Archive for October, 2012

Win It for a Survivor Giveaway, Travalo Review, Breast Cancer Awareness

[ 206 ] October 31, 2012 |

 Travalo Review and Giveaway–Please enter for yourself as a survivor or anyone that you know that has been affected by Breast Cancer!  We will gladly donate your winning to a survivor or someone who has been affected by Breast Cancer if you want us to…Just let us know!  

Travalo Review touch Breast Cancer Awareness


Travalo Touch ($24.99 from


The Travalo Pink Touch  is a 5 mL refillable fragrance wand with rollerball technology and can hold up to 50 applications so your favorite cologne or perfume is always available. Travalo Touch’s rollerball technology allows you to apply your favorite fragrance directly to your skin, which results in less waste and a more effective fragrance. What is more, the new rollerball by Travalo is a discreet way to apply your favorite perfume or cologne without affecting anyone around you.

still blondeThe Chief Blonde Remarks: 

I like the Travalo Pink for a number of reasons, the main reason is that when I buy it, $1 of the purchase price will be donated to Breast Cancer Research through the Lynn Sage Foundation on Global Giving.  This foundation provide Scholars an opportunity to do preliminary research and acquire larger grants.

When you use Travalo pink you don’t need a funnel to refill it.  You simply place it on top of your perfume bottle and press down to fill. I think the no spill rollerball design is very smart because who want to waste expensive perfume spraying it? Another real plus is that its Transportation Security Administration (TSA)  approved for flying.  Travalo Review is easy to do because this is such a useful product that any Woman over 45 (or our younger friends will be sure to love.)

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$100 total Prize Value– 2 Winners will win 2 Travalos, one for a cancer survivor that they recommend and one for themselves (or another Cancer Survivor if they choose)

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Top Seven Halloween Costumes for Boys

[ 22 ] October 30, 2012 |

Share some Care this Halloween!

Top 7 Halloween Costumes for Boys

Halloween or Not –the Chief Blonde’s son loved to Dress UP!

My children loved to dress up for Halloween, especially my son,  Ben.  Pretty much any day of the year, you could find him roaming our house in a costume.  He would always be figuring out what he could be next!  But when it came to Halloween, he would plan his costume for days!

What are the Top Seven Halloween Costumes Are Best for Boys?

All my sons loved choosing costumes. The Top Seven choices for Halloween Costumes for boys include:

1. Super Heroes (Power Rangers, Mutant Ninja Turtles and Classic Super-heroes like Superman)

2. Funny Characters (Cave Men, Babies, Fred Flintstone)

3.  Real Life (Vikings, Indians, Cowboys, Fireman)

4.  Movie Characters (Freddie Krueger, Jack Sparrow, The Joker, Darth Maul, Darth Vader)

5. Animals (Cows, Dogs)

6. Disney Characters (Buzz Lightyear, Woody)

7. Scary Characters (Vampires, Ghouls, Scary Rubber Masks )

Halloween Giving, Sharing during Halloween


Every year our Church does Trunk-or-Treating.  All the cars park in a circle, and the kids treat-or-treat (Trunk-or-Treat) out of the back of everyone’s decorated car trunks.  It’s really quite fun and the kids get a monster kick out of it.  Because this event is always in addition to “Regular” trick or treating, our church encourages the kids to come inside after the Trunk-or-Treating and donate all or a portion of their candy to a the Whaley Children’s  Center  in Flint, MI  or to the Baldwin Center in Pontiac, MI.  Our kids were sometimes a little hesitant to donate but once reminded that they would get more candy when trick-or-treating, they quickly got in the spirit.



Share with Someone this Halloween

Caring is Sharing KleenexCares

Sharing a Kleenex Care Pack and some Halloween Goodies With My Son! 

Working On Halloween Night, Caring for Others

Halloween Giving

My son, the one in the pictures at the top, is training to be a Pharmacist.  Even though he loves Halloween and dressing up for the holiday, he is working at his pharmacy on Halloween night so the others in the pharmacy who have little children can take their kids Trick-or-Treating.  So to make him feel special about his choices, I am giving him some Halloween candy and a Kleenex Care Pack. I want him to know that I think his caring for his fellow workers is really special!







