Sponsored Post: Keep Your Active Lifestyle w/ JustGoGirl!

Seeing as we’re in full Olympic Games mode, this is the perfect time to talk about something no one actually talks about, Exercise-Induced Urine Leakage in Female Athletes or Athletic Leaks. While performing vigorous, stress-induced, high-impact, or strenuous activities and workouts, some elite female athletes (which includes teens to older women) suffer athletic leaks, a condition most think may be due to abdominal pressure.

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Sometimes experiencing this uncontrollable condition can dissuade these athletes or very active women from enjoying their very active lifestyle but thanks to a new creation by Brooke Solis, the answer to athletes leaks has been found with JustGoGirl!.

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A few of us got the chance to meet with and get first-hand knowledge from the JustGoGirl! Founder and CEO, a fitness-obsessed mom of five herself, she found that after the birth of her first child, she leaked when she went running and although she tried several products, nothing gave her the comfort and protection she desired, so she just created her own.

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How amazing is the JustGoGirl! Pad? It is 1.5 cm (a little over 1/2 inch thin) in size, absorbs up to 140 ml (a little over 1/2 cup of fluid), is shaped to fit a woman’s form and is undetectable under all your clothing (you can even wear it with a thong). JustGoGirl! is the perfect combination – it’s as thin as a pantyliner and provides as much absorption as those bulky incontinence pads – giving you the best of both worlds. So ladies, get back to running 10 miles, gymnastics, yoga or doing your Insanity workouts. Leave the extra pants and bulky pads at home and be rest assured you won’t ever again be embarrassed by athletic leakage.

I had a chance to try out JustGoGirl during the crazy snowstorm we had during Fashion Week. Running from show to show, you barely have time to stop…even to use the restroom plus with the exertion of navigating through mountain-high snow dunes, you can really get quite a workout. Thanks to this neither issue stopped me from my very busy day

Want to try a FREE SAMPLE for yourself? Click http://justgogirl.com/order-pads/ to try a 2 Pad Sample Pack. Want to know more this great product? They’re just a click away.

This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. 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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

GIVEAWAY | Dry, Cracked Winter Skin? Get a Honeywell Humidifier

Thanks to polar vortex one and two, we seem to be living in a frozen tundra, making our battle with dry, winter skin even more of a exhausting one. Not only do we have to fight against the freezing dry air outside, we have to come home to the dry air from our heaters. During the winter, humidity levels can drop as low as 10%. That’s drier than the Sahara Desert. To compensate, we pile on moisturizers which can cause clogged pores and break outs. There is a better way to relieve dry, winter skin. You can relieve cracked, scaly skin and chapped lips by adding moisture to the air in your apartment with a humidifier. Supple, hydrated skin during wintertime can be achieved, even if you’ve been in the glacial outdoors for hours, with a cool or warm mist humidifier. Honeywell has several outstanding warm and cool air humidifiers that add much-needed moisture to the air in your home and your skin. Today we feature three of their models that are $70.00 and below:

Designer Series Filter Free Cool Moisture Humidifier (HUT-300)

The Honeywell Designer Series Filter Free Cool Mist Humidifier provides soothing moisture to help temporarily relieve dry air discomfort in a sleek, modern design that brings comfort and style to any room in the house. The HUT-300 quietly provides a continuous stream of soothing moisture you can see and feel and fits seamlessly with any décor. It retails for $69.99.

Filter Free Warm Mist Humidifier (HWM-340)

The new Easy-to-Care Filter Free Warm Mist Humidifier provides warm, soothing moisture in less than one minute. The unique top fill design and filter-less system makes it easier than ever to temporarily relieve dry air discomforts. This model has an added benefit of releasing moisture that is up to 95 percent bacteria-free. It retails for $44.99

Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier (HUT-150)

The Honeywell Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier provides soothing moisture to help temporarily relieve dry air discomfort in a streamlined, aerodynamic model that is ideal for use on a bedside table or office desk. Incredibly quiet when in use and filter-free, this model fits seamlessly into any environment to provide soothing dry air relief for better home comfort. It retails $39.99

How would you like to keep your skin moisturized throughout this overly drying season? We’re giving you the chance to enjoy supple skin and avoid the dry, scratchy results of winter with a chance to win one of these Honeywell Humidifiers. That’s right, one of these great Honeywell Humidifiers can be yours. To enter to win, see the Rafflecopter entry below:

Is Your New Year Resolution to Eat Healthier? Try the Ninja Ultima Blender w/ Dual Stage Blades

As with every year, New Year resolutions to lose weight and eat healthier are uttered across the globe every January but thanks to the amazing Ninja Ultima Blender, we can be truly on our way to creating healthier drinks and meals. There are five models in the Ninja Ultima range, most of which includes 16 oz. Single Serve Cups and lids for personal drinks on the go. The Ninja Ultima BL820 Kitchen System includes a food processing bowl and blade accessories. In this post, we’re concentrating on the Ninja Ultima BL810.

