What to Wear for Earth Day, Yoga, or Working Out – ChewyLou T-Shirts

You can wear this green t-shirt in honor of Earth Day! (courtesy of ChewyLou)The yoga craze seems to have moved well past fad into lifestyle. ChewyLou wants to clothe that lifestyle.

ChewyLou, named for the founder’s two Labradors, offers yoga wear for women, men, kids, and even dogs.

Founder Alyssa Dinowitz is dedicated to giving outer expression to inner qualities. To support this mission, Dinowitz, a yoga instructor herself, is committed to supporting several nonprofits. In particular, all ChewyLou shirts are screenprinted at Michael’s Garden, which employs adults with special needs. They also donate a portion of profits to many other charities.

The shirts offer a variety of messages to inspire positive values such as love, humility, appreciation for life, and doing good. The shirts are based on the acrostic style of poetry (a fancy name for poems you probably wrote in elementary school). For example, the shirt ChewyLou sent me is green-themed—just in time for Earth Day! “Green” is printed in script across the chest. On the back, it reads:You can wear this green t-shirt in honor of Earth Day! (courtesy of ChewyLou)






ChewyLou offers shirt themes ranging from Karma to Live (in honor of her mother’s struggle with breast cancer), Breathe, and Truth. Although the shirt inspirations began rooted in yogic principles, they have expanded to include more whimsical themes such as Cowgirl and Angel as well as empowerment shirts such as Heart and Give.

These shirts are soooo soft. I wish all my clothes could feel as good on my skin. True to their yogic roots, they breathe well and are perfect for exercising. With the weather just returning to spring, what a great time to show off your exercise wear on a jog.

The layered shirt is cute, although I don’t love the green/yellow combination of the green shirt. Others on the Web site seem a little more harmonious including the Truth shirt and the Breathe shirt.

The design is cute, although the script of the “Green” shirt is hard to read. Other shirts have different, clearer fonts. I love the flower logo on the sleeve.

My biggest issue with the shirts, however, probably extends to all of them. After one run through the washer/dryer, the delicate t-shirt material started to fray at the hem. This makes me worry about the lasting power of the shirts.

So, the bottom line is that I love the mission, like the shirts, but was disappointed in their quality. But, if you are looking for inspirational yoga-wear, ChewyLou is definitely worth checking out. A long-sleeved shirt is $36 plus shipping and handling. ChewLou has store locations in Arizona, LA, New York, and Seattle, but you can also visit their Web site at www.chewylou.com if you live somewhere else. Shirts tend to run narrow but long. Sizes range from S-XXL.

Top 10 Ways to Go Green for Earth Day or Any Day

Be a friend to the environment and do your part to reduce waste and make the world a better place to live. You can go green in so many ways, from buying certified green and organic products to driving less. With a little creativity and a lot of dedication, you can make a difference by going green for Earth Day or any day.

Green living can be as easy or as complex as you like – from something as simple as buying paper plates instead of Styrofoam to something as involved (read: expensive) as enlisting the help of professionals to get your appliances running smoothly, increasing efficiency. Consider your current lifestyle to help you decide which degree of green living you’d like to follow.

Consider these suggestions for how to go green for Earth Day or any day.

1.    Buy products that are produced in a green way, and especially those that are easily biodegradable.
Consider products like Earth Essentials Biodegradable Sugar Cane Bowls and Plates (available at CVS), which are made from sustainable sugar cane byproduct. These bowls and plates offer a super fast biodegrading time along with an especially affordable price – only $2.50 per package of 20. Best yet, they are still sturdy and able to hold hot and cold foods and liquids.

2.    Buy only cosmetics and beauty products that are not tested on animals.
Go green even more by purchasing organic and natural products that don’t contain toxins.

3.    Buy food and other items in bulk to reduce packaging, waste, and cost. “Bulk shopping makes it easy for consumers to go green in an affordable fashion,” said Bulk is Green Council member Clint Landis of Frontier Natural Products Co-Op. “It’s smart, sustainable shopping that uses minimal packaging and allows the customer to reduce waste by purchasing as little or as much as they need.”

4.    Plant a tree. You can help to bring back a tiny fraction of the trees that are cut down each year by planting a baby tree.

