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Friday, September 30, 2011

Using Organic Coconut Oil in Skin Care

Organic coconut oil has many uses in skin care. It is a natural product, free of artificial ingredients. Read more about how to incorporate it into your skin care routine.
Using Organic Coconut Oil in Skin Care

My Memories Suite 2.0 Review and Giveaway

 A couple of weeks ago I was offered an opportunity to review My Memories Suite version 2.0 and host a giveaway. I enjoy making slide shows, videos, and greeting cards, so I figured I’d try this software out. I’ve never really been interested in scrapbooking because I don’t have very much spare time for crafts. However I do love photography and tinkering in Photoshop.

My Memories Suite is a digital scrapbooking program that allows you to make digital scrapbooks, photo books, cards, calendars, DVDs/videos with music, and gifts. My Memories is rated #1 by Amazon and Top Ten Reviews.  It costs only $39.97 (USD), but thanks to a generous offer by My Memories, if you order using this code STMMMS15422 you get $10 off the regular price of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook Software and another $10 coupon to use at the store.

My Memories Suite is user friendly and easy to learn to navigate. Putting together a scrapbook page is simple. The hardest part for me was deciding which pictures to use. I have tons of photos saved on my computer. Lately it seems I rarely get photos printed —that’s another reason that I like digital scrapbooking. 

Scrapbooking is pretty popular, and there are many digital scrapbooking software programs available. But what I like best about My Memories Suite is the customer support, tutorials, and the ability to add music and video. My Memories has as YouTube channel with tutorials, which I think is great for a newcomer like me. There is also an informative blog with tutorials and inspiration.

When you open the My Memories program, you have a choice of using a pre-made template or designing your own. There are a variety of templates, background papers, and embellishments  included to get you started. There are also many reasonably priced kits for sale on the My Memories website, as well as free kits available for download. 

There are so many potential projects. I’m excited with the ideas that I’m getting for making a photo DVD, and I can’t wait until Christmas card time.

The Giveaway

Entry is simple; just take a look at the My Memories website. Leave a comment below about which product you like best. Contest closes on October 14, 2011 at 11:59 PST. One winner will be chosen on October 16, 2011, using The winner will be notified by email, and an announcement will be posted on this blog. The winner has 2 weeks to claim the prize.
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Below are some samples that I made.

Contest Alley

Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was received for the above review, but a complementary download of the software was provided. The giveaway is held at the voluntary offer of My Memories. Lamongelo Lane will notify company of winner and is not responsible for delivery of the giveaway item.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Relax With HoMedics Back Massagers

It’s not always convenient to get an appointment with a massage therapist, so the next best thing is using at-home back massagers. HoMedics has an extensive line of back massagers to relax and sooth sore muscles; some have added heat to ease stiffness. The massagers relieve soreness, relieve aches, and easy to use.
HoMedics makes a wide variety of back massagers to fit any budget, since they come in a variety of price ranges. There are massaging massaging chair cushions and pillows, massage mats and handheld massagers. Which one you pick will depend on your need and the amount of money you want to spend.
My personal is favorite is HoMedics Massage Mat. The massage mat can massage the entire body and has an optional heat setting that delivers heat to soothe the lower back. It is relaxing and eases stiffness. A couple of things to consider are that the massage mat shouldn’t be used for more than 15 minutes at a time and shouldn’t be used while sleeping. The company does not recommend the product be used by diabetics, individuals with pacemakers, and pregnant women should consult their doctor before using.
I enjoy creating my own home spa experience, using HoMedics back massagers. An afternoon, when no one else is home, can be spent relaxing and pampering myself. I turn on some soft, calm music and set the mood with lavender essential oil. Then I put on my favorite facial mask and place cool cucumbers on my eyes. I lie back for about 20 minutes and let the soothing heat and massaging action do the work of letting tension and worry slip away.

updated 3/24/14 for broken links

Soothe an Itchy, Dry Scalp with Organic Shampoo

 "Organic shampoo contains natural ingredients such as botanicals and essential oils that soothe itching and dryness. They are often milder than regular shampoo, which can be drying and irritating. Non-organic shampoos that contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), detergents, artificial ingredients, and perfumes irritate sensitive skin or skin conditions such as eczema."  Read more of this article that I wrote for Daily Glow -- Soothe an Itchy, Dry Scalp with Organic Shampoo

Natural Skin Care - A Face Mask Recipe with Olive Oil

Olive oil has been used for thousands of years in skin care as a moisturizer and cleanser. It is full of vitamin E and other antioxidants that slow the appearance of aging by fighting free radicals. Vitamin E has been shown to moisten skin and improve smoothness. Read more and get the recipe at Daily Glow: Natural Skin Care Recipe: Olive Oil Face Mask