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2 Dozen Roses California Blooms Giveaway–2010 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

[ 1 ] April 30, 2010 |

MOM. MOMMY. MAMA. She’ll Love California Blooms!

California Blooms

No matter how you say it, Calfornia Blooms can show your Mom you love her this Mother’s Day with its California grown, eco friendly roses!
CONTEST CLOSED!  Winner is AD.  She had been contacted.  Waiting for confirmation!

What the Company Says:
Make your mother and Mother Nature proud this Mother’s Day by selecting only the freshest, boutique-grown and eco-friendly roses from CaliforniaBlooms (www.californiablooms.com) to show all the beautiful women in your life how much you appreciate them.
California Blooms is the premiere online and mobile retailer for the highest quality, responsibly grown roses, and their sophisticated presentation and convenient ordering make this gift buying decision a no-brainer. The long stem roses are available in a one dozen ($39.00) or two dozen ($59.00) rose bouquets and can come with a glass vase for an additional $8.00.

 

“The superior quality and freshness of our roses is evident in every bloom, meaning that the gift of love and gratitude you’ve sent to Mom will grace her home just that much longer,” says Mark Skorlich, CEO of California Blooms.
California Blooms bouquets can be purchased online at www.californiablooms.com or on your iPhone via the new CalBlooms App currently available at the iTunes App Store http://www.itunes.com/app/californiablooms.

About California Blooms Eco-Friendly Roses:

California Blooms roses are grown exclusively on one of the most highly-decorated and world-renowned farms of hydroponic roses.  Their growing philosophy and techniques focus on the art and hands-on experimentation of optimum growing, rather than producing mass quantities of generic roses. The family-owned farm has grown varietal roses for over seven generations, and utilizes eco-friendly methods that drastically reduce the demand for energy and water consumption (Click here for further information on the eco-friendly growing methods – http://www.californiablooms.com/eco-friendly-growing-practices.html).

 

About California Blooms:
Launched in 2009, California Blooms , is the premier internet retailer of the freshest, boutique-grown and eco-friendly roses from the central coast of California for any occasion.  California Blooms roses are delivered direct from the grower to anywhere in the U.S. within 24 hours of being hand-selected and cut, resulting in the superior quality and freshness of every bloom as compared to delivery times of upwards of 3-7 days for many of the larger floral retailers and florists.
stillblonde3 smallChief Blonde Remarks: 12 beautiful roses were delivered to my home from CaliforniaBlooms.com.  I had great fun taking them out of the uber-cool HUGE box that they came in.  They were a lovely ???? color–(Shh, I’m not  telling as I want you to watch the video to see them!)  Expertly packed in a raffia packing, secured into place, and backed by a coolpak,  was the way to ensure their safe and expert delivery.  I just trimmed them a bit, popped them into the vase and VOILA, instant Happiness!  I really liked the fact that you can order from California Blooms online at their website OR  use their iPhone app. PLUS New iPhone App users save 20% off their first order. COOL!  I also was amazed by the variety of colors that I could choose from including:  Red, Pink, Lavender, Orange, Yellow, White, Peach, Green or Mixed!

THE PRIZE:
2 Dozen Roses delivered to you or whoever you wish from California Blooms valued at $59!!!  Come on tell me how awesome this giveaway is!!!

THE RULES:

Contest runs from April 30–May 5

Super Simple Main Entry:  Answer ONE or all the questions below and email your entry to stillblondeafteralltheseyears@gmail.com.  You must ANSWER AT LEAST ONE main entry question before doing the bonus entries!  If you answer more, than that counts as extra entries! Please do not put the main entry questions into the comment section below.  I will have to delete it and that will make me sad!  You can answer ALL the questions at once in ONE email or spread them out over the length of  the contest! Each question answered will be an entry. REMEMBER ANSWER AT LEAST ONE MAIN ENTRY QUESTION.

