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29 Apr

PROM

PROM

WALT DISNEY PICTURES
Website and Mobile site: Disney.com/Prom
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Genre: Drama-Comedy
Rating: PG
U.S. Release Date: April 29, 2011
Cast: Aimee Teegarden, Thomas McDonell, Danielle Campbell, Yin Chang, Kylie
Bunbury, Nicholas Braun, Jared Kusnitz, Jonathan Keltz, De’Vaughn Nixon, Nolan
Sotillo, Cameron Monaghan¬, Joe Adler, Janelle Ortiz, Raini Rodriguez
Director: Joe Nussbaum
Producers: Ted Griffin, Justin Springer
Executive Producers: Sean Bailey, Samson Mucke
Written by: Katie Wech

About the Characters:

                 Nova Prescott(AIMEE TEEGARDEN)
                                 The True Believer
We all know the type…the straight-A student and head of the Prom Committee who makes it all look so easy—possibly because she is a perfectionist who pays obsessive attention to detail in everything she does. Nova is a born pleaser and rule abider who loves her family and wants them to be proud of her. She is passionate about every project she undertakes…but just can’t seem to see beauty in imperfection.

              Jesse Richter (THOMAS McDONELL)
                                 The Outsider
Jesse is fiercely independent and lives by his own rules. His hardened exterior and “bad-boy” persona give him a definite anti-establishment vibe. Working to help his mother support the family eats up his free time, so making friends and participating in high school activities—especially Prom—are way down on his list. Jesse is a teen trapped in an adult life—what or who will it take to bust him out?

           Tyler Barso (DE’VAUGHN NIXON)
               Less Than Perfect Prom King
Tyler has it all going on and then some. He is the most popular guy at Brookside High—charismatic, good looking, captain of the Lacrosse team—adored by all. Alongside Jordan, he is one half of the picture-perfect high school couple…but looks can be deceiving.

            
               Jordan Lundley (KYLIE BUNBURY )
                       Born to Be Prom Queen
Oh, to be Jordan…. the most popular girl in school! There’s no question she was born to be prom queen and wind up with the hottest guy in school…one look at her will tell you that. But Jordan will soon find herself forced to go beyond her comfort zone and find out who she really is…and what she is really made of.

      

           Simone Daniels (DANIELLE CAMPBELL)
                            The Fresh Face
Simone is the girl next door. Beautiful, friendly and accessible, Simone has no agenda—she is free-spirited and approaches life with an open innocence, appreciating the moment. Somehow this outwardly-and-inwardly beautiful girl has flown undetected under the teen-guy radar…until now.

Mei Kwan & Justin Wexler (YIN CHANG & JARED KUSNITZ)
The Perfect Couple
Mei is a playfully artistic and stylish senior who has had a long, loving relationship with Justin—a sweet, smart guy who is an understanding, attentive and all-around great partner. They are the perfect couple for all the right reasons. Although Mei thrives on the security of her established relationship, a part of her yearns to experience what lies ahead and discover her own individuality. Their relationship is tested when a secret that could impact their future comes between them.

                      Lucas Arnaz (NOLAN SOTILLO)
                         The Love-struck Sophomore
Sophomore Lucas is an indie rock geek just about to learn how to balance friendship with love. Lucas tries to stay connected with his best friend Corey while following his heart—which is headed straight for Simone. Lucas doggedly persists in his attempts to get Simone’s attention, often enlisting Corey’s help, but he lacks the inner confidence to express how he feels.

                 Corey Doyle (CAMERON MONAGHAN)
                                      Music Geek
For Corey, life is all about friendship. And that’s not a bad thing. Lost in a world of music, he isn’t growing up as fast as best friend Lucas and is not ready yet for the real world that awaits after graduation…but that doesn’t stop him from trying to help Lucas get the girl of his dreams.

                                  Rolo (JOE ADLER)
                                        The Dude
Rolo is an effortlessly laid-back, often oblivious guy that doesn’t feel the need to prove himself to anybody. He promises to have a knockout date on Prom night, which sounds increasingly suspect as details about her are revealed…his friends wonder will he or won’t he have a mystery girlfriend on his arm come Prom night.

                    Ali Gomez (JANELLE ORTIZ)
                                The Gossip
Nova’s gossip-hungry best friend is a buzzing ball of energy, sticking her nose into everybody else’s business, especially Rolo’s—she’s the most skeptical that his Greek-Canadian girlfriend actually exists.

                 Brandon Roberts (JONATHAN KELTZ)
                                The Perfect Guy
Ivy Leaguer-in-the-making Brandon is Nova’s picture-perfect guy. She believes she is destined to be with him—her parents think so too. But Brandon may not be the heartthrob Nova thinks he is…and thinks she wants.

