three plays. He holds a master’s degree in journalism, speaks five languages, has visited over 60 countries, and won on Jeopardy! (donating his winnings to a fire-damaged library). His titles include Hollywood Gays, The Lavender Screen, Sing Out!, Broadway Babylon, Celebrity Lies!, Marilyn Forever, and An Actor Succeeds.
 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fight Breast Cancer Between the Sheets

Fight Breast Cancer Between the Sheets 

Girls Love Mail, the national charity featured on The NBC Nightly News, People.com, and Today.com, is fighting breast cancer with sheets of paper and good penmanship. The mission of Girls Love Mail is to give the gift of hand-written letters to women going through breast cancer treatment. Since August 2011, they have handed out over 120,000 letters – that’s 120,000 women across the country encouraged by kindness anyone can do. Letters come in from around the globe and go out through 160 cancer centers across the country, and the numbers are growing.

BACK STORY:
In 2009, writer and founder of Girls Love Mail, Gina L. Mulligan, was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time Gina was working on an epistolary novel, a novel that is made up of all letters. While undergoing treatment and writing letters for her novel, she started receiving letters and cards filled with well wishes. Gina received over 200 letters, many from people she had never met. "Letters were all around me, and I realized letters are a precious gift with the power to heal," says Gina. She wanted to give back and started Girls Love Mail with the goal to get a letter to every woman diagnosed - that's 250,000 letters each year.

Miles of Mail 2017 - goal to collect 26,000 letters this year. (20,000 letters collected as of Oct. 1, 2017.) Letter writers of all ages from over 300 cities across the US, plus Canada, Japan, Germany, Korea, Brazil, UK, Ireland, Australia, and The Netherlands.
To reach more women, Girls Love Mail has just released a gift book of letters. Dear Friend: Letters of Encouragement, Humor, and Love for Women with Breast Cancer (Chronicle Books). This beautiful collection of 100 handwritten letters offers strength, encouragement, and comfort to women living with breast cancer. Written by compassionate strangers - many of whom have gone through their own health battles - these heartfelt letters were gathered by Girls Love Mail to deliver words of comfort when they're needed the most.

 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Toys R Us #Holidays2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

GFB Grab And Go Bites

The Gluten Free Bar (GFB), a leading brand for fun and flavorful gluten-free snacks, is paving the way in the growing gluten-free “cluster” category with its new line of GFB Bites. Available in six different flavors, including Dark Chocolate Coconut, Coconut Cashew Crunch, Chocolate Cherry Almond, PB+J, Dark Chocolate Hazelnut, and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter, the Bites are available on shelves at club, grocery, mass merchandise, natural foods and supermarket stores nationwide with a suggested retail price of $4.99 to 5.99 per bag.
Each bite-sized treat is non-GMO Project Certified, Certified Vegan, soy-free, dairy-free, and Certified Gluten-Free. What really sets GFB Bites apart in a crowded functional food category is taste; the Bites balance just the right amount of soft and chewy texture with crunch and flavors that make them a completely unique snacking experience. Without compromising on ingredients or honest nutrition, the protein-packed Bites were developed with meaningful flavors, such as tart cherry, dark chocolate, toasted coconut, sun-sweetened fruit, and various nuts that provide flavor depth and protein function. “We’re two brothers who get along well with each other, but not with gluten,” said Elliot Rader, Co-Founder and Partner at GFB. “Our goal is to create fun and flavorful gluten-free snacks for everyone – after all, eating is something we do each day so let’s enjoy it. The development of Bites has been an exciting transition into the cluster category. We basically combined the nutrition of a protein bar with the decadence of a truffle. No other cluster in the category does this and we’re excited to share the Bites with our customers.”
As pioneers in the gluten-free cluster category, GFB has created a product perfect for all snacking occasions: fun family road trips, a quick and delicious breakfast with your morning coffee at work, and much more. GFB Bites can be found at leading regional stores, top national stores, and popular health food stores. GFB, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a Certified B Corporation dedicated to producing products in a sustainable, earth-friendly manner. Along with their new line of Bites, the Company continues to produce their original product the Gluten Free Bar.