1.  Go to this link and email us at the address above what is the 1-800 # shown on the home page in the top right corner?  http://www.californiablooms.com/

2. Go to this link and email us at the address above –What can you win on this page?  http://www.californiablooms.com/pick-an-idol-sweepstakes.html

3.   Watch the Video above.  What color are the Roses?

4.  Go to this page and email us at the address above: How many different varieties of red Roses does Calfornia Blooms carry?  Hint: first sentence of description area.  http://www.californiablooms.com/red-roses.html
5.  Go to this page and email us at the address above:  If something should ever be wrong with your delivery,  how long do you have to call and get it corrected?  http://www.californiablooms.com/guarantee.html
6.  Go to this link and email us at the address above with the color of the roses in the box: http://www.californiablooms.com/shipping.html (See the box is uber-cool, huh?)

7.  Go to this page and email us at the address above with who owns California blooms? http://www.californiablooms.com/about-us.html
8. What makes California Blooms Eco-Friendly?  Hint: First sentence. http://www.californiablooms.com/eco-friendly-growing-practices.html

DON’T FORGET THE BONUS ENTRIES BELOW:

Bonus Entries:
Leave a separate comment for BONUS entry in our comment section below.
–Subscribe to our feed burner. You must accept the email in order to get your 5 entries! I will check when drawing the winner!
–Become a Fan of our page on Facebook– (2 extra entries)–My facebook fans will have at least one special contest per year just for them!
–Post my Button on the right to to your Blog (3 entries)
–Make a comment on any of our blog posts.  You may comment on EACH AND EVERY ONE for over 100 extra entries!

Giveaway ends May 5, 2010 at midnight. Pacific Time.


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Cinzia Designs Sunglass, 2010 Mother’s Day Gift Guide–Women over 45

[ 2 ] April 27, 2010 |

Still Blonde after all these YEARS presents Cinzia! Ends May 4  CONTEST CLOSED–Winner’s initials are MH .  

Cinzia Designs

Our giveaway today is from Cinzia, these fabulous “Polish” sunglasses retailing at $150.00!

Offering modern moms the most up-to-date trends in eyewear for  2010, Cinzia has an entire new line of reading glasses, sun wear, eyewear necklaces and cases. In addition, this season, Cinzia has expanded their line to include new lifestyle accessories such as watches, scaves and chic handbags to provide women with more fabulous options when accessorizing their look.

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Chief Blonde’s Remarks:  I was sent the Trendies Sunreaders Pocket Rectangles and Trendies Pocket Ovals by Cinzia.  These awesome little fold-able and collapsible sunglasses and glasses are actually readers for those of us over 45 whose eyes are shot slightly declining.  With powers that cover a wide range (1.25–3.00) and an array of colors, these fantastic little glasses will be your go-to glasses.  The case that they fold up into is less than 2″ x 3″–that’s smaller than a school picture.  Very impressed by these glasses, the company, the website, the variety, the styles, the colors, and the fun element.  Highest recommendation! The glasses retail for $24.00 on the trendies by Cinzia site.

 

The Scoop:
Cinzia Designs was founded in 2002 . A true visionary in the eyewear industry, the founder is passionate about creating statement-making, unconventional, avant-garde readers, sunwear, and accessories to express one’s personal style.

Presenting two distinctly different collections: Cinzia and Trendies by Cinzia. Found in boutiques and optical dispensaries around the world, all Cinzia pieces are made to mix-and-match, giving the wearer endless options to create a look to suit every whim and every wardrobe. Feel free to view both websites to get an idea of the products offered: www.cinziadesigns.com and www.trendiesbycinzia.com .

Giveaway Prize:  $150 Cinzia Sunglasses–with a complimentary Cinzia Case.