 

                 Lloyd Taylor (NICHOLAS BRAUN)
                        The Reluctant Romantic
Lloyd, who? You go to Brookside? Yes…Lloyd is that kid you see at graduation and realize you never talked to in all of your four years. A comedic character, Lloyd is looking hard for a prom date after he realizes he’s never asked a girl to do…well, anything…and now high school is coming to an end. Motivated by the fact that his time is running out and he’s left no legacy, he turns into an unstoppable romantic with a repertoire of funny antics. Putting all his game into play for an all-out prom-date blitz, Lloyd hopes to wind up with a girl…any girl.

At “Prom,” every couple has a story and no two are exactly alike. Several intersecting stories unfold at one high school as the big dance approaches; “Prom” portrays the precarious passage from high school to independence as some relationships unravel and others ignite. For Nova Prescott (Aimee Teegarden), it’s a battle of wills as she finds herself drawn to the guy (Thomas McDonell) who gets in the way of her perfect prom. Fellow seniors Mei (Yin Chang) and Tyler (De’Vaughn Nixon) harbor secrets, while others face all the insecurity and anticipation that surrounds one of high school’s most seminal events. There are hundreds of nights in high school, but there’s only one “Prom.” Featuring an emerging ensemble cast and a powerful soundtrack, “Prom” hits theaters April 29, 2011.



Several intersecting stories unfold at one high school as the big dance approaches; “Prom” portrays the precarious passage from high school to independence as some relationships unravel and others ignite.

I went to a pre-screening of PROM on Wednesday night and I have to tell you it wasn’t at all what I thought it was going to be. It was a lot more. It’s not just a movie for those of us who have been to PROM, aren’t going to PROM for a while or who have never been. It’s not just a movie about the last dance, it’s about growing as a person changing, moving on, being more accepting, and not wanting to settle for less.

We had an amazing time! Chucky was thrilled when he saw that Radio Disney was there for the screening. They were great, they had us dancing singing, and getting pumped up for PROM!

My favorite character was Rolo. He seemed like he would be the guy who really didn’t care about PROM but he was quiet the opposite and even had plans with his girlfriend Athena. As he was getting prepared for PROM one of his classmates, Ali didn’t believe that he had a date for PROM. I still am not sure if she wanted his ticket, was just being nosey or wanted to see him fall flat on his face at PROM.
Another great thing that was brought to my attention was The Cinderella Boutique. Cinderella Boutique is a project of the Young Lawyers Division of the Utah State Bar(YLD). They(YLD) collects new and gently used prom dresses, special occasion dresses, and accessories for it’s Cinderella Boutique. During Homecoming and Prom season, YLD hosts Cinderella Boutiques at highschools and other locations in the Salt Lake Valley. High school girls are invited to the Boutiques to select a dress, pair of shoes and other accessories to borrow for Homecoming or Prom at no charge.
YLD accepts donations of new and gently used prom dresses, special occasion dresses, shoes, accessories, and new makeup as well as jewelry or samples. If you would like to donate you can drop off your items at any of the 8 Henrie’s Dry Cleaners locations n the Salt Lake Valley. For a list of locations you can visit Henrie’s online.
If you would like more information about the Cinderella Project please contact Kate Conyers either via email or phone: (801)953-4010.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. The opinions expressed are that of my own & others’ may differ. For more information please read more Disclosure Policy.

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28 Apr

Mother’s Day with Hope of Haiti #CleverHaiti

I know that with Mother’s Day right around the corner we are always thinking about something unique that we could get for that special lady or special ladies in our life. This year I found an amazing gift that you can give to celebrate them as well as help out other woman.
This Mother’s Day will be more amazing than the last one!

I continually think of not only my mom on Mother’s Day but my Gram as well. She helps lift my spirits when I didn’t even realize that I need them lifted. She was is an amazing woman who continually makes me smile and know that I am a beautiful, smart and, great person even when I don’t feel that way sometimes.

My Gram is a very compassionate, beautiful, giving, and smart lady. Before she died she was campaigning for a presidential candidate that nobody knew was even on the ballet because she believed in what he had to offer the United States of America and although he was an unknown it didn’t stop her from standing strong for something that she believed in.

My Gram was also very wise, I could go to her with something that was weighing on me and she wouldn’t give me the, if you do this, or if you do that. She always said, ‘No matter what decision you make it will be a good one.’ ‘If it doesn’t work out, you’ll learn from it and move on a smarter, more wise woman who knows what and what not to do the next time.’ I would just ask her, ‘How do you know all of these things Gram?’ She would tell me, ‘I am old, I have been around the world and I have made my fair share of mistakes.’

Whether my Gram knew it or not, she helped me to see a variety of things: if I was compassionate about something stick with it and make sure that I shared my compassion with others. If I wanted something, to go after it and I would acheive it. If I needed help, ask for it.

