Friday, January 29, 2010

Dandelion Earth-Friendly Goods

Dandelion Earth-Friendly Goods to Donate $10 To Red Cross For Haiti Earthquake Relief for Every Dandelion Organic Tote Sold

Ever since the devastating earthquake hit Haiti people around the world have been looking for ways to contribute the relief efforts. Dandelion Earth-Friendly Goods announced today that it will donate $10 to the American Red Cross’ Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund for every organic tote bag that is purchased on its website:  In addition,  the totes will be available at a discounted price of $35 (originally $49.99)  with the coupon code: HAITI. This promotion will be available through February 14, 2010.

For more information please read Press Release below.
Dandelion Earth-Friendly Goods to Donate $10 To Red Cross For Haiti Earthquake Relief for Every Dandelion Organic Tote Sold

Dandelion Earth-Friendly Goods announced today that it will donate $10 to the American Red CrossHaiti Earthquake Relief Fund for every organic tote bag that is purchased on its website:  In addition,  the totes will be available at a discounted price of $35 with the coupon code: HAITI .  This promotion will be available through February 14, 2010.
Dandelion’s new organic cotton canvas bag is versatile and fashionable –  it’s that one bag that will always accommodate your style. Each bag has four outside pockets- one big snap pocket to keep valuables secure, 2 elastic holders for cups or water bottles, and 1 large catch-all pocket. Along with a roomy open interior which features 2 smaller snap pockets and quick-access key clip, what more can a bag offer? The collection is nothing less than stylish, practical and eco-friendly. A great over the shoulder bag for a day out on the town, a book bag, a day to the beach or a day out to the park with the kids-the possibilities are endless. Soft cotton rope shoulder straps make comfortable, light weight and very portable.

Dandelion Earth-Friendly Goods is committed to using eco-friendly materials, dyeing processes and packaging throughout their products. Dandelion’s new tote bags are made from organic canvas, with organic cotton shoulder straps. The shoulder straps and printed designs use low low-impact, fiber reactive dyes. Fiber reactive dyes require less water, less electricity and use fewer chemicals in the dyeing process.
Please visit for more details or to order a tote and raise funds to help Haiti ’s earthquake victims. 

About Re-Think It, Inc.

Re-Think It, Inc., formerly ABC Development, Inc, is a privately held company with headquarters in Winter Park , FL., founded in 1987.  As of 2008, Re-Think It refocused its company and built its ecological campaign with the introduction Dandelion Earth-Friendly Goods featuring an earth-friendly line of products as its cornerstone. After receiving six great awards in 2009 - two National Parenting Center Seals of Approval, two iParenting awards, the PTPA award for excellence, and Dr. Toy’s Best Green Toy Award - Re-Think It, Inc.’s collection of Dandelion Earth-Friendly Goods is proud to continue adding new products to their line. For more information please visit or call (888) 222-3053.

-Courtesy of Dandelion

Quick Note...

I will be unavailable this weekend so I won't be posting the winner of the $50 American Express Gift Card until Monday. Thanks for your patience!

512 Kidz

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Mrs. Dash Review

I just wanted to take a minute to discuss the National Salt Reduction Initiative and New York ’s pledge to reduce salt intake by 20%. I wanted to make sure my readers keep Mrs. Dash in mind as a tip for low-salt living.   As I’m sure you know, too much sodium in your diet can increase blood pressure which can lead to stroke and heart disease.  This is in interest of February’s Heart Health Month.
Mrs. Dash Seasoning Blend is an all-natural blend of 14 natural herbs and spices that add a unique flavor to every dish, so you won’t ever miss the salt.  In addition to their line of Seasoning Blends which are both salt- and MSG- free they also have 6 salt-free marinades including Spicy Teriyaki and Southwestern Chipotle
Here are 10 tips for reducing sodium intake that might be of interest to my readers:
  1. Choose fresh, unprocessed or fresh, frozen foods
  2. Read food labels for sodium content
  3. Choose foods with less than 200mg of sodium per serving
  4. Consume pre-prepared foods that are “low in sodium” or “no added sodium”
  5. Limit processed foods such as canned or dried soups, canned vegetables, frozen dinners, “instant” foods and flavored rice/pasta packages
  6. Use less sodium at the table and in cooking
  7. Use no-sodium or low-sodium seasonings
  8. Flavor food with lemon juice, fresh garlic, spices, herbs and flavored vinegar
  9. Use only small amounts of condiments, like pickles, sauces, olives, etc.
  10. Ask for less salt or sodium to be added to your food when eating in restaurants

