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CD Jewelry Art

[ 0 ] December 26, 2009 |

CD Jewelry Art inspired by Technology 

Sill-Blonde-Pendant-Giveawa #1 Pendant

  Sill-Blonde-Earring-Giveawa#2  Earrings

cd jewelry art Barrette

#3 Barrette

Contest now Closed! Thanks for your interest. 
Email us at to let us know which piece of Jewelry you want to win.  More entry methods listed below.  The more you enter, the better chance you have of winning!
Today’s Giveaway consists of a Pendant, Barrette, and Earrings from CD Jewelry Art. 
CD Jewelry Art is a mother and daughter business of recycling by turning CD’s into ornaments, earrings, pendants and barrettes. The mother, Rita Asfour, is a notable Malibu artist and the daughter, Amber Asfour is a singer songwriter who is a vocal coach to upcoming singers.

CD Jewelry Art is Music You Can Wear, that encourages consumers to recycle by mailing in their old or scratched CD’s. They were recently seen at the Green Lounge Eco-Luxury Suite at Lowe’s Hotel last month receiving positive feedback by eco-friendly celebrities like Alicia Silverstone and  OVER 45 year old celebrities like Daphne Zuniga (47)!

See our review blog of this awesome jewelry by Clicking here: CD Jewelry Art delivers Eco-friendly Elegance this Holiday !

Here’s the Giveaway Rules:

Contest starts at 3:00pm on Dec. 26, 2009  and goes until 12:00 midnight Pacific time on Jan. 3, 2010.
Super simple entry method.

1) You must do this step. This is your main entry. Send an email to stating that you want to be entered into the drawing for the jewelry. State which piece you want to be entered for, #1 Pendant, #2 Earrings, #3 Barrette #4 ALL.  This will give us your email so we can contact you if you have won. Your email will not be used for any other purpose. It will not be sold, distributed or anything!

2) Once you have done #1, every blog post that you make a comment on will get you another entry for the jewelry of your choice. You may comment on every blog post if you want, make sure I can identify you from your comment id.

3) Extra entries for all your identified prizes:

1 entry – Follow this blog.

1 entry- Post on your facebook and post the link here.

1 entry- Follow me through Networked Blogs.

1 entry – Blog about this free giveaway and post the link here.

Giveaway ends Jan. 3, 2010 at midnight. Pacific Time.

Contest open to U.S. residents in the continental US with a valid street address. No PO Boxes please. Winner(s) are selected randomly. To claim your prize(s), will contact you within 48 hours of the contest closing. You must contact within 48 hours after that with your mailing address so companies can mail your prizes. Prize(s) not claimed by (48 hours) will be forfeited and a new winner will be selected in a live giveaway. Please provide a valid email address to be informed in case you do win a giveaway. Good Luck! ..The Chief blonde was provided a review sample. 
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CD Jewelry Art delivers Eco-friendly Elegance this Holiday !

[ 0 ] December 23, 2009 |


CD jewelry Art


CD Jewelry Art is a mother and daughter business of recycling by turning CD’s into ornaments, earrings, pendants and barrettes. The mother, Rita Asfour, is a notable Malibu artist and the daughter, Amber Asfour is a singer songwriter who is a vocal coach to upcoming singers.

CD Jewelry Art is Music You Can Wear, that encourages consumers to recycle by mailing in their old or scratched CD’s. They were recently seen at the Green Lounge Eco-Luxury Suite at Lowe’s Hotel last month receiving positive feedback by eco-friendly celebrities like Alicia Silverstone and  OVER 45 year old celebrities like Daphne Zuniga (47)!

Daphne Zuniga

CD Jewelry Art–The Celebs are taking NOTE!

See other celebrity photos and the selection at As you know,  Daphne is an American Actress best known for her role as Jo Reynolds on the fox primetime soap opera  Melrose Place, as Victoria Davis on the CW teen drama One Tree Hill and as Princess Vespa in one of the silliest and funniest movies ever–Spaceballs!

Chief Blonde’s Remarks:  Drooling, that’s about all I can say.  Yes, Drooling!  Really a great original product!   They not only make earrings ($24.95-$30.00) and pendants ($35 and up)  but also ornaments ($60) , barrettes ($10), and more selections are promised to be on the way!  They sent me a pair of earrings as a sample, had to battle my female relatives to keep them for myself.  So cool.  Check out their specials which include FREE SHIPPING!  Sorry, I know I’m screaming, but this a hot item that you don’t want to miss out on!

