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The Perfect Weekend Pick-Me-Up Pedicure from Skyy Hadley!

Posted on: September 21st, 2014

It’s starting to feel like fall, but that doesn’t mean we should forget about our feet! Whether you are whipping out your favorite fall booties, or staying comfy in flats, there’s no better time than the present to treat yourself to a pick-me-up-pedicure! Skyy Hadley, owner of As U Wish Nail Spa has the perfect tips to bring luxury to your feet without taking a trip to the salon.image002
Here’s a real easy to prepare “winner” that will do wonders for your feet, and is so relaxing!
Meals for the Heels Mask

• Mix 1 cup of regular oatmeal and 1/2 cup of regular milk into a small pot.
• Heat up over the stove, stir until cooked.
• Add 2 tablespoons of sugar to thicken the mixture, and then let it cool off a bit.
• Once the mix has reached desired temperature and thickness, apply to feet.
• Leave on for 5 – 10 minutes.
• The oatmeal soothes dry, itchy or irritated skin, and the milk acts as an exfoliant to help slough away dry and dead skin cells.
• Finish off with pure shea butter as a moisturizer…

Absolutely heavenly !! Thank you, Skyy…

Visit Skyy Hadley’s website at:

(Quoted and/or Paraphrased information in this PR-Article was obtained by provided PR-fact sheet.)


Dr. Jodie Gruenstern, Holistic Veterinarian and owner of Animal Doctor in Muskego announces a fun filled event to launch her non-profit organization – iPAW!

Posted on: September 13th, 2014

Dr. Jodie Gruenstern Holistic Veterinarian

Dr. Jodie Gruenstern:
Holistic Veterinarian with her “love” Jetson…A Pomeranian mix rescued from euthanasia due to aggression.
Photo credit: Joyce Paisley-Photography

Be part of this wonderful celebration as Dr.Jodie introduces her non-profit organization, iPAW!
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Mark your calendar to attend,“Comedians for Critters”, and Pet Benefit !

Where: Historic Shank Hall – 1434 N. Farwell Ave. – Milwaukee, WI.
When: Sunday, October 5th, 2014
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Price: $10.00 at the door
*Arrive early as entry and seating are not guaranteed

Look forward to a great comedy show featuring “award winning Dobie Maxwell from the Dented Can! There’ll be drinks, appetizers, a raffle, silent auction, and you’ll even get to meet “spokes pet” Sadie in person and view a video montage of many other beautiful pets in need! Don’t miss out on the fun!! It promises to be a memorable afternoon event to benefit iPAW!

Dr. Jodie is well known and respected for her knowledgeable holistic approach and loving care for the animals she treats at her Animal Doctor Veterinary Complex in Muskego, Wisconsin. With a top-notch staff who always takes the time to assist with any needs or questions you may have, Animal Doctor presents a comfortable, friendly atmosphere for you and your pet.

I was curious to find out more about Dr. Jodie’s holistic veterinary approach, and was delighted when she was able to take some time from her busy schedule for the following interview.

My Interview with Dr. Jodie Gruenstern:

1.VICKI: What inspired you to become a holistic veterinarian?
DR. JODIE:”I decided to become a veterinarian when I was five years old. I vowed I would help all the animals in the world! About ten years into my conventional veterinary practice I realized I was not attaining that lofty goal. I was not satisfied with the tools in my conventional toolbox. I heard from technicians and pet guardians that there were other modalities, such as natural foods, herbs and acupuncture, which I could learn to use, to help pets better!”

2.VICKI: Would you share some of the additional training you’ve received in holistic treatment and therapy.
DR. JODIE: “I have attended educational national holistic conventions and seminars across the country to learn holistic modalities including western herbs and essential oils. Additionally, the Chi Institute in Florida for acupuncture and Chinese herbals and food therapy, A Time to Heal in Illinois, the Canine Rehab Program in Tennessee, also chiropractic seminars to learn whole food nutrition.

