Thursday, March 31, 2011

He Stole My Heart – Vote for Patrick's Law Today

Patrick, Courtesy Facebook Fan Page for Patrick's Law
Patrick was accidently discovered on March 16, 2011 in the garbage choot of one of the New Jersey highrises. The maintenance personnel noticed a movement in the garbage bag and opened it up to discover a skeleton of a dog. It was Patrick.

Patrick was starved to skin and bones, then was dumped into the garbage. Still alive and breathing.

How can anyone with the right sense of humanity and compassion do such a horrible thing? It can be compared only to the Nazi concentration camps. No less.

Patrick was rushed to the Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls, NJ, where he was brought back to life by multiple blood transfusions and a lot of warm blankets and a ton of love.

The person who allegedly starved Patrick is Kisha Curtis, 28. Curtis was initially charged with animal cruelty, but on Tuesday the 29th those charges were upgraded to "torture or torment of a living creature," which carries a possible sentence of 18 months in prison and a $3,000 fine.

According to officials, Patrick had not been fed for about a month. The normally 50-pound dog weighed about 20 pounds when found.

Patrick is my hero who survived against all these cruel circumstances. Check out his story and recovery following the links below.

Celebrate Your Gift of Humanity Today!

Facebook Fan Page for Patrick with His Story & Patrick's Law Initiative

Patrick's Law: There's No Excuse For Animal Abuse!

Detailed Story on Patrick and His Recovery – Amazing Pictures!

Disclosure: I only write about products I believe in and/or use personally and the companies who truly advance forward the best traits of the humankind. I am not compensated for my opinions.
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Curb Your Appetite – Stop Your Cravings

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

EvoraKids – First Probiotics for Kids' Oral Care

EvoraKids Probiotic Complex for Kids' Oral Health
This is a quick alert for those who do care about little kids' oral health.

For the past three months, I've been using EvoraKids probiotic complex for my little 3-year-old. It is in the form of a round tablet and tastes great.

I get it from the online store from EvoraKids.com Its cost is $19.95 for 30-day supply.

Why my little one likes and needs EvoraKids?
  • Suppports tooth health by keeping healthy oral bacteria in balance
  • No artificial sweeteners, colors or flavors
  • GMO, sugar, gluten, soy, dairy free
  • Variety of flavors

I usually give EvoraKids to my toddler after his food. In a way, it ensures oral health during the day.

It's a great product that I will be using for my little one to keep his teeth and oral health in check.

Celebrate Your Healthy Teeth Today!

Disclosure: I only write about products I believe in and/or use personally and the companies who truly advance forward the best traits of the humankind. I am not compensated for my opinions. I did not receive any product or monetary compensation for this article.
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Curb Your Appetite – Stop Your Cravings

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Beauty Without Cruelty IS Possible! Natural Infusion Lipstick Giveaway (4/15) – Closed, Winner #46

Natural Infusion Lipstick by Beauty Without Cruelty
Can you imagine your favorite puppy or kitty or any pet at home be sprayed some liquids in question into their face and eyes? I don’t even want to go into the gruesomeness of such scenes.

The point is, that many companies continue to test their cosmetic products on animals. Disfiguering them. Causing them pain. Injecting the poison into their bodies. So that the consumer market of the human race could enjoy the final result – COSMETICS – shampoos, conditioners, lipsticks, lotions and many more in this category.

Want to know if you use cosmetics by the companies that DO test on animals? Here’s a short list of big brand names to bring this awareness to your door step.
  • Ralph Lauren Fragrances
  • Bain de Soleil
  • Jhirmack
  • Ban Roll-On
  • Sally Hansen
WOULD YOU BUY SUCH PRODUCTS?

I DO NOT! And this is a very Loud and Tall voice I cast to BAN ALL animal testing.

Many cosmetic companies do care about animals. And they proudly display the Cruelty Free logo on their products: Leaping Bunny!

Healthy living is associated with me not only with the ingredients that bring vibrance and vitality to our lives. It is also No Testing on Animals.

Beauty Without Cruelty is the Company (with a capital “C”) that offers the cosmetics and personal products care with leaping bunny signature on their products! I do love this!
Photo Courtesy of LeapingBunny.org
 And what not to love and enjoy?
  • Cruelty Free – No animal testing
  • 100% Vegetarian
  • No animal ingredients
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfates Free
  • Paraben Free
  • Extensive selection of Gluten Free products
  • Uses organic essential oils vs synthetic fragrances
I tried a variety of products by Beauty Without Cruelty: Shampoo, conditioner, lotion, cleanser, and an amazing lipstick.

What an experience! They are effective, pleasantly smelling, and contain botanical herbs, pro-vitamins, natural plant proteins and phytomolecules for a vibrant looking skin and hair!

Where would you buy them?

Either in your healthfood store or online: BeautyWithoutCruelty.com

Would like to be the owner of a Beauty Without Cruelty Lipstick? Win it here!

One Winner will receive a Natural Infusion Lipstick of their choice from Beauty Without Cruelty (MSRP $22.95)

To Celebrate your potential win, here are the steps for you to take (yes, even this exercise requires steps!) Do as many as you wish. But please do the Mandatory step before you proceed to any optional ones. OK?! One, Two, Three – ENJOY!

MANDATORY ENTRY:
You must do this first or all other entries will be null and void!

1. Like Beauty Without Cruelty (BWC) on Facebook AND Subscribe to CelebrateWomanToday via email and confirm your subscription (News Alert box in the Left Top Corner). Comment on both in one comment box: Leave your email you subscribed with AND a link to your comment on the BWC wall (1 entry)

EXTRA ENTRIESPlease leave your email address under each entry, if your profile does not have any!

2. Become friends of Celebrate Woman Today via Google Friends Connect (it's at the very bottom of the page), leave your GFC name (2 separate entries)

3. Vote for me on We're On the Fence just by clicking on the button that is at Top Left Navigation, do it daily (1 entry)

3.1 Vote for me on Circle of Moms that is at Top Left Nagiation, do it daily, no registration needed to vote (1 entry)

4. Follow ME (DiscoverSelf) on Twitter, leave your Twitter User Name (1 entry)

5. Tweet and Leave a link to that tweet. You can tweet as many times a day as you wish (1 entry for each tweet)
Here’s the language for your tweet: #Win Natural Infusion Lipstick by Beauty Without Cruelty @DiscoverSelf http://bit.ly/f5rzSs #sahm #women #health #giveaways

6. Like CelebrateWomanToday on Facebook & comment on the wall you did it. Leave your permalink to this comment in your entry (2 entries)

7. Like this giveaway on Facebook by clicking on the “Like” button on the orange toolbar you see at the bottom of your screen. Leave your permalink to your comment in your entry (2 entries)

8. Blog about this giveaway, leave a direct link to this giveaway in your 1st of 5 entries (5 separate entries: please mark each entry #1, #2, #3, etc.)