5.    Conserve electricity by turning off lights and unplugging things you aren’t using. Many people also help to save the environment by turning to solar power.

6.    Recycle as much as you possibly can, both at home and in the office. Some places even allow you to recycle Styrofoam, scrap metal, cardboard, and more.

7.    Walk rather than drive whenever you have the chance. In addition to helping you go green, this is good for your body, too, giving you exercise and fresh air.

8.    Carpool when you can, and lump several errands together into the same trips.
The more you get done on one trip, the less driving you have to do for separate errands. Spend less time in the car!

9.    Start composting instead of throwing away food wastes. You can make your own nutrient rich soil for your garden while also helping to reduce what goes into the landfills.

10.    Use reusable shopping bags. Instead of getting plastic or paper at the grocery store or other stores, do your part to help the environment for not just Earth Day but all the time.

Keep these 10 living green tips in mind to help you go green for Earth Day and every day. Every person can make a difference by doing things to help and save the environment. From reducing resource consumption to recycling and reusing things when possible, we can all make out own differences in the environment. Going green is more than just a trend – it is a way of life.

How to Celebrate Your First Mother’s Day

Spend time with your little one for Mother's Day.

If this is your very first Mother’s Day as a new mom, congratulations! What an exciting time this is for you and your family. Whether you’ve waited a long time for your first Mother’s Day or if it completely snuck up on you, be sure to take some special time to celebrate and rejoice in the new bundle of joy you’ve welcomed into your home.

If you are planning your first Mother’s Day celebration, think about how you’ve imagined it would be, or how you want to remember it. Decide who you will include in this very special Mother’s Day holiday. Will you spend Mom’s Day with just your husband and new baby, or will you include your own mother or possibly your mother-in-law in the day’s festivities?

Consider these ideas for a first Mother’s Day to help you plan a special holiday with your loved ones.

The Romantic 1st Mother’s Day
If you will be spending your first Mother’s Day with your husband or boyfriend and new baby, a romantic first Mom’s Day is not fully out of the question. You can do the tried-and-true dinner and a movie date for Mother’s Day or go for a more relaxed yet equally romantic candlelit dinner in the comfort of your home. Your new baby can still be by your side and very much a part of your special day.

It is important to celebrate the romance you share with your partner on Mother’s Day. The whole reason you are celebrating your first Mother’s Day stems from the love you share with your spouse or sweetheart. Take special time together with the baby, but don’t forget to spend a few precious moments with your husband, too.

The Relaxing 1st Mother’s Day
If you are done with the hustle and bustle and just want to relax for your first Mother’s Day, your husband will probably be happy to hear it! You can do the easy and relaxing thing for Mom’s Day this year since you have a new baby to tend to, most likely keeping you running at full pace. For a relaxing first Mother’s Day, consider the dinner and a movie date at home.

Agree on your favorite local place and place a takeout order. Enjoy your meal and watch a movie together on the couch – either one you’ve rented or something OnDemand, or even a televised movie – preferably something you both haven’t seen before, or perhaps one of your all-time favorites. After your food has a chance to settle, enjoy a little something sweet. Definitely do not skip dessert on your very first Mother’s Day!

The Social 1st Mother’s Day
Maybe your little one is a complete angel and makes your job as new mom easy. Maybe you have a lot of help so you aren’t as exhausted as you could be. Or, maybe you just got back from vacation so your batteries are already recharged. Whatever the case, if you are up for a social, on-the-go first Mother’s Day, be sure to gather your favorite moms (your own mom, stepmom, mother-in-law, or friends and family members with their own kids) and plan a special Mother’s Day bash.

For the social first Mother’s Day, consider doing a picnic or barbeque (weather permitting), a special dinner at a restaurant, or a nice casual gathering at someone’s home. You can all bring photos of your kids and the first-time moms can all socialize their babies with beloved friends and family. It’s a win-win for everyone!

No matter how you decide to celebrate your first Mother’s Day, it is sure to be memorable. Be sure to soak it all up and try not to let any of the small things ruin your special day. Take a few pictures, enjoy a few sweets, and don’t forget to say “I love you” to those special people in your life. Enjoy!