 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Mason Would Be 8 Today

Top #Halloween2017 Candy By State

It's expected that $2.7 Billion (with a B) will be spent on trick-or-treat candy this year. We figure if you're spending that much, you might as well get it right. To help you choose the right candy for your area, we put some data together and made this map of the Most Popular Halloween Candy by state.
Source: CandyStore.com.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Target Toys #Holidays2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Trick Or Treat With ZizyBee Bags #Halloween2017

Carry that coveted candy from house to house with ZizzyBee Bags! An eco-friendly alternative to the plastic bags, bins, and boxes you’re constantly going through, these mesh bags are washable and reusable – the perfect fit for all your home storage and travel needs all year long.
ZizzyBee Bags aren’t just durable, you can easily use them to store your Christmas ribbons, organize your child’s legos, and even throw your daughter’s after school dance clothes in them. The list is endless when you have ZizzyBee Bags. Your little ones may have sticky fingers and tired feet from trick-or-treating, but at the end of the night, they’ll have a ZizzyBee bag they can count on to hold all of their yummy candy.

Available in three different sizes, see how you can mix and match for some Halloween fun:
Mix 3-pack -
This popular pack comes with 2 large bags 12” by 12” bags and 1 small 9” by 9” bag. It’s not only great for busy parents, but for little ones to learn organization early on – get them excited to categorize their room with these fun, bold patterns.
Large 3-pack -
This set of 3, 12” by 12” bags is perfect for organizing all your spooky supplies: crayons, pens, paper – and don’t forget the candy! You can pick 3 matching bags or 3 different colors.
Dirty Laundry Bag –
Perfect for dirty clothes after a night of Halloween fun! Stock up on tasty treats while keeping it green with eco-friendly, durable ZizzyBee Bags! 

Check it all out at ZizzyBee Bags on Facebook, as well as ZizzyBee Bags on Twitter.

Friday, October 13, 2017

It's Dollarita Time! @Applebees

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar will be offering $1 margaritas, known fondly as the Dollarita, as part of the month-long national celebration of Applebee's Neighborhood Appreciation Month. It's seriously just $1 – 100 pennies, that's all. Served on the rocks, these $1 margaritas are available from open to close at participating Applebee's restaurants every day in October. Pair it with a selection of appetizers, a 2 for $20 meal, or late-night fare. There's no better time to stop by Applebee's and feel the love. Go ahead, put that dollar burning a hole in your pocket to good use and buy yourself something delicious.

"We focus on our food a lot, but 'bar' is in our name, and it is an integral part of what makes Applebee's a great neighborhood destination," said Patrick Kirk, vice president of beverage innovation at Applebee's. "Our $1 margaritas in October give us a chance to show our guests a little love, giving them a totally unbeatable offer as a gesture of our sincere appreciation for their patronage." The delicious $1 margarita is available all day, every day while dining in at participating Applebee's locations for the entire month of October. For more information on limited time offers from Applebee's, check out the online menu and stop by your neighborhood Applebee's.

When celebrating with the Dollarita, Applebee's reminds you to please drink responsibly.

Check it all out at Applebee's on Facebook, as well as Applebee's on Twitter.

Spies In Disguise Coming January 18th!

Fox Animation, Chernin Entertainment and Blue Sky Studios have announced the voice casting for their upcoming animated film Spies In Disguise. Spies In Disguise is a buddy comedy set in the high octane globe-trotting world of international espionage. Will Smith voices Lance Sterling, the world's most awesome spy. Cool, charming, and super-skilled, saving the world is his occupation. And nobody does it better. Almost the exact opposite of Lance is Walter, voiced by Tom Holland.

Walter is a great mind but perhaps not a great socializer. What he lacks in social skills though, he makes up for in smarts and invention: Walter is the scientific genius who invents the gadgets Lance uses on his missions. But when events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to rely on each other in a whole new way. And if this odd couple can't learn to work as a team, the whole world is in peril.

Directed by Nick Bruno & Troy Quane, Spies In Disguise is a Fox Animation production, with Blue Sky Studios and Chernin Entertainment. The project is based on Pigeon: Impossible, an original animated short film by Lucas Martell.