Fashionista Events

Women 45 and Over: I NEED 1 more Present!! Holiday Gift Guide

[ 1 ] December 22, 2009 | Hits U.S. Customers Below the Belt…
Trusted Sockscription Site Launches Underwear Line
black socksSwiss company Blacksocks known for the innovative “sockscription” service that delivers socks to your door year round, is going down under. Top quality boxers, briefs and boxer briefs, sold as a two-pair trial pack (starting at $24), an annual subscription (starting at $87) or as a single-delivery starter kit of 10 pairs (starting at $149), are available at  All prices include shipping costs.
Thoroughly tested for quality and comfort, Blacksocks underwear products feature cotton/Lycra construction and a durable waistband that retains elasticity. Doing away with scratchy labels and sharp seams that leave those embarrassing marks on your nether regions, these unmentionables create a smooth barrier between you and the outside world.
“Our sock customers rely on us for high-quality inventory, and hassle-free service,” said Blacksocks president and founder Samy Liechti.  “Forget wasting your time on underwear shopping in an overcrowded department store. Our underwear line is designed for the busy male who wants to eliminate time dedicated to shopping chores.”

Blacksocks also carries men’s dress socks, fine T-shirts and travel shave kits, available via subscription.

Chief Blonde’s remarks:  Neat concept.  Great way to keep your man in NEW underwear.  Boxer’s sent for review are very soft and high quality.  Are you sure I can’t wear these?  Women over 45 will agree this is the perfect gift for your distant brother, dad, uncle or that special someone right around the corner!

The Megu Handbag to the Holiday Rescue!

1355-Ivy Forest

Yak Pak’s best selling purse, the Megu, has a timeless shape and is a must-have accessory. The features of this bag create a look of ease and style, perfect for day-to-day activities:
  • Soft cotton twill exterior
  • Satin interior
  • Interior zippered pocket
  • Interior cell phone pocket
  • Magnetic snap closure
  • 13″ x 4″ x 13.5″

Chief Blonde’s Remarks:  Real quality for $25.  This is a bag that translates across generations.  It’s urban, hip and cool enough for my daughter but practical, age appropriate, and functional for me!  You can get coordinating wallets and change purses too! It just feels wonderful and fun.  Women over 45 will want one for their daughter and will sneak another for themselves!

“Seeing is Believing”

the Newest Book from Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Crazy Creatures, Incredible Feats, Body Oddities and more are featured in the latest Yearbook of the Weird

16Run to your closest Barnes and Nobles or Borders and get this book!

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has the perfect gift for that teenage son or daughter; or Dad, who’s not really into reading; or your friend Steve, the one with the strange sense of humor.The answer is “Seeing is Believing,” the newest book from Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

The book takes readers on an eye-catching journey through the weird, wild and unusual.

Stories include:


  • A 9-year old girl who covered her face – in snails!
  • A Dutchman with a superhuman ability to withstand lethal subzero temperatures
  • A rubber band ball that weighs 5 tons
  • A man who can stuff 11 live cockroaches into his mouth.
  • Surfing rats who really hang ten
“No matter what age, people like weird stuff and they like simplicity. Ripley’s manages to do both and do it creatively in a way that speaks to young and old alike. My friend’s nine year-old son enjoyed the book as did his 31 year-old dad!” – Weird Science Canada.

In addition to 2,500 stories and 500 photos, the book offers access to Ripley’s new fully-integrated website, featuring astounding video clips and pictures to enhance the reader’s Ripley experience.
Ripley Publishing ( is the publishing arm of Ripley Entertainment Inc., the owner of the internationally famous trademark Ripley’s Believe It or Not! As the world authority on all that is unbelievable, the company offers up its vast archives of the strange and unusual through books, television shows, tourist attractions, merchandise and the worldwide syndication of its daily newspaper cartoon.
Chief Blonde’s Remarks: Sometime the most challenging feat of all is figuring out a gift for that tough-to-buy-for person on your list. THIS IS IT!  It’s so colorful–just a feast for the eyes!  Super high quality sturdy book.  It will need to be because it’s the kind of book that will be looked at again and again.   My grandma had one of these for us when we were little and we looked at it every time we went over there.  It’s fascinating again and again.

Getting You Green Throughout the Year!


Every day truly can be greener than the last. In Green Year, author Jodi Helmer offers practical, daily ideas to make anyone’s everyday choices environmentally friendly. Any lifestyle can accommodate simple green ideas like:
§Take a mug to the coffee shop, to decrease the number of paper cups that are thrown away
§Scrape dirty dishes instead of rinsing them- if every household did this it would save 1 billion gallons of water- in one night
§Switch to powdered laundry detergent and dish soap, to save water
§Park in the shade, which will decrease the gas that evaporates and the amount of air conditioning needed

The Green Year
ISBN: 9781592578290, Alpha Books, December 2008, $14.95, $10.17 on Amazon
Author: Jodi Helmer (Charlotte, NC)

Chief Bloggers remarks:  Super cute little book that divides the year into a day-by-day devotional to the earth.  Great little tips that anyone can do.  Excellent book for that granola person on your gift list OR that person who never saves energy because they think it takes too much time.  When most people realize that they can save $$ at the same time, well then their tune changes!  I love this book!







The critically acclaimed and crowd-pleasing documentary
about an inspiring senior hip-hop dance team
is now available on DVD
The empowering and uplifting documentary from Dramatic Forces, GOTTA DANCE, is now available on DVD, after a successful theatrical run across the country during the late summer and early fall.  The DVD is available at and Amazon.