Below is a fact sheet with further details.  Also, I am working with the Nutrition Twins about the new National Salt Reduction Initiative and tips for low salt living.  Tammy Lakatos Shames and Lyssie Lakatos are well-known nutritionists and authors of, The Secret to Skinny; How Salt Makes You Fat and the 4-Week Plan to Drop A Size & Get Healthier with Simple Low Sodium Swaps.
Mrs. Dash® Marinades and Seasonings
Mrs. Dash® Seasonings

Try every one of the 13 Mrs. Dash® Salt Free Seasoning Blends. Each unique blend is created from a mix of 14 natural herbs and spices, so you can add bold, robust flavor to any dish. And since Mrs. Dash® Seasoning Blends have always been salt-free with no MSG, you can cook great-tasting meals full of just one thing – mouth watering flavor! Mrs. Dash®… Salt-Free, Flavor-FULL. 
Mrs. Dash® Seasonings are available in 15 flavors (including the newest Fiesta Lime and Caribbean Citrus – not pictured)
Mrs. Dash® Marinades

Mrs. Dash® 10-Minute Marinades are the first fast-acting marinade sauces that are salt-free, with no MSG! And like all seasonings from Mrs. Dash®, our 10-Minute Marinades are made with an all natural blend of 14 herbs and spices and a touch of real fruit essence. From bold, beefy steak marinades to our zesty chicken marinades, each of our four varieties add just the right flavor to any dish at a moment’s notice. Just pour it on, and in ten minutes bake, broil or grill to create a healthy, tender and delicious meal.
Mrs. Dash® 10-Minute Marinades are great for dips, sauces and side dishes, too!
Seasoning Blends (SRP: $3.09)

Grilling Blends (SRP: $3.09)

Mrs. Dash® Spicy Teriyaki and Garlic Lime Marinades (SRP: $2.99)

Mrs. Dash® 10-Minute Marinades are available in 4 flavors (SRP: $2.99)

-Courtesy of Mrs. Dash


I was excited to sample Mrs. Dash's new seasoning flavors including Extra Spicy, Fiesta Lime, Caribbean Citrus, and Tomato Basil Garlic!

I have tried Mrs. Dash in the past, and love the idea of a salt-free seasoning. We like our foods heavily seasoned in this house, and since Mrs. Dash is salt-free, we can still use seasoning, but be healthier!

So far I have tried the Fiesta Lime seasoning. I was eating some tuna and crackers for a snack yesterday and decided my snack needed a little pick me up. So I sprinkled the Fiesta Lime seasoning on my tuna, and it really jazzed it up! The Fiesta Lime seasoning has a zesty lime/citrus flavor that worked well with the fish.

I am excited to try the Extra Spicy and Tomato Basil Garlic seasonings. As a Texan, I love anything spicy. And as an Italian, I'm thinking the Tomato Basil Garlic seasoning could be my new BFFE! I'm also curious to try the Caribbean Citrus flavor as well, the label says it is good on fruit!

The Bottom Line: Pick up some Mrs. Dash seasonings and marinades today for healthier eating at every meal!

*I received some samples of Mrs Dash to facilitate my candid and honest review. No other form of compensation was or will be given. All personal views are my own!

I Don't Want to Miss...

Balancing schoolwork with sports practice, play rehearsal, and club meetings complicates any teen's life enough without the added burden of getting sick. The dual risk of the seasonal flu as well as the 2009 H1N1 virus, makes this year's flu season especially complicated. To help spread the word about flu prevention, former American Idol finalist Danny Gokey has paired up with The Clorox Company to launch I Don't Want to Miss…, a national campaign designed to get teens and their teachers involved in flu prevention.

