Saturday, June 29, 2019

Cinderella 70th Anniversary! Enter to Win A Copy

This month marks the 70th anniversary of the timeless Disney classic, Cinderella. I am literally shocked by that. I know it's been around as long as I remember, but I only just turned 31. To realize that this movie has been around more than twice as long as I have is incredible.

Think about how many generations have been touched by this magic tale. And it is still a staple in childhoods (and adulthoods) today. In honor of the 70th anniversary, Disney is opening the vault to release a special anniversary edition of the film.

Even if you already own it, this is not something to pass up. The anniversary edition will be 4k, the first time that Cinderella will be displayed in all her clearest glory. This special edition also contains Blu-Ray, DVD, and a Digital Code, so you wan watch anywhere, any time. Blue there is over 2 hours of bonus content. I love bonus content.

And, not to go off in a rant, but I wanted to say that everyone always says how great fairy tales, princess, etc, are for "little girls". They are great for EVERYONE. Young girls, old ladies, young boys, old men, IT DOES NOT MATTER! If they like it, it is great for them, and I want people to stop thinking that it is childish or feminine to enjoy stories that happen to have magic or female leads, etc.

I mainly say this because my son is turning 12 next month. The only three things he has asked for is 3 Disney DVDs, one of which being Cinderella. No one has specifically made any comments toward me/him about it. But I've seen things like "Oh, Elena is cool, but I have boys." So what? Why could a boy not watch a show about a female? There is literally no reason for them not to watch it or enjoy it.

Anyway, whether you are male or female (or both or neither) young or old, you all have the opportunity to love this amazing movie, and you all the the opportunity to win a copy. I am giving away 2 copies. Simply enter via the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win.

*Although I received this movie at no cost, all opinions are 100% my own.*

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Hair loss - Causes, Treatment and Prevention

The hair is considered as our crowning glory. From choosing our unique hairstyles—haircut and hair color, we do show some love and care for our hair that easily represents our personality.

Although many people choose to get bald, the unintentional occurrence of hair loss is an issue that should be given attention. There might be an underlying problem about this that will determine if your health is at risk.

According to OnHealth website, there are about 50 million men and 30 million women in the
U.S who are affected by falling out of hair. By the time men reach 50, about 50% of them will
experience it.

Now, let us zoom in to your scalp before you get bald. Also check out for more in-depth info about hair loss.

Hair loss can be determined by examining the scalp if the condition is due to the physical destruction and loss of hair follicles. Non-scarring hair loss is the case if the scalp looks perfectly normal with plenty of empty hair follicles while cicatricial alopecia destroys the follicles permanently. The former happens when there is physical or chemical damage to the hair shaft that results in breakage.

Distinguishing hair loss from hair breakage must be done by medical professionals. Medical
health screening for hair loss may include blood tests such as complete blood count (CBC), iron level, vitamin B, thyroid function tests (TFT), and a biopsy of the scalp.

What are the causes?

Identifying the cause of hair loss can be quite challenging since it has many types.
The thinning of hair may arise due to the following causes:

● Genetic factors as well as the overall aging process starting 30s and 40s such as
hormonal changes (in puberty, pregnancy, and menopause), emotional trauma, protein
deprivation, and illness.
● Several health conditions including iron deficiency anemia, thyroid disease, and
secondary syphilis are considered to be the causes of this condition.
● With all these, the most common cause would be alopecia which occurs on normal
unscarred scalp skin. This is produced by the autoimmune destruction of hair follicles in
localized areas of the skin.

As classified by physicians, this can be:

● Patchy hair loss wherein some conditions produce small areas of losing hair while others
affect large areas of the scalp. This is commonly caused by:
o alopecia areata (small circular or coin-sized bald patches on the scalp that grow
back within months),
o traction alopecia (thinning because of tight braids or ponytails),
o trichotillomania (from twisting or pulling hair out),

o tinea capitis (fungal infection), and
o secondary syphilis
● Diffuse hair loss which is caused by
o drug-induced alopecia,
o pattern alopecia,
o protein malnutrition, and
o systemic disease-induced alopecia (cancer, endocrine disease, and telogen

How can this be treated?