The Chief Blonde with her son, the Pharmacist-in-Training


You can learn more by visiting the Kleenex website to learn about the Softness Worth Sharing initiative. Upon purchasing a Kleenex Brand Care Pack, you may redeem your  code at this site in order to send a care pack to someone special.  Learn more at the Kleenex Facebook page as well.

kleenex cares

I wrote this review while participating in an ambassador program by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the Kleenex brand and received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Heinz Cleaning Vinegar Cleaning Computer Screen and Blinds

[ 22 ] October 29, 2012 |

Vinegar Cleaning Computer Screen Recipe (for Blinds too!)

Heinz Cleansing Vinegar computer cleaning

Keep your Ipad free of finger prints with affordable Vinegar and Distilled Water (Recipe below) 

still Blonde after all these YEARSI have to get ready for massive amounts of company coming up over the next 2 months.   We will probably have Thanksgiving for at least one side of the family, relatives over after my son’s wedding in December, and then we will be hosting Christmas for both sides of the family.  GAHHH!!!  But the very first large party I have to focus on is in early November,  I will be hosting a bridal shower for my son’s fiance (with 25 guests)!

Vinegar computer cleansing tips bridal shower

Less than two weeks and counting

Get The House Clean

I need to get my house clean for all these events! The first thing I want to focus on is cleaning all my computer screens, tv screens and blinds, but I hate using all those chemicals all over the house.  Also, cleaning supplies are so expensive!  I checked on Amazon an electronic screen cleaner with a mere 2.2 oz of liquid is $9.34!  What?  I can’t afford that for all my cleaning.  So I discovered that I could make my own COMPUTER screen safe spray for Heinz Cleaning Vinegar and Distilled Water.

4.9 from 8 reviews
Heinz Cleaning Vinegar Cleaning Computer Screen
Prep time
Total time
This recipe utilizes Heinz Cleaning Vinegar and Distilled Water to clean your Computer Screens. Extremely economical when compared with fancy computer screen cleaning solutions. ($.03 versus $4.25/oz)
Recipe type: Household
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 cup Heinz Cleaning Vinegar
  • Heinz Cleansing Vinegar
  1. Measure out ingredients
  2. Mix ingredients together
  3. Place in clean spray bottle
  4. Label bottle clearly
To Use
  1. Spray on to a clean cotton cloth (old t-shirt or handkerchief), lightly wipe screens.
  1. You can use this solution on Ipads, laptops, desk tops, or any LCD monitor Screen.
  2. Do not apply pressure when wiping screens
  3. Do not spray cleaner directly on screen of computer
  4. Do not use tissues, toilet paper or towels to clean screen. These will scratch your screen.
  5. Turn off your monitor when cleaning so you can see fingerprints, cough sprays, etc
  6. Do not prepare this solution with tap water or mineral water, this will result in white spots/streaks on your screen
  7. Do not use any solutions that contain Acetone, ethyl alcohol, toluene, ethyl acid, ammonia, or methyl chloride

 Other Tips for Cleaning with Heinz Cleaning Vinegar

When I was young, my Grandma used Heinz Vinegar to rinse my hair after it was shampooed.  She also used it to clean windows.  I guess she was ahead of her time.  My mom used Heinz Vinegar for removing water rings (combine with 1:1 with Olive Oil) and she added it to the 1/2 cup of vinegar to the wash to brighten clothes. If you Google “Cleaning with Vinegar” you will find many articles that will point you toward more ways to use this all natural product.

Heinz Cleansing Vinegar Compute cleaning solution

Your vinegar cleaning mixture stores nicely in a spray bottle, be sure to properly label it!

Vinegar provides economy for Cleaning Projects

Women over 45 (and all our younger friends)–This solution shown in the recipe above  is so economical when compared with store brands.  Store brands run $4.25/0z versus if you use the recipe above with Heinz Cleaning Vinegar it will fun you $00.03/oz .

Heinz Cleaning Vinegar

Small spray bottles work great for travel

I carry a small bottle of the solution and scrap of soft cotton rag with me in my computer bag.  I find when I travel that my Ipad and laptop seem to pick up all kinds of debris. This solution quickly cleans both of them up and I don’t die of embarrassment when I show my computer screen to my clients.