9. Add CelebrateWomanToday to your blogroll (using my URL), with a link back to me (1 entry)

10. Follow CelebrateWomanToday on Networked Blogs, leave me your User Name (2 separate entries)

11. Enter any other giveaways on this blog and get 2 points for each giveaway entered (2 separate entries for each giveaway entered)

12. Comment on any other non-giveaway article on this blog and get one entry for each comment, leave your permalink to each of your comments in your entry (1 entry for each comment)

13. Write your comment on Alexa about Celebrate Woman Today and get 3 entries for each comment (3 separate entries for each comment)

Giveaway will end on April 15, 2011 at 11:59 PM Mountain Standard Time (MST). Open to USA only. Confirmed Winners (by Random.ogr) will be contacted by email and posted on CelebrateWomanToday. Winners have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

Good Luck to All of You!


Disclosure: I only write about products I believe in and/or use personally and the companies who truly advance forward the best traits of the humankind. I was provided with some product samples by Beauty Without Cruelty to fascilitate this review. My opinions are my own that were expressed.
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Monday, March 28, 2011

Summer Look with a Brave & Modest Hapari Swimwear – You Deserve It, Woman!

I LAAAHV swimwear! My favorite part of it is design and color. Though I do have some preferences, I am open to try and wear almost any swimsuit on earth.

As the summer is approaching and all of us are getting ready for it and vacation time in our own small and big ways, it is time to think about your water attire. We, Women, have a need and desire to look and feel confident anywhere we dwell and trot.

Our friends at Hapari swimwear have designed an interesting poster with Swimwear As A Fashion Over the Decades. Look what they've got here:
History of Womens Swimwear Infographic - by Hapari Swimwear

What is your favorite style? Let me know!

If you'd like to try a Hapari swimwear – let me know too by writing your short note Why you'd like to wear their bathing suits.

Thank you, my dear Women.

Celebrate Your Swimwear Thoughts Today!

Disclosure: I only write about products I believe in and/or use personally and the companies who truly advance forward the best traits of the humankind. I am not compensated for my opinions. And I was not compensated in any way for this post either.
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Curb Your Appetite – Stop Your Cravings

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Super Weekend GiveAway Linky 3/25 - 3/27, 2011




Please enter your giveaways without restriction in how many. What a great way to start our week-end... of GiveAways!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

BabyBond Couture Review & Giveaway (4/10), Closed, Winner #5



BabyBond Couture Nursing Cover by Slurp & Burp
Oh, yes. One more time, one more row of applause to yet another unique, comfortable and so needed piece of the maternity wardrobe.

BabyBond Couture! A nursing cover for mothers who are proud to feed their babies their nature-intended food.

Created by a Woman for a Woman who is nursing her baby.

Missy Reder, the founder of Slurp & Burp company and BabyBond brand, is a woman with a lot of baby experience. Trained as a Speech-Language Pathologist, she understood the vital need of connection between a baby and mother during such intimate moments like nursing.

As a baby nurses, the sounds that mama makes, the eye contact that sparks between two people, with a constant tactual embrace of a baby in mothers arms – all that forms strong neuron connections in a growing brain of this precious baby.

And as a result, an invaluable and life-long connection is created between mother and child.

To be able to nurture such opportunities of nursing wherever you go with your baby, Missy developed a simple, yet so impressively genius BabyBond nursing covers for breastfeeding mothers.

Why BabyBond?
Allows you to nurse in public
Keeps connection “lines” open between mother and child
Portable and easy to care for
Stylish

When I received my complementary BabyBond nursing cover, I tried to wear it both suggested ways: Over the shoulder and around the waist. Missy’s video really helped me to adjust my BabyBond both ways.

 Watch a quick video of How-To use a BabyBond Nursing Cover

The fabric is so soft and stretchy, it also allows a generous coverage of all important areas. So, do not worry that this simple-looking piece of wardrobe may expose you in public. NO Way for that to happen! The design Covers It All.

Wanna try a BabyBond for yourself or gift it to your loved one relative or friend? Win it here!

Missy Reder and her company Slurp & Burp have offered 1 BabyBond Couture nursing cover ($35 retail value) to the winner of Celebrate Woman Today.

To Celebrate your potential win, here are the steps for you to take (yes, even this exercise requires steps!) Do as many as you wish. But please do the Mandatory step before you proceed to any optional ones. OK?! One, Two, Three – ENJOY!

MANDATORY ENTRY:
You must do this first or all other entries will be null and void!

1. Like BabyBond on Facebook AND Subscribe to CelebrateWomanToday via email and confirm your subscription (News Alert box in the Left Top Corner). Comment on both in one comment box: Leave a permalink to your wall comment for BabyBond + email you subscribed with (1 entry)

EXTRA ENTRIESPlease leave your email address under each entry, if your profile does not have any!

2. Become friends of Celebrate Woman Today via Google Friends Connect (it's at the very bottom of the page) (2 separate entries)

3. Vote for me on We're On the Fence just by clicking on the button that is at Top Left Navigation, do it daily (1 entry)

4. Follow ME (DiscoverSelf) on Twitter, leave your Twitter User Name (1 entry)

4.1 Follow BabyBond on Twitter, leave your Twitter User Name (1 entry)

5. Tweet and Leave a link to that tweet. You can tweet as many times a day as you wish (1 entry for each tweet)
Here’s the language for your tweet: #Win BabyBond Nursing Cover Couture @DiscoverSelf http://bit.ly/emHfr3 #sahm #women #health #giveaways #babybond

6. Like CelebrateWomanToday on Facebook & comment on the wall you did it. Leave your permalink to this comment in your entry (2 entries)

7. Like this giveaway on Facebook by clicking on the “Like” button on the orange toolbar you see at the bottom of your screen. Leave your permalink to your comment in your entry (2 entries)

8. Blog about this giveaway, leave a direct link to this giveaway in your 1st of 5 entries (5 separate entries: please mark each entry #1, #2, #3, etc.)

9. Add CelebrateWomanToday to your blogroll (using my URL), with a link back to me (1 entry)

10. Follow CelebrateWomanToday on Networked Blogs, leave me your User Name (2 separate entries)

11. Enter any other giveaways on this blog and get 2 points for each giveaway entered (2 separate entries for each giveaway entered)

12. Comment on any other non-giveaway article on this blog and get one entry for each comment, leave your permalink to each of your comments in your entry (1 entry for each comment)

13. Write your comment on Alexa about Celebrate Woman Today and get 3 entries for each comment (3 separate entries for each comment)

Giveaway will end on April 10, 2011 at 11:59 PM Mountain Standard Time (MST). Open to USA only. Confirmed Winners (by Random.ogr) will be contacted by email and posted on CelebrateWomanToday. Winners have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

Good Luck to All of You!

Celebrate Possibilities Today!

PS: If you have any questions to Missy Reder, please leave them in the comments below. She will definitely read and answer them.
PPS: If you know a woman-entrepreneur who has created healthy product(s), please let me know, so we could spread the word about her and her contribution to this planet.