Spies In Disguise hits theaters everywhere on January 18th, 2019! 
Lance Sterling, debonair secret agent extraordinaire (voiced by Will Smith). Photo Credit: Blue Sky Studios
Walter, the scientific genius who creates Lance's gadgets (voiced by Tom Holland). Photo Credit: Blue Sky Studios
 

Happy Friday The 13th! Eeeks!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

How to Have Fun and Relax When Touring College Campuses

Believe it or not, that baby boy or girl you seemingly brought home from the hospital only yesterday is now a senior in high school. Your college-bound teen is excited to tour several campuses around the country, and you have been busy making plane and hotel reservations and contacting the admissions offices to see about visiting each university.
While most colleges have organized tours of the classrooms, dorms and will tell you all about their educational programs, majors and extracurricular activities and clubs, you also want to have some fun while you are visiting each campus. Plus, you and your teen will probably be a bit overwhelmed by all of the school related info and will need a way to unwind. To enjoy some downtime when visiting universities, consider the following ideas:

Give an Escape Game a Try

If the University of Kansas in Kansas City or another area college is on your list of campuses to tour, be sure to set aside some time to check out Tick Tock Escape games on College Blvd. in Overland Park. The facility, which is near the Metcalf region of Overland Park, offers creative escape rooms that require you and your family to use your wits and concentration to get out. For instance, the Pyramid Paradox is an Egyptian Pyramid game that includes plenty of special effects, sound and technology that will make you feel like you are in a movie. After a long day of walking around the campus, working together with your teen to figure out how to beat the clock and escape from the room is a great way to wind down.

Climb a Wall or Shoot Lasers at Each Other

If you are in Eugene, Oregon checking out the University of Oregon, you may get to experience some of the rain the city is famous for. After a day of dodging downpours during the campus tour, you and your teen might be ready to burn off some energy in an indoor location. If you have always wanted to give rock climbing a try, head to Crux Rock — they offer day rates and instruction for people who are rock climbing newbies. Another great indoor activity that would be a fun way to spend your downtime is laser tag; Eugene is home to the Paintball Palace, which has a great laser tag room and affordable admission prices — this is good news, considering how much you’ll be paying for airfare, hotel and a rented car. If you are in the mood, you can also give indoor paintball a try there or, if the weather is cooperating, you could experience the outdoor paintball area.

Immerse Yourself in College Life

Getting to know a college requires more than going to information sessions and formal tours. Whether you are at UCLA, Boston College, BYU or Florida State, spend some of your downtime living as a typical college student. Eat in the student union or dining hall and see if you can sit in on a practice session with the football team or dance club. Check out bulletin boards in the student center — yes, they still exist and are rich sources of local flavor — and choose a few events that interest your teen. This can include student-run theater productions, art shows, music performances and more. In addition to relaxing at these events, you and your college-bound kiddo will be able to determine from their attendance if these are popular activities in the area, and if your teen will quickly feel right at home on campus.

Skinerals Organic Skin Care

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Discover Skinerals: Organic Skin Line with a Life-Changing Purpose
Protect your skin naturally while helping fund skin cancer research with Skinerals. Skinerals innovative formulas focus on minerals - not chemicals - to restore, pamper, and protect the body’s most important and hardest working features. Skineral's founder, Michael Schindele, launched his brand after his daughter was diagnosed with severe eczema and skin allergies. His mission to create products that could manage and repair her skin damage led to a healthier, all organic approach to beauty. The brand includes 16 natural and organic skin care products. Dedicated to improving the skincare industry through organic skin solutions, Skinerals has pledged to donate a share of every single bottle sold to skin cancer research.
Recommend by dermatologists, Skinerals offer a natural solution to those with sensitive skin. “I recommend these formulas for my patients with sensitive skin,” states Doctor Michael Swann of Swann Dermatology, “The natural ingredient composition, replenishes and hydrates the skin without causing irritation.” Skinerals uses hundreds of different minerals and earth elements to naturally promote healthy cell growth and development, providing relief from many chronic, irritating, and embarrassing skin conditions. “Hyaluronic acid helps your skin retain moisture by binding water molecules. I recommend the Diamond Age-Defying Serum for its hydrating abilities as well as its capability to repair and protect the skin,” explains Dr. Michael Swann. People with eczema and other skin allergies are susceptible to skin irritations year around, both indoors and outdoors.
Reduce stretch marks, smooth fine lines, and attain a natural glow with Skinerals:
· Sweet Jasper Body Lotion – Gentle yet deeply moisturizing, this lotion reduces stretch marks, scarring, and cellulite. It’s safe to use daily and blends in quickly without leaving behind a greasy residue.
· Californium Sunless Bronzer – This mousse formula applies a natural tan effortlessly, free of streaks and unevenness. It’s available in an 8oz bottle for home use and a travel size for touch ups on-the-go. · Luminous Citrine Facial Cleanser – Its light citrus fragrance entices the senses while its formula of activated charcoal, aloe, and orange peel oil work to neutralize acidity and gently exfoliate.
Nourishing Vitamins C, B5, and E promote supple, smooth skin.
· Diamond Age Defying Serum – A blend of premium natural oils and extracts, which combat wrinkles, retain moisture, restore reliance, smooth fine lines, and prevent skin inflammation. Skinerals’ products are entirely vegan as well as paraben-free, cruelty-free, and gluten-free; proudly made in the USA in an FDA approved facility.

