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Do you love entertaining? Do you love Chocolate? Then I have found the perfect gift for you–a Velata Chocolate Fondue Maker. What is Velata, you ask? Glad to tell you!!

Velata is a Latin word meaning ‘veiled’ or ‘covered’. The perfect description of a chocolate covered strawberry! The warmer features a silicone dish for warming and serving food. The dish is microwave and dishwasher safe. The warmer technology keeps the melted chocolate at the exact temperature. No scorching, stirring or watching needed. Now that makes Velata warmers the perfect party centerpiece. The quality is excellent, since Velata is from the Scentsy family line of products.

I have been using my Velata Warmer for a few months now and it has been a WINNER! People naturally gather around and enjoy tempting treats covered in delicious chocolate. Have I mentioned the premium Belgian Chocolate?! There are currently four flavors available, milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate and caramel milk chocolate. Something for every chocolate lover. The chocolate comes in a microwave-safe pouch. Pop it in for a minute or two and then pour into the silicone dish. It will stay at the perfect temperature–til the dish is empty. If you don’t have a microwave, the chocolate pieces can be poured into the dish and melted, it will just take a bit longer. Once it is melted, turn the switch to LOW to keep the chocolate at the perfect temperature.

AND there is one to match anyone’s decor. Check out these colors and styles!


The Curve available in Key Lime, Huckleberry, Clementine, Maraschino, Licorice, Blue Jazz


Pedestal available in Rouge, Noir, Key Lime, Clementine, Huckleberry, Licorice, Maraschino, Blue Razz

Velata Warmers, available in 3 styles and 6 colors, retail for $40. Each warmer comes with 4 matching fondue forks. Additional forks and a lid may also be purchased. The extra long cords have a dimmer switch so you can keep your chocolate at the perfect temperature. You may also purchase a bundle with 2 warmers and 6 chocolates for $105. Chocolate bundles are also available. The 3 pack is $20 and the 6 pack is $35.

If you are interested in purchasing a Velata warmer or would like information about hosting a party, please email me You may also order online at my Velata site. I am having a sale this month on warmers, email me and I will send you the information. You won’t be disappointed in this Entertaining Experience!

When I was a kid, I remember using a roll-on deodorant, but have only used a solid in the past 20 years or so. I was glad to receive a bottle of Dry Idea-Advanced Dry through my membership in the Purex Insiders. I was pretty sure the modern roll-on had to be an improvement over my memory of a sticky, flap your arms till it dried, protection!

Dry Idea comes in 2 sizes and 3 varieties. After shaking the bottle, you just roll it on. Simple. It did not take too long to dry and I didn’t notice any stickiness, but I was going out and it was over 90 degrees, so I was anxious to test it out.

  • Regular, Unscented and Powder Fresh Roll-On (2.5 and 3.25oz.)
  • Silicone-based formulation – our secret to dry
  • This formulation puts the “Dry” in Dry Idea®antiperspirants. It contains no water – for a drier application. And it’s time-released for longer-lasting odor protection and fragrance.

    INGREDIENTS: Active Ingredient: Aluminum Zirconium Pentachlorohydrex, GLY (16.3%). Other Ingredients: Cyclomethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Glycol, Fragrance, Zea Mays

    Later that night, having forgotten I was testing a new product, I got ready for bed and then realized I had been odor free! The sign of a good product is when you DON’T notice it. Dry Idea with 24 hour protection was at work and I spent a lot of time outside and still didn’t feel any wetness or notice any odor. Still not convinced, I continued using the product and found that it’s fast drying MicroCotton Formula was working.

    I am still a big fan of solid deodorant and Dry Idea Advanced Dry comes in a Clear Gel and an Invisible Solid. The Clear Gel is available in Unscented and Powder Fresh. The Solid comes in those two varieties and Cool Burst, with Air Conditioning Effect.

    You can find out more on their website or their facebook page.

    Find a 75 cents off coupon here.

    I received a sample of this product from Dry Idea and Purex Insiders. My opinions are my own.

    It’s summer and for me that means seafood!! I love a table laden with steamed crabs, loaded with Old Bay Seasoning. I enjoy fresh fish and tender shrimp. The only problem in the summer? Sometimes the price of FRESH is too much. Enter Gorton’s Seafood of Gloucester! The Gorton’s Way is evident from their sustainability practices and superior quality of their products. Their slogan means an intense focus on satisfying the consumer first, last and always. I know all this because Gorton’s sent me a few coupons to test and review their products. AND they sent me some coupons to give to my readers also.

    I received a few recipe cards (and there are more on their website The Grilled Tilapia Broccoli Penne looked delicious, so I purchase the Gorton’s Tilapia Signature Grilled Fillets and got started.


