Thursday, December 8, 2016

100% Organic Inlight Skincare - Giveaway

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What’s new in organic skincare for holiday 2016?

Anyone looking for true 100% organic skincare to address acne, anti aging, wrinkles, cellulite, cracked heels, dark circles, eye area, hands, joint muscles, oily, sensitive, or dry skin, sundamage, rosacea, rashes, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, peeling, skin issues during pregnancy, stretch marks, scarring and shaving irritation, Inlight Skincare is the real deal.

The Inlight line of 100% Organic Skincare takes only the finest, ethically-sourced, natural, and organic ingredients and harness them at their most potent to create a gourmet, artisan, sublimely luxurious diet for your skin. Inlight organic skincare contains the finest and most effective organic food-grade and cold-pressed oils, herbs, the purest essential oils and beeswax. That’s it.

Using only certified organic ingredients, with 100% organic accreditation from the Soil Association as a further guarantee of quality and integrity; Inlight trusts their uncompromising standards, and their ethical principles reflect our own. Inlight is also proud to be the very first UK skincare company accredited under the new European-wide standard, Cosmos, streamlining the various national standards under one umbrella.

The Try Me Collection ($29.99):

An essential trio of products in miniature to cleanse, tone and moisturize for beautiful, radiant skin.
o   Face Cleanser 0.17 fl. oz.
o   Floral Face Tonic 0.17 fl. oz.
o   Daily Face Oil 0.17 fl. oz.

Cleanse, tone and moisturize with this essential Inlight trio, offering your skin just the right nutrients to keep it well nourished and silky soft and smooth. Make Inlight part of your essential daily regime and see the difference for yourself.
100% organic* (100% of the agricultural ingredients in our Floral Face Tonic are organically produced; however water cannot be certified organic)

How to use: Take up a pearl size of cleanser with the spatula and massage gently into the skin for several minutes, allowing the warm fragrances to soothe your senses. Wipe away the balm using a cotton wool pad dampened with a few drops of tonic and feel the silky soft texture of clean skin. Repeat every evening, and morning also if desired. Apply a few drops of Face Oil onto the face every morning, taking care to smooth from the chin upwards, and from the center outwards. Your skin will stay moisturized and fresh all the day

Indulgence Collection ($39.00)

The cleanser and reviving tonic will delicately cleanse away impurities, whilst the Face Oil soothes and moisturizes and the sumptuous Line Softener, combining 20 different bio-actives, works to plump and hydrate with extra concentrated care.
o   Face Cleanser 0.17 fl. oz.
o   Floral Face Tonic 0.17 fl. oz.
o   Daily Face Oil 0.17 fl. oz.
o   Line Softener 0.17 fl. oz.

100% organic* (100% of the agricultural ingredients in our Floral Face Tonic are organically produced; however water cannot be certified organic)

Dr. Spiezia - Co-founder and Formulator

Medical herbalist and skin expert at The Walsingham Natural Health Center in Turo, Italy, Dr. Mariano Spiezia has been considered the father of the organic beauty movement in Britain and was voted one of the Top 25, “Who’s who in natural beauty” in 2012 and 2013, 2015 and again in 2016. Dr. Spiezia graduated in Medicine and Surgery in Italy in the early 1980s, and has since worked on combining orthodox medicine with the extraordinary power of nature.

The Bio-lipophilic Matrix ®

For years Dr Spiezia has studied these connections with the idea of empowering the ingredients he uses with a higher frequency to gain a positive resonance on people’s skin and overall health. The result of this research is the Bio-lipophilic Matrix®, which is now at the core of each individual Inlight skincare product.

The Bio-lipophilic Matrix® consists of a specific blend of pure organic, cold-pressed oils selected for their high bio-chemical affinity to the lipidic human skin layer. Prior to production, they are energized by Dr. Spiezia’s bespoke techniques, which combine ancient traditions with modern science. These techniques heighten the oils’ vital force and help re-attune the skin to harmony, health and beauty. This enhanced blend of oils forms the heart of every Inlight product.