Disclosure: I only write about products I believe in and/or use personally and the companies who truly advance forward the best traits of the humankind. I am not compensated for my opinions. I have received a complementary BabyBond to facilitate this review and givewaway. After that, I donated my BabyBond to the Teen Shelter in my Local Community.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

How to Save Money Online 101

Being a Modern Woman encompasses a zillion-million things. And one of them is your and my savvy to be smart with money. Here's your initiation into ABC's of smart shopping.

{This guest post was written by a friend of Celebrate Woman Today — Hapari Swimwear— Providing swimwear and tankinis for real women that looks good not only on the website, but on you too!}
Shopping Is An Art: Get Your ABC's and 101 on Smart Shopping
If you play things right, you’ll never have to pay full price for anything ever again. Sound appealing? One way to live a balanced life is through finances, and if you can get the same things for less, then the balance tips in your favor.

When you shop online, you have a wealth of resources at your fingertips, which will help you get the best deal possible. Here are some tips and tricks that the savvy shopper can use for online bargain hunting:

Buy used – Granted, there are some items that you definitely want to buy new, but you can get some items for a lot less money if you buy used. Look for things like books or movies on sites like EBay.com or Amazon.com, where third party sellers can give you a better price than other retailers. For some sites that offer auctions (like EBay), you can even get new items for less money (even once you factor in the shipping).
Find bargains – Subscribe to sites like Groupon.com and Woot.com that give you daily deals on new products and services. Be careful though, because you might actually spend more money than you would have otherwise if you end up purchasing things that you would not have bought if they hadn’t been on sale. If you only buy things that you were going to buy regularly, then these deal sites can really save you some money.
Buy handmade – Look for individuals and small businesses that make their product by hand. Etsy.com is a great place to go for handmade products like stationary, jewelry and fabric goods. Sometimes buying handmade products can be more expensive than mass manufactured products, so in order to save money, find things that will last for a long time.
Join social networks – Many companies will offer discounts if you ‘like’ their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter. Follow the brands that you regularly use, and periodically you might either win free products or get discount codes for being someone in the know. If you are on Twitter, do a search for hashtags like #free, #giveaway or #discount.
Search for coupons – Before you purchase anything online, do a simple Google search to see if that company has any online coupons. You might be surprised how many companies are running promotions right underneath your nose.

When you are a savvy shopper online, you can often get great discounts and deals that save your pocketbook. When all else fails, walk into a retail store and barter—they might even price match something you saw online, which would save you on shipping.

PS: If you know a woman-entrepreneur who has created healthy product(s), please let me know, so we could spread the word about her and her contribution to this planet.
Disclosure: I only write about products I believe in and/or use personally and the companies who truly advance forward the best traits of the humankind. I am not compensated for my opinions.
Founder, CelebrateLifeNutrition.com
Curb Your Appetite – Stop Your Cravings

VP Programs Development, ScaleDown for Life
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Sinus Rinse Kit Review & Giveaway ~ 2 Winners (4/4) – Closed, Winners #8, #12

Sinus Rinse Starter Kit
Do you brush your teeth daily? At least twice a day? Probably you do.

Do you rinse your nasal passages daily? No? I am surprised you are not!

Actually, I don't either. But with more education and research, I'd better start doing it. Especially when it comes to severely dry climate, skin needs moisturising and nasal passages need the same.

Plus, our nasal passages are the first barrier to prevent all kinds of pathogens to sneak further into the body. Then, it does make sense to rinse our nasal passages to 1) Clean the inside surfaces, 2) Moisturise thin epithelium, and 3) Promote nasal and overall bodily hygiene.

To do just that very task, there's a little helper on the way – Sinus Rinse by NeilMed.

NasoGel by NeilMed
Personally, I discovered this company with the product that has been supporting me for already a couple of months – NasoGel. It truly helped me to get rid of irritability in the nasal passages. I am an active user of it on the daily basis.

Here are some facts about Sinus Rinse to encourage you to look deeper into your daily sinus health and hygiene.

Sinus Rinse™ helps alleviate …
• Nasal Allergies & Dryness
• Sinusitis, Rhinitis
• Allergic Asthma
• Post Nasal Drip
• Sinus Pressure & Nasal Stuffiness
• Nasal Symptoms from Flu & Cold
• Nasal Irritation from Occupational Dust, Fumes, Animal Dander, Grass, Pollen, Smoke, & House Dust
• Nasal Congestion

Want to try Sinus Rinse in the comfort of your home? Win it! 2 Winners for the Sinus Rinse Starter Kit that includes:
  • 1 custom 8oz.(240ml) nasal irrigator
  • 50 regular premixed packets of pH balanced sodium chloride & sodium    bicarbonate mixture (USP grade, natural ingredients, isotonic, preservative & iodine free)
  • Educational brochure
  • Instructions in English, Spanish or French

To Celebrate your potential win, here are the steps for you to take (yes, even this exercise requires steps!) Do as many as you wish. But please do the Mandatory step before you proceed to any optional ones. OK?! One, Two, Three – ENJOY!

MANDATORY ENTRY:
You must do this first or all other entries will be null and void!

1. Subscribe to CelebrateWomanToday via email and confirm your subscription (News Alert box in the Left Top Corner) (1 entry)

EXTRA ENTRIESPlease leave your email address under each entry, if your profile does not have any!

2. Become friends via Google Friends Connect (it's at the very bottom of the page), leave your subscription name (2 separate entries)

3. Vote for me on We're On the Fence just by clicking on the button that is at Top Left Navigation, do it daily (1 entry)

4. Follow ME (DiscoverSelf) on Twitter, leave your Twitter User Name (1 entry)

5. Tweet and Leave a link to that tweet. You can tweet as many times a day as you wish (1 entry for each tweet)
Here’s the language for your tweet: #Win Sinus Rinse Kit to promote your own nasal hygiene @DiscoverSelf  http://bit.ly/dPFbal ~ 2Winners #sahm #women #health #giveaways

6. Like CelebrateWomanToday on Facebook + leave a short message on the wall, leave me your permalink to your comment (2 entries)

7. Like this giveaway on Facebook by clicking on the “Like” button on the orange toolbar you see at the bottom of your screen (2 entries)

8. Blog about this giveaway, leave a direct link to this giveaway in your 1st of 5 entries (5 separate entries: please mark each entry #1, #2, #3, etc.)

9. Add CelebrateWomanToday to your blogroll (using my URL), with a link back to me (1 entry)

10. Follow CelebrateWomanToday on Networked Blogs, leave me your User Name (2 separate entries)

11. Enter any other giveaways on this blog and get 2 points for each giveaway entered (2 separate entries for each giveaway entered)

12. Comment on any other non-giveaway article on this blog and get one entry for each comment, leave a link to this comment (1 entry for each comment)

13. Write your comment on Alexa about Celebrate Woman Today and get 3 entries for each comment (3 separate entries for each comment)

Giveaway will end on April 4, 2011 at 11:59 PM Mountain Standard Time (MST). Open to USA only. Confirmed Winners (by Random.ogr) will be contacted by email and posted on CelebrateWomanToday. Winners have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

Good Luck to All of You!