3.VICKI: What are a few of the unique services you can provide at your Animal Doctor Holistic Veterinary Complex?
DR. JODIE:“These services do not seem so unique to us anymore, as we do them every day and feel that the word is out, and they are becoming more mainstream, but pet guardians are now aware that they should not over vaccinate their pets! We have been encouraging titre testing instead, for many years. I am certified in veterinary acupuncture and food therapy, so I focus a lot of my time on these. I have a lot of experience with helping pet guardians convert their dogs and cats to safe, and effective raw meat diets. Our results are fantastic! We do still offer full service which includes radiology, dentistry and surgery. I have an experienced associate for this. We also have an amazing ultrasound specialist who provides his mobile service to us on a regular basis. Our in-house blood work service rivals the emergency clinics! This diversity and availability of services has made us the go-to clinic for some of the most challenging cases. Unfortunately, this means we see a lot of pets with severe illness including allergies and cancer.”

4.VICKI: Will you be developing additional Dr.Jodie’s Natural Pets products in the future?
DR. JODIE: “Absolutely! But we are growing so quickly I need to keep my creative mind on the back burner so that we can develop systems to keep up with our current growing demand. My ideas are secret! But they all stem from the needs I see in my practice for better natural products to serve pet needs. Our best seller, N-Trail Mix, has been called “kitty crack” by pet guardians who realized their cats cannot live without these addictive, healthful organ bits. Pets don’t get enough organs in their diets; so, this treat really fills a need! The tiny bits are perfect as high-value training aids for dogs as well.”

5.VICKI:What is your wish for the ultimate goal of iPAWs
DR. JODIE: “I see iPAW as an umbrella organization and again, as filling a gap. There are a lot of organizations out there who rescue, foster, shelter. We want to be a coordinator, a matchmaker of sorts. Potential benefactors often do not know how to choose. Guardians with needs often cannot get help because they do not have a non-profit status. Veterinary clinics have personnel and skill, but not unlimited funds to help! We want to bring that all together. For example, Pierre is a cat in Pennsylvania whose “mom” contacted us. He has a cleft palate and needs surgery. We are verifying the need and contacting the potential surgeon to facilitate the connection and provide funding. If it weren’t for this type of intervention, many pets are euthanized unnecessarily in veterinary practices every day. Personally, we have saved hundreds of pets from euthanasia; another great example is reaching for modalities, such as acupuncture for paralysis, when surgery is not a financial option. One of my employees has a little dachshund living with her and running like the wind every day due to this intervention. Her name is Zayda and participants at our October 5 event will see her current pictures!”

VICKI:Thank you Dr. Jodie for your endless work in offering the best care to the dear animals who provide us with such unconditional love and happiness. Continued success to you with all of your ongoing endeavors…
DR. JODI:“Thank you Vicki! I really appreciate your time and effort in helping us to get out the word on these topics!”

Informational sources for you to peruse:
•Find out more about iPAW by visiting:
•To learn more about Animal Doctor Holistic Veterinary Complex go to:
•Discover the exclusive line of Dr. Jodie’s Natural Pet Food Products by going to:
It’s your “Go-To” website for just about everything you’ll want to reference about “Promoting Ideas and; Products for the Natural Health of Pets™.”

On Facebook:

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Two women of iPAW with their iPAW Pals:

Kati Gingras is one of the many generous women of iPAW. She helped rescue Bubba from euthanasia and was instrumental in his recovery from diabetes. He now thrives on raw food!

Bubba  and Katie Photo Credit: Joyce Paisley Photography

Bubba and Katie
Photo Credit:
Joyce Paisley-Photography

Dr.Jodie and veterinary assistant Monique Misfeldt administer an acupuncture treatment to Zayda, who was once paralyzed.

Dachshund,Zayda gets acupuncture! Photo Credit: Joyce Paisley-Photography

Dachshund, Zayda gets acupuncture !
Photo Credit:
Joyce Paisley Photography

Monique is a woman of iPAW who has adopted the dachshund, Zayda who now runs and plays with brother, Peanut!

Peanut, Monique, and Zayda;


There’s no time like the present to visit iPAW online : It’s such an incredible source that offers so much information , and provides visual images of the sweet animals who have already been helped by iPAW, along with their stories: In addition, it enlightens readers how they can help, and offers contact information where readers will be able to leave a message for iPAW:!whowevehelped/c6mv!contact-us/con8
You’ll be so glad that you did, and so will the animals who need “You” !