GOTTA DANCE garnered accolades from both critics and audiences during its theatrical release.  It was called “joyous” and “heartwarming” by Variety, “a warm hug” by Stephen Whitty of the New Jersey Star Ledger and The Los Angeles Times’ critic Kenneth Turan proclaimed it “a feel-better movie.”  The award-winning documentary New Jersey NETSationals, the first-ever, seniors hip-hop dance team.  Directed and produced by Dori Berinstein, GOTTA DANCE follows 12 women and one man, all dance newbies, from auditions to center court stardom. captures the exhilarating adventures of the
Despite swollen ankles, challenges from their 20-something Nets Dancer coaches, exhausting rehearsals, fashion crises, radical personality transformations and seemingly impossible dance steps, the NETSational Seniors spread joy, inspiration and cool dance moves as they hip-hop their way into the hearts of Nets fans and beyond.  GOTTA DANCE is a family film that brings generations together in a hip, crowd-pleasing, dance frenzy that has everyone dancing down the aisles and believing that dreams should be chased, no matter what your age!

Dori Berinstein is an award-winning director and producer of film, theatre and television. GOTTA DANCE is her third documentary, her previous credits include: “ShowBusiness: The Road To Broadway,” about the financial risks of Broadway musicals and “Some Assembly Required,” about teams of teenagers competing for the title of National Toy Inventor.  Among her many credits as a Broadway producer, shows include:  “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “The Crucible” and most recently “Legally Blonde: The Musical.”

This film is unrated and the running time is 94 minutes.
The DVD retails for $24.95  ISBN# 978-0-615-33613-8

Chief Blogger Remarks: What an inspirational movie!  While the dancing wasn’t always VH1 ready, these 60+ Women (and one man) were an interesting lot, who got out there and kicked it.  A great film to show that couch potato of any age.  Two of the women were in their 80s!  I had fun watching this with my dancer daughter and marveling that these women went through some of the same trials that my daughter did.  This reviewer can truly understand when someone says “Gotta dance”…at any age!  Highly recommended.

Blog Note: The Chief Blonde was provided review samples for these posts.

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Online Video Christmas Card– Animoto

[ 0 ] December 20, 2009 |


Three unique holiday video designs elegantly encapsulate pictures and video clips; first in a series of year-round greeting cards celebrating holidays and life events
Note: Part of our series in preparation for the Consumer Electronics Show

It’s time to get the holiday cards out in the mail, but who wants to wait in line at the post office let alone tackle the tedious chore of writing, addressing and mailing them? Plus, by now you are really really late for mailing them!  Animoto® (, the video creation website that lets anyone quickly and easily create professional-quality videos from their own photos, video clips, music and text, now has  Animoto video greetings, the most fun, personal and easy way to send online holiday cards this year. Great for you last minute people!

With Animoto, you can easily create festive and personalized holiday video greeting, all from personal photos and video clips gathered throughout the year. Just upload your favorite digital photos and videos, pick a song, add text and, Animoto takes care of the rest– beautifully animating your 2009 memories in minutes. 30-second videos are free and full-length ones are just $3 (yes!  It will only cost you $3 TOTALfor all your Christmas cards!)  – and both can be shared with friends and family through email, blogs, YouTube, Twitter, social networks and mobile devices like the iPhone. For $5, you can even download high-resolution videos to your computer for the perfect stocking stuffer!

Animoto gives you the choice of three holiday themes for designing a specialized video greeting:
·Pop-up Pandemonium – a pop-up card turns into a pop-up world of hidden wonder and surprise
·Starry Night – images embark on a whimsical odyssey over land and sky, through rich textures and warm holiday scenery
·Pandora’s Gift Box – a surprise-filled gift box erupts into a shower of lights, colors, and wrapping, taking your pictures and video clips along for the ride

Chief Blonde’s Remarks:  All I can say is this website is awesome and really really fun!  Any series of pictures make the greatest video cards or video clips.  You don’t have to be any kind of a computer genius to do it either.  Really simple.  You can make 30 sec clips for free and email or post to facebook or you can pay a one time fee of $3 or $30 for unlimited video all year!  If you want to get really crafty,  you can get the professional version ($249) and have professional high quality videos all year!  I am leaning towards that option.  I had a Christmas party on Friday night, Saturday morning I uploaded the pictures to Animoto  and in about 15 minutes total, I had a cool video which I sent to all my friends who were at the party.

You can watch my video that I created for my website in the clip at the beginning of this article.  Pretty cool huh?  You will notice some of the pictures are low quality so that’s what shows up in the video.  You will notice that the higher quality pictures look better.  If I did the whole thing in high res, then I think it would look pretty awesome.  I wish they would give you the chance to see what it would look like in high res and see if it would be worth shelling out the $5 on a one time basis or $249 for the year!  That’s my only criticism.   I am getting my dad the $30 version for Christmas. Animoto makes it really easy to gift the subscription to anyone who loves to make videos of their pictures!
Blogger Note:  We were provided a three month all access code in order to review this product.  This did not impact our honest review of this product!
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