This brings me to the Heart of Haiti Project. The Heart of Haiti Project is an initiative fouded by Willa Shalit(daughter of Gene Shalit) and her company Fairwinds Trading. It’s a for-profit company that uses buisness strategy for economic empowerment of people, especially woman in the Majority World. The Majority World is where two billion of th world’s three billion people live and in poverty.

Heart of Haiti is a partnership through Macy’s and their Shop For A Better World Initiative. They offer artisan-crafted, decorative arts, and jewelry for sale. All income derived frm sales of the products on the Heart of Haiti site enhances an artisan’s family through nutrition, education, access to healthcare, and dignity.

How It’s Helping:
The devastating earthquake of January 2010 has made it virtually impossible for Haitians to make a living. Raw materials have been wiped out, there are a lack of secure and sanitary conditions and little funding to support economic relief.

Purchasing one of the handcrafted masterpieces directly benefits Haitian artisans by allowing them to support their families with dignity and purpose. Artisans receive 22 percent of the retail price for each item in the collection.


This initiative offers the first sustainable income since the earthquake, enabling artisans to repair homes, pay school fees and feed and clothe their families. With steady income comes better nutrition, improved education and access to healthcare.


Heart of Haiti also offers new opportunities for artists to collaborate with US designers, strengthening artisan associations and inspiring and energizing their communities. Men and women are working together, gaining confidence and hope for the future. Master artisans who planned to leave the country are now staying behind to train the next generation. The tradition of rich and unique Haitian art lives on… through the generosity of many like you.




Purchase something for that special lady in your life May 3rd through May 8th & you can get 15% off using the code: CLEVERGIRLS.
You can also view the entire collection and the newly added spring items here.

Disclosure: I was selected for this very special “CleverHaiti” opportunity by Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity. All opinions are my own.

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28 Apr

Beautiful Mom Giveaway with SkinCare Rx

My mom deserves to win a $250 SkinCare Rx gift card because she is always putting herself second and for once she deserves to have herself put in first place. She is kind, giving, selfless, strong, and amazing! I remember when my son was born. I always thought I would have to call my whole family and tell them to get to the hospital because I was going to have a baby but it didn’t happen that way. My Grandpas brother died so half of my family went to San Diego for the funeral and my mom decided to stay with me because I started seeing my doctor every week because my stomach was measuring smaller and smaller with each visit.

I went to go pick my mother up the morning of my appointment and she asked me, ‘Aren’t you going to get cleaned up?’ I was cleaned up! I couldn’t sleep all night so I took a shower at about three a.m. thinking it would make me feel better but it hadn’t so I decided to get ready for the day. Yeah it was about five hours before I had to get to the appointment but hey at least I showered!!

I sat around playing solitaire while waiting for her to get ready and then we headed to the doctor. I hadn’t known it then but my mom was going to be my bestfriend and in a way my significant other. I had a lot of decisions to make and luckily I had her there to help me. We went into the sonogram room and started getting ready to hear the measurements of the baby when I hear the doctor say, ‘Oh I can’t find his head.’ ‘WHAT, my son is going to be headless?’ ‘No, his head is in the birth canal and is ready to come into this world.’ I couldn’t think, my heart was pounding, my words were all coming out in one jumbled sentence and I felt as though I was in an outer body experience.

I was sent over to the local hospital to wait for Life Flight and for them to monitor the baby. I wasn’t there longer than an hour and in that time my mom made arraingements for me at work, got our clothes and called the family she could get a hold of on the phone.

We waited what seemed like forever before they decided to take me by ambulance because Life Flight was out on another call. The ambulance was being driven by an old school mate of mine and so we had a lot to talk about! lol All the while my mom was there checking on me and making sure I was okay. We made it to the hospital and I thought they were just going to send me home after giving me the once over.

Mom stepped out for a moment to see if she could get my dad on the phone(he was in San Diego)and when she came back they were giving me an epideral. I was panicked because nobody would explain to me why or what wa going on. My mom came over and stroked my hand as the doctor explained to me that my sons heart rate was declining and if they didn’t do an emergency c-section then he wasn’t going to survive. Once it was explained me that my sons life was on the line I let them do what they needed to do.

The nurses came in to get me to take me into the operating room and asked if my husband was going to be in there, I said, ‘No, I am not married.’ They asked if I had anyone in mind that I would like to go in with me and before I could say my mom, she already had the white suit and hair cap on and was about done putting the shoe covers on. I didn’t need to ask her to step up, she just did it.

They were moving rather quickly and my personality and sense of humor aren’t  always welomed or doesn’t come out at the best moments or in certain circumstances so as you could imagine they must have thought I was a psych patient. They began to put the blue sheet up between my top half and bottom half and I joked with them about why they had to put it up. I told them that they put that up so I couldn’t tell if they were doing something wrong and not to worry that Iwouldn’t sue if something did go wrong. Yeah it was a crazy time with crazy jokes. My arms were strapped out to my sides and I couldn’t turn around and run for the door.