Celebrate Earth Day with Fun Activities and Crafts

AsterNovi-belgii-flower-1mbDepending on the ages of your children, you can find a number of really cool and fun Earth Day ideas to do with your kids. From preschool Earth Day crafts for your youngest child to more sophisticated Earth Day crafts and activities, you can find a wealth of fun and interesting things to do with your family for Earth Day. Whether you have a teenager or a preschooler or another age group entirely, put your creativity to work and enjoy interesting Earth Day ideas with your loved ones.

A few favorite Earth Day ideas for children and parents include planting a tree, planting and learning about seeds, learning about composing, and creating birdfeeders for use around your own home. To help teach your kiddos about Earth Day, consider these Earth Day ideas and activities.

Earth Day Crafts for Preschool Kids through Teens
Earth Day activities for kids can range from Earth-friendly crafts to singing songs, to cleaning up the neighborhood, to planting a tree, making a birdfeeder, or any other number of Earth Day ideas. Depending on the age of your kids, you can surely find something fun and exciting to do for Earth Day.

A few preschool Earth Day crafts may include coloring pictures of trees and nature, exploring the great outdoors, and learning about different kinds of trees, flowers, plants, and leaves. You can encourage your preschool aged child to recycle and to make less trash, but it may be more effective to focus on the fun aspects of Earth Day.

Making a bird feeder with pine cones, peanut butter or suet, and birdseed can be a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy, and the birds will love it! You can also encourage your kids to make trash sculptures out of things you would otherwise recycle or throw away. In addition to bird feeders, it can be fun to plant seeds for a little garden or to learn about composing, rain barrels, and other eco-friendly gardening activities.

If Earth Day falls on a weekend or at a time when you can spend the entire day with your family or at least your kids, try to find an Earth Day festival in your local area or at least within driving distance. An Earth Day festival can be fun for your little ones as well as your teenagers, so try to visit an Earth Day festival at least once for your family’s enjoyment. Earth Day festivals usually have countless activities and learning stations that are great for kids (and adults!) of any age.

Earth Day Songs and Music
A great way to educate your kids about Earth Day and how to save the planet is to introduce your children to themed songs and music selections. Even popular musicians like Jack Johnson get into the groove with saving the Earth – “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” is a popular, catchy, and memorable tune to play around Earth Day.

You can search for popular Earth Day songs and music on YouTube.com. You’ll be sure to find everything from rock stars doing their part to save the environment to educational ditties that are perfect for your school-aged children or even Earth Day lesson plans. If you are feeling especially ambitious, consider making your kids an Earth Day themed CD or iTunes playlist.

Earth Day Party Ideas
If one of your family members has a birthday falling on or around Earth Day, you can have a lot of fun preparing and planning with an eco-friendly perspective. You can have a garden party theme featuring birdhouses and watering cans for centerpieces or a simple outdoor party with natural décor of your own landscape.

To keep your Earth Day party green, turn to earth-friendly paper plates, bowls, and other party goods, like CVS Pharmacy’s Earth Essentials Biodegradable Sugar Cane Bowls and Plates. These items are of top quality and they are quite lovely for paper plates and bowls. Can you believe they biodegrade in only one to three months’ time? I had the pleasure of testing these out with messy chocolate cake and ice cream – not one drop leaked through the plates or bowls. I highly recommend these eco-friendly party goods to keep your celebration as green as can be.

In addition to birthday parties, you can also plan your own Earth Day party to celebrate the environment and the Earth itself. Ask each of your guests to share a favorite tip to help save the environment. When it’s time to go, present each guest of your Earth Day party with a party bag that includes a packet or two of seeds and even a baby tree if you like.

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The World of Bar Soaps: Organic, Aromatic, Cleansing, and Moisturizing – Tisserand, sukibody, and Herban Renewal

Consider these top bar soaps for your bathing needs.Bar soaps have come a long way over the years. Today, we have soaps crafted from all types of ingredients, an entire bevy of fragrances, a myriad collection of shapes and sizes, and variations of every color of the rainbow. Deciding which bar of soap you are going to purchase for your personal use usually has its roots in your childhood. Which bar of soap did your mother or grandmother purchase for her family? Have you ever purchased the same one or are you perhaps still purchasing it?

