Editor's Picks




We found the perfect gift for Grandparents'g Day which is September 11. The Grandparents Day Gift Basket from Gourmet Gift Baskets is filled with healthy snacks ~ fresh and dried fruit, nuts, Vermont cheddar Cheese, crackers, summer sausage, pretzels and more. The goodies are artfully arranged in a reusable picnic basket. Nana and Pop will love receiving it at their door, but of course, it makes a wonderful gift for any occasion. $69.99 gourmetgiftbaskets.com

Rich in anti-oxidants, AMOREPACIFIC's Age Correcting Foundation Cushion evens out skin tone while broad spectrum SPF 25 protects against damaging UVA and UVB rays. AMOREPACIFIC's patented Green Miracle T helps restore skin, boosts natural suppleness, and instantly lifts and firms for a more youthful appearance. Included in the gift box is a gold compact with foundation cushion, refill, and microbial puff. Available in 5 shades for $80 at us.amorepacific.com



We found this stunning Tom Dixon Stainless Steel Etch Tea Light Holder on Trouva, a site which features a unique collection of U.K. boutiques. The stainless steel is cut to create thousands of intricate light-filtering round "windows" which create a breathtaking illumination when the candle is lit. Also available in copper, brass or as a pendant light. $52.80 at trouva.com



Ah, the sea is calling. Penquin's Premium Blend Eau de Toilette Spray for Men is a captivating scent that reminds me of a coastal getaway ~ surf, sand, and sailing. A refreshing and lively blend of crisp bergamot, Mediterranean rosemary, violet leaves, and fresh lime, with hints of romantic musk and driftwood. It will take you both away. A 3.4-oz. bottle retails for $65 at originalpenquin.com



AcuRite recently launched a line of enviornmental monitoring products for the home including the 3-Sensor Indoor Water Leak Detector Smart Home Enviornment System with my AcuRite. Included are 3 room monitors with water leak detectors, a smartHUB and complimentary My AcuRite account for remote access on your Android or iOS devices. The ability to measure temperature, humidity and detect moisture provides priceless peace of mind to homeowners with sump pumps in crawlspaces, second homes and while on vacation. Products are sold separately or as a set with different accessory options available. The smartHUB with 3 Room Monitors and Water Detectors is currently on sale for $149.99 at acurite.com


Keep your skin hydrated and protected with StriVectin® Repair & Protect Moisturizer. The lightweight moisturizer keeps skin hydrated in all weather conditions and reduces the appearance of wrinkles by enhancing collagen and elastin. Broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen protects skin from harmful rays while StriVectin's patented NIA-114™ increases skin's natural age-fighting defenses. A 1.7-oz jar retails for $89 at strivectin.com



OMG! Lavanila Vanilla Bean Creamy Body Scrub is positively addicting. A blend of crushed madagascar vanilla beans, shea butter and essential oils pamper the skin transform a shower experience into a luxury spa date. Love it! A 7.5-oz. jar retails for $40 at lavanila.com

neuENVY Peptide Enhanced Mascara conditions, strenghtens and hydrates lashes so they look their longest, healthiest and most voluminous. This peptide-rich mascara is formulated with vitamins and oils to nourish each lash and enhance flexibility. Lasts all day without smudging or flaking and can be used to extend the life of lash extensions. $32 at skinresearchlabs.com


Claus Porto Double Almond Milk Soap is a treat for the bath. This creamy handcrafted soap moisturizes as it gently cleanses skin. We adore the delicate yet delightful fragrance combining notes of almond, whipped violet sugar, vanilla and fig. Luxuriously wrapped in paper depicting Portugal's historic buildings and finished with a raised seal. A 5.3-oz. bar retails for $15. clausporto.com

You'll never have trouble getting the kiddies to take a bath with Fizz & Bubble in the house. They turn bath time into fun time as the mini ball fizzles around added moisturizing essential oils to the water. But, make no mistake, they're not just for kids! The White Tea & Ginger Petite Bath Bombs are beautifully scented to enjoy while relaxing after a work day. A package of 5 retails for $15 at fizzandbubble.com 
C.O. Bigelow's new candle collection is available in many of their popular fragrances. The Musk Scented Candle will awaken the senses as it fills the air with a blend of iced bergamot, ylang ylang, patchouli, vanilla bean, and pearlized musk. The 8.5-oz. candle has a burn time of approximately 60 hours and retails for $42 at bigelowchemists.com