My mom continually stroked my hair and made sure to tell me that everything would be okay. They began to cut and unfortunately they didn’t have time to wait until the epideral kicked in before they had to start taking my son out. I was trying really hard not to move when I heard the doctor tell me that they were ready. He explained each step as he went along(so I wouldn’t joke about the sheet anymore)he was very informative when I had questions to ask and was very willing to answer them. He was getting closer and closer and then I heard him say, ‘I can see his legs and I am getting ready to cut into the placenta to grab him; it may take a minute because I have to get his head out of the birth canal.’

I didn’t hear any talking for a while and then I heard, ‘It’s a boy!’ I wasn’t shocked because whether or not it was a girl it was going to be a boy. I couldn’t have a girl knowing what type of girl I was when I was younger. My mom shouted, ‘He has a lot of black hair!’ I replied, ‘Are you sure it’s black and not red, because sometimes red hair can look dark and it’s not.’ ‘Nope, it’s black,’ she said. I was relived. The nurse brought him over once he was covered and let me give him a kiss on his head before they whisked him off to the NICU(Newborn Intensive Care Unit).

My mom was beaming just as bright as I was. I told her that she could leave me to go be with my son that he couldn’t be alone. I also sent her with some very important instructions:
#1 Make sure they spell his first, last and middle name right
#2 Make sure his hair wasn’t red
#3 Make sure they are taking care of him
#4 Make sure he knows I will be with him as soon as I can

Once they stitched me up and put me into my private room, I was ready to go see my son except I couldn’t keep my eyes open. My epideral finally kicked in along with the pain medication. I was asleep when I heard the door creak open and I saw my moms shadow in the doorway. I was relieved to see her and yet a little upset that she wasn’t with my son. She explained to me that they kicked her out while they switch shifts. I wasn’t sure if that was a good thing or a bad thing. I didn’t feel like I needed her and that my son needed her more than I did. She stayed with me until the shift change was over and then she was gone again.

I can’t say that I was jealous that my son was getting all of my moms attention but I was wanting her probably as badly as he was wanting me. She was absolutely amazing, she didn’t leave the hospital or mine or my sons side once, she stayed with my son while I went accross the street to shower, or went downstairs to get something to eat.

Looking back, I don’t think I would have been able to keep it all together without my mom by mine and my sons side. I didn’t have to ask her once for anything, she seemed to know exactly what or why I needed something. My mom has continually been there for me and my son and I couldn’t imagine it any other way!

Although my mom is always putting herself second, she will alway’s be #1 to me!
That is just one of the reasons why my mom is the most Beautiful Mom in the world!

SkinCare Rx is hosting a Beautiful Mom giveaway and it is really easy to enter. Visit the Beautiful Mom post on SkinCare Rx and tell them why your mom deserves to win a $250 gift card to SkinCare Rx!

Hurry because they are only accepting entries until May 5th and choosing the winner May 6th!
Good Luck!!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for the post, if I refer the most entries, I will win a $50 gc to SkinCare Rx. The opinions expressed are that of my own & others’ may differ. For more information visit my Disclosure Policy.

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27 Apr

Mother’s Day Giveaway $300+ **CLOSED**

When we become Mother’s we all too often let ourselves go. We can’t help it! Anytime you see me in my ‘mommy moments’ I am in sweats with hair pulled up in a pony tail and maybe one eye with mascara on but my son will be dressed to the nines and have his hair perfectly in place!

This Mother’s Day celebrate you and the you that you know is in those sweat pants!
Whether your a seasoned mother, new mother or mother-to-be you can benefit from these items!
One lucky Living in La La Land reader is going to win over $300 + in prizes from the following companies:

Beautiful Skin As Nature Intended
Introducing Lexli International, Pure Aloe Vera-Based Skincare to Heal & Rejuvenate Skin
http://www.lexli.com/  $84.00
The Lexli 30-Day Starter Kit
Lexli’s 30-Day Starter Kit is an easy, inexpensive way to try our skincare line and make sure it’s right for you. Each kit provides a month’s supply of products featured as a part of Lexli’s Simple 4-Step System. Included in the travel-friendly kit is: Aloe-Based Cleansing Lotion (2 oz.), Aloe-Based AloeGlyC® Renewing Exfoliant (0.50 oz.), Aloe-Based Day Moisturizer with SPF 15 for Normal to Dry Skin (0.50 oz.), Aloe-Based Tone and Balance (2 oz), Aloe-Based Night Moisturizer (0.5 oz).
Lexli skincare products are available at select spas, physician offices and salons. To purchase products or to find a listing of participating retailers, visit http://www.lexli.com/. Because Lexli is unlike any other over-the-counter skincare brand, it is advised that consumers use the product line under the guidance of a licensed skincare expert.