While soap is used primarily to cleanse, it is often used for other reasons as well. Some of us also like to indulge in a bit of inexpensive aromatherapy with the soaps that we use and why not? Today’s soap comes in so many interesting and delightful varieties and fragrances that it would be a shame to enjoy these soaps simply for their cleansing purposes.

Try Tisserand Aromatherapy's bar soap for a refreshing experience.Organic soaps offer the best opportunity since you can indulge in a bit of all-natural aromatherapy and cleansing without the need to expose your skin to synthetic colors or synthetic fragrances. If you haven’t tried organic bar soaps yet, you should since the fragrances are uplifting rather than overpowering. The lack of synthetic ingredients also means that organic bar soaps offer the perfect cleansing experience for delicate skin or for women who are interested in using products obtained from sustainable sources.

Tisserand offers a refreshing pure vegetable soap with a sweet orange, jasmine, and macadamia scent. The fragrance is just as delicate as the soap. It lathers nicely and quickly providing a whiff of its scent as it does so. The scent lingers on the skin afterward, so you smell good all day long.

Its attractive oval shape and color make it perfect for use at the basin, shower, or bath. Never having been tested on animals, Tisserand’s refreshing pure vegetable soap is made from ethically harvested plant extracts and essential oils including orange leaf oil, jasmine oil, macadamia oil, and orange oil. Since it contains cocoa butter, it also moisturizes the skin, something that is noticed each time it is used. You can get your own at http://www.tisserand.com.

Try the Sukibody sensitive cleansing bar for an organic bathing experience.Sukibody sensitive cleansing bar is another of the organic offerings that the world of body soap has to offer. In fact, it is a vegan bar that is designed to hydrate the skin while clearing up clogged pores. Sukibody sensitive cleansing bar features an invigorating lemongrass scent (a bit stronger than Tisserand’s orange scent) that awakens the olfactory senses to a heightened awareness. It is composed of solely 100% organic ingredients- shea butter and lemongrass extract and designed to exfoliate without the exfoliators while effectively cleansing the skin, awakening the senses, and invigorating your skin to a new-found vivacity.

The Sukibody sensitive cleansing bar lathers nicely and feels silky-smooth on the skin so it is perfect as a facial soap as well as a body soap. Its chunky, rectangular shape with rounded edges is eye-appealing, so you can use it at basin, bath, or shower. I found it to be perfect as a go-along for an overnight bag since it is relatively small in size. Visit http://www.sukiskincare.com/v2 and get one of these fantastic organic bars of soap for yourself.

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Neutrogena Rainbath Gel – Moisture Rich Citrus Marine Body Wash Product Review

Neutrogena Rainbath has been a favorite product of mine for quite some time. I’ve used it since high school, through college, and even beyond. The product always delivers, so to me, Rainbath is a keeper. From rich, foamy lather to a subtle yet delightfully clean fragrance, I couldn’t be happier with the results.

The pretty blue color of translucent turquoise in my bottle of Neutrogena Rainbath Gel (Moisture Rich) Citrus Marine body wash was a lovely sight during shower time each day. The pump bottle made it easy to dispense as much or as little body wash as I wanted, and it was quick and easy to get more if I found I did not dispense enough the first time, as opposed to opening a lid or cap.

The Citrus Marine fragrance is truly delightful. It is light and fresh, subtle and pleasant. While not truly the same, it reminds me of the clean linen scent and the fresh rain fragrances offered by many candle and home fragrance companies. The scent is still noticeable a little while after your shower, but light enough that you can still wear your favorite perfume while the light hints of Rainbath may still linger just a bit.

Neutrogena Rainbath produces huge amounts of lather and suds to cleanse every inch of your body. The product is gentle and soothing, cleansing away any impurities and leaving your skin feeling super clean and soft without any residue. I don’t know why it seems this way to me, but I really feel there is a different level of clean achieved with this Rainbath body wash product.

Neutrogena Rainbath Gel – Moisture Rich Citrus Marine Body Wash retails for about $8 – $10 for an 8.5-ounce bottle. You can find it at most mass market retailers, drugstores, and online at Amazon.com.