This condition can be aided and/or treated through these 5 recommendations:
● Sprinkling hair-fiber powders to camouflage balding areas,
● Attaching hairpieces such as synthetic wigs, human hair wigs, hair extensions, among
others to add a hair of similar color temporarily,
● Undergoing surgery such as hair transplantation or scalp reduction for natural-looking
● Low-level laser devices approved by the FDA for men to stimulate hair growth,
● Reinjecting platelet-rich plasma obtained from the patients’ processed whole blood into
their own scalp, and
● Taking medications including minoxidil (Rogaine) and finasteride (Propecia).

How can this be prevented?

The prevention of hair loss manifestation begins with having good hair hygiene—regular
shampooing More than this basic step, good nutrition with acquiring adequate levels of vitamin
B and iron. Plus, the treatment of the underlying medical conditions such as anemia, thyroid
disease, and hormonal imbalances is recommended.

Did you know that there are myths about pattern baldness?

● For males, they say that:
o baldness is inherited through the mother's side of the family but the truth is
genes for baldness can come from either parent.
o massaging the scalp will help in the hair regrowth through stimulating circulation
around the follicles. This may make you feel good. However, there are no studies
that prove this as effective.

● For females,
o having long hair does not strain the roots and the hair to fall out.

o Too much brushing of hair does not cause hair loss as those that come out from
combing are ready to fall out anyway.

Friday, June 14, 2019

7 Ways Quality Graphic Design Enhances Your Brand

Graphic design nowadays is a priority for everyone who intends to start a new business. We need impressive visual content to catch and hold our potential audience’s attention, get people to know our brand and to create marketing materials, whether it be pamphlets, business cards, stationery, and even email newsletters.

Every brand needs to have an identity and a large presence in its niche, and graphic design is a necessary tool for creating both. Besides, it improves the way you communicate with your customers. Graphic design will always be necessary to inform, draw interest and even persuade your audience to buy in a clean, attractive and effective way through visual content.

If you are planning on starting a new business or you would like to give a new image to the one you already have, this is what professional graphic design can do for you:

1. Good graphic design makes you look good and it enhances your sales

We all know first impressions matter. You can either create a good first impression or spend quite some time working your way through someone’s heart… or wallet. Professional graphic design creates a powerful and positive first impression that will benefit your business in a matter of seconds.

When people look at a high-quality design, they immediately associate this with the quality of your brand’s products and services. In people’s minds, good graphics means a reliable brand, and a reliable brand means great products that are worth spending money on.

Take into consideration that someone could find your brand in many different ways. Perhaps they saw your latest social media post, found your website on Google, saw an ad, got your business card, etc. You have to be careful and make sure you are putting your best foot forward every time you deal with your brand’s image.

2. It quickly conveys your message

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. When most would overlook your marketing efforts when they are in written form, your visual content will pop out and do all the talking for you in a literal blink.

That is why professional designers create graphic content based on the message you want to deliver, they choose specific colors and typefaces to communicate your message in a visual way. This is why graphic design is so successful, it is a clever way to make your target audience connect with your message almost without them even knowing.

This applies to any type of information you want to share. Research has shown that infographics beat any other type of content when it comes to being shared and liked on social media, so whenever there is a piece of information you would like your audience to know, you could use graphic design to accompany your information in written form and create a potentially viral piece of visual content.

3. It gives consistency to your brand

The graphic materials and content you use need to be consistent to create a reliable image to your audience. Your logo, brand colors, imagery and messaging must be the same in every product that reaches your customer. When these aspects of your business are not consistent, it tends to confuse your clients and make them feel uncomfortable, creating a negative association with your company that will definitely affect your profit.

4. It makes your customers trust you

Good, aesthetic graphic design makes your brand welcoming and trustworthy in the minds of potential clients. Actually, they will trust your products or services if the design is attractive to them, and vice-versa.

If you can make your customers feel comfortable with your brand, you can be sure they will happily come back every time they need your products, as you have created a safe, reliable place for them to spend on.

Additionally, it will give you the polished, professional look people are always looking for whenever they are planning to spend their money on a new product.

5. It sets you apart from the competition

The graphic materials you choose to represent your company will make you stand out from the competition. People like to associate themselves with things that look and make them feel good and quality graphic design creates attractive visuals to pick their interest, influencing their choices so that they eventually become loyal customers.

6. It establishes your brand

Design also helps establish your company’s name in its niche market. An effective logo will always remind us of the brand behind it. The more we see it, the more we remember the brand, making us recognize it every time we see it. This is especially important for small companies that can’t afford big marketing efforts. A unique logo and a good business card design can be few but powerful marketing items to establish your brand with just a few resources.