Le Baby Hair Gel http://www.lebabyinc.com/ Retail price $9.95
About Le Baby Hair Gel
Le Baby hair gel is a styling gel free of harsh chemicals meant to define wispy curls and tackle unruly after-nap hair. While the concept of baby hairstyling products might seem a little child-beauty-pageant to some, for many moms and dads it’s a must-have diaper bag accessory. From taming those wild fly-aways to smoothing frizzies, Le Baby hair gel works on all hair types and is hypoallergenic for sensitive skin. Whatever your child’s hair type, Le Baby will make combing and styling a cinch. The unique formulas leave hair shiny, healthy looking and more manageable.
The 411 On Le Baby Hair Gel:

Hypoallergenic No harsh chemicals
No parabens No sulfates
Not tested on animals Fragrance-free
Thickens baby-fine hair Tames frizzies & fly-aways
Moisturizes Softly holds curls
Keeps hairstyles in place Never leaves hair stiff or sticky

Envyderm http://www.envyderm.com/–Retail Cost: $99.95
We all know the wonders of mascara, in fact most of us feel naked without it. But breakage, thinning and damaging of the lashes are mascara’s little known drawbacks. Fortunately, EnvyDerm, a groundbreaking new nonprescription formula eyelash growth serum is here for our eye batting rescue.
“Through meticulous research and development, scientific advances, professional expertise and the understanding of a customer’s well-being, EnvyDerm is changing the world of beauty,” says Nadia Smith, President and Founder of EnvyDerm. “At EnvyDerm, we provide consumers with the best eyelash care products to enhance their natural beauty.”
How to Use EnvyDerm?
The EnvyDerm applicator is very similar to a liquid eyeliner applicator. One should apply the stimulating serum once a day before bedtime along the upper and lower lash lines. EnvyDerm does not disrupt the daily application of make-up or other skincare routines. Can be used on brows as well. What is in EnvyDerm?
EnvyDerm is formulated with active natural ingredients such as bio available lipo-oligopeptides that stimulate keratin genes. Powerful SymPeptide technology lengthens and strengthens natural lashes. EnvyDerm uses vitamins, minerals and amino acids to moisturize and nourish lashes and brows.When Can I Expect to See Results?
One should begin to see the lash line becoming thicker, fuller and healthier looking in as little as 2 weeks! In a clinical study, users saw a 25 percent increase in eyelash length during this period. EnvyDerm will continue to prove results over time if used on a consistent basis.

Beanstalk Express http://www.beanstalkexpress.com/ $49.95

New information from the US Department of Health and Human Resources reveals that despite national efforts to curb childhood obesity here in the US, rates are still climbing! Because the years of preventing childhood obesity are over by the time our children reach kindergarten, parents need products that offer a fun and practical approach to teaching their children balanced nutrition! And we have it!Welcome to Beanstalk Express, the home of the world’s first snacktivity game, The Snack Time survival kit At Beanstalk Express, we’re parents too! And like you, we also envisioned raising fruit-and-veggie loving eaters, avoiding processed foods and “just saying no!” to drive through windows! But then something happened along the way … We had kids! After enduring the preschool battles with picky eaters and around-the-clock requests for sweets and goodies, we realized what was missing when it comes to inspiring our kids with healthy habits that will last …Food marketers have been making junk food fun for decades. So what if we made healthy choices just as much fun? We decided to try it … and it worked! When you empower children with the ability to make their own choices, amazing things happen! At Beanstalk Express, we make healthy fun! And in the process, they become habit!
Wooden Clock Board
Features one working clock, 3 control clocks with movable arms, and 3 corresponding hooks to hold snack cards in place.
33 Snack Cards
On the front are pictures of delicious snacks to choose from. On the back is important tips and information to learn from.
How it works!
1.Each morning, Mom or Dad selects between 4-6 snack cards that are available to make that day from the deck.
2.From these cards, kids can choose their 3 snacks for that day.
3.Mom sets the control clocks to the desired snack times and hangs the snack cards on the corresponding hooks.
4.And now it’s up to the kids! By Keeping an eye on the clocks, the kids alert Mom to when it’s SNACK TIME!
5.Mom takes the snack card off the hook and serves up the snack.

The Bar Method’s Pregnancy Workout DVD http://www.barmethod.com/ $20.00

Master teacher Lee Potter in her third trimester with twins adds her own special wit and playfulness to the Bar Method’s pre-natal workout, a long-standing and popular class at its flagship studio in San Francisco. Lee leads you through this 45-minute long series of gentle, safe and challenging moves, including free-weight work, thigh exercises, standing seat-work, and abdominal strengthening exercises performed while propped up on pillows. Lee’s fellow performers are Hannah Blue, co-owner of the Downtown San Francisco studio and Lauren Dunning, a teacher at the Downtown San Francisco studio, both appearing in this DVD in their second trimester. As Lee puts it, this DVD “will help you feel strong during your pregnancy, will
About The Bar Method
The Bar Method is full-body exercise program created by Burr Leonard. The workout utilizes a ballet bar fitness technique and draws from the principles of isometrics, dance conditioning, interval training, and physical therapy. The result is a noticeable “Bar Method” sculpted body featuring:
• Firm, elongated muscles
• Reduced body fat
• High muscle definition in the chest
• Improved posture
• Long, narrow thighs
• A lifted seat and defined hamstrings
• Strong, flat abdominal
• Increased stamina and energy
• Extended youthfulness
*Also available, Beginner’s Workout DVD and Dancer’s Body Advanced Workout DVD.