Get Ready to Pucker Up Using Soothing Arcelia Lip Balms and Lip Scrubs

Try Arcelia Lip Scrub  Tins for smooth, soft, and kissable lips.Ever feel as though you have something right at the tip of your lips – something you want to say or someone you want to kiss maybe? Well, if you use Arcelia’s invigorating lip scrubs and put their soothing lip balms at the tip of your lips, you might just get that chance to pucker up and kiss that dreamboat that you are pining after.

Okay, all kidding aside, if we don’t take care of our lips, especially as we get older, no one is going to want to kiss us anymore. Well, maybe they just might not enjoy it as much as they could have with silkily-smooth, luscious lips to kiss.

Try Arcelia Lip Scrub  Tins for smooth, soft, and kissable lips.Arcelia sugar lip scrubs come in three fresh-scented varieties: Sage Brush, Margarita, and Sopapilla. Containing beeswax and natural oils, each one offers a moisturizing experience that is pleasant. All you need to do to polish up your lips is to apply, rub, and rinse. It only takes a minute or two, so this should be part of your beauty routine each week.

One of the cool facets to Arcelia’s scrubs is that they are sold in neat little tins that are easy to open and close. This fact makes these scrubs user-friendly, especially for women who might be experiencing the early signs of arthritis in their hands.

Just in case you don’t read the labels, it is important to note that each one of these sugar lip scrubs might contain a bit of salt. I did not notice any salty taste until I gently rinsed my lips. It’s a mild taste though. Believe it or not, I noticed more salt in the Margarita lip scrub, which happened to be my favorite one anyway with Sage Brush as a close second. These are actually quite similar so there isn’t that much difference among them.

In addition to using a lip scrub product weekly to remove dead cells and rejuvenate your smoochers for happy kissing, you should apply a soothing lip balm to help keep your lips moisturized and fresh. The balms are sold in tiny little tins just like the lip scrubs so they are easy to carry and easy to open.

Arcelia offers five adorable lip balms: Sassy Sangria, Mojito Lime, Hibiscus Tea, Mucho Mango, and Beer: 30. With names like these, even your honey can enjoy them. Surprisingly enough, they all smell somewhat like their names with the exception of Beer: 30, which does not seem to remind me of beer at all.

The Arcelia label is part of the Herban Renewal group of products. You can purchase the Arcelia scrubs and balms at http://www.herbanrenewalinc.com/arcelia.html. Products provided free to writer for reviewI tried each of these as the result of a generous gift from the people at Herban Renewal, creators of this earth-friendly line of products.

Cover Up Dark Circles, Birthmarks, and Scars Easily with Smart Cover Cosmetics Cover-Up Kit

Try Smart Cover Cosmetics Cover-up products to hide blemishes, scars, and more.If you are anything like me, you are always looking for beauty products that you can use to hide those tiny (and large) imperfections that seem to magically appear as we get older. After all, we want to look as young or as beautiful as we can, for our self-esteem, for a mood lifter, and just because.

I recently discovered that I can cover up dark circles, birthmarks, scars, and more easily with the Smart Cover Cosmetics Cover-Up Kit. It has every skin care product I need to cover up just about every type of skin imperfection that I need to hide on my face or body. Let me tell you the truth. I love this product. It his my facial scars ( I have two), the tiny red veins at the base of my nostrils, skin imperfections, and more.

I also love that it is waterproof – a fact someone close to me might have appreciated one unfortunate “toss-her-in-the-pool” experience a few summers back. You never need to worry about reapplying it should you decide to freshen up before meeting a client, attending an afternoon conference, or meeting your significant other for a special dinner. This in itself is a win-win feature.

Since Smart Cover Cosmetics Cover-Up products are also non-comedogenic, they can even be used during those hormonal days when your skin seems to magically clog up and develop all sorts of skin problems despite your best efforts to avoid them. This is an especially good feature for those of us who want to hide imperfections on our best feature – our faces.
Try Smart Cover Cosmetics Cover-up products to hide blemishes, scars, and more.
Moreover, Smart Cover Cosmetics Cover-Up products have been dermatologically tested so even those of us with sensitive skin can use them without concern that we are going to create a new problem while trying to hide an old one. They go on easily and are non-greasy. Plus, I found them to be relatively smudge proof, another great aspect. When I remembered to avoid rubbing areas where I applied Smart Cover, it lasted long, almost forever. I even used it for light touch ups when I didn’t feel the need to start from scratch.

