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Silk’n Pedi Gets Feet Ready For Sandals

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The long winter is finally over and your feet are craving some sunshine and attention.  Before you polish your toenails for a fun pop color, be sure to polish your feet and get them ready to show off.  Say goodbye to callouses and reveal soft new skin with the Silk’n Pedi tool.  This in-home solution rids your feet of calloused skin making them soft, smooth and touchable.  Pedicures can be costly but with a Pedi, you’ll be able to easily treat yourself safely and effectively in your own home!  The battery-operated Silk’n Pedi uses two rollers: one coarse grain for hard to treat areas and one fine grain for more sensitive areas.  You’ll get hassle-free and sanitary results every time for smooth, sexy feet in just minutes!  You can own a Silk’n Pedi for around $30, about the price of one professional pedicure!



Record Store Day Rock Out


In honor of Record Store Day last Saturday, we’ve collected a list of top-of-the-line turntables we spotted on IGN for some truly authentic rocking out. Play your recently purchased or favorite oldie records with the below options.


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-       Pro-ject Debut Carbon: Though it is one of the pricier options available, this turntable is one of the highly sought-after record players for audio enthusiasts. The Debut Carbon features a one-piece carbon fiber tonearm for a steady, sturdy sound. A thick, felt covered 12” alloy platter cuts down unwanted resonance and its motor suspension cuts down on vibrations so effectively that they are non-existent.

-       Audio-Technica LP 120: The Audio-Technica At-LP120 is a smart purchase because of its abundance of features. It includes a USB port for recording your favorite record to a digital file on your PC or Mac as well as a range of 33-1/3, 45 and 78rpm speeds. Plus the internal stereo phono pre-amp means the AT-LP120 is compatible with a wide range of receivers. It is an overall affordable option with lots of versatility and good sound.

-       Rega RP1: Rega is known for making high-end turntables, but most of the Rega RP models are over $1,000. The Rega RP1 is nice because it typically runs for about half that, making it a more affordable alternative. It includes the RB101 tonearm, built similarly to Rega’s famed RB300, with some minor caveats. Though this option does not have very many extra features, the simple aesthetic and amazing quality makes it worth considering.

-       Crosley Player: If you want a record player that looks vintage, the Crosley is the one for you. The CR6017A-MA Crosley is one of the highest quality turntables that also has a retro appeal. It offers three speeds and stereo speakers for listening to LPs no matter where you are. And if you don’t happen to have a record with you, the AM/FM radio allows you to blast your favorite stations so you are never without music. Though the sound quality is not as nice as other options listed, the authentic style and affordable price make the Crosley a solid option.

-       Music Hall MMF 2.2: The MMF features an exceptional platter and pleasing aesthetics with a simple, glossy platform. The cartridge provides a nice and even tone without overblowing bright or bass-heavy music. Despite the high price tag, the turntable’s classy look and high quality make it a good option to keep in mind.

Celebrate Earth Day With Paula’s Choice Earth Sourced Vegan Skin Care Collection

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What better way to spend Earth Day than with a natural new skincare line from Paula’s Choice?  The Earth Sourced Collection is a natural and vegan line of skin-care products that are formulated without the use of irritating, drying ingredients.  Instead, they contain gentle yet effective natural ingredients that have been proven to restore and protect the skin.  These beneficial products were created based on special technology that  captures the best of nature fused with science. This line of environmentally friendly products feels luxurious and offers visible, healthy results without harmful fragrances or plant-based irritants. The Earth Sourced Collection for all skin types includes:

These products are perfect for those with sensitive skin, including baby!  They can be purchased individually or as a set.


Moulin Roty Shadow Puppets Shake Up The Night

Darkness, a flashlight, a set of Moulin Roty Nighttime Shadow puppets and your imagination is all you need to shake up your night.  These laser cut shapes are attached wooden dowels and are used to cast intricate shadows onto a wall or other surface.  Bedtime stories have never been so much fun!  The Les Petit Merveilles line of shadow puppets includes several sets:

Turn out the lights, cozy up and prepare for the show!  Storytelling will never be the same again!  These shadow puppet sets sell for around $20 each.