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The expansive speed range of the Ninja Ultima Blender offers everything from gentle blending to total crushing to Nutrient Complete Juicing™. This means you can do anything from juicing to making soup, grinding meat, crushing ice, grating cheese, etc. Thanks to Ninja Ultima’s Total Crushing™ Blades that rotate at 5,000 RPM (crushing whole fruits, vegetables, seeds and ice) and its bottom High Speed Cyclonic Blades that rotate independently at 24,000 RPM (liquefying ingredients into a silky smooth consistency in a matter of seconds), you can prepare healthy meals any time of the day, for any occasion.

That’s right, the Ninja Ultima lets you go beyond just juicing. Want to lose weight in a delicious way? Try some metabolism boosting recipes like Apple Almond Power Smoothie, Kale and Cabbage Slaw, or Blackberry Mint Italian Ice (recipe below).

Planning a get-together? Try a delicious Sweet Red Pepper SpreadButternut Squash Mac & Cheese, or Blender Salsa. Throw out those thoughts that you’d have to buy the $600 Vitamix Blender to create those awesome, chef-inspired recipes. For half the cost of the Vitamix, you get a blender that is more powerful. So far I have tried these two recipes featured below (once with a substitute of pineapple and ginger instead of the blackberry+mint) and I plan on whipping up some homemade guacamole and trying the Chillout Chai Smoothie recipe.

Blackberry Mint Italian Ice

Blackberry Mint Italian Ice



2 cups fresh blackberries
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
Using the Bottom Blades in the Pitcher, add the blackberries and water and PULSE 2 times.
Select Speed 1 and flip the switch to start. Slowly increase to Speed 6 and process until smooth.
Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a saucepan.
Add sugar and mint and slowly bring to a boil to dissolve sugar.
Cool completely and strain into a 9 x 9-inch glass dish. Freeze for 6 hours, stirring frozen crystals every 30 minutes.Serve or store in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.
Cook Time: 25 min + Chill time: 6 hours

 

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2 tomatoes, quartered
1 cucumber, peeled and quartered
1 stalk celery cut into thirds
1 Granny Smith apple, quartered, unpeeled and uncored
1 small carrot, peeled and cut in half
1-inch piece of red onion
1/2 jalapeno pepper seeded
1/4 beet, peeled
1/2 cup red cabbage, shredded
1 1/2 cups ice
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Place the Top Blades in the Pitcher and add all of the ingredients in the order listed.*
PULSE 3 times. Select Speed 10 and flip the switch to start.
Blend for 45 seconds.

I have personally owned and used a Ninja Professional Blender for over two years so I’m very familiar with the brand and their products. It should come as no surprise that we’re raving about the powerful Ultima blender. It is still going strong with no indication of slowing down (I guess this is why my mother has been eyeing it for herself). I am sure two years from now, I will still be enjoying my Ninja Ultima and all the delicious and healthy recipes they recommend.

What Sweet Treats are you Snacking on this Christmas Day?

There’s always tons of celebrating, entertaining and eating being done before Christmas Day, but on that wonderful day, it’s all about spending time with your loved ones. Whether you’re enjoying opening presents together or curling up on the couch to enjoy some holiday movies on Christmas Day, one thing is for sure – there should be some delicious sweet treats and snacks to enjoy.

CIAO BELLA

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Don’t let the cold weather outside keep you from enjoying some delicious frozen treats. Ciao Bella offers delicious Sorbetto and Gelato, in fruity flavors like Blood Orange and sweet treats like Dulce De Leche. Create a gelato bar for your family with some delicious and healthy toppings and your favorite Ciao Bella flavors to wow your guests with something more than cookies and pie.