Celebrate Possibilities Today!

PS: If you know a woman-entrepreneur who has created healthy product(s), please let me know, so we could spread the word about her and her contribution to this planet.
Disclosure: I only write about products I believe in and/or use personally and the companies who truly advance forward the best traits of the humankind. I am not compensated for my opinions. I was not paid for this post or provided any free product for review and giveaway.


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Curb Your Appetite – Stop Your Cravings

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Express Your Sensual Self: Key to Controlling Your Appetite, Part II

Preface from Part I: It's not that you designed your life to be so crowded that your needs get lost in the shuffle. As your needs get submerged in the daily grind, you not only lose sight of the day of the week, (is it Thursday?) – you lose contact with your senses.

Gaining weight loss motivation
If your only pleasure in weight loss is seeing the scale move down a little at a time, you are going to suffer motivational set-backs. Especially if you are on one of those diets that make you eat like a rabbit and sacrifice your favorite treats (don't they all?). You are going to feel deprived. Denied. Restricted. Limited. And when you are feeling that way you need to balance it by increasing your pleasure along the way.

Losing significant weight is not as easy as just consuming fewer calories.

Losing a lot of weight, which can take months to do it and still be healthy, is a challenge to your will power to stay the course. No matter what program you are on, your emotional commitment is going to take a strong beating at times. And the ONLY way to get though that is to have already begun a path of rewarding yourself with pleasures each step along the way.

Find pleasure – lose weight
Otherwise, when the going gets tough (and it will at times) the pleasure you will most likely seek in those weak moments is to overeat – to binge on exactly the wrong foods (other than Bugs Bunny, no one gorges on carrots). Plus, you just set yourself back several weeks in your weight loss plan. With that blown, further discouragement sets in, and the cycle WILL repeat.

The preventive measure is to learn, re-learn, permit yourself to find pleasure in living, smelling, touching, tasting, seeing, and being loved again. And to do it now, to make it a habit BEFORE you experience the long haul of trying to lose significant weight.

You need to feed your body's senses, if you are going to be depriving your body of calories.

The emotional process of losing weight, the path to weight loss motivation, to losing a lot of weight, is going to have to go through you being willing to be sensual once again. Joyfully accepting your sensuality.

Your sensuality will lead you to weight loss. A lot of weight loss.

Don't believe me. Try to lose a lot of weight and keep it off without increasing your sensuality. Oh, yes, you've done that already. We all have. All of us. Now it is time to justify you taking the time, and effort, without guilt or apology, to smell the roses, eat great chocolate, to experience once more – to express once more – the perfect kiss.

How do you control your appetite?
Conclusion: Express Your Sensual Self

PS: If you know a woman-entrepreneur who has created healthy product(s), please let me know, so we could spread the word about her and her contribution to this planet.
Disclosure: I only write about products I believe in and/or use personally and the companies who truly advance forward the best traits of the humankind. I am not compensated for my opinions.
Founder, CelebrateLifeNutrition.com
Curb Your Appetite – Stop Your Cravings

VP Programs Development, ScaleDown for Life
VP Education, GoZonkers Inc.
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Friday, March 18, 2011

Express Your Sensual Self: Key to Controlling Your Appetite, Part I

Your sensuality can lead to weight loss. A lot of weight loss.

Sometimes in the hurry of being a mom, a wife, a person with a job, (ditto for men) you forget that there was a time when you felt sensual. You wanted to feel sensual. Certain people made you feel sensual. You were sensual.

Let me be clear about what I mean when I'm talking about sensual: Of course there is a sexual component to sensuality, but that is not the core of what I am talking about here.

Sensuality is enjoying the pleasure of your senses. All of them. It is the acknowledgment that your body was designed – created – to feel multiple kinds of pleasure. Whether tasting or smelling, whether touching or seeing, whether hearing or combining them all in unique ways (a glass of wine with your favorite music), your senses led you to explore, enjoy and seek new experiences.

The pleasure... of knowing what day it is
So, back to being so busy you don't know what day it is... a lot of that pleasure gets lost when you live that way. It is not that the stimulus for pleasure is lacking. You just don't "stop to smell the roses" any more. Right?

It's not that you designed your life to be so crowded that your needs get lost in the shuffle. And in part, it is not because you didn't see it coming. But the needs of so many others – bosses, friends, husbands, parents, kids – all needing, craving your attention to do something for them, you really do get lost.

As your needs get submerged in the daily grind, you not only lose sight of the day of the week, (is it Thursday? if so I need to get hubby to get the garbage out to the street. Oh, wait, that's tomorrow) you lose contact with your senses.

You eat on the run, you more often smell food to make sure you can serve leftovers to the family than to enjoy the aroma. No, your senses, doing things for the sheer pleasure of them, are on hold while you weave your way through the day.

Facebook and the hoped-for adventure waiting to be lived
Guilty pleasure? Facebook for an hour before you go to bed, while your bedroom partner is watching TV. You need that, that connection. Connection not just to old long-lost friends and distant family members. You need that contact to your old self, your "self" when life was an adventure waiting to be lived.

In sharing with your old friends, if you pay close attention, you are recalling the feelings, the pleasures, even the tastes and smells of those day long gone by. You use the words of pleasure describing old scenes (he smelled of Old Spice, those roses were wonderful, you wished you had grandma's great pie recipe).

Well, you are living that adventure now. What you didn't count on was it doesn't feel like much of an adventure, does it? Challenging. Stressful. Tiring. Satisfying. But, adventure? Nah.

Somewhere along the road to living your dreams you got sidetracked. Something got missed. Not that what you have now is bad. Just that it’s not entirely what you expected. Somehow along the way you dialed down your sensual self. No time for it. No energy for it. No space for it to enliven your day. Certainly no place for your sensual self to bloom and discover wonder in the ordinary, nor experience the extraordinary.

Gaining weight while missing your dreams
Over the years, while you were dialing down your sensuality, you probably were dialing up your weight. If you take some time to fully reflect (of course you may have to wait until late Tuesday evening before you get a break to be able to do so), your weight and your sensuality are connected. Moving in opposite directions. Perhaps you may not have thought about it that way. But, it's true.

Your body is a mirror to your accumulated life experiences, to be sure. But your body is also a projection of your future – what you expect from your next years. If you knew you were going to be running a marathon this time next year, wouldn't you change your body dynamics today?

If you knew you were going to be alone, partnerless, would you begin to focus more on your body now? If you know nothing big is likely to change in your life, what's the moving incentive to change your body today?

That is not to say that you neglect your body. Nor that it isn't important to you now.

Your body reflects your expectations
It's just the realization that your body reflects your future expectations more than you probably realize. And at this point of your life, your body has turned down its expectations of feeling sensual again. But that can be changed.