Smart Cover Cosmetics generously provided a Smart Cover Cosmetics Cover-Up Kit for me to review. Since I do have a significant facial scar right below my nose, I wanted to use this item immediately. I am glad that I did because I have discovered that it does work. Whether your skin imperfections are major or minor, you should try it for yourself and discover its ability to camouflage in just a few moments.

The Smart Cover Cosmetics Cover-Up Kit is sold in a convenient 10-piece cover-up kit at a reasonable price that falls below $30 even though it has a value of $121, and you can purchase it online at Amazon.com. Each 10-piece kit includes a primer lotion to smooth and prep the skin, 3 containers of concealing creme to hide imperfections, a tube of color corrector, a cover stick for targeted coverage, a vitamin stick to provide vitamins for dry, wrinkled skin, and 2 blending sponges. A camouflage brush is included for applying your products along with a convenient carrying case.

Don’t worry that you won’t be able to find the right shade because Smart Cover Cosmetics Cover-Up is sold in six great shades ― three light shades and three dark shades! You can use it to hide marks from Rosacea, laser redness, tattoos, age spots, varicose veins, wrinkles, birthmarks and more!

Product provided free to writer for reviewFor more information on Smart Cover Cosmetics, please see http://www.smartcover.com.

Easter Hairstyles for All Ages

Try these Easter hairstyles. (Photo courtesy of morgueFile.com)Once you’ve decided what to wear, be sure to complete your look with a fantastic Easter hairstyle. You can go casual or elegant, simple or quite complex, but the important thing is that you put some thought into how your hair looks on this lovely spring holiday. Easter hairstyles can be similar or very different across age groups, so consider these tips to help you choose an Easter ‘do that works for you.

When considering various Easter hairstyles, also keep in mind what you’ll be doing for the day. Reservations at a fancy, upscale restaurant for Easter dinner may require quite a different hairstyle than an Easter picnic lunch outside in the sunshine. If you are celebrating Easter at home, your hairdo can probably be on the casual end of things while Easter dinner out of the house may be a nice excuse for a special holiday hairdo.

Adorable Easter Hairstyles for Little Girls
Little girls look adorable in most hairdos, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to come up with a great look for your daughter on Easter. For this festive spring holiday, consider styling your little girl’s locks in a set of bouncing ringlets or adorable pigtails. You might also try a braided hairstyle with either a single braid or double braids. For more mature little girls, consider dressing up their hair in a bun with a pretty barrette or some flowers (real or fake) in her hair.

Another option is the simple Easter hairstyle for little girls. If styling your daughter’s hair is not your forte, consider simply brushing her hair straight and then giving her a cute look with a fashionable headband. This hair accessory usually works well with various lengths of hair, so if your little one’s hair isn’t long enough for a bun or braid, you still should be able to achieve a really cute look with a headband.

Sweet Easter Hairstyles for Teens and Tweens
Teens and tweens should strive for a fresh and fun hairstyle for Easter. You can wear your hair straight and simple if you don’t want to go to too much trouble, or try a few loose curls for a romantic Easter look. If you want something more involved, you can try your hand at a creative twisty up-do that looks great morning, noon, or night.

To create the twisty up-do, you’ll need bobby pins or little claw clips, an elastic ponytail, and a bit of styling product to smooth your hair back. First, pull your hair back into a high ponytail and secure it, using gel or styling product to smooth down your hair. Then, take a small section of hair and twist it into a coil. Once twisted, continue to twist so that the hair curls up into a twisty bunch. Pin it down to your head with bobby pins or a claw clip. Repeat these steps until all of your hair is twisted and pinned down. It’s a great look for spring and summer!

