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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.

Cooperative Board Games Keep the Peace & Encourage Team Work

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Tired of board games that leave your little ones in tears?  Peaceable Kingdom has created a line of fun cooperative games where all of the players come together to achieve a common goal.  They work together instead of against each other so no one feels left out.  Playing together and sharing decision making experiences helps children build self-esteem, learn to share, practice cooperation and learn to work as a team.  The games are similar to traditional board games with spinners, cards, moving tokens and strategizing.  All Peaceable Kingdom board games are made using sustainable materials including recycled paper, soy-based inks and corn-based plastics. The current line up of cooperative games includes:

  • Hoot Owl Hoot
  • Sunny Day Pond
  • The Great Cheese Chase
  • Buzz!
  • What’s it?
  • Stack UP
  • Say the Word
  • Noodle Speedoodle

Say goodbye to difficult games that cause stress and hello to fun games that build great social skills!

Indoor Activities for Rainy Days

Don’t let rainy weather dampen your kiddo’s spirits – with ideas below, being cooped up indoors isn’t so bad.



Camp Inside: Who says camping has to be outdoors? Whether you want to set up a small tent or use sheets to build your own fort, kids will love having their own little space to play in. Deck it out with pillows, blankets and sleeping bags and your kids will have a blast playing board games, reading books or telling stories in their own private area.

Indoor Treasure Hunt: A hunt for treasure will most definitely keep your youngsters entertained. Make a set of clues for every player and try rhyming them for fun. Make each clue lead to the next one and, finally, to the treasure—it can be a stuffed animal, movie or chocolate coins. Seal the clues in envelopes and mark them with a clue number to help the treasure hunters keep track.

Rainy Day Tea Party: Have some fun dressing up with your little ones for a fancy “tea” party. Set the table with nice china, make tea for you and hot chocolate or apple cider for kids and egg or chicken salad sandwiches—use cookie cutters to make them fun shapes. Let your kids decide the guest list, which may include their favorite dolls and furry friends.


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Mini-Marshmallow Popping Contest: In this  homemade game, kids send marshmallows soaring with little balloon-catapults. To make them, knot the end of a balloon and snip off ½ inch from the top. Stretch the balloon over the cutoff end of a paper cup so that the knot is in the center (you’ll need to hold the balloon in place when you “pop” or secure it with a rubber band). Place a mini marshmallow into the cup so it fits snugly in the knotted center of the balloon and aim the cup, pull the knot back, release and send the marshmallow soaring. See who can pop marshmallows the farthest or get the most into a bowl.

Williams-Sonoma Glazed Spiral Ham: Easter Dinner The Easy Way

  • posted April 13th, 2014
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Whether you’re doing Sunday brunch or Easter dinner, the ham is the centerpiece of the meal.  That doesn’t mean you have to slave away over it though.  Williams-Sonoma offers a beautiful spiral-sliced whole ham from Vande Rose Farms.  These succulent hams are prized for their high level of marbling that helps create a moist and tender texture.  They’re basted with a salty sweet maple-bourbon glaze before going in the wood smoker where it is slow smoked over natural hickory and apple wood chips to enhance it’s natural flavor. These beautiful hams make for an impressive holiday meal you won’t soon forget.  Each ham weighs approximately 18 pounds and retails for around $180.

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Derek Lam’s Collection for Estee Lauder Has Finally Arrived!

  • posted April 12th, 2014
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The wait is over, beauty addicts! Derek Lam’s much-anticipated collaboration line with Estee Lauder has finally arrived, and you can have it all for $85. The collection actually isn’t a range, but rather consists of just one stylish set – a chic minaudiere clutch filled with midnight-inspired makeup hues like Kajal Crayon in Near Night, eyeshadow in Smoked Gold, and a universally flattering lip color in Smoked Blush. Derek Lam worked directly with Estee Lauder creative director Tom Pecheux to come up with a set of makeup must-haves inspired by the textures and tones of Lam’s Spring 2014 collection. Designed to be versatile enough to suit both the subtle and the statement-making beauty maven – and to create looks for both day or night – the collection consists of more wearable hues that can be used to create a stronger, sexier look when desired. It would have been a great addition to my Christmas wishlist, but hey – now I have something to spend one of my many gift cards on!

Tips for an Eco-Friendly Easter Basket

Easter is around the corner, which means it’s time to start preparing Easter baskets for your kiddos. Check out the tips below we spotted on Moms Going Green to make one that is eco-friendly:


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-       Reusing your Easter basket year after year is an easy way to reduce waste.

-       For ambitious earth-lovers, consider making your own basket from paper, wool or traditional basket-making materials, depending on how crafty you are.

-       If you’re not a very craft-savvy individual, you can still keep it earth-friendly by purchasing a fair trade basket.


-       Instead up wasting money and paper on Easter grass that will just be thrown away after the holiday, shred paper from old magazines. You can even reuse the shredded paper for shipping packages once Easter is over, for even less waste.