Joico K-Pak Color Therapy Luster Lock Instant Shine & Repair Treatment conditions and treats dry, summer hair. Leaves hair soft, smooth and shiny with a lovely scent. A 4.7-oz. tube is $19.99 at loxabeauty.com




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    Starting Week 21 on Nutrisystem


    I'm starting my last month blogging for Nutrisystem...wah!!! Going to miss it so much. This past week was a busy one and included a trip to NY and NJ, a visit with family, a fun day at Jones Beach on Long Island, sightseeing on the ferry, and a delicious dinner at an Italian restaurant. Since the trip was unexpected, I didn't have much time to plan meals, but thankfully had enough Nutrisystem on hand that I didn't have to worry. Since I was only able to get in a couple of hours of exercise and always retain extra fluid when traveling, I was certain I would return home with a 5-lb. weight gain. For the first time since I've started this journey, I was mindful about it but didn't obsess over the scale. I think that's a good thing! Also got to see a beautiful old tall ship that was docked at the Cape May-Lewes ferry and enjoyed a Nutrisystem breakfast at the beach ~ 



    I realized while walking through the grocery store yesterday, I now mainly shop the perimeter of the store. I noticed some yummy-looking desserts on my way to the register and didn't have my usual longing for them. It's taken me a while, but I'm starting to break my old habits and retrain my brain. As long as I keep the weight off once I reach my goal, I'm okay with slow and steady. 


    Weighed in at 153.4 which is a 1-lb. loss for the week and a 20-week total of 26.6 lbs. I'm encouraged to see the scale continue to move in the right direction each week. Still have a long way to go, but I can do this! Thank you, Nutrisystem!! xox

    To save 40% off the cost of meals and receive 14 free shakes plus an additional $30 off visit nutrisystem.com/nsblog. For delicious, low-cal recipes and weight loss tips, check out https://leaf.nutrisystem.com and connect with Nutrisystem on Facebook and Twitter

    My Journey Begins ~ Starting Weight ~ 180 
    Week 1 ~ Lost 6.2 lbs. ~ Weight 173.8
    Week 2 ~ Lost. 1.4 lbs. ~ Weight 172.4 ~ Total Loss 7.6 lbs. 
    Week 3 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 172 ~ Total loss 8 lbs.
    Week 4 ~ Lost 2.2 lbs. ~ Weight 169.8 ~ Total Loss 10.2 lbs.
    Week 5 ~ Lost 1.8 lbs. ~ Weight 168 ~ Total Loss 12 lbs. 
    Week 6 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 167.8 ~ Total Loss 12.2 lbs. 
    Week 7 ~ Lost 2.2 lbs. ~ Weight 165.6 ~ Total Loss 14.4 lbs. 
    Week 8 ~ Lost .6 lbs. ~ Weight 165 ~ Total Loss 15 lbs. 
    Week 9 ~  Lost 1.2 lbs. ~ Weight 163.8 ~ Total Loss 16.2 lbs. 
    Week 10 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 163.4 ~ Total Loss 16.6 lbs. 
    Week 11 ~ Lost 2 lbs. ~ Weight 161.4 ~ Total Loss 18.6 lbs. 
    Week 12 ~ Lost .6 lb. ~ Weight 160.8 ~ Total Loss 19.2 lbs. 
    Week 13 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 159.8 ~ Total Loss 20.2 lbs. 
    Week 14 ~ Lost 1.6 lbs. ~ Weight 158.2 ~ Total Loss 21.8 lbs. 
    Week 15 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 157.8 ~ Total Loss 22.2 lbs. 
    Week 16 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 156.8 ~ Total Loss 23.2 lbs.
    Week 17 ~ Lost .6 lbs. ~ Weight 156.2 ~ Total Loss 23.8 lbs.
    Week 18 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 155.2 ~ Total Loss 24.8 lbs. 
    Week 19 ~ Lost .8 lbs. ~ Weight 154.4 ~ Total Loss 25.6 lbs. 
    Week 20 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 153.4 ~ Total Loss 26.6 lbs. 