(Any Quoted or Paraphrased information in this article was obtained from:
Special gratitude to:
Dr.Jodie Gruenstern
Animal Doctor Holistic Veterinary Complex
Photo Credits:/Joyce Paisley-Photography/Digital Artistry: )


Susan Stoker’s must read Beyond Reality Series scores 5-Star Reviews from Readers

Posted on: September 11th, 2014

  Susan Stoker Author of the "Beyond Reality Series : Outback Hearts Flaming Hearts           & Frozen Hearts

Susan Stoker
Author of the “Beyond Reality Series” :
Outback Hearts
Flaming Hearts
Frozen Hearts

We’ve all watched the reality shows on television, so I know you’ll enjoy reading Author Susan Stoker’s Beyond Reality Trilogy as much as I have. Susan’s new fictional series consists of three books that are receiving great reviews. With her engaging writing skills and three different storylines, you’ll get to experience the making of a reality show from both sides of the camera, with all the emotions, cattiness, and yes…. even romance with twists of fate.

Susan has provided me with some “teasers” for you from each of her new books followed with a wonderful interview I look forward to sharing with you!

Outback Hearts by SUSAN STOKER Photo Credit: Beau Coup Publishing

Outback Hearts
Photo Credit:
Beau Coup Publishing

The first book is OUTBACK HEARTS: “Becky and her mom used to watch reality shows together all the time. Her mom passed away before she could see Becky on her very own show…except it’s not her own show. She has to share the limelight with another woman. They’re both competing for the love and attention of the same men. It was like no show Becky had ever seen… and she was miserable. The best thing about the show was trying to irritate the other woman by choosing activities Becky knew she’d hate. Becky had no idea she’d meet a wonderful, protective man while on the show, unfortunately he wasn’t a contestant.”

Flaming Hearts  by  Susan Stoker Photo Credit:  Beau Coup Publishing

Flaming Hearts
by Susan Stoker
Photo Credit:
Beau Coup Publishing

The second book is FLAMING HEARTS: “Alex never thought posing for one picture while out with friends one night would end with him being in Australia dating sixteen women at one time. Of course, the concept of dating that many women are better in the abstract than reality. Alex always wanted to be seen as normal, wanted to be liked for himself. Women always saw his looks and his money, but never the real him. He becomes convinced that secretly being able to see how the women act when they aren’t around him would make the decision easier. Was there any chance he’d be able to find what he was looking for over the ocean in Australia?”

Frozen Hearts  by Susan Stoker Photo Credit :

Frozen Hearts
by Susan Stoker
Photo Credit :Chris Mackey of AURA Design Group

The third book is FROZEN HEARTS: “The Alaskan reality show is camera operator Jonathan’s last gig before he goes to work in security with his brother. The shoot would be completely miserable except the one woman in the world who was meant to be his is also a camera operator on the show. He doesn’t know how he’ll manage it, but he has to win her heart and convince her to move to Arizona to be with him.”

Now that you had a “little” sampling of each book in the Beyond Reality Series, here’s my interview with Author Susan Stoker:

1. VICKI: Susan, as an author, how do you go about choosing topics you’d like to write about, and what inspires these topics and the characters that will bring your story “to life”?

SUSAN:Well Vicki, I write about what I like to read about. I admit to being a fan of the “knight in shining armor” romance. I know women are independent, and yes, I know that most of the time we don’t need a man. I think I must have watched too many Disney movies growing up, but there’s just something about a man being there when you need him most that I just love to read about.
So taking that into account, pretty much anything can inspire me. I’ve always loved a man in uniform, so that is an “easy” topic to write about that fits my knight in shining armor writing very well.”

2. VICKI: Once chosen, how do you bring your selected subject matter into a story “Book” format?

SUSAN:I’m probably very different than “traditional” authors in regards to this. Typically I will write the “intense” scene first. Once I have the meat of the conflict written, or what I imagine in my head, I go back and fill in the blanks. Writing the beginnings and endings of my books are always the hardest part for me.”

3. VICKI: Well it all certainly pulls together very well in your books, Susan. In what mediums will your three Beyond Reality books be available to the public? I purchased mine as an e-book (Kindle), but will other options be available?

SUSAN: “Right now they will be on Amazon-e-book format, but in the near future also in paperback from Amazon. The books are a part of Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited program that they can be “borrowed” for free if members sign up for the program.”

4. VICKI: Will any of your characters in the Beyond Realty series make cameo appearances” in all of the three books?
SUSAN: “Yes they will. Eddie, the producer, is in all three books. Kina (the camerawoman) is in all three books, and she gets her own story in the third book. Sam and Alex (from the first book) will make a cameo appearance in the second book, and then they, along with Becky and Dean from the second book, show up in the third book as well.”