Check it all out at Skinerals on Facebook, as well as Skinerals on Twitter.

 

Fruit of the Loom Partners with DreamWorks Animator, Action Movie Kid

Fruit Of The Loom partnered with Action Movie Kid to show how parents can never be too prepared when it comes to their kids.

DreamWorks animator Daniel Hashimoto is behind the video series that has been developed into a children’s book and movie that is currently in the works. In Hashi’s videos, he turns his son into a superhero who gets carried away with his imagination while fighting monsters, aliens, and robots. Hashi created a special video for Fruit of the Loom to show how handy an extra pair of underwear can be. Fruit of the Loom’s bonus pack with boys’ and girls’ underwear comes with extra pairs - just in case.
 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Fall/Winter Shoes Under $30

Sunday, October 8, 2017

How to be a Good Parent Without Being Overbearing

Where has the time gone? Your babies are growing into teenagers, and you just can't believe it. You want to make sure your children are safe and happy all the time, but you also want to give them room to grow into well-adjusted adults. The following are a few tips to help you be a good parent without being overbearing.

Transition Control

You've helped your children make all of their decisions, whether big or small, since the day they were born. As they grow into teenagers it can be difficult to give up some of that control over their lives. Instead of fighting for power, ease both your kids and yourself through this transitional phase into adulthood. Clinical psychologist Dan Griffin tells the Chicago Tribune that parents should start letting their kids make some of the decisions as early as eight or nine years old. Ask them where they want to go for dinner or what extracurricular activity they want to do after school. Griffin explains that if kids feel a sense of respect, they'll be more mature and engaged rather than resistant. Plus, the transition will help you get used to the idea of your kids growing up.

Encourage Responsibility

As you let your teens make more of their own decisions, you also should encourage them to take on more responsibilities. This can be part of the transitional phase so your kids don't get overwhelmed with adult responsibilities and you have enough time to teach them. For example, if they want to go to a movie with their friends, have them earn the money by doing chores around the house or getting a part-time job. Similarly, if they want to get into college, explain that it's up to them to earn good grades and fill out their applications on time. Let your teens know that you're always there to help them, but it is their responsibility to work for what they want to achieve in life.

Give Them Space

Your teens are dealing with a lot of changes in their lives, and that can be stressful. When they get home from school, give them some space to unwind and do what they want. Even if you have good intentions, asking questions the moment they walk in the door may feel like you're prying or don't trust them. Let your kids come to you to talk about their day or any problems they're having.
You also should give your kids some alone time. Your teens are learning to be independent and don't want to rely on you for every little thing. Let them stay home by themselves, extend their curfew and let them go out with friends. If you're nervous about their safety, install a home security system. Both you and your kids will feel safe knowing that the perimeter of the house is secure thanks to motion-activated push notifications sent straight to the home screen of your smartphone. This allows you to quickly check and notify your child and potentially the police of any threats. And you can also check in on them remotely if you want to make sure they made it home from school or if someone's at the door.

Listen More, Lecture Less

One of the best things you can do as the parent of teenagers is to listen. If your teenagers are complaining about a teacher, having a problem with a friend or feeling worried about college applications be there to listen. You don't need to solve all of their problems for them or tell them what to do. Sometimes they just need to vent their frustrations. Even if you have great advice, your teens may not want to hear it — and that's OK. Instead of telling them what you would do in their situation, ask them what's going on and really listen. If they ask for your help, then feel free to jump in. Just be respectful of their feelings and know that it's perfectly normal for them to start figuring things out on their own.

The Benefits of Window Tinting

There are a lot of places in your home that you can change to add value and comfort. There's only one change that can help you add privacy, protection and energy savings from one product. With home window tinting, you can stay cool and keep out dangerous UV rays from inside your home. The key to gaining all of these benefits from your home is to tint all of your windows with the right shade that best meets your needs.