Now in its second year, the program features a contest that invites school musical groups, like glee clubs, show choirs, etc.  to develop a video performance of a song written by Berklee College of Music student Will Wells on what they don't want to miss out on if they were home sick and why prevention is important. The winning school will win a music class led by former American Idol finalist Danny Gokey!

For each entry submitted, The Clorox Company will donate $100 (up to $10,000) to the Sophia's Heart Foundation, a charity founded by Gokey in honor of his late wife, Sophia, and dedicated to helping children achieve academic success via musical training and restoring musical dreams in children.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that children and teens over 6 months and up to age 18 get flu vaccinations. In addition to vaccination, the most important step in flu prevention, disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and washing hands often play an important role in prevention.

Visit the Clorox page on Facebook ( after January 28 to learn more about this creative and informational challenge. For the first 100 groups to submit, the teacher will receive a wellness care package from The Clorox Company.

-Courtesy of Clorox & Mom Central

If my daughter was home sick with the flu, she wouldn't want to miss out on... her speech and occupational therapy appointments. She goes 4 times a week to help her get better. She loves her teachers (therapists) and has so much fun!

She also wouldn't want to miss out on going to our church once a week where I work to hang out with the other kids and play!

And what would a girl do if she couldn't go and visit her grandma?! Even running errands with mom can be fun, to get out and about. Think of the things your kid would miss if they were home with the flu!

Your kids can enter the contest here:

Find out more about Flu Prevention:

*I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Clorox and received $20 thank-you gift certificate.

It's a New Year!

It’s a New Year!
By Margaret Lewin, MD,FACP – Medical Director, Cinergy Health (
                It’s a new year:  time to take stock and start anew for a healthier you!  After a bubbly glass of champagne on New Year’s Eve, maybe you resolved to…
·         Train for a Triathlon!  If you’re not really up to that, think this through more soberly and at least walk a brisk 30 minutes every day – for cardiovascular and bone health, and to clear your mind of daily stresses.
·         Get Your Waistline Back to 18 Inches!   Unless you’re planning to turn ten years old again, consider that just adding 15 minutes of resistance training three times weekly to your daily walking can take that belt size down a notch – even without significant weight loss.  Getting rid of belly fat is a major step toward decreasing your risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers.
·         Go Vegan!   On the other hand, if seitan doesn’t look all that appetizing, find ways to make vegetables more interesting – serving them as a first course to diminish your appetite for less healthy foods.   Eating two servings of fish weekly can soothe your conscience – because fish is low calorie protein, contains omega-3’s for heart health and may even decrease your risk of mental decline as you get older.
·         Learn Ancient Greek!  There might be more practical ways to stretch your mind and improve your memory: join a book club or sign up for classes at the local museum or university.
·         Volunteer Your Services in a Remote Country Where They Really  Need You!   Not all of us can put our lives on hold that way, but volunteering at a local organization can lift your spirits by giving to others, expanding your social network to include other volunteers, and making you more a part of your community.
·         Stop Buying Processed Foods!  You’ll probably draw the line when it comes to making your own mayonnaise and ketchup, but you can cut way back on salt and sugars (and save money as well) just by making your own vegetable and chicken stocks to use in cooking – freezing one cup portions in quart-sized freezer bags and letting them lie flat so you can defrost them quickly.  Most importantly, read package labels more carefully, choosing products with no trans fats, limited amounts of hydrogenated and saturated fats, low salt and no added sugars.
·         Drink 4 Glasses of Milk Daily to Strengthen Your Bones!  But remember that waistline thing, and just start taking 800IU of vitamin D daily and 600mg of calcium twice daily.  The extra vitamin D has also shown promise in reducing your risk of influenza, heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.  Excessive vitamin D can be dangerous, so ask your doctor to check your blood levels during your next preventive exam.
·         Daily Tai Chi Classes!  No way do most of us have time for that, but you can break up stressful days by taking short breaks to stretch or to close your eyes, visualizing yourself in a restful environment such as a hammock deep in the woods – listening to the wind through the poplars, feeling that cool breeze as it gently swings you, and smelling that clean, fresh air.
So don’t give up on those New Year’s resolutions.  They’re all valuable.  Just take a practical little bite out of each one, paving the way for a healthier you.