Bedtime stories may never be the same thanks to Moulin Roty, the 40-year-old French toy company, that is casting a light on its Les Petit Merveilles line of Nighttime Shadow Puppets. Instead of reading from a storybook, parents and children use these majestic puppet sets with themes of Castles, Paris, Circus and Dinosaurs to create magical tales for sweet dreams! My client is Magicforest, a wonderful toy importer based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, which is celebrating its 10th year of business this year.

If you have ever made hand shadows on the wall or have seen shadows cast by a flashlight on a camping tent wall then you already have an idea of how shadow puppets work. Different than hand puppets or TV muppets, these intriguing works of art entice storytelling, hand coordination and serve as an outlet to express feelings. The Paris Shadows ($21) set shows the Eiffel Tower, airplane, moon and sleepwalker. The 9-piece Castle Shadows ($18.50) include a dragon, a fairy, royalty and a witch! If dinos are more your style, the Dinosaur Shadows ($18.50) pack of 10 puppets feature a stegosaurus, brachiosaurus and more prehistoric shapes!

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Sleepover Fun for Kids

Not sure how to keep kids busy at sleepovers? Check out the activities below that will keep them entertained for hours:


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-       Beauty Makeover: Girls will love having a spa day. Let them paint their nails and do each other’s hair and makeup – limit the makeup to lip-gloss, eyeshadow and blush so that they can do it themselves. Once their makeovers are complete, take a photo-shoot of everyone’s makeovers and end the night with a relaxing facial mask. You can either purchase one or make your own by mixing a quarter of an avocado with one-tablespoon of plain yogurt. Spread the mixture onto their face with a sponge and wash the mask off after 15 minutes.

-       Foil Fashion Show: The object of the game is to create the best outfit out of aluminum foil. This game can be played individually or in teams, depending on how many players you have. Give each person 1 or 2 rolls of aluminum foil and let them create tops, pants, dresses and even accessories like belts, sunglasses and hats.

-       M&M Relay: This fun game is an energy-burning activity ideal for sleepovers. To play, fill two plastic bowls with equal amounts of M&Ms, set each one on a chair and place two small empty bowls on two other chairs about 10 or 15 feet away. Split the kids into two teams and give each player a straw. When the game starts, the first two kids run to the candy-filled bowl, pick up one M&M with their straw and run to their designated empty bowl to drop it off. The kids rotate players until all the M&Ms are gone. After the game is over let the kids use the M&Ms as toppings for an ice cream sundae.

-       Balloon Volleyball: This is simple yet tiring activity that kids will have a blast doing. Have players bat a balloon back and forth using all parts of their bodies, while keeping if from hitting the ground. To increase the difficulty, add more balloons for players to keep airborne.

Eco-Friendly Gardening

Mother Nature doesn’t rely on pesticides, weed killers and chemical fertilizers for her gardening and neither should you. Check out the tips below to keep your garden thriving while remaining eco-friendly:


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Welcome Pest-Eating Bugs & Birds: Ladybugs and lacewings eat aphids that destroy crops and butterflies and bees are great pollinators, so be sure they feel welcome in your garden by planting plenty of bright flowers that they are drawn to such as candytuft, sunflowers and goldenrods. Rid your garden of even more plant-harming insects like slugs, snails, grubs and caterpillars by welcoming birds into your garden, too. Put up birdfeeders and nesting boxes to encourage them to visit.

Compost: Aside from stimulating healthy root development, the addition of rich and earthy compost also improves soil texture, aeration, and water retention. We recommend a mix of vegetable peeling, garden waste and fibrous woody brown material like paper or cardboard that provide the right conditions for encouraging compost-making bugs and in 6-9 months it will be ready to use.

Water with Care: Adding a rain barrel is an easy and inexpensive way to capture mineral and chlorine free water. Not only will you cut your water costs, but you will also reduce the storm water runoff that causes erosion and flooding. Also consider investing in a soaker hose or drip irrigation that use up to 50% less water than sprinklers.

Buy Eco-Friendly: Check out the abundance of environmentally friendly planters and garden kits now available – and admire your eco-genius handiwork while lounging on recycled lawn furniture.

Vans & Della Join Forces For a Collection of Sneakers That Give Back!