Rules:

Contest runs from April 27–May 4
 
Super Simple Main Entry:  Answer ONE or all the questions below and email your entry to stillblondeafteralltheseyears@gmail.com.  You must ANSWER AT LEAST ONE main entry question before doing the bonus entries!  If you answer more, than that counts as extra entries! Please do not put the main entry questions into the comment section below.  I will have to delete it and that will make me sad!  You can answer ALL the questions at once in ONE email or spread them out over the length of  the contest! Each question answered will be an entry. REMEMBER ANSWER AT LEAST ONE MAIN ENTRY QUESTION
 
1.  Go to this link and email us at the address above what your favorite Sunreader style is on the the Trendies site:  http://www.trendiesbycinzia.com/products/sunreaders
 
2. Go to this link and email us at the address above what your favorite Sunglass style:  http://www.cinziadesigns.com/products/sunglasses
 
3.   Watch the Video above.  What do the words at the end of the video say?   
 
4.  What is the special that is being offered for Mother’s day?  Hint: It’s at the bottom of the page

http://www.cinziadesigns.com/

5.  What can you do on this page that is so darn neat? http://www.cinziadesigns.com/stylist.
6.  What magazine featured Cinzia frames in April of 2010?  Pick one http://www.cinziadesigns.com/news
7.  What is the name of Cinzia founder and head designer?  Hint: It is in the 3rd paragraph http://www.cinziadesigns.com/about
8. Where can you buy trendies near you?  http://www.cinziadesigns.com/retail_locator1.php
 
DON’T FORGET THE BONUS ENTRIES BELOW:
 
Bonus Entries: 
Leave a separate comment for BONUS entry in our comment section below.
–Subscribe to our feed burner. You must accept the email in order to get your 5 entries! I will check when drawing the winner!
–Become a Fan of our page on Facebook–Click HERE (2 extra entries)–My facebook fans will have at least one special contest per year just for them!  
–Post my Button on the right to to your Blog (3 entries) 
 –Make a comment on any of our blog posts.  You may comment on EACH AND EVERY ONE for over 100 extra entries!
 

Giveaway ends May 4, 2010 at midnight. Pacific Time.

Contest open to U.S. residents in the continental US with a valid street address. Item will be shipped to your home. No PO Boxes please. Winner(s) are selected randomly. To claim your prize(s), Stillblondeafteralltheseyears.com will contact you within 48 hours of the contest closing. You must contact Stillblondeafteralltheseyears.com 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!

Blog Disclosure:  Blogger was provided a review unit for this giveaway.  Blogger was not compensated in any way and the opinions posted here are her own.  

Sebago Plaza Review–Women over 45–2010 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

[ 0 ] April 27, 2010 |

CLASSIC FOR A WOMEN OVER 45 or anyone at any age! 

sebago Plaza Review


Classic, heritage-rich, preppy and on trend, Sebago has been known for decades for its beautiful handsewn classic penny mocs. This season they continue the tradition. A much-loved style, the women’s Plaza penny loafer continues to be a favorite and this is currently one of the fashion industry’s hottest trends. Sebago will offer the Plaza in Cordo, Black and Brown. MSRP: $100
still blonde Chief Blonde’s Remarks on te Sebago Plaza Review:  I was sent this wonderful shoe for review.  First, I want to put in a disclaimer here.  I am a massive shoe-a-holic!  No, really.  Everyone who knows me knows it.  I started a group on facebook called: True shoe addiction– I buy shoes and THEN I buy the outfits to match!
So I am super picky when it comes to shoes–wearing, recommending, buying or whatever.  Well, these Sebago shoes are just like getting a pair of ruby slippers!  You put the Sebago Plazas on and they don’t won’t come off.  I have wore them with Socks (a la Michael Jackson) and without socks (late 70s baby!)–still comfortable.  They look cute with a chino skirt or a pair of super straight jeans.  You will never never catch me wearing capris but I imagine they would look nice with capris as well.  Each time I wear the shoes,  they keep getting better, just like they were made for me!  I know you are so very very jealous of me because I have these classic loafers and you don’t.  You can remedy that by going to Sebago.com and buying your own.  These Sebago shoes are definitely worth  $100.  I am sure they will last me forever!    Oh, they also make men’s shoes too!  Highly recommended!
Sebago Plaza Review UPDATE:  11/04/2012 I have now had these shoes for 2.5 years and they are better than ever.  Perfectly broke in and prepster cool!  Women over 45 (and all our younger friends) will definitely adore these wonderful Plaza Loafers by Sebago.