-Courtesy of Cinergy Health

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Farm Rich Review & GIVEAWAY!

Holiday entertaining can be stressful, but hostesses everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to food planning and preparation. Farm Rich offers a lineup of frozen snacks and appetizers that are easy to make, ready in just fifteen minutes. Made with high-quality, wholesome ingredients like cheese and white meat chicken, hors d'oeuvres include pizza slices, mozzarella sticks, quesadillas and paninis. They are quick and easy to arrange on platters and can be served with dips such as marinara sauce and sour cream.

Both adults and children enjoy these hot appetizers. Although adults may prefer to accompany theirs with a cocktail while children sip hot cocoa or cider, Farm Rich conveniently satisfies guests of all ages.

Varieties Include:

  • Sandwich Melts
  • Cheese Sticks
  • Pizza Slices
  • Mozzarella Bites
  • Quesadillas
  • Meatballs
  • Paninis
-Courtesy of Farm Rich


I was excited to review Farm Rich products! I have been purchasing this line of products for years. I love the cheese sticks! They are great with your favorite marinara sauce or ranch. My husband even likes to dip them in honey mustard.

Farm Rich has expanded their line to include meatballs, mini stuffed panini, mini stuffed pizza slices, mozzarella bites, and mini stuffed quesadilla slices. I've had the mini stuffed pizza slices, they're delicious as well! Good with ranch dip.

I received a few coupons to review the whole line of products. Thanks Farm Rich! Now I'll be prepared when guests drop by with appetizers from Farm Rich.

The Bottom Line: Pick up a bag of Farm Rich appetizers today! They're delicious and priced right!

*I received some free Farm Rich product coupons to facilitate my candid and honest review. No other form of compensation was or will be given. All views are my own!

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Erin Condren Life Planner- 25% Off Presale to Online Community

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Did you make a resolution to get more organized this year?  be more punctual? remember Birthdays?

Get stylized and organized with Erin Condren’s  2010 Life Planner! <>  offers fun, creative styles and color ways to choose from making each planner 100% personalized and unique for the chic girl on-the-go!  The convenient size and elastic band for “quickflips” as well as the large daily views and “to-do” side bar make it possible to juggle all the work and personal events that life throws your way.

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Dr's Tips: Prevent & Reduce Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity has been in the forefront of the news and remains a growing concern for many parents.  Since the 1970’s, childhood and adolescent obesity has increased three- to six-fold, such that nearly 20% of 2- to 19-year-old children and adolescents are obese. 

Not only does obesity in this age group significantly affect self-esteem (which usually worsens with age), it is also a serious medical condition that can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes – all risk factors for early heart disease.  Dr. Margaret Lewin, Medical Director at Cinergy Health, provides tips to reduce and prevent childhood obesity. 

Please find her tips below.

Proactive Steps Children Can Take to Reduce Weight:
First and foremost: get help!  It’s extremely difficult to make long-term, substantial changes in life-style alone without guidance and ongoing support and encouragement.  Steps include:
  • Increase physical activity.  Even if not athletically inclined, young people can always find physical activities within their capabilities that are fun.  These activities are best done within a supervised group, where there is constant encouragement, other people to cheer them on, and a sense of obligation to participate on a regular basis. 
  • Severely limit the time spent on solitary, sedentary activities other than schoolwork.  For example, set a daily limit on electronic games, watching television, surfing the internet, texting, etc. 
  • Increase social time not centered on food.  For example, participate in more after-school activities.
  • Learn what a healthy diet is!  Then take steps to replace unhealthy foods with those which offer better nutrition and lower calories.  Eat the healthier, low-calories foods first, dampening the appetite for other foods.  Find socially acceptable substitutes for what your friends are eating: for example, cut-up vegetables (instead of chips) with dips, fruit instead of high-fat, high calorie desserts.  Limit portion size by using smaller plates and sharing off-diet foods with friends.  Replace colas with seltzer flavored with lemon, lime or even some cocoa.
  • Educate and encourage families to shop more wisely, learn to prepare tasty, healthy alternatives to fattening foods, and keep healthy, low-calorie snacks readily available.