If you want to lose weight, and keep it off permanently, your sense of sensuality is going to change – has to change.

Why? Because you need to matter to yourself to lose significant weight and keep it off. You need to discover your sensual self, explore and expand it. Your body is more than just something that needs to drop a few pounds. You have to focus on the beauty that you may have ignored for too long. Because sensuality is the route to finding the deep motivation to stay on track to lose significant weight.

To Be Continued Tomorrow...

PS: If you know a woman-entrepreneur who has created healthy product(s), please let me know, so we could spread the word about her and her contribution to this planet.

Disclosure: I only write about products I believe in and/or use personally and the companies who truly advance forward the best traits of the humankind. I am not compensated for my opinions.
Founder, CelebrateLifeNutrition.com
Curb Your Appetite – Stop Your Cravings

VP Programs Development, ScaleDown for Life
VP Education, GoZonkers Inc.
©2011 Laura Gontchar. All Rights Reserved.


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FuzziBunz One Size Diapers Review & Giveaway ~ 2 Winners (4/10), Closed, Winners #47, #143

FuzziBunz One-Size Pocket Diaper Giveaway ~ 2 Winners
Have you ever consiered cloth diapering? Or are you already a big fan of one-size, pocket, adjustable, colorful, re-usable, modern diaper system?

I do hope if you are not using cloth diapers, that you are going to give it a try.

Don’t be scared away by the “horror” stories other people may offer. Feel your way through the Modern diaper system that is so well established – you’ll be amazed when you start to research and use it.

I came to cloth diapering in the second faze of my son’s baby-toddler career. And I got so much joy of using the cloth diapers!

There are a lot of types and hypes of cloth diapers. My choice and preference lie with One-Size Pocket Diapers. And the brand of my choice? Naturally, FuzziBunz.

Do you know that a woman who created a modern cloth diaper is Tereson Dupuy? And that Tereson is the founder of FuzziBunz? And ALL the rest cloth pocket diapers are a mere reiteration of the FuzziBunz concept, but not an invention per se?

Tereson created FuzziBunz out of her motherhood need for a more effective diaper system that could keep her baby’s skin protected from all the stuff that a diaper catches inside of it. Later on, other companies came up with their version of a cloth diaper that Tereson Dupuy initially introduced to the diaper industry.

To me, Tereson will forever be the Inventor of a new version – Modern version – of a cloth diaper, which has a cool name – FuzziBunz!

Why FuzziBunz?
  • Durable
  • Customizable absorbency (you decide how many pads your baby needs inside that pocket diaper!)
  • Dependable diaper system that doesn’t allow any leaks, in the crib or on the playground
  • Snug-Fitting FuzziBunz
  • Pocket Opening – This unique and patented pocket-style opening enables you to customize the absorbency
  • Entertaining colors and prints
  • Eco-friendly alternative to a disposable counterpart
  • A company whose focus is on innovation – they create features and products for babies all the time, non-stop!
Would you like to try the FuzziBunz diapering system for yourself? Or add another new colorful addition to your current collection of “fuzzi bunnies?”

Tereson Dupuy generously offered Two Readers of Celebrate Woman Today to pick their choice of color of One Size Pocket Diaper. That means we will have 2 Winners here!

To Celebrate your potential win, here are the steps for you to take (yes, even this exercise requires steps!) Do as many as you wish. But please do the Mandatory step before you proceed to any optional ones. OK?! One, Two, Three – ENJOY!

MANDATORY ENTRY:
You must do this first or all other entries will be null and void!

1. Visit FuzziBunz and tell me your color that may be yours with this win AND Subscribe to CelebrateWomanToday via email and confirm your subscription (News Alert box in the Left Top Corner). Comment on both in one comment box (1 entry)

EXTRA ENTRIESPlease leave your email address under each entry, if your profile does not have any!

2. Become friends via Google Friends Connect (it's at the very bottom of the page) (2 separate entries)

3. Vote for me on We're On the Fence just by clicking on the button that is at Top Left Navigation, do it daily (1 entry)

4. Follow ME (DiscoverSelf) on Twitter, leave your Twitter User Name (1 entry)

4.1 Follow FuzziBunz on Twitter, leave your Twitter User Name (1 entry)

5. Tweet and Leave a link to that tweet. You can tweet as many times a day as you wish (1 entry for each tweet)
Here’s the language for your tweet: #Win FuzziBunz One Size Pocket Diaper @DiscoverSelf  http://bit.ly/gQlWM6 ~ 2Winners #sahm #women #health #giveaways

6. Like CelebrateWomanToday on Facebook, leave your Facebook User Name (2 entries)

6.1 Like FuzziBunz on Facebook & leave your short comment that Celebrate Woman Today sent you there. Leave a permalink to this comment for verification (2 entries)

7. Like this giveaway on Facebook by clicking on the “Like” button on the orange toolbar you see at the bottom of your screen (2 entries)

8. Blog about this giveaway, leave a direct link to this giveaway in your 1st of 5 entries (5 separate entries: please mark each entry #1, #2, #3, etc.)

9. Add CelebrateWomanToday to your blogroll (using my URL), with a link back to me (1 entry)

10. Follow CelebrateWomanToday on Networked Blogs, leave me your User Name (2 separate entries)

11. Enter any other giveaways on this blog and get 2 points for each giveaway entered (2 separate entries for each giveaway entered)

12. Comment on any other non-giveaway article on this blog and get one entry for each comment, leave a link to this comment (1 entry for each comment)

13. Write your comment on Alexa about Celebrate Woman Today and get 3 entries for each comment (3 separate entries for each comment)

Giveaway will end on April 10, 2011 at 11:59 PM Mountain Standard Time (MST). Open to USA only. Confirmed Winners (by Random.ogr) will be contacted by email and posted on CelebrateWomanToday. Winners have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

Good Luck to All of You!

Celebrate Possibilities Today!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Yumnuts Cashews Gourmet Giveaway with Review, 2 Winners (4/5) – Closed, Winners #10, #24

Yumnuts Cashews, Courmet Win for Anyone
I go nuts about Yumnuts Gourmet Cashews!

Though I am not a huge nut fan. These cashews totally fall into the priviliged Gourmet category.

Why?

1.  Quality of Product
The cashew nuts are of premium size and quality. There are not even occasional misfits in this family of Yumnuts.

2. Unique Flavoring
Oh, the flavors are to live for! The Yumnuts Cashews are not cheaply flavored. The company uses its private unique process to roast cashews in flavors.

When I eat Chocolate flavor, the notes are true chocolaty followed by the original cashew taste.

Toasted Coconut Yumnuts tastes like a freshly shaved coconut, offering yet a refreshing cashew tones that come last.

Touch of Honey Yumnuts inspires you to think of spring and summer, without overwhelming with sugary taste!