5. VICKI: I really liked that! It’s fun to see characters show up in the different stories. Will the series be based on different reality show themes?

SUSAN: “Yes. The first book OUTBACK HEARTS is a “bachelor” reality show format. The second, FLAMING HEARTS, is a bachelorette format, but there are TWO women competing for the men. The third, FROZEN HEARTS, is in Alaska and is a reality show with men competing to become the “Alaskan tough man” title, but the focus is on two of the camera operators, and not the contestants.”

6. VICKI: The continuity in your Beyond Reality Series is exceptional! Is that a challenging process with all of the other things you need to deal with when writing a series?

SUSAN: “Writing a series is much harder than writing a stand-alone book. While my books all have “Happy Ever After” endings, it can be tough to remember all the details about characters that carry over from one book to another. I just try to keep notes on the little things as I write so I can remember them in the later books and chapters.”

7. VICKI: In your bio, readers will learn about your attraction to writing at a very early age. How do you feel, now, as a professional writer getting great reviews for your work, and being part of the profession you always desired?

SUSAN:It’s still very weird for me honestly. I always just wrote for me. I wrote what I liked, and I’d go back and re-read my work from time to time. Now, others are reading what I’ve written. While I know that I can’t ever please everyone, all I hope to do is entertain people for a few hours.”

8. VICKI: Can you give us a hint about your next project or upcoming series?

SUSAN: I’m so excited to get my next series out in the world for others to read. It’s a military series based on a team of Navy SEALs. I know, I know, there has been a ton of SEAL books written, but there’s something so sexy about strong, muscular, brave men, and the women they meet that they’d do anything for. The series will include seven books in all.

VICKI: The Navy SEALs , Wow! I sure look forward to that series, and I know all your fans will, too. All the best, Susan, and thank you so much for taking the time for this interview!


“Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She is quite the romantic and even met the love of her life on “Hotmail classified” before online dating and sites like even existed!”

“Susan has been reading romance novels since middle school and once crossed out the names of the main characters in a book and changed them to her own and to the name of her crush. She’s been writing scenes for years, developing her unique writing style.”

“Susan loves writing but her true passion is adopting dogs from rescue groups and shelters. Susan and her husband have had a total of nine “rescued” dogs since 2000 including a variety of basset hounds and bloodhounds. She has recently branched out and adopted a basset/terrier mix who acts more like a terrier than a basset (i.e. digging, eating a couch and being hyper).”

Susan  with  husband Patrick and their  darling adopted and rescued dogs.

Author Susan Stoker enjoys a wonderful day with her husband Patrick, “the love of her life”, along with their family of adopted shelter and rescue dogs (left to right): Henry (bloodhound), Annie, Ozzie, and Rosie

“If you love romance and want to help her support adopting great dogs, be sure to check out her work listed below.
The first series, Beyond Reality, is a trilogy, with all three books in the series having Happily Ever After endings with no cliffhanger.

Susan  snuggles with her dog , Annie

Susan snuggles with her adopted rescue dog, Annie

Here’s where you’ll be able to purchase the trio of books in Susan Stoker’s Beyond Reality Series:







I gave 5-Stars to all three books in Susan’s Beyond Reality Trilogy! Do I have a favorite? YES… All three of them!! They are each packed with the elements of adventure, emotions, and real life situations. Susan’s style of writing has characters return throughout the trilogy in a way that lets each book maintain its story, but provides great interaction and flow that truly ties the whole series together!

Here’s what readers are saying about OUTBACK HEARTS:

“It was a beautiful story that was unusual in concept and perfectly written.” (-So many books, so little time)

“This book will have you up all night! You will never want it to end!” (-Elizabeth)

“This is truly one of the best books that I have read this summer. Everyone should read this book.” (-Laurie)

“My favorite part was the ending. It wasn’t what I was suspecting, but it was even better.” (-Diane)

•”This is a great clean romance book, in a time when so many books go straight for the strong sexy to sell them. “ (-Cynthia)

“I loved that this book was written as a man falling for the girl instead of the other way around. So many authors make women look completely pitiful because she’ll do anything for him, but this book is the exact opposite.” (Books and Beyond Fifty Shades)

“Somewhat darker than the first book, but worth it all the same, with a twist that will leave your heart pounding! I LOVE how Stoker did not make Becky a victim, but rather a heroine.” (-Michele)

Take a moment to visit, like and enjoy Susan Stoker’s Social Media Sites:


ONE LUCKY WINNER will win an e-copy of the first book in the BEYOND REALITY series… OUTBACK HEARTS! In October go to and look for the OUTBACK HEARTS giveaway! You can enter daily! Winners will be notified in November. Good luck!!