Tips to Prevent Childhood Obesity:
 The community must get involved in solving this problem.  For example
  • Safe neighborhood playgrounds and other facilities for after-school activities
  • Organized athletic leagues for children, with role models leading them
  • Good (and required) physical education programs in schools
  • Nutritious meals and low-calorie, healthy snacks in school cafeterias
  • Hands-on, fun lessons (for students and parents) on shopping for and preparing nutritious meals
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables (preferably straight from the farm) and healthy carbohydrates at affordable prices must be made available
  • Intensive community programs such as the ones below

Available Programs:
  • CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) is a school health program designed to promote physical activity and healthy food choices.  The program is implemented in over 7,500 schools and after-school programs across the U.S. and Canada
  • Middle-School Physical Activity and Nutrition (M-SPAN) is an intervention designed to increase physical activity, encourage healthy eating, and decrease body mass in boys and girls in middle school. 

  • Shaping America 's Youth encourages community programs across the country focused on childhood physical activity or nutrition to become part of the SAY national registry of programs (The SAY Network). To date, more than 1500 organizations, corporations, and communities, representing every sector of the US , have provided information about their efforts to reverse the health crisis of overweight and inactivity in young people.
  • Eat for Life: A program that offers a holistic approach to healing from a nutritional point of view.  The program provides a solution through education, motivation and accountability.  A professional nutritionist coaches kids to success 
Dr. Margaret Lewin
Chief Medical Director of Cinergy Health
A graduate of Case Western University School of Medicine in Cleveland , Ohio , Dr. Lewin's undergraduate degree from Purdue University is in Aeronautics, Astronautics, and the Engineering Sciences and she holds an M.S. in applied mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology, she is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She is affiliated with New York-Presbyterian Hospital and The Hospital for Special Surgery.

Dr. Lewin has worked throughout her career to improve the American healthcare system. She has been on the boards of state and local medical societies and is Immediate Past President of the New York County Medical Society and Immediate Past District President of the American College of Physicians. Her decades-long volunteer work has included service to many local projects and organizations and has been enriched by her medical missions to the Third World .

Dr. Lewin has authored numerous articles in leading medical journals and lay magazines, as well as chapters for medical textbooks. Her areas of special interest and expertise include primary and preventive care, travel medicine, men's health and women's health.

-Courtesy of Cinergy Health

Monday, January 25, 2010

VDAY/MOM'S DAY GIFT: Give tenderness, humor and whimsy with Servane Gaxotte

Just a quick note to let you know about Servane Gaxotte's exclusive line for Kisan Concept Store. Gaxotte has a celebrity following too, Marion Cotillard is a big fan!

MORE ON THE COLLECTION: The fairyland theme is evoked through the dark poetic mixing and matching of deer, cats, rabbits, and mice. Tenderness, humor, and whimsy are the cornerstone of this collection. These necklaces retail for $365 only at Kisan Concept Store in NYC and at

Here are some images from the exclusive collection!

-Courtesy of Kisan/Servane Gaxotte

Late July Organic Snacks Review

Late July Organic Snacks was started when Nicole, our founder, was pregnant with her first son and had a craving for organic saltines. Being the daughter of an entrepreneur she realized an opportunity when she discovered that organic saltines did not exist. That was 7 years ago. We now carry many a number of crackers and cookies, all of which are organic and we also remain family owned.

Proudly Introducing
Late July Organic Mini
Endangered Animal Sandwich Cookies
My two young sons and I created these new cookies together.
I wanted them to have whole grains and calcium and they
wanted them to have real chocolate and to help animals!
We hope you enjoy. — Nicole & the Late July Family

Deliciously “Good For All” Cookies!
• Good Source of Whole Grain (8g per Serving)!
• Good Source of Calcium (10% RDI)!
• Good for the Earth — Organic!
• ”Good For All” Seal — Dr. Jane Goodall’s
seal for ethically produced products!
10% of Profits Donated to the Jane Goodall Institute!