Heinz Cleansing Vinegar blind cleaning

Clean your blinds with Heinz Vinegar and Distilled Water Solution (1:1) as well.

I also discovered that I can clean my blinds with the same #HeinzVinegar solution that I used for my computer screen.  How awesome is that?  I don’t need a bunch of separate cleaners, I can just use this one mixture for several of my cleaning purposes.  With as much as I have going on in the next few months, any time saving or cost savings in the cleaning area will be beneficial!

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“I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and HEINZ #CBias #SocialFabric” All Opinions and text are my own.

Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style Book!

[ 47 ] October 27, 2012 |

Giveaway for Fashion The Definitive History of Costume and Style

Fashion the Definitive History of Costume and Style Are you crazy for Timeless Fashion?  Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style, the new beautifully illustrated book outlines  over 3,000 years of the chronology of costume and style by Smithsonian and DK Publishing.  Fashion is dream book for any Fashionista this holiday season.

You’ll be thrilled to know that we are have a copy of Fashion: The Definitive History of Style and Costume ($50 value) for you to WIN!  WIN IT RIGHT HERE!

Also , your mandatory entry will allow you to head over to the Grand Prize Drawing to enter for your chance to win Daily Front Row’s $1000 Fashion Shopping Spree to FORWARD by Elyse Walker! The grand prize winner will receive a $1000 gift card to FORWARD by Elyse Walker (, luxury high end fashion with an edge, plus a copy of Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style!  Women over 45 will adore this book as many of they styles they wore during the 60s, 70s and 80s are highlighted!


Fashion The Definitive History of Costume and Style  is packed with:

  • Over 1,500 costumes from around the world
  •  Illustrated with a dazzling mix of original fashion plates, archive images and commissioned photography.
  •  Photographic spreads of gorgeous classic pieces
  • Designers highlighted include Thierry Mugler, Alexander McQueen
  • Famous pieces from historical figures including Elizabeth I, Marie Antoinette, Twiggy

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Giveaway ends Nov. 1, 11:59 PM EST.  Open only to legal residents of contiguous Continental US (except RI). 18 years or older


One Winner will win $50 Fashion The Definitive History of Costume and Style

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Blog Note: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Fashionista Events hosted by Still Blonde after all these Years and Modly Chic for Fashion: The Definitive History of Style and Costume. I received products and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Fashionista Event bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes.

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Penny Wise Office Supplies Review

[ 365 ] October 25, 2012 |

Penny Wise Office Supplies for the SMART office!

Penny Wise Clean Sweep Review

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still blondeThe Chief Blonde Remarks:  Women over 45, I am  taking a temporary departure from fashion to present a less glamorous, but extremely helpful pre-holiday giveaway. In the weeks ahead (yes, weeks! Eek!) we will be opening our doors to welcome family and friends into our homes for lovely Thanksgiving dinners and holiday parties. This is the time to get your home “party ready” and this fantastic give-away from Penny Wise Office Products will certainly help.

Lysol No-touch Hand Soap and Refills“When entertaining, first impressions count,” says Kathryn Morley, President of Penny Wise Office Products. “This Freshmatic plug in by Airwick is perfect to place by your entrance, to welcome your guests when they enter your door”. The AIR WICK® FRESHMATIC® Ultra Automatic Spray’s time-released fragrances are subtle, and not overpowering. You simply set it to your preferred fragrance level and enjoy the continuous freshness. (Sorry Fluffy, there will be no tell-tale sign of you.) As a hostess, you’ll have the confidence of knowing that your home smells welcoming and pleasurable for your family and guests. Complete with Refills, you can keep your home smelling fresh all season long.  MSRP. $24. 23 Refills $7.36

Scott Bath Tissues Penny Wise Office supplies

Your powder room should also be party-ready for your guests. Penny Wise is providing you with a generous supply of powder room products this season. Scott® Bath Tissue, the softest on the market, is included in the give away. Scott® combines premium softness with long lasting rolls, to provide you with comfort and value.