POPCORN, INDIANA

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Don’t fall into the trap of greasy snacks like potato chips and enjoy some delicious and healthy Popcorn, Indiana instead. Popcorn, Indiana’s FIT has 40 calories or less for you to munch while enjoying your favorite movie, guilt-free. If you’re feeling extra festive, go for Popcorn, Indiana’s Drizzlecorn, a decadent treat just right for your sweet and salty cravings. Dark Fudge Peppermint starts with an all-natural, fresh, and crunchy Kettlecorn drizzled with rich, dark, chocolaty fudge that’s been sprinkled with the perfect amount of natural, cool, refreshing, peppermint.

HAPPY FAMILY YOGURT

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Happy Family offers great shelf-stable, healthy snacks for every member of the family. These pouches are a perfect treat to enjoy just about any time. Try Happy Baby Greek Yogurt, Happy Tot Greek Yogurt and Happy Squeeze Greek Yogurt to offer a sweet and healthy treat to snack on while opening gifts, watching TV or just enjoying each other’s company.

What snacks are you planning on enjoying on Christmas Day?

Wish You Were Beer | Home Brewing 101 w/ Vimbly at Bitter & Esters

No one will ever accuse me of being a beer lover or drinker but I love checking out new and different experiences, so when I was invited by Vimbly (the fastest way to book thousands of super cool activities, classes and date ideas such as cooking, glassblowing, pizza making, samurai sword fighting, and of course Home Brewing, etc) to take part in a class about home brewing your own beer, I jumped at the chance. As I said, I’m not a beer drinker but how many times do you have the opportunity to learn the secrets of brewing your own beer from an expert? Thanks to Vimbly, I walked into Bitter & Esters (the city’s first DIY Brewery) in Brooklyn to learn all there is to know about home brewing.
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Armed with a Dr. Feelgood beer, brewed on site at Bitter & Estes, and a manual, instructor and co-founder, John LaPolla gave us step-by-step instruction on homebrewing. Bitter & Esters offers the following classes: Brewshop 101, Brew Like a Pro, Brew on premises and Advanced classes. Tonight I would partake in Brewshop 101 – Home Brewing Essentials.

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John gave the last a detailed list of making the perfect batch of beer. We learned the necessities of general preparation such as sanitizing EVERYTHING, bottling, equipment needed, and avoiding common home brewing mistakes. We learned about the various types of Grains (did you know darker grains contribute to the color of the brewed beer?), different types of Malts (Base Malts, Kilned Malts, Caramel Malts and Roasted Malts), the facts that Hops come in three forms – Whole Leaf, Hop Plugs and Pellets (two of the three are pictured below) and measuring the bitterness of hops in beer (btw, this is called an IBU – International Bittering Unit).

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To get a more detailed view and knowledge of the class, I invite you to partake in the two-hour class offered via Vimbly – Brewshop 101: Home Beer Brewing Essentials – the class is really fun and interactive and John is quite hilarious . And don’t worry if you are a beer novice, you will walk out with a vast knowledge of proper home brewing. Check out a few more pictures from the class below:

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I would like to thank the wonderful people at Vimbly for inviting me to enjoy this wonderful class and the staff at Bitter & Esters for the amazing experience and for making me enjoy my first beer….actually I tried three, including one made with Perrier (which was quite amazing).

Holiday Gift Guide | For Those Who Just Can’t Quit…….Smoking

One of the most difficult things to do is give up an addiction and with the stress of the holidays, most addictions, like smoking, are escalated. If you or anyone you know is trying to give up cigarettes (maybe looking for a great starter to giving it up as a New year’s resolution), ease off the nasty habit or looking for an alternative to traditional cigarettes, the following E-Cigarettes and Vaporizers make ideal gifts.

E-CIGARETTES


blu E-Cigarette

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The slick black-bodied blu e-cigarette is made for on-the-go. The streamlined blu E-Cig Starter Pack is contoured to fit comfortably in your hand or pocket, while taking up less room in your bag or purse. It features a glowing blue tip that lights up with each puff (the LED tip will flash rapidly when your e-cig needs recharging), long-lasting, lithium-polymer rechargeable battery, built-in cartridge atomizer that is especially designed to give you maximum vapor, is available in seven fun flavor cartridges (Vivid Vanilla, Cherry Crush, Magnificent Menthol, Classic Tobacco, Java Jolt, Pina Colada and Peach Schnapps), and a silicone tip in the mouthpiece that helps prevent leakage. One cartridge is equivalent to approximately 250 puffs and each cartridge comes five in a pack.