-       If you want more traditional Easter-looking grass for your basket, be sure to purchase natural or recyclable filler like raffia or Kraft shred.

-       Dedicated environmentalists should consider growing real grass inside their basket! Line your basket with aluminum foil or plastic wrap, fill it with soil and sprinkle a handful of wheat berries or rye grass. Keep it warm and moist and once it begins to sprout put it in the sunlight.


-       Make sure to purchase eggs that are local or organic.

-       Make your own dyes with ½ cup of water, 1 tbsp of vinegar and a few drops of food coloring and in just a few minutes your eggs will be their Easter appropriate shades.


-       For candy, go with fair trade chocolate, organic lollipops or organic fruit snacks.

-       A pocket magnifying glass for examining bugs or leaves for your little adventurers will encourage your little ones to explore outside.

-       Books like Counting in the Garden, Guess How Much I Love You, Little Quack Music: Animal Playground are all great choices for kids.

Sneak Peek: Zooey Deschanel’s Preppy-Chic Capsule Collection for Tommy Hilfiger!


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In what seems like a match made in fashion heaven, American prep brand Tommy Hilfiger has enlisted the help of TV’s most “adorkable” leading lady for its next venture! New Girl star Zooey Deschanel is lending her retro-cute style to a new capsule collection of 16 dresses, titled “To Tommy, From Zooey” (adorbz, right?). The 60s-inspired collection features a bevy of sophisiticated-yet-casual dresses, all in a classic Americana color palette. The best part? The frocks are reasonably-priced, ranging from $99 to $199, which certainly beats the required budget for copping one of Deschanel’s real-life red carpet looks. If you’re digging these Jess-like sheaths as much as we are, make sure to look out for the launch of the first 14 dresses at Macy’s starting April 14, and then all 16 pieces at starting the following week.
Are you a fan of Zooey Deschanel’s capsule collection? Or should she stick to comedy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Top Products for Your Hair

Whether your hair is curly, straight, long or short, the below products we spotted on Real Simple can help you tame it.



John Frieda Salon Shape Air Brush: This handy tool is nice because it combines a bunch of styling tools in one. Air flows through vents in the brush so you can dry and style your hair with one hand. The tool even works as a hot-curler when used on dry hair.

Twistband Headbands: These fashion-forward headbands are convenient because they go with everything, suit any hairstyle and length and provide maximum comfort with their elasticity. Available in a variety of colors and prints, there is one for every style.

Cricket Ultra Smooth Comb Collection: For those that suffer from difficult knots, the Cricket Comb is for you. The teeth of the comb are infused with argan and olive oils that make detangling easy while smoothing hair without tearing.

T3 Voluminous Hot Rollers: If you struggle with using curling irons, consider getting these voluminous hot rollers instead for gorgeous curls. They warm up in 3 minutes and retain heat for up to 20, allowing you to go about your business while your style sets – nonslip clips ensure they stay in place.

Jonathan Product Green Rootine Dry Shampoo: If you’re in a rush and don’t have time to wash your hair, get rid of grease with Jonathan Product Dry Shampoo. The portable brush-on applicator is packed with oil-absorbing powder for quick and easy freshening on the go.

Sray KMS California Free Shape Quick Blow Dry: Avoid long, 45-minute blow-dries with this speedy blow-dry spray. Simply apply it to towel-dried hair and it cuts your drying time in half. The formula includes water-repelling silicone and also softens strands.

Must-Have Office Gadgets

Upgrade your office into one fit for the 21st century with the gadgets below:


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-       Cube Laser Virtual Keyboard: With the Cube Laser Virtual Keyboard, you no longer have to worry about spilling coffee on your keyboard. This wireless, palm-sized device projects a full-size laser keyboard onto any flat surface. The built in sensor picks up your finger movements as you type, and a tiny speaker even belts out the clacking noises to make it feel authentic.

-       USB Cup Warmer: Constantly getting up to reheat cold coffee while your trying to get work done is a pain. This USB cup warmer provides the perfect solution – simply plug this little gadget into your USB port, pop your cup o’ joe on the hot plate and it will extend your hot drinking time by up to 30 minutes.

-       Mini USB Aroma Humidifier: If you experience dry hands, mouths or skin in your office, a mini USB aroma humidifier is for you. It generates cool, moisturizing steam to help relieve irritating dryness and make breathing more comfortable. The mini gadget even lets you add your favorite fragrance providing ultimate comfort at your desk.

-       Digital Smartpen: A digital smartpen is ideal for those that write a lot, especially during a meeting or presentation. Not only does the pen allow you to record audio – it also will convert your writing to digital format so you can load it on a computer. If you want to go to a specific point in the recorded conversation, simply select one of the words form your notes and you’ll be linked up with that exact spot in your conversation.

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