(Any Quoted or Paraphrased information in this article was obtained by provided information from Ms. Stoker, and our interview. Any personal commentary was my own opinion from reading the Beyond Reality Series by Susan Stoker. Much gratitude to Susan for all of her time, commentary, images, and wonderful interview. Thanks to Beau Coup Publishing, Sarah Werner Photography, Chris Mackey of AURA Design Group, and Susan Stoker for the use of their images in this article.)


This is the sale you’ve been waiting for… LORAC Cosmetics: HauteLook Sale !!

Posted on: August 25th, 2014

Red carpet authority, LORAC Cosmetics, is partnering with HauteLook to offer beauty gurus nationwide a chance to purchase the brand’s best-selling products at a heavy discount.

Customers can shop the luxury sale site for up to 75% off cult favorite items such as:
• LORAC selfTANtalizer Face & Body Self-Tanner
• LORAC Mint Edition Eye/Cheek Palette
• LORAC Back to Bronze Collection ….and more!

Click here to view all offerings:

The three-day sale begins today and will end Thursday, August 28th at 8:00am PST – so don’t miss out!

Follow LORAC Social Channels:
- Instagram: @loraccosmetics
- Facebook:
- Twitter: @LORAC_Cosmetics

(Quoted and Paraphrased information in this PR-Article was obtained by a provided PR-Fact Sheet.)


Skin Care Expert and Jan Marini Skin Research Founder, Jan Marini Will Be Live Chatting on Facebook on Tuesday – August 26th!

Posted on: August 24th, 2014

Don’t miss out!! Jan Marini will be on hand to answer your skincare questions & concerns and discussing the benefits of her breakthrough product line on Facebook Tuesday, August 26th.



Founder of breakthrough solutions and dramatic technological advances in skin care, Jan Marini is committed to providing a line that delivers measurable results. To understand more about how Jan Marini came to create JMSR, as well as discover answers to some of your most challenging skin care questions.

Join Jan on Tuesday, August 26th at 5PM EST / 2PM PST to hear more about her product line and what drove her to develop her line of products.

Simply “Like” Jan Marini’s Facebook page in order to participate:



(Quoted and Paraphrased information in this article was obtained by a provided fact sheet for this event.)


Love Chocolate? Karin Herzog presents the ultimate aromatic treatment for beautiful skin with her Finest Chocolate Cleansing !

Posted on: August 10th, 2014

Can you imagine the luxury of “waking up” your face each morning, then each evening thoroughly removing your makeup (even waterproof) with ease, by using a gentle cleansing gel that will surround your senses with the aroma of Swiss Chocolate ?
Well, I can tell you that I have, and it’s “beyond words“!

Let me introduce you to Karin Herzog’s Finest Chocolate Cleansing.
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This gel cleanser glides on your skin and leaves a very clean, hydrated feeling. Being a “professional grade dual action” cleanser while it’s melting away makeup, dirt, oil, and even eye makeup, Finest Chocolate Cleansing is nourishing your skin. This melding of Swiss Chocolate and “pure essential oils” is a definite plus for your complexion and senses.

Additional Benefits in Karin Herzog’s Finest Chocolate Cleansing:
• There are no “harsh detergents or preservatives.”
• It “restores the skins ‘optimal’ PH balance.”
• Finest Chocolate Cleansing “primes the skin for subsequent application of Oxygen Products.”

Key Ingredients:
“Theobroma Cocoa (Swiss Chocolate)”
“Pure Essential Oils”

Finest Chocolate Cleansing is very easy to use:
Here are the instructions I received, and have used with excellent results:
“Use a small amount of the cleanser (size of a hazelnut) and warm it between your fingers.” This is where you’ll begin to enjoy the dreamy Swiss Chocolate aroma!
“Blend in a bit of warm water. On a dampened face and neck, massage in circular motions for 10 to 15 seconds. Here’s where I personally like to relax and inhale the wonderful Swiss Chocolate as I clean my face and neck area, and enjoy a decadent Swiss Chocolate “moment”!!
“Rinse thoroughly with warm water, until all traces of the cleanser have been removed”.