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Sneakers are having a major moment this season, and if you’ve been looking for a reason to jump on the bandwagon, Vans’ latest collaboration collection is here to offer up some killer kicks that won’t have you feeling buyer’s remorse. The classic American footwear brand has teamed up with Los Angeles-based brand Della to create a socially-responsible capsule line of sneakers and matching accessories. You see, Della does more than produce eye-catching prints and patterns; the brand is known for employing women in developing villages in Ghana and using sustainable textiles found in the West African region. Vans’ collaboration collection, which includes one-of-a-kind takes on each of the brand’s classic shoe silhouettes, donates a large portion of the proceeds to provide more jobs, as well as literacy training and healthcare benefits for women in need and their families.

Nails & Makeup Fit For Spring

Complete your Spring style with these nail and makeup trends we spotted on Cosmopolitan and Glamour:




-       Blush Pinks: A blush shade of pink is not too dark or light, making it perfect for the spring season – plus it looks great with all skin tones.

-       Baby Blues: Light blue shades give off a relaxed, resort vibe that anyone will be eager to wear after a long winter. The cool blue also helps minimize the appearance of redness on your skin that is more likely to occur in the warmer weather.

-       Coral-Peach Combos: This orange-tinted shade is nice because it works with most skin tones and is a subtle way to work orange into your wardrobe.

-       Bold Berries: For a dark shade that is still spring appropriate, go with a subtle berry polish like the Chanel Nail Vernis in Coup De Coeur. The color is the perfect dark shade for spring because it still has brightness to it.


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-       Soft Berry Lips: A light berry shade like the Michael Kors Lip lacquer in Dame provides a soft and neutral look – try it with minimal makeup for a natural, spring-appropriate appearance.

-       Blue Eyeshadow: Rich, solid blue from the lash to the crease creates a stunning appearance. To create the look, apply a shimmering cream eye color like the Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Ice onto the lids, creating a crescent shape just above the creases and finish it off with a layer of vibrant blue.

-       Cat-Eyes: Chic cat-eyes are especially big for spring, so bust out the black liquid liner. To ensure a clean line, apply a thin cotton swab dipped in eye-makeup remover.

-       Ethereal White Eye-Shadow and Liner: A wash of iridescent whites and pinks gives your lids a dewy freshness ideal for spring. Complete the look with white eyeliner and rim the inner corner of your eyes with white eye shadow.

Epson LabelWorks Kit: Create Custom Ribbons For Gift Packaging & More!







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Whether your planning a wedding, a birthday party or just like to give personalized gifts, the Epson LabelWorks Kit is great tool.  Print personalized satin ribbons for party favors, decorations, crafts, gifts and more with the easy to use Printable Ribbon Kit. A wide variety of fonts, symbols and frames are available to match the style of your event or personal taste.  Up to 30 of your favorite designs can be stored for ease of use.  Bring any theme together easily and elegantly with personalized ribbons that add such a special touch to your projects and handmade goods.  The ideas for use are practically unlimited: kids birthday parties, holidays, baby showers, wedding showers and more can all be made special with personalized ribbons!  The Epson LabelWorks Printable Ribbon Kit comes with 2 ribbon cartridges and retails for around $60.

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Easter-Inspired Gadgets

Easter baskets don’t have to be limited to being filled with chocolate eggs – we’ve collected some of the best egg-shaped gadgets perfect for celebrating Easter:


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Zyllion Hot Pod Egg Massager: These eggs will make for the most relaxing Easter ever – the portable, battery powered massagers melt away aches and pains with the flick of the switch for the ultimate de-stressing Easter treat.

PURE Sensia Digital Audio System: Music lovers will be thrilled to find this egg-shaped sound system in their basket. The clever device plays both DAB and Internet radio so you can have all the channels you could possibly want. The gadget also allows you to stream wirelessly from your tablet or smartphone.



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Inmod Egg Chair: These egg-shaped chairs are a modern addition to any bedroom or living room – and what better time to spruce up your home with some egg-inspired furniture than Easter?

Gro-Egg Color Changing Digital Room Thermometer: This Gro-Egg thermometer is an ideal Easter gift for anyone with young kids. The small egg conveniently lets moms know whether their baby’s room is too warm or cold by cycling through three different colors according to the temperature: yellow for the correct temperature, red for too warm and blue for too cold.