The core feature of Inlight’s formulations lies most importantly in the synergy between the individual ingredients. Other key factors are Dr. Spiezia’s medical expertise and Inlight’s carefully designed manual production, including its herbal oil, the base of all INLIGHT products, obtained by infusing the selected herbs in oils. The resultant herbal oil is extremely rich in beta-carotene, antioxidants, and pigments such as chlorophyll.

Entirely Plant Based, Inlight Skincare is suitable for vegetarians and Inlight oils are suitable for vegans. In addition, all Inlight products are microbiologically and nickel tested in the high tech labs of the Centre of Homeopathic Medicine in Naples (CeMON).

Inlight proudly displays the BUAV accreditation to demonstrate that none of their products or their ingredients has ever been tested on animals.

Environmentally Mindful Packaging

o   Inlight packaging is all recycled (glass jars up to 98% recycled), recyclable or biodegradable, and Inlight only uses vegetable-based inks. Even maize filler is GM free and will biodegrade over time.
o   Inlight stunning eco-glam boxes contain no extra insert, everything they want you to read is printed on the beautiful interior. Just open the glue-free box and enjoy reading!
o   Every new material is subject to intense scrutiny to ensure we make the best environmental choice.
o   The use of plastic is minimal, and strictly where no realistic alternative exists. Where possible a recyclable plastic is selected (eg. their ointment labels).
o   Inlight re-uses packaging wherever possible.
o   Nothing is wasted, even herb pizza, left at the end of a production cycle, is fed to the cows on Roskilly’s organic dairy farm where Inlight has a workshop.
o   Inlight recycles or composts all office waste, including print cartridges and tea bags.
o   Inlight turns off electric appliances whenever possible.
o   All but one of Inlight's team walks to work.

Embracing the whole body from top to toe, the deeply warming Body Oil will rejuvenate, promoting suppleness and elasticity, whilst its partner the Firm & Tone oil with its high concentrations of active plant oils and astringent plant extracts will leave skin toned and smooth. Restorative Body Butter will pamper, soothe and replenish the skin with its rich formulation and our exquisite Foot & Leg Balm is the perfect answer to revive tired, aching feet and melt away dry, rough skin.

How to use: For the most beneficial effect, apply each of these products after a warm bath or shower when the skin is relaxed, warm and can readily absorb their bio-active nutrients. Massage gently into the appropriate area for long-lasting moisturizing effect.

Win It!

One person will win two of the Inlight trial kits - Try Me Collection and Indulgence Collection.

*This is a Rafflecopter giveaway open to residents of the USA.*
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Our Favorite Christmas Tradition

There was a tradition started in my family about fifteen years ago and it's still going strong. It's our annual Candy/Cookie Day. Every year the adult girls of the family get together a week before Christmas and make candies and cookies all day long. We bring our dishes and ingredients over to my someone's house and make up the goodies. The kids help by putting on the sprinkles or dipping the chocolate. It's messy and exhausting, but worth all the love that is put into it. After all the goodies are made, we divide them up onto trays and take the trays to our friends and other loved ones.

This year the tradition will continue, but the routine will be a little different. It's the first year of this tradition without my mother.  And the first year without her famous iced sugar cookies.  Rather than be sad, we are going to get in full holiday spirit and celebrate.  We will reminisce about Candy/Cookie Days of past and remember the love she had for all of us.  We also plan on watching a Christmas movie and having a meal. Our annual Candy/Cookie Day is a tradition that I hope lasts for many more years.

Do you have any Christmas traditions that you hold dear?

Christmas All Over Again - DVD Review and Giveaway

I received product for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
Film Synopsis:

A mischievous, swag-obsessed boy must overcome his inner Scrooge, or remain caught in a cycle where everyday is a Christmas without presents.

My Review:

As I mentioned in a recent post, I've been getting into the holiday spirit by watching Christmas films.  One I recently watched was Christmas All Over Again, a new film that releases December 13th (my birthday!)

Christmas All Over Again tells of a teenage boy with crude and rude behavior.  He is immature, selfish, and has no regard for anyone but himself.  He even implodes with a temper tantrum when his sister gets married on Christmas Day.  One day, Eddie (played by Sean Ryan Fox) steps foot in a shop and complains to the store owner that "I just want my Christmas back".  The magic shoe store owner (played by Joey Lawrence) does a little magic spell.  From then on, Eddie wakes up stuck in the same day over and over again (think Groundhog Day).  To change his fate, he has to change his ways.  It takes some time for him to learn.  The first few days are of him still being his bratty ole' self.  But, after a bit, he learns the true meaning of Christmas and that it's not all about the gifts.