Easter Hairstyles for Young Women, Middle-Aged Women, and Mature Women…

Spring 2010 SpaRitual “Believe” Collection Nail Polish Giveaway

Enter our SpaRitual Giveaway for a chance to win the Spring 2010 Pretty manicures and pedicures make spring and summer even more fun. From bright and bold colors to French manicures, French pedicures, nail art designs that you create yourself, and more, we want to know about your favorite nail art and mani / pedi tips. To help kick off SpaRitual’s What Do You Believe? Sweepstakes, Life Love Beauty is teaming up with amazing nail polish brand SpaRitual to offer readers a chance to win the awesome new Spring 2010 Believe collection by SpaRitual right here on our site. Read on to find out how you can enter!

In this exciting nail polish themed giveaway, you can enter for a chance to win in multiple ways for an overall increased chance of winning. If you are a nail polish fanatic, this contest is for you. You can enter our survey, share a photo of your own nail art or manicures / pedicures on Facebook, or tweet a message about this giveaway on Twitter.

Read on for more instructions on how to enter our giveaway for a chance to win the lovely Believe collection from SpaRitual, and check out the scoop on how to enter the exciting What Do You Believe? Sweepstakes by SpaRitual (below the LLB part of the post).

Prize: The lovely spring nail polish collection, “Believe” by SpaRitual, including:

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Enter our SpaRitual Giveaway for a chance to win the Spring 2010

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SpaRitual’s What Do You Believe? Sweepstakes

Through April 21, SpaRitual is asking fans to unleash their creativity and imagination and answer the evocative question, what do you believe? People can upload a video or record a video response on the SpaRitual Believe YouTube sweepstakes page expressing their unique take on what they believe. There are weekly winners and a grand prize of $500 worth of SpaRitual products!


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What to Wear for Easter with Family, In-Laws, or a Significant Other

When it comes to choosing an outfit for Easter, you can go from super casual to elegant or anywhere in between. Depending on how you’ll spend the day, you may wear anything from jeans and a nice blouse to a pretty spring dress with a shawl or cardigan. Consider your holiday plans to help you choose an outfit for Easter.

If you are going to a restaurant for Easter, you may want to consider an outfit that is a little dressier than if you are just eating Easter dinner at home with immediate family. Consider these Easter wardrobe suggestions to help you decide what to wear based on what you are doing for the day and with whom you’re spending the holiday.

What to Wear for Easter with a Significant Other
If you are spending Easter with your sweetheart, you are in for a treat. Spending the holidays with your significant other, whether boyfriend, girlfriend, fiancé, husband, or wife, can be so rewarding. Choose an Easter outfit that is appropriate and attractive. You might start thinking a week or two in advance about what to wear for Easter to ensure you find the perfect ensemble.

A few examples of sexy, attractive outfits to wear for Easter with your significant other include:
–    Tea length or cocktail length spring dress with a relatively open back or a somewhat low-cut bodice
–    Flowy skirt with a cute short-sleeve top (think the Seven Years Skirt by Effie’s Heart)
–    Jeans and a nice blouse if the two of you are taking a more casual approach to the holiday

What to Wear for Easter with Immediate Family or In-Laws
Spending Easter with immediate family and/or in-laws may present a casual holiday outing or a more formal holiday meal. If you are planning Easter with family or in-laws, first find out what the day’s activities will include. Will you be enjoying a meal at someone’s home or at a fancy restaurant? Determine what to wear for Easter based on what you’ll be doing.

Some outfits to consider as what to wear for Easter with family or in-laws include:
–    Dress pants and a nice blouse
–    Khaki pants and a nice top
–    A long skirt with a tank top and cardigan or a top with short sleeves or three-quarter length sleeves
–    A nice spring dress with a buttoned sweater, shawl, or other cover-up

“Adding a bold accessory to an otherwise conservative outfit can make it trendier and more polished-looking,” says Desiree Parth, designer and on-air personality for Global Glamour. “Spring trends are showing champagne pinks, purples, yellows, and shades of turquoise, so incorporating one of these as a pop of color or shine to an outfit can appear more festive, especially if spending the Easter holiday attending church or with family in a more formal setting.”

She also suggests “starting with a basic dress, monotone pant suit, or dark colored tailored jean and simple top and adding an oversized hat for a look that’s sophisticated yet fashion-forward and flirty.”

