Category: Making it Work

POY_USA 2015 Winners

Fantastic Finds – Thanks Product of the Year #POYUSA2015

Fantastic Finds from Product of the Year 

Disclosure: I received some of the Product of the Year winning products to review but no monetary compensation for this post. 
All opinions are, as always, my own.

What do these all have in common? Well, all were voted Product of the Year winners. What exactly is Product of the Year? It’s only the world’s largest consumer-voted award for product innovation. So when a package from Product of the Year showed up on my porch, we happily tried them out. There are several categories: beauty/skin care, baby, kids, household/laundry, food and home design to name a few. And, yes,  I would be sampling the yummy Werther’s Caramel Corn as I write this, but my family finished it on the first day.

Our favorite so far is the hair gel. The vote from here? We liked the light scent, the consistency, that it comes in a tub, and that it controls unruly hair.

And I’m all about the sensitive teeth thing (don’t ask if you don’t want the long, detailed version. Just don’t). So love the new Sensodyne products. On deck now is the ProEnamel MultiAction. Use it, you’ll thank me later.

The Plutonium paint and stencil kit is a DIY dream waiting to happen, but with back to school upon us, it will be a bit before I can work in a new home project. I’ll keep you posted.

 

 

You can also find more information about Product of the Year below. And if something has the Product of the Year designation on it, take note!

2015  POY winners

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Christmas In July

Christmas In July…sounds pretty good about now.

Love, Actually

 

Family movie night gets more complicated when your kids are older and the latest Disney isn’t what they want to watch. Count on opinions (plenty of them), from everyone in your family about what to watch and while, of course, you want to let everyone weigh in and express their preferences, it hardly helps you pick out a suitable family movie.

We like action, adventure, romantic comedies and, of course, the classics (like Rear Window, Philadelphia Story and Casablanca) in our house with a fair amount of science fiction and post-apocalyptic stories thrown in for good measure. It’s doesn’t really count as a family movie night if everyone is plugged into their own devices, so we worked on compromising and taking turns. Each week a family member gets a turn choosing a movie and everyone else gets to deal with the choice, broaden their horizons, and watch something that may not be – ahem – definitely is not, their first choice. It can be challenging, this decision making process, but it leads to great discussions about story lines, plot devices, and suspended disbelief that carry on to the next week.

How to decide what to watch? Well, there’s cable, and there are great streaming services (we all have our favorites), and I just found Feeln. What is it? Feeln is a streaming service that brings you a great selection of great stories that are hand-picked and include Hallmark Hall of Fame features, Hollywood movies and TV series as well as original programming. 

Now they are offering a Christmas in July special where you get a free* Roku® Streaming Stick® with a 2 year Feeln subscription ($98 value for $47.98)

Here are some of the July features:

New Christmas Themed Titles
Love Actually
Christmas With Holly
A Dog Named Christmas
Silver Bells
A Season for Miracles
Fallen Angel
November Christmas
Christmas Mail
Christmas Dream
Christmas in the Trenches
The Price of Miracles
The Gift of the Magi
Gifts and Presence
Tiny Miracle
Diner Formal
To a Soldier
Without a House
Robbie the Reindeer
Heartland Christmas
All I Want for Christmas
A Christmas Carol: The Musical
Christmas Visitor
Holiday in Your Heart
Mr. St. Nick
The Night They Saved Christmas
Off Season
One Christmas
Picking Up and Dropping Off
The Christmas Box
The Christmas Card
Silent Night

 

 

Disclosure:

I was not compensated for this post but did receive a subscription to Feeln for review purposes. All opinions are, and always will be, my own.

 

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Blogging Conferences Summer 2015

It seems as if this week is chock a block with blogging related events and while I do love to get out and meet fellow bloggers, it can be overwhelming to have a super scheduled week. Need ways to keep it together? Yes, me too, that’s why I’m writing this – I need the reminders.IMG_1424

1. Load up that calendar on your phone with the dates, times and locations of the events and the links to the tickets in the notes section. Build in plenty of travel time, you’ll be glad you did.

2. Traveling with a few events to go to? Try on planned outfits ahead of time and try to pack early and light! Nothing like finding out you are missing a button or the shirt you were planning on wearing is ripped. Comfy shoes! Seriously! You will be on your feet non-stop.

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Card design by Rugg Road Paper Company, Boston

3. Download apps like Uber and Lyft to get you where you need to be. In the city? Or grab a metro card and try public transportation – it’s the fastest way to get around.

4. Have plenty of business cards – if you can write on them all the better. You think you will remember but there’s a lot going on. Take notes.

5. Bring your smile and look forward to getting to meet other bloggers and company representatives, and that means looking up from your phone now and then.

Have fun! I’ll see you there!

 

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Do Good and Get a Great Haircut for $20….Seriously

Do Good and Get a Great Haircut for $20…Seriously.

 

THE AWARD-WINNING ANTHONY DAVID SALON BURLINGTON TO HOST CUT FOR A CURE 

Supporting Sarcoma Research at Mass General Hospital Cancer Center

When:  Sunday, March 1, from 11-2

Where: Anthony David Salon

120 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA 01803

 

On Sunday, March 1, from 11-2 the Anthony David Salon, Burlington, MA., will host the first annual Cut For A Cure to help raise funds for Sarcoma research.  The event was created by Marian Sales, a five year cancer survivor. Marian promised herself that on her 5th anniversary of cancer freedom she would create a fundraiser to give back to the Hospital that saved her life and the lives of many others. To honor her commitment to raise money, Marian enlisted the help of Anthony Vitale, owner of the Anthony David Salon. No stranger himself to raising funds for many worthwhile causes, Anthony immediately signed on and together they created Cut For A Cure with the hope of raising at least $5,000.

Their idea – offer amazing haircuts (valued at $65 and up) for a $20 donation. You can help by getting a great haircut or just donate online if you can’t make the event.

The super nice and talented stylists will cut your hair – and if the hair is more than six inches long it can be donated as well. Or donate directly to Cut For A Cure: Supporting Sarcoma Research at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.

All proceeds raised will support Sarcoma Research.

What’s my connection, you ask? Well, last month I visited this salon to review it ( look for it here) and was so thrilled with the results that I just made another appointment. Fantastic, talented, caring people and a lovely place.

Anthony David Salon is located at 120 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA. 781 272-0002.

For more information contact:

cutforacure@yahoo.com 

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Anthony David Salon

or

Cut For A Cure

This initiative is a registered Mass General Community Fundraiser. Mass General does not enter into direct sponsorship of this effort, provide any financial support, or assume any liability for its conduct. Massachusetts General Hospital is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. To learn more visit giving.massgeneral.org