“My Beautiful Mommy” http://www.mybeautifulmommy.com/ $19.95
Ground-Breaking New Children’s Book on Plastic Surgery
World Renown Plastic Surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer Helps Parents Explain Cosmetic Surgery to Children
Young children are naturally curious – they’re full of questions and excited to learn about the world they live in. However, as times change, children’s curiosities have addressed more complex and sensitive issues, often at younger ages. In today’s American culture, more than ever, answers can increasingly be found in children’s books. Everything from divorce and global warming to potty habits and how to deal with a death in the family, children’s books have tackled it all. Dr. Michael Salzhauer, a Miami board-certified plastic surgeon and father of four, has taken the reins on a very hot topic and wrote “My Beautiful Mommy,” the first ever children’s book that addresses plastic surgery.
“From television to magazines, we are exposed to plastic surgery,” says Dr. Salzhauer, “it has become an everyday circumstance, especially for children. From their favorite movie star or singer who suddenly looks different to their own parents, plastic surgery is an issue that needs to be explained to kids in an educational way.”
Dr. Salzhauer was inspired to write “My Beautiful Mommy” after his four-year-old daughter bombarded him with questions regarding his own nose job. He also noticed that many of his clients came into his office with inquisitive kids in tow – and mothers not knowing how to handle their questions appropriately. “I know how scary and intimidating a doctor’s office can be for most children,” says Dr. Salzhauer. “Kids tend to fill in the blanks in their imagination when they see mommy in bandages and they often feel sad, hurt and confused as to what happened. This book is meant to be a guide for parents who have already decided to undergo plastic surgery; and help explain to their children why mommy looks different.” Dr. Salzhauer recognizes the controversial element of his book. “This book is not promoting plastic surgery. As I have taught my own children, beauty has many definitions – it is not only a physical entity.”According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2007, one third of the 348,000 breast augmentations and 148,000 tummy tucks were “mommy makeovers,” or surgeries designed for women seeking to restore sagging body parts due to aging or pregnancy weight gain. “Plastic surgery among women, especially mothers post-pregnancy, is very popular and becoming a common reality. Cosmetic surgery can be a difficult topic to understand for adults; and even more so for young children. I wanted to provide my patients and other parents with a tool that speaks to kids in a kid-friendly way.”

Give Your Skin a Breath of Fresh Air http://www.dermcyteus.com/ $84.00
Oxygen Biotherapeutics, Inc. Introduces DERMACYTE® Skin Care Products to Reduce the Appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles.
Dermacyte Oxygenating Eye Complex
Dermacyte Oxygenating Eye Complex is a smooth, delicate treatment to refresh, hydrate and restore the appearance of youth to your eye contour area. It is designed to enhance the skin’s hydration, elasticity and smoothness while protecting it against environmental stress. Dermacyte Oxygenating Eye Complex is a gentle marriage of modern technology and nourishing emollients extracted from avocado essence, oat kernel, sunflower oil, the calming High Ash, a tree indigenous to European forests rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C and seeds from the Pacific Northwest Meadow foam plant among other nurturing ingredients.
It provides a lightweight solution with its patented technology, a powerful oxygen-carrier developed to infuse oxygen for a fresher appearance and overall improved complexion. It immediately imparts a cool, moisturizing effect while also reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. These effects along with skin brightening and anti-irritating benefits deliver a lighter and healthier feel to your skin. Price: $95. 15 ml
Oxygen is one of the most basic necessary requirements for life and an essential nutrient for the esthetic benefit of skin care. Consequently, oxygen treatments have emerged in the last few years as the newly recognized skin care essential. From creams to spray treatments (including oxygen inhalation), spas and dermatology offices across the country now offer oxygen-based products and treatments to their clients. In fact, celebrities reportedly utilize oxygen treatments regularly in an effort to maintain younger, healthier-looking skin. “Among the many benefits of oxygen is its ability to assist in the production of collagen and elastin which are important elements in the repair and regeneration of skin,” says Dr. Gerald Klein, Chief Medical Officer for Oxygen Biotherapeutics, Inc., a biomedical product development company dedicated to commercializing innovative pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and medical devices in the field of oxygen therapeutics. “For years, doctors have recognized this fact and used it in the treatment of wounds that simply would not heal otherwise.” In addition, oxygen depletion is one of the leading contributing factors to the development of wrinkles, fines lines and premature aging of the skin. It contributes to dehydration, uneven skin tone and a dull complexion. As we grow older, the body’s ability to deliver oxygen to skin tissue becomes less efficient. The lower oxygen levels in the body affect our ability to make collagen, which is an essential structural support to the skin.Previously, the only way to deliver oxygen to the skin was through hyperbaric oxygen chambers or the use of harsh chemical reactions with hydrogen peroxide, which can bleach and damage the skin. Recently, Oxygen Biotherapeutics introduced DERMACYTE Oxygen Concentrate, the only skin care product that provides high concentrations of oxygen directly to the skin without harsh side effects. DERMACYTE Oxygen Concentrate is a cream that is absorbed rapidly without leaving an oily residue on the skin. After application, your face is ready for your usual routine.