Dial Foaming Soap

Dial® makes a great Anti-Bacterial Foaming Soap, perfect for the powder room or kitchen. Not only does this great foaming, bubbling soap protect your hands from germs, it also conditions and nourishes your skin. And we all love that! $4.63





Your guests will also really appreciate the Lysol® Healthy No-Touch Hand Soap for its convenience and fresh scent. It automatically senses your hands underneath the nozzle and dispenses just the right amount of soap. The antibacterial soap kills 99.9 percent of germs. Best of all, the unit is fun to use and a great way to get your kids to wash their hands!  $15.28 Refills–$5.95





Dial Anti-Bacterial Soap

Not into the foaming bubbles? Penny Wise is also providing a bottle of Dial’s popular
Anti-Bacterial Soap in liquid form, which kills 2x more cold and flu-causing germs. MSRP. $3.73





Lysol Wipes and Purel“Colds and flu run rampant in the winter months. We are encouraging a plan for “Winter Wellness” in the office, as well as in the home,” Kathryn explains. “Be prepared to fight winter germs with Lysol  Antibacterial Soap and refills, Lysol ® Disinfecting Wipes and the generous use of Purell® Hand Sanitizer.”




Kleenex Personal PackDespite your best efforts, you still catch the dreaded cold? Kleenex® tissues has you covered. Their personal packs are perfect to keep in your purse or car.







Have you tried their new Cool-Touch® tissues? Seriously, they are ah-mazing. This tissue features cooling moisturizers and aloe to release cooling relief when it contacts your skin! The fresh moisturizer opens your nasal passages, so you can breathe more comfortably. Set a box out for your guests…they will thank you for it.





Moving into the kitchen, which is normally “party central”, Penny Wise has you covered there too. We all love a party…but hate the mess at the end.

Finish all-in-One Powerball DIsh setConquer the pile of dirty dishes with Finish® All-in-1 Powerball Dish Detergent. These powerful pre-soaking Powerball tabs burst into action to help soften the toughest food residues. They remove even the toughest stains, and gently scrub your dishes, glasses and silverware until they are sparkling clean! $7.99






Kleenex Paper TowelsAnd, if your family is like mine, we spill…a lot. Kleenex® Paper Towels are thick, durable and they soak up a big mess quickly. $3.95







Heritage RePrime Can LinersSuper strong Heritage® Can Liners will handle even the heaviest, messiest clean up with ease. Their unique Accu-Fit system was designed to make sure you don’t use a can liner that is too small (I hate it when the bag falls into the trash can, and makes a big mess) or too large, (the oversized bag hangs over the edges of the trash can and it’s a huge waste of plastic and money). The Accu-Fit system ensures the can liner fits your trash can perfectly, and is available in a variety of sizes. Best of all, they are super strong and won’t break, rip or tear.  $15.95–$30.95



neutra-air-freshmatic-lgFinally, finish off your kitchen clean up with the Lysol® Neutra Air® Freshmatic™ Starter Kit. It features Boost technology to automatically neutralize odors and keep rooms smelling fresh for up to 60 days. $14.99 Refills: $8.99







About Penny Wise Office Supplies

Penny Wise Office Products carries over 30,000 brand name office products at discounted prices. Delivery is fast and free. Ask for your free catalog by calling 1-800-942-3311. Be sure to tell them that the Chief Blonde sent you, for added discounts and coupons.


Oct. 25–Oct.  31 ,2012 11:59 PM EST

THE PRIZE (Values are approximate)

  •  $38 AIR WICK® FRESHMATIC® Ultra Automatic Spray And 2 Refills
  • $1.25    Roll Scott® Bath Tissue
  • $4.63 Dial®  Anti-Bacterial Foaming Soap
  • $3.73 Dial’s Anti-Bacterial Soap in liquid form
  • $29.00 Lysol Healthy Touch Soap Systems Antibacterial Soap and refills
  • $3.95 Lysol ® Disinfecting 35 Wipes
  • $1.00 Purell® Hand Sanitizer
  • $6.00 Kleenex®  personal packs tissues
  • $4.00 Cool-Touch® tissues
  • $7.99 Finish® All-in-1 Powerball Dish Detergent
  • $15.95  1 box or various Bags sizes Heritage® Can Liners
  • $24 Lysol® Neutra Air® Freshmatic™ Starter Kit. +1 Refill

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