NJOY E-Cigarette

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For those who want the look of a “real cigarette”, NJOY E-Cigarettes is for you, just without the tobacco smoke. NJOY emits a flavorful but odorless vapor with no lighting or charging required. It costs less than regular cigarettes, features rich and authentic traditional flavors (Bold, Gold, Menthol Bold and Menthol Gold ), is virtually odorless, and has a great recycle program where customers can send in eight used NJOY Kings and get one new King for free! Try a FREE SAMPLE of NJOY now.

VAPORIZERS

Vuse Vapor Cigarette

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Unlike the previously highlighted, Vuse is called a Digital Vapor Cigarette and it’s not a product to stop smoking, it is for those who want to switch to a smoke-free tobacco product. Vuse is the world’s most advanced e-cigarette and the first e-cigarette designed with Smart Technology. It features a VaporDelivery Processor that works similar to a computer’s system. This processor, located in the PowerUnit, works with a SmartMemory™ microchip in the cartridge that monitors and adjusts the power and heat delivered to the Cartridge up to 2,000 times a second. Vuse produces vapor, not smoke and comes in Original and Menthol flavors; it does not burn tobacco, instead, it heats liquid containing nicotine (4.8%) derived from tobacco. One cartridge lasts about the same as a pack of cigarettes. Vuse also features SmartLight, an LED at the tip of the PowerUnit informing consumers when both the battery and/or cartridge are running low, and when it is time to replace the Cartridge or recharge the battery.

Like NJOY, Vuse also offers a recycling program to, just visit Vuse Vapor Recycling or call 1-877-614-V– USE (8873) to register.

Pax Vaporizer by Ploom

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If you are a fan of Hookah or looking for a premium loose leaf vaporizer, then look no further than the Pax Vaporizer by Ploom. It’s like a sophisticated portable hookah. And like the Vuse Vapor, Cigarette, it’s not a product to stop smoking, it is for those who want to switch to a loose-leaf vaporizer. Pax heats but never burns your tobacco delivering pure, clean satisfying vapor. It’s the world’s most pocketable, premium loose-leaf vaporizer. Since Pax does not heat to combustion there is no smoke nor secondhand smoke. It features a long-lasting, permanent internal lithium ion battery, an indicator shows status, automatic motion-based temperature control, and charge status with a gentle shake, a wide heater chamber for a no-effort refill, a laser-welded stainless steel air path and a retractable mouthpiece that turns the device on and off. Just drop it on the included dock to charge. Each Pax unit comes with the following:

1 Pax Unit with 1 Screen
1 Mouthpiece and 1 Lid
1 AC Wall Charger Dock
1 Small Cleaning Kit (5 Pipe Cleaners and 5 Cleaning Wipes)
2 packets of Mouthpiece Lubricant
1 Pax Instruction Manual

So if there is a smoker in your life, these products will surely make them happy.  It’s like smoking, without really smoking.

NYC Event Alert | Sandra Bernhard & Lea DeLaria Join Kiehl’s for Karaoke to Celebrate Ali Forney Center

Calling all singers, extroverts, and those of you who need a little bit of libation for courage to sing in public. Kiehl’s Since 1851 has an amazing event coming up to honor The Ali Forney Center and to celebrate its new Hell’s Kitchen Store and Barber Shop with Karaoke and Caroling.
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With Ladyfag as the Emcee and performances by Sandra Bernhard (comedienne, singer and actress), Lea DeLaria (singer, actress: “Orange Is The New Black”), and Betty Who (singer-songwriter), this event is sure to be another amazing Kiehl’s production. In its continued effort to give back to the communities in which it does business, Kiehl’s will donate $10,000 to The Ali Forney Center at the event which begins with a ribbon-cutting and check presentation to the center at 7:30 pm (the first 50 guests receiving a Mystery Gift Card from Kiehl’s, which could be worth $10, $25, $50, $100, $500, or $1,000) and continues on until 9 pm with karaoke open to all, and surprise celebrity performances. During the event the best-dressed and most festive holiday ensemble will win a year’s supply of Kiehl’s (retail value $1,000) while enjoying refreshments from Magnolia Bakery and Vita Coco. The event takes place at the new Kiehl’s Since 1851 Hells Kitchen location at  678 Ninth Ave at 47th St.

About The Ali Forney Center (AFC) 
Founded in 2002, AFC is the largest agency dedicated to serving homeless and runaway LGBT youth in New York City and in the nation. Our mission is to help homeless LGBT youth ages 16-24 to be safe, thrive, and become independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood by providing housing and a continuum of supportive and clinical services, in an effort to prepare them for successful independent living. On a typical day, AFC’s programming reaches nearly 300 homeless LGBT youth and over 1,000 unduplicated clients each year.