7. It unites your employees

In a company, employees will always be surrounded by different company items such as stationery, brochure, uniforms, and the brand’s logo. These designs help unite employees under the same identity.

If you are trying to boost the potential of your brand and enhance your sales, graphic design will always be an excellent tool to renew your connection with your audience and change the way it perceives and consumes your brand.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Father's Day Gift Guide - MSTR Watches

If you are still looking for the perfect Father's Day gift, look no further. The most important gift of all is TIME. Just spend time with your dad (husband, etc.) and let them know that you will always make time for them. But if you do want a physical gift, then a MSTR watch is he perfect choice.

What better embodiment of the sentiment "I'll always have time for you" than a stunning watch, made to last a lifetime? MSTR watches are certainly exactly that. Stunning, high quality, and made to last. I got (for hubby) the Moonphase Ambassador, and it is gorgeous!

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In the photo it kinda shows up with a golden tone, but this is titanium gray and black, and it looks so timeless and versatile without losing any of the sophistication. I cannot say enough about it. It feels so solid and the croc leather is like butter.

It is even water resistant up to 100 meters, which is super important here in Florida. We practically have to live in the water in this heat, not to mention all the rain that can come out of nowhere. Plus, the lens is scratch-resistant mineral crystal, which makes it great for rough and tumble wearers, like my hubby.

Overall, for the wow factor, sentiment, value, and performance of these watches, you could not choose a better gift. I love them so much I am already eyeing a few other styles. No matter what gift you give or receive, I hope you all have a very happy Father's Day.

*Although I received this at no cost to facilitate a review, all opinions are 100% my own.*

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Little Bites Father’s Day Sweepstakes + Win A $25 Visa GIft Card and Free Little Bites!

*The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Entenmann’s Little Bites muffins so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Entenmann’s Little Bites muffins. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Entenmann’s Little Bites muffins*

Father's Day is this weekend! You likely have your gifts on hand and your plans made, but there is still time to pick up last minute extras and even time to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card or some adorable dad/child matching socks plus Little Bites Muffins. All you have to do is enter Little Bites Muffins' Father's Day Sweepstakes. The deadline to enter is June 16th, 2019.

Even if you don't win, Little Bites Muffins make a great Father's Day treat or easy ("made" by kids) breakfast idea. Like this fun (if not perfect) heart we made out of Little Bites Muffins.
Wouldn't this be perfect with a gift and Father's Day card placed in the middle?

Another fun idea would be to open the packs and use the muffins to spell out "DAD" or even "Happy Father's Day", if you want to go really big. That would be perfect for a larger gathering, like a BBQ, which totally screams Father's Day.

Unlike a lot of treats, Little Bites Muffins are made with real ingredients like blueberries, strawberries and bananas, contain no corn syrup and (most varieties) are 200 calories or less. So for kids, or kids at heart, Little Bites Muffins are a treat you can feel good about. 

Little Bites has been kind enough to provide a $25 Visa Digital Gift Card and 3 Little Bites Muffins Coupons for a giveaway. One lucky reader will win it all. Enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck. I hope you all have a happy, healthy, and delicious Father's Day.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Father's Day Gift Guide - Field & Stream Blade Kayak

Father's Day is next weekend! While it is the thought that counts, I'm pretty sure dad can do without another tie or "best dad" mug. I prefer gifts that won't just sit in a drawer or on a shelf, rarely used. I like gifts that are also experiences - adventures.

So, for my hubby, I got the Field & Stream Blade Kayak, from Dick's Sporting Goods. He is not the super outdoorsy guy that does it all, but he does love boats and being on the water. He is usually a homebody, so I love being able to give him a gift that will help him get out and enjoy life.

Perfect for one rider. It features a contoured seat, with foam and adjustable backrest and adjustable foot rests, for all-day comfort, front and back storage, to hold everything you need, a cup holder, paddle keepers, and more. Plus front and rear handles, and the perfect lightweight (but totally durable) design, making it easy for one person to carry it. Plus, there are 6 different color options.

No matter how you look at it, this is a great kayak and a Father's Day present that no dad would ever forget. Plus, they are $100 off right now at Honestly, this is a great price on any kayak, let alone one as awesome as this one. What a way to blow dad's mind and get a great bargain while doing it.

I hope you all have a happy, safe, and adventurous Father's Day.

*Although I received this product at no cost, to facilitate a review, all opinions are 100% my own.*