Late July Organic Snacks • • 888-85-SNACK

-Courtesy of Late July Organic Snacks


My daughter and I have completely fallen in love with Late July Organic Snacks since they arrived! We received an assortment of snacks including Mini White Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, Mini Milk Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, Mini Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, Bite Size Cheddar Cheese Crackers, Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, Dark Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, Cheddar Cheese Sandwich Crackers, Vanilla Bean with Green Tea Sandwich Cookies, and Mini Cheddar Cheese Sandwich Crackers. 

The first snack I tried was the Vanilla Bean with Green Tea Sandwich Cookies, and they were absolutely delicious! I have to say these are my favorite so far. The Vanilla Bean cream is sandwiched between two chocolate cookies, each cookie stamped with the Late July company logo. The Green Tea flavor is very subtle, lending more antioxidants than strong flavor. 

Next my daughter tried the Mini Cheddar Cheese Sandwich Crackers. She really liked them! They taste a lot more natural than the Mini Ritz Crackers she usually eats. I tried a few myself and they tasted great!
And the last thing we tried (so far) is the Mini Milk Chocolate Sandwich Cookies. I'm embarassed to admit that we already ate the whole box! I ate a few too many last night and we finished off the box today. They were so good and the cookies are each stamped with endangered animals. 10% of the profits from these cookies go to the Jane Goodall Institute!

The Bottom Line: My family loved Late July Organic Snacks and I hope to purchase more when we run out of our samples! And I just love the story of how the company got started, when a mom wanted organic saltine crackers but couldnt find any, so she made her own. It feels good to feed your family USDA Organic Snacks that are delicious too! Pick some up at your local Natural Foods store today.

*I received samples of Late July Organic Snacks to facilitate my candid and honest review. no other form of compensation was or will be given. All personal views are my own!

Groundbreaking Beauty Product to Try in 2010



Newsworthy details:

Using wrapping bandages and an all natural mineral solution, the Slimmer Silhouette™ Slimmer Body Wrap is a body wrapping system that’s formulated to reduce inches, diminish cellulite, smooth and tighten skin, and remove impurities. Unlike clay and mud wraps on the market, these wraps do not rely on water loss to drop dress sizes.
Going to the spa for a body wrap can cost more than $100 per wrap. Home body wrap kits provide health and wellness benefits of a body wrap without being cost-prohibitive.

The unique mineral solution consists of a proprietary mixture of all-natural minerals with healing properties. When applied to the skin, the solution works to draw out toxins that are trapped inside the skin and within fat cells. The simultaneous action of detoxification and compaction results in quick, safe and effective inch loss while improving overall health.

While everyone’s body is unique and responds differently to the body wrap process, the average client loses anywhere from six to 30 overall inch loss during the first wrap, which can equate up to three, maybe even four dress sizes! 
This unique body wrapping system is also a safe alternative to liposuction, far less costly, and requires no subsequent “down time.”   
Each kit is $250 (average of $21 per wrap) and includes:
• 12 mineral packets of Slimmer Silhouette Body Wrap’s Spa Treatment Formula, (enough for 12 full wraps or 24 partial wraps)
• 12 professional-grade elastic cotton wraps
•  Slimmer Silhouette's step-by-step home body wrap instruction manual
•  Detailed "how-to" DVD
•  A body diagram chart
•  A body measuring tape
•  A rehydration bottle
Online at or by calling their 24/7 support line at 1-877-4-SLIMWRAP.

-Courtesy of Slimmer Silhouette

Nothing But Love This Valentine's Day with the Vue

Even though the holidays have just ended, consumers are already thinking about that perfect Valentine’s Day gift to please their loved ones. While a box of chocolates might be nice, the Vue personal video network is a gadget unlike other conventional and complicated Webcams on the market and will last longer than a dozen of red roses. This fun and practical gift has countless functional features that allows consumers to connect with family and friends from any location, particularly for those couples who are in a long distance relationship.