What’s nice about Karin Herzog’s Finest Chocolate Cleansing is you also have the option, due to the cleanser’s unique gel formulation, to apply it without water . It’s terrific for heavy makeup users. It’s recommended, for best results, “ to remove Finest Chocolate Cleansing” with the Karin Herzog Silk Towel or a washcloth that has been soaked in warm water.”

I’ve used this gel cleanser both with and without water, liked both options, and found it an exceptional “premier” cleanser.

You’ll certainly want to check out Karin Herzog’s complete Chocolate Collection at :

Also be sure to visit: where you’ll find a full array of products for women and men , face and body, skin care collections, and more!
About Karin Herzog:
“Karin Herzog is the only brand on the market to utilize patented-active oxygen in skin care.”
The line was founded 40 years ago after Karin’s husband; Dr. Paul Herzog was honored by the Nobel Institute for his research focused on the benefits of oxygen for the skin”.
As an esthetician, Karin inspired to collaborate in incorporating Dr.Herzog’s research into a skin care formulation, and the Karin Herzog line was born.”
“The Karin Herzog line is still founding-family owned, operated, and located on the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland.”

(Quoted or Paraphrased information in this article was obtained by a furnished fact-sheet. Any personal commentary was my opinion from using the product that was also supplied to me.)


Survey shows main concerns of family women who were done having their children

Posted on: August 1st, 2014

Most couples determine when their families are complete, and the women are done having their children. This, however, is not the end of the concerns that women continue to experience and need to deal with.

Here are some of the surprising results from a survey that 1000 women took part in.
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Provided Survey Results:

• 35% - Reported having a pregnancy scare after deciding they were done having children
• 80%- Revealed they would be interested in a birth control method that they don’t have to think about every day
• 35%- Believed the only permanent birth control method available for women was getting their tubes tied
This survey was part of an educational program Family Size Matters made available by Bayer Health Care.

I had the opportunity to ask Dr. Suzanne Gilberg Lenz, and Beth Battaglino, CEO of Healthy Women, “The leading independent source of health information for women in the nation” some questions regarding Family Size Matters.

Questions for Dr. Gilberg-Lenz:

1.Vicki: With women who have decided they would not be having any more children , but were interested in taking a form of birth control pill, what type of options are available for them, at this time?

Dr. Gilberg-Lenz: “There are several options available to women seeking long-acting reversible or permanent contraception. Women should speak to their doctors to better understand their options and make a choice that is right for them. The Family Size Matters website provides tools to help.”

2. Vicki : In this study, 80% of the women were looking for a birth control plan that they wouldn’t have to “think about taking” each day. Would there be any choices for them to look into, or would this type of strategy limit them to require a permanent solution?

Dr. Gilberg-Lenz: “A woman’s relationship with her healthcare provider should be a partnership. Different birth control methods make sense at different stages of a woman’s life. Of the 900 women surveyed who are currently using some form of birth control, 66 percent are still using the same birth control they used prior to their most recent pregnancy.
Being ready for permanent birth control is a personal decision that is impacted by many different factors and circumstances. Women who are considering permanent birth control should first talk to their doctor to better understand their options. There are also non-permanent birth control solutions that are not daily that women should discuss with their doctors.”

3.Vicki : If a woman chooses to be more pro-active and decides on a permanent birth control procedure, is a tubal ligation her only course of action?

Dr.Gilberg-Lenz: “Tubal ligation is not a woman’s only course of action. In fact, 75 percent of the 900 women surveyed are currently using temporary birth control methods indicated that they would be interested in learning about permanent birth control from their doctor. There are several options available to women seeking long-acting reversible or permanent contraception. Women should speak to their doctors to better understand their options and make a choice that is right for them.”

Questions for Beth Battaglino:

1. Vicki : Would you be able to share a bit about Healthy Women, and being CEO of this “nation’s leading independent health information source for women”?