Better Climate Control
One of the biggest benefits of tinted windows throughout your home is the ability to have a steadier temperature throughout the year, especially in rooms that tend to get a lot of daily sunlight. Tinted windows can keep rooms cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This small change can also provide a big change for your wallet by saving on energy costs throughout the year, with your air conditioning and heating systems not having to work as hard to keep the interior temperature at your favorite comfort level.

Reducing Glare and Providing Privacy
Another benefit of having tinted windows in the home is the ability for the tint to reduce the glare that you see inside the home. This is helpful when you want to avoid harsh light due to watching television or working on a computer.

On the outside of your home, tinting provides you with a extra layer of privacy than traditional windows. While you will still have a clear view from the inside looking out, those who are looking into the windows will not be able to see inside your home at night or during the day, depending on the type of tint that you choose.

UV Protection
While the sun is an important part of daily life, it can also be a harsh part on the eyes, the skin and a variety of materials found in the home. With window tinting you can get protection from ultraviolet rays from entering your home. It can help reduce the effects on your body and on your home. This UV protection can help reduce damage and discoloration on furniture upholstery, tapestries, paintings and photographs.
 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Everything Must Go

Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis

About The Book:
Flora Goldwasser has fallen in love. She won't admit it to anyone, but something about Elijah Huck has pulled her under. When he tells her about the hippie Quaker school he attended in the Hudson Valley called Quare Academy, where he'll be teaching next year, Flora gives up her tony upper east side prep school for a life on a farm, hoping to woo him. A fish out of water, Flora stands out like a sore thumb in her vintage suits among the tattered tunics and ripped jeans of the rest of the student body. When Elijah doesn't show up, Flora must make the most of the situation and will ultimately learn more about herself than she ever thought possible. Told in a series of letters, emails, journal entries and various ephemera, Flora's dramatic first year is laid out for all to see, embarrassing moments and all.

My Thoughts:
This is a great debut novel. I love how the book is set up like a journal, and letters, etc.. Makes for an interesting read. It is fun to read about Flora's transformation as she settles into her new life. Can't wait to read more by this author!

About The Author:
Jenny Fran Davis was born in Manhattan and spent four months avoiding (but later embracing) millet mountains in a peace- and justice-focused Quaker community in northern California. Fond of big dogs, doo-wop, and Judy Blume, she attended the Chapin School and is currently an undergraduate at Wesleyan University. Everything Must Go is her debut novel.
 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

#SunRypeFamilySweepstakes Celebrating The Release of Disney's #PixarCoco

SunRype USA is excited to be a part of Celebrating the release of Disney●Pixar's Coco in Theaters November 22nd, 2017! From October 2nd-20th SunRype will be collecting entries for 1 lucky person to win a Trip for 4 consisting of travel and accommodations for 3 Days & 2 Nights in Hollywood, plus 4 passes for the opportunity to see the Los Angeles Premiere Screening of the Disney●Pixar's Coco film in early November plus some yummy SunRype snacks of course.
After that they will be giving away some great weekly SunRype & Disney●Pixar's Coco prize packages up for grabs from October 23rd to November 24th, 2017.
ENTER HERE:
Live Entry Link for the Movie Premiere Trip for 4: October 2nd-20th, 2017 
Live Entry Link for Weekly Prize Packages: October 23rd- November 24th, 2017 

Rules:
*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. The sweepstakes begins on October 2nd, 2017 at 8:00am PT and ends on October 20th, 2017, at midnight PT for the Premiere Trip Sweepstakes & October 23rd through to November 24th, 2017 for the weekly prize packages. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. or D.C. who are 18 years of age or older. The sweeps can be entered ONCE PER DAY. Find a full list of the prizes available to be won, how to enter, odds of winning and drawing dates along with the full rules and regulations at www.facebook.com/SunRypeUSA. Void where prohibited.

Sponsor:
Sun-Rype Products Ltd. SunRype has re-launched their entire snack bar portfolio to be gluten-free, peanut-free, kosher and vegan within the past year, and they are so excited to once again collaborate with Disney who shares the passion for health and wellness. Together, they can help deliver fun, educational and nutritional information around the power of healthy eating to individuals and families across North America. Disney’s commitment to health and wellness dates back to 2006, when the company became the first major media company to establish a Nutrition Guideline Policy to associate its brands with a more nutritious portfolio of foods and beverages. The company has since marked every year of its Healthy Living Commitment with significant milestones, such as becoming the first major media company to launch food advertising standards for children, launching new content and experiences that inspire healthier lifestyles.