In a recent article from Access Hollywood, celebrity moms, such as Jennie Garth, Blair Underwood, Melina Kenakarides and Jaime Pressley, were unanimous in using the Vue to check in on their little ones while away at work. Stars like Julie Benz & Jennifer Carpenter also agreed that they want to use Vue to check-up on their respective partners! And “How I Met Your Mother” star Neil Patrick Harris shared that he travels a lot and that he’d use Vue to check in on his dogs!

The Vue personal video network is available at or Additionally, the VueZone iPhone application can be found on the iTunes store for free.

-Courtesy of Vue

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Picture Gift Bag Review & Free Sample for My Readers!

Horizon Worldwide Corporation announces launch of Picture Gift Bags.

The ultimate gift accessory has just arrived at a computer near you!

Horizon Worldwide Corporation has just launched a brand new gifting product line. Picture Gift Bags is a firstof-its-kind product with your favorite photo printed directly onto the bag. And best of all, Horizon is giving away free samples for everyone to try!

The Picture Gift Bags program features hundreds of templates with over 5,000 possible design combinations
and an infinite number of possibilities when you create your own product from scratch. There is a design
available for almost every occasion and theme including all major sports, weddings, anniversary, baby,
birthday, congratulations, holiday, party themes, pets, create-your-own and many more. The bags are
available in four convenient sizes consisting of small, medium, large and wine, which are sure to accommodate
your gifting needs. Picture Gift Bags is the ideal accessory to your next gift because Every Gift Needs a Bag!

There has never been a product like this and the response has been overwhelming. Picture Gift Bags will be
available through thousands of photo retailer websites. Customers can custom design their gift bags with
prices that range from $6.49 for a small to $7.95 for a large plus shipping.

Gary Seline, V.P. of Marketing for Horizon Worldwide, reinforced throughout his many years of marketing
experience “giving away samples and letting customers try a product first hand is the best form of advertising,
which is why Horizon is making these available to the public for free for a limited time. We want customers to
experience this great new product and tell all of their friends about it.”

Gift bags remain a very popular choice for gift wrap because of their convenience, ease of handling and
aesthetic appeal, which has impacted the entire industry. One drawback may be the price when compared to
wrapping paper, but consumers seem willing to pay more. This is especially true of men, who do not seem to
mind paying more for this convenient option. In 2008, gift bag sales in the U.S. increased by 5.0% to $1.76
billion. Overall, from 2008 to 2013, gift bag sales in the U.S. are expected to grow by an average of 6.3% per year, totaling $2.39 billion in 2013. - Sundale Research

Consumer spending in the online photo and photo gifting industry is projected to exceed $3.5 billion in 2009
according to the Photo Marketing Association.

As the country becomes more environmentally conscious, gift bag purchases have been consistently
increasing due to the fact that they can be reused for a variety of purposes.

Horizon Worldwide is an award winning national marketing firm responsible for producing a multitude of
proprietary photo products including large installations of photo kiosks for top retailers and manufacturing
partners nationwide. Horizon’s imaging division is the largest part of their business where they continue to
develop new and innovative photo gifting products.

You can receive a free sample gift bag by visiting our partner website! Use coupon code FREE11PCGM

-Courtesy of Horizon Worldwide

I love the Picture Gift Bag from Horizon Worldwide that I received. I chose to put a picture of my daughter that I love from a few years ago. Its her at the beach and the beach and sky (and my kiddo too!) look just beautiful. The bag I received is a Valentine's Day themed bag with neutral red colors, hearts and flowers.

Very professional design. The bag is semi glossy and the picture is printed right onto it.

I have never seen a product like this, it is truly unique! I love it. I would certainly recommend Picture Gift Bags for your upcoming gift needs.

I'd love to order some for my daughters upcoming birthday!

Thanks to Horizon Worldwide for the Picture Gift Bag sample!

And don't forget, Horizon Worldwide has offered all my readers a sample Picture Gift Bag! Just visit and use coupon code FREE11PCGM

*I received a Picture Gift Bag sample to facilitate my candid and honest review. No other form of compensation was or will be given. All personal views are my own!


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