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This giveaway is open to U.S. Residents 18+. Giveaway will end on May 10th, 2011 at 10:00 pm MST. Winner will be chosen via Random.org & have 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be chosen.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. The products are provided to the winner from the Company or PR Rep for the company. The opinions expressed are that of my own & others’ may differ. For more information visit my Disclosure Policy.

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25 Apr

Lenox Winner…

Thank you to everyone who entered the Celebrate Mother’s Day with Lenox giveaway!
I hope that you love your tealights as much as I do mine!!

The winner is…

Congratulations Nancy, I sent you an email and you have 48 hours to respond.

Thank you Lenox for providing this great review & giveaway!

If you didn’t win this one, enter my current giveaway’s!

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25 Apr

Manic Music Monday

Manic Music Monday is when I like to take a moment to share music that I am loving, just heard and can not wait to share it with you!

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Today I am going to share with you music that I came accross that not only has music from people we know and love but it’s for a good cause! Universal Music announced on March 21st they were rushing out a digital-only compilation album to raise awarness and funds for those affected by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan. Proceeds from the sale of Songs for Japan will benefit the Japenese Red Cross Society.

Songs for Japan is a 2 disc set with 38 artists lending their songs to the album:
Disc 1
John Lennon ‘Imagine’
U2 ‘Walk On’
Bob Dylan ‘Shelter From The Storm’
Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘Around The World’
Lady Gaga ‘Born This Way’
Beyonce ‘Irreplaceable’
Bruno Mars “Talking To The Moon’
Katy Perry ‘Firework’
Rihanna ‘Ony Girl(In The World)’
Justin Timberlake ‘Like I Love You’
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc 2
Lady Atebellum ‘I Run To You’
Bon Jovi ‘What Do You Got’
Foo Fighters ‘My Hero’
REM ‘Man On The Moon’
Nicki Minaj ‘Save Me’
Sade ‘By Your Side’
Michael Buble ‘Hold On’
Justin Bieber ‘Pray’
Adele ‘Make You Feel My Love’
Enya ‘If I Could Be Where You Are’
See all 19 tracks on this disc

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Songs for Japan can be purchased at iTunes for $9.99

Now onto the giveaway!!
Last Monday I featured music by Sunday Lane and loved it and hope you do too!

One LILL reader will win Sunday Lane’s CD!

How to Enter:
Visit Sunday Lane & tell me which song you’d like best!
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Manic Monday Giveaway on @Living_LaLaLand win Sunday Lane CD http://bit.ly/gQEi5c 5/9

Giveaway is open to U.S. Residents 18+ only and will close on May 5th 2011 at 10:00 pm MST.
One entry per person, per email address. Winner will be chosen via Random.org and have 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be chosen.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. The opinions expressed are that of my own & others’ may differ. For more info please visit my Disclosure Policy.

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23 Apr

Personal Microderm System Review

I am so excited to tell you about the (PMD) Personal Microderm System. It is a personal microdermabrasion at home system that your able to use at home or anywhere! I know, now you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars, gas money, and time going to a salon or spa to get great looking skin.

Since I have been diagnosed with cancer my skin has gotten absolutely horrible. I have extreme acne, constant breakouts, enlarged pores and acne scarring. I am so embarrassed and self conscious about my skin that I have actually given up trying to conceal it because it makes it look ten times worse. I have tried many, many, many products(that is probably an understatement). I even went as far as getting on a high dose of antibiotics(they made me so sick but it was worth it to me if my skin would improve). I became depressed and had to be put on an antidepressant. I started to believe that I was just going to have to deal with my new; unflattering skin.

I was given the Personal Microderm System to review and to tell you the truth I was on the fence. I didn’t want to get my hopes up, thinking my skin would get better or even clear up. I had that hope before and wasn’t ready for the extreme let down again.