Blog Note:  The Chief Blonde was provided a product for review purposes.  The opinions expressed are solely hers and no compensation was provided in the writing of this blog post.

Women over 45, Your Personal SPF: Determining Your Number

[ 0 ] April 26, 2010 |

Taking Control of Your Personal SPF

Personal SPF–The Basicssun-facts-understanding-personal-spf-ratings

Personal Spf and adequate sun protection should be a concern for anyone  who is concerned with maintaining  their skin in ti-top shape (and that includes keeping skin firm, avoiding wrinkles, building collagen, brown discolorations,  and epecially preventing skin cancer). Always apply suncreen liberally and look for a minimu SPF 15 but spf 30 and over is preferred.  Make sure that sunscreen has  UVA protection, that is critical.

 

PERSONAL SPF– Factors and Decisions

Important influential factors when choosing and applying sunscreen:

  1. How long you are going to be in the sun, either outside or sitting next to a window (UVA radiation, comes through the windows).  As your time in these situation increase, the SPF number you need to look for increase.
  2. Apply  sunscreen liberally.
  3. Swimming? Perspiring heavily?  Your  sunscreen should be  labeled water resistant. And reapply as directed.

You’ll also want to take into consideration your skin type and whether or not you’ll be wearing makeup.

  1. Normal to dry skin? use lotion or cream sunscreens
  2. Oily or combination skin? lightweight lotion sunscreens  with a matte finish, an alcohol-free gel base, or a liquid. Spray-on sunscreens can be excellent choice if you have  oily skin.
  3. Makeup foundation can be chosen with SPF level. Your mositurizer and pressed powder can have it as well.

What’s Your Personal Spf Rating?

Your ideal SPF number is a multiplication figure based on your skin color and the SPF number on the product.  You can determine your personal Spf in this manner.

Identify Your Skin Color:

level1-personal-spf Level 1  very fair, often freckled, burns easily with 20 min. of direct sun exposure, never tans. Usually blue eyes and blonde or red hair.
 level2-personal-spf  Level 2 skin– fair to light,  burns with 30 min. of direct sun exposure.  Can tan but minimally. common for individuals who have blue, green, or hazel eyes and blonde, red, , or light brown hair.
 level3-personal-spf  Level 3 skin–light to medium or olive,  sometime burns, tanning possible, typically sunburn then tan. This level can apply to those of any eye or hair color.
 level4-personal-spf  Level 4 skin–medium to tan skin,  rarely burns, but can get pink, tan easily, dark hair and eyes.
 level5-personal-spf  Level 5 skin–brown to dark brown skin, very rarely burns, tans easily in about two hours of sun exposure, dark hair and eyes, often of Middle Eastern or African-American descent.
 level6-personal-spf  Level 6 black skin,never burns,always tans, but tan is not apparent.

Unprotected  Sun exposure for any type of skin still leads to skin discoloration, wrinkles and skin cancer!
 Do the Personal SPF Math:

  • Your Level of Sunburn Risk x by the SPF Rating = Safe Sun Exposure for Your Skin Color
  • The SPF number is a rating that determines how long you can stay in the sun without burning when you wear that product without needing to reapply it. It does not indicate quality of protection, just length of time. Here’s how to do the math. If you have:
    • Level 1 skin (very fair): That means you usually get a burn in about 15 to 20 minutes of unprotected sun exposure. Determining your skin’s response to various SPF ratings works like this:
  • SPF 15 x 20 minutes = 300 minutes (5 hours) of protection
  • SPF 30 x 20 minutes = 600 minutes (10 hours) of protection
  • SPF 45 x 20 minutes = 900 minutes (15 hours) of protection

Level 2 skin (fair to light): That means you usually get a burn in about 30 minutes of unprotected sun exposure. Determining your skin’s response to various SPF ratings works like this:

    • SPF 15 x 30 minutes = 450 minutes (7.5 hours) of protection
    • SPF 30 x 30 minutes = 900 minutes (15 hours) of protection
    • SPF 45 x 30 minutes = 1,350 minutes (22.5 hours) of protection
  • Level 3 skin (light to medium/olive):That means you usually get a burn in about 40 minutes of unprotected sun exposure. Determining your skin’s response to various SPF ratings works like this:
    • SPF 15 x 40 minutes = 600 minutes (10 hours) of protection
    • SPF 30 x 40 minutes = 1,200 minutes (20 hours) of protection
    • SPF 45 x 40 minutes = 1,800 minutes (30 hours) of protection
  • Level 4 skin (medium to tan): That means you usually get a burn in about 60 minutes of unprotected sun exposure. Determining your skin’s response to various SPF ratings works like this:
    • SPF 15 x 60 minutes = 900 minutes (15 hours) of protection
    • SPF 30 x 60 minutes = 1,800 minutes (30 hours) of protection
    • SPF 45 x 60 minutes = 2,700 minutes (45 hours) of protection
  • Level 5 and Level 6 skin (brown to dark brown or black):That means you usually get a burn in about 120 minutes (2 hours) of unprotected sun exposure. Determining your skin’s response to various SPF ratings works like this:
    • SPF 15 x 120 minutes = 1.800 minutes (*30 hours) of protection
    • SPF 30 x 120 minutes = 3,600 minutes (60 hours) of protection
    • SPF 45 x 120 minutes = 5,400 minutes (90 hours) of protection

 

*Note that level 5 and 6 often can use  SPF 15, with liberal applications. But SPF 30, is generally recommended.
This helpful tips   from Paula Begoun, the author of “Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter without Me.”  

Blog Note:  No compensation or product was provided in exchange for this blog post. 

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Top 10 Things Women over 45 Should Know About Fibroids

[ 0 ] April 26, 2010 |

The Fibroid Treatment Collective (FTC) (http://www.fibroids.com) offers “Top 10 Things Women Should Know About Fibroids.”

 Fibroid tumors are benign (non-cancerous) growths that appear on the muscular wall of the uterus. They range in size from microscopic to masses that fill the entire abdominal cavity, in some cases, as large as a five month pregnancy.  The Top 10 Things every Women over 45 should know are:

1.      Uterine fibroids can affect women of all ages, but are most common in women ages 40 to 50.

2.      Depending on size, location and number of fibroids, common symptoms include:
•       Pelvic pain and pressure
•       Excessive bleeding, including prolonged periods and passage of clots, which can lead to anemia.
•       Abdominal swelling
•       Pressure on the bladder, leading to frequent urination
•       Pressure on the bowel, leading to constipation and bloating
•       Infertility

3.      No one is sure why women develop fibroids which affect 40% of women over 35 years in America and have a high rate of incidence among African Americans.  There is a possible link between uterine fibroid tumors and estrogen production.

4.      Fibroids are diagnosed with an ultrasound in their gynecologist’s office.  Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is also used to determine how fibroids can be treated and provide information about any underlying disease.

5.      Uterine fibroids can be treated with surgery, including hysterectomy, which removes the entire uterus, and myomectomy, which removes the fibroids but leaves the uterus. Both are major surgeries.

6.      Approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed annually in the United States, about 300,000 due to uterine fibroids.

7.      Over 50 percent of women who get hysterectomies have their ovaries removed, rendering them infertile.

8.      Embolization has emerged as the safest, simplest, cost effective way to treat fibroids. Embolization requires a very small incision. Embolization basically cures fibroids by starving them.

9.      Uterine Fibroid Embolization has an overall success rate of 94 percent.

10.     Recurrence after embolization has not occurred. This is one of its major advantages over myomectomy, where fibroids which have been surgically removed often grow back.

Women interested in learning more can join a live chat Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. PST at www.fibroids.com.  A national fibroid webinar is scheduled for Saturday, May 15th at 10 a.m. PT – visit http://www.fibroids.com/about-ftc/upcoming-events for more information.

Blog Note:  Blogger did not receive any compensation or products in exchange for posting this information.   The FTC and fibroids.com  is a for profit group.  All the facts above were provided by fibroids.com and are exclusively their opinion and based on their researched facts.

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