Easy Cajun Yumnuts takes you away from this reality to the Cajun country for a short moment, leaving your mouth with lightly roasted cashew undertones.

And Sea Salt Yumnuts is a magnificent ensemble of tastes that claim their presence at any royal reception.

I have never tasted or ate anything like Yumnuts Cashews. This snack is not for volume consumption. Rather it is for satisfying your craving for something special in the moment.

3. Healthy For Your Body
There is no heavy coating or overpowering flavors in Yumnuts Cashews.

And yes, these nuts contribute to your healthy diet and regiments. Check this out.

• Gluten Free
• Great source of Copper, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, and Phosporous
• No added oils during roasting process
• No artificial colors or added corn syrups for taste

This Yumnuts product is Magnificent! Magnifique!

Just one ounce a day cuts your hunger when you need it!

Wanna win a monthly supply (that's exactly how long they will last at 1 oz per day) of Yumnuts, that is 5 different flavors? Here it is.

Yumnuts offers 2 Winners the following Prize package:
• Cajun 5 oz
• Chocolate 5 oz
• Sea Salt 5 oz
• Toasted Coconut 5 oz
• Touch of Honey 5 oz

To Celebrate your potential win, here are the steps for you to take (yes, even this exercise requires steps!) Do as many as you wish. But please do the Mandatory step before you proceed to any optional ones. OK?! One, Two, Three – ENJOY!

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1. Like Yumnuts on Facebook AND Subscribe to CelebrateWomanToday via email and confirm your subscription (News Alert box in the Left Top Corner). Comment on both in one comment box (1 entry)

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2. Become friends via Google Friends Connect (it's at the very bottom of the page) (2 separate entries)

3. Vote for me on We're On the Fence just by clicking on the button that is at Top Left Navigation, do it daily (1 entry)

4. Follow ME (DiscoverSelf) on Twitter, leave your Twitter User Name (1 entry)

4.1 Follow Yumnuts on Twitter, leave your Twitter User Name (1 entry)

5. Tweet and Leave a link to that tweet. You can tweet as many times a day as you wish (1 entry for each tweet)
Here’s the language for your tweet: #Win Yumnuts Cashews Gourmet Gift Pack @DiscoverSelf  http://bit.ly/dVL1VJ ~ 2Winners #sahm #women #health #giveaways

6. Like CelebrateWomanToday on Facebook, leave your Facebook User Name (2 entries)

7. Like this giveaway on Facebook by clicking on the “Like” button on the orange toolbar you see at the bottom of your screen (2 entries)

8. Blog about this giveaway, leave a direct link to this giveaway in your 1st of 5 entries (5 separate entries: please mark each entry #1, #2, #3, etc.)

9. Add CelebrateWomanToday to your blogroll (using my URL), with a link back to me (1 entry)

10. Follow CelebrateWomanToday on Networked Blogs, leave me your User Name (2 separate entries)

11. Enter any other giveaways on this blog and get 2 points for each giveaway entered (2 separate entries for each giveaway entered)

12. Comment on any other non-giveaway article on this blog and get one entry for each comment, leave a link to this comment (1 entry for each comment)

13. Write your comment on Alexa about Celebrate Woman Today and get 3 entries for each comment (3 separate entries for each comment)

Giveaway will end on April 5, 2011 at 11:59 PM Mountain Standard Time (MST). Open to USA only. Confirmed Winners (by Random.ogr) will be contacted by email and posted on CelebrateWomanToday. Winners have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

Good Luck to All of You!

Celebrate Possibilities Today!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Harvest of Heaven Snacks Review & Giveaway (4/4) – Closed, Winner #107

Harvest of Heaven Dried Fruit & Veggie Snacks
If you want to snack, have a healthy snack. Naturally, you’ll pay more for a quality snack, i.e., organic, without preservatives, artificial colors, and free of harmful stuff.

The end result is two-fold.

First, you’ll greatly enjoy your snackity food!

Second, your body will definitely be grateful for your thoughtfulness.

I am always on the look out for healthy and delicious snacks. Food, like life, should bear a lot of variety. Would you agree?

The folks from Breezy Spring sent me to try and snack on their deliciously tasting, and sounding, dried pieces of fruit and veggies.

Harvest of Haven – that’s the name of their brand of snacks – sent me to seventh heaven when I was munching on shiitake mushrooms, taro, pumpkin, crispy slices of apple, banana, and pineapple. These dried fruit and vegetable snacks really taste good. Plus, they made me full after grabbing couple of pieces of this and that variety of fruit and veggies.

Why I liked Harvest of Heaven:
  • No preservatives, artificial colors, or flavors
  • Non GMO
  • No MSG
  • Gluten Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Dietary Fiber of natural occurring is preserved
  • Low Carbohydrate
  • Sea Salt is added for taste
  • Cold pressed Canola oil for texture
These snacks could be picked up at Publix stores, Albertsons, Chamberlin’s, Whole Food Market stores, Akin’s Natural Foods, and at Amazon.com. Plus at many small private retailers of healthy foods.

Would you like a basket full of these snacks? Then, head straight to the ball game!

The Winner shall receive the following Harvest of Heaven Fruit & Veggie Snacks:
  • Pure Apple
  • Pure Banana
  • Pure Pineapple
  • Pure Green Bean
  • Pure Sweet Potato
  • Pure Taro
  • Pure Shiitake
  • Pure Carrot
  • Mixes Fruits
  • Mixed Veggies
To Celebrate your potential win, here are the steps for you to take (yes, even this exercise requires steps!) Do as many as you wish. But please do the Mandatory step before you proceed to any optional ones. OK?! One, Two, Three – ENJOY!

MANDATORY ENTRY:
You must do this first or all other entries will be deleted!
1. Head to Breezy Spring web and tell me what product you'd like to try AND Subscribe to CelebrateWomanToday via email & confirm your subscription (News Alert box in the Left Top Corner). Comment on both in one comment box (1 entry)

EXTRA ENTRIESPlease leave your email address under each entry, if your profile does not have any!

2. Become friends via Google Friends Connect (it's at the very bottom of the page) (2 separate entries)

3. Vote for me on We're On the Fence just by clicking on the button that is at Top Left Navigation, do it daily (1 entry)

4. Follow ME (DiscoverSelf) on Twitter, leave your Twitter User Name (1 entry)

5. Tweet and Leave a link to that tweet. You can tweet as many times a day as you wish (1 entry for each tweet)
Here’s the language for your tweet: #Win Harvest of Heaven Snacks Galore @DiscoverSelf  ~ http://bit.ly/hiPJn3 #sahm #women #health #giveaways

6. Like CelebrateWomanToday on Facebook, leave your Facebook User Name (2 entries)

7. Like this giveaway on Facebook by clicking on the “Like” button on the orange toolbar you see at the bottom of your screen (2 entries)

8. Blog about this giveaway, leave a direct link to this giveaway in your 1st of 5 entries (5 separate entries: please mark each entry #1, #2, #3, etc.)