Beth Battaglino: “HealthyWomen’s award-winning website , was one of the first sites dedicated solely to women’s health and is recognized nationally as a go-to source for trustworthy health information for women by the likes of Oprah and Dr. Oz. This dynamic, comprehensive resource gives women the latest health information, including news updates, health tips, resources and extensive coverage of hundreds of health topics. In addition to our online content, HealthyWomen produces print publications in English and Spanish. HealthyWomen regularly surveys women to learn about their attitudes and behaviors through quick online polls and its annual Women TALK® study. As part of its public health education campaigns, HW also routinely conducts national research studies to understand women’s knowledge and beliefs about particular health topics. HealthyWomen excels in conducting nationally recognized public health education campaigns. In partnership with other nonprofit organizations, media, government agencies and corporations, these campaigns raise awareness of a variety of women’s health conditions.”

“Being the CEO of a national women’s health organization is amazing, yet at the same it can be filled with more than its fair share of challenges because we’re not tackling one disease or health condition like breast cancer or osteoporosis –we cover it all. And, we look at health and wellness from a ‘mind, body, spirit’ and ‘ages and stages’ approach which is a unique way to ensure that her lifestyle and life choices play an appropriate role in making tailored, informed health decisions. This same approach also provides her with the tools to live well — from acupuncture to varicose veins — if she is starting a family or thinking about starting a family — we have great information and resources. What has been most rewarding to me is seeing how much we’ve grown and how the women’s health industry has grown with us. In the late 80′s it was newsletters and perhaps, a column in a woman’s magazine or a few Q&A’s on a woman’s health topic. Look at us now —screenings, seeking second opinions, asking about family history– living well with chronic conditions and making sure that new drugs are being tested on women, not just men. We have changed the playing field when it comes to her health and I love it. Our mission has always been about education and empowerment. Here at HealthyWomen we practice what we preach. That is, the importance of taking care of you.”

Vicki: Many thanks to both Dr. Gilberg-Lenz and Beth Battaglino for taking the time to answer my questions and enlightening us about all the options that are available for women in numerous areas that will help them to be able to “take care “of themselves.

You’ll want to take a moment to visit Family Size Matters website at:

On this website there’s a great quiz you can take to see if your family size is right for you. Another area that offers suggestions how to open communications with your spouse regarding your family size, and some relevant questions for you to ask your doctor about a form of birth control that would be suitable for you.

(Quoted and Paraphrased information in this article was obtained from information provided to me from Informational-Fact Sheets. Much gratitude to Dr. Gilberg-Lenz and Beth Battaglino for their time and answers to my interview questions, and Bayer Health Care for initiating Family Size Matters.)


Stephanie Simons new release All’s Fair in Love & Wardrobe is a must read

Posted on: August 1st, 2014


Do you have a passion for fashion? Well, gather around girlfriends, and I’ll introduce you to All’s Fair in Love and Wardrobe – A Fashion Editor’s Rules on Shopping For Love! by Stephanie Simons.

You’ll treasure Stephanie Simons new modern book​ of rules and dating pointers! Stephanie’s rules take your penchant for fashion into every aspect of what you may encounter in your world of dating and more.

You’ll also find some terrific recipes that “are editor tested and boyfriend approved,” intriguing cocktails you can indulge in after a breakup, and learn “The 7 phases of waiting for him to call”!

The amazing illustrations in this book, by Malia Carter compliment and enhance your reading experience. Each time you reference this book you’ll glean more confidence, strategies, and savvy to take with you into the dating world! All’s Fair In Love and Wardrobe is a great gift, and a wonderful treat to give to yourself!

Visit: to purchase your hardcover copy for $16.95 (also available as an eBook)

About the Author: “Born in San Francisco, Stephanie Simons is an editorial strategist and beauty expert. Her work has appeared in numerous regional and national publications. Stephanie specializes in product naming and advertising campaigns for global retail brands.”

About the Illustrator: “Malia Carter lives in Columbus, Ohio, and is the creator of Deep Fried This popular illustration blog features fashion and celebrities and is named after her favorite accessories: her freckles. Malia’s watercolor illustrations have been featured by Teen Vogue, Kingsrowe Gallery, and scores of fashion blogs worldwide.”

I’d like to close by quoting a dedication that appears at the beginning of All’s Fair in Love and Wardrobe: “To all the girls who’ve ever wanted to shop, dress, eat, party, travel and Instagram like a fashion editor. Now YOU can date like one!”

(Any Quoted and Paraphrased information in this article has been obtained by provided PR-Fact Sheets. Personal commentary is my opinion after reading and thoroughly enjoying a provided copy of All’s Fair in Love and Wardrobe.)