The plot is predictable but the overall theme is a good one.  Eddie, the teenager, got on my nerves a few times.  And that's only because my teenagers would never behave that way.  (They wouldn't be allowed to.)  But I liked the transition from seeing him as a rebellious, selfish kid to someone who learns to enjoy the simple things that make Christmas so special.

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One person will win Christmas All Over Again on DVD.

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Pets Ride Free on Amtrak in Celebration of The Secret Life of Pets

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 Riding the rails with a beloved four-legged friend will come with an extra special treat during this holiday season, in which “Pets Ride Free.” Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) and Amtrak are teaming up for a first of its kind promotion in celebration of the December 6 home entertainment release of Illumination’s blockbuster film, The Secret Life of Pets.  The “Pets Ride Free” offer, available for trips booked December 6 through December 11, 2016 or while supplies last, allows pets to ride at no additional cost on participating Amtrak routes from December 9 through March 31, 2017.

During the first year of Amtrak’s pet program, more than 15, 000 dogs and cats traveled with their owners on select Amtrak trains across the country.  The “Pets Ride Free” offer is available at select ticket counters and stations, and on trains, including AmtrakConnect Wi-Fi portals.

In addition, a limited number The Secret Life of Pets prizes will be available to customers at select stations. The program will be supported in 40 Amtrak markets nationwide including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Oakland, Dallas, Baltimore, Cleveland, Portland, Seattle, St. Louis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville, Charleston and others.

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 52

I believe in a God that hears prayers and answers them. I've witnessed the miraculous gift of answered prayer. And, I want to pray for you. I've started weekly Power of Prayer post every Thursday. We are now on week 52. If you are needing prayer in an area of your life, please leave a comment and I'll commit to pray for your need or request. You can be as general or as specific as you like. Whether it be for healing, salvation, finances, emotions, or another area of life, I'd like to lift it up in prayer.

Angels Sing - #AngelsSing DVD Review

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Christmas movies usually get me in the holiday spirit.  I like watching some of my old favorites, like Elf and A Christmas Story.  I also like to view newer Christmas movies.  Usually the plots are generally the same, but there's something about seeing cheer, joy, hope, and renewed spirit that makes me feel good.

I recently gathered some friends together to watch the Christmas film, Angels Sing.  Released in 2013, Angels Sing is a holiday film worth watching.

The film revolves around Michael Walker, a family man who refuses to celebrate Christmas.  He had a tragic incident in the past that caused him to become bitter over Christmas.  Now, in his adult life, he moves into a home and is given conditions about keeping up with standards.  One of those standards just happens to be putting up Christmas decor.  At his new residence, Michael finds out the meaning of community when people come together to help him with a new tragedy.  Michael also learns that sometimes the greatest gift you can give is the gift of memories.  

Just like most Christmas movies, Angels Sing has a happy ending.  This is a film the entire family can watch.  Be sure to keep a stock of Kleenex on hand.  There are some very heartwrenching and heartwarming scenes.  My favorite part of the entire movie was the music.  And I loved that Willie Nelson was a key character.  His rendition of 'Amazing Grace' was moving.

If you haven't seen Angels Sing and you are looking for a great Christmas film to watch this holiday season, I definitely recommend this movie.

Film Synopsis:

As a child Michael wished every day was Christmas - until a tragic accident crushed his holiday spirit. Thirty years later, Michael still can't muster any joy for Christmas, despite encouragement from his wife and parents. But when his son faces a tragedy, Michael needs to make amends with his past. A mysterious man named Nick gives him the courage to find the Christmas joy that he lost.
Pretzel Rods and Pecan Clusters made for the Angels Sing viewing party

Have you seen Angels Sing?
What are your favorite Christmas movies?

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

It's National Cotton Candy Day

What's a fair or carnival without cotton candy?!  
Today is National Cotton Candy Day, so pick up some of this sweet goodness and eat until you get a sugar high.