    Until next week ...
    Disclosure: In accordance with FTC regulations, I am disclosing as a Nutrisystem Nation Blogger, I am receiving Nutrisystem food in exchange for writing about my weight loss journey. Affiliate links were not used in this post nor was any other compensation received. All reviews are my own.

    Starting Week 20 on Nutrisystem


    This week started off with an uplifting encounter. A teller at my bank who I hadn't seen in a few months said to me "I want to do whatever it is you're doing". I've had success mentoring others in business, but never have I inspired anyone where my weight is concerned. I wonder if she knows how much her comment inspired me? This is becoming about more than just weight loss. It's as though I'm seeing everything through different eyes. I needed to switch my focus to something healthier and more positive and I'm thankful I found that with Nutrisystem. 



    I still love food and always will, but I now find myself researching things like how many calories different exercises burn. Never saw that coming! This article on The Leaf explains it would take nearly 4 hours of biking 22 miles to work off my former go-to meal {cheeseburger, fries and a coke}. Holy cow, what an eye-opener! When you look at food from that perspective, it's just not worth the momentary satisfaction.        

    That realization was put to the test as the week went on. A friend who was just 41-years old was killed in a car accident Monday night, a friend of 40 years who always treated me like a daughter passed away Saturday night as did another friend's Dad. Heaven sure has been busy this week! I have always comforted myself with food. I've learned during these past few months though, for me, that only leads to more sadness. I stuck to the plan and tried my best to work off some of the sadness and frustration by jogging in the pool for 10 hours this week. 



    Most days I burned more calories than I consumed, but I guess the stress didn't help. Still, I ended the week with a .8 lb. weight loss for a 19-week total of 25.6 lbs. I'm thankful to Nutrisystem for helping me become healthier, stronger, and for giving me the tools to not give up when life throws a punch...or two...or three. Wishing everyone better days and suggesting we all go hug someone we love.


    To save 40% off the cost of meals and receive 14 free shakes plus an additional $30 off visit nutrisystem.com/nsblog. For delicious, low-cal recipes and weight loss tips, check out https://leaf.nutrisystem.com and connect with Nutrisystem on Facebook and Twitter

    My Journey Begins ~ Starting Weight ~ 180 
    Week 1 ~ Lost 6.2 lbs. ~ Weight 173.8
    Week 2 ~ Lost. 1.4 lbs. ~ Weight 172.4 ~ Total Loss 7.6 lbs. 
    Week 3 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 172 ~ Total loss 8 lbs.
    Week 4 ~ Lost 2.2 lbs. ~ Weight 169.8 ~ Total Loss 10.2 lbs.
    Week 5 ~ Lost 1.8 lbs. ~ Weight 168 ~ Total Loss 12 lbs. 
    Week 6 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 167.8 ~ Total Loss 12.2 lbs. 
    Week 7 ~ Lost 2.2 lbs. ~ Weight 165.6 ~ Total Loss 14.4 lbs. 
    Week 8 ~ Lost .6 lbs. ~ Weight 165 ~ Total Loss 15 lbs. 
    Week 9 ~  Lost 1.2 lbs. ~ Weight 163.8 ~ Total Loss 16.2 lbs. 
    Week 10 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 163.4 ~ Total Loss 16.6 lbs. 
    Week 11 ~ Lost 2 lbs. ~ Weight 161.4 ~ Total Loss 18.6 lbs. 
    Week 12 ~ Lost .6 lb. ~ Weight 160.8 ~ Total Loss 19.2 lbs. 
    Week 13 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 159.8 ~ Total Loss 20.2 lbs. 
    Week 14 ~ Lost 1.6 lbs. ~ Weight 158.2 ~ Total Loss 21.8 lbs. 
    Week 15 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 157.8 ~ Total Loss 22.2 lbs. 
    Week 16 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 156.8 ~ Total Loss 23.2 lbs.
    Week 17 ~ Lost .6 lbs. ~ Weight 156.2 ~ Total Loss 23.8 lbs.
    Week 18 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 155.2 ~ Total Loss 24.8 lbs. 
    Week 19 ~ Lost .8 lbs. ~ Weight 154.4 ~ Total Loss 25.6 lbs. 

    Until next week ...
    Disclosure: In accordance with FTC regulations, I am disclosing as a Nutrisystem Nation Blogger, I am receiving Nutrisystem food in exchange for writing about my weight loss journey. Affiliate links were not used in this post nor was any other compensation received. All reviews are my own.