Introducing Avon ANEW Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector… See your Dark Circles Virtually Vanish !

Posted on: July 31st, 2014

The newest innovation from Avon is here!! Avon ANEW Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector will not only brighten your day, but visibly “brighten” those under-eye dark shadows and circles!
Their amazing technology and delivery system will target, smooth, and gently apply this lightweight treatment right where it needs to be…under your eye area! The instant gratification of “brightening” effects will even get better over time, and improve that dark shadowed look! Read more about this amazing product below!

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The Breakthrough: Instantly transform your eye area to banish the look of dark circles. The scientists at Avon have developed the Avon ANEW Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector to help brighten the look of dark circles. A lightweight formula that visibly brightens under-eye shadows, the ANEW Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector is a game-changing powerful new eye treatment that offers both instant brightening effects and improvement in the look of dark circles over time. The potent corrector is so effective, it’s clinically shown to improve dark circles by 31% while reducing the look of dark circles by one grade. It visibly brightens even the darkest under eye shadows.

The Backstory: Women’s #1 eye concern are dark circles. To help the look of dark circles virtually vanish, Avon ANEW Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector brightens the look of dark circles, visibly reducing under-eye shadows while also smoothing the texture of the eye area. The advanced custom flexible applicator tip glides treatment onto the skin for comfortable, precise application, visibly transforming the eye area instantly through self-adjusting sheer optics that illuminate eyes. Over time, the powerful Shadow Erase Complex fights the look of dark circles in an effective way. In fact, 93% of women saw the look of dark circles dramatically reduced.

The Technology: ANEW Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector is formulated with innovative Shadow Erase Complex Technology and includes ingredients like Kudzu Root Extract and Fennel Fruit Extract. The formula is designed to visibly brighten dark circles and smooth uneven texture.

The formula further brightens under eye shadows with self-adjusting sheer optics that are designed to instantly match different skin tones to blend in seamlessly and illuminate the eyes!

The Results**
Instantly, dark circles appear brighter.
In 2 weeks, dramatically reduces the look of dark circles.
In 4 weeks, even the look of serious dark circles seems to visibly disappear.

PRICE: $34

AVAILABLE: July 2014

WHERE TO BUY: Available exclusively through Avon Representatives.
To locate an Avon Representative call: 1-800-FOR-AVON or visit

*Based on those who expressed an opinion in a consumer perception study.
**Based on a consumer perception study.

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(Quoted or Paraphrased information in this PR-Article was obtained from provided Avon PR-Fact Sheets)


Learn how to create “The Office Look” hair style in six easy steps from Butterfly Studio Salon stylist, Jason J. Dougherty!

Posted on: July 26th, 2014

Summer is in full swing, and we’re constantly thinking about ways to stay cool. Hair issues like frizziness and dryness are among the hair challenges that we are constantly combating during these hot, humid days! Luckily, Jason J. Dougherty, Butterfly Studio Salon stylist breaks down a super-chic, frizz-fighting braid that will take you from the office to happy hour, and will even withstand the long, sweaty commute all the way home!

The Office Look:
“This chic work look is a variation of the Milkmaid Braid. By placing the braids on the bottom, they sport a polished look that is ideal for any professional woman. Instead of bringing the braid to the crown, I took two very large sections of french braids and crossed them before pinning up. Add in some texture for softness and allow pieces to fall around the face for an ultra-effortless look.” Jason J. Dougherty, Butterfly Studio Salon stylist

How to create The Office Look:
1. Comb the hair and work out all tangles.
2. Apply a light oil like Oribe Gold Lust Hair Oil and work through the ends.
3. Create a center part and bring it all the way down to the back. Divide hair in two sections.
4. Place a smoothing balm such as Shu Uemura’s Touch of Gloss on the roots and work into the crown.
5. Comb hair nice and taught and begin a thick French Braid on one side of the head. Place elastic rubber band to hold ends. Repeat on other side.
6. Bring one braid up and anchor to head with bobby pins. Repeat on the other side.

Pictorial fashioning of The Office Look:
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"The Office Look" by Butterfly Studio Salon Stylist : Jason J. Dougherty

The Office Look by Butterfly Studio Salon Stylist:
Jason J. Dougherty

(Quoted or Paraphrased information in this PR-Article was obtained from a provided PR-Fact Sheet.)

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