The Ali Forney Center was founded in honor of Ali Forney, a transgender teen, who was very familiar with the plight of homeless LGBT youth. Rejected by his parents, Ali ended up on the streets and turned to prostitution at age 13. Carl Siciliano first met Ali when he was 17 years old, when despite his troubles he was dedicated to advocating for the safety of other homeless LGBT youth. Ali was a committed HIV prevention worker, and aggressively advocated that the NYPD investigate a series of murders of the homeless transgender teens he had befriended. Ali was an inspiration to those who knew him. Tragically, in December of 1997, Ali was murdered on the streets. Committed to preventing further tragedies like Ali’s, Carl Siciliano and others founded the Ali Forney Center.

Triple Threat Tech | Samsung Launches Galaxy Gear, Galaxy Note 3 & Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition

Samsung continues to innovate the way we interact with our mobile devices by introducing three devices you didn’t know you needed – Galaxy Gear, Galaxy Note 3, & Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition. The first wearable smartphone, Galaxy Gear™ is a tech and sci-fi fanatic’s dream come true, a wrist communicator. Anyone who’s been a fan of Dick Tracy, Transformers, Star Trek, Knight Rider, or Power Rangers has fantasized about owning a wrist communicator of their very own and now thanks to Samsung, they have seen their childhood dream come true with the Samsung Galaxy Gear.
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The Galaxy Gear features a 1.63-inch 320×320-pixel, super AMOLED screen surrounded by a modern metal frame, is powered by an 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM and includes a 1.9-megapixel camera embedded into the rubberized watchband (which is available in six different colors, including my favorite, a Rosegold metal frame with a white band. With the Galaxy Gear, users can control their music, get discreet notifications of incoming calls, messages, and more in real time, hands-free calling directly from the Gear, S Voice™ access and so much more. Other features include Smart Lock (automatically unlock or lock Galaxy Note 3 with Galaxy Gear if it is more than 1.5 meters away from the smartphone), Find My Device (use your Galaxy Gear to locate Galaxy Note 3 and vice versa), Memographer, Voice Memo, approximately 70 optimized apps such as MyFitnessPal and RunKeeperis to track your nutrition and exercise, Pinterest, Evernote, etc. For now the Galaxy Gear can only be used with the Galaxy Note 3 but upcoming software update will allow you to pair it with the Galaxy S4 and Note 2.

And speaking of the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung continues to expand on the popularity of it’s range of Note devices with their Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes with a wider, full HD Super AMOLED display (5.7inch), a slimmer (8.3mm) and lighter (168g) overall design with a soft and textured-touch back cover, delicate stitching and serration pattern on the side; it features a faster and more powerful performance (boasting the largest 3GB RAM) with a longer lasting (3,200mAh) battery.

With the S Pen, you van accomplish everyday tasks with just one click. Samsung reinvents and modernizes the classic note-taking experience with Air Command (removes the need to toggle between screens, memorize commands or look up different menus), Action Memo (convert a handwritten note to formatted content, initiate a call, add to contacts, look up an address on a map, search the web, save a task to a to-do list), Screen Write (captures the full screen image of the current page, write comments and additional information onto the captured image), S Finder (expansively search for any content on the device), Pen Window (draw sketches, write notes, and open a small application window for a true multitasking experience), Drag and Drop (easily drag and drop content such as a text or image from one window), along with the features described in the Galaxy Gear and so much more.

With the success of the the integration of S Pen™ in last’s year’s Galaxy Note 10.1, Samsung introduces improved S Pen capabilities, vibrant display and an updated Multi-Window functionality with the new The Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition.

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Boasting a large, Super Clear LCD display (the 2,560 x 1,600 pixel WQXGA display contains over 4 million pixels) with brighter colors and more lifelike graphics, the Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition changes how you use your tablet. Enhanced multitasking allows you to seamlessly use two different apps side-by-side and easily drag and drop content from one window to another. The updated S Pen features several shortcuts and productivity tools and just like the Galaxy Note 3, features Air Command, Action Memo, Screen Write, S Finder, Pen Window, S Note and Scrapbooker (the S Pen lets you organize content you find interesting and places it into individualized scrapbooks). Samsung introduces a new magazine-style user interface called My Magazine that allows you to organize the latest news, social feeds and localized content in an easy-to-use, personalized dashboard.