9. Add CelebrateWomanToday to your blogroll (using my URL), with a link back to me (1 entry)

10. Follow CelebrateWomanToday on Networked Blogs, leave me your User Name (2 separate entries)

11. Enter any other giveaways on this blog and get 2 points for each giveaway entered (2 separate entries for each giveaway entered)

12. Comment on any other non-giveaway article on this blog and get one entry for each comment (1 entry for each comment)

13. Write your comment on Alexa about Celebrate Woman Today and get 3 entries for each comment (3 separate entries for each comment)

Giveaway will end on April 4, 2011 at 11:59 PM Mountain Standard Time (MST). Open to USA only. Confirmed Winners (by Random.ogr) will be contacted by email and posted on CelebrateWomanToday. Winners have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

Good Luck to All of You!

Celebrate Possibilities Today!

Disclosure: I only write about products I believe in and/or use personally and the companies who truly advance forward the best traits of the humankind. I received samples of Harvest of Heaven dried fruit and veggies from Breezy Spring to fascilitate this review and giveaway.I am not compensated for my opinions.
Founder, CelebrateLifeNutrition.com
Curb Your Appetite – Stop Your Cravings

VP Programs Development, ScaleDown for Life
VP Education, GoZonkers Inc.
©2011 Laura Gontchar. All Rights Reserved.


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VIOlight UV Toothbrush Sanitizer Review & Giveaway (4/3) – Closed, Winner #84

VIOlight 100, 99% Success Rate in Eliminating Germs from Toothbrushes
Have you ever thought about... how many germs actually resided and bred profusely on a toothbrush? I know it sounds way unattractive and “shiverish.”

However you do need to know the facts such as that your toothbrush is like a toilet brush – filled with disgusting germs and bacteria. Even E.coli bacteria.

There are a lot of studies and clinical tests which you can easily find on line that prove the fact that the bacteria and germs residing on our toothbrushes need to be eliminated daily. This way, your internal health will be at minimum risk for invasion that may be launched from the base of your own toothbrush.

Solution? Or is there any Solution? I was looking for one and found it.

VIOlight!

What is VIOlight?

It’s a UV device – very elegant in its both esthetics and effectiveness – that eliminates pathogens, i.e., germs from your toothbrush. Thus, promoting an overall health for your body.

VIOlight is great not only for Toothbrushes, but also for your other oral hygiene devices. Watch this fifteen-second video that conspicuously describes the device in pictures, rather than words.




Why VIOlight?
• Eliminates bacteria that causes tooth decay
• Cancels out viruses that cause colds, flu, and even fever blisters
• Kills 99% of bacteria and viruses on toothbrushes

Would you like to have VIOlight for the Whole Family on your counter? Then WIN it here.
A Winner shall receive the Original Violight Toothbrush Sanitizer VIOlight  100.
 
Retailing for $49.95, Violight 100 is a perfect family acquisition as it is:
• Safe and Effective
• Versatile to hold and disinfect various oral tools like toothbrush and air picks
• Easy Maintenance
• UV bulb lasts over 2000 hours, i.e, replaceable every 1-2 years

What are you waiting for? Get it Today!

To Celebrate your potential win, here are the steps for you to take (yes, even this exercise requires steps!) Do as many as you wish. But please do the Mandatory step before you proceed to any optional ones. OK?! One, Two, Three – ENJOY!

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EXTRA ENTRIESPlease leave your email address under each entry, if your profile does not have any!
2. Become friends via Google Connect Friends (it's at the very bottom of the page) (1entry)

3. Follow Violight on Twitter, leave your Twitter User Name (1 entry)

4. Follow ME (DiscoverSelf) on Twitter, leave your Twitter User Name (1 entry)

5. Tweet and Leave a link to that tweet. You can tweet as many times a day as you wish (1 entry for each tweet)
Here’s the language for your tweet: #Win VIOlight toothbrush sanitizer for the whole family in #giveaway http://bit.ly/dYIylR @DiscoverSelf #sahm #women #health

6. Like CelebrateWomanToday on Facebook, leave your Facebook User Name (2 entries)

7. Like this giveaway on Facebook by clicking on the “Like” button on the orange toolbar you see at the bottom of your screen (2 entries)

8. Blog about this giveaway, leave a direct link to this giveaway in your 1st of 5 entries (5 separate entries: please mark each entry #1, #2, #3, etc.)

9. Add CelebrateWomanToday to your blogroll (using my URL), with a link back to me (1 entry)

10. Follow CelebrateWomanToday on Networked Blogs, leave me your User Name (2 separate entries)

11. Enter any other giveaways on this blog and get 2 points for each giveaway entered (2 separate entries for each giveaway entered)

12. Comment on any other non-giveaway article on this blog and get one entry for each comment (1 entry for each comment)

13. Write your comment on Alexa about Celebrate Woman Today and get 3 entries for each comment (3 separate entries for each comment)

Giveaway will end on April 3, 2011 at 11:59 PM Mountain Standard Time (MST). Open to USA only. Confirmed Winners (by Random.ogr) will be contacted by email and posted on CelebrateWomanToday. Winners have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

Good Luck to All of You!

Celebrate Possibilities Today!

Disclosure: I only write about products I believe in and/or use personally and the companies who truly advance forward the best traits of the humankind. I was provided a VIOlight 100 as a product-sample for this giveaway and product review. My opinions are mine and are expressed voluntarily. I am not otherwise compensated for this review.
Founder, CelebrateLifeNutrition.com
Curb Your Appetite – Stop Your Cravings

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VP Education, GoZonkers Inc.
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Celebrate International Women's Day Today

Yes, it is a 100th Anniversary of the International Women's Day Today!

Very few people in the United States know about it. Leave alone, celebrate it.

However in Europe and in Russia, this holiday is very well celebrated. It is an equivalent of Mother's Day here. The difference is that All women, no matter what age, are being congratulated on this holiday.

It's an enormous sea of flowers everywhere: stores, street vendors, men hurrying up to present roses and tulips to the loved ones. March 8th is an unofficial day for the beginning of Spring in many countries across the Atlantic. It is great to know it and celebrate the spirit of new beginnings here, inside each of us.

However, this holiday started not as a beautiful celebration with flowers, but rather as a proclamation of her rights in the world of industrialism and the lack of rights. In the past 100 years, women fought successfully to position themselves as an equal partner to men, in life and in professional arena.

Still, in many countries world-wide, women still need to assert themselves and fight – yes, this tough and cruel word "fight" – for their place under the sun.

If you would like to take part in and help women in the countries where their rights are neglected, please visit this site and sponsor a woman and her business. This step alone shall bring all of us closer to the day when All women in any place in the world are happy and joyful contributors to their families and nations at large.

To sponsor a woman in her business, please go to  Women For Women and become part of historical movement for peace.

More on the International Women's Day is here.