    1. Prepare Gorton’s Tilapia Signature Grilled Fillets and pasta according to package instructions and cut each fillet into 4 pieces.
    2. Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes and sauté onion and garlic 5 minutes, add broccoli, sauté 7 minutes, add pasta and remove from heat.
    3. Combine remaining ingredients with broccoli mixture, arrange fish pieces over pasta and serve immediately.

    So quick and easy. This is the kind of recipe you can adapt to your tastes and the veggies in your garden! In the summer I don’t want to heat up the kitchen too much, and I definitely don’t want to be in there too long. The website has lots of salads and quick dishes perfect for summer meals. I also LOVE the Gluten Free recipe section.
    My take on Gorton’s – it is good seafood. I only tried two, the Grilled Tilapia and the Grilled Shrimp. Both were fresh tasting, quick to heat and good to eat. While not identical to fresh seafood, they did hold their own in the recipes I used. If you are looking for an affordable way to up your intake of seafood, then Gorton’s has what you are looking for!

    Check out the website for recipes, coupons and their Summer Sizzling Giveaway.

    To enter to win a pair of coupons for a FREE Gorton’s item, please fill in the Rafflecopter form below. Contest ends July 23. Open to US residents only. There will be 3 lucky winners.

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    This post brought to you by éclos Skin Care. All opinions are 100% mine.

    Yes I just posted close-up shots of my eyes! But here is why. I was sent a sample supply of eclos facial skin care line. I took the first picture the day I started using the product. I used it faithfully for two weeks. The bottom photo is from last week. I had used up my supply of eclos and wanted to get another picture of my ‘after’. In addition to seeing my lines lessen, my skin felt more supple and I am now going to be faithful user! No exaggeration, just my take on the results I could see!

    No matter what your age or the number of lines you see on your face, you should be using a quality skin care line. Eclos is made from Apple stem cells. Here some information from their website.

    The Discovery
    Researchers have found that Plant Stem Cells extracted from a rare Swiss apple, (Uttwiler Spätlauber), show tremendous ability to stimulate skin stem cells, encouraging aging skin to behave like younger skin.

    Enriched with PhytoPlex24™
    Plant extracts, vitamins and anti-oxidants work in synergy with the Plant Stem Cell technology to help minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and tired skin.

    Clinically Proven Results

    • 100% of the women saw a reduction in wrinkle appearance within 2 weeks
    • Skin’s collagen matrix and elastin fibroblasts can look up to 15 years younger
      (a 50 year old subject’s skin can appear like that of a 35 year old

    I don’t think I have the skin appearance of a 35 year old–yet, but I was definitely impressed with the results on my face. I am so glad they asked me to take a before and after picture!!

    Eclos has made this line of high quality ingredients at an affordable price. The introductory kit is for sale for $19.99 at local drugstores, Target, Ulta and online. The kit contains:

    Facial Cleanser Skin Prep
    Cellular Activator Face Serum
    Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream
    Restorative Eye Cream
    Instant Radiance Facial Scrub
    Skin Renewal Clay Mask
    eclos Terry Cloth Head Band

    AND one of you can win this exact kit! Use the easy Rafflecopter entry form and enter to win!! The giveaway will end on July 23.

    disclosure: I received a sample supply of eclos skincare from SocialSpark and eclos to sample for one week. The opinions are my own.

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    Have you heard about Cravebox? It’s the wildly popular discovery service that puts ‘crave-worthy’ products into your hands once a month. There are subscription boxes – $10 a piece that are mailed to members each month. Currently the program is full, but they do anticipate opening up to more members soon. Join them now to get updates on when the program opens up. They also have Limited Edition Boxes and I recently won the lottery and purchased the Summer BBQ Box for $10.

    Inside I found these great items. Some of these items were products I had never heard of. The Mozaik Appetizer set is adorable and I can’t wait to host a party and use these tiny plates. They are perfect for sushi or even for a fondue party. They are stylish, cute and perfect for outdoor entertaining. I am a big fan of True Lemon, so I was delighted to find a box of their original Lemonade-perfect for a bottle of water. The other drink in the box is from Mighty Leaf Tea. It is a bag of their Sunburst Green Iced Tea, a blend of citrus, orange and mountain-grown Chinese green tea leaves. The last 2 items are from BIC. The first is a coupon for a FREE multi-purpose lighter. I know I can never find mine when I need it, so this is perfect for the next grilling party! AND the final item is another new item, the BIC FlameDisk. It’s the convenience charcoal alternative. Perfect for outdoor grilling at the beach, on the deck or in the park. It has a steady flame for about 45 minutes. Enough time to grill the chicken and some S’mores!

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