    Things We're Loving


    Make the most of what's left of summer with these fab finds and be sure to enter to win the prize of your choice from our gift closet


    Amoressa's A Solid Story Full Moon Rising Swimsuit is as comfortable as it is striking. The head-turning one-piece swimsuit features fixed straps, softcup bra, and strategically placed cutouts which create a slenderizing effect. Also available in White to show off your summer tan. $198 miraclesuit.com 



    You'll look chic and stay cool and comfortable in Eco Swim's Shirred Side Crochet Dress Cover Up. Made from 100% recycled materials, it has adjustable side ties to lengthen or shorten. The chic and beautiful cover up is lightweight, ultra soft and extremely flattering. SRP: $68. Available in white or black at select retailers and on Amazon


    L'Occitane's Shea Butter Foot Cream has been a life saver now that I'm walking 8-10 hours a week in the pool without water shoes. Formulated with soothing shea butter and essential oils, it instantly nourishes sore, tired and calloused tootsies. Lavish on before bedtime and add cotton socks to wake with softer, rejuvenated feet. A 5.2 oz. tube retails for $28 at loccitane.com



    Whether you want to smooth out dimples in your skin or like me have excess skin that needs toning after losing weight, Nerium International's Firming Body Contour Cream comes to the rescue! Formulated with Nerium's exclusive NAE-8® extract, the dermatologist-tested cream moisturizes, smooths, tones and firms arms, legs, and stomach. Nerium offers a 30-day money-back guarantee on its products. A 6.7-oz bottle retails for $120 or save $30 and order with auto delivery for $90. nerium.com



    I can't mention weight loss without including Nutrisystem. My fave lunch is their Grilled Chicken Sandwich. In the summer, I enjoy it as a salad and sometimes add a melted cheese stick to the roll. The grilled chicken is seasoned to perfection, heats up in the microwave in just two minutes, and is only 200 calories including the roll. It ships frozen and is available ala carte or on the Uniquely Yours Plan. nutrisystem.com


    Recently launched Perry Ellis RED for Men is a masculine fragrance that reflects strength, passion, and confidence. The undeniably sexy and sophisticated scent combines italian bergamot, juniper berries and sichuan pepper with touches of citrus, amber and sandalwood. A 3.4 fl. oz Eau de Toilette Spray retails for $65. Available at Macy's and perryellis.com



    Facelift in a jar? Yes, please!! Arbonne RE9 Advanced Lifting and Contouring Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 15 instant hydrates and firms skin while protecting it from the sun. Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines with continue use...no needles required! A .5 oz. jar retails for $82 at arbonne.com


    First off, I've never tried a product from Mally Beauty that I haven't loved and her 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation is no exception. Crafted from the ultra-fine powders coated with aloe leaf extract and coconut oil to provide a soft coverage that doesn't settle into fine lines. Available in 5 shades in a mirrored compact. $33 at QVC.com


    Lash Star Double-Ended Mascara creates the most dramatic lashes starting with the tightline brush to define, separate and lengthen every lash. Finish with the curved silicone-molded brush to add volume and curl. The mascara lasts all day without smudging, flaking or clumping. $35 lashstarbeauty.com



    Hawaiian Tropic Printed Maxi Caftan will keep you covered and feeling cool while poolside, on a cruise, or walking the boardwalk. A beautiful combination of watercolors with an elastic empire waist, high slits and accented with tasseled ties. Regularly $49.99, it's on sale as of this writing for $24.99 at hawaiiantropicapparel.com


    Sunforgettable® Mineral Sunscreen Brush with SPF50 by Colorescience has been in my beach bag all summer. I love the even coverage the mineral powder creates with no greasy residue or white streaks. The travel-friendly size is available in Medium, the regular size is available in multiple shades with SPF30 or 50. The travel-friendly size fits in a pocket or wristlet and lasts about 30 days. Pricing starts at $35. colorescience.com


    Pro Beauty Tools 1.5" Professional Iridescent Curling Iron is as pretty as the loose curls it creates. Provides even heat distribution up to 430° for instant professional-looking curls. Additional features include a cool tip, 8" swivel cord and multiple heat settings. Available at mass retailers. SRP: $29.99 



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