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Women's Day Today, March 8, 2011.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Rebecca Buscemi on What Women Entrepreneurs Know About Healthy Living

Guest Blog by Rebecca Buscemi of The Savvy Womens Business Solution
Rebecca Buscemi, The Savvy Womens Business Solution
WHO: Rebecca Buscemi, Owner
WHERE: The Savvy Womens Business Solution
MOTTO: Many Things Possible without Cadbury Creme Eggs

When first approached to be a guest blogger for Celebrate Women Today on healthy living I giggled. I thought, “Me? Healthy?”  I thought about many of my past Facebook posts regarding my lack of exercising and my fantastic eating habits (buffalo chicken dip, copious amounts of PEZ and lately Cadbury Creme eggs). But then I started to think about health in other ways. It’s not just about fruits and veggies and exercise, now is it?

Of course not! So here is my personal list of what this woman entrepreneur knows about healthy living.

Support: Thank goodness for my online networking mom and women entrepreneurs. Only these ladies truly understand the daily shenanigans of what it’s like to be ‘one of us.’ Balancing a home, a family, and a business under one roof is not easy. I look to these ladies for advice, virtual hugs and empathy.

There is no way I could manage my business without real, in-person support. Aside from my husband, family and friends, there is one particular person that keeps me mentally sane and it’s my nanny. Our nanny has been with us a little over a year and has been one the best things that has ever happened to my business.

My very wise business coach, Lara Galloway told me at the end of 2009 when my business was starting to take off that there was no way I could be the sole care-giver for my children on my work days. Boy was she right. My children and I have a much healthier relationship because when I’m working, they are in great hands. And I no longer feel like the worst mommy in the world because I have my third child in my lap (my laptop.)

Systems & Technology: This one is still a work in progress for me. I’m not very good with organization; but I know that my children and family functions so much better when there is structure in their lives. And for me, being the tech-geek that I am, the best way to create systems for me is through the use of technology.

Here is a quick rundown of a few of my favorites:
• PageOnce.com - Finances
• Google - Email, documents, calendar
• TungleMe - For clients and potential clients to schedule time with me according to my calendar and office hours
• Alice.com - Management of my household items on a schedule of when I need the items and they get delivered to me!
• And of course, my iPhone with all of my lovely apps. My very own personal assistant.

Water: One thing that I know has made an impact on me feeling more alive throughout my day is drinking water. I’m a huge fan of coffee; I knew there was no way that I could give it up, but I have lessened my intake to make room for more water. To give my water a little more flavor I love to add True Lime to a bottle. And on days where I’m really dragging, I drink coconut water.

Rest & Relaxation:  I finally learned that I can’t run 24 hours a day. I need at least 7 hours of sleep and mini-breaks throughout my day. Some times those breaks are reading a chapter of a book, chatting on the phone with a friend, cuddling on the sofa with the kids during an episode or two with the kids or a glass of wine and some sushi with a good friend. We all need a break and we all need sleep.

A Sense of Humor and Letting Things Go: Being able to laugh at my mistakes, things the kids are doing and what life gives me is quite a gift and I’m so happy that it’s one that I possess. Life is too short to hold on to habits, people and problems that bring you down. Having a positive outlook on my life and what’s handed to me is the only way I’ll make it out alive!

PS: If you have any questions to Rebecca Buscemi, please leave them in the comments below. She will definitely read and answer them.

Disclosure: I only write about products I believe in and/or use personally and the companies who truly advance forward the best traits of the humankind. I am not compensated for my opinions.
Founder, CelebrateLifeNutrition.com
Curb Your Appetite – Stop Your Cravings

VP Programs Development, ScaleDown for Life
VP Education, GoZonkers Inc.
©2011 Laura Gontchar. All Rights Reserved.


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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Candi Wingate – What Women Entrepreneurs Know about Healthy Living

Women in business never stop to amaze me. With their sharp intelligence, effectiveness tips, and human coy they live their daily lives.

This year's section of What Women Entrepreneurs Know About Healthy Living we are opening with Candi Wingate – Guest Blogger on CelebrateWomanToday – and her take on this competitively discussed issue.
Candi Wingate, President, Nannies4Hire.com

WHO: Candi Wingate, President
COMPANY: Nannies4Hire.com and Care4Hire.com
MOTTO FOR LIFE: Everything takes longer than you expect, be patient, work hard and it will come together in the end.

It takes know-how to balance effectively the responsibilities of work and home life, to be able to keep all of life in order when there is more to do than time in which to do it. Of necessity, women-entrepreneurs have learned a thing or two about healthy living, just to be able to do all that they do and be all that they are. Read on for lessons from woman-entrepreneur.

1. Prioritize your tasks; spend your time where it matters. No one can accomplish everything that they would like to get done in the course of a day. Rather than spending time on tasks that are of no consequence and then running out of time to attend to things that are important, it is important to prioritize your tasks (at home and work) and attend to those tasks first.

2. Delegation is essential. Again, no one can do everything. Do you have an assistant who can prepare that report for your client at work? Is your six-year-old able to start assuming responsibility for keeping her own room tidy?

3. Multi-tasking, when undertaken well, is also essential.  While applying cosmetics while commuting to work is not wise multi-tasking, talking with your client on the telephone while simultaneously searching your database for relevant information to share with the client is.

When taking your daughter to dance class on the north side of town, you can pick up your dry cleaning while you are in that neighborhood. After class, as you wait in your vehicle for her to come out of class, you can peruse your company’s income statement searching for areas where savings can be achieved.

4. Lead by example. Both at home and at work, people are watching what you do and will likely emulate you, whether they intend to or not. Do you want to have staff and children that behave well? Lead well. Be ethical. Exhibit compassion. Be calm. Have patience. Listen well. Make well informed decisions based on long-term best interests of all affected parties.

5. Invest in yourself and others. Invest in proper foods, clothing, information, and other resources.

•Fast foods can provide a quick burst of energy followed by a sharp drop in energy. Fatty foods decrease energy.
• By eating a well balanced diet, you can have the sustained energy to be as productive as you need to be.
• Similarly, situation-inappropriate clothing is contraindicated. How productive are you when you are focused on how hot or cold you are?
• Education is the cornerstone for professional success and personal development.
• Other resources to invest in include reliable transportation, relaxing music, and quality vacations.

All of these investments can be made in yourself and others.

Think of the foods and clothing you purchase for your children.What foods do you provide for office parties? Does your company reimburse employees for college classes successfully completed? A vacation may be a great employee-of-the-year gift.

6. Protect what is important to you.

7. Exercise.

8. Support the arts and your community.

9. Go green.

10. Encourage others to do so as well.

Celebrate Your Achievements Today!

PS: If you have any questions to Candi Wingate, please leave them in the comments below. She will definitely read and answer them.
PPS: If you know a woman-entrepreneur who has created healthy product(s), please let me know, so we could spread the word about her and her contribution to this planet.

Disclosure: I only write about products I believe in and/or use personally and the companies who truly advance forward the best traits of the humankind. I am not compensated for my opinions.
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