Accessories to Consider for Easter
As you plan your outfit for Easter, don’t forget to select some nice accessories to go with your outfit. From jewelry to hair accessories, hats, belts, and other fun spring accessories, your outfit may be able to benefit from a creative accessory for Easter.

Consider these suggestions for accessories to wear with your Easter outfit:
–    Cross necklaces or pendants, such as the Michael Golan Floral Cross ($89) or Pewter Dogwood Cross Pendant ($24).
–    Colorful silk scarves
–    Fashion-forward belts
–    Sunglasses

No matter what you decide to wear for Easter, don’t forget to consider doing your own Easter manicures and nail designs. You can also come up with a pretty Easter hairstyle to complete your outfit. Enjoy your holiday!

Tips on Writing an Easter Message or Sending an Easter Wish to Loved Ones

It may not always be possible to see all of your loved ones on a particular holiday, so sending special Easter messages, letters, or greeting cards this time of year can really make a nice impact if your presence isn’t a possibility. Share your Easter sentiments with your loved ones through Easter messages, greeting cards, comments, text messages, or even just a simple phone call.

Easter may not be as popular a holiday as Christmas and Thanksgiving, but the idea of sending Easter messages or wishes can be perfect to show your family, friends, and loved ones how much you care. Consider these tips on writing an Easter message or sending an Easter wish to loved ones to help you collect your thoughts.

Spending Easter Apart from a Significant Other – Share an Easter Wish
Many times before you’re married, holidays get spent with immediate family and maybe extended relatives. If you won’t be seeing your boyfriend, girlfriend, or fiancé for the Easter holiday, consider sending a special Easter greeting card complete with its own handwritten Easter wish. You can share an Easter wish with your significant other to express how you feel and how much you look forward to getting together next.

Another option for an Easter message for your significant other would be to pen a poem or a song for your sweetheart. You can share handwritten verse or lyrics expressing your love and tying in elements of nature from the freshly sprung spring season.

Spending Easter Apart from Grandparents – Send Easter Greetings
More than likely, your grandparents will truly appreciate an Easter greeting card with sentiments you personally inscribe. You can personalize your Easter greetings for your grandparents by including a letter with some details on the recent happenings in your life, or you can include recent photographs of yourself and your family.

If your grandparents are the gambling type or even if they enjoy a little game of chance, consider including a few scratch-off lottery tickets in their Easter greetings. Remember to hand-write a special note to your grandmom and grandpop to let them know how much you care, that you miss them, and you can’t wait to spend time together soon. You can even deliver your special messages on the phone. Even if you will be spending the Easter holiday together with your grandparents, a handwritten Easter card can still go a long way to show you much you love them.

Spending Easter Apart from Parents or Siblings – Send Easter messages or letters
Perhaps this is the year you spend Easter with your in-laws. If you won’t be able to see your parents, siblings, or immediate family for Easter, consider sending an email or a text message to each family member. You could also stick a handwritten or typed letter in the mail. You should probably call your parents on the phone, but you can also send a greeting card or a letter to share your feelings at Easter.

You might also consider sending flowers to your mom with a special Easter message. You can base your Easter communications on how your family normally interacts. If you can’t spend this Easter with your family, try to make arrangements in the future to spend Easter together if you like. You can also plan an alternative get-together in the near future.

Easter Comments to Consider
Consider these key themes and ideas as you prepare your Easter comments:

Romantic Easter Comments
–    Beautiful spring flowers and nature remind me of our love.
–    Our love blossoms and grows like a new bud in spring.

Easter Comments for Family
–    Thinking of you and wishing we could be celebrating the holiday together. Happy Easter!
–    Despite the distance between us, you’re here in our hearts this Easter.
–    Wishing we could be together for Easter, but sending our love just the same!

Easter Comments for Friends
–    Wishing you and your family a lovely spring and a Happy Easter!
–    Thinking of you at this special time and wishing you a wonderful Easter holiday.
–    Happy Easter!

Remember to share your special Easter messages and an Easter wish with all those who are near and dear to you. Whether by phone, text message, email, letter, greeting card, or other form of communication, your special Easter messages will show your loved ones that you care and that they’re on your mind. Happy Easter!