The Personal Microderm System includes
1 Personal Microderm
6 Exfoliating discs(2 green-1 large, 1 small & 4 blue-2 large, 2 small)
2 Caps
1 Reusable filter
1 Instructional DVD & Sheet
1 M2 Skin Refinish 20% Serum
1 M2 Skin Recovery Moisturizer
1 M2 Brochure
*Before using the Personal Microderm System read all directions carefully and watch the instructional dvd.*

The exfoliating discs determine what type of ‘abrasion’ your going to get. The green exfoliating discs are more abrasive and are for tougher/thicker skin and the blue exfoliator discs are a finer grit more for sensitive skin. They also include large and small discs. The larger discs are for larger surface areas like the body and the smaller discs are for your face and neck.

Also included are two(2) caps(they go over the exfoliating discs)to help provide a barrier between your skin
and the exfoliating discs. There is one large for the large exfoliating discs and one small for the small exfoliating discs.

The Personal Microdem rotates the discs to remove the dead, dry skin from your face to make way for newer skin. It also has a vacuum type suction to bring the skin closer to the exfoliating discs as well as remove some of the dead skin cells.
Once you’ve decided on the type of disc is best for your skin type your going to pull your skin taught and upwards. You’ll turn the PMD on and place it on your face going in an upward motion making sure not to stay in one place. If you keep it in one place too long it will start to go penetrate the dead skin and into your fresh new skin and cause a sore and scabbing. You’ll start to see a white ‘film’ on your skin which is the dead skin cells being removed from your face(which is kind of nice-as you can see where you’ve already passed with the PMD). Once your done you’ll wash your face again, dry well, apply the M2 Skin Moisturizer and then a SPF. The PMD is supposed to be used once every two weeks or less depending on how your skin reacts to the first use.

Personal Microderm System Review:

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I found the PMD extremely easy to use and can’t imagine my skin without it ever again. My skin hasn’t felt this good in such a long time. I can see a big change in my skins texture, tone, pore size and color. I have had clearer skin just after the first couple of uses and am really excited to see the results with regular use.
The one drawback to the PMD are the M2 products that you have to buy seperately. It came with the M2 Skin Refinish 20% Serum and the M2 Skin Moisturizer for this review, but I only got a couple of uses out of them. I would aslo like to add that the PMD isn’t just for acne prone skin but also for those with rosacea, wrinkles, sun spots, and uneven skin.

You can purchase the Personal Microderm At-Home Micrdermabrasion System at SkinCareRx for $179.00 & the replacement discs for $14.80.

You can also check out my review of the PMD Daily Regeneration System that works hand-in-hand with the PMD!

Thank you to SkinCareRx for the opportunity to do this review!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was provided with the Personal Microderm System for review. The opinions expressed are that of my own & others’ may differ. For more info please visit my Disclosure Policy.

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22 Apr

Imaginisce Winner…

Thanks to everyone who entered the Imaginisce Blog Hop and left very nice comments on my project. I was scared to show what i made compared to the other crafty chicas and that it wouldn’t turn out but I like it and I do have a few other ideas for the i-Top that I can’t possibly keep to myself so stay tuned!
Okay now onto the winner…

Congratulations Debco6! I sent you an email and you have 48 hours to claim your prize and I can’t wait to see your projects!!!!

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21 Apr

The Help…

Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon, “The Help” stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter, Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed—even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times.

Deeply moving, filled with poignancy, humor and hope, “The Help” is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.

Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon, “The Help” is a provocative and inspiring look at what happens when a southern town’s unspoken code of rules and behavior is shattered by three courageous women who strike up an unlikely friendship.

Genre: Drama

Rating: PG-13
U.S. Release date: August 12, 2011
Cast: Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone
Director: Tate Taylor
Producers: Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan
Executive Producers: Mark Radcliffe, Tate Taylor, Dean Jones, Nate Berkus, Jennifer Blum, Jeff Skoll and Mohamed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei
Screenplay by: Tate Taylor
Based on the novel by: Kathryn Stockett

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I can’t wait to see this when it comes out. Unfortunately there are still a lot of racial profiling in America and hopefully this movie will help others see that we aren’t different, we just want to be happy, healthy, and have the American Dream for ourselves and our Families! Did you see who is an executive producer? Nate Berkus!!

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21 Apr

Making our backyard patio kid friendly-Guest post written by Lesley Meyers

For years we’ve been using our backyard patio area to grill out and entertain our friends. But now that we have a new baby, we thought that it would be good to makeover that area to make it a better spot for our growing family.

Even though we’ve been baby-proofing all other areas of our home, we knew that this area would be a little different. We went online to find some tips about doing that and while I was doing that I saw the website http://www.wildbluedeals.com/. We looked through it some and after that I decided to sign up for one of the home internet packages I found on it.

We’re going to get rid of a lot ! of sharp corners that we have out there and find some way to make the grill inaccessible to the baby. We may also replace the bricks that we have on the ground out there with some more attractive and soft flooring that will be easy for little Sebastian to crawl on when he gets to that age, which I’m sure will be before we know it.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. The opinions expressed are that of my own & others’ may differ. For